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How to get Galarian Articuno in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Tips for finding the elusive Psychic/Flying-type in Pokémon Sword and Shield so you can add it to your Pokédex.

Galarian Articuno in the Pokédex

Pokémon Sword and Shield’s newest expansion: The Crown Tundra, gives us the chance to catch new forms of the original legendary bird trio. Galarian Articuno is vastly different from the Ice/Flying-type we all know.

While it’s not the Pokémon with the most obtuse way to find it, that would be Keldeo, Galarian Articuno is one of the more powerful of the newly available Pokémon in the expansion. Heck, it’s even one of the best Crown Tundra Pokémon. Be sure to take a look at our Pokémon type chart to see where Galarian Articuno fits in.

But like the other legendary birds, Galarian Articuno is a pain to catch. The Psychic/Flying-type was by far the hardest one to get to fight us, not least because it takes a while to find. We’ll help you track down the real Galarian Articuno and give you the stats for this legendary bird when you fight it.

How to catch Galarian Articuno

To find Galarian Articuno, you need to have visited the giant tree Dyna Tree Hill. This is towards the far south of the region, close to Ballimere Lake. After watching the cutscene, all the legendary birds will disperse. Galarian Articuno will be the only one that remains in The Crown Tundra area.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Galarian Articunos: Trainer on a bike with three Galarian Articunos in the field ahead. The real one has been circled in white.

You can find out how to catch Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres in our other guides, but here are the steps you need to take to take on the Psychic/Flying-type:

  • Take the Flying Taxi to Freezington and head south towards Frostpoint Field.
  • Ride around until you see Galarian Articuno. It will be stationary and may be close to other Pokémon.
  • Ring the bell as you get close to Galarian Articuno. It will split itself into three. The real one is the one that flaps its wings. You only get one chance to see which one is which.
  • Keep an eye on it as it spins around. Run into the real one and it’ll cry out above you. Stay where you are and it’ll eventually swoop down to attack.
  • If you run into the wrong copy, Galarian Articuno will fly away. If it does flee, fly back to Freezington and try again.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Galarian Articuno: Encounter with Galarian Articuno in a field. Trainer is using Whimsicott.

This is quite a tough Pokémon if you’re underprepared, so make sure you have a Dark-type to negate half of its moves. We also recommend a Pokémon that knows Stun Spore or Hypnosis.

Galarian Articuno encounter stats

  • Level: 70
  • Ability: Competitive – Boosts the Special Attack stat sharply when a stat is lowered.
Move Type Category Power Accuracy Effect
Freezing Glare Psychic Special 90 100 This move may also leave the target frozen.
Hurricane Flying Special 110 70 This move may also confuse the target.
Psycho Cut Psychic Physical 70 100 Critical hits land more easily.
Psycho Shift Psychic Effect 100 User transfers status conditions to the target.

And that’s how to catch Galarian Articuno in Pokémon Sword and Shield. We found this one the most difficult to encounter, but the most rewarding to catch once it decided to cooperate. Check out our other guides for The Crown Tundra expansion, such as the Crown Tundra Regis and Dynamax Adventures shinies, as they will be coming thick and fast!