The Pokémon Trading Card Game
Rulings Compendium Black and White

The Compendium Black and White was last updated: June 24, 2014, 8:03 pm

Introduction

The Pokémon Trading Card Game Rulings Compendium is a compilation of official rulings from The Pokémon Company, International (TPCi) for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. This document is compiled and published by Team Compendium, Inc.

Sources

There have been 4 editions of The Pokémon Trading Card Game Rulings Compendium: The Compendium, The Compendium EX, The Compendium LvX and The Compendium BW (this document).

Only official sources are used for the rulings published in these documents, which, so far, includes:


If you have doubts as to the accuracy of the Compendium, we have provided the source for each and every one of these rulings, so that you may verify them if you wish. The vast majority of these rulings are literal "copy-and-paste" from WotC chat transcripts or PUI/TPCi Rules Team update logs, although we have taken the liberty of cleaning up spelling, grammar and punctuation (which are often less than optimal in real-time chats) and we have edited for clarity. In some cases, we have added wording for clarity. These additions are inside [brackets]. This editing ensures the copyright of this work and will also help us to verify any uncredited, "stolen" versions of the Rulings Compendium that might surface out there as unauthorized copies of our work. Naughty, naughty!

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Q.So unless something changes the way a card works, those rules should be OK
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Purpose

This Compendium was designed to facilitate rulings at Pokémon tournaments. There may not (yet) be an official judge accreditation procedure, but there are a surprisingly large amount of rulings and errata that judges and those taking the Professor test need to know!

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Rulings

Current rulings are organized into major categories, below. An alphabetical index of rulings by individual entry groups is found at the end of the document.



Errata

Official card text changes published by The Pokemon Company International  (top)

Ascension   

* EX Hidden Legends Feebas is receiving errata for its "Ascension" attack to bring it in line with the Japanese version of the card. It should read, "Flip a coin. If heads, search your deck for a card that evolves from Feebas and put it on Feebas. (This counts as evolving Feebas.) Shuffle your deck afterward." Please note that this only affects Feebas; Vulpix's "Ascension" attack does not require a coin flip. (Jul 22, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Balloon Berry   

* In the Japanese card, there is a text saying "If Balloon Berry is attached to one of your Pokémon., the Pokémon.'s retreat cost is 0". So, you should play Balloon Berry as if it negates the Pokémon.'s retreat cost while attached to that Pokémon., not just when it actually attempts to retreat. For example, Muk-EX's "Slimy Water" attack damage will be reduced to only 40 against a Pokémon. with Balloon Berry attached to it. (Nov 13, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Blaze Roar   

Entei's "Blaze Roar" attack should say "discard 2 Fire Energy CARDS" rather than just "discard 2 Fire Energy". (Nov 16, 2007 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Brick Smash   

* EX Hidden Legends Machamp is receiving errata for its "Brick Smash" attack to bring it in line with the Japanese version of the card. Weakness should be applied to the damage that Machamp deals. It should read, "This attack's damage isn't affected by Resistance, Poké-Powers, Poké-Bodies, or any other effects on the Defending Pokémon." (Aug 21, 2004 Pokémon World Championships Announcements)

Buffer   

* The Poké-BODY "Buffer" found on Hoppip, Skiploom, and Jumpluff should read, "If Hoppip/Skiploom/Jumpluff would be Knocked Out by damage from an opponent's attack, flip a coin...". So only attacks that do damage (not "place counters") would cause Buffer to be invoked. (Apr 5, 2005 PUI Announcements; Apr 7, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Claw Fossil   

* While in play, Mysterious Fossil, Claw Fossil, and Root Fossil, count as both Trainer cards and as Pokémon. Previous rulings did not consider them to be "Trainer cards" while in play. (Apr 5, 2005 PUI Announcements; Apr 7, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Cold Crush   

* Blastoise-EX and Articuno-EX each have an attack that discards an Energy card from the Defending Pokémon. The player using those attacks is also the player who chooses the Energy card to be discarded. (Jul 25, 2006 PUI Announcements)

Craggy Face   

* Some abilities referring to "Stage 2 Evolved Pokémon" are receiving errata. These cards do not care if the Pokémon is evolved or not, only if it is a Stage 2 Pokémon. So, Stage 2 Pokémon put into play with abilities like Garchomp LV.X's "Restore" attack still count for these abilities. Glalie's correct card text should read: "(Poké-Body) Craggy Face - As long as Glalie is your Active Pokémon, any damage done by attacks from your opponent's Stage 2 Pokémon is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance)". (May 1, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News; May 7, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Crush and Burn   

* Electrode-EX's "Crush and Burn" attack does extra damage based on the number of Energy cards discarded, not the amount of Energy provided. Official Wording: You may discard as many Energy cards as you like attached to your Pokémon in play. If you do, this attack does 30 damage plus 20 more damage for each Energy card you discarded. (Dec 16, 2004 PUI Announcements)

CURE   

* Unown's "CURE" Poke-POWER should read, "Once during your turn, when you put Unown from your hand onto your Bench, you may remove all Special Conditions from your Active Pokémon." Use of this Poke-POWER is optional. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Darkness Chant   

Q. Does Darkness Chant require the owning player to count either Basics OR Evolutions in the discard pile, or can both be counted together?
A. The attack is intended to count both Basics AND Evolutions, not one or the other. (Jun 17, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Defender   

* The wording of Defender is now as follows, "Attach Defender to 1 of your Pokémon. Discard this card at the end of your opponent’s next turn. Any damage done to the Pokémon Defender is attached to by attacks is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance)." Defender now protects against all attacks, even ones not made by the opponent. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Dialga   

* Dialga from the Platinum expansion is receiving errata to address an incorrect card template for the parallel holo version of the card. Dialga (Platinum, 23/127) should use the Metal-type card template, rather than the Colorless-type card template. (Feb 26, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Discharge   

* Electivire's "Discharge" attack should say "for each Electric Energy CARD" rather than just "for each Electric Energy". (Nov 16, 2007 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Double Rainbow Energy   

* Double Rainbow Energy should be applied *before* applying Weakness and Resistance. This brings it in line with the Japanese version of the card. (Oct 1, 2004 PUI Announcements)

Drowzee   

* For purposes of proper Pokémon names, treat all cards referring to "Drowsee" as "Drowzee". For example, you cannot have four "Drowsee" plus four "Drowzee" in your deck. (Sep 2, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Energy Healer   

* Three cards have been added to the list of errata for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. [...] The text below reflects what the card should say, not what was originally printed. "When you attach an Energy card from your hand to Onix, remove a damage counter from Onix." This Poké-Body only works when you attach an Energy card to Onix. (May 6, 2010 PUI Rules Team; May 7, 2010 TPCi TCG Errata Update)

Energy Shift   

* Electrode is receiving errata for the card to reflect that its Poké-Power can trigger when any attack Knocks Out Electrode, not just during its owner's turn. "If Electrode would be Knocked Out by damage from an attack, you may use this power. Electrode isn’t discarded. Instead, attach it as an Energy card to 1 of your Pokémon. While attached, this card is a Special Energy card and provides every type of Energy but provides only 1 Energy at a time. (Has no effect other than providing Energy.)" (Dec 6, 2007 PUI Rules Team; Jan 29, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Evolutionary Gas   

* Skuntank is receiving errata for its "Evolutionary Gas" Poké-Power. Evolutionary Gas's effect ends when the Defending Pokémon is no longer the opponent's Active Pokémon. The correct card text should read, "Once during your turn (before your attack), when you play Skuntank from your hand to evolve 1 of your Active Pokémon, you may choose 1 of the Defending Pokémon. If that Pokémon tries to attack during your opponent's next turn, that attack does nothing. (If the Defending Pokémon is no longer your opponent's Active Pokémon, this effect ends.)" (Feb 26, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Exp. Share    (Dragon Vault)

* This version of Exp. Share [from Dragon Vault] was printed without the Pokémon Tool rule box. This card should have that rule box, matching Black & White - Next Destinies #87/99. (Oct 17, 2012 TPCi Errata Update; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Fainting Spell   

* Gengar is receiving errata for its Poke-POWER, "Fainting Spell". Fainting Spell affects your opponent's Attacking Pokemon, not your Defending Pokemon. The correct card text should read, "Once during your opponent's turn, if Gengar would be Knocked Out by damage from an attack, you may flip a coin. If heads, the Attacking Pokémon is Knocked Out." (Nov 7, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Flame Bluster   

* Magmortar LV.X's "Flame Bluster" attack should say "discard 2 Fire Energy CARDS" rather than just "discard 2 Fire Energy". (Nov 16, 2007 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Ghost Head   

* Banette is receiving errata for its first attack, Ghost Head. Ghost Head can't cause Banette to Knock Out itself ... the attack has to leave Banette with at least 10 HP. "Put as many damage counters as you like on Banette. (You can't Knock Out Banette.) Put that many damage counters on the Defending Pokémon." (Jan 29, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Great Ball   

* The wording of Great Ball is now as follows, "Look at the top 7 cards of your deck. You may reveal a Pokémon you find there and put it into your hand. Shuffle the other cards back into your deck." This card works very differently now; it can no longer search the entire deck for a Pokémon and put it directly onto Bench. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

GUARD   

Q. Does Unown G's "GUARD" Poke-POWER prevent effects from attacks that the Unown G is attached to?
A. No, the Poke-POWER only prevent effects from an opponent's attacks, not your own. Unown-G's "GUARD" Poke-POWER should say, "As long as Unown G is attached to a Pokemon, prevent all effects of attacks, excluding damage, done to that Pokemon by your opponent's Pokemon". (Feb 21, 2008 PUI Rules Team; Feb 28, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Hidden Poison   

* Roserade is receiving errata for its Poke-BODY, "Hidden Poison". Hidden Poison affects your opponent's Attacking Pokemon, not your Defending Pokemon. The correct card text should read, "If Roserade is your Active Pokemon and is damaged by an opponent's attack (even if Roserade is Knocked Out), the Attacking Pokemon is now Poisoned." (Nov 7, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Holon Energy WP   

* Holon Energy WP and Ancient Technical Machine [Ice] only prevent effects that come from attacks, not all effects in play. Trainer cards, Poké-Powers, and Poké-Bodies are not prevented by those cards. (Jul 25, 2006 PUI Announcements)

Hyper Whirlpool   

* Blastoise-EX and Articuno-EX each have an attack that discards an Energy card from the Defending Pokémon. The player using those attacks is also the player who chooses the Energy card to be discarded. (Jul 25, 2006 PUI Announcements)

Ice Generator   

* Holon Energy WP and Ancient Technical Machine [Ice] only prevent effects that come from attacks, not all effects in play. Trainer cards, Poké-Powers, and Poké-Bodies are not prevented by those cards. (Jul 25, 2006 PUI Announcements)

Iron Shell   

* Forretress's "Iron Shell" Poke-BODY is not optional; you *MUST* flip a coin whenever attaching a Basic Energy Card to Forretress. (Aug 28, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Knockout Gas   

* The Poké-BODY "Knockout Gas" found on Koffing should read, "If Koffing is your Active Pokémon and is Knocked Out by damage from an opponent's attack, the Attacking Pokémon is now Confused and Poisoned." So only attacks that do damage (not "place counters") would cause Knockout Gas to be invoked. (Jun 23, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Lightning Twister   

* Manectric's "Lightning Twister" attack should say, "Does 20 damage times the amount of Energy from basic Energy cards attached to Manectric." (Feb 28, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News; Mar 13, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Lucky Egg   

* Three cards have been added to the list of errata for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. [...] The text below reflects what the card should say, not what was originally printed. "When the Pokémon this card is attached to is Knocked Out by damage from an opponent's attack and put into your discard pile, draw cards until you have 7 cards in your hand." If the Pokémon does not go to the discard pile (for example, if it goes to the Lost Zone, etc.), you do not get to draw the cards. (May 7, 2010 TPCi TCG Errata Update)

Magnemite   

Q. I got a Reverse Holo Magnemite, and the resistance symbol is an empty white circle (like the colorless symbol without the star in the middle).
A. It's just a grey circle (means nothing) where the foil is normally cut out for Resistance. However for clarification, there should not be any Resistance on that particular card - the non-foil of that version doesn't have a Resistance either. (Nov 20, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Marill   

Q. In the EX:Sandstorm set, there are 2 identical versions of Marill, but one has a retreat cost and one does not. Which one is the correct version and how shall the 2 different versions be played?
A. This appears to be a fairly common mistake in the set. Play the card as written; if you have the Marill with the free retreat you may play it as such. (Sep 11, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Mt. Moon   

* Mt. Moon should read: "Any Pokémon (both yours and your opponent's) with maximum HP of 70 or less can't use any Poké-Powers." This errata replaces text of "less than 70" with "70 or less". If a Pokémon has a maximum HP of 70, that Pokémon cannot use a Poké-POWER while this Stadium card is in play. (Oct 1, 2004 PUI Announcements)

Mysterious Fossil   

* While in play, Mysterious Fossil, Claw Fossil, and Root Fossil, count as both Trainer cards and as Pokémon. Previous rulings did not consider them to be "Trainer cards" while in play. (Apr 5, 2005 PUI Announcements; Apr 7, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Pokemon Catcher    (BW:Emerging Powers; others)

* The wording of Pokemon Catcher is now as follows, "Flip a coin. If heads, switch 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokemon with his or her Active Pokemon." This card now requires a coin flip; making it functionally identical to Pokemon Reversal. (Oct 1, 2013 TPCi Announcements; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Pokémon Reversal   

Q. The wording on the "Pokémon Reversal" trainer changed significantly between the Expedition version and the EX:Ruby/Sapphire version. How should we play this card? Do we play each one "as written", or should we play them all the way the latest (or older) version of the card says?
A. It should read like the Expedition version, with a slight tweak to make it 2-on-2 applicable. "Choose 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent switches that Pokémon. with 1 of his or her Defending Pokémon." The opponent chooses the defending, but the person playing the card chooses the benched. (Apr 8, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Potion   

* The wording of Potion now heals 30 damage from 1 of your Pokémon instead of 20 damage. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Power Whip   

* Tangrowth's "Power Whip" attack should say, "This attack does 10 damage for each Energy from basic Energy cards attached to Tangrowth to that Pokemon." (Feb 28, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Professor Juniper    (Black & White; others)

* While there are no functional changes to these cards [Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore], you may not include both of them in your deck. That is, you may have up to 4 copies of Professor Juniper or up to 4 copies of Professor Sycamore - but if you have any Professor Juniper cards in your deck, you may not put any Professor Sycamore cards in your deck, and vice versa. (Oct 1, 2013 TPCi Announcements; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Professor Sycamore    (XY)

* While there are no functional changes to these cards [Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore], you may not include both of them in your deck. That is, you may have up to 4 copies of Professor Juniper or up to 4 copies of Professor Sycamore - but if you have any Professor Juniper cards in your deck, you may not put any Professor Sycamore cards in your deck, and vice versa. (Oct 1, 2013 TPCi Announcements; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Protect Wing   

* Some abilities referring to "Stage 2 Evolved Pokémon" are receiving errata. These cards do not care if the Pokémon is evolved or not, only if it is a Stage 2 Pokémon. So, Stage 2 Pokémon put into play with abilities like Garchomp LV.X's "Restore" attack still count for these abilities. Staraptor's correct card text should read: "(Poké-Body) Protect Wing - As long as Staraptor is your Active Pokémon, any damage done by attacks from your opponent's Stage 2 Pokémon is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance)". (May 1, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News; May 7, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Psychic Guard   

* Some abilities referring to "Stage 2 Evolved Pokémon" are receiving errata. These cards do not care if the Pokémon is evolved or not, only if it is a Stage 2 Pokémon. So, Stage 2 Pokémon put into play with abilities like Garchomp LV.X's "Restore" attack still count for these abilities. Alakazam's correct card text should read: "Psychic Guard (50) - During your opponent's next turn, any damage done to Alakazam by attacks from your opponent's Stage 2 Pokémon is reduced by 30 (after applying Weakness and Resistance)." (May 1, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News; May 7, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Rare Candy   

* The wording of Rare Candy is now as follows, "Choose 1 of your Basic Pokémon in play. If you have a Stage 2 card in your hand that evolves from that Pokémon, put that card on the Basic Pokémon. (This counts as evolving that Pokémon.) You can't use this card during your first turn or on a Basic Pokémon that was put into play this turn." So now it can't be used on your first turn, and it can't be used on a Pokémon played this turn. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Ripples   

* Mantine's Poké-POWER only works when it is the player's Active Pokémon. Official Wording: Once during your turn (before your attack), if Mantine is your Active Pokémon, you may remove 1 damage counter from 1 of your Pokémon (excluding Mantine). This power can't be used if Mantine is affected by a Special Condition. (Dec 16, 2004 PUI Announcements)

Root Fossil   

* While in play, Mysterious Fossil, Claw Fossil, and Root Fossil, count as both Trainer cards and as Pokémon. Previous rulings did not consider them to be "Trainer cards" while in play. (Apr 5, 2005 PUI Announcements; Apr 7, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Sandy Cloak   

* Wormadam's "Sandy Cloak" Poke-BODY should say, "Prevent all effects of attacks, excluding damage, done to Wormadam Sandy Cloak by your opponent’s Pokemon". (Feb 28, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Scorching Fire    (Charizard - Plasma Storm)

* The attack cost for Scorching Fire [from Plasma Storm] was misprinted. It should be {R}{C}{C}{C}{C}, as opposed to the printed {F}{C}{C}{C}{C}. (Jan 28, 2013 TPCi Errata Update; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Seed Flare   

* Shaymin LV.X is receiving errata for its "Seed Flare" attack. Seed Flare does additional damage for each Grass Energy card attached during the attack, rather than each Grass Energy attached during the attack. The correct card text should read, "Choose as many Grass Energy cards from your hand as you like and attach them to your Pokémon in any way you like. If you do, this attack does 40 damage plus 20 more damage for each Grass Energy card attached in this way." (Feb 26, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Sharpedo   

Q. I have an Italian-language Sharpedo, and it's Poké-BODY says it puts 1 damage counter if it's hurt in an attack. English-language Sharpedo's say 2 counters. How do I play the card?
A. Play the Sharpedo as if it did 2 damage counters. It didn't get weaker as it swam the Atlantic. (Feb 26, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Steven's Advice   

* Steven's Advice should read: "Draw a number of cards up to the number of your opponent's Pokémon in play. If you have 7 or more cards (including this one) in your hand, you can't play this card." This errata replaces text of "more than 7" with "7 or more". If a player has 7 cards in his or her hand (including Steven's Advice), they cannot play the card. (Oct 1, 2004 PUI Announcements)

Sticky   

Q. If I have an Ariados with "Sticky" Poke-BODY on the bench and another one as my Active Pokemon, does the Active Ariados have +1 added to its Retreat Cost or not?
A. Ariados' "Sticky" Poke-BODY should say, "The Retreat Cost for each player's Pokemon (excluding any Ariados) is {C} more". So Sticky prevents adding +1 to *ANY* Ariados' Retreat Cost, including your opponent's Ariados. Keep in mind that this does NOT include "Dark Ariados", just any Pokemon named "Ariados". (Feb 21, 2008 PUI Rules Team; Feb 28, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Strength Charm   

* Strength Charm should read: "Whenever an attack from the Pokémon that Strength Charm is attached to does damage to the Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and Resistance), the attack does 10 more damage. At the end of the turn in which the player attacks with the Pokémon that this card is attached to, discard Strength Charm." This errata replaces text of "after applying Weakness and Resistance with before applying Weakness and Resistance". It is also clarified that it is removed after ANY attack that the Pokémon makes, not just attacks that do damage. (Oct 1, 2004 PUI Announcements)

String Bomb   

* Exeggutor's "String Bomb" attack should say, "Flip a coin for each Energy from basic Energy cards attached to Exeggutor and to the Defending Pokémon." (Feb 28, 2008 Pokemon Organized Play News)

Supreme Command   

Empoleon LV.X from Diamond & Pearl contains an error. Its Poké-POWER symbol was printed with the Poké-Body symbol. In all cases, play Empoleon's effect as a Poké-Power. The game play of the effect remains unchanged. (May 25, 2007 PUI Announcements)

Vacation   

* Poké-Powers that end your turn are receiving errata to make it clear that you still end your turn if the Poké-Power is canceled, such as with Team Galactic's Invention G-103 Power Spray or by Alakazam's "Power Cancel" Poké-Power. Unown V's correct card text should read: "(Poké-Power) Vacation - Once during your turn (before your attack), you may use this power. If you do, your turn ends. Remove 2 damage counters from each of your Pokémon. This power can't be used if Unown V is affected by a Special Condition". (May 1, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News; May 7, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Waterlog   

* Poké-Powers that end your turn are receiving errata to make it clear that you still end your turn if the Poké-Power is canceled, such as with Team Galactic's Invention G-103 Power Spray or by Alakazam's "Power Cancel" Poké-Power. Blastoise's correct card text should read: "(Poké-Power) Waterlog - Once during your turn (before your attack), you may use this power. If you do, your turn ends. Attach as many basic {W} Energy cards from your hand to any of your Pokémon in any way you like. This power can't be used if Blastoise is affected by a Special Condition." (May 1, 2009 Pokemon Organized Play News; May 7, 2009 PUI Rules Team)


Meta-Rulings

Meta-Rulings are based on the underlying rules of the Game which cannot be bypassed by a card or card effect. All Meta-Rulings in the Compedium BW have been reviewed and approved by the TPCi Rules Team  (top)

Meta-Rulings   

  • An attack has to do "some" damage before an effect can add "more" damage to it. (Jan 31, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • Placing damage counters is not the same as doing damage. Things that add to or subtract from damage done do not affect placing counters. (Jan 31, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • You cannot have more than 6 Pokemon in play, including Active and Benched Pokemon. (Jan 31, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • If a Retreat Cost is set to zero by an effect, it cannot be increased. Note this is different than a Retreat Cost that was reduced to zero by subtraction. (Jan 31, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • You cannot play a card if it is public knowledge that it will have no game effect. Paying a cost does not satisfy the requirement that the card has a game effect. (Jan 31, 2008 PUI Rules Team; Mar 12, 2009 PUI Rules Team)
  • Mandatory game actions cannot be forgotten or missed; they must be done. Examples: Drawing a Prize card, checking for Asleep, etc. (Jan 31, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • A player must always have an Active Pokemon. There is no time in which they don't, not even after a KO. Replacement must be done immediately. (Apr 17, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • Benching a Pokemon removes all Special Conditions on that Pokemon including Poisoned and Burned, and all Attack effects on that Pokemon that do not place a Marker (such as Imprison). (Apr 17, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • An attack that copies another Pokemon's attack can only copy attacks printed on that Pokemon, not other attacks that the Pokemon may use due to Poke-POWERs, Poke-BODYs, Stadiums, etc. (with the exception of Lv.X Pokemon since they are considered "extensions" of the original Pokemon). (Apr 17, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • Prior to the "Black & White" series, when a Pokemon refers to itself by name, interpret that card as though the text reads "this Pokemon". This has the practical effect of not including other Pokemon of the same name; if a Pokemon copies that text, it refers to itself, not the original Pokemon. Beginning with "Black & White", when a Pokemon refers to itself by name, this extends to other Pokemon of the same name; if a Pokemon copies that text, it refers to other Pokemon of the same name. Also, when a Pokemon refers to "this Pokemon", this has the practical effect of not including other Pokemon of the same name; if a Pokemon copies that text it refers to itself, not the original Pokemon. (Apr 17, 2008 PUI Rules Team; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)
  • The game has no knowledge of the contents of your deck. For example, if you search your deck for something and fail, you can still use other cards or effects to search for the exact same thing. (Apr 17, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • The contents of your deck are technically unknown. If an effect calls on you to search your deck for a specific card or category of card, you may choose not to find a card, even if it is present in the deck. (Worlds 2006 PCL Announcement; May 8, 2008 PUI Rules Team)
  • Effects on the attacking Pokemon are applied before weakness and resistance. Effects on the defending Pokemon are applied after weakness and resistance. (Jan 15, 2009 PUI Rules Team)
  • Effects of Poke-Powers and Poke-Bodies do not end when a Pokemon is moved from Active to Bench and vice-versa. (Feb 26, 2009 PUI Rules Team)
  • Whether a card's effect is optional or not is determined from the card text. If there is no explicit indication that you have a choice, then you don't have one and the effect is mandatory. (Sep 29, 2011 PUI Rules Team)
  • Attacks and Abilities on a Pokémon that refers to itself now use the phrase "This Pokémon" instead of the name of that Pokémon. This should clear up confusion during any situation where Abilities can be copied. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)
  • Effects that prevent you from healing or from removing damage counters do not affect moving those damage counters between Pokémon. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)
  • Whenever any cards move from a Zone anyone can see (such as the Discard Pile) to one not anyone can see (such as hour Hand), that card must be revealed to all players. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)


Attacks

Official rulings on Pokemon Attacks   (top)

* Attacks in General   

Q. What's the exact definition of "Defending Pokémon"?
A. It is your opponent's Active Pokemon when you are attacking. (Jul 19, 2001 WotC Chat, Q40)

Q. Can I attack with a Pokémon if I just played it?
A. Yes, as long as it's your Active Pokémon (only your Active Pokémon can attack) and as long as it has the required amount of Energy for the attack. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. When I attack, do I discard the Energy card(s) I used to power the attack?
A. Energy is not used up by an attack. Unless that attack specifically says to discard an Energy, it stays attached to the Pokémon. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. Moves that have a Pokémon's own name in the attack, like Scyther's Swords Dance, does it mean ALL Scythers you have in play at the moment? Or does it only affect the Scyther that used it?
A. Those particular attacks only affect the Pokémon that used it, not all Pokémon of the same name. (Jan 20 WotC Chat)

