Pokemon Chat Report - Thursday, July 27, 2000
by Ka-Lok Fung - Scrye Contributing Editor


Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Hello everybody! MT Mike gets to be 'Sir Not Appearing in this Film' this week because he left for a sportscard show in Anahiem, Ca yesterday. So MT Galen's going to pitch in and help out with the questions today."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "A big congratulations goes out to West Coast STS Champions: Joseph Viray(10 and under), Jack Savage(11-14) and Andrew Marshall(15 andup). I also wanted to thank everyone who showed up and made this event such a success, especially those of you who were there that made a point to stop and say hello to MT Mike, Da Boss Mike or myself."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "MT Mike and myself were very disappointed that the Space Weedle did not make it off the plane with us in LA. The airlines did returnit to us undamaged on Monday morning when we got back to Seattle. Hopefully, we will be able to bring it along to another event later this year."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Articuno21:
         Has Wizards got the rights to print Neo?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "Not yet...still waiting on that"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Earthbound410:
         Any scoop on the 15-trainer stipulation?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "That's just a self-imposed restriction we've been testing here in our offices."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We're just seeing what we can come up with inside that limit that will be a tough deck to beat."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from llcor57:
         what is an opague card sleeve?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "an opaque card sleeve is one that has a backing youcannot see through...common opaques are red and/or black"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from mewtwo54:
         Is Imposter Oaks Revenge banned from the league?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "nope"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from pokefreak75:
         Why isn't Toys R Us Hosting The Prerelease Tournament

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from PoKoTCG:
         Will there be a secret card in Gym Heroes?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "we don't know...don't think so"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "They're already doing the Leagues and the pre-releaseis something that would be handled better by dedicated game stores"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from gunterl:
         What is promo #19?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I don't think we can announce that one yet, sory."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from llcor57:
         what are promos between 17 and 21?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "17: Dark Persian, I think, 18: TR Meowth, 19: ? , 20:Misty's Seadra?"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from pikachu89:
         Regarding Gym Heroes Tournament on Aug.5. As of 7-26 WotC Santa Monica, Ca. is on the list but knows nothing, WotC Montclair, Ca. is NOT on the list &says they are doing it but have no info and Hall of Fame Sports in Redlands, Ca. is on the list but
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "Have the stores call our merchant services department by calling our customer service line"
Master_Trainer_Galen says, ";"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Brocktrainer13:
         will gym heroes prerelease tournaments be at league stores nationwide, or just at stores in certain parts of the country?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "The Gym Heroes Prerelease will be help and a game or hobby store near you."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Eprise1701e:
         What is promo 19?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Don't know."
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "k"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Scrye_Fung:
         So, after reading R&D's ruling from last week, the only way a Pokemon can evolve on the first turn is through either Eevee's Chain Reaction of TR Magikarp's Rapid Evolution? Otherwise, the normal "Pokemon must be in play for at least one turn" is still in effect?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, essentially, though I don't know a single way you could do TR Magikarp's Rapid Evolution on the first turn."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from BuzzDude2487:
         What did you think of the reaction of 1 guy at the STS who ripped a guy's hat made of pkmn cards?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "different strokes for different folks I guess...we don't condone that kind of behavior to be sure"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Ninetales2000:
         If a Promo Eevee is against a Ditto, can the ditto us the power just tolook through his/her deck without evolving?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Nope. Ditto can't evolve, so can't even do that."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from llcor57:
         is there definte east coast schedule?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "none yet...we are still firming up dates"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from IKendall:
         Is there anyway, or will there be any way, to get the Nintendo Power promos in the UK?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I don't know, I imagine I you could get Nintendo Power there that you could."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Brocktrainer13:
         will you be at the east coast STS
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "we will be there"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Scrye_Fung:
         If Movie Promo Mewtwo attacks with Energy Absorption, and one of the cards attached from the discard pile is Rainbow Energy, that energy does not do any damage to Mewtwo (since the card was not played from the hand) but can still be consider Psychic energy? You've given different answers in different chats in the past and I'll like a correct ruling on this one.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "YEs, no damage from doing that and the energy can count as whatever type(basic type) you want."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Doremi:
         Is the promo Misty's Seadra the same as the Misty's Seadra that will beappearing in Gym Heroes?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "yes...it will just say "prerelease" on the card"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "That would make us believe that there will not be a promo number for Misty's Seadra."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from swaverACE:
         Why was the Ancient Mew card named 'Mew' and not 'Ancient Mew'? We can still only have 4 Mews in our deck!
