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Generation IV CAPs
An Ice/Bug Glass Cannon mantis meant to check Garchomp, the first non-legendary Pokemon to be banned to Ubers at the time. Syclant was also the first CAP created.
- Arm Cannon: Depending on the artist, Syclant's arms might be hollow and house arm cannons.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: While Syclar is a mere 0'08", Syclant stands at a human-sized 5'7".
- Climbing the Cliffs of Insanity: Syclar does this from the base of mountains to their peaks, eventually gaining Mountaineer when they evolve into Syclant.
- Elemental Absorption: Ice Body, its Hidden Ability, allows it to gradually regenerate health in Hail. The ability is not too useful, however, when its other abilities are more catered toward its offensive capabilities.
- Glass Cannon: Syclant's defenses are paper-thin, and its typing is not suitable for defense, either. Its offenses are fantastic, however, and the same typing gives it great STAB moves.
- Horde of Alien Locusts: Syclar do this in numbers during the winters, entering and leaving on blizzard winds.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Its ability, Compound Eyes, gives it a sharp accuracy boost for its moves, such as Blizzard or Focus Blast.
CAP 2: Revenankh
A Ghost/Fighting mummy with some Mighty Glacier characteristics, made to capitalize on Ghost/Fighting's unresisted type coverage.
- Action Initiative: Revenankh gained Triage as its Hidden Ability, allowing it to gain the initiative if it uses moves that heal. This means that not only that it can use Moonlight or Rest before the next attack, but it can also quickly dent the opponent with Drain Punch.
- Balance Buff: Before Revenankh received updates to bring it up to Gen. VII standards, it was sorely outclassed as a boosting attacker, given its low-power STAB attacks and dated defensive stats. It received Triage to increase its survivability, Shadow Claw as a better Ghost-type STAB than Shadow Punch, and it Will-O-Wisp to burn opponents and reduce physical damage.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Females have longer hair... or rather, bandages.
- Healing Factor: To some degree. Shed Skin gives it a chance to heal status effects every turn.
- Mighty Glacier: Revanankh was built to gain stat boosts with Bulk Up; its defensive stats are good, while its offensive stats are mediocre at best. However, it can bypass its low speed by using Shadow Sneak or using moves affected by Triage, giving it Action Initiative.
CAP 3: Embirch, Flarelm, and Pyroak
A Fire/Grass dinosaur that is excellent at defending against a variety of enemies and grinding them down.
- 24-Hour Armor: Flarelm and Pyroak naturally have armor.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Embirch frequently try to attack Pokémon that are much stronger than them, even provoking them to anger, since they want to get stronger.
- Depending on the Artist: Flarelm has a major case of this, depending on whether its concept art, spritework, or final artwork is referenced. Are its arm cannons yellow or brown? How low do its leg guards go? Is its body orange-and-tan or red-and-yellow? Does it have a grass skirt? (Its pre-evolution and evolution definitively do, so why not Flarelm?)
- Counter Attack: Flarelm prefers this method of battle, in contrast to its pre-evolution, since it is slower but otherwise stronger.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Averted; instead of breathing fire, it shoots fire out of its arm cannons.
- Depending on the Artist: The color of its grass skirt changes from yellow to green between generations.
- Nerf: Pyroak once got buffed to have Dragon Dance, letting it spam Dragon Dance-boosted recoil-less Flare Blitz and Wood Hammer. This upset the metagame and went against Pyroak's role, bringing it back to its original role as a sturdy wall.
- Required Secondary Powers: These Pokémon have fireproof and exothermic leaves, which would otherwise cause them to self-ignite whenever they use a Fire-type attack.
- Schmuck Bait: Pyroak gets Rock Head, and it also gets Flare Blitz, Wood Hammer, and Wild Charge. That combination of ability and moves might seem like a good combo, but Pyroak has an attack stat of 70 and a speed of 60, making it too weak and slow for an offensive role.
- The Stoner: Pyroak gets White Smoke as a Hidden Ability and Sweet Scent and Aromatic Mist as level-up moves. Its Pokedex descriptions also make reference to the smoke it burns as being soothing.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Grass and Fire are two of the most diametrically opposed forces in both the games and in nature. Therefore, Pyroak immediately becomes a badass.
A parachuting Cartoon Creature that evolves into a multi-armed Poison/Ground spider. It is notable for being the first CAP with a specific concept in mind: its purpose was to be a pure team-support Pokémon.note
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: As the line is based off of a spider, Fidgit consists of mostly arms.
- Informed Species: Fidgit looks little like a spider besides having eight limbs.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Fidgit uses its many large hands to, among other things, summon earthquakes.
- Support Party Member: Fidgit is designed as pure utility with unremarkable offensive presence. The Persistent ability helps keep field effects such as Tailwind or Trick Room longer, it has access to all entry hazards before Generation V, and it can switch in to absorb Toxic Spikes, a Poison or Paralysis-inducing attack, or, if it has Vital Spirit, a Sleep-inducing attack.
- This Is a Drill: Fidgit has one on the bottom of his body. It also has smaller ones on each of his elbows, which it uses, in concept art, for Poison Jab. It naturally can use Drill Run.
CAP 5: Rebble, Tactite, and Stratagem
A Rock-type Fragile Speedster/Squishy Wizard resembling an alien made of gravel with Floating Limbs. Its goal was to play against type and see how the presence of such a new type of threat affected the metagame.
