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How to Find and Challenge a Tera Raid Battle in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Challenging Tera Raid Battles is a lot easier than it looks
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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are adding a lot of new features to the franchise, one of which being Tera Raid Battles. Tera Raid Battles are incredibly difficult Pokémon battles that pit you up against ridiculously strong Terastallized Pokémon; you can go up against these massive monsters solo or with friends, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be victorious! Keep reading if you want to know how to find and challenge Tera Raid Battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet!

How to Find and Challenge a Tera Raid Battle in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Tera Raid Battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are similar to the Max Raid Battles in Pokémon Sword and Shield; they’re just as deadly, just as rewarding, and just as terrifying! Finding Tera Raid Battles in the wild is one thing, but challenging them is a whole different story. Make sure you’re healed up and ready to fight before you go hunting for one of these

How to Find a Tera Raid Battle

Finding Tera Raid Battles is a lot easier than beating them, so be sure to have some strong Pokémon on your team before you go looking for some. Tera Raid Battles are similar to the Max Raid Battles from Pokémon Sword and Shield; you have to locate and interact with small, specific structures that are secretly housing extremely powerful Pokémon. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, these structures are called Crystals.

These Crystals are large, glittery crystalline structures that are very hard to miss if you’re looking for them. The color of the Crystal is determined by the Tera type of the Pokémon inside. All you need to do to find one is simply go out looking, they’re definitely not scarce and are scattered throughout the Paldea region.

How to Challenge a Tera Raid Battle

Once you’ve found a Crystal and are ready to battle, simply walk up to the Crystal and interact with it. Interacting with the Crystal should bring up a menu (similar to the menu in Pokémon Sword and Shield at the start of Max Raid Battles) that allows you to take a peek at the difficulty level of the battle, your battle options, and a silhouette of the Tera Pokémon.

You can challenge these Tera Raid Battles solo or with a group, but it’s definitely recommended that you bring at least one other person with you; these battles are no joke! You definitely shouldn’t underestimate a Tera Raid Battle, Tera Pokémon are a lot tougher than they look.

Once it’s been defeated, you can choose to let the Tera Pokémon go or you can choose to catch it. Catching the Tera Pokémon in Tera Raid Battles is always recommended, since you can get Pokémon with extremely rare Tera types from these types of battles.

Related: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Gym Types

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the most unique Pokémon games yet; don’t miss out on your chance to explore this brand new region with brand new Pokémon! Stick with Gamer Journalist for more helpful guides on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet!

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Allysen Pierce is a freelance writer with a passion for gaming who has been a part of the Gamer Journalist team since May 2022. Her main passions are horror games and dating sims (especially combinations of the two), but she has been known to play literally anything that is put in front of her. Her current favorite games include Skyrim, I Was a Teenage Exocolonist, Cult of the Lamb, Slaughter Horse, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. When she's not playing games (or writing about them), she can be found reading, baking, watching horror movies, or playing with her cat.

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