Hidden Ability

A Hidden Ability (Japanese: 特性 Hidden Ability) is a rare Ability that Pokémon normally do not have access to, introduced in Generation V. Hidden Ability is commonly abbreviated "HA". Most Pokémon encountered in the games will not have a Hidden Ability; but usually, there are special encounter methods where Pokémon can have a Hidden Ability. Certain event Pokémon and special in-game Pokémon may also have their Hidden Ability.

A female Yanma from the Pokémon Dream World with Frisk, its Hidden Ability

Mechanics

A Hidden Ability is an extra ability option for a Pokémon that replaces its normal Ability. A Pokémon with its Hidden Ability will retain its Hidden Ability upon evolution in the same way that its normal Abilities may change. For example, a Caterpie with its Hidden Ability of Run Away will have Shed Skin upon evolving once and Tinted Lens upon evolving into Butterfree.

When breeding with a Pokémon that has its Hidden Ability, its offspring have a chance of having their Hidden Ability as well.

Not all species of Pokémon have a unique Hidden Ability, but it is still possible for their Ability slot to be their Hidden Ability. An example is a Metapod that evolved from a Caterpie that had its Hidden Ability: Metapod only has one Ability, Shed Skin, but if it has its Hidden Ability slot, it will evolve into a Butterfree with Tinted Lens. For some encounter methods that can spawn Pokémon with Hidden Abilities, a Pokémon that does not have a distinct Hidden Ability can still have its Hidden Ability slot. This will become apparent in a situation like Metapod if its evolution has a distinct Hidden Ability; or if the Pokémon is transferred forward to a generation where it has a Hidden Ability (like Weezing, which gained a new Hidden Ability, Stench, in Generation VII and was catchable as a Hidden Pokémon).

An Ability Patch can be used to change a Pokémon's Ability from a normal Ability slot to its Hidden Ability slot or (since Generation IX) vice versa.

List pages

Main article: List of Pokémon with released Hidden Abilities (Generation V)
Main article: List of Pokémon with released Hidden Abilities (Generation VI)
Main article: List of Pokémon with released Hidden Abilities (Generation VII)
Main article: List of Pokémon with released Hidden Abilities (Generation VIII)

Acquisition methods

General methods

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Generation V

  • All Pokémon encountered in Entree Forest (i.e. obtained from the Pokémon Global Link, either via the Pokémon Dream World or a Global Link promotion) will always have their Hidden Ability, if they have one.
    • Since the closure of the Pokémon Global Link, several evolutionary families can no longer be newly obtained with their Hidden Ability (other than by breeding Pokémon caught there).
  • Pokémon obtained from the Pokémon Dream Radar always have their Hidden Ability.
  • Pokémon encountered in Hidden Grottos always have their Hidden Ability.

Generation VI

  • Any Pokémon encountered in a Horde Encounter may have their Hidden Ability.
  • Pokémon encountered in the Friend Safari have approximately a 1 in 3 chance of having their Hidden Ability if the Friend to whom the Friend Safari corresponds has been recognized as a Friend in the PSS (i.e. if both players have been on the PSS at the same time).
  • Hidden Pokémon have a chance of having their Hidden Ability (even if their species does not have a Hidden Ability), which increases as the Search Level for that species increases.

Generation VII

  • Pokémon that appear as the tenth or later Pokémon in an SOS Battle have a chance of having their Hidden Ability (even if their species does not have a Hidden Ability), which increases as the chain length increases.
  • All Pokémon transferred from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I or Generation II games via Poké Transporter have their Hidden Ability, if they have one.

Generation VIII

  • Pokémon encountered in Max Raid Battles may have their Hidden Ability (even if their species does not have a Hidden Ability), depending on the specific raid.
  • Using an Ability Patch on a Pokémon gives it its Hidden Ability (unless its species does not have one).
  • Pokémon encountered in grass patches that have more grass shaking off via the Poké Radar will have their Hidden Ability, if their species has one. These patches have a 1/128 chance of being generated when the Radar is used, for a total of approximately a 1/32.38 chance (or approximately 3.09%) of at least one of the four patches generated being such.

Generation IX

  • Pokémon encountered in Tera Raid Battles may have their Hidden Ability (even if their species does not have a Hidden Ability), depending on the specific raid.

Specific Pokémon

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 隱藏特性 Yánchòhng Dahksing
Mandarin 隱藏特性 / 隐藏特性 Yǐncáng Tèxìng
  Dutch Verborgen Ability
  French Talent cachéVI+
Capacité spéciale cachéeV
  German Versteckte Fähigkeit
  Italian Abilità speciale
  Korean 숨겨진 특성 Sumgyeojin Teukseong
  Brazilian Portuguese Habilidade oculta
  Russian Скрытый Талант Skrytyy Talant
  Spanish Habilidad oculta

See also



Pokémon individuality
LevelStatsFriendshipGenderAbility (Hidden Ability) • NatureCharacteristic
Effort valuesIndividual valuesGo PowerEffort level
ConditionPerformanceAffectionMemory


  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.