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Read this article to find out how to beat Hop in the final battle of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Learn how to beat his Zacian or Zamazenta & come out on top!

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Gym Leaders - How To Beat Guides
MiloMiloNessaNessaKabuKabu
BeaBea
Sword Only
AllisterAllister
Shield Only
OpalOpal
GordieGordie
Sword Only
MelonyMelony
Shield Only
PiersPiers
RaihanRaihanLeonLeonHopHop  
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Hop's Pokemon Lineup

PokemonType/LevelWeakness
Dubwool IconDubwool Normal
Lv. 69
Fighting Icon
PinchurchinPinchurchin electric
Lv. 68
Ground
CorviknightCorviknightFlying
Lv. 69
RockelectricIce
SnorlaxSnorlaxNormal
Lv. 70
Fighting Icon
Rillaboom IconRillaboom
(If you chose Scorbunny)
Grass
Lv. 70
PoisonFlyingbugfireIce
Cinderace IconCinderace
(If you chose Sobble)
fire Icon
Lv. 70
Ground IconRock Iconwater Icon
Inteleon IconInteleon
(If you chose Grookey)
water Icon
Lv. 70
Grass Iconelectric Icon
ZacianZacian
(Pokemon Shield Only)
Fairy IconSteel Icon
Lv. 70
Ground Iconfire Icon
ZamazentaZamazenta (Pokemon Sword Only)Fighting IconSteel Icon
Lv. 70
Ground Iconfire IconFighting Icon

*Attacks matching Weakness types deal 2x damage.

Recommended Pokemon Against Hop

Bring Strong Fighting And Fire Types

Although Hop's first 5 Pokemon are quite strong, the main threats of the fight will be the Legendaries. To deal with them, you'll need to be able to stop them before they set up.

Recommended Pokemon To Bring

PokemonTypeCatch Location
ZamazentaZamazenta (Pokemon Sword Only) Fighting IconSteel Icon End-Game Story
ZacianZacian
(Pokemon Shield Only)
Fairy IconSteel Icon End-Game Story
EternatusEternatus Poison IconDragon Icon Story
NinetalesNinetalesfire IconCatch Vulpix on Route 4.
RhyperiorRhyperiorGround IconRock IconCatch Rhydon on Route 10.

Tips to Defeat Hop

Hop Battle 1

Recommended Level: 70-75

Hop's team is significantly higher level, & with the presence of a Legendary on his team, he is likely to destroy you if you are not prepared. It is definitely doable at 60-65 with precision and planning, however.

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Keep Your Legendary Healthy

Make sure you don't send in a weakened Zacian/Zamazenta into his own. Hop's starter should go down easily to your starter, so try to focus on a strong Fighting type which can take out Snorlax and Wooloo. Switch to a fire type for Corviknight. For Pinchurchin, send out a Ground type.

Burn Zacian/Zamazenta!

Burns will cause the opponent to lose 50% of their Attack, halting their sweep. A move like Will-o-Wisp that is guaranteed to burn is the best.

Bring A Focus Sash

Equipping a Focus Sash on a Pokemon you will use to cripple Zamazenta or Zacian is necessary. Someone who can burn or use Endeavor (makes your opponent's HP equal to yours) is ideal here. Pokemon which learn Endeavor naturally include Swoobat and Reuniclus!

Focus Sash Is In Hammerlocke

Focus Sash

The Focus Sash can be found in the house to the left of the middle Pokemon Center in Hammerlocke. You'll have to battle a trainer for it.

Stock Up On Max Revives

In a pinch, you might have to Max Revive your own Zacian/Zamazenta. There's no shame in using these, so stock up and send out a sacrifice while you do so.

Hop Overview

Hop Hop is Leon's younger brother. The two of you will start your adventure together. He aspires to become the Champion, just like his older brother.

Rewards Gained When Beating Hop

Hop Battle End
Money 11,200
Badge n/a
OtherHop's Rare League Card

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