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Thief (move)

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If you were looking for the the character in Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All, see Thief (GDZ47).
Thief
どろぼう Thief
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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
  • 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.

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

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.

Generation III

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.

Generation IV

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.

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 changed from 40 to 60 and its PP changed from 10 to 25. Mega Stones that can Mega Evolve the user or target cannot be taken 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.
PMDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It also snatches the target's held item to make it the user's.
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.
XY 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 Type Level
I II III IV V VI
261 Poochyena Poochyena Dark Dark   45      
262 Mightyena Mightyena Dark Dark   52 57 57 57
271 Lombre Lombre Water Grass   37      
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal   -- -- -- --
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 Type Father
II III IV V VI
707 Klefki Klefki* Steel Fairy         SudowoodoYamaskCofagrigusTrubbishGarbodorKlefki
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 Type Machine
I
--
II
TM46
III
TM46
IV
TM46
V
TM46
VI
TM46
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison
016 Pidgey Pidgey Normal Flying
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Normal Flying
018 Pidgeot Pidgeot Normal Flying
019 Rattata Rattata Normal Normal
020 Raticate Raticate Normal Normal
021 Spearow Spearow Normal Flying
022 Fearow Fearow Normal Flying
023 Ekans Ekans Poison Poison
024 Arbok Arbok Poison Poison
026 Raichu Raichu Electric Electric
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground
028 Sandslash Sandslash Ground Ground
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀ Poison Poison
030 Nidorina Nidorina Poison Poison
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂ Poison Poison
033 Nidorino Nidorino Poison Poison
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
041 Zubat Zubat Poison Flying
042 Golbat Golbat Poison Flying
046 Paras Paras Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect Bug Grass
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison
050 Diglett Diglett Ground Ground
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Ground Ground
052 Meowth Meowth Normal Normal
053 Persian Persian Normal Normal
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
058 Growlithe Growlithe Fire Fire
059 Arcanine Arcanine Fire Fire
060 Poliwag Poliwag Water Water
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl Water Water
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath Water Fighting
063 Abra Abra Psychic Psychic
064 Kadabra Kadabra Psychic Psychic
065 Alakazam Alakazam Psychic Psychic
066 Machop Machop Fighting Fighting
067 Machoke Machoke Fighting Fighting
068 Machamp Machamp Fighting Fighting
069 Bellsprout Bellsprout Grass Poison
070 Weepinbell Weepinbell Grass Poison
071 Victreebel Victreebel Grass Poison
072 Tentacool Tentacool Water Poison
073 Tentacruel Tentacruel Water Poison
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Normal Flying
084 Doduo Doduo Normal Flying
085 Dodrio Dodrio Normal Flying
086 Seel Seel Water Water
087 Dewgong Dewgong Water Ice
088 Grimer Grimer Poison Poison
089 Muk Muk Poison Poison
092 Gastly Gastly Ghost Poison
093 Haunter Haunter Ghost Poison
094 Gengar Gengar Ghost Poison
096 Drowzee Drowzee Psychic Psychic
097 Hypno Hypno Psychic Psychic
098 Krabby Krabby Water Water
099 Kingler Kingler Water Water
100 Voltorb Voltorb Electric Electric
101 Electrode Electrode Electric Electric
102 Exeggcute Exeggcute Grass Psychic
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor Grass Psychic
104 Cubone Cubone Ground Ground
105 Marowak Marowak Ground Ground
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Fighting Fighting
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Fighting Fighting
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal
109 Koffing Koffing Poison Poison
110 Weezing Weezing Poison Poison
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
