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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Hop's Pokemon Lineup
(If you chose Scorbunny)
(If you chose Sobble)
| Inteleon |
(If you chose Grookey)
(Pokemon Shield Only)
|Zamazenta (Pokemon Sword Only)|
*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
|Zamazenta (Pokemon Sword Only)||End-Game Story|
(Pokemon Shield Only)
|Ninetales||Catch Vulpix on Route 4.|
|Rhyperior||Catch Rhydon on Route 10.|
Tips to Defeat Hop
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.Check Out The Fast EXP Farming Guide!
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.
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
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 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
|Other||Hop's Rare League Card|