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Tapu Koko (カプ · コケコ, Kapu Kokeko) is a electric/fairy-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.



Tapu Koko's inner body is solid black in color with white markings on the chest and face. Yellow rings are present on its shoulders and yellow markings appear on its eyes as well. Its lower body is orange and consists entirely of five feather-like appendages. Tapu Koko's hair, similarly, is orange with a yellow tip in the shape of a mohawk. Its arms are solid with a two fingered hand on each in the shape of a bird's beak, which are connected to Tapu Koko's shell. The shell is a yellow, egg-shaped dome with multiple geometric patterns on the shell. On each side of the shell there are wings not to mention when its closed up it looks like a yellow head of a rooster.


Although they are known as the guardian, it does not mean that they often help people. They have strong curiosity, and like to decisive victory by fighting with other Pokémon. It is said that Tapu Koko stores its electrical energy by covering itself with its shell. In A Recipe for Success!, Tapu Koko also eats by covering itself with its shell.


Tapu Koko does not evolve.

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun and Moon Ruins of Conflict One
Sword and Shield Trade None
The Crown Tundra
Dynamax Adventures One

Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    This guardian deity of Melemele is brimming with curiosity. It summons thunderclouds and stores their lightning inside its body.

  • Moon

    It confuses its enemies by flying too quickly for the eye to follow. It has a hair-trigger temper but forgets what made it angry an instant later.

  • Ultra Sun

    Although it's called a guardian deity, if a person or Pokémon puts it in a bad mood, it will become a malevolent deity and attack.

  • Ultra Moon

    The lightning-wielding guardian deity of Melemele, Tapu Koko is brimming with curiosity and appears before people from time to time.


Tapu Koko's Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def



LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Electric Terrain —% 10 Electric Status
1 Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical
1 Power Swap —% 10 Psychic Status
1 Mean Look —% 5 Normal Status
1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
1 False Swipe 40 100% 40 Normal Physical
1 Withdraw —% 40 Water Status
1 Thundershock 40 100% 30 Electric Special
8 Spark 60 100% 20 Electric Physical
14 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Special
20 Screech 85% 40 Normal Status
26 Charge —% 20 Electric Status
32 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
38 Mirror Move —% 20 Flying Status
43 Nature's Madness 90% 10 Fairy Special
48 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
53 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
58 Electro Ball 100% 10 Electric Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


TMs, TRs, and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM/TR Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM12 Taunt —% 20 Dark Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM19 Roost —% 10 Flying Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical
TM41 Torment 100% 15 Dark Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM51 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical
TM54 False Swipe 40 100% 40 Normal Physical
TM58 Sky Drop 60 100% 10 Flying Physical
TM62 Acrobatics 55 100% 15 Flying Physical
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Physical
TM76 Fly 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
TM77 Psych Up 100% 10 Normal Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM96 Nature Power 100% 20 Normal Status
TM99 Dazzling Gleam 80 100% 10 Fairy Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Tapu Koko learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Defog USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Electroweb USUM 55 95% 15 Electric Special
Hyper Voice USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Iron Defense USUM —% 15 Steel Status
Iron Head USUM 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
Shock Wave USUM 60 —% 20 Electric Special
Sky Attack USUM 140 90% 5 Flying Physical
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Telekinesis USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Thunder Punch USUM 75 100% 15 Electric Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.




  • Tapu Koko was the first Guardian Deity to be revealed.
  • Tapu Koko's outer shell is shaped in the form of a bird head when closed.
  • Tapu Koko is the second Pokémon made to be an Electric/Fairy-type, the first being Dedenne.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Tapu Koko is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Pokéballs. During this time, it uses the move Electroweb.


Tapu Koko appears to be based on a totem pole stylized as a bird. With the Tapus being similar to the four major Hawaiian gods, Tapu Koko may be based on Kūka'ilamoku, the god of war, as Tapu Koko is shown to become fierce when angered. Tapu Koko also resides on Melemele Island and has yellow in its design. Melemele Island's real life counterpart, the island Oahu, has golden yellow as its official color.


Tapu Koko comes from tapu (Hawaiian for "holy") and kokō (the Hawaiian onomatopoeia for a rooster's call).

Names in other languages

  • Japanese: カプ・コケコ (Kapu Kokeko in Japanese)
  • English: Tapu Koko