Garchomp & Sylveon Tera Raid Announced

Garchomp & Sylveon
Garchomp & Sylveon

The next Tera Raid Battle event has been announced.

The Pokémon Company has announced a new Tera Raid. Scarlet & Violet continues its trend of regular Tera Raids with two more Pokémon: Sylveon and Garchomp.

While these two aren’t necessarily rare Pokémon, they are fan favorites for how strong and cute they are. So why not offer a special version of them for the most avid Pokémon collectors? Here’s what we know about the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Sylveon and Garchomp Tera Raids.

Sylveon and Garchomp Tera Raid Dates and Times

The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Sylveon and Garchomp Tera Raids started on February 16, 2023 and will end on February 19, 2023. The start and end dates listed on the official blog match past raids.

So the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Sylveon and Garchomp Tera Raids are already ongoing, but you have until the end of Sunday to capture both of these Pokémon.

Tera Raid Sylveon and Garchomp Special Abilities

Sylveon and Garchomp are fairly common in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. What sets the Tera Raid versions apart are hidden abilities. According to Siliconera (via Dengeki Online), the Tera Raid Sylveon will have Pixilate and Garchomp will have Rough Skin. Here’s what each of those abilities mean:

Some players who have caught these Pokémon already have confirmed that they may or may not have the abilities. It might be based on chance, since one person got a Pixilate Sylveon but not Rough Skin Garchomp.

Sylveon’s Pixilate transforms Normal-type moves into Fairy ones, which can turn attacks like Swift into powerful STAB moves for Sylveon. The exact percentage it boosts the attack power is unclear, but Siliconera lists it as 20 percent (like it is in some past games). Meanwhile, Garchomp’s Rough Skin damages Pokémon that attack it with a physical move.

Thankfully, the Sylveon and Garchomp Tera Raids will come in 4 and 5-star batches, so they won’t be as brutal as the 7-star Cinderace Tera Raid earlier this year. Sylveon and Garchomp can come in various Tera Types, even though they appear as Fairy and Ground-type Tera Types in the preview images. Those are just examples of what to expect rather than what you will get.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet are available now on Nintendo Switch.

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