My Little Pony CCG Comprehensive Rules

My Little Pony CCG Comprehensive Rules
My Little Pony CCG Comprehensive Rules
Table of Contents
1. Fundamentals
101. Deckbuilding
102. Starting a Game
103. Winning and Losing
104. Contradictions
105. Numeric Values
106. Players
2. Parts of a Card
201. Name
202. Power
203. Color
204. Cost
205. Play Requirement
206. Type
207. Traits
208. Text Box
209. Confront Requirements
210. Problem Bonus
211. Point Value
212. Collector Number and Rarity
3. Card Types
301. Mane Character
302. Friend
303. Problem
304. Event
305. Resource
306. Troublemaker
4. Zones
401. General
402. Draw Deck
403. Problem Deck
404. Hand
405. Play
406. Discard Pile
407. Banished Zone
408. Queue Zone
409. Changing Zones
5. Game Concepts
501. Area
502. Action Tokens
503. Ready and Exhausted
504. Frightened
505. Face-Down Cards
506. Moving
507. Power
508. Costs
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509. Attachments
510. Priority
511. Pre-Priority Processing
512. Timing Rules
513. Control and Ownership
514. Faceoffs
515. Flipping
516. Uniqueness
517. Points
518. Searching
519. Counters
6. Turn Sequence
601. General
602. Ready Phase
603. Ready Step
604. Action Step
605. Draw Step
606. Troublemaker Phase
607. Uncover Step
608. Challenge Step
609. Main Phase
610. Score Phase
611. Confront Step
612. Faceoff Step
613. Solve Step
614. End Phase
615. End of Turn Step
616. Wrap Up Step
7. Abilities and Modifiers
701. Abilities
702. Continuous Abilities
703. Activated Abilities
704. Triggered Abilities
705. Processing Actions
706. Entering Play
707. Modifiers
708. Continuous Modifiers
709. One-Shot Modifiers
710. Replacement Modifiers
711. Modifier Interactions
712. Triggered Effects
8. Additional Rules
801. Simultaneity
802. Loops
9. Credits
10. Glossary
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1. Fundamentals
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(101) Deckbuilding
o (101.1) A Draw Deck has a minimum of 45 cards and no maximum number of
cards.
o (101.2) A Draw Deck can include any number of Friends, Events, Resources,
and Troublemakers. A Draw Deck can’t include more than 3 copies of a card
with the same name.
o (101.3) A Problem Deck must include exactly 10 Problem cards.
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(101.3a) A Problem Deck can’t include more than 2 copies of a card
with the same name.
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(101.3b) A Problem Deck can’t include cards other than Problem
cards.
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(101.3c) A Problem Deck must include at least one Problem with the
Starting Problem keyword.
(102) Starting a Game
o (102.1) Each player needs a Draw Deck, a Problem Deck, and a Mane
Character. Each player starts the game with their Mane Character in play
with its Start side face up.
o (102.2) Next, players simultaneously choose a Starting Problem from their
Problem Deck and put it into play.
o (102.3) Players use an agreed-upon random method to determine which
player will play first. Each player shuffles their Problem Deck and Draw Deck,
then puts the top 6 cards of their Draw Deck into their hand.
o (102.4) Once per game, before the start of the first turn, each player may
mulligan. Players choose whether or not to mulligan in turn order. Those
that choose to mulligan then do so simultaneously, after which the first turn
begins.
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(102.4a) To mulligan, a player shuffles their hand into their draw deck,
then puts the top 6 cards of their draw deck into their hand.
(103) Winning and Losing
o (103.1) As a player wins the game, the game ends immediately and no further
actions are performed. This can happen at any time, including during PrePriority Processing and while no player has priority.
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o (103.2) A player wins the game if that player has a score of 15 or more points.
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(103.2a) If multiple players would win the game simultaneously, the
game is a draw.
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(103.2b) If a game ends in a draw, no player wins.
o (103.3) A player wins the game if no opponents remain in the game.
o (103.4) A player may concede the game at any time. A player that does so
loses the game.
o
(103.5) If a player loses the game, that player is removed from the game.
This can happen at any time, including during Pre-Priority Processing and
while no player has priority.
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(103.5a) As a player is removed from the game, all cards that player
owns are removed from the game, any modifiers controlled by that
player cease to exist, and all areas owned by that player cease to exist.
(104) Contradictions
o (104.1) If a card specifically contradicts these rules, that card takes
precedence.
o (104.2) If a modifier or rule says something can’t happen and another
modifier or rule tries to make that thing happen, that “can’t” modifier takes
precedence.
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(104.2a) If an occurrence can’t happen, any cost involving that
occurrence can’t be paid. Occurrences that can’t happen can’t be
replaced.
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(104.2b) Players can’t choose to do something that can’t be done.
o (104.3) Some rules cause actions to be performed “by the game”. Something
that is performed “by the game” can't be stopped, replaced, or prevented,
even if that thing can't be done.
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(105) Numeric Values
o (105.1) Players asked to choose a number can choose any non-negative
integer.
o (105.2) A negative value is treated as zero except when calculating a
character’s power or a cost.
o (105.3) Zero is an even number
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(106) Players
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o (106.1) The turn player is the player whose turn it is. Other players are nonturn players.
o (106.2) A player’s opponents are the other players in the game.
2. Parts of a Card
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(201) Name
o
(201.1) A card’s name has two parts: a Title and a Subtitle. A card’s Title is
printed in the upper left-hand corner of the card, and a card’s Subtitle is
printed immediately beneath it. The name of a card is its Title followed by its
Subtitle.
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o
(201.2) Text which refers to “this” card is referring to the card on which it is
printed, and not any other card with that name.
o
(201.3) Text can refer to characters by their Title alone.
(202) Power
o
(202.1) A card’s power is the value printed in the upper right-hand corner of
the card.
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(201.1a) Two cards with the same Title but a different Subtitle (or vice
versa) do not have the same name.
(202.2) Problems do not have Power.
(203) Color
o
(203.1) Cards can have one or more colors. A card’s color is defined by the
icon in the top right-hand corner.
o
(203.2) A card with one or more colors contributes power of those colors.
o
(203.3) A card which ‘adds its power’ to another card does not add its colors
to that card.
(204) Cost
o
(204.1) A card’s printed cost is the value printed in a white circle to the left of
the card art. This value is the number of action tokens that must be paid to
play the card.
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(205) Play Requirement
o
(205.1) A card’s play requirement is printed immediately below the card’s
cost. A play requirement indicates a color and a value. A player must have
characters with at least that much combined power of that color in order to
play the card.
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(205.1a) Cards without a cost do not have a play requirement, and not
all cards with costs have play requirements.
(206) Type
o
o
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(204.1a) Mane Characters, Troublemakers, and Problems do not have
a printed cost.
(206.1) A card’s type is indicated by an icon in the top-left corner of the card.
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(206.1a) Cards other than Mane Characters also have their card type
