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Hidden Abilities

This guide will show you how to get Hidden Abilities in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for information on how to catch and breed Pokemon with Hidden Abilities, and for a complete list of all Hidden Abilities.

What are Hidden Abilities?

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Hidden Abilities are rare abilities available to some Pokemon. Hidden Abilities function the same way as other Abilities, but Pokemon normally caught in the wild will never have them. Hidden abilities were first introduced in the 5th Generation of Pokemon games, namely, Pokemon Black and White.

How to Get Hidden Abilities

There are only three ways as of now to obtain Hidden Abilities, these being Max Raid Battles, trading with other Players, and through Breeding Pokemon.

Max Raid Battles

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Sometimes, a Pokemon obtained in a Max Raid Battle will happen to have a Hidden Ability. This is the only way to directly obtain a Pokemon with a Hidden Ability in the game without trading or breeding another Pokemon with a Hidden Ability.

How to Win Max Raid Battles

However, a Pokemon appearing in a Max Raid Battles is not guaranteed to have a Hidden Ability. To know if you've encountered a Pokemon that has a hidden ability, watch out for a notification at the start of the battle, as Abilities which take effect throughout the battle will display on the left side of the screen.

However, other Abilities only trigger upon certain events, so if you're searching for a specific Pokemon with a Hidden Ability, try to trigger its Ability to see if it has the Hidden Ability or not.
If you happen to miss it you can simply press Y on the joycon and check the Max Raid Pokemons ability.

Check a Pokemon's ability

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After an Ability has been activated once during a battle, it can be checked any time by pressing Y to see all information revealed about the Pokemon.

Trading

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You can get a Pokemon with a Hidden Ability by making an agreement and trading with another player, or getting it from a surprise trade by chance. This is one of the easiest methods of getting a Pokemon with Hidden Pokemon, as you only need to trade with other players and if you have a different Pokemon with a Hidden Ability, many players will be willing to trade with you.

Checking if a Traded Pokemon has a Hidden Ability

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Take note that before agreeing to a trade, you can see the stats of the Pokemon which you will receive. Make sure the Pokemon you're receiving has the Hidden Ability you're expecting!
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Breeding

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When you already have a Pokemon with Hidden Ability, you can pass the Ability to its offspring by Breeding it.

If the Pokemon with the Hidden Ability is female, its offspring will be the same Pokemon, so it has a chance of inheriting the Hidden Ability. However, if the Pokemon with the Hidden Ability is male, its offspring instead be the same Pokemon as the female partner, so there won't be a chance of it inheriting the Hidden Ability. However, male Pokemon can pass their Hidden Ability by breeding with Ditto.

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Also, strangely enough, if the two parents are both the same Pokemon, there is no chance of the offspring inheriting the Hidden Ability, so be careful of this point.

Parent Pokemon Ability of Offspring
Pokemon A ♀ with Hidden Ability

Pokemon B ♂ with standard Ability
Hidden Abilty (60% chance)
or
Standard Ability (40% chance)
Pokemon A ♀♂ with Hidden Ability

Ditto
Hidden Abilty (60% chance)
or
Standard Ability (40% chance)
Pokemon A ♀ with Hidden Ability

Pokemon A ♂ with standard Ability
Standard Ability
(no chance of Hidden Ability)

