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.
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.
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