Pickup (ability)

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Effect

When another Pokémon on the field uses a single-use held item, a Pokémon with Pickup will obtain the used item (if they are not already holding anything) and it can be used again.

Pokémon with Pickup will also obtain an item thrown at them with Fling (if they are not already holding anything).

Changes

In Generations 3-4, Pickup has no effect in battle.

Outside of battle

When a battle ends, any party Pokémon with Pickup has a 10% chance of picking up an item (if they are not already holding an item).

Items picked up range from Potions, Great Balls, Ultra Balls and Rare Candies up to Leftovers and some TMs. Better items have a lower chance of being found; furthermore, higher-level Pokémon will obtain better items.

Game descriptions

Ruby/Sapphire
FireRed/LeafGreen
Emerald
May pick up items.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The Pokémon may pick up items.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The Pokémon may pick up items.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The Pokémon may pick up items.
Sun/Moon
Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
The Pokémon may pick up the item an opposing Pokémon used during a battle. It may pick up items outside of battle, too.