Tapu Lele is a Tier 5 legendary raid boss in Pokémon Go and marks its debut in the Lush Jungle Event 2022, running from March 22nd, 10 AM – March 29th, 8 PM, 2022.
Being a Psychic/Fairy type, it is weak to the Ghost, Poison and Steel types.
Tapu Lele is currently a case of lost potential as it doesn’t learn Charm in Pokémon Go (which it can learn in the Main Series Games). Even from the Psychic POV, its moves aren’t the best. So while Tapu Lele doesn’t dazzle in either of its typing, it can experience a change of fortunes with something like Charm being added to its moveset in the future. Anyway, it is still a legendary Dex addition, to say the least.
You can check out Tapu Lele’s PvP performance in JRESeawolf’s article.
Tapu Lele can be caught with the following CP values:
- 1912 – 1996 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
- 2390 – 2496 CP at Level 25 with Windy or Cloudy weather boost
Generally, 3-4 high-level trainers can beat Tapu Lele easily with optimal counters. Otherwise, 4-5 trainers will suffice.
Tapu Lele Raid Counters
Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.
The best counters for Tapu Lele are the following:
|Gengar (Mega)||Shadow Claw Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost|
|Metagross||Bullet Punch Steel||Meteor Mash* Steel|
|Beedrill (Mega)||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison|
|Chandelure||Hex Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost|
|Venusaur (Mega)||Vine Whip Grass||Sludge Bomb Poison|
|Gengar||Shadow Claw Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost|
|Steelix (Mega)||Iron Tail Steel||Heavy Slam Steel|
|Aerodactyl (Mega)||Steel Wing Steel||Iron Head Steel|
|Dialga||Metal Claw Steel||Iron Head Steel|
|Roserade||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison|
|Zacian (Hero)||Metal Claw Steel||Iron Head Steel|
|Excadrill||Metal Claw Steel||Iron Head Steel|
|Mewtwo||Psycho Cut Psychic||Shadow Ball* Ghost|
*denotes a legacy move
Other options include Jirachi with Steel moves, Banette with Ghost moves, Darkrai, Trevenant, Mismagius and even Haunter!
Stats and Max CP
|Tapu Lele PsychicFairy|
|Max CP at Level 40 3494 | Max CP at Level 50 3950|
|ATK 259||DEF 208||HP 172|
|Weak to||Strong Against|
|Ghost Poison Steel||Dark Dragon Fighting Poison|
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
All the best, trainers!