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If you have a good competitive moveset for Hippowdon, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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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
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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.
Why Superpower? Superower lowers attack and defense by one stage every time you use that move.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Explanation

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).

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Mini-hippo

Nature: Careful
Ability: Sand-stream
Item: Evolite
EVs: 252 S.def, 252 Def, 6 hp

Stealth-rock
Slack-off
Stock-pile
Toxic

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.

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4 hp evs not 6
It doesn't matter, 2 EVs doesn't make a point.
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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)

Moves:

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.

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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.

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Mixed Wall
Item: Leftovers
Nature : Careful
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 200 HP/156 Def/ 252 SpD
Slack Off
Yawn/Toxic
Earthquake / Protect
Stockpile

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

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Trait: sand stream
EVs 200 Atk, 200HP, 108 Sp.D
Adament Nature (+Atk-Sp.A)
-Slack Off
-Fire Fang
-Thunder Fang
-Earthquake

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

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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
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I like to mix my movesets with moves that deal no damage but still be devastating, while also having one or two moves that deal some serious damage.
What I'd recommend-

Hippowdon @Leftovers
Sand stream
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -Sp. Atk)
•Earthquake (Do I need to explain)
•Ice fang (Deals with ice and flying types)
•Stealth Rock (Irritating hazard)
•Slack off (If used right, healing moves can be VERY beneficial)

Strategy guide-
At the start of the battle use Stealth rock, this will deal some damage to incoming Pokemon every round, which is very useful, After this, start spamming either Earthquake or Ice fang, Flying and Grass types are very common out on the field what with mega Rayquaza and Mega Sceptile, otherwise Earthquake should take care of the enemies and Voila! If you are planning on Super Training or if you are playing on Smogon, I'd recommend super training it in Defence and Attack, since Hippowdon isn't a really fast Pokemon. I'd also recommend breeding it for good IVs if you have the time, IVs are very important to winning, anything that can raise your stats is a must do. If you're super training it in the suggested stats, I'd recommend earning BP to get Iron and Protein, also something I've found particularly useful in raising my Pokemon's stats are the several varieties of wings. For the suggested Defense and Attack stat, you would want to find Muscle Wings and Resist Wings, wings are commonly found in Super Training regiments, great combo, isn't it? If you do the extra regiments, then you can find a variety of wings.

Enjoy your new Hippowdon, and good luck on the playing field.

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Item: Maranga bery so you gain the needed special defence when hit since you have no way of boosting special def.

nature: careful so you will have as much special defence as possible to endure even your weak hits to trigger maranga bery and still able to slack off afterwards

ability: sand stream

Ev spread: 252 hp/4 defence/252 special def. you have curse with already high defence so special defence should be focused

moveset:

Curse
Slack off
Earthquake
ice fang/thunder fang /stone edge

this is a very versatile moveset I have swept teams with this set I use thunder fang over fire fang and stone edge simply because it kills all the threatening flyers such as talonflame or gyarodos.

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Physical Attack Sweeping Hippowdon @ Life Orb

Trait: Sand Force

EV's: 252 Attack/ 252 Defense / 4 Special Defense

Impish (+Def, -SAtk)/ Adament (+Atk, -SAtk) Nature

  • Earthquake
  • Sandstorm
  • Stone Edge
  • Toxic
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Hippowdon
Gen 7
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Moves:
Earthquake
Stealth Rock
Yawn
Whirlwind
Evs: 252 HP/ 4 Atk/ 252 SpD
Ability: Sand Stream
Nature: Careful
Explanation: First, you start by using Stealth Rock. Then, you use Yawn on the opposing Pokemon to put pressure on the other team. The reason is that if the opposing Pokemon stays in battle, it will fall asleep. If the opposing trainer decides to switch Pokemon, the one that comes in to battle has to take damage from Stealth Rock. Earthquake is for STAB purposes. Whirlwind is to make the opposing team take damage from Stealth Rock. (Just watch out for entry hazard removers.)

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Hippowdon @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Stream
EVs: 248 HP / 4 Atk / 8 Def / 248 SpD
Careful Nature
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock
- Slack Off
- Body Press/Roar

Hippowdon is a really good ground type, and probably the best sand setter out there. 248 Special Defense and a Careful nature let it tank special hits pretty well. 248 HP is obviously so it can last long. Earthquake is a STAB move and is good when taunted. Stealth Rock because it's got the defenses to set it up, and Sandstorm+Rocks wears enemies down very quickly. Slack Off to recover, mandatory if you want to cut enemies down to low HP efficiently. Body Press because it has good defenses, while Roar phazes set-up sweepers and chains stealth rock damage.

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Nature: Sassy Ability: Sand Stream
252 SpD EVs, 128 HP EVs, 128 Def EVs.
Moves:
-Earthquake
-Curse
-Toxic
-Slack Off
Explanation: Earthquake is STAB and gets boosted by Soft Sand. The sandstorm and Toxic can continually lower HP. Slack Off is for recovery. You're already slow, so Curse boosts your already high Defense and boosts the power of Earthquake.

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S o f t s a n d.do leftovers, you'd be suprised how much it helps