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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). For the class from Fire Emblem Fates known as Thief in the Japanese version, see Outlaw. For the class from Gaiden and its remake known as Thief in the Japanese version, see Brigand.

Thief

FEMN Thief.png
Artwork of the Thief from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Skilled at opening locks, the Thief has excellent speed and dexterity.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Thief (Japanese: 盗賊 Thief) is a basic class which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Thieves act as a supporting class whose abilities lie primarily in the domain of stealing and obtaining items or gold from the enemy. Thieves are present in every game in the Fire Emblem series except Fire Emblem Gaiden, Fire Emblem Fates, and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia; in Fates, they are replaced by the bow-wielding Outlaw 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 Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, 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 The Blazing Blade 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 Experience Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 16 3 -- 1 9 0 2 0 7 -- -- 40 Sword: 2
Mystery of the Emblem 16 2 -- 1 7 1 1 0 7 -- -- 40 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
The Blazing Blade 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 -- -- -- FE12RankSword.png E
Awakening 16 3 0 6 8 0 2 0 5 -- -- -- Swords E
Three Houses 25 9 6 11 11 8 6 2 5 -- -- -- --

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword: 20
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
The Blazing Blade 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 -- FE12RankSword.png A
Awakening 60 22 20 30 28 30 21 20 7 -- Swords A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement*
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light ? ? -- ? ? 0% ? 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% -- -- --
The Blazing Blade 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% 5/30% -10/0% -- -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 30/60% 10/20% -20/0% 30/40% 40/50% 0% 5/30% -10/0% -- -- --
Awakening 35/60% 15/20% 5/0% 25/40% 25/40% 0/20% 5/20% 5% -- -- --
Three Houses 20% 0/15% 0% 10% 10/15% 0% 0/10% 0% 5% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class modifiers

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Movement
Three Houses 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Genealogy of the Holy War
Thracia 776
The Binding Blade
The Blazing Blade
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Three Houses
Steal • All titles: Innate.
Three Houses: Class mastery.
Path of Radiance Knife Innate.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Awakening
Three Houses
Locktouch Awakening: Learned at Level 1.
Three Houses: Innate.
Awakening Movement +1 Learned at Level 10.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, 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.

The Blazing Blade, 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 an 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.

Radiant Dawn

Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class


Rogue
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21. (Heather)/
Event: closing cutscene of the Part 4 Prologue. (Sothe)
Bs fe10 sothe whisper knife.png
Whisper

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 thief playable.gif
Thief
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 trickster playable.gif
Trickster
or
Ma 3ds01 assassin playable.gif
Assassin
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Three Houses

Base class Certification requirements Intermediate class
Any class Level 10
Intermediate Seal
Swords C
File:Ma ns01 thief playable.gif
Thief
This class is available for any unit.


Playable Thieves

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


Notable enemy Thieves

Enemy Units
Name Game
Vaam BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, New Mystery of the Emblem
Dahl Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem
Kostas Three Houses
Enemy Thief units in the Fire Emblem series.


Notable NPC Thieves

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


Flavor text


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Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Village-destroying rogues. They've low power and can open chests.* ??
The Blazing Blade
(class roll)
Rogues and fortune-hunters. Possess weak attacks but many other skills. ??
The Blazing Blade
(help)
Jacks of all trades who can pick locks and learn secrets. ??
The Sacred Stones
(class roll)
Rogues and fortune hunters. They possess weak attacks but many other skills. ??
The Sacred Stones
(help)
Multitalented knaves with an eye for riches. Equip: Swords. ??
Path of Radiance Multitalented knaves who are skilled at picking locks and stealing items from unwary foes. ??
Radiant Dawn
(class roll)
Multitalented knaves with a knack for finding treasures in battle. They have low combat abilities. ??
Radiant Dawn
(help)
Multitalented knaves who are always on the lookout for treasure. They have weak combat abilities. ??
Shadow Dragon Organized rogues who raze villages. Poor at fighting, but talented with locks. ??
Awakening A shadowy figure who fares better picking locks than fights. ??
Three Houses Skilled at opening locks, the Thief has excellent speed and dexterity. ??

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Thief --
Japanese 盗賊
シーフ
盗人シーフ
• Officially romanized as Thief. This kanji name (previously spelled in hiragana as とうぞく in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Mystery of the Emblem) is used in every game except Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, Path of Radiance, and Radiant Dawn.
• Thief; this katakana name is used only in Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, and Path of Radiance.
• Officially romanized as Thief. This kanji name is used only in Radiant Dawn, where all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 盗人), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. シーフ) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.
Unusually in Radiant Dawn, the Thief's usual kanji name, 盗賊, is the name of the Rogue class instead.
Spanish Ladrón Thief
French Voleur Thief
German • Dieb
• Diebin
• Thief
• Feminine variant of the former, used exclusively for female Thieves in The Blazing Blade, alongside the male "Dieb".
Italian Ladro Thief

