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How to Get Hidden Abilities and Ability Patches in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

How to Get Hidden Abilities and Ability Patches in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
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Pokemon Scarlet is the latest game in the Pokemon franchise that kick-starts Generation IX. The amazing region of Paldea has a lot to offer Pokemon fans. As with all generations, it introduces new gameplay and mechanics to keep battles fresh such as the new Terastallization mechanic.

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However, some core aspects of Pokemon and its gameplay still remain in the game to this day, such as Abilities and Hidden Abilities.

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What are Abilities and Hidden Abilities?

Abilities are passive effects that every species of Pokemon has, which can take effect in battle or in the overworld. Abilities range from useful (such as Vaporeon’s Water Absorb) to not as important (such as Slakoth’s Truant).

However, some species of Pokemon have abilities that are incredibly useful and unobtainable by ordinary means, these are called Hidden Abilities. Usually they are incredibly advantageous in fights and makes them extremely desirable to acquire.

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To view what Abilities your Pokemon possesses, simply go to their status screen in the menu. However, there will be no in-game indicator if what they currently have is an Ability or Hidden Ability.

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How To Get Hidden Abilities

Currently, the only way to obtain Hidden Abilities is through the use of an Ability Patch. Ability Patches can be used on your Pokemon to change the Ability they currently have into a Hidden Ability.

Ability Patches are not to be confused with Ability Capsules, as the latter only allows you to change your current Ability into another Regular Ability that the species has. They are incapable of conferring Hidden Abilities.

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How To Get Ability Patches

Ability Patches are a rare reward from high difficulty Tera Raid Battles. Usually they will drop from six-star Tera Raids. Do remember, however, that they are rare drops and your luck will heavily determine whether you obtain one or not.

Trading

If you know some people who have obtained Pokemon with the Hidden Abilities you are looking for, then perhaps you can trade them a Pokemon they want in order to get the Pokemon with the Hidden Ability that you want. 

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Breeding

Breeding Pokemon is also a way for you to get a Pokemon with the Hidden Ability. If you breed two Pokemon and at least one of them has a Hidden Ability, then there is a 60% chance that the egg they spawn will obtain the Hidden Ability. 

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However, this method requires that you already own a Pokemon with the Hidden Ability. This method is a great way to duplicate the Hidden Ability if you have a friend looking for it. You can simply hatch the egg and trade it to them afterwards.

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

on Nintendo Switch
Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Release Date:

18 November 2022