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Best Pokemon for Mewtwo Tera Raid: how to beat the 7-Star Mewtwo event

Use these monsters in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet's Mewtwo raids
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The Pokémon Company has started the latest 7-star Tera raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and it’s a doozy. Easily one of the strongest raid bosses yet, Mewtwo will put up one hell of a fight, and taking it down will likely take multiple attempts and some very good luck to take one down.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about Mewtwo’s move set and the best counters in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

How long does the Mewtwo raid last?

The seven-star raid featuring Mewtwo will last for a little over two weeks, and unlike prior raids, won’t be limited to weekends only. Instead, Mewtwo will be able to be fought for the entire 18-day period, and you’ll likely need that time to take it down.

Here are the dates for the 7-star Mewtwo raid:

  • September 1, 2023 to September 17, 2023.

7-Star Tera Raid Mewtwo stats, moves – Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Here are the full stats for Mewtwo in the 7-Star Tera Raid boss event, including its move set and its EV investment:

The Mightiest Mewtwo - Level 100

  • Nature: Modest
  • Ability: Unnerve
  • Item: Chesto Berry
  • Tera type: Psychic
  • Moveset: Psystrike, Aura Sphere, Calm Mind, Ice Beam, Rest
  • EVs: 252 Defense, 252 Special Defense, 6 Special Attack

As you can probably tell, this is a bit of a nightmare raid. Mewtwo sets up its shield almost immediately in battle, can quickly boost its special stats, and is built like an absolute tank. With its already high base stats – a special attack stat of 154, speed of 130, and 90 in both defenses – Mewtwo was already formidable, but this one in particular is designed to be as toxic as possible.

Psystrike uses your physical defense to calculate damage, but it’s also running Aura Sphere and Ice Beam, both of which require you to be running a pretty high amount of special defense too. Calm Mind boosts offensive and defensive capabilities, which doesn’t help either, but the main issue with Mewtwo is its big gimmick: the Resto Berry strat.

Once you break Mewtwo’s shield for the first time, it will immediately use Rest to heal back up to full HP, essentially resetting the fight. The Chesto Berry it holds will immediately wake it back up too, so you don’t even get the chance of getting a few hits in while it sleeps.

Best counters for Mewtwo - Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

There is one special condition in this raid that hasn’t been present in other raids, and that’s Mew’s special ability. When you bring a Mew to a 7-Star Mewtwo raid, it will get a 50% boost to its HP stat, and a 20% boost to all other stats. This effectively gives Mew a base stat total of 750, making it theoretically one of the strongest Pokémon in the game.

Unfortunately, the even spread of those stats means it doesn’t excel at any one thing, instead being all-around strong, but not amazingly so. Because Mewtwo boosts its own special defense, a physical attacker is probably the best way to go, but even that doesn’t guarantee victory. Instead we’re going for a team of all Mew, with each one having a role to play, and focusing on negating Mewtwo’s stat boosts and dealing big damage at the right time.

With all that said, here are our suggestions:

Mew (Offense)

Mew in a Pokemon Scarlet and Violet raid with angry eyebrows

You can opt to go for either one or two offensive Mew in this raid, with one being safer but much slower, and two being riskier but faster. We’d recommend one offensive Mew and three supportive Mew, just to stay on the safe side. Offensive Mew uses Nasty Plot to build up stats, Struggle Bug and Acid Spray to deal some chip damage and negate stat boosts while working towards a Bug Terastalization.

Once Terastalized, it’s essentially a case of spamming Pollen Puff and re-upping Nasty Plot whenever Mewtwo clears it. This is a slow strategy, and you will have to coordinate with other players to time your heal cheers and hope everything lines up well. If a Terastalized Mew falls in battle, it’s essentially game over unfortunately.

Here’s our recommended set for offensive Mew:

Offensive Mew – Level 100

  • Nature – Bold
  • Ability – Synchronize
  • Item – Shell Bell
  • Tera type – Bug
  • Moveset – Nasty Plot, Struggle Bug, Pollen Puff, Acid Spray

Mew (Support)

Mew in a Pokémon Scarlet and Violet raid

Supportive Mew are absolutely essential to getting it through this fight. At least one Mew should have Electric Terrain to prevent Mewtwo from resting after the shield breaks, and another should have Light Screen. You can use both Terrain Extender and Light Clay to increase the length of these effects, but Leftovers won’t go astray either.

With those moves aside, the aim of the game for supportive Mew is to hit Mewtwo with stat-lowering effects. One Mew should focus on Mud Slap to lower accuracy, another should focus on Acid Spray to lower special defense, and the third should focus on Struggle Bug to lower special attack. Re-up Light Screen whenever it goes down, set up terrain when Mewtwo’s shield is close to breaking, and hope that you can somehow pull through.

Here’s our set for supportive Mew:

Support Mew – Level 100

  • Nature – Bold
  • Ability – Synchronize
  • Item – Leftovers/Light Clay/Terrain Extender
  • Tera type – Bug
  • Moveset – Struggle Bug, Acid Spray, Mud-Slap, Light Screen / Electric Terrain