The Legendary birds from Pokémon Red and Blue are here, but not as you know them.

This is quest number three from Peony at Freezington. We’ll be heading for the Dyna Tree Hill in the centre of Ballimere Lake, at the southernmost edge of the Crown Tundra. Before starting, you’ll need a bike that can traverse water (obtained from Route 9, after clearing the 6th gym).

If you completed the Regi quest, we suggest beginning your trek from Rock Peak Ruins, at the south-east corner of the Giant’s Bed. From the ruins, head back towards the southern part of the Giant’s Bed. After going through the bunch of trees, there’s a stream on the left.

Get on your bike and follow the stream further in. About halfway along, after the stream dips slightly, there’s a small area of land on the right. Over here, there’s a Life Orb up for grabs, as well as some hidden items by the bushes. Finally, near the end of the stream, disembark on the left to reach Ballimere Lake.

Ballimere Lake

The Tyrantrum roaming around here makes us wonder if we’ve stepped into Pokémon’s Jurassic Park.

When you arrive from the Giant’s Bed, you should be able to see the giant tree in the near distance (you may need to adjust your camera). That’s where you want to go. Inch forward, then turn left and follow the dirt path for a short while. Keep an eye out for a slope going down on the right, just before the cave entrance.

Head down the slope and follow the path that’s in front. If you want to avoid the tall grass, go around from the right. Further ahead, there’s another cave entrance on the left. For now, turn right when you can. Then go along the straight path that leads up to Dyna Tree Hill.

Pokémon Checklist

When you’re not being chased by Boltund, you can find prehistoric Tyrantrum roaming around. Also, depending on the weather, you may catch a glimpse of Dratini and Dragonair in the lake waters and Dragonite on land. Weather not on your side? You can try fishing for Dratini instead.

Dyna Tree Hill

As you transition into this zone, a cutscene will play. You’ll witness the Galarian versions of the Legendary bird trio. Once they notice you, the birds will scatter in different directions. Afterwards, you’ll pick up Peony’s call; he’ll officially declare the start of this quest.

Legendary Clue 3 will become updated. To recap, Galarian Articuno has been spotted in the Crown Tundra, Galarian Moltres is somewhere on the Isle of Armor and Galarian Zapdos is having the time of its life in the base game’s Wild Area. Needless to say, your goal is to find and catch all three birds.

Did we hear somebody say they wanted quick links to reach each individual bird?

While you’re here, feel free to look around near the giant tree. Around the back of the tree, you can pick up a TR66 Brave Bird. Also, why not give the massive tree a good shake (or several)? Something cool might happen if you do. Just be sure to have some fighting fit Pokémon!

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    23 November 2020
    Version History
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

Brand New October 2020:

Version 1.2

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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