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Pickpocket (Ability)

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Pickpocket わるいてぐせ
Bad Habit
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Generation V
Steals an item when hit by another Pokémon.
Generation VI
Steals an item from an attacker that made direct contact.

Pickpocket (Japanese: わるいてぐせ Bad Habit) is an Ability introduced in Generation V. Seven Pokémon can have this Ability. This Ability is exclusively obtained as a Hidden Ability.


In battle

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, the Pokémon with this Ability will steal the held item of the attacking Pokémon. It will not activate if the Pokémon with this Ability already has a held item, or if either Pokémon is behind a substitute.

It cannot steal a Plate from a Pokémon with Multitype or Mail. It cannot steal a Griseous Orb if either Pokémon is Giratina, a Drive if either Pokémon is Genesect, a Red Orb if either Pokémon is Groudon, a Blue Orb if either Pokémon is Kyogre, or a Mega Stone that can Mega Evolve either Pokémon.

Outside of battle

Pickpocket has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Pickpocket

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Sneasel Sneasel Dark Ice Inner Focus Keen Eye Pickpocket
Seedot Seedot Grass Grass Chlorophyll Early Bird Pickpocket
Nuzleaf Nuzleaf Grass Dark Chlorophyll Early Bird Pickpocket
Shiftry Shiftry Grass Dark Chlorophyll Early Bird Pickpocket
Weavile Weavile Dark Ice Pressure None Pickpocket
Binacle Binacle Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.


In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pickpocket
Germany Flag.png German Langfinger
Italy Flag.png Italian Arraffalesto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 나쁜손버릇 Nappeun Somboreus
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Furto
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hurto

Variations of the Ability Pickpocket

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