Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is out now and Tera Raids are a large part of the online component of the game. Tera Raid dens are ranked from 1 - 7 stars and this page will detail how you can unlock each star.
The unlocking of 5 and 6 Star Tera Raids is a complicated process and one that has had a lot of players stumped. At the bare minimum, you’ll need to reach the credits at the end of the game and begin undertaking the Tournament and the Academy.
What are 5 and 6 Star Tera Raids?
Whenever you interact with one of the crystal dens in the Paldea region, you’ll see that its difficulty is designated by a number of stars. You’ll have to progress through the game to find tougher Tera Raids with the highest, 5 and 6 stars, being elusive indeed.
Beyond fighting higher level Pokemon in these dens, you’ll also get access to some of the rarest items in the game such as the Herba Mystica, needed for Shiny Hunting Sandwiches so they’re well worth your attention.
When fighting in 5 Star Tera Raids, Pokemon will be at Level 75, and you’ll find them incredibly difficult to complete with AI teammates. Instead, you’ll want to go online if possible, to give yourself a better time against these battles.
6 Star Tera Raids are far rarer, and the difficulty takes another step up too. The Pokemon you’ll face are Lv 90 (although only 75 once you catch them) and you’ll almost certainly have no choice but to enlist some friends online to take them out as the AI won’t be able to keep up with these challenging battles.
Tera Raid Unlock Conditions
With that in mind, you’ll find the full conditions for how to unlock each Star difficulty for Tera Raids. This is still very much a work-in-progress at this point, and we’re looking to further break down the conditions, at which point you’ll find the updated information here.
|Star||Unlock Conditions||Pokemon Level||HP Increase|
|1||From the start||12||x5|
|2||From the start||20||x5|
|5||After the Credits when beating the Area 0 Storyline||75||x20|
|6||Complete the post-game tournament, then fight a number of 5 star Tera Raid battles||90||x25|
|7||Special Event raids||100||x25|
As you can see from the above table, to unlock 5 Star Tera Raids, you’ll need to fully complete the game, including the Area 0 Storyline that takes place after the initial three. You’ll see the credits at this point and then when you return to the game, 5 Star Tera Raids will start appearing.
As part of the post-game adventures, you can setup a tournament at school which will allow you to refight a lot of the story battles and more at a higher level. Once you complete this, you’ll be asked to take out some of the 5 Star Tera Raids. After a certain amount, you’ll be contacted again about the appearance of new Tera Raids. Beware, even once you’ve fulfilled the unlock conditions, both 5 and 6 Star Tera Raids are still extremely rare to find out in the field.