Pokémon GO Hoopa Unbound Counters

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Hoopa Unbound is the face of Pokémon GO’s new Elite Raids. Bringing this new style of raids into the game, Hoopa Unbound is a Pokémon you don’t want to miss out on! The raid against Hoopa Unbound is projected to be more challenging than tier 5 raids. To optimize your chances in battle, here is a guide to counter the Mischief Pokémon.

Elite Raids are a new feature to Pokémon GO. Mystery Eggs began appearing on the map near EX Gyms on Oct. 16, and Hoopa Unbound hatches from these eggs after 24 hours. In correspondence to when the eggs were spotted, the three times the eggs will hatch are 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. local time. Trainers are only able to catch Hoopa Unbound in-person, so they must come with a team before Hoopa Unbound hatches. Additionally, trainers will only have 30 minutes to complete the raid, so it is best to come with the best Pokémon to counter Hoopa Unbound. 

Pokémon GO Hoopa Unbound Counters

Introduced to the franchise in Generation Six, Hoopa has two forms. It is advantageous to know its different typings when choosing Pokémon to counter it. In its Confined Form, Hoopa takes on a Psychic and Ghost-typing, and in its Unbound Form Hoopa is Psychic and Dark-type. 

Due to its Psychic and Dark-typing, Hoopa Unbound is vulnerable to bug and fairy attacks. It is also best to avoid putting psychic Pokémon on your team, as Hoopa Unbound is immune to psychic attacks. With this in mind, below are the best Pokémon to counter Hoopa Unbound:

  • Mega Scizor: Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Pinsir: Bug Bite and X-Scissor
  • Genesect: Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Pheromosa: Bug Bite and Bug Buzz
  • Yanmega: Bug Bite and Bug Buzz
  • Genesect: Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Vikavolt: Bug Bite and X-Scissor