Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid event schedule

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid event schedule
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry & Ben Williams

Last updated 

20th May 2024 11:08


Taking part in Tera Raids is the best way to catch rare and powerful creatures in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, including Paradox Pokemon like Walking Wake and Iron Leaves.

With new Tera Raids popping up regularly, it can be a challenge to keep up - especially since each one only runs for a short time. Below, you'll find details on the current events as well as how to unlock and win these higher-level raids in the game.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid schedule

Here are the current and upcoming Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet:

Pokemon Tera Type Start Date End Date
Sandy Shocks Various May 24 at 00:00 UTC May 26 at 23:59 UTC
Iron Thorns Various May 24 at 00:00 UTC May 26 at 23:59 UTC

Sandy Shocks will appear in Tera Raids for Pokemon Scarlet players, while Iron Thorns will appear in Tera Raids for Pokemon Violet players. They will have random Tera Types so you can catch different variations.

Remember, you can use the Poke Portal to join Tera Raids with other Trainers around the world. This is a great way to get the Paradox Pokemon that doesn't appear in your version of the game.

Sandy Shocks and Iron Thorns in Tera Raids
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Where to find Tera Raids

The easiest way to find a Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet is to open the map by pressing the Y button and then look for colourful hexagons with type symbols inside of them. The colour and type symbol indicates what Tera Type the Pokemon here will have.

Once you've picked the Tera Raid you want to visit, press the A button to set it as your destination and make your way over there. Although you'll know the featured Tera Type, you won't know what Pokemon you'll be battling until you interact with the Tera Raid crystal.

A Tera Raid on the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet map
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You can also spot Tera Raids in the distance while exploring the Paldea region or the Kitakami region, as the crystals emit a glowing ray of light up into the sky. Follow these and you'll find yourself at a Tera Raid!

The other way to take part in Tera Raid Battles is to enter the Poke Portal from the in-game menu and select Tera Raid Battle. Make sure you're connected to the internet (press the L button) and you'll see a range of Tera Raids you can join.

Tera Raid Battle menu in the Poke Portal
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How to unlock 5-Star, 6-Star & 7-Star Tera Raids

Plenty of Tera Raids will be available once you've embarked on your journey to complete the Treasure Hunt in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet's main story campaign, but higher tier Tera Raids won't be unlocked until later on.

5-Star Tera Raids are unlocked once you've completed the main story campaign. Meanwhile, 6-Star Tera Raids and 7-Star Tera Raids will be unlocked once you've completed the post-game story down in Area Zero.

6-Star and 7-Star Tera Raids appear as black crystals on the map, and they're incredibly difficult battles to win. Although 6-Stars can appear at any time, 7-Stars will only appear during special events.

How to win Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

When entering a Tera Raid Battle, the most important thing you can do is bring a strong Pokemon that can target the Tera Pokemon's weaknesses and also resist its attacks.

That's where things get a little tricky, as Tera Raids feature terastallized Pokemon that often take on different typings. Let's say, for example, you find yourself battling against a Charizard that has an Electric Tera Type.

Trainers in a Tera Raid Battle in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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In this case, Charizard will still be able to use Fire-type attacks, but defensively it will be an Electric-type.

While you might traditionally use a Water-type Pokemon to tackle a Charizard, that won't work very well in this scenario, as Water-type attacks aren't effective against Electric-types. A good choice would be a Ground-type Pokemon, as it will be super-effective against the Electric-type Charizard when attacking but won't be vulnerable to its Fire-type attacks.

In my experience, low-tier Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet don't usually require too much strategy, but when you reach the higher-tier Tera Raids like 6-Star and 7-Star opponents, you'll need to seriously think about your team composition and work in unison with your teammates if you want to be victorious.

Walking Wake in a Tera Raid Battle
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The best way to do this is to team up with a group of Trainers you know in real life so you can communicate strategies and be completely in sync.

