Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: How to Defeat Cinderace in Tera Raids

    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s recent Tera Raid Event, the Unrivaled Charizard Raid, has recently wrapped up and fans of the game, both new and old, are now enjoying the spoils of war.

    But to their surprise, Nintendo announced another seven-star Tera Raid: The Unrivaled Cinderace. Players will get the chance to fight Cinderace starting December 30th through January 1st, and January 13th through January 15th.

    As is the case with Charizard, this Cinderace, too, isn’t an extremely difficult boss in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, yet it’s still a force to be reckoned with, so be on your guard and be prepared for a hair-raising fight.

    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: How to Defeat Cinderace in Tera Raids and how to find Cinderace’s Tera Raid Crystal

    As usual, to unlock Cinderace’s Crystal, you must finish the game and have met certain post-game conditions, while also having gone through the roll credits sequence. Once that’s done, Cinderace’s Tera Crystal will spawn in the overworld.

    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Crystal

    To find it on your map, simply press Y and look for the glowing Tera Crystal icon with the Fighting Type mark.

    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: How to Defeat Cinderace in Tera Raids, Cinderace’s Tera Type, and Abilities

    The Cinderace that appears in this special Tera Raid is a Fighting-type Tera that has a wide array of Flying, Fighting and Fire type moves.

    To be more specific, here are the moves Cinderace will use during the raid:

    Bulk Up – Fighting (Cinderace uses this move at the start of the Raid.)

    High Jump Kick – Fighting

    Pyro Ball – Fire

    Acrobatics – Flying (This is the move that it will use the most.)

    Iron Head – Steel

    Once you’ve caught Cinderace, it will have the following moves:

    • High Jump Kick
    • Pyro Ball
    • Acrobatics
    • Iron Head

    With these moves and Cinderace’s Level 100 status, these moves can dish out some considerable damage. Although its Flying-Type moves are powerful, its overpowered attack would be High Jump Kick.

    The best way to counter Cinderace is to have either bulky or speedy Pokémon that can tank/outspeed Cinderace’s turn, as the Tera-Type bunny is as fast as a Fighter Jet. More importantly, you’ll want to have one or two teammates that can act as a Support to keep you on your feet or buy you some time.

    Your team will have to look out for its shield too (it activates when it drops to 25% health). Most of this fight consists of you and your team recovering from its attacks and dishing out attacks when you can.

    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: How to Defeat Cinderace in Tera Raids and what Pokémon you should bring

    Since Cinderace’s Tera Type is a Fighting Type, the ideal Pokémon to bring in these raids are Fairy-Type and Psychic-Types.


    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Azumarill Pokedex photo

    Once again, Azumarill is the top pick for this list and with an incredibly good reason: it’s because of its dual Water/Fairy type matchup. That effectively makes all Fighting Type and Fire Type moves ineffective against Azumarill, especially if it has the Thick Fat ability.

    As with our previous guide, the Azumarill that is the perfect choice for this raid would be the one that has the Huge Power ability, since it effectively raises its attacks especially if you use Belly Drum.

    How can Azumarill get Belly Drum, you ask? You just need to place Azumarill holding a Mirror Herb (and again, with three moves) and a Hariyama that knows Belly Drum, in a picnic. For this to work, you’ll have to buy a Mirror Herb from Delibird Presents.

    Recommended Ability: Huge Power

    Recommended Movesets:

    • Play Rough
    • Belly Drum (Highly Recommended)
    • Helping Hand
    • Hydro Pump (Last Resort once Play Rough is used up)

    Items and Strategy

    For the items that Azumarill should equip, you can, once again, go with either Shell Bell or a Sitrus Berry. Shell Bell is the perfect option for those who are seeking to regain their health instantly through high-damage attack moves.

    Alternatively, players can also give Azumarill a Sitrus Berry so they can instantly regain a good portion of their health back once they use Belly Drum. Keep in mind that the berry is a one-time-use item, so it’s good to strategize your moves first.

    As for its Tera Type, you must have the Fairy Tera Type so once you can Terastallize, the damage will be tripled, and you will deal against Cinderace.

    Helping Hand is a great support move especially if one of your teammates has an even stronger Azumarill or Flying Type Pokemon. Use Helping Hand as many times as you please if you prefer to stay on the supportive front!


    Charizard is the second pick for this list, mainly because it knows the move Hurricane. Not only that, Charizard is strong against Fighting-type moves as well as Fire-Type moves. This makes Charizard a suitable alternative for those who do not have a battle-ready Azumarill on hand.

    Recommended Ability: Solar Power

    Recommended Movesets:

    • Fire Blast
    • Focus Blast
    • Dragon Pulse
    • Hurricane

    Although Cinderace’s Tera Type is Fighting, Charizard can utilize Hurricane’s devastating damage to effectively deal with its HP. Combine that with a teammate that knows Rain Dance, this makes the move more accurate, so you don’t have to worry about the attack missing its target.

