Retreat cost

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A retreat cost (Japanese: にげる retreat) is the number of Energy attached to a Pokémon that must be discarded in order to retreat to the Bench and bring up a Pokémon from the Bench. Retreat costs printed on a card range from 0 energy (often called a "free retreat") all the way up to 5 energy. They are marked by Colorless ( ) Energy symbols. A player may only retreat once per turn.

Factors influencing printed retreat cost

Speed

Typically, Pokémon that have higher speed in the core series tend to have lower retreat costs in the TCG. As a result, Lightning Pokémon tend to have low retreat costs while Metal Pokémon tend to have higher retreat costs.

Evolution stage

Although Basic Pokémon often had retreat costs of 0 in early sets, most sets produced since the Expedition Base Set do not contain any Basic Pokémon with free retreat costs. Virtually all modern Pokémon with no retreat costs are evolved, and many are Flying-type Pokémon.

Effects that alter retreat costs

Several Pokémon are capable of altering retreat costs, usually through Pokémon Powers. In most cases, increases in retreat costs are done by fixed amounts, while reductions may be either fixed amounts or decreases to 0. Increases are calculated first, meaning that if an increase to the retreat cost and a reduction of the retreat cost to 0 affect the same Pokémon, the Pokémon's resulting retreat cost is 0.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 撤退費用 Chètuì Fèiyòng
France Flag.png French Coût de retraite
Germany Flag.png German Rückzugskosten
Italy Flag.png Italian Costo di ritirata
South Korea Flag.png Korean 후퇴 Hutoe
Poland Flag.png Polish Koszt wycofania się
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Custo para Recuar
Russia Flag.png Russian Отступление Otstupleniye
Spain Flag.png Spanish Coste de retirada


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