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Best Tapu Lele counters and moveset in Pokémon GO


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The second part of Pokémon GO’s Season of Alola is here, and as we discover Akala Island, we’ll learn more about Tapu Lele. So, before you take on this new Raid Boss, take a look at its best Pokémon GO counters, movesets and more!

Tapu Lele is the second Island Guardian – following Tapu Koko – and the Fairy and Psychic-type Legendary is taking over Five-Star raids in Pokémon GO. The guardian deity for Akala Island, Tapu Lele makes its Pokémon GO debut as part of the Season of Alola, coinciding with a new research story based on the island starting from March 22, 2022.

Tapu Lele
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Best Tapu Lele counters in Pokémon GO

As Tapu Lele is a Psychic and Fairy-type Pokémon, its best counters will include a mix of Steel, Ghost and Poison-type Pokémon. Here are a few top picks, but any strong Pokémon you have with those move types will be competent opponents to Tapu Lele. Don’t forget, as Tapu Lele is a Five-Star Raid boss, you will need a team to be in with a chance of winning against it.

  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Hoopa (either) with Astonish and Shadow Ball
  • Gengar with Lick and Shadow Ball
  • Dialga with Metal Claw and Iron Head
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Psychic
  • Genesect with Metal Claw and Magnet Bomb

Best Tapu Lele Pokémon GO moveset

Currently, the fast moves that Tapu Lele can use are Confusion (Psychic) and Astonish (Ghost). Its charged moves are Psyshock (Psychic), Focus Blast (Fighting), Moonblast (Fairy) and Future Sight (Psychic).

The best movesets for Tapu Lele are psychic, so Confusion and Future Sight, followed closely by Confusion with Psyshock. If you want a moveset with different types, Confusion with Moonblast is the best.

Best Tapu Lele counters and movesets

Tapu Lele max CP and base stats in Pokémon GO

Tapu Lele max CP:
Tapu Lele max catch CP:
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Tapu Lele base Attack: 259
Tapu Lele base Defence: 208
Tapu Lele base Stamina: 172

Looking at Tapu Lele’s base stats, the Akala Island Guardian is a better attacker than its predecessor Tapu Koko, who has base stats of 250 Atk, 181 Def, and 172 Sta.

Can Tapu Lele be shiny in Pokémon GO?

As of Tapu Lele’s introduction to Pokémon GO, it cannot be encountered in its shiny form. While a few Pokémon debut at the same time as their shiny counterparts, the Island Guardians are not among them, and we’ll likely have to wait some time before they make their Pokémon GO debut.

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