This may come across as a goofy question but I am still pretty new to the game and have been playing casually with my girlfriend and a few friends. But I'm a little confused on Pokemon Abilities. Can they be used from the bench? Example, http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Eelektrik_(Noble_Victories_40) (Eelektrik NV) Dynamotor is a pokemon ability, can it be used while he's on the bench? Second question, do status conditions (Sleep, Paralyze, Confuse) affect the use of pokemon abilities? I understand that pokemon cannot use an attack, or an ability that has an energy symbol cost next to it, but do Pokemon Abilities fall into the category of an "attack" ? Example from above, Can I use Dynamotor while asleep/paralyzed/confused? I know it seems like a goofy question, but I just want to know the precise ruling. Thanks for the help!