Phinone's Whirlpool Suction versus Stealthy Hood

Discussion in 'Ask the Rules Team' started by jconti2818, Mar 1, 2020.

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  1. jconti2818

    jconti2818 Member

    At league, player 1 wanted to use Phione's ability when one his opponent's benched Pokemon had stealthy hood attached. Two questions:

    1. Is he allowed to use the abilitu since Phione is technically targeting the active Pokemon?

    2. If allowed, can he switch the active with any benched Pokemon or only benched Pokemon without Stealthy Hood attached?

    For what it's worth, I ruled that the ability could go throw unrestricted based on previous similar cards.

  2. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    OK, so in this case it matters which Pokemon is the target of the Ability.
    Suction Whirlpool says that the opponent will "switch their Active Pokemon with 1 of their Benched Pokemon".
    Who is getting to make a choice here?
    The opponent is choosing the benched Pokemon. The Pokemon that you are choosing is the Active.
    So the Active Pokemon is the target. It is being pushed back to the bench. And as part of that, one of the Benched Pokemon has to move up to fill the empty space. But that is a secondary effect of there being an empty space up front.

    So, if the Active Pokemon had a Stealthy Hood, the effect would be blocked.
    But since it is a Benched Pokemon that has the Hood, the Ability happens and the opponent has to choose a Benched Pokemon to replace the old Active.
    They can even choose the Pokemon with the Stealthy Hood if they want to (or have to, if it is the only Benched Pokemon).

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