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



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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    • 04 Feb 2021 22:03  

      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

        01 Dec 2019 01:00  

        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

          05 Dec 2018 19:13  

          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

            21 Apr 2016 18:42  

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

            • Anonymous

              17 Apr 2016 07:18  

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

              • Anonymous

                15 Apr 2016 13:24  

                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

                  10 Apr 2016 17:34  

                  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

                    09 Apr 2016 10:32  

                    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

                      08 Apr 2016 16:45  

                      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

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