How to beat Primarina Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Tips & best counters for 7-Star event

Niladri Sarkar
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Primarina is now available in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet 7-Star Tera Raids, so here is the schedule, the best counters, and tips to beat this starter Pokemon easily.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet players can take on the fan-favorite starter Primarina in 7-Star Tera Raids. Boasting great stats, this Pokemon is an asset for any team to win battles against the toughest of opponents.

Without further ado, here are the best counters and some expert battling tips and strategies to beat Primarina Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Primarina Tera Raid start date & time

The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Primarina 7-Star Tera Raids run until May 12, 2024, at 4:59 PM PT / 7:59 PM ET / 12:59 PM BST / 11:59 PM GMT.

Primarina will be back for a second round in Tera Raids from May 16, 2024, at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET / 1:00 AM BST (May 17) / midnight GMT (May 17) until May 19, 2024, at 4:59 PM PT / 7:59 PM ET / 12:59 PM BST / 11:59 PM GMT.

Primarina caught during the event will have the Mightiest Mark and six perfect IVs. Keep in mind that you can catch only one Primarina per save file. Even though you won’t be able to capture another one, you can still battle it again to claim useful rewards.

Primarina Tera Raid type & moveset in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Primarina has the Fairy Tera Type in its Pokemon Scarlet and Violet 7-Star Tera Raid, so it’s only weak to Poison and Steel-type attacks.

Coming to its Raid moveset, Primarina will have any four of the following moves:

  • Sparkling Aria (Water)
  • Surf (Water)
  • Moonblast (Fairy)
  • Sing (Normal)
  • Encore (Normal)
  • Psychic (Psychic)

Best counters for Primarina Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

The best counters for beating Primarina Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are Empoleon, Metagross, Toxapex, and Gholdengo.

Primarina will get 2x STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) in its Fairy-type attacks and a regular 1.5x STAB in Water-type attacks. Powerful Steel-type counters not only deal super-effective damage but also resist Fairy-type moves.

Best Empoleon strategy

Empoleon resists both Water and Fairy-type moves and deals strong super-effective damage to Primarina with Flash Cannon. Its ability, Competitive, raises its Special Attack sharply when lowered by a move like Moonblast, making it more threatening.

Additionally, Empoleon has some other tricks up its sleeve to halt Primarina. With Throat Chop, it prevents Primarina from using Sparling Aria and Sing for two turns. Add Metal Sound, and you can decrease Primarina’s high Special Defense.

Finally, Roost helps Empoleon recover 50% HP to stay healthy throughout the battle.

Best Metagross strategy

Primarina has high Special stats, but Empoleon’s handy utility moves and good offenses help get the job done. But, if you’re looking for a counter to take advantage of the Raid Boss’ low Physical bulk, dial in Metagross.

This powerful Pseudo Legendary is a menace in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and with the Priority move Bullet Punch, it can deal damage as soon as the battle starts. The Indigo Disk DLC added a new weapon to Metagross’ arsenal, the powerful Heavy Slam. With Metagross already rocking an impressive weight of 1212.5 lbs, it can dish out jaw-dropping damage figures with this move.

You can add the Steel Tera Type to make it more frightening. Coming to its other two moves, Sunny Day weakens Sparkling Aria and Surf, and Light Screen reduces damage from Primarina’s Special attacks for five turns, helping you and your teammates tank hits.

Best Toxapex strategy

With a whopping 142 Special Defense and 152 Defense, along with resistance to both Water and Fairy-type moves, the Water/Poison-type Toxapex is a tanky monster in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet that can brush off Primarina’s strongest attacks.

Toxic is an amazing move that poisons Primarina and reduces its HP every turn. Thanks to its ability, Merciless, you can land critical hits and do extra damage after Primarina is poisoned. You can take advantage of this with Acid Spray, which also decreases Primarina’s high Special Defense by two stages, making it easier to beat.

Baneful Bunker protects Toxapex from taking any damage while the Raid Boss continues to lose HP due to Toxic, and Recover helps it regain HP, especially after taking damage from Psychic.

Best Gholdengo strategy

Gholdengo is a phenomenal pick in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, with 133 Special Attack stat, helping it lock horns with Primarina’s high Special bulk. But, what sets Gholdengo apart is its unique ability, Good as Gold.

With this, Gholdengo is immune to Primarina’s Sing, using the free to take its Special Attack stat to greater heights with Nasty Plot. Then, spam Make It Rain to dish out huge Steel-type damage. With Nasty Plot’s boosts, the debuff to Gholdengo’s Special Attack from Make It Rain won’t matter.

While these two moves are all you need, add other utility moves like Metal Sound to reduce Primarina’s Special Defense and the handy Recover to last longer in the battle.

Where to find Primarina Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

You can find Primarina Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet by locating Black Crystals shining on the game map. You can immediately participate in the 7-Star Tera Raid event by reaching these spots.

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Black Crystal spots on the Paldean map indicate a 7-Star Tera Raid.

That was all you needed to know about Primarina 7-Star Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. For more content and guides on the game, be sure to check out the following:

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