printed on the card. For Problems, this information is to the left of the
text box, and for other cards it is located beneath the art.
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(206.1b) Text which references a card by type can reference that type
either by the text on the type line or by the type icon in the upper lefthand corner.
(206.2) Following is a list of card types and their respective icons.
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Mane Character
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Friend
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Problem
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Troublemaker
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Event
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Resource
(207) Traits
o
(207.1) Traits include all text and icons listed on the Trait line under a card’s
art. Problems do not have Traits.
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(208) Text Box
o
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(210.1) Problem cards have a Problem Bonus which indicates how many
additional points the first player to confront that Problem scores.
(211) Point Value
o
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(209.1) Problem cards have two distinct sets of confront requirements; the
set beneath the text box defines that Problem’s confront requirements for its
owner, and the set on the opposite side of the card defines that Problem’s
confront requirements for its owner’s opponent.
(210) Problem Bonus
o
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(208.1) A card’s text box is below its Type line and may include game text,
reminder text, and flavor text. Flavor text is italicized beneath the game text
and has no impact on gameplay. Reminder text is italicized text in
parentheses that explains game text, and is not itself game text.
(209) Confront Requirements
o
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(207.2) A card can have multiple Traits. These traits are separated by
a “•”
(211.1) Troublemakers have a point value, which indicates how many points
a player scores for defeating that Troublemaker.
(212) Collector Number and Rarity
o
(212.1) Each card has a collector number and a rarity indicator at the bottom
of the card frame.
o
(212.2) The collector number indicates the card’s number within its set.
o
(212.3) The rarity indicator indicates the card’s rarity; this may be “C” for
Common, “U” for Uncommon, “R” for Rare, “UR” for Ultra-Rare, “F” for Fixed,
or “P” for Promo
o
(212.4) Some foiled cards may have an “f” indicating their foil status in place
of a rarity indicator.
3. Card Types
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(301) Mane Character
o (301.1) Mane Characters start the game in play at their owner’s home, with
their Start side face-up.
o (301.2) Mane Characters have a Start side and a Boosted side, and may have
text which instructs a player to turn them over. As a Mane Character is
turned over, its opposite side becomes face-up.
o (301.3) Mane Characters have the card information of their face-up side.
o (301.4) Mane Characters are characters.
o (301.5) Mane Characters can’t leave play.
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(302) Friend
o (302.1) Friends enter play at your home or at a Problem.
o (302.2) Friends are characters.
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(303) Problem
o (303.1) Problems enter play at their owner’s Problem area oriented so that
their confront requirements are facing the players those requirements apply
to.
o (303.2) Each Problem is associated with its owner’s Problem deck.
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(304) Event
o (304.1) Events have Timing Phrases which specify when they can be played.
o (304.2) As a player plays an Event, that player processes the Event’s text box
in order and then the Event is put into its owner’s discard pile.
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(305) Resource
o (305.1)As a player plays a Resource, that Resource enters play.
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(305.1a) A Resource that is not an attachment enters play at its
owner’s home.
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(305.1b) A Resource that is an attachment enters play attached to the
card it was played on, at that card’s Area.
(306) Troublemaker
o (306.1) Troublemakers enter play face-down at a Problem.
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o (306.2) Players can control only one face-up Troublemaker at a given
Problem. If a player controls more than one face-up Troublemaker at a given
Problem, that player is violating uniqueness (516)
4. Zones
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(401) General
o (401.1) Cards can be in any one of seven zones: Draw Deck, Problem Deck,
Hand, Play Zone, Discard Pile, Banished Zone, and Queue Zone. A given card
always exists in a distinct zone, and never exists in more than one zone at a
time or ‘between’ zones.
o (401.2) Each zone exists at all times even if it contains no cards.
o (401.3) The Draw Deck, Problem Deck, and Queue zones are ordered. Players
may not rearrange the order of cards in these zones, but may rearrange the
order of cards in other zones.
o (401.4) Players share the Play zone and the Queue zone. Each player has
their own instance of each other zone.
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(402) Draw Deck
o (402.1) The Draw Deck zone contains a player’s Draw Deck. If text refers to a
player’s deck, it is referring to that player’s Draw Deck unless it specifies the
Problem Deck.
o (402.2) Cards in the Draw Deck are not public to any player. The number of
cards remaining in the deck is public.
o (402.3) If multiple cards are put on the top or bottom of a Draw Deck
simultaneously, they may be put there in any order and are not revealed.
o (402.4) As a player shuffles a Draw Deck, flipped cards are set aside, the
remaining cards are shuffled face-down, and the flipped cards retain their
order in the deck.
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(403) Problem Deck
o (403.1) The Problem Deck zone contains a player’s Problem Deck.
o (403.2) Cards in the Problem Deck are not public to any player. The number
of cards remaining in the deck is public.
o (403.3) If multiple cards are put on the top or bottom of a Problem Deck
simultaneously, they may be put there in any order.
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(404) Hand
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o (404.1) Each hand zone contains the cards a player has drawn. Cards in
players’ hands are not public, but each player may look at the cards in his
own hand at any time.
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(405) Play
o (405.1) The play zone is where cards enter play. Each player owns 2 areas in
the play zone: their home area and their problem area. Cards may enter play
at any of these areas, and cards in play are public unless otherwise noted.
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(406) Discard Pile
o (406.1)Each player’s discard pile contains that player’s cards which have
been put there by any means. Cards in the Discard Pile are public
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(407) Banished Zone
o (407.1)Each player’s banished zone contains that player’s cards which have
been banished. Cards in the banished zone are public.
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(408) Queue Zone
o (408.1)Cards which are resolving or waiting to resolve exist in the queue
zone until they resolve.
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(409) Changing Zones
o (409.1) To dismiss a card is to put it from play into its owner’s discard pile.
Only cards in play can be dismissed.
o (409.2) To retire a card is to put it from play into its owner’s discard pile.
Players can only retire cards they control, and only cards in play can be
retired. Retiring a card is not the same as dismissing it.
o (409.3) To discard a card is to put it from a player’s hand into its owner’s
discard pile. Only cards in a player’s hand can be discarded.
o (409.4) To draw a card is to put the topmost unflipped card of a player’s draw
deck into that player’s hand. Only cards in draw decks can be drawn.

