Guardian deities

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The guardian deities in the anime with Nebby

The guardian deities (Japanese: guardian deity) are Legendary Pokémon in the Alola region who protect the islands where they live. Each of the four main islands in Alola has a guardian deity: Tapu Koko on Melemele Island, Tapu Lele on Akala Island, Tapu Bulu on Ula'ula Island, and Tapu Fini on Poni Island. The island kahunas are each chosen by their island's guardian deity.

They are also referred to as the tapu (Japanese: カプ kapu), the guardians (Japanese: guardian deity), the sacred guardians (Japanese: guardian deity), the island guardians (Japanese: island's guardian deity), the spirit guardians (Japanese: guardian deity), the land spirits (Japanese: とちがみポケモン Land Spirit Pokémon), or the guardian tapu (Japanese:  カプ island's guardian deity kapu). They share a secondary type, Fairy, as well as the signature move Nature's Madness and its corresponding Z-Move Guardian of Alola. Additionally, they share the hidden ability Telepathy, and their primary abilities each create the terrain corresponding to their primary type, with the exception of Tapu Fini's Misty Surge, which instead creates terrain corresponding to the common secondary type.

The guardian deities can all pull their masks together and hide their bodies inside, creating an impression of a stylized animal. In its closed shell state, Tapu Koko resembles a rooster, Tapu Lele resembles a butterfly, Tapu Bulu resemlbes a bull, and Tpau Fini resembles a swordfish. The deities are in this state when they perform their exclusive Z-Move, Guardian of Alola. The attack summons a giant, yellow headless humanoid energy-based entity from the ground. The guardian closes its shell and merges on top of the entity as its head.

Tapu Koko
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Tapu Lele
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Tapu Bulu
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Tapu Fini
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According to the legends of Alola, the Guardian deities serve as protectors of the island each resides in. At one point, they participated in war against each other. Eventually, due to the destruction the war brought, they stopped being involved in human affairs. They occasionally fight to see who is the strongest, which led to the creation of the Battle Royal format. Whenever an Ultra Beast appears in Alola, the deities will fiercely fight against it in order to protect their islands from invaders.

According to a book called "The Light of Alola" in the Malie Library, a SolgaleoSUS/LunalaMUM once came from an Ultra Wormhole and fought against the guardian deities, defeating them easily. As a reward for putting up a good fight, however, Tapunium Z was bestowed upon them. The SolgaleoSUS/LunalaMUM then created many Cosmog for the Guardian deities to protect and watch over until they fully evolved and returned to Ultra Space.

According to secret notes found in the Malie Library, a "pillager of light" once invaded Alola, stealing all of its light and shrouding the region in darkness. The guardian deities fought against it to regain the stolen light. Together with the assistance of a youth and the power of Z-Crystals, the guardians were able to banish the invader, restoring Alola's light and freeing SolgaleoUS/LunalaUM.

Similar movesets

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Tapu Koko
 Electric  Fairy 
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Tapu Lele
 Psychic  Fairy 
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Tapu Bulu
 Grass  Fairy 
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Tapu Fini
 Water  Fairy 
1 Quick Attack Astonish Rock Smash Disarming Voice
Thunder Shock Confusion Leafage Water Gun
5 Withdraw
10 Fairy Wind Aromatherapy Disable Mist
15 False Swipe Draining Kiss Leech Seed Aqua Ring
20 Spark Psybeam Mega Drain Water Pulse
25 Shock Wave Flatter Whirlwind Brine
30 Charge Aromatic Mist Horn Attack Defog
35 Agility Sweet Scent Scary Face Heal Pulse
40 Screech Extrasensory Horn Leech Surf
45 Discharge Psyshock Zen Headbutt Muddy Water
50 Mean Look
55 Nature's Madness
60 Wild Charge Moonblast Wood Hammer Moonblast
65 Brave Bird Tickle Megahorn Hydro Pump
70 Power Swap Skill Swap Skull Bash Soak
75 Electric Terrain Psychic Terrain Grassy Terrain Misty Terrain
Moves in bold get STAB. Moves in italics do no damage.

