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

In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about the new 7-Star Unrivaled Greninja Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. If you're able to tackle these difficult endgame Raids, you can get your hands on an exclusive version of Greninja and this guide will tell you everything you need to prepare for the Raid, whether solo or in a team.

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

The third 7-Star Tera Raid is making its way to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet later this month with the addition of Unrivaled Greninja. One of the most popular and beloved starters of all time has finally made it to Paldea following the Charizard and Cinderace Raids, and it’s ready for a fight.

7-Star Tera Raids are the hardest content in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, requiring players to truly understand and strategize before entering a Raid. Go in unprepared and these Unrivalled Pokémon will surely wipe the floor with you: they are insanely strong with great type coverage and are incredibly desirable as a result. 7-Star Tera Raids have the potential to drop the best rewards in the game including Tera Shards, Ability Patches, Herba Mystica ingredients and more. They also offer you the chance to catch your own Unrivalled Greninja.  

Here’s everything you need to know to prep for the 7-Star Greninja Tera Raid Battle 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 in and beat 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 Greninja, you’ll be on the lookout for a Poison-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 Geninja

This version of Greninja will be a Poison Tera Type, overtaking its original Water/Dark Typing. 

Due to the difficulty of 7-Star Tera Raids, it is of the utmost importance that your Pokémon is level 100. Greninja will hit like a truck and, if you aren’t at level 100, it will be a surefire kill every time. This is especially important if you plan on challenging Greninja with other players in co-op as you will be dragging down the team if you aren’t at level 100 with your chosen Pokémon.

Lastly, having the correct stat spread of IVs and EVs is important for endgame Tera Raids: having the correct investment, nature and stats can make a significant difference. However, it isn’t a requirement and you can still tackle 7-Star Tera Raids without the maximum investment into these systems. We will still provide the recommended stat spread for each Pokémon we list below.

7-Star Greninja

7-Star Greninja

Release Date

Similar to the 7-Star Charizard and 7-Star Cinderace, 7-Star Greninja will be available in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet twice over the next few weeks:

  • Friday, January 27th 2023 (00:00 UTC) to Sunday, January 29th 2023 (23:59 UTC)
  • Friday, February 10th 2023 (00:00 UTC) to Sunday, February 12th 2023 (23:59 UTC)

Greninja will be available during these periods from black 7-Star Tera Crystals. If you do not manage to catch the 7-Star Greninja during either period of availability, it will disappear and become unobtainable to you. It is also worth noting that several other Pokémon will be running alongside Greninja (primarily Lucario and Bronzong) in 5-Star and 6-Star Tera Raids.

Get Ready to Fight

Get Ready to Fight

Moveset

Now that the Tera Raid has been released, we know all of Greninja’s available moves. Greninja’s full moveset is:

  • Hydro Pump (Water Type, Special)
  • Night Slash (Dark Type, Physical)
  • Gunk Shot (Poison Type, Physical)
  • Ice Beam (Ice Type, Special)

As predicted, Greninja is a mixed Physical and Special attacker. This means that, unlike the Charizard and Cinderace Raids, you cannot crutch onto a single Pokémon with high Defence or Special Defence: if you want to survive, getting a Pokémon with both, or one that can use moves like Acid Armour, Iron Defence or Amnesia will save you a lot of trouble. Gunk Shot is the only STAB move that Greninja is packing this time round, dealing high Physical damage with the chance to Poison. 

Another interesting (and terrifying) thing that Greninja has are two additional moves. It will use both Double Team (raising its Evasion by 2) and Toxic Spikes at the start of the battle, making it harder to hit and causing your Pokémon to become poisoned should they ever return from being KO’d. Greninja will also, similarly to Cinderace, use Double Team another 2 times throughout the fight. While this doesn’t directly make Greninja stronger, it does put your team on a clock should any of them go down even once. 

