- Summons permanent sandstorm.
- Increases power of Ground-, Rock-, and Steel-type attacks by 30% in a sandstorm.
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Hippopotas has one niche in Little Cup: using its ability, Sand Stream, to set up permanent sandstorm. Sandstorm is the most dangerous weather in Little Cup, with devastating sweepers such as Drilbur and Sandshrew and resilient walls like Lileep benefiting from it. With good bulk, decent defensive typing, Slack Off, and access to Stealth Rock, Hippopotas is not dead weight either, being able to check many physical attackers in the tier. Nevertheless, despite its lackluster offenses and weaknesses to Water-, Grass-, and Ice-type attacks, Hippopotas maintains a solid niche in Little Cup because of how threatening sand teams can be.
Hippopotas's most important role is staying alive to keep sandstorm up to support its teammates, so Eviolite is the chosen item along with heavy EV investment in its defenses. Thanks to its good bulk, Hippopotas can set up Stealth Rock on much of the tier; it can take hits from basically any physical attacker. Earthquake is Hippopotas's consistent STAB, doing solid damage to Pokemon that Hippopotas can wall such as Drilbur and Mienfoo. With the help of Slack Off, Hippopotas can continually switch in and Earthquake physical attackers throughout the match to wear them down for its team. Whirlwind in the last slot allows Hippopotas to check stat boosters and prevent setup from the likes of Dragon Dance Scraggy and SubRoost Murkrow, in addition to shuffling the opposing team around to rack up Stealth Rock damage. Crunch, on the other hand, prevents Hippopotas from being a completely free switch-in for Natu and prevents Taunt Misdreavus from setting up on it. However, without Whirlwind, Hippopotas is vulnerable to being set up on by Will-O-Wisp Misdreavus, Murkrow, and Scraggy, so be ready to check these threats with the rest of your team.
Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Hippopotas has one other ability: Sand Force. Unfortunately for Hippopotas, it is the only Sand Stream user in Little Cup, so running Sand Force is a gimmick at best due to its reliance on the other team. Stockpile allows Hippopotas to raise its defenses and become much bulkier, but it fears Toxic and still loses to strong Water-type attacks like Staryu's Hydro Pump. Overall, Hippopotas's only effective niche is being a Sand Stream and Stealth Rock user, and the options listed are the best way to fulfill that niche.
Checks and Counters
Snover removes sand from the field and threatens to KO with either of its STABs. Bronzor walls Hippopotas and can Toxic it and set up Stealth Rock. Staryu can use Rapid Spin to remove the Stealth Rock Hippopotas sets up and can OHKO it with Hydro Pump. Misdreavus takes little from most of Hippopotas's attacks and can burn it with Will-O-Wisp to render its attacks almost useless. In addition, Misdreavus can set up on non-Whirlwind Hippopotas with Nasty Plot. Natu, although rare, beats all Hippopotas variants without Crunch or Rock Slide by reflecting Stealth Rock, Whirlwind, and Toxic with Magic Bounce. Wingull can set up Rain Dance on Hippopotas and deal heavy damage to most common members of sand teams with STAB Hurricane and Scald. In general, Water-, Ice-, and Grass-types are effective at defeating the sandiest of mammals.