(409.4a) An instruction which puts a card into a player’s hand is a
“draw” only if it specifically uses the term “draw”

(409.4b) If a player is instructed to draw multiple cards, each one is
drawn one at a time, and each draw is a separate occurrence.
o (409.5) To banish a card is to put it into its owner’s banish zone.
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o (409.6) A card that changes zones or changes position in an ordered zone
becomes a different card. Modifiers or effects which applied to it no longer
apply, even if it returns to its original zone or position.
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(409.6a) If a modifier causes a card to change zones or an effect
triggers from a card changing zones, and that effect or modifier later
tries to affect that card, it can do so, but only if the card has since
remained in the new zone continuously.
5. Game Concepts

(501) Area
o (501.1) Each player owns two areas in the play zone: That player’s home, and
that player’s Problem. A player’s home is where that player’s Mane character
is located at the start of the game and a player’s Problem is where that
player’s Problem cards reside while in play.
o (501.2) Cards that are played “to” or “at” an area enter play at that area.
o (501.3) Cards that are played “on” a card enter play at that card’s area,
attached to that card.
o (501.4) If text uses the phrase “here”, it is referencing the area of the card that
text is on.
o (501.5) If text uses the phrase “there” it is referencing the area specified in its
text (which may or may not be the area of the card that text is on).
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(502) Action tokens
o (502.1) Action Tokens are accumulated during a game and are used to pay
costs.
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(502.1a) Action Tokens do not expire.
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(502.1b) Action tokens may be spent in any order.
(503) Ready and Exhausted
o (503.1) All cards enter play ready unless otherwise stated. Cards in play with
no exhaustion counters on them are ready.
o (503.2) As a card becomes exhausted, an exhaustion counter is placed on it.
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(503.2a) Cards with exhaustion counters on them can’t become
exhausted.
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o (503.3) To ready a card is to remove an exhaustion counter from it.
o (503.4) Cards which are not in the play zone are not ready or exhausted, and
can’t ready or exhaust.
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(503.4a) Problems are not ready or exhausted, and can’t ready or
exhaust, even while in the play zone.
o (503.5) Exhausted cards do not contribute their power to Faceoffs or to
confronting problems.
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(504) Frightened
o (504.1) As a card becomes frightened it is turned face down, all counters are
removed from it, and all cards attached to it are put into their owner’s discard
piles.
o (504.2) While a card is Frightened it is neither ready nor exhausted.

(504.2a) Frightened cards can’t ready or exhaust

(504.2b) Frightened cards can’t become frightened.
o (504.3) As a card is unfrightened, it is turned face up and ceases to be
frightened.
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(505) Face-down cards
o (505.1) Face-down cards retain their card information unless otherwise
noted.

(505.1a) Face-down cards lose and can’t have abilities and traits
unless those abilities could only function while the card is facedown.

