Tapu Lele Returns to Pokémon GO: Basic Guide with Counters, Rewards, and Everything You Need to Know

Tapu Lele Returns to Pokémon GO: Basic Guide with Counters, Rewards, and Everything You Need to Know

19. March 2024 by Valentin Pasetti

Tapu Lele is making a comeback in Pokémon GO raids from March 21 to April 4. This generation seven legendary follows Tapu Koko, who was featured in raids earlier this month.

In addition to returning to raids, Tapu Lele will debut a new exclusive Charged Attack. Existing Tapu Lele can only learn this move via Elite TM.

The new move is “Natures Madness,” a Fairy-type move that packs a punch, making Tapu Lele more relevant in the Fairy-type category. It’s advisable to collect a few Tapu Lele with this move to enrich your Pokémon GO collection.

Best Tapu Lele Counters in Pokémon GO:

Tapu Lele is a dual Psychic and Fairy-type Pokémon, granting it a double resistance to Dragon and Fighting-type Pokémon, which proves useful in raids.

Regarding Tapu Lele counters, the Pokémon is weak to Ghost, Poison, and Steel-type Pokémon, providing us with some excellent options.

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Here are the top Tapu Lele counters in Pokémon GO:

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

Many of these Pokémon have been available in recent events, making them easily accessible for players. Mega Gengar, in particular, is a powerful option for this raid.

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Mega Evolutions to Maximize Tapu Lele Candy in Pokémon GO:

Utilizing Mega Evolutions can increase candy and XL candy yield with each catch. Having a mega level 3 active that boosts candy for Fairy and Psychic-types will grant an extra 2 candy per catch, along with a 25% bonus to XL candy chance.

The following Mega Pokémon can help maximize Tapu Lele candy:

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

Though these Mega Pokémon aren’t ideal Tapu Lele counters, utilizing them can yield additional candy benefits.

Raid Difficulty and IVs:

Tapu Lele isn’t overly challenging to defeat. A group of three to four higher-level trainers or six lower-level trainers should be sufficient to secure victory.

When aiming for the perfect Tapu Lele, watch for these CP values:

  • 1996 CP
  • 2496 CP (Weather boosted)


Weather Effects:

Weather boost can enhance candy, improve IVs, and provide power boosts during raids. Keep an eye out for these weather effects during Tapu Lele raids:

  • Sunny:
  • Windy: Tapu Lele will have higher CP when caught. Psychic-type attacks will deal more damage.
  • Partly Cloudy:
  • Cloudy: Poison-type Pokémon will be boosted, and Tapu Lele will have higher CP when caught. Fairy-type attacks will deal more damage.
  • Snow: Steel-type counters will be boosted.
  • Rainy:
  • Fog: Ghost-type counters will be boosted, and Tapu Lele’s Ghost-type attack will deal more damage.


Cloudy weather is particularly advantageous for battling Tapu Lele, as Poison-type Pokémon will be boosted and Tapu Lele will have higher CP. Snowy weather is also beneficial, but may be less common depending on the season.

Stay vigilant and make the most of these weather conditions during Tapu Lele raids in Pokémon GO!

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