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Spectral Thief
シャドースチール Shadow Steal
Spectral Thief VII.png
Spectral Thief VII 2.png
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 does damage. If successful, it also steals the target's stat boosts (if any) right before doing damage. Spectral Thief bypasses substitutes.

Spectral Thief will steal all stat boosts; even if the sum of the user's existing stat boosts and the target's stat boosts exceeds +6 in a stat, the target's stage will become 0. If the user has the Ability Simple, then the stolen stat boosts will be doubled; if the user has the Ability Contrary, then the stat boosts will be inverted.


Games Description
SMUSUM The user hides in the target's shadow, steals the target's stat boosts, and then attacks.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
802 Marshadow Marshadow
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Undiscovered Undiscovered 45
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the anime


  • 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
France Flag.png French Clepto-Mânes
Germany Flag.png German Diebesschatten
Italy Flag.png Italian Ombrafurto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 섀도스틸 Shadow Steal
Russia Flag.png Russian Призрачный Вор Prizrachnyy Vor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Robasombra

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