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What Do Blue Stars Raids Mean in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is keeping players busy with a variety of online events, including Blue Star Raids!

Aside from all the content players get from the different story paths in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Game Freak is constantly providing a stream of online content.

Part of that content strategy is Tera Raid Battle Events that take place regularly. One way the developer differentiates these special Raids is by making them a different color.

Here is everything you need to know about the Blue Stars Tera Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet!

Why Do Some Raids Have Blue Stars in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

The Blue Stars in some Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Raids indicate these are part of special ongoing online events. Usually, Blue Star Raids range from four to seven stars, depending on the event, and some are limited to black crystals.

As well, sometimes the Pokemon featured in these Raids, like Dragon-Type Tera Charizard, can’t be obtained by any other means in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Blue Stars Event Raids Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

How Can I Join a Blue Stars Raid?

You can join a special event Blue Stars Raid by interacting with one of the glowing crystal locations marked on your map or, more easily, from the Tera Raid option in the Poke Portal menu.

Join a Blue Stars Raid on the Map

  • On your map, locate one of the glowing crystals. These are represented by star-like icons that represent all Pokemon types. A glowing aura almost always surrounds the crystal icons that have event Blue Stars Raids in Scarlet and Violet.
    • A golden aura indicates a four to five raid.
    • A dark black-purplish aura indicates a six to seven star raid.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Raid Map Icons
  • Travel to that location, approach the crystal, and interact with it by pressing “A.”
  • The information about the raid will be presented, including the outline of the Pokemon you can catch in it and the difficulty level represented by the amount of Blue Stars.
  • As soon as you get access to the Raid lobby, you can change your Pokemon by selecting “Change your Pokemon” if needed.
  • If you want to proceed with the raid, you can select “Challenge as a Group” if you want to play with friends or “Challenge Alone” if you want to solo it.
Charizard Blue Star Raid Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Join a Blue Stars Raid via Poke Portal

  • Open the Main Menu by pressing the “Y” button.
  • Select Poke Portal with the “A” button.
Poke Portal Menu Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • From the Poke Portal menu, select the “Tera Raid Battle” option.
    • If you are not online, press “L” to connect.
    • If there is a problem connecting, make sure your Internet connection is stable. Also, check that you are close enough to your Wi-Fi access point or that your Nintendo Switch has a LAN cable connected to its dock.
Tera Raid Menu Poke Portal Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • Once the list of available Raids loads, select the Blue Stars one that interests you the most. You can also press “X” to reload the list in case none of the available ones caught your attention.
Raid Menu Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
  • As soon as you get access to the Raid lobby, you can change your Pokemon by selecting “Change your Pokemon” if needed; else, you can select “All ready to go!” and wait for the raid to begin.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Pokemon Raid Battle

How Can I See What Blue Stars Raids Events Are Live?

The best way to know what special event Blue Stars Raids are available is to take a look at the News section in the Poke Portal menu by pressing “+”. This section highlights all the ongoing event Raids, providing details about the Pokemon featured, star difficulty level, and more.

To see what are the current ongoing Blue Star Raids, follow these steps:

  • Once you are in the game, press the “Y” button to open the Main Menu
  • Use the left stick to navigate to the Poke Portal option and select it with “A”
Main Menu Pokemon Scarlet and Violet In Game
  • Once Poke Portal loads, make sure you are online. You can see the online icon on the top right corner of the screen.
    • If you are not online, press “L” to connect.
    • If there is a problem connecting, make sure your Internet connection is stable. Also, check that you are close enough to your Wi-Fi access point or that your Nintendo Switch has a LAN cable connected to its dock.
Poke Portal Online Pokemon Scarlet Violet
  • After making sure you are online, press the “+” button to access the News section of the Poke Portal. In this section, you can find and read all about active Tera Raid Battle events, the Pokemon you can catch on them, and any special requirements.
  • To do so, select any article titled “Tera Raid Battles.” Usually, these event titles also have a red exclamation mark on the left.

How to Manually Update Poke Portal News

  • If, for some reason, the information in the News area seems outdated or is simply not loading:
    • Go to the “Mystery Gift” section of the Poke Portal. This is the last option on this menu.
    • Then proceed to select the “Check Poke Portal News” option. This option will automatically update the News section.
Mystery gift Check Poke Portal News

What Do I Need to Participate in Blue Stars Raids?

To participate in Blue Stars Raids in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you will need:

  • An internet connection
  • An active Nintendo Switch Online membership
  • The latest Poke Portal News downloaded
    • As for the Poke Portal News requirement, this section updates automatically as soon as you are online. But if there is a problem with it, you can manually update it from the Mystery Gift option in Poke Portal.
  • In some instances, you will only be able to access some upper-level Blue Stars Raids by yourself after you finish the main story and the credits roll.
Black Crystals Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

How Often Are Blue Star Raids Events Live?

Four and five Blue Star Raids are continuously live in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, rotating different Pokemon often with a variety of Tera-Types.

Nonetheless, unique seven stars Raids with rarer Pokemon are generally only live once or twice per month, making them the core event of the month.

Fortunately, there is a way to see what Blue Stars Raids events are currently live on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet!

Raid Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

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