Pokemon entered its eighth generation with the debut of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The latest title in the long-running Nintendo franchise takes place in the Galar region, and introduced new features such as Dynamaxing and Raid Battles.
In a first for the series, the Gen VIII release is being expanded with an Expansion Pass. And according to dataminers, the upcoming addon The Crown Tundra includes a major feature which will let you give creatures Hidden Abilities.
Giving a Pokemon a Hidden Ability
Hidden Abilities were first introduced in Gen V’s Black and White in 2010. The rare perk gives Pokemon a range of benefits, such as health and attack damage buffers. These characters could be found in official events, or in special circumstances in each game.
According to dataminers who have been sifting through Sword & Shield’s June DLC The Isle of Armor, the second addon The Crown Tundra will feature an item that lets you change Abilities. The discovery was posted on Twitter by ‘mattyoukhana_’ on July 19.
The poster uploaded a video showing the item, and in the clip uses it to change Scorbunny’s Ability to Libero. “Thanks to those who brought it to my attention, looks like Item 1606 for DLC 2 is an Ability Capsule designed to change Ability 1/2 -> Hidden!” the tweet read.
Thanks to those who brought it to my attention, looks like Item 1606 for DLC 2 is an Ability Capsule designed to change Ability 1/2 -> Hidden! pic.twitter.com/L2CFj2eciQ
— Matt (@mattyoukhana_) July 19, 2020
When asked by a follower if it works on Legendary Pokemon as well, they confirmed that it does with an image showing Mewtwo with its ability being changed to Unnerve. “Not a dumb question, but yes it does!” they replied.
It should be stated to take this with a grain of salt. While the dataminers are reliable, and this is in fact code left over in the Isle of Armor DLC, the final release could be different.
However if this is true, it’s a complete game changer. For years, competitive players have had to jump through hoops to obtain Hidden Abilities, and this would be an extremely helpful item.