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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet guide: Terastal explained, how to terastallize, and more

Understand terastal phenomenon and catch the strong Pokémon

The Pokémon Company has been adding a new feature with every generation of their Pokémon games, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is no exception. The new generation of Pokémon brings a new game mechanic called Terastal, similar Mega Evolutions of X and Y, Z-Crystals of Sun and Moon, and Dynamaxing of Sword and Shields. Terastalization adds a crystal to the appearance of the Pokémon and has the power to change the Pokémon type and also buff its stats. In this guide, we will discuss in detail the new game mechanic and how you can terastallize your Pokémon.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Terastal and Tera types explained

The terastal phenomenon will change the type of the Pokémon and buff the Pokémon’s defensive stats by replacing their attacks. Terastallizing your Pokémon while will also change the appearance of your Pokémon.

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All Pokémon in the Paldea region can be terastallized regardless of their type. Make sure to read our list of all tera types of Pokémon and their location to know more about them and catch them easily.

There are a total of 18 tera type of Pokémon:

  • Bug
  • Dark
  • Dragon
  • Electric
  • Fairy
  • Fighting
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Ghost
  • Grass
  • Ground
  • Ice
  • Poison
  • Psychic
  • Rock
  • Steel
  • Water

How to find Tera Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Tera Pokémon can be found in several ways:

Catching Tera Pokémon in the wild

The trainers can find Tera Pokémon in the wild. The wild Tera Pokémon are higher level Pokémon than the other wild Pokémon in the Paldea region. These wild Tera Pokémon will have a glowing yellow light around them and will have their specific Tera type instead of the base type. Battle against these wild Tera Pokémon and when their HP is low they will turn into their base type and you can then catch them easily.

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Tera Raid Battles

Tera Raid Battles are newly introduced battles in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, where four trainers have teamed up to battle against a wild terastallized Pokémon. Defeating the terastallized Pokémon in a certain period of time would bring it back to its original type and then any of the trainers can catch the Pokémon with a Pokéball.

Make sure to check out our guide on Tera Raid Battle to learn more about it.

How to Terastalize your Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The most important thing to terastallize your Pokémon is to find and recharge the Tera Orb. To recharge the Tera Orb, trainers have to visit a Pokemon Center and heal up their Pokémon. You can also recharge it by touching it with crystals that glow with Terastal energy. Tera Orb can be used only once and must be recharged again after use.

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With a charged Tera Orb, the trainers will find a ‘Terastallize’ button while in battle. This will terastallize the Pokémon you are using and change its type. You can only terastallize one Pokémon in a battle. Press button R to Terastallize your Pokémon.

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