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FF5-Thief
Expert bandits who espy secret passages and foil back attacks.
—Description
See also: Thief (Job)

The