Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: The five best support mons for high-level raids

TERA RAIDS are one of the best parts of Scarlet & Violet, but the difficult five- and six-star raids require some strategy.

While we’ve outlined some of the best Pokemon for these raids, not everyone has the candy, mints, and bottle caps to create the ultimate attacker.

Perrserker isn't in the Pokedex, but it is in the game.

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Perrserker isn’t in the Pokedex, but it is in the game.Credit: The Pokemon Company

That’s where support Pokémon come in, and they can actually mean the difference between winning and losing online raids.

Because these Pokémon don’t attack, you can use them more easily at lower levels.

Here are our favorite support Pokemon for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Persecutor

This Pokémon isn’t even in the Pokédex, but you can get one by evolving the Meowth, which you’ll get from the language teacher if you complete all of his lessons.

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Perrserker has a good Defense Type in Steel and great Physical Defense to go with it, along with his Battle Armor ability that prevents critical hits.

It also learns Metal Sound and Screech to break through opponent’s defenses and Helping Hand to boost your partner’s attack.

Amnesia helps make up for his poor Special Defense stat, and Taunt is great for stopping the enemy from lining up and hitting you with one shot.

persian

  • Nature – Caution, special defense and HP invested
  • Capability – Battle armor
  • article – Ability Shield
  • Tera type – Fly (to avoid ground attacks)
  • Is moving – Metal Sound (paired with Special Attacker) / Screech (paired with Physical Attacker), Taunt, Amnesia, Helping Hand

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Murkrow

While using an unevolved Pokemon might feel like a meme, Murkrow has a number of advantages over Honchkrow due to the held item Eviolite.

The hidden ability Prankster also allows Murkrow’s turns to always go first.

Murkrow also uses Taunt or can use Haze to clear status changes after the raid boss picks up yours.

It also has screeches when paired with a physical attacker, and growls or feather dances to lower the opponent’s attack stats.

Other moves like Thunder Wave and Mud Slap can prevent the opponent from attacking.

Murrow

  • Nature – Caution, defense and HP invested
  • Capability – Prankster
  • article – Evolite
  • Tera type – Steel
  • Is moving – Screech (paired with Physical Attacker), Growl (vs Special Mon) / Feather Dance (vs Physical ‘Mon), Taunt / Haze, Thunder Wave / Mud Smash

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Tinkaton

Tinkaton is one of the best Pokemon of this generation, and not just because of Gigaton Hammer.

It has the best defensive typing, and Mold Breaker is the ability to use here as it nullifies the opponent’s ability.

Tinkaton learns both Light Screen and Reflect to protect your team from attack, and Baby-Doll Eyes, which decreases attack and has priority.

Helping Hand is also good for boosting your partner’s attack, while Fake Tears works well when paired with a special attacker.

Encore is another great move that can thwart the opponent with ineffective moves while Thunder Wave can also help with interrupts.

Tinkaton

  • Nature – Bold, Defense and HP invested
  • Capability – Shapebreaker
  • article – Light tone
  • Tera type – Steel (or Fairy)
  • Is moving – Encore, Thunder Wave, Light Screen (vs. special mons) / Reflect (vs. physical mons), Baby-Doll Eyes (vs. physical mons) / Fake Tears (paired with special mons)

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Dachshund

Badgerbun has great tapping, amazing skills, great defense stats, and a diverse moveset that makes it one of the best Pokémon for raids.

Well-baked body means that not only does it not take damage from Fire attacks, but it also increases its defense by two levels.

It also learns Howl, which increases the Attack of all its allies. Charm can also be used against physical mons and Snarl against special ones.

Of course, it also learns Helping Hand, and wishing to restore health is the icing on the cake.

badger bun

  • Nature – Caution, special defense and HP invested
  • Capability – Well baked body
  • article – Ability Shield
  • Tera type – Steel
  • Is moving – Howl, Helping Hand, Wish, Charm (vs physical mons) / Growl (vs special mons)

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Azumarill

In each are two Azumarill. One has huge strength and the other has thick fat.

In support you need the thicc ‘mon, with both screens to bolster your team’s defenses.

Amnesia continues to bolster its Special Defense, and Helping Hand bolsters your partner’s Attack.

Tail Whip helps when your partner physically attacks, and Fake Tears when they specifically attack.

Finally, Aqua Ring will regenerate health every turn to keep you in the game.

azumarill

  • Nature – Bold, Special Defense and HP invested
  • Capability – Big fat
  • article – Light tone
  • Tera type – Steel
  • Is moving – Amnesia / Aqua Ring, Helping Hand, Light Screen (vs. special mons) / Reflect (vs. physical mons), Tail Whip (w/ physical mons) / Fake Tears (w/ special mons)
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