Lastly, like the other 7-Star Tera Pokémon, Greninja will put up a Tera Shield around turn 6. This will block any damage from being dealt to Greninja until it is broken, with Terastallized Pokémon dealing more damage. It will also remove negative effects (Paralysis, stat decreases, etc.) from itself once per battle.

It Begins

It Begins

Resistances and Weaknesses

Something a bit easier to figure out, thankfully, is Greninja’s weaknesses and resistance. As a pure Poison Type after Terastallizing, Greninja will be vulnerable and resistant to the following types:

  • Resistant to: Fairy, Fighting, Bug, Grass and Poison
  • Weak to: Ground and Psychic

With only two major weaknesses, Greninja will be a lot harder to build for than either Cinderace or Charizard. Psychic Types may seem like the safe bet, here, as many people will already have well-built Psychic Types from the Cinderace Tera Raid. Ground Types have a couple of strong options, too, especially in terms of Defence. However, they will struggle against 2 of Greninja’s Special moves, Ice Beam and Hydro Pump, which both deal super-effective damage.

The best bet for this encounter is to exploit Greninja’s weak defensive stats. While Double Team does allow it to raise its Evasion, it doesn’t have any way of increasing its normally weak Defence and Special stats. As a result, strong Pokémon have the potential to tear Greninja apart – as long as they can hit it, of course. Think of Greninja like a Glass Cannon: strong, deadly but it will buckle and break fairly easily under pressure.

Weaknesses and Resistances

Weaknesses and Resistances

Best Pokémon for Greninja

Gastrodon Build

Type: Water/Ground (Ground Type Tera preferred)

Ability: Strom Drain

Item: Leftovers / Pecha Berry

  • Earth Power (Ground Type, Special)
  • Amnesia (Psychic Type, Status)
  • Clear Smog (Poison Type, Special)
  • Acid Armour (Poison Type, Status)

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

Gastrodon Pokédex

Gastrodon Pokédex

Gastrodon Strategy

An interesting, but safe choice, in terms of Pokémon, is Gastrodon. It does a bit of everything: damage, sustain, healing, you name it. While it likely won’t be as strong as some of the other options, it will be able to keep you alive and safe from many of Greninja’s biggest hitters. As a Water/Ground Type, Gastrodon resists Gunk Shot and, with the Storm Drain ability, it will eat any Water Type move just fine. With a Pecha Berry, too, you can negate at least one of the Poison triggers from Toxic Spikes.

Stat-wise, Gastrodon is fine but moves like Acid Armour and Amnesia are great ways to effectively raise your defences, negating Greninja’s largest advantage over Gastrodon. The main move to look out for is Night Slash: it has a higher chance to Critical Hit which will cut through any Defence buffs you put up. Meanwhile, Earth Power is your main attacking force with Gastrodon. It plays into Gastrodon’s higher Special Attack stat with a high-damage move that hits Greninja for Super Effective damage. As an added benefit, it also has the potential to lower Greninja’s Special Defence by 1 stage, making it a decent source of rebuffing as well. 

Clear Smog is a must-have option for this Raid. This is an Egg Move for Gastrodon so you would have to either breed one in advance or use the Mirror Herb technique. With Clear Smog, you can become a supportive Pokémon, getting rid of those pesky Evasion boosts from Double Team. Your team won’t get anywhere if they cannot even hit Greninja which makes Clear Smogan an excellent pick. A warning, though, this will clash with moves like Acid Spray so plan accordingly.

