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Fizzling

Cards like No! and Butter Bean! can cancel effects. When something is canceled it is removed from the stack without resolving and then discarded if it is a card. This is called fizzling. It is important to note that only effects that specifically say they will cancel effects will do so. Destroying an item does not cause its effect to fizzle. Below are some common fizzles:

Invalid Targets

Players must declare targets when playing effects. If the target leaves play or becomes untargetable for any other reason, the effect fizzles.

Condition Not Met

Some effects require a condition to trigger and/or resolve. The effect will fizzle on resolution if the condition is false. For example:

Attack Fizzle

If the target of your attack declaration is an active monster and it leaves play, the declaration will fizzle and the attack won’t start. You do not lose your attack (it didn’t happen) and you can simply declare another attack.

Purchase Fizzle

If the target of your purchase declaration leaves play, the declaration will fizzle and the purchase won’t happen. A purchase declaration will fizzle on resolution (be canceled instead of resolving) if you don’t have enough ¢ when your declaration resolves. In either case, you do not lose your purchase (it didn’t happen) and you can simply declare another purchase.

Leaving Combat

If a player or monster leaves an attack for any reason, any attack roll or combat damage on the stack fizzles. This can be from the player or monster dying, an effect canceling the attack, or an effect ending the turn.


Related FAQs

Attacking and Monster Slots

If I’m attacking a monster that has an effect that deals damage to me on a roll of 6 and I’m at 1HP and roll a 6 that would kill the monster, who dies first?


The monster’s triggered effect would be added to the stack and would resolve before the attack roll that would deal the final damage to kill the monster. Combat ends when either the player or monster dies, and the unresolved attack roll on the stack would fizzle when the player dies. The monster would therefore not die in this scenario even after the player does.

The Stack

What happens if after a player declares a purchase or attack the item or monster targeted is removed from play by an effect?


The declaration to purchase or attack would fizzle. This would not count as the player’s purchase or attack for the turn, and they would be free to declare another of either. If the player had declared a purchase, they do not lose any coins.

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