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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Terastal Phenomenon explained: Tera Types & how to Terastallize

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will introduce players to the Terastal Phenomenon. Here’s a guide to Tera Types and how to Terastallize.

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The Terastal Phenomenon is one of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s new battle features that is set to shake up generation nine. Here’s a detailed explanation of Tera Types and how to Terastallize in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Traditionally, with each new Pokemon generation comes a brand-new battle mechanic to shake up gameplay, and Scarlet & Violet are no different. In the past, we’ve seen brilliant new additions like Mega Evolutions and the Dynamax transformation. This time Pokemon Scarlet and Violet players will be treated to the Terastal Phenomenon.

This new battle mechanic available to Pokemon found in the Paldea region will allow them to Terastallize. Terastallized Pokemon will not only take on a shiny new appearance, but they’ll receive a major boost in battle.

Here’s a breakdown of how the Terastal Phenomenon will work in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Terastal Phenomenon explained

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Pokemon that undergo Terastallization in battle will appear with a glistening jewel above their head. The Pokemon will take on a shiny crystal-like aesthetic, but the Terastal Phenomenon provides more than just a change in appearance.

Of course, this new battle mechanic can only be performed within the Paldea region, as it is said to originate from the energy that the region stores deep within the ground.

The Terastal Phenomenon is a relatively new concept and even Professor Sada and Professor Turo continue to uncover all of its mysteries.

One thing we do know is that when Pokemon Terastallize, their ability in battle skyrockets. Your Pokemon’s moves will be notably stronger in battle, which will add a new layer of strategy to the game, especially for tough opponents like Gym Leaders.

Given how powerful this new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet mechanic is, it’s no surprise that you can only Terastallize a Pokémon once per battle, and they will maintain this form until the battle comes to a close.

What are Tera Types in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Eevee Pokemon water tera type

Pokemon that Terastallize could take on a new type. Each Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will have a Tera Type. Tera Types determine the type of your Pokemon when they Terastallize.

Oftentimes, your Pokemon’s standard Type will match their Tera Type, but on certain occasions, a Terastallized Pokemon can take on a new type. For example, the Eevee seen in the image above is a Normal-Type Pokemon with a Water Tera Type.

This explains the Water-Type Tera jewel above their head. In this case not only do Eevee’s weaknesses and resistances change to match the Water-Type after Terastallizing, but their Water-Type moves will pack more of a punch.

As the Pokemon Company puts it, “there are 18 types, meaning there are countless combinations of Pokémon and Tera Types.” This adds a whole new layer of strategy to Pokemon battles in Scarlet and Violet.

How to Terastallize in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

You’ll need a Tera Orb item to Terastallize Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet. Furthermore, the Terastal Phenomenon is an exclusive new technique only available to select Trainers. It remains to be seen at what point during your adventure you’ll get a hold of a Tera Orb.

Your Tera Orb will lose its Terastal energy after it’s been used once in battle. To recharge the Tera Orb you’ll either have to visit a Pokemon Center or touch one of the many crystals that contain Terastal energy across Paldea.

What is a Tera Blast attack in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

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Changing type and receiving a boost to stats aren’t the only benefits of Terastallizing in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Tera Blast, a new move that can be learned via a TM, will also play a unique role in the Terastal Phenomenon.

Tera Blast is a Normal-type move, but when it is used by a Terastallized Pokémon it takes on the Pokemon’s Tera Type. For example, a Tyranitar with a Ghost Tera Type will have access to a Ghost-type Tera Blast.

It remains to be seen if Tera Blast could be used more than once in battle, but there has been no mention of a usage limit thus far. It’s important to note that Tera Blast uses the higher stat between Attack and Sp. Attack to deliver damage, which adds yet another layer of strategy to Scarlet and Violet’s battles.


For more, check out our list of all of the new items, moves, and abilities in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Image Credit: The Pokemon Company / Game Freak