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This is a strategy guide for using Hippowdon in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Hippowdon, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Hippowdon

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ground Type
Sand Stream The Pokemon summons a sandstorm in battle.
Sand Force (Hidden) Boosts certain moves'power in sandstorm.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Water Image Grass Image Ice Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Poison Image Rock Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage
Electric Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
108 112 118 68 72 47

Best Nature for Hippowdon

Best Natures
(+Def, -SpAtk)
(+Def, -Spd)

What are Natures?

How to Learn Hippowdon's Egg Moves

Whirlwind Inherit from Shiftry (learns at Lv. 1)

Strategies for Hippowdon

Physical Defender Moveset & Best Build

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 252 / Sp.Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 215 / Atk. 132 / Def. 187 / Sp.Def. 93 / Spd. 67
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Rocky Helmet
Moveset Slack Off
Rock Tomb

Hippowdon takes advantage of its high Defense to weather hits from Physical attackers, while using its Ability Sand Stream to cause a Sandstorm, and Rocky Helmet to wear down the opponent's HP. As it's a Ground single-type Pokemon, it has few weaknesses, and can use Slack Off to heal up, making it a highly effective Physical defender.

Sweep Setup Moveset & Best Build

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Sp.Def. 252 / Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 215 / Atk. 132 / Def. 152 / Sp. Def. 124 / Spd. 67
Ability Sand Stream
Held Item Figy Berry
Mago Berry
Aguav Berry
Iapapa Berry
Moveset Yawn
Stealth Rock

While cutting down the enemy's HP with Sandstorm and Stealth Rock, bring out Yawn and if the opponent stays in and goes to sleep, you've got an opportunity to switch in your ace attacker. In this way, Hippowdon is useful at setting up to make a good opportunity for your ace attacker to come in and sweep without taking a hit. If the opponent tries to turn the tables and set up themselves, or puts in a Substitute, you can use Whirlwind to force a switch.

By placing EVs in Special Defense, and taking advantage of its Berry's effect to restore HP, Hippowdon can generally withstand 2 Special attacks in types other than its weaknesses. This gives it more than enough opportunity to set up Yawn and Stealth Rock.

How to Use Hippowdon Effectively

A Pokemon with high Defense and few Weaknesses

Hippowdon has high HP and Defense, and is a Pokemon well-suited to Physical defending overall. It learns many moves which are highly effective for Support, and with its Ability Sand Stream, it can continue cutting away at its opponent's HP while setting up an advantageous environment for its teammates.

Also capable as a Physical attacker

Hippowdon, although slow, can also deal heavy damage as an attacker, and combined with its defensive stats, it's able to dish out damage with no sweat even after taking a hit. As it can learn attacks from a variety of types, it's effective at hitting a variety of opponents super effectively.

Counters for Hippowdon

Use Special attacks to bypass its Defense

In comparison to its massive Defense, Hippowdon's Special Defense is middling, and even if it has max EVs in Special Defense, it won't be able to fully wall Special attacks. A clean hit from a Special Water or Grass-type attack will send it flying.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can hit with super effective Water-type attacks
・Immune to Ground-type attacks thanks to Levitate
Wash Rotom Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can hit with super effective Grass-type attacks
・Immune to Ground-type attacks thanks to Levitate

Taunt with a Pokemon with Ground immunity

As Hippowdon relies heavily on Status moves, it can easily be stopped in its tracks by Taunt. By using a type which can handle its primary weapon, Ground-type moves, it's possible to render Hippowdon completely unable to move.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Both immune to Ground and resistant to Rock-type moves
・Can fight through a battle of attrition
Corviknight Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Gyarados ImageGyarados Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Immune to Ground-type moves
・Can deal super effective damgae with Water-type moves
Gyarados Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

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1 Anonymousabout 2 months

Roar works just as well as whirlwind and Hippowdon learns it

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