Pokemon GO Tapu Koko: Counters, Weakness, And Movesets

Pokemon GO Tapu Koko: Counters, Weakness, And Movesets
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Written by 

Michael Christopher


2nd Mar 2022 17:11

Pokemon GO Tapu Koko is here finally, because while Alolan Forms of Pokemon have been in Pokemon GO for a few years, this is the region’s final proper introduction. This Electric/Fairy-type is one of the four island guardians, being the guardian of Melemele Island. For the first bit of Alola’s introduction, Tapu Koko will serve as a Tier 5 Raid boss. Here’s everything you need to know to defeat it and equip it with the best moves for future battles in our Pokemon GO Tapu Koko counters, weakness, and movesets guide.

  • Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon GO Raids, to get you equipped for this battle.

Pokemon GO Tapu Koko Weaknesses

Pokemon Go Tapu Koko weakness
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Tapu Koko has an interesting type combination of Electric/Fairy, something it shares with only one other Pokemon — Dedenne. 

This combination is pretty good offensively, and it only has two weaknesses: Poison and Ground. 

As for resistances, there are quite a few. Tapu Koko resists Bug, Dark, Electric, Fighting, and Flying. Additionally, since it’s a Fairy-type, it has an increased resistance to Dragon-type moves. 

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Pokemon GO Tapu Koko Counters

Pokemon Go Tapu Koko counters
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Luckily, there are quite a few strong Ground-type attackers in Pokemon GO. There are also some decent Poison-types, like Roserade. In general, Ground-types will be better than Poison-types, though.

Here are the best Tapu Koko counters: 

  • Excadrill (Mud Slap | Drill Run)
  • Landorus Therian Form (Mud Shot | Earthquake)
  • Landorus Incarnate Form (Mud Shot | Earth Power)
  • Garchomp (Mud Shot | Earth Power or Earthquake)
  • Roserade (Poison Jab | Sludge Bomb)
  • Rhyperior (Mud Slap | Earthquake)
  • Groudon (Mud Shot | Earthquake)
  • Mega Gengar or standard Gengar (Lick or Hex | Sludge Bomb)
  • Mamoswine (Mud Slap | Bulldoze)


Best Pokemon GO Tapu Koko Movesets

Pokemon Go Tapu Koko movesets
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Sadly, Tapu Koko is mostly just a Dex entry. It doesn’t excel in PvE or PvP, though it’s somewhat decent in the Ultra League and Master League. If you’re looking to utilize it in battle, it’ll have a better shot with some moves than others. 

In PvE, opt for Volt Switch and Thunderbolt. These will both take advantage of Tapu Koko’s Electric-typing for the Same-Type Attack Bonus. Dazzling Gleam is an okay move, but it falls behind compared to Thunderbolt. 

In PvP, Tapu Koko will perform decently with Volt Switch and really any of its charge moves. Brave Bird gives it some Flying-type damage against anyone not expecting it, while Thunderbolt and Dazzling Gleam get STAB. Unfortunately, these moves all cost a lot of energy. For a fast move, go with Volt Switch again. Quick Attack is not great on Tapu Koko.

Tapu Koko might not be the best attacker in the game, but there are plenty of great options instead. Check out our guide to the best Pokemon in Pokemon GO.


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