Pokémon Scarlet and Violet - Best Pokemon for Tera Raid Battles

Best Pokemon for Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Pokemon SV), including each recommended Pokemon's type, how to get them, and characteristics that make them the best choices for raids.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Best Pokemon for Tera Raid Battles

Best Pokemon for Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

This page contains the best Pokemon for Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Pokemon SV), including each recommended Pokemon’s type, how to get them, and characteristics that make them the best choices for raids.

For a list of all new, regional, and returning Pokémon in the game, visit our Paldea Region Pokémon List:

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Paldea Region Pokémon List

For a list of new Pokémon that will debut in the game, visit our New Pokémon List:

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet New Pokémon List

For a list of Pokémon with new Paldean Forms, visit our Paldean Pokémon List:

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Paldean Pokémon List

For the Overall Best Gen 9 Starter, read our guide:

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Best Starter to Choose

For the Overall Best Pokemon for clearing the Main Story, read our guide:

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Best Pokemon for Main Story Clearing

List of Recommended Pokemon for Tera Raid Battles

Pokemon Type How to Get
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - KoraidonKoraidon Fighting/Dragon Can be caught during the main story and post-game stages (Pokemon Scarlet only).
Characteristics
  • Screech to greatly lower enemy defense
  • Impressive self-sustain and damage output with Swords Dance-Drain Punch combo
  • Very high stats across the board, making it excellent for high-level raids
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - MiraidonMiraiodon Electric/Dragon Can be caught during the main story and post-game stages (Pokemon Violet only).
Characteristics
  • Metal Sound to greatly lower enemy defense before using Electro Drift for massive damage
  • Arguably the best Pokemon to use for its damage output alone
  • Very high stats across the board, making it excellent for high-level raids
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - MagnezoneMagnezone Electric/Steel Catch Magnemite in Grass and Town biomes at East Province – Area Three and Area Two. Then, level it up to 30 to evolve it to Magneton and use a Thunder Stone to evolve it to Magnezone.
Characteristics Metal Sound to greatly lower enemy defense before using Zap Cannon for massive damage.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Iron HandsIron Hands Fighting/Electric Can be caught at Area Zero: 20% chance to appear in the Grass biome and 10% chance to appear in the Underground biome during the post-game stages (Pokemon Violet only)
Characteristics Belly Drum grants a massive +6 stages to attack power at the cost of reducing HP by half.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Iron MothIron Moth Fire/Poison Can be caught at Area Zero: 15% chance to appear in the Grass biome during the post-game stages (Pokemon Violet only)
Characteristics
  • Best Fire-type special attacker.
  • Sludge Wave for added steady damage-over-time.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - SkeledirgeSkeledirge Fire/Ghost Choose Fuecoco as a Starter Pokemon. Then,level it up to 16 to evolve it to Crocalator and up to 36 to evolve it to Skeledirge.
Characteristics
  • Highly advantageous Fire/Ghost typing.
  • Unaware Hidden Ability lets it ignore stats changes gained by the opponent.
Perrserker Steel Obtain a Galarian Meowth by taking and completing all language courses from Mr. Salvatore. Then, level it up to 28 to evolve it to Perrserker.
Characteristics Very high damage output using Steel moves thanks to Steel Spirit Hidden Ability.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - AzumarillAzumarill Fairy/Water Catch Marill at East Province – Area Two. Then, level it up to 18 to evolve it to Azumarill.
Characteristics
  • Highly advantageous Fairy/Water typing
  • Huge Power Ability doubles attack power for impressive damage output
  • Access to various powerful moves, particularly Aqua Tail and Play Rough
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - CeruledgeCeruledge Fire/Ghost Catch Charcadet in various biomes all around Paldea Region. Then, give it a Malicious Armor (obtained by trading 10 Sinistea Chips with the old man at Zapapico) to evolve it to Ceruledge (Pokemon Violet only).
Characteristics
  • Highly advantageous Fire/Ghost typing.
  • High Fire-type damage output using Swords Dance and Bitter Blade.
  • Added utility with Clear Smog (reset all stat levels to 0).
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - GarchompGarchomp Dragon/Ground Catch Gible at Cave biomes in South Province – Area Six, West Province – Area One, and West Province – Area Two. Then, level it up to 24 to evolve it to Gabite and up to 48 to evolve it to Garchomp.
Characteristics
  • Excellent Dragon/Ground physical attacker
  • Impressive damage output with Dragon Rush
  • High stats across the board, making it excellent for high-level raids

Tera Raid Battle Tips

Attack power should be the top priority.

