Heavy Robe of Thievery (r95) [Ultra Rare]View in Item Database
DescriptionThis hooded cloak is preferred by thieves all around Neopia as it has deep pockets in which to hide your ill gotten gains. Heavy Robe of Thievery

Once per Battle

Average Rating [?]
Attack N/A
Defense *-light**-light*
Reflect N/A
Effects Steals opponents weapon (Pet must have more than 67 Intelligence and 200 Movement)
Actual Icons
Restocks At Brightvale Armour
Used By N/A
Special Categorization None
Notes *limit_one* Limit One Stealing Item.
Disappears after stealing.
Ratings - Heavy Robe of Thievery
It’s 2023, and stealing has been broken in the Battledome for 10 years now :(
This rating is to intentionally tank the average score for this item; I will update my review if stealing ever gets fixed.

Rated on October 4, 2023

Overview: When stealing is working in the Battledome, this is a 100% stealer with some added defense. It has no equal.

The Good: There really isn't an alternative for 100% stealing capability. The next best thing is the Rainbow Sticky Hand, but that only has an 80% chance of stealing, and your opponent gets it when it actually works. In addition to stealing, the Heavy Robe of Thievery also grants two icons of light defense, which is just delicious gravy. A stealing shield? Yes, Please.

The Bad: Training to 200 Agility is no fun. Unless you plan to use this weapon from the beginning, you'll likely be forced to back-train, which is expensive and time-consuming. On the bright side, if TNT ever makes good on their idea to make movement matter in the Battledome, you'll have a head start, because your battle pet will already be at 201 Agility.

The Ugly Truth: It's the best stealer in the game. You honestly don't have any other options that are even close to this good.

Rated on November 30, 2013

Value 3/3: This can still be found buyable on some occasions, and is very affordable even if you get it on the TP. Unmatched in value for 100% stealing.

Tactical 6/6: Steals with a 100% rate, every time. It disappears after stealing so your opponent can't steal back, a very important feature for 2p battling in particular.

NOTE: Stealing is bugged at the moment, but once it is fixed the tactical value of this weapon will be back where it belongs.

Other 1/1: Unique in it's function, serves that function perfectly and no other items available do the same thing. Even if you don't meet the agility requirement yet, it might be worth your while to purchase one in case these inflate in the future.

Rated on October 4, 2013

Power: 5/5
A buyable 100% stealer - price to power really doesn't get much better than that.
Let's be honest, this isn't expensive by itself, it's the 200 movement that will cost you a bit, but chances are if you have a decent battle pet you meet the requirements without having ever trained movement (either due to labbing or kitchen quests).

Counters: 3/3
Well, 2 icons light defense isn't worth speaking of and almost everything will punch through it, but the reason you may want to carry this is the stealing and that one cannot be countered. Even better: your opponent can't steal anything back as unlike sticky hand Heavy Robe of Thievery simply disappears after usage instead of going to your opponent.

Uniqueness: 1/1
The only 100% stealer available and one of the few stealers that don't go to your opponent, that's certainly unique.

Bonus: 0/1
Nothing special here. While stealing is fun and even more so with a 100% stealer it's often disabled or forbidden taking most of that fun away again.

Rated on August 2, 2013

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Edit: This weapon has now been broken for multiple years with no sign of ever being fixed. I can't in good faith keep my review as high as it was... Which is sad- in a lot of ways it feels like I am admitting defeat. But at the end of the day I am here to provide a service to the community and I feel that leaving false hope up does nothing but bad.

Price/Power (5/5)

This is, as of now, the only 100% stealer on Neopets. Add on to that the fact that it is relatively cheap most of the time and you have a pretty killer combo. The main downside is the stat requirement to use it, however any properly trained pet or long time lab rat should have this movement to spare. If used by a pet which does not have the correct stats it will do barely anything, so stay away till you do.

Countermeasures (5/5)

Once upon a time it was possible to set up your set in such a way that you could pick the item which was stolen. However now with randomised stealing it is impossible to predict what will be stolen. You could steal anything from their healer, to their main weapon and everything in between. This unbeatable nature which stealing has recently took on adds to the value of this weapon from a battle standpoint dramatically. A bonus also is that unlike most stealers (sticky hands) this item just disappears after use and does not come into the possession of your enemy.

Alternatives, Upgrades or Downgrades

Realistically there isn't much in the world of non-species stealers to rival this. The closest item is in the sticky hand family in the form of the awesome value for money Purple Sticky Hand, howe...
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Heavy Robe of Thievery is easily the best stealing weapon in the game. Its price does fluctuate a bit, but regardless it is very cheap for a best-in-class item. The limiting factor of Heavy Robe of Thievery is its steep Agility requirement. Most players do not set out to train Agility, meaning most pets will not meet Heavy Robe of Thievery's Agility requirement unless the pet has consumed a large amount of Sneggs or Kitchen Quests. In a sense training up to 201 Agility is like a rite of passage to Heavy Robe Thievery, and although it is a long journey, it is certainly worthwhile.

Heavy Robe of Thievery is the best stealing weapon for 2 reasons: it does not rely on luck, and it also does not fall into the opponents hands.

Heavy Robe of Thievery is the only stealer that I would recommend for 2-Player battling. Luck typically has no place in 2-Player battles; a Sticky Hand that misses could be a critical waste of time. Heavy Robe of Thievery will not miss; players using this item have the comfort of knowing they will get results.

Also, unlike the Sticky Hands, Heavy Robe of Thievery does not fall into the hands of the opponent. Most players will choose not to start a Sticky Hand war, swapping it back and forth, but Heavy Robe of Thievery ensures that there is no chance of this happening. Heavy Robe of Thievery takes up a spot in the owner's set, but it will replace itself with a weapon out of the opponent's set when used. Despite taking a turn to use, this 8-7 advantage could prove to be useful since almost all battlers need all 8 of their weapons for some reason or another. Even if the item stolen is not useful to th...
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