THIS weekend there will be a special seven-star Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, where players can catch a special Dragon Tera-type Charizard.
The Raid is not only special because of its challenging rating, but it is the only way players will be able to catch the Fire-type starter Pokémon.
It will start at midnight December 2, 2022, in the UK, and end at midnight on December 5, 2022.
If you miss this one it will happen again from midnight on December 16, 2022, until midnight December 19,2022.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: What you need to know about the Unrivaled Charizard Tera Raid
This event will be the first seven-star Tera Raid introduced into Scarlet and Violet.
The Raid includes a Charizard, which will have the Dragon Tera-type.
You will need to have beaten the main story, and also the post-game Ace Academy Tournament at least once.
If you don’t know how to unlock the tournament, our post-game guide will fill you in on all the details.
You will also need to host and win a number for five-star raids, until Jacq calls you to tell you that you can now participate in six-star Raids.
This will be a very difficult raid, and you will likely need Switch Online to complete it with a full party of players.
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to beat the seven-star Charizard Raid
Firstly, if you haven’t already, it’s important to read our guide on how to take down difficult raids, as this will give you the base knowledge you need to take down this one.
The important thing here is to remember that the Charizard will be a pure Dragon-type, meaning it is only weak to Dragon-, Fairy-, and Ice-type moves.
We should also consider what moves the Charizard is likely to have.
As they often carry moves of their usual typing, they might have Fire-type moves such as Fire Blast, or Flying-type moves like Hurricane.
It will also likely have a Dragon-type move like Outrage, making other Dragon-types a difficult pick.
Fairy-types will be your go-to here, and attacking Physically is slightly better over Specially.
Sylveon, Gardevoir or Flutter Mane are all good choices, with something like Choice Specs and Dazzling Gleam.
Optionally, you could run Clear Amulet, and carry stat-dropping moves such as Fake Tears or Nasty Plot.
As Charizard is a Special Attacker, and so the bulky Special Defence of these Pokémon will help a lot.
Another option would be to use Azumarill or Scream Tail as a Physical Attacker or support.
Scream Tail has amazing Special bulk to work well as a support Pokémon.
Huge Power for double the attack is one choice run with Belly Drum. Its other ability Thick Fat helps to protect against Charizard’s Fire-type attacks.
As a Physical Attacker, Play Rough is the move to use here, with the usual support options such as Helping Hand, Fake Tears, and Amnesia.
Using the Thick Fat option, you could use Amnesia to raise your Special Defence before using Helping Hand to boost your teammates’ attack.
Written by Georgina Young and Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF.
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