Q. Do you have to attack if you have enough Energy cards attached to your Pokémon?
A. No, you always have the choice whether to attack on your turn or not. (Jan 27 WotC Chat)

Q. Say you are using a Golduck (from the Fossil set) and you use his Psybeam. Would this be a Psychic or Water attack?
A. A Water attack as Psyduck is a Water Pokémon. [Ed. Note: This answer can be generalized further: When a Pokémon attacks, that attack is considered to be an attack of that Pokémon's type; it's not dependent on the energy requirement.] (Aug 31, 2000 WotC Chat Q76)

Q. When a card's attack "does damage to itself", is this damage considered to be an ATTACK against the Defending Pokémon? Let's say you had an Electabuzz versus a Team Rocket Porygon and Team Rocket Porygon switched Electabuzz's Weakness to Lightning. You Thunderpunched with Electabuzz and flipped tails. Would Electabuzz receive 10 or 20 damage? Furthermore, would Defender prevent this damage? (Defender prevents damage from attacks).
A1. Well, assuming it was an attack that did damage to itself then defender would help with that damage. (Aug 3 2000 WotC Chat, Q4)

A2. 20, it is considered an attack. (Aug 3 2000 WotC Chat, Q81)
  • It has been ruled that W/R does not apply to the bench unless specifically mandated by the card. Period. That is a meta-game rule. It was never intended that the W/R would apply to the bench unless specifically stated. Yes we do know that some Pokemon say not to apply W/R to the Bench. [But] if it doesn't say then you wouldn't apply Weakness and Resistance (the default for benched Pokemon is to NOT apply Weakness and Resistance). This has been verified. (May 3, 2001 WotC Chat Announcements & Q44)
  • ANY Pokemon attack or Power that can only be used once per turn, is reset if that Pokemon evolves or devolves or leaves play and that power or attack could be used again if that Pokemon came into play again that same turn. The "can't use this attack next turn" sets up a status effect that can be ended through the normal means: benching, leaving play, evolving or devolving. With Pokemon Powers though, you can't get around the once per turn by benching. Benching a Pokemon does NOT get around these effects as they are still the same Pokemon and still in play. [Ed.Note: This does not apply to Tentacool Lv.10 (Fossil) which specifically states in the text of the power that it cannot be used on the same turn it comes into play.] (Sep 27, 2001 WotC Chat, after-Q53; Feb 14, 2002 WotC Chat, Q18; May 23, 2002 WotC Chat, Q266)
  • Once you have declared an attack, you cannot leave the attack step without your opponent's permission. If you declare an "illegal" attack (e.g., you don't have the proper energy required to perform the attack), you may ask your opponent's permission to back out of the attack step. If he or she says "yes", you can go back and take any actions that you could have taken prior to the attack step. If he or she says "no", you may either select an attack that is legal or you may pass. (Mar 14, 2007 POP Announcement, POP Professor Forums; Mar 15, 2007 PUI Rules Team)
  • Damage effects applied by the attacker (i.e. Nidoking's "Power Gene" adding +10 to Nidoqueen) are handled before weakness and resistance. Damage effects applied by the Defending Pokémon are handled after weakness and resistance. (Sep 23, 2004 PUI Rules Team)
  • If an attack has an energy discard requirement, a Pokémon copying that attack must also be able to do that discard in order to copy the attack. (Mar 15, 2007 PUI Rules Team)
  • If an attack has an *optional* effect triggered by a discard, a Pokémon copying that attack must be able to do that discard in order to get the additional effect; if they cannot perform the optional discard, it still gets the base effect and damage. (Mar 15, 2007 PUI Rules Team)
  • If a Pokémon attack copies another attack that says "discard all [X] Energy", then you must be able to discard at least one energy card of that type in order to use that effect or attack requirement. (Mar 15, 2007 PUI Rules Team)
Q. I've noticed that some cards say "Does 10 damage to the Defending Pokémon", whereas others say "Put 1 damage counter on the defending Pokémon". Is there any reason for the different wording? I've spoken to someone who says that you do not apply weakness or resistance for attacks where it specifies Damage Counters; is this the case?
A. There is a difference. As you mention, weakness and resistance are not applied when placing counters. Also, things like Defender and Metal Energy will not block Placing Damage Counters. It will not trigger things like Base Set Machamp's Strike Back. In the steps of resolving an Attack, "placing Damage Counters" counts as an Effect of the attack, it is not part of "doing damage". (Sep 18, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Agility    (Pikachu - Nintendo Black Star Promos; Jolteon - Call of Legends; Jolteon - Undaunted; Others)

Q. Does Fearow's Agility attack block Kangaskhan's Fetch?
A. Actually it does not; Fearow's Agility says stops damage done to Fearow, and the Fetch just draws a card. This is the new ruling from R&D. (Feb 3, 2000 WotC Chat)

Q. If my Pokémon uses Agility and get heads then on my opponent's next turn he benches his Pokémon, does that [Ed. Note: Agility's effect] end? If that Pokémon was Knocked Out, would Agility still be on the next Pokémon that he sends up?
A. Since the Agility Attack references Rapidash, only Benching or Evolving him ends the effect. Also since it only refers to Rapidash it would still be in effect if the other player benched. (6-30-00 WotC Chat)

Q. If a Raichu (or whatever) does Agility and flips heads, does an attack that would do damage to benched pokemon, or some other effect that does NOT do damage or something to Raichu work?
A. Yes it would, while all attacks are considered against the defending Pokemon (which is why something that prevents attacks would stop it in this case), Agility only prevents the effects of that attack if they affect Raichu only. (Jul 19, 2001 WotC Chat, Q83)

Q. When using Raichu's Agility attack it states that if heads, Raichu will not receive damage until after the opponent's turn. If Raichu is poisoned and then gets heads, will he take damage from poison at the end of his turn?
A. Yes, Agility is referring to effects of attacks on Raichu during your opponent's next turn. (June 1, 2000 WotC Chat, Q87)

Q. If I flipped heads on Seadra's Agility attack, would that prevent Cradily's Spiral Drain from removing damage counters?
A. Agility only prevents damage and effects done to Seadra, not other effects that may extend to other Pokémon. (Mar 25, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Player A attacks and flips a heads for "Agility". Then Player B uses Machamp's "Brick Smash" attack; would this ignore Agility?
A. In this case, Agility would be considered an "effect on the Defending Pokémon" and therefore Brick Smash would be able to overcome Agility. (Feb 17, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Amnesia    (Relicanth - Supreme Victors; Bibarel - Stormfront; Gulpin - Legends Awakened; Others)

Q. If Wooper uses Amnesia on Scyther's Slash, then Scyther retreats for another Pokémon, then that Pokémon [is Switched] for Scyther again, can Scyther use Slash?
A. Amnesia references the defending Pokemon, when that Pokemon is benched the effect ends. (Apr 12, 2001 WotC Chat, Q269)

Q. If my opponent has Celebi-EX with "Time Recall" in play, can I use Golduck's "Amnesia" attack to prevent the Defending Pokemon from using one of its previous evolution's attacks?
A. No, you can only use Amnesia on the attacks that are present on the opponent's card at the time of your attack. (Mar 10, 2005 PUI Rules Team; Boundaries Crossed FAQ; Nov 8, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Ascension    (Ponyta - Arceus; Silcoon - Platinum; Cascoon - Platinum; Others)

Q. Can I use Vulpix's or Zorua's "Ascension" attack on the first turn of the game?
A. Yes. This attack can evolve a Pokémon, even during the first turn of the game. (Jun 17, 2004 PUI Rules Team; May 10, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Assist    (Latias - HGSS Promos; Mothim - Arceus; Delcatty - Legends Awakened; Others)

Q. If I have a Liepard with 3 Darkness Energies on it and I use "Assist", can I use Charizard's "Scorching Fire" attack despite not having a Fire Energy to discard?
A. Yes, you can. The damage amount is done regardless of whether Liepard has any Fire Energy attached to it or not, but if you do have a Fire Energy attached to Liepard you must discard it. (Nov 29, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Say I have Liepard active and Raikou-EX and Victini on my bench. I attack with Liepard's "Assist", flip heads and choose to copy Raikou-EX's "Thunder Fang" attack but flip tails for "Thunder Fang's" paralysis part. If I then use Victini's "Victory Star" Ability to re-flip the coins, assuming I get heads for "Assist" could I choose a different benched Pokemon's attack or would I have to choose "Thunder Fang" again?
A. Since Victory Star rewound all the coin flips it's as if the Assist attack never happened. So yes, you could choose a different benched Pokemon's attack, if you flip heads for Assist of course. (Jan 31, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Blindside    (Mandibuzz - Black and White; Honchkrow - Undaunted; Murkrow - Skyridge)

Q. For Mandibuzz's "Blindside" attack, who chooses which of the opponent's Pokemon receives the damage?
A. The attacking player chooses which of the opponent's Pokemon receives damage from the attack, but remember the opponent's Pokemon must already have damage counters on it first. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Bounce    (Hoppip - HeartGold SoulSilver; Buneary - Supreme Victors; Eevee - Rising Rivals; Others)

Q. Can I use Emolga's "Bounce" attack if I have no bench?
A. Yes, you do as much of the attack as you can. First you do the damage, then you perform the switch if Emolga is able to go to the Bench. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Bulk Up    (Gurdurr - Black and White; Lucario - Unleashed; Combusken - Great Encounters)

Q. Combusken's "Bulk Up" attack says "during your next turn, each of Combusken's attacks does 30 more damage to the Defending Pokemon". Does that mean the effect of "Bulk Up" only works if both Combusken AND the Defending Pokemon remain active?
A. The effect of Bulk Up only resides on Combusken's attacks. If the Defending Pokemon retreats, evolves, etc. the effect still remains on Combusken. (May 8, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Call for Family    (Minun - HGSS Promos; Eevee - Undaunted; Minun - Unleashed; Others)

Q. If my bench if full can I still use "Call for Family" to search my deck?
A. Yes, you could search your deck, but not put out any Pokemon. (Supreme Victors FAQ; Aug 27, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Eevee's "Call for Family" to search through my deck if I already have four Eevee's in play or in the discard pile?
A. Yes you could use Call for Family, because contents of a deck search cannot be deduced, even on the basis of public knowledge. As long as you meet the requirements to use an attack, you follow what it does (in this case, searching your deck). (Jul 17, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can an attack which looks for Basic Pokemon, such as Stantler's "Call for Family", get LEGEND Pokemon cards from the deck?
A. Neither the LEGEND halves in the deck nor the LEGEND cards in play are Basic Pokemon. They are LEGEND Pokemon. You cannot select them with any effect that is looking for Basic Pokemon. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Emolga with a Grass energy attached is poisoned and uses its "Call For Family" attack to get Virizion EX with "Verdant Wind" ability. Does it take poison damage or not?
A. No, because Virizion EX is in play before the end of the turn and Poison damage is taken between turns. (Jan 2, 2014 TPCi Rules Team; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Call for Friends    (Charmander - Arceus; Treecko - Stormfront; Mantyke - Diamond and Pearl; Others)

Q. Can you use Strike and Run, or Call for Friends type attacks to retrieve Fossils from your deck? What about using Pokémon Retriever to get them from your discard pile?
A. No, you cannot search for a Fossil trainer with any Pokémon searching technique. (Jul 7, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Chip Away   

Q. Does Conkeldurr's "Chip Away" attack ignore effects such as Weakness and Resistance?
A. No, Weakness and Resistance are not considered effects; they are basic game mechanics and are not ignored by Chip Away. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Circle Throw    (Throh - Black and White)

Q. When Throh attacks with "Circle Throw", who chooses which of the opponent's Benched Pokemon get brought forward?
A. The attack says "Your opponent switches the Defending Pokemon..." so the opponent gets to choose. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Constant Rattle    (Maractus - Black and White)

Q. Maractus' "Constant Rattle" attack says what to do if you flip 1, 2, or all heads, but what happens if you flip no heads?
A. If you flip no heads, the attack does nothing. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Crushing Punch    (Machamp - Triumphant)

Q. What happens if I use Machamp's "Crushing Punch" attack, but the opponent does not have any Special Energy cards attached to the Defending Pokemon?
A. You still get to do the damage, you just don't get to discard any energy cards from the Defending Pokemon. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I use Machamp's "Crushing Punch" attack and decide to discard a Special Metal energy card attached to a Metal Pokemon, will I do 50 damage or 60?
A. 50 damage. The energry card is discarded after the damage is applied. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Cursed Drop    (Gengar - Triumphant)

Q. If I use Gengar's "Cursed Drop" attack, can I put damage counters on more than one of my opponent's Pokemon, or do I have to put all four counters on one Pokemon?
A. You can put the 4 damage counters on their Pokemon in any way that you like. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Damakinesis   

Q. Do the six damage counters for Beheeyem's "Damakinesis" attack have to all come from the same Pokemon, or can I move a total of six from multiple Pokemon I have in play?
A. You can choose as many Pokemon as you have in play, moving a total of six damage counters. If you have less than six damage counters on all your Pokemon in play, you move all of them. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I choose to move less than six damage counters for Beheeyem's "Damakinesis" attack?
A. If you have six damage counters in play, you must move six of them. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Say you have Silver Mirror attached to one of your non-EX Pokemon, and it is the only remaining Pokemon. If your opponent's Beheeyem tries to attack with "Damakinesis", the six damage counters obviously don't get moved to the Pokemon with Silver Mirror since Beheeyem is a Team Plasma Pokemon; but do the damage counters get removed and then discarded, or do they not move at all?
A. The non-EX Pokemon with Silver Mirror attached is a valid target for the choice of where to move the damage counters to, but since Silver Mirror prevents all effects of attacks done by Team Plasma Pokemon the damage counters would be discarded rather than attached to the Defending Pokemon. (Sep 26, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Dark Roar    (Houndoom - Call of Legends; Houndoom - Undaunted)

Q. Which player chooses the card to discard with the effect of Houndoom's "Dark Roar" attack, the owner of the Houndoom who used the attack, or the opponent?
A. The opponent gets to choose which card they will discard. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Darkness Grace    (Spiritomb - Arceus)

Q. If you have no Pokemon in play that can evolve, can you still use Spiritomb's "Darkness Grace" attack to search through your deck?
A. Yes. As long as you can pay the attack cost of an attack, you can use it and do as much of it as you can. (Dec 10, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Daunt    (Granbull - Great Encounters)

Q. If I use Beartic's "Daunt" attack, but then Beartic is KO'd by Poison, does the effect of Daunt reducing damage done by attacks from the Defending Pokemon go away?
A. No, the effect of Daunt resides on the Defending Pokemon, not on Beartic. However, if the Pokemon that was attacked by Daunt evolves, goes to the Bench, or leaves play then the effect of Daunt goes away. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Deep Sea Swirl    (Manaphy - Unleashed)

Q. What happens if I have no cards in my hand and use Manaphy's "Deep Sea Swirl" attack?
A. You always have a hand, even it you have zero cards in it. So you shuffle your deck and draw 5 cards. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Destructive Jaw    (Mawile - Call of Legends; Mawile - Undaunted)

Q. If the Defending Pokemon has no Energy attached to it, can it still be Paralyzed by the effect of Mawile's "Destructive Jaw" attack if the coin flip is heads?
A. Yes, it can. Even if Energy can't be discarded from the Defending Pokemon, it can still become Paralyzed as long as no other effects are preventing it. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Devoluter    (Technical Machine TS-2 - Legends Awakened)

Q. Technical Machine TS-2's "Devoluter" attack says to choose an opponent's evolved pokemon (excluding Lv.X). Does this mean I remove the Stage 2 but leave the Level X card?
A. No. It means that you cannot target any Pokemon that has a Level X Pokemon attached to it. You can't use Devoluter against it at all. (Aug 28, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Devolution Punch   

Q. What happens if Golurk uses "Devolution Punch" against a Basic Pokemon without any evolution cards attached?
A. Devolution Punch will do the damage but will not put a Basic Pokemon back into the opponent's hand. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can you use Devolution Spray or Golurk's "Devolution Punch" attack against a Mega Pokemon, and if so what happens to the Mega Pokemon?
A. Mega Pokemon are evolved Pokemon, so the Mega Pokemon card is removed, but the underlying Pokemon and all other cards attached stay in play (unless the Pokemon is KO'd, of course). (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Double Freeze   

Q. If I use Vanilluxe's "Double Freeze" attack against a sleeping Cleffa with the "Sweet Sleeping Face" Ability active, can I paralyze Cleffa first and then do damage to it?
A. No, the order of the attack is to do the damage first (which would be blocked by Sweet Sleeping Face while it's Asleep), and then do effects like Paralyzing the Pokemon. (Dec 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Dragon Burst    (Rayquaza ex - Dragon)

Q. Can you discard a Blend Energy card when using Rayquaza EX's "Dragon Burst" attack to do extra damage?
A. No, you cannot. The Blend Energy cards are not Basic Energy cards, so they cannot be discarded for this attack. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Dragon Rush    (Garchomp C Lv.X - Diamond and Pearl Promos; Garchomp C Lv.X - Supreme Victors)

Q. If Garchomp [C] Lv.X has Special Energy cards attached and discards all of them when using its "Dragon Rush" attack, can it do damage to a Scizor that has the "Red Armor" Poke-BODY?
A. No. First choose which two energies to discard, then do the damage (before any other effects), then you actually discard the energy at the end of the attack. So it will still be attached at the point when damage would be done, but the damage will be blocked. (Aug 19, 2010 PUI Rules Team; Sep 2, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Dragon Steam    (Kingdra - Unleashed)

Q. How much damage does Kingdra's "Dragon Steam" attack do if a LEGEND Pokemon with Entei is in play?
A. Since Entei's Fire type applies to the types on the card, Dragon Steam's damage is reduced to 20. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Dual Draw    (Misdreavus - Call of Legends; Misdreavus - Undaunted)

Q. When using Misdreavus' "Dual Draw" attack, do the players have to draw all 3 cards, or can they just draw 1 or 2 (or none)?
A. You must draw all three if you are able to (or as many as you can if you have less than three). The attack does not say "up to 3 cards". (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Eeeeeeek    (Cleffa - HGSS Promos; Cleffa - Call of Legends; Cleffa - HeartGold SoulSilver; Others)

Q. Can I use the effect of Cleffa's "Eeeeeeek" attack to put Cleffa to sleep when I don't have any cards in my deck or in my hand?
A. Yes, Eeeeeeek will still put Cleffa to sleep. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use the effect of Cleffa's "Eeeeeeek" attack to draw cards from my deck when I don't have any cards in my hand?
A. Yes, but you must shuffle your deck first before you draw. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use the effect of Cleffa's "Eeeeeeek" attack to shuffle cards into my deck when I don't have any cards in my deck?
A. Yes, but you must draw 6 cards after you shuffle in your hand. After shuffling, if you have 6 or fewer cards in your deck, draw them all. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Energy Antics    (Smoochum - HGSS Promos; Smoochum - HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. May I use Smoochum's "Energy Antics" attack if my opponent only has an Active Pokemon and no Benched Pokemon?
A. Yes you can, although it won't move or discard the energy. There must be a Pokemon on the bench or you can't move the energy off the defending Pokemon. (Feb 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Does Smoochum's "Energy Antics" attack work like Ambipom [G]'s "Tail Code" attack in regards to Unown-G? That is, if you try to move an energy from one Pokemon to another Pokemon who has Unown-G attached, you discard the energy instead?
A. Yes, that is correct. (Feb 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Fake Tears    (Teddiursa - Call of Legends; Bonsly - Diamond and Pearl)

Q. What happens if I use Teddiursa's "Fake Tears" attack and flip tails?
A. Fake Tears does nothing at all if you flip tails. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Feather Dance    (Swanna - Black and White)

Q. If I copy Swanna's "Feather Dance" attack to add 40 damage to each of this Pokemon's attacks for example with Mew's "Lost Link" Poke-BODY, and then the following turn it copies an attack like Tyranitar's "Darkness Howl" that does 20 damage to each Pokemon in play, would the +40 damage be applied to Benched Pokemon or only to the Active Pokemon?
A. Swanna's Feather Dance applies to all damage done. So the attack would do 60 damage to each player's non-Darkness Pokemon, but you ignore Weakness & Resistance on the Benched Pokemon. (Dec 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Feint Attack    (Liepard - Emerging Powers; Weavile - Undaunted; Absol G - Supreme Victors; Others)

Q. If Mukrow has 2 Darkness Energy attached, and attacks the Defending Pokémon with Feint Attack, how much damage does the Defending Pokémon receive? And if Mukrow attacks a benched Pokémon with Feint Attack, how much damage does that Pokémon receive?
A. 40 HP damage [if attacking a Defending Pokémon]; 20 [if attacking a Benched Pokémon]. Darkness will only add extra if you attack the Defending Pokémon with the attack. (Dec 21, 2000 WotC Chat, Q9 & Q12 & Q101)

Q. If Shiftry uses "Feint Attack" against Whiscash with "Submerge" Poké-BODY on the bench, which one prevails? The attack or the Poké-BODY?
A. Feint Attack ignores ANY effect on that Pokémon which attempts to prevent its damage; the attack itself specifically states that the attack's damage isn't affected by Poké-Powers and Poké-Bodies (and other things as well). (Jan 8, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Shiftry uses "Feint Attack" against a Pokémon that successfully used "Agility" the previous turn, would Agility prevent the Feint Attack or not?
A. No, the Feint Attack ignores any effects on the Defending Pokémon, including Agility, Wonder Guard, etc. (Jan 8, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Shiftry uses "Feint Attack" against a Pokémon that used "Smokescreen" the previous turn, would it have to flip for Smokescreen or not?
A. Yes it would have to flip. The effect of Smokescreen lies on the Shiftry, and Feint Attack only ignores effects on the DEFENDING Pokémon (Jan 8, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Fire's Power    (Simisage - Emerging Powers)

Q. If I have a Rainbow Energy attached to Simisage, would its "Fire's Power" attack put a Burned Special Condition on the Defending Pokemon?
A. Yes, Rainbow Energy counts as all types of energy when in play, so it would count as Fire for that purpose. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Flare Bonus    (Numel - Unleashed)

Q. If I can't discard a Fire energy from my hand, can I attack with Numel's "Flare Bonus"?
A. Yes, but the attack does nothing. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Flare Destroy    (Typhlosion - HGSS Promos; Typhlosion - HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. When I use Typhlosion's "Flare Destroy" attack, which player chooses the Energy card to discard from the Defending Pokemon?
A. The player that used the attack gets to choose which Energy cards get discarded from both the Active and Defending Pokemon. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If the Defending Pokemon doesn't have any Energy cards attached to it, does Typhlosion's "Flare Destroy" attack still require Typhlosion to discard an Energy from itself?
A. Yes, if the attacking Pokemon has any Energy cards attached, it must discard one of them. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Flash Impact    (Luxray [GL] Lv.X - Rising Rivals)

Q. When Manectric attacks with "Flash Impact", can you choose to put the 20 damage onto Manectric or does it have to be put onto one of your benched Pokemon.
A. The recoil damage from Flash Impact can be placed on any of your Pokemon, including the one performing the attack. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Fortunate Draw    (Xatu - Legendary Treasures)

Q. Is it OK to roll a dice to randomize my Rock-Paper-Scissors choice?
A. No. R-P-S is a game of strategy. You must not appear to be randomizing your choice by any method. (Oct 16, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use dice or cards to indicate my throw in Rock-Paper-Scissors?
A. You may not use dice to indicate your choice, as it is too easy to manipulate the dice while it is covered. The requirements for R-P-S cards are that they must have identical backs, that they clearly say "Rock" or "Paper" or "Scissors" on the front and that all themes on the cards be appropriate for a Pokemon Event as determined by the Head Judge. (Oct 16, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Is Rock-Paper-Scissors played by pumping my arm 2 times then throwing my choice, or pumping 3 times then throw?
A. According to the current "Play! Pokemon TCG Tournament Rules and Formats" document, the procedure is a three-count priming and then the simultaneous throw of the choice, for example, "Rock-Paper-Scissors-Shoot" with the choice thrown on "shoot". (Oct 16, 2008 PUI Rules Team; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Foul Play    (Zoroark - Black and White)

Q. Do I have to meet the energy requirements for the attack I choose with Zoroark's "Foul Play"?
A. No, you do not have to meet the energy requirements for the attack. However, if the attack says you must do something or the attack does nothing, that part still has to be done. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Zoroark uses "Foul Play" to copy Reshiram's "Blue Flare" attack, what happens if I don't have have any Fire Energy attached to Zoroark?
A. The damage amount is done regardless of whether Zororark has any Fire Energy attached to it or not, but if you have one or two Fire Energy attached to Zoroark you must discard them. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Zoroark uses "Foul Play" to copy Blastoise's "Hydro Launcher" attack, do I have to be able to return 2 Water Energies to my hand in order to do the 100 damage?
A. No, the attack does not say "in order to" so you do as much of the attack text as you can. (Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Gastro Acid    (Arbok - XY)

Q. Arbok's "Gastro Acid" attack says the Defending Pokemon has no Abilities until end of your next turn. Does retreating get rid of the effect so you can use Abilities?
A. Yes, it does. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Arbok's "Gastro Acid" attack says the Defending Pokemon has no Abilities until end of your next turn. Is that referring to the opponent's next turn or the attacking player's next turn?
A. It refers to the end of the next turn of the player who used Arbok's attack. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Grind    (Klink - Emerging Powers; Klang - Black and White; Klinklang - Black and White; Others)

