Originally Posted by Fat Shokwav
This. Politoed isn't a particularly good mon (it was NU before Drizzle...) and has to slap on some choice specs to be able to do any real damage. Sand Stream is an excellent ability, and Hippow is actually a good mon.
Sand Stream is not an excellent ability. It doesn't power up Hydro Pumps, doesn't cut down Fire Blasts' power in two, and neither does it give 100% accuraccy for a powerful attack, whereas rain enables 2 (Thunder, Hurricane). It also enables a lot of mons to thrive in it (Tenta, Toxicroak, Ferrothorn, Scizor, etc).
Sand kinda just cancels out the other weathers and grants Ttar and Terrakion an SpDef boost. There's only 3 mons that can truly abuse Sandstorm - Stoutland and Sandslash, who are not threatening at all without it, and Sand Force Landorus, who seems to be much better running Sheer Force sets in this meta.