As much as possible, use Pokemon with very high attack and special attack power for Tera Raid Battles. Since the raid has a time limit, you must take down the wild Terastal Pokemon in the fastest time possible.

For this reason, the flagship Legendary Pokemon Koraidon and Miraidon are among the best Pokemon to use for Tera Raid Battles. Both Legendaries boast impressive stats overall and can dish out massive amount of damage in a few turns.

Use Held Items to boost attack power.

Make sure your Pokemon use Held Items that raise their damage output as well before going into battle against wild Terastal Pokemon. Below is a list of recommended Held Items to use for Tera Raid Battles.

Held Item Description How to Get
Choice Band An item to be held by a Pokemon. This curious headband boosts the holder’s Attack stat but only allows the use of a single move. Purchase for 100,000 Pokedollars at Delibird Presents (Mesagoza)
Choice Specs An item to be held by a Pokemon. These curious glasses boost the holder’s Sp. Atk stat but only allow the use of a single move. Purchase for 100,000 Pokedollars at Delibird Presents (Mesagoza)
Punching Glove An item to be held by a Pokemon. This protective glove boosts the power of the holder’s punching moves and prevents direct contact with targets. Purchase for 15,000 Pokedollars at Delibird Presents (Mesagoza)
Life Orb An item to be held by a Pokemon. It boosts the power of the holder’s moves, but the holder also loses a small amount of HP with each attack it lands. Purchase for 50,000 Pokedollars at Delibird Presents (Mesagoza)

Do Hyper Training

You can have your Pokemon undergo Hyper Training to further increase their attack and special attack power by talking to the Hyper Training near Montenevera Town (Ryme, the Ghost Gym Leader’s town) after beating the game. Note that you will need Bottlecaps and Gold Bottle Caps to undergo Hyper Training.

Item Description How to Get
Bottle Cap A lovely silver bottle cap. Certain people are delighted to be given one of these. Purchase for 20,000 Pokedollars at Delibird Delights (Mesagoza, Levincia, and Cascarrafa), reward from 5★ and 6★ Tera Raid Battles, Porto Marinada Auction.
Gold Bottle Cap A lovely gold bottle cap, which is even rarer than a silver bottle cap. Certain people are delighted to be given one of these. Porto Marinada Auction

Exploit the wild Terastal Pokemon’s Tera Type weakness.

Always take note of the wild Terastal Pokemon’s Tera Type from the raid preparation menu before starting the battle. It will be much easier to clear the raid if you can exploit the enemy’s weakness with and without Terastallizing. Otherwise, it will take you much longer to defeat wild Terastal Pokemon which have enormous HP in addition to being able to hit harder as well.

Use Pokemon with self-buff Abilities that increase their attack and special attack power

Certain Pokemon will have Abilities that grant them good boosts in damage output whenever they take damage themselves or are hit with the enemy’s debuffs. Bellibolt, for instance, has Electromorphosis which powers up its Electric moves whenever it receives damage. Another Pokemon is Bisharp who has Defiant that activates a damage buff when its stats are reduced through an opponent’s move or Ability.

Work with other players online, particularly for post-game Tera Raid Battles (5★ and above).

While Tera Raid Battles with star levels of 4★ and below can be cleared with little to no trouble solo (offline), you will need to work with other players for any 5★, 6★, or 7★ raid. Wild Terastal Pokemon encountered in these raids will be at level 75 and have massive amounts of HP, making them extremely difficult to defeat within the time limit. Try to assemble a competent team of friends when running high-level Tera Raid Battles as much as possible.

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