Hippopotas (Pokémon)

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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Hippopotas (disambiguation).
Hippopotas
Hippo Pokémon
ヒポポタス
Hippopotas
#449
Hippopotas



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Ground Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sand Stream Cacophony
Cacophony
Sand Force
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
140 (28%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
7710 - 7966 steps
Height
2'07" 0.8 m
Hippopotas
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
109.1 lbs. 49.5 kg
Hippopotas
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
95
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
66
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Hippopotas
0
HP
0
Atk
1
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body08.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F449.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Brown
Base friendship
70
External Links

Hippopotas (Japanese: ヒポポタス Hippopotas) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation IV.

It evolves into Hippowdon starting at level 34.

Biology

Hippopotas is a quadruped, hippo-like Pokémon that is most commonly found in deserts and other arid places. Its skin color depends on gender: if male, it is tan with dark brown patches, and if female, its coloring is reversed. It has a large snout with round, protruding nostrils. Its eyes and small ears protrude from the top of its head. Its torso has mottled coloring and a small hole on its back. Each of its feet has two blunt claws, and it has a small tail.

Hippopotas spends its time bathing in sand and avoids water at all costs. It covers itself in sand as a protective measure against germs and expels sand instead of sweat. When it walks through the sand, it shuts its nostrils. It also keeps its mouth open while traveling in sand, swallowing any sand and prey along the way. Hippopotas are more active during the day and burrows into sand during the cold desert nights. It prefers to travel in groups of ten.

In the anime

Major appearances

The recurring male Hippopotas

Hippopotas (recurring)

Hippopotas debuted in Mass Hip-Po-Sis!, where Ash, with the aid of his friends, rescued the Pokémon from being trapped upon a high ledge. Rhonda and her Sinnoh Now crew revealed that they were on assignment filming a herd of Hippo Pokémon. It was then discovered that Hippopotas was lost, having been separated from his herd. As a result, Ash and his friends helped Hippopotas find his way back. Like a few other Pokémon, Hippopotas seemed to like riding atop of Ash's head.

Team Rocket attempted to steal Hippopotas multiple times for Giovanni, but their plans were foiled each time. All the while, Jessie had trouble saying the Pokémon's species name. Hippopotas fell into a stream after one of Team Rocket's attempts to capture him. With the assistance of Nurse Joy, Ash and his friends fetched a sackful of dry sand to help Hippopotas recover. Later, the group were able to reunite Hippopotas with his herd.

Hippopotas reappeared in Sleight of Sand! with his father Hippowdon. In this episode, Butch and Cassidy also wanted to kidnap the Hippo Pokémon, but they failed.

Its known moves are Yawn, Sand Attack, Sand Tomb, and Sandstorm.

Other

Female Hippopotas in the anime

Multiple Hippopotas appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, where one of them was borrowed by Ash and his friends for its Ground-type attacks. It played a crucial role in restoring the broken Prison Bottle during the climactic battle in Dahara City. This Hippopotas was later returned to his herd, and Bonnie bid it farewell.

Minor appearances

A Hippopotas appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

In Another One Gabites the Dust!, a Coordinator's Hippopotas competed in the Battle Stage of the Chocovine Contest.

In Battling a Cute Drama!, a Hippopotas was at Shelter Town's Pokémon Center.

In a flashback in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, a Hippopotas was living at the Nebel Plateau.

In Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, a male and female Hippopotas were in the Wild Area.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP044 Hippopotas Dawn's Pokédex Hippopotas, the Hippo Pokémon. It lives in dry places and covers itself in sand to protect against germs. It does not enjoy getting wet.

In the manga

Hippopotas in Pokémon Adventures

In the Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic manga

A Hippopotas appeared in A Fresh Start.

In the movie adaptations

A Hippopotas appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A male Hippopotas appeared in Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas, under the ownership of a Gentleman at the Seven Stars Restaurant. He appeared along with a Socialite and her Bibarel. The quartet battled Diamond's Torterra, Tru, and Pearl's Infernape, Chimler, in a Tag Battle.

In the TCG

Main article: Hippopotas (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: a male Hippopotas is a resident of Serene Village, and speaks with a French accent. After the player brings their partner back at the Epilogue, Hippopotas can be recruited.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#122
Johto
#—
Diamond It lives in arid places. Instead of perspiration, it expels grainy sand from its body.
Pearl It enshrouds itself with sand to protect itself from germs. It does not enjoy getting wet.
Platinum It shuts its nostrils tight then travels through the sand as if walking. They form colonies of around ten.
HeartGold It shrouds itself in sand to ward off germs. It travels easily through the sands of the desert.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It shuts its nostrils tight then travels through the sand as if walking. They form colonies of around ten.
White
Black 2 It shuts its nostrils tight then travels through sand as if walking. They form colonies of around 10.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Coastal #048
Hoenn
#—
X It lives in arid places. Instead of perspiration, it expels grainy sand from its body.
Y It enshrouds itself with sand to protect itself from germs. It does not enjoy getting wet.
Omega Ruby It lives in arid places. Instead of perspiration, it expels grainy sand from its body.
Alpha Sapphire It enshrouds itself with sand to protect itself from germs. It does not enjoy getting wet.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#314
Sword It moves through the sands with its mouth open, swallowing sand along with its prey. It gets rid of the sand by spouting it from its nose.
Shield This Pokémon is active during the day and passes the cold desert nights burrowed snugly into the sand.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Maniac Tunnel
Platinum
Maniac Tunnel
HeartGold SoulSilver
Safari Zone
Generation V
Black White
Route 4 (Swarm)
Black 2 White 2
Breed Hippowdon
Dream World
Rugged Mountain
Generation VI
X Y
Route 9
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Breed Hippowdon
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Route 6, Dusty Bowl
Giant's Mirror (Max Raid Battle)

