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

Use these monsters in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet's Rillaboom raids
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The Pokémon Company has announced the next 7-Star Tera Raid event, following previous raids for Delphox and Chesnaught. This time, we’re focused on Galar’s Grass-type starter Pokémon, Rillaboom, after previous Galar events for both Inteleon and Cinderace.

Rillaboom packs a very powerful punch, and has pretty decent defensive capabilities, but we have a pretty good idea of what it can and could do, so countering it shouldn’t be too difficult. It is complicated by its Tera type, however, which has only one weakness.

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

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

Like the last few recent Tera raid events, Rillaboom’s 7-star tera raid event will take place over two consecutive weekends, with each round of the event running from Friday through Sunday on each weekend .

Here are the 7-star Rillaboom raid event dates:

  • July 28 - July 30
  • August 4 - August 6

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

Rillaboom has a surprisingly diverse move set, and a good ability that works in its favor — but also in ours. Grassy Surge provides a little bit of healing each turn, and increases the power of Grass-type attacks. Its Normal Tera type gives it only one weakness, Fighting-type moves, but also means its Tera-boosted attacks can be quite easy to nullify or minimize.

Here’s what Rillaboom is running:

The Mightiest Rillaboom – Level 100

  • Nature – Jolly
  • Ability – Grassy Surge
  • Item – None
  • Tera-type – Normal
  • Moveset – Growth, Bulk Up, Acrobatics, Boomburst, Drum Beating, Low Kick, Body Slam

Low Kick is an annoying move for Rillaboom to have, and Acrobatics could do some serious damage too. Body Slam is a very real threat, making use of the Tera boost and having the chance to paralyze, so we have to watch out for that. Finally, Bulk Up and Growth are a bit of a worry — not one we expect will be too difficult to deal with, but concerning nonetheless.

Best counters for Rillaboom - Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Rillaboom’s Normal typing gives us one major avenue for dealing damage: Fighting-type moves. Thankfully, some of the strongest raid Pokémon in the game are Fighting-type Pokémon with incredible move sets. Defense is very important here, as Rillaboom has a monstrous physical attack stat, but its move set does give us a fairly big window to work in.

With that in mind, here are our preliminary picks for the best Rillaboom counters.