Thief (move)

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Thief
どろぼう Thief
Thief.png
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Type  Dark
Category  Physical
PP  25 (max. 40)
Power  60
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Makes the appeal as good as those before it.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  0  
Steals the Voltage of the Pokémon that just went.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as the moved used just before it.

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.

Effect

151Mew.png This move effect may be in need of research.
Reason: Specific chance of stealing the target's held item in Gen II and III
You can discuss this on the talk page.

Generation II and III

Thief inflicts damage and has a high chance of stealing 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 cannot steal an item. Held Mail cannot be stolen. The item cannot be stolen if the target has the Sticky Hold Ability.

A wild Pokémon cannot steal the held item of the player's Pokémon.

Thief can steal a Trainer's Pokémon's items permanently. In Link Battles, the Trainer House, Battle Frontier facilities and Secret Bases, items stolen will be returned at the end of the battle.

In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, Thief does not permanently steal items.

Generation IV

Thief will now always steal items if possible.

If a Trainer's Pokémon steals an item from the player, it will be returned at the end of the battle.

Plates 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.

Generation V

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.

Generation VI

Thief's power was changed from 40 to 60 and its PP was changed from 10 to 25.

Mega Stones that can Mega Evolve the user or target cannot be stolen via Thief.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 A Dark-type attack. The attacking Pokémon may steal an item held by the target.
GSC An attack that may steal a held item.
RSE While attacking, it may steal the foe's held item.
FRLG An attack that may take the foe's held item if the user isn't holding one.
Colo.XD An attack that may steal the target's held item.*
While attacking, it may steal the target's held item.*
DPPtHGSS The user attacks and steals the foe's held item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
BWB2W2 The user attacks and steals the target's item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
XYORAS
SM
The user attacks and steals the target's held item simultaneously. The user can't steal anything if it already holds an item.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
261 Poochyena Poochyena
Field Field 45
262 Mightyena Mightyena
Field Field 52 57 57 57XY
1ORAS
271 Lombre Lombre
Water 1 Grass 37
352 Kecleon Kecleon
Field Field 1 1 1 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Egg Groups Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
707 Klefki Klefki
Mineral Mineral
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
TM46
III
TM46
IV
TM46
V
TM46
VI
TM46
VII
TM46
012 Butterfree Butterfree
Bug Bug
015 Beedrill Beedrill
Bug Bug
016 Pidgey Pidgey
Flying Flying
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto
Flying Flying
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot
Flying Flying
019 Rattata Rattata
Field Field
020 Raticate Raticate
Field Field
021 Spearow Spearow
Flying Flying
022 Fearow Fearow
Flying Flying
023 Ekans Ekans
Field Dragon
024 Arbok Arbok
Field Dragon
026 Raichu Raichu
Field Fairy
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Field Field
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Field Field
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Monster Field
030 Nidorina Nidorina
Undiscovered Undiscovered
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen
Undiscovered Undiscovered
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
Monster Field
033 Nidorino Nidorino
Monster Field
034 Nidoking Nidoking
Monster Field
041 Zubat Zubat
Flying Flying
042 Golbat Golbat
Flying Flying
046 Paras Paras
Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect
Bug Grass
048 Venonat Venonat
Bug Bug
049 Venomoth Venomoth
Bug Bug
