Hippopotas (Pokémon)

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Hippopotas
Hippo Pokémon
ヒポポタス
Hippopotas
#449
Male
Male
Female
Female



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Ground Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Female
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sand Stream Cacophony
Female
Cacophony
Sand Force
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Female
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
Male
0'0" 0 m
Female
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
109.1 lbs. 49.5 kg
Male
0 lbs. 0 kg
Female
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
95
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
66
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Male
0
HP
0
Atk
1
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Female
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
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body08.png
Footprint
F449.png None.png
Female
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 quadrupedal, hippopotamus-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. Despite its large and heavy appearance, it may remain undetected, due to how well it hides in the sand.

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

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

Female Hippopotas in the anime

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.

In A Pinch of This, a Pinch of That!, a male Hippopotas was 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

Male Hippopotas in Pokémon Adventures

Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic

A Hippopotas appeared in A Fresh Start.

Movie adaptations

A Hippopotas appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.

Pokémon Adventures

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
Sinnoh
#122
Hisui
#107
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.
Brilliant Diamond It lives in arid places. Instead of perspiration, it expels grainy sand from its body.
Shining Pearl It enshrouds itself with sand to protect itself from germs. It does not enjoy getting wet.
Legends: Arceus Though large and languid, Hippopotas is difficult to detect due to its tendency to burrow into and lurk beneath the soil. When agitated or excited, it expels sand from its nostrils.
Generation IX Paldea
#265
Scarlet It shuts its nostrils tight, then travels through sand as if walking. They form colonies of around 10.
Violet It shrouds itself in sand to ward off germs. It travels easily through the sands of the desert.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Maniac Tunnel
Platinum
Maniac Tunnel
HeartGold SoulSilver
Safari Zone (Desert with 28 Peak points)
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
Dusty Bowl (Max Raid Battle)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Maniac Tunnel
Grand Underground - Rocky Cave, Big Bluff Cavern, Sandsear Cave (After obtaining Defog)
Legends: Arceus


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 IX
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 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——% 5
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——% 5
  • 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

Generation IX
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM005Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM005 Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
TM007Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM008Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM008 Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM009Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM009 Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM010Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM010 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM025Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM028Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM028 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM035Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM035 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM036Bag TM Rock SV Sprite.png TM036 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM047Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM049Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM049 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM051Bag TM Rock SV Sprite.png TM051 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM055Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM055 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM066Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM066 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TM070Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM084Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM084 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TM085Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM086Bag TM Rock SV Sprite.png TM086 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM089Bag TM Fighting SV Sprite.png TM089 Body Press Fighting Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM103Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM108Bag TM Dark SV Sprite.png TM108 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM116Bag TM Rock SV Sprite.png TM116 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM128Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM128 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM130Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM133Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM133 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM149Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM149 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM150Bag TM Rock SV Sprite.png TM150 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TM171Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}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 TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Curse Ghost Status —% 10
Spit Up Normal Special 100% 10
Stockpile Normal Status —% 20
Swallow Normal Status —% 10
Whirlwind Normal Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Hippopotas in Generation IX
  • 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

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: Hippopotas Candy 50
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Bite
Charged Attacks: Dig, Rock Tomb, Body Slam, FrustrationAs Shadow Pokémon, ReturnAs Purified Pokémon

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
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Male Shiny Male
Female Shiny Female
Legends: Arceus
Male Shiny Male
Female Shiny Female
HOME
Male Shiny Male
Female Shiny Female
449MS8.png For other sprites and images, please see Hippopotas images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

Origin

Hippopotas seems to be based on a hippopotamus, although its behavior is the inverse of that of the real life species: hippopotamuses are more active during nighttime and often submerge themselves in water, while Hippopotas is more active during the day and hates getting wet. The pattern on Hippopotas's skin resembles desert military camouflage.

Because of the spout upon its back that spits sand, Hippopotas and its evolved form may be based upon the legendary Bahamut; 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 From hippopotamus.
France Flag.png French Hippopotas Same as English/Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hippopotas Same as English/Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Hippopotas Same as English/Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Hippopotas Same as English/Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 히포포타스 Hipopotaseu Transcription of Japanese name
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 沙河馬 / 沙河马 Shāhémǎ*
怪河馬 / 怪河马 Guàihémǎ*
From shā and 河馬 / 河马 hémǎ
From shòu and 河馬 / 河马 hémǎ
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 沙河馬 Sāhòhmáh*
怪河馬 Gwaaihòhmáh*
From and 河馬 hòhmáh
From shòu and 河馬 hòhmáh


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