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Tapu Lele (カプ・テテフ, Kapu Tetefu) is a psychic/fairy-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It is part of the Guardian Deities.



Tapu Lele's inner body is black with white markings under its eyes and around its torso. It has pink eyebrows and two long, digitless arms with pink around the wrists. The inside of Tapu Lele's body is inside of the lower, larger part of its shell, with the upper part of the shell on its head. It can close the shell to look like a butterfly.


Tapu Lele is guilelessly cruel, meaning it doesn't know any better. Despite this, it will heal people and Pokémon with its scales. It's the guardian of Akala Island, and it lives at the Ruins of Life.

Natural abilities

Its scales have healing properties.

Game info


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

Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    This guardian deity of Akala is guilelessly cruel. The fragrant aroma of flowers is the source of its energy.

  • Moon

    As it flutters about, it scatters its strangely glowing scales. Touching them is said to restore good health on the spot.

  • Ultra Sun

    It heals the wounds of people and Pokémon by sprinkling them with its sparkling scales. This guardian deity is worshiped on Akala.

  • Ultra Moon

    Although called a guardian deity, Tapu Lele is devoid of guilt about its cruel disposition and can be described as nature incarnate.


Tapu Lele's Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def



LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Psychic Terrain —% 10 Psychic Status
1 Aromatic Mist —% 20 Fairy Status
1 Aromatherapy —% 5 Grass Status
1 Mean Look —% 5 Normal Status
1 Draining Kiss 50 100% 10 Fairy Special
1 Astonish 30 100% 15 Ghost Physical
1 Withdraw —% 40 Water Status
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
8 Psywave 100% 15 Psychic Special
14 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic Special
20 Sweet Scent 100% 20 Normal Status
26 Skill Swap —% 10 Psychic Status
32 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
38 Tickle 100% 20 Normal Status
43 Nature's Madness 90% 10 Fairy Special
48 Extrasensory 80 100% 20 Psychic Special
53 Flatter 100% 15 Dark Status
58 Moonblast 95 100% 15 Fairy 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.
TM03 Psyshock 80 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM12 Taunt —% 20 Dark Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal 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
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
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
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal 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
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
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 Lele learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Ally Switch USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Gravity USUM —% 5 Psychic Status
Iron Defense USUM —% 15 Steel Status
Magic Coat USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Magic Room USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Skill Swap USUM —% 10 Psychic Status
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Telekinesis USUM —% 15 Psychic Status
Wonder Room USUM —% 10 Psychic 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 Lele appears to be based on a totem pole stylized as a butterfly. Its butterfly connection is furthered with its power being stemmed from flowers, as butterflies are pollinators, as well as having scales that cover their wings, another aspect that Tapu Lele shares. Its overall design also slightly resembles an insect cocoon when it hides in its shell. With the Tapus being similar to the four major Hawaiian gods, Tapu Lele may be based on Kāne, a creator god. Tapu Lele also resides on Akala Island and has pink in its design. Akala Island's real life counterpart, the island Maui, has pink as its official color.


Tapu Lele comes from tapu (Hawaiian for "holy") and pulelehua (Hawaiian for "butterfly").