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Dunno, that was the decision from Creatures though."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from rccards:
         how many cards are in the pokemon tcg
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "with Gym 1 there will be approximately 600 cards orso..give or take"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Scrye_Fung:
         Last week you made a reversal on whether Dk Gyarados' Final Beam power works or not if the attack that knocks him out also paralyzes him. Checking past transcripts, this ruling has flip-flopped a couple of times (Mike says one way, Pat says another); can we get an official ruling from R&D on this one please?Thanks from TEAM COMPENDIUM.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We really do try to be consistent with this stuff, but sometimes... Yes, Final Beam works in this situation."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from BuzzDude2487:
         Is it true Gym Heroes will be released on August 7th, if so is it at only Wizards retialers as in Wizard stores themselves and Gamekeeper?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "August 14th it should be at all stores selling pokemon...I think that just Wizards of the coast stores would have them before then...and stores who participated in the Prerelease tournament"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from AshFairy:
         If Clefable metronomes MagiKarp's Rapid Evolution, would it be leagal to evolve it into Gyrados? My guess is no.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, if you have Gyarados in your deck."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Scrye_Fung:
         Good job @ the STS. After examing the POKEMON metagame, are you seriously considering a trainer restriction?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "yeah..we are trying to implement restrictions that might make the game more balanced...that is one of the suggestions."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We don't make the rules, but I do believe that something should be done to broaden the types of decks that are competitive."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from zackarino:
         why didn't my theater get the bird promos yet
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Because they shouldn't be getting those until July 28th."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from cervante:
         Are there plan for a promo Lugia card
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "not at this time I'm afraid"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         is Chaos Gym in Gym heroes?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I sure don't see it...but I havn't had a chance to check through all the cards yet."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Doremi:
         Will the Vending Promos be printed in the future?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "No word on that yet...but probably"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Pikabruce:
         Can the jumbo card with the 3 legendary birds be played (by using it asa reference card and then using a proxy card in your deck)?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, that's not legal for tournaments."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Meowth52:
         Why was the text for the first attack on dark persian slightly changed when it went to promo?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Dunno."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Pkmn61:
         OK, if there isn't a stop in NC for the east coast STS, will you ask them to put it on a backup list in case one of the sites cancels?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Sure."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from AshFairy:
         I was wondering, will there be some sort of Arctic Mega Showdown for the people in Alaska, Much like the Tropical Mega Showdown in Hawaii?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No plans for anything like that."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from warlockmaster:
         Just to let anyone know I'm Akira from the Pokégym , we debated the other day about the power of the new gym cards, Hallu/Chaos Gym and Team Rocket's Trap, and a few things were brought up, #1 - Is there any idea of restricting thenumber of trainers in a deck to prevent broken combos? #2 Is there ANY hint of banning certain cards? #3 Have you guys at WoTC played around with Team Rocket'sTrap or Chaos gym and actually seen how broken they are? I mean there is a lot of feedback in Japan on these cards as well as us on the internet in the online leagues on these cards and their overall cheapness
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Certainly this combo is one that started MT Mike and I thinking about such solutions, but R&D has the final say and they are still looking at all options."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Like I mentioned earlier, the 15 Trainer limit is something we've been trying here, just to see what deck archetypes would come out as being really competitive in that environment."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         Is that list of gym Heroes cads on PokeGym real?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I have not seen it and studied it extensively, so I do not know."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         How would people making up in the Victory Road be able to get Cool Porygon and Psyduck?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "earning points just like you would in the other leage"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         what happens if you lose to the Gym Leader at the Pokemon League?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "You do not battle the Gym Leaders..typically..you are battling the other players in the league to earn points"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Excuse us if we seem a bit scattered today, both of us were handed a stack of Gym Heroes boosters right before the chat, so we're excitedly going through them as we trade off questions"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from pokeholland:
         What can i do against the pokepower heavy pollen??
