Thief (move)

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Move data

Type Dark
Category Physical
Power 60
Accuracy 100
PP 25  (max. 40)
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold/Silver
Crystal
TM46
Ruby/Sapphire
FireRed/LeafGreen
Emerald
TM46
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
TM46
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
TM46
X/Y
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
TM46
Sun/Moon TM46

Effects

Thief deals damage and steals the target's held item, if the user is not 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 2-5, Thief has base power 40 and 10 PP.

In Generations 2-4, Thief steals a Trainer Pokémon's item permanently, but a wild Pokémon or a Trainer's Pokémon using Thief will not steal the player's item at all.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Darkinium Z and uses its Z-Power, Thief turns into Black Hole Eclipse and has base power 120.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
An attack that may steal a held item.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
While attacking, it may steal the foe’s held item.
FireRed/LeafGreen An attack that may take the foe’s held item if the user isn’t holding one.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user attacks and steals the foe’s held item simultaneously. It can’t steal if the user holds an item.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user attacks and steals the target’s held item simultaneously. It can’t steal if the user holds an item.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user attacks and steals the target’s held item simultaneously. The user can’t steal anything if it already holds an item.
Sun/Moon The user attacks and steals the target’s held item simultaneously. The user can’t steal anything if it already holds an item.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Thief at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

MightyenaMightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 1
KecleonKecleon
#352 / Normal
Level 1