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References

See also

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.
Classes in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Base classes ArcherCavalierMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriest
Advanced classes BishopDracoknightHeroPaladinSniper
Other classes BallisticianFighterFreelancerGeneralHorsemanHunterKnightLordManaketePirateThief
Classes in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericHunterKnight (armored)MageMercenaryPegasus Knight
Advanced classes BishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniper
Dragon classes Divine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Other classes BallisticianBarbarianBerserkerBrigandDancerDark MageEmperorFighterFreelancerKnight (dismounted)LordManaketePirateSoldierThief
Unused classes Dark KnightGuardianSea Dragon
Classes in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBow ArmorCavalierFighterFire MageFree KnightJunior LordKnightLance KnightMageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestPrincePrincessShamanTroubadourThiefThunder MageWind MageWyvern Rider
Advanced classes Bow KnightDuke KnightForrestGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestKnight LordMage KnightMage FighterMaster KnightPaladinRangerSageSniperSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BallistaBarbarianBaronBishopBrigandCivilianDancerDark BishopDark MageDark PrinceDragon RiderEmperorHunterIron BallistaKiller BallistaPirateQueen
Unused classes ArcherAxe SoldierGreat BallistaPegasus RiderSoldierSpear SoldierSword Soldier
Classes in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBerserkerBishopBow ArmorBow FighterBrigandCavalierClericDragon RiderFighterFree KnightLance KnightLopt MageLordMageMyrmidonPegasus RiderPriestThiefTroubadour
Advanced classes Bow KnightDark MageDuke KnightGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestMage KnightMercenaryPegasus KnightPrinceSageSniperRangerSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Rider
Other classes ArcherBallistaBaronCivilianDancerDark BishopDark PrinceHunterIron BallistaPoison BallistaSoldierPirate
Unused classes EmperorFalcon KnightForrestJunior LordKiller BallistaKnight LordMaster KnightWyvern Lord
Classes in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMyrmidonNomadPegasus KnightPiratePriestShamanTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat LordHeroNomadic TrooperPaladinSageSniperSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BardCivilianDancerKingMage DragonManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMonkMyrmidonNomadPegasus KnightPirateShamanThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopBlade LordDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat LordHeroKnight LordNomadic TrooperPaladinSageSniperSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes ArchsageBardBramimondCivilianCorsairDancerDark DruidFire DragonMagic SealPeerPrinceSoldierTransporter
Classes in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Trainee classes JourneymanPupilRecruit
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMonkMyrmidonPegasus KnightPiratePriestShamanThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat KnightGreat LordHeroKnight LordMage KnightPaladinRangerRogueSageSniperSummonerSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern KnightWyvern Lord
Monster classes Arch MogallBaelBonewalkerCyclopsDeathgoyleDemon KingElder BaelEntombedGargoyleGorgonGorgon EggGwyllgiMaelduinMauthe DoogMogallNecrodragonRevenantTarvosWight
Other classes CivilianDancerFleetManaketeNecromancerPeerPhantomPontifexQueenSoldier
Removed class Apprentice
Classes in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Base classes ArcherAxe KnightBanditBow KnightClericFighterKnightLance KnightMageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestRangerSoldierSword KnightSwordmasterThiefWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopFalcon KnightGeneralHalberdierLordPaladinSageSniperValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Laguz classes Beast Tribe (CatTiger) • Bird Tribe (HawkHeron) • Dragon Tribe (Red DragonWhite Dragon)
Other classes ChildCivilianHeroKing DaeinPrincess Crimea
Classes in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Base classes ArcherArmored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordAxe KnightDracoknightFighterFire MageLance KnightLight MageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestSoldierSword KnightThiefThunder MageWind Mage
Intermediate classes Axe GeneralAxe PaladinBishopBlade PaladinBow PaladinClericDark SageDragonmasterFalcoknightFire SageHalberdierHeroLance GeneralLance PaladinLight SageRogueSniperSword GeneralSwordmasterThunder SageWarriorWind Sage
Advanced classes Arch SageBow KnightDragonlordGold KnightLight PriestessMarksmanMarshallReaverSaintSentinelSeraph KnightSilver KnightTruebladeValkyrieVanguardWhisper
Laguz classes Beast Tribe (CatLionLion KingTigerWolfWolf Queen) • Bird Tribe (HawkHeronRaven) • Dragon Tribe (Black DragonRed DragonWhite Dragon)
Other classes AssassinBanditBlack KnightChancellorCitizenDruidEmpressHorsePilgrimQueenSummonerVendor
Classes in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
Other classes BallisticianEarth DragonFreelancerLordManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
Dragon classes Divine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Other classes BallisticianDancerEmperorFreelancerLordManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem Awakening
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericDark MageFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestTacticianThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBow KnightDark FlierDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGrandmasterGreat KnightGreat LordGriffon RiderHeroPaladinSageSniperSorcererSwordmasterTricksterValkyrieWar ClericWar MonkWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BrideConquerorDancerDread FighterGrimaLodestarManaketeMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassRevenantSoldierTaguelVillager
Classes in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Unique classes Armored LordBarbarossaCommonerDancerEmperorEnlightened OneGreat LordHigh LordNobleWyvern Master
Beginner classes FighterMonkMyrmidonSoldier
Intermediate classes ArcherArmored KnightBrawlerBrigandCavalierDark MageLordMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriestThief
Advanced classes AssassinBishopDark BishopFortress KnightGrapplerHeroPaladinSniperSwordmasterWarlockWarriorWyvern Rider
Master classes Bow KnightDark KnightFalcon KnightGreat KnightGremoryHoly KnightMortal SavantWar MasterWyvern Lord
Monster classes Altered Demonic BeastAltered GolemBlack BeastDemonic BeastExperimental Demonic BeastFlying Demonic BeastGiant BirdGiant CrawlerGiant Demonic BeastGiant WolfGolemLord of the DesertLord of the LakeTitanusWandering BeastWhite BeastWild Demonic Beast
Other classes AgastyaArchbishopDeath KnightFlame EmperorHegemon HuskKing of LiberationThe Immaculate One