114 Tangela Tangela Grass Grass
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Psychic Fairy
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying
124 Jynx Jynx Ice Psychic
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric
126 Magmar Magmar Fire Fire
127 Pinsir Pinsir Bug Bug
137 Porygon Porygon Normal Normal
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water
139 Omastar Omastar Rock Water
140 Kabuto Kabuto Rock Water
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
161 Sentret Sentret Normal Normal
162 Furret Furret Normal Normal
163 Hoothoot Hoothoot Normal Flying
164 Noctowl Noctowl Normal Flying
165 Ledyba Ledyba Bug Flying
166 Ledian Ledian Bug Flying
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison
169 Crobat Crobat Poison Flying
177 Natu Natu Psychic Flying
178 Xatu Xatu Psychic Flying
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock
186 Politoed Politoed Water Water
190 Aipom Aipom Normal Normal
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying
195 Quagsire Quagsire Water Ground
198 Murkrow Murkrow Dark Flying
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus Ghost Ghost
203 Girafarig Girafarig Normal Psychic
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce Normal Normal
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying
209 Snubbull Snubbull Fairy Fairy
210 Granbull Granbull Fairy Fairy
212 Scizor Scizor Bug Steel
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting
215 Sneasel Sneasel Dark Ice
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa Normal Normal
217 Ursaring Ursaring Normal Normal
223 Remoraid Remoraid Water Water
224 Octillery Octillery Water Water
225 Delibird Delibird Ice Flying
227 Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying
228 Houndour Houndour Dark Fire
229 Houndoom Houndoom Dark Fire
233 Porygon2 Porygon2 Normal Normal
234 Stantler Stantler Normal Normal
236 Tyrogue Tyrogue Fighting Fighting
237 Hitmontop Hitmontop Fighting Fighting
238 Smoochum Smoochum Ice Psychic
239 Elekid Elekid Electric Electric
240 Magby Magby Fire Fire
261 Poochyena Poochyena Dark Dark
262 Mightyena Mightyena Dark Dark
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon Normal Normal
264 Linoone Linoone Normal Normal
267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison
270 Lotad Lotad Water Grass
271 Lombre Lombre Water Grass
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo Water Grass
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf Grass Dark
275 Shiftry Shiftry Grass Dark
276 Taillow Taillow Normal Flying
277 Swellow Swellow Normal Flying
278 Wingull Wingull Water Flying
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying
280 Ralts Ralts Psychic Fairy
281 Kirlia Kirlia Psychic Fairy
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir Psychic Fairy
283 Surskit Surskit Bug Water
284 Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost
302 Sableye Sableye Dark Ghost
309 Electrike Electrike Electric Electric
310 Manectric Manectric Electric Electric
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug
314 Illumise Illumise Bug Bug
318 Carvanha Carvanha Water Dark
319 Sharpedo Sharpedo Water Dark
325 Spoink Spoink Psychic Psychic
326 Grumpig Grumpig Psychic Psychic
327 Spinda Spinda Normal Normal
333 Swablu Swablu Normal Flying
334 Altaria Altaria Dragon Flying
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal
336 Seviper Seviper Poison Poison
351 Castform Castform Normal Normal
352 Kecleon Kecleon Normal Normal
353 Shuppet Shuppet Ghost Ghost
354 Banette Banette Ghost Ghost
355 Duskull Duskull Ghost Ghost
356 Dusclops Dusclops Ghost Ghost
359 Absol Absol Dark Dark
396 Starly Starly Normal Flying
397 Staravia Staravia Normal Flying
398 Staraptor Staraptor Normal Flying
399 Bidoof Bidoof Normal Normal
400 Bibarel Bibarel Normal Water
403 Shinx Shinx Electric Electric
404 Luxio Luxio Electric Electric
405 Luxray Luxray Electric Electric
408 Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock
409 Rampardos Rampardos Rock Rock
413 Wormadam Wormadam Bug Grass
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
424 Ambipom Ambipom Normal Normal
425 Drifloon Drifloon Ghost Flying
426 Drifblim Drifblim Ghost Flying
429 Mismagius Mismagius Ghost Ghost
430 Honchkrow Honchkrow Dark Flying
431 Glameow Glameow Normal Normal
432 Purugly Purugly Normal Normal
434 Stunky Stunky Poison Dark
435 Skuntank Skuntank Poison Dark
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock
439 Mime Jr. Mime Jr. Psychic Fairy