- Action Initiative: Stratagem gets Accelerock and Vacuum Wave as priority attacks. They get boosted by Technician, but neither are very useful when Stratagem is fast already with a plethora of high-damage moves.
- Confusion Fu: It might be a floating rock, but it has an immense movepool filled with all sorts of elemental attacks. Technician-boosted Hidden Power allows it to run any type attack besides Fairy.
- Critical Hit Class: Stratagem received Sniper as its Hidden Ability and also got Laser Focus as a move, allowing it to guarantee critical hits that deal massive damage.
- Glass Cannon: It has high Special Attack and speed just like Gengar, but it's faster and slightly more durable.
- Playing Against Type: Invoked. Rock-type Pokemon tend to be Mighty Glaciers—high attack and defense and low speed. Stratagem is the opposite, having high special attack and speed but thin defenses.
- Signature Move: It has Paleo Wave, a Rock-type attack that uses Stratagem's higher special attack. This was due to the lack of special Rock-type moves.
- Silicon-Based Life: Rebble are gemstone-based beings that are born on comets and asteroids and fall to earth.
- Starfish Alien: It is, essentially, floating gravel that acts nothing like the way it should.
- The Strategist: Tactite and Stratagem favor careful strategies, allowing them to beat opponents that are strong yet predictable.
A Water/Fighting octopus pirate that intended to be an anti-metagame Pokémon. It decentralized the metagame of its time, but it instead centralized it around itself.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Privatyke will gladly change their loyalty to whichever is the stronger of two Arghonaut in a brawl.
- Balance Buff: Arghonaut gained the Hidden Ability Technician and moves like Spikes and Circle Throw to help it with a role of a hazards setter and phazer. It also gained Scald to support its old role of No Selling setup sweepers.
- Dressed to Plunder: Arghonaut is very thematically based off of a pirate; its mantle resembles a tricorne, it has a Hook Hand where the hook is its hand, and it has a single eye; the other eye is black, like an Eyepatch of Power.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Privatyke will carry out an Arghonaut captain's leader flawlessly, to both receive recognition and to become closer at becoming an Argonaut itself.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: It has six limbs; two legs, two tentacles wrapped like fists, and two tentacles that end in a cutlass and hook, respectively.
- No-Sell: Arghonaut has the Unaware ability, allowing it to ignore stat boosts in a boost-centric metagame.
- Sword and Fist: Two of its tentacles are wrapped like fisticuffs, while two others end in a blade and hook. In a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, Arghonaut is heavily biased toward Good Old Fisticuffs. It gets many punching moves, while the only moves it gets that resemble slashing are Cut and possibly Cross Chop.
CAP 7: Nohface and Kitsunoh
A Steel/Ghost phantom fox that is intended to be the ultimate scouting Pokémon.
- Balance Buff: Kitsunoh gained Iron Fist as its Hidden Ability, boosting the power of Meteor Mash, Bullet Punch, Thunder Punch, and Ice Punch.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Kitsunoh permanently has one due to its masks. For female Kitsunoh, that means four of them from the ones on its body.
- Cool Mask: While Nohface has no masks at all, Kitsunoh has multiple; one on its head and one for each limb.
- Elemental Punch: Kitsunoh has Thunder Punch and Ice Punch as tutor moves. Coupled with its Iron Fist ability, it makes for damaging coverage options.
- The Faceless: Nohface has a hole where its face should be, with beady red eyes emerging from it.
- Fantastic Foxes: Despite the name, Kitsunoh is less directly inspired by the Kitsune youkai. It's still fantastic by being a phantom fox with a wide variety of elemental strikes.
- Fog Feet: It doesn't have fog in lieu of feet, but rather, in addition to them.
- Jagged Mouth: Its masks give Kitsunoh the impression of a sneaky grin and/or a Cat Smile.
- Signature Move: Shadow Strike, a physical Ghost-type attack which was added due to the lack of moves working with Kitsunoh's superior Attack stat.
CAP 8: Monohm, Duohm, and Cyclohm
A strangely adorable Electric/Dragon that looks like a dragon made of electricity. Intended to abuse abilities that are useful, but confined to sub-par Pokémon.
- Ascended Meme: The idea of a fluffy, pink Electric/Dragon tank that can use Choice Specs had been a Running Gag for the previous few Pokémon. This is exactly what Cyclohm (with pink as its shiny coloration) has become.
- Multiple Head Case: Like a hydra, this Pokemon line sprouts more heads per stage.
- No-Sell: Its Hidden Ability Damp allows it to nullify Self-Destruct and Explosion.
- Our Dragons Are Different: A triple-headed fluffy thundercloud dragon.
- Weather Manipulation: Not only can Monohm summon Whirlwinds upon hatching, but it has access to all weather-summoning moves, as well as Thunder, Blizzard, and Draco Meteor. The Gen. VII CAP updates additionally gave Cyclohm Powder Snow as an egg move.
CAP 9: Colosshale and Colossoil
A Dark/Ground Pokémon in the form of a well-over-eight-feet-tall subterranean brown narwhal. Is good at basketball. Intended to stop secondary effects in the metagame.
- Covered in Scars: Colossoil has what appears to be scars (or, at the very least, red, scar-like streaks) on its face and arms, to emphasize its Dark typing.