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Do you mean Healing Pollen?"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from JabDaggar:
         Is 'gust of wind' considered retreating? Like could I use Dark Dugtrio's Pitfall after a Gust of wind?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "Gust of wind is not considered retreating...you couldn't use pitfall for that"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         What kind of Psyduck is promo 20?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I have not seen it yet so I'll go for the obvious answer: It's a promo Psyduck!"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Angie_13:
         will there be a promo card given out with the pokemon 2000 vhs or dvd like pokemon the first movie?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "Too early to tell at this juncture...wouldn't be prudent"
Master_Trainer_Galen smiles.

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Jonathan2:
         what do you have to say about wizards organization on the STS with manypeople being turned down from the main event
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We sincerely apologize to anyone who was unable to get in and get registered in time for the main event, but the turnout was way morethat we anticipated and the restrictions due to fire code held us back from registering more people at once."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We will definetly take this into account when planning for the East Coast STS and other similar events."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Paokkk:
         How much would it cost to buy a 1st Edition box at a Wizards Store?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "it should be sold for the same price as any other booster box"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Jonathan2:
         can we pre register for the east coast STS?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Not at this time, we'll see as we get closer to the event."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         How do we get a Promo Eevee card?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "That is a promo card that was given at the league and still maybe given out if the store in question has some more to give away"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from llcor57:
         is there a limit to the number of times you can scoop up a pokemon in one turn?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         my Gym Leader at the league isn't allowing Ancient Mew, is there any way I can get it played?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "That decision is up to your Gym Leader, but Ancient Mew is legal for tournament play if you use black-backed sleeves"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from zackarino:
         for the ancient Mew card can we play it if we put a regular card behindit in a plastic thing so it hides the foil?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "that's questionable...it would be heavier than the regular cards so in a way that would be like having a marked card which is illegal by DCI standards"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         will the boosters at the RELEASE Gym tournement be edition 1?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Probably not."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Supra:
         If D. Gyrados got knocked out by D. Golbats power, would it still do final beam?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "No, because Final Beam will only trigger if D. Gyarados is knocked out by an attack."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         Do you guys have any English Gym cards yet?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "they'll be in stores by the 14th of August"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We might have a few...."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Ninetales2000:
         Is there supposed to be a fee for the prerelease?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "that is up to the stores disgression..most stores will have a fee"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         How many Stall Decks are around?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "thousands I bet"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from JabDaggar:
         Is the East cost tour gonna be like an STS? Or is it just gonna be a mall tour? (is it gonna be a tournament?)
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "it's going to be a tournament...not too unlike the STS tournament"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from AshFairy:
         Regarding Promo Eevee, what if my league hasnt gotten them yet? I go to the Anchorage Toys "R" Us.
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "tell the store to call our merchant services department or contact their District Management to see what is going on with that...they probably should have gotten them by now"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from IKendall:
         What are promos 17 to the most recent number, and what numbers have been skipped with in this range?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Promos: 17: Dark Persian, 18:TR Meowth, 19:?, 20: Psyduck."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         Do you have any new info on Gym Challenge?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "it's coming out in October we think..that's about it"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Jonathan2:
         will you guys post all the winners of the pre release tournament?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I don't know, we can try to do that for you though."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from NOA_Nintenfreak:
         Why don't you make a fan-made carD?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "mostly because we have to have the rights and license from Nintendo to do so...it's not really our decision all the time"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from LastOfTheBrood:
         why has WoTc made the Ancient Mew card playable?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Isn't it playable in Japan?"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Ninetales2000:
         Any known promos after 23?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "none that we know of"
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "yet"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from IKendall:
         Prom 20 is Psyduck, not Misty's Seadra.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Right, got ya on that one."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from WillV28:
         If movie goers never recieved an Ancient Mew is there any plan to have a mail in redenption for ticket holders for any extra cards?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "that's a decision that warner brothers will have tomake"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Warner Brothers can be contacted at: (818)954-6636"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from MewtwoX:
         How many cards will be in the Gym Heroes set?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "132 cards."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         IS it true that cards like Brock's Zubat will be rares in Gym Heroes?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Brock's Zubat is a common."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "BUT>>>there is a rare Brock's Zubat, too."
