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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s 7-Star Tera Raid Battles Explained

Raid Battles originated in Pokemon GO and there were even Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Now, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has Tera Raid Battles.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are the ninth generation of mainline Pokemon games, and fans are loving going on their Pokemon journeys through the vast open world of the Paldea Region. Each generation of Pokemon games comes with a new gameplay mechanic of some kind. Generation 2 brough breeding, generation 3 brough abilities, generation 4 split physical and special damage, etc.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet bring the Terastalizing phenomenon as well as Tera Raid Battles. In the Paldea region, when Pokemon terastalize, they shimmer and glow like a gem and a Tera Jewel appears on their head. Some Pokemon can even experience type changes and have a separate Tera Type, which allows for more intense strategizing during battles.

Tera Raid Battles

The new Tera Raid battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are fought in teams of 4 that must damage a terastalized Pokemon enough until it is ready to either be defeated or captured.

Tera Raid battles are available around the world in the Paldea region. When player approach a Tera Crystal, they are able to participate in a team Tera Raid battle. There is no better way to catch rare Pokemon, gather some Tera Shards, gain experience, money, and LP, and also get some rare ingredients for meal powers.

These Tera Raid battles are divided into different tiers, scaled on a numbered star system. Here is a detailed view at each of the different rated Tera Raid battles:

Star Rating
HP Modifier
During battle
When caught
Best IVs
5x12121From Beginning
Unavailable after ending credits
★★5x20201From Beginning
Unavailable after ending credits
★★★8x35352Obtain Three Badges
★★★★12x45453Obtain Six Badges
★★★★★20x75754Available after ending credits
(Only one per real-life day)
25x90755Complete Academy Ace Tournament
& Complete 10 4★ or 5★ Raids
(Only one per real-life day)
30x1001006Complete Academy Ace Tournament
& Complete 10 4★ or 5★ Raids
Source: Bulbapedia

7-Star Tera Raid Battles

The most difficult Tera Raid Battles in the game, the 7-star Tera Raids have players up against lvl 100 Pokemon with perfect IVs (Individual Values in combat statistics).

The first 7-Star Tera Raid to take place was against Unrivaled Charizard and ran from 12/2 to 12/4 and again from 12/16 to 12/18. The second one was against Unrivaled Cinderace and ran from 12/30 to 1/1 and is scheduled to run again from 1/13 to 1/15.

These 7-Star Tera Raids are only available to players after they have completed the main story of the game and once they have completed at least ten 4 or 5 star raids. Once they have done this, players will be able to find black Tera Crystals once per day that have 6-Star Tera Raids and also, during the event time, 7-Star Tera Raids.

Next 7-Star Tera Raids?

The second 7-Star Tera Raid with Cinderace came 2 weeks after the second round of the first one, so it is expected that the next one will be 2 weeks after Cinderace’s 2nd round as well.

Since the first two 7-Star Tera Raid Battles have been against starter Pokemon in their final evolution from previous Pokemon generations, it is safe to assume that the next one will be as well. Also, both Charizard and Cinderace are fire-types, which means the next Raid could also be against a fire-type. That leaves the following list of possible Pokemon:

  • Emboar
  • Typhlosian
  • Infernape
  • Delphox
  • Incineroar
  • Blaziken

Of all of these, the most interesting encounter would be if the developers chose to use the Hisuian Typhlosian, which already is a Fire/Ghost type. So, if they give the 7-Star Tera Raid version a separate Tera type, this could end up being one of the most powerful Pokemon in the game.

Whatever the Pokemon is, fans are sure to enjoy participating in the challenging Raid Battle and getting their hands on a strong addition to their Pokemon Team. The next 7-Star Tera Raid is expected to come at the end of January, two weeks after the second round of Cinderace.

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Aneesh Shukla

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