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, these are the following types of 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) prior to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s launch. Afterward, these events have been called 1- to 5-Star Tera Raid Battle events. The Pokémon featured will have all 18 different Tera Types available in 1- to 5-Star Tera Raid Battles.
  • 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battles: Select Pokémon will be available in more frequently appearing 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battles. So far, Pokémon appearing in these battles already appear in-game during normal circumstances and are version exclusives (i.e.: Tyranitar (Scarlet) and Salamence (Violet) event). 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 version (instead of the games’ standard 5- and 6-Star 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. Pokémon that are featured in this tier can only be caught once per game, per save. These events may also include 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battles featuring two specific Pokémon that have a type advantage against the ultra-powerful 7-Star Tera Raid Battle Pokémon (and there are no catch limits to the 4- and 5-Star Tera Raid Battle featured Pokémon).

 

For this Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Black Crystal Tera Raid Battle event, it’ll feature Inteleon. Get all the details about this event with our guide below:

 

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Unrivaled Inteleon Tera Raid Battle Dates

 

First Appearance (April 2023)

Begins: Thursday, April 27th, 2023 at 5 p.m. PT | 8 p.m. ET

Ends: Sunday, April 30th, 2023 at 4:59 p.m. PT | 7:59 p.m. ET

 

Second Appearance (May 2023)

Begins: Thursday, May 4th, 2023 at 5 p.m. PT | 8 p.m. ET

Ends: Sunday, May 7th, 2023 at 4:59 p.m. PT | 7:59 p.m. ET

 

Pokémon featured: Inteleon the Unrivaled (with the Mightiest Mark)

 

 

For this Black Crystal Tera Raid Battle event, Trainers can encounter Inteleon. This Inteleon will have the title “Inteleon the Unrivaled,” the Mightiest Mark, and have an Ice Tera Type. You can find this specific Tera Raid Battle by looking for black Tera Raid crystals with purple and black visual effects. Be aware that these battles will be tricky, as they are ranked 7-Stars in difficulty. (That said, you can also solo the Raid if you know what you’re doing and have the right Pokémon and move set to go up against it.)

 

 

 

Will this Inteleon have any special abilities, moves, titles, or marks?

 

Yes, Inteleon caught during this event will have the following special features:

 

  • Level: 100
  • Ability: Sniper (Hidden Ability)
  • Moves: 
    • Blizzard
    • Snipe Shot
    • Dark Pulse
    • Tearful Look
  • Title: Inteleon the Unrivaled
  • Mark: Mightiest Mark
    • Info: A mark for a Pokémon caught in a seven-star Tera Raid Battle.

 

What items will be issued as rewards when defeating Inteleon the Unrivaled?

 

Upon defeating this Inteleon for the first time, Trainers will are guaranteed to get the following items:

 

  • Exp. Candy L
  • Exp. Candy XL
  • Ice Tera Shard
  • Zinc
  • TM 143 (Blizzard) (Received only once)
  • Ability Patch (Received only once)

 

As well as some of the following additional items:

 

  • Exp. Candy L
  • Exp. Candy XL
  • Zinc
  • PP Up
  • Quiet Mint
  • Rare Candy
  • Star Piece
  • Comet Shard
  • Nugget
  • Bottle Cap
  • Ice Tera Shard
  • Ability Capsule (2% chance)
  • Ability Patch (1% chance)

 

After defeating and catching the Inteleon, future Tera Raid Battle wins will pay out with Exp. Candy L, Exp. Candy XL, Ice Tera Shard, and Zinc rewards from the guaranteed items pool, as well as a selection of items from the additional items pool.

 

What is required to participate in Black Crystal 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).
    • You must complete the Ace Academy Tournament, which takes place at the Academy and involves battling four different Trainers.
      • The Ace Academy Tournament is unlocked after finishing the game and then rematching all eight Gym Leaders.
      • Return to the Academy, and a series of cutscenes will inform you that you’ve unlocked the tournament. You can participate by speaking to the attendant at her desk in the Entrance Hall.
      • After completing the Ace Academy Tournament, you’ll be informed that 6-Star Raids are available throughout Paldea. This is how you unlock 7-Star Raids, as well; during events like the Unrivaled Charizard event, occasionally these 6-Star Raids will shift to 7-Star Raids.
    • If you haven’t completed the Ace Academy Tournament, don’t worry: you can instead join another Trainer’s Black Crystal 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 Inteleon can I catch during this event?

 

You can only catch one (1) Inteleon the Unrivaled with the Mightiest Mark per save file per game. You can participate in multiple Black Crystal Tera Raid Battles and earn various item rewards, but you will not get another catch encounter after catching this Inteleon.

 

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

 

  • First weekend appearance: No.
  • Second weekend appearance: Yes. This Tera Raid Battle event will overlap with the return of Walking Wake and Iron Leaves. For Trainers who encountered the “Bad Egg” glitch, a patch was released on April 20th, 2023 to fix the issue. That event will be ending on Sunday, May 14th, 2023 at 4:59 p.m. PT | 7:59 p.m. ET.

 

 

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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?)