Immedicy of PokePowers Based on Benching from Hand

Discussion in 'Ask the Rules Team' started by kevstoy, Aug 4, 2008.

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  1. kevstoy

    kevstoy New Member

    Fancy title for a simple question. (sorry if it's been asked and answered, but I couldn't find it through search or compendium).

    The question: For Pokemon that have a PokePower worded, "Once during your turn, when you put <PokemonName> from your hand onto your bench, you may ...<specific effect>", do you have to use this PokePower "immediately" after the Pokemon is played?

    An example: Take Absol EX, with it's Cursed Eyes Pokemon Power: "Once during your turn, when you put Absol EX from your hand onto your bench, you may move 3 damage counter from 1 of your opponents pokemon to another of your opponents pokemon."

    When I play the Absol EX, do I have to immediately declare and use his powers before doing anything else? Or can you play the Absol EX, do other things like, retreat, use other powers, play trainers/supporters, etc... Then later in the same turn Absol EX was played (before the attack phase obviously) use its power because it was "during the same turn he was played".

  2. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    You have to declare it before doing anything else.
    If you do some other game action, you have declined to use it.

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