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Thievery as it appears in Tales of Destiny (PSX).

Thievery (ローバーアイテム Roobaa Aitemu?, "Robber Item"), also called Rover Tool and Item Rover, is an arte in the Tales series.

Arte Description and History

The arte has the user attack the enemy in an attempt to acquire an item from them. Most enemies have a "Steal Item", an item that can be stolen from the enemy once during a battle. The actual physical appearance of the arte changes throughout the series, but the core of its use remains the same. In some games like Tales of Destiny, the chance of a successful thievery increases with the amount of the "Luck" stat. However, in Tales of Vesperia, the chance of success increases by 1% for every 100 uses.

The chances of a successful thievery are rather low, though typically items or skills exist that increase the odds, and may require many attempts before acquiring the item. If an attempted the arte fails, the character who used it will often stall in battle for a couple of seconds, leaving them open for attack. For instance, Colette Brunel from Tales of Symphonia will trip and fall over. However, a successful steal will allow the character to continue moving as normal. Once an item is stolen, it cannot be stolen again in the same battle. In Tales of Symphonia, there is a chance for 1 to 3 Pow Hammers to go flying during the animation after 200 uses. In Tales of Hearts R, if Gall Gruner fails to steal an item, he kicks the enemy in frustration for additional damage.

In Tales of the Abyss, it is a passive skill that increases the chance of stealing an item.


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Fan-Translated Names

In-Game Descriptions and Battle Quotes

Tales of Destiny (PSX)

Japanese Description: 敵からアイテムを盗む

Tales of Eternia

Localized Description: "She runs toward the enemy then steals the item held by the enemy. Only one item can be stolen from each enemy per battle."[1]

Japanese Quote: いきますよっ!

Japanese Quote (Failure): あれぇ?

Japanese Quote (Success): もらいました!

Japanese Quote (Emptied): っとっと

Tales of Destiny (PS2) + Director's Cut

Japanese Description: 敵の所持アイテムを攻撃のスキにいただく特技。敵の防御などおかまいなし。
Translated Description (Life Bottle Productions): "Steals an item through an attack. Ignores enemy defense."

Japanese Quote: もらいっ!

Japanese Quote (Failure): あれま

Japanese Quote (Success): いっただきぃ!

Japanese Quote (Emptied): シケてるわね

Tales of Symphonia

Japanese Description: 一定確率で、攻撃が命中した敵から アイテムとガルドを頂く奥義
Localized Description: "Lv. 3 Sp. Attack: a chance of stealing an item and Gald from the target."[2]

Japanese Quote: ローバーふみゅっ!
Localized Quote: "Item-! Ow!"

Japanese Quote (Failure): もらっちゃった~
Localized Quote (Failure): "Oops..."

Japanese Quote (Success): 失敗しちゃった~
Localized Quote (Success): "...Hey, I got something!"

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology

Localized Description: "Base: Occasionally steal an item from an enemy."

User: Rutee Katrea
Localized Quote (Success): "Mine!"

Tales of Innocence

Japanese Description: 一定確率で、敵からアイテムを頂戴する特技

Japanese Quote: えい!

Japanese Quote (Success): ご寄進、感謝します

Tales of Vesperia

Japanese Description: 敵からアイテムを奪う特技。失敗すると大きな隙を生む
Localized Description: "Base Arte: Steal an item from an enemy."

Tales of Hearts

Japanese Description: テイルズ オブ デスティニーから参戦!ルーティがローバーアイテムで援護!

Tales of Innocence R

Japanese Description: 一定確率で、敵からアイテムを頂戴する特技

User: Ange Serena
Japanese Quote: はっ!

Japanese Quote (Failure): きゃっ!あいたたたぁ

Japanese Quote (Success): ご寄進、感謝します

User: Hermana Larmo
Japanese Quote: いくでー!

Japanese Quote (Failure): あかんかー

Japanese Quote (Success): もろたでー!

Tales of Hearts R

Japanese Description: 攻撃と同時にアイテムを盗む技。失敗すると蹴って憂さを晴らす
Localized Description: "Attacks and simultaneously tries to seal, delivering a distracting kick if it fails."