How to unlock 5 & 6-star Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

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Tera Raid battles are a brand new feature introduced in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Trainers can work with their friends to tackle the higher difficulty 5 and 6-star Tera Raid battles in the games. Here’s everything you need to know about how to find and take on these challenges.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet introduced a brand-new feature in Generation 9, similar to Mega Evolution or Dynamaxing, called Terastallizing.

Additionally, trainers traveling across Paldea can eventually take part in Tera Raid battles with other players, where they have the chance to catch strong Pokemon with certain Tera Types.

This guide will go over everything players need to do to unlock 5 and 6-star Raid Battles, which are among the highest-tier of the encounters.

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Be sure to check out our Scarlet & Violet Co-op guide, the full Paldea Pokedex, and our gym order guide so you’re ready to play with friends, catch ’em all and become the next champion.

Unlocking 5 & 6 Star Tera Raids in Scarlet & Violet

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Some Tera Raids, like the upcoming Charizard battle found through Black Tera crystals, are ranked as 7-star battles.

First, it is essential that aspiring trainers understand how Tera Raid tiers work. Like in Sword & Shield, each Tera Raid Den is given a certain number of stars – from 1 to 7 – to denote how high the Pokemon’s level is. The higher number of stars, the better the rewards will be for defeating the Pokemon.

To unlock 5-star Tera Raid battles, players must first beat the game and reach its endgame credits.

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To unlock 6-star Tera Raids, players must conquer the post-game tournament. They will then receive a call from Jacq requesting they take on numerous 5-star raids. After defeating so many, Jacq will call again, stating there are incredibly powerful Tera Raids with Black Crystals.

**Note that the raids must have originated in the player’s game for them to count toward the total. Raids joined via online play won’t count, but you can invite others to take on the raids with you.**

These Black Crystal raids are 6-star raids and are incredibly difficult to complete alone. However, they do offer the best chance at earning Herba Mystica and other rare items.

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Provided trainers can complete those requirements, they will have access to some of the most difficult Tera Raids, which feature stronger Pokemon. These challenges also offer special rewards such as Ability Capsules, Herba Mystica, and Bottle Caps.

It’s also worth noting that trainers’ Raid levels will increase as they travel Paldea and conquer the Gym challenge story path. Progressing further through that path will allow access to higher-level Tera Raids.

How to join Raids

Thankfully, joining Tera Raid battles is pretty straightforward. As players progress through the story, they will eventually gain access to the shining crystals scattered around Paldea.

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Players can find shining crystals around Paldea that will give access to Tera Raids.

By interacting with these crystals, players will have the option to participate in Raid battles alone or with a group of other players.

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And that’s everything players need to know about unlocking 5 & 6-star Raid battles in Generation 9! For more Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides, trainers can check out the links below:

How to get Marks in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | Are Pokemon Scarlet & Violet compatible with Pokemon Home? | Unlocking 5 & 6-star Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | How to unlock Rotom Phone cases in Scarlet & Violet | How to get all starters in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | How to get Sprigatito, Floragato & Meowscarada | How to get Fuecoco, Crocalor & Skeledirge | How to get Quaxly, Quaxwell & Quaquaval | How to change clothes in Scarlet & Violet | How to co-op with friends in Scarlet & Violet | All Shiny forms in Scarlet & Violet | Sandwich recipes in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | Pokemon Scarlet & Violet egg breeding guide | How to get Rare Candy in Scarlet & Violet

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