Thief (move)

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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM46
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra 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 Pokémon.

Other languages

English Thief
Japanese どろぼう (Dorobō)
German Raub
French Larcin
Italian Furto
Spanish Ladrón

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
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra 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 Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 1
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Level 1

Learnt by TM

Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Diglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Seel
#086 / Water
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Muk
#089 / Poison
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Magby
#240 / Fire
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Surskit
#283 / Bug · Water
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Absol
#359 / Dark
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Darmanitan
Standard Mode
#555 / Fire
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Cutiefly
#742 / Bug · Fairy
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy

Learnt by breeding

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