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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Charizard Tera Raid Event: release date and guide

Here’s how to bag everyone's favourite Fire-type in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’ve no doubt discovered the fun there is to be had with Tera Raids. These battles let you team up with friends to take on strong, terastallised Pokemon, and if beaten, allow you an easy catch. That said, Tera Raid events are giving the players opportunity to catch Pokemon they might normally struggle to catch, or in the latest instance, catch a Pokemon that isn't in the game: Charizard.

Which starter did you choose, and did it make it into your final team?

There’s no argument about whether Charizard is one of the most popular Pokemon out there. This Fire-type is known for its unparalleled fiery power, being the face of the first Western Pokemon game — Pokemon Red — and also for being one of the most valuable Pokemon cards out there, as our friends over on Dicebreaker have said. This just so happens to be the same shiny first edition shadowless card that Logan Paul had encrusted with diamonds.

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the Dragon Charizard Tera Raid event in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.



Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Charizard Tera Raid Event Release Date

The Dragon Charizard Tera Raid event will appear as seven-star raid during December 2022 and both events will begin at 19:00 EST / 00:00 GMT, and will finish at 18:59 EST / 23:59 GMT. There will be two periods of time in which players can hunt down the Pokemon, and those dates are as follows:

  • December 1 - December 4
  • December 15 - December 18

However, players need to have completed the main story and have unlocked six-star raids in advance.

What makes the Charizard Tera Raid event particularly special in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is not just the fact that Charizard can’t be caught naturally across Paldea. During the event, the Charizard that appears will have a Dragon Tera-Type, which can shape up to be a pretty powerful Pokemon when caught.

So, if you’re busy this coming weekend or need to train your Pokemon some more, you need not fear of missing out on your chance to catch a Charizard!

How to catch Dragon Charizard during the Tera Raid event in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

To catch Dragon Charizard in the Tera Raid event, you need to be prepared. You can do this by knowing the strengths and weaknesses of its Dragon Tera Type, and usual moves.

A seven-star raid against a Dragon Charizard will be no easy feat, and fortunately you will have three more players on your team to help out, also vying to trap Charizard in a Poke Ball.

Charizard Weaknesses

  • Dragon
  • Fairy
  • Ice

Additionally, it’s safe to assume that this Charizard may have Fire and Flying-type moves in its roster. Flying-type moves will be strong against Bug, Grass, and Fighting, while Fire-type moves will hit Bug, Steel, Grass, and Ice-types harder.

Charizard's title when caught during the Tera Raid event in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
This Charizard also comes with a title!

With all of this in mind, the best Pokemon-type to take with you to the Charizard Tera Raid event is a Fairy-type. It will not be susceptible to the strengths of this Charizard’s moves, it’s completely immune to Dragon-type attacks, and its Fairy-type attacks will pack a punch against it.

What's the best Pokemon type for the Charizard Tera Raid Event in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Possible Pokemon you can consider using are as follows:

  • Scream Tail (Fairy/Psychic-type)
  • Flutter Mane (Ghost/Fairy-type)
  • Sylveon (Fairy-type)
  • Florges (Fairy-type)
  • Grimmsnarl (Dark/Fairy-type)
  • Mimikyu (Ghost/Fairy-type)

The above Pokemon are strong against Charizard's Dragon Tera Type, while also not having any weaknesses to its Fire or Flying-type moves. Personally, I might push my luck and attempt to take Tinkaton despite it’s Fairy/Steel-typing because it’s my favourite Generation 9 Fairy-type so far.

Don’t forget, you can also make the most of TMs and Bottle Caps to ensure your Pokemon are as strong as can be.


For more on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, be sure to check out how to raise friendship levels with your Pokemon, how you can change clothes, and how to get your hands on all the Eeveelutions.

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Kelsey's passion for gaming began with Resident Evil, and it's been rather difficult to get them to shut up about horror games since. When they're not scoping out new scares or commiserating the cancellation of Silent Hills, they can often be found fawning over cute Pokémon and Kirby, or being very average at FPS games.

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