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Thief

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This article is about the class. For the staff from the SNES games and New Mystery of the Emblem, see Thief (staff).

Thief

FEMN Thief.png
Artwork of the Thief from the TCG.

A shadowy figure who fares better picking locks than fights.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Thief (盗賊 Thief) is a basic class present in all games in the Fire Emblem series. In the vast majority of games, Thieves act as a supporting class whose abilities lie primarily in the domain of stealing and obtaining items or gold from the enemy; the sole exception is Fire Emblem Gaiden, in which they instead act identically to Brigands as an enemy-exclusive class.

Thieves possess exceptional speed and good skill, but can seldom put these to use in combat as they typically have poor to mediocre strength and are rendered extremely frail by their low defensive stats. In emergencies they can wield swords, or knives in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, to defend themselves, but their primary role is avoiding combat entirely to focus on their supporting roles: stealing from enemy units and unlocking doors, treasure chests and bridges. Their ability to unlock chests and doors depends on the game: some games require they use a lockpick item, others that they possess a skill, and some instead have it as an innate ability.

The Thief's class change options have varied considerably throughout the series. In Ankoku Ryuu, Gaiden, Mystery of the Emblem, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, and New Mystery of the Emblem, Thieves cannot change class at all; to compensate, the latter two Nintendo DS remakes designate it as a special class with the ability to reach a maximum level of 30. Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 were the first games to give the Thief a promoted class, the Thief Fighter. The majority of games since then from Fire Emblem onward have Thieves promote to Assassins. The Sacred Stones gives them the alternative option of promoting to the Rogue class, which also acts their only hypothetical promoted class in Radiant Dawn. Awakening introduced another class change option for Thieves as an alternative to Assassins: the Trickster.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 16 3 -- 1 9 0 2 0 7 -- -- Sword: 2
Gaiden 26 7 -- 1 2 0 2 0 4 -- -- Axe
Mystery of the Emblem 16 2 -- 1 7 1 1 0 7 -- -- Sword: 7
Genealogy of the Holy War 26 3 0 3 7 0 1 0 6 6 -- SNESRankSword.png C
Thracia 776 16/14 1/0 0 1 6/7 0 0 -- 7 5/3 -- SNESRankSword.png E
The Binding Blade 16 3/1 -- 1 9/7 0 2/1 0/1 6 6/5 -- GBARankSword.gif E
Blazing Sword 16/15 3/2 -- 1/3 9/8 0 2/1 0/2 6 6/5 -- GBARankSword.gif E
The Sacred Stones 16 3 -- 1 9 0 2 0 6 6 -- GBARankSword.gif E
Path of Radiance 16 3 0 2 9 0 2 0 7 9 9 -- (+Knives)
Radiant Dawn 16 5 0 6 10 0 3 0 7 9 9 WiiRankKnife.png E
Shadow Dragon 16 2 0 1 7 0 1 0 7 -- -- DSRankSword.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 2 0 1 7 0 1 0 7 -- -- DSRankSword.png E
Awakening 16 3 0 6 8 0 2 0 5 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword: 20
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- Axe
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 18 15 18 22 30 16 15  ? 20 SNESRankSword.png C
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 SNESRankSword.png A
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif A
Blazing Sword 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif A
The Sacred Stones 20 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif A
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20  ??  ?? -- (+Knives)
Radiant Dawn 30 15 10 20 20 40 15 10 32 -- WiiRankKnife.png A
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 25 30 30 25 20 32 -- DSRankSword.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 25 30 30 25 20 9 -- DSRankSword.png A
Awakening 60 22 20 30 28 30 21 20 7 -- 3DSRankSword.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi  ?  ? --  ?  ? 0%  ? 0% -- --
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 60% 30% -- 40% 50% 0% 30% 0% -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 70% 20% 0% 15% 15% 10% 10% -- 20% 0%
The Binding Blade 50/45% 5% -- 45% 40% 40% 5% 20% -- --
Fire Emblem 50/45% 5% -- 45% 40% 40% 5% 20/25% -- --
The Sacred Stones 50% 5% -- 45% 40% 40% 5% 20% -- --
Path of Radiance 70% 45% 15% 60% 60% 40% 30% 20% -- --
Radiant Dawn 55% 40% 10% 55% 45% 70% 40% 30% -- --
Shadow Dragon 30/60% 10/20% -20/0% 30/40% 40/50% 0/0% 5/30% -10/0% -- --
Awakening 35% 15% 5% 25% 25% 0% 5% 5% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Genealogy of the Holy War
Thracia 776
The Binding Blade
Fire Emblem
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii steal.png Steal Innate.
Path of Radiance Is gcn knife (skill).png Knife Innate.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Awakening Is 3ds locktouch.png Locktouch Learned at level 1.
Awakening Is 3ds movement +1.png Movement +1 Learned at level 10.

Class change

Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class
Bs fe12 julian thief sword.png
Thief


Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 lifis thief sword.png
Thief
Choosing the "Class change" option in a home castle after reaching level 20.* /
Using a Knight Proof after reaching level 10.*
Bs fe05 lifis thief fighter sword.png
Thief Fighter

Thracia 776 (Lara only)

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 lara thief sword.png
Thief
Using a Knight Proof after reaching level 10.


Talk to Pirn in Chapter 12x.
Bs fe05 lara thief fighter sword.png
Thief Fighter
or
Bs fe05 lara dancer.png
Dancer
Promotion choice criteria: Lara can promote to Thief Fighter at any time through normal use of a Knight Proof, but promoting to Dancer is only available in Chapter 12x.

Fire Emblem, Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 matthew thief sword.png
Thief
Using a Fell Contract after reaching Level 10.* /
Event at the end of Chapter 19, if the player chooses to hire Volke.*
Bs fe07 matthew assassin sword.png
Assassin

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 colm thief sword.png
Thief
Using a Ocean Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 colm rogue sword.png
Rogue
or
Bs fe08 colm assassin sword.png
Assassin
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Thief
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
Trickster
or

Assassin
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Playable Thieves

Playable Characters
Name Game
Julian Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow
Rickard Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow
Dew Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Patty Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Daisy Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Rifis Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Lara Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Chad Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Astore Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Cath Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Matthew Fire Emblem
Legault Fire Emblem
Colm Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Volke Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Sothe Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Gaius Fire Emblem: Awakening
Playable Thief units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable Enemy Thieves

Enemy Units
Name Game
Dahha Fire Emblem Gaiden
Gahha Fire Emblem Gaiden
Enemy Thief units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable NPC Thieves

Other Units
Name Game
Leila Fire Emblem
Neutral Thief units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology & other languages

References

Project Classes.png This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.