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "let"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from BuzzDude2487:
         Will the Space Weedle Make it to the East STS?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "let's hope so"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I do want to note that the 2 Brock's Zubats are ifferent."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from MewtwoX:
         Has a list of cards in Gym Heroes been released?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "not by us anyway"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         Is Misty's Seadra a prerelease or a numbered promo? Will it be first edition?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It's a pre-release, not a 'black-star' promo. I don't know if it's 1st ed."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Earthbound410:
         MTGalen, what deck do you like to play?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "I love poison pokemon like Dark Muk, and Nidoking...Poison rules...and much praise unto the "Mysterious Mr. Yuk" deck..."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         When will Misty's Seadra be available?( What day?)
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I can't tell you what day, but it should be during season #8."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Eprise1701e:
         if you can't tell what Promo 19 is, can you at least say when it will be released, so I can be watching for it?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "we honestly don't know what it is or what it will be yet..sorry"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from pikachu89:
         What is the phone number to call to reach Merchant Services Department? I would like to give it to a store manager to call and get info.
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "You should have them call our regular customer service line and press 2 on the phone tree..that will hook them up with the merchantservices department"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         Do the Gym booster pack art look like the japanese booster like Rocket did?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Our Gym Heroes packs are really brightly colored withmulti-colored lasers coming from a stadium or gym."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from poinko:
         How will the pre evolution pokemon that are new in Gold and Silver be played with in the card game? Like, how would Pichu evolve into Pikachu?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "unknown...we still have a long way to go before we will know what happens with those pre-evolution things"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from cervante:
         What promo card do you get from the insert that came with the legendarybirds promo card from P2K
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "That one will let you earn Misty's Seadra if you go to the leagues during season #8"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Brocktrainer13:
         will gym heros prerelease tourneys be held at league stores around the country, or just at ones in certain areas?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "check out our website..we have a list of some of the stores holding the prerelease tourny"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "The pre-release will be held a specialty game and hobby stores all over the country"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from firetrainer:
         You can't evolve a mysterious you just put into play right? Because some said you could and I think they are wrong.
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "that's right"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Earthbound410:
         Why will you give errata for Magic but not Pokemon (cough, TR Grimer, Dark Vileplume, cough)
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "we are still debating errata for Pokemon..we will let you know as soon as we have made a decision"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         My local Game Keeper store (which is not on the prerelease list) is having the Release tournement but they're not letting you keep the boosters? Shouldthey let you keep them?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Game Keeper staores are mentioned on our website as having the Pre-release events, I would hope they would let you keep the boosters."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from pikachu89:
         My question was cut off. When should stores have info by regarding the Gym Heroes Tournament?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "They should have info soon if they don't already. Check our website for a list of stores."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Chipper:
         Will 1st edition packs be released w/ unlimited gym heroes?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "yes..they should be"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Autobot:
         If Clefariy metranomes Double-Edge does 'Clefairy K.O. herself?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Big_Pappa_Poke:
         If a trainer attends leagues at 2 different places, will they have 2 different badge books?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Not necessarily, that depends on whether they wanted to do two books or whether the league store in question would allow that."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Idealy you would be able to work towards your badges at either store."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from soslowpoke:
         Where will the East Coast STS be held?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We're finalizing plans now, nothing to announce yet."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "The East Coast qualifiers kick off the weekend of August 26th in Detroit."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Haymaker:
         what was with STS? Other than the judges, few employees could help on pokemon questions (or pokey-man as they called it.)
