The latest Pokémon games are here, and there’s plenty for players to do with this open-world theme.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet include a new feature called Tera Raid Battles, which is another way for players to take on Pokémon. However, unlike the normal battles, this is a four-on-one challenge where players choose a specific Pokemon to use on a team to defeat a Terastalized Pokemon.
If you’re thinking of taking on these new types of battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, we’ve got you covered with our Tera Raid Battle Guide. Here’s what you need to know.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: What are Tera Raid Battles?
Tera Raid Battles are a feature introduced with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Exploring the open world, players will come across dozens of large crystals. These crystals are easily visible from a distance and are also marked on the player’s map, which can be accessed at any time by pressing Y.
When interacting with these crystals, players can choose to go it alone – you get three AI allies if you play solo – or they can team up with their online or local friends. Either way, they will challenge a terastalized Pokemon. The computer companions don’t fight nearly as well as real players, so it’s best to team up with people who know what they’re doing when you can. This is a Crystal Coated Pokemon with enhanced abilities, and all four trainers must work together to defeat it before the time limit expires.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: tips and tricks
Tera Raid Battles aren’t too difficult at first, but the more challenging versions you find, the more careful you have to be. There are a few things to consider.
Fully prepared: First of all, don’t worry about boosting your Pokemon’s Health or PP before a battle. It will be refilled automatically before the battle starts, and after you are victorious, it will be refilled a second time. This is a great way to conserve resources when you’re far from a Pokéstop.
Enter weaknesses and star level: If you select the crystal, you will also get an overview of the terastalized Pokémon. The color of the crystal – and the symbol on your map – will let you know what type of Tera you’re dealing with, and you should plan accordingly. For example, if you’re dealing with a Fire Tera-type Pokémon, you might not choose a Grass-type Pokémon. You will also learn how difficult the fight will be. The more stars in the raid, the tougher the Tera-type opponent.
Roles of team members: Next, it’s important to understand that Tera Raid battles work a little differently than regular battles. If you’re fighting with your friends in a team of four, consider assigning roles to having Pokemon that can do great damage, while also having some with positive status effects for the team or even negative status effects for the boss.
Use Status Effects: Poisoning and other damage-over-time effects are obviously very valuable, but the exact moves to use depend on the exact Pokemon you’re dealing with. They also have a time limit, and while that doesn’t matter too much in the 1-star and 2-star raids, it does get harder as things get harder with 5-star to 7-star raids since these get harder Pokémon protect themselves towards the end of the battle with an extra layer of defense. Keep hacking at her with her Tera-type weakness using a strong Pokemon and you will defeat her.
Cheer on your team: Not only can you tell your Pokémon different moves, but you can also use special “Cheers” during a Tera Raid battle. You can cheer to increase team damage, team defense, or let everyone heal. Try to space these out. We’ve found that using three attack moves followed by a cheer is usually a good ratio. It’s also important to keep in mind that Cheers are limited to three uses per fight, so don’t just spam them! Instead, think carefully about what the team really needs.
Bring lots of balls: Always remember to have some spare Poké Balls with you when going into a Tera Raid Battle, something more substantial like Ultra Balls are preferred for harder raids. If you’re successful, at the end of the raid, when the crystal coating shatters, you’ll have a chance to catch the Pokemon you fought. You only need one Poké Ball at a time, so don’t worry about having a supply of hands like when you go Shiny Hunt
Fight in Tera Raids to help level up: If you are successful, you will receive a variety of rewards such as candy and ingredients. So if you’re running low on either of those, a Tera Raid battle or two is a great way to replenish your stash.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: How to Unlock 5 Star and 6 Star Raids
Initially, most of your Tera Raid battles will be one or two star affairs, but that will change over time as 3 star and 4 star battles open up later in the game. Thankfully, accessing the extremely difficult (and rewarding) five-star, six-star, and rare seven-star battles is fairly easy.
To unlock 5-star Tera Raid battles, all you have to do is complete the game’s main story, and these battles will start populating the world. The rare 6-star battles open after you complete the tournaments that unlock after the campaign. It’s also worth noting that there will only be one 6-star fight at a time.
5- and 6-star Tera Raid Battles greatly increase the rewards you unlock, including Herba Mystica, a legendary sandwich ingredient. Herba Mystica can be used to craft sandwiches that increase certain benefits such as: B. increasing the chances of catching Shiny Pokémon when combined with the right ingredients.
Ultra Rare 7-Star Tera Raid Battles are also available, but these are special events announced by The Pokémon Company. Needless to say, these are the absolute hardest Tera Raids Scarlet and Violet have to offer, so give serious consideration to type weaknesses and bring your very best Pokemon into the fray.
Challenge yourself in the world
Even if technical issues keep Pokémon Scarlet and Violet from being in the best Nintendo Switch games of 2022, they’re still entertaining RPGs that help advance the mechanics of the franchise. Part of that is in Tera Raid Battles, with these encounters offering a great variety that shakes up the usual gameplay. If you’re finding the regular battles of collecting all 400 Scarlet and Purple Pokémon tiresome, round up some friends and scour the map for crystals!