Pokémon Go: Hoopa (Unbound) raid guide


Hoopa (Unbound) has arrived in new Elite Raids in Pokémon Go. This is one of the most challenging raids yet, but we here at iMore have everything you need to know to beat it and add Hoopa to your team!

Who is Hoopa (Unbound) in Pokémon Go?

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Hoopa, the Mischief Pokémon and the Djinn Pokémon is a Mythical Pokémon from Gen VI. Capable of changing formes, its Confined forme is a Psychic and Ghost type, while its Unbound forme is a Psychic and Dark type. While both formes can transport things, Pokémon, and people through its rings, legends say Unbound Hoopa can bend dimensions.

In Pokémon Go, both formes of Hoopa are incredibly useful; however, it was initially limited to one per account and only for players who completed a limited Timed Research line. On top of that, it also cost a lot of candy and Stardust to change formes. Now, Hoopa (Unbound) has come to new Elite Raids, so players can battle and capture more. We have everything you need to know to beat Hoopa (Unbound) and be sure to check out our Best Pokémon Go Accessories, so you can be fully equipped for all the Hoopa (Unbound) raids

Mega Counters

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There are a handful of options for Mega Evolution when countering Hoopa (Unbound), focusing on both of its weaknesses: Bug and Fairy. However, the vast majority of top counters in this raid are Bug type, so that should be your first choice.

Mega Scizor

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The absolute best counter for Hoopa (Unbound) is Mega Scizor. This Bug and Steel type resists Psychic type damage and has no weaknesses Hoopa can exploit. If you’re bringing Mega Scizor to this fight, it should know Fury Cutter and X-Scissor and since it’s a Bug type, you won’t have to worry about coordinating with the rest of your raid party to make the most of its same type Mega Boost.

Mega Beedrill

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If you don’t have enough Scizor Mega Energy, Mega Beedrill also performs well in this raid. It’s a Poison and Bug type, meaning it takes super effective damage from Psychic type moves, so you’ll want to have extra Potions and Revives to keep it in the fight. Bug Bite and X-Scissor are the moves you’ll want your Mega Beedrill to know when facing Hoopa.

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