Q. If I have a Double Colorless Energy attached to Tangrowth, will its "Grind" attack do an extra 20 or 40 damage for that energy card?
A. It will do an extra 40 damage. Grind looks at the total amount of energy attached, not energy cards. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Group Swim    (Mantine - HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. Can I use Mantine's "Group Swim" attack to put one half of a Lugia LEGEND card in my hand?
A. Yes. Either half of the Lugia LEGEND card is still considered "a Water-type Pokemon", so you can search for it with Group Swim. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Gyro Ball    (Ferrothorn - Emerging Powers; Forretress - Undaunted; Magnezone - Stormfront)

Q. The version of "Gyro Ball" attack on Forretress says "you may switch..." as an optional action, but the version of "Gyro Ball" on Ferrothorn indicates the switching part of the attack is mandatory. Which way is correct?
A. The effect may vary from card to card, so you should play each attack as it is written on its card. So for Forretress the switch is optional, but for Ferrothorn it is mandatory. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Headwind    (Pidgeot - Call of Legends; Pidgeot - Triumphant)

Q. If Pidgeot attacks with "Headwind" against Yanmega with the "Insight" Poke-BODY, will "Headwind" increase Yanmega's attack costs or will "Insight" reset them to zero?
A. If an Attack Cost is set to zero by an effect, it cannot be increased. Note this is different than an Attack Cost that was reduced to zero by subtraction. Once a Pokemon's Attack Cost is set to zero by an effect, it stays at zero until that particular effect wears off. (Sep 29, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Heart Wink    (Luvdisc - Flashfire)

Q. If my opponent has no deck and I use Luvdisc's "Heart Wink" attack and flip heads on my turn, does my opponent lose or does the game continue?
A. Regardless of whether Luvdisc's attack permits them to draw or not, if a player has no card to draw at the start of their turn they lose the game. (May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Helix Force   

Q. If I use Deoxys-EX's "Helix Force" attack against a Pokemon with a DCE attached, does it do 30+60 damage?
A. If Deoxys-EX has the required Plasma Energy attached, it does 30+60 damage. The extra damage, as the card says, is 30 for each energy attached to the defending Pokemon, and DCE provides two energy. (Jun 20, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Hurl into Darkness    (Gengar - Triumphant)

Q. If I use Gengar's "Hurl into Darkness" attack, can I put a LEGEND Pokemon card (the top or bottom half) in the Lost Zone?
A. Yes, you can. Each half of a LEGEND Pokemon is treated as 1 Pokemon card. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Hurricane    (Tornadus - Emerging Powers; Tornadus - Emerging Powers; Crobat - Unleashed; Others)

Q. If I have no Benched Pokemon and attack with Tornadus' "Hurricane", do I have to discard an energy?
A. No. If you have no Benched Pokemon there is no place to move an energy card, so you would not do that part of the attack. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I have only Special Energies attached (no Basic Energy) and use Tornadus' "Hurricane" attack, do I have to discard an energy or what?
A. If you don't have any Basic Energy cards attached to Tornadus, you simply ignore that part of the Hurricane attack. (Nov 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Hydro Launcher    (Blastoise - Unleashed)

Q. If Zoroark uses "Foul Play" to copy Blastoise's "Hydro Launcher" attack, do I have to be able to return 2 Water Energies to my hand in order to do the 100 damage?
A. No, the attack does not say "in order to" so you do as much of the attack text as you can. (Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Impersonate    (Sableye - Stormfront)

Q. If I have no hand, can I use Sableye's "Impersonate" attack to get & discard a Bebe's Search? I can't use the effect of Bebe's Search because I can't put a card on top of the deck before I search, Does this also mean that I can't select Bebe's Search to begin with?
A. You can use Impersonate to search for the card, discard it, then shuffle your deck. But since you don't meet the requirements for using Bebe's Search you cannot use its effect. (Apr 2, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Junk Hunt   

Q. When using Sableye's "Junk Hunt" attack, do I have to show my opponent which 2 Item cards I put from my discard pile into my hand?
A. Yes, you do. The Discard Pile is a public zone, and you can't do anything to it that your opponent isn't fully aware of. (Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Knuckle Down    (Machoke - Triumphant)

Q. Machoke's "Knuckle Down" attack says the amount of damage is "not affected by Poke-Powers, Poke-Bodies, or any other effects on the Defending Pokemon". Does that mean it ignores Weakness & Resistance too?
A. Weakness & Resistance are not considered as effects on the Defending Pokemon, so they are not ignored. (Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Leech Life    (Joltik - Black and White; Galvantula - Black and White; Venonat - Triumphant; Others)

Q. If I attack with Venonat's Leech Life and do 10 damage, how many damage counters do I remove from Venonat?
A. You remove one damage counter, which equals 10 damage. (Jungle FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. If Ariados' "Leech Life" attack does 30 damage but the opponent's Active Pokemon has only 10 HP remaining, how many damage counters will be removed from Ariados?
A. Leech Life does 30 damage, which is not affected by the fact that the KO only required 10 damage. Therefore, Ariados will remove 3 damage counters, or all if there are less than 3. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Legend Ceremony    (Bronzong - Triumphant)

Q. If I use Bronzong's "Legend Ceremony" attack, can I choose halves from different Pokemon LEGENDs?
A. No, both halves must be from the same Pokemon LEGEND. (Feb 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I use Bronzong's "Legend Ceremony" attack, can I search my deck for only one Pokemon LEGEND half?
A. No. If you cannot find both halves, you can't get any Legend pieces. It's both halves or nothing. (Feb 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Lifesplosion    (Cradily - Plasma Blast)

Q. For Cradily's "Lifesplosion" attack, do I need to have the corresponding Stage 1 Pokemon in play in order to put the Stage 2 Pokemon on my bench?
A. No, the Stage 2 Pokemon card goes directly onto the bench, even though it does not count as a "Basic Pokemon". (Plasma Blast FAQ; Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Lost Burn    (Magnezone - Triumphant)

Q. Can you use Magnezone's "Lost Burn" attack and put 0 energy into the Lost Zone in order to do 0 damage?
A. Yes, that is permitted. (Sep 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Magnezone has Special Energy cards attached and discards all of them when using its "Lost Burn" attack, can it do damage to a Scizor that has the "Red Armor" Poke-BODY?
A. No. First choose which energies to put into the Lost Zone, then do the damage (before any other effects), then you actually put the energy into the Lost Zone at the end of the attack. So it will still be attached at the point when damage would be done, but the damage will be blocked by Red Armor. (Nov 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Mach Wind    (Vespiquen - Undaunted)

Q. A Vespiquen that used its "Mach Wind" attack on my previous turn was hit by Grimer's "Sticky Liquid" attack during my opponent's turn. In this instance, what is Vespiquen's retreat cost during my next turn?
A. It has no Retreat Cost. When effects that increase something like Retreat Cost by a particular amount are stacked on top of effects that make something like Retreat Cost vanish, the vanishing effect takes priority. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Metal Defender   

Q. If my opponent used Steelix's "Metal Defender" attack on his or her turn, then I send it to the bench and bring it back out on my turn, can I apply weakness to Steelix with my Fire Pokemon's attack?
A. Yes, you can. Benching Steelix ends Metal Defender's effect. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Mimic    (Jynx - HeartGold SoulSilver; Chatot - Majestic Dawn; Mew * δ - Dragon Frontiers; Others)

Q. Can I use Jynx's "Mimic" attack to draw cards from my deck when I don't have any cards in my hand?
A. Yes, but you must shuffle your deck first before you draw. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Jynx's "Mimic" attack to shuffle my hand into my deck when my opponent has no cards in his or her hand?
A. Yes, but you won't draw any cards after you shuffle it in. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Mirror Shot    (Magnezone - DP Promos; Forretress - Call of Legends; Forretress - Undaunted)

Q. If my opponent uses "Mirror Shot" on my Active Pokemon, would I still have to flip a coin for my attack if I retreat?
A. No, retreating would clear the effect of Mirror Shot. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Moon's Invite    (Darkrai & Cresselia Legend - Triumphant; Darkrai & Cresselia Legend - Triumphant)

Q. When using Darkrai & Cresselia LEGEND's "Moon's Invite" attack, can you move damage counters to/from more than one Pokemon?
A. Yes. Basically the attack let's you rearrange your opponent's damage counters any way you want, as long as other effects, Poke-POWERs, Poke-BODYs, etc. will allow. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. When using Darkrai & Cresselia LEGEND's "Moon's Invite" attack, can you put more damage counters on a Pokemon than it has HP left?
A. Yes, you can put as many on a Pokemon as you want to, as long as you have enough to move, of course. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Mountain Eater    (Aron - Triumphant; Larvitar - Unleashed; Larvitar - Aquapolis)

Q. My Larvitar is poisoned with 10 HP left. My opponent has one prize remaining and no cards in the deck. Can I attack with "Mountain Eater" and win the game?
A. You can attack, but if you can't discard the card you don't get to remove two damage counters. Larvitar will be KO'd between turns and your opponent will take the last prize. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Mysterious Evolution   

Q. Karrablast's & Shelmet's "Mysterious Evolution" attacks say "if Shelmet/Karrablast is in play, search your deck...". Does this mean that Shelmet/Karrablast can be in play on either player's side, or does it have to be in play on the side of the attacking player?
A. Mysterious Evolution will work if either player has the corresponding Shelmet/Karrablast in play. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)

Night Slash    (Ninjask - Dragons Exalted)

Q. Ninjask's "Night Slash" attack has an effect where it may switch with a Benched Pokemon. If it switches, would the Defending Pokemon's Rock Guard effect take place on Ninjask or on the new Pokemon?
A. Rock Guard references putting counters on "the Attacking Pokemon", so Ninjask would still take the damage counters even if it goes to the Bench. (Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Ninja Fang    (Gliscor - Undaunted)

Q. If the damage dealt by Gliscor's "Ninja Fang" attack is reduced to 0 by damage-reducing effects like Special Metal Energy or the Trainer card "Defender", does the Defending Pokemon become Paralyzed or not?
A. No, it does not. The Defending Pokemon can only be Paralyzed if Ninja Fang does 10 damage or more after all other affects have been evaluated. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Nurturing    (Leavanny - Emerging Powers)

Q. Can I use Leavanny's "Nurturing" attack to evolve a Pokemon that was just played or evolved that turn?
A. Yes. Since the evolution is from an effect, it can be evolved that same turn. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Parabolic Charge    (Heliolisk - Flashfire)

Q. Can I search for Special Energy Cards like "Double Colorless Energy" or "Rainbow Energy" with Heliolisk's "Parabolic Charge" attack?
A. Yes, you can. (Flashfire FAQ; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Pickup    (Lillipup - Black and White; Rapidash [4] - Rising Rivals; Plusle - EX Trainer Kit 2; Others)

Q. Can I pick up old pre-Black & White style Trainers, Supporters, or Stadiums with Lillipup's "Pickup" attack?
A. You can get pre-Black & White "Trainer" cards, but not "Supporter" nor "Stadium" cards. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Piston Headbutt    (Krookodile - Plasma Freeze)

Q. What happens to the opponent's Energy if I use Krookodile's "Piston Headbutt" attack, but my opponent's Pokemon has Silver Mirror attached to it?
A. If Silver Mirror is attached to the Defending Pokemon and it is not a Pokemon-EX you cannot move an Energy off of it. If the Defending Pokemon does not have Silver Mirror attached, a Benched non-EX Pokemon with Silver Mirror is a valid target for the choice of where to move the Energy to, but since Silver Mirror prevents all effects of attacks done by Team Plasma Pokemon the Energy would be discarded rather than attached to the Benched Pokemon. (Oct 9, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Plasma Arrow    (Rotom - Undaunted)

Q. When using Rotom's "Plasma Arrow" attack, I get to choose one of the opponent's Pokemon and do 20 damage for each Energy attached to it; but do I do the damage to the Defending Pokemon, or to the Pokemon I chose?
A. To the Pokemon that was chosen. If the damage were to be done to the Defending Pokemon, there would be a "20x" value in the damage field of the attack. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)
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Playground    (Pichu - HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. If my opponent uses Pichu's "Playground" attack on the first turn of the game, and I am going second, can I evolve the Pokemon I put onto my Bench with "Playground" since I did not put them in play on my turn?
A. It is a basic game rule that neither player can normally evolve any Pokemon on their first turn of the game, even if they are going second. (Feb 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If neither player puts any Basic Pokemon onto their Bench as an effect of Pichu's "Playground" attack, does Pichu fall Asleep?
A. Yes. The phrase "Pichu is now Asleep" is activated at the end of the attack, independent of the other results of the attack. The corresponding phrase acts the same way for the attacks of all the HGSS set's Pokemon with the "Sweet Sleeping Face" Poke-BODY (e.g. Cleffa's "Eeeeeeek", Smoochum's "Energy Antics", etc.). (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Power Claw    (Tyranitar - Unleashed)

Q. The damage from Tyranitar's "Power Claw" attack isn't affected by Poke-POWERS, Poke-BODIES, or any other effects on the Defending Pokemon. Would you apply weakness and resistance to its damage?
A. Yes, weakness or resistance to Tyrantitar's type would be applied where appropriate. These are game rules and not considered effects on the Defending Pokemon. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Power Pinch    (Crawdaunt - Dragon)

Q. Pinsir's "Power Pinch" attack says "flip two coins; for each heads, discard an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon". If I flip only one heads, can I discard a Double Colorless Energy (DCE) from the Defending Pokemon?
A. Yes, you can. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Pinsir's "Power Pinch" attack says "flip two coins; for each heads, discard an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon". If I flip two heads, can I discard two Double Colorless Energy (DCE) cards from the Defending Pokemon?
A. Yes, you can. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Pump-up Smash   

Q. Can you use Terrakion EX's "Pump-up Smash" attack if you don't have 2 basic Energy cards in your hand?
A. Yes, you can. You do the 80 damage then attach either one or no Basic Energy, depending on what you have in your hand. (Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Push Down    (Sawsbuck - Emerging Powers; Gible - OP Series 9; Hippopotas - Rising Rivals; Others)

Q. If Sawsbuck attacks with "Push Down", who chooses which benched Pokemon to make active?
A. It says "your opponent switches", so the defending player chooses. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Rainbow Burn    (Ho-oh ex - OP Series 3; Ho-oh ex - Unseen Forces; Flygon - Dragon; Others)

Q. Does Blend Energy count for 4 types with regard to Ho-Oh EX's "Rainbow Burn" attack?
A. The Rainbow Burn attack only uses Basic Energy cards to calculate the amount of damage done. Since Blend Energy cards are not Basic Energy cards, they would not add to the amount of damage for this attack. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Rambunctious Party    (Slowpoke - Undaunted)

Q. When using Slowpoke's "Rambunctious Party" attack, can I choose no Basic Pokemon even if some are in the top 5 cards I drew?
A. Yes, you can choose as many or as few (including zero) as you like. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Slowpoke's "Rambunctious Party" attack if my Bench is full?
A. Yes you can perform the attack, but all you get to do is look at the top 5 cards and then shuffle them all back into your deck. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Reflect Energy    (Bronzong - Triumphant; Lanturn - Unleashed; Electrode [G] - Rising Rivals; Others)

Q. If I have no bench, what happens when I use Lanturn's "Reflect Energy" attack?
A. Since there is no bench, you can't move the energy, but the damage is still done. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Remove Lost    (Dialga [G] Lv.X - Platinum)

Q. If the Defending Pokemon is Knocked Out by Dialga-G Lv.X's "Remove Lost" attack, is a coin still flipped to see if the Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon will be sent to the Lost Zone?
A. Yes, you calculate the damage dealt first, then flip for the energies to go to the Lost Zone, and finally remove any Pokemon that are knocked out. (Apr 2, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Return    (Clefable - Call of Legends; Nidoqueen - Triumphant; Alph Lithograph - Undaunted; Others)

Q. Can I use Dunsparce's "Return" attack with 6 or more cards in my hand?
A. Yes, it will do 10 base damage and you will not draw any cards. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Rock Hurl    (Donphan - Call of Legends; Donphan - HeartGold SoulSilver; Swampert - Crystal Guardians; Others)

Q. If the Defending Pokemon is currently protected from effects of attacks, do I apply Resistance to Donphan's "Rock Hurl" attack or not?
A. No, because the phrase "Don't apply Resistance" is part of the damage calculation, not an effect of the attack. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Roost    (Ducklett - Emerging Powers; Spearow - Unleashed; Swablu - Platinum)

Q. If Spearow has less than 4 damage counters can I use its "Roost" attack?
A. Yes. You do as much as you can to perform the effect of the attack; in this case remove all the damage counters. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Shadow Room    (Gengar - Stormfront)

Q. If Gengar uses "Shadow Room" against a Lv.X Pokemon that has no Poke-POWER, but the card underneath the Lv.X *does* have a Poke-POWER, does "Shadow Room" place three or six damage counters?
A. The Lv.X Pokemon has the Poke-POWERs and Poke-BODYs from the card underneath it, so Shadow Room would place six damage counters in this situation. (Nov 20, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Shred   

Q. Does Giratina EX's "Shred" attack ignore effects such as Weakness and Resistance?
A. No, Weakness and Resistance are not considered effects; they are basic game mechanics and are not ignored by Shred. (Oct 4, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If Vileplume's "Allergy Panic" Ability is in effect, does Rayquaza's "Shred" attack consider a Defending Pokemon's weakness as x2 or x4?
A. Although Shred does not ignore Weakness, it does ignore the x4 effect from Allergy Panic. (Feb 28, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Signs of Evolution    (Eevee - Rising Rivals; Caterpie - Fire Red Leaf Green; Eevee - Sandstorm; Others)

Q. Can I use "Signs of Evolution" to get two of the same cards that evolve from Eevee if I don't have 3 different ones in my deck?
A. No. Each one you take out of your deck must be a differently typed evolution of Eevee; you may not retrieve more than one Pokemon of the same type. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I use "Signs of Evolution" to get a Vaporeon and a Glaceon from my deck?
A. No, you may not. Vaporeon & Glaceon are both Water types, and the three Pokemon retrieved by Signs of Evolution must all be different types. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Sludge Drag    (Muk - Undaunted)

Q. When Muk attacks with "Sludge Drag", who chooses which of the opponent's Benched Pokemon get brought forward?
A. The attacking player gets to choose. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Smack Down    (Boldore - Emerging Powers)

Q. When using Boldore's "Smack Down" attack that does 60 more damage if the Defending Pokemon has Resistance to Fighting, does that mean it gets to ignore the Resistance altogether?
A. No, it does not. You do the Base 20 damage first, then add the +60 damage, and then subtract for the Fighting Resistance amount. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Smokescreen    (Koffing - Call of Legends; Koffing - HeartGold SoulSilver; Magmar - Supreme Victors; Others)

Q. When Smokescreen stops an attack, does it stop all effects of the attack, even those that might be done to the attacking Pokémon?
A. Yes, it stops all effects. (May 4, 2000 WotC Chat, Q123)

Q. What about cards that do not state when the effect ends? Like Fossil Magmar's Smokescreen? I think for only one turn (the opponent's next turn), but some Apprentice people say it lasts until Magmar is Benched!
A. The effect says tries to attack during your opponent's next turn, so it only works on the next turn after you use the attack. (May 4, 2000 WotC Chat, Q131)

Q. If you use Smokescreen then retreat the Pokémon that is Smoke screened or if Magmar Retreats is it still in effect?
A. Smokescreen references the defending Pokémon, so if you bench that Pokémon the effect ends. If you bench Magmar then Smokescreen is in effect. (April 6, 2000 WotC Chat Q11)

Q. If your Pokémon has been Smokescreened on the previous turn, and you choose an attack that requires you to do something (such as discarding Energy) in order to use the Attack, do you pay the attack costs before you flip for the Smokescreen Effect?
A. Yes before, you still attempt the attack; the Smokescreen might just stop it from having any effect. (Apr 13, 2000 WotC Chat, Q20; Apr 5, 2001 WotC Chat, Q27)

Q. If Magmar's Smokescreen Knocks Out the Defending Pokémon, does the new Active have to flip to see if its attack is effective?
A. No, it only effects the Defending Pokémon the attack was done against. (Feb 24 WotC Chat)

Q. Does Magmar's Smokescreen effect end if the Defending Pokémon evolves?
A. Since Magmar's Smokescreen attack references the Defending Pokémon, by it evolving, it removes that effect. (Feb 3 WotC Chat)

Q. Would Magmar's Smokescreen stop Kangaskhan's Fetch?
A. Yes, it would, since Fetch is an attack. (Feb 10 WotC Chat)

Q. If a Gloom Confused you, and next turn a Magmar Smokescreened you, do you flip for Confusion or Smokescreen first?
A. You flip for Smokescreen first. (Jul 13, 2000 WotC Chat, Q328)

Q. My Koffing used its "Smokescreen" attack on the Defending Pokemon which was already Confused. If that Pokemon attacks during my opponent's next turn, do they flip 2 coins and the attack fails if both coins aren't heads?
A. No, your opponent must flip each coin separately. First, flip a coin for the effect of Smokescreen; if the flip is tails the attack ends. If the first flip is heads, then flip a second time for the effect of Confusion. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Solar Suggestion    (Espeon - Call of Legends; Espeon - Undaunted)

Q. When using Espeon's "Solar Suggestion" attack, do I have to move all four damage counters from one of my Pokemon to one of my opponent's Pokemon, or can I split the damage counters from multiple different Pokemon on each player's side?
A. You can choose up to 4 counters from as many of your own Pokemon as you like, and can split them up on your opponent's Pokemon in any way you want. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I choose 4 damage counters on my Pokemon with Espeon's "Solar Suggestion" attack, can I then place 3 or fewer damage counters on my opponent's Pokemon?
A. No, you can't. You must place the same number of damage counters on your opponent's Pokemon as you removed from your own Pokemon. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can Espeon's "Solar Suggestion" attack place damage counters onto a Jolteon that can't be hit by effects due to a successful coin flip during its "Agility" attack, or onto a Toxicroak [G] with its "Anticipation" Poke-BODY enabled? If I can't place them, what do I do with the damage counters I removed from my Pokemon?
A. You cannot place damage counters onto that Jolteon or Toxicroak [G], but you can still remove damage counters from your own Pokemon. If you select a Pokemon under the status of not receiving effects, the damage counters that would be placed onto that Pokemon simply disappear from play. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Speed Evolution    (Kakuna - Unleashed; Weedle - Unleashed)

Q. Can I use Weedle's "Speed Evolution" attack on my first turn of the game or the turn it comes into play?
A. Yes. An attack can override the normal rules for evolution. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Weedle's "Speed Evolution" attack to search my deck for Beedrill and place it on Weedle?
A. No, you can't choose Beedrill from the deck. Beedrill states it evolves from Kakuna, so it is not a card that evolves from Weedle. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Static Electricity    (Mareep - HeartGold SoulSilver; Mareep - Neo Genesis)

Q. If I attach Memory Berry to Mareep, evolve it to Ampharos, then attack with "Static Electricity", would I search my deck for energies based on the number of Mareep or the number of Ampharos in play?
A. In the latter part of the Static Electricity attack Where the English card says "attach them to Mareep", the Japanese card actually says "attach them to this Pokemon". So, you would count the number of Mareep in play and attach that many Lightning energy to Ampharos. (Jul 15, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Sticky Liquid    (Grimer - Undaunted)

Q. A Vespiquen that used its "Mach Wind" attack on my previous turn was hit by Grimer's "Sticky Liquid" attack during my opponent's turn. In this instance, what is Vespiquen's retreat cost during my next turn?
A. It has no Retreat Cost. When effects that increase something like Retreat Cost by a particular amount are stacked on top of effects that make something like Retreat Cost vanish, the vanishing effect takes priority. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Surprise Punch   

Q. If I use Nuzleaf's "Surprise Punch" and my opponent has no Benched Pokemon, what happens to the Energy on the Defending Pokemon?
A. If there are no Benched Pokemon you just do as much as you can. You do 20 damage but no energy is moved or discarded. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Switcheroo    (Murkrow - Supreme Victors; Linoone - Great Encounters)

Q. Can I use Murkrow's "Switcheroo" attack to move an opponent's "Energy Gain" to a non-SP Pokemon?
A. Yes you can, but if the Pokemon you move the Energy Gain to is not a Pokemon-SP then the tool would be discarded after it gets moved. (Nov 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Tail Code    (Aipom - Unleashed; Ambipom [G] - Rising Rivals; Flaaffy - Platinum)

Q. If I use Ambipom [G]'s "Tail Code" attack to move an energy card from the Defending Pokemon to one of my opponent's Pokemon that has an Unown-G attached to it, what happens?
A. While Unown-G prevents the attachment of the energy to the protected Pokemon, it does not prevent the removal of the energy card from the Defending Pokemon. The energy card is discarded. (Jan 14, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. May I use Ambipom [G]'s "Tail Code" attack if my opponent only has an Active Pokemon and no Benched Pokemon?
A. Yes you can, although it won't move or discard the energy. There must be a Pokemon on the bench or you can't move the energy off the defending Pokemon. (Jan 28, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Take Away    (Drifblim - Undaunted; Erika's Dragonair - Gym Heroes)

Q. What happens if one of the players doesn't have a benched Pokemon when using Drifblim's "Take Away" attack?
A. There is no restriction on using the attack if there is no benched Pokemon. If a player has no Benched Pokemon, that player loses. If neither player has Benched Pokemon, then it is a tie and a game of Sudden Death must be played. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Taunt    (Liepard - Black and White; Grimer - Team Rocket Returns; Brock's Mankey - Gym Heroes)

Q. When Liepard attacks with "Taunt", who chooses which of the opponent's Benched Pokemon get brought forward?
A. The attack says "Switch the Defending Pokemon..." so the attacking player gets to choose. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Time Control    (Palkia & Dialga Legend - Triumphant; Palkia & Dialga Legend - Triumphant)

Q. When using Palkia & Dialga LEGEND's "Time Control" attack, can you place more prizes than your opponent started the match with?
A. Yes, you can. The prize pile is not limited to any maximum amount. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If the opponent has already drawn 2 prizes in the game, and then I use Dialga & Palkia LEGEND's "Time Control" attack to add two more prizes, how much damage would my Mismagius [GL]'s "Grudge" attack do on the following turn?
A. Even though the Time Control attack added two prizes to your opponent's pile, they have still taken two prizes during the game. So Grudge would do 20 damage plus 10 more for each of the prize cards they have already taken. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. In a game that goes to time and is tied, if I add prizes to my opponent's field with Palkia & Dialga LEGEND's "Time Control" attack on my next turn, do I win?
A. Yes. After regulation time (plus any additional turns) is completed, once you have fewer prizes remaining than your opponent, you win. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. In a Sudden Death game, if I add prizes to my opponent's field with Palkia & Dialga LEGEND's "Time Control" attack, is the game won by the next player to take a prize, or the first player to take their last prize?
A. A Sudden Death match is complete when a player has taken all of their prizes, regardless of whether there is more than one or not. So adding prizes in this scenario makes it more difficult for the opponent to win. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Time Hollow    (Jirachi - Call of Legends; Jirachi - Unleashed)

Q. Can I apply Jirachi's "Time Hollow" attack to a Stage 2 Pokemon and also the Stage 1 underneath it?
A. No. You only remove the highest stage evolution from the Pokemon you choose at the start of the attack. You cannot choose the same Pokemon more than once in order to remove additional Stages. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Transfer Junk   

Q. With Raticate's "Transfer Junk" attack, what if I don't have all 3 types of Team Plasma cards, Pokemon, Trainer & Energy in my discard?
A. Take one of each type that you do have. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Turbo Energize   

Q. If I use Victini-EX's "Turbo Energize" attack but choose to attach the two Basic Energy cards from my deck to Sigilyph with "Safeguard", what happens?
A. Sigiliph is a valid target for the choice of Benched Pokemon, but since Safeguard prevents all effects of attacks done by Pokemon-EX the energies would be discarded rather than attached to Sigilyph. (Jun 20, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Twister    (Rayquaza ex - Nintendo Promos; Pidgeotto - Call of Legends; Pidgeotto - Triumphant; Others)

Q. Pidgeotto's "Twister" attack says to discard an Energy attached to the Defending Pokemon for each heads flipped. Does that mean if I only flip one heads I cannot discard a Double Colorless Energy?
A. Actually, you can discard a DCE with a single heads. It's like paying a Retreat Cost with an Energy Card that has more energy than required to retreat. Total the number of flips, then discard Energy Cards one at a time until the condition has been met. So if you flip one heads you can discard a single Energy Card with one or more energy on it. But if you flip two heads you can either choose a card with one energy then another card with one or more energy, or you can choose a single card with two or more energy on it. (Nov 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Vengeful Wish   

Q. Is the effect of Jellicent's "Vengeful Wish" attack cancelled if the damage from last turn was done while it was on the bench, or if the Pokemon that damaged it retreats or is KO'd?
A. Vengeful Wish is not an effect that can be cleared; it simply looks to see if damage was done to Jellicent by an attack last turn then does that amount of base damage to the current Defending Pokemon. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Wring Out    (Servine - Legendary Treasures)

Q. Servine uses the attack "Wring Out" and flips heads against a Virizion EX with a single Grass Energy attached. It deals 30 damage, and the Grass Energy is discarded. Can the paralysis Special Condition be applied?
A. The Paralysis condition occurs within the attack text before discarding the energy. Since Virizion EX's Verdant Wind ability is still active the Paralysis is prevented, and then the energy is discarded. (Jan 2, 2014 TPCi Rules Team; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)


Abilities

Official rulings on Pokemon Powers (which includes older Poke-BODYs, Poke-POWERs and Pokemon Powers)  (top)

* Abilities and Pokemon Powers in General   

Q. If I intend to use a Poke-POWER [or Ability], do I have to announce its name or can I just take the action specified?
A. You have to clearly communicate your intent to use a Poke-POWER [or Ability] by some method other than just performing its game effect. Show or tell your opponent which Pokémon is going to use what Power. (Nov 13, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use the "Pokémon Power" [or Ability] of a Benched Pokémon?
A. Yes. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. Can Pokémon Powers [or Ability] be used all the time?
A. Each Power [or Ability] tells you specifically when or how often it can be used. (Feb 17, 2000 WotC Chat)

Q. If I have 2 of the same Pokémon in play that have a Pokémon Power [or Ability], can I use that power twice? What powers wouldn't be useable twice, or more for that matter?
A. Sure, depends on the particular power though. If you had two Muks for example, then only one power is necessary. (May 11, 2000 WotC Chat, Q60 & Q81)

Q. Can you use Pokémon Powers [or Ability] that can be used "anytime" while the effect of another power is in progress?
A. No. (Jan 25, 2001 WotC Chat, Q96)

Adaptive Evolution    (Caterpie - Flashfire; Metapod - Flashfire)

Q. Can I use Caterpie's "Adaptive Evolution" Ability to evolve into Metapod, then immediately use Metapod's "Adaptive Evolution" Ability to evolve into Butterfree all on the same turn?
A. Yes, you can. (Flashfire FAQ; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Evosoda on a Caterpie the first turn of the game or the turn that Caterpie is played since "Adaptive Evolution" says it can evolve in those cases?
A. No, you can't use Evosoda to evolve in either of those conditions because the text on Evosoda specifically prevents it. (May 29, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)


Afterburner    (Typhlosion - HGSS Promos; Typhlosion - HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. Can Typhlosion's "Afterburner" Poke-POWER be used if there is no Energy in the discard pile, just to place a damage counter on one of my Pokemon?
A. No. Since you can't attach an Energy from your discard pile to one of your Pokemon, you can't use the rest of the power. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Say a player announced "double Afterburner" for his two Typhlosions in play. However his Discard Pile only has one Fire Energy card for him to use. Does that mean his second "Afterburner" Poke-POWER is used up, or can he use it later in the turn since nothing happened for the second one?
A. Afterburner says "you may search your discard pile for a Fire energy..."; the Discard Pile search was performed and it failed, so in this scenario the second Afterburner Poke-POWER has been used up. (Jan 12, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Allergy Flower    (Vileplume - Undaunted)

Q. Can I still play Supporters or Stadiums while Vileplume's "Allergy Flower" Poke-BODY is in effect?
A. Yes. They are not Trainers. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Allergy Panic   

Q. If a Pokemon normally has no Weakness, does Vileplume's "Allergy Panic" Ability give it a x4 Weakness instead?
A. No, if a Pokemon doesn't have Weakness, you cannot *apply* any Weakness multiplier to it at all. (Boundaries Crossed FAQ; Nov 8, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If I use Cresselia-EX's "Psychic Protection" attack, does Vileplume's "Allergy Panic" Ability override and give it a x4 Weakness instead?
A. No, since there is no longer a weakness there is nothing for Allergy Panic to multiply. (Boundaries Crossed FAQ; Nov 8, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If Vileplume's "Allergy Panic" Ability is in effect, does Rayquaza's "Shred" attack consider a Defending Pokemon's weakness as x2 or x4?
A. Although Shred does not ignore Weakness, it does ignore the x4 effect from Allergy Panic. (Feb 28, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Ancient Power   

Q. Does Archeops' "Ancient Power" Ability stop attacks that evolve Pokemon, such as Karrablast's "Mysterious Evolution"?
A. Ancient Power only prevents you from playing Pokemon from your hand to evolve other Pokemon. Mysterious Evolution's effect is not stopped because it evolves the Pokemon from a card in the deck, not a card in your hand. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Does Rare Candy override evolution-preventing effects such as Archeops' "Ancient Power" Ability?
A. Ancient Power does not allow you to use a Pokemon's attack or play a Trainer card to evolve your Benched or Active Pokemon, unless the Evolution card you would be putting into play comes from somewhere other than your hand. So Rare Candy cannot be used while Archeops' Ancient Power Ability is in effect. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team; Nov 21, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Big Wing    (Swellow - Legends Awakened)

Q. When Braviary uses its "Big Wing" Ability, who chooses which of the opponent's Benched Pokemon get brought forward?
A. The ability says "have your opponent switch..." so the opponent gets to choose. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Block    (Solrock - Triumphant; Lucario - OP Series 8; Snorlax - Diamond and Pearl; Others)

Q. If my Active Pokemon is Snorlax with the "Block" Ability, what happens to my opponent's Active Pokemon if I play Escape Rope?
A. Escape Rope causes the Pokemon to switch, but Block only prevents Retreating. The opponent switches their Active Pokemon when Escape Rope is played. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If my opponent's Active Pokemon is Snorlax with the "Block" Ability, what happens to my Active Pokemon if I play Scramble Switch?
A. Scramble Switch causes your Pokemon to switch, but Block only prevents Retreating. You can switch your Active Pokemon when Scramble Switch is played. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Bright Look    (Luxray [GL] Lv.X - Rising Rivals)

Q. When I use Ninetales' "Bright Look" Ability, which player chooses which Pokemon becomes active?
A. The player using the ability chooses which of his or her opponent's Pokemon becomes active. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Bright Veil   

Q. If my Active Pokemon is Togekiss with the "Bright Veil" Ability, do I bring up one of my benched Pokemon when my opponent plays an Escape Rope?
A. No. Bright Veil prevents your part of the "Each player switches his or her Active Pokemon" part of Escape Rope, so your Active Pokemon stays put and you can't bring up a benched Pokemon. However, your opponent does switch. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Busybody   

Q. Can you use Audino's "Busybody" Ability if there is no damage and no Special Conditions on your Active Pokemon?
A. No, you cannot. You have to heal something in order to use Busybody. (Nov 1, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Cast-off Shell    (Ninjask - Legends Awakened)

Q. When I put Shedinja onto my bench using Ninjask's "Cast-off Shell" Ability, can Eviolite help protect it from damage?
A. No, because Shedinja is not a "Basic Pokemon"; it is an unevolved Stage-1 Pokemon. (Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Catastrophe    (Gengar - Triumphant)

Q. If an opponent's evolved Pokemon is Knocked Out while Gengar is Active, does the "Catastrophe" Poke-BODY put all of the evolution stage cards and Basic Pokemon card in the Lost Zone, or just the highest stage Evolution card?
A. The evolved Pokemon and any of its pre-evolved stages and Lv.X cards go to the Lost Zone, and all attached Energy, Tools, etc. go to the Discard Pile. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If my Active Pokemon does an attack that Knocks Out an opponent's Pokemon, but also switches my Active Pokemon to the Bench, would the Knocked Out Pokemon go to the Lost Zone if I bring up Gengar with the "Castastrophe" Poke-BODY?
A. Yes. Gengar is active at the end of the attack when Knock Out conditions are evaluated. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I use an attack that Knocks Out a defending Gengar with the "Castastrophe" Poke-BODY, but it also knocks itself out, does the attacking Pokemon go to the Lost Zone, or is "Catastrophe" no longer in effect when Gengar is KO'd?
A. Since both Pokemon are KO'd at the same time, Gengar's Catastrophe Poke-BODY is still working at the point when Knock Outs are evaluated. So the attacking Pokemon would go to the Lost Zone. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Celebration Wind    (Shaymin - Unleashed)

Q. When I use Shaymin's "Celebration Wind" Poke-POWER, can I move my energy cards in play around to any and all of my Pokemon that I want, or just to one Pokemon?
A. You can move the energy cards from more than one Pokemon and move them to more than one Pokemon, as desired. However, once you have taken another action, like playing a Pokemon card onto your bench, attaching an energy card from your hand, retreating your Active Pokemon, etc. you can no longer move any energy cards around. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Conductivity    (Ampharos ex - Dragon; Dark Ampharos - Neo Destiny)

Q. Would Flygon's "Energy Shower" attack set off Ampharos-EX's "Conductivity" power? Like if I set down 6 energy, it would do 60 Damage (however I set down the energy)? And if yes, would the damage be done to Flygon or to each separate Pokemon. that I attach an energy to?
A. Yes, Flygon would indeed trigger Ampharos-EX's Conductivity; it also works the same way for Azumarill's "Drizzle" attack. And the damage would be done to each individual Pokemon that gets an energy attached to it. (Jan 29, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Pachirisu's "Self-Generation" Poke-POWER is used to attach two Lightning Energy to Pachirisu, and the opponent has 4 Ampharos Primes with "Conductivity" in play, what is the result?
A. Pachirisu would be have 8 damage counters placed on it due to Conductivity. (Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I have Quagsire and my opponent has Ampharos-EX in play and I attach an energy card to my Quagsire from my hand, which Poke-POWER gets applied first, Saturation or Conductivity?
A. Conductivity and Saturation happen at the same time, so the player attaching energy would get to decide which effect to apply first. (Mar 3, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

CURE    (Unown - Triumphant)

* Unknown's "CURE" Poke-POWER should read, "Once during your turn, when you put Unown from your hand onto your Bench, you may remove all Special Conditions from your Active Pokémon." Use of this Poke-POWER is optional. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Cursed Shadow   

Q. When using Chandelure's "Cursed Shadow" ability, can I place more damage counters onto a Pokemon than it takes to knock it out?
A. Yes, you can. (Dec 8, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. When using Chandelure's "Cursed Shadow" ability, if I place one damage counter and KO a Pokemon, would all the normal KO procedures (take a prize, opponent promotes, etc.) occur before or after you place the remaining two damage counters?
A. Each action must be completed before you move on to another action. In this case, placing a damage counter is not the action; the action is the triggering and use of the Cursed Shadow Ability. So you must place all three damage counters and then check for any Pokemon that are KO'd. (Dec 8, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Damage Swap    (Reuniclus - Black and White; Alakazam - Legendary Collection; Alakazam - Base)

Q. Can I use Reuniclus' "Damage Swap" ability to move all of my damage counters onto one Pokemon and then knock it out?
A. You can only move one damage counter at a time with Damage Swap (even though you can re-use the ability many times), so as soon as the number of damage counters on the Pokemon equals its HP, it would be KO'd immediately. In other words, you cannot move ten damage counters onto a Pokemon with only 50 HP and then knock it out. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Dark Aura    (Tyranitar - Expedition; Tyranitar - Expedition)

Q. Does Hydreigon's "Dark Aura" Ability override the original type of attached energy, or is it in addition to the energy's original type?
A. Dark Aura replaces the attached energy's original type or types with Darkness type. In other words, a Fire Energy card no longer provides fire energy when Dark Aura affects it. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What happens to Rainbow Energy when it's attached to Hydreigon? Does "Dark Aura" Ability change it to ONLY produce Darkness Energy rather than all energy types simultaneously?
A. Since Dark Aura replaces the attached energy's original types with Darkness type, Rainbow Energy would lose its effect to produce all types of energy while Dark Aura is in effect. However, Rainbow Energy is still considered a "Special Energy Card" in this situation. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Dark Shade   

Q. Is Umbreon's "Dark Shade" Ability stackable?
A. Yes, it is. Your Team Plasma Pokemon get +20 HP per each Pokemon with the Dark Shade Ability you have in play. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Destiny Barrage    (Voltorb - XY)

Q. If Voltorb is attacked by Blastoise EX's "Rapid Spin" which pushes it to the Bench after doing damage, do you still flip for Voltorb's "Destiny Barrage" Ability or not?
A. No, because the check for Destiny Barrage does not happen until after Voltorb has moved to the Bench. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Diving Draw   

Q. Can I use Empoleon's "Diving Draw" Ability if I have no cards left in my deck, and just discard a card from my hand?
A. Yes, you can. The first sentence of Diving Draw says to discard a card from your hand. Then if you can do that, you do as much of the rest of the Ability as you can, which in this case is draw no cards. (Oct 4, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Drifting Balloon    (Drifblim - Plasma Blast)

Q. Does Drifblim's "Drifting Balloon" Ability affect the attacks from the Drifloon beneath it when Celebi EX with "Time Recall" is in play?
A. Yes, the attacks used from Drifloon will cost one less energy for each of the opponent's Team Plasma Pokemon in play. (May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Dual Brains   

Q. If I have two Magnezones in play with the "Dual Brains" Ability, does that mean I can play 4 Supporters during my turn?
A. No, you cannot. Dual Brains says you may play 2 Supporters, period; it doesn't say "an extra supporter" for each Magnezone. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Electromagnetic Wall   

Q. Would the two Basic energy cards attached by Terrakion EX's "Pump-up Smash" attack trigger Ampharos' "Electromagnetic Wall" Ability twice or only once (or not at all)?
A. Any energies attached from the hand would trigger Electromagnetic Wall, once for each energy card being attached. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If my opponent has Ampharos with "Electromagnetic Wall" in play, when I attach a Double Colorless Energy to one of my Pokemon, do I place 3 or 6 damage counters?
A. You place 3 because there was only one attachment, even though the attachment provided multiple energies. (Sep 13, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Would Emboar's "Inferno Fandango" Ability trigger Ampharos' "Electromagnetic Wall" Ability? Or does "Electromagnetic Wall" only apply to the opponent's normal once-per-turn energy attachment?
A. Any energies attached from the hand would trigger Electromagnetic Wall, regardless of whether they're attached due to an Ability or the normal once-per-turn energy attachment. (Sep 13, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Empty Shell    (Shedinja - Deoxys)

Q. If Garbodor's "Garbotoxin" is present when Shedinja with the "Empty Shell" Ability is KO'd, do you take a prize?
A. Yes, Empty Shell is turned off by Garbotoxin. (Jun 23, 2005 PUI Rules Team; BW:Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Would Giratina EX's "Shred" attack allow my opponent to knock out my Shednija (with "Empty Shell") and take a prize since the attack says its not affected by any effects on the Defending Pokemon?
A. The damage done by Shred is not affected by Empty Shell, but that has nothing to do with whether you take a prize or not. You still get no prize because of "Empty Shell". (Jan 12, 2006 PUI Rules Team; BW:Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Energy Grace    (Milotic - Flashfire)

Q. When using Milotic's "Energy Grace" Ability, can I use any Basic Energy cards that were attached to Milotic at the point when it was KO'd and attach them to 1 of my Pokemon?
A. Yes, you can. (May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Energy Healer    (Onix - Unleashed)

* Three cards have been added to the list of errata for the Pokémon Trading Card Game. [...] The text below reflects what the card should say, not what was originally printed. "When you attach an Energy card from your hand to Onix, remove a damage counter from Onix." This Poké-Body only works when you attach an Energy card to Onix. (May 6, 2010 PUI Rules Team; May 7, 2010 TPCi TCG Errata Update)

Energy Signal    (Roserade - Unleashed)

Q. What happens if I attach a Rainbow Energy to Roserade with the "Energy Signal" Poke-POWER? Do I get to use both effects?
A. If the Energy card you attached provides all types (for example, Rainbow Energy), then both effects would trigger. Energy Signal would both Confuse and Poison the Defending Pokemon. (Sep 30, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Energy Trans    (Sceptile - Stormfront; Sceptile - OP Series 4; Venusaur ex - Fire Red Leaf Green; Others)

Q. Can Venusaur put other energies on Fire Pokémon?
A. Only other grass energy. (May 11, 2000 WotC Chat, Q13)

Q. If Porygon2 has changed a Grass energy to Lightning, would it be fair to say that Venusaur could not Energy Trans it (for the rest of the turn)?
A. Correct. (Jan 17, 2002 WotC Chat, Q1384)

Q. Can you "Energy Trans" or "Dark Trance" a Rainbow Energy, Multi Energy, or any
other special energy cards?
A. As long as they are providing the proper energy type and don't violate any other
restrictions written on the card, then yes you may. (May 6, 2004 PUI Rules Team; Nov
17, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Energymite    (Electrode - Triumphant)

Q. If I have less than 7 cards remaining in my deck, can I use Electrode's "Energymite" Poke-POWER or not?
A. Yes, you can use Energymite even if there are zero cards left in your deck. (Jan 5, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Fermenting Liquid    (Shuckle - HGSS Promos)

Q. If I attach a Rainbow Energy to Shuckle with "Fermenting Liquid" Poke-BODY that has 5 damage counters on it, would it be knocked out prior to its Poke-BODY being applied or would I get to draw the card before it's knocked out?
A. It is a Poke-BODY that is automatically triggered, so you would get to draw the card. (Mar 15, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Fight Song   

Q. Is Altaria's "Fight Song" Ability stackable so attacks from Dragon type Pokemon can do an additional +20 damage for each Altaria in play?
A. Yes, it does. (Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Fighting Tag    (Machamp - Triumphant)

Q. Can I use Machamp's "Fighting Tag" Poke-POWER to switch him with the Active Pokemon if the current Active has no Fighting Energy attached to it?
A. No, if you don't move any Fighting energy you cannot switch Machamp with the Active Pokemon. (Nov 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Flower Veil    (Floette - Flashfire)

Q. Is Floette's "Flower Veil" Ability stackable, such that if you have more than one in play it adds +20 for each "Flower Veil"?
A. Yes, that is correct. (Flashfire FAQ; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Freeze Zone   

Q. Is Glaceon's "Freeze Zone" Ability stackable?
A. Yes, it is. Your Team Plasma Pokemon's Retreat Cost is two less energy per each Pokemon with the Freeze Zone Ability you have in play. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Garbotoxin   

Q. Does "Garbotoxin" prevent "Bright Look" on Ninetales coming from your hand, "Electromagnetic Wall" on Ampharos in play and "Rebirth" on Ho-Oh EX in your discard pile?
A. Yes, Garbotoxin makes it so that each Pokemon in play, in each player's hand, and in each player's discard pile has no Abilities. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q.If my Lugia EX knocks out an opponent's Garbodor with the "Garbotoxin" Ability and a tool attached, does Lugia EX's "Overflow" Ability turn on in time for it to take two prizes?
A. Nope, Garbotoxin is still active when Garbodor is KO'd, so Lugia EX does not get to take 1 more prize card for Overflow. (Feb 28, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Gooey Regeneration    (Goodra - Flashfire)

Q. Can I use Goodra's "Gooey Regeneration" Ability to discard attached Energy cards if there is no damage on Goodra.
A. Yes, you can. (Flashfire FAQ; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Heal Block    (Solrock - Triumphant)

Q. If I have Bronzong with the "Heal Block" Ability in play, can Pokemon Center stadium be used to heal any Pokemon in play?
A. No, you may not. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Insight    (Yanmega - Triumphant)

Q. When Yanmega tries to attack, do you evaluate the number of cards in your hand for the "Insight" Poke-BODY before or after discarding a card for Giratina Lv.X's "Invisible Tentacles" Poke-BODY?
A. The Insight Poke-BODY is evaluated before your attack even begins; therefore it is checked before discarding any cards for Invisible Tentacles. (Nov 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Pidgeot attacks with "Headwind" against Yanmega with the "Insight" Poke-BODY, will "Headwind" increase Yanmega's attack costs or will "Insight" reset them to zero?
A. If an Attack Cost is set to zero by an effect, it cannot be increased. Note this is different than an Attack Cost that was reduced to zero by subtraction. Once a Pokemon's Attack Cost is set to zero by an effect, it stays at zero until that particular effect wears off. (Sep 29, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Lost Link    (Mew - Triumphant)

Q. Can Mew's "Lost Link" Poke-BODY use the attack of one half of a LEGEND Pokemon if its card is in the Lost Zone? Or what if both halves of the LEGEND Pokemon are in the Lost Zone?
A. No, you cannot. If a LEGEND Pokemon's cards are not in play, you cannot reference its attacks, Poke-POWER, Poke-BODY, etc. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Magic Room    (Gothitelle - Emerging Powers)

Q. If Gothitelle is Active, does its "Magic Room" Ability prevent the opponent from playing older pre-BW Trainer cards that don't say Item on them?
A. Trainer cards from Diamond & Pearl through Call of Legends should be considered "Trainer–Item" cards. So the older Trainers would be blocked, but not Supporters or Stadiums. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Magnetic Draw    (Magnezone - Triumphant)

Q. Say a player calls Magnezone's "Magnetic Draw" Poke-POWER, but then realizes they already have six or more cards in their hand. Does that mean his "Magnetic Draw" Poke-POWER is used up, or can he use it later in the turn since nothing happened?
A. Magnetic Draw says "you may draw cards until you have 6 cards in your hand"; if you have too many cards you cannot "draw zero" so the Magnetic Draw Poke-POWER is not used up. (Jan 12, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Mischievous Trick    (Rotom - Undaunted)

Q. When I switch a Prize card and a card from my Deck with Rotom's "Mischievous Trick" Poke-POWER, can I look at either card?
A. No, you cannot. Keep both cards face-down when you switch them. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Rotom's "Mischievous Trick" Poke-POWER when I have no cards in my deck, to put a Prize card into my deck?
A. No, you can't. That would be far too mischievous. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Moon Guidance    (Lunatone - Legend Maker)

Q. If I have two Clefables in play, can I use "Moon Guidance" twice on the same Pokemon assuming I flip heads for both?
A. Yes, you can. (Feb 28, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Opponent's Choice    (Slowking - Undaunted)

Q. When using Slowking's "Opponent's Choice" Poke-POWER, do you have to show your opponent what the cards are since it says 'you may reveal the top 2 cards'?
A. Of course you have to show the opponent what the cards are. The "you may" refers to using the power, not to being able to use it without showing them the cards. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Overflow   