- Sand Is Water: Like the Ground-type aquatic creatures from Pokemon, Colossoil is a narwhal that lives in the ground.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A narwhal.
- So Last Season: Subverted. Circumstances would have it such that Colossoil would become a top-ranked threat in the CAP metagame two generations after its inception. A combination of three changes made Colossoil extremely powerful, even if Colossoil hadn't been changed: Dark-type moves' matchup against Steel types, the buff to the move Knock Off, and the addition of the item Assault Vest give Colossoil advantages. In particular, it is comparable to Landorus-T, in that they're both powerful pivots with Ground-type STAB and the ability to use Knock Off. Colossoil gets STAB on Knock Off in exchange for the loss of Flying-type resistances/immunities and a 4x weakness to Ice-type attacks.
- This Is a Drill: Colossoil has drills as horns, which it has on its face, down its back, and on its tail. It can naturally use Drill Run with them.
CAP 10: Protowatt and Krilowatt
An Electric/Water shrimp meant to be a jack-of-all-trades/utility counter (but is limited in how much it can do at a time thanks to the series' four-move limit), but primarily used as a sweeper due to a loophole on its ability.
- Counter Attack: It has a high 151 base HP stat and learns Counter and Mirror Coat, all to better reflect damage done to Krilowatt.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The aforementioned loophole, enabling it to spam fast, recoil-less-Life-Orb-boosted attacks from its bizarrely expansive movepool. It even had the raw bulk to be virtually unkillable — and it was the last straw before the CAP Pokémon received a massive nerfing.
- Lightning Bruiser: Krill is not only decently bulky with 151/73/74 defenses, but with a Life Orb, he's also pretty powerful. Even with his movepool nerfs he's good.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Krilowatt is a measly 2'4", but it has abnormally high defenses and decent offenses. With Magic Guard, it fits the role of a potent bulky sweeper.
- Seldom-Seen Species: A shrimp.
CAP 11: Voodoll and Voodoom
A Fighting/Dark voodoo doll meant to be a perfect partner for Togekiss (but in practice has done better with Zapdos). Also the last CAP project to be created using Generation IV parameters.
- Balance Buff: As Voodoom could not achieve its role in the Gen. VII metagame, Voodoom was granted Nasty Plot itself, instead of needing to rely on another Pokemon to Baton Pass it.
- Consolation World Record: Voodoom was made with the goal to "Pick a good-but-not-great OU Pokémon, and design the perfect teammate for it, similar to the way Celebi & Heatran, or Blissey & Skarmory complement each other so well on competitive teams.". They failed at making a teammate for Togekiss, but have succeeded (The staff claims it was the most successful CAP) at making one for Zapdos.
- As the point was simply to find out the dynamics behind "perfect teammates," while not having the CAP turn into a Game-Breaker like some of the other CAPs, yes, Voodoom WAS the best CAP. Players learned a number of things about perfect teammates, and Voodoom isn't a Game-Breaker (except MAYBE with Zapdos).
- Creepy Doll: It is an animated voodoo doll; its Dark typing helps support this trope.
- Elemental Absorption: Its once-flavor ability LightningRod became viable with the Gen. V change that it nullifies all Electric-type attacks.
- Elemental Punch: Voodoom gets Ice Punch from tutoring.
- Frankenstein's Monster: The justification for Voodoom's electricity-absorbing abilities is that to evolve, its demi-canon pre-evolution Voodoll has to get struck by lightning via a needle through the heart. Frankenstein was cited as inspiration for this.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Subverted - while he failed at partnering with Togekiss, he is exceptional with Zapdos. Because of this, he's been called the most successful CAP to date.
- Hollywood Voodoo: In a sense, Voodoom subverts this and plays it straight. (primarily the latter.) Some people had the idea to allow Voodoom to both bless (Louisiana voodoo) AND curse (Hollywood voodoo) people with its pins, but it's still a gigantic voodoo doll (which only Hollywood and Louisiana voodoo use: other Voudoun branches do not use them.)
- Voodoll plays the trope even straighter. It's basically a normal voodoo doll.
- Improbable Weapon User: A needle. Well, not exactly improbable for him since he's a voodoo doll, but still not something you commonly see.
Generation V CAPs
The first two CAPs of Gen V, as well as the first two be part of an (entirely canon) evolutionary line and, in Tomohawk's case, the first Flying-type CAP. Specifically, a Flying/Fighting tiger gryphon that is meant to help the player regain momentum (the upper hand). Scratchet, the pre-evolution, is a Normal/Fighting cub with a fluffy body meant to resemble an egg.
- Action Initiative: One of the hallmarks of Tomohawk is its access to Prankster along with its diverse status movepool. It can cripple opponents with Taunt, Toxic, Haze, or infamously, Confuse Ray, heal with Roost, or even attack directly with Nature Power.
- Flight: Tomohawk is able to fly despite its 'wings' only being a costume.
- Master of All: Tomohawk can cover a wide range of roles in a player's team to the extent that otherwise nigh-Game-Breaker Pokemon are all checked by it.
- Mayincatec: Tomohawk has flavors of this, as well as more northern Native American elements.
- Scratchet has a tendency to chase Sigilyph, another Mayincatec Pokémon.
