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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
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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
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
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0
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0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
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0
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0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
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Footprint
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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.

Contents

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

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 manga

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
Unobtainable

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

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Tapu Bulu's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

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

Evolution

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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
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Front Back Front Back
787MS6.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


Related articles

Notes

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