The Mightiest Mark Mewtwo Tera Raid event has started in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and some solid counters have been discovered, but it’s not going to be easy for players to pull off.
There have been several Mightiest Mark Tera Raid events in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet at this point. In every case, players have found a way to reliably defeat the bosses in online play and often found ways to do so solo. That might not be the case here, though.
Mewtwo isn’t just the strongest Pokemon to be featured in a Tera Raid event. It also gets the biggest raid boss HP buff, has one of the strongest shields, and has the most frustrating gimmick. This powerful Pokemon isn’t unbeatable, though.
What is the best Mewtwo counter in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Tera Raid event?
The best counter to Mewtwo is Mew with a bug Tera Type and a bug-type moveset.
Mew has a unique mechanic in this event where it gains a free boost to all its stats simply by entering the battle. This stat boost cannot be removed from the Pokemon, as it works similarly to stat boosts from the Quark Drive and Protosynthesis abilities. This is indicated by the announcement that “Mew is going to go all out against this formidable opponent.”
The boost on top of its normally solid stats means that Mew is by far the best Pokemon to counter Mewtwo to the point where players shouldn’t bother considering others. While Game Freak’s intent was likely to have players use the recently distributed Mystery Gift Mew, players can use any Mew they happen to have.
The best Mew build to beat event Mewtwo in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
The best build to counter the Mightiest Mark Tera Raid event Mewtwo is a bulky, attack-based Mew that uses the move Leech Life. Teams should have three of these Mews with one other Mew that has a specific set of supporting moves.
Here is the best Mew build for defeating Mewtwo:
- Level: 100
- EVs: 252 HP, 252 Attack, 6 Sp. Defense
- Nature: Adamant
- Tera Type: Bug
- Moves: Leech Life, Struggle Bug, Pollen Puff, Swords Dance
- Held Item: Metronome
Alongside this, teams need to have exactly one Mew that takes on a “support” role that uses specific moves to counter Mewtwo’s larger strategy. Here’s the ideal build for this Mew:
- Level: 100
- EVs: 252 HP, 128 Defense, 130 Sp. Defense
- Nature: Calm
- Tera Type: Bug
- Moves: Struggle Bug, Light Screen, Life Dew, Electric Terrain
- Held Item: Light Clay
There is some wiggle room with these moves as Snarl can replace Struggle Bug and each Mew can learn Life Dew rather than Pollen Puff. Additionally, Electric Terrain can be substituted for Misty Terrain.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Mewtwo raid strategy
Mewtwo starts the Tera Raid battle by raising a shield that covers half its health, and players need to counter this by using moves that lower its Sp. Attack stat. Because Mewtwo has a shield up, players need to use either Snarl or Struggle Bug in order to do this.
The general strategy is to have the three attacking players use Struggle Bug or Snarl to drop Mewtwo’s Sp. Attack stat as low as it can get. On the first turn, the support Mew needs to use Light Screen in order to protect its allies.
|Attacking Mew strategy
|Support Mew strategy
|Use Struggle Bug to drop Mewtwo’s Sp. Attack as low as possible
|Use Light Screen on the first turn
|Use Swords Dance to max Mew’s attack stat, reapply whenever Mewtwo removes stat boosts
|Use defensive cheers or Life Dew to support allies, and reset Light Screen when necessary
|Use Leech Life on Mewtwo, or Pollen Puff to heal allies
|Use Life Dew to heal allies or Struggle Bug to counter Mewtwo’s Calm Mind
|After Mewtwo’s shield breaks, use Struggle Bug to drop its Sp. Attack stat back to minimum
|Shortly before Mewtwo’s shield breaks, use Electric Terrain to prevent Rest
|Continue using Leech Life until Mewtwo is defeated
|Continue using Life Dew, Light Screen, and Struggle Bug until Mewtwo is defeated
With Light Screen up and Mewtwo’s stats dropped, the attackers need to then max their own Attack stat with Swords Dance. From there, it’s time to spam Leech Life. During this, the support Mew should use Life Dew and occasionally use Struggle Bug to offset any Calm Mind boosts to Mewtwo’s Sp. Attack stat.
By doing this and occasionally using Pollen Puff to heal allies who take a critical hit, players can keep themselves alive while whittling down Mewtwo’s Tera Raid shield. Once Mewtwo’s shield goes down, it will automatically remove all negative effects, use Rest, eat a Chesto Berry, and will be awake with full health as a result.
While this sounds disastrous, this is where the support Mew comes in. Players can counter Mewtwo and its Rest reset by using Electric Terrain. Electric Terrain and Misty Terrain prevent Pokemon from falling asleep, which causes Rest to fail. Players can then bombard Mewtwo with Struggle Bug to drop its Sp. Attack stat, then get back to using Leech Life.
This strategy has an almost 100% success rate if done properly. However, it requires actual coordination between the players which is impossible in regular online matchmaking. Players will likely need to team up with friends and acquaintances in order to reenact the outcome of the first Pokemon movie.