- Nerf: Tomohawk lost Earth Power and Reflect when updated, giving opposing Pokemon a better chance of checking it.
- Power Creep: Tomohawk was created in early Gen. V OU, where Pokemon like Genesect and Sand Rush Excadrill ran the metagame. Likewise, Tomohawk had the power level to match, but unlike the other Pokemon, Tomohawk continues to be a dominant force in the CAP metagame.
A Grass/Ghost Pokémon that can learn Sketch once as an Egg Move, allowing in its movepool access to a single unique or mind-blowing attack that can come out of left field.
- Balance Buff: For the Gen. VII updates, Necturna received a few more moves it doesn't have to Sketch to help increase its diversity, such as Leech Seed, Night Shade, and Phantom Force.
- Bishounen Line: Necturine is very insect-like, while Necturna is much more humanoid.
- Confusion Fu: Their ability to learn Sketch once gives them massive versatility and unpredictability.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Necturna was designed with this trope in mind.
- Decided by One Vote:
- Extra Eyes Do Not Belong There: Necturna has eyes on her vine and 'dress', while Necturine has an extra set of small eyes underneath her main set.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: The red band on Necturna's waist resembles a Giant Waist Ribbon. In conceptual artwork, she has a bow on her back, which is not present in its in-game sprite.
- Miko: A flytrap miko, specifically.
- Mighty Glacier: Necturna has a high Attack stat and decent defenses, but low Speed.
- Obvious Rule Patch: Starting from Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon are now allowed to go to the Move Relearner to remember Egg Moves that have been forgotten. Since this would potentially make them overpowered, the simulator prevents them from having more than one move that can only be learned via Sketch.
CAP 3: Mollux
A Fire/Poison-type lava lamp cone snail that is meant to overcome the weaknesses in its typing and exploit its positive aspects in its becoming a viable threat in the metagame.
- Depending on the Artist: Which way Mollux's front legs curl changes between artists. The concept artist draws them curling back, the Gen. V sprites and party icon show them curling forward, and the Gen. VI model and party icon show them curled back.
- Elemental Absorption: Mollux has Dry Skin as one ability, allowing it to absorb Water-type attacks for health and gradually heal in the rain.
- Everything's Squishier With Gastropods: And it is adorable. Mollux is among the most popular of CAP designs.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: The movepool creator admits the absurdity of having a pink snail be in the Field and Fairy egg groups instead of Bug, Amorphous, or one of the Water egg groups.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: It's a cone snail, which is known for using an organic harpoon to prey on other animals. It can use its tongue to stab through a Delibird through the eye and swallow it whole, all while looking just as adorable afterwards.
- Killer Rabbit: A little scrawny snail doesn't seem so dangerous, does it? Its 131 Special Attack stat and decent defenses to back it up prove otherwise.
- With the type chart overhauls in Gen VI, Mollux is one of only two Pokémon to have a double resistance to Fairy (the other being Heatran). Thanks to Dry Skin, Mollux tends to completely wall and destroy Azumarill now (immune to Water, 4x resistant to Fairy, 2x resistant to Fighting).
- Landslide Election: The winning art design had a good 25% of the votes over the nearest competitor in the first art poll, and proceeded to sweep with a majority in the second poll.
- Mighty Glacier: While it can tank hits from either side and hit harder than Magnezone, it's not that fast.
- Playing with Fire: Mollux is a Fire-type Pokemon, but it sees more use in rain due to its Dry Skin ability. Putting out in Sun would make it lose health.
- Shown Their Work: Lava lamp for a shell aside, the anatomy of Mollux is highly accurate compared to real-life pulmonates.
- Suicide Attack: The movepool creator gave Mollux Final Gambit as a gimmick.
CAP 4: Cupra, Argalis, and Aurumoth
A fuzzy caterpillar with copper wings that evolves into a silver-plated cocoon and then a six-winged golden moth. Aurumoth is a Bug/Psychic-type (the first Psychic-type CAP) that attempts to embody "risk vs. reward".
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Cupra is 1'8", Argalis is 4'3", and Aurumoth is an impressive 6'11".
- Dance Battler: Aurumoth learns Dragon Dance and Quiver Dance, allowing it to boost either attacking stat while making up for its below-average speed.
- Easy Amnesia: In the Black 2/White 2 entry, Aurumoth, like Uxie, can cause trainers to forget things. Thankfully, the effect is limited and temporary.
- Enlightenment Superpowers: In its Black 2/White 2 Pokedex entry, Argalis evolves into Aurumoth when it achieves enlightenment. In-game, all it needs is to increase its level to 50.
- Facial Markings: The line naturally has purple bands on its body and wings.
- Floating Limbs: Aurumoth's six floating wings are its defining feature.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: While its Black 2/White 2 Pokedex entry says otherwise about Argalis's evolution, it evolves like the other pseudo-legendaries by level alone.
- Gold–Silver–Copper Standard: Aurumoth is gold, while its pre-evolutions are silver and copper.
- Glowing Eyes: Although hard to see in its Generation VI render, Aurumoth's eyes glow independently of outside light.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Aurumoth has three pairs of golden, shell-like wings floating around it, reminiscent of seraphim.
- Historical In-Joke: Cupra being awarded to the best of athletes references the ancient Olympic Games, and the species name of the entire line (Copper Specie, Free Silver, and Gold Standard) refer to coinage and bimetallism.
