Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: 7-Star Cinderace Tera Raid Prep

In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the new 7-Star Cinderace Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. 7-Star Tera Raids are the hardest content in the entire game, with some great rewards on offer. Cinderace has followed on from Charizard and this guide will tell you what you need to beat it, whether solo or in a group.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: 7-Star Cinderace Tera Raid Prep

The second of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s 7-Star Tera Raids has just launched with the release of Unrivaled Cinderace. Following the 7-Star Charizard Raid in early December, the Fire-Type Galar starter has made its way to Paldea for a tough match with trainers. 

These 7-Star Tera Raids are the most challenging content in the game, where each Unrivaled Pokémon can (and will) dominate the battle with high stats and extremely powerful moves. As such, they also give the very best rewards, including the chance to catch yourself this mighty Cinderace. To net yourself this exclusive Pokémon as well as a suite of unique rewards like Ability Patches, Tera Shards and Herba Mystica ingredients, you’ll need to really prepare.

Here’s how to prep for the 7-Star Cinderace Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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How to Unlock 7-Star Raids

Before you can tackle the 7-Star Tera Raid, you first have to unlock 6-Star Raids. To do this, a few key things need to be undertaken and completed. 

  1. Beat all 3 of the Main Story Quests (Nemona’s Victory Road, Arven’s Path of Legends and Penny’s Starfall Street).
  2. Travel to and beat the final boss of the game in Area Zero.
  3. Challenged all of the Gym Leaders to a rematch.
  4. Participated and beaten the first Academy Ace Tournament

At this point, your form teacher Mr Jacq will contact you. Energy from Area Zero has begun to flow stronger all over Paldea and he wants you to fight some Tera Raid battles for his research. You’ll need to complete 10 4-Star or 5-Star Tera Raids of any Type or Pokémon. The only stipulation is that you must host these battles yourself as any Raids you join over the Poké Portal will not count toward the total. 

An Important Call

An Important Call

Once all of the Raids have been bested, you’ll once again be contacted by Mr Jacq. This time, you will be warned of some dangerous 6-Star Raids that will pop up around the map: these are marked by black crystals and black Tera Raid icons on the map to distinguish them from other Raids. It is at this point that the 7-Star Raids have been unlocked.

Compared to other Raids, 7-Star (and other Event Raids) have sparkly edges to their map icons and unique animations added to their Tera Crystals. In the case of Unrivaled Cinderace, you’ll be on the lookout for a Fighting-Type Tera Raid with a sparkling edge. When you’ve found one on the map and travel to it, you’ll find a Black Crystal surrounded by swirling lights and purple energy. 

From this point on, simply interact with the Tera Crystal to start the fight.

General Information on Unrivalled Cinderace

The Unrivaled Cinderace is a Fighting Tera Type with a fixed moveset and some tricky tactics to throw you off guard. As previously mentioned, you’ll need to prepare a roster of your best Pokémon to attempt this Raid, whether solo or in a group. 

To challenge 7-Star Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, it is paramount that your Pokémon be level 100. The opposing 7-Star will also be level 100 and, if you can’t match it, it will shred you and your entire line-up. This is especially true if you go into it as a multiplayer team, as you don’t want to let down other players by choosing a weak main Pokémon.

Training EVs using Bottle Caps and supplements, as well as getting a perfect nature will certainly make your life far easier but it isn’t mandatory. We will still provide the recommended EV and IV split when discussing certain Pokémon.

Preparing for the Fight

Preparing for the Fight

Release Date

The Unrivaled Cinderace Raid will run twice over the coming weeks:

  • December 30th (00:00 UTC) to January 1st (23:59 UTC)
  • January 13th (00:00 UTC) to January 15th (23:59 UTC)

During this period, the Unrivaled Cinderace Tera Raid as well as several other Event Tera Pokémon will spawn over Paldea. After the event ends, these Raids will disappear and you will lose your chance to get Cinderace. 

The Mightiest Mark

The Mightiest Mark

Moveset

Cinderace will have a locked moveset consisting of the following moves.

  • Iron Head (Steel Type, Physical)
  • Pyro Ball (Fire Type, Physical)
  • High Jump Kick (Fighting Type, Physical)
  • Acrobatics (Flying Type, Physical)

All of Cinderace’s base moves are Physical with a wide array of type coverage. Due to the Fighting Tera Type, the only STAB move will be High Jump Kick (which has a small chance to miss and deal damage to Cinderace itself) but it will certainly hit hard with anything it throws at you.

