When the Dream World abilities were announced, the questions were flying fast and furious. Who did Ninetales fellate to get Drought? Is Wobbuffet legal now? And most importantly... how in the hell did Garchomp get Rough Skin when Salamence got Overconfidence?
The last one boggled my mind until my spies at GameFreak came through with a recording of the decision - and it didn't go down as you would think. I originally put this on GameFAQs, but it was too good to waste over there.
Masuda: Monster of the week, sign in please.
Masuda: Ah, Garchomp. Welcome. I must say, you had a good run last generation. Getting banned before Platinum was beyond our wildest espectations.
Garchomp: Thanks, boss.
Sugimori: We want to replicate that success this time around, so we're going to give you an awesome Dream World ability. The problem is, we couldn't decide which one to give you.
Masuda: So we're going to settle this the old fashioned way. Gardevoir, could you send in... The Wheel of Abilities.
*A Wheel of Fortune-like wheel floats into the room. It is 24 pegs wide, with 4 pegs for Huge Power and 2 pegs for Sandstream, Shadow Tag, Rough Skin, Sand Fence, Sand Power, Intimidate, Overconfidence, Speed Boost, something called "Reverse Technician" which would be a 50% boost for attacks over 60 power, and Bankrupt.*
Garchomp: Ooooh, this looks like fun.
Sugimori: Wanna give it a spin?
*Garchomp spins the wheel*
Sugimori/Masuda: Wheel of Abilities, turn turn turn. Tell us the weapon that he should earn.
*The wheel is slowing down, and looks like it'll land on Huge Power.*
*... but it clicks over one peg to land on Rough Skin.*
Masuda: Well... that's the way it goes. Sorry, Garchomp.
Garchomp: Tell it to the Oddish I'll be eating for dinner tonight. *Exit Garchomp*
Sugimori: Uh, why was Rough Skin on there? I thought we were trying to clinch a ban for it again. Lemme check...
*Sugimori walks over to the wheel and pulls at the Rough Skin tag to reveal that it was covering Mold Breaker.*
Masuda: WHO RIGGED THE WHEEL?
Flareon: Hey, let me spin that one!