- Hollywood Density: Averted with Cupra. Argalis and Aurumoth, however, invoke this by using Mind over Matter to lessen their weight, especially the latter.
- Infinity -1 Sword: It's the psuedo-legendary of all CAP mons due to it having a stat base total of 600 and evolving late game.
- Lightning Bruiser: Aurumoth has great stats around the board except for Special Defense.
- Glass Cannon: While it is a good mixed sweeper, tanking Special blows isn't the best thing it can do.
- Mind over Matter: This is how Argalis and Aurumoth hold their wings that encompass their bodies, reflected through their Hidden Ability Light Metal.
- Nerf: Aurumoth lost its Master of Illusion abilities (and gained Light Metal), as it was deemed that it allowed Aurumoth too many opportunities to set up safely, contrary to its concept.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: The leader of CAP typically uses a variation of a CAP's concept pitch as its description in the CAP Pokédex. Even 'failures' such as Krilowatt tend to have a sensible description of what it does successfully. Aurumoth was such a failure that he could not find a better description than the placeholder "Legendary bug."
- Our Angels Are Different: Aurumoth's appearance is based off of seraphim. (Not unlike Volcarona, another awesome moth-like Pokemon...)
- Psychic Powers: It's Psychic type and can learn moves such as Psyshock and Psychic to benefit it's typing.
- Railroading: Significant leaders of the CAP project declared Aurumoth more the Topic Leader's personal project than following the community guidelines as the CAP mission has in the past, as evidenced by poll slate choices being unvaried and toward a specific goal, and having the resulting Pokémon not following the concept at all (being extremely un-risky to play).
- Suicide Attack: Aurumoth, among its many options, can use Final Gambit. It has above-average HP and decent speed, making it possible to KO many Pokemon.
Two Grass/Dark serpents; the first, a rattlesnake, and the second, an anaconda of myth. The latter gives flexibility to sun teams while opposing common OU threats, especially Latias and Latios.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: It was given Infiltrator as a flavor ability in Gen. V, but as Gen. V upgraded the ability to bypass Substitute, it is seen more on Malaconda than Harvest, which is even more situational.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Malaconda's level-up movepool consists solely of alternating Normal, Grass, and Dark attacking moves—as befitting its malevolent nature.
- The Corrupter: Its mere presence causes those around it to become more hostile and evil.
- Decided by One Vote: Its design was decided by two votes, actually: Amongst 230 votes, the results were 116 to 114.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Brattler's level-up movepool, through an oversight, repeats the moves Pursuit and Wrap — Malaconda's movepool has those repeats, but those are justified in that it's an evolution, and evolutions tend to repeat the first few moves they learn.
- Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables: The fruit on their tails are a part of them, and so act accordingly. Bratter's seeds grow and shrivel as an indicator of its health, and Malaconda's fruit is utterly delicious yet allows Malaconda to tempt its prey.
- For the Evulz: Both Brattler and Malaconda both inherently love attacking and corrupting others for no reason other than amusement.
- Green Thumb: It not only grows fruit on itself, but it causes the habitat it lives in to teem with plants as well.
- Landslide Election: In stark contrast to the design contest, voters had no indecision on choosing Wyverii's sprites for Malaconda.
- Light Is Not Good: Malaconda is the sinister serpent that shines brightest in the sun—with sunlight up, its access to 100% Harvest makes it remarkably tanky.
- Mighty Glacier: Great HP and Attack, with absurd Special Defense on that. However, while its thin Defense is complemented by its HP, its Special Attack (which it does not need) and Speed leave a lot to be desired for.
- Power of the Sun: Malaconda plays up the Lightbringer mythos of its inspiration, being able to summon harsh sunlight in battle.
- Planimal: A snake that grows leaves, thorns, and an apple.
- Smug Smiler: In its artwork, Malaconda sports a devilish grin. In its sprites, it has a subdued, but more haughty smile.
- Snakes Are Sinister: While most Pokémon are selfish at worst or under a malevolent trainer's control, Malaconda is by nature chaotic and, in fact, amplifies vices in those who meet it.
- Tempting Apple: The Pokémon references both myths through the different colors of apples it may have.
- Utility Party Member: Malaconda isn't great at beating down enemies of its own, but it has the tools needed to guide the rest of its team toward victory. It can wall many attackers that use special attacks, use STAB-boosted Knock Off to remove enemy Pokemon's items, paralyze most Pokemon with Glare, use Rapid Spin to remove hazards on its team's side, and summon the sun to boost the Pokemon on its team with the right moves and/or abilities.
The final Gen V CAP, a Steel/Flying frigate bird Pokémon that utilizes moves underused in the OU metagame successfully. Its Signature Move is specifically Belly Drum.
- Action Initiative: It gets Bullet Punch alongside Belly Drum, one generation before Azumarill could use the same combination.
- Anchors Away: Cawmodore has an anchor incorporated into its beak, all the better to ram the opponent with Iron Head.
- Animal Gender-Bender: In real life, only male frigatebirds have the characteristic red gular pouch, but Cawmodore can be both male and female.
- Cast from Hit Points: The move it's built around, Belly Drum, sacrifices half of its HP to maximize its attack.
