Tapu Bulu (Pokémon)

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Tapu Bulu
Land Spirit Pokémon
カプ・ブルル
Kapu-Bulul
#787
Tapu Bulu



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Grass Fairy
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Grassy Surge Cacophony
Cacophony
Telepathy
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
3 (1.6%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
3855 - 4111 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
6'03" 1.9 m
Tapu Bulu
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Weight
100.3 lbs. 45.5 kg
Tapu Bulu
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
257
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Tapu Bulu
0
HP
3
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
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Footprint
FUnknown.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Red
Base friendship
70
External Links

Tapu Bulu (Japanese: カプ・ブルル Kapu-Bulul) is a dual-type Grass/Fairy Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It is the guardian deity of Ula'ula Island, with Tapu Koko, Tapu Lele, and Tapu Fini being the deities of the other islands.

Biology

Tapu Bulu has a bulky, black body with thick arms and no legs. It has blue eyes with an orange line across each iris. Under each eye is a red line divided into three segments with a smaller, white line below that. There is a short white line above each eye. In the middle of its face a what appears to be a golden nose similar to a bull's snout. There a white ring through the nostrils of the nose. On each side of its face is a thick white line that curves upward at the outer tip. There are red rings around its shoulders and golden, cloven hooves at the end of its arms. Its tail is mostly covered in a golden bell with two thin black rings around the top and a wavy black line around the bottom. A tuft of fur is just visible inside the bell. On top of its head is a pair curved, black horns. Each horn has a thick yellow marking near the tip and half of a wooden shell attached to it.

Tapu Bulu's shell is primarily red with white and yellow markings thickly bordered by a muted black. The shell itself resembles a flower or plant when open; when closed, the horns shift to the sides and it takes on the appearance of a bull. The top of each half is slightly thicker than the bottom, which gives the "bull" a slightly protruding brow. At the bottom of each half is a white rectangle with a muted black triangle at the bottom. Above the rectangles are two triangular markings; the top triangle slightly overlaps a larger, yellow triangle. Behind and just touching the yellow triangle is a tiny, white rectangle that creates the "bull's" eyes. The side has a single, tiny yellow triangle marking.

This guardian of Ula'ula Island is able to command vegetation to grow and change shape to its will. Despite its fearsome power, it is largely inactive, leading some to consider it a lazy Pokémon. It has a peaceful disposition and does not like to cause unnecessary violence, so it rings the bell on its tail to alert others of its presence. However, it is merciless to those who offend it and it is said to have once repelled thieves from its ruins by swinging trees like clubs.[1] The ruined Tapu Village stands as another example of the guardian's wrath.

Tapu Bulu and the other guardian deities share the signature move Nature's Madness and the exclusive Z-Move Guardian of Alola.

In the anime

In the main series

Tapu Bulu in the anime

Major appearances

Tapu Bulu (anime)

Tapu Bulu debuted in A Dream Encounter!, where it and the other guardian deities sensed the birth of a Cosmog nicknamed Nebby. After a couple of other appearances alongside its fellow guardian deities, Tapu Bulu made its first solo appearance in Some Kind of Laziness!, where it battled Ash's Lycanroc. It made many further appearances throughout the rest of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon.

Minor appearances

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM075 Tapu Bulu Rotom Pokédex Tapu Bulu, the Land Spirit Pokémon. A Grass and Fairy type. The Ula'ula Island Guardian. Although quite lazy, Tapu Bulu creates lush vegetation and absorbs its energy.

In the GOTCHA! music video

A Tapu Bulu briefly appeared as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Tapu Bulu in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Tapu Bulu debuted in a fantasy in The Delivery of Rotom and the Girl while the Island Kahunas were discussing about the recent sightings of the guardian deities. It physically debuted in An Urgent Task and the Capture of an Ultra Beast, where it showed up in Po Town to save Sun, Moon, and Anabel from a Blacephalon. Tapu Bulu reappeared in Thieving and Boss Crabominable, Play the Melody That Echoes in the Altar, and Summon the Emissaries of the Moon and the Sun.

A Tapu Bulu appeared in a fantasy in Pokémon Move Specialist Professor Kukui, Going Ashore and Neighboring Akala Island, Homecoming and the Brilliant Professional Golfer, Unleashing the Incredible Z-Move, A Photoshoot and the Abandoned Thrifty Megamart, and A Raid and Po Town.

