why does sableye have stall? it was already one of the absolute weakest pokemon in the game prior to prankster or its mega, it was introduced a generation after sableye itself was made, it’s on nothing else, and as far as i can tell there’s no flavour reason for it, so why?
I suppose it could be a joke ability – something that intentionally made Sableye worse than it already was in generation III – but that seems unlikely; Sableye was bad all right (and believe me, I know; one of my partners on my first playthrough of Sapphire back in the day was a Sableye), but not comically so. I think it has to be a flavour reason, right? Because nothing else makes any damn sense; Stall is too weak an ability to have been intended as any kind of buff to Sableye. We’re told that Sableye (a lot like Wobbuffet) are reclusive Pokémon that spend most of their lives in darkness. When attacked, their instinct is to keep to the shadows, to hide and try to avoid combat. That instinct can be overpowering even in a serious fight, to the point that, in most exchanges, they will hang back and wait for their opponents to attack first.