Tapu Fini, The Land Spirit Pokémon. The guardian deity of Poni, it can control water. People say it can create pure water that will wash away any uncleanness.Because it lives deep within a thick fog, it came to be both feared and revered.Although it’s called a guardian deity, terrible calamities sometimes befall those who recklessly approach Tapu Fini. The dense fog it creates brings the downfall and destruction of its confused enemies. Ocean currents are the source of its energy..
While Tapu Fini is often overlooked in favor of the other Guardians due to her lackluster offensive capabilities, Tapu Fini is one of the best bulky Pokemon around. Water/Fairy is an excellent defensive typing providing many useful resistances to Fighting, Fire and immunity to Dragon, granting her plenty of opportunities to switch into. Her ability, Misty Terrain, while it doesn’t provides any offensive boost like its counterparts, it protects Tapu Fini and its grounded teammates from being inflicted by status conditions such as burn, posion, confusion and paralysis, making her an ideal support teammate for sweepers like Volcarona, Zygarde and Mega Scizor who appreciate the immunity to status. Tapu Fini also has a good movepool that allows her to make use of support sets or offensive sets. However, due to its only decent Special Attack stat, Tapu Fini is rather passive and lacks the ability to KO most Pokemon quickly. Tapu Fini is also vulnerable to Grass, Electric and Posion moves which are fairly common attacks. Tapu Fini also struggles against its Guardian brethren as she lacks strong moves to threaten them away putting her at a disadvantage on Terrain wars.
Misty Surge: Activates Misty Terrain for 5 turns when the Pokémon enters a battle. Tapu Fini's signature ability, Misty Surge, allows it to summon Misty Terrain whenever it enters the battlefield. Under Misty Terrain, all grounded Pokémon can't be affected by status conditions
Song of the Mermaids
Tapu Fini’s excellent bulk and typing allows her to serve as an excellent Pokemon protecting herself and her teammates from status and support her teammates with hazard removal or trapping. Taunt allows Tapu Fini to shut down defensive Pokemon like Chansey, Clefable and Gliscor while preventing offensive Pokemon like Zygarde from setting up. Moonblast is Tapu Fini’s preferred STAB move due to the lack of immunities to Fairy attacks while also providing a slight chance of reducing the opponent’s Special Attack which might come in handy. Nature Madness somewhat alleviates Tapu Fini’s passiveness and allows her to chip half of the opponent’s HP. It becomes an incredibly useful move that can break down walls in combination with Taunt. Finally, the last slot depends on what role you want Tapu Fini to fill in your team: Defog allows Tapu Fini to remove hazards and provide excellent utility to her teammates. Whirlpool allows Tapu Fini to defeat walls like Toxapex and Chansey 1-on-1 and remove them from the field, paving the way for other sweepers to take advantage of this.
The given EV spread allow Tapu Fini to outspeed max Speed neutral Zygarde allowing her to Taunt it, before it uses Dragon Dance or Coil. Near max HP is used to maximize Leftovers recovery and the rest is dumped on Defense to bolster Tapu Fini’s physical defense a little bit.
A Timid nature is the preferred nature to outspeed Zygarde and most defensive Pokemon who use this as a benchmark to hit, like Mew and Gliscor.
The Fisherman's Temptation
A Choice Specs provides Tapu Fini with the extra power required to actually be a threat with a surprise factor as most of the time, people will be expecting more defensive sets. Hydro Pump is Tapu Fini’s strongest STAB and destroys Landorus-T and Heatran with super-effective damage. Moonblast is Tapu Fini’s secondary STAB and it is a great move that will punish Dragon types like Zygarde and Latios. Trick allows Tapu Fini to cripple defensive Pokemon like Toxapex and lock it in one move. Finally, Hidden Power Fire allows Tapu Fini to deal with Mega Scizor & Ferrothorn while Ice Beam can be used to chip down Tapu Bulu switch-ins.
Max Special Attack and Speed are used to maximize Tapu Fini’s offensive potential while outspeeding Zygarde and speed tying with other base 85 Speed Pokemon. However, you can reduce the Speed EVs to 236 and invest the rest in bulk.
A Timid nature is the preferred nature to outspeed Zygarde and speed tie with other positive base 85 Speed Pokemon. A Modest nature is also an option to give Tapu Fini more power
· Tapu Fini can use a Calm Mind set as a win condition against weakened teams, however, the presence of Pokemon like Zapdos, Tapu Koko and Kartana hurts its viability. A bulkier CM set is an option as well, however, due to her lack of recovery, it can be easily overwhelmed by offensive teams.
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