I want to legitimately breed a competitive team, but I don't know how to breed for hidden abilities unless I just breed two Pokemon who have their normal ability(s) together until I breed one with a hidden ability. Does someone know a useful trick or item I could use?

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Breeding two pokemon with normal abilities will never result in a pokemon with a hidden ability.

To breed a pokemon with a hidden ability, the female pokemon (or a male/genderless pokemon being bred with a ditto) must have its hidden ability. It will have a 60% chance of passing on the hidden ability.

This does, unfortunately, mean you'll need to catch or trade for a pokemon of the right species with the hidden ability to begin with.

  • Thanks. What if I get a hacked pokemon? Would I still be able to breed it?
    – AtomPulse
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 22:15
  • @AtomPulse - yes, although do remember that some Pokemon have unreleased hidden abilities and therefore would not be 'legal' until that HA was released
    – Robotnik
    Commented May 13, 2015 at 22:54
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    Although not directly related to the original question, in ORAS players now have access to the DexNav which significantly helps in catching a Pokemon with a hidden ability. The more encounters with a Pokemon, the more information the DexNav will give you, including ability and IVs. This is a good way to get started with your HA breeding, though be mindful of natures and egg moves also. Unfortunately I'm at work and without links to helpful resources.
    – Phil D.
    Commented May 14, 2015 at 6:57
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    @AtomPulse - If this answer helped you, you should mark it as your 'accepted answer' by clicking the checkmark under the vote count. This will award Studoku (and yourself!) with some bonus rep points :).
    – Robotnik
    Commented May 16, 2015 at 12:46

As Phil D. commented, here's some info about catching Hidden ability Pokemon with DexNav (from Bulbapedia):

At a minimum, the Hidden Pokémon screen will always show the Search Level of the target hidden Pokémon. If the player has owned the Pokémon, its type will also be displayed. When the player is close enough to the Pokémon, its silhouette and level will also be shown. Other information, such as the Pokémon's first move, Ability, held item, and potential may also be displayed, depending on the species' Search Level. If the Pokémon has a special move, Hidden Ability, high level, or high potential, an exclamation mark will appear next to that datum on the screen.

As a species' Search Level increases, it becomes possible to encounter Pokémon of that species with certain attributes, and the DexNav displays more information about hidden Pokémon of that species.

As you can see in this table, with a Search level of at least 10, and at least 2 stars potential, you can encounter a Pokemon with its Hidden Ability.

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At Search Levels 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100, the chances of a hidden Pokémon having high IVs, knowing an Egg move, or having its Hidden Ability increase. Below is an approximation of these chances based on observed hidden Pokémon encounters. As these values are based on observations, the true chances may be somewhat higher or lower.

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