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Keep in mind that many of the people who helped us out with the STS do not deal with Pokemon rules questions on a daily basis like wedo here. Just as there are certified judges at a Magic tournament, some peopleare qualified to make those rulings and some are not."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Would you ask someone working registration at a Magictournament about your latest Pandemonium/Opalesence combo?"
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "yes"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         what card will I get when I watch the Pokemon Movie 2000 tomorrow?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "hopefully one of the legendary bird cards"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Meowth52:
         If I use a pokemon trade or energy search and there are no energy or pokemon in my deck, then do I have to show my deck to my opponent?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "You only have to show your opponent the cards you got when you place them in your hand..you shuffle your deck afterwords"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from poinko:
         Will we ever get the Southern Islands series of cards translated and released here in the states?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "unknown...we hope to though"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from firetrainer:
         What is the finnal ruling on move energy cards that count as two energies. like electrode that has been changed to grass energy. Can it be energy trans?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "They can be as long as there isn't a limit on how many you can transfer that way."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Jonathan2:
         will basic electrode be able to buzzap and become dark energies?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "probably...as the dark energies haven't been officially translated yet..we will just have to wait and see for sure"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Future_Trunks:
         how much does it cost to get into the gym hereos tournament?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "it depends on the store you go to"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from IKendall:
         Why dont you update the FAQ with the Ditto/Rapid Evoution/Chain Reaction rulings?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We'll ask the web team to. What you need to understand is that we're not responsible for posting new rulings to the website every week, we do our best to get the message to the departmants responsible."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         Are What happens if Mew uses Psywave and the opponent doesn't have energy on the pokemon?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "it wouldn't do any damage"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from gunterl:
         will exclusive cards be available only in gym decks like in Japan?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Not quite."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from NOA_Nintenfreak:
         Okay, MTM loves Weedle, but does he love Metapod?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "I think he's fairly indifferent actually"
Master_Trainer_Galen laughs hysterically.

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from BuzzDude2487:
         u said promo #20 is Misty's Seadra, but the other Pre-releases didnt have a promo #, did u just make a typo?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "That was my mistake"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from poinko:
         Why was the change made form the pattern of the holofoils used on the cards? WHy are the holo patterns different from Base 2 on than Base through Fossil?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "consumer demand was the reason we changed it really...people wanted to see the holofoils look more like the Japanese ones"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Also, we were running out of the original type of foil"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "There literally was none left to use."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from poinko:
         Will there be another Super Trainer Showdown Tour soon? Me and my friend didn't get to go to the last one since they tournament locations were scattered too far from us
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, the qualifiers will kick off August 26th in Detroit"

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         Does Porygon's Conversion 2 work if I use a pluspower?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "plus power only deals more damage if damage can be done...plus power attached to an attack that does no damage would be useless..itwouldn't do any damage"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from llcor57:
         What's "the lost psyduck "?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "That must've been in Raiders of the Lost Arcanine."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         CAn we use one of the Legendary Bird Cards For playing?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "yes"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "But not the extra large 'three-birds' cards."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from poinko:
         Will the 'Pokemon The Fist Movie' CD Promo Jigglypuff be available through the League any time soon, or is there no way this card can ever be earned again?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "we don't know..don't think so..no plans at this time"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Ninetales2000:
         Will there be two holos in the Gym Heroes PCD like in Japan?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Well let's see....(sounds of cellophane being ripped open)....Nope, just one holo, but there is 2 rares...."
Master_Trainer_Pat smiles.

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Future_Trunks:
         how come space weedle and you guys weren't at the super trainer showdown?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "Pat, Mike and I were all there...the Space Weedle was "borrowed" by Team Rocket without our permission"
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "that darn Team Rocket....they were very "United" intheir cause"
Master_Trainer_Galen laughs hysterically.