441 Chatot Chatot Normal Flying
442 Spiritomb Spiritomb Ghost Dark
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark
453 Croagunk Croagunk Poison Fighting
454 Toxicroak Toxicroak Poison Fighting
455 Carnivine Carnivine Grass Grass
461 Weavile Weavile Dark Ice
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky Normal Normal
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock
465 Tangrowth Tangrowth Grass Grass
466 Electivire Electivire Electric Electric
467 Magmortar Magmortar Fire Fire
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying
474 Porygon-Z Porygon-Z Normal Normal
475 Gallade Gallade Psychic Fighting
477 Dusknoir Dusknoir Ghost Ghost
479 Rotom Rotom Electric Ghost
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark
509 Purrloin Purrloin Dark Dark
510 Liepard Liepard Dark Dark
511 Pansage Pansage Grass Grass
512 Simisage Simisage Grass Grass
513 Pansear Pansear Fire Fire
514 Simisear Simisear Fire Fire
515 Panpour Panpour Water Water
516 Simipour Simipour Water Water
527 Woobat Woobat Psychic Flying
528 Swoobat Swoobat Psychic Flying
547 Whimsicott Whimsicott Grass Fairy
551 Sandile Sandile Ground Dark
552 Krokorok Krokorok Ground Dark
553 Krookodile Krookodile Ground Dark
554 Darumaka Darumaka Fire Fire
555 Darmanitan Darmanitan Fire Fire
560 Scrafty Scrafty Dark Fighting
561 Sigilyph Sigilyph Psychic Flying
562 Yamask Yamask Ghost Ghost
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus Ghost Ghost
568 Trubbish Trubbish Poison Poison
569 Garbodor Garbodor Poison Poison
570 Zorua Zorua Dark Dark
571 Zoroark Zoroark Dark Dark
572 Minccino Minccino Normal Normal
573 Cinccino Cinccino Normal Normal
574 Gothita Gothita Psychic Psychic
575 Gothorita Gothorita Psychic Psychic
576 Gothitelle Gothitelle Psychic Psychic
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric
605 Elgyem Elgyem Psychic Psychic
606 Beheeyem Beheeyem Psychic Psychic
607 Litwick Litwick Ghost Fire
608 Lampent Lampent Ghost Fire
609 Chandelure Chandelure Ghost Fire
622 Golett Golett Ground Ghost
623 Golurk Golurk Ground Ghost
624 Pawniard Pawniard Dark Steel
625 Bisharp Bisharp Dark Steel
629 Vullaby Vullaby Dark Flying
630 Mandibuzz Mandibuzz Dark Flying
631 Heatmor Heatmor Fire Fire
633 Deino Deino Dark Dragon
634 Zweilous Zweilous Dark Dragon
635 Hydreigon Hydreigon Dark Dragon
641 Tornadus Tornadus Flying Flying
642 Thundurus Thundurus Electric Flying
653 Fennekin Fennekin Fire Fire
654 Braixen Braixen Fire Fire
655 Delphox Delphox Fire Psychic
656 Froakie Froakie Water Water
657 Frogadier Frogadier Water Water
658 Greninja Greninja Water Dark
659 Bunnelby Bunnelby Normal Normal
660 Diggersby Diggersby Normal Ground
661 Fletchling Fletchling Normal Flying
662 Fletchinder Fletchinder Fire Flying
663 Talonflame Talonflame Fire Flying
666 Vivillon Vivillon Bug Flying
667 Litleo Litleo Fire Normal
668 Pyroar Pyroar Fire Normal
675 Pangoro Pangoro Fighting Dark
684 Swirlix Swirlix Fairy Fairy
685 Slurpuff Slurpuff Fairy Fairy
686 Inkay Inkay Dark Psychic
687 Malamar Malamar Dark Psychic
688 Binacle Binacle Rock Water
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water
696 Tyrunt Tyrunt Rock Dragon
702 Dedenne Dedenne Electric Fairy
707 Klefki Klefki Steel Fairy
708 Phantump Phantump Ghost Grass
709 Trevenant Trevenant Ghost Grass
710 Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo Ghost Grass
711 Gourgeist Gourgeist Ghost Grass
714 Noibat Noibat Flying Dragon
715 Noivern Noivern Flying Dragon
717 Yveltal Yveltal Dark Flying
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Thief II.png Thief III.png Thief IV.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)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Ladrão
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Ladrão
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Krađa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ladrón


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
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Generation III TMs
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Generation III HMs
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Generation IV TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
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7677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
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7677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
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Generation VI HMs
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