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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
Water Type 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)

Strategies for Tapu Fini

Nature's Madness Moveset & Best Build

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. 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.

As Tapu Fini doesn't learn a recovery move, it relies on healing items for restoration, so Sitrus Berry and 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

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

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.

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

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

With its high defenses, Tapu Fini is able to set up against a variety of opponents, and it 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 utilizing a third attacking move instead.

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.

How to Use Tapu Fini Effectively

A Support Pokemon that Hits Back

Although Tapu Fini primarily functions as a support Pokemon in both Singles and Doubles, it's 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.

Check out our full article below to learn how to build a Doubles Team.
How to Build a Doubles Team

Counters for Tapu Fini

Description

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
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
Amoonguss ImageAmoonguss Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists both of Tapu Fini's STAB moves
・Can redirect Tapu Fini's attacks in Doubles with Rage Powder
・Can threaten Tapu Fini with Toxic, Sludge Bomb, or Clear Smog

Moveset & Best Build for Amoonguss

Hit it with a Super Effective Attack

Despite its great bulk, there are some sweepers that can potentially KO even the bulkiest Tapu Fini.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
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
Tapu Bulu ImageTapu Bulu Ranking: ★★★★★
・Slower than Tapu Fini, so its Grassy Surge ability overrides Tapu Fini's terrain
・Easily KOs Tapu Fini with STAB Wood Hammer

Moveset & Best Build for Tapu Bulu

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