How to unlock 7-star Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Get ready for a challenge that might topple your strongest Pokémon.

Normal Tera Type Rillaboom appearing in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Image via The Pokemon Company

For anyone who thought the danger of entering a six-star Tera Raid battle unprepared was where things capped out, Game Freak has another challenge for players who stick with the game for special events—seven-star Tera Raids. But just like with six-star raids, many players will be left asking how to unlock seven-star Tera Raids, especially with strong Pokémon like Charizard, Cinderace, and Greninja.

Unlike the other raids available at Tera Raid Crystals scattered around Paldea, these seven-star Tera Raids will only be available during special events and ensure that anyone looking for a real challenge won’t leave dissatisfied. 

Despite being tied to an event, players do still have to meet several unlock requirements to even gain access to a seven-star raid. This is likely to keep under-leveled or new trainers from jumping into the max difficulty Tera Raids and ruining the experience for people trying to grind during the events.

Here is how you can easily unlock seven-star Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, along with details about rewards and more for the most recent event featuring Unrivaled Rillaboom.

A screenshot of a glowing Tera Raid Crystal.
A glowing Tera Raid Crystal signifies your goal. Image via The Pokemon Company

Unlocking seven-star Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, explained

Unlocking seven-star Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is relatively simple and they are easy to find since they can only appear during set event periods. 

Once an event begins, certain Black Tera Raid Crystals around the region will occasionally shift to house seven-star raids instead of the usual six-star raids that typically act as the game’s max difficulty. You can easily find Black Tera Raid Crystals because they have a distinct icon on the map and ones from events typically have a unique white glow too. 

Just be aware that this also means you will need to unlock six-star Tera Raids to have access to seven-star raids. This is done by completing Gen IX’s main story at the end of Victory Road, Starfall Street, Path of Legends, and the post-game Academy Ace Tournament, in addition to participating in a handful of raids to prompt a call from Professor Jacq about the Black Tera Crystals. 

If you want to ensure you are aware of when seven-star Tera Raid events will be taking place, keep an eye on the Poké Portal’s news page in-game for updates and times. 

Related: Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Tera Raid symbols explained

What do you get for completing seven-star Tera Raids in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The rewards for seven-star Tera Raids vary to the same degree as any other raid in the game, but you can expect a hefty haul of rare items, XP Candy, and Herba Mystica for clearing what is typically referred to as the “Unrivaled Challenge.”

In addition to the usual raid rewards, most seven-star raid events will also give players a special bonus should they catch the Raid Boss. 

For example, the Unrivaled Charizard event that introduced seven-star Tera Raids featured Dragon Tera Type Charizard and was the first time players could legally access the Charizard evolution line in Gen IX—Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard were previously unobtainable through just playing Scarlet and Violet normally. This was always the case up until Pikachu was featured, but it is still a unique way to introduce Pokémon to the game.

And if you caught an Unrivaled Pokémon by clearing the raid, it will feature a special Mark you can equip in its Summary known as the Mightiest Mark.

Related: Best Pokémon to counter Unrivaled Rillaboom Tera Raid event in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet


Cale Michael
Lead Staff Writer for Dota 2, the FGC, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and more who has been writing for Dot Esports since 2018. Graduated with a degree in Journalism from Oklahoma Christian University and also previously covered the NBA. You can usually find him writing, reading, or watching an FGC tournament.

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