(505.1b) Face-down cards have no color or power; this is not the same
as having a power of zero.
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(505.1c) The printed information of face-down cards is public unless
otherwise noted.
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(505.1d) Face-down Troublemakers are not public.
o (505.2) Face-down Troublemakers can’t be referenced by cards, abilities, or
effects except those which specifically reference “face-down” cards.
o (505.3) As a card is turned face-down, it becomes a different card. (408.5)
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(506) Moving
o (506.1) Moving is the act of putting a card from one area to another.
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o (506.2) Characters can’t be moved or sent to their current area. Characters
you control can’t be moved or sent to an opponent’s home.
o (506.3) Characters can be moved via the Move main phase action. Modifiers
which indicate that a player “pays” more or fewer action tokens to move a
character only affect the cost of that main phase action.
o (506.4) Characters can also be moved by modifiers from cards or effects,
which will meet conditions that check for a card to be moved.
o (506.5) Some text can state that characters are “sent” to an area. Sending a
character to an area is not the same as moving it.
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(507) Power
o (507.1) A card’s power is the value in the top right-hand corner, which may
be adjusted by modifiers or effects.
o (507.2) A player’s power is the combined power of his characters in play.
o (507.3) A player’s power of a color is the combined power of characters he
controls in play of that color.
o (507.4) A card’s printed power is the power value printed on the card,
regardless of any modifiers which adjust that card’s power.
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(508) Costs
o (508.1) A cost is anything a player must pay to take an action or to process an
effect or modifier. An instruction to “pay” is always a cost.
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(508.1a) Any part of a cost that would be replaced can’t be paid.
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(508.1b) If an action has multiple costs, they may be paid in any order
that allows all of them to be paid.
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(508.1c) If an action can’t be taken, costs involving that action can’t be
paid.
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(508.1d) A player can’t pay a cost unless he has the means to pay all of
it.
(509) Attachments
o (509.1) Some cards are played “on” another card. These cards are
attachments, and a card an attachment is played on is that attachment’s host.
o (509.2) An attachment enters play attached to its host
o (509.3) Attachments are always at their host’s area.
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o (509.4) Attachments have a host description, which is defined by the phrase
“this [thing]” or “that [thing]” in the attachment’s abilities.
o
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(509.5) Some cards instruct a player to “reattach” an attachment. To do this,
a player must choose another card and attach the attachment to it. That card
becomes the attachment’s host, and the attachment ceases to be attached to
any other card.
(510) Priority
o (510.1) Priority is the opportunity for a player to take an action. Only one
player may have priority at a time. While a player has priority, they may
perform any action allowed by the timing rules or they may pass priority to
another player. Players pass priority in clockwise order. Once a player takes
an action priority is passed to the next player.
o (510.2) A priority window is the interval of time during which players receive
priority. As a priority window opens, the turn player gets priority. The
priority window closes as all players pass priority consecutively without
taking actions.
o (510.3) As a priority window closes, the turn player may choose to open
another priority window by taking a legal action as defined by the timing
rules. If the turn player chooses not to open another priority window, the
game moves forward.
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(511) Pre-Priority Processing
o (511.1) As a player is about to receive priority, Pre-Priority Processing (PPP)
is performed. PPP is performed in a series of waves which check the
following things in order:
o
(511.2) Attachments check whether or not they are attached to a host. Any
that are not are dismissed by the game.
o (511.3) Attachments which are attached to a face-down host are dismissed
by the game.
o (511.4) Characters which are in the home of a player other than their
controller are sent to their controller’s home.
o (511.5) Triggered effects that have been created and are waiting to be
processed are processed.

(511.5a) If multiple triggered effects are waiting to be processed, the
player that most recently had priority processes all of his waiting
effects in the order of his choosing, followed by the next player in turn
order, and so on.
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(511.5a.i) If multiple triggered effects are waiting to be
processed as a new priority window is being opened, the turn
player instead processes all of his waiting effects in the order of
his choosing, followed by the next player in turn order, and so
on.
(511.5b) If processing any triggered effects creates additional
triggered effects, these additional effects wait to be processed until the
next wave of Pre-Priority Processing.
o (511.6) Successive waves of Pre-Priority Processing are performed until a
wave is completed during which nothing happens. Then, Pre-Priority
Processing ends and the player receives priority.
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(512) Timing Rules
o (512.1) Timing phrases specify when an activated ability can be activated.
Timing phrases on Events specify when that Event can be played. The bold
text preceding a “:” in a text box is considered the timing phrase.
o (512.2) Timing phrases on Events specify when that Event can be played.
o (512.3) Cards with the timing phrase “[x] Phase” can be played or have their
corresponding ability activated only by the turn player, to open a priority
window during the specified Phase of that player’s turn. The turn player may
choose to do this as another priority window closes, in which case a new
window opens before the game moves forward.
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(512.3a) Cards with the timing phrase “[x] Phase” can’t be played or
have their corresponding ability activated during a faceoff.
o (512.4) Cards with timing phrases including the words “Faceoff” or
“Reaction” can be played or have their corresponding ability activated any
time a player has priority and the card or ability’s other conditions are met.
Cards or abilities with timing phrases including the word “Faceoff” may not
be played or activated outside of a Faceoff.

(512.4a) Cards and effects with timing phrases which specify a type of
Faceoff can only be played or activated during the specified type(s) of
faceoff.

(512.4b) Cards or abilities with a timing phrase which specifies a
Phase or step prior to the word “Reaction” can only be played or
activated when the condition defined in their text occurs during the
specified Phase or step.
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(512.4c) A Reaction can only be played or activated once per instance
of the condition being met.
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(512.4d) You may only React to a condition that has been met since
the close of the most recent priority window.
(513) Control and Ownership
o (513.1) Players own all cards which they start the game with.
o (513.2) Players control cards in play which they own, unless a modifier or
effect changes the controller of a given card.
o (513.3) Players control modifiers which have been created by cards or effects
they control.
o (513.4) Players control triggered effects which have been created by cards
they control.
o (513.5) Cards, modifiers, and effects are always read from the perspective of
their controller.
o (513.6) Text which refers to “your” cards is referring to cards you control.
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(514) Faceoffs
o (514.1) To perform a Faceoff, follow the instructions below in order.
o (514.2) As a faceoff begins some number of cards become involved in the
faceoff, all triggers which trigger at the start of a faceoff trigger, and a priority
window opens.
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(514.2a) If the Faceoff is a Troublemaker Faceoff, the Troublemaker
and the challenger’s characters at the Troublemaker’s Problem are
involved in the Faceoff.
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(514.2a.i) If a Troublemaker faceoff is started by an effect or
modifier, the involvement of cards in that faceoff is governed by
the instructions of that effect or modifier instead. (514.2c)
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(514.2b) If the Faceoff is a Problem Faceoff, characters at the
Problem(s) where the faceoff is being resolved are involved in the
Faceoff.
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(514.2c) If the faceoff is started by an effect or modifier, cards are
involved in the faceoff as specified by the effect or modifier that
started it.
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(514.2d) Involvement in a faceoff does not flag any cards; which cards
are involved in a faceoff is continuously checked, and cards can
become involved or cease to be involved in a faceoff as they begin or
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cease to fit the description specified by the effect, modifier, or rule that
started the faceoff.
o
(514.3) As that priority window closes, each player simultaneously flips the
topmost unflipped card of their draw deck and a priority window opens.