Q.If my Lugia EX knocks out an opponent's Garbodor with the "Garbotoxin" Ability and a tool attached, does Lugia EX's "Overflow" Ability turn on in time for it to take two prizes?
A. Nope, Garbotoxin is still active when Garbodor is KO'd, so Lugia EX does not get to take 1 more prize card for Overflow. (Feb 28, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Portrait    (Smeargle - Call of Legends; Smeargle - Undaunted)

Q. Can I use Smeargle's "Portrait" Poke-POWER if I have already used a Supporter this turn?
A. Yes, you are not playing a second Supporter, you are just using the Supporter's effect as the effect of the power. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. When I use Smeargle's "Portrait" Poke-POWER to look at my opponent's hand, can I terminate the power's effect without choosing a Supporter card?
A. No, you cannot. You must choose a Supporter card when you use the effect if the opponent has one in their hand. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. When using Smeargle's "Portrait" Poke-POWER, can I choose a Supporter that will have no effect?
A. You cannot pick a supporter you couldn't normally use; for example you can't choose "Twins" unless you are behind on prizes at that time, nor Aaron's Collection if you don't have anything in your Discard Pile. You would have to choose a different Supporter if one is available. (Dec 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What happens if I use Smeargle's "Portrait" Poke-POWER, but I cannot satisfy the conditions of any of my opponent's Supporters?
A. You get to look at the opponent's hand, and that's all. (Dec 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I use Smeargle's "Portrait" Poke-POWER and find "Engineer's Adjustments" in my opponent's hand, do I have to use it if I have an Energy card in my hand?
A. Yes, if you have an energy card and you choose Engineer's Adjustments, you have to discard the energy and draw 4 cards. (Dec 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team; Mar 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Power Connect   

Q. Is Deoxys EX's "Power Connect" Ability stackable?
A. Yes, it is. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Deoxys EX's "Power Connect" Ability refers to "your Team Plasma Pokémon's attacks (excluding Deoxys-EX)". Does that mean to exclude ALL of your Deoxys EX in play, or just one with the "Power Connect" Ability?
A. It refers to all of your Deoxys EX in play. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Does Deoxys EX's "Power Connect" Ability add to damage done from G Booster?
A. Yes, the attacks of any Team Plasma Pokemon get the added bonus, including attacks from attached Tools. (May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Propagation   

Q. If I use Exeggcute's "Propagation" Ability to retrieve it from the Discard Pile into my hand, then use something like Ultra Ball or Computer Search to discard Exeggcute, would I be able to use "Propagation" again to retrieve it from the Discard Pile?
A. Yes, whenever Exeggcute is in the Discard Pile, you may use Propagation during your turn as long as its Ability has not been disabled. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If I use Weavile's "Vilify" attack to discard one or more Exeggcute, can I use Exeggcute's "Propagation" Ability to immediately retrieve it back into my hand?
A. No, you cannot. Propagation can only be used on your turn before your attack, not during your attack nor afterward. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Rebirth    (Rocket's Moltres - Gym Heroes)

Q. If I have two Ho-Oh EX in my discard pile and flip tails for "Rebirth", can I flip a second time?
A. You can flip once for each Ho-Oh EX in your discard pile, but each coin flip is treated individually. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If I flip heads for Ho-Oh EX's "Rebirth" Ability, if I only have one Fire and two Lightning energy cards in the discard pile, can I take all three of those?
A. No, you can only take one of each different type of energy, up to three total. So in this case you could only take one Fire and one Lightning. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Red Armor    (Scizor - Undaunted)

Q. If Garchomp [C] Lv.X has Special Energy cards attached and discards all of them when using its "Dragon Rush" attack, can it do damage to a Scizor that has the "Red Armor" Poke-BODY?
A. No. First choose which two energies to discard, then do the damage (before any other effects), then you actually discard the energy at the end of the attack. So it will still be attached at the point when damage would be done, but the damage will be blocked. (Aug 19, 2010 PUI Rules Team; Sep 2, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Magnezone has Special Energy cards attached and discards all of them when using its "Lost Burn" attack, can it do damage to a Scizor that has the "Red Armor" Poke-BODY?
A. No. First choose which energies to put into the Lost Zone, then do the damage (before any other effects), then you actually put the energy into the Lost Zone at the end of the attack. So it will still be attached at the point when damage would be done, but the damage will be blocked by Red Armor. (Nov 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Roast Reveal    (Ninetales - Call of Legends; Ninetales - HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. Can I use Ninetales' "Roast Reveal" Poke-POWER when I have no cards in my deck?
A. Yes, you do as much of the power as you are able; discard 1 Fire Energy card from your hand, then the Poke-POWER's effect ends, without drawing any cards. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Royal Heal    (Serperior - Black and White)

Q. Do I have to use Serperior's "Royal Heal" ability if I don't want to?
A. Royal Heal is not an optional ability. You must use this ability at some point in between turns. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If you have Flygon with "Sand Slammer" active, but the opponent has Serperior with "Royal Heal" in play, which Ability goes first? The one that places damage or the one that heals damage?
A. In this situation, the player whose Pokemon are being affected gets to choose the order of when the abilities take place. (Nov 1, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Safeguard    (Ninetales - Power Keepers; Wobbuffet - Power Keepers; Banette - Crystal Guardians; Others)

Q. If I use Kyogre EX's "Smash Turn" or Celebi EX's "Wind Whisk" attack, can I switch it with my benched Sigilyph that has the "Safeguard" Ability?
A. Since the attacking Pokemon is the target of the switch effect, Sigilyph can be moved in this situation. (Jan 31, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If I use Victini-EX's "Turbo Energize" attack but choose to attach the two Basic Energy cards from my deck to Sigilyph with "Safeguard", what happens?
A. Sigiliph is a valid target for the choice of Benched Pokemon, but since Safeguard prevents all effects of attacks done by Pokemon-EX the energies would be discarded rather than attached to Sigilyph. (Jun 20, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Sand Slammer   

Q. If you have Flygon with "Sand Slammer" active, but the opponent has Serperior with "Royal Heal" in play, which Ability goes first? The one that places damage or the one that heals damage?
A. In this situation, the player whose Pokemon are being affected gets to choose the order of when the abilities take place. (Nov 1, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Second Sight    (Slowking - Call of Legends; Slowking - HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. If my opponent has less than 3 cards in his or her deck, so that I can't reorder the top 3 cards, can I still use Slowking's "Second Sight" Poke-POWER to look at the remaining cards in the deck?
A. Yes, you look at your opponent's remaining cards, then put them back in the deck in any order. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Self-Generation    (Pachirisu - Call of Legends)

Q. If Pachirisu's "Self-Generation" Poke-POWER is used to attach two Lightning Energy to Pachirisu, and the opponent has 4 Ampharos Primes with "Conductivity" in play, what is the result?
A. Pachirisu would be have 8 damage counters placed on it due to Conductivity. (Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Six Feet Under   

Q. If I use Cofagrigus' "Six Feet Under" Ability and Cofagrigus is either my last Pokemon in play and/or is my opponent's last prize, but the three damage counters placed onto my opponent's Pokemon allow me to KO their last Pokemon and/or take my last prize, what happens next?
A. If both players arrived at a win condition at the same time but one player has more win conditions than the other (like KO'ing the last Pokemon AND taking their sixth prize), the player with the most win conditions met wins the game. However, if both players have the same number of win conditions, the game is declared a Draw and a one-prize Sudden Death game takes place to determine the winner. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Slippery Soles   

Q. Can I use Vanilluxe's "Slippery Soles" Ability to make my opponent switch Pokemon if I don't have any Benched Pokemon?
A. No you may not. Slippery Soles requires you to switch your Active Pokemon with one of your Benched Pokemon first. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Smooth Coat   

Q. Is Cinccino's "Smooth Coat" Ability checked to prevent damage done by your own Pokemon's attacks?
A. Yes, it is. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If Cinccino with the "Smooth Coat" ability also has "Rocky Helmet" attached to it, can I choose to activate Rocky Helmet first, and then flip for Smooth Coat?
A. You would need to know whether Cinccino takes damage or not in order for Rocky Helmet to work, so in this scenario you would have to flip for Smooth Coat first. (Mar 15, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Solar Revelation   

Q. Does Espeon's "Solar Revelation" Ability prevent moving or placing damage counters?
A. In the steps of resolving an Attack, moving or "placing Damage Counters" counts as an Effect of the attack; it is not part of "doing damage". Therefore, as an Effect it would be prevented by Solar Revelation. (May 10, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Does Espeon's "Solar Revelation" Ability prevent damage done to Benched Pokemon?
A. No, it does not. Unlike placing damage counters, doing damage to a Benched Pokemon is not prevented by Solar Revelation. (May 10, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Does Espeon's "Solar Revelation" Ability prevent the flipping of coins for an attack that does damage times the number of heads flipped?
A. No, it does not. Flipping coins in this context is used to calculate how much damage is to be done. Since "doing damage" is not prevented, the flipping is not prevented either. (May 10, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Stance Change    (Aegislash - XY)

Q. When using Aegislash's "Stance Change" Ability, what do I do with the card after I switch it with an Aegislash from my hand?
A. The Aegislash that was in play goes into your hand. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. When using Aegislash's "Stance Change" Ability, do I have to switch the Doublade & Honedge underneath it too?
A. No, you only switch one Aegislash card for another Aegislash card. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If I use Aegislash's "Stance Change" Ability, to switch for another Aegislash, can I then use the new Aegislash's "Stance Change" if I want to?
A. No, even though you have switched to a new Aegislash card you cannot use Stance Change again because the effect of using it remains on that Pokemon. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Stickiness   

Q. If a Pokemon normally has no Retreat Cost, does Jellicent's "Stickiness" Ability give it a Retreat Cost of (*) instead?
A. Yes, Stickiness adds +1 to each of the opponent's Pokemon's Retreat Costs. However, if the Retreat Costs are set to zero by an effect such as Darkrai-EX's "Dark Cloak" Ability, they cannot be increased by Stickiness. (Boundaries Crossed FAQ; Nov 8, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Sunny Heal    (Cherrim - Unleashed)

Q. If I have multiple Cherrim in play, can I use more than one "Sunny Heal" Poke-POWER?
A. Yes, you can. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Sweet Sleeping Face    (Cleffa - HGSS Promos; Smoochum - HGSS Promos; Cleffa - Call of Legends; Others)

Q. Does Mime Jr's "Sweet Sleeping Face" Poke-BODY also stop Damage Counters from being placed on Mime Jr?
A. No, because placing Damage Counters does not count as damage done to a Pokemon. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Is it possible to evolve Pichu from the "Heart Gold/Soul Silver" expansion into Pikachu or Raichu?
A. No, because Pikachu would need to have "Evolves from Pichu" printed on the card in order to do this. Pichu cards from other sets with the "Baby Evolution" Poke-POWER provide a way to bypass this requirement, but this isn't possible with Pichu from "Heart Gold/Soul Silver". None of the HGSS set's Pokemon with the "Sweet Sleeping Face" Poke-BODY can evolve without a corresponding card that says it evolves from them. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If neither player puts any Basic Pokemon onto their Bench as an effect of Pichu's "Playground" attack, does Pichu fall Asleep?
A. Yes. The phrase "Pichu is now Asleep" is activated at the end of the attack, independent of the other results of the attack. The corresponding phrase acts the same way for the attacks of all the HGSS set's Pokemon with the "Sweet Sleeping Face" Poke-BODY (e.g. Cleffa's "Eeeeeeek", Smoochum's "Energy Antics", etc.). (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I use Vanilluxe's "Double Freeze" attack against a sleeping Cleffa with the "Sweet Sleeping Face" Ability active, can I paralyze Cleffa first and then do damage to it?
A. No, the order of the attack is to do the damage first (which would be blocked by Sweet Sleeping Face while it's Asleep), and then do effects like Paralyzing the Pokemon. (Dec 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Time Recall    (Celebi EX - Boundaries Crossed)

Q. Does Drifblim's "Drifting Balloon" Ability affect the attacks from the Drifloon beneath it when Celebi EX with "Time Recall" is in play?
A. Yes, the attacks used from Drifloon will cost one less energy for each of the opponent's Team Plasma Pokemon in play. (May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Toolbox    (Sigilyph - Plasma Blast)

Q. If Sigilyph with the "Toolbox" Ability gets attacked with something that discards a Pokemon Tool who gets to choose which tool gets discarded?
A. If an attack says to discard a Pokemon Tool it will discard all tools attached to that Pokemon, not just one. So poor Sigilyph would lose all of his tools. (Plasma Blast FAQ; Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If Sigilyph with the "Toolbox" Ability has Plasma Badge and Reversal Trigger attached, do I get to search my deck for a card when it is KO'd by an attack?
A. Yes, you can. The tools are still present on the Pokemon when it's KO'd (assuming the attack does not discard the tools first), so you would get to use the effect of Reversal Trigger since Plasma Badge makes Sigilyph a Plasma Pokemon. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can you attach more than one tool of the same name to Sigilyph with the "Toolbox" Ability? And if so, do the effects of the tools stack?
A. Yes to both questions. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Transform    (Ditto - Fossil; Ditto - Fossil)

Q. If I have Ditto with "Transform" in play this turn, on my next turn can I put a Basic Pokemon from my hand on top of Ditto and then immediately evolve it into a Stage 1 or use Rare Candy to evolve it to Stage 2?
A. Yes, you can. Ditto says "Any cards attached to this Pokemon, damage counters, Special Conditions, turns in play, and any other effects remain on the new Pokemon"; so as long as Ditto has been in play for more than a turn it satisfies the evolutionary requirement, and the Basic Pokemon card placed on Ditto can be evolved or used with Rare Candy immediately. (Boundaries Crossed FAQ; Nov 8, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Trick Reveal    (Mr. Mime - Call of Legends)

Q. If I don't have any cards in my hand, can I use my Mr. Mime's "Trick Reveal" Poke-POWER to look at my opponent's hand?
A. Yes. You still have a hand, it just has no cards in it. Show your (empty) hand when your opponent shows their hand. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Upside-Down Evolution    (Inkay - XY)

Q. If I use Inkay's "Upside-Down Evolution" Ability, does it remain Confused after evolving?
A. No, it does not. The phrase "this counts as evolving this Pokemon" refers to evolution rules that remove Special Conditions on that Pokemon. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I put Inkay into play, confuse it somehow, and use its "Upside-Down Evolution" Ability all on the same turn?
A. Yes, you may. (Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Verdant Wind    (Virizion EX - Plasma Blast)

Q. If I have Virizion EX in play and use Hydreigon's "Dark Trance" ability to move a Blend Energy GPRD onto a Pokemon affected by a status condition, will Virizion EX's "Verdant Wind" Ability remove the Special Condition?
A. Yes, it does. Any time a Grass Energy card becomes attached to a Pokemon while Verdant Wind is enabled causes Special Conditions to be removed. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If I have Virizion EX on the bench and my Active Pokemon has a Grass Energy attached, would my opponent be able to play Hypnotoxic Laser since the Pokemon with Grass Energy attached "can't be affected by special conditions"?
A. The opponent can play Hypnotoxic Laser, but its effect would be blocked. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Emolga with a Grass energy attached is poisoned and uses its "Call For Family" attack to get Virizion EX with "Verdant Wind" ability. Does it take poison damage or not?
A. No, because Virizion EX is in play before the end of the turn and Poison damage is taken between turns. (Jan 2, 2014 TPCi Rules Team; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Servine uses the attack "Wring Out" and flips heads against a Virizion EX with a single Grass Energy attached. It deals 30 damage, and the Grass Energy is discarded. Can the paralysis Special Condition be applied?
A. The Paralysis condition occurs within the attack text before discarding the energy. Since Virizion EX's Verdant Wind ability is still active the Paralysis is prevented, and then the energy is discarded. (Jan 2, 2014 TPCi Rules Team; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Versatile    (Mew ex - Legend Maker)

Q. For Mew EX's "Versatile" Ability, do I need to have the same energy types as the attack I'm copying, or will any type of energy work as long as I have the correct number of energies?
A. You must meet the energy requirements as to both type and number for the attack Mew EX is copying. So if the attack requires two Water energy, you will need to have at least two Water energy attached to Mew EX. (Feb 16, 2006 PUI Rules Team; BW:Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If my Wailord uses "Giant Wave" this turn, can my opponent's Mew EX's "Versatile" Ability use that attack on the turn following mine?
A. Yes. The effect of "this Pokemon can't use Giant Wave next turn" applies only to the Pokemon that attacked with it. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Victory Star   

Q. Can I use Victini's "Victory Star" ability to reflip just the tails flips from an attack?
A. No. You must reflip all of the flips for an attack if you use Victory Star. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Victini's "Victory Star" ability to reflip the flips from a trainer such as Xtransceiver or ability like Carracosta's Solid Rock?
A. No. Victory Star applies only to flips from attacks. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Victini's "Victory Star" ability to reflip for a failed Confusion check?
A. No, Victory Star only applies to flips that are done as part of the attack. You cannot use it for checking status effects. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If I use Grumpig's "Bench Manipulation" attack to have my opponent flip a coin for each of his or her Benched Pokemon, can I use Victini's "Victory Star" ability to force my opponent to re-flip those coins?
A. Yes, you can. If your opponent flips a coin as part of your Pokemon's attack, you can use "Victory Star" to force them to re-flip those coins. (Jan 12, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If my opponent used Scyther's "Afterimage Strike" last turn, and on my turn I use an attack like "Double Slap" to flip two coins and do 30x the number of heads, if the opponent gets heads on "Afterimage Strike" to prevent the damage, can I use Victini's "Victory Star" Ability to reflip my coins for "Double Slap" and start the process all over again?
A. No, you cannot. Victory Star must be invoked prior to determining the amount of damage being done, which in turn is prior to the opponent performing the flip for Afterimage Strike. (Jan 12, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. How and when would you use Victini's "Victory Star" Ability to reflip coins when using Mamoswine's "Ramming Strike" attack?
A. Anytime during the course of Ramming Strike, you can use Victory Star once to start the attack over from the beginning. Any damage counters placed on Mamoswine during the course of the attack would be erased, even if it is enough for Mamoswine to be KO'd, and Mamoswine basically gets one more chance at using the Ramming Strike attack. (Dec 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Say I have Liepard active and Raikou-EX and Victini on my bench. I attack with Liepard's "Assist", flip heads and choose to copy Raikou-EX's "Thunder Fang" attack but flip tails for "Thunder Fang's" paralysis part. If I then use Victini's "Victory Star" Ability to re-flip the coins, assuming I get heads for "Assist" could I choose a different benched Pokemon's attack or would I have to choose "Thunder Fang" again?
A. Since Victory Star rewound all the coin flips it's as if the Assist attack never happened. So yes, you could choose a different benched Pokemon's attack, if you flip heads for Assist of course. (Jan 31, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)


Trainers

Official Rulings on Item, Supporter and Stadium Cards (including older Trainer cards)  (top)

*Trainers in General   

Q. Can I play more than one Trainer card on my turn?
A. Yes. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

* When you use a Trainer card, first you pay the cost (if any), then you resolve the effect of the Trainer card, then you discard that Trainer card. So you could NOT use Item Finder to bring itself back from the discard pile (you would discard 2 other cards from your hand, then pull a Trainer card from your discard pile to your hand, THEN you would discard the Item Finder). (Mar 2, 2000 WotC Chat)

Q. Can a Pokémon Tool be attached to a Pokémon that already has another trainer card (Defender,Plus Power,etc...) attached to it?
A. Yes you could attach a tool to a Pokémon that had another trainer on it (as long as it isn't a Tool as well). (Dec 21, 2000 WotC Chat, Q29 & Q184)

Q. Do Pokémon Tools stay attached to the Pokémon when it evolves?
A. Yup. (Dec 21, 2000 WotC Chat, Q24)

Q. Can you play 2 TM's together on your active Pokemon?
A. Yup. One attack per turn, doesn't matter if you have two copies of it. You can only use one cube to attack. You don't have two attacks. (Feb 13, 2003 WotC Chat, Q970 & Q992)

Q. Last week you said that many cards (Lass, etc.) don't require shuffling their deck if they don't have any cards in their hand (Nov 30, 2000, Q4 & Q15). But, a previous ruling for Gambler said that you DO have to shuffle (May 11, 2000, Q131). Please clarify & confirm. Thanks.
A. Read every card...on Gambler it specifically states 'shuffle your hand into your deck'. Since your 'hand' can be a 'hand' of zero cards you could shuffle if you had no cards in your hand in this case. However, cards that say trade a card in your hand for one in your deck, and you don't have one to trade; you can't shuffle in that case. Lass says 'shuffle all Trainer cards in your hand back into your deck. If you have no trainers, you can't shuffle your deck. (Dec 7, 2000 WotC Chat, Q20)

Q. When you use a Trainer that requires you to shuffle your hand into your deck does that Trainer get shuffled back into the Deck too or does it go to the Discard Pile?
A. No, the trainer that you play doesn't go back into your deck. {When you played it, you put it down on the table. It is no longer in your hand] (Mar 29, 2001 WotC Chat, Q190 & Q207)

Q. If I use Pokémon Trader or Energy Search and there aren't any Pokémon or Energy in my deck, do I have to show my deck to my opponent? If there isn't any in my deck, do I get to put the Pokémon Trader or Energy Search back in my hand either?
A. You don't have to show your deck and you don't put the trainer back in your hand [Ed. note: It goes into the discard pile]. (August 17, 2000 WotC Chat Q80)

Q. Can Pokemon be Knocked Out partway through completing the Trainer card?
A. A Pokemon cannot be Knocked Out partway through the Trainer card. You must complete all of the actions of a Trainer card BEFORE you check for game state checks (to see if a Pokemon is Knocked out for example). (Mar 6, 2002 WotC Rules Team Update; Mar 7, 2002 WotC Chat, Q550)

Q. Could I use the effect of a Stadium card already in play, then play a Stadium card from my hand to remove the old stadium, and still be able to use my new stadium's effect?
A. Yes, provided you have not already played a Stadium card that turn [and the new one has a different name]. (Nov 6, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Could I play a trainer if it's obvious that it will have no effect (i.e. Life Herb on a Pokémon without any damage and with no Special Conditions on it)?
A. No, you cannot play a card if it is obvious that you cannot do what the card is supposed to do at that moment. (Sep 22, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Q. I have never had this come up and I can't find anything saying you can't, but can you attach 2 Technical Machines to the same Pokémon at the same time?
A. There are no restrictions on TM's that say you cannot, so yes you can. (Jan 26, 2006 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you attach multiple copies of the same TM to the same Pokémon?
A. Sure. (Feb 23, 2006 PUI Rules Team)

Alph Lithograph    (Triumphant; Undaunted; Unleashed; Others)

Q. Can I have 4 copies of each Alph Lithograph card in my deck?
A. No, you may not. Each variant of Alph Lithograph does something different, but they all have the same card name. Just like you can have no more than 4 Pikachu in any combination, you can only have a maximum of 4 Alph Lithograph cards in your deck. When entering onto a decklist, make sure to list them on separate lines and include the set and card number on each line for clarity. (Sep 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Alph Lithograph Four   

Q. Can I rearrange the order of my prize cards after using Alph Lithograph (number 4)?
A. Yes, you can. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Black Belt    (Triumphant)

Q. If I have more prizes remaining than my opponent and I play Black Belt, but then I KO one or more of my opponent's Pokemon before I attack, would I still be able to use the effect of Black Belt if I'm no longer behind on prizes?
A. Yes, you can. The requirement of being behind on prizes is just for playing the card, and once it's in play you can use its effect even if you are no longer behind. (Jan 27, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Cedric Juniper    (Legendary Treasures)

Q. For Cedric Juniper, can the opponent look at any face up cards around them to figure out the height of a Pokemon. Can he/she look at an open binder nearby?
A. You could look at other Pokemon that are in play but not at a binder. Just on the field, in your hand, or in the Discard Pile for either player. (Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. When using Cedric Juniper, my opponent asks for the height of a Pokemon in play on the field. Is it legal for him to cover that card up?
A. Nope. (Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Colress   

Q. If my opponent has no cards in their hand, and I only have 1 Colress in my hand, and neither player has any Benched Pokemon, am I allowed to play Colress or not?
A. Yes, you can. Both players would shuffle their "hand of zero cards" into their deck and draw nothing. (Mar 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Colress Machine   

Q. If I have four Plasma Energy in play, either on the field and/or in the Discard Pile, can I use Colress Machine to search through my deck, find nothing, and shuffle my deck?
A. Yes you could use Colress Machine, because the game does not deduce the contents of a deck based on public knowledge such as the discard pile or cards in play. (Feb 28, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Computer Search    (Base Set; Boundaries Crossed)

Q. Can you use Computer Search and fail to find a card in your deck?
A. No, you cannot. When searching for a Pokemon, Trainer, or other particular type of card you can voluntarily fail the search because the contents of the deck are unknown; but when searching for "a card" of any kind the game can tell whether there are cards in the deck and you must take one if instructed to do so. Although the contents of the deck are unknown, the quantity of cards in the deck is known. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Copycat    (Call of Legends; HeartGold SoulSilver; Dragon Frontiers; Others)

Q. Can I use the Supporter "Copycat" when my opponent has no cards in his or her hand?
A. Yes, you can. Shuffle your hand into your deck, but don't draw any cards. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I play the Supporter "Copycat" when it's the only card in my hand?
A. Yes, you can. Shuffle your deck, then draw cards equal to the number of cards in your opponent's hand. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Cover Fossil   

Q. Can you use Cover Fossil or Plume Fossil if your Bench is full?
A. No, since your Bench is full you cannot play Cover Fossil or Plume Fossil. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)

