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7-Star Water Tera-type Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: how to deal with it and how to catch it

We tell you how to face Water Tera-type Pikachu in its 7-Stars Tera Raid on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and which Pokémon to use to defeat it.

7-Star Water Tera-type Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: how to deal with it and how to catch it
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Pikachu, the most popular Pokémon of them all, returns in a very special way in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: it's available in a 7-Star Tera Raid with the Water Tera Type. This Pokémon Scarlet & Violet guide will tell you how to join the raid and defeat the 7-Star Pikachu.

How to participate in 6 and 7 Star Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet? Requirements

In order to take part in 6 and 7 Stars Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, we must first have completed the following:

  1. We must have completed the main story, which ends with the final fight in Area Zero.
  2. After this, we must complete the postgame content, which culminates in winning the Academy Ace Tournament. This unlocks the 5 and 6 Star Tera Raids in our game.
  3. Upon completing a total of 10 Tera Raids of 4 Stars or more, Jacq will call us to tell us that Black Crystals have started to appear in Paldea, which are those of the 6 and 7 Star Tera Raids.

Of course, there is a simpler option than all this, and that is that a player who has completed everything in the list above invites us to the Pikachu Tera Raid by sharing a Link Code. Ask your friends, maybe someone has it available and can invite you. And remember that to force the game to be updated with the latest Tera Raids events, we must go to PokéPortal > Mystery Gift > Receive news from the Poképortal.

7-Star Water Tera-Type Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Dates and Times

Pikachu Tera-type Water has arrived in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet as part of a limited-time event: it will appear in Tera 7-Star Black Crystal raids from Friday, February 24, 2023 at 00:00h UTC through Monday, February 27, 2023 at 14:59h UTC.

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Where to find Pikachu's 7-Star Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?

The Black Crystal corresponding to Pikachu's 7-Star Tera Raid can appear randomly in our game at any point on the map. Therefore, we will have to look carefully to see if it has appeared or not. It is a shiny black Water Type icon that looks like this:

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We can also go directly to its Tera Raid from the PokéPortal > Tera Raids. Here we select Pikachu's silhouette.

What move set does 7-Star Pikachu use in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?

Here's the move set that Pikachu uses in his 7-Star Tera Raid, so you know what you're up against:

  • Thunder (Electric Type, Special, Power 110, Accuracy 70% | Accuracy 100% under the effects of Rain Dance)
  • Surf (Water Type, Special, Power 90, Accuracy 80%)
  • Play Rough (Fairy Type, Físico, Power 90, Accuracy 90%, this may also lower the target's Attack stat.)
  • Iron Tail (Steel Type, Físico, Power 75, Accuracy 100%, the target is slammed with a steel-hard tail. This may also lower the target's Defense stat.)
  • Rain Dance (Water Type, summons a heavy rain that falls for five turns, powering up Water-type attacks. The rain also lowers the power of Fire-type attacks.)

How do you defeat 7-Star Water Tera-Type Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?

The perfect Pokémon to take on Pikachu is Lurantis, the evolution of Fomantis. Its usual strategy also works against Pikachu. It can be caught in the following habitats:

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This is what we need before starting:

  • Have a level 100 Lurantis with maximum IVs and maximum EVs in HP and Special Attack (252 HP, 252 Special Attack and 4 Defense).
  • Your Tera type should be Grass.
  • Its Ability must be Contrary. It is the Pokémon's Hidden Ability; we can change it with an Ability Patch. They are obtained by completing high-level Tera Raids (6 and 7 stars).
  • As an equipped item, Miracle Seed. This item increases Plant Type movement. It can be purchased from the Delibird Presents in Mesagoza in the southwest of the zone, in the Combat Items section of the store.
  • Its Nature must be Modest (+Special Attack, -Attack). If your Pokémon does not have this nature, you can change it with a Modest Mint, which you can buy at the Chansey Pharmacy for 20,000 Pokédollars. In Mesagoza, there is one in the main square.
  • The move set must be Leaf Storm, Giga Drain, and Sunny Day. The fourth turn does not matter. Must have Leaf Storm with 8 uses of PP Up.
  • Sunny Day is TM 049. We can get it west of Cortondo, near the cliff. There is also another one north of Artazon, on a small hill next to a statue/pot of a Sunflora.
  • Leaf Storm is TM 159. It can be obtained by defeating a total of 4 Pokémon Trainers in Area 3 (North) and then talking to the Pokémon League representative at the gas station in the area.
  • Giga Drain is TM 111. It is added to the stock of the MT machine at the gas stations after defeating the Team Star Fairy group leader in Area 3 (North). You can also find one at the top of a hill east of Cascarrafa.

To complete this Tera Raid, we can do it alone by:

  • The Pikachu Tera-type Water of 7 Stars Tera attack starts unfairly; Pikachu starts the fight with Shield up, Rain Dance, and Surf before we can do anything. We can't hurt it unless we're Tera crystallized.
  • We start with Sunny Day to negate the effect of Rain Dance.
  • We continue to use Giga Drain. When we use it a total of three times, we teracrystallize.
  • We use Leaf Storm to increase our Special Attack by two levels thanks to the Contrary effect. If we manage to use it three times (not necessarily in a row), we will increase our Special Attack to the maximum.
  • We alternate between Giga Drain and Leaf Storm depending on our health. When we need HP, we use Giga Drain.
  • It is possible that it will defeat us at least once before teracrystallizing; nothing happens, we continue with the plan. If it defeats us after we have teracrystallized, there is nothing to do.

What are the rewards for defeating Pikachu in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?

The first reward is the most obvious: a Tera-type Water Pikachu that comes with the Mightiest Mark to commemorate our achievement. It also has level 100, Nature Quiet (+special attack, -speed), the Light Ball item, the moves Thunder, Surf, Play Rough, and Iron Tail, the Lightning Rod ability, and it has maximum IVs and minimum EVs, so we can improve it as we wish. Of course, we can only get one of these Pikachu per game.

Of course, we also have various rewards in the form of many L and XL Rare Candies, treasures such as Nuggets and Star Piece, an Ability Patch, upgrade items such as PP UP and Calcium, the TM 123 Surf, and many Water Tera Shards.


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