Covet (move)

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Move data

Type Normal
Category Physical Physical
Power 60
Accuracy 100
PP 25  (max. 40)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Covet deals damage and steals the target's held item, if the user is not already holding an item.

Items stolen from wild Pokémon are kept after the battle ends, but items stolen from a Trainer's Pokémon are not. Items stolen from the player's Pokémon, either by wild Pokémon or Trainer Pokémon, are returned at the end of the battle. All held items in wi-fi/linked battles (including Battle Tower/Subway/Maison) are returned to their respective owners at the end of a battle.

If the item would activate on attack (e.g. Focus Band), it does so before being stolen. If the item is consumable on attack (e.g. Focus Sash) then the item is consumed as normal and cannot be stolen.

Pokemon with the ability Sticky Hold cannot have their held item removed. The Griseous Orb cannot be removed from Giratina; Type Plates cannot be removed from Arceus; Drives cannot be removed from Genesect; and Mega Stones cannot be removed from their respective Pokémon.

Changes

In Generations 3-5, Covet has 40 PP.

In Generations 3-4, Covet has a base power of 40.

In Generations 3-4, Covet steals a Trainer Pokémon's item permanently, but a wild Pokémon or a Trainer's Pokémon using Covet will not steal the player's item at all.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Cutely begs to obtain an item held by the foe.
FireRed/LeafGreen A cutely executed attack that also steals the foe’s hold item.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user endearingly approaches the foe, then steals the item the foe is holding.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user endearingly approaches the target, then steals the target’s held item.
X/Y The user endearingly approaches the target, then steals the target’s held item.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Covet at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Level 1
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Level 23
Teddiursa
#216 / Normal
Level 1
Ursaring
#217 / Normal
Level 1
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Level 29
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 35
Slakoth
#287 / Normal
Level 31
Slaking
#289 / Normal
Level 31
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Level 36
Illumise
#314 / Bug
Level 45
Espurr
#677 / Psychic
Level 5
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 5
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 5

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Covet as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Fairy
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Fairy
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Fairy
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Fairy
Growlithe
#058 / Fire
Field
Arcanine
#059 / Fire
Field
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Field, Flying
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Field
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Field
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Field
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Field
Cyndaquil
#155 / Fire
Field
Quilava
#156 / Fire
Field
Typhlosion
#157 / Fire
Field
Sentret
#161 / Normal
Field
Furret
#162 / Normal
Field
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Undiscovered
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Undiscovered
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Field
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Field
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Field
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Field
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Field
Pachirisu
#417 / Electric
Fairy, Field
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Field
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Field
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Field
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Field
Pignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Field
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Field
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Field
Pansage
#511 / Grass
Field
Simisage
#512 / Grass
Field
Pansear
#513 / Fire
Field
Simisear
#514 / Fire
Field
Panpour
#515 / Water
Field
Simipour
#516 / Water
Field
Emolga
#587 / Electric · Flying
Field
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Field
Dedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
Fairy, Field

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Covet in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Rattata
#019 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Ninetales
#038 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Persian
#053 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Hitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Hitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Electabuzz
#125 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Tyrogue
#236 / Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Hitmontop
#237 / Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Smoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Elekid
#239 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Magby
#240 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Roselia
#315 / Grass · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Spoink
#325 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Grumpig
#326 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Latias
#380 / Dragon · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Chimchar
#390 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Monferno
#391 / Fire · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Infernape
#392 / Fire · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Piplup
#393 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Prinplup
#394 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Empoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Roserade
#407 / Grass · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Buneary
#427 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lopunny
#428 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Glameow
#431 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Purugly
#432 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Happiny
#440 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Electivire
#466 / Electric
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Magmortar
#467 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Togekiss
#468 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Phione
#489 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Manaphy
#490 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Oshawott
#501 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Dewott
#502 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Samurott
#503 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Watchog
#505 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lillipup
#506 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Herdier
#507 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Stoutland
#508 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Audino
#531 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Whimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Petilil
#548 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Lilligant
#549 / Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Zoroark
#571 / Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Minccino
#572 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cinccino
#573 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gothita
#574 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gothorita
#575 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Gothitelle
#576 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor