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- If you were looking for the the character in Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All, see Thief (GDZ47).
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Thief (Japanese: どろぼう Thief) is a damage-dealing Dark-type move introduced in Generation II. It has been TM46 since Generation II.
Thief inflicts damage and steals the target's held item. If the target is not holding an item or the user is already holding an item, Thief cannot steal an item. Held Mail cannot be stolen.
Thief can steal any Trainer's Pokémon's items permanently. In Link Battles, the Trainer House, Battle Frontier facilities and Secret Bases, items stolen will be returned at the end of the battle.
An item cannot be stolen if the target has the Sticky Hold Ability. A held Enigma Berry cannot be stolen.
Except for within the Battle Pyramid, opposing Pokémon can no longer permanently steal held items of the player's Pokémon (but the player's Pokémon can still permanently steal items).
In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, Thief does not permanently steal items.
Plates cannot be stolen from Pokémon with the Ability Multitype. A held Griseous Orb cannot be stolen.
If the target's consumable held item is triggered by Thief, such as a Colbur Berry or Focus Sash, it will not be stolen.
Thief no longer steals a Trainer's Pokémon's items permanently; however, a wild Pokémon's item is still permanently stolen by the player.
Thief can now steal a held Griseous Orb as long as neither the user nor the target is Giratina. Drives can only be stolen if neither the user nor the target is Genesect.
Generation VI onwards
Thief's power was changed from 40 to 60 and its PP was changed from 10 to 25.
Mega Stones that can Mega Evolve the user or target cannot be stolen via Thief. Memories cannot be stolen from Pokémon with the Ability RKS System. Z-Crystals cannot be stolen.
|| A Dark-type attack. The attacking Pokémon may steal an item held by the target.
|| An attack that may steal a held item.
|| While attacking, it may steal the foe's held item.
|| An attack that may take the foe's held item if the user isn't holding one.
|| An attack that may steal the target's held item.*|
While attacking, it may steal the target's held item.*
|| The user attacks and steals the foe's held item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
|| The user attacks and steals the target's item simultaneously. It can't steal if the user holds an item.
| The user attacks and steals the target's held item simultaneously. The user can't steal anything if it already holds an item.
| Egg Move
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
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In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
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