Competitive Information for Hippopotas [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Hippopotas hippopotas
Base Stats for Hippopotas

Ground

Abilities:
Sand StreamSand Stream: On switch-in, this Pokemon summons Sandstorm.
,
Sand ForceSand Force: This Pokemon's Ground/Rock/Steel attacks do 1.3x in Sandstorm; immunity to it.


Evolutions / Family:
Hippopotas
Hippowdon

Weakness Chart for Ground-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
  
  
0x
  
  
  
  
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
2x
  
2x
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
  
2x
¼x
½x
2x
4x

Optimize Hippopotas's EVs for Sword/Shield

Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Hippopotas? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Hippopotas is a marvelous Ground-typed Pokemon. Hippopotas is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Hippopotas is weak to Grass, Ice, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Hippopotas
Item: Leftovers / Life Orb
Ability: Sand Force
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 92 Hp / 252 Atk / 164 SpD
Moveset:
- Earthquake / High Horsepower
- Superpower / Revenge
- Double-Edge / Body Slam
- Rock Slide / Rock Tomb

Physical Sweeper Hippopotas (Sand Force)

Hippopotas is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Hippopotas last longer regaining it's stamina every turn. Life Orb boosts the power of Hippopotas's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sand Force, Hippopotas's ground/rock/steel attacks do 1.3x in sandstorm; immunity to it.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).
High Horsepower is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Ground-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Hippopotas's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Revenge is a physical 60-base power Fighting-type move (power doubles if Hippopotas is damaged by the target).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Rock Tomb is a physical 60-base power Rock-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).



Species: Hippopotas
Item: Smooth Rock / Life Orb
Ability: Sand Stream
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 92 Hp / 252 Atk / 164 SpD
Moveset:
- Earthquake / High Horsepower
- Rock Slide / Double-Edge
- Superpower / Revenge
- Crunch / Bite

Physical Sweeper Hippopotas (Sand Stream)

Hippopotas is an awesome Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Life Orb boosts the power of Hippopotas's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sand Stream, on switch-in Hippopotas summons sandstorm. Rock Slide was added to provide additional threat coverage.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).
High Horsepower is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Ground-type move that deals a good amount of damage.
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Hippopotas's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Revenge is a physical 60-base power Fighting-type move (power doubles if Hippopotas is damaged by the target).
Crunch is a physical 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to lower the target's defense by 1 stage).
Bite is a physical 60-base power Dark-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).


Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Hippopotas? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Species: Hippopotas
Item: Leftovers / Life Orb
Ability: Sand Force
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 92 Hp / 252 Atk / 164 SpD
Moveset:
- Earthquake / High Horsepower
- Rock Slide / Rock Tomb
- Superpower / Revenge
- Double-Edge / Body Slam

Doubles Physical Sweeper Hippopotas (Sand Force)

Hippopotas is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Hippopotas last longer regaining it's HP every turn. Life Orb boosts the power of Hippopotas's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sand Force, Hippopotas's ground/rock/steel attacks do 1.3x in sandstorm; immunity to it.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).
High Horsepower is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Ground-type move that deals a considerable amount of damage.
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Rock Tomb is a physical 60-base power Rock-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Hippopotas's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Revenge is a physical 60-base power Fighting-type move (power doubles if Hippopotas is damaged by the target).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).



Species: Hippopotas
Item: Smooth Rock / Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 92 Hp / 252 Atk / 164 SpD
Moveset:
- Earthquake / High Horsepower
- Rock Slide / Rock Tomb
- Double-Edge / Body Slam
- Superpower / Revenge

Doubles Physical Sweeper Hippopotas (Sand Stream)

Hippopotas is a pretty decent Physical Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Hippopotas last longer regaining it's health points every turn. With Sand Stream, on switch-in Hippopotas summons sandstorm.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).
High Horsepower is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Ground-type move that deals a considerable amount of damage.
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Rock Tomb is a physical 60-base power Rock-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Hippopotas's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Revenge is a physical 60-base power Fighting-type move (power doubles if Hippopotas is damaged by the target).


Movepool


Wondering what moves can Hippopotas learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Mud Shot
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Muddy Water
90
85%
10
30% chance to lower the foe(s) accuracy by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Scorching Sands
70
100%
10
30% chance to burn the target. Thaws target.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Spit Up
--
100%
10
More power with more uses of Stockpile.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Weather Ball
50
100%
10
Power doubles and type varies in each weather.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fissure
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
High Horsepower
95
95%
10
No additional effect.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Revenge
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Sand Tomb
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Stomping Tantrum
75
100%
10
Power doubles if the user's last move failed.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Sand Attack
--
100%
15
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Slack Off
--
--
10
Heals the user by 50% of its max HP.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Stockpile
--
--
20
Raises user's Defense, Sp. Def by 1. Max 3 uses.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swallow
--
--
10
Heals the user based on uses of Stockpile.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Whirlwind
--
--
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Yawn
--
--
10
Puts the target to sleep after 1 turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Hippopotas can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Hippopotas

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