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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet has been keeping fans sated by drip feeding them new and old Pokémon alike through the Tera Raid battle system. They’ve been adding in fan-favorite starters like Charizard and Greninja and even had a two-week long event where players could capture a new Paradox Legendary Pokémon based on Suicune and Virizion. The next 7-Star Starter to hit the Tera Raids is Decidueye from Pokémon Sun & Moon.

Your time to take on Decidueye is running short however. Decidueye will be in Tera Raids this weekend from March 24th to March 26th.

Luckily, you shouldn’t need to prep too much for Decidueye because you likely already have a perfect counter for him.

Unlock the High Level Raids

If you haven’t battled in the 7-Star Tera Raids, this is what is going to take you the most time. To unlock access, you need to have finished the core story of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet; that shouldn’t be an issue. You’ll be asked to go around and battle all the gyms again, then participate in the Ace Tournament. All of that shouldn’t give you too much difficulty, so all that’s left is to participate in ten of 4 and 5 Star Tera Raids.

When you’ve participated in enough of them, you should see 7-Star Tera Raids start to pop up on your map but only when you are connected online.

Taking Down Decidueye

Start by finding the raid den for Decidueye. It’ll be a dark, black flashing Flying icon on your map. Decidueye will always be a Flying type for these raids, so that’s going to help determine the best counter to take him down.

The 7-Star Raids are very tough, so it’s recommended you go in with a group of actual players and don’t just fill up your team with the NPC players. But, if you think the Pokémon you have is up to the challenge, people have soloed the 7-Star Raids in the past.

Miraidon Counter

The best counter for a Flying type Decidueye should already be sitting in your box or right under your feet! The Pokémon Violet cover Legendary Miraidon is perfectly suited for this fight. Since it’s a Legendary, it should already have great base stats and should be easy to max out through Hyper training and EV training.

Additionally, Miraidon is resistant to both Grass and Electric attacks thanks to its Dragon typing. But the important thing here is that we’re throwing the Electric typing against Decidueye’s Flying type.

Teach your Miraidon the following moves; Calm Mind, Electro Drift, Metal Sound and Parabolic Charge. Miraidon already has a very high Special Attack and with Calm Mind and Metal Sound, you can boost it even more while also lowering Decidueye’s. Between Electro Drift and Parabolic Charge, you should make quick work of this raid.

Electro Drift is going to hit much harder because of its STAB damage, but if you notice your Miraidon getting low on hit points, Parabolic Charge will heal you a bit to keep you in the game longer.

Iron Hands Counter

Another Pokémon native to Pokémon Violet users is the Paradox Pokémon Iron Hands. His strongest asset is his durability through a massive hit point stat, though his attack stat is very good as well.

For Iron Hands, you’ll want the following move set: Belly Drum, Electric Terrain, Rock Tomb and Thunder Punch. Your main strategy here is going to be survival, staying alive as long as you can while pumping up your attack stat with Belly Drum and then laying into Decidueye with Thunder Punch and throwing in some Rock Tombs to slow Decidueye. Also, remember to put down Electric Terrain early to further boost your Thunder Punches.

Bellibolt Counter

For those players who own Pokémon Scarlet and couldn’t get their hands on a Miraidon or an Iron Hands just yet, Bellibolt is going to be a great counter to try out. Bellibolt is a very easy Pokémon to come by and despite that, he’s a hefty tank with some great survival options, just like Iron Hands.

The move set you’re going to want is; Acid Spray, Electric Terrain, Thunderbolt and Parabolic Charge. You’re likely not going to be the hardest hitting Pokémon in your raid, but with Acid Spray, you can help everyone else hit even harder. Acid Spray lowers Decidueye’s defense stat by two stages. Electric Terrain will boost both your Thunderbolt and Parabolic Charge and the latter will also heal you up a bit as well.

With any of these three Pokémon under your command, you should have no trouble taking down Decidueye in the 7-Star Tera Raid battles in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet