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Returning to the Pokémon Go 5-Star Raids during the Valentine’s Day 2023 event, Tapu Lele is available as a Shiny for the first time ever from February 8 to 15, 2023. You’ll need the best Tapu Lele counters to defeat this guardian deity of Alola, one of four Legendary Pokémon to keep watch over the archipelago.

Tapu Lele is not an elementary requirement for the PvP or PvE elements of the mobile game, as it doesn’t really excel in battle. However, you’ll still need to catch the creature to complete your Pokédex, hunting both the regular form and the Shiny variant.

Best Tapu Lele counters – Pokémon Go

Tapu Lele belongs to both the Fairy- and Psychic-types, narrowing down the amount of moves that are effective against it. Only attacks of the types Poison, Ghost, and Steel deal additional damage to Tapu Lele, which itself commands Ghost, Psychic, Fairy, and Fighting moves. All that makes Tapu Lele a strong opponent to face, since it directly counters some of its most effective counters.

  1. Mega Gengar (Shadow Claw, Sludge Bomb)
  2. Mega Banette (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
  3. Metagross (Bullet Punch, Meteor Mash)
  4. Mega Beedrill (Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb)
  5. Mega Alakazam (Psycho Cut, Shadow Ball)
  6. Nihilego (Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb)
  7. Giratina (Origin Forme) (Shadow Claw, Shadow Force)
  8. Chandelure (Hex, Shadow Ball)
  9. Hoopa (Bound) (Astonish, Shadow Ball)
  10. Mega Scizor (Bullet Punch, Iron Head)
  11. Dialga (Metal Claw, Iron Head)
  12. Genesect (all modules) (Metal Claw, Magnet Bomb)
  13. Mega Aggron (Iron Tail, Heavy Slam)
  14. Jirachi (Charme Beam, Doom Desire)
  15. Overqwil (Poison Jab, Sludge Bomb)

Coming in at 50,112 competition points (CP), Tapu Lele requires at least three level 40 players to team up against it. Using Ghost-types against it is the quickest way to defeat it on paper, but also proves to be a lethal affair, straining your time and item budget. Steel-types are a bit slower, but might be the way to go.

A Tapu Lele with Focus Blast might make things difficult, but if you can get together a team with Mega Scizor or Mega Aggron (yes, we know Aggron is a complete meme usually, but you just need it to survive long to provide a damage boost) and a whole army of Metagross, you should be able to make your way through this divine opponent.

For more Pokémon Go, check out the overview of the monthly Spotlight Hours and the weekly event calendar.