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Hippowdon - Moveset and Competitive Build

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Find out how to breed Hippowdon in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the breeding process, recommended movesets, competitive builds, EV spreads, held items, counters and more!

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Hippowdon Build Overview

Total Base Stats525
Type Ground Icon

Best Build For Hippowdon

Best NatureBest Item
Impish (Def ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Sand Stream
Summons a Sandstorm upon entering the battle.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Curse / Stealth Rock / Slack Off
Best EV Spread
Defense 252, HP 252, Sp. Def 4

Hippowdon Strengths

Hippowdon is an incredible physical and sometimes special tank. With a 112 Attack stat, his STAB Earthquake is also not to be taken lightly.

Sand Stream Summons a Sandstorm

Hippowdon, just like Tyranitar, can summon a Sandstorm when it enters the battle. This will wear down some enemy Pokemon and could be a strong buff to your team. Try him out with the likes of Flygon or Dugtrio.

More On Hippowdon's Stats & Move Set Here

Hippowdon Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Hippowdon

Wash Rotom IconWash Rotom Pros
- Can two shot with Hydro Pump
- Immune to Earthquake
- Will take damage from Stealth Rock on entry
Milotic IconMilotic Pros
- Strong sustain with Recover
- STAB Scald is super effective + can burn
- Access to Toxic
- Will take damage from Stealth Rock on entry
Cloyster IconCloyster Pros
- Can set up Shell Smash
- Access to Toxic
- Will take 25% from Stealth Rock

How To Play Against Hippowdon

Hippowdon can be a pain to play against if you let it Curse over and over. It's important to get a Pokemon that does super effective special damage to take it out. Choice Spec Rotom Wash will take it out in 1 shot (in most situations).

Hippowdon - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Physical Attacker Hippowdon

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Defense252 points (max)
Sp. Defense4 points

HP is a must, but you can change the Defense EVs into Special Defense if you see fit.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Hippowdon - Recommended Natures

CarefulSpD↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Hippowdon's Special Defense is slightly lower, so it needs some boosting in certain situations.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
The extra damage on Earthquake is never a bad thing!
ImpishDef↑ / Sp.Atk↓
For a defensive build, Impish with Leftovers is a solid bet.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Hippowdon - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Hippopotas on Route 6, or a Hippowdon on Route 8.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Hippopotas
3Breed that Hippopotas until you get one with a Careful or Impish Nature.
4Put 252 EVs in Defense and HP
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Reach Lv. 34 to evolve to Hippopowdon
7Teach it Earthquake, Curse, Stealth Rock, and Slack Off
8Equip Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Hippopotas

The first step to Breeding Hippowdon will be to catch a wild one. Hippopotas can be found on Route 6, while Hippowdon can be found on Route 8 and at the Lake of Outrage (Wild Area) during Sandstorms.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Hippowdon - Recommended Moves

Recommended Attack Moves

Ice Fang
Ice Icon
Good type coverage vs Dragon and Flying types.
Ground Icon
Powerful stab move that will take out Pokemon with a weakness to it.
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Good move for coverage on some targets.

Recommended Support and Buff Moves

Stealth RockUse TR76 to learn. Hurts opponents when they switch in.
Extremely powerful when paired with Roar.
CurseLowers speed, but raises Attack and Defense.
Extremely powerful buff, should be used whenever possible.
Slack OffRestores 50% of the user's health.
Incredible for keeping yourself alive while spamming Curse.
RoarForces another of the opponent's Pokemon onto the field.
This triggers Stealth Rock and can be frustrating for some teams to deal with.

Hippowdon - Recommended Item to Hold

LeftoversRestores health at the end of every turn.
Another great tool for staying alive while buffing up with Curse.
Rocky HelmetCauses Pokemon that hit the wearer with a contact move to take damage.
Useful to wear the opponent down, good addition to Sandstorm damage.
Choice BandBoosts Attack by 150% but the user can only use one move.
Only recommended for Adamant Max Attack Hippowdon. Loses utility but can deal devastating damage.

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Anonymous 1

Hippowdown cannot learn the move curse, however swapping curse for amnesia works great for a support/stall build and it gives good special attack coverage

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