Magician (Ability)

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Magician redirects here. For the character in Pokémon Adventures, see Magician (Adventures). For the character in Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!, see Magician (TCG GB).
Magician マジシャン
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Generation VI
The Pokémon steals the held item of a Pokémon it hits with a move.
Generation VII
The Pokémon steals the held item of a Pokémon it hits with a move.
Generation VIII
The Pokémon steals the held item of a Pokémon it hits with a move.
Generation IX
The Pokémon steals the held item from any target it hits with a move.

Magician (Japanese: マジシャン Magician) is an Ability introduced in Generation VI.


In battle

When a Pokémon with Magician hits another Pokémon with a damaging move, it will steal the held item of the Pokémon that it hit. Magician will not activate if the user already has a held item.

Fling, Natural Gift, Future Sight and Doom Desire do not activate the Ability; Present will activate the Ability only if it deals damage. Thief, Covet, Knock Off, Pluck, Bug Bite, and Incinerate will steal or destroy the target's held item before Magician steals it. Sticky Barb transfers with its own effect before Magician can steal it. Magician will not activate if the Pokémon is holding a Gem even if the Gem is consumed when using the move, but will activate if the Pokémon's held Power Herb is consumed when using the move.

If a target's consumable held item is triggered by the move (such as a Focus Sash or Lum Berry), it will be consumed before it can be stolen. If a target holds a Focus Band or Rocky Helmet, it can be activated by the move, then be stolen by Magician.

If the Pokémon with Magician faints when using the move (such as due to the target's Liquid Ooze or held Rocky Helmet, or due to the Pokémon with this Ability using a recoil move or a move that causes it to faint), Magician will not steal the item. If the move of the Pokémon with Magician triggers Mummy, so that it no longer has the Ability Magician, it cannot steal an item.

Magician activates after the last strike of a multi-strike move. Magician activates even if the user is switched out by U-turn or Volt Switch or the target is switched out by Dragon Tail or Circle Throw. Pickpocket activates after Magician, so the Pokémon that has Pickpocket will always end up with the item if the move is a contact move. If Meloetta has the Ability Magician (due to Skill Swap etc.) and uses Relic Song, Magician activates before it changes form.

It cannot steal from a Pokémon with Sticky Hold, unless the move causes the Pokémon with Sticky Hold to faint. It cannot steal Mail or a Z-Crystal. It cannot steal a Griseous Orb if either Pokémon is Giratina, a Plate if either Pokémon is Arceus, a memory if either Pokémon is Silvally, a Drive if either Pokémon is Genesect, a Mega Stone if either Pokémon can Mega Evolve using it, a Blue Orb if either Pokémon is Kyogre, a Red Orb if either Pokémon is Groudon, the Rusted Sword if either Pokémon is Zacian, or the Rusted Shield if either Pokémon is Zamazenta.

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Magician has no effect in Tera Raid Battles.

Outside of battle

Magician has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Magician

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0653 Fennekin Fennekin
Fire Fire Blaze None Magician
0654 Braixen Braixen
Fire Fire Blaze None Magician
0655 Delphox Delphox
Fire Psychic Blaze None Magician
0707 Klefki Klefki
Steel Fairy Prankster None Magician
0720 Hoopa Hoopa
Psychic Ghost Magician None None
0720 Hoopa Hoopa
Psychic Dark Magician None None
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

In other games

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Magician is Hoopa's Ability. In battles where the map is divided into an ally team side and an opposing team side, the Ability creates a hole under one of the Berries on the opposing team’s side (chosen at random) and warps it to right in front of Hoopa. This Ability does not work while Hoopa is in its Unbound form.


Games Description
SMD If the Pokémon lands a move on a target when it's not holding an item, it will get the item that the target is holding!

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

  • A Hoopa Emerald befriended is revealed to have Magician as its Ability.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 魔術師 Mōseuhtsī
Mandarin 魔術師 / 魔术师 Móshùshī
France Flag.png French Magicien
Germany Flag.png German Zauberer
Italy Flag.png Italian Prestigiatore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 매지션 Magician
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Mágico
Spain Flag.png Spanish Prestidigitador
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Ảo Thuật Gia

Variations of the Ability Pickpocket

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