Hoopa Unbound Raid Guide

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Hoopa Unbound is an Elite Raid Boss available only during Elite Raid weekends. Unbound Hoopa is a Psychic and Dark-type Pokémon, which leaves him vulnerable only to Bug  (double) and Fairy-type moves.

Best Pokémon to defeat Hoopa Unbound are strong Bug-type Pokémon, select Mega Pokémon (Mega Scizor and Mega Beedrill) and top tier Fairy-type Pokémon, who don’t take super-effective damage from Hoopa’s moves.

Hoopa Unbound can be caught in the following Combat Power ranges:

  • 2197 CP – 2289 CP (no Weather Boost, LVL 20)
  • 2746 CP – 2862 CP (Windy or Fog weather, LVL 25)

We recommend fighting Hoopa Unbound with a minimum of 5 Trainers with perfect counters, or 8+ Trainers with suboptimal counters. Given its limited availability, we recommend larger group sizes for this encounter.

Best Hoopa Unbound Counters

We already mentioned that Hoopa Unbound is only weak to Bug and Fairy moves. Do not take this fight lightly, it is quite challenging.

With that being said, here are the best counters for Unbound Hoopa in Pokémon GO:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Scizor (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 322.80s 12.17
2. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 294.03s 24.17
3. Pheromosa Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 365.15s 37.83
4. Vikavolt Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 433.56s 25.67
5. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 437.54s 25.17
6. Genesect (Normal) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 472.07s 22.67
7. Genesect (Douse) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 472.75s 23.00
8. Genesect (Burn) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 473.51s 23.00
9. Pinsir Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 473.90s 27.83
10. Scyther Fury Cutter Bug Bug Buzz Bug 472.28s 28.17
11. Accelgor Infestation Bug Bug Buzz Bug 468.17s 30.33
12. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Megahorn Bug 489.25s 23.50
13. Scizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 492.20s 25.00
14. Escavalier Bug Bite Bug Megahorn Bug 499.15s 25.17
15. Golisopod Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 508.97s 23.17
16. Galvantula Fury Cutter Bug Bug Buzz Bug 501.92s 34.83
17. Durant Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 521.69s 27.00
18. Heracross Struggle Bug Bug Megahorn Bug 527.16s 31.50
19. Leavanny Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug 533.93s 31.50
20. Kartana Razor Leaf Grass X-Scissor Bug 561.61s 30.83
21. Scolipede Bug Bite Bug Megahorn Bug 547.12s 40.20
22. Alakazam (Mega) Counter Fighting Dazzling Gleam Fairy 563.51s 36.00
23. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 578.01s 28.50
24. Venomoth Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 562.44s 42.20
25. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Sludge Bomb Poison 542.13s 45.17
26. Ninjask Fury Cutter Bug Bug Buzz Bug 549.13s 48.60
27. Buzzwole Counter Fighting Fell Stinger Bug 605.84s 29.67
28. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 627.74s 26.83
29. Crustle Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 603.30s 34.17
30. Samurott Fury Cutter Bug Megahorn Bug 608.46s 33.67
31. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Dazzling Gleam Fairy 610.94s 36.17
32. Butterfree Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 601.77s 42.33
33. Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dazzling Gleam Fairy 640.73s 28.83
34. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 637.60s 30.33
35. Mothim Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 586.67s 53.20

Hoopa Unbound’s moves

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Astonish Ghost
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Dark Pulse Dark

Hoopa Unbound has a few tricks up its sleeve, including Astonish and Shadow Ball, both strong Ghost-type moves, and most of its moves deal neutral damage to Bug types. The exception is Dark Pulse, which deals reduced damage to Fairy types, so Fairy-typed attackers may fare better against Dark Pulse.

Other than that, there is not much we can say for Hoopa’s moves – all of them are good, and its a strong opponent, so bring your best Pokémon and try to dodge as much as you can.

Reminder about Elite Raids

Elite Raids are a new type of raid focused on in-person play, and they will appear at selected EX Gyms worldwide. Elite Raids are designed to be challenging, a bit over Tier 5 difficulty, and they can only be completed in-person.

Elite Raid Eggs take 24 hours to hatch, and Trainers will have only 30 minutes to complete them once the Raid Egg has hatched. Since these Raids can only be completed in-person, Trainers are encouraged to organise well ahead of time and not be late for the spawn. 

Elite Raids can only start at one of the following local times:

  • 11:00 a.m. 
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m.

Trainers will see a special Raid Egg on top of an EX Gym 24 hours before the Raid starts, and the Elite Raid Eggs will also be visible on the Nearby radar, and in Niantic Campfire.

For more information see our Elite Raids are coming to Pokémon GO article.

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