Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Quagsire Build for Tera Raids

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Best Quagsire Build for Tera Raids

Using Quagsire’s best build in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Tera Raid battles can be an effective way of surviving through more strenuous activities while consistently doing a decent amount of damage. Johtonian Wooper’s classic evolution is well-known for its sturdiness and reliable moveset, which can be super-effective against many opponents and their respective types. While Quagsire’s Water- and Ground-type grants it a 4x weakness against Grass-type moves, it has four different resistances.

Because of how it is built, Quagsire’s performance in Tera Raids can be game-changing. The Generation 2 Pokémon is considered one of the best allies against Greninja’s Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, provided the opponent does not know the Grass-type move, Trailblaze. Regardless of Quagsire’s real efficiency against the Gen 7 Ninja Pokémon, its build can still be used throughout many other Tera Raid activities in Paldea. Unfortunately, only one Quagsire can be obtained in-game, so players must consider its build properly before leveling it to 100.

Best Stats & Nature For Quagsire

Image of Wooper, Quagsire, and Clodsire

Once players obtain the Johtonian Wooper by trading a Paldean Wooper with an NPC in the city of Cascarrafa, they should raise it to level 50 to evolve it into Quagsire and be able to train it to reach its maximum potential. To adequately use Quagsire in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet for Tera Raid battles, they must EV (Effort Value) train its HP and Attack stats to the limit (252 points distributed to each stat), with the four remaining points applied to the Defense stat. This will provide it with an increased survivability rate and enough damage output to make a difference in Tera Raids.

To further boost Quagsire’s build, the Pokémon’s Nature should be set to Adamant. This will increase its Attack stat while lowering its Special Attack stat. Because of its eventual moveset, sacrificing Special Attack to improve Attack is highly beneficial. In case it is not already Adamant, players will need to use an Adamant Mint in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to reach the desired Nature. Players should then proceed to the snowy city of Montenevera to IV (Individual Value) and train Quagsire’s stats to the maximum. The priority should be HP, Attack, and Defense. Players with extra Bottle Caps may hyper-train the Pokémon’s Special Defense and Speed stats.

Best Ability For Quagsire

A Quagsire in the Pokémon anime smiles steadily ahead while the head of an angry Walrein appears behind it.

According to Game8, the best Ability for Quagsire to have in its Tera Raid build is Water Absorb. This grants it absolute immunity against Water-type moves and allows it to restore HP every time it gets hit by an offensive move of that type. With it, Quagsire can continuously restore HP if its opponent knows many Water-type moves. Another strong possibility is activating Quagsire’s Hidden Ability in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet with an Ability Patch to obtain Unaware. While it discards the mitigation bonus Water Absorb provides, Unaware allows the Pokémon to strike while ignoring the opponent’s stat changes. For instance, if it is facing a Pokémon that constantly boosts its Defense, this will be a boon for Quagsire.

Best Items For Quagsire

Quagsire participating in the Marine Athletic Race in the Pokémon anime.

Reflecting its recovery-focused Tera Raid build, Quagsire should equip Held Items that provide it with additional healing. Game8 recommends that it uses Leftovers. This item will restore Quagsire’s HP by 1/16 of its maximum HP at the end of every turn, making it a reliable source of healing. As is natural, players can substitute Leftovers for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Shell Bell, which can heal up to ⅛ of the damage it puts out. The only downside is that Quagsire will not recover HP unless it strikes the opponent. The Type-boosting item Soft Sand is also a good pick, especially for players who want a more aggressive build for Quagsire in Tera Raids.

Best Tera Type For Quagsire In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

A pair of Quagsire smiling in the tall grass in the Pokémon anime

Quagsire has an impressive list of Water-type moves it can learn, but, because of its physical Attack specialty, contrary to its Special Attack deprivation, it is better utilized with Ground-type moves. This also makes choosing its Tera type much easier. Therefore, for its Tera Raid build, Quagsire should be a Ground Tera type, further boosting its Ground-type STAB (Same-type attack bonus) moves. It is not as strong as a few other Ground-types for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Tera Raids, but because of its typing, it can be a strategic choice that can survive the early stages of the fight and obliterate foes in the later stages once it is Terrastalized.

Best Moveset For Quagsire In Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Quagsire's sprite from Pokémon Home lift its left paw while smiling. Behind it is a flow of blue and white energy and blurred-out in the background is a Tera Raid cavern.

Once all the preparation is done, and the Pokémon is leveled to 100 in Scarlet and Violet, players can consider the best moveset for Quagsire’s Tera Raid build. Game8 recommends that it opens up any battle with the Ghost-type Egg Move Curse, which will increase its Attack and Defense stats at the cost of its Speed. Earthquake should be its spammable STAB move, while Rock Tomb is an alternative coverage move. Recover is a great move to heal it and keep it in play longer, avoiding the Tera Raid’s meter to fall too much, but it is also an Egg Move. Because obtaining Egg Moves in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet requires an additional step before the actual stat building, players who already have an advanced Quagsire can change an Egg Move for Amnesia.

The Psychic-type Status Move boosts its Special Defense stat, granting it additional protection since Defense is its main defensive stat. Its other Egg Move can also be substituted for a few other moves. For example, teaching it Bulldoze will grant it an extra STAB move that takes advantage of its Attack stats and also lowers the opponent’s Speed. It could also learn Ice Punch, giving it coverage for its Grass-type weakness – though players should not be facing any Grass-types in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Tera Raids with Quagsire in the first place.

Quagsire’s Tera Raid build is similar to Clodsire’s, one of Scarlet and Violet’s most underrated Pokémon. While the Johtonian evolution has better distributed stats and more focus on Defense, the Paldean Clodsire has better HP, Attack, and Special Defense. Players can alternate freely between both but should consider that Quagsire has a severe weakness to Grass-type moves. Nonetheless, it is a fine creature to use in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Tera Raids due to its survivability and overall type resistances.

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Source: Pokémon/YouTube, Game8

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    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

    Original Release Date:
    2022-11-18

    Developer:
    Game Freak

    Franchise:
    Pokemon

    Genre:
    RPG, Adventure, Action

    Platform:
    Nintendo Switch

    Publisher:
    Nintendo, The Pokemon Company

    ESRB:
    E

    Summary:
    Pokemon returns in its next installment series: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Now set in a fictional locale based around Mediterranean Spain, players will traverse the land of Paldea as they continue catching the series’ classic and new Pokemon. New to this entry are unique Pokemon that can transform into vehicles, allowing players to traverse the world through new means- which helps with Scarlet and Violet’s new open-world approach. Players can tackle gym battles in any order they wish, with foes scaling to their level as they progress. Scarlet and Violet also introduce co-op exploration online and a new battle feature known as Terastallize.

    Multiplayer:
    Online Co-Op, Online Multiplayer

    Prequel:
    Pokémon Sword and Shield

    Mode:
    Single Player, Multiplayer