050 Diglett Diglett
Field Field
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
Field Field
052 Meowth Meowth
Field Field
053 Persian Persian
Field Field
056 Mankey Mankey
Field Field
057 Primeape Primeape
Field Field
058 Growlithe Growlithe
Field Field
059 Arcanine Arcanine
Field Field
060 Poliwag Poliwag
Water 1 Water 1
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
Water 1 Water 1
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
Water 1 Water 1
063 Abra Abra
Human-Like Human-Like
064 Kadabra Kadabra
Human-Like Human-Like
065 Alakazam Alakazam
Human-Like Human-Like
066 Machop Machop
Human-Like Human-Like
067 Machoke Machoke
Human-Like Human-Like
068 Machamp Machamp
Human-Like Human-Like
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout
Grass Grass
070 Weepinbell Weepinbell
Grass Grass
071 Victreebel Victreebel
Grass Grass
072 Tentacool Tentacool
Water 3 Water 3
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel
Water 3 Water 3
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd
Field Flying
084 Doduo Doduo
Flying Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio
Flying Flying
086 Seel Seel
Water 1 Field
087 Dewgong Dewgong
Water 1 Field
088 Grimer Grimer
Amorphous Amorphous
089 Muk Muk
Amorphous Amorphous
092 Gastly Gastly
Amorphous Amorphous
093 Haunter Haunter
Amorphous Amorphous
094 Gengar Gengar
Amorphous Amorphous
096 Drowzee Drowzee
Human-Like Human-Like
097 Hypno Hypno
Human-Like Human-Like
098 Krabby Krabby
Water 3 Water 3
099 Kingler Kingler
Water 3 Water 3
100 Voltorb Voltorb
Mineral Mineral
101 Electrode Electrode
Mineral Mineral
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute
Grass Grass
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor
Grass Grass
104 Cubone Cubone
Monster Monster
105 Marowak Marowak
Monster Monster
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee
Human-Like Human-Like
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan
Human-Like Human-Like
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster
109 Koffing Koffing
Amorphous Amorphous
110 Weezing Weezing
Amorphous Amorphous
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn
Monster Field
112 Rhydon Rhydon
Monster Field
114 Tangela Tangela
Grass Grass
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan
Monster Monster
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime
Human-Like Human-Like
123 Scyther Scyther
Bug Bug
124 Jynx Jynx
Human-Like Human-Like
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz
Human-Like Human-Like
126 Magmar Magmar
Human-Like Human-Like
127 Pinsir Pinsir
Bug Bug
137 Porygon Porygon
Mineral Mineral
138 Omanyte Omanyte
Water 1 Water 3
139 Omastar Omastar
Water 1 Water 3
140 Kabuto Kabuto
Water 1 Water 3
141 Kabutops Kabutops
Water 1 Water 3
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
Flying Flying
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
161 Sentret Sentret
Field Field
162 Furret Furret
Field Field
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot
Flying Flying
164 Noctowl Noctowl
Flying Flying
165 Ledyba Ledyba
Bug Bug
166 Ledian Ledian
Bug Bug
167 Spinarak Spinarak
Bug Bug
168 Ariados Ariados
Bug Bug
169 Crobat Crobat
Flying Flying
177 Natu Natu
Flying Flying
178 Xatu Xatu
Flying Flying
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
186 Politoed Politoed
Water 1 Water 1
190 Aipom Aipom
Field Field
193 Yanma Yanma
Bug Bug
195 Quagsire Quagsire
Water 1 Field
198 Murkrow Murkrow
Flying Flying
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Amorphous Amorphous
203 Girafarig Girafarig
Field Field
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce
Field Field
207 Gligar Gligar
Bug Bug
209 Snubbull Snubbull
Field Fairy
210 Granbull Granbull
Field Fairy
212 Scizor Scizor
Bug Bug
214 Heracross Heracross
Bug Bug
215 Sneasel Sneasel
Field Field
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa
Field Field
217 Ursaring Ursaring
Field Field
223 Remoraid Remoraid
Water 1 Water 2
224 Octillery Octillery
Water 1 Water 2
225 Delibird Delibird
Water 1 Field
227 Skarmory Skarmory
Flying Flying
228 Houndour Houndour
Field Field
229 Houndoom Houndoom
Field Field
233 Porygon2 Porygon2
Mineral Mineral
