In Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Professor Laventon offered you a choice between three Pokemon from his personal collection to use as a starter: an Oshawott, a Rowlett, or a Cyndaquil. These Pokemon would eventually evolve into special Hisuian variants of their final forms, Samurott, Decidueye, and Typhlosion. Since the last couple of Scarlet and Violet Tera Raids have been Decidueye and Samurott, it’s only right to complete the Hisuian trifecta. Here’s what you need to know about the Typhlosion Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Typhlosion Tera Raid Details
The Fire-type Starter from both Pokemon Gold and Silver and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Typhlosion, is the next headliner of seven-star Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. This powerful, high-level Typhlosion will have a Ghost Tera Type, in a clever nod to its Hisuian variant, though it will be a regular, pure Fire-type when not Terastalized.
This Tera Raid will run from Thursday, April 13, at 5:00 PM Pacific to Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 4:59 PM Pacific. After this main Raid period, there will be an encore appearance from Thursday, April 20, to Sunday, April 23, 2023, at the same times. As a reminder, in order to participate in seven-star Raids, you’ll need to have completed the game’s main story and post-game, as well as have completed at least 10 Raids of four-star rank or higher. Also, since it’s a seven-star Raid, you can only catch the Typhlosion once per save file. You can still fight it again during the encore period if you want some rewards like EXP Candies, but you can’t catch it again. If you want more Typhlosions, though, you can breed them on your own, ideally with one of those perfect IV Dittos you hopefully caught last weekend.
Typhlosion Counter Ideas
We don’t have the full details of this Typhlosion’s kit at the time of writing. However, based on its typing, we can make some educated guesses on potential counter picks. Typhlosion is a pure Fire-type normally, which means it’ll definitely have one or more Fire-type moves in its kit, plus Ghost moves like Shadow Ball or Shadow Claw.
There are a few different ways to tackle this, but one potential approach is employing a Fire/Dark type. Dark types are resistant to Ghost moves, while a Fire type of your own will resist Typhlosion’s powerful Fire moves. There are two good candidates for this in Paldea Dex: Houndoom and Chi-Yu. Chi-Yu in particular has great special attack stats, paired with Dark moves like Dark Pulse and its signature Ruination attack, which could take a bite out of Typhlosion. The only potential concern is whether or not Typhlosion has Fighting moves, which Dark types are weak against.
Alternatively, you can counter with a Ghost type of your own, the best option for which is Spiritomb. While Ghost types are usually weak against one another, Spiritomb’s Ghost/Dark typing makes it merely neutral to Ghost moves, giving it the upper hand. Plus, Spiritomb can learn Rain Dance to lessen the strength of Typhlosion’s Fire moves, making it a great support option.
However you take it on, do your best to battle and catch that Typhlosion so can have the full set of Hisuian starters. Who knows, maybe they’re the Hisui starter trio’s descendants!