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Hippowdon (Pokémon)

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Hippopotas #449: Hippopotas
Pokémon
#451: Skorupi Skorupi
Hippowdon
カバルドン Kabaldon
#450
450Hippowdon.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from Diamond and Pearl
Type
Ground Unknown
Category
Heavyweight Pokémon
Abilities
Sand Stream Sand Force
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,250,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Sinnoh
#123
Regional Browser numbers
Almia
R-247
Oblivia
R-284 N-104
Height
6'07"
Imperial
2.0 m
Metric
Weight
661.4 lbs.
Imperial
300.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Brown
Catch rate
60 (7.8%)
Body style
Body08.png
Footprint
 F450.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Field group 31 cycles
(7905 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
2
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 198 Battle Exp.: 1981*

Hippowdon (Japanese: カバルドン Kabaldon) is a Ground-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Hippopotas starting at level 34.

Biology

Hippowdon is a large, hippo-like Pokémon with skin color based on its gender: light brown if male, and black if female. It has a dark-gray back and muzzle with a few ports on it. Sand often spill out of these ports and its nostrils. Hippowdon has black feet with four white toes each. Its mouth is several feet across with big rounded teeth. Hippowdon has red eyes. Like its real-world counterpart, it is very short-tempered. It will summon a dangerous earthquake if angered. Hippowdon may hold its mouth agape, seemingly as a display of strength. It lives in deserts and other dry areas.

In the anime

Hippowdon in the anime

Major appearances

Hippowdon made its anime debut in Sleight of Sand!. This Hippowdon was the father of the Hippopotas that Ash and his friends rescued in Mass Hip-Po-Sis!. Dr. Namba charged Cassidy and Butch with the job of obtaining a sample of the sand that Hippowdon shoots out.

Jessie used a Hippowdon in the first leg of the Pokémon Triathlon in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!

Bertha's Hippowdon appeared in An Elite Coverup! where it was used in a battle against Ash's Torterra.

Minor appearances

Multiple Hippowdon made cameo appearances in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

A Hippowdon briefly appeared in Working on a Right Move! under the ownership of a Trainer where it was defeated in the Lily of the Valley Conference by another Trainer's Tangrowth.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP065 Hippowdon Dawn's Pokédex Hippowdon, the Heavyweight Pokémon. It creates an enormous tornado of sand by blowing sand out of the holes in its body, and its mouth is over 6 feet in diameter.
DP170 Hippowdon Ash's Pokédex Hippowdon, the Heavyweight Pokémon. As surprisingly fierce Pokémon, Hippowdon opens its giant mouth to intimidate adversaries.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

Hippowdon in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A wild Hippowdon first appeared in Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas, where Dr. Footstep set up a sticky carpet to collect its footprint, "finally" succeeding in extracting one from a Hippowdon. This, however, earned the ire of the Pokémon, which proceeded to send him and the three Sinnoh trainers flying with its Sand Tomb. As a result, Diamond and Platinum landed in the outskirts of Lake Verity, away from Pearl and Footstep, and promptly had to face two Super Nerds hired by Team Galactic to drive out intruders.

Like in the games, Bertha has a Hippowdon. However, it has not been seen battling.

In the TCG

Main article: Hippowdon (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond It blasts internally stored sand from ports on its body to create a towering twister for attack.
Pearl Its huge mouth is almost seven feet across. It has enough power to completely crush a car.
Platinum Surprisingly quick to anger. It holds its mouth agape as a display of strength.
HeartGold It brandishes its gaping mouth in a display of fearsome strength. It raises vast quantities of sand while attacking.
SoulSilver
Generation V
Black Surprisingly quick to anger. It holds its mouth agape as a display of strength.
White
Black 2 It is surprisingly quick to anger. It holds its mouth agape as a display of its strength.
White 2
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Trade
Crystal
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
None Trade
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Uncommon Route 228
Platinum
Uncommon Route 228
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Evolve Hippopotas
Pal Park
None
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Evolve Hippopotas
Black 2 White 2
Swarm Desert Resort
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Dark Crater (B1-B10)
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Haruba Desert
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Layuda Island
Thunder Temple
Pokémon Rumble Bright Beach
Pokémon Rumble Blast Desert: Sunny Seashore

