Ability Patch

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Ability Patch
Ability Patch
Bag Ability Patch Sprite.pngBag Ability Patch BDSP Sprite.png
Ability Patch
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet artwork
Introduced in Generation VIII
Generation VIII Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items
Generation IX Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items

The Ability Patch (Japanese: とくせいパッチ Ability Patch) is a type of item introduced in Generation VIII. It changes a Pokémon's Ability.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
SwShBDSP N/A $10
SV N/A $125,000


Bag item

If used from the Bag, it changes a Pokémon's Ability from one of its standard Abilities to its Hidden Ability.

The Ability Patch can only be used on a Pokémon that belongs to a species that has a Hidden Ability. For example, it can be used to change a Rookidee's Ability from Keen Eye or Unnerve to Big Pecks, but it cannot be used to change a Metapod's Ability (which is always Shed Skin).

A Pokémon that has its Hidden Ability due to the Ability Patch can pass down its Hidden Ability via breeding like any other Pokémon with its Hidden Ability.

The Hidden Ability slot provided by the Ability Patch is retained even if the Pokémon evolves and has a different standard Ability. For example, a Lillipup with the Abilities Vital Spirit or Pickup evolves into a Herdier (which evolves into a Stoutland) with the Abilities Intimidate or Sand Rush, respectively, but if one of Lillipup's two Abilities is changed to Run Away with an Ability Patch, it will have the Ability Scrappy after evolution.

Generation VIII

The Ability Patch cannot be used to change a Pokémon's Ability from its Hidden Ability to one of its standard Abilities.

Generation IX

The Ability Patch can now remove a Hidden Ability, setting the Ability to the Pokémon's first Ability slot.

Held item

Fling fails if the user is holding an Ability Patch.


Games Description
SwShBDSP A patch that allows a Pokémon with a regular Ability to have a rare Ability.
SV A patch that can be used to change the regular Ability of a Pokémon to a rarer Ability.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
SwShCT Max Lair (after catching and keeping Necrozma from a Dynamax Adventure) Max Lair (Dynite Ore trader)
BDSP Battle Park (200 BP)
SV Tera Raid Battles (6★, 7★)
SVID Reward for registering 230 Pokémon in the Blueberry Pokédex
Terarium (at the top of the Terarium Core)
Terarium (×5; from a guidance counselor for defeating every Trainer in every biome)
Item Printer


Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
SV The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero guide book's Nurturing Support Set All March 15, 2024 to unknown

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 特性膏藥 Dahksing Gōuyeuhk
Mandarin 特性膏藥 / 特性膏药 Tèxìng Gāoyào
France Flag.png French Patch Talent
Germany Flag.png German Fähigkeiten-Pflaster*
Italy Flag.png Italian Cerotto abilità
South Korea Flag.png Korean 특성패치 Teukseong Paechi
Russia Flag.png Russian Патч Талантов Patch Talantov
Spain Flag.png Spanish Parche Habilidad

See also

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