Tapu Fini - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle | Pokemon Sword and Shield

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

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Basic Information for Tapu Fini

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Water Type Pokemon Sword and Shield - Fairy Type
Abilities
Misty Surge The Pokemon creates a Misty 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 Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Poison Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Fighting 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 75 115 95 130 85

Best Nature for Tapu Fini

Best Natures
Bold
(+Def, -Atk)
Modest
(+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
Timid
(+Spd, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Tapu Fini

Nature's Madness Moveset & Best Build

Nature

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def 183 / Sp.Atk 115 / Sp.Def 150 / Spd 106
Ability Misty Surge
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Leftovers
Moveset Surf
Moonblast
Nature's Madness
Taunt

Tapu Fini's high defenses are its cornerstone, and this build works to maximize them.

About Tapu Fini's Moves

Surf and Moonblast serve as Tapu Fini's main STAB moves that each deal respectable amounts of damage.

Each time it forces an opponent to switch out, it can slash the HP of whatever comes in with Nature's Madness. It can also use Taunt to prevent an opponent from setting up against it and slash down its HP after the foe is disabled.

About Tapu Fini's EV Spread

This set utilizes as a standard physically defensive spread with maximum investment in HP and Defense. The rest of the EVs can be placed in Sp.Def to add a bit more bulk.

About Tapu Fini's Ability

Misty Surge brings in Misty Terrain every time it switches in. The team can benefit from this terrain by being safe from status conditions and taking reduced damage from Dragon-type moves.

About Tapu Fini's Held Item

As Tapu Fini doesn't learn a recovery move, it relies on healing items for restoration, so a Sitrus Berry or Leftovers are best to maximize the number of times it can be switched in.

Other Viable Moves

Move Description
Hydro Pump An alternate for Surf, when prioritizing damage over accuracy.
Icy Wind Decreases an opponent's Speed by 1 stage. Good for supporting its teammates.
Ice Beam Useful for hitting Dragon/Flying types. Can use Max Hailstorm to cause Hail and knock out Focus Sash users.

Trick + Choice Item Moveset & Best Build

Trick + Choice Item Tapu Fini.png

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 145 / Def 135 / Sp.Atk 147 / Sp.Def 151 / Spd 150
Ability Misty Surge
Held Item Choice Scarf
Choice Specs
Moveset Surf
Moonblast
Ice Beam
Trick

About Tapu Fini's Moves

This set uses Trick to force the opponent to hold a Choice item unexpectedly, disabling a Physical Attacker or a Wall with a useless bonus. For other moves, it's set with two STAB attacks and Ice Beam for hitting the prominent Dragon and Flying types in the current metagame.

About Tapu Fini's EV Spread

This set utilizes as a standard specially offensive spread with maximum investment in Sp.Atk and Speed. The rest of the EVs can be placed in Sp.Def to add a bit more bulk.

About Tapu Fini's Held Item

In favorable matchups, Tapu Fini can directly benefit from the offensive bonuses provided by Choice Specs or Choice Scarf. Against walls and physical attackers, a well-timed Trick can cripple the enemy.

Other Viable Moves

Move Description
Hydro Pump An alternate for Surf, when prioritizing damage over accuracy.
Icy Wind Decreases an opponent's Speed by 1 stage. Good for supporting its teammates.
Blizzard An alternate for Ice Beam. For prioritizing power over accuracy.
Shadow Ball For hitting Psychic-types and Poison-types. Unfortunately, Max Phantasm's Defense drop does not benefit Tapu Fini.
Grass Knot For hitting Water-types. Can recover HP with Max Overgrowth, but this eliminates the benefits of Misty Terrain.

Calm Mind Moveset & Best Build

Calm Mind Tapu Fini.png

Nature Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Spd. 4
Final Stat Values HP 177 / Def. 183 / Sp.Atk. 115 / Sp.Def. 150 / Spd. 106
Ability Misty Surge
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Leftovers
Moveset Surf
Moonblast
Calm Mind
Substitute

About Tapu Fini's Moves

With its high defenses, Tapu Fini is able to set up against a variety of opponents, and can use Calm Mind together with Substitute to build itself up. This set only uses STAB moves which have wide adaptability, but if you want to widen its attacking potential, it's possible to run a set without Substitute and utilize a third attacking move instead.

About Tapu Fini's EV Spread

This set utilizes as a standard physically defensive spread with maximum investment in HP and Defense. The rest of the EVs can be placed in Sp.Def to add a bit more bulk.

About Tapu Fini's Held Item

As Tapu Fini doesn't learn a recovery move, it relies on healing items for restoration, so a Sitrus Berry or Leftovers are best to maximize the number of times it can be switched in.