(514.3a) Some modifiers instruct a player to flip a different number of
cards “during faceoffs”. These modifiers affect only the number of
cards flipped at this time.
o (514.4) As that priority window closes, players compare power totals.

(514.4a) A player’s power total is the sum of the combined power of
all cards that player controls involved in that faceoff and the combined
power of all cards that player flipped during that faceoff.

(514.4b) Flipped cards which are ignored are not added to a player’s
power total, but remain flipped.
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(514.4c) If both players’ power totals are the same, each player flips
another card and a priority window opens. As that priority window
closes, players compare power totals again. Repeat this process until
power totals are not the same.
o (514.5) Next, the player with the highest power total wins the Faceoff, the
other player loses the Faceoff, and one of the following things happens:
o
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(514.5a) If the challenger wins a Troublemaker Faceoff, the challenger
defeats the Troublemaker. To defeat a Troublemaker, a player scores
points equal to the Troublemaker’s point value and dismisses the
Troublemaker.
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(514.5b) If the challenger loses a Troublemaker Faceoff, the challenger
must send one of his characters that was involved in the Faceoff home.
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(514.5c) If a player wins a Problem Faceoff, that player scores points
equal to the highest Problem bonus among Problems at which that
Faceoff was resolved.
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(514.5d) If a player wins or loses a faceoff started by an effect or
modifier, that player also follows any corresponding instructions
specified by that effect or modifier.
(514.6) Then, all triggers which trigger at the end of a faceoff trigger and a
priority window opens. As that priority window closes, all flipped cards are
put on the bottom of their owner’s decks, all cards cease to be involved in a
faceoff, and the faceoff ends.
(515) Flipping
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o (515.1) To flip a card, a player reveals the topmost unflipped card from that
player’s draw deck. If there are no unflipped cards remaining in a player’s
deck, that player does not flip a card.
o (515.2) Flipped cards do not change zones, and keep their order in the deck.
o
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(515.2a)If a deck is shuffled while some number of cards in that deck
are flipped, the flipped cards are not shuffled. (402.4)
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(515.2b)If a deck is drawn from while some number of cards in that
deck are flipped, the topmost unflipped card is drawn. (408.3)
(515.3) If a player is instructed to flip multiple cards simultaneously, each
flip is a separate occurrence.
o (515.4) Some modifiers instruct a player to ‘ignore’ a flipped card. A card
which is ignored remains flipped, but does not add its power to a player’s
power total.
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(515.4a) A card which is ignored can’t be ignored again.
(516) Uniqueness
o
(516.1) Some cards can only be controlled in certain quantities. When a
player controls an illegal configuration of these cards, a uniqueness violation
occurs. Uniqueness is checked continuously throughout the game and a
violation can occur at any time, including during Pre-Priority Processing and
while no player has priority. When a Uniqueness violation occurs, the game
pauses until the violation is repaired.
o (516.2) To repair a Uniqueness violation, the violating player must choose a
violating card to be dismissed by the game. If this does not repair the
violation, then that player chooses another violating card to be dismissed by
the game, and so on, until the violation is repaired.
o (516.3) Some cards have the Unique trait. These cards are Unique cards, and
if a player controls more than one such card with the same name, those cards
violate uniqueness.
o (516.4) If a player controls more than one face-up Troublemaker at the same
problem, those cards violate uniqueness.

(516.4a) If a player controls a Troublemaker with Villain and any
player controls another Troublemaker at that card’s Problem, those
cards violate uniqueness.
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(516.4b) While repairing a Troublemaker uniqueness violation,
players can’t choose a Troublemaker with the Villain keyword to be
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dismissed by the game unless all violating cards have the Villain
keyword.
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(517) Points
o (517.1) Players start the game with zero points. The game ends as a player
reaches 15 points.
o (517.2) If a card or effect instructs a player to score some number of points,
those points are scored with that card. If a modifier instructs a player to
score some number of points, those points are scored with the card that
created that modifier. If a player scores points as a result of winning a faceoff,
those points are scored with their cards that were involved in the faceoff. If a
player scores points as a result of confronting a Problem, those points were
scored with the characters that player controlled at that Problem.
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(518) Searching
o (518.1) To search a zone is to look at all of the cards in that zone. A player
searching a zone for a card of a specified description may fail to find a card.
o (518.2) If a player searches a deck, that deck’s owner shuffles it after the
player has finished searching.
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(519) Counters
o (519.1) Counters are markers placed on cards. Counters may have different
names, and modifiers may refer to counters with specific names.
o (519.2) If a card refers to a counter, it refers to a counter on itself unless it
specifies otherwise.
o (519.3) Counters remain on a card until they are removed.

(519.3a) All counters are removed from a card as part of it becoming a
different card (408.5)
6. Turn Sequence

(601) General
o (601.1) Each turn is divided into Phases and Steps
o (601.2) At the start and end of each Phase and Step a priority window opens
and the turn player gets priority
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(601.2a) No player receives priority during the Ready Phase until after
the Action Step
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(601.2b) No player receives priority during the Wrap-Up Step
o (601.3) Following is an outline of a complete turn:
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(602) Ready Phase
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(603) Ready Step
o (603.1) The turn player readies all of that player’s cards.

(604) Action Step
o (604.1) The turn player receives a number of action tokens based on the
score of the player with the highest score, as follows:


(604.1a) The turn player receives 2 action tokens if the highest score
is 1 or less.
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(604.1b) The turn player receives 3 action tokens if the highest score
is more than 1 but less than 6.
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(604.1c) The turn player receives 4 action tokens if the highest score
is more than 5 but less than 11.

