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Tapu Koko Pokémon GO Raid Guide: Best counters & candy tips

Catch Tapu Koko with our Pokémon GO raid guide.

As part of the new Pokémon GO season, Tapu Koko will be back in raids between March 1 and March 14. The generation seven legendary has a unique typing and is the guardian of Melemele Island.

As well as returning to raids, Tapu Koko will have a new exclusive Charged Attack. Any existing Tapu Koko you have will only be able to learn this move via Elite TM.

The move is "Natures Madness." It's a Fairy-type move that hits hard, which will make Tapu Koko more relevant in the Fairy-type category. It's worth picking up a few Tapu Koko with this move to add to your Pokémon GO collection.

Best Tapu Koko counters in Pokémon GO:

Tapu Koko has a pretty good pairing in Pokémon GO. As a dual Fairy and Electric-type it has several resistances, including a double resistance to Dragon-types.

While Tapu Koko only has two weaknesses, to Ground and Poison, there are some pretty powerful Ground-type Pokémon, which means it can struggle.

Thankfully, with so many good Pokémon to choose from in the Ground category especially, this does make Tapu Koko reasonably simple to take down.

Here are the best Tapu Koko counters in Pokémon GO:

Primal Groudon
Mud Shot & Precipice Blades
Mega Garchomp
Mud Shot & Earth Power
Excadrill (Shadow)
Mud-Slap & Scorching Sands
Mega Gengar
Lick & Sludge Bomb
Therian Landorus
Mud Shot & Sandsear Storm
Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
Mud-Slap & Earthquake
Mud-Slap & High Horsepower
Incarnate Landorus
Mud Shot & Earth Power
Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
Mega Beedrill
Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb

There are plenty of powerful and easily accessible Pokémon that you can use to build your team for this raid. Everyone should have Pokémon like Garchomp and Groudon after recent events. Excadrill, while better as a Shadow can also be powerful in it's standard form. Roselia was readily available during GO: Tour, so a good Roserade should be achievable too.

Mega Garchomp, Mega Gengar and Primal Groudon are all also good counters in their standard form. As you can only have one Mega Evolved Pokémon at once, don't be shy to include the standard forms of these Pokémon in your raid team.

Mega Evolutions to get you more Tapu Koko candy in Pokémon GO

Mega Evolutions can help you get more candy and XL candy with every catch. Having a mega level 3 active that boosts candy for Electric or Fairy-types will give you an extra 2 candy per catch, as well as a 25% bonus to your XL candy chance.

Here are the Pokémon to Mega Evolve if you want more Tapu Koko candy:

  • Ampharos
  • Gardevoir
  • Manectric
  • Diance
  • Altaria

How many trainers do I need to beat Tapu Koko in Pokémon GO?

Tapu Koko is not too hard to take down. With three higher level trainers (especially if in a Party with Party Power) you'll be able to take Tapu Koko down. For lower level trainers, we'd suggest at least five. Of course, the more Trainers the better.

Tapu Koko Pokémon GO 100% IV

With Tapu Koko's new move in Pokémon GO, getting a really strong IV for this Pokémon with the new move will be incredibly valuable. Here are the CP values to look out fir if you're hunting a 100% IV Tapu Koko.

  • 1810 CP
  • 2263 CP (Weather Boosted)

Weather Effects:

Weather boost can help you save candy, get better IVs and benefit from power boosts on your team. Here are the weather effects to keep an eye on when taking on these raids.

Ground-type counters will be boosted.
Tapu Koko's Flying-type attacks will be boosted.
Partly Cloudy
Tapu Koko's Normal-type quick attack will be boosted.
Poison-type counters will be boosted. You'll be able to encounter a higher level Tapu Koko.
Tapu Koko's Fairy-type attacks will be boosted.
You'll be able to encounter a higher level Tapu Koko.
Tapu Koko's Electric-type attacks will be boosted.

Sunny weather might be your friend here if you're in a small party. With Sunny weather, two trainers with Primal Groudon in a Party should be able to defeat Tapu Koko in Pokémon GO. Keep an eye out for Rainy or Cloudy weather, as that will mean the Tapu Koko you catch is higher CP.

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