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Best Hoopa Builds in Pokémon Unite

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Hoopa is a very strong Support Pokémon in Pokémon Unite. It's incredibly tanky, versatile, and can deliver a good amount of damage. Hoopa is difficult to master and a good Hoopa player can completely change the tide of any Pokémon Unite match. These are the best Hoopa builds in Pokémon Unite.

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With the Magician Ability, Hoopa has a large amount of survivability while hindering the enemy team. Magician passively steals Berries for Hoopa, provided there is one available, or energy if there are no Berries left. Additionally, Hoopa's Movement Speed increase moves and the ability to teleport teammates allows it to put pressure in either lane.


At level four, players choose between Hyperspace Hole and Trick. Trick is relatively straightforward, increasing the Movement Speed of Hoopa and an Ally while buffing Hoopa's Basic Attack and Shadow Ball. Hyperspace Hole is a bit more complicated, creating either a portal back to the Base or linking the team's Goals with portals to allow instant passage between them.

At level six, players choose between Phantom Force and Shadow Ball. Phantom Force creates a portal that Hoopa can attack from to deal damage to an enemy near it. If activated twice within five seconds, Hoopa can warp to the portal, along with an Ally that is linked with Trick. Enemies that are damaged will have their Movement Speed decreased and the Ally that is warped will have their HP restored by 30 percent. Shadow Ball is a ranged attack that decreased enemy Movement Speed, Special Defense, and can attack twice in a row if Trick is used.

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Hoopa's Unite move is Rings Unbound and transforms Hoopa into its Unbound form. Its moves are then replaced by Hyperspace Fury and Psybeam. Hyperspace Fury is an area of effect melee attack that will stun enemies for one second. Psybeam is a ranged attack that causes Hoopa to become Unstoppable while using it. Hoopa's Basic Attacks can hit up to two Pokémon while transformed and Hoopa gains 40 percent more HP while creating a portal that Allies can warp to.

Held Items

  • Muscle Band - Increasing Hoopa's Basic Attack's speed and damage makes it that much more of a threat after using its Unite move and during team fights.
  • Buddy Barrier - Giving an Ally Pokémon a Shield with both Trick and Buddy Barrier can keep them alive even against some Unite moves.
  • Focus Band - By reducing the amount of time Hoopa has to go back to Base, players can stay around their teammates for much longer.
  • Exp. Share - With such high mobility, players can steal XP from the enemy's central area without worrying about taking that XP from their own Allies. This also increases Hoopa's Movement Speed.
  • Energy Amplifier - Hoopa's damage is increased when they are in their Unbound form already, making Energy Amplifier a good item to use for faster knockouts.

Battle Items

  • Slow Smoke - The multifaceted use of Smoke shouldn't be underestimated as it can help Ally Pokémon escape from a battle, or ensure a knockout on a fleeing enemy Pokémon.
  • X Attack - Increasing Hoopa's damage is a straightforward way to get the upper hand both early and late into a match.
  • X Speed - Increasing Hoopa's Movement Speed can result in easy escapes or even be used to catch up to faster mobility Pokémon before using Shadow Ball to slow them down.

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Best Trick And Shadow Ball Build

The synergy between Trick and Shadow Ball makes Hoopa a powerful offensive threat while being able to Shield Ally Pokémon. Trick's secondary damage from Shadow Ball will result in a stun when hitting the same target, but even a Basic Attack following a Shadow Ball will result in a stun. At Level 10, Trick begins to heal both Hoopa and the Ally Pokémon that Hoopa is linked to based on 40 percent of the damage they deal within three seconds of using it.

Held Items

  • Buddy Barrier - Used in conjunction with Trick for more Shields on Ally Pokémon.
  • Muscle Band - Used to give Hoopa more offensive presence alongside double Shadow Balls and their Unite move.
  • Energy Amplifier - Used to ensure that Hoopa is as strong as possible while in their Unbound form.

Battle Items

  • Slow Smoke - Used for escaping battles or slowing down enemy Pokémon.
  • X Attack - An alternative if players decide to use Focus Band instead of Energy Amplifier to increase damage while in Hoopa's Unbound form.

Best Hyperspace Hole And Phantom Force Build

Hyperspace Hole increases Hoopa's Movement Speed, making them very good at picking up knockouts from escaping enemy Pokémon. This also helps them Score quickly after a knockout before the enemy respawns. Hyperspace Hole is extremely versatile as it allows Ally Pokémon to help each other out whenever one lane is being overrun, or even take Ally Pokémon back to Base to recover HP. Phantom Force will reduce the Movement Speed of enemy Pokémon. It's very useful in team fights as it can hit multiple enemies.

Held Items

  • Focus Band - Used to make sure Hoopa stays active with their Ally Pokémon as long as possible and whenever Hyperspace Hole is on cooldown.
  • Buddy Barrier - Without Trick, Buddy Barrier is one of Hoopa's best options to support their teammates with a Shield.
  • Exp. Share - Sharing XP is important and Hoopa can often farm XP faster than their Allies, making Exp. Share a very useful item.

Battle Items

  • Slow Smoke - Using Slow Smoke after using a portal can ensure that enemy Pokémon are trapped in the circle, making them easy pickings for Hoopa and their Allies.
  • X Speed - The additional Movement Speed increase from X Speed can help ensure that Hoopa can score before the enemy respawns, escape from fights, or even catch up to deliver the final hit on Zapdos.

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