The Tapu Pokémon are the local guardians of the four islands of Alola, but you can also capture them and add them to you ever-growing army of monsters in Pokemon Sun and Moon. They're powerful and tricky beings, with special abilities that change the very field you're fighting on. This Pokemon Sun and Moon guide will tell you how to capture all the Tapu Pokémon.
The one prerequisite to capturing all the Tapu is that you must have defeated the Elite Four. Once you've done that, the four shrines on the four islands will play host to a Tapu for you to potentially capture. If you accidentally KO a Tapu in your capture attempt, you'll need to beat the Elite Four again to get them to respawn for another chance at them. What follows is the location of each of the four guardian Tapu Pokémon. Don't forget to visit our Pokémon Sun and Moon guide for more tips, hints, and walkthroughs!
How to Capture Tapu Koko
If you play through the game and defeat the Elite Four as normal, then you're going to run into Tapu Koko no matter what. After a long sequence celebrating your victory, Lillie will lead you to Tapu Koko's altar, where it will appear and initiate a fight with you. Tapu Koko is a Lightning/Fairy Pokémon, so before you take on the Elite Four for the first time, make sure you either have a Pokémon tailor made to capturing Tapu Koko when you take them on or come prepared to use a Master Ball on it.
How to Capture Tapu Lele
Go to the Temple of Life on Akala Island past Memorial Hill and Akala Outskirts. Once inside, use Machamp Shove to push the rightmost box up into the hole, then push the box directly to the left into the left hole. Finally, push the box on the left side in front of you up into the hole to gain access to Tapu Lele. Tapu Lele is a Psychic/Fairy Pokémon, so prepare accordingly.
How to Capture Tapu Bulu
Go to the Haina Desert on Ula'Ula Island and head North pasta pile of two rocks. Next, exit this screen to the East past a single small rock. You should now go North past a small tree, then cut across the next screen with Mudsdale Gallop to go East past a pile of four stones. You'll then find the pedestal with Psychium Z on it. For more information on where all the Z-Crystals are, check out How to Find All the Z-Crystals. Go back the way you came to find a new screen. Now head North one more time to find the Ruins of Abundance.
You'll need to push some more boxes with Machamp Shove to continue. Push the right one up until you can cross the central path left, then push the left one in front of you up to get to the altar. Tapu Bulu is a Grass/Fairy Pokémon.
How to Capture Tapu Fini
Tapu Fini is on Poni Island, and the Ruins of Hope should already be solved from when you went there during the main game. Tapu Fini is Water/Fairy, and also uses the move Aqua Ring to heal a bit of health every turn, so be prepared with ways to keep Tapu Fini whittled down as it does.