Other Viable Moves

Move Description
Hydro Pump An alternate for Surf, when prioritizing damage over accuracy.
Icy Wind Decreases an opponent's Speed by 1 stage. Good for supporting its teammates.
Ice Beam Useful for hitting Dragon/Flying types. Can use Max Hailstorm to cause Hail and knock out Focus Sash users.
Shadow Ball For hitting Psychic-types and Poison-types. Unfortunately, Max Phantasm's Defense drop does not benefit Tapu Fini.
Grass Knot For hitting Water-types. Can recover HP with Max Overgrowth, but this eliminates the benefits of Misty Terrain.
Taunt For avoiding being used to set up against. Effective against Walls.
Iron Defense Can further stack on Tapu Fini's defenses. When used with Calm Mind, can become surprisingly bulky.
Draining Kiss A STAB move that can give Tapu Fini recovery options outside of Leftovers and Sitrus Berry

How to Use Tapu Fini Effectively

Prevents Status and Reduces Dragon-type Damage

Tapu Fini's access to Misty Surge allows it to bring in Misty Terrain whenver it switches in. Many offensive teams can take advantage of this bonus since Misty Terrain makes sure that Pokemon on the field can't be afflicted with status conditions. It also halves the damage dealt by the plethora of Dragon-types running around the metagame.

A Support Pokemon that Hits Back

Although Tapu Fini primarily functions as a support Pokemon in both Singles and Doubles, its great dual STAB and respectable special attack stat allow it to threaten frailer Pokemon with its powerful attacks even with little to no investment.

How to Build a Team with Tapu Fini

Tapu Fini is a great choice if your team is looking for a bulky Water-type Pokemon, and fits comfortably in both the Singles and Doubles format. Despite this, it's important to use it for its unique attributes as there are other Pokemon with better support moves - especially in Doubles.

A Bulky Healer in Doubles

A combination of great bulk, relatively high speed for a support Pokemon, and great dual typing make Tapu Fini one of the best healers in Doubles. It's best paired with Life Orb users or Pokemon that use moves with recoil damage. When used properly, Tapu Fini can keep its teammates in great condition while also defending against common attacking types.

Example Balanced Doubles Team

Dynamax Attacker Doubles Support
Pokemon SWSH - Galarian Zapdos ImageGalarian Zapdos Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Fini ImageTapu Fini
Special Sweeper Redirection Support
Pokemon SWSH - Volcarona ImageVolcarona Pokemon SWSH - Amoonguss ImageAmoonguss

Galarian Zapdos is susceptible to getting burned or paralyzed and often relies on a Life Orb to boost its power further. As a result, prolonged matches will leave it with low health and make it easy to take out.

Tapu Fini is a great partner since it automatically sets up Misty Terrain that prevents status effects while also keeping Galarian Zapdos healthy with Heal Pulse.

Volcarona is this team's back up sweeper and can replace Galarian Zapdos as the lead attacker, while Amoonguss provides redirection support.
Check out our full article below to learn how to build a Doubles Team.
How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Tapu Fini

Tapu Fini
Weakness Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Poison Image

Overpower it with a Super Effective Attack

Despite its great bulk, there are some sweepers that can potentially KO even the bulkiest Tapu Fini. Many of these also have great type matchups against the Land Spirit Pokemon.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Thundurus ImageThundurus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Incarnate Forme can set up in front of Tapu Fini and threaten it with Thunderbolt
Choice Specs Therian Forme can KO it with Thunderbolt or Rising Voltage

Moveset & Best Build for Thundurus
Pokemon SWSH - Tapu Koko ImageTapu Koko Ranking: ★★★★★
・Threathens Tapu Fini with Thunderbolt
・Sets up Electric Terrain with its Electric Surge Ability

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Koko
Pokemon SWSH - Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★
・Threathens Tapu Fini with Thunderbolt
・Defensive variants can switch out to a counter using Volt Switch

Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Pokemon SWSH - Rillaboom ImageRillaboom Ranking: ★★★★
・Sets up Grassy Terrain with its Grassy Surge Ability and can threaten with boosted Grassy Glide


Moveset & Best Build for Rillaboom
Pokemon SWSH - Kartana ImageKartana Ranking: ★★★★
・Resists both of Tapu Fini's STAB moves
・Threatens Tapu Fini with Leaf Blade

Moveset & Best Build for Kartana

Wall it with a Grass-type Pokemon

Tapu Fini has trouble handling bulky Grass-types, especially ones that resist both its STAB moves.

Pokemon Description
Pokemon SWSH - Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists both of Tapu Fini's STAB moves
・Can threaten Tapu Fini with Leech Seed or STAB Gyro Ball

Moveset & Best Build for Ferrothorn
Pokemon SWSH - Venusaur ImageVenusaur Ranking: ★★★★
・Resists both of Tapu Fini's STAB moves
・ Threatens Tapu Fini with Giga Drain or Sludge Bomb

Moveset & Best Build for Amoonguss

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