Have you lost on the Undisputed ranked ladder because of hook spam? Read our guide to learn how to overcome this annoying strategy.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from the Undisputed gaming community is that people can spam hooks all day and win fights. While this might be true to some extent, there are things you can do against a spammer to win.
How to Beat Hook Spam in Undisputed
There are many factors that will play into your bout in Undisputed, but to defeat someone who is just spamming hooks, perform straight punches at a distance, then back away.
Hooks make a circular motion and, therefore, will take longer to hit the target. You can interrupt these with faster straight punches like jabs. Bait the enemy in, lean back using Left Trigger, then execute a jab. If you time it right, you can land a countershot doing this. Then, back away by tapping back, up, or down x2 and rinse and repeat.
To do even more damage, mix in more straight punches for combinations. If your opponent keeps hitting the hook button, they won’t be able to get it off before you get your shots off. Combinations like jab, jab, straight, or jab, straight are great options. If you’re having trouble getting out of the way of the shots, remember to engage loose movement by pressing up on the D-pad.
You might be surprised to learn that it won’t take too many rounds doing this until your opponent gets worn out. Spammers get tired quickly because they hit air most of the time if you’re moving around the ring. If they are hooking with power shots, this is even more true, and you’ll be able to knock them down by the second or third round in most cases.
Being Defensive Against Hook Spam
One of the biggest mistakes players make in Undisputed is using Right Trigger to block but not utilizing the Left Trigger while doing so. Like real boxing, a boxer’s guard is not perfect, and there are times when shots can get through them, especially at certain distances. If your fighter has a high-front guard, for example, it’s more than possible that hooks will get through the guard and hit you in your boxer’s ear.
To defend against a hook spammer, you’ll want to lean away from the hook while holding a high guard unless that spammer is targeting your body. While bodywork is a good countermeasure to leaning and slipping, it doesn’t work if you also are good at block timing and protecting your body as well as your head.
Remember, the range required to hit headshots while leaning is pretty immense most of the time — so you’re safe and mid and long-range distances leaning back and defending low to prevent body blows. At closer distances, hook spam while you lean back may end up with you getting knocked out, so remember to protect your head.
Ultimately, it’s not about what kind of punches you throw to combat hook spam; it’s about the timing in which you throw them. If someone is “spamming,” it means they are hitting the same moves repeatedly, usually in the same cadence. Hit them in between their hooks and time it as best you can, and you’ll knock them out.
Did you still get dominated by hook spam? Let us know in the comments section below.