Raid Battles made the jump from Pokémon’s Generation VIII (Sword and Shield) to Generation IX (Scarlet and Violet). While similar, the big difference this time around is the Terastal phenomenon, where Pokémon’s type can change to one of the 18 different types available in-game. Not to mention, Pokémon will receive boosted attack power, provided that the attack type and the Tera type match.

One thing that is definitely staying the same for these Raid Battles is that they’re limited-time events. Just like in Sword and Shield, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will have dedicated days featuring special Tera Raid Battles. To date, there are the following Tera Raid Battle events:

  • Spotlight Events/ 1- to 5-Star Tera Raid Battles: A single Pokémon is featured. This event type was originally referred to as a Spotlight event (i.e.: Eevee Spotlight). The Pokémon featured will have all 18 different Tera Types available in various Tera Raid Battles.
  • Black Crystal Tera Raid Battles: A special Pokémon is featured with 7-Star Tera Raid Battles. This Pokémon will always be level 100. Additional perks like titles, marks, and more could be active. There is also a chance that the Pokémon featured can only be caught once per game, per save.
  • 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battles: Select Pokémon will be available in more frequently appearing 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battles. These may be combined with Black Crystal Tera Raid events (in case you need a Pokémon with a type advantage to take down the ultra-powerful 7-Star matchup). So far, Pokémon appearing in these battles already appear in-game during normal circumstances. The main difference here is that the spawn of these specific Tera Raid Battles has been boosted and the introduction of a 4-Star Tera Raid Battle option (instead of the normal 5- and 6-Star Tera Raid Battles).

 

For Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s first non-Black Crystal Tera Raid Battle event of 2023, it’ll be a 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battle event featuring Hydreigon and Dragapult. Get all the details about this event with our guide below:

 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Hydreigon and Dragapult Tera Raid Battle

Begins: Thursday, January 5th, 2022 at 4 p.m. PT | 7 p.m. ET

Ends: Sunday, January 8th, 2022 at 3:59 p.m. PT | 6:59 p.m. ET

 

Pokémon featured – Hydreigon and Dragapult

 

 

Hydreigon and Dragapult’s 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battles will be boosted during this weekend-long event. All 18 different Tera Types are possibilities for Hydreigon and Dragapult, you’ll just have to keep in mind that these two are version exclusives.

  • Pokémon Scarlet exclusive: Hydreigon
  • Pokémon Violet exclusive: Dragapult

 

Also, Hydreigon and Dragapult are found in 5- and 6-Star Raids in Pokémon Scarlet or Violet. If you’re struggling to defeat them at the 5- or 6-Star level, now’s your chance to try the easier 4-Star Tera Raid Battle instead.

 

How do I find the 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battle crystals?

 

To determine if a Tera Raid crystal features the Pokémon starring in this event, the Tera Raid icon will have a glow to it on the overworld map. Plus, there will be a distinct aura surrounding the Tera Raid crystal.

 

A Tera Raid crystal featuring an event Pokémon. Initially shared by The Pokémon Company when announcing the Eevee Spotlight event.

 

Will Hydreigon and Dragapult have any special abilities, moves, titles, or marks?

 

No. Since the event is about boosting the rates for 4- and 5-Star Tera Raids, Hydreigon and Dragapult’s typical stats, moves, and more will be the same as if the event wasn’t live.

Still, you can expect the following stats for these Pokémon caught during this event:

 

Hydreigon (4-Star Tera Raid Battle)

  • Level: 45
  • Ability: Random
  • Tera Type: One of 18 different Tera Types
  • Moves: Dragon Pulse, Dark Pulse, Work Up, and Slam.

 

Hydreigon (5-Star Tera Raid Battle)

  • Level: 75
  • Ability: Random
  • Tera Type: One of 18 different Tera Types
  • Moves: Draco Meteor, Dark Pulse, Nasty Plot, and Slam.

 

Dragapult (4-Star Tera Raid Battle)

  • Level: 45
  • Ability: Random, including Hidden Ability (Cursed Body)
  • Tera Type: One of 18 different Tera Types
  • Moves: Dragon Darts, Dragon Dance, Hex, and Will-O-Wisp.

 

Dragapult (5-Star Tera Raid Battle)

  • Level: 75
  • Ability: Random, including Hidden Ability (Cursed Body)
  • Tera Type: One of 18 different Tera Types
  • Moves: Dragon Darts, Draco Meteor, Hex, and Flamethrower.

 

What items will be issued as rewards when defeating Hydreigon and Dragapult?

 

Upon defeating Hydreigon and Dragapult, Trainers are guaranteed to get certain items. They are:

 

Hydreigon (4-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy M, Exp. Candy L, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type), Deino Scales, and Genius Feather.

 

Hydreigon (5-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy L, Exp. Candy XL, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type), Deino Scales, and Genius Feather.

 

Dragapult (4-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy M, Exp. Candy L, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type), Dreepy Powder, and Genius Feather.

 

Dragapult (5-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy L, Exp. Candy XL, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type) Dreepy Powder, and Genius Feather.

 

As well as some of the following additional items:

 

Hydreigon (4-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy M, Exp. Candy L, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type), Deino Scales, Big Pearl, Nugget, Sitrus Berry, Lum Berry, and Qualot Berry.

 

Hydreigon (5-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy L, Exp. Candy XL, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type), Deino Scales, Rare Candy, Star Piece, Pearl String, Nugget, Bottle Cap, Ability Capsule, Tamato Berry, Big Mushroom, Timid Mint, and PP Up.

 

Dragapult (4-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy M, Exp. Candy L, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type), Dreepy Powder, Big Pearl, Nugget, Sitrus Berry, Lum Berry, and Qualot Berry.

 

Dragapult (5-Star Tera Raid Battle)

Exp. Candy L, Exp. Candy XL, Tera Shards (depends on the Pokémon’s Tera Type) Dreepy Powder, Rare Candy, Star Piece, Pearl String, Nugget, Bottle Cap, Ability Capsule, Tamato Berry, Big Mushroom, Timid Mint, and PP Up.

 

What is required to participate in 4-Star and 5-Star Tera Raid Battle events?

 

In order to unlock these special Tera Raid Battle events, players will need the following:

 

  • A copy of Pokémon Scarlet and/or Violet
  • An internet connection in order to download the latest Poké Portal News
    • If you don’t have the newest Poké Portal News, you can force an update by going to the game’s menu, selecting Mystery Gift, and then selecting Check Poké Portal News.
    • Note: According to The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, you do not need an active Nintendo Switch Online membership to access the Poké Portal News and receive the latest updates.
  • Completing specific post-game event(s).
    • For 1- and 2-Star Tera Raid Battles, you can access them once you’ve completed the game’s tutorial.
    • For 3-Star Tera Raid Battles, you’ll need to acquire 3 Gym Badges.
    • For 4-Star Tera Raid Battles, you’ll need to acquire 7 Gym Badges.
    • For 5-Star Tera Raid Battles, you’ll need to complete the main campaign of the game and see the credits roll.

 

Notes:

  • If you haven’t met any of the requirements above, don’t worry: you can instead join another Trainer’s Tera Raid Battle via a multiplayer group or using a Link Code.
  • If Trainers wish to play with others online, they’ll also need the following: an active Nintendo Switch Online membership (paid, in good standing).

 

How many Hydreigon and Dragapult can I catch during this event?

 

There is no catch-limit to Hydreigon and Dragapult here. You’re only limited by time and how many Tera Raid Battles you can complete during the event and which version of the game you’re playing.

 

Will there be any additional special Tera Raid Battles during this event?

 

No, there will not be any additional special Tera Raid Battles during this event.

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)