Pickpocket (Ability)

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Pickpocket わるいてぐせ
Bad Habit
Flavor text
Generation V
Steals an item when hit by another Pokémon.
Generation VI
Steals an item from an attacker that made direct contact.
Generation VII
Steals an item from an attacker that made direct contact.
Generation VIII
Steals an item from an attacker that made direct contact.
Generation IX
The Pokémon steals the held item from attackers that made direct contact with it.

Pickpocket (Japanese: わるいてぐせ Bad Habit) is an Ability introduced in Generation V.

Effect

In battle

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, the Pokémon with this Ability will steal the held item of the attacking Pokémon. It will not activate if the Pokémon with this Ability already has a held item. It will not activate if the Pokémon with this Ability is knocked out by that move.

If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a multi-strike move that makes contact (such as Fury Swipes), the item will not be stolen until after the final strike. If multiple Pokémon with this Ability are hit by the same move that made contact, Pickpocket will activate for the fastest one that does not already have an item.

Pickpocket activates after Magician and the Sticky Barb, and after Thief and Covet steal a held item. It also activates after the user consumes a single-use item due to the attack that hit it, such as a Focus Sash. Consequently, the Pokémon that has Pickpocket will always end up with the item. Pickpocket also activates after Knock Off, Bug Bite, and Pluck, meaning that the stolen item will not be lost, and if it does lose its item due to these moves it can immediately steal another.

The Life Orb and Shell Bell will activate before being stolen. The King's Rock and Razor Fang can still make the Pokémon with Pickpocket flinch even if stolen.

It cannot steal from a Pokémon with Sticky Hold. 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.

Outside of battle

Pickpocket has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Pickpocket

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Sneasel Sneasel
Dark Ice Inner Focus Keen Eye Pickpocket
Sneasel Sneasel
Hisuian Form
Fighting Poison Inner Focus Keen Eye Pickpocket
Seedot Seedot
Grass Grass Chlorophyll Early Bird Pickpocket
Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
Grass Dark Chlorophyll Early Bird Pickpocket
Shiftry Shiftry
Grass Dark Chlorophyll Early Bird Pickpocket
Weavile Weavile
Dark Ice Pressure None Pickpocket
Binacle Binacle
Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Barbaracle Barbaracle
Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Impidimp Impidimp
Dark Fairy Prankster Frisk Pickpocket
Morgrem Morgrem
Dark Fairy Prankster Frisk Pickpocket
Grimmsnarl Grimmsnarl
Dark Fairy Prankster Frisk Pickpocket
Shroodle Shroodle
Poison Normal Unburden Pickpocket Prankster
Tinkatink Tinkatink
Fairy Steel Mold Breaker Own Tempo Pickpocket
Tinkatuff Tinkatuff
Fairy Steel Mold Breaker Own Tempo Pickpocket
Tinkaton Tinkaton
Fairy Steel Mold Breaker Own Tempo Pickpocket
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation IX games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.
  • For Generation VIII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IX or later.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 順手牽羊 Seuhnsáuhīnyèuhng
Mandarin 順手牽羊 / 顺手牵羊 Shùnshǒuqiānyáng
France Flag.png French Pickpocket
Germany Flag.png German Langfinger
Italy Flag.png Italian Arraffalesto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 나쁜손버릇 Nappeun Sonbeoreut
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Furto
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hurto



Variations of the Ability Pickpocket
PickpocketMagician


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