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Discussion in 'Ask a Professor: Card Rulings' started by Celebi23, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Celebi23 Aspiring Trainer

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    I'm in a big rush and can't post scans this time, sorry. But I kinda need an answer before states tomorrow. Fortunately, the cards are commonly used. If I attack with Regigigas-EX's first attack after having played a PlusPower, but also have an Eviolite attached, and choose to do the extra 20, will I have the option not to inflict self-damage, or will it have to be inflicted?

    I think this is slightly different than Bolt Strike + PlusPower because if the self-damage is zero, you don't add to the self-damage with PlusPower. If I have an Eviolite attached, I would think I could choose to use that effect before PlusPower, setting the self-damage to 0, making PlusPower self damage not activate.

  2. CarlosDuranJr Carlitosbob


    The damage is calculated before eviolite comes into play. So, choosing to do 80+ 10, you'll still do 10 to yourself.
    Like plus power double defender bolt strike does 10 to Zekrom
  3. DNA Goodbye, everyone. I'll miss you all.

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    A rule of thumb:

    First you apply everything that increases attack damage,
    then you apply everything that decreases it.

    This isn't true in 100% of cases (Machamp X's No Guard was one of those cases), but it's generally true.

    Also, all the adding/subtracting is considered to happen "all at once" as far as the game goes. You don't stop midway if you find out the damage calculation equals zero; you finish all the steps.

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