Learnt by TM

ButterfreeButterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
BeedrillBeedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
PidgeyPidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
PidgeottoPidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
PidgeotPidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
RattataRattata
#019 / Normal
RaticateRaticate
#020 / Normal
SpearowSpearow
#021 / Normal · Flying
FearowFearow
#022 / Normal · Flying
EkansEkans
#023 / Poison
ArbokArbok
#024 / Poison
RaichuRaichu
#026 / Electric
SandshrewSandshrew
#027 / Ground
SandslashSandslash
#028 / Ground
Nidoran♀Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
NidorinaNidorina
#030 / Poison
NidoqueenNidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Nidoran♂Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
NidorinoNidorino
#033 / Poison
NidokingNidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
ZubatZubat
#041 / Poison · Flying
GolbatGolbat
#042 / Poison · Flying
ParasParas
#046 / Bug · Grass
ParasectParasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
VenonatVenonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
VenomothVenomoth
#049 / Bug · Poison
DiglettDiglett
#050 / Ground
DugtrioDugtrio
#051 / Ground
MeowthMeowth
#052 / Normal
PersianPersian
#053 / Normal
MankeyMankey
#056 / Fighting
PrimeapePrimeape
#057 / Fighting
GrowlitheGrowlithe
#058 / Fire
ArcanineArcanine
#059 / Fire
PoliwagPoliwag
#060 / Water
PoliwhirlPoliwhirl
#061 / Water
PoliwrathPoliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
AbraAbra
#063 / Psychic
KadabraKadabra
#064 / Psychic
AlakazamAlakazam
#065 / Psychic
MachopMachop
#066 / Fighting
MachokeMachoke
#067 / Fighting
MachampMachamp
#068 / Fighting
BellsproutBellsprout
#069 / Grass · Poison
WeepinbellWeepinbell
#070 / Grass · Poison
VictreebelVictreebel
#071 / Grass · Poison
TentacoolTentacool
#072 / Water · Poison
TentacruelTentacruel
#073 / Water · Poison
Farfetch'dFarfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
DoduoDoduo
#084 / Normal · Flying
DodrioDodrio
#085 / Normal · Flying
SeelSeel
#086 / Water
DewgongDewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
GrimerGrimer
#088 / Poison
MukMuk
#089 / Poison
GastlyGastly
#092 / Ghost · Poison
HaunterHaunter
#093 / Ghost · Poison
GengarGengar
#094 / Ghost · Poison
DrowzeeDrowzee
#096 / Psychic
HypnoHypno
#097 / Psychic
KrabbyKrabby
#098 / Water
KinglerKingler
#099 / Water
VoltorbVoltorb
#100 / Electric
ElectrodeElectrode
#101 / Electric
ExeggcuteExeggcute
#102 / Grass · Psychic
ExeggutorExeggutor
#103 / Grass · Psychic
CuboneCubone
#104 / Ground
MarowakMarowak
#105 / Ground
HitmonleeHitmonlee
#106 / Fighting
HitmonchanHitmonchan
#107 / Fighting
LickitungLickitung
#108 / Normal
KoffingKoffing
#109 / Poison
WeezingWeezing
#110 / Poison
RhyhornRhyhorn
#111 / Ground · Rock
RhydonRhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
TangelaTangela
#114 / Grass
KangaskhanKangaskhan
#115 / Normal
Mr. MimeMr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
ScytherScyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
JynxJynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
ElectabuzzElectabuzz
#125 / Electric
MagmarMagmar
#126 / Fire
PinsirPinsir
#127 / Bug
PorygonPorygon
#137 / Normal
OmanyteOmanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
OmastarOmastar
#139 / Rock · Water
KabutoKabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
KabutopsKabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
AerodactylAerodactyl
#142 / Rock · Flying
MewMew
#151 / Psychic
SentretSentret
#161 / Normal
FurretFurret
#162 / Normal
HoothootHoothoot
#163 / Normal · Flying
NoctowlNoctowl
#164 / Normal · Flying
LedybaLedyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
LedianLedian
#166 / Bug · Flying
SpinarakSpinarak
#167 / Bug · Poison
AriadosAriados
#168 / Bug · Poison
CrobatCrobat
#169 / Poison · Flying
NatuNatu
#177 / Psychic · Flying
XatuXatu
#178 / Psychic · Flying
SudowoodoSudowoodo
#185 / Rock
PolitoedPolitoed
#186 / Water
AipomAipom
#190 / Normal
YanmaYanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
QuagsireQuagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
MurkrowMurkrow
#198 / Dark · Flying
MisdreavusMisdreavus
#200 / Ghost
GirafarigGirafarig
#203 / Normal · Psychic
DunsparceDunsparce
#206 / Normal
GligarGligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
SnubbullSnubbull
#209 / Fairy
GranbullGranbull
#210 / Fairy
ScizorScizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
HeracrossHeracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
SneaselSneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
TeddiursaTeddiursa
#216 / Normal
UrsaringUrsaring
#217 / Normal
RemoraidRemoraid
#223 / Water
OctilleryOctillery
#224 / Water
DelibirdDelibird
#225 / Ice · Flying
SkarmorySkarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
HoundourHoundour
#228 / Dark · Fire
HoundoomHoundoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Porygon2Porygon2
#233 / Normal
StantlerStantler
#234 / Normal
TyrogueTyrogue
#236 / Fighting
HitmontopHitmontop
#237 / Fighting
SmoochumSmoochum
#238 / Ice · Psychic
ElekidElekid
#239 / Electric
MagbyMagby
#240 / Fire
PoochyenaPoochyena
#261 / Dark
MightyenaMightyena
#262 / Dark
ZigzagoonZigzagoon
#263 / Normal
LinooneLinoone
#264 / Normal
BeautiflyBeautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
DustoxDustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
LotadLotad
#270 / Water · Grass
LombreLombre
#271 / Water · Grass
LudicoloLudicolo
#272 / Water · Grass
NuzleafNuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
ShiftryShiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
TaillowTaillow
#276 / Normal · Flying
SwellowSwellow
#277 / Normal · Flying
WingullWingull
#278 / Water · Flying
PelipperPelipper
#279 / Water · Flying
RaltsRalts
#280 / Psychic · Fairy
KirliaKirlia
#281 / Psychic · Fairy
GardevoirGardevoir
#282 / Psychic · Fairy
SurskitSurskit
#283 / Bug · Water
MasquerainMasquerain
#284 / Bug · Flying
NinjaskNinjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
ShedinjaShedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
SableyeSableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
ElectrikeElectrike
#309 / Electric
ManectricManectric
#310 / Electric
VolbeatVolbeat
#313 / Bug
IllumiseIllumise
#314 / Bug
CarvanhaCarvanha
#318 / Water · Dark
SharpedoSharpedo
#319 / Water · Dark
