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Best Iron Hands Build to Solo Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Beating a six-star Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is tough. However, with this Iron Hands raid build, you can crush each and every one of them with ease.

Of course, it will help to first know how to take part in Tera Raid Battles in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, especially those challenging six-star ones.

What Is the Best Iron Hands Tera Raid Build in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

The best Iron Hands Tera Raid Build in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet would be having the moves Belly Drum, Drain Punch, Thunder Punch, and Electric Terrain, as well as the Held Item Punching Glove.

You should also prioritize increase its Attack IV as well as changing its Tera Type to Fighting so that Drain Punch is boosted.

Of course, for a more detailed guide on why each of these aspects are necessary and how to get them, continue reading.

Iron Hands fighting a Talonflame in a Tera Raid Battle
Image Credit – King-X

Best Moveset For Iron Hands

The best moveset for Iron Hands in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is Belly Drum, Drain Punch, Thunder Punch, and Electric Terrain.

This allows it to boost its physical and Electric-type attacks while dealing out a lot of damage. Drain Punch also heals it, making it practically invincible.

  • Belly Drum – Learned at level 84
    • This move reduces your Pokemon’s health by half (of your maximum) and then increases its Attack stat up to stage 6 (the maximum amount a stat can be increased by in a battle). It will fail if you have less than half of your maximum HP, which will prevent you from fainting by using it.
  • Drain Punch – Learned through TM68 (unlocked after beating the Poison Crew Base)
    • This move inflicts damage to your opponent and then recovers health up to the value of 50% of that damage. It has a power of 75.
  • Thunder Punch – Learned at level 21
    • This move inflicts damage to your opponent and has a 10% chance of paralyzing them as well. It has a power of 75.
  • Electric Terrain – Needs to be remembered (or through TM136)
    • This move increases the power of Electric-type moves by 30%. It also prevents Pokemon from being affected by the sleep status effect.
Iron Hands moveset in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Image Credit – King-X

Best Held Item For Iron Hands

The best Held Item for Iron Hands in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is the Punching Glove. It boosts the Pokemon’s punching moves (any move with the word Punch in it) by 10%.

This is ideal for Iron Hands, who should be prioritizing Drain Punch. It also prevents direct contact with its target, meaning its Attacks act more like Special Attacks.

Abilities like Static (which has the chance to inflict paralyze on attacking Pokemon if contact is made) won’t work, allowing Iron Hands to attack without fear of repercussions.

the Punching Glove against a purple and red background with the Scarlet and Violet logo above it

Best Tera Type For Iron Hands

Iron Hands will benefit from being a Fighting Tera Type in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. This is because it boosts its Fighting type-moves, including Drain Punch.

Iron Hands is typically a Fighting Tera Type. However, if you catch one that isn’t, you can change its Tera Type at the restaurant where you complete the Normal Type Gym Test in Medali.

It will cost you 50 Tera Shards to change Iron Hands Tera Type. Tera Shards can be found across Paldea, especially in Area Zero, and can be earned through classes and beating three-star and higher Tera Raids.

a Pokemon trainer using the Tera Orb in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Best IVs to Invest in For Iron Hands

Players should be focusing on improving the Attack IV (individual value) for Iron Hands in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

By combining Belly Drum and Drain Punch, Iron Hands can defeat Tera Raid Battles practically instantly. This is made even easier if its Attack IV is increased substantially.

If you’re not sure how to increase Iron Hands’ IVs, then you’ll need to learn all about Hyper Training in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Don’t worry, it’s very easy and won’t take up much of your time.

the stats that can be improved via Hyper Training in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
Image Credit – MonkeyKingHero

How to Solo Tera Raids With Iron Hands in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

You can win offline or online Tera Raids practically by yourself with Iron Hands by using a combination of Belly Drum and Drain Punch.

Belly Drum will increase your overall attack stats, while Drain Punch will recover the health lost by Belly Drum while dealing massive amounts of boosted damage.

This combination is incredibly effective, especially when used against Pokemon of an opposite type, such as Rock.

When Does Iron Hands Learn Belly Drum?

Iron Hands learns the move Belly Drum at level 84 in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Unfortunately, Belly Drum can not be taught to Iron Hands any earlier than that.

