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I just found out about things like Stratagem, Mollux, etc. When did these originate and why?

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Those two are apart of Smogon's Create a Pokemon (or CAP for short) project. Smogon is not apart of Game Freak therefor not involved with the creation of any legit Pokemon. Thus the CAP project was born! :D The DB even has there own CAPs :P Looking at the forms first post I'd say it started somewhere around February 21st '08

K so on the request of MeloettaMelody I'll add why :P

Pokemon Showdown! = Apart of Smogon
In a way Smoginites decided to add in their CAP Pokemon. So if you go to TeamBuilder and click CAP you'll see them. So that makes them eligible for Random Battles and Challenge Cup. (And ofc their own tier lol)

CAP Newcomers Guide

All of Smogon's CAP's

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These Pokemon have been made up for testing purposes by Smogon University. They make up Pokemon to test them and see if they could fit in the game.

Here is a quote from the website:

A community dedicated to exploring and understanding the competitive Pokémon metagame by designing, creating, and playtesting new Pokémon concepts.

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what I don't get is why these things are included in Showdown's Random battles
Yeah that is where I first encountered them as well
Do you want me to add why they appear there?
if you know why that would be good