(604.1d) The turn player receives 5 action tokens if the highest score
is 11 or more.
(605) Draw Step
o (605.1) The turn player draws a card.

(605.1a) The turn player does not draw a card on their first turn if
they are the first player to take a turn.
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(606) Troublemaker Phase
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(607) Uncover step
o (607.1) If there is a face-up Troublemaker with the Villain keyword at a
Problem, Troublemakers can’t be uncovered at that Problem.
o (607.2) Any face-down Troublemakers controlled by the turn player are
uncovered in the order of the turn player’s choosing.
o (607.3) To uncover a Troublemaker, turn it face-up. If that Troublemaker has
the Villain keyword, dismiss all other face-up Troublemakers at that Problem.
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(608) Challenge Step
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o (608.1) The turn player may challenge opposing Troublemakers or
Troublemakers with Villain one at a time in the order of that player’s
choosing. That player is the challenger.
o (608.2) The turn player may challenge an opposing Troublemaker or a
Troublemaker with Villain if that player controls at least one character at that
Troublemaker’s Problem.
o (608.3) Players can’t choose to challenge the same Troublemaker multiple
times during the same Challenge Step.
o (608.4) To challenge a Troublemaker, perform a Faceoff. That faceoff is a
Troublemaker Faceoff.
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(609) Main Phase
o (609.1) The turn player may perform any Main Phase action by opening a
priority window and taking that action.
o (609.2) The Main Phase actions are as follows:
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
(609.2a) Play a Friend, Resource, or Event Card

The turn player may pay a card’s cost(s) to play it.

Only Events with the timing phrase “Main Phase” may be
played as Main Phase actions.
(609.2b) Move a Character

The turn player may pay 2 action tokens to move a character
that player controls to another area. Characters can't be moved
to their current area.

The cost of the move action can’t be reduced to less than 1
action.
(609.2c) Play a Troublemaker
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(609.2d) Draw a card

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The turn player may pay 1 action token to play a Troublemaker
face-down to a Problem.
The turn player may pay 1 action token to draw a card.
(609.2e) Rally a Frightened Card
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(609.2f) Activate an ability
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The turn player may pay 2 action tokens to unfrighten a card
that player controls. Cards which are not frightened can’t be
unfrightened.
The turn player may activate an ability with the Main Phase
timing phrase by paying its cost.
(610) Score Phase
o (610.1) A confront step is performed for each Problem in the order of the
turn player’s choosing

(611) Confront Step
o (611.1) The turn player confronts a Problem if that player meets the
Problem’s confront requirements.
o (611.2) The confront requirements of a Problem owned by a player are listed
at the bottom of the Problem card, beneath the text box. The confront
requirements of a Problem owned by an opponent are listed at the top of the
Problem card. These requirements may be different for each player.
o (611.3) A player meets the confront requirements of a Problem if that player
controls characters at that Problem contributing power in the required
amounts of the required colors to confronting that Problem.
o

(611.3a) Characters contribute their power to confronting their
Problem unless otherwise unable to.

(611.3b) Characters can’t contribute power of more than one color,
even if that character has more than one color.

(611.3c) Some problems have confront requirements that specify
power of a color that is not a certain color. These requirements can be
met by power of any color that is not the prohibited color.

(611.3d) Wild power can be contributed to by power of any color,
including excess power of the colors of the other listed requirements.

(611.3e) A player can’t confront a Problem if there is an opposing
face-up Troublemaker or a face-up Troublemaker with Villain at that
Problem.
(611.4) As a player confronts a Problem, that player scores a point. If an
opponent also meets their confront requirements for that Problem (611.3),
there will be a Problem Faceoff at that Problem.
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(611.4a) The first player to confront a given Problem also scores the
Problem Bonus of that Problem.
(612) Faceoff Step
o (612.1) If the turn player confronted both Problems in one score phase,
perform a Double Problem Faceoff at both Problems. This is a type of
Problem Faceoff.
o

(612.2) If the turn player confronted only one problem while the opponent
could also confront that Problem, perform a Problem Faceoff at that problem.
(613) Solve Step
o (613.1) As the Solve Step starts, any Problems at which Problem Faceoffs
were resolved become solved.
o (613.2) Replace any Problems which are solved. To replace a Problem, the
following steps are performed in order: Any characters (including Frightened
Friends) there are sent to their controller’s home, any face-up Troublemakers
there are dismissed, and any Resources there are dismissed. Cards dismissed
in this way are dismissed by the game. Then, put the Problem being replaced
on the bottom of its owner’s Problem deck, and put the top card of that deck
into play at that area.

(614) End Phase

(615) End of Turn Step
o (615.1) All triggers which trigger at the end of the turn trigger at this time.

(616) Wrap Up Step
o (616.1) No player receives priority during the wrap up step

o
(616.1a) Triggers that occur during this step are resolved during PrePriority Processing at the start of the next turn
(616.2) If the turn player has more cards in hand than allowed by the
maximum hand size, that player must discard cards until they no longer have
more cards in hand than allowed. The default maximum hand size is 8.
o (616.3) If the turn player has Friends at their home in excess of their home
limit, that player must choose and retire Friends at their home until they no
longer have Friends at their home in excess of their home limit. A player’s
home limit is defined in the text box of that player’s Mane Character
o
(616.4) All modifiers which last “this turn” or “until the end of the turn” end,
the current turn ends, and the next player in turn order begins their turn.
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7. Abilities and Modifiers
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(701) Abilities
o (701.1) A card’s abilities include the game text inside it’s text box, its
keywords, and any text added to it by modifiers. There are three types of
abilities: Continuous Abilities, Activated Abilities, and Triggered Abilities.
o (701.2) A paragraph break (indicated by “<p>” in rules and supplementary
documents) in a card’s text denotes a separate ability.

