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Snagging is a method of stealing captured Pokémon. It is used by both protagonists and antagonists in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. [{Team Snagem]] snags Pokémon from their trainers and gives them to Cipher so they can be converted into Shadow Pokémon. Conversely, Wes and later Michael will snag the Shadow Pokémon Cipher has created and Purify them back into normal Pokémon.

To snag a Pokémon, the thief needs a Snag Machine and any sort of Poké Ball. The thief then enters a Pokémon battle with another trainer. The Snag Machine will convert the normal Poké Ball into a Snag Ball, which the thief then throws at the other trainer's Pokémon. This Snag Ball ignores that the Pokémon has already been captured and attempts to capture it as though the Pokémon were wild. If successful, the Pokémon becomes the property of the thief, and there is virtually nothing the other trainer can do about it.

Presumably, this is not the only method of stealing Pokémon. The Snag Machine required for snagging is a rare device developed by Cipher, though there is another one made by the scientists at Pokémon HQ Lab. Pokémon thieves are comparatively commonplace, particularly among criminal organizations like Team Rocket. Even in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Miror B. steals Shadow Pokémon from Cipher despite having no Snag Machine. However, this is currently the only specific method of stealing a captured Pokémon known.