Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - Tera Raids explained

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In the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet titles, the game is bringing back a recently introduced multiplayer experience, Raids. The new version is called Tera Raids. In this guide, we'll detail everything that we know about Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Tera Raids and how they work.

In the game, there's a new form that Pokemon can take on called Terastal. The Pokemon in this game have a Tera Type, and these raids can be a way to get more rare Pokemon with rarer Tera typings.

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What are Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Raids were introduced in their first form in Pokemon Go, and were iterated on in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This iteration of Raids is more akin to the Sword and Shield version. Players will see in the open world crystal formations. When you interact with them, you'll be given the option to fight the Pokemon at the crystal.

These encounters are a multiplayer in nature, so players can either matchmake with random people, or you can have a party of friends to help take it down. Once you've defeated the Pokemon, you'll have the opportunity to catch it.

Screenshot of a Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

These raids have improved in function from the Sword and Shield ones as well. In the older raids, you had to wait for your teammates to make their moves before you could procede with your next attack or heal. This time, players are able to perform actions independantly of their team, speeding up the pacing of these fights.


Are we getting Gigantamax Pokemon in Tera Raids?

One thing that Sword and Shield had in their raids was Gigantamax Pokemon. These okemon would be far larger and have special Gigantamax moves in battle. While we haven't heard whether or not we'll be seeing any officially, we'd guess that we probably won't see them.

Gigantamax was a form that was in the generation 8 Galar region. Since the Paldera region has Terastal as it's regional form, there's a low chance that there will be any cross over between them, at least at launch.

When can players do Tera Raids?

As far as we know, Tera Raids will be available at the game's launch on November 18, 2022. Now we should expect that more Pokemon will be added to the list of encounters as they were in Sword and Shield, especially if there's going to be DLC.

And there we have it. That's all the info that we have about Tera Raids right now, but as more information comes out, we'll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime be sure to check out our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Starter Guide, so know which Pokemon to pick to start your journey!