Evolved Basic vs. Basic Basic

Discussion in 'Ask the Rules Team' started by Chairman Kaga, Oct 4, 2007.

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  1. Chairman Kaga

    Chairman Kaga Active Member

    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.

  2. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    In play, it means Unevolved.
    Not in play (hand, deck, discard), it means the stage printed on the card.

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