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When you leave Circhester Stadium, having acquired your 6th Gym badge, Sonia will come to see you again. But it’s pretty cold outside, so she suggests a better place for a chat. Head west from the stadium, then go down the left-hand side path. Afterwards, turn left to find the restaurant that Sonia mentioned. Inside, Sonia will make a surprising discovery.

Once you’re back in control, exit the restaurant. You’ll be escorted to the hot baths. The heat from the baths will get to Hop’s head and he’ll challenge you to a battle here and now. Sonia will heal your party beforehand, so there’s no real need to prepare.

Pokémon Trainer Hop

Pokémon Level Type
"Dubwool" IconDubwool 40 Normal
"Corviknight" IconCorviknight 40 Flying/Steel
"Pincurchin" IconPincurchin 39 Electric
"Snorlax" IconSnorlax 39 Normal
"Inteleon" IconInteleon (if you picked "Grookey" IconGrookey) 41 Water
"Rillaboom" IconRillaboom (if you picked "Scorbunny" IconScorbunny) 41 Grass
"Cinderace" IconCinderace (if you picked "Sobble" IconSobble) 41 Fire

Hop has brought back his old team, although some of them have now evolved (and there’s one new face). Also, there will be hail during battle, which you could use to your advantage if you have Ice-types.

First up, he’ll send out Dubwool, which is an evolved "Wooloo" IconWooloo. Of the bunch, it’s the most straightforward to deal, but it is pretty bulky. Knock it out with Fighting moves if you can.

Next, he may send out Corviknight, which is a fully evolved "Rookidee" IconRookidee. It’s gained the Steel-type and is weak to Fire and Electric only. Offensively, it’s not much of a threat, but it can resist a lot of types.

His third ‘mon is a new one. "Pincurchin" IconPincurchin is a pure Electric-type, which you can catch very soon. Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s a Water-type and don’t hit it with Electric moves, because it has Lightning Rod.

Hop’s "Snorlax" IconSnorlax has also made a return. As before, it can potentially take many hits, but it lacks a form of recovery (except for a Hyper Potion). So just keep unleashing your moves and it’ll eventually go down.

Finally, when you reach Hop’s starter Pokémon, it’ll be plain sailing. Just sick your own starter on it.

After that cozy battle, you’re be all on your own again. When you’re ready to leave, head east from the entrance of the hot baths, towards the boutique. Then go down the right-hand side path, where the houses are. When you reach the hair salon on the right, continue going down to exit Circhester for Route 9.


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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    4 January 2023
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

Brand New October 2020:

Version 1.2

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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