Pokemon Sword & Shield DLC leak reveals item that gives Hidden Abilities

Published: 20/Jul/2020 1:02

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Sword & Shield is about to get a major feature in the upcoming expansion The Crown Tundra, if leaks are to be believed. Dataminers claim the Fall DLC will include an item that lets you give monsters a Hidden Ability.

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.

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.

Twitter: @mattyoukhana_
The Crown Tundra reportedly works on Legendary Pokemon as well.

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.


Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra release time: US and UK

Published: 22/Oct/2020 4:22 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 4:27

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra expansion releases today. There is a lot of confusion about its exact release time, which we are going to help clear up.

It was announced a few weeks ago that the Crown Tundra expansion releases on Thursday, October 22. As that date has drawn closer trainers have begun to question what time it will release. After all, it’s a long time to wait if the exact time is unknown.


Unfortunately the Pokemon community are all in the same boat whereby nobody seems to know a conclusive release time. Let’s share what is official, though.

Pokemon HOME maintenance

Nintendo have confirmed Pokemon HOME will be down for maintenance from October 22, 23:00 UTC to October 23, 04:00 UTC. That’s an hour behind the UK.


That’s October 22, 4pm PDT to 9pm PDT and October 22, 7pm EDT to October 23rd, 12am EDT for the west and east cost of the US, respectively.

Exact release time

So, why is the Pokemon HOME maintenance important in respect to the Crown Tundra release time. It’s because Pokemon Sword and Shield’s first DLC, the Isle of Armor, released following its maintenance back in June.

While no confirmation has been given, presumably, it will be the same for the Crown Tundra. That means the exact release times are expected to be as follows:

  • US West Coast – October 22, 9pm PDT
  • US East Coast – October 23, 12am EDT
  • UK – October 23, 5am BST
  • Central Europe – October 23, 6am CEST

That means, to the disappointment of many trainers, the Crown Tundra expansion won’t release until October 23 in many regions. Something the Pokemon Company kept quiet!

DLC, not a new game

It has been reported elsewhere that the DLC will release at October 22, 9am PDT. However, this is for Nintendo digital-only software and not for DLCs.

“DLC for games is not added at a regular cadence. For questions about specific DLC release timing, please check the specific details for that game or verify with the game publisher,” the official Nintendo US website states.


Hopefully Nintendo will clear up any misconceptions about the exact release time but for the moment it looks like it’s a safe bet trainers can get their hands on Pokemon Sword Shield: The Crown Tundra once the scheduled Pokemon HOME maintenance finishes. We need Detective Pikachu on the case!

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