Crystal Wall   

Q. If Crystal Wall is attached to Black Kyurem-EX, can anything raise its maximum HP beyond 300 (ike if it were somehow made Colorless and Aspertia City Gym is in play)?
A. Crystal Wall essentially replaces Black Kyurem-EX's printed HP with 300, and anything to add or reduce HP would work accordingly. (Boundaries Crossed FAQ; Nov 8, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Defender    (Undaunted; Base)

* The wording of Defender is now as follows, "Attach Defender to 1 of your Pokémon. Discard this card at the end of your opponent’s next turn. Any damage done to the Pokémon Defender is attached to by attacks is reduced by 20 (after applying Weakness and Resistance)." Defender now protects against all attacks, even ones not made by the opponent. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Devolution Spray    (Base)

Q. Can I use two Devolution Sprays on the same Pokemon in the same turn, to devolve from a Stage 2 to Stage 1 and then to Basic?
A. Yes, you can. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can you evolve a Pokemon then use Devolution Spray on it during the same turn?
A. Yes, you can. (Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy on a Pokemon that was devolved on that same turn (i.e. Devolution Spray, Hyper Devolution Spray, etc.)?
A. No, you cannot. A Pokemon must be in play since the beginning of the turn in which you are using Rare Candy. A devolved Pokemon counts as just coming into play. (Jun 3, 2004 PUI Rules Team; Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you use Devolution Spray or Golurk's "Devolution Punch" attack against a Mega Pokemon, and if so what happens to the Mega Pokemon?
A. Mega Pokemon are evolved Pokemon, so the Mega Pokemon card is removed, but the underlying Pokemon and all other cards attached stay in play (unless the Pokemon is KO'd, of course). (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Dowsing Machine   

Q. Can I use Dowsing Machine, discarding something + 1 Item card to get that 1 Item card back into my hand?
A. No, you cannot return cards to your hand that you used to pay this card's cost. (Plasma Storm FAQ; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Dual Ball    (Call of Legends; Unleashed; Crystal Guardians; Others)

Q. If I flip two heads with "Dual Ball" can I choose both halves of a LEGEND Pokemon?
A. No, because LEGEND are not Basic Pokemon, you cannot choose them with Dual Ball. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

ENERGIE - RÜCKGEWINNUNG   

Q. In Germany we have two different Trainer Cards with the same translation for the name. Both Energy Retrieval and Energy Returner are called "Energie - Rückgewinnung". How would this be handled in a Decklist? Can I have 4 of both?
A. In Japanese and English those are two different cards with completely different actions. You may have up to 4 of each in your deck, but on the decklist you should list them on separate lines and include the set and card number on each line for clarity. (Sep 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Energy Exchanger    (Undaunted)

Q. Can I use Energy Exchanger to trade a Basic Energy for a Special Energy card?
A. Yes, the Trainer does not restrict its effect to only Basic Energy cards. (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Energy Retrieval    (Black and White; Legendary Collection; Base)

Q. In Germany we have two different Trainer Cards with the same translation for the name. Both Energy Retrieval and Energy Returner are called "Energie - Rückgewinnung". How would this be handled in a Decklist? Can I have 4 of both?
A. In Japanese and English those are two different cards with completely different actions. You may have up to 4 of each in your deck, but on the decklist you should list them on separate lines and include the set and card number on each line for clarity. (Sep 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Energy Returner    (Unleashed)

Q. If I have less than 4 energy cards in my discard pile, can I play "Energy Returner"?
A. Only if you have at least one energy in your discard. If you have less than 4 energy, return all of them to your deck. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. In Germany we have two different Trainer Cards with the same translation for the name. Both Energy Retrieval and Energy Returner are called "Energie - Rückgewinnung". How would this be handled in a Decklist? Can I have 4 of both?
A. In Japanese and English those are two different cards with completely different actions. You may have up to 4 of each in your deck, but on the decklist you should list them on separate lines and include the set and card number on each line for clarity. (Sep 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Energy Search    (Black and White; Majestic Dawn; DP Trainer Kit 1 (Gold); Others)

Q. If you use an Energy Search and don't find any Basic Energy, do you still discard the Energy Search?
A. Yes, you would still discard it. (Jan 15, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If you use an Energy Search and don't find any Basic Energy, can you then play another Energy Search even though you know it will fail?
A. Yes, you can search for energy cards even if you know you won't find them. They exist as legal cards, therefore they can be searched for. (Jan 15, 2004 PUI Rules Team; Jan 22, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Engineer's Adjustments    (Unleashed)

Q. If I don't discard an energy, can I play "Engineer's Adjustments"?
A. No. You must be able to discard an energy to play the card. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Eviolite   

Q. If Eviolite if attached to Zekrom, would its "Bolt Strike" attack do 40 or 20 damage to itself?
A. Eviolite reduces any damage done to the Basic Pokemon by attacks from either player. So Bolt Strike's self-damage would also be reduced by -20. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. When I put Shedinja onto my bench using Ninjask's "Cast-off Shell" Ability, can Eviolite help protect it from damage?
A. No, because Shedinja is not a "Basic Pokemon"; it is an unevolved Stage-1 Pokemon. (Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Evosoda    (XY)

Q. If a Basic Pokemon was put into play last turn, can I use Evosoda on it twice to bring it all the way to a Stage 2?
A. No, you cannot. When you evolve a Pokemon it is a new Pokemon, and since it was put into play this turn you cannot use Evosoda on it until next turn. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Evosoda to search for a Mega Pokemon?
A. As long as it evolves from the Pokemon you choose, yes. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Evosoda on a Caterpie the first turn of the game or the turn that Caterpie is played since "Adaptive Evolution" says it can evolve in those cases?
A. No, you can't use Evosoda to evolve in either of those conditions because the text on Evosoda specifically prevents it. (May 29, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

First Ticket   

Q. With the rule change effective November 8, 2013 about performing the coin flip before each player draws their starting hand, how does First Ticket work now?
A. You can still use First Ticket in your deck, but it essentially becomes ineffective since the coin flip has already taken place before the point when First Ticket can be played. (Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Fisherman    (HeartGold SoulSilver; Skyridge)

Q. When I use the Supporter "Fisherman," can I put less than 4 Basic Energy cards from my discard pile into my hand?
A. If you have 4 or more Basic Energy cards in the discard pile you must put exactly 4 of them into your hand. But if there are less than 4 Basic Energy cards in the discard pile, you must take them all. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Flower Shop Lady    (Undaunted)

Q. When using "Flower Shop Lady", do I have to put all 3 Pokemon and all 3 Basic Energy cards into my deck, or can I choose to return only 1 or 2 (or none) of each?
A. You must return all three of each if you are able to (or as many as you can if you have less than three). The card does not say "up to 3". (HS:Undaunted FAQ; Sep 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Frozen City   

Q. How does the stadium card Frozen City interact when a player attaches Double Colorless Energy to a non-Team Plasma Pokemon?
A. You only place 2 damage counters because there was just one attachment, even though the attachment provided multiple energies. (May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

G Booster    (Plasma Storm)

Q. Would Genesect EX be able to attack with "G-Booster" if the Defending Pokemon has Silver Mirror attached?
A. G Booster gets through because it ignores all effects on the Defending Pokemon, including Silver Mirror. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Does Deoxys EX's "Power Connect" Ability add to damage done from G Booster?
A. Yes, the attacks of any Team Plasma Pokemon get the added bonus, including attacks from attached Tools. (May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Ghetsis   

Q. What happens if you play Ghetsis but your opponent does not have any Item cards in their hand?
A. Your opponent shuffles their deck (even though they did not put any cards into it) and you do not get to draw any additional cards. (Jun 20, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Good Rod    (Unleashed)

Q. If you have don't have a Pokemon or a Trainer in your discard pile, can you play "Good Rod"?
A. No. You can't play a trainer or supporter if it's public knowledge that it won't have any game effect. If you have at least one Trainer or Pokemon in your discard pile, you can play Good Rod. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Great Ball    (Emerging Powers; Stormfront; Power Keepers; Others)

* The wording of Great Ball is now as follows, "Look at the top 7 cards of your deck. You may reveal a Pokémon you find there and put it into your hand. Shuffle the other cards back into your deck." This card works very differently now; it can no longer search the entire deck for a Pokémon and put it directly onto Bench. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Heavy Ball   

Q. If Skyarrow Bridge is in play, can I still use Heavy Ball to search for a Basic Pokemon with a Retreat Cost of 3?
A. Yes, you can. The Retreat Cost reduction only applies to Basic Pokemon in play, and cards in your deck are not in play. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Heavy Ball to look for a LEGEND Pokemon half?
A. No, you cannot. The Retreat Cost is only printed on one half of the LEGEND Pokemon. If it is printed on both cards, then it is a common attribute for both pieces; but since it is printed on only one half it only applies to the LEGEND Pokemon when both pieces are in play. (Apr 5, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Hugh   

Q. If I have 6 cards in my hand including a Hugh, and my opponent has 5 cards, can I play Hugh or not?
A. No, you cannot. After playing Hugh both players would have exactly 5 cards in their hands, and you cannot play a Trainer card for no effect. (Jan 3, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Hypnotoxic Laser   

Q. If the Defending Pokemon is already Asleep & Poisoned, can you use Hypnotoxic Laser or not?
A. No, you cannot. (Feb 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. If the Defending Pokemon is already Asleep & Poisoned with a condition that places more than one damage counter in between turns, can you use Hypnotoxic Laser to change the number of counters to be placed?
A. Yes, the new single-counter Poison condition replaces the multi-counter Poison condition. (Feb 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Interviewer's Questions    (Call of Legends; Unleashed)

Q. When I use "Interviewer's Questions" and I don't want to choose some or all of the energy I find, do I show those energy cards to my opponent?
A. Show only the energy cards you chose to your opponent. Don't reveal any cards you will shuffle back in. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Iris    (Plasma Blast)

Q. In a prerelease or booster draft tournament where each player starts with only 4 prize cards, will Iris add 20 damage even if no prizes have been taken?
A. No, it does not. Limited format tournaments may start out with fewer prizes than the standard six, but that does not mean those fewer prizes count as being taken. (Plasma Blast FAQ; Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Does the effect of Iris occur when you play it or when you attack?
A. Iris' effect looks at the game state at the time of the attack, not at the time when you play it. (Jan 2, 2014 TPCi Rules Team; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can you use Iris when your opponent has taken no prizes?
A. Yes, because it's possible for your opponent to take a prize during your turn if one of your Pokemon gets KO'd. (Jan 2, 2014 TPCi Rules Team; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Judge    (Unleashed)

Q. What happens if a player has no hand when "Judge" is played?
A. The player shuffles his or her deck and draws 4 cards (or as many cards as possible if the deck contains less than 4 cards). (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Junk Arm    (Triumphant)

Q. Can I use Junk Arm if there aren't any trainer cards already in the Discard Pile?
A. No, you cannot play Junk Arm unless there is at least one Trainer card other than Junk Arm already in the Discard Pile beforehand. (Dec 9, 2010 PUI Rules Team; Jun 16, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. When the Junk Arm trainer says "you can't choose Junk Arm", does it mean any Junk Arm already in the Discard Pile, or just this specific card?
A. It means you can't get any Junk Arm cards from the Discard Pile. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Junk Arm, discarding something + 1 Item card to get that 1 Item card back into my hand?
A. No, you cannot return cards to your hand that you used to pay this card's cost. (Nov 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team; Feb 7, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Legend Box    (Undaunted)

Q. On the part of Legend Box where it talks about "you can play only 1 Pokemon LEGEND in this way", is that just for the play of the card, or for the entire game?
A. It only lasts for as long as the Trainer is being used. It just means that if you reveal two or more complete Pokemon LEGENDs that you can only put one of them onto your bench for that trainer card played. (Sep 23, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Lost World    (Call of Legends)

Q. If my opponent has 6 or more Pokemon cards in his or her Lost Zone after my Pokemon uses its attack, but prior to the start of my opponent's turn, can I declare myself the winner with the effect of the "Lost World" Stadium?
A. No, you can't. You can only declare victory with the effect of Lost World prior to your Pokemon using an attack. Once you begin your attack, you cannot use Lost World's effect. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Let's say I have no cards left in my deck when my opponent's turn ends, the "Lost World" Stadium is in play and my opponent has 6 Pokemon cards in the Lost Zone. Can I declare myself the winner at the beginning of my turn, before drawing a card from my deck?
A. No you can't. You can only declare yourself the winner with the effect of Lost World during your turn, but since you can't draw a card from your Deck you cannot start your turn, and therefore you lose. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If a Stage 2 Pokemon or Leveled Up Pokemon is put in the Lost Zone, does that count as one Pokemon towards the 6 Pokemon needed for a player to declare themselves a winner when "Lost World" is in play?
A. No. Each Pokemon card counts toward the 6, including Basic, Stage 1, Stage 2, and Level Up Pokemon cards. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Do the individual pieces of LEGEND Pokemon count toward the 6 Pokemon needed for a player to declare themselves a winner when "Lost World" is in play?
A. Yes, each LEGEND Pokemon card counts as one Pokemon toward the requirement. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If an Unown-Q is put into the Lost Zone while it is attached to a Pokemon as a Tool, would it count toward the 6 Pokemon needed for a player to declare themselves a winner when "Lost World" is in play?
A. Yes. Once it is no longer in play, it reverts to being a Pokemon card again. (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Lysandre    (Flashfire)

Q. When playing Lysandre, who chooses which of the opponent's Benched Pokemon get brought forward?
A. The card says "Switch one of your opponent's Benched Pokemon..." so the person playing Lysandre gets to choose. (Flashfire FAQ; May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Max Potion    (Emerging Powers)

Q. Can you use Max Potion to heal a Pokemon that doesn't have any energy attached to it?
A. Yes, you can. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you use Max Potion on a Pokemon with Energies attached but no damage on it?
A. No, you cannot. If you don't have any damage, you cannot use Max Potion on that Pokemon. (Feb 16, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Max Revive    (XY)

Q. When using Max Revive, if I choose Blastoise can I put Wartortle & Squirtle into my deck too?
A. No, you only get to choose one Pokemon card, not an entire evolution line. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Moomoo Milk    (HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. Do I need to have a current version of "Moomoo Milk" outside my deck if I'm playing the older versions of the card in Modified Format?
A. Technically speaking the "Heart Gold/Soul Silver" version is a different card and it does not do the same thing as the older versions used to (it removes more damage counters now). So you cannot play "Moo-Moo Milk" from "Neo Genesis" nor "Expedition" in the current 2009-2010 Modified Format. (Feb 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Plume Fossil   

Q. Can you use Cover Fossil or Plume Fossil if your Bench is full?
A. No, since your Bench is full you cannot play Cover Fossil or Plume Fossil. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)

PlusPower    (Black and White; Unleashed; Platinum; Others)

* The wording of PlusPower is now as follows, "During this turn, your Pokémon's attacks do 10 more damage to the Active Pokémon (before applying Weakness and Resistance)." This card no longer attaches to a Pokémon when used. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you [play] more than one PlusPower[?] 2,3,4?
A. Well you can have up to 4 in your deck, so if you had all 4 in your hand you could use them all at once yes. (May 18, 2000 WotC Chat, Q157)

Q. Can I play a PlusPower then a Gambler, and play another PlusPower I got from the Gambler?
A. Yes, you can. (Feb 24 WotC Chat)

Q. If you use a PlusPower on a attack that does 0 damage, will it do 10 damage? Like for example, Kangaskhan's Fetch will it do 10 damage with a PlusPower?
A. No, PlusPower will only add 10, *if* damage is done. Fetch doesn't do damage. (June 1, 2000 WotC Chat, Q30)

Q. Does a PlusPower work with Hitmonlee's Stretch Kick attack?
A. It does not. Pluspower only adds to the total if the attack does damage to the [Active] Pokémon only. (May 11, 2000 WotC Chat, Q87)

Poke Ball    (Black and White; HeartGold SoulSilver; Platinum; Others)

Q. Can I use cards that search for a Pokemon, like "Bebe's Search" or "Poke Ball" to get a Pokemon LEGEND card from my deck?
A. Any effect that lets you search your deck or discard pile or do something from your hand with "a Pokemon" will let you use that effect on one half of a Pokemon LEGEND set, but not both halves. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Pokemon Catcher    (Emerging Powers)

* The wording of Pokemon Catcher is now as follows, "Flip a coin. If heads, switch 1 of your opponent's Benched Pokemon with his or her Active Pokemon." This card now requires a coin flip; making it functionally identical to Pokémon Reversal. (Oct 1, 2013 TPCi Announcements; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. When using Pokemon Catcher, who chooses which of the opponent's Benched Pokemon to bring Active?
A. The person playing Pokemon Catcher gets to choose the Benched Pokemon. (BW:Emerging Powers FAQ; Sep 1, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Pokemon Center    (WoTC Promo; Base)

Q. If I have Bronzong with the "Heal Block" Ability in play, can Pokemon Center stadium be used to heal any Pokemon in play?
A. No, you may not. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Pokemon Circulator    (Unleashed)

Q. Can I play "Pokemon Circulator" if my opponent doesn't have any benched Pokemon?
A. Since Pokemon Circulator requires your opponent to switch with a benched Pokemon, you can't play it unless your opponent has a Pokemon on the bench. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Pokemon Collector    (HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. Can I use "Pokemon Collector" to choose Pokemon LEGEND cards as part of the 3 Basic Pokemon I search for in my deck?
A. No, because Pokemon Collector only lets you choose Basic Pokemon. Pokemon LEGEND are considered "Unevolved Pokemon" when in play, but they are not considered "Basic Pokemon". (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Pokemon Communication    (Black and White; HeartGold SoulSilver)

Q. If I use Pokemon Communication to put a Pokemon into my deck, am I allowed to voluntarily fail and choose to take no Pokemon out of my deck?
A. The contents of your deck is not public knowledge so the deck search can fail, even if you've just put a Pokemon into the deck. (Feb 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Potion    (Black and White; Stormfront; DP Trainer Kit 1 (Gold); Others)

* The wording of Potion now heals 30 damage from 1 of your Pokémon instead of 20 damage. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Professor Elm's Training Method    (Call of Legends; HeartGold SoulSilver; Dragon Frontiers; Others)

Q. Can I use Professor Elm's Training Method if there are zero cards left in my deck?
A. No, you cannot search through your deck if there's nothing there to search. If there are cards in the deck you can fail to find a Pokemon because you don't know what may be in a deck, but since you do know whether there are ANY cards or not you cannot search through an empty deck. (Sep 22, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Professor Juniper    (Black and White)

* While there are no functional changes to these cards [Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore], you may not include both of them in your deck. That is, you may have up to 4 copies of Professor Juniper or up to 4 copies of Professor Sycamore - but if you have any Professor Juniper cards in your deck, you may not put any Professor Sycamore cards in your deck, and vice versa. (Oct 1, 2013 TPCi Announcements; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I play Professor Juniper if it is the only card in my hand, and then draw 7 cards?
A. Yes, you basically discard your remaining hand of zero cards, then you draw 7 cards from your deck. (Black & White FAQ; Apr 28, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Professor Sycamore    (X/Y)

* While there are no functional changes to these cards [Professor Juniper and Professor Sycamore], you may not include both of them in your deck. That is, you may have up to 4 copies of Professor Juniper or up to 4 copies of Professor Sycamore - but if you have any Professor Juniper cards in your deck, you may not put any Professor Sycamore cards in your deck, and vice versa. (Oct 1, 2013 TPCi Announcements; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Quick Ball    (Majestic Dawn; DP Trainer Kit 1 (Gold); Mysterious Treasures)

Q. If I use Quick Ball and the very first card revealed is a Pokemon, do I still have to shuffle my deck?
A. Yes, you must shuffle your deck regardless of how many cards were revealed for Quick Ball. (Oct 25, 2007 PUI Rules Team; Sep 13, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Random Receiver   

Q. If I use Random Receiver and the very first card revealed is a Supporter, do I still have to shuffle my deck?
A. Yes, you must shuffle your deck regardless of how many cards were revealed for Random Receiver. (Sep 13, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Where do I put the Supporter card revealed with Random Receiver?
A. Read the Random Receiver card and you'll see it goes from the revealed cards into your hand before you shuffle. You do not put the card aside face up on the field nor shuffle before putting it into your hand. This applies to other cards that use the "reveal... put it in your hand... shuffle" template like Ultra Ball, etc. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Rare Candy    (Unleashed; OP Series 8; Great Encounters; Others)

* The wording of Rare Candy is now as follows, "Choose 1 of your Basic Pokémon in play. If you have a Stage 2 card in your hand that evolves from that Pokémon, put that card on the Basic Pokémon. (This counts as evolving that Pokémon.) You can't use this card during your first turn or on a Basic Pokémon that was put into play this turn." So now it can't be used on your first turn, and it can't be used on a Pokémon played this turn. (Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Could you Rare Candy a Pokémon and NOT play an evolution on it just to get rid of the Rare Candy?
A. No, you cannot discard a card for free. You must be able to attach the Stage 2 card, or you cannot use the Rare Candy. (Oct 30, 2003 PUI Rules Team; Dec 4, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy on [my] first turn of a game (when Pokémon are not normally allowed to evolve)?
A. No, this is no longer permissible [per BW rules changes]. (Jul 22, 2004 PUI Rules Team; Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy on a Pokémon's first turn in play? For example, can I place down a Wurmple and then use Rare Candy on the same turn to evolve it into Dustox or Beautifly?
A. No, this is no longer permissible [per BW rules changes]. (Sep 11, 2003 PUI Rules Team; Jul 22, 2004 PUI Rules Team; Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy on a Pokémon that has already evolved normally that turn?
A. No you cannot, because Rare Candy can only evolve Basic Pokémon If you evolved a Pokémon already this turn, it would not be a Basic any more. (Oct 23, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy on a Pokémon that was devolved on that same turn (i.e. Devolution Spray, Hyper Devolution Spray, etc.)?
A. No, you cannot. A Pokemon must be in play since the beginning of the turn in which you are using Rare Candy. A devolved Pokemon counts as just coming into play. (Jun 3, 2004 PUI Rules Team; Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Does Rare Candy override evolution-preventing effects such as Fossil Aerodactyl's "Prehistoric Power"?
A. Yes, you can use Rare Candy when Aerodactyl's Prehistoric Power is in play. (Sep 18, 2003 PUI Rules Team; Jul 22, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Does Rare Candy override evolution-preventing effects such as Archeops' "Ancient Power" Ability?
A. Ancient Power does not allow you to use a Pokemon's attack or play a Trainer card to evolve your Benched or Active Pokemon, unless the Evolution card you would be putting into play comes from somewhere other than your hand. So Rare Candy cannot be used while Archeops' Ancient Power Ability is in effect. (Noble Victories FAQ; Nov 17, 2011 PUI Rules Team; Nov 21, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If you use Rare Candy to evolve a Pokémon, and the evo card has a "Coming into Play" Pokémon Power (such as Dark Crobat), does that coming into play power get activated?
A. Using Powers, Attacks, or Trainers that let you put a Pokémon in the game from your hand will allow coming into play Powers to activate. This is a reversal from previous rulings. (Oct 23, 2003 PUI Rules Team; Apr 14, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I play Rare Candy on a Basic Pokémon to evolve it into a Stage 1 even though that Pokémon could evolve that turn normally?
A. No, this is no longer permissible [per BW rules changes]. (Jan 5, 2006 PUI Rules Team; Apr 11, 2011 TPCi Announcements; May 5, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If the Broken Time-Space stadium is in play, can I use Rare Candy on a Basic Pokemon that just came into play this turn?
A. No, the wording of Rare Candy specifically says "you can't use this card during your first turn or on a Basic Pokémon that was put into play this turn". Broken Time-Space does not allow you to override that. (Jun 9, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What does "This counts as evolving that Pokémon" mean, in game terms?
A. It counts towards the one evolution per turn for that Pokémon (with exceptions for Trainers and Pokémon Powers that break that rule) and removes Special Conditions on that Pokémon. (Sep 26, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you use Rare Candy to evolve a Mysterious Fossil into an Omastar or Kabutops, or use it on a Root/Claw Fossil to evolve into Cradily/Armaldo?
A. It can. It counts as a basic Pokémon while in play. Omastar, Kabutops, Cradily, and Armaldo are Stage 2 Pokémon; you could use Rare Candy on the Fossil trainer to skip to them. (Oct 16, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Rare Candy to evolve from Dome Fossil to one of the Kabutops from older expansions that evolve from Mysterious Fossil?
A. Since Kabutops can evolve from Kabuto of any expansion, you may use Rare Candy to evolve either Dome Fossil or Mysterious Fossil into any Kabutops, regardless of expansion. (May 22, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I evolve Dratini in play to Dark Dragonite by using Rare Candy?
A. Yes. [This is true as long as there is a normal evolutionary path between the basic and the Stage 2 "Dark" Pokémon.] (Feb 10, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Recycle    (Emerging Powers; Fossil)

Q. My opponent used a Recycle but I didn't see the card they put on top of their deck. Do they have to show it to me even though it does not say that on the card any longer?
A. Yes, even when it is not printed on the card, you must still clearly indicate which card you are moving because your Discard Pile is open to all players. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)

Rescue Scarf   

Q. If an evolved Pokemon is Knocked Out with Rescue Scarf attached to it, do you get to put all of the evolution stage cards and Basic Pokemon card back into your hand, or just the highest stage Evolution card?
A. All of them go to back into your hand. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Research Record    (Call of Legends)

Q. Can I place all 4 cards that I looked at with the Trainer card "Research Record" at the bottom of my deck? Or can I place all 4 cards on top of my deck?
A. Yes, you can put as many of the four cards on the top or on the bottom any way you like (except face-up). (Call of Legends FAQ; Feb 10, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Rock Guard    (Plasma Freeze)

