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What is a good moveset for hippowdon?

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asked Jul 27, 2010 by ohioscyther
edited Jul 2, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion

16 Answers

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Ice fang to get grass and flying types types
Earthquake because its a ground type with high attack power
Thunder-fang to get water types
Iron head to get ice types or also iron tail

answered Jul 27, 2010 by Psychic x
fire fang would take care of ice and grass
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Mine has this for its moveset, it covers all weakneses:

Earthquake: If a Ground type doesn't have this move, something is very very very very wrong. If a normal Pokemon with higher attack than Sp. Attack doesn't know Earthquake, the reason better be that you are low on TM 26. Even if a Pokemon with higher Sp. Attack doesn't have Earthquake, that may be wrong.

Ice Fang: Decent power, chance to cause flinching or freezing, decent accuracy, used to deal with Grass types. Also deals with Flying types, who are immune to Earthquake, and the ever popular Dragon type.

Thunder Fang: Decent power, decent accuracy, chance to cause flinching or to paralyze, used to deal with Water types. It also deals with Flying types, which are immune to Earthquake.

Stone Edge: High power, good chance for critical hit, used to deal with Ice types. Also deals with Flying types who are immune to Earthquake.

answered Jul 27, 2010 by trachy
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Fire Fang-Deals with Grass and Ice types.Chance to flinch or burn.

Thunder Fang-Deals with Water and Flying types.Chance to flinch or parylize.

Ice fang-Also deals with Flying types.Chance to freeze or flinch.You also have three elmental biting moves!

Earthquake-Everyone knows how GREAT it is!!

answered Sep 11, 2010 by PokeGirl
edited Apr 26, 2012 by Speed freak
I think crunch is a better biting move than ice fang sence flying is already covered.
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Hippowdon @ Leftovers

Trait: Sand Stream

EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 Def

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Crunch
  • Stone Edge
  • Yawn/Stealth Rock/Slack Off/Body Slam

Earthquake offers reliable STAB.
Crunch is also reliable, has a chance of lowering the opponents Def stat.
Stone Edge gives some eh coverage, it's still a good move though with a nice chance of critical hit.
Yawn can be used to force a switch or put your opponent to sleep, Stealth Rock is annoying hazards making the game less fun and of course with your sand rush excadrill your opponent might as well rage quit.
Slack Off provides healing, Body Slam has a chance of paralyzing your foe and gives good neutral coverage.

answered Sep 15, 2011 by Hex
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Hippowdon (F) @ Leftovers

Role: Oh Darn, I already am using Tyranitar!

Trait: Sand Force

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SDef

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Stockpile
  • Slack Off
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge

With Sand support.

Stock Pile beefs up your defenses, Slack off regains Health, and Stone Edge and Earthquake get sand Force bonus.

answered Sep 15, 2011 by Josh
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Gen V

Hippowdon (F) @ Leftovers

Trait: Sand Stream

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Slack Off
  • Curse
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge
answered Jun 18, 2011 by trachy
I like this, but you can't have a complete Hippowdon without Superpower. So I would replace Stone Edge with it seeing as it covers less types than Superpower does.
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Nature: Careful
Ability: Sand-stream
Item: Evolite
EVs: 252 S.def, 252 Def, 6 hp


Stealth-rock makes an annoying entry hazard. Slack-off is for healing. Stock-pile gives defensive boosts. Toxic gives status problem. This is a great UU sand-stream activator.

answered Sep 15, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 26, 2012 by Speed freak
4 hp evs not 6
It doesn't matter, 2 EVs doesn't make a point.
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This Hippowdon is the lead of mi sandstorm team.

Adamant Nature
Ev trained in Sp.Def and HP
Sandstream Ability
Passho Berry Held Item

Stealth Rock: Best entry hazard move.
Earthquake: STAB, high power and good accuracy.
Fire Fang: covers grass and ice weakness.
Rockslide/Thunder Fang/Roar: Auxillary moves incase there's a foe that could get you into some trouble.

Mine actually know protect because I have him in my double battle team but this moveset is for single.

answered Jul 25, 2012 by metagurosu
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Great for sandstorm team:

  • Item: Leftovers
  • Slack Off
  • Toxic
  • Earthquake/ Stone Edge/ Return
  • Protect

Beware Crobat, Bronzong, and Gengar!

answered Feb 23, 2013 by Kanto
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Hippowdown @ Leftovers

Ability: Sand Force

Nature: Hasty (+Speed, -Defense)

-Sandstorm (To power up Earthquake)

-Fire Fang (Deals with Ice and Grass type)

-Thunder Fang (Deals with Water type)

-Earthquake (STAB, very good combination with Sand Force + Sandstorm)

answered Mar 11, 2013 by VladyAndSamurott
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Hippowdawn (F) @ Leftovers (or any other item you prefer)

Trait: Sand Stream

EVs: Defense 255, Speed 100, SP. Defense 100, SP. Attack 55

Naive Nature ( +Speed, =SP. Defense)


