Pokémon GO Tapu Bulu Weakness and Best Counters

Image of Tapu Bulu from the Pokémon anime.
April 11, 2022: Tapu Bulu is confirmed to release tomorrow, April 12. Learn everything you need to know to hit the Tapu Bulu weakness and farm this brand-new Legendary Pokémon down below.

If you want to collect all of the four Alolan legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO, then you'll want to know the Tapu Bulu weakness ahead of time. This dual Grass/Fairy-type Pokémon is no pushover, so you'll need to line up your type counters and best moves if you want any chance of catching it.

As an elusive Pokémon, our Tapu Bulu weakness guide and best Pokémon counters primer will help you pick a team equipped to win the raid. We'll also take a speculative look at what Tapu Bulu's potential moveset could be, as we look forward to the legendary's release into raids later in the year.

In the meantime, check out our weakness guide for Tapu Koko, which is available now to try and catch. We've also got a look at the Pokémon GO Season of Mischief, with details on spawns, research, events, and even more. That'll more than tide you by until the rest of the Tapu legendaries arrive in the game.

What's The Best Pokémon GO Tapu Bulu Weakness?

4x Weaknesses
2x Weaknesses
Fire, Poison
Flying, Ice, Steel

The best way to exploit the Tapu Bulu weakness is to bring Poison and Fire-type Pokémon into the battle.

Tapu Bulu is a dual Fairy/Grass-type Pokémon, which gives it some clear weaknesses against other types. You'll want to primarily use Poison and Fire types moves (preferably with matching Pokémon for that STAB bonus), to hit Tapu Bulu's 4x weakness to both. Flying, Ice, and Steel will work as well, but they'll be limited to a 2x damage multiplier.

Evidently, Tapu Bulu has a lot more type weaknesses than most legendary Pokémon. It should make defeating - and ultimately catching - it a bit easier.

Charizard is a great counter to tackle the Tapu Bulu weakness.
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Pokémon GO Tapu Bulu - Best Pokémon Counters

Fast move
Charged move
Poison Jab
Sludge Bomb
Mud Slap
Fire Spin
Blast Burn
Shadow Ball
Poison Jab
Gunk Shot
Fire Spin

Check the table above for a few Pokémon who are especially attuned to countering Tapu Bulu. We've gone for quite a few Poison Pokémon for obvious reasons, due to that effectiveness boost that's totally worthwhile.

Roserade is a common feature on counters for the Tapu legendary Pokémon, so we wholeheartedly recommend getting one for your team. Train one up now and you'll thank yourself once Tapu Bulu arrives in raids. You can also use Pokémon in Fire, Flying, Ice, and Steel, but it's Poison that'll be far and away the most effective in this case.

Can Tapu Bulu Be Shiny in Pokémon GO?

At the time of writing, it doesn't appear that a shiny version of Tapu Bulu will appear in raids. The only Tapu Pokémon currently in raids is Tapu Koko, but there isn't a shiny variant. Of course, that could well change down the line, once all four variants have made their appearance. We'll have to wait and see!

What Moves Does Tapu Bulu Use in Pokémon GO?

Fast moves
Chrged moves
Razor Leaf
Grass Knot

While Tapu Bulu isn't in Pokémon GO just yet, we can take a good guess at which moves it'll likely use. We've extrapolated this based on the capabilities of other Grass- and Fairy-types, to give you an idea of what to expect.

Of course, once we have a better idea as to exactly which moves Tapu Bulu will unleash upon you, we'll update the above chart.

That's it for our look at each Tapu Bulu weakness and potential counters in Pokémon GO. Brush up on these key details now, so you're ready when the legendary does eventually arrive in raids further down the line. In the meantime, check out our counters for Team GO Rocket leaders Arlo, Cliff, and Sierra, to work your way towards catching Shadow Lugia!

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