Pokemon GO Tapu Lele: Counters, Weakness, And Movesets

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

Michael Christopher


22nd Mar 2022 14:05

Following Tapu Koko's arrival in Pokemon GO, Tapu Lele made its way onto the scene. This Psychic/Fairy-type is the guardian deity of Akala Island in the Alola region, serving as one of the four of such deities. In Pokemon GO, Tapu Lele will serve as a Tier 5 Raid boss. Of course, like any Legendary, it'll take the right counters to defeat it, and exploiting its weaknesses will be key. This guide will show you how to defeat Pokemon GO Tapu Lele revealing its counters, weaknesses, and moveset.

  • Tapu Koko, the guardian deity of Melemele Island, has a different typing than Pokemon GO Tapu Lele. Check out our guide on Tapu Lele for the lowdown.

Pokemon GO Tapu Lele: Weaknesses

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Tapu Lele is a Psychic/Fairy-type, which is great, as the Fairy typing covers some of Psychic's weaknesses — resisting Dark and Bug. Here are the types that Tapu Lele remains weak to: 

  • Steel
  • Ghost
  • Poison

It has a handful of resistances, so make sure not to use those in Tapu Lele Raids: 

  • Psychic
  • Dragon (increased resistance)
  • Fighting (increased resistance)

Pokemon GO Tapu Lele: Counters

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Steel and Ghost-types are pretty powerful in Pokemon GO, meaning there are quite a few options when going up against Tapu Lele. Typically, you'll want to stick with these two types, as many Poison-types fail to measure up to them. Additionally, Poison-types are good against Fairy but weak to Psychic, meaning Tapu Lele can make quick work of them, even if it takes additional damage from their attacks. 

These Pokemon should work well for you against Tapu Lele: 

  • Gengar/Mega Gengar (Shadow Claw | Shadow Ball/Sludge Bomb)
  • Metagross (Bullet Punch | Meteor Mash)
  • Chandelure (Hex | Shadow Ball)
  • Zacian (Metal Claw | Iron Head)
  • Hoopa Confined/Unbound (Astonish | Shadow Ball)
  • Mega Venusaur (Vine Whip | Sludge Bomb)
  • Dialga (Metal Claw | Iron Head)
  • Roserade (Poison Jab | Sludge Bomb)
  • Origin Giratina (Shadow Claw | Shadow Ball)
  • Mewtwo (Psycho Cut | Shadow Ball)
  • Excadrill (Metal Claw | Iron Head)
  • Jirachi (Charge Beam | Doom Desire)
  • Genesect (Metal Claw | Magnet Bomb)

Pokemon GO Tapu Lele: Movesets

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Unfortunately, Tapu Lele is not very good as an attacker. If it had received Charm as a fast move, the consensus is that it would be a fairly decent Fairy-type attacker with Charm/Moonblast. Unfortunately, it didn't receive Charm, so it's better suited as a Psychic-type attacker, just not a very good one in comparison to others. 

If you'd like to use Tapu Lele in battle, your best bet is Confusion for a fast move and either Future Sight or Psyshock as a charge move. This applies to both PvE and PvP. Perhaps one day, Tapu Lele will receive Charm and be much more useful. Until then, it's basically a Pokedex entry. 


Michael Christopher
About the author
Michael Christopher
Michael is a long-time journalist who has spent years writing about games and other media. He loves writing about Pokemon, sometimes more so than actually playing it. He also plays a lot of hack 'n slash games, indie platformers, and Stardew Valley.
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