Spectral Thief (move)

Spectral Thief
シャドースチール Shadow Steal
Spectral Thief VIII.png
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Type  Ghost
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  90
Accuracy  100%
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Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VII
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Spectral Thief (Japanese: シャドースチール Shadow Steal) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature move of Marshadow. It can be upgraded to the special Z-Move Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike by Marshadow holding Marshadium Z.


Spectral Thief deals damage. If successful, it also steals the target's positive stat stages (if any) immediately before dealing damage. Spectral Thief bypasses substitutes, and can successfully steal stat boosts from the boss of a Max Raid Battle even if it currently has a shield up. If the target has an Ability such as Clear Body, White Smoke, or Hyper Cutter that normally prevents some or all of its stats from being lowered, Spectral Thief can still steal boosts in those stats.

Spectral Thief will steal all positive stat stages; even if the sum of the user's existing stat stages and the target's stat stages exceeds +6 in a stat, as long as the target's stat stages are positive, they will be reduced to 0. If the user has the Ability Simple, then the stolen stat stages will be doubled; if the user has the Ability Contrary, then the stat boosts will become stat drops when stolen.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Spectral Thief cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
The user hides in the target's shadow, steals the target's stat boosts, and then attacks.
BDSP This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
802   Marshadow
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 45 72SwSh
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By event

Generation VIII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
802   MarshadowLv. 60
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered Pokémon Scrap 2020 Marshadow
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Spectral Thief
Attack power 102.6584
Charge time 1.38 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Physical 2 3 85 102 100% An opponent Returns the target’s raised stats to normal and raises the user’s stats by the same amount. Sygna Suit Korrina & Marshadow (Direct link)

In the anime

In other generations


  • If Battle Effects are turned off, Spectral Thief will still display one if it steals any stat boosts.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 暗影偷盜 Amyíng Tāudouh
Mandarin 暗影偷盜 / 暗影偷盗 Ànyǐng Tōudào
  French Clepto-Mânes
  German Diebesschatten
  Italian Ombrafurto
  Korean 섀도스틸 Syaedoseutil
  Russian Призрачный Вор Prizrachnyy Vor
  Spanish Robasombra

  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.