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "MT Mike and myself were very disappointed that the Space Weedle did not make it off the plane with us in LA. The airlines did returnit to us undamaged on Monday morning when we got back to Seattle. Hopefully, we will be able to bring it along to another event later this year."
Master_Trainer_Pat laughs hysterically.

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Scrye_Fung:
         What other ideas are you guys currently jostling to make the metagame more balanced?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Another idea that has been proposed is making a 'minimum' of basic Pokemon necessary for each deck. What's your feelings on that?"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I don't think that that would open up as many new strategies as the other, trainer' limit idea."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Autobot:
         Can Rainbow Energy be moved around without using Venasaur's power Energy Trans?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "if it is counting as a water energy then "Rain Dance" could move it around...if it was already in play..not if it was in your hand"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from lili_slickgirl:
         How much HP does Ancient Mew have?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "You're going to have to work at figuring that out yourself. I can tell you that Ancient Mew's attack costs 2 Psychic energy."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from cervante:
         is the going to be a regular size legedary bird card
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "at this point we don't know..no plans yet"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from BuzzDude2487:
         Will Gym 2 be legal at the East STS?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Dunno yet."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Meowth52:
         I don't think clefairy can evolve into gyarados. it says on magikarp "this counts as evolving magikarp" which would mean the evolution would have to be legal. on gyarados the card says "evolves from Magikarp" and NOT clefairy/clefable
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I'm only telling you how R&D has ruled on it and theystate: Clefairy/Clefable could evolve if you Metronomed an attack like Rapid Evolution _and_ you had a Gyardos in your deck."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from BuzzBuzz:
         To make soslowpoke's question a little easier to answer, is it true that Brock's Zubat is a Rare, as posted on that list?
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "we have two listed cards under the name "Brock's Zubat", one showed that it was a rare..(the 30 hp one) and the other card showed uncommon (the 40 hp one) we will have to confirm this ok?"
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "I'm sorry the uncommon should be "common""
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I have the common sitting on my desk, that's the 40 HP one and there's another one with 30 HP and different attacks and artwork."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from cervante:
         Is there going to be a prerelease of a special gym heroes card like thedark gyrados
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "Yeah...it's the Misty's Seadra"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Future_Trunks:
         what is the official release date of the gym heros set?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "It will be released to all stores by August 14th."

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from mewfour:
         i read on pojo.com that you can use ancient mew in legal decks, is thistrue and if so does he count as a mew for the purposes of having four mews in your deck?
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, and yes."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Autobot:
         [If Arcanine keeps on using Take Down until he K.Os himself does the opponent get to draw a prize?]
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "anytime a pokemon is knocked out in the field of play the opponent takes a prize"

Master_Trainer_Pat presents the speaker with a question from Eprise1701e:
         Is the Promo you get with the Coupon that comes with the Legendary birdcards a Misty's Seadra Prerelease, or something different? If so can you say what it will be??
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Yes, it's Misty's Seadra. But you can also earn thatthrough the leagues the normal way."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from IKendall:
         i'd just like to say that the idea to restrict the number of trainers in a deck would be perfect to stop the dominance of Wiigly and haymaker decks, without going down the treacherous road of bannings
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "i agree"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Thanks for the input IKendall"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We're trying to what's best for the game"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "and we don't want to see Trap decks take over the scene."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "I think the link for the Space Weedle can be found onthe PokeGym."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "We'll try to get it posted on this chat site if possible."

Master_Trainer_Galen presents the speaker with a question from Supra:
         Should there be theaters handing out the bird promos already? my friendwent to watch it the second day it came out and he got a Zapdos.
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "It depends on the theater's supply of cards...traditionally if they have the ancient mew card..they should be giving it out until it runs out...the legendary birds should be given out the second week of showing..but it depends on the theaters card supply..(like I said before)"
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Time to wrap it up for today. We'll see you all again next week, same Poke-time , same Poke-channel."
Master_Trainer_Pat says, "Later, gang!"
Master_Trainer_Galen says, "wubba wubba wubba"