As you journey through Paldea in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, you may notice that certain Pokémon you encounter suddenly take on a crystal-like appearance, and may even have their type change! Don’t worry, the game isn’t bugged; it’s just a new feature added to Scarlet & Violet called Terastallizing.
This unique phenomenon might seem tricky at first, but is simple enough to grasp quickly. Further, a mastery of Terastallizing can lead to a needed momentum shift in battle thanks to a change in strategy. Read below for more.
What is Terastallizing in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?
Terastallizing is the process by which a Pokémon changes its appearance slightly while also adding a sheen of a crystal-like substance on the Pokémon. Every Pokémon in Paldea can Terastallize, but the effects of the process aren’t just different between Pokémon, but also within Pokémon.
Terastallizing will turn that Pokémon into a single-type Pokémon based on its Tera Type (below). This means it will change to have the strengths and weaknesses of the Tera Type, with any attacks of the same Tera Type now receiving same attack type bonus (STAB).
Importantly, you can only Terastallize once per battle, with the effect ending after the battle. It’s much like mega evolution from Generation VI.
What is a Tera Type?
Each Pokémon has a Tera Type in addition to their standard typing. However, the Tera Type is only activated through the use of a Tera Orb, which will need to be recharged after use either through Terastal crystals or a Pokémon Center. A Tera Orb is its own Pokéball that functions much like Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing in Pokémon Sword & Shield with the Dynamax band, or the Mega Evolution stones to mega evolve.
For example, you may encounter multiple Smoliv (Grass & Normal), but since Tera Type is randomized, there’s a chance they could all have different Tera Types, the same, or a mix.
As previously mentioned, Terastallizing takes on the sole type of the Tera Type. If the Tera Type is the same as one of the traditional types of the Pokémon, then the effects are to strengthen STAB even more to the point of essentially landing a critical hit with STAB if the opponent is weak to the type. For example, if Charizard (Fire & Flying) had a Fire or Flying Tera Type, then it’s associated attacks would be even stronger.
In a situation where you’re using an Electric Pokémon against a Ground-type, having an Ice, Grass, or Water Tera Type can reverse the situation as Ground is the only weakness for Electric, but is weak to the three mentioned types.
Is there only one Terastal look for each Pokémon?
No, because the appearances depend on the Tera Type of the Pokémon. A Fire-type Terastallizing into a Grass-type will look different for the same Terastallizing into a Steel-type or any other type.
Can you change Tera Type?
Yes, you can change Tera Type. However, the process may become cumbersome to some players. You’ll need 50 Tera Shards to change the Tera Type of a single Pokémon. A cook will make a dish for your chosen Pokémon to change its Tera Type.
You can either harvest Pokémon through catching and breeding to form a party with all the main typing and Tera Types of your desire, or harvest Tera Shards and use the food to change them. In any case, you are given at least two ways to find your desired Tera Types.
That’s what you need to know about Terastallizing in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Fiddle around and find your desired combinations, then turn the tables in battle and enjoy the crystal appearance of your Pokémon!