Terastallized Pokemon: Tera Types, Teras Blast And How To Terastallize

What are Terastallized Pokemon? For generations now, Pokemon has introduced a new battle mechanic with each new game. Whether it’s Mega Evolution from Generation 6 or Dynamaxing in Generation 8, gimmicks keep gameplay fresh. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduce players to the Terastal Phenomenon so here’s everything you need to know about Tera Types and how to Terastallize:

What Are Terastallized Pokemon?

Terastallized Pokemon using a Ghost Tera Type
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The Terastal Phenomenon is brand-new to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Changing the Pokemon’s appearance, type and stats. A shiny jewel appears above their head that represents a Pokemons Tera Type.

Terastallization will also give your active Pokemon a massive stat boost, perfect for taking down tough Gym Leaders. Much like mechanics in the past, you can only Terastallize a Pokemon once per battle. The Tera Orb, the item used to Terastalize Pokemon, needs charging after every use. Good news though – they will stay a shiny boy until they faint or the battle comes to an end.

If you thought Dynamaxing was huge for the competitive scene (pun intended), Terastallizing will change the game forever. Decades-old strategies for combating super-effective type match-ups have been torn up in an instant. Keep reading to find out why.

What Are Tera Types In Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Terastallized Eevee using normal and ghost Tera Types
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Each Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet will have a primary typing alongside a Tera Type. A primary type or two is what you would typically know your Pokemon as. For example, Eevee is a Normal type Pokemon. However, when it Terastallizes, it could have a Water type. No, it’s not a Vaporeon. It’s a Tera Type Eevee. Check that handsome boy!

In this example, the Eevee’s weaknesses and resistances change to match water-types weakness to grass-type moves but resist fire-type moves. Neat! You’ll also get a STAB (same type attack bonus) on Water moves.

This is similar to the move Hidden Power where Pokemon have a predetermined secondary type. The Pokemon Company are fully behind the new mechanic too, stating “There are 18 types, meaning there are countless combinations of Pokémon and Tera Types.”.

What is a Tera Blast attack?

Terastallized Gardivor using a water Tera Type
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TM 171 Tera Blast is a Normal-type TM move that will take on your Terastallized Pokemon’s new Tera Type. The official Pokemon Scarlet and Violet game description is:

“If the user has Terastallized, it unleashes the energy of its Tera Type. This move inflicts damage using the Attack or Sp. Atk stat—whichever is higher for the user”

Take our Eevee example from before. You might’ve been thinking “Well, a Water STAB on Eevee would be useless, it can’t learn any Water-type moves”! A fair thought, my friend. But it can learn Tera Blast, which when Terastallized will give you that coveted Water STAB. Winner!

It’s versatile for competitive teams as well – it will use the higher stat between Attack and Special Attack.

How to Terastallize in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Terastallized Pikachu using a flying Tera Type
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Sounds great, right? If you want to Terastallize in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’re going to need a special item called the Tera Orb. Whilst it loses its charge after one use, it’s simple to recharge, just visit a Pokemon Centre or get handsy with one of the crystals that contain Terastal energy across Paldea.

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