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Welcome to the update process for CAP 5, Stratagem! Although it was made in Generation 4, Stratagem is one of those CAPs that has aged incredibly well. Stratagem's original concept was known as Break the Mold:
Stratagem has always been extremely successful in fulfilling its concept. As a fast, special-attacking Rock-type Pokemon, it obviously stands out from its slow, bulky Rock-type brethren, and this has made it a very unique Pokemon in general. Stratagem has a solid place in the metagame. Ranked A- in the SM Viability Rankings, it is the fastest CAP Pokemon and has one of the highest Special Attack stats. Stratagem also has two fantastic competitive abilities – Levitate and Technician – one of which grants it an immunity to one of CAP's most daunting offensive types, and the other of which provides Stratagem access to strong special moves of every single type. These two abilities allow Stratagem to be a relatively unpredictable threat, and they force the opponent to scout for its coverage and immunities. Stratagem is most commonly used as an all-out attacker that can shock the opponent with its variety of coverage options. Overall, Stratagem is a Pokemon that is good but not too good, so it does not merit any sort of competitive update.Name: Break the Mold
Description: An OU viable pokemon that goes completely against the stereotypes of its typing.
However, some flavor-related aspects of Stratagem pop out as outdated. These include its lack of Hidden Ability, and its outdated movepool.
We will start by addressing its lack of Hidden Ability.
1. What Abilities would suit Stratagem based on its design or typing?
2. Why do these Abilities hold little-to-no competitive value?