Base stat comparison

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Tapu Koko
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Tapu Lele
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Tapu Bulu
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Tapu Fini
Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense
Total 570 570 570 570

In the games

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Among the guardian deities, Tapu Koko plays the largest role within the games' storyline, appearing before the player picks their starter Pokémon to save them after they fall from a broken bridge with Nebby in tow. Tapu Koko, in recognition of the player's bravery, gives the player a Sparkling Stone, which is later refined by Hala into a Z-Ring. Tapu Koko later appears to defend Melemele Island against the then-unidentified Ultra Beast BuzzwoleS/PheromosaM alongside Hala. After becoming Champion, the player and Lillie visit Tapu Koko at the Ruins of Conflict to give thanks to it, after which the player battles it. After catching or defeating it, the player receives the Tapunium Z.

Tapu Fini, while not physically seen, plays a small role in the story as well, granting Hapu the title of island kahuna after her grandfather, the previous kahuna, passed away.

The player can battle and catch the other guardian deities after the credits roll.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon

The guardian deities play a near-identical role in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon as in Pokémon Sun and Moon. However, instead of defending against Buzzwole or Pheromosa, Tapu Koko comes to battle BlacephalonUS/StakatakaUM, and Hala allows Hau to serve as the guardian's partner. Additionally, Tapu Koko is not battled during the credits sequence. All four guardian deities can be approached in their respective ruins after the credits. After catching or defeating their first deity, the player receives the Tapunium Z.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In The Crown Tundra DLC, the guardian deities can be found in Max Lair during Dynamax Adventures.

In the anime

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The guardian deities of Alola

Tapu Koko first appeared in Alola to New Adventure!, where it gave Ash a Z-Ring. In the next episode, it challenged Ash and Pikachu to a battle, where it taught them how to use the Z-Move Gigavolt Havoc before fleeing. In Trial and Tribulation!, it briefly appears to return Ash's Electrium Z after his battle with Hala. In A Guardian Rematch!, it has a rematch with Ash in front of the students at the Pokémon School, and rescues both him and Pikachu after they fall off a cliff during the battle.

Tapu Lele made its first appearance in Partner Promises!, where it was briefly spotted by Ash at nighttime and healed a scratch he suffered while rescuing a Wimpod trapped in a cave.

In A Dream Encounter!, the four guardian deities were all alerted to the creation of Cosmog.

They all appeared again in Family Determination! and Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, where they performed a ritual by singing to activate the Altar of the Sunne to evolve Nebby into Solgaleo. They also upgraded Ash's Z-Ring to a Z-Power Ring to allow him and Nebby to perform Searing Sunraze Smash to open an Ultra Wormhole.

In the manga

The guardian deities in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

The guardian deities were first seen in a fantasy in The Delivery of Rotom and the Girl, where Hala, Olivia, and Nanu each discussed that all four deities were spotted by people on their respective island. As the guardian deities were normally reclusive, the kahunas assumed that something must have angered the four Pokémon. In The Final Match and a Surprising Finale!, Sun was given the task of delivering a special Mirage Berry to each guardian deity as a way of calming them down.

Tapu Koko first appeared in The Delivery of Rotom and the Girl, attacking Sun and Moon. After a short battle, it escaped, leaving behind a Sparkling Stone for Sun. In The Decision and the Tournament of Six, Tapu Koko appeared at Mahalo Trail, where it saved Moon and Nebby after the latter broke the Plank Bridge to escape from a group of Spearow that attacked it.

