How to get an Ability Patch in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

One of the rarest items in the game

The Ability Patch is one of the most coveted items in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. When used, this transforms any Pokemon’s current ability into its applicable Hidden Ability. For certain Pokemon, this is a huge boon that completely opens new strategies. That said, Pokemon games have always made it difficult to get Pokemon with Hidden Abilities. Scarlet & Violet are no exception.

We’ve already covered Hidden Abilities in-depth here. I highly recommend checking that link if you want to know how viable grinding for Hidden Abilities is. That said, if you just want to know where the Ability Patch drops, here’s a quick overview.

Where to get the Ability Patch

The Ability Patch is a rare drop from 6-Star Tera Raid Battles. Now, when I say rare, I mean rare. The recorded drop rate for the Ability Patch is 4.55%, meaning you’d be lucky to get one drop after ten encounters. That might not seem like a lot, but 6-Star Tera Raid Battles are the hardest content available in the base game. Consistently clearing these fights takes a lot of work.

There are conflicting sources that say the Ability Patch can also be given as a reward from the Academy Ace Tournament. Like in the Hidden Abilities guide, I still cannot confirm this despite getting other rare drops like the Golden Bottle Cap. For now, I would not count on getting an Ability Patch through this method. Even if it can drop, 6-Star Tera Raid Battles give other valuable items like Tera Shards. You’ll inevitably have to grind these encounters to min-max your Pokemon, so it’s better to do them now and get everything you need along the way.

Timothy Monbleau
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