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The Pokémon Company has started its second wave of a new 7-star tera raid event for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, this time featuring the Galarian Water-type starter Pokémon Inteleon. We seem to be done going through Pokémon featured in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and instead have moved onto the rest of the starters.

Like Samurott, Decidueye, and Typhlosion before it, this is quite a challenge, but thankfully it seems to be a lot simpler than some previous raid events. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about Inteleon’s move set, and the best counters in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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

As with previous 7-star raid events, you’ll be able to challenge Inteleon over two consecutive weekends, with the event running from Friday through Sunday on each weekend. Some prior raids had a fortnight in between raids, but it seems like that format is done and dusted.

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

  • April 28 - April 30
  • May 5 - May 7

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

Unlike Typhlosion, where we didn’t really have much of an idea before the raid started what it was going to do, Inteleon was pretty straightforward. There’s potential for surprises, as there always is with raids, but given its strengths and weaknesses we think we’ve got a pretty good handle on it.

Here’s what we think Inteleon will be running:

The Mightiest Inteleon - Level 100

  • Nature – Quiet
  • Ability – Sniper
  • Item – None
  • Tera type – Ice
  • Moveset – Snowscape, Blizzard, Snipe Shot, Dark Pulse, Mist

Inteleon is a powerful special attacker with a diverse move set, but its tera typing and hidden ability make it an easy target. There’d be no point giving an Inteleon an Ice tera type unless it was running Snowscape for the 50% defense boost, and if you’re running Snowscape then there’s no reason not to chuck Blizzard on there too. That's exactly what Game Freak have done here.

Sniper, which boosts the power of critical hits, also tells us that Inteleon’s signature move Snipe Shot is likely, due to its heightened critical hit ratio. Thankfully there's no Air Cutter, meaning Fighting types are viable.

The Ice typing is defensively the weakest in the game, with only one resistance (Ice itself) and plenty of weaknesses. A lot of those weaknesses (fire, for example) are not gonna fly here, but we do have one trick up our sleeve: Steel type.

Best counters for Inteleon - Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Steel types are the obvious choice for this raid, with resistances to both Ice- and Water-type moves, cutting down how dangerous Inteleon can realistically be. Steel types also have the added bonus of usually being quite bulky, but often lack the utility many other types do.

With that in mind, here’s what we recommend:

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