- Elemental Absorption: Cawmodore can receive Volt Absorb as an ability, letting it gain health from what would otherwise be a weakness in Electric-type moves.
- Failed a Spot Check: Cawdet will happily wander through enemy territory, since it's plated with enough armor to avoid potential dangers.
- Feather Fingers: Cawmodore is shown to gesture the white feathers on its wings like fingers, and they presumably clench into a fist to use Bullet Punch, but it hasn't been shown to use them for anything dexterous.
- Glass Cannon: Cawmodore's high speed, strong STAB moves, priority, and access to recovery makes it terrifying once it is able to activate Belly Drum. That's a big "if", though, considering Cawmodore's low HP and Special Defense.
- No-Sell: One of its possible abilities is Volt Absorb, allowing it to not only shrug off Electric-type attacks with zero damage taken, but actually regain health upon being hit by them, leaving it with only a weakness to Fire. This is seriously comes in handy, considering that Belly Drum is Cast from Hit Points.
- Signature Move: Belly Drum. Kind of an odd example since other Pokémon can use it, but Cawmodore is literally built so that it can use Belly Drum very well and so that any set that doesn't use Belly Drum is thoroughly suboptimal.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: In contrast to the broader movepools CAP Pokemon get, Cawmodore is remarkably one-dimensional. It can't afford any other roles besides 'use Belly Drum and sweep', but it is really good at that role.
Generation VI CAPs
CAP 18: Volkritter and Volkraken
The first Gen VI CAP (and a return to the previous numbers rather than renumbering them in Gen V). It is a Fire/Water vampire squid pokemon that works as a "Major Third"; a member of a Power Trio or "core" of pokemon, in a similar member to how Voodoom was designed to be a perfect partner to a single pokemon. In this case, the planned trio is to be formed with Lucario and Latias.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: Infiltrator stops variants of Aegislash that use Substitute, although it has other uses beyond this primary reasoning. It can also bypass Reflect and Light Screen, meaning it's very hard to contain Volkraken.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: Like the vampire squid it's based off, it has numerous photophores around its body.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: It's a vampire squid.
- Morton's Fork: Its primary ability, Analytic, is designed to take advantage of switches, so an opposing trainer does not have the better option between leaving a vulnerable Pokemon in versus switching it out and having the switch-in suffer a large chunk of damage.
- Oxymoronic Being: Like Pyroak, fire and water clearly do not get along normally.
- Power Trio: Planned on being part of one with Lucario and Latias. Come playtest, though, it was deemed that Lucario just couldn't hold up in Generation VI OU, and Volkraken wasn't going to help it.
An Electric/Poison manta ray designed to dissuade the opponent from fainting it, as that would give a teammate (Mega Gyarados) a free switch-in and an opportunity to sweep.
- Balance Buff: Given that Plasmanta's original role was no longer relevant, the CAP community decided to made Plasmanta's checks less well-defined (as it wants to survive now). In particular, Plasmanta gained Aura Sphere to let it damage Pokemon like Ferrothorn, Heatran, Tyranitar, and Cawmodore.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: The rings on Plasmanta's back glow.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Plasmanta's STAB attacks and damage output are intentionally underwhelming, all for the opponent to keep Plasmanta alive to prevent a more dangerous Pokemon from taking its place.
- Cuddle Bug: Snugglow loves giving oceangoers a surprise glomp and actively search out sources of stress to calm others.
- Giant Flyer: Plasmanta is an enormous 23 feet long.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Defeating Plasmanta lets Gyarados come in without harm, potentially setting up for a sweep.
- Tron Lines: The line's shiny markings were designed specifically with this trope in mind.
CAP 20: Floatoy, Caimanoe, and Naviathan
A Water/Steel viking longship that can use both Dragon Dance and Calm Mind sets effectively and has completely different checks and counters for either set.
- Balance Buff: Naviathan's Dragon Dance set was outclassed by other users of the move (i.e., Feraligatr and Dragon-type Pokemon). Its ability Water Veil was replaced by Guts, to boost physical damage. It received Heavy Slam as a more powerful STAB option, and it gained Psychic Fangs as a coverage move, allowing it to break through Fighting-type Pokemon and Pokemon like Mega Venusaur, Mollux, and Plasmanta that would wall it.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The motif of its evolutionary line invokes this—the first stage is an inner tube with white stripes and oars, its second stage is a canoe with a reptilian anatomy and stormy colors, and the final stage is a reptilian viking ship with a white, striped keel and oars along its back.
- Cool Boat: It's a draconic Living Ship that utilizes Confusion Fu in battle.
- Elemental Punch: Naviathan can learn Thunder Punch and Ice Punch from tutors.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Caimanoe and Naviathan gain the Steel-typing as well as the hidden ability Light Metal.
- Good Bad Bugs: The first few hours of Naviathan's playtest placed zero bans on what Pokemon could be used. Therefore, people could use legendary Pokemon or even multiple Mega Pokemon without needing to mega-evolve.
- Horse of a Different Color: Like Lapras, the Pokemon in these line transport others across the water. Unlike Lapras, they are literally based on aquatic vehicles.
- Magic Knight: Naviathan can attack with either physical or special attacks, and its typing gives it decent resistances. It is, however, weak to Ground-type attacks, which are commonly seen, as well as strong special attacks.
- Making a Splash: All three stages are Water-type.