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List of Hidden Abilities

Ability Description
Mirror Armor Bounces back only the stat-lowering effects that the Pokemon receives.
Ice Body The Pokemon gradually regains HP in a hailstorm.
Stench The Stench may cause the target to flinches.
Thick Fat Ups resistance to Fire-Type and Ice-Type moves.
Contrary Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.
Rain Dish The Pokemon gradually regains HP in rain.
Aroma Veil Protects allis from attacks that limit their move choices.
Intimidate Lowers the foe's Attack stat.
Prankster Gives priority to a status move.
Healer May heal an ally's status conditions.
Tinted Lens Powers up "not very effective" moves.
Hydration Heals status problem if it is raining.
Frisk The Pokemon can check a foe's held item.
Shadow Tag Prevents the foe from escaping.
Mold Breaker Moves can be used regardless of Abilities.
Unburden Raises Speed if a held item is used.
Imposter It transforms itself into the Pokemon it is facing.
Sturdy It cannot be knocked out with one hit.
Anticipation Senses a foe's dangerous moves.
Scrappy Enables moves to hit Ghost-type Pokemon.
Super Luck Heightens the critical-hit ratios of moves.
Unnerve Makes the foe nervous and unable to eat Berries.
Gluttony Encourages the early use of a held Berry.
Weak Armor Physical attacks lower Defense and raise Speed.
Clear Body Prevents other Pokemon from lowering its stats.
Guts Boosts Attack if there is a status problem.
Regenerator Restores a little HP when withdrawn from battle.
Solar Power In sunshine, Sp.Atk is boosted but HP decreases.
Shell Armor The Pokemon is protected against critical hits.
Moxie Boosts Attack after knocking out any Pokemon.
Damp Prevents the use of self-destructing moves.
Harvest May create another Berry after one is used.
White Smoke Prevents other Pokemon from lowering its stats.
Sweet Veil Prevents the Pokemon and allies from falling asleep.
Swift Swim Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in rain.
Skill Link Increases the frequency of multi-strike moves.
Reckless Powers up moves that have recoil damage.
Sand Veil Boosts the Pokemon's evasion in a sandstorm.
Sand Force Boosts certain moves'power in sandstorm.
Infiltrator Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes.
Keen Eye Prevents other Pokemon from lowering accuracy.
Justified Raises Attack when hit by a Dark-type move.
Inner Focus The Pokemon is protected from flinching.
Zen Mode Changes form when HP drops below half.
Sheer Force Removes aded effects to increase move damage.
Huge Power Raises the Pokemon's Attack stat.
Water Absorb Restores HP if hit by an Water-type move.
Adaptability Powers up moves of the same type.
Technician Powers up the Pokemon's weaker moves.
Iron Fist Boosts the power of punching moves.
Telepathy Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.
Unaware Ignores any stat changes in the Pokemon.
Oblivious Prevents it from becoming infatuated.
Truant Pokemon can't attack on consecutive turns.
Run Away Enables a sure getaway from wild Pokemon.
Gooey Contact with the Pokemon lowers the attacker's Speed stat.
No Guard Ensures attacks by or against the Pokemon land.
Cloud Nine Eleminates the effects of weather.
Cursed Body May disable a move used on the Pokemon.
Big Pecks Protects the Pokemon from Defense-lowering attacks.
Quick Feet Boosts Speed if there is a status problem.
Hustle Boosts the Attack stat, but lowers accuracy.
Drought Turns the sunlight harsh when the Pokemon enters a battle.
Rattled Bug, Ghost or Dark type moves scare it and boost its Speed.
Lightning Rod Draws in all Electric-type moves to up Special Attack.
Pixilate Turns Normal-type moves into Fairy-type moves.
Klutz The Pokemon can't use any held items.
Steadfast Raises Speed each time the Pokemon Flinches.
Insomnia Prevents the Pokemon from falling asleep.
Pressure The Pokemon raises the foe's PP usage.
Heavy Metal Doubles the Pokemon's weight.
Effect Spore Contact may poison or cause paralysis or sleep.
Overcoat Protects the Pokemon from weather damage.
Bulletproof Protects the Pokemon from ball and bomb moves.
Own Tempo Prevents the Pokemon from becoming confused.
Defiant When its stats are lowered its Attack increases.
Magic Bounce Reflects status-changing moves.
Water Veil Prevents the Pokemon from getting a burn.
Swarm Powers up Bug-type moves in a pinch.
Moody Raises one stat and lowers another.
Cute Charm Contact with the Pokemon may cause infatuation.
Flash Fire It powers up Fire-type moves if it's hit by one.
Vital Spirit Prevents the Pokemon from falling asleep.
Aftermath Damages the attacker landing the finishing hit.
Chlorophyll Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in sunshine
Leaf Gurad Prevents problems with status in sunny weather.
Pickpocket Steals an item when hit by another Pokemon.
Electric Surge The Pokemon creates an Electric Terrain when it enters a battle.
Psychic Surge The Pokemon creates a Psychic Terrain when it enters a battle.
Misty Surge The Pokemon creates a Misty Terrain when it enters a battle.
Liquid Voice All sound-based moves become Water-type moves.
Propeller Tail Pokemon Abilities and moves that draw in moves are ignored.
Steely Spirit All ally Pokemon Steel type moves are boosted.
Ice Scales Special moves damage are halved because the Pokemon is protected by ice scales.
Stalwart Ignores the effects of opposing Pokémon's Abilities and moves that draw in moves.
Steely Spirit All ally Pokemon Steel type moves are boosted.
Perish Body Pokemon and the attacker will faint after 3 turns if you are hit by an attack that has direct contact with you.

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