The general strategy with Gastrodon is:

  1. Start by using Acid Armour twice. This raises Gastrodon’s Defence, allowing it to take more hits from moves like Night Slash or Gunk Shot.
  2. Then use Amnesia once to give yourself extra protection against Ice Beam: Gastrodon’s base Special Defence will do the rest of the work.
  3. From here, spam as many Earth Power attacks as you can to try and chew through Greninja’s health. 
  4. Rinse and repeat until the battle is cleared.
Gastrodon Pros and Cons

Gastrodon Pros and Cons

Clodsire Build

Type: Poison/Ground Type (Ground Type Tera Type)

Ability: Water Absorb

Item: Shell Bell

  • Mud Slap (Ground Type, Physical)
  • Acid Spray (Poison Type, Special)
  • Recover (Normal Type, Status)
  • Helping Hand (Normal Type, Status)

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

Clodsire Pokedex

Clodsire Pokedex

Clodsire Strategy

Surprisingly, Quagsire’s Paldean cousin, Clodsire, is another good pick for the Greninja Tera Raid. This is thanks to a few reasons, many of which it shares with Gastrodon: high special Defence, the ability to negate Hydro Pump, resistance against STAB and a good pool of moves for going against Greninja. Unlike Gastrodon, though, Closire will take a much more supportive role in the battle.

Water Absorb comes in, once again, to put a stop to any Hydro Pump shenanigans that Greninja wants to pull, giving Closire another way to heal itself. Aside from that, it will resist Gunk Shot and be immune to the Poison from Toxic Spikes. The main downside, though, is that it will take Super Effective damage from Ice Beam, so be careful in that regard: you have Recover if you need a chunk of instant healing.

The other moves showcase Clodsire’s potential as a supportive Pokémon. Acid Spray lets you lower Greninja’s Special Defence, boosting the potential of other Special Attackers in your party. In a similar vein, Mud-Slap will lower Greninja’s Accuracy and allow your team to avoid more hits. Lastly, Helping Hand can be used to directly increase the damage of any of your allies. All of this together makes Clodsire a very potent helper in the battle against Greninja – while you won’t be hitting hard, you’ll be helping everyone else hit even harder.

The general strategy for Closire is:

  1. Use Mud-Slap 2-3 times to lower Greninja’s Accuracy while your teammates are setting up. 
  2. Then follow it up with Acid Spray 2-3 times to lower Greninja’s Special Defence to open it up for your allies. 
  3. From this point on use Helping Hand on your strongest Special Attacking ally. The bonus damage should allow them to quickly clear through anything Greninja has to offer. 
  4. If you need to, heal using Recover. 
  5. Once Greninja strips itself of negative effects, rinse and repeat the first two stages. 
Clodsire Pros and Cons

Clodsire 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 Pokedex

Slowbro Pokedex

Slowbro Strategy

Returning from the Cinderace event, Slowbro and its Stored Power strategy are still just as viable as ever (if a bit slower, admittedly). The core of this Slowbro strategy and build remains nearly identical to how it was run during the Cinderace event: stock up on buffs before slamming the opposing Raid boss hard with Stored Power.

The Water/Psychic typing of Slowbro is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it makes Slowbro resistant to Hydro Pump and Ice Beams. On the other, it makes Night Slash Super Effective: it isn’t too much of a problem when you set up Iron Defence, but a single Critical Hit can wipe away up to so much set-up in an instance. You certainly need to be more careful (and lucky) in this fight than you ever had to be in the Cinderace encounter.

As for Slowbro’s moves, Iron Defence and Nasty Plot are used for two primary reasons. The first is to lessen Greninja’s damage as much as you can: Slowbro is actually great against Greninja as it can defend against both Physical and Special attacks. The second reason is that it allows us to set up a crazy strong attack in the form of Stored Power, which increases in strength depending on how many stat increases you have. Finally, Chilling Water is there so that you can lower Greninja’s Attack stat which will make Night Slash and Gunk Shot a bit easier to deal with. 

The general strategy to follow for this fight is:

  1. Start the battle by using Iron Defence three times.
  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 your opponent.
  4. Once Greninja strips your stat buffs, redo all of them again. After that, simply rinse and repeat until the battle is done
Slowbro Pros and Cons

Slowbro Pros and Cons

That was everything you need to prep for the 7-Star Greninja Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. A reminder that this Tera Raid event will be taking place from January 27th to the 29th, and from February 10th to the 12th. Happy hunting, trainers!

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