- The Navigator: Thanks to its innate magnetic field, Caimanoe is adept at navigation. It is literally a navi-gator.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Subverted with Caimanoe. It has a wide, fanged mouth, but it only attacks if someone else provokes it.
- Roar Before Beating: According to its X/OR entry, it would cry before the start of a major battle.
- Sapient Ship: The entire line is based on of aquatic vehicles: a pool toy, canoe, and viking longship, respectively.
- Stealth Pun: Caimanoe is a navigator.
- This Is a Drill: It has access to Drill Peck as coverage.
CAP 21: Crucibelle
A Poison/Rock slime mold with a Mega Evolution, capable of using the most of its typing to dole out powerful Head Smash attacks and act as a utility counter against various OU threats.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: One of the base form's abilities is Mold Breaker, aimed to allowing it to use status moves against Pokemon with Magic Bounce (such as Mega Sableye or Mega Diancie, which are popular in OU at the time).
- Badass Adorable: A rather meek, shy looking slime mold humanoid that can go head to head with some of OU's biggest threats and has the BST to match.
- Cast from Hit Points: Crucibelle's best moves include Head Smash and Wood Hammer, which inflict recoil damage. Crucibelle is expected to switch out to heal by using Regenerator or to nullify the damage completely with Magic Guard when it Mega Evolves.
- Chest Monster: It looks like an ornately-designed urn from the outside, while it surprises anyone who comes close.
- Gradual Regeneration: It gets the Regenerator ability in its base form, allowing it to switch without worrying about entry hazard damage or damage from recoil moves, specifically Head Smash.
- Lightning Bruiser: Its HP, Attack, and Speed stats are its main highlights followed by good Special Defense. Like Goodra though, its Defense stat is rather lacking, and it risks losing some of its bulk if it isn't running Regenerator.
- Peek-a-Bangs: It has slime acting as bangs, in order to veil its second eye.
- Slime Girl: Crucibelle is a humanoid slime mold in a pot.
- Stealth Pun: One of the abilities the CAP has is Mold Breaker, and the design is a slime mold that leaves its pot for its Mega Evolution.
- Use Your Head: It makes great use of Head Smash's sheer power by either recovering from the recoil damage or avoiding recoil entirely.
- Weaponized Headgear: The lid of its pot works as a spiked helmet for Using Its Head.
CAP 22: Pluffle and Kerfluffle
A Fairy/Fighting pillow fighter that uses the move Parting Shot to its full extent, given that its only users in Gen. VI are Pangoro and Smeargle, neither of which have the attributes needed to use Parting Shot effectively.
- After-Combat Recovery: In tandem with Parting Shot, Kerfluffle has Natural Cure, which allows it to lift a persistent status condition without using a turn.
- Blowing a Raspberry: Kerfluffle's stuck-out tongue invokes this, while Pluffle's tongue is more reminiscent of a "Silly Me" Gesture.
- Blush Sticker: Pluffle has pink ones on its cheeks.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Pluffle is a cute bunny pillow.
- Exotic Eye Designs: One of Kerfluffle's eyes is much larger than the other and is in the shape of a four-pointed star.
- Fighting Clown: Kerfluffle is one of the silliest-looking CAP Pokemon, but it's excellent in its role compared to the to the brawling octopus-pirate or sentient voodoo doll.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Kerfluffle can knock a grown man out in one punch, but it always carries him/her to bed to recover afterwards.
- Not the Intended Use: Kerfluffle has Celebrate and Hold Hands as Event moves, which are normally completely useless in battle. Then Generation VII gave all moves a Z-variant, and suddenly Z-Celebrate and Z-Hold Hands can raise all its stats (except for evasion and accuracy).
- Signature Move: Parting Shot, which allows Kerfluffle to switch out of a bad matchup to a teammate, helps it keep momentum on a team.
- Took a Level in Badass: Pluffle are naturally gentle, but they get rowdier with age until they gain the fighting spirit and evolve into Kerfluffle.
- Visual Pun: Kerfluffle is a fighting pillow—or, a pillow fighter.
Generation VII CAPs
CAP 23: Pajantom
A Dragon/Ghost sleeping dragon that is a master of trapping moves, being able to use moves like Wrap, Whirlpool, Sand Tomb, Fairy Lock, and, most significantly, Spirit Shackle at the expense of the opponent.
- Dream Weaver: The real Pajantom is the tiny dragon. The larger specter is a manifestation of its dreams.
- Living Dream: The ghostly apparition is the fantasy of the smaller dragon brought to life.
- Manchild: Pajantom, despite its scary specter, always has the mind of a small child.
- Nice Hat: The horn on Pajantom's head resembles a sleeping cap, and it spumes its ghostly specter from the hat's tip.
- Obliviously Evil: "Evil" is a strong word, but Pajantom seems unaware that "make new friends by trapping them" causes more harm than good.
- Trap Master: Pajantom is designed to use the effects of trapping moves on its opponent—whether that means cinching a KO prevented otherwise by a switch or pressuring the opponent to switch to another Pokemon Pajantom can dismantle.
Note: These CAPs are conceptual, and thus, will never be actually available to use on Pokémon Showdown!, the main simulator.
- Adaptive Armor: Sort of, as Froxfire's fur inversely scales with temperature.
