Spectral Thief (move)

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Spectral Thief
シャドースチール Shadow Steal
Spectral Thief VIII.png
Spectral Thief VIII 2.png
Type  Ghost
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  90
Accuracy  100%
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Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VII
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Spectral Thief (Japanese: シャドースチール Shadow Steal) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature move of Marshadow. It can be upgraded to the special Z-Move Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike by Marshadow holding Marshadium Z.


Spectral Thief does damage. If successful, it also steals the target's positive stat stages (if any) right before doing damage. Spectral Thief bypasses substitutes.

Spectral Thief will steal all positive stat stages; even if the sum of the user's existing stat stages and the target's stat stages exceeds +6 in a stat, as long as the target's stat stages are positive, they will be reduced to 0. If the user has the Ability Simple, then the stolen stat stages will be doubled; if the user has the Ability Contrary, then the stat boosts will become stat drops when stolen.


Games Description
The user hides in the target's shadow, steals the target's stat boosts, and then attacks.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
802 Marshadow Marshadow
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GhostIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 45 72
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 anime

In other generations

Spectral Thief VII.png
Spectral Thief VII 2.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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


  • If Battle Effects are turned off, Spectral Thief will still display one if it steals any stat boosts.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 暗影偷盜 Amyíng Tāudouh
Mandarin 暗影偷盜 / 暗影偷盗 Ànyǐng Tōudào
France Flag.png French Clepto-Mânes
Germany Flag.png German Diebesschatten
Italy Flag.png Italian Ombrafurto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 섀도스틸 Shadow Steal
Russia Flag.png Russian Призрачный Вор Prizrachnyy Vor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Robasombra

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