Pokémon HOME: How to get Hidden Ability Scorbunny, Grookey, and Sobble

Pokemon Sword and Shield
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The first part of the Pokémon Sword and Shield celebration, The Pokémon Company made it so players can acquire each of the Gen 8 starters with Hidden Abilities. That means you can get a Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, each with a Hidden Ability. That way, you can have even more fun with one of the best Nintendo Switch games. Here's how to do it.

How to get Gen 8 starters with Hidden Abilities

  1. Open Pokémon HOME on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select Pokémon.Source: iMore

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  1. Select Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.
  2. Select Yes.Source: iMore

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select a Pokémon from your Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield boxes on the right.
  2. Drop it in a Pokémon HOME box on the left.Source: iMore

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Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Press + to exit.
  2. Select Save changes and exit.Source: iMore

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Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. A notice will tell you that the boxes have been saved. Press any button. Now it's time to move to your smart phone.

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Open the Pokémon HOME app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap the screen when the opening menu loads.Source: iMore

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  1. Select the hamburger button in the bottom middle of the screen.
  2. Select Mystery Gifts.Source: iMore

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Select Gift Box.
  2. Three unopened boxes will be in the Gift Box. Tap on one.Source: iMore

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. You'll see Scorbunny, Sobble, or Grookey. Select Claim.
  2. You now have the option to nickname the Pokémon. Press No if you don't want to give a nickname or Press Yes if you do.Source: iMore

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Repeat the process for the other two boxes.
  2. To view your new Hidden Ability starters, press the X button until you return to the main menu.Source: iMore

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Now select the Pokémon tab in the top right of the screen.
  2. Scroll through your Pokémon until you see the new starters.Source: iMore

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Click on any of the starters to see their stats, including their Hidden Ability, and Nature.

Pokemons Sword Shield Hidden Abilty Starters (Image credit: iMore)

And there you have it. Now you can get the Gen 8 starters, each with a Hidden Ability. When I did this, I received a Modest Sobble with the Hidden Ability Sniper, a Jolly Scorbunny with the Hidden Ability Libero, and an Adamant Grookey with the Hidden Ability Grassy Surge. Now you're good to transfer these three into your Pokémon Sword or Shield game.

Additional Equipment

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SanDisk 128GB microSD card

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SanDisk 128GB micoSD Card (opens in new tab) ($26 at Amazon)

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Hori compact playstand for Nintendo Switch

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Hori Compact Playstand (opens in new tab) ($13 at Amazon)

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Pro Controller (opens in new tab) ($59 at Amazon)

This traditional controller feels better in your hands than Joy-Cons and includes HD rumble, amiibo functionality, and motion controls.