There is currently no TM for Belly Drum, meaning that if you want to use the move in Tera Raid Battles, you’ll have to grind until it reaches level 84.

Iron Hands using Belly Drum in a Tera Raid Battle
Image Credit – Gizmo

Best Nature For Iron Hands

The best Nature for Iron Hands in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is the Adamant Nature. It increases Attack while decreasing Sp. Attack, which is perfect for moves like Drain Punch.

If you catch an Iron Hands without the Adamant Nature, then don’t worry. You can change a Pokemon’s Nature in Scarlet and Violet by using a Nature Mint.

using a Nature Mint on a Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet

Iron Hands Learnset in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Iron Hands can learn 18 moves from level 1 to level 91, including Fake Out, Thunder Punch, and Close Combat.

It can also learn an additional 40 moves by using TMs. Of course, if you’ve used any of the TMs it can use, don’t panic. You can learn how to craft more TMs in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Every Move Iron Hands Learns By Leveling Up

  • Sand Attack – Level 1
  • Tackle – Level 1
  • Focus Energy – Level 1
  • Arm Thrust – Level 1
  • Electric Terrain – Needs to be remembered
  • Fake Out – Level 7
  • Whirlwind – Level 14
  • Thunder Punch – Level 21
  • Slam – Level 28
  • Force Palm – Level 35
  • Seismic Toss – Level 42
  • Charge – Level 49
  • Wild Charge – Level 56
  • Close Combat – Level 63
  • Detect – Level 70
  • Heavy Slam – Level 77
  • Belly Drum – Level 84
  • Focus Punch – Level 91
Iron Hands using the move Charge in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Every TM Iron Hands Can Learn in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

  • Take Down – TM001
  • Scary Face – TM006
  • Protect – TM007
  • Low Kick – TM012
  • Facade – TM025
  • Bulldoze – TM028
  • Rock Tomb – TM036
  • Low Sweep – TM039
  • Fling – TM043
  • Endure – TM047
  • Volt Switch – TM048
  • Brick Break – TM058
  • Body Slam – TM066
  • Fire Punch – TM067
  • Thunder Punch – TM068
  • Ice Punch – TM069
  • Sleep Talk – TM070
  • Drain Punch – TM073
  • Metronome – TM080
  • Stomping Tantrum – TM084
TM Moves List Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Rest – TM085
  • Rock Slide – TM086
  • Swords Dance – TM088
  • Body Press – TM089
  • Iron Head – TM099
  • Substitue – TM103
  • Iron Defense – TM104
  • Heavy Slam – TM121
  • Thunderbolt – TM126
  • Play Rough – TM127
  • Reversal – TM134
  • Electric Terrain – TM136
  • Wild Charge – TM147
  • Earthquake – TM149
  • Giga Impact – TM152
  • Focus Blast – TM158
  • Hyper Beam – TM163
  • Thunder – TM166
  • Close Combat – TM167
  • Tera Blast – TM171

Where to Find Iron Hands in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Iron Hands can only be caught in Area Zero in Pokemon Violet, a late-game area accessible after you’ve beaten all three story paths and unlocked The Way Home path.

It can specifically be located around Research Stations 1, 2, and 3 within Area Zero. The Iron Hands in Area Zero can be caught at around level 52.

a map showing Iron Hands location in Pokemon Scarlet on the left and a trainer in front of Iron Hands on the right

Can You Get Iron Hands in Pokemon Scarlet?

Unfortunately, Iron Hands can only be caught in Pokemon Violet. However, this does not mean he is completely unavailable in Pokemon Scarlet.

Players can trade an Iron Hands from Pokemon Violet to their Pokemon Scarlet copy and then use him in any battle after that.

two Poke balls passing each other in the sky in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Iron Hands Base Stats

Here are Iron Hands Base Stats in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet:

  • HP – 154
  • Attack – 140
  • Defense – 108
  • Sp. Attack – 50
  • Sp. Defense – 68
  • Speed – 50

Iron Hands may have low Speed, and Sp. Attacks stats, but its Attack and HP stats make up for it. Players shouldn’t worry about its Sp. Attack stat as it shouldn’t use Sp. Attacks anyway.

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