How to change your Pokémon’s Tera Type
Terastallizing Pokémon – changing their types to match what is effectively a new, potentially third type – is a big part of the new Battle strategy in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Normally the Pokémon you catch will either have a Tera Type matching it’s own normal types, or will have a defined special Tera Type from finding glowing Pokémon in the wild or completing Tera Raids, and you cannot control what this Tera Type will be. However, there is a way to change your Pokémon’s Tera Type if you want it to have something completely different.
How to unlock changing a Pokémon’s Tera Type
To be able to change a Pokémon’s Tera Type, the first thing you’ll need to do is defeat Larry, the Gym Leader of the Medali City Gym.
After you’ve successfully cleared this Gym, the owner of the Treasure Eatery Restaurant that plays host to the battle will offer you the ability to change your Pokémon’s Tera Type if you bring her 50 of any Type of Tera Shard. The Type of Tera Shard you exchange will be the the Tera Type you will change your Pokémon to.
The first time you talk to her after defeating the Gym, she’ll offer you 50 Normal Type Tera Shards for free and the chance to change any of your Pokémon’s Tera Type to Normal as a result.
Afterwards, you’ll have to find and collect Tera Shards and bring them to her if you want to change your Pokémon’s Tera Types.
How to find Tera Shards
Tera Shards are one of the potential items you can find from the glowing item spots littered all over the Paldea Region. These can be any of the 18 Tera Shard Types and you can find any of them anywhere in the game – but they are relatively rare, so obtaining 50 of them in this way will be a significant challenge.
Fortunately, they are also available as rewards for successfully completing Tera Raids. The Type of Tera Shard you will find will match the Tera Type of the Pokémon in the Raid Den, while the amount you might receive will increase with the Raid’s difficulty rating. This means you can focus on high level raids of a specific Tera Type if you want to gather enough Tera Shards of that type to change one of your Pokémon’s Tera Types to it at the Treasure Eatery.
More on Terastallizing Pokémon
For much more on how Terastallizing Pokémon works, check out our Complete Guide to Terastallizing Pokémon.