    Flutter ManePokemon Scarlet and Violet

    Flutter Mane is a viable choice for this raid as well. It is a Ghost-Type Pokémon, and that automatically makes it immune to Fighting-Type attack moves, making Flutter Mane nearly invincible.

    It also has a high rate of Special Attack stats, which makes it a powerful attacker. Not only that, but it can also learn a few Fairy-Type and Psychic-Type moves as well, especially Moonblast and Dazzling Gleam, which can set you up for success.

    If you pair Flutter Mane with a Modest Nature, its Special Attack stats will drastically increase which can be used to pump damage to Cinderace. If your Flutter Mane does not have Modest Nature, you can simply use a Modest Mint to change that.

    And lastly, it knows the move Fake Tears which will lower Cinderace’s Special Attack defense stats, giving you even more damage with Moonblast.

    Recommended Ability: Protosynthesis

    Recommended Movesets:

    • Moonblast
    • Fake Tears
    • Draining Kiss
    • Dazzling Gleam


    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Sylveon's Pokedex Photo

    Sylveon is a great alternative as its Fairy-Type moves are among the strongest in the game, and it’s resistant to Fighting-Type moves as well, giving you even better viability against Cinderace. Its hidden ability, Pixilate, can turn its Normal-Type moves into Fairy-Type moves.

    Recommended Ability: Pixilate

    Recommended Movesets:

    • Hyper Beam
    • Hyper Voice
    • Moonblast
    • Reflect

    Throat Spray is highly recommended as using Hyper Voice will activate the item, which in turn will increase your Sp.Atk stats, giving Sylveon a great amount of damage it can dish against Cinderace.

    Alternatively, you could use Reflect to help buy your team some time and resistance against Cinderace’s attacks.


    Ceruledge is an interesting choice for this list, as it is immune against all Fire and Fighting-Type moves, making Cinderace’s attacks against it useless. Combine that with moves such as Psycho Cut, Swords Dance, and Bitter Blade, you can effectively deal damage against Cinderace while maintaining a strong lead in the attacking department, as well as healing yourself.

    Ability: Flash Fire

    Movesets for Ceruledge:

    • Psycho Cut
    • Swords Dance
    • Bitter Blade
    • Bulk Up

    Movesets for Amarouge:

    • Expanding Force
    • Psychic
    • Helping Hand
    • Armor Cannon

    Armarouge fairs a bit better compared to its Violet-exclusive counterpart when it comes to dealing damage, but it does not have the immunity against Fighting-type moves that Ceruledge offers. On the bright side, Armarouge is a Fire/Psychic-Type, which gives all psychic attacks STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus.)

    This choice is a trade-off, wherein you must choose whether to go with Ceruledge’s dual type immunity or Armarouge’s better damage and psychic STABS. You can’t go wrong with either choice, so take your time to decide which one is the best for you.


    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Dachsbun's Pokedex photo

    Last on this list is Daschbun, the bread dog Pokémon. A new Fairy-Type Pokémon that can also use Play Rough, and it has a unique ability that can render Cinderace’s Fire-Type moves effectively useless.

    Once again, its unique ability is Well-Baked Body which renders all Fire-Type attacks useless, and it also boosts its Defense by two levels! Since Cinderace will most likely have a few Fire-Type moves, Dachsbun is most likely to stay alive longer and can continue to remain on the offensive by using Play Rough against Charizard.

    Although it is not immune against Fighting-Type moves, it is resistant to Fight-Type attacks, which gives your Daschbun a good chance of surviving the onslaught that Cinderace has to offer.

    Recommended Ability: Well-Baked Body

    Recommended Movesets:

    • Play Rough
    • Draining Kiss
    • Dazzling Gleam
    • Charm

    Tera Raids: Can I catch Cinderace more than once?

    As mentioned in our previous guide, the answer is no.

    Once you catch Cinderace once, and only once, the game will not allow you to catch it for a second time. When you join another raid, you will receive a prompt telling you that you can only participate in the raids, but catching it is now off-limits.

    What Are the Rewards in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Tera Raids?

    The loot drops depend on the raid and the percentage of RNG every time you participate in one, but often, these are the kinds of loot that you’ll get after you finish a raid:

    • EXP Candy L
    • EXP Candy XL
    • x10 Fighting Tera Shards (Additional 5 if you’re the Host.)
    • TM064 (Once.)
    • Ability Patch
    • Rare Candy
    • Protein
    • Various Mints

    Speaking of parties, it is much easier to get Cinderace if you fight him alongside other coordinated, real-life players. A party of Azumarills, Sylveons, and Ceruledge/Armarouge’s can get the job done quickly, or at least, make your life easier in resisting its attacks.

    Be sure to prepare your strongest Pokémon for a fight, as there is no other way to catch Cinderace in Scarlet & Violet!

    The 7-Star Raid Event will be available from December 30th through January 1st and January 13th through January 15th.

    Stay tuned to Final Weapon for more guides and updates!

    CinderArts is a full-time video gamer and an artist at heart. With a passion for video games, CinderArts is a huge fan of PC and Nintendo Switch games, accompanied with a strong interest in art as a freelance artist.

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