But if that's not possible, take a look at what Pokemon your random teammates are using and make sure you're able to support one another. If they're all using strong attackers, you might want to choose a defensive Pokemon who can heal them.

A final thing to think about when entering a high-tier Tera Raid Battle is what held item your Pokemon has.

This might not seem that important, but it can give you the edge you need in a difficult battle, like the Shell Bell which restores a little bit of health to your Pokemon when it lands an attack. Just make sure to check for any negative effects your held item might also have.

The good news is that when you win a Tera Raid Battle, you'll be able to catch the Pokemon you've defeated. It's a guaranteed catch, so you can use whichever Poke Ball you prefer.

Personally, I love using a Premier Ball on my favourite Tera Raid Pokemon as it makes them feel extra special.

List of previous Tera Raid events

Here are some of the recent Tera Raid events and headliners that you've missed out on:

Pokemon Tera Type Dates
Primarina Fairy May 10 - May 12 & May 17 - May 19, 2024
Walking Wake Water April 26 - May 6, 2024
Iron Leaves Psychic April 26 - May 6, 2024
Meganium Psychic April 5 - April 7 & April 12 - April 14, 2024
Brute Bonnet & Iron Hands Various March 22 - March 24, 2024
Charizard Dragon March 13 - March 17, 2024
Blastoise Steel March 6 - March 12, 2024
Venusaur Ground February 28 - March 5, 2024
Empoleon Ice February 2 - February 4 & February 9 - February 11, 2024
Flutter Mane & Iron Jugulis Various January 26 - January 28, 2024
Blaziken Flying January 12 - January 14 & January 19 - January 21, 2024
Walking Wake Water December 25, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Iron Leaves Psychic December 25, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Iron Bundle Ice December 22 - December 24, 2023
Dialga Dragon December 8 - December 21, 2023
Palkia Dragon December 8 - December 21, 2023
Hisuian Samurott
Water November 24 - November 26 & December 1 - December 3, 2023
Eevee Normal November 17 - November 20, 2023
Hisuian Typhlosion Fire November 3 - November 5 & November 10 - November 12, 2023
Mismagius Ghost October 27 - October 31, 2023
Blissey Various October 20 - October 22, 2023
Hisuian Decidueye Grass October 6 - October 8 & October 13 - 15, 2023
Slither Wing & Iron Moth Various September 22 - September 24, 2023
Mewtwo Psychic September 1 - September 17, 2023
Hatterene, Grimmsnarl & Blissey  Random August 18 - August 31 & September 1 - September 17, 2023
Scizor, Hydreigon & Blissey Random August 18 - August 31 & September 1 - September 17, 2023
Rillaboom Normal July 28 - July 30 & August 4 - August 6, 2023
Delphox Fairy July 7 - July 9 & July 14 - July 16, 2023
Chest Form Gimmighoul Various June 21 - July 2, 2023
Chesnaught Rock June 16 - June 18, 2023
Great Tusk & Iron Treads Various May 19 & June 16 - June 18, 2023 
Inteleon Ice April 28 - April 30 & May 5 - May 7, 2023
Typhlosion  Ghost April 14 - April 16 & April 21 - April 23, 2023
Ditto Random April 7 - April 9, 2023
Samurott Bug March 31 - April 2 & April 7 - April 9, 2023
Blissey Random March 24 - March 26 & April 21 - 23, 2023
Decidueye Flying March 17 - March 19 & March 24 - March 26, 2023
Walking Wake Water May 1 - May 14, 2023
Iron Leaves Psychic May 1 - May 14, 2023
Inteleon Ice April 28 - April 30, 2023
Typhlosion Ghost April 14 - April 16, 2023
Samurott Bug March 31 - April 2, 2023
Decidueye Flying March 17 - March 19, 2023

While these headliners have come and gone, there's always a chance that the starring Pokemon could return in a future Tera Raid event, so keep your fingers crossed!

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Daniel Megarry
About the author
Daniel Megarry
Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].
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