(701.2a) Keywords may be grouped together, but are always separate
abilities.
o (701.3) Abilities function only in play unless they specify otherwise or could
only function in a non-play zone.
o (701.4) Keywords are bold words in a card’s text box that represent common
card powers. Not all words in bold text are keywords; each keyword is
defined in the glossary.

(702) Continuous Abilities
o (702.1) Continuous abilities generate continuous modifiers, and function
until the card that has them loses them or leaves the appropriate zone.

(703) Activated Abilities
o (703.1) Activated abilities are abilities that can be activated by a player as an
action while that player has priority. Activated abilities can be identified by
timing phrases indicating when they may be activated.


(703.1a) Timing phrases on Event cards do not indicate activated
abilities.

(703.1b) Only the controller of a card may activate its activated
abilities.

(703.1c) Abilities may be activated as often as a player can pay their
costs.

(703.1d) The cost of an activated ability is defined by the text in the
ability that precedes the word “to”. If the word “to” does not appear in
the text of the ability, that ability has no cost.
(704) Triggered Abilities
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o (704.1) A triggered ability watches for its trigger condition to occur, at which
point it triggers. A triggered ability can be identified by the words “when” or
“at”.


(704.1a) An ability which uses the words “when” or “at” but also has a
timing phrase is not a triggered ability.

(704.1b) A triggered ability triggers once for each instance of its
trigger condition, even if those instances occur simultaneously.

(704.1c) A triggered ability can trigger at any time, including while no
player has priority. As a triggered ability triggers, it creates a
triggered effect. The processing of these effects is ordered by PrePriority Processing.
(705) Processing Actions
o (705.1) To take an action is to play a card, perform a Main Phase Action, or
activate an activated ability.
o (705.2) A player taking an action resolves it by following the steps below. No
player has priority during these steps. If a player can’t complete one of these
steps, the game state is rewound to the point immediately before that action
was taken.

(705.2a) Announce the action and reveal its source if the source is not
public.

(705.2b) If the action is a card being played, put that card in the
queue.

(705.2b) Determine the costs of the action

(705.2c) Pay those costs

(705.2d) Follow the instructions of the card, action or ability in order.
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Any decisions that must be made as part of following those
instructions are made in order; if multiple un-ordered
decisions are made, they may be made in an order chosen by
the player taking the action. Players can’t choose to do things
that can’t be done.

If parts of these instructions have different durations, or if
some have durations while others don’t, separate modifiers are
created for each part. Modifiers never have more than one
duration.
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
(705.2e) As the last part of processing an action, one of the following
things happens:

A Friend, Troublemaker, or Resource enters play

An Event creates one or more modifiers and is then put into its
owner’s discard pile

A Main Phase Action creates a modifier

An ability creates one or more modifiers
(705.2f) After an action has been resolved, priority passes to the next
player.
(706) Entering Play
o (706.1) A card enters play as it is put into the play zone from another zone. A
player puts a card into play by following the instructions below in order.


(706.1a) Any modifiers that affect the state in which the card enters
play are applied (“enters play face-down”, “enters play exhausted”, etc)

(706.1b) The card’s continuous powers begin generating continuous
modifiers, and any existing continuous modifiers that would affect the
card are applied to it.

(705.1c) Abilities that trigger “when [something] enters play” trigger.
(707) Modifiers
o (707.1) Processing an action or effect can create one or more modifiers.
o (707.2) Modifiers affect the game when applied to it. A player applies a
modifier by processing its text in order. If part of its text can’t be done, the
parts which can be done are still processed.

(707.2a) Some modifiers have a cost. The cost of a modifier is defined
as the portion of its text preceding the word ‘to’. If the word ‘to’ does
not appear in a modifier’s text, that modifier has no cost. A modifier’s
cost must be paid in order to process the subsequent text.
o (707.3) Modifiers only affect cards in play unless they specifically affect cards
in one or more other zones.
o (707.4) If a modifier starts a faceoff, as that modifier resolves, the faceoff
starts. This does not cause a new priority window to open; this is an
exception to (514.2). Instead, the current priority window remains open and
the turn player receives priority.
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
(707.4a) Faceoffs can’t be started during a faceoff.
(708) Continuous Modifiers
o (708.1) Continuous modifiers affect the game over a period of time.
Continuous modifiers can be definite or indefinite.
o (708.2) Definite continuous modifiers have a specific duration. They may
also have a “while” condition, which is not itself a duration.

(708.2a) Modifiers which have “while” conditions only affect the game
while their “while” condition is true within their duration.

(708.2b) Definite continuous modifiers which check game state
information use that information as it was at the time the modifier
was created.
o (708.3) Indefinite continuous modifiers affect the game for as long as they
exist and any conditions they have are true.

(708.3a) Indefinite modifiers which check game state information
always use information from the current game state.
o (708.4) Triggered modifiers are a type of continuous modifier which may
have a duration or specify that it triggers the next time a specified thing
occurs. Triggered modifiers can be identified by the words ‘when’ or ‘at’ and
function like triggered abilities. (704)

(709) One-Shot Modifiers
o (709.1) One-shot modifiers affect the game once and then cease to exist. They
do not have a duration.
o (709.2) One-shot modifiers that check game state information use that
information as it was at the time the modifier was created.

