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Best Clodsire Build for Tera Raids

Having Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Clodsire in Tera Raids may be an excellent choice, especially considering how resilient it can be in higher leveled activities. The evolution to the Paldean version of Wooper is one of the most reliable Generation 9 Pokémon, despite its inexpressive demeanor and the fact that its stats do not reach those of Legendaries or Pseudo-Legendaries. Its dual Poison- and Ground-types grant it many important resistances, and an additional one in case it has the proper Ability.


Because of its typing and subsequent resistances and strengths, Clodsire is one of the top counters for the upcoming 7-Star Greninja Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. While it has a natural Water-type weakness, it can easily be covered by its more popular Ability. Along with its high defensive stats, it is also resistant to Poison-type moves, making Clodsire even more adequate for Tera Raids.

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Best Stats & Nature For Clodsire

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet's Clodsire Pokédex entry.

Clodsire has excellent survivability, and for its Tera Raid build, this should be taken into consideration. According to Game8, when preparing for the activity, players should EV (Effort Value) train the Pokémon’s HP stat to the max, investing 252 points in it. The other maxed-out stat should be Attack, with the four remaining points set to Special Defense. This EV distribution will help Clodsire stay along for longer while also putting out a great deal of damage. After this, players need to use one of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Nature Mints to change Clodsire’s Nature to Adamant.

Giving Clodsire an Adamant Nature will increase its Attack stat even at the cost of its Special Attack stat. Considering most of the Ground-type moves it will use are Physical rather than Special, this is a great decision. To further boost its power and wrap up Clodsire’s stat build for Tera Raids, players will need a few Bottle Caps to IV (Individual Value) train the Pokémon. The priority stats are HP, Attack, and Special Defense. If they have spare Bottle Caps in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, they should also consider using them to IV-train Defense and Speed. The Special Attack stat can be disregarded since it is unimportant for this build.

Best Ability For Clodsire

An image of a Clodsire, Wooper's Paldean evolution in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

The next step in getting Clodsire’s best build in Scarlet and Violet is giving the Pokémon its best Ability i.e. Water Absorb. This particular Ability not only cancels its Water-type weakness but makes it recover HP with every Water-type move hit instead of taking damage. Depending on the opponent Clodsire is facing, it’s Hidden Ability Unaware can also be useful, but Water Absorb is ultimately better for most situations that Trainers will face. If, for any reason, Clodsire has Unaware set as its Ability, players will need to reverse this Hidden Ability in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet with an Ability Patch.

Best Items For Clodsire

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet's Clodsire on the right and Leftovers and Shell Bell items on the left.

The main strength Clodsire has with this Tera Raid build is its endurance and survivability. To further sustain that, its Held Item should help it recover HP if it is not struck by a Water-type move – which would naturally recover its health due to the Water Absorb Ability. As such, this Pokémon may equip the popular Leftovers item, making it recover HP at the end of every round. It is a consistent source of damage mitigation, though restored HP is limited to 1/16 of the user’s maximum HP. Another reliable option is Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Shell Bell, although it requires Clodsire to deal damage to restore HP (⅛ of the damage dealt).

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Best Tera Type For Clodsire

Clodsire and Paldean Wooper in a muddy terrain in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

To reflect its best moves and stats, Clodsire’s build for Tera Raids requires it to have a Ground Tera-type. Although this will likely only be put into action in the later stages of the Tera Raid encounter due to how long Terastallization takes in these higher leveled activities, it will further intensify its Ground-type STAB (Same-type attack bonus). For other more specific builds, Clodsire could have a Poison Tera-type in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, but the best for most occasions is, undeniably, a Ground Tera type.

Best Moveset For Clodsire

Clodsire uses Earthquake against Elite Four Rika's Camerupt in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

To wrap up Clodsire’s build for Scarlet and Violet Tera Raids, players should start concerning themselves with its moveset. Game8 recommends that it knows Yawn to put the opponent to sleep in the early stages of the fight. This should be followed up by the Ghost-type Curse, which will boost Clodsire’s Attack and Defense stats while lowering its Speed stat. Its spammable offensive move should be the Ground-type Earthquake, and its last move should be Recover to help it restore HP that Water Absorb and Leftovers do not handle on their own.

The only main issue for this Clodsire Tera Raid build is that Curse and Recover are some of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Egg Moves, which requires the Tera Raid Clodsire to have been a Wooper bred from a Clodsire and a specific Pokémon with Mirror Herb. If players want to avoid this whole alternative process and maybe show off a Shiny Clodsire they captured through a Wooper Outbreak, they can substitute Curse and Recover for a few other moves. If players are looking additional moves for Clodsire, they can get more information from the Youtube Channel Verlisify​​​​​​.

The first option is occupying the Curse slot for an alternative Status Move. Unfortunately, Clodsire’s possible learnsets by leveling up or TMs have very few useful Status Moves, so this would inevitably be occupied by Amnesia. However, the move can be learned when Paldean Wooper evolves into Clodsire in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It is also possible to exchange recover for Rest, for instance.

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Another possibility is exchanging this Status Move for a secondary STAB move. The recommendation, in this case, is teaching it Stomping Tantrum through the usage of a TM. This Ground-type attack takes advantage of Clodsire’s trained Attack stat in its Tera Raid Build. Bulldoze is also another good STAB option because it lowers the target’s Speed stat, which can be used during the early stages of a fight. Ultimately, only one of Clodsire’s moves is up for change, so it is a relatively solid Tera Raid build.

Clodsire is one of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s most underrated Pokémon but can be a titan in Tera Raid battles with the proper build. It can be used to counter Poison-, Fire-, Steel-, and Rock-type Pokémon, for instance, while having six different resistances if its Ability is Water Absorb. In fact, an alternative build could even take on the abundant Fairy-types in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Source: Youtube/Verlisify​​​​​​, Game8, Bulbapedia

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    Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

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    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.

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