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- If you were looking for the the character in Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All, see Thief (GDZ47).
- Thief redirects here. For Thief status in Mystery Dungeon, see Kecleon Shop→Theft.
Thief (Japanese: どろぼう Thief) is a damage-dealing Dark-type move introduced in Generation II. It was TM46 from Generation II to VII. It is TM23 in Generation VIII.
Thief inflicts damage and has 99.6% chance to steal the target's held item (if it has one, and the user does not have one). Thief cannot steal an item if it hits a Pokémon's Substitute. Held Mail cannot be stolen.
Wild Pokémon can steal the player's Pokémon's held items. In Link Battles, the Battle Tower, and the Trainer House, stolen items are returned at the end of the battle.
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Thief inflicts damage and steals the target's held item (if it has one). An item cannot be stolen if the target has the Sticky Hold Ability. Held e-Reader Berries and Mail cannot be stolen. Even if the user faints when using Thief (such as due to the target's Rough Skin), it still steals the target's held item.
Wild Pokémon cannot steal the player's Pokémon's held items. In Link Battles, battle facilities (except the Battle Pyramid), and Secret Bases, stolen items are returned at the end of the battle (or the end of the challenge in the case of the Battle Pike). In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, Thief does not permanently steal items.
Items cannot be stolen from Pokémon with the Ability Multitype. A held 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 be consumed before it can be stolen.
If the user faints when using Thief (such as due to the target's Rough Skin or Rocky Helmet), it cannot steal the target's held item. If Thief causes a Pokémon with the Sticky Hold Ability to faint, it can now steal its held item.
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 can now steal a held Griseous Orb as long as neither the user nor the target is Giratina. Plates cannot be stolen if either the user or the target is Arceus (Multitype has no effect on Thief), and Drives cannot be stolen if either the user or the target is Genesect.
Generation VI onwards
Thief's power was changed from 40 to 60 and its PP was changed from 10 to 25.
Thief cannot steal a Mega Stone or Orb if either the user or the target could use it to Mega Evolve or undergo Primal Reversion, a Z-Crystal from any Pokémon, or a memory if either the user or the target is Silvally.
When used in a Max Raid Battle, Thief fails immediately, without even doing any damage.
|| A Dark-type attack. The attacking Pokémon may steal an item held by the target.
|| An attack that may steal a held item.
|| While attacking, it may steal the foe's held item.
|| An attack that may take the foe's held item if the user isn't holding one.
|| An attack that may steal the target's held item.*|
While attacking, it may steal the target's held item.*
|| The user attacks and steals the foe's held item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
|| The user attacks and steals the target's item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
| The user attacks and steals the target's held item simultaneously. The user can't steal anything if it already holds an item.
| Egg Move
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
In other games
|| Inflicts damage on the target. It also snatches the target's hold item to make it the user's.
|| Inflicts damage on the target. It also snatches the target's held item and makes it the user's, but only if the user is not already holding an item.
|| てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも あいての どうぐをうばい じぶんの どうぐにする じぶんが どうぐをもっているときは うばえない
|| It damages an enemy. You also steal an item that the enemy has. If you can't have any more items, you can't steal the item.
|| It damages an enemy. You'll also steal an item that the enemy has. If you can't carry any more items, your attempt to steal will fail.
| Monopoly: Pokémon Exclusive Kanto Edition
|| Steal a just purchased location!
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