Q. Ninjask's "Night Slash" attack has an effect where it may switch with a Benched Pokemon. If it switches, would the Defending Pokemon's Rock Guard effect take place on Ninjask or on the new Pokemon?
A. Rock Guard references putting counters on "the Attacking Pokemon", so Ninjask would still take the damage counters even if it goes to the Bench. (Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Rocky Helmet   

Q. If Rocky Helmet is attached to a Pokemon with an effect such as Donphan's "Exoskeleton" Poke-BODY or a Defender attached, will an attack that normally deals 20 or less damage trigger the effects of Rocky Helmet or not?
A. If the net effect of the attack results in zero damage done to the Defending Pokemon, Rocky Helmet does not trigger. (Dec 15, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Cinccino with the "Smooth Coat" ability also has "Rocky Helmet" attached to it, can I choose to activate Rocky Helmet first, and then flip for Smooth Coat?
A. You would need to know whether Cinccino takes damage or not in order for Rocky Helmet to work, so in this scenario you would have to flip for Smooth Coat first. (Mar 15, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Seeker    (Triumphant)

Q. Can I use Seeker if either player has no Benched Pokemon, or do both players need to have at least one Pokemon on the Bench?
A. If there's a Pokemon on either player's Bench, Seeker can be used. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Silver Bangle    (Plasma Blast)

Q. Can I attach Silver Bangle or Silver Mirror to a Pokemon-EX?
A. Yes you can, but it won't do anything other than count as an attached tool. (Plasma Blast FAQ; Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Silver Mirror    (Plasma Blast)

Q. Can I attach Silver Bangle or Silver Mirror to a Pokemon-EX?
A. Yes you can, but it won't do anything other than count as an attached tool. (Plasma Blast FAQ; Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Would Genesect EX be able to attack with "G-Booster" if the Defending Pokemon has Silver Mirror attached?
A. G Booster gets through because it ignores all effects on the Defending Pokemon, including Silver Mirror. (Aug 15, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Say you have Silver Mirror attached to one of your non-EX Pokemon, and it is the only remaining Pokemon. If your opponent's Beheeyem tries to attack with "Damakinesis", the six damage counters obviously don't get moved to the Pokemon with Silver Mirror since Beheeyem is a Team Plasma Pokemon; but do the damage counters get removed and then discarded, or do they not move at all?
A. The non-EX Pokemon with Silver Mirror attached is a valid target for the choice of where to move the damage counters to, but since Silver Mirror prevents all effects of attacks done by Team Plasma Pokemon the damage counters would be discarded rather than attached to the Defending Pokemon. (Sep 26, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. What happens to the opponent's Energy if I use Krookodile's "Piston Headbutt" attack, but my opponent's Pokemon has Silver Mirror attached to it?
A. If Silver Mirror is attached to the Defending Pokemon and it is not a Pokemon-EX you cannot move an Energy off of it. If the Defending Pokemon does not have Silver Mirror attached, a Benched non-EX Pokemon with Silver Mirror is a valid target for the choice of where to move the Energy to, but since Silver Mirror prevents all effects of attacks done by Team Plasma Pokemon the Energy would be discarded rather than attached to the Benched Pokemon. (Oct 9, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Skyarrow Bridge   

Q. If Skyarrow Bridge is in play, can I still use Heavy Ball to search for a Basic Pokemon with a Retreat Cost of 3?
A. Yes, you can. The Retreat Cost reduction only applies to Basic Pokemon in play, and cards in your deck are not in play. (Next Destinies FAQ; Feb 9, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Skyla   

Q. Since Skyla says "Search your deck for a Trainer card", does this allow me to search for any kind of Trainer including Supporters, and Stadiums?
A. Yes, it does. The current definition of "Trainers" includes Items, Supporters, and Staduims. (Boundaries Crossed FAQ; Nov 8, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Super Potion    (XY)

Q. What happens if you play Super Potion for a Pokemon that doesn't have any energy cards attached to it?
A. You still remove 60 damage (or as much as you can), but that's all. (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Superior Energy Retrieval   

Q. If I already have four Fire Energy cards in my Discard Pile, can I use Superior Energy Retrieval to discard two Fire Energy cards from my hand and retrieve the other four from my Discard Pile?
A. Yes, you may retrieve the other four. The restriction is you cannot return any of the cards to your hand that you used to pay this card's cost. (Plasma Freeze FAQ; May 16, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Switch    (Black and White; HeartGold SoulSilver; Stormfront; Others)

Q. Can the Switch card be used to retreat a Paralyzed, Confused, or Sleeping Pokémon?
A. Yes, you can use a Switch card to retreat a Confused, Asleep or Paralyzed Pokémon. (Feb 3, 2000 WotC Chat)

Q. The new modified rules state you may only retreat once per turn. If you use a trainer to Switch your Pokémon, can you still retreat that Pokémon? Or does the Switch count as your one retreat per turn?
A. Switch does not count as your one retreat per turn. If it did affect it, I would imagine it being written as "(This counts as retreating your Pokémon)". (Jun 3, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Twins    (Triumphant)

Q. Do I have to choose 2 cards when I play Twins and search my deck?
A. Yes, since the card says "any 2 cards" and not "up to 2 cards". And if you only have 1 card remaining in your deck, you must take that card. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Virbank City Gym   

Q. If a Pokemon has a poison condition that places more than one damage counter per turn, like from Crobat's "Ultra-Toxic Fang" attack, does Virbank City Gym work or not?
A. Yes, it works. You place 4 damage counters for Crobat's "Ultra-Toxic Fang", then you place 2 more for Virbank City Gym making a total of 6 counters placed. (Feb 28, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)


Energy

Official Rulings on Energy Cards  (top)

* Energy Cards In General   

Q. Can I attach Energy cards to Benched Pokémon?
A. Yes. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. Can I lay a Double Colorless Energy and another Energy down on the same turn?
A. No, you can only attach 1 Energy card per turn. (2-10-00 & 6-30-00 WotC Chats)

Q. Do you have to add Energy to a Pokémon and attack with your active Pokémon if you have Energies in your hand?
A. No, you don't have to. (Feb 17, 2000 WotC Chat)

Q. Can players mark the energies in their deck by turning them all upside-down?
A. No, all cards should be facing the same way. (August 17, 2000 WotC Chat Q81)
  • A Special Energy Card remains a Special Energy card regardless of what happens to it. A Fire Burned Rainbow Energy may only produce Fire energy but it would still be considered a Special Energy card as well.(Feb 14, 2002 WotC Chat, Q18)
  • If a card gives off Energy of any type then that card COUNTS as an Energy card of that type. This means a Buzzap'd Electrode that was chosen to give 2 Grass Energy COUNTS as a Grass Energy Card and can be Energy Transferred by Venusaur's Pokémon Power. (Mar 30 WotC Chat)
  • Any card that provides Energy is considered an Energy card of the type it provides. So if you were to Energy Burn a DCE, it counts as a Fire Energy card that provides 2 fire Energy until the end of the turn. So it could be Gathered by Team Rocket Charmander but would only provide 1 coin flip for the Continuous Fireball attack on Dark Charizard. (Jul 6, 2000 WotC Chat Announcements)
  • The [default or normal] amount of energy an Energy card provides is equal to the number of energy symbols in the upper right or left corner of the card, regardless of how many different types of energy is provided. (Apr 8, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Blend Energy   

Q. Can I have 4 Blend Energy {G}{R}{P}{D} and 4 Blend Energy {W}{L}{F}{M} in my deck?
A. Yes, you can. The symbols {W}{L}{F}{M} and {G}{R}{P}{D} are part of the name of the card, so they are counted as different cards. (Dragons Exalted FAQ; Aug 23, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Darkness Energy (Special)   

Q. The wording on Darkness Energy from the EX:Ruby/Sapphire expansion says, "if the Pokémon Darkness Energy is attached to attacks, the attack does 10 more damage to the Active Pokémon" Does this mean that you get to add +10 even if an attack does no damage at all to the Defending Pokémon (i.e. EX:Sandstorm Murkrow's "Surprise" attack)?
A. No, it still applies only if there was initial damage to add to. So in other words, you still have to do some damage in order to have "10 more" done. (Sep 18, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Metal Energy (Special)   

Q. Does special Metal Energy reduce damage done to me from attacks by my own Pokemon?
A. Yes, as long as it is attached to a metal type Pokemon. But keep in mind that Metal Energy does NOT prevent the "placing of damage counters" (not same as "damage done"). (Sep 11, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Rainbow Energy    (Porygon-Z - Triumphant; Rainbow Energy - HeartGold SoulSilver; Rainbow Energy - Platinum; Others)

Q. Can you have more then 4-rainbow energies since it changes into a basic energy?
A. No, since it's not a basic energy you can only use 4 in a deck. (April 13, 2000 WotC Chat Q124)

Q. If an attack says to discard a specific type of energy card to use that attack, can a Rainbow Energy be used to pay that cost? There a few new cards that that would be important to based on the wordings.
A. Yes, you can. (Oct 11, 2001 WotC Chat, Q30)

Q. If I have an attack that says to discard a Fire Energy and a Water Energy, may I discard a single Rainbow Energy card or Multi Energy card to satisfy that requirement?
A. No, even though Rainbow and Multi provide all energy types simultaneously, they only provide one unit of energy. You can discard it for either the Fire or the Water, but you would still need to discard at least one additional card of the required type. (Dec 11, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Mewtwo "Energy Absorbs" a Rainbow Energy and then Venusaur "Energy Trans" it, does the receiving Pokémon take damage?
A. Nope, it only does [places] the damage [counter] when you play the card from your hand. (June 22, 2000 WotC Chat, Q72)

Q. Can you Energy Trans a Rainbow Energy?
A. Sure. (June 22, 2000 WotC Chat, Q228)

Q. Can you Rain Dance Rainbow Energy?
A. No. Because it does not count as any type while in your hand. (June 22, 2000 WotC Chat, Q247)

Q. Can movie promo Pikachu use Recharge to get a Rainbow Energy from the deck, or does it have to be a basic Electric Energy card?
A. That would not work. Rainbow Energy only counts as all-basic energy types WHILE IN PLAY. This is not the case when it is in the deck. (April 27, 2000 WotC Chat Q6)

Q. If I have two Rainbow energy attached to a Dark Charizard and I flip two heads, can I discard the Rainbow Energy or do I have to have Fire Energy cards?
A. You could discard the Rainbow Energy as they do count as all basic energy types. (June 22, 2000 WotC Chat, Q227)

Q. When Neo comes out, will Rainbow Energy count as Darkness and Metal energy???
A. For the purposes of paying the cost of an attack, yes. Though the additional effects will not be provided. (Nov 9, 2000 WotC Chat, Q669)

Rescue Energy    (Rescue Energy - Triumphant)

Q. If an evolved Pokemon is Knocked Out with Rescue Energy attached to it, do you get to put all of the evolution stage cards and Basic Pokemon card back into your hand, or just the highest stage Evolution card?
A. All of them go to back into your hand. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What happens if a Pokemon with Rescue Energy attached is Knocked Out by an attack that normally sends cards to the Lost Zone?
A. The order of resolution for the effects can be decided by the owner of the Pokemon with Rescue Energy attached to it. So the Pokemon can either go to the Lost Zone and stay there, or use Rescue Energy to return the Pokemon to your hand. Any other cards such as Energy, Tools, etc. would still go to the Lost Zone if the attack specifies. (HS:Triumphant FAQ; Nov 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I choose to put the Pokemon Rescue Energy is attached to in my Discard pile instead of back to my hand?
A. No, Rescue Energy states that you have to put all Pokemon cards back into your hand when it's KO'd by damage from an attack. (Sep 29, 2011 PUI Rules Team)


Gameplay

Official rulings on General Gameplay  (top)

Bench   

Q. Dark Dragonite's Pokémon Power does not have the "you cannot use this Power if your bench is already full" text like most other Bench-building powers and attacks do. Does this mean that by using Dark Dragonite you can bypass the normal five-Pokémon limit to your bench?
A. C'mon. That's silly. There isn't room to put the reminder text on every single card. The rule is the bench can only have 5 max (EVER). (April 27, 2000 WotC Chat Q43)
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Cards in General   

Q. Are Promos legal in tourney and league play?
A. Promo cards are legal in tourney and league play [As long as they have been released in the local area]. (Jan 27 WotC Chat)

Q. When the text for a previously released card changes in a new set, how are the older cards played?
A. You will need to start using the new text as soon as the set is released. (Sep 5, 2002 WotC Chat, Q185)

Q. What is a marked card?
A. A card that you can tell what it is by a glance (without seeing the front). It might have a different back, be scratched or written on in some way, be more worn out than the other cards, etc." (Aug 3 2000 WotC Chat, Q186)

Q. Can people have more then one card in a sleeve, I have caught people trying to cheat this way. Will you get DQ'ed for it ?
A. Having 2 cards in a sleeve counts as a marked card. There are rules and punishments for this infraction listed on the tournament floor rules. (Jun 14, 2001 WotC Chat, Q72)

Q. What is an opaque card sleeve?
A. An opaque card sleeve is one that has a backing you cannot see through...common opaque [sleeves] are red and/or black (7-27-00 WotC Chat)

Deck   

Q. Can I have say 4 Blaine's Arcanine and four regular Arcanine?
A. In one deck? Sure, they have different names. (Jun 22, 2000 WotC Chat, Q10)

Q. Can I have 4 Deoxys Attack Forme and 4 Deoxys Speed Forme in my deck?
A. Yes, the "Forme" is part of the name, so you can have 4 of each. (Aug 7, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. How many Shellos/Gastrodons of the East Sea or West Sea variety can you have in a deck?
A. You may have four of each. "Shellos East Sea" and "Shellos West Sea" are different Pokemon. (Apr 30, 2009 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Are you allowed to have as many DCE as you want in a deck like normal Energy or only four like any other card?
A. Only 4 maximum, it is NOT a basic Energy card (the only type you can have more than 4 of in your deck). (Jan 27 WotC Chat)

Q. Can you have more than 4 Metal [Special] energy cards in a deck legally?
A. No. [Ed. Note: Same rule applies to Darkness [Special] Energy too.] (Dec 21, 2000 WotC Chat, Q253)

Q. Can I have an English Dark Blastoise on the side while having a water energy with Dark Blastoise written on it in my deck and play it in a tournament?
A. No, you'll have to use the Dark Blastoise. (May 4, 2000 WotC Chat, Q98)

Q. Is it required to have a Basic Pokémon in your deck? For example, could I make a deck with just the fossils and no other Basic Pokémon in it?
A. Starting with EX:Delta Species, there is now a requirement to have at least 1 Basic Pokémon in a deck in order to be considered a legal deck. (Jan 12, 2006 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you have 4 Electabuzz and 4 Electabuzz-EX in the same deck?
A. Yes, you can play 4 Electabuzz and 4 Electabuzz EX in the same deck, as they are considered different cards (similar to the ruling for Trainer Pokémon). (Sep 11, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you have 4 Electivire and 4 Electivire Lv.X in the same deck?
A. No, Lv.X Pokemon are considered the same as other pokemon with the same name. You may only have a maximum of 4 combined in your deck (i.e. 3 Electivire, 1 Electivire Lv.X). (Sep 25, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I put 4 each of the Unown with the "RETURN" Poke-POWER and the Unown with the "FLASH" Poke-POWER in a 60 card deck?
A. No, you can't. In the case of cards like "Unown G" and "Unown R" where the Unown's letter is in its name, they are considered different names, and you can have 4 of each in your deck. When only "Unown" is written these are cards with the same name, so you can only put up to 4 copies of any with that exact name in a 60 card deck. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you mix Team Magma and Team Aqua cards in the same deck?
A. Yes. There is no rule preventing you from playing rival teams in the same deck. The cards generally work better within the same team, but it's up to the player how they build their decks. (Team Magma vs Team Aqua Prerelease FAQ, Q2)

Q. Can a World Championship deck card be used as a local language reference?
A. Yes, it can be used. The card is not being played in a deck, it is being used as a reference. (Feb 3, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Q. I like to keep my deck and discard pile sideways to help me keep them separate from my bench. Is that OK?
A. Your deck must be oriented vertically, to avoid revealing information during handling or cuts. You may turn your discard pile 'sideways', to help you distinguish it from your bench. (Oct 16, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Discard Pile   

* Whenever any cards move from a Zone anyone can see (such as the Discard Pile) to one not anyone can see (such as hour Hand), that card must be revealed to all players. (Dec 1, 2011 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Some players freely examine their own discard pile (or their opponent's) whenever they want. Is this allowed? Or can a discard pile only be examined when you have official business there (like after playing Item Finder).
A. Discard piles are open knowledge (either player could look through them). (April 6, 2000 WotC Chat Q97)

Q. During a game is it legal to count your Discard pile? Is it also legal to count your deck as long as you do not look at the cards front?
A. Sure, though if you do it too often during a timed tournament it could be deemed stalling. (Aug 31, 2000 WotC Chat, Q154)

Q. Can I separate my discard pile in two stacks to make it easier to count energy?
A. No, you have to have a single neatly stacked discard pile. You may sort or turn cards neatly in that pile if it helps the game go more quickly, but they must all be touching. (Oct 16, 2008 PUI Rules Team)

Evolving/Devolving   

Q. How do I evolve a Pokémon?
A. You just play the evolved version of that Pokémon on top of the Pokémon you want to evolve. In other words, you have to have the unevolved version already on the table and the evolved version in your hand, and then you just put the evolved version on top of the unevolved version. You can evolve an Active or a Benched Pokémon. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. You ruled that Team Rocket's Magikarp's Rapid Evolution can be used the turn those Pokémon come into play [Ed.Note: see also "Rapid Evolution" (Jul 13, 2000 WotC Chat Announcements)]. Does that mean that if I had played TR Magikarp down on the first turn of the game, I could evolve him (I know that this is not possible, i.e., I cannot get 3 [W] Energy on Magikarp but if we ignore this limitation) ... would it be possible since Rapid Evolution ignores the normal evolution rule?

A. Yes, *if* you could get three water energy on Team Rocket Magikarp. (Jul 20, 2000 WotC Chat, Q141)

  • Certain attacks & powers (like Erika's Clefairy's Lunar Power attack, Koga's Kakuna's Emerge Pokémon Power, or TR Magikarp's Rapid Evolution attack), can break the standard "can't evolve turn 1 or the turn it was played" rule. You CAN play them on the first turn and you can sometimes even choose a Pokémon on your Bench that you just played this turn. To make it easier to understand, the standard evolution rules ("can't evolve turn 1 or the turn it was played") deal with the standard means of evolving; meaning taking the next Stage Pokémon from your hand and placing it on a Pokémon. Since these attacks and powers have you take a card from your deck and place it, they are NOT stopped by the standard evolution limits. This also falls under the term "played". Aerodactyl's Pokémon Power "Prehistoric Power" says No more Evolution cards can be played. The above attacks and powers would NOT be affected by this as those cards are not "played" (meaning played from your hand). (Nov 30, 2000 WotC Chat Announcements)
  • Dark Pokémon evolve from Basic Pokémon. Once you evolve a Basic Pokémon into a Dark Stage 1 Pokémon, it CANNOT evolve into a non-Dark Stage 2 Pokémon, only a Dark Stage 2. "Once you walk down the Dark Path, forever will it dominate your destiny" - Yoda the non-Pokémon. (Apr 13 WotC Chat)

Q. Can I still use the abilities of the Basic Pokémon after I've evolved it?
A. No. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. In the Team Rocket set does a Stage 2 Dark Pokémon have to evolve from a Dark Pokémon or can I put it on a plain one?
A. It has to evolve from a Dark Stage 1 Pokémon (unless you use Breeder of course). (May 18, 2000 WotC Chat, Q52)

Q. Can I evolve a Dratini from the rocket set into a Dragonair from the first set of Pokémon?
A. Yes. (May 11, 2000 WotC Chat, Q117)

  • Evolution effects may take place on the first turn of the game, unless specifically stated on the card. This will affect Trainer cards, Poké-Powers, and effects of attacks. In the past, it was ruled that such an effect would have to state "This may be used on the first turn of the game." The correct usage is the card would have to specifically state "This may not be used on the first turn of the game." (Jul 22, 2004 PUI Rules Team; Jul 30, 2004 PUI Rules Update)
  • A guiding rule for evolving Pokémon... If it's not in play at the start of that player's turn, it can't be evolved normally. And effects that say "this counts as evolving the Pokémon" count against being able to evolve a Pokémon normally afterward. So, you can use Wally's Training after evolving normally, but you can't use Wally's Training then evolve. (Oct 30, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What does "This counts as evolving that Pokémon" mean, in game terms?
A. It counts towards the one evolution per turn for that Pokémon (with exceptions for Trainers and Pokémon Powers that break that rule) and removes Special Conditions on that Pokémon. (Sep 26, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Is it possible to evolve Pichu from the "Heart Gold/Soul Silver" expansion into Pikachu or Raichu?
A. No, because Pikachu would need to have "Evolves from Pichu" printed on the card in order to do this. Pichu cards from other sets with the "Baby Evolution" Poke-POWER provide a way to bypass this requirement, but this isn't possible with Pichu from "Heart Gold/Soul Silver". None of the HGSS set's Pokemon with the "Sweet Sleeping Face" Poke-BODY can evolve without a corresponding card that says it evolves from them. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can you use Devolution Spray or Golurk's "Devolution Punch" attack against a Mega Pokemon, and if so what happens to the Mega Pokemon?
A. Mega Pokemon are evolved Pokemon, so the Mega Pokemon card is removed, but the underlying Pokemon and all other cards attached stay in play (unless the Pokemon is KO'd, of course). (XY FAQ; Feb 6, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)

Game Actions   

* If an action is mandatory (e.g., draw a card at the beginning of your turn, take a prize for knocking out a Pokémon, place damage counters for an attack, etc.), and you forget to take that action, you do not need your opponent's permission to do it. However, you should immediately call a judge so that things don't get muddled. (Mar 14, 2007 POP Announcement, POP Professor Forums)

* If an action is *optional* (e.g., playing a Trainer, attaching an Energy, attacking your opponent's Pokémon, etc.), and you forget to take that action, you may ask your opponent for permission to take that action. For example, if you attach a Grass Energy to your Pokémon, and you wanted to attach a Fire Energy, you may ask your opponent's permission to take back the Grass Energy and attach the Fire energy instead. If he or she says no, you're stuck with the Grass Energy. (Mar 14, 2007 POP Announcement, POP Professor Forums)

Hand   

Q. How many cards can I have in my hand?
A. You can have as many cards as you draw. There is no limit to hand size. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. Is there any penalty for accidentally seeing your opponents hand?
A. As long as you both agree it was accidental, then no. (Aug 31, 2000 WotC Chat Q183)

Knock Outs & Prizes   

Q. If I Knock Out my own Pokémon, does my opponent still get to take a Prize?
A. Yes. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. When you Knock Out more than one of your opponent's Pokémon in a turn (i.e. using Selfdestruct or Raichu's Gigashock attack) do you receive a Prize for each Knocked Out enemy Pokémon?
A. Yes you do. And if you knock out some of your own, your opponent gets to draw prizes as well. (Jan 27 WotC Chat)

Q. When both active Pokémon are knocked out, who places a new active first?
A. The player whose turn would be next. (Nov 30, 2000 WotC Chat, Q220)

Q. If Gastly (Fossil) uses Lick and Knocks Out the other Pokémon, does your opponent bring out another Pokémon and then you do the status effect?
A. No, a Pokémon is SLATED to be removed when it has sufficient damage assigned to it. Attack effects resolve BEFORE a replacement Pokémon is brought up. (Aug 31, 2000 WotC Chat Q232)

Q. Do you apply Pokémon Powers before status effects?
A. Check under 'How do you figure damage' in the Pokémon rules. Existing status effects are applied first, then Pokémon powers, then damage is assigned, then lastly new status effects from the attack are applied (basically). (Sep 7, 2000 WotC Chat, Q62)

Q. If one of your Pokémon was Poisoned, and a few turns later it is KO'd by the Poison, does your opponent take a Prize card although the Poison KO'd the Pokémon, and not your opponents Pokémon?
A. Yes, he would still draw a Prize card. Whenever a Pokémon is Knocked Out, the other player gets Prize cards -- even if you Knock Out your own. (Feb 10 WotC Chat)

Q. This is probably an incredibly silly question, but I can't find the answer to it anywhere. If an opponent knocks out one of my Pokémon, and they forget to draw a prize, are they entitled to it if they remember later?
A. Technically yes. It is the responsibility of BOTH players to make sure everything is done correctly. If you spot it and he forgets you can BOTH get a warning in a tournament if you don't catch it. (August 17, 2000 WotC Chat Q102)

