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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Guide: Best Pokémon, Strategies, More

Here is everything you need to know about Tera Raid Battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Guide: Best Pokémon, Strategies, More

After you beat the main storyline in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there is a ton of post-game content out there to try out. One of the most fun things to do is participate in Tera Raid battles. These are co-op events you can join with three other players in order to snag particularly powerful Pokémon. However, unlike Dynamax raids, these raids actually require you to bring powerful Pokémon and work as a team to conquer. 

So, if you're looking to take down the most difficult of Tera Raids and snag the most powerful of Pokémon, you've come to the right place. This article will cover everything you need to know about Tera Raid battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, including the best raid Pokémon, unique strategies, and more!

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Best Tera Raid Pokémon

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Participate in Tera Raid battles with people all over the world!

As mentioned, Raid battles are a lot different in Scarlet and Violet than they were in Sword and Shield. You won't be able to just bring the box art legendary and spam its signature move here, you'll need to bring not only a Pokémon that can counter the Raid boss's Tera type, but one that is also resistant to the moves of the Raid boss's regular type. For example, you could bring a Steel-type to a Fairy-type Tera Raid, but if the Raid boss is usually a Fire-type, it will still have Fire-type attacks to deal with you. 

Here are some of the best Raid Pokémon that people have been using depending on the type and Tera-type of the Raid boss:

  • Azumarill (Belly Drum)
  • Gholdengo
  • Miraidon
  • Koraidon
  • Iron Hands (Belly Drum)
  • Tinkaton

Tinkaton especially is very strong because of its signature move Gigaton Hammer which has 160 Base power. 

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Best Tera Raid Strategies

Tera Raid Battle
Tinkaton is one of the best Tera Raid Pokémon.

Naturally, it will be difficult to have any kind of strategy if you are playing with random strangers from across the world who likely don't even speak your language. That is why, generally, it is good to bring Pokémon who can fend for themselves without much support.

Pokémon like Azumarill and Iron Hands can use Belly Drum to maximize their attack before dealing massive damage to the enemy. Similarly, Tinkaton can boost up and spam Gigaton Hammer without needing any support. 

How To Beat Five And Six Star Raids In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Tera Raid battle
People have already discovered several strategies to beat Tera Raid battles!

If you are looking for a very easy way to cheese Tera Raids, you're in luck! By completing Language courses at the school in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, players are able to obtain a Galarian Meowth. When evolved into Perserrker and given an Ability Patch to acquire its hidden ability, you will have access to Steely Spirit.

This boosts all Steel-type attacks for you and your allies by 50%, and it stacks. So, if you and three other people all bring Steely Spirit Perrserkers into the raid, you can easily one-shot almost anything that doesn't resist Steel! This does require some communication, so make sure you hop into Discord to talk things through beforehand. Here is a general strategy guide. 

Host's Perserrker:

  • Swords Dance
  • Taunt
  • Iron Head
  • Screech
  • @Lum Berry

Joiner's Perserrker:

  • Screech
  • Taunt
  • Iron Head
  • Helping Hand
  • @Metal Coat

The general strategy is to power up the host to the point it can one-shot anything. This can be done in either two or three turns, depending on the enemy (referred to as T2 or T3). Here are the strategies:

T2:

  1. On Turn 1: The host taunts the enemy so it cannot inflict a status effect (carrying Lum Berry just in case). The three joiners wait for the taunt and then use Screech. 
  2. On Turn 2: The three joiners use Helping Hand on the host, and the host uses Iron Head. 
  3. Continue to use Helping Hand, Heal Cheers, and Iron Head when necessary.

T3:

  1. On Turn 1: The host taunts the enemy so it cannot inflict a status effect (carrying Lum Berry just in case). The three joiners wait for the taunt and then use Screech. 
  2. On Turn 2: The host will use Swords Dance while the three joiners cheer All Out Attack to boost the party's Attack stat. 
  3. On Turn 3: The three joiners use Helping Hand on the host, and the host uses Iron Head. 
  4. Continue to use Helping Hand, Heal Cheers, and Iron Head when necessary.

This strategy will not work everytime as Pokémon with Defiant have to be played around. But it is a very consistent strategy. Although, it does require you to have a level 100 Perserrker with the Steely Spirit hidden ability, Adamant nature, Perfect IVs (or IVs that have been Hyper Trained), and max Attack/HP EV investment. Good luck!


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