Tapu Lele first appeared in True Identity and the Totem Pokémon of Brooklet Hill, where it fought against a Xurkitree that tried to escape from an Ultra Wormhole and lost. It was saved by Moon, who fired a Poké Ball-tipped arrow at Xurkitree, forcing it to retreat back to where it came from. Afterward, it returned to the Ruins of Life to recuperate, only for Gladion to arrive and try to capture it. After being defeated by Sun, Gladion gave up on Tapu Lele, claiming that it was too weak to fight against the Ultra Beasts. Once Gladion left, Sun successfully delivered the Mirage Berry to Tapu Lele. As thanks, Tapu Lele decided to test the abilities of Sun and his friends by battling them. Though it proved to be powerful, Tapu Lele left satisfied after Sun managed to land a hit on it with his newly-evolved Torracat, Dollar.

Tapu Bulu first appeared at Po Town, where it rescued Sun, Moon, and Anabel from an attacking Blacephalon. Sun was initially reluctant to give a Mirage Berry to Tapu Bulu, as he felt that it had no reason to help humans as one was responsible for the appearance of Ultra Beasts in Alola to begin with. Moon argued that if humans were the cause, then they should take responsibility by fixing the mess as well. Sun and Moon then give the Mirage Berry to Tapu Bulu, which it readily accepts.

Tapu Fini first appeared at Seafolk Village, where it watched Hapu battle a group of wild Crabrawler led by a Crabominable. Tapu Fini watched the battle to see if Hapu was worthy of succeeding the title of kahuna of Poni Island. After Hapu successfully defeated the wild Pokémon, Sun had her deliver the Mirage Berry, as he was too injured by Crabominable's attacks to do so himself. Hapu then received a Sparklng Stone from Tapu Fini, confirming that it accepted her as the next kahuna.

The guardian deities appeared before Sun in Play the Melody That Echoes in the Altar, where they took him and Moon to Poni Altar to awaken Solgaleo and Lunala. In Destroy!! Results of the Training!, the guardian deities appeared at Mount Lanakila, where they scattered the Ultra Beasts to their respective islands to battle them.


  • The guardian deities are the only Pokémon to have an interpunct in their Japanese names.
  • Each guardian deity's color corresponds with the island they represent. For example, Tapu Koko is yellow, whilst "Melemele" is Hawaiian for yellow.
  • The guardian deities share similarities to the Treasures of Ruin:
    • They are a quartet of Legendary Pokémon situated in a region.
    • Both quartets share a base stat total of 570.
    • Each quartet has a shared type: the guardian deities share the Fairy-type, while the Treasures of Ruin share the Dark-type.
    • The respective quartets' signature moves, Nature's Madness and Ruination, are differently typed variations of each other, both being moves that deal damage equivalent to half the target's remaining HP.
    • Both quartets also share variations of given Abilities: the guardian deities all share Abilities that summon a different type of terrain upon entering battle, while the Treasures of Ruin all have variations of Abilities that lower a stat of all other Pokémon on the field when they are present.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 守護神 Sáuwuhsàhn
Mandarin 守護神 / 守护神 Shǒuhùshén
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Pokémon strážcem
Denmark Flag.png Danish Øens vagt
Guardian Pokémon
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Eilandbeschermer
Finland Flag.png Finnish Suojelija
France Flag.png French Pokémon Gardien
Divinité gardienne
Pokémon protecteur
Germany Flag.png German Schutzpatron
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Védőistene
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Dewa pelindung
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon protettore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 수호신 Suhosin
Malaysia Flag.png Malaysian Dewa penjaga
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Øyvokter
Poland Flag.png Polish Duchowy strażnik
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Espírito guardião*
Guardião da Ilha*
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Divindade guardiã
Russia Flag.png Russian Божественный хранитель Bozhestvennyy khranitel'
Дух хранитель Dukh khranitel'
Spain Flag.png Spanish Espíritu guardián
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Öväktare
Guardian Pokémon
Spirit guardian
Thailand Flag.png Thai เทพพิทักษ์ Thepphithak
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Gardiyan
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Thần

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