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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet has been keeping fans hungry with some of the best starters from previous generations through the Tera Raid battle system. They’ve been adding in fan favorite like Decidueye and Samurott and even had a 2 week long event where players could capture new Paradox Legendary Pokémon based on Suicune and Virizion. The next 7-Star Starter to hit the Tera Raids is the fire type Typhlosion from generation 2’s Pokémon Gold, Silver & Crystal.

This is Typhlosions last weekend to be caught, so drop everything you're doing and start raiding now! Typhlosion will be in Tera Raids until April 23rd, then your only hope of getting one is by Surprise Trading someone and hoping to get a Cyndaquil.

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, which shouldn’t be an issue at this point. 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 Tera Raids of 4 and 5 Star difficulty.

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.

Dousing Typhlosion

Start by finding the raid den for Typhlosion, it’ll be a dark, black flashing Ghost icon on your map. Typhlosion will always be a Ghost Tera-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.

Rewards for Typhlosion the Unrivaled

What kinds of rewards do you get for taking down Typhlosion? The fire-starter himself is the biggest one and he comes with the Mighty Mark titled, so when you use him in battle your opponents will know because he’ll appear as “Typhlosion the Unrivaled”.

You’ll also get the best chance at Herba Mystica, Ability Patches and Capsules, a large amount of Fire Tera Shards and plenty of items to sell for Poke Dollars. Plus, the best chances at Bottle Caps and Golden Bottle Caps for hyper training.

Typhlosion’s Set-Up

It helps to know exactly what you’ll be going up against in the 7-Star Tera Raid battles, so here’s a quick breakdown of Typhlosion’s abilities and movesets.

Typhlosion is a pure fire type, but his Tera Type is going to make him a ghost type, which is a reference to Hisuian form in Pokémon: Legends Arceus. He has the hidden ability Flash Fire, which means that if Typhlosion is hit by a fire type attack he will become immune to fire attacks and his own fire attacks will be increased by 50% damage. So, under no circumstances should you bring in a fire-type Pokémon.

Exact movesets aren’t known until the event goes live, but based on previous events and the known move pool for Typhlosion, the Pokémon community estimates the following is most likely for his moveset.

Expect Typhlosion to have access to Shadow Ball, Flamethrower, Focus Blast and Solar Beam. As a 7-Star Raid battle he also has access to Sunny Day to power up his fire type moves and Will-O-Wisp to burn your Pokémon. Typhlosion also has 31 IVs in every single stat as a 7-Star Raid and has a Modest nature.

The Best Counters for Typhlosion

Some of the best counters for ghost typing is ghost typing, but that also turns into a double edge sword because your opponent is strong against you as well. Luckily, there is one Pokémon who gets the advantage with no disadvantage, Hisuian Zoroark, which you can get as a bonus for pre-purchasing the upcoming expansions to Pokémon Violet & Scarlet. Honchkrow, one of the beefiest dark types in the game, is a great choice because it is resistant to most of Typhlosions ghost attacks. Spiritomb is also a good pick as it takes neutral damage with its ghost and dark typing. Here’s how to set them all up.

Hisuian Zoroark

Here’s all the basic details you need to know at a glance to get your Zoroark prepared.

  • Tera Type: Ghost
  • Nature: Modest (Special Attack Up, Attack Down)
  • EV Spread: HP 252, Special Attack 252, Defense 4
  • Ability: Illusion
  • Held Item: Shell Bell
  • Moveset:
    • Nasty Plot
    • Fake Tears
    • Rain Dance
    • Shadow Ball

The best thing about Hisuian Zoroark is that its ghost and normal typing allows it to deal super effective damage to Typhlosion, while negating Typhlosionn’s super effective capabilities. It also makes him immune to any fighting moves they may slip into his moveset. The only thing you’ll have to really worry about is fire typing, but if you keep Rain Dance up, that will be halved. Given all of Hisuian Zoroark’s strengths against Typhlosion, it even has the potential to solo but we still recommend taking in friends to make quick work of it.

Here’s how you’ll set yourself up for victory. Start off with Rain Dance and make sure to keep it up so Typhlosion’s fire moves stay weak. Spam Fake Tears to lower Typhlosion’s special defense by 6 stages, which is going to allow you to hit him much harder. Shadow Ball will be your damage move and help you build up your tera charge. You’ll also want to sprinkle in Nasty Plot every other move to keep your Shadow Ball damage high with the Special Attack boost. Your Shell Bell will also help you regain a bit of HP every time you deal damage.

Keep up this rotation of moves until you have enough of a Tera Orb charge to terastallize then unleash more Shadow Balls until you’ve got Typhlosion in the bag, or the Pokéball as it were.


Here’s all the basic details you need to know at a glance to get your Honchkrow prepared.

  • Tera Type: Dark
  • Nature: Careful (Special Defense Up, Special Attack Down)
  • EV Spread: HP 252, Special Defense 252, Speed 4
  • Ability: Super Luck
  • Held Item: Leftovers
  • Moveset:
    • Rain Dance
    • Screech
    • Swagger
    • Foul Play

Honchkrow is also a power house when it comes to this fight and has very high defense just like Zoroark does. So you’ll use Rain Dance the same way to keep fire type moves under control. The dark and flying types allow you to have resistance to ghost type attacks and take neutral from any possible fighting moves.

Then you’ll want to use Swagger three times to boost Typhlosions attack stat and confuse it. This may seem risky, but we’re going to use its massive boost to attack to have it defeat itself. Once the attack stat is boosted then start using screech to drop its defenses. Keep Rain Dance up as much as possible and when you have your Tera Orb charged, terrastalize and finish Typhlosion off with Foul Play.


Here’s all the basic details you need to know at a glance to get your Spiritomb prepared.

  • Tera Type: Ghost
  • Nature: Modest (Special Attack Up, Attack Down)
  • EV Spread: HP 252, Special Attack 252, Defense 4
  • Ability: Pressure
  • Held Item: Leftovers
  • Moveset:
    • Nasty Plot
    • Shadow Ball
    • Taunt
    • Rain Dance

Following the same theme with Zoroark and Honchkrow, Spiritomb has great defenses against Typhlosion. He takes neutral from ghost abilities, will be completely immune to possible fighting abilities and with Rain Dance, you cut the effectiveness of fire type abilities down to half.

Here’s how to proceed with your Spiritomb, as always start with Rain Dance and make sure to keep this up. Alternate between Nasty Plot to raise your special attack and Shadow Ball to raise your Tera Orb charge. Once you’re fully charged, terastallize and continue your assault until you’re the proud new owner of Typhlosion the Unrivaled.

Also be sure to check out our guide to training your Pokémon to be the best they can be, including how to properly get a perfect six IV Pokémon and train your EVs to max.