Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles 2023 – counter Greninja

Our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battle guide has all you need to know about these souped-up challenges littered all across Paldea

Pokemon Scarlet Violet tera raid battles: a screenshot from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet shows an image of a tera radi featuring greninja, but it is blurred. In front of this is key art of the frog ninja Pokémon Greninja

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles are exciting unique battles in Paldea, with fantastical ‘mons up for grabs. Similar to Sword and Shield’s max raid battles, these collaborative challenges see you try and take down a Pokémon with a typing twist, in an all-new concept for the ninth generation of catching ’em all.

For even more great coverage on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, be sure to check out our fantastic guides. We’ve covered Pokémon Scarlet & Violet co-op, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Paldea region, and the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet legendaries.

Here’s our guide to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles.

What are the current Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid events?

Every now and then, you can take part in special Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid events to get special ‘mons. By approaching tera crystals on your map or accessing the Poké Portal, you can join in the events below when they take place (so make a note on your calendar!)

Pokémon Date Stars Tera Type Location Version
Drifblim Jan 19 – Jan 22 Four/Five Random Global Scarlet
Mismagius Jan 19 – Jan 22 Four/Five Random Global Violet
Greninja Jan 26 – Jan 29 Seven Poison Global Both
Greninja Feb 9 – Feb 13 Seven Poison Global Both
Tandemaus Feb 12 – Feb 15 Four/Five Fairy Global Both

Pokemon Scarlet Violet tera raid battles: a screenshot from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet shows an image of a tera raid featuring greninja

How do I counter Mightiest Mark Greninja in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raids events?

Greninja is currently live, and as such, people are building techniques to take this powerful foe down. Popular picks so far are Gastrodon, Clodsire, Lucario, and Bronzong. Greninja has the poison tera-type, so players must be mindful of both it’s water moves and the poison STAB move Gunk Shot.

The most popular counter so far is Slowbro, with a huge special defence, and the chance for a huge special attack thanks to iron defence and stored power. To learn how to build the perfect Slowbro, follow this tutorial from AbdallahSmash on YouTube below.

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Meanwhile, to learn more about Greninja, including its moves, ability, and the specific way it counters, watch this fantastic tutorial from AustinJohnPlays on YouTube below.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles: four Pokemon battle a terastal Pokemon, and are all bathed in a bright energy

What are Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles?

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s tera raid battles are limited-time four vs one Pokémon battles between four trainers and one terastallized Pokémon. These powered-up Pokémon are much stronger than regular Pokémon, so it takes all four trainers to bring them down. You can play online with three other friends, or you can play offline and fill the vacant spots with NPC players.

If you ever took part in Pokémon Sword and Shield’s max raid battles, this mechanic has been brought over largely intact with the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles, but with a few key differences. First of all, players no longer wait for other people to take their turns, with everyone attacking on their own schedule. So keep attacking, and keep an eye on what your teammates are doing.

Additionally, as well as the ability to use your regular movies is the new ability to cheer. Using the cheer move takes up a regular move slot, but rewards every single Pokémon on your side, including those of your allies. The buffs available from using cheer include increases to attack, special attack, defence, and special defence.

Pokémon who appear in tera raids are Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Terastal Pokémon, so in line with this new mechanic, they may have a tera type that is different from their regular type. This makes planning for these battles much tricker than before and will add new importance to a Pokémon’s move set and clever type coverage. This also means tera raid Pokémon are unpredictable, adding freshness to each battle and a nice amount of longevity to the new-for-this-generation battle mechanic.

How do I find Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles?

You can find Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles in the open plains of Paldea, in the form of shining crystals. The colour of the crystal matches the tera type of the Pokémon within, so if you find a green crystal, you’re about to battle a Pokémon with the grass tera type. As you explore, a shining light will shoot upwards from these crystals making them easier to spot.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles: a menu shows the option to enter a tera raid battle, with options for choosing different pokemon, and a visible link code

How do I play Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid battles with friends?

Once you engage with a shining crystal in the overworld, trainers can choose to either challenge the tera raid as a group with other players online, challenge them alone, and also have the option to choose from your current Pokémon team or those in your Pokémon box.

When you decide to challenge a tera raid, you can search for allies online, or you try to join other allies by using a link code. Just like Sword and Shield, you can play with friends by using a link code, or without one, if you’re playing multiplayer in the overworld.

How do I catch Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raid Pokémon?

If you defeat a tera Pokémon in a tera raid before the allotted time limit ends, you’re presented with the opportunity to catch that specific Pokémon. Regardless of whether you catch the Pokémon, successfully defeating it in a tera raid will always reward you with useful items.

There you have it, all you need to know about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet tera raids. For more help picking the right fight on your trip through Paldea, check out our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet gym leaders guide.