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 108
168 - 215 326 - 420
Attack: 112
105 - 180 206 - 355
Defense: 118
110 - 187 216 - 368
Sp.Atk: 68
65 - 132 126 - 258
Sp.Def: 72
69 - 136 134 - 267
Speed: 47
46 - 108 89 - 212
Total: 525   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/2
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
2/2 ★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
13/16 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 09595% 15
00Start Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 09595% 15
00Start Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 09595% 15
00Start Tackle Normal Physical 05050 100100% 35
00Start Sand-Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
00Start Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
00Start Yawn Normal Status 0000 —% 10
077 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
1313 Yawn Normal Status 0000 —% 10
1919 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
1919 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
2525 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 08585% 15
3131 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
4040 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
5050 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
6060 Fissure Ground Physical 0000 —% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Hippowdon obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippowdon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippowdon
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM28 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 05050 080}}80% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippowdon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippowdon
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TorkoalSphealSealeoWalreinPurugly Body Slam Normal Physical 85 100% 15
TorkoalBidoofBibarel Curse Ghost Status —% 10
WeavileOshawottDewottSamurottBouffalant Revenge Fighting Physical 60 100% 10
SandshrewSandslashDugtrioHippopotasHippowdonSandile
KrokorokKrookodile
Sand Tomb Ground Physical 35 85% 15
SlakothVigorothSlakingChimcharMonfernoInfernape Slack Off Normal Status —% 10
WhismurLoudredExploud Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
EkansArbokMawileHeatmor Spit Up Normal Special 100% 10
EkansArbokMawileHeatmor Stockpile Normal Status —% 20
EkansArbokMawileHeatmor Swallow Normal Status —% 10
Shiftry Whirlwind Normal Status 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Hippowdon in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Hippowdon in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippowdon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippowdon
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Earth Power Ground Special 90 100% 10
B W B2 W2 Iron Head Steel Physical 80 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Stealth Rock Rock Status —% 20
B W B2 W2 Superpower Fighting Physical 120 100% 5
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Hippowdon can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Hippowdon cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippowdon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippowdon
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
IV - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
449 SuperpowerBW Fighting Physical 120 100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippowdon
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippowdon
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
Friend Area: Beau Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP My HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP My HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP My HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP450.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: E
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Ground  Poké Assist: Ground PA.png
( Ground )
Field move: Sand Fill - field move.png
(Sand Fill ×-)
Browser entry  
It triggers tremors and opens fissures in the ground. It also spits hunks of sand.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Ground  Ground Assist.png
( Ground )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Crush 4 field move.png
(Crush ×4)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It triggers tremors to attack.
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Hippopotas
Unevolved
Hippopotas
 Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 34


Hippowdon
First evolution
Hippowdon
 Ground 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation II.
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation III.
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 450 m.png Spr 4p 450 m.png Spr 4p 450 m.png Spr b 4d 450 m.png
Spr 4d 450 f.png Spr 4p 450 f.png Spr 4p 450 f.png Spr b 4d 450 f.png
Spr 4d 450 m s.png Spr 4p 450 m s.png Spr 4p 450 m s.png Spr b 4d 450 m s.png
Spr 4d 450 f s.png Spr 4p 450 f s.png Spr 4p 450 f s.png Spr b 4d 450 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 450 m.png Spr 5b 450 m.png Spr b 5b 450 m.png
Spr 5b 450 f.png Spr 5b 450 f.png Spr b 5b 450 f.png
Spr 5b 450 m s.png Spr 5b 450 m s.png Spr b 5b 450 m s.png
Spr 5b 450 f s.png Spr 5b 450 f s.png Spr b 5b 450 f s.png
Hippowdon For other sprites and images, please see Hippowdon images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Hippowdon is based on a hippopotamus. Because of the spouts upon its back that constantly spit sands, Hippowdon and its preevolution may be based upon the legendary Bahamut as, in some accounts of the myths behind it, it is said to support a bed of sand and have the head of a hippo.

Name origin

Hippowdon is a combination of hippopotamus, power, powder (as in sand), or pow (onomatopoeia for a bodily hit), and don (Spanish for lord; Ancient Greek for tooth).

Kabaldon is a combination of 河馬 kaba (hippopotamus) and don.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese カバルドン Kabaldon From 河馬 kaba (hippopotamus) and don (Spanish for lord; Ancient Greek for tooth)
France Flag.png French Hippodocus From hippopotamus and diplodocus
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hippowdon Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Hippoterus From hippopotamus
Italy Flag.png Italian Hippowdon Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 하마돈 Hamadon


External links

Hippopotas #449: Hippopotas
Pokémon
#451: Skorupi Skorupi


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