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Tera Types & Terastallize

Vincent Lau

This page explains how Tera Types and Terastallize work in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and what they can actually do for your Pokémon and team in general.

What are Tera Types?

Tera Types are a “third” type that every Pokémon has. It’s visible in the Pokémon menu, but only for yourself.

In most cases, a Pokémon’s Tera Type is the same as one of their usual Types. For example, you may have a Sprigagito (Grass-type) whose Tera Type is Grass. However, sometimes a Pokémon’s Tera Type can be different. Like an "Eevee" IconEevee (Normal-type) whose Tera Type is Flying.

A Pokémon’s Tera Type has no effect until the Pokémon Terastallizes.

What is Terastallize?

Terastallize is Scarlet & Violet’s new battle gimmick, akin to Mega Evolution, Z-Moves and Dynamax in previous games. When triggered, it transforms the Pokémon into its Tera Type.

(1 of 2) Press the R button while selecting a move to Terastallize. (Credit: Serebii)

Press the R button while selecting a move to Terastallize. (Credit: Serebii) (left), After selecting a move, the Pokémon will Terastallize before using it. (Credit: Serebii) (right)

All Pokémon can Terastallize. To make a Pokémon Terastallize, you simply press Joy-Con-R when selecting a Pokémon’s moves, when the “Terastallize” icon is available.

When a Pokémon Terastallizes, they will be surrounded by a crystal-like luster and a crown will appear on their head, indicating their Tera Type.

While Terastallized, the Pokémon’s Type(s) will change into its Tera Type. Eg. a Rock and Dark-type "Tyranitar" IconTyranitar can change into a Ghost-type.

In addition, the Terastallized Pokémon’s moves will receive a damage boost if they match the Pokémon’s Tera Type or one of the Pokémon’s original Types. If the move matches both of these, the damage boost will be even higher.

Tera Orb

(1 of 2) A Tera Orb is required to Terastallize. (Credit: The Pokémon Company)

A Tera Orb is required to Terastallize. (Credit: The Pokémon Company) (left), You can recharge the Tera Orb at shining crystals. (Credit: The Pokémon Company) (right)

A Tera Orb item is required for Terastallize to be available. Also, after using Terastallize in battle, the Tera Orb will lose its charge. You can recharge it by visiting a shining crystal on the field or a Pokémon Center.

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    Nintendo, Pokemon Company International
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    17 November 2022
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    3 January 2024
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