In the TCG

Main article: Tapu Bulu (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #287
Alola
USUM: #385
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Sun It pulls large trees up by the roots and swings them around. It causes vegetation to grow, and then it absorbs energy from the growth.
Moon The guardian deity of Ula'ula is a lazy Pokémon. It commands plants to immobilize its foes and then deals them a savage blow with its horns.
Ultra Sun Although it's called a guardian deity, it's violent enough to crush anyone it sees as an enemy.
Ultra Moon It makes ringing sounds with its tail to let others know where it is, avoiding unneeded conflicts. This guardian deity of Ula'ula controls plants.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Ruins of Abundance (after becoming Champion)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Ruins of Abundance (after becoming Champion)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) (Only one)

In side games

Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Tapu Bulu Appears

In events

Games Event Region Location Level Distribution period
USUM Ula'ula Island Shiny Tapu Bulu Japanese region Online 60Shiny March 19 to April 30, 2019
USUM Ula'ula Island Shiny Tapu Bulu American region Online 60Shiny March 19 to April 30, 2019
USUM Ula'ula Island Shiny Tapu Bulu PAL region Online 60Shiny March 19 to April 30, 2019
USUM Ula'ula Island Shiny Tapu Bulu Korean region Online 60Shiny March 19 to April 30, 2019

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Grassy Seed Grassy Seed (100%)

Held items

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
70
130 - 177 250 - 344
130
121 - 200 238 - 394
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
95
90 - 161 175 - 317
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Total:
570
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Leafage Grass Physical 04040 100100% 40
011 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100100% 15
055 Withdraw Water Status 0000 00——% 40
1010 Disable Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
1515 Leech Seed Grass Status 0000 09090% 10
2020 Mega Drain Grass Special 04040 100100% 15
2525 Whirlwind Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
3030 Horn Attack Normal Physical 06565 100100% 25
3535 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
4040 Horn Leech Grass Physical 07575 100100% 10
4545 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 09090% 15
5050 Mean Look Normal Status 0000 00——% 5
5555 Nature's Madness Fairy Special 0000 09090% 10
6060 Wood Hammer Grass Physical 120120 100100% 15
6565 Megahorn Bug Physical 120120 08585% 10
7070 Skull Bash Normal Physical 130130 100100% 10
7575 Grassy Terrain Grass Status 0000 00——% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tapu Bulu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tapu Bulu

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM00Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM00 Mega Punch Normal Physical 08080 085}}85% 20
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM11Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM11 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM17Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM18Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM18 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM19Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM26Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM26 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM28Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM28 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TM34Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM42Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM42 Revenge Fighting Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM50Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM50 Bullet Seed Grass Physical 02525 100}}100% 30
TM57Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM57 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM60Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM60 Power Swap Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM61Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM61 Guard Swap Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM85Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM85 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM88Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM88 Grassy Terrain Grass Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM94Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM94 False Swipe Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 40
TM96Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM96 Smart Strike Steel Physical 07070 00—}}—% 10
TM97Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM97 Brutal Swing Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR00Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR28Bag TR Bug Sprite.png TR28 Megahorn Bug Physical 120120 085}}85% 10
TR37Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR37 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR39Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR46Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR48Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR48 Bulk Up Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR49Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR49 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR53Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR53 Close Combat Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR59Bag TR Grass Sprite.png TR59 Seed Bomb Grass Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR64Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR65Bag TR Grass Sprite.png TR65 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR69Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR75Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR75 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TR77Bag TR Grass Sprite.png TR77 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TR82Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR82 Stored Power Psychic Special 02020 100}}100% 10
TR85Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR85 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR92Bag TR Fairy Sprite.png TR92 Dazzling Gleam Fairy Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR93Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR93 Darkest Lariat Dark Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TR94Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR94 High Horsepower Ground Physical 09595 095}}95% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tapu Bulu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tapu Bulu

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Tapu Bulu in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Tapu Bulu in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tapu Bulu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tapu Bulu

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tapu Bulu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tapu Bulu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Dual Chop Dragon Physical 04040 090}}90% 15
VII Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
VII Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150150 100}}100% 20
VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
VII Nature Power Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Psych Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Roar Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Rototiller × Ground Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
VII Synthesis Grass Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
VII Telekinesis × Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Torment Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
VII Worry Seed Grass Status 0000 100}}100% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tapu Bulu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tapu Bulu
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

Side game data

Pokémon Shuffle
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Grass
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 113 Raise Max Level.png 6

#759
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Block Smash++
Sometimes clears five unbreakable-block disruptions.
Skill Swapper: Typeless Combo

Evolution

787Tapu Bulu.png
Unevolved
Tapu Bulu
 Grass  Fairy 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 787.png Spr b 7s 787.png Spr 7s 787.png Spr b 7s 787.png
Spr 7s 787 s.png Spr b 7s 787 s.png Spr 7s 787 s.png Spr b 7s 787 s.png
Front Back Front Back
787MS8.png For other sprites and images, please see Tapu Bulu images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Tapu Bulu, with and without its shell closed, appears to be based on a bull. It may also be inspired by Lono, one of the four major Hawaiian gods and god of agriculture, abundance, and peace.

Name origin

Tapu Bulu may be a combination of tapu (Hawaiian for sacred or holy) and bull.

Kapu-Bulul may be a combination of kapu (Hawaiian for sacred or holy) and bull.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese カプ・ブルル Kapu-Bulul From kapu and bulu
France Flag.png French Tokotoro From toro
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tapu Bulu Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Kapu-Toro From kapu and toro
Italy Flag.png Italian Tapu Bulu Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 카푸브루루 Kapubueruru Transliteration of Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 卡璞・哞哞 Kāpok Māumāu From kapu and māu
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 卡璞・哞哞 Kǎpú Mōumōu From kapu and mōu


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Notes

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