Read this guide to understand all abilities and their effects in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH). Including info on what abilities are, how to breed & get hidden abilities.
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What Are Abilities?
The following article is based on previous generation games. It will be updated as soon as more information on Sword and Shield is released!
Each Pokemon Has An Ability
Every Pokemon has at least one ability and it cannot be changed unless it evolves or uses a special item.
Some Abilities Activate When Not In Battle
Most abilities activate during battle but some activate when you are in the overworld as well.
▼Examples Of Abilities
|Pickup||The Pokémon may pick up items.|
|Illuminate||Raises the likelihood of meeting wild Pokémon.|
|Blaze||Powers up Fire-type moves when the Pokémon is in trouble.|
There Are Normal & Hidden Abilities
A Pokemon's ability is determined from a maximum of 3 possible abilities. A Pokemon will have one or two normal abilities and 0 or 1 hidden ability.
Some Abilities Change After Evolving
Some Pokemon's normal ability changes when they evolve.
Use An Ability Capsule To Change Ability
In previous generations, A Pokemon's normal ability could be altered by using an item called an Ability Capsule. Note that you cannot get hidden abilities with this method.
What Are Hidden Abilities?
Need Special Methods To Get Hidden Abilities
▲Corviknight's "Mirror Armor" was confirmed to be a Hidden Ability.
Hidden Abilities cannot be obtained by simply catching wild Pokemon. Hidden Abilities can be inherited when the parent Pokemon has a hidden ability.
Hidden Ability = Dream World Ability?
Some people refer to hidden abilities as "Dream World Abilities". The origin of this term comes from Pokemon Black & White. There was a service called Dream World where hidden abilities could be obtained. This service is no longer available.
How To Get Hidden Abilities?
1. Trade With Other Players
As long as you have at least one Pokemon with a hidden ability, you can pass it on to other Pokemon. The easiest way to get one is to trade with another player who has a Pokemon with a hidden ability.
2. Catch "SOS Battle" Pokemon
In Ultra Sun & Moon, Pokemon which appear when called on for help sometimes had a hidden ability. You had to make wild Pokemon call for help a certain amount of times in order to get such Pokemon with hidden abilities.
3. Get From In-Game Event
In Ultra Sun & Moon, there were trainers who wanted to trade Pokemon with the hidden ability "Gale Wings".
How To Breed Hidden Abilities?
More Likely To Inherit Female Parent's Ability
When you leave two Pokemon of the same egg group in the Nursery, the ability of the female parent is more likely to be inherited. When using Ditto for breeding, the ability of the non-Ditto parent is more likely to be inherited.
Hidden Abilities Can Be Inherited
When the Parent Pokemon has a hidden ability, you have a chance to inherit that hidden ability when breeded.