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The latest 7-Star Tera Raid event is back after a raid bug took it out of action last month. The Grass-type starter Pokémon Chesnaught from Pokémon X and Y is quite a challenge to take down, but there are a few ways to bypass its iron defenses.

Like prior raids, such as Inteleon and Cinderace, Chesnaught can certainly be tricky to take down, but it does have one glaring weakness that makes it just a little bit easier.

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

When does the Chesnaught raid start? - Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Chesnaught was previously available to take on in mid-May, from May 12 to May 14, and was scheduled to run again the following weekend, from May 19 to May 21. That second weekend did kick off at first, but a nasty bug with a different Tera raid caused all event raids to be canceled. The bug has now been fixed, and Chesnaught is back again, but only for one weekend.

Here are the dates for the 7-star Chesnaught raid event:

  • June 16 - June 18

The Pokémon Company has not yet repeated a raid event, with the exception of the Walking Wake and Iron Leaves event, the Chesnaught event, and the Iron Treads and Great Tusk event, which were all repeated or postponed due to game-breaking bugs. We don’t know at this stage whether or not Chesnaught or any other raid event will return in the future, so it’s best to get in now.

Alternatively, if all you want is the Chesnaught, you can transfer it and dozens more Pokémon into Scarlet and Violet using Pokémon Home. You can see the full list of Home-compatible Pokémon in our guide for every transferable Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet.

7-star Tera Raid Chesnaught stats, moves - Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Chesnaught is an incredibly defensive Pokémon, with a sky-high physical defense stat and a surprisingly solid physical attack stat. As you’d expect, though, all this physical prowess comes at a cost, and Chesnaught suffers from a low special defense stat and next to no special attacking ability.

A Rock tera type gives us an easy in with Grass-type moves and Pokémon, which shred through its Rock typing and largely avoid super-effective moves from Chesnaught. It helps, too, that there’s a large cohort of Grass-type Pokémon that specialize in special attacks.

With that in mind, here’s what Chesnaught is running:

The Mightiest Chesnaught - Level 100

  • Nature – Impish
  • Ability – Bulletproof
  • Item – None
  • Tera type – Rock
  • Potential moveset – Earthquake, Hammer Arm, Stone Edge, Wood Hammer, Iron Defense, Bulk Up, Curse

Bulletproof is a tough ability to work around, with some of the best countering moves — like Aura Sphere and Energy Ball — off limits, alongside 20 or so other moves. Iron Defense and Bulk Up mean physical attacks are all but useless in this raid. Thankfully, you shouldn’t really be using physical attackers at all here anyway, so this is easily avoided.

Other than that, Chesnaught has a pretty wide move set, with plenty of options for shutting down some potential encounters. All of its moves make use of its strong physical attack stat, so something with high defense and the ability to hit hard specially is probably the way to go.

Best counters for Chesnaught - Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Chesnaught’s Rock tera typing means that we can pretty safely use Grass-type Pokémon, since we won’t need to worry about the likely Tera-boosted Rock Slide too much. All of our picks are Grass-type Pokémon, and you might think that’s putting all our eggs in one basket, but they really are the best option given Chesnaught’s limited options for fighting back.

Here’s what we recommend for countering Chesnaught:

gogoat sv raid
lurantis sv raid
amoonguss sv raid
rotom mow sv raid
lilligant sv raid

It's just that easy

It's just that easy

We have a few general Tera Raid tips for you in store as well, if you want to make some additional preparations.