Pokemon GO Guardian Deity Raid Hour: Best Counters & Weaknesses

Find out the best ways to bring these Guardians down in Pokemon GO!

by Shaun Cichacki

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On Wednesday, May 25th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm local time, it’s time for the Guardians of Alola to showcase their power in Pokemon GO. You’ll need to bring your best Pokemon to this battle to bring these powerful deities down and add them to your collection. For one hour, you’ll see a large increase in the number of 5-Star Raids containing these guardians in your game, so you’ll need to be prepared to bring them down.

But, what Pokemon should you bring to the battle, and what moves should they have? Let’s dig into it, and see what the most effective methods will be to bring Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu, and Tapu Fini down for the count!

The Best Counters and Weaknesses For Guardian Pokemon in Pokemon GO

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If you’re looking to add these Pokemon to your ever-expanding Pokedex, you’ll need to make sure that you and your friends are ready to bring the fight to them. Since they are part of the 5-Star Raids, you’re looking at some very powerful Legendary-type Pokemon to fight. Let’s get into the best monsters to bring with you to make them yours!

Tapu Koko

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This Electric/Fairy-type Pokemon will be more than willing to put up a fight against your strongest Pokemon, but if you’re looking to bring the pain, you’ll want to make sure you have a team that avoids their strengths and takes advantage of their fairly small list of weaknesses

Tapu Koko – Strong Against (63% Damage Taken)

  • Fighting
  • Flying
  • Bug
  • Electric
  • Dark
  • Dragon – 39% Damage Taken

Tapu Koko – Weak Against (160% Damage Taken)

  • Poison
  • Ground

Making sure you have Pokemon such as these on your team will help make victory obtainable:

Pokemon Fast Attack Charged Attack
Landrous (Therian Forme) Mud Shot Earthquake
Excadrill Mud-Slap Earthquake
Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake
Roserade Poison Jab Sludge Bomb
Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake
Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake

Tapu Lele

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While being one of the more adorable guardian designs, Tapu Lele isn’t an easy one to bring down in a fight. You’ll find that this Psychic/Fairy-type has fewer strengths than Tapu Koko, but will take quite a bit less damage from the types that they are weak against.

Tapu Lele – Strong Against (63% Damage Taken)

  • Psychic
  • Fighting – 39% Damage Taken
  • Dragon – 39% Damage Taken

Tapu Lele – Weak Against (160% Damage Taken)

  • Poison
  • Ghost
  • Steel

Bring these Pokemon to the fight if you’re looking to end it quickly.

Pokemon Fast Attack Charged Attack
Zacian (Crowned Sword) Metal Claw Iron Head
Metagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash
Chandelure Hex Shadow Ball
Gengar Lick Shadow Ball
Dialga Metal Claw Iron Head
Roserade Poison Jab Sludge Bomb

Tapu Bulu

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Featuring the most menacing look of the Guardians, you’ll find that Tapu Bulu can easily back those looks up. This Grass/Fairy-type has a long list of strengths, but exposing its weaknesses can make you victorious in this battle.

Tapu Bulu – Strong Against (63% Damage Taken)

  • Fighting
  • Ground
  • Water
  • Grass
  • Electric
  • Dark
  • Dragon – 39% Damage Taken

Tapu Bulu – Weak Against (160% Damage Taken)

  • Poison -256% Damage Taken
  • Flying
  • Steel
  • Fire
  • Ice

As you can see, Poison is going to be your best friend here, so make sure you’ve got these Pokemon in your party to make quick work of this guardian.

Pokemon Fast Attack Charged Attack
Roserade Poison Jab Sludge Bomb/Cross Poison
Deoxys (Attack Mode) Poison Jab Dark Pulse
Toxicroak Poison Jab Sludge Bomb
Gengar Hex Sludge Bomb
Scolipede Poison Jab Sludge Bomb
Victreebel Acid Sludge Bomb

Tapu Fini

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If you’re looking to bring down Tapu Fini, you may have had some practice in the past. You’ll find yourself challenging this Water/Fairy-type Pokemon again, but this time, you’ll be fully ready. You’ll find that they have a large list of strengths, as well, but a few weaknesses you can take advantage of.

Tapu Fini – Strong Against (63% Damage Taken)

  • Fighting
  • Bug
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Dark
  • Dragon – 39% Damage Taken

Tapu Fini – Weak Against (160% Damage Taken)

  • Poison
  • Grass
  • Electric

Make sure you’ve got some of these Pokemon on your team if you’re looking for the easiest way to bring this battle to a close quickly and easily.

Pokemon Fast Attack Charged Attack
Deoxys (Attack Mode) Poison Jab Zap Cannon
Thundurus (Therian Forme) Thunder Shock/Volt Switch Thunderbolt
Zekrom Charge Beam Wild Charge
Roserade Poison Jab Solar Beam
Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge
Magnezone Spark Wild Charge

And there we have it, all of your best choices to bring these Guardians down for the count. You’ll find some new Pokemon to add to your team after you and your friends bring these Pokemon down from their Legendary status! You’ve only got one hour to bring them all down, so get prepared now!

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