234 Stantler Stantler
Field Field
236 Tyrogue Tyrogue
Undiscovered Undiscovered
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop
Human-Like Human-Like
238 Smoochum Smoochum
Undiscovered Undiscovered
239 Elekid Elekid
Undiscovered Undiscovered
240 Magby Magby
Undiscovered Undiscovered
261 Poochyena Poochyena
Field Field
262 Mightyena Mightyena
Field Field
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
Field Field
264 Linoone Linoone
Field Field
267 Beautifly Beautifly
Bug Bug
269 Dustox Dustox
Bug Bug
270 Lotad Lotad
Water 1 Grass
271 Lombre Lombre
Water 1 Grass
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo
Water 1 Grass
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
Field Grass
275 Shiftry Shiftry
Field Grass
276 Taillow Taillow
Flying Flying
277 Swellow Swellow
Flying Flying
278 Wingull Wingull
Water 1 Flying
279 Pelipper Pelipper
Water 1 Flying
280 Ralts Ralts
Amorphous Amorphous
281 Kirlia Kirlia
Amorphous Amorphous
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
Amorphous Amorphous
283 Surskit Surskit
Water 1 Bug
284 Masquerain Masquerain
Water 1 Bug
291 Ninjask Ninjask
Bug Bug
292 Shedinja Shedinja
Mineral Mineral
302 Sableye Sableye
Human-Like Human-Like
309 Electrike Electrike
Field Field
310 Manectric Manectric
Field Field
313 Volbeat Volbeat
Human-Like Bug
314 Illumise Illumise
Human-Like Bug
318 Carvanha Carvanha
Water 2 Water 2
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo
Water 2 Water 2
325 Spoink Spoink
Field Field
326 Grumpig Grumpig
Field Field
327 Spinda Spinda
Field Human-Like
333 Swablu Swablu
Dragon Flying
334 Altaria Altaria
Dragon Flying
335 Zangoose Zangoose
Field Field
336 Seviper Seviper
Field Dragon
351 Castform Castform
Fairy Amorphous
352 Kecleon Kecleon
Field Field
353 Shuppet Shuppet
Amorphous Amorphous
354 Banette Banette
Amorphous Amorphous
355 Duskull Duskull
Amorphous Amorphous
356 Dusclops Dusclops
Amorphous Amorphous
359 Absol Absol
Field Field
396 Starly Starly
Flying Flying
397 Staravia Staravia
Flying Flying
398 Staraptor Staraptor
Flying Flying
399 Bidoof Bidoof
Water 1 Field
400 Bibarel Bibarel
Water 1 Field
403 Shinx Shinx
Field Field
404 Luxio Luxio
Field Field
405 Luxray Luxray
Field Field
408 Cranidos Cranidos
Monster Monster
409 Rampardos Rampardos
Monster Monster
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Bug Bug
414 Mothim Mothim
Bug Bug
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen
Bug Bug
424 Ambipom Ambipom
Field Field
425 Drifloon Drifloon
Amorphous Amorphous
426 Drifblim Drifblim
Amorphous Amorphous
429 Mismagius Mismagius
Amorphous Amorphous
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow
Flying Flying
431 Glameow Glameow
Field Field
432 Purugly Purugly
Field Field
434 Stunky Stunky
Field Field
435 Skuntank Skuntank
Field Field
438 Bonsly Bonsly
Undiscovered Undiscovered
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
Undiscovered Undiscovered
441 Chatot Chatot
Flying Flying
442 Spiritomb Spiritomb
Amorphous Amorphous
451 Skorupi Skorupi
Water 3 Bug
452 Drapion Drapion
Bug Water 3
453 Croagunk Croagunk
Human-Like Human-Like
454 Toxicroak Toxicroak
Human-Like Human-Like
455 Carnivine Carnivine
Grass Grass
461 Weavile Weavile
Field Field
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky
Monster Monster
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior
Monster Field
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth
Grass Grass
466 Electivire Electivire
Human-Like Human-Like
467 Magmortar Magmortar
Human-Like Human-Like
469 Yanmega Yanmega
Bug Bug
472 Gliscor Gliscor
Bug Bug
474 Porygon-Z Porygon-Z
Mineral Mineral
475 Gallade Gallade
Amorphous Amorphous
477 Dusknoir Dusknoir
Amorphous Amorphous
479 Rotom Rotom
Amorphous Amorphous
491 Darkrai Darkrai
Undiscovered Undiscovered
509 Purrloin Purrloin
Field Field
510 Liepard Liepard
Field Field
511 Pansage Pansage
Field Field
512 Simisage Simisage
Field Field
513 Pansear Pansear
Field Field
514 Simisear Simisear
Field Field
515 Panpour Panpour
Field Field
516 Simipour Simipour
Field Field
527 Woobat Woobat
Field Flying
528 Swoobat Swoobat
Field Flying
547 Whimsicott Whimsicott
Grass Fairy
551 Sandile Sandile
Field Field
552 Krokorok Krokorok
