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Ok, so I’m fairly certain this is an airhead question but I’m a little confused none the less...

Reading thru the various guides online I originally assumed that a hidden ability Pokemon was one that had their regular randomly selected ability AND a special secret hidden one that you couldn’t see on its stats screen (hence the ‘hidden’ in hidden ability) there was no way of knowing if a Pokémon had this hidden ability until it’s effects became aparant in battle...
However, I am starting to suspect that I may have misinterpreted the given info...
Are Pokémon hidden abilities just a third possible outcome for the randomized abilities? And the only way of getting a hidden ability ‘mon is catching one?
And you have no way of knowing if you are catching a hidden ability ‘mon until the abilities’ effects make themselves known in battle (or until caught)?

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I'm pretty sure the hidden ability completely replaces the regular ability(ies) and will appear on summary screens. I think it was originally "hidden" because the Pokemon that had hidden abilities were hidden or hard to get.

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A hidden ability is an alternate ability that can only be acquired in special circumstances, hence “hidden.” Pokemon cannot have two abilities.

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Grrrr. Of course I would get it all backwards!
Well, thanks for the info!