Tapu Bulu is one of the many guardians of the Alolan Islands, and it’s making its debut in Pokémon Go. You’ll have the chance to encounter this legendary Pokémon in five-star raids, but you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared to take it down alongside other trainers.
It’s important to make sure you bring the best team with you for any five-star raid. Tapu Bulu is no different, and there are several things to keep in mind when preparing for this battle. This guide covers all of Tapu Bulu’s weaknesses and the best Pokémon counters in Pokémon Go.
All Tapu Bulu weaknesses
Tapu Bulu is a Grass and Fairy-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, and Steel-type moves but resistant against Dark, Dragon, Electric, Fighting, Grass, Ground, and Water-type attacks. Given its resistance diversity, you can expect to see Tapu Bulu appear in a handful of Master League battles, and it could serve as a decent raid Pokémon.
Best Pokémon counters to Tapu Bulu
The best Pokémon to counter Tapu Bulu will be Gengar, Toxicroak, and Galarian Slowbro.
Gengar is an effective raid Pokémon against Tapu Bulu, being a Ghost and Poison-type. While Gengar is effective as an attacker, it is considered a glass cannon, which means it won’t last too long in a fight. We highly recommend using it to primarily damage Tapu Bulu and use it when another player has a bulky option in the battle. The best moveset to teach Gengar will be the fast move Lick and the charged moves Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb.
Next, we have Toxicroak, a Poison and Fighting-type Pokémon. Although Toxicroak is a Fighting-type, you can lean into its Poison-type attacks, using the moves that are super effective against Tapu Bulu. The best moveset to teach Toxicroak for this fight will be the fast move Poison Jab and the charged moves Sludge Bomb and Dynamic Punch.
The final option will be to use Galarian Slowbro, a sometimes underutilized Pokémon that can be extremely useful during this fight. It’s a Poison and Psychic-type Pokémon, giving it a wide variety of attacks to use during the fight. We recommend teaching your Galarian Slowbro the fast move Poison Jab and the charged moves Sludge Bomb and Psychic.
You’ll need a full team of six Pokémon against Tapu Bulu. These are some other Pokémon you can use to fill up the rest of your roster.
Can you catch a shiny Tapu Bulu in Pokémon Go?
After beating Tapu Bulu, you’ll have a chance to catch this legendary Pokémon. There is a chance to acquire a shiny version after completing the raid, but there’s a slim chance for it to appear.