So, I have a male Talonflame with its Hidden Ability (Gale Wings) and a female Pelipper with a normal ability (Keen Eye). I'm trying to breed a Wingull with a Hidden Ability but I can't pass down one even though they are in the same egg group. Does the female have to have the Hidden Ability to pass down to the Wingull?

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Yes, when breeding Pokémon of different species, only the female is able to pass down their Hidden Ability to the offspring. The only instance when a male is able to pass down their Hidden Ability is when breeding with a Ditto.

  • IIRC, the male is also able to pass down their HA when they breed with a female of the same species.
    – SGR
    Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 9:22
  • @SGR It doesn't seem like it. Both Serebii and Bulbapedia say that males can only pass down their ability if they breed with a Ditto. Commented Jan 3, 2017 at 11:28
  • Danmaku is right, if two Pokemon of the same species breed only the female can pass down the HA.
    – pinckerman
    Commented Jan 4, 2017 at 14:51

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