How to Find Hidden Abilities in Pokemon Sword and Shield

  • Hidden ability Pokemon can only be discovered in one location
  • You can pass them on after via breeding

Where are the Hidden Abilities?

Pokemon Sword and Shield came out on November 15, 2019, and made plenty of significant changes to the series, almost all of them unannounced. One feature players have been having difficulty with is Hidden Abilities. Typically, Hidden Abilities are a special Pokemon Ability that are rarely found in the wild. One example of a Hidden Ability is Galarian Corsola's Cursed Body, which prevents opponents from using the same move twice in a row. 

Players can encounter Corsola in the wild in Sword and Shield, but its ability will always be Weak Armor. To find a Pokemon with its hidden abilitiy, you must encounter it in a Max Raid Battle. 

This can be a problem due to the fact that some Pokemon are not available yet in Max Raid Battles. Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny all have Hidden Abilities, for example, but there is no way to get them in the game. 

Tips on Hidden Abilities

  • Once a Pokemon with a Hidden Ability is obtained, it can pass on the Hidden Ability through breeding. Naturally, this only gives about a 50% chance of passing on the ability. 
  • Breeding the Pokemon with a Ditto will cause the Hidden Ability to be guaranteed. 

Pokemon that cannot have their Hidden Ability yet(as of 11/25/2019)

  • Any of the starter Pokemon
  • Cramorant
  • Yamper & Boltund
  • Wooloo & Dubwool
  • Nickit & Thievul


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