The best way to get Pokémon Scarlet and only Decidueye Violet

Decidueye soars in the blue sky.

Picture: The Pokémon Company

First, it was Charizardthen it was slag AND Greninja. Now Decidueye is Tera’s newest seven-star rally Pokémon Scarlett AND Purple. This limited-time event will give you a chance to grab a Grass-type Aloan Starter, otherwise not currently available in the games. While we still don’t know some aspects of the raid, Game Freak has revealed enough information that we can make reasonable preparations ahead of the event. Let’s go over some possible strategies for defeating and capturing Unrivaled Decidueye before it’s gone forever.

When is the Decidueye raid now?

The Decidueye Raid will begin next Friday, March 17 at 19:00 EST and will be available until Sunday, March 19 at 18:59 ET. It will then go into the vault until next week on March 24 at 19:00 ET, and will finally end on March 26 at 18:59 ET.

What should I expect from Decidueye?

As with any seven-star raid, Decidueye will be level 100, and so should any Pokémon you bring into battle. While the Owl Archer has a base grass and spirit type, his now type will be flying. This means that its inherent weaknesses and resistances will be those of a flying-type Pokémon, rather than its natural grass/ghost. Even so, its moveset will likely still be based around these basic types, so it’s important to consider what kind of Pokémon you can bring that will be able to damage flying Pokémon and resist dealing damage to an enemy that mainly works with grass and ghost attacks .

An example of what not to do is bring in a Pokémon that can weaken a flying Pokémon but would be vulnerable to a well-placed Leaf Blade or Spirit Handcuff, such as a rock-type Sudowoodo or an ice/ghost-type Froslass. These two Pokémon would have rock and ice attacks to weaken Decidueye, but would themselves be weakened by the attacks they will inevitably have. So even if you don’t end up with the Pokémon discussed in this guide, it’s important to be aware of how you can juggle strikes against tera Decidueye-type weaknesses while not opening yourself up to being leveled by its attacks.

Miraidon stands in a purple room with sparkling crystals in the background.

Screenshot: Pokémon/Kotaku Company

What are the best Pokemon to fight Decidueye?

We don’t know exactly what moves Decidueye will have when the raid starts, but given that the owl archer’s learned skills are almost exclusively physical attacks instead of special attacks, it’s best to take a Pokémon that has high physical defenses and honestly is one with seems to be the best picks Pokémon Violet Miraidon mascot. The Electric/Dragon stat makes him immune to Decidueye’s grass moves, and with a decent base defense stat of 100, he’s primed to withstand almost any grass attack. This also applies to a Decidueye-type flying tera, as its electric typing will make it immune to flying attacks. Tera-type will increase the power of these moves (which Decidueye can learn a lot from), but Miraidon is well equipped to deal with these attacks.

Moreover, Miraidon can increase the power of your team’s electric moves with its Hadron Engine ability. This automatically creates electric terrain on the battlefield, which makes electric attacks more effective. If you want to give yourself every possible advantage, give Miraidon his own type of electric tera to further enhance his electric attacks. Decidueye has much lower physical defense than special and doesn’t have many physical attack options. Miraidon can learn Savage Rush using TM147, but given how much more powerful his Special Attack stat (135bps) is compared to his Physical Attack stat (85bps), he’ll probably be better off using Special Attacks anyway. The Hadron Engine and electric tera-type will more than compensate for Decidueye’s high special defense.

How can I get Miraidon if I have Scarlet?

As I mentioned earlier, Miraidon is PurpleThe mascot is therefore exclusive to this version of the game. Although there are other options we’ll get to if you have Scarlet and you want to run Miraidon for a raid, the only way to do that is to trade with someone who has Purple. However, this is not as simple a process as it might seem. Purple he has a total of two Miraidons, and only one can be traded. The first is the mount that the player receives at the beginning of the game and acts as a mount. Although you get this silly little biker early on, it cannot be used in battle until the end of the game when it regains all its power. So while Purple the player can use this Miraidon in the raid, it cannot be traded as you would lose the mount to explore its open world.

The cross-game tradeable Miraidon is the one that acts as the final boss of the game. You’ll have to defeat him to complete the game, but then you’ll have to find him again in the depths of Ground Zero. The quickest way to find it is to head to the Paldean Crater entrance and teleport to Research Station #4. Leave the lab and drop directly off the cliff in front of you. The second Miraidon will be waiting at the end of the walkway leading to one of the giant tera crystals at the bottom of Ground Zero. He will be level 72 and can be fought multiple times if you accidentally defeat him. But this is Miraidon, which will be transferable between games and can be given to combatants Scarlet a player who wants to defeat Decidueye.

The Trainer faces Miraidon in the depths of Ground Zero.

Screenshot: Pokémon/Kotaku Company

That sounds like a lot of work. Who else can take on Decidueye?

If you don’t want to work with a Pokémon with such limited availability as Miraidon, a few monsters can reasonably fight Decidueye. Electric is still a good choice for writing, but considering the resistances you need to be aware of, Magnezone is also a good choice for electric/steel writing. This makes him immune to flying and grass attacks, and his electric moves will benefit from Miraidon’s Hadron Engine if you have a friend using it during a raid.

If you’re less interested in keeping the electricity-based theme, there are several ice-based offensive options. Baxcalibur is a dragon/ice type, which makes him immune to Decidueye grass attacks, but not to any flying or spirit moves he might have in his arsenal. It has decent defenses to withstand physical attacks, and some high physical attack stats that buff ice-type moves like Icicle Strike to do good damage to a flying Decidueye-type ter. However, Baxcalibur’s signature move, Glaive Rush, is easily its most powerful option, with a base Power of 120 on top of the Pokémon’s exceptional physical strength.

The problem is that Glaive Rush has a significant downside because once hit, any attack that hits Baxcalibur between it and your next turn will deal double damage and hit regardless of any dodges or accuracy checks. So the trade-off is that you’ll get a powerful attack, but Baxcalibur will be quite vulnerable until it attacks again. A safer build is to focus on using stat boosting abilities like Sword Dance to increase your attack stat and use Icicle Crash instead. But if you can strategically time your healing shouts to keep him alive, Baxcalibur can deliver a punch.

You can see a render of Hisuian Decidueye with his fist raised in the air.

Picture: The Pokémon Company

Can I get Hisuian Decidueye from this raid?

The Decidueye raid only includes the standard Decidueye, instead of the introduced regional Hisuian variant Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The Grass/Fighting version of Decidueye is not available in Scarlet AND Purple yet and probably won’t be until Game Freak integrates Pokémon Home functionality that will allow you to trade between different Pokémon games and Scarlet AND Purple. If you breed a Rowlet using Decidueye from this raid, it does not evolve into Hisuian Decidueye, as the Pokémon only evolves into its regional variants in that particular region. So there’s no way to bring in Hisuian Decidueye Scarlet AND Purple just now.

Reminder: You can only catch one Decidueye

As with all Seven Star Raids, only one Decidueye can be caught in this Raid. You can enter the battle to help your friends as many times as you like, but you will only be able to catch one for yourself. Decidueye is also shiny so if you want shiny Decidueye Scarlet AND Purple, you will have to do it by breeding. Just connect Decidueye and Ditto during a picnic and wait for the eggs to appear. Then you can have as many Decidueye as you want.

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