Pokémon Emboar 7-Star Tera Raid: moveset and counters

Possible movesets and counters for the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet 7-Star Emboar Tera Raid event
7-Star Emboar
7-Star Emboar / Nintendo

The 7-star tera raids roll on in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, with the latest being Emboar, the fire-type starter Pokémon from Generation 5. Like all the other 7-star raid Pokémon, this Emboar comes with the Mightiest Mark if you can defeat it in battle and catch it, making it an impressive prize for all Pokémon collectors.

Emboar packs a strong punch and is a difficult raid, so we’ve put together a guide on the moveset for the raid and some counters you can use to take it down easily.

Emboar Tera Raid start times – Pokémon SV

Pokemon SV raid boss Emboar
Emboar / Nintendo

Like most other events, this raid will be hosted over two different weekends:

  • Friday, June 14, 2024 to Sunday, June 16, 2024 
  • Friday, June 21, 2024 to Sunday, June 23, 2024

7-Star Emboar moveset – Pokémon SV

Emboar comes into this event with its hidden ability, Reckless, which is one of the main factors that makes it a tough challenge. It gives a 20% boost to the damage of all of Emboar’s recoil-inducing moves, and it will likely be going for them regularly. This does give us a small helping hand with recoil damage, but it’s negated by the raid boss’ massive health bar and the increased damage of its attacks.

Here’s Emboar's set looks like:

The Mightiest Emboar – Level 100:

  • Nature – Adamant 
  • Ability – Reckless
  • Item – None 
  • Tera type – Electric
  • Moves – Head Smash, Wild Charge, Flare Blitz, Drain Punch, Bulk Up, Heat Crash

Gastrodon – 7-Star Emboar raid counters

Pokemon SV raid Gastrodon
Gastrodon / Nintendo

It’s hard to go wrong with Gastrodon, and it’s been useful in many previous raids for that reason. It’s extremely strong defensively, and often in Tera Raids, being able to stay alive on the field for longer is the biggest difference maker. It’s immune to Wild Charge and resists both Flare Blitz and Head Smash, dramatically nerfing Emboar’s offensive capabilities. On top of that it can reply with super effective Ground-type moves.

We’ve created two sets for Gastrodon in this raid. The first is a Storm Drain set designed to be used in tandem with another Gastrodon on your team. The idea is you consistently use Chilling Waters on each other to raise your special attack, then unleash ridiculously powerful Earth Power attacks, with Acid Armor to boost your defenses and Recover to heal you.

Storm Drain Gastrodon – Level 100:

  • Nature – Bold 
  • Ability – Storm Drain 
  • Item – Shell Bell 
  • Tera type – Stellar 
  • Moves – Earth Power, Acid Armor, Chilling Water, Recover

Second is a Gastrodon designed to take on Emboar alone. Setting up a sandstorm will activate Sand Force, and then you can use Curse to boost yourself before unleashing Earthquake repeatedly to take Emboar down. Then finally you have Recover, which is always useful.

Sand Force Gastrodon – Level 100:

  • Nature – Bold 
  • Ability – Sand Force 
  • Item – Smooth Rock 
  • Tera Type – Stellar 
  • Moves – Curse, Earthquake, Sandstorm, Recover

Mudsdale – 7-Star Emboar raid counters

Pokemon SV raid Mudsdale
Mudsdale / Nintendo

Versatile may not be the first word to come to mind when you think of Mudsdale, but it’s surprisingly applicable for this raid set. By using the Stamina ability, Mudsdale boosts its defense every time it gets hit with an attack. As it’s bulking up, you can use Curse to boost its attack too, and then once your Tera Orb is ready to be activated, you can no nuts with Earthquake or Counter depending on what the situation calls for.

Mudsdale – Level 100:

  • Nature – Adamant
  • Ability – Stamina 
  • Item – Shell Bell 
  • Tera type – Ground or Stellar 
  • Moves – Curse, Earthquake, Mud Slap, Counter

Iron Hands – 7-Star Emboar raid counters

Pokemon SV raid Iron Hands
Iron Hands / Nintendo

Iron Hands is another that always manages to worm its way into usability in these raids. That’s thanks to how it can get huge attack boosts in no time at all without having to put themselves in harm’s way. With either Swords Dance you can get Iron Hands to six attack boosts in just three turns, but even one or two will still make a huge difference if it’s too risky.

Drain Punch can help you recover HP to keep boosting, and then once you’re set-up, let loose with Earthquake and watch Emboar’s health drain away.

Iron Hands – Level 100:

  • Nature – Adamant 
  • Ability – Quark Drive
  • Item – Shell Bell 
  • Tera type – Ground or Stellar 
  • Moves – Iron Defense, Swords Dance, Earthquake, Drain Punch

Great Tusk – 7-Star Emboar raid counters

Pokemon SV raid Great Tusk
Great Tusk / Nintendo

If you’re stuck in Scarlet and don’t have access to the Violet-exclusive Iron Hands, then here’s an alternative that you can make use of. Great Tusk has great stats for both physical attack and defense, helped along by a big HP pool. It has access to Bulk Up to boost both of those stats even further, and its moveset is rounded out by Mud Slap for accuracy drops, Earthquake for damage, and Fire Fang for a burn chance.

Great Tusk – Level 100:

  • Nature – Adamant 
  • Ability – Protosynthesis 
  • Item – Shell Bell 
  • Tera type – Stellar 
  • Moves – Earthquake, Mud Slap, Bulk Up, Fire Fang

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