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Quicksand Pit (B3F-B10F)
MD Sky
Quicksand Pit (B3F-B10F)
Ranger: SoA
Hippowdon Temple
Rumble
Bright Beach
Ranger: GS
Layuda Island, Fire Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Sunny Seashore
Rumble U
Magical Lake: In Need of Trees
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 2Tu
Shuffle
Wacky Workshop: Stage 161 (Male)
Zaffiro Coast: Stage 611 (Male)
Event: Pokémon Safari (Fifth release; Female)
Rumble World
Diamond Crater: Smelting Forge (All Areas), Fairy Land: Heat-Wave Desert (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Zapdos Sea, Castform Sea, Garchomp Sea, Zygarde Sea, Arceus Sea, Garchomp SeaFinal, Zygarde SeaFinal

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
68
128 - 175 246 - 340
72
69 - 136 134 - 267
78
74 - 143 144 - 280
38
38 - 99 72 - 192
42
42 - 103 80 - 201
32
33 - 92 62 - 179
Total:
330
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
12/19 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, 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
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
044 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
088 Yawn Normal Status 0000 00——% 10
1212 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 08585% 15
1616 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
2020 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
2424 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
2828 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
3232 Roar Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
3636 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00——% 10
4040 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
4444 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
4848 Fissure Ground Physical 0000 03030% 5
5252 Slack Off Normal Status 0000 00——% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippopotas
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippopotas
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM34Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM42Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM42 Revenge Fighting Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM46Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM46 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM49Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM49 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
TM53Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM98Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM98 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR10Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR17Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR17 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR32Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR39Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR45Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR45 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TR67Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR76Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR94Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR94 High Horsepower Ground Physical 09595 095}}95% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippopotas
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippopotas
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Torkoal Curse Ghost Status —% 10
MawileHeatmorSkwovetGreedent Spit Up Normal Special 100% 10
MawileHeatmorSkwovetGreedent Stockpile Normal Status —% 20
MawileHeatmorSkwovetGreedent Swallow Normal Status —% 10
Shiftry Whirlwind Normal Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Hippopotas in Generation VIII
  • 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 Hippopotas in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippopotas
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippopotas
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh IoA Scorching Sands Ground Special 70 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippopotas
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippopotas
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
IV V VI VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
IV V VI VII Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
IV V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
IV V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
IV V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
IV V VI VII Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Hippopotas
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Hippopotas
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Endeavor Hippopotas (Rising Rivals 64)

Side game data

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 449.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: E
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist: Ground PA.png
Ground
Field move: None
Browser entry R-246
It causes tremors and spits hunks of sand to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist:
(present)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(present)
Tackle 3 field move.png
(Tackle ×3)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(past)
Tackle 1 field move.png
(Tackle ×1)
Browser entry R-283/N-103
It triggers tremors to attack.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush449 fBody.png Walking Speed: 1.25 seconds Base HP: 53
Base Attack: 70 Base Defense: 51 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT449.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Ground
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#191
Shuffle449.png

Quake
Sometimes increases damage and leaves opponent paralyzed for a short period of time.
Skill Swapper: Flash Mob
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Ground
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#191
Shuffle449F.png

T-Boost
Increases damage when making a T-shaped match.


Pokémon GO
GO449.png Base Stamina: 169 Base Attack: 124 Base Defense: 118
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: 50
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Bite
Charged Attacks: Dig, Rock Tomb, Body Slam

Evolution

449Hippopotas.png
Unevolved
Hippopotas
 Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 34
450Hippowdon.png
First evolution
Hippowdon
 Ground 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
449MS8.png For other sprites and images, please see Hippopotas images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Despite having obvious gender differences, both Hippopotas and its evolved form have only one menu sprite and one Dream World picture, both of which depict the male variation.

Origin

Hippopotas is based on a hippopotamus, with army-like desert camouflage. Because of the spout upon its back that spits sand, Hippopotas and its evolved form 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

Hippopotas is derived from hippopotamus.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ヒポポタス Hippopotas Derived from hippopotamus.
France Flag.png French Hippopotas Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hippopotas Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Hippopotas Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Hippopotas Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 히포포타스 Hipopotaseu Transliteration of Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 怪河馬 Guài Hé Mǎ Literally "Strange hippopotamus".


Related articles

External links


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