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Thief (Japanese: どろぼう Thief) is a damage-dealing Dark-type move introduced in Generation II. It has been TM46 since Generation II.
Thief inflicts damage and steals the target's held item if it is holding any. If the target is not holding an item or the user is already holding an item, Thief only inflicts damage and will not be able to steal an item. Held mail cannot be stolen.
The player's Pokémon's held item would not be stolen if Thief is used by a wild Pokémon.
Thief can steal a non-player character's Pokémon's items permanently. In link battles and the Trainer House items stolen will be returned at the end of the battle.
Same as Generation II. In addition, the item cannot be stolen if the target has the Sticky Hold Ability. Like in link battles, items stolen in Secret Bases will be returned at the end of the battle.
In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, Thief does not steal items.
Same as Generation III. Additionally, all stolen held items will be returned to the player if the opponent manages to steal an item by using Thief or Covet.
Items cannot be stolen from Pokémon with the Ability Multitype, and the Griseous Orb cannot be stolen. If the target's consumable held item is triggered by Thief, such as a Colbur Berry or Focus Sash, it will not be stolen.
Thief no longer steals a Trainer's Pokémon's items permanently; however, a wild Pokémon's item is still permanently stolen by the player. Thief will now succeed with a Griseous Orb as long as neither the user nor the target is Giratina.
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|| A Dark-type attack. The attacking Pokémon may steal an item held by the target.
|| An attack that may steal a held item.
|| While attacking, it may steal the foe's held item.
|| An attack that may take the foe's held item if the user isn't holding one.
|| An attack that may steal the target's held item.*|
While attacking, it may steal the target's held item.*
|| The user attacks and steals the foe's held item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
|| The user attacks and steals the target's item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
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