Massively on the Go: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s Typhlosion summons the spirit of the former self for raids

Good news for players who enjoyed entering Hisuian Pokémon Pokémon Legends: Arceus: The next Tera Raid event for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has been announced, and it will be the original Typhlosion with the most powerful mark, but with a Ghost Tera typing, making it somewhat similar to its Hisuian version.

The bad news, however, is that planning how to take it down might be a little tricky since Ghosts are only weak to Dark and themselves.

As usual, what players are concerned about is Typhlosion’s movepool. It has access to Fire, Grass, Spirit, Earth, Fairy, Combat, Electric…essentially, it’s another mon that can cover most of its bases. The biggest problem is accessing ghost and fighting moves. Ghost is almost guaranteed due to Tera-typing, so most Ghosts during this event are basically a no-go (Sableye probably won’t hold up against regular Fire attacks with his bad bulk). That leaves mostly dark types.

Playing hard would help Typhlosian counteract the Darks a bit, but it only learns to play roughly, which uses Ty’s weak Attack stat instead of his Special Attack. Granted, that would threaten Roaring Moon, which some people already want to build around despite taking quad damage from fairy moves. That leaves Focus Blast, which would take advantage of his Special Attack stat. That could be scary.

However, since the trend is often to leave a glaring hole in the raid’s defenses, I predict Typhlosion habit learn a combat move. Fire and ghost moves are almost guaranteed. Typhlosion is also often known to use Sunny Day and Solar Beam to deal with aquatic species. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wisp as a status move either, as it’s often associated with both Fire and Ghost Pokemon and perfectly combats the theme, and Smokescreen might also fit that theme.

Assuming it has no combat moves, my favorite Chansey build (or a modded version of the Umbreon build) might be safe. Support Blissey would also be OK.

But the attack front in this situation is a challenge. Players aren’t optimistic for anything other than Gyarados with a Dark-type Tera, likely with Dragon Dance to buff attack and speed, and followed by a good ole’ Crunch. Tyranitar could be good, but Typhlosion would have to miss the Sunny Day/Solar Beam combo And combat moves. No, instead traditional support mon like Grimmsnarl could work with bulk up and crunch, or possibly Badgerbun with his default ability work up and crunch again.

As always, we’ll update this once the event starts April 14th at 00:00 UTC and runs through April 16th at 23:59 UTC, then again from April 21st to April 23rd during the same time. seems to exist some Overlap to ensure old investments can still be used, but this could be one of the most challenging Mightiest Mark raids in months.

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Curtis Crabtree

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