Benching and effects

Discussion in 'Ask the Rules Team' started by tenuredprof, Aug 20, 2008.

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  1. tenuredprof

    tenuredprof New Member

    Suppose that an active Bastiodon is damaged by an attack that sends it to the bench (Push Down or Rapid Spin, for example). If the Bastiodon is brought up next turn, will it do 60-40 or just 60 because benching takes away the effect of Bastiodon's attack? Same question with LA Armaldo: if it has attacked, gets sent to the bench by an attack next turn, and then comes back active, will it do 60 or 60 plus 40?
  2. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Bastidon does not have an effect sitting on it. The effect of the attack is being initiated and used right away. So the fact that it was benched last turn doesn't matter.

    Armaldo's effect is totally different.
    It places an effect on the Defending Pokemon. It doesn't even have to do an attack the next turn. Whichever of your Pokemon attacks will do the bonus damage to the Defending because that is where the effect sits.
    Now, if that Defending Pokemon has gone ot the bench, then the effect is gone.

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