Tapu Lele Raid Guide for Pokemon GO: Weaknesses and Counters

If you like it in pink, get it in black.

The “guilelessly cruel” Guardian, Tapu Lele, is returning to 5-Star Raids to celebrate the day of love. But bringing down this Powerful Fairy-Type can be tricky. Here’s your Tapu Lele Raid Guide for Pokemon GO: Weaknesses and Counters.

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Tapu Lele Raid Guide for Pokemon GO: Weaknesses and Counters

The flower-scented Guardian has been a possible catch in Pokemon GO before. But this is the first time you can catch Tapu Lele Shiny in Pokemon GO! And, personally, I prefer it with its black trim: it’s very Gothic Lolita.

You’ll be able to battle it in 5-Star Raids from February 8, 10:00 AM to February 15, 10:00 AM, local time. It’s catch CP value is 1912 – 1996 CP at level 20 with no weather boost, but 2390-2496 CP at Level 25 with weather boost. So, if at all possible, catch it in Windy or Cloudy weather.

Now let’s break Tapu Lele down. This Psychic/Fairy-Type Pokemon is generally strong in other games, but for now it’s moving a significant move: Charm. Still, it’s possible Tapu Lele will get it in the future. And its typing means that it has three significant weaknesses: Ghost, Steel, and Poison Type moves.

But that doesn’t mean that Tapu Lele is a powderpuff pushover. It still has moves that can pack a punch. They are:

Fast Moves:

  • Confusion (Psychic)
  • Astonish (Ghost)

Charge Moves:

  • Psyshock (Psychic)
  • Focus Blast (Fighting)
  • Moonblast (Fairy)
  • Future Sight (Psychic)

With these moves in mind, these are the best Pokemon to bring the fragrant and cruel Tapu Lele down:

The Best Counters for Tapu Lele in Pokemon GO

  • Metagross with Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash
  • Mega Gengar with Shadow Claw and Sludge Bomb
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
  • Mega Beedrill with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb
  • Nihilego with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb
  • Chandelure with Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Gengar with Shadow Claw and Sludge Bomb

Related: How to Catch Shiny Pidgey in Pokemon GO – Spotlight

This list is compiled from effective to least effective, but for the sake of making this list as accessible as possible, non-Shadow and non-Mega Pokemon have been included. If you’re still struggling, add another trainer to your Raid group, and good luck!


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A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms