#1 Guide to Trading Rare Hikkake Pattern on IQ Option

Hikkake pattern on IQ OptionToday’s article is about the pattern that is called the Hikkake Pattern. Its name comes from Japanese and means “hook, ensnare, catch”. The candlesticks form frequently patterns on the price chart. These patterns are used by traders to identify the best points to enter transactions.

Key TakeawaysπŸ”‘

β†’Hikkake Pattern is a Japanese candlestick pattern used to identify short-term price movements.
β†’There are two types of Hikkake Patterns: bullish and bearish.
β†’Traders can use Hikkake Patterns to determine potential entry points for trades.
β†’Using higher time frames, such as 5 minutes or more, can improve the accuracy of the pattern.
β†’Practice identifying and trading with the Hikkake Pattern in a demo account before using real money.

What is Hikkake candlestick pattern?

The candlestick pattern known as the Hikkake pattern is used to recognise short-term upward and downward movements of the price. Depending on the direction, we can distinguish a bearish and bullish pattern. The latter appears more often.

Daniel L. Chesler, CMT, has invented the Hikkake pattern. For the first time, he described it in 2003. The pattern consists of a few candles in different directions. First, they develop in one direction and then they reverse informing about a change in the market’s course.

Two candles at the beginning of the Hikkake pattern are called an inside-day or Harami pattern (A). Their size diminishes. The second candle is fully engulfed by the first one.

The next candle’s closing is higher or lower than the high or low of the previous one (B). It depends on whether it is a bullish or bearish pattern.

Following candles develop above or below the third candle (depending on the type of the pattern) (C).

The closing of the last candle in the pattern lies below the second candle’s low or above the second candle’s high (D).

The completed pattern informs that the price will move in the direction signalled by the last candle in the pattern. To find the Hikkake pattern you can use a candlestick chart, but it is also possible to identify it using bar charts.

Bullish Hikkake pattern
Bullish Hikkake pattern

The bullish pattern is more frequently noticed on the price chart. In the above picture, four crucial moments are marked as A, B, C and D. The candle A is engulfed by the first bar in the pattern. The B closes lower than the A. The C candles usually develop lower in comparison to the highest price of the third candle. And the D closes above the high of the candle marked as A.

Bearish Hikkake pattern
Bearish Hikkake pattern

The bearish Hikkake pattern looks somewhat opposite. The A is still engulfed by the first candle. But the closing of the B is higher than the highest price of the A. The C candles appear usually higher than the lowest price of the third candle and the last one closes below candle A.

Pros and Cons of Hikkake Pattern πŸ“ˆπŸ“‰


  • Easy to identify on various timeframes.
  • Can help traders spot short-term price movements.
  • Applicable to various financial markets, including forex, stocks, and commodities.
  • Allows for potential early entry into trades.


  • False signals may occur, leading to potential losses.
  • Not suitable for long-term trading strategies.
  • May require additional confirmation from other technical indicators.
  • Not ideal for beginners without proper understanding and practice.

Bullish Hikkake Pattern Bearish Hikkake Pattern
Signals potential upward price movement. Signals potential downward price movement.
Appears more frequently on the price chart. Appears less frequently on the price chart.
Enter a buy position after pattern completion. Enter a sell position after pattern completion.

Trading with the Hikkake pattern on the IQ Option platform

Below you will find an exemplary chart with the Hikkake pattern. This is a bullish one with all four characteristic candles. The first candles imply a short-term fall in the prices and the third candle shows a breakout. When the pattern is completed, you can expect an upward movement and thus, you should open a buy position.

Bullish Hikkake pattern on GBPUSD 5m chart
The bullish Hikkake pattern on the GBPUSD 5m chart

The next screenshot shows the Hikkake candlestick pattern which is of the bearish type. Enter the trade in the direction of the last candle which means a sell position.

Bearish Hikkake pattern on GBPUSD 5m chart
The bearish Hikkake pattern on the GBPUSD 5m chart

Trading with the Hikkake pattern requires that you can identify the pattern on the chart. Like with other candlestick patterns the best results you can get by using chart time frames 5-minute and above. I recommend practising in the IQ Option demo account. You do not risk your money, but you get enough time to get to know the candlestick pattern. Share your thoughts on the Hikkake pattern with us in the comments section below.

Good luck!

Q&A: Hikkake Pattern Trading πŸ’‘

  1. What is the ideal timeframe for trading with the Hikkake Pattern?
    • Using chart time frames of 5 minutes and above can yield better results when trading with the Hikkake Pattern.
  2. Can the Hikkake Pattern be used in different financial markets?
    • Yes, the Hikkake Pattern can be applied to various markets, including forex, stocks, and commodities.
  3. What additional tools can be used to confirm Hikkake Pattern signals?
    • Traders can use other technical indicators, such as moving averages or RSI, to confirm Hikkake Pattern signals.
  4. Is the Hikkake Pattern suitable for beginners?
    • While the pattern is relatively easy to identify, beginners should practice in a demo account before using real money to trade with the Hikkake Pattern.
  5. How can I minimize the risk of false signals with the Hikkake Pattern?
    • Combining the Hikkake Pattern with other technical analysis tools and using higher time frames can help minimize the risk of false signals.


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Bart Bregman

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