Field Field
553 Krookodile Krookodile
Field Field
554 Darumaka Darumaka
Field Field
555 Darmanitan Darmanitan
Field Field
560 Scrafty Scrafty
Field Dragon
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph
Flying Flying
562 Yamask Yamask
Mineral Amorphous
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus
Mineral Amorphous
568 Trubbish Trubbish
Mineral Mineral
569 Garbodor Garbodor
Mineral Mineral
570 Zorua Zorua
Field Field
571 Zoroark Zoroark
Field Field
572 Minccino Minccino
Field Field
573 Cinccino Cinccino
Field Field B2W2
574 Gothita Gothita
Human-Like Human-Like
575 Gothorita Gothorita
Human-Like Human-Like
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle
Human-Like Human-Like
595 Joltik Joltik
Bug Bug
596 Galvantula Galvantula
Bug Bug
605 Elgyem Elgyem
Human-Like Human-Like
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem
Human-Like Human-Like
607 Litwick Litwick
Amorphous Amorphous
608 Lampent Lampent
Amorphous Amorphous
609 Chandelure Chandelure
Amorphous Amorphous
622 Golett Golett
Mineral Mineral
623 Golurk Golurk
Mineral Mineral
624 Pawniard Pawniard
Human-Like Human-Like
625 Bisharp Bisharp
Human-Like Human-Like
629 Vullaby Vullaby
Flying Flying
630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz
Flying Flying
631 Heatmor Heatmor
Field Field
633 Deino Deino
Dragon Dragon
634 Zweilous Zweilous
Dragon Dragon
635 Hydreigon Hydreigon
Dragon Dragon
641 Tornadus Tornadus
Undiscovered Undiscovered
642 Thundurus Thundurus
Undiscovered Undiscovered
653 Fennekin Fennekin
Field Field
654 Braixen Braixen
Field Field
655 Delphox Delphox
Field Field
656 Froakie Froakie
Water 1 Water 1
657 Frogadier Frogadier
Water 1 Water 1
658 Greninja Greninja
Water 1 Water 1
659 Bunnelby Bunnelby
Field Field
660 Diggersby Diggersby
Field Field
661 Fletchling Fletchling
Flying Flying
662 Fletchinder Fletchinder
Flying Flying
663 Talonflame Talonflame
Flying Flying
666 Vivillon Vivillon
Bug Bug
667 Litleo Litleo
Field Field
668 Pyroar Pyroar
Field Field
675 Pangoro Pangoro
Field Human-Like
684 Swirlix Swirlix
Fairy Fairy
685 Slurpuff Slurpuff
Fairy Fairy
686 Inkay Inkay
Water 1 Water 2
687 Malamar Malamar
Water 1 Water 2
688 Binacle Binacle
Water 3 Water 3
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle
Water 3 Water 3
702 Dedenne Dedenne
Field Fairy
707 Klefki Klefki
Mineral Mineral
708 Phantump Phantump
Amorphous Grass
709 Trevenant Trevenant
Amorphous Grass
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo
Amorphous Amorphous
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist
Amorphous Amorphous
714 Noibat Noibat
Flying Flying
715 Noivern Noivern
Flying Flying
717 Yveltal Yveltal
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
Undiscovered Undiscovered
720 Hoopa Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It also snatches the target's hold item to make it the user's.
Monopoly: Pokémon Exclusive Kanto Edition Steal a just purchased location!

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Thief II.png Thief III.png Thief IV.png Thief V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Thief PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Thief Stad2.png Thief Colo.png Thief XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 小偷 Xiǎotōu
France Flag.png French Larcin
Germany Flag.png German Raub
Greece Flag.png Greek Ληστεία
Italy Flag.png Italian Furto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 도둑질 Dodukjil
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ladrão
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Krađa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ladrón
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Ăn Trộm


Variations of the move Thief
Physical ThiefCovet


Generation II TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation II HMs
01020304050607
Generation III TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation III HMs
0102030405060708RSE
Generation IV TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 959697
9899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
Generation VII TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
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