(710) Replacement Modifiers
o (710.1) Modifiers that use the words “if”, “would”, and “instead” are
replacement modifiers. A replacement modifier replaces a specified
occurrence with a different occurrence. Replacement modifiers do not define
what “can’t” happen.
o (710.2) A replacement modifier can replace an occurrence at any time, even
during Pre-Priority Processing or while no player has priority.
o (710.3) Neither an occurrence which has been affected by a replacement
modifier nor any occurrence that occurrence has been replaced with can be
affected by that modifier again. Those occurrences can still be affected by
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other replacement modifiers or other instances of the same replacement
modifier.
o (710.4) A replacement modifier can replace an occurrence even if the
occurrence it is being replaced with can’t be done. (That occurrence still
can’t be done)
o (710.5) If multiple replacement modifiers would replace the same
occurrence, the player that would be affected chooses one and applies it. If
the occurrence affects a card, effect, or modifier, the controller of that card,
effect, or modifier is the player that would be affected.


(710.5a) If one or more modifiers that were attempting to replace that
occurrence no longer apply, they are ignored.

(710.5b) If one or more modifiers are still attempting to replace the
occurrence, this process repeats until that is no longer the case.
(711) Modifier Interactions
o (711.1) One-shot modifiers are applied as they are created, then cease to
exist.
o (711.2) Replacement modifiers are applied as the occurrence they replace
would occur.
o (711.3) Continuous modifiers are applied in timestamp order unless one is
dependent upon another.

(711.3a) The timestamp of a continuous modifier is the time at which
that modifier was created.

(711.3b) A continuous modifier is dependent upon a second
continuous modifier if the presence of the second changes the result
of the first. Modifiers that don’t depend on any other modifiers are
independent modifiers.

(711.3c) Modifiers are never dependent on replacement modifiers.
o (711.4) If a modifier is dependent on a second modifier with a later
timestamp, it is not applied in timestamp order and instead applied
immediately after the latest-timestamped modifier on which it depends
o (711.5) If some number of modifiers are dependent upon each other, they are
interdependent. Apply the earliest-timestamped one in timestamp order, and
apply the remaining ones as per dependent modifiers. (711.4)
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(712) Triggered Effects
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o (712.1) As a player is about to receive priority, any triggered effects that have
been created since the last time a player had priority are processed during
Pre-Priority Processing.
o (712.2) Triggered effects that check game state information use that
information as it existed at the time that effect was created, irrespective of
the game state at the time that effect resolves.
o (712.3) Some triggered effects state that a player “may” do something.
Triggering these effects is not optional; the effect is created, and the player’s
decision is made as the effect is processed.
8. Additional Rules

(801) Simultaneity
o

(801.1)If simultaneous decisions must be made by one or more players, the
player who most recently had priority makes all of his decisions first, then
the next player in turn order, and so on, until all decisions are made. After all
decisions have been made, they are resolved simultaneously.
(802) Loops
o
(802.1) Game states can exist in which a series of actions can be performed
indefinitely. Such series are loops.
o
(802.2) If a loop involves one more optional actions, after a full iteration of
the loop the next player who has the opportunity to perform an optional
action in the loop must choose a number. Then, in turn order, each player
with the opportunity to perform an optional action in the loop may choose a
smaller number. The smallest number chosen is the number of times that the
loop is repeated, ending just before the player who chose the smallest
number has the opportunity to take an optional action in the loop; after that
number of repetitions has been completed, that player can’t take an action
that would continue the loop.
o
(802.3) If a loop involves no optional actions, the player who controls the first
mandatory effect in the loop must choose a number greater than 24,567,837.
The loop is repeated that many times, ending immediately before the first
mandatory effect would trigger the next time after the repetitions. That
effect instead does not trigger and play proceeds.
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(802.4) A player may break a loop before the specified number of repetitions
by taking an action that would prevent the loop from continuing, at which
point the loop ends and play proceeds.
9. Credits
Rules Design: Rob Broughton, Amanda Craig, Darrell Hardy, Trevor McGregor, Pavel
Smith
Rules Development: Adam Hollister, Victor Potter
Rules Team: Scott Goodrich, Victor Potter, John Temple
This is a comprehensive document, but additional questions can be asked of the
rules team at My Little Pony CCG Rules.
10. Glossary
Caretaker: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “This card has +1 power while at a
Problem with at least one of your [critter] Friends”
Home Limit: Mane Characters have a home limit printed in their text box. The home limit
of a player’s Mane Character defines how many Friends that player can control at their
home at the end of their turn. If a player controls more Friends at home at the end of their
turn than their home limit allows, they must retire Friends until they no longer have more
at home than their home limit allows.
Inspired: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “At the start of your Main Phase, look
at a number of cards from the top of an opponent’s draw deck equal to the number of cards
with Inspired you control. Put any number of them on top of the deck in any order, and the
rest on the bottom.”
Prismatic: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “This card also has the colors of all
your other [crystal] characters.”
Pumped: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “Once per faceoff, during a faceoff
involving this card, if you would put a flipped card on the bottom of your deck you may
banish it to beneath this card instead.”
Random: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “Once per faceoff, during a faceoff
involving this card, if you flip a card with 1 power, you may ignore it and flip a new card”
Spend: A word that can be associated with the Pumped keyword. To spend a card from
beneath another card is to put it into the discard pile.
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Starting Problem: This is a flag which appears in bold text on Problem cards. Cards with
Starting Problem can be selected as the Problem a player puts into play as a game is
starting.
Stubborn: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “While exhausted, this card
contributes its power to Faceoffs and to confronting problems.”
Studious: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “When you win a faceoff involving this
card, gain an action token from this card unless you have already gained an action token
from a card with Studious this faceoff.”
Supportive X: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “This card has +X power while
with your Mane Character that shares a color with it.”
Swift: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “You pay –[1 action token] to move this
card.”
Teamwork: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “Your other Friends here that share
a Trait with this card also have its other printed abilities.”
Villain: A keyword ability cards can have. It means “When this Troublemaker is uncovered,
Frighten each Friend at its Problem.”
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