Tapu Lele Pokémon GO Raid Guide: best counters, candy tips cover image

Tapu Lele Pokémon GO Raid Guide: best counters, candy tips

Battle Tapu Lele with our raid guide.

Tapu Lele is back in Pokémon GO raids from March 21 - April 4. The generation seven legendary follows Tapu Koko, who was in raids earlier this month.

As well as returning to raids, Tapu Lele will have a new exclusive Charged Attack. Any existing Tapu Lele 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 Lele more relevant in the Fairy-type category. It's worth picking up a few Tapu Lele with this move to add to your Pokémon GO collection.

Best Tapu Lele counters in Pokémon GO:

Tapu Lele is a dual Psychic and Fairy-type. That gives it a double resistance to Dragon and Fighting-type Pokémon which can be very useful in raids.

In terms of Tapu Lele counters, the Pokémon is weak to Ghost, Poison and Steel-type Pokémon. That gives us a few good Pokémon to choose from.

Here are the best Tapu Lele counters in Pokémon GO:

Mega Gengar
Lick & Shadow Ball
Mega Banette
Shadow Claw & Shadow Ball
Bullet Punch & Meteor Mash
Shadow Mewtwo
Psycho Cut & Shadow Ball
Origin Forme Giratina
Shadow Claw & Shadow Force
Hex & Shadow Ball
Poison Jab & Sludge Bomb
Metal Claw & Iron Head
Origin Forme Dialga
Metal Claw & Iron Head
Mega Scizor
Bullet Punch & Iron Head
Mega Aggron
Iron Tail & Heavy Slam
Hisuian Typhlosion
Hex & Shadow Ball

Usefully, a lot of these Pokémon have been available in recent events. Both Dialga's, Hisuian Typhlosion and Origin Forme Giratina were all available during the Sinnoh Tour week.

Metagross' first evolution, Beldum, was also a common spawn only a couple of weeks ago too.

If you're worried about blasting through a Tapu Lele raid, there are some powerful Mega Pokémon you can use to take this powerful Pokémon down. Mega Gengar is a really good option for this raid.

Mega Evolutions to get you more Tapu Lele 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 Fairy and Psychic-types will give you an extra 2 candy per catch, as well as a 25% bonus to your XL candy chance.

  • Alakazam
  • Slowbro
  • Gardevoir
  • Medicham
  • Altaria
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Diancie

While none of these Mega Pokémon are good Tapu Lele counters, if you can get away with not having a Mega Pokémon in your raid team, you can benefit from that all important extra candy.

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

Tapu Lele isn't too hard of a Pokémon to take down. For higher level trainers, a group of three to four will be enough to win this raid. With good counters and Party Play, you might be able to win this raid as a duo as well.

For lower level trainers, a group of six will be a safe number to make sure you can win this raid.

Tapu Lele Pokémon GO 100% IV

Tapu Lele, with its new Charged Attack, is a solid Pokémon to have in your team. And of course, as always want that illusive 100% IV.

Here are the CP values to look out for after your Tapu Lele raid:

  • 1996 CP
  • 2496 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.

Tapu Lele will be a higher CP when caught.
Tapu Lele's Psychic-type attacks will do more damage.
Partly Cloudy
Your Poison-type Pokémon will be boosted. Tapu Lele will be a higher CP when caught.
Tapu Lele's Fairy-type attacks will do more damage.
Your Steel-type counters will be boosted.
Your Ghost-type counters will be boosted.
Tapu Lele's Ghost-type attack will do more damage.

When battling this raid, look out for Cloudy weather. Poison-type Pokémon will be boosted and Tapu Lele will be a higher CP at the end of the raid. Snowy weather is also strong, but can be hard to find at this time of year.

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