yes, HP does indeed stand for hidden power and no, you can't change the type of the move because the IVs of the pokemon determine what type of move it is in the first place. also because you can't change IVs either --- STD = super transmission device!! have you got a STD?
IV's determine the type and power of HP, yes. It's takes a long time to get a good HP type with a good HP power, and also HP is mostly used in battle simulators, such as Shoddy or Netbattle, where you can set your IV's rather than luck out. --- In the time it takes for you to read this, I will be in Mexico with your wallet and ID in my possession.
So I should forget it? The only good type imo would be HP ice/electric/grass for Fire pokes, Ice for Dragon, Elec/Grass for water/flying/rock/ground.
On a different note is Sandslash good? would it be worth breeding for Rock Slide/Swords Dance? It would have good moves (Rock Slide, Swords Dance, Strength (or Slash) and some ground move) but what about stats?
What are some other good pokemon? I have Sceptile, Vibrava (going to evolve) and soon Starmie. Would a Skarmory with Drill Peck be good? Is there any way of getting a Snorlax, or do I need F/red L/green?
Yeah, mainly fire types use either HP grass or Ice if they use it at all.
And Sandslash is good ingame, but kinda meh competitively. Swords Dance and Rock Slide are extremely useful.
Skarmory with drill peck works, and yeah, you need FR/LG to get a snorlax.
The main thing to remember is that ingame, anything works. Feel free to choose whoever you want. Unless it's competitive, in which case some things don't work, but from the look of your posts it looks like it's ingame. --- Ganon bounces all over the place spewing fireballs faster than an AOLer can spew internet acronyms. - GreenShyguy04
it's impossible to list all the possible combinations of IVs and the resulting type and power of Hidden Power. Any competent IV calculator will tell you, after you input all your pokemon's values, what their type and power is --- STD = super transmission device!! have you got a STD?
Keep in mind that the IV output will have to be 100% precise to get the proper reading. It's a good idea to at least know what type it is before hand because I've have IV calcs be 1 point off in a single IV and give a completely wrong HP and power all together. --- QT x314159. //Diamond: 473