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Best Pokemon to use for Tera Raid Battles in Scarlet & Violet: Azumarill, Gholdengo & more

Using the best Pokemon for Tera Raid Battles will make completing the challenge a much easier task in Scarlet and Violet.

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Scarlet Violet Pokemon Iron Hands

These are the best Pokemon that Trainers can use to easily beat Scarlet and Violet Tera Raid Battles.

While Tera Raid Battles in Scarlet and Violet are a great way to secure powerful Pokemon and valuable items, they can prove to be extremely challenging. This is especially true if you’re aiming to solo 5, 6, and 7-star Raid Battles.

Tera Raid Battles are difficult, but completing even the most challenging of Tera Raids is possible with a proper strategy. Entering the battle with the right Pokemon, items, and moves will drastically simplify Tera Raids in Scarlet and Violet.

Here are the best Pokemon for beating Scarlet and Violet Tera Raid Battles.

Best Pokemon to beat Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Battles

For starters, if you’re looking to tackle 5, 6, and 7-star Raid Battles, you’ll want to level your Pokemon to at least 90. Of course, reaching Level 100 is highly recommended as maxed-out stats will provide a major boost.

Bulky Pokemon with excellent Defensive stats tend to do well in Tera Raid Battles. The ability to withstand hits and stick around for as long as possible is key to success in Scarlet and Violet Raid Battles.

Of course, you’ll also want to dish out damage and stat-boosting moves are essential to dealing heavy blows. Whether it’s boosting your own stats or lowering those of Tera Raid Bosses, status moves are very important.

Sylveon build for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raids

Sylveon Pokemon Scarlet Violet
  • Level: 90-100
  • Nature: Modest
  • Ability: Pixelate
  • Held Item: Ability Shield or Covert Cloak
  • Moveset: Hyper Beam, Calm Mind, Hyper Voice, Fake Tears

Sylveon is a fantastic Pokemon to Solo difficult Tera Raid Battles in Scarlet and Violet. The Fairy-type Pokemon does particularly well against Dragon and Dark Tera Type Pokemon.

You’ll want Sylveon to have maximum Special Attack and Special Defense stats. With the Pixelate ability, Sylveon’s Normal-type moves will turn into Fairy-type moves which allow the Pokemon to receive a STAB (Same-type attack bonus) boost.

After a few Calm Minds, which raise Sylveon’s Special Attack and Special Defense, Hyper Beam will dish out a ton of damage. To further weaken the Tera Raid Boss, you can even sneak in a few Fake Tears.

Iron Hands build for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raids

Iron Hands Pokemon Scarlet Violet
  • Level: 90-100
  • Nature: Adamant
  • Ability: Quark Drive
  • Held Item: Energy Booster
  • Moveset: Drain Punch, Close Combat, Belly Drum, Wild Charge

Iron Hands is a naturally bulky Pokemon with an excellent Defense stat. Thanks to Belly Drum, which maximizes the user’s Attack stat for half of its HP, it can also become one of the hardest-hitting Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet.

Drain Punch is a major asset in recuperating the HP that you lost from using Belly Drum. Close Combat is ideal for when you need one last attack to defeat the Tera Raid. Meanwhile, Wild Charge will provide decent coverage against Water and Flying-types.

The Quark Drive and Energy Booster combination will increase Iron Hands’ highest stat by 30%. Either Attack or Defense is a great choice when it comes to its highest stat.

Regardless of your opponent’s Tera Type, you’ll be able to dish out loads of damage.

Azumarill build for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raids

Azumarill Pokemon Scarlet Violet
  • Level: 90-100
  • Nature: Adamant
  • Ability: Huge Power
  • Held Item: Ability Shield
  • Moveset: Belly Drum, Tail Whip, Liquidation, Play Rough

Azumarill has been the most popular Pokemon to use in Scarlet and Violet Tera Raid Battles. The Aqua Rabbit Pokemon was perfect for the Charizard Tera Raid Event and it also works wonders against Fighting Tera Type Cinderace in that Tera Raid Battle.

The Ability Shield item is vital here as it will ensure that Huge Power remains active. Players will look to set up with a Belly Drum to maximize Azumarill’s Attack. Alongside Huge Power, Azumarill will deal an incredible amount of damage with Liquidation and Play Rough.

Gholdengo build for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raids

Gholdengo Pokemon Scarlet Violet
  • Level: 90-100
  • Nature: Modest
  • Ability: Good as Gold
  • Held Item: Ability Shield
  • Moveset: Make it Rain, Shadow Ball, Metal Sound, Thunder Wave

Gholdengo is an extremely difficult Pokemon to damage thanks to Normal, Fighting, and Poison-type moves being ineffective against it as well as its resistance to nine other types. In addition, Ability Shield will ensure that Good as Gold completely protects Gholdengo from opposing status moves.

In terms of dishing out damage, Gholdengo has an impressive Special Attack stat and after a few Metal Sound, Shadow Ball and Make it Rain will deal a ton of damage to Raid Bosses.

Gholdengo is the ideal option to use in the upcoming Tandemaus Tera Raid Event thanks to its typing advantage against a Fairy Tera Type.


That’s all for the best Pokemon to use in Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Battles. For more, check out how to get Kingambit in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, as well as the Ability Patch item.

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