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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Battles explained: Charizard, Salamence & Tyranitar event dates

Here’s everything you need to know about Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet including how to catch a special version of Charizard.

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Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will give players a chance to catch Pokemon with specific Tera Types frequently, so here’s what you need to know to get your hands on a unique Charizard, Salamence, and Tyranitar.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet players are lapping up the game’s new features, one of which is the new Tera Types and the Terastal Phenomenon. This new mechanic adds a new dynamic to Pokemon gameplay, especially when it comes to competitive online battling.

There’s no doubt that Pokemon with unique Tera Types are incredibly sought-after and, luckily, players will have Tera Raid Battles to benefit from and make this easier.

Let’s get into what Tera Raid Battles are in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and how to take part in a Charizard, Salamence, or Tyranitar Tera Raid battle.

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What are Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Tera Raid Battles will allow players to join a team of four trainers to defeat a strong Tera Pokemon. These battles are meant to highlight Pokemon with rare Tera Type combinations.

The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet blog explains that “the Tera Raid crystals related to these events may look ordinary at first glance, but they are shrouded in a mysterious aura.” It remains to be seen if they’ll have special properties in-game but given their rarity, you won’t want to miss them.

There are two types of Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Standard Tera Raid Battles will appear as a white crystal as you approach the location in-game. Meanwhile, black Tera Raid crystals indicate that the Pokemon is incredibly powerful, which means better rewards are up for grabs.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Charizard event date & time

A Charizard-focused Tera Raid Battle was the second event to go live in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The Charizard Tera Raid battle took place between December 1 and 4, and it will return a second time between December 15 and 18 for those who miss it the first time around.

Players can expect the start and end times to be 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET / 12 AM GMT.

Scarlet and Violet fans will not want to miss this Tera Raid Battle seeing as Charizard cannot normally be encountered in the Paldea region. In addition, this rare Charizard will boast the Dragon Tera Type, which could make it a fierce ally.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Salamence & Tyranitar event date & time

The powerful Salamence and Tyranitar will be available to players as the third Tera Raid Battle in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet from December 9 to December 11. The four and five Star Tera Raid Battles for Tyranitar will be exclusive to Scarlet and Salamence’s will only occur in Violet.

The event will begin on December 9 at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET / 12 AM GMT and end at the same time on December 11. This event will deliver Standard Tera Raid Battles with a white crystal and the Tera Types for each Pokemon are not set.


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