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Thieves are very fast and agile, and they can swing their weapons lightning-fast. They also have the ability to pick locked doors. Their steal ability allows them to take items from enemies. Also, everyone will take less damage while escaping if they use Flee.
—Description
The bearer of this certificate possesses ferret-like deftness with both feet and fingers and is deemed worthy of the title of Master Thief.
—Mastery certificate description

The Thief is a job class in Final Fantasy III. It is gained from the Fire Crystal in the NES version, while it is gained from the Wind Crystal in the 3D version. During battle, Thieves are able to steal items from the enemy or assist the party in escaping from combat. Unfortunately, they are unable to guard any attacks. While on the field, placing a Thief at the front of the party will allow one to open locked doors without using any Magic Keys.

AbilitiesEdit

NES versionEdit

Depending on the Thief's job level, the item one can steal from enemies differs. However, most enemies are only carrying weak items like Potions and Antidotes.

The Escape command lets the entire party run away with a 100% success rate. However, it will not work in battles where escape is impossible. More useful than Run command as a replacement for Thief, using Escape ensures one will not get the usual defense loss when escaping.

3D versionsEdit

  • Command ability - Steal

Just like the Famicom version, what one can steal is determined by the Thief's job level. Every enemy has a steal table containing four possible tiers of items, some of which only have a chance to be stolen if the Thief's job level is high enough.

Job Level Item Tier(s)
1-30 1
31-70 1-2
71-98 1-3
99 1-4

Each tier has its own Steal success rate. The game will always try to steal items from the highest possible tier first, then work its way down.

Item Tier Steal Rate
1 19%
2 17%
3 15%
4 12%

For example, if an enemy has an Elixir and Phoenix Down as its Tier 4 items, the game will attempt to steal one of those first (12% success rate). Should the Thief fail, it will move to the next tier down and try again (15% success rate), and repeat until either an item is successfully stolen or it reaches the bottom.

  • Command ability - Flee

Allows the party to escape a battle, has a chance of failing.

StatsEdit

Level Strength Agility Vitality Intellect Mind Level Strength Agility Vitality Intellect Mind
NES version 3D versions
1 10 15 9 5 1 1 5 5 5 5 5
10 17 22 13 12 1 10 10 11 10 9 9
20 23 31 17 19 1 20 16 20 16 14 12
30 30 39 21 26 1 30 22 30 22 18 15
40 36 48 26 33 1 40 28 40 28 22 19
50 43 56 30 40 1 50 34 50 34 26 22
60 49 65 34 47 1 60 40 60 40 29 25
70 56 73 38 54 1 70 46 70 46 33 29
80 63 82 42 62 1 80 52 80 52 37 32
90 69 90 46 69 1 90 58 90 58 41 35
99 75 98 50 75 1 99 63 99 63 45 38

EquipmentEdit

WeaponsEdit

Weapons
Daggers Throwing weapons

ArmorEdit

Armor
Shields Head Body Arms

Other appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Thief job from appears on wind-elemental cards.

Triple Triad (Portal App)Edit

027a Thief

Arc as a Thief appears on a Triple Triad card.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit