thief small

Level 5


VGR 10

DEX 13

ATN 11

INT 10

END 10



 luck 14

Thief is a starting Class in Dark Souls 3.

A common thief and pitiful deserter. Wields a dagger intended for backstabs alongside a military-issue bow.



Thief Starting Equipment

bandits knife iconiron round shield iconshort bow iconthief mask icondeserter armor icondeserter trousers icon



Notes About This Class

  • Highest luck, meaning the most item discovery for a starting class.
  • The only class that starts with a bow.



Builds That Use This Class



Academy Assassin  ♦  Assassin  ♦  Cleric  ♦  Deprived  ♦  Herald  ♦  Herald of White  ♦  Knight  ♦  Mercenary  ♦  Northern Warrior  ♦  Pyromancer  ♦  Sorcerer  ♦  Wandering Knight  ♦  Warrior

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    • Anonymous

      I usually like thief, but 9 strength isn't even enough for daggers like corvian & ghru, weak defining stat in luck, starting bow is pointless... worse merc :(

      • Found a visual bug:
        Class - Thief
        SG - Branch
        1. Unequipped branch from item bar
        2. Moved bow to LH1 (unequipped shield)
        3. Locked onto enemy in CoA
        Result: HUD displays what appears to be a debug menu with text in japanese
        Not sure where else to post this, can anyone replicate/explain this effect?

        • Anonymous

          For optimization purposes, the thief class is only for pure LCK builds or DEX/LCK builds. Indeed, if you want a STR/LCK or a quality/LCK build, you should choose the warrior. If you want an elemental LCK build, start with the sorcerer or the cleric, they both have high luck too. Rare are the weapons scaling massively with LCK, but you have for example the man-grub's staff. Because it requires 18 INT, here again the sorcerer is preferable as a starter class.

          • Anonymous

            Starts with the best Parry Shield in the game and Bandit's knife which can spam attacks so fast you'll bleed out most enemies

            • Anonymous

              If anyone has any potential Thief Builds such as early stat allocation let me know. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

              • Anonymous

                I've knotice at times you can easily circle enemies without casing them to attack you directly. Not sure if that's specific

                • Anonymous

                  Luck increases bleed and poison rate as well. So as thieves we can capitalize on this and bleed our enemies dry. Grab that katana early, and slice your way to victory!

                  • Anonymous

                    I would like to try out the thief for dark souls 3 but only played dark souls 1 and never managed to get pass the bull so ds3 might be easier because it's similar to blood born so can someone tell me how to work with the thief like what stats to do for him and what kind of equipment to look for please because he seems like my sort of chracter because I prefer speed over raw power but still manège to deal a decent amount of punishment

                    • Anonymous

                      Thanks 4 that guy who replied anyway I played dark souls 1 today because I wanted a feel for the game I tried both classes and I didn't know how dexterity works in ds1 so I got confused y with the knight I rolled slow was able to do well so I may vhoose the knight but can u tell what stats I shold focus on thief and what gear I should look for with the thief just in case I change my mind

                      • Anonymous

                        I want to start with a knight as its the most balance as I have never played dark souls but the thief looks so cool with the cloak dagger and bow so can someone tell me how to use for a thief because I will not know where 2 start or tell me the comparison between a knight and a thief so I can choose which 1 to play as

                        • Nothing on the hands. Of course, the thief will look much better with some dark gauntlets and better boots instead of tatty shoes.Glad there is no hand slot armour though, I think I would just take it off for lower weight.

                          • Anonymous

                            The armor of this thief remind me of Ishidori( not sure how you spell it but the little kid that aspires to be guts )day from berserk, esspecially the trousers

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