LEGEND Pokemon   

Q. Do Pokemon LEGEND count as one Pokemon or two for purposes of bench space, prizes taken, attack effects, Poke-POWERs, Poke-BODYs, and calculating damage?
A. A Pokemon LEGEND is made up of two Pokemon cards each consisting of 1 half of the Pokemon, but it counts as a single Pokemon while in play; one bench space, one prize per KO [unless noted otherwise on the card] , etc. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Do the LEGEND cards with two Pokemon on them (i.e. "Entei & Raikou LEGEND", etc.) count as two Pokemon while in play?
A. No, they only count as a single Pokemon when in play, even if your opponent takes 2 Prize cards when they are knocked out. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If "Raikou & Suicune LEGEND" attacks "Suicune & Entei LEGEND", how is weakness calculated?
A. Since "Suicune & Entei LEGEND" is weak to both of "Raikou & Suicune LEGEND's" types (Electric and Water), you would multiply the damage x4. (HS:Unleashed FAQ; May 13, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use cards that search for a Pokemon, like "Bebe's Search" or "Poke Ball" to get a Pokemon LEGEND card from my deck?
A. Any effect that lets you search your deck or discard pile or do something from your hand with "a Pokemon" will let you use that effect on one half of a Pokemon LEGEND set, but not both halves. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use "Pokemon Collector" to choose Pokemon LEGEND cards as part of the 3 Basic Pokemon I search for in my deck?
A. No, because Pokemon Collector only lets you choose Basic Pokemon. Pokemon LEGEND are considered "Unevolved Pokemon" when in play, but they are not considered "Basic Pokemon". (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Mantine's "Group Swim" attack to put one half of a Lugia LEGEND card in my hand?
A. Yes. Either half of the Lugia LEGEND card is still considered "a Water-type Pokemon", so you can search for it with Group Swim. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. How many of each half of the Pokemon LEGEND cards can I have in my 60 card deck? Is it 4 total or 4 of each half?
A. You can put up to 4 total halves of each Pokemon LEGEND in your deck (e.g. 4 Ho-Oh LEGEND halves and 4 Lugia LEGEND halves), but you cannot put 4 of each half of a Pokemon LEGEND in your deck (e.g. you couldn't have 4 Lugia LEGEND top half and 4 Lugia LEGEND bottom half). (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I put three halves of one Pokemon LEGEND card and one of the other half in my deck?
A. Yes, that is legal if you wish. You do not need to have the same number of each half in your deck. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Is LEGEND part of the Pokemon name? Can I have 4 Lugia and 2 Lugia LEGEND sets in a 60 card deck?
A. LEGEND is part of the name, similar to past sets that contained Pokemon with "Dark" or "-ex" as part of their name. They are not considered the same as their normal counterpart, so yes you can have 4 "Lugia" and 4 "Lugia LEGEND" halves in your deck. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I play a Pokemon LEGEND as my Active Pokemon or on my Bench during setup?
A. No. Since a Pokemon LEGEND is not a Basic Pokemon you cannot play it during setup, even if you have both halves. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What if during setup the only Pokemon cards in my hand are Pokemon LEGEND halves?
A. Since you have no Basic Pokemon to place Active you will let your opponent look at your hand, then shuffle and redraw your hand as described in the rulebook. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. If Primeape's "Top Drop" attack reveals a LEGEND Pokemon card with no HP printed on it, how much damage does it do (if any)?
A. No damage is done regardless of which LEGEND half is revealed by Top Drop, because even the half with HP written on it is not considered "a Pokemon" while in the Discard Pile. (Feb 4, 2010 PUI Rules Team; Feb 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Heavy Ball to look for a LEGEND Pokemon half?
A. No, you cannot. The Retreat Cost is only printed on one half of the LEGEND Pokemon. If it is printed on both cards, then it is a common attribute for both pieces; but since it is printed on only one half it only applies to the LEGEND Pokemon when both pieces are in play. (Apr 5, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Mew's "Re-creation" attack to choose a Lugia LEGEND card with the attack "Elemental Blast" written on it from my opponent's discard pile, and use that attack?
A. No, you can't use any attacks from a Pokemon LEGEND unless both pieces are in play. (Feb 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Randomizers (Coins, Dice, etc)   

Q. Is it allowable for a player in a tourney to refuse to let someone use their randomizer (coin)?
A. Nope. This is done to keep players from gaining an edge with a possibly unbalnaced randomizer. (Jan 11, 2001 WotC Chat, Q80 & Q115)

Q. A Judging question -- a Pokemon that has 5 or 6 cards attached to it is on the table. A player throws a six sided dice and it lands half on the table and half sitting on this big stack of cards at about a 25 or 30 degree tilt. Is this similar to the "flat coin ruling where the coin flip counts even if it lands in the damage counter or half on cards. What do we do? An experienced player gently pushed the cards out from under the dice to see if they stayed put. Two new players started debating just where the dice actually landed -- under a lot of cards or just a few???
A. Anything less then a 45 degree angle is fine. (Feb 20, 2003 WotC Chat, Q76)

Retreating   

Q. If I have Zubat (no retreat cost) as my Active and retreat him, can I bring him back as Active or do I have to bring up another Benched Pokémon?
A. When you retreat a Pokémon, you are swapping it (a switch) with another on the bench. So in this case, Zubat goes to the bench, and you bring up a different Pokémon from your bench. (Feb 17 WotC Chat; May 11, 2000 WotC Chat, Q31)

Q. When I retreat my Pokémon, do I discard the Energy from my hand or from the Pokémon?
A. From the Pokémon. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. Can you over pay retreat cost? I mean like if you wanted to get rid of a Darkness Energy from a free retreat pokemon, could you discard the darkness anyway when you retreat?
A. No. (Aug 9, 2001 WotC Chat, Q311)

Q. If my Active Pokémon has taken damage and I retreat it, does the damage go away?
A. No. Retreating does not remove damage. (But it does remove Poison, Confusion, Sleep, or anything else that's the result of a Pokémon's attack, including special attacks like Porygon's Conversion.) (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. Can I retreat my Active Pokémon if my bench is full?
A. Yup, when you retreat you are switching your active for one on your bench. (Jul 13, 2000 WotC Chat, Q222)

Q. Team Aqua Hideout increases the Retreat Cost for certain types of Pokémon - how does this affect a Pokémon that has a Poké-BODY that reduces the cost to zero, or a Pokémon that doesn't have a cost to retreat?
A. If a Pokémon doesn't have a Retreat Cost, it now has a cost of one. If a Poké-BODY reduces the cost to zero, the cost remains zero. (Team Magma vs Team Aqua Prerelease FAQ, Q8)

Searching (Deck or Discard)   

Q. Is a player allowed to count the number of cards in his/her deck during a game, provided he/she doesn't change the order of the cards? And if so, is it permissible to count your opponent's deck as well?
A. Yes, the number of cards in both your and your opponent's deck are public information. Although it is recommended that the player counts his or her cards during their opponent's turn, in a manner that doesn't disrupt or slow down the game. (May 6, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Could I use a Poké-POWER, Poké-BODY, Attack, or Trainer to search through my deck for a particular card if I already know that card is not in my deck (i.e. using Energy Search if you know there are no basic Energy left in the deck due to previous unsuccessful searches)?
A. Yes you may, but if done repeatedly a judge may evaluate whether it's being used legitimately or merely as a stalling tactic. (Dec 8, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I use Professor Elm's Training Method if there are zero cards left in my deck?
A. No, you cannot search through your deck if there's nothing there to search. If there are cards in the deck you can fail to find a Pokemon because you don't know what may be in a deck, but since you do know whether there are ANY cards or not you cannot search through an empty deck. (Sep 22, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Shuffling   

Q. I was playing with this guy and he rearranged the order of the cards in his deck prior to shuffle it, would this be allowed in a tournament?
A. Yes but you would have the right to shuffle it yourself or cut it as well if you were uncomfortable with his shuffling method. (Sep 14, 2000 WotC Chat, Q125)

Q. At any time during a battle, are you or your opponent allowed to shuffle your deck?
A. NO! [Ed. Note: This references shuffling at random times, not when appropriate] (6-29-00 WotC Chat)

Q. Is it illegal to randomly shuffle your deck, and if yes what are the penalties from doing so?
A. Yes it is illegal. The penalties depend on the tournament rules. (Aug 31, 2000 WotC Chat Q166)

Q. I play an Oracle, and search for two cards. While I am searching, I find that I have a HUGE energy pocket coming up. So I break it up and add some trainers in between them. I then shuffle and put 2 cards on top. Is that legal?
A. As long as you shuffle sufficiently afterward. (Mar 25, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Special Conditions   

Q. In the rules it states that when a Pokémon evolves it becomes free of Poison, Sleep, Confusion, Paralysis, or anything else that may be the result of an attack. Does this mean that damage is also taken off of it when it evolves?
A. No. (April 27, 2000 WotC Chat Q49)

Q. Do I flip a coin to see if my Asleep Pokémon wakes up at the end of the same turn that it fell Asleep?
A. Yes. You also [place] Poison damage at the end of the same turn a Pokémon got Poisoned. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. If you use an attack that puts your opponent's Pokémon to Sleep (like Haunter's Nightmare), and the Defending Pokémon was already Asleep before you attacked, do you still have to flip a coin after the attack to see if it wakes up?
A. Yes, they get to flip at the end of each player's turn. (Feb 10 WotC Chat)

Q. If my Pokémon fell asleep and it wakes up next turn will it be able to attack on that turn or the next?
A. You flip at the end of each player's turn. If it wakes up after the other players turn, BEFORE yours then it would act normal on your turn. (May 11, 2000 WotC Chat, Q135)

Q. If your Active Pokémon is Asleep, do you have to flip at the end of each turn, or can you stay Asleep if you wish?
A. You have to flip. (April 20, 2000 WotC Chat Q121)

Q. When a Pokémon is put to Asleep who flips the coin at the end of the turn?
A. The person whose Pokémon is asleep. (Aug 31, 2000 WotC Chat Q123)

Q. When both active Pokemon are asleep, who tries to wake up first?
A. Umm, we have no idea why it would matter. Usually you do them at the same time. If for some future reason it would matter, then the player whose turn is next would flip first. (Nov 21, 2002 WotC Chat, Q105)

Q. If the Defending Pokémon has a status change (like Poison) but an attack requires you to flip to see if the same condition is afflicted, do you still have to flip? (Eg - Weedle's poison sting reads "Flip a coin. If heads, the Defending Pokémon is Ö.) No?
A. Yes, you have to though I can understand why you would consider it redundant. (May 11, 2000 WotC Chat, Q118)

Q. My opponent attacks my Active, which causes 20 damage and Poisons it. Her turn is over. Do I then have to put 1 more damage [counter] on it because it is still Poisoned?
A. Yes. (Feb 24, 2000 WotC Chat)

Q. How long does Poisoning last?
A. Until the Pokémon is Benched, Evolved, or Knocked Out. (Mar 30, 2000 WotC Chat)

Q. If an opponent already has Nidoking's Toxic double-poison, then next turn I use a "normal-poison" attack, does the opponent retain Toxic's double-poison condition or does it now become a single-poison condition?
A. It would gain a single poison effect (the new effect replaces the old one). (April 27, 2000 WotC Chat Q19)

Q. Can you explain the process of Paralysis for me?
A. I paralyze your Pokémon on MY TURN. On YOUR TURN its Paralyzed, and at the end of YOUR turn it is UNPARALYZED. Back on MY TURN, it is NOT PARALYZED, comprendez? (May 18, 2000 WotC Chat, Q112)

Q. In the card game if you "Paralyzed" your partners Active Pokémon and then use an attack that says "10 + Flip a coin, if heads confused" is that attack a forced check or optional?
A. It is a forced check. (Jul 13, 2000 WotC Chat, Q297)

Q. Does benching ALWAYS 'reset' the Pokémon completely?
A. Benching always reset attack effects. (April 13, 2000 WotC Chat Q43)

Q. In the new Tournament rules, it is said that when time is called, the active player is allowed to finish his or her turn. After this, do players still check for Burn, Poison, and other relevant Special Conditions, or is the game over before the Special Conditions can take place?
A. When time is called, the end of the game would trigger at the end of the current player's turn after resolving all of the effects that occur during that player's turn, but before addressing any actions that happen between turns such as Special Conditions. (Oct 16, 2003 PUI Rules Team)

Starting the Game   

Q. Do you have to draw [a] card when your opponent Mulligans?
A. No, you don't. You MAY draw [an]extra card. (Mar 2, 2000 WotC Chat; Feb 16, 2012 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. In a sanctioned Tournament, does the player have to show his hand in the event they have no Basics at the start of the game? The Floor Rules don't explicitly say that they have to.
A. Yes, you still reveal your hand before you shuffle it back into your deck. The rules from the rulebook still apply unless specifically stated otherwise. (Oct 16, 2003 PUI Rules Team; Jan 26, 2006 PUI Rules Team)

Q. When my opponent fails to draw a Basic Pokemon in their opening hand do I have to draw my card right away, or can I wait to see if there are more Mulligans before drawing my cards?
A. The Advanced Rules section of the current rulebook indicates the player who did not start over may draw a card for each additional time his or her opponent took a mulligan *after* the player with no Basic Pokemon finally draws a Basic. (Jan 3, 2013 TPCi Rules Team; Nov 21, 2013 TPCi Rules Team)

Q. Before starting the game, Player-A has a Basic Pokémon but Player-B does not. On Player-A's draw 1 card for mulligan, say they draw a better choice for starting Pokémon; are they allowed to switch it out with the one they chose to be their 1st active before the mulligan? And if they choose to switch, must it stay on the field and not allowed to be put back into hand?
A. Player A continues his or her setup and can choose to draw an extra card after setting aside his or her Prize cards. Once placed, the active cannot be changed during setup, but a mulligan card can be placed onto the bench. (May 5, 2005 PUI Rules Team; Feb 9, 2006 PUI Rules Team)

Q. My opponent MUST put their basic down first before they draw 1 card for my mulligan, right? Say my opponent draws a better choice starter Pokémon when I mulligan, are they allowed to switch it out with another from their hand?
A. They must place their active Pokémon and their prizes before optionally drawing a card for the mulligan. Once placed, the active cannot be changed during setup; but you are allowed to add a new Pokémon to your bench, if there is room. (Jun 16, 2005 PUI Rules Team; Feb 9, 2006 PUI Rules Team; Jul 27, 2006 PUI Rules Team)

Q. Can I play a Pokemon LEGEND as my Active Pokemon or on my Bench during setup?
A. No. Since a Pokemon LEGEND is not a Basic Pokemon you cannot play it during setup, even if you have both halves. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What if during setup the only Pokemon cards in my hand are Pokemon LEGEND halves?
A. Since you have no Basic Pokemon to place Active you will let your opponent look at your hand, then shuffle and redraw your hand as described in the rulebook. (GS:Heart Gold/Soul Silver FAQ; Feb 11, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Weakness and Resistance   

Q. At a recent tournament, the TO ruled that if a Pokémon has resistance to a particular type, and a dual-type Pokémon is that type and something else, it doesn't affect that Pokémon's attack at all. Is this true?
A. No. If a Pokémon has more than one type, each type still counts against the Defending Pokémon's Weaknesses or Resistances. (May 20, 2004 PUI Rules Team)

Win States   

Q. How do I win?
A. You win when you draw your last Prize or when your opponent loses his or her Active Pokémon and doesn't have a Pokémon on the Bench to replace it. You also win if your opponent can't draw a card at the beginning of his or her turn because his or her deck ran out of cards, but this doesn't happen very often. (Basic FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. If I draw my last card. It is an Electric Energy so I use Raichu's Gigashock and it kills all of my opponents. Who wins?
A. You do, because you won't actually lose for being out of cards until the beginning of your next turn. (Feb 24 WotC Chat)

Q. If my opponent had 3 cards left in his deck and I used Wildfire to discard the three cards, on his/her next turn do I win?
A. Yup, you would, if someone cannot draw a card at the start of their turn like they are supposed to, they lose. (Mar 9 WotC Chat)

Q. At the end of a long match, I Selfdestruct Magneton. My opponent and I both take our last Prize cards. Who wins?
A. Well, if one of you has a Benched Pokémon to replace your Active Pokémon and the other player doesn't, then the person who can replace his or her Active Pokémon wins. Otherwise, you play Sudden Death. This is explained in the Pokémon rules in the Expert Rules section under "What Happens if Both Players Win at the Same Time?" (Fossil FAQ, WotC Website)

Q. Scenario: It's down to one prize each, your turn with 10HP left, and you're poisoned. You attack and KO your opponent to draw your last prize. But you take poison damage and would be KO'd now too. Do you win or does it go to Sudden Death?
A. You win, you must complete the rest of the combat sequence, but then if you win BEFORE the end of the turn, you win, period. Poison doesn't happen until after the end of your turn. (Oct 5, 2000 WotC Chat, Q6)

Q. What happens if I use Professor [Juniper] and have less than 7 cards left in my deck? Do I lose immediately, or do I draw out the remainder of my deck and lose at the beginning of my next turn (if I don't do anything to replenish the deck like Recycle, Mr.Fuji,
A. You only lose when you don't have any cards to draw on; the card draw you must do on the start of your turn. So you would lose on your next turn if you didn't somehow get some cards back into your [draw] deck. (Aug 3 2000 WotC Chat, Q43)

Q. I have Hidden Legends Electrode and use "Mass Destruction" to knock out Electode and the defending Pokémon. If I have only one prize left and my opponent has more, but I have no bench and my opponent has a bench, do I still win?
A. No, in this situation it would go to Sudden Death. However, if the opponent did not have any Pokémon on their bench, the Electrode player would have two win conditions vs. one, and would therefore win the game. (Mar 10, 2005 PUI Rules Team)

Q. What happens if a Double Game Loss occurs in Game 1, 2 or 3 in match play swiss? In match play single elimination?
A. The principle is that two game losses is a match loss. A double game loss in Game 1 starts the next game, but the winner of Game 2 wins the match as one player already has two losses in a best of three format. A double loss in Game 2 means the person who won Game 1 is the winner. A double game loss in Game 3 means a double match loss in swiss, but starts a sudden death game in single elimination rounds. (May 8, 2014 TPCi Rules Team)


Team Battle

Official rulings on Team Gameplay   (top)

Agility   

Q. In Team Play, when an attack like Kakuna's "Secrete Poison" or "Agility" specifies the phrase "during your opponent's next turn", does that count for both opponents or do you have to choose one of the opponents to have the effect during their turn only?
A. You would have to specify which opponent. (May 23, 2002 WotC Chat, Q303)

Q. When using Agility in Team Play, can you specify which of the opposing team's Active Pokemon is affected by the Agility effect, or does it HAVE to be the Defending Pokemon that you are attacking with Agility?
A. It does have a you or your in it, so you would be able to select which opponent's active Pokemon it affects. (Jul 18, 2002 WotC Chat, Q22)

Energy Trans   

Q. In team battle, can I use my Venusaur to switch grass energy between my teammate's pokemon (not moving them between owners)?
A. Yes. (Jun 27, 2002 WotC Chat, Q71)

Lost World   

Q. When using the Lost World stadium in Team Gameplay, can you check if the entire opposing team has 6 Pokemon in both of their Lost Zones combined? Or does it have to be 6 Pokemon in either of your opponent's individual Lost Zones?
A. Since each player has their own individual Lost Zone, you would have to have all 6 Pokemon in one opponent's Lost Zone in order to declare your team the winner. (Feb 3, 2011 PUI Rules Team)

Team Battle in General   

  • Team Gameplay was restored as a Fun Format, for both Limited and Constructed tournaments (Pokémon Organized Play, Tournament Formats 2007-2008, Sept 1, 2007).
Q. In TMP, if I play a Supporter on my opponent...since it's played on him I cannot use any more supporters my turn...but he can use them on his turn correct?
A. Correct. [Ed. Note: Just for clarification, the supporter action itself must be played during the current turn; it cannot be held over until the opponent's turn. The answer here indicates that the other player may play a Supporter on their turn if they wish.] (Sep 19, 2002 WotC Chat, Q427)

Q. We cannot attack our partner in Team Battle - I had somebody try that at Worlds while I was judging team. They didn't want to flip to use an Eeeeeeek attack so they aimed at their patner.
A. Correct, you cannot attack your teammate. (Jun 12, 2003 WotC Chat, Q1902)

Team Galactic's Wager   

Q. How do we play Team Galactic's Wager in Team Battle, when it says, "Each player shuffles..."?
A. For this card, treat the text "each player" like "you and your opponent". Under POP team play rules, this means: pick someone on your team and someone on the other team. Then only each of those players shuffle their hand, etc. (Feb 18, 2010 PUI Rules Team)

Warp Point   

Q. When you play a Warp Point in Team Multiplay, how does it work?
A. Play the card as written. The player who uses the card gets to decide which opponent it affects and which member of his or her team it affects. Each of those players gets to choose which Pokemon they switch up from their own bench. (Sep 16, 2002 WotC Rules Team Update, Item 15)

Alphabetical index

* Abilities and Pokemon Powers in General Evolutionary Gas Pokemon Center Vengeful Wish
* Attacks in General Evolving/Devolving Pokemon Circulator Verdant Wind
* Energy Cards In General Evosoda Pokemon Collector Versatile
*Trainers in General Exp. Share Pokemon Communication Victory Star
Adaptive Evolution Fainting Spell Pokémon Reversal Virbank City Gym
Afterburner Fake Tears Portrait Warp Point
Agility Feather Dance Potion Waterlog
Agility Feint Attack Potion Weakness and Resistance
Allergy Flower Fermenting Liquid Power Claw Win States
Allergy Panic Fight Song Power Connect Wring Out
Alph Lithograph Fighting Tag Power Pinch  
Alph Lithograph Four Fire's Power Power Whip  
Amnesia First Ticket Professor Elm's Training Method  
Ancient Power Fisherman Professor Juniper  
Ascension Flame Bluster Professor Juniper  
Ascension Flare Bonus Professor Sycamore  
Assist Flare Destroy Professor Sycamore  
Balloon Berry Flash Impact Propagation  
Bench Flower Shop Lady Protect Wing  
Big Wing Flower Veil Psychic Guard  
Black Belt Fortunate Draw Pump-up Smash  
Blaze Roar Foul Play Push Down  
Blend Energy Freeze Zone Quick Ball  
Blindside Frozen City Rainbow Burn  
Block G Booster Rainbow Energy  
Bounce Game Actions Rambunctious Party  
Brick Smash Garbotoxin Random Receiver  
Bright Look Gastro Acid Randomizers (Coins, Dice, etc)  
Bright Veil Ghetsis Rare Candy  
Buffer Ghost Head Rare Candy  
Bulk Up Good Rod Rebirth  
Busybody Gooey Regeneration Recycle  
Call for Family Great Ball Red Armor  
Call for Friends Great Ball Reflect Energy  
Cards in General Grind Remove Lost  
Cast-off Shell Group Swim Rescue Energy  
Catastrophe GUARD Rescue Scarf  
Cedric Juniper Gyro Ball Research Record  
Celebration Wind Hand Retreating  
Chip Away Headwind Return  
Circle Throw Heal Block Ripples  
Claw Fossil Heart Wink Roast Reveal  
Cold Crush Heavy Ball Rock Guard  
Colress Helix Force Rock Hurl  
Colress Machine Hidden Poison Rocky Helmet  
Computer Search Holon Energy WP Roost  
Conductivity Hugh Root Fossil  
Constant Rattle Hurl into Darkness Royal Heal  
Copycat Hurricane Safeguard  
Cover Fossil Hydro Launcher Sand Slammer  
Craggy Face Hyper Whirlpool Sandy Cloak  
Crush and Burn Hypnotoxic Laser Scorching Fire  
Crushing Punch Ice Generator Searching (Deck or Discard)  
Crystal Wall Impersonate Second Sight  
CURE Insight Seed Flare  
CURE Interviewer's Questions Seeker  
Cursed Drop Iris Self-Generation  
Cursed Shadow Iron Shell Shadow Room  
Damage Swap Judge Sharpedo  
Damakinesis Junk Arm Shred  
Dark Aura Junk Hunt Shuffling  
Dark Roar Knock Outs & Prizes Signs of Evolution  
Dark Shade Knockout Gas Silver Bangle  
Darkness Chant Knuckle Down Silver Mirror  
Darkness Energy (Special) Leech Life Six Feet Under  
Darkness Grace Legend Box Skyarrow Bridge  
Daunt Legend Ceremony Skyla  
Deck LEGEND Pokemon Slippery Soles  
Deep Sea Swirl Lifesplosion Sludge Drag  
Defender Lightning Twister Smack Down  
Defender Lost Burn Smokescreen  
Destiny Barrage Lost Link Smooth Coat  
Destructive Jaw Lost World Solar Revelation  
Devoluter Lost World Solar Suggestion  
Devolution Punch Lucky Egg Special Conditions  
Devolution Spray Lysandre Speed Evolution  
Dialga Mach Wind Stance Change  
Discard Pile Magic Room Starting the Game  
Discharge Magnemite Static Electricity  
Diving Draw Magnetic Draw Steven's Advice  
Double Freeze Marill Stickiness  
Double Rainbow Energy Max Potion Sticky  
Dowsing Machine Max Revive Sticky Liquid  
Dragon Burst Metal Defender Strength Charm  
Dragon Rush Metal Energy (Special) String Bomb  
Dragon Steam Mimic Sunny Heal  
Drifting Balloon Mirror Shot Super Potion  
Drowzee Mischievous Trick Superior Energy Retrieval  
Dual Ball Moomoo Milk Supreme Command  
Dual Brains Moon Guidance Surprise Punch  
Dual Draw Moon's Invite Sweet Sleeping Face  
Eeeeeeek Mountain Eater Switch  
Electromagnetic Wall Mt. Moon Switcheroo  
Empty Shell Mysterious Evolution Tail Code  
ENERGIE - RÜCKGEWINNUNG Mysterious Fossil Take Away  
Energy Antics Night Slash Taunt  
Energy Exchanger Ninja Fang Team Battle in General  
Energy Grace Nurturing Team Galactic's Wager  
Energy Healer Opponent's Choice Time Control  
Energy Healer Overflow Time Hollow  
Energy Retrieval Parabolic Charge Time Recall  
Energy Returner Pickup Toolbox  
Energy Search Piston Headbutt Transfer Junk  
Energy Shift Plasma Arrow Transform  
Energy Signal Playground Trick Reveal  
Energy Trans Plume Fossil Turbo Energize  
Energy Trans PlusPower Twins  
Energymite Poke Ball Twister  
Engineer's Adjustments Pokemon Catcher Upside-Down Evolution  
Eviolite Pokemon Catcher Vacation