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The Pokémon Company’s new 7-star tera raid event for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet has now started, featuring the Unovan Water-type starter Samurott. While this isn’t the (much cooler) Hisuian variant of the Pokémon, it still poses a challenge, especially with its Bug-type tera typing.

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

When does the Samurott raid start?

As with previous raid events, Samurott raids will take place over two weekends. Like the recent Decidueye raid, these weekends will be back-to-back, rather than spaced two weeks apart like earlier raid events.

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

  • March 31 to April 2
  • April 7 to April 9

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

We know what set Samurott is running now, and it’s actually a surprisingly simple set to counter, with much less to worry about than we expected.

Here’s what Samurott is running:

The Unrivaled Samurott - Level 100

Nature – Lonely

Ability – Shell Armor

Item – None

Tera type – Bug

Moveset – Focus Energy, Megahorn, Aqua Cutter, Night Slash, Swords Dance, Bulldoze, Drill Run

Samurott’s set is tough, since it’s running the powerful Megahorn for the Bug tera boost. It also has Focus Energy to boost critical attacks, which makes setting up defensive buffs worthless even before it clears stats.

Aqua Cutter, Night Slash, all have a boosted critical rate already, so they benefit even further from Focus Energy. Drill Run and Bulldoze are a bit of a challenge, but most of our counters don’t have to worry too much about those.

That said, Samurott’s stats are spread pretty evenly across the board, making it a jack of all trades and a master of none. Its defense-negative ability gives us an opening with physical attackers, and its low special defense gives us room to move with special attackers, so a lot of Pokemon do well here. Its bug typing in this raid also makes finding counters quite easy.

Best counters for Samurott - Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Given what we know about Samurott, we think a special attacker with some physical bulk and a good typing is the right way to go about taking it down. That said, its physical defense isn’t so high that we can’t take a swipe from that angle either, so it’s really about finding which counter has the most utility.

Pokémon Perrserker.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Corviknight.
Pokémon Gyarados.
Pokémon Walking Wake.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Cloyster.

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