So I asked the question with Rare Candy (although it's come up plenty of times before), and now MrMeches has asked the question with Sand Damage. I could use some Brannigan's Law on this. How can I tell whether a card is asking for Basic (evolution state), or whether it's asking for Basic (printed card stage)? Besides the obvious, that is, like deck searches -- only one meaning is relevant there. Just for fun, I went all Phoenix Wright on you, searched Pokepedia for every card with the phrase "Basic Pokemon", and cross-referenced with the Compendium. What we know: Rare Candy can't be used on Evolved Basics. Sand Damage does not hit Evolved Basics. And a couple we don't know, but I have a hunch... My theory? Neither of these affect Evolved Basics. Hypothesis: If card text refers to a Basic Pokemon in play, it is always looking for a non-evolved Pokemon. Metarule?