Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC is full to the brim with legendary Pokémon, but one rare creature, Victini, is nowhere to be found.
Originally an event Pokémon released shortly before Pokémon Black and White on the Nintendo DS, Victini is typically not available through normal play when it appears in games.
Players looking for a way to find Victini have been pooling their resources, without success, leading some to wonder whether the Pokémon is even in the Crown Tundra at all.
Is Victini in The Crown Tundra DLC?
Technically, yes, Victini is in the Crown Tundra, according to the game’s code. Dataminers have discovered that Victini is present as an overworld encounter, similar to other legendaries such as Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres, who are far easier to track down.
In spite of this, players haven’t found a way to actually activate this encounter. This could be because it is particularly well hidden, but considering the number of players who have been exploring the game, this seems unlikely.
More probable that the Crown Tundra Victini encounter will only be unlocked at Game Freak’s discresion, possibly through a future event. Some players think this might have something to do with the Galarian Star Tournament. In the meantime, though, there is a way to get Victini in the game – if you’ve played other Pokémon games in the past.
How to get Victini into Pokémon Sword and Shield
While Victini’s Crown Tundra encounter hasn’t been discovered yet, it is possible to get the Pokémon in the game, as Victini is compatible with Pokémon Home.
Using Home, it’s possible to transfer a Victini from previous Pokémon games, such as Pokémon Sun and Moon. The easiest way to get Victini, though, is to catch it in Pokémon Go.
September 30th saw the release of the Investigate a Mysterious Energy special research in Pokémon Go. Complete this research by catching a variety of Pokémon, and you’ll be able to catch a Victini, which can be transwered into Pokémon Sword and Shield via Pokémon Home.
This isn’t the same as completing the promised encounter within the Crown Tundra DLC, but at present, it’s the easiest way to get Victini in Pokémon Sword and Shield.