Tapunium Z

The Tapunium Z (Japanese: カプZ Kapu Z) is a type of Z-Crystal introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. It is a Pokémon-specific Z-Crystal associated with the tapu and allows them to upgrade their Nature's Madness into the special Z-Move Guardian of Alola.

Tapunium Z
Kapu Z
Bag Tapunium Z Sprite.png
Tapunium Z
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation VII
Generation VII Bag Z-Crystals pocket icon.png Z-Crystals

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price


  Bag item

Can create Tapunium Z held items for the player's Pokémon.

  Held item

In battle

Allows the tapu (or a Pokémon transformed into one of the tapu) to upgrade their Nature's Madness into the special Z-Move Guardian of Alola.

Unaffected by item negating effects (such as Embargo and Klutz). Item manipulating effects (such as Trick and Fling) cannot remove a Z-Crystal from a Pokémon.

Rayquaza cannot Mega Evolve if it holds a Z-Crystal.

Outside of battle

A held Tapunium Z is automatically removed if the Pokémon is traded between players.


Bag item

Games Description
SMUSUM It converts Z-Power into crystals that upgrade the tapu's Nature's Madness to an exclusive Z-Move.

Held item

Games Description
SMUSUM This is a crystallized form of Z-Power. It upgrades the tapu's Nature's Madness to a Z-Move.


Games Method
SM Ruins of Conflict (after catching or defeating Tapu Koko)
USUM Ruins of Conflict/Ruins of Life/Ruins of Abundance/Ruins of Hope (after catching or defeating any of the tapu)

In the anime

A Tapunium Z in anime

In From Z to Shining Z!, Tapu Koko gave Professor Kukui a Tapunium Z in order for them to perform Guardian of Alola against Ash and Pikachu during the Manalo Conference exhibition match.


  • Out of all species-specific Z-Crystals, the Tapunium Z can be used by the most amount of Pokémon, at four.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 卡璞Z Kāpok-Z
Mandarin 卡璞Z Kǎpú-Z
  French Tokozélite
  German Kapium Z
  Italian Tapium Z
  Korean 카푸Z Kapu-Z
  Polish Tapunium Z
  Brazilian Portuguese Tapunium Z
  Spanish Tapistal Z

External links

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