Competitive Information for Tapu Bulu [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Tapu-bulu tapu-bulu
Base Stats for Tapu Bulu

Grass / Fairy

Abilities:
Grassy SurgeGrassy Surge: On switch-in, this Pokemon summons Grassy Terrain.


Evolutions / Family:
Tapu Bulu

Weakness Chart for Grass/Fairy-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
0.5x
0x
0.5x
  
0.5x
2x
2x
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
0.5x
2x
  
4x
  
  
2x
0.5x
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Tapu Bulu? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sun/Moon Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Tapu Bulu in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

HeatranTornadus-TherianKartanaGreninja-AshMawile-MegaRotom-WashGarchompGreninjaMagnezoneSlowbro-MegaDiancie-MegaBuzzwole


Tapu Bulu is an interesting Grass and Fairy-typed Pokemon. Tapu Bulu is a common Pokemon to see in Generation 7. Tapu Bulu is weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, and Steel-typed attacks.


Species: Tapu Bulu
Item: Leftovers / Choice Band
Ability: Grassy Surge
Nature: Careful (+SpD, -SpA)
EVs: 248 Hp / 8 Def / 252 SpD
Moveset:
- Superpower
- Stone Edge
- Horn Leech / Wood Hammer
- Swords Dance

Special Wall Tapu Bulu (Analytic)

Tapu Bulu is a legendary Special Wall. This moveset attempts to take a decent amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Tapu Bulu last longer regaining it's health points every turn. Choice Band will increase the damage of Tapu Bulu's physical moves by 1.5x at the cost of locking you into the first move you pick. With Grassy Surge, on switch-in Tapu Bulu summons grassy terrain.

Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Tapu Bulu's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Stone Edge is a physical 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Horn Leech is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Grass-type move (Tapu Bulu recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Wood Hammer is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Grass-type move (has 33% recoil).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Tapu Bulu's attack by 2 stages).




Species: Tapu Bulu
Item: Grassium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Grassy Surge
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Wood Hammer / Seed Bomb
- Superpower / Brick Break
- Return
- Zen Headbutt

Physical Sweeper Tapu Bulu (Grassy Surge)

Tapu Bulu is a legendary Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Tapu Bulu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Grassy Surge, on switch-in Tapu Bulu summons grassy terrain.

Wood Hammer is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Grass-type move (has 33% recoil).
Seed Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move that deals a hefty amount of damage.
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Tapu Bulu's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Zen Headbutt is a physical 80-base power Psychic-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Tapu Bulu? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Tapu Bulu in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

Kommo-oClefairyLandorus-TherianGengar-MegaHariyamaMetagrossXurkitreeDragoniteGolduckMurkrow


Species: Tapu Bulu
Item: Grassium Z / Life Orb
Ability: Grassy Surge
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Wood Hammer / Seed Bomb
- Rock Slide
- Superpower
- Return

Doubles Physical Sweeper Tapu Bulu (Grassy Surge)

Tapu Bulu is a legendary Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Tapu Bulu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Grassy Surge, on switch-in Tapu Bulu summons grassy terrain.

Wood Hammer is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Grass-type move (has 33% recoil).
Seed Bomb is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Tapu Bulu's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Tapu Bulu learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Dazzling Gleam
80
100%
10
No additional effect. Hits adjacent foes.
Echoed Voice
40
100%
15
Power increases when used on consecutive turns.
Energy Ball
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Nature's Madness
--
90%
10
Does damage equal to 1/2 target's current HP.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snarl
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 1.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Brutal Swing
60
100%
20
No additional effect. Hits adjacent Pokemon.
Dual Chop
40
90%
15
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Horn Attack
65
100%
25
No additional effect.
Horn Leech
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Leafage
40
100%
40
No additional effect.
Megahorn
120
85%
10
No additional effect.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Seed Bomb
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Skull Bash
130
100%
10
Raises user's Defense by 1 on turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Smart Strike
70
--
10
This move does not check accuracy.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Wood Hammer
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Bulk Up
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Disable
--
100%
20
For 4 turns, disables the target's last move used.
Grassy Terrain
--
--
10
5 turns. Grounded: +Grass power, +1/16 max HP.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Leech Seed
--
90%
10
1/8 of target's HP is restored to user every turn.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Mean Look
--
--
5
Prevents the target from switching out.
Nature Power
--
--
20
Attack depends on terrain (default Tri Attack).
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Roar
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Rototiller
--
--
10
Raises Atk/Sp. Atk of grounded Grass types by 1.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Scary Face
--
100%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Synthesis
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Telekinesis
--
--
15
For 3 turns, target floats but moves can't miss it.
Torment
--
100%
15
Target can't select the same move twice in a row.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Whirlwind
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Withdraw
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.
Worry Seed
--
100%
10
The target's Ability becomes Insomnia.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Tapu Bulu can perform in Sun/Moon. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SM Move and Ability Combos for Tapu Bulu

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