Ability Patch Hidden Ability Pokemon DLC

Today’s Pokémon presentation revealed that the launch of The Crown Tundra is less than a month away. Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s second DLC pack will bring back every past Legendary, unlock a new tournament, give you access to tons of new clothes, and more! One new feature not revealed in today’s trailer is the Ability Patch. If you’ve had trouble finding Pokémon with their Hidden Ability, this one’s for you.

Unlock your Hidden Ability with an Ability Patch

Here’s the full item description, courtesy of the official Pokémon Sword and Shield website

In The Crown Tundra, you may get new items called Ability Patches. They’re hard to come by but worth the effort. If you use one on a Pokémon, its Ability will change to its species’ Hidden Ability, if it has one! With an Ability Patch and a helping of Max Soup from the Isle of Armor, you can bring out the Hidden Ability of the first partner Pokémon you chose at the beginning of Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield and give it the capability to Gigantamax as well.

Getting a Pokémon with the correct Hidden Ability can be a game-changer in competitive battling. Previously, you could change a normal ability with the Ability Capsule, but you could only switch to another normal ability. The latest Pokémon DLC will finally change that! It’s not clear how you’ll acquire an Ability Patch (or multiple), but you can bet I’ll be hunting them down. Perhaps you’ll buy them with BP earned in the Battle Tower?


Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.


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