Another big thing to note is that 7-Star Cinderace has an additional move that it can use multiple times: Bulk-Up. This Fighting-Type move raises a Pokémon’s Attack and Defence stat by one point each. Cinderace will always start the fight with a Bulk-Up and continue to use it periodically throughout the fight (up to about 4 uses in total). Considering that all of Cinderace’s moves are Physical attacking moves, this makes it hit much harder while allowing it to tank heavier Physical attacks thanks to high Defences. 

Finally, Cinderace will put up the Tera Shield when either its health or the timer on the Raid falls to about 2/3rds. This will make it much harder to damage without the aid of Terastalizing, especially as it continues to Bulk-Up. It also can remove negative effects from itself and remove your team’s stat bonuses once per fight. 

Cinderace Moveset

Cinderace Moveset

Resistances and Weaknesses

As a pure Fighting Type thanks to the Tera Type, Cinderace is either resistant or weak to the following Types:

  • Resistant to: Bug, Dark and Rock
  • Weak to: Fairy, Psychic and Flying

Paired with Bulk-Up and Cinderace’s already high HP and stats, your best bet is to exploit its Special weaknesses. A majority of Flying Type attacks are Physical, meaning that they will struggle against Bulk-Up’s Defence boost. Meanwhile, the strongest Psychic and Fairy moves are usually Special, meaning that they side-step the humongous boosts afforded to Cinderace by Bulk-Up: do watch out for Iron Head if you run a Fairy Type, though, as it is sure to take you out very quickly. 

The Mighty Cinderace

The Mighty Cinderace

Best Pokémon for Cinderace

Espathra Build

Type: Psychic (Psychic Tera Type preferred)

Moveset:

  • Lumina Crash (Psychic Type, Special)
  • Reflect (Psychic Type, N/A)
  • Roost (Flying Type, N/A)
  • Rain Dance (Water Type, N/A)

Ability: Opportunist

Item: Shell Bell

Stat Spread: 252 Special Attack, 252 HP, 6 Defence

Espathra Pokémon

Espathra Pokémon

Espathra Strategy

Surprisingly, Espathra is a real powerhouse in this Raid (if played correctly and the stars align). 

One of the biggest reasons why Espathra is good in this Raid is that it can deal very big damage while having access to a lot of useful utility moves. As a Psychic-Type, it resists High-Jump Kick which is Cinderace’s only STAB move. Additionally, it can take a decent beating while locking down some of Cinderace’s other moves.

The Opportunist ability is another great pick here. Cinderace will always begin the battle with Bulk-Up and it will use it several times throughout the fight. When this happens, Opportunist will kick in and raise Espathra’s stats by the same degree: this includes your Defences, a vital increase that will help stop the damage of Cinderace’s potent Physical moves. Getting a good streak of this allows Espathra to forego other Defence boosters and focus more on attacking. 

The strategy that you will likely want to follow is:

  1. On round 1, cast Reflect. This will help you keep Espathra alive as Cinderace uses Bulk-Up
  2. Then, use Rain Dance. With your Defence boosted, Rain Dance forces Cinderace to forego using Pyro Ball in favour of its other moves. 
  3. From this point, use Lumina Crash as much as you can as it lowers Cinderace’s Special Defence, making it squisher as the fight progresses.
  4. When you need a drastic boost of health and the Shell Bell isn’t cutting it, use Roost.
  5. Once Cinderace clears your stat boosts and your set-up disappears, rinse and repeat the cycle until victory is secured.

One of the main issues with Espathra is that, compared to its contemporaries, it lacks a solid base Defence stat. Reflect and Opportunist will be doing a lot of heavy lifting here, but a single Critical Hit will likely wipe you out. The main benefits come from the versatility and the ability to force Cinderace into a predictable pattern of moves with Rain Dance, while Lumina Crash make it far weaker for your allies. Espathra may take a bit of work to get going, but it is still a great option for this 7-Star Cinderace Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Espathra Pros and Cons

Espathra Pros and Cons

Armarouge Build

Type: Fire/Psychic (Psychic Tera Type preferred)

Moveset:

  • Psychic Terrain (Psychic Type, N/A)
  • Iron Defence (Steel Type, N/A)
  • Calm Mind (Psychic Type, N/A)
  • Expanding Force (Psychic Type, Special)

Ability: Flash Fire

Item: Shell Bell

Stat Spread: 252 Special Attack, 252 Defence, 6 HP

Armarouge Pokémon

Armarouge Pokémon

Armarouge Strategy

One of the fan-favourite choices from this new generation of Pokémon, Armarouge is a competent pick against Unrivaled Cinderace for a wide variety of reasons.

