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This is a strategy guide for using Tapu Lele in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Tapu Lele, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Tapu Lele

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Psychic Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fairy Type
Abilities
Psychic Surge The Pokemon creates a Psychic Terrain when it enters a battle.
Telepathy (Hidden) Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Psychic Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 85 75 130 115 95

Best Nature for Tapu Lele

Best Natures
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)

Singles Movesets for Tapu Lele

Choice Scarf Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 146 / Def. 95 / Sp.Atk 182 / Sp.Def 135 / Spd. 161
Ability Psychic Surge
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Psychic
Moonblast
Thunderbolt
Shadow Ball

Tapu Lele made a name for itself as a fearsome special sweeper that doesn't fear priority moves from its counters thanks to its Psychic Surge ability.

About Tapu Lele's Moves

This build uses the Choice Scarf to allow it to hit quickly. With the combination of Psychic Surge and Psychic, it can deal big damage to a wide range of opponents. When it Dynamaxes, it can temporarily negate the effects of Choice items, allowing it to handle Dark types who come in expecting immunity from Psychic and hit them super effectively.

About Tapu Lele's Ability

This build uses Psychic Surge, which instantly sets up Psychic Terrain when Tapu Lele switchs in. This blocks priority moves, boosts the power of Psychic-type moves by 30%, and turns Terrain Pulse into a 100 Base Power Psychic move.

About Tapu Lele's Held Item

We're giving Tapu Lele Choice Scarf for this build. This item doubles Tapu Lele's speed but it can only use the initial move it used on its turn.

Other Viable Moves

Focus Blast For handling Steel-types. Its low accuracy is a drawback, however.
Energy Ball An alternative to Thunderbolt that allows Tapu Lele to hit bulky Ground-types.

Focus Sash Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Sp.Atk 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 146 / Def. 95 / Sp.Atk 182 / Sp.Def 135 / Spd. 161
Ability Psychic Surge
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Psychic
Moonblast
Shadow Ball
Taunt

Tapu Lele can also threaten opposing leads and defensive Pokemon with its support moves.

About Tapu Lele's Moves

Psychic and Moonblast are its main STAB moves, while Shadow Ball lets it cover Ghost-types that would think of switching in and setting up on it. It's last move is Taunt, which allows it to shutdown opposing leads and support Pokemon.

About Tapu Lele's Ability

This build uses Psychic Surge, which instantly sets up Psychic Terrain when Tapu Lele switchs in. This blocks priority moves, boosts the power of Psychic-type moves by 30%, and turns Terrain Pulse into a 100 Base Power Psychic move.

About Tapu Lele's Held Item

We're giving Tapu Lele Choice Scarf for this build. This item doubles Tapu Lele's speed but it can only use the initial move it used on its turn.

Other Viable Moves

Thunderbolt For hitting the commonly-used Water-type walls super effectively.
Energy Ball An alternative to Thunderbolt that allows Tapu Lele to hit bulky Ground-types.
Nature's Madness An exclusive move that cuts its opponent's HP in half.
Focus Blast For handling Steel-types. Its low accuracy is a drawback, however.

How to Use Tapu Lele Effectively

A Powerful Support Sweeper

Despite its immediate offensive presence, Tapu Lele excels more as a support Pokemon with offensive capabilities first thanks to its Psychic Surge ability. As a result, it's often used as a lead in both Singles and Doubles to set up Psychic Terrain while other special sweepers with better coverage are left to actually sweep the opposing team.

How to Build a Team with Tapu Lele

Tapu Lele excels in both the Singles and Doubles format, and is a good addition to almost any team that needs an automatic terrain setter.

A Powerful Sweeper in Doubles

Tapu Lele excels in the Doubles format where priority moves are more common. By just switching in, Tapu Lele counters Prankster users such as Grimmsnarl and Whimsicott, as well as support Pokemon like Comfey.

Learn how to build a doubles team with Tapu Lele by checking out our full article below.
How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Tapu Lele

Tapu Lele
Weakness Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Steel Image

Use Powerful Steel-type Pokemon

Tapu Lele has a difficult time facing off against Steel-type Pokemon, especially ones that resist its two STAB moves. Many of its counters can withstand all of Tapu Lele's moves and KO with their own STAB moves. That said, Steel Pokemon must be wary of Tapu Lele's Focus Blast.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Heatran ImageHeatran Ranking: ★★★★★
・High defenses can combine with Assault Vest to allow it to switch in easily when its allies are knocked out
Moveset & Best Build for Heatran
Celesteela ImageCelesteela Ranking: ★★★★
・Extremely high defenses give it wide versatility
Must watch out for Thunderbolt
Moveset & Best Build for Celesteela
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★
・High offensive and defensive capabilities allow it to simultaneously survive a hit on switch-in and threaten coming opponents
Must watch out for Shadow Ball
Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash

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