SpoinkSpoink
#325 / Psychic
GrumpigGrumpig
#326 / Psychic
SpindaSpinda
#327 / Normal
SwabluSwablu
#333 / Normal · Flying
AltariaAltaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
ZangooseZangoose
#335 / Normal
SeviperSeviper
#336 / Poison
CastformCastform
#351 / Normal
KecleonKecleon
#352 / Normal
ShuppetShuppet
#353 / Ghost
BanetteBanette
#354 / Ghost
DuskullDuskull
#355 / Ghost
DusclopsDusclops
#356 / Ghost
AbsolAbsol
#359 / Dark
StarlyStarly
#396 / Normal · Flying
StaraviaStaravia
#397 / Normal · Flying
StaraptorStaraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
BidoofBidoof
#399 / Normal
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
ShinxShinx
#403 / Electric
LuxioLuxio
#404 / Electric
LuxrayLuxray
#405 / Electric
CranidosCranidos
#408 / Rock
RampardosRampardos
#409 / Rock
Wormadam (Plant Cloak)Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Wormadam (Sandy Cloak)Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Wormadam (Trash Cloak)Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
MothimMothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
VespiquenVespiquen
#416 / Bug · Flying
AmbipomAmbipom
#424 / Normal
DrifloonDrifloon
#425 / Ghost · Flying
DrifblimDrifblim
#426 / Ghost · Flying
MismagiusMismagius
#429 / Ghost
HonchkrowHonchkrow
#430 / Dark · Flying
GlameowGlameow
#431 / Normal
PuruglyPurugly
#432 / Normal
StunkyStunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
SkuntankSkuntank
#435 / Poison · Dark
BonslyBonsly
#438 / Rock
Mime Jr.Mime Jr.
#439 / Psychic · Fairy
ChatotChatot
#441 / Normal · Flying
SpiritombSpiritomb
#442 / Ghost · Dark
SkorupiSkorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
DrapionDrapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
CroagunkCroagunk
#453 / Poison · Fighting
ToxicroakToxicroak
#454 / Poison · Fighting
CarnivineCarnivine
#455 / Grass
WeavileWeavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
LickilickyLickilicky
#463 / Normal
RhyperiorRhyperior
#464 / Ground · Rock
TangrowthTangrowth
#465 / Grass
ElectivireElectivire
#466 / Electric
MagmortarMagmortar
#467 / Fire
YanmegaYanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
GliscorGliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
#474 / Normal
GalladeGallade
#475 / Psychic · Fighting
DusknoirDusknoir
#477 / Ghost
RotomRotom
#479 / Electric · Ghost
Rotom (Heat Rotom)Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom (Wash Rotom)Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom (Frost Rotom)Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom (Fan Rotom)Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom (Mow Rotom)Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
DarkraiDarkrai
#491 / Dark
PurrloinPurrloin
#509 / Dark
LiepardLiepard
#510 / Dark
PansagePansage
#511 / Grass
SimisageSimisage
#512 / Grass
PansearPansear
#513 / Fire
SimisearSimisear
#514 / Fire
PanpourPanpour
#515 / Water
SimipourSimipour
#516 / Water
WoobatWoobat
#527 / Psychic · Flying
SwoobatSwoobat
#528 / Psychic · Flying
WhimsicottWhimsicott
#547 / Grass · Fairy
SandileSandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
KrokorokKrokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
KrookodileKrookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
DarumakaDarumaka
#554 / Fire
Darmanitan (Standard Mode)Darmanitan
Standard Mode
#555 / Fire
ScraftyScrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
SigilyphSigilyph
#561 / Psychic · Flying
YamaskYamask
#562 / Ghost
CofagrigusCofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
TrubbishTrubbish
#568 / Poison
GarbodorGarbodor
#569 / Poison
ZoruaZorua
#570 / Dark
ZoroarkZoroark
#571 / Dark
MinccinoMinccino
#572 / Normal
CinccinoCinccino
#573 / Normal
GothitaGothita
#574 / Psychic
GothoritaGothorita
#575 / Psychic
GothitelleGothitelle
#576 / Psychic
JoltikJoltik
#595 / Bug · Electric
GalvantulaGalvantula
#596 / Bug · Electric
ElgyemElgyem
#605 / Psychic
BeheeyemBeheeyem
#606 / Psychic
LitwickLitwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
LampentLampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
ChandelureChandelure
#609 / Ghost · Fire
GolettGolett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
GolurkGolurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
PawniardPawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
BisharpBisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
VullabyVullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
MandibuzzMandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
HeatmorHeatmor
#631 / Fire
DeinoDeino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
ZweilousZweilous
#634 / Dark · Dragon
HydreigonHydreigon
#635 / Dark · Dragon
Tornadus (Incarnate Forme)Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus (Incarnate Forme)Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
FennekinFennekin
#653 / Fire
BraixenBraixen
#654 / Fire
DelphoxDelphox
#655 / Fire · Psychic
FroakieFroakie
#656 / Water
FrogadierFrogadier
#657 / Water
GreninjaGreninja
#658 / Water · Dark
BunnelbyBunnelby
#659 / Normal
DiggersbyDiggersby
#660 / Normal · Ground
FletchlingFletchling
#661 / Normal · Flying
FletchinderFletchinder
#662 / Fire · Flying
TalonflameTalonflame
#663 / Fire · Flying
VivillonVivillon
#666 / Bug · Flying
LitleoLitleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
PyroarPyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
PangoroPangoro
#675 / Fighting · Dark
SwirlixSwirlix
#684 / Fairy
SlurpuffSlurpuff
#685 / Fairy
InkayInkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
MalamarMalamar
#687 / Dark · Psychic
BinacleBinacle
#688 / Rock · Water
BarbaracleBarbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
DedenneDedenne
#702 / Electric · Fairy
KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
PhantumpPhantump
#708 / Ghost · Grass
TrevenantTrevenant
#709 / Ghost · Grass
Pumpkaboo (Average Size)Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist (Average Size)Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
NoibatNoibat
#714 / Flying · Dragon
NoivernNoivern
#715 / Flying · Dragon
YveltalYveltal
#717 / Dark · Flying
Hoopa (Hoopa Confined)Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa (Hoopa Unbound)Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark

Learnt by breeding

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

KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Mineral