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This is a strategy guide for using Tapu Koko 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 Koko, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Tapu Koko

Types and Abilities

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

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dark Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Dragon Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

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

Best Nature for Tapu Koko

Best Natures
(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
(+Spd, -Atk)

Singles Movesets for Tapu Koko

Special Offensive Pivot Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 145 / Def 105 / Sp.Atk 147 / Sp.Def 96 / Spd 200
Ability Electric Surge
Held Item Focus Sash
Life Orb
Choice Specs
Choice Scarf
Moveset Thunderbolt
Dazzling Gleam
Volt Switch
Grass Knot

Tapu Koko's respectable special attack stat and wide special movepool allow it to effectively run a special attacking set, despite its higher attack!

About Tapu Koko's Moves

Thunderbolt is Tapu Koko's main STAB. Dazzling Gleam is its secondary STAB that also hits both opposing Pokemon in Doubles.

Volt Switch is Tapu Koko's main pivoting move, and is a secondary Electric-type STAB that deals good damage. It's last move is Grass Knot, allowing Tapu Koko to potentially KO heavy defensive Ground-types.

About Tapu Koko's EV Spread

We're using a straightforward special attacking EV spread with full investment in Special Attack and Speed. The remaining EVs are placed in Special Defense to round off its bulk.

About Tapu Koko's Ability

Electric Surge is Tapu Koko's best ability, instantly setting up Electric Terrain as soon as it switches in. It also boosts the power of Tapu Koko's electric moves and prevents all grounded Pokemon from falling asleep.

About Tapu Koko's Held Item

Tapu Koko has a lot of options for held item.

Focus Sash lets it survive a super effective hit, while Life Orb boosts its damage by 30% at the cost of residual damage.

Choice Specs lets it hit harder, boosting its special attacks by 50% but restricts it to using only the initial move it used for the turn. Finally, Choice Scarf lets it outspeed its usual checks and counters.

Other Viable Moves

Nature's Madness Halves the opposing Pokemon's HP. A good choice to use against Special Walls.
U-Turn An alternative to Volt Switch that doesn't get blocked by Ground-types.
Brave Bird Can be used in mixed attacking sets, but is more useful when used during Dynamax as it becomes Max Airstream.

Dual Screens Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 172 / Sp.Def 84 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Def 105 / Sp.Atk 105 / Sp.Def 106 / Spd 200
Ability Electric Surge
Held Item Light Clay
Moveset Thunderbolt
Light Screen

Tapu Koko can forgo an attacking set and fill the role of a support Pokemon, with its naturally high speed letting it set dual screens for its teammates.

About Tapu Koko's Moves

Light Screen and Reflect doubles the party's Special Defense and Defense stat respectively for five turns, boosting the team's overall bulkiness - especially if Tapu Koko manages to set up both.

Thunderbolt is its main attacking move while Taunt allows Tapu Koko to cripple opposing support Pokemon.

About Tapu Koko's EV Spread

We're using a modified EV spread to emphasize Tapu Koko's supportive role. 252 EVs in Speed make it as fast as possible while 172 HP EVs and 84 Special Defense EVs boost its special bulk.

About Tapu Koko's Ability

Electric Surge is Tapu Koko's best ability, instantly setting up Electric Terrain as soon as it switches in. It also boosts the power of Tapu Koko's electric moves and prevents all grounded Pokemon from falling asleep.

About Tapu Koko's Held Item

We're giving Tapu Koko Light Clay, which extends the duration of Reflect and Light Screen to 8 turns instead of 5.

Other Viable Moves

Nature's Madness Halves the opposing Pokemon's HP. A good choice to use against Special Walls.

How to Use Tapu Koko Effectively

A Fast and Powerful Offensive Pivot

Whether it's running a physical or special set, Tapu Koko is best used as an offensive pivot instead of an outright sweeper. It's high speed and pivoting moves gives its teammates great offensive momentum, making it a popular choice as a member of an offensive core in Hyper Offense teams.

How to Build a Team with Tapu Koko

Tapu Koko is easy to fit into most teams and isn't restricted to pure offensive teams. Although it's a great pivot in Singles, it's best used in Doubles.

Doubles Lead

Both physical and special variants of Tapu Koko excel as a lead terrain setter in Doubles, and is always partnered with Pokemon that can take advantage of the instant Electric Terrain it sets up.

Team Options for Tapu Koko

Doubles Lead
Pokemon Tapu Koko ImageTapu Koko Hawlucha ImageHawlucha
Ability Electric Surge Unburden
Held Item Choice Specs Electric Seed
Nature Timid Jolly
EV Spread 252 Sp.Atk / 4 Sp.Def / 252 Spe 4 Def / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset Thunderbolt
Dazzling Gleam
Volt Switch
Grass Knot
Brave Bird
High Jump Kick
Rock Slide

Hawlucha makes a great partner for Tapu Koko in Doubles. As soon as both switch in and Electric Terrain is set, Hawlucha consumes its Electric Seed. This boosts its defense while also activating Unburden, which doubles its speed and allowing it to outrun virtually anything in the metagame.

Hawlucha can then unleash its powerful STAB moves or attempt to flinc the opposing team with Rock Slide while Tapu Koko uses its main STAB to deal chip damage to the opposing team.

Check out our full article below to learn more about the basics of doubles team building.
How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Tapu Koko

Wall it with a Poison-type Pokemon!

Both variants of Tapu Koko have a hard time overcoming bulky Poison-types. While some of these counters can't outright KO the Electric Tapu, they can put a stop to its offensive pivoting and distrupt overall team momentum.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Amoonguss ImageAmoonguss Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Tapu Koko's Electric and Fairy-STAB and takes little damage from its other moves
・Can put Tapu Koko to sleep with Spore or poison it with Toxic

Moveset & Best Build for Amoonguss
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Tapu Koko's Electric and Fairy-STAB and takes little damage from its other moves
・Special attacking variants can threaten or even KO Tapu Koko with Sludge Bomb

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1 Anonymous7 months

Tapu Koko did NOT get access to: - Rising Voltage - Play Rough - Close Combat in the Crown Tundra dlc. You should check out the actual games instead of relying on "leaks". ^^

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