How to beat Iron Leaves in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet – Virizion Tera Raid

Here are the best Iron Leaves raid counters in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet!

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have added Paradox Virizion in the game as part of a limited 5-Star raid event. Here are the best Iron Leaves counters that will make the future form version of the Unova Legendary a breeze to beat.

How to beat Iron Leaves raid - Best Counters for Virizion Iron Leaves in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

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Paradox Virizion can be encountered in Pokémon Violet during a special Tera raid event that runs from February 27th until March 12th, 2023. Players will be able to battle the Black and White Pokémon as a 5-Star Tera raid boss after installing the free Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Update 1.2.0 patch.

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Iron Leaves is a Grass/Psychic-type combination, so Ghost-type, Dark-Type, and Fire-Type Pokémon are the best counters for the Unova Legendary. Because it's a 5-Star Raid, players should have a relatively easy time defeating Paradox Virizion. However, below are the best Iron Leaves counters in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Gholdengo (Ability: Good as Gold/Held Item: Shell Bell)
    • Nasty Plot
    • Shadow Ball
    • Recover
    • Metal Sound
  • Kingambit (Ability: Defiant/Held Item: Shell Bell)
    • Swords Dance
    • Kowtow Cleave
    • Poison Jab
    • X-Scissor
  • Skeledirge (Ability: Unaware/Held Item: Throat Spray)
    • Torch Song
    • Will-O-Wisp
    • Shadow Ball
    • Slack Off
  • Meowscarada (Ability: Protean/Held Item: Shell Bell)
    • Night Slash
    • Hone Claws
    • Flower Trick
    • Giga Drain
  • Grimsnarl (Ability: Defiant/Held Item: Electric Seeds)
    • Bulk Up
    • Crunch
    • Reflect
    • Fake Tears
  • Hydreigon (Ability: Levitate/Held Item: Shell Bell)
    • Nasty Plot
    • Dark Pulse
    • Flash Cannon
    • Dragon Pulse
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The main strategy with Gholdgengo is to use Nasty Plot to sharply raise its Special Attack stat and then launch into Shadow Ball. The super effective attack will melt Iron Leaves HP down quickly. Similarly, Hydregion can also use Dark Pulse with the same setup. For those that use Meowscarada, Hone Claws will raise its Attack stat, making Night Slash a powerful super-effective move against the Legendary.

Fuecoco evolution Skeledirge is a strong counter against Iron Leaves due to it being both Ghost and Fire-type. With the Throat Spray Held Item equipped, Torch Song becomes devastating as it continuously raises your Special Attack stat each time you use it.

For more information on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, check out How to beat Suicune Walking Wake Tera Raid in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet here on Pro Game Guides.

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Brent Koepp is a games journalist based out of California. An avid Pokemon fan for over 25 years, he has spent his career reporting on the popular Nintendo franchise. You can follow him on Twitter @brentrkoepp.

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