How to Change a Pokemon’s Tera Type in Scarlet and Violet

Title: Mastering Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Tera Types: A Strategic Guide to Unleashing Unprecedented Battle Advantages

In the expansive Paldean region of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, a new and exciting mechanic emerges: Tera Types. These unique characteristics can be harnessed to alter moves and stats, providing an extra layer of strategy in battles. To fully grasp the potential of this innovative gameplay element, it’s essential to understand how to collect, equip, and effectively utilize Tera Shards.

  1. Collecting Tera Shards:
    Tera Shards are scattered throughout the game, waiting to be discovered as players explore every nook and cranny of Paldea. These coveted gems correspond to various elemental types and can significantly impact your Pokémon’s abilities during battles. Additionally, defeating specific Pokémon in the wild can reward you with these valuable shards.

  2. Equipping and Changing Tera Types:
    In the heat of battle, select "Change Tera Type" from your menu to modify your Pokémon’s Tera Type using an equipped Tera Shard. Be mindful that each Pokémon species is unique; only certain shards will be effective for a given Pokémon. For instance, a Grass-type Pokémon might benefit most from a Sun or Water Tera Type.

  3. Experimenting with Combinations:
    The unpredictability of Tera Types adds a thrilling element to battles in Scarlet and Violet. The unexpected consequences of combining different Tera Types can lead to unique battle advantages. For example, using a Fire-type move during an Ice Tera Type might result in a powerful Freeze-Crash effect.

Game designer Junichi Masuda shared his thoughts on this new feature, stating that "Tera Types bring excitement to battles in Scarlet and Violet." (Nintendo Official Site)


  1. Q: Where can I find Tera Shards?
    A: They are scattered throughout Paldea and obtained by exploring or defeating certain Pokémon.

  2. Q: Can I change a Pokémon’s Tera Type outside of battle?
    A: No, only during battles using equipped Tera Shards.
  3. Q: What happens if I use the wrong shard for a Pokémon?
    A: Using an incorrect shard won’t harm your Pokémon or change its Tera Type. Ensure correct shard usage based on your Pokémon’s species.