Pokémon Go Hoopa – strengths, weaknesses, and how to get Hoopa Unbound

Here's everything you need to know about Pokémon Go's Hoopa, including its strengths, weaknesses, how to encounter it, and how to get Hoopa Unbound

Pokémon Go Hoopa in a foggy forest

One day you’re walking down the road, then, bam! A mythical Pokémon hovers in front of you. How nice does that sound? It’s a shame it’s not likely to happen, but that doesn’t mean encountering mythical and legendary creatures in Pokémon Go is impossible. It just requires a little bit more effort. But that’s okay, because you’re mighty trainers that never back down from a challenge.

Still, to help you add Pokémon Go’s Hoopa to your collection, we’ve put this guide together, detailing its strengths, weaknesses, moveset, and how you can encounter the cute little ghost-type. Oh, and since Hoopa has two forms, Hoopa confined, and Hoopa unbound, we go into detail about each of them, given there are some differences as to what’s effective against them.

If you want to see what other impressive monsters are out there, check out our Pokémon Go legendary guide. We also have all the details on Pokémon Go’s Lugia, including what the Guardian of the Seas strengths and weaknesses are. Or, if you want to see what goodies you can grab, head over to our Pokémon Go codes list.

How do I encounter Pokémon Go’s Hoopa?

It’s unlikely that you’re going to cross paths with Hoopa by simply walking down the street. In fact, unless you took part in the Misunderstood Mischief special research last year, completing at least the first three steps, you can’t get your hands on Hoopa. For the time being, only those who took part in that event have any chance of owning Hoopa.

Who knows, perhaps a future event will see the mythical creature return, but we can’t see that happening for quite some time, if it does at all.

Pokémon Go's Hoopa Unbound

How do I unlock Pokémon Go’s Hoopa Unbound?

To get this form of Hoopa, you must give the Confined version 50 candy, and have 10k stardust handy to make the exchange. If you don’t, then you’d best get saving. However, if we’re being honest, we think the Pokémon’s first form is of better use, despite how amazing Hoopa Unbound looks.

What are Pokémon Go Hoopa’s strengths?

Like any other creature, this ‘mon is highly resistant to various types of Pokémon. Therefore, it would be wise to avoid certain varieties to battle with you.

For Hoopa Confined, avoid:

  • Normal
  • Fighting
  • Psychic
  • Poison

For Hoopa Unbound, avoid:

  • Psychic

What are Pokémon Go Hoopa’s weaknesses?

To get your hands on this mythical creature, you must consider what types it’s weak to, and, funnily enough, you just have to look at what Hoopa itself is to discover that. That’s right, as with most ghost-types, Hoopa Confined is weak to its own kind. However, Hoopa Unbound doesn’t share this weakness.

For Hoopa Confined, bring:

  • Dark
  • Ghost

For Hoopa Unbound, bring:

  • Bug
  • Fairy

What is Pokémon Go Hoopa’s moveset?

Regardless of which of Hoopa’s forms you’re using, we suggest equipping it with psychic, confusion, astonish, or dark pulse. In the right hands, this monster can cause some serious damage, so do have a little think about how you want to approach it.

There you have it, everything you need to know about Pokémon Go’s Hoopa. If the idea of a brisk winter’s walk isn’t appealing to you, perhaps downloading a game from our list of the best mobile strategy games is more to your liking.