- Expy: Of Syclant, as it is a Glass Cannon that works best in hail, has similar base stats and base stat total, and has a secondary typing that neutralizes one of the Ice-type's weaknesses while doubling its weakness to Rock-type moves.
- Fantastic Foxes: It's a flame-tailed arctic fox that can control the weather.
- Glass Cannon: Like Syclant, it has around base 70 for its HP, Defense, and Sp. Defense, but it has around base 120 for its Attack, Sp. Attack, and Speed.
- Oxymoronic Being: It has both Fire and Ice as its elemental affinities, which is normally self-defeating.
- Power of the Storm: It manipulates the weather rather chaotically in a Pokedex entry, though in-game, it can only produce hail so with its Dream Ability.
- Slippery Slope: Commonly cited as the reason Froxfire will not be officialized in any way, as if this CAP was accepted and used in competitive play, that would set a precedent for other, less thought-out Pokémon to do the same, spoiling the integrity and mission of CAP as a whole.
- Unstable Genetic Code
Cnidali and Mega CnidaliA Poison/Fighting jellyfish intended to be a bulky utility NeverUsed Pokémon. Was created for the purposes of NeverUsed CAP brainstorming, but nothing more.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Fighting-type.
- Elemental Punch: It can learn a variety of them, including Sting Jab, its Signature Move.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: It was created as a NeverUsed Pokemon, but many users thought it was simply too powerful to remain in the tier.
- The Paralyzer: Sting Jab, despite it being a Poison-type move, can paralyze.
- Poisonous Person
- Fish Eyes: Well, it is a chameleon.
- Glacier Waif: It's two feet long, looks rather awkward and lanky, and has 119/111/109 defenses.
- Hollywood Chameleons: Double-subverted. It can only change the color of its bands and ridge, but it can change its typing.
- Lethal Joke Character: Its existence is a joke, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a competitive Pokémon. Its defenses, movepool, and flexible typing can theoretically have it fit on a variety of teams.
- Multipurpose Tongue: It uses its tongue to swing from and to branches.
- Stone Wall: It has amazing defenses, made even better by how it can change its typing at will. Its attack is acceptable after boosting it up with his wide variety of boosting moves, but otherwise Chamereon just cannot deal enough damage.
- Creepy Long Fingers: Its 'hands' are scythe-like with long 'fingers' as blades.
- Flaming Hair: The top of Petrogeist's head emits a ghostly substance, which looks like bluish flames.
- Spikes of Doom: Not only can it learn Stealth Rock and Spikes, Petrogeist has two large stalagmite Shoulders of Doom.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Oddly inverted, as apparently, Petrogeist's ectoplasm tastes like blueberry ice cream to people.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: Petrogeist drops a trail of rocks to find its way back from wandering at night.
- Treasure Room: It's said to keep a collection of stolen items from spelunkers. It's never been confirmed where these hoards might be, though.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Its hands end with single, sharp points that carry currents of electricity.
- Tunnel King: It lives alone in burrows, yet it's not a Ground-type Pokemon.
- Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: The highlights on Ampeater represent both yellow and blue flavors of electricity.
- Hollywood Density: It averts the tendency in Pokemon to make species much lighter than a plausible weight; it uses its hefty 2,000 kg. to abuse Heavy Slam and Heat Crash.
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: It learns Perish Song as a level-up move, and it is a ghostly bell.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: It's an angelic ghost that possesses a bell.
- Missing Secret: It gets Shift Gear as an egg move, but the only parents it might possibly have is a genderless species of Pokemon.
- Status Buff: It can use Sand Rush to double its otherwise mediocre speed.
- Weather Manipulation: It has Drought as a primary ability, and it can exploit its effects with Weather Ball and Synthesis.
- Ghost Ship: It's a ship that has been taken over by not only barnacles but an unknown creature inhabiting it. Naturally it has Ghost as one of its types.
- Gradual Grinder: It is better at wearing opponents down by forcing them to switch in or by injuring them with Leech Seed or Spiky Shield than actually attacking.
- No-Sell: It has Disguise as one of its abilities, giving it a free turn to set up hazards or a status condition.
- Support Party Member: It specializes in setting up entry hazards and keeping them active, then dealing residual damage instead of dealing direct damage.
- Escaped from the Lab: Its Moon Pokedex entry states that it was a project by the Aether Foundation and escaped from Aether Paradise.
- Magic Knight: It can run well both a physical or special set.
- Increasingly Lethal Enemy: Chisphera relies on gaining stat boosts either through Contrary in conjunction with Superpower and Close Combat or Stamina with Calm Mind. It then unleashes those boosts in not only normal attacks but moves that gain power with stat boosts such as Stored Power and Power Trip.
- Utility Party Member: It can set up Hail and provide a defensive buff in the form of Aurora Veil for its teammates.
- Weather Manipulation: It receives Snow Warning as an ability to summon hail. As an added bonus, it can call down Thunderbolts.
- The Empath: Holloqua seek out those that are crying in order to soothe them.
- Empty Shell: Its Pokedex entry in Pokemon Sun says that Holloqua are hollow creatures, drifting aimlessly in the seas.
- Support Party Member: It can set up Reflect/Light Screen and/or Trick Room in tandem with its ability to allow easier switches for its team's side. It can also burn enemies with Scald or use Z-Curse to inflict status conditions.