Pokémon Scarlet and Violet - Terastallizing Guide

Terastallizing guide for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, including basic mechanics of Terastallizing, advantages, and other useful tips.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Terastal Phenomenon Guide

Terastallizing Guide for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet

This page contains a guide on Terastallizing in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet (Pokémon SV), including basic mechanics of the feature introduced in Gen 9, advantages, and useful tips in the battle.

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What is Terastallizing?

From Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Official Website

“The primary feature of Terastallizing in battle is that it changes your Pokémon’s type to its Tera Type. Pokémon don’t outwardly show what their Tera Type is until they Terastallize—a fact that you can use to take opponents by surprise in battle. Combining Tera Types with different moves and Abilities can open up near-infinite strategic possibilities.​”

Terastallizing Effects and Uses

Change your Pokémon’s type to turn the tables.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Terastal Phenomenon

Tyranitar, a Pokémon who is normally Rock/Dark type, can change into a Ghost type after Terastallizing. When getting hit by a Fighting type move, Tyranitar will normally suffer x4 damage because of its original typing. Changing into Ghost type through Terastallizing, however, will cause Tyranitar to become unaffected by the attack.

Combining Terastallizing with Abilities.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Combine With Traits

Coalossal can make use of Terastallizing to make optimal use of its Steam Engine Ability. After changing to the Water type, the Pokémon can take less damage and receive a boost to its Speed when it gets hit by a Water-type move.

Tera Blast

Changes Move Types to Tera Type

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Tera Blast

Tera Blast is a Normal-type move that can be learned with a TM (Technical Machine). When used by a Terastallized Pokémon, it becomes a move of the same type as the Pokémon’s Tera Type. This move can change the flow of the battle when used under the right circumstances.​ Tera Blast has an attack power of 80 and inflicts damage based on either Attack or Sp. Atk stat (the higher of the two will be used).

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Changing your Pokémon’s Tera Type

Terastallizing Mechanics and Specifications

Doubles the Attack or Special Attack Power when Move and Pokémon Type match.

The Pokémon series features a mechanic called same-type attack bonus (STAB) where using a move of the same type as the Pokémon’s type will cause the move’s power to increase by 1.5 times. However, if you Terastal to the original type of the Pokémon, the power of the attack will increase from 1.5 times to 2 times.

Attack power is raised by only 1.5 times when the move and Pokémon type do not match.

If you Terastal to a type that the Pokémon didn’t originally have, the power of the Terastal type move will only increase from 1x to 1.5x. This scales with the attack power of matching move and Pokémon type.

Original STAB move-type pairings still apply even when you Terastal.

For example, even if Pikachu (originally an Electric type) becomes a Fire-type through Terastal, its original type Electric type moves can still be used to gain 1.5 times attack power through STAB. Electric x Fire isn’t that good together, but since Pikachu became Fire type in Terastal, it won’t become quadruple, it will stay double like it was when it was the original type.

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