Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are bringing the term “shiny” to a new level with the Terastal Phenomenon.
The Paldea region, the location for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, keeps innovating with features like the TM Machines and the Terastal Phenomenon. This trait guarantees that Pokémon will not only be prettier, but also stronger.
All Pokémon in the Paldea region can Terastallize. When they do, a crown-like Tera Jewel will appear on their head. The Tera Jewel not only makes Pokémon look like they’re made of crystal, but this phenomenon also makes their attacks stronger during battle.
There 18 Tera Types, like Normal Tera Type or Flying Tera Type. Each Pokémon has one Tera Type that remains inactive until it Terastallizes. Once the process is completed, the Pokémon’s type will change to their Tera Type. The Tera Type might not go with the original Pókemon type. For example, a fire Pokémon might have a water Tera type. The possible combinations are endless. It is unclear what will determine the Tera Type of each Pokémon or if the system is completely random.
Once the battle is done, the Pokémon will return to its original type.
Wild Terastallized Pokémon can appear on the field, and players can recognize them by how bright they are. Dealing enough damage to these wild Pokémon causes the Terastallization to come undone.
The Terastal phenomenon happens during battle when the trainer activates the Tera Orb to Terastallize a Pokémon. The Tera Orb loses all its power after every use, meaning that trainers can only activate it once per battle. To use the Orb again, trainers must recharge it by touching crystals or going to the Pokémon Center.
The crystals with Terastal energy can be found around the new Paldea region. Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet will be released on November 18.