Covet (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Physical
Power 60
Accuracy 100
PP 25  (max. 40)
Makes contact? Yes
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.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Covet turns into Breakneck Blitz and has base power 120.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Covet
Japanese ほしがる (Hoshigaru)
German Bezirzer
French Implore
Italian Supplica
Spanish Antojo

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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user endearingly approaches the target, then steals the target’s held item.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user endearingly approaches the target, then steals the target’s held item.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Level 8
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Level 1
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Level 1
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Level 1
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Level 1
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 1
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Level 1
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Level 1
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Level 1
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 1
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Level 1
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Level 9
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 9
Happiny
#440 / Normal
Level 16
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Level 12
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 1
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Level 1
Espurr
#677 / Psychic
Level 18
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Level 18
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Level 18
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Level 1
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy
Level 1
Greedent
#820 / Normal
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Field
Meowth
Galarian Meowth
#052 / Steel
Field
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Field
Farfetch'd
Galarian Farfetch'd
#083 / Fighting
Field, Flying
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Bug