Firstly, as a Fire/Psychic Type, it resists a lot of Cinderace’s strongest moves such as Iron Head and High Jump Kick while the Flash Fire ability renders it completely immune to Pyro Ball. Second, it has some impressive base bulk with relatively high Defence alongside a good Special Attack stat that can become a real menace for Cinderace’s crippling Psychic weakness. Lastly, it learns some great set-up and buffing moves that can make your (and your teams’) lives far easier while the Shell Bell serves as a great way to get healing.

On Cinderace’s end, there are a few things that may trip you up. Cinderace’s main move against you will be Acrobatics, the only Type you don’t resist, and so this move can take you to around half-health in the first turn alone. If you can’t set up any Defence buffs or bonuses in that time, you’ll quickly find that you cannot set up which makes Armarouge feel quite weak. 

The general strategy for this Pokémon is: 

  1. Use Iron Defence as soon as the battle begins. If you want to feel safe, use it twice in a row.
  2. Follow up with 2-4 Calm Mind moves to increase your Special stats. With boosted Defence, Acrobatics will hopefully not damage you that much.
  3. Then put down a Psychic Terrain to boost your defence against Fighting-type moves as well as boost your own Expanding Force.
  4. With set-up complete, spam Expanding Force as much as you can. 
  5. Once Cinderace wipes your stat bonuses, rinse and repeat the cycle. 

The main weakness of Armarouge is how much set-up it takes for it to feel strong. Unlike other options like Espathra, you need Psychic Terrain to make the damage worth it while also requiring Iron Defence so Cinderace doesn’t two-shot you. As such you may spend up to 5 or 6 turns not attacking at all, meaning that you’ll get your Tera Form far later than everyone else. Additionally, if Cinderace lands a Critical Hit in that time, all of your work can be for nothing.

However, if you can set it up properly, Armarouge clears the fight pretty easily. With high Defences and high Special stats, it will take very little damage (especially when Cinderace stops using Acrobatics) and deal a lot back with Expanding Force. Just make sure to keep an eye on your stats, especially when Cinderace strips you of them as you’ll need to set up again.

Armarouge Pros and Cons

Armarouge Pros and Cons

Slowbro Build

Type: Water/Psychic (Psychic Tera Type preferred)

Moveset: 

  • Iron Defence (Steel Type, N/A)
  • Nasty Plot (Dark Type, N/A)
  • Stored Power (Psychic Type, Special)
  • Chilling Water (Water Type, Special)

Ability: Oblivious

Item: Shell Bell

Stat Spread: 252 Defence252 Special Attack, 6 HP

Slowbro Pokémon

Slowbro Pokémon

Slowbro Strategy

For the 7-Star Tera Raid, Slowbro is a great pick. It can specialise in either support or offensive capabilities depending on your team composition. 

Similar to Aramrouge, its Water/Psychic Typing has Slowbro resisting a lot of Cinderace’s strongest moves like High Jump Kick and Pyro Ball. The only move it doesn’t resist is Acrobatics, a move that can be ignored with enough investment and set up into Defence. Additionally, Slowbro has a devastating arsenal of moves that have the potential to destroy Cinderace in only a handful of moves.

The general strategy to follow for this fight is:

  1. Start the battle by using Iron Defence three times. This will protect you against everything Cinderace can throw at you.
  2. Then use Nasty Plot three times as well. This move raises Slowbro’s Special Attack by 2 stages.
  3. With everything set up, start using Stored Power. With +6 to Defence and +6 to Special Attack, Stored Power goes from 20 power to a staggering 260 power, allowing it to make very short work of Cinderace.
  4. Once Cinderace strips your stat buffs, redo all of them again. After that, simply rinse and repeat until the battle is done.

Honestly, there are very few downsides to using Slowbro. With solid base Defence and access to a wide variety of moves, Slowbro doesn’t stumble into the same roadblocks as some other Pokémon. The fact that you need to have 6 turns of set-up may make some doubt Slowbro’s strength, but it more than makes up for it by delivering such powerful moves so consistently.

There is the option of playing Slowbro as more supportive than offensive (such as in a team with Espathra or Armarouge). Here, you can simply use Iron Defence once before spamming Chilling Water to reduce Cinderace’s Attack. Even with Bulk-Up, Cinderace’s Attack will be nothing in no time flat.

Slowbro Pros and Cons

Slowbro Pros and Cons

While there are some other potent Pokémon for this Raid, these 3 are the strongest options for taking it on either solo or in a group.

That was everything you needed to know to beat the 7-Star Cinderace Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This a reminder that the Cinderace event runs from December 30th to January 1st, and again from January 13th to January 15th. 

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