Water Pulse

Earth Power

Fire Fang

Stealth Rock

Water Pulse gives confusing stat and also covers your ground & rock buddies

Earth Power I think you guys should try out Earth Power then Earthquake, it's pretty powerful and also doesn't hurt your allies in Double or Triple Battles

Fire Fang coverage and it gives flinching

Stealth Rock good for starting out a battle

I hope you guys like this Moveset for Hippowdon <3

P.S. If your wondering why Hippowdon has Water Pulse, it's because she can learn it in HG/SS and Diamond & Pearl/Platinum via TM.

answered Aug 19, 2013 by PokemonRangerAngelo
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Hippowdon @ Assualt Vest
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Fire Fang
- Stone Edge
- Crunch/Thunder Fang

Hippowdon is a great Pokémon, not to mention very underused, being in the UU tier, thanks to the weather being nerfed. It has great attack, higher than the OU Lucario and Infernape, and fellow UU Pokemon, Arcanine. It's defense and HP isn't lacking either, being higher than popular walls, like Slowbro, Heatran, and the ever-so popular Tyranitar. Along with a movepool and ability just screaming TANK, I wonder why it's not more used, then I remember Tyranitar, with a much higher attack, special defense, and a mega evo. Speaking of SPD, Hippowdon suffers the same problem as Conkeldurr, has it's stats high in all the right places, but suffers from special attackers, keeping it in UU, with it's threats, like Suicune, Vapereon, Celebi, Roserade, etc. And unless it gets a boost in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it will stay there. But I try to give underused Pokémon power, along with unique movesets, just try to wreck OU Pokémon with NU. This is one of those sets, being an Assault Vest Hippowdon. Unless you are new to Gen 6, I bet you know what it does, but allow me to say for those who don't. Assault Vest gives the Pokemon holding it a 1.5x boost in special defense, but only allows attacking moves. Conkeldurr comes back into play with this, being it's main held item now, with the major buff to Knock Off, along with it's popular Drain, Mach, and Ice punches, it uses the Assault Vest to perfection. Hippowdon can't really utilize it as well, but it still gives it the bulk it needs in SPD.

Earthquake: You MUST be new to competitive if you question why a Pokémon would carry Earthquake, especially since it gets STAB as well.

Fire Fang: To deal with Grass and Ice Types, along with pesky Scizor and Skarmory, and maybe get a burn.

Stone Edge: High crit rate, great power, and coverage for Flying and Ice types.

Crunch/Thunder Fang: Crunch for coverage or Thunder Fang for chance to para and cover Water and Flying Types.

answered May 13, 2014 by Froggyboy
edited May 13, 2014 by Froggyboy
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Mixed Wall
Item: Leftovers
Nature : Careful
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 200 HP/156 Def/ 252 SpD
Slack Off
Earthquake / Protect

Use stockpile to get superb defenses,then Slack off the damage, and Toxic Stall them or put them to sleep and attack with Earthquake.

answered Jun 19, 2014 by Purple
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Hippowdon@ Leftovers
Trait: sand stream
EVs 200 Atk, 200HP, 108 Sp.D
Adament Nature (+Atk-Sp.A)
-Slack Off
-Fire Fang
-Thunder Fang

The two Fangs cover all weaknesses, Earthquake is a great STAB move and leftovers restore health over time and Slack Off for big heal. He could become king of the world! or at least be a prized sweeper.

Hope I helped

answered Dec 2, 2014 by Almighty Aggron
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Gloria (Hippowdon) (F) @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 126 Def / 126 SDef
Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Earthquake
  • Slack Off
  • Body Slam
  • Iron Head
answered Dec 13, 2014 by frczen
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Hippowdon @ Leftovers / Smooth Rock

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Role: Mixed Wall

Ability: Sand Stream

EVs: 252 HP / 148 Def / 108 Sp. Def

Impish Nature ( - Sp. Atk , + Def)

  • Earthquake
  • Stealth Rock
  • Whirlwind / Stone Edge
  • Slack Off


Hippowdon's niche in OU is that it can serve as one of the best mixed walls in the game! It is a great check for some of the most powerful Physical Sweepers in OU (Talonflame, Terrakion, and Garchomp are prime examples). It also boasts good defensive stats with 108 HP / 118 Def / 72 Sp. Def. To top it off, it can reliably set up sandstorm for defensively-oriented sandstorm teams.

Earthquake is good STAB and beats most frail sweepers.

Stealth Rock is a great support move and Hippowdown can set it up reliably.

Whirlwind is a good phazing move and stops set-up sweepers, while Stone Edge, along Earthquake, provides good coverage (the Edge-Quake combo).

Slack Off is a reliable healing move, so that Hippowdon does not get worn down by sweepers.

EVs are meant to give Hippowdon good defensive bulk. The EVs in Sp. Def allow it to tank a super-effective Hidden Power fairly well, but it does not prevent Hippowdon from being OHKOed by a STAB Water-type or Ice-type move (both of which are quite common).

answered Jul 8 by MechSteelix