The Crown Tundra has introduced the first ever Galarian forms of legendary Pokemon, which are Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltress. These new forms have different typing than the originals. Articuno is a psychic flying, Zapdos is a fighting flying type, and Moltress is a dark flying. They also have different abilities than their original forms.
In this article I will be telling you how to catch Galarian Articuno. Be aware, that there are some spoilers since you must progress through the Crown Tundra’s storyline to get Galarian Articuno.
How to unlock Galarian Articuno
First you must do the introductory quests for the Crown Tundra to get access to Galarian Articuno. To get there go to Wedgehurst Station and talk to the guy in the green vest. He will then ask if you want to go to the Armor Station or Crown Tundra Station. Pick the Crown Tundra Station, and once you exit you have to battle Peony who has level 70 steel type Pokemon, so be prepared.
After that just follow the story until you finish the Dynamax adventures, setup your base on the Crown Tundra, and Peony gives you three quests. The Bird Pokemon of Legend quest is the one that will lead you to Galarian Articuno.
Once you have the Bird Pokemon of Legend quest, make your way South. Look on your map: the giant tree with pink leaves is where you need to go to. To get there just go down, keep right in Giant’s Bed, and go through the Old Cemetery. Continue towards the right and you will see a river, you need to go on this river and follow it until it meets land. On your left will be the area the tree is in. When you arrive at the tree you will get a cut scene that will release the legendary birds into your game.
Now you will be able to catch Galarian Articuno, which is found patrolling the Crown Tundra. Articuno patrols from Frostpoint Field to Snowside Slope. Since Galarian Articuno has a simple path, it is one of the easiest birds to encounter.
While Galarian Articuno is flying you cannot get into battle with it. But when Galarian Articuno reaches the end of its path it will stop and give you a chance to fight it.
The best way to get a battle with Galarian Articuno is to camp out at the start or end of its path. Make sure the area you pick is not hailing – Galarian Articuno is not an ice type, so the hail will knock it out! Below I have a screenshot of where Galarian Articuno stops in Frostpoint Field on the left, and Snowside Slope on the right.
The Snowside Slope area takes longer to get to, and may be tricky to find at first. To get to the place where Galarian Articuno stops, just go straight up Snowside Slope until the path dead ends into the mountain. You know you are in the right spot because there will be a raid den in front of you, grass on the left, and a ramp on the right.
Go to the left through the grass and you will see a hidden area that has one raid den, some grass, and trees. From this area you can look off the cliff and see other parts of Snowside Slope below you.
Preparing to catch Galarian Articuno
Before trying to catch Galarian Articuno, make sure you are prepared. Have plenty of Ultra Balls and Timer Balls, or whatever Pokeball you want to catch Galarian Articuno in. If it is night time you can also use Dusk Balls which have a better catch rate than Ultra Balls.
Make sure you also have plenty of Revives, Max Potions, and Full Restores. Galarian Articuno can freeze your Pokemon during battle, and is level 70 so make sure to have a full team of Pokemon that are level 70 or higher.
You will want at least one or more Pokemon with False Swipe to get Galarian Articuno to 1 HP. You will also want a Pokemon with a status move that can inflict paralysis or sleep, because these increase the chances of capturing Galarian Articuno. Good Pokemon to fill this role are Zeraora, Gallade, Venusaur, Parasect, and Mew.
Be aware that many of these to have a weakness to flying type moves, so you should make sure to bring other Pokemon that can inflict status effects if you need to, and a separate Pokemon for using False Swipe.
As for Galarian Articuno’s moves, they are Hurricane, Freezing Glare, Psycho Shift, and Psycho Cut. So bringing Pokemon with an immunity to psychic type moves is a good idea. Galarian Articuno’s moves hit quite hard even if you are level 100, so do not be surprised.
One last thing I want to mention is that it is possible to get a marked Galarian Articuno, making it one of the few legendries that can actually get a mark if you want to show it off to others. If you want to learn how to hunt for a Galarian Articuno with a mark, check out out guide about that.
Now lets see how you can engage in battle with Galarian Articuno.
Battling Galarian Articuno
When Galarian Articuno gets to you, it will make three images of itself, and wave at you to indicate which image is the real Galarian Articuno. Then Galarian Articuno will spin and you have to run into the real Galarian Articuno. Running into the fake Galarian Articuno’s will cause Galarian Articuno to fly away, and you must wait until it reaches the end of its path to try again.
You can get around this by saving your game before interacting with the Galarian Articuno image. If you hit the wrong one, just restart your game and try again.
My advice for this is to keep an eye on the real Galarian Articuno as it spins. Since Galarian Articuno does not spin too fast, it is actually easy to keep track of the real one.
When you run into the real Galarian Articuno, it will not engage with you immediately. Instead it will poof away the fake images, and then teleport right on top of you to fight.
Once you are in battle, I suggest throwing a quick ball right away, since there is a small chance you can catch Galarian Articuno right off the bat that way. If that does not work, it is time to weaken it.
Try to paralyze Galarian Articuno first to slow it down. If you would rather sleep it, then start chipping away at its health instead by using False Swipe or other moves.
Once Galarian Articuno is at half health, only use False Swipe, as you do not want to risk knocking it out. When you have Galarian Articuno at 1 HP and paralyzed or asleep, it is time to start throwing Pokeballs. If it is night time use Dusk Balls, and if 8 turns have passed use Timer Balls. Or if you want Galarian Articuno in a specific ball, use one of your choice. Articuno will break out a lot, but with enough persistence you will catch it.
Now you can enjoy your brand new Galarian Articuno in The Crown Tundra! I hope this guide has helped you out and if the other legendary birds are giving you trouble, I have guides for Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltress too.
Check out our other articles on The Crown Tundra to answer any of your other questions, like whether you should choose Glastrier or Spectrier. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your adventures in Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra!