Another 7-Star Pokémon has arrived in Paldea looking for a scrap and, following the Hisuian Starter trio of Decidueye, Samurott and Typhlosion, the next ultra-thought Raid boss is going to be 7-Star Inteleon. The second Galar starter to make it to Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Inteleon has come packing a new Tera Type as well as a barrage of deadly moves which it will use to try and best you. This upcoming Tera Raid Spotlight is the only way to obtain Inteleon in Pokémon SV, as well as its pre-evolutions Sobble and Drizzle, so collectors and trainers alike will want to challenge it.
7-Star Tera Raids are the hardest endgame piece of content in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. In them, a team of four trainers battle against the super-powered Terastalised form of an iconic Pokémon from the past, usually one not native to Paldea. These fights are incredibly tough, requiring high levels of strategy and planning to overcome them: the 7-Star Raid Bosses also have a few hidden mechanics and tricks unlike anything else in the game, granting them everything from free stat boosts to additional moves and more. If you manage to beat the, though, you can capture these powerful legends for yourself, as well as earn a bounty of rewards like Ability Capsules, Tera Shards and Herba Mystica Ingredients.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 7-Star Inteleon Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
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How to Unlock 7-Star Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
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.
- Beat all 3 Main Story Quests (Nemona’s Victory Road, Arven’s Path of Legends and Penny’s Starfall Street).
- Travel to and beat the final boss of the game in Area Zero.
- Challenged all of the Gym Leaders to a rematch.
- 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 must 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.
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. For Unrivaled Inteleon, you’ll be on the lookout for an Ice-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 then on, simply interact with the Tera Crystal to start the fight.
7-Star Inteleon Breakdown
Inteleon is the second Galar starter to come to Paldea, with the first being the pesky Cinderace. Just like Cinderace, the pure Water starter has turned over a new leaf (or should we say, a new ice cube in this circumstance) as it has a new Ice Tera Type.
Before you go wading into this 7-Star battle, there are a few things to consider and prepare. The first is to make sure that your chosen Pokémon is level 100: the 7-Star Raid Bosses are all scaled to level 100 themselves and any Pokémon not at that level will be at a severe disadvantage. You need everything you can get your hands on to beat Inteleon, so making sure you don’t have to worry about using an underpowered Pokémon is the first step in overcoming this challenge. This tip is especially important if you are considering using co-op to beat Inteleon. You don’t want to drag down your team by using a purposely weak Pokémon.
The other thing to note is that if you can spare the time or resources, consider EV and IV training the Pokémon you decide to bring to the Raid. This can be done easily via Bottlecaps and Hyper Training, or through vitamins and feathers (you can even breed new Pokémon if you have the time). While not a requirement by any means, having higher base stats for things like Attack or Defence will make it so that you can not only get through the fight faster but survive for far longer, too. We strongly recommend at least using a few resources before the fight, especially because of how plentiful things like vitamins are in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
7-Star Inteleon Release Date
Inteleon is continuing the streak first paved by the Hisuian trio. In the past, 7-Star Pokémon were available for two weekends across three weeks, with a week in the middle to prepare for the next series of events. That isn’t true for Inteleon, who will instead run for only 2 weekends over two weeks.
Here are the dates and times when 7-Star Inteleon will be available in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet:
- Friday, April 28th 2023 (00:00 UTC) to Sunday, April 30th 2023 (23:59 UTC)
- Friday, May 5th 2023 (00:00 UTC) to Sunday, May 7th 2023 (23:59 UTC)
If you cannot catch Inteleon during either of these weekend runs, it will, unfortunately, slip through your grasp and become unavailable to catch. There is a high likelihood of the 7-Star events having reruns in the future (similar to how Walking Wake and Iron Leaves recently had a rerun themselves) but this has not been confirmed.
Next, let’s discuss what moves Inteleon is packing. Inteleon can use:
- Blizzard (Ice Type, Special)
- Snipe Shot (Water Type, Special)
- Dark Pulse (Dark Type, Special)
- Tearful Look (Normal Type, Status)
As expected, Inteleon is a pure Special Attacker in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Blizzard is its one STAB move (and one that will be particularly nasty thanks to its special mechanics) but it also has Dark Pulse and Snipe Shot for coverage purposes. This means that Inteleon can Freeze, Flinch and has a high Crit chance with Snipe Shot, something made worse by Inteleon’s Sniper ability. Interestingly, Inteleon’s final move is a debuffing move in the form of Tearful Look: this is going to be incredibly annoying, as it will constantly be trying to wipe away any progress you make with your own buffs.
In addition to these moves, Inteleon has some suitably frosty special mechanics. At the start of the fight, Inteleon will instantly cast both Mist and Snowscape. This really slows down this battle in several ways: the snow will massively boost Inteleon’s STAB Blizzard (on top of the Ice Tera buff) and Defence whereas Mist makes it so that you cannot lower any of Inteleon’s stats for 5 turns. Effectively, this kills any strategy that cannot either out last Mist to use Defence and Sp. Defence decreases. Relying instead on buffing your own Attack stats will likely prove more fruitful.
For a 7-Star battle, Inteleon is more irritating than difficult. Having to contend with a possible status condition, Flinch, high Crit chance, debuffs to your entire team and boosted STAB damage on top of not being able to use your own debuffs really makes this fight drag. Survivability is likely the biggest thing as if you can withstand those 5 turns of Snowscape and Mist, Inteleon should be pretty easy to take down. It’s a battle of endurance instead of how quickly you can get the most bonuses.
Resistances and Weaknesses
One upside we have in this fight is Inteleon’s type. Ice is generally a pretty weak type defensively, with a lot of weaknesses for us to exploit:
- Resistant to: Ice Types
- Weak to: Fighting, Fire, Rock and Steel Types
With only one resistance and a boatload of weaknesses, Inteleon may seem like a slam dunk as this is potentially the widest pool of usable Pokémon in any 7-Star Raid. However, thanks to what Inteleon is running, there are a few complications. The types in the most danger are Rock and Fire. While they are both some of the strongest types in the entire series, Inteleon can easily shut them down. Snipe Shot will absolutely chew through Fire and Rock: a Sniper-boosted Crit will take out basically any Fire or Rock type, so it’s best to steer clear.
This leaves us with just Steel and Fighting. On paper, this is actually pretty good, with Steel having some of the best defensive Pokémon in the game and Fighting having some of the best offensive ones. There are a good amount of Steel and Fighting types that can pretty confidently take on Inteleon, but I would lean towards Steel slightly more. As previously outlined, endurance is a big thing for this Raid and, if you don’t have a way of one-shotting Inteleon when turn 5 hits, outlasting any damage it throws at you is a better strategy for most players.
Type: Flying/Steel (Steel Tera Type)
Ability: Mirror Armour
Item: Light Clay
- Defog (Flying Type, Status)
- Light Screen (Psychic Type, Status)
- Screech (Normal Type, Status) / Metal Sound (Steel Type, Status)
- Iron Head (Steel Type, Physical)
Returning from our 7-Star Samurott recommendations is Corviknight. This strong Steel/Flying Type returns as an excellent supportive option if you want to tackle Inteleon in co-op, aiding your allies as they beat down Inteleon. It doesn’t resist any of Inteleon’s attacks, but it does have good enough bulk to tank each hit pretty well.
As for Corviknight’s moveset, you have access to buffing moves and debuffing moves alike. Light Screen is here to protect your team against all of Inteleon’s Special attacks, effectively reducing Inteleon’s damage output for the entire Tera Raid. Then you have both Metal Sound and Screech, both of which can lower Inteleon’s Defence or Special Defence once Mist has run its course. There’s also Swagger, an interesting choice as the Attack bonus it grants won’t do anything for Inteleon, effectively making this a free Confuse that could save your life.
The most important move Corviknight has, though, is Defog. This is an Egg Move and it is the only way to get rid of Mist prematurely and, with it by your side, you can easily take away the fight’s most annoying element. From then on, you can start setting up debuffs on Inteleon without having to wait for those 5 rounds. This is incredibly useful and will prove to be a great aid for your offensive team members.
On the whole, Corviknight is just very consistent. While it won’t be doing a lot of damage, it is an excellent supportive unit with the capability of shutting down Inteleon’s annoying mechanics. Light Screen with Light Clay ensures that your team will be protected for most of the match, whereas Defog massively opens up the battle for supportive debuff like Screech. Corviknight is bulky and can defend against a lot of what Inteleon can throw at it, making it the perfect support for this Tera Raid in Pokémon SV.
Type: Steel/Ghost (Steel Tera Type)
Ability: Good as Gold
Item: Shell Bell
- Make It Rain (Steel Type, Special)
- Nasty Plot (Dark Type, Status)
- Light Screen (Psychic Type, Status)
- Metal Sound (Steel Type, Status) / Memento (Dark Type, Status)
If you’re looking for an offensive option to take to Inteleon, try out Gholdengo. Once a monster in online battles, Gholedngo will serve as an excellent Steel-Type battering ram against Inteleon. You’ll be taking up the role of (nearly) full offences here. Thanks to its type, Gholdengo does resist a lot, including Inteleon’s most powerful move Blizzard, but it will take bonus damage from Dark Pulse.
For moves, Make It Rain paired with Nasty Plot will be your primary damage dealer. You will hit for super effective STAB damage with a super powerful move, and Nasty Plot is indefensible at keeping you at full power: without it, Make It Rain paired with Inteleon’s Tearful Look will swiftly take you down to -6 Special Attack. Without Defog, Metal Sound won’t be usable until turn 5 but it will really soften Inteleon up and Light Screen is here so you can make it to that point. Memento may seem like an odd choice, and I would only recommend it in a co-op scenario, but it could prove useful if you’re close to death and want to make Inteleon easier to deal with for the remainder of the fight (once Mist is gone, of course).
In terms of raw power, Gholdengo has it in spades. It has a high Special Attack and can begin the battle by at least trying to stack up on Sp. Atk buffs to hit for an incredible amount of damage. With a diverse movepool, Gholdengo is versatile enough to be used at several stages of the battle: it can play offence to quickly take care of Inteleon, but it can also take on a pseudo-support role in the early stages of the fight with Light Screen. The main problem with Gholdnego is the potential to be hit for super-effective Dark Pulse: survive that, though and you have a very solid option in Gholdengo.
That was everything you needed to know to prepare for the 7-Star Inteleon Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.