Trash Talk

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    Trash Talk

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    The Pokemon TCG has a lot of cards which have players discard cards from their hand in order to get an additional effect.

    There has been a bit of confusion among Pokemon TCG Players and Judges about when you can discard the cards from your hand even if you can't perform the additional effect. This is because sometimes the discard is a cost and sometimes it is an effect in and of itself. The wording of the card doesn't always make that clear.

    The Rules Team is publishing a series of rulings on many of these cards that are commonly played so that players and judges will be able to have consistent rulings in tournaments on whether they are allowed to discard cards for no further effect in order to clear those cards out of their hand.
    In addition, to help make these rulings easier, we are providing an easy to use chart outlining what is and isn't allowed with many popularly played cards. The sets that the Pokemon are from have been identified in {brackets}, but note that if they are reprinted as promos or secret rares, any functionally identical cards will also work the same way.

    We hope this helps everyone out. Enjoy!



    Card
    Attack / Ability
    Comments


    Computer Search

    You cannot discard two cards
    from your hand if there are no
    cards left in the Deck to search


    Dowsing Machine

    You cannot discard two cards
    from your hand if there are no
    Trainer cards in the Discard Pile
    and you cannot return cards to
    your hand that you used to pay
    this card's cost


    Empoleon {DEX}
    Diving Draw
    You can discard a card from your
    hand when there are no cards
    left in the Deck to draw


    Fiery Flint

    You cannot discard two cards
    from your hand if there are no
    cards left in the Deck to search


    Lost Blender

    You can use this if you have no
    cards in your deck, but you can't
    play it unless you can put 2 cards
    from your hand in the Lost Zone.


    Mars

    You cannot play this card if you
    have no cards left in your deck,
    but if you have at least one card,
    you can play it and get the other effect.


    Mysterious Treasure

    You cannot discard a card from
    your hand if there are no cards
    left in the Deck to search


    Ninetales {TEU}
    Nine Temptations
    You can discard 2 {R} Energy
    cards from your hand if your
    opponent has no Benched Pokémon


    Plumeria

    You cannot discard two cards
    from your hand if there is no Energy
    attached to your opponent's Pokémon


    Professor Juniper

    You cannot discard your hand if
    there are no cards left in the Deck to draw


    Professor Sycamore

    You cannot discard your hand if
    there are no cards left in the Deck to draw


    Sophocles

    You cannot discard two cards from
    your hand if there are no cards left
    in the Deck to draw


    Starmie {EVO}
    Space Beacon
    You can discard a card from your
    hand when there is no Basic
    Energy in the Discard


    Swampert {CES}
    Power Draw
    You can discard a card from your
    hand when there are no cards
    left in the Deck to draw


    Ultra Ball

    You cannot discard two cards
    from your hand if there are no
    cards left in the Deck to search


    Unown {AOR}
    Farewell Letter
    You cannot discard Unown from
    your Bench unless you can draw a card


    Volcanion Prism Star {FLI}
    Jet Geyser
    You can discard a {W} Energy
    card from your hand if your
    opponent has no Benched Pokémon


    Zebstrika {LOT}
    Sprint
    You cannot discard your hand
    if there are no cards left in the
    Deck to draw


    Zoroark GX {SLG}
    Trade
    You can discard a card from
    your hand when there are no
    cards left in the Deck to draw
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2019

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