Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid event schedule

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid event schedule
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry

Last updated 

27th Feb 2024 17:30


Tera Raids are an important part of the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet experience, so we've got the schedule of all upcoming events so you don't miss out on battling (and catching) a rare 'mon.

Similar to Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword & Shield, these challenging events require you to team up with three other Trainers - online or locally - to defeat powerful Tera Pokemon together. Often these are rare Pokemon that can't normally be found in the Paldea region.

Tera Raids can be found all over the map in the game, but the rarest bosses will usually only appear for a brief window of time, so it's important to keep up to date with when they'll occur.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid schedule

Here's the schedule of all current and upcoming Tera Raid events in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet:

Pokemon Tera Type Start Date End Date
Venusaur Ground February 28, 2024, at 12AM UTC March 5, 2024, at 11:59PM UTC
Blastoise Steel March 6, 2024, at 12AM UTC March 12, 2024, at 11:59PM UTC
Charizard Dragon March 13, 2024, at 12AM UTC March 17, 2024, at 11:59PM UTC

These Pokemon will have the Mightiest Mark, which means you can only catch one per save file. You can still take part in further Tera Raids to earn other rewards - you just won't be able to catch them.

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.

A Tera Raid on the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet map
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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.

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

Trainers in a Tera Raid Battle in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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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. 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.

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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
Empoleon Ice February 2 - February 4, 2024
Flutter Mane & Iron Jugulis Various January 26 - January 28, 2024
Blaziken Flying January 12 - January 14, 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, 2023
Eevee Normal November 17 - November 20, 2023
Hisuian Typhlosion Fire November 3 - November 5, 2023
Mismagius Ghost October 27 - October 31, 2023
Blissey Various October 20 - October 22, 2023
Hisuian Decidueye Grass October 6 - October 8, 2023
Slither Wing & Iron Moth Various September 22 - September 24, 2023
Mewtwo Psychic September 1 - September 17, 2023
Rillaboom Normal July 28 - July 30, 2023
Delphox Fairy July 7 - July 9, 2023
Chest Form Gimmighoul Various June 21 - July 2, 2023
Chesnaught Rock June 16 - June 18, 2023
Great Tusk & Iron Treads Various June 16 - June 18, 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!

Make sure you visit our Pokemon homepage for more guides or check out the latest Mystery Gift codes in Scarlet & Violet to grab yourself some freebies.

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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