How to Get Hidden Ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

If you’re wondering how to get Hidden Ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you’re in the right place, Trainer!

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Pokemon Trainers are now up for a more interesting and exciting series as Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet serve as the epic start to Generation IX.

Experience meeting, battling, training, and trading all new sorts of Pokemon in a whole new region that will make you love the game even more. 

For many long years, Pokemon continued to gather public attention as it became popular worldwide. And the franchise has come very far from simple Gen 1 days with basic battle strategies to what it has become now with all the battle mechanics added. 

Also read: How to Get False Swipe TM in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

One topic that is hot amongst players in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet now is how to get a Hidden Ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

This article will guide you through the process and help you in your quest as a Pokemon trainer and unlock your Pokemon’s full potential.

Editor’s Note (March 3, 2024): Hidden abilities are often more useful and powerful compared to the regular ones. Do you want to maximize the potential of your Paldean team? Here’s how you can do it in Scarlet & Violet.

What is a Hidden Ability?

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A Hidden Ability is a Pokemon’s secret trait or skill that provides different effects and can be accessed through hard-fought battles and complex tasks.

Hidden Abilities were first introduced in Gen 5, but it’s made their comeback now in Generation IX.

A Hidden Ability can grant special powerful effects to a Pokemon, and they can be very beneficial once acquired and quite powerful in the hands of a well-versed trainer.

Just like normal abilities, Hidden Abilities vary depending on the Pokemon, and some of them are pretty unique. 

Some known Hidden Abilities are the following;

  • Protean
  • Tinted Lens
  • Iron Fist
  • Own Tempo
  • Harvest
  • and more.

But unlocking your Pokemon’s Hidden Ability can be pretty challenging.

It can only be done by getting an Ability Patch or following a specific set of steps and strict requirements. But this article will guide you through it.

How to Get Hidden Ability in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

To unlock your Pokemon’s Hidden Ability, you have to get an Ability Patch.

This item can change your Pokemon’s natural ability and allow you to unlock its Hidden Ability. You can obtain this by participating in difficult Tera Raids.

Tera Raid Battles include Unrivaled Charizard, Eevee Spotlight, and Tyranitar (Scarlet Exclusive)/Salamence(Violet Exclusive). 

What is Terra Raid Battle?

A terra raid battle is a solo and multiplayer feature in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet that allows you and other trainers to battle a terastallized Pokemon in the wild.

Terra raid battles are different from Titans within Pokémon Scarlet & Violet that grant HM moves once you beat them.

These raid battles aren’t a necessity to progress through the game’s main storyline. But they are a requirement if you want to unlock your Pokemon’s Hidden Ability.

What is Ability Patch Item

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Ability Patches are rare rewards for difficult six-star Tera Raids.

They are quite rare drops, so luck is one factor in obtaining them. But with enough Terra Raids, you will definitely get one.

After attaining your Ability Patches, you can now use them to unlock your Pokemon’s Hidden Ability.

Check if Your Pokemon Can Have Hidden Ability

As mentioned earlier, your Pokemon’s Hidden Ability depends on their species, but there may also be instances that your Pokemon will have NO HIDDEN ABILITY.

Yes, you heard it right. That is why it is important to first research the Pokemon you have before planning to get an Ability Patch. 

Once you have the Ability Patch, you can use it to unlock your Pokemon’s Hidden Ability.

Ability Patches VS Ability Capsules

Note that your Pokemon’s Hidden Ability will depend on the species of your Pokemon. Do not confuse an Ability Patch with an Ability Capsule.

Ability Capsule doesn’t unlock Hidden Abilities; instead, it allows a Pokemon to switch its ability with another one.

How to breed a Pokemon with Hidden Ability

You can also have new Pokemon with Hidden Abilities by breeding. In this process, you will have to breed two same species of Pokemon possessing a Hidden Ability to produce offspring.

With this, you can have a newborn Pokemon with a Hidden Ability.

This process is indeed more complicated than just winning Tera Raid Battles, but you can breed as many Pokemon with Hidden  Abilities if you want.


That covers everything about how to get hidden ability in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

Getting your Ability Patch won’t be easy but also an exciting experience while making the game more interesting.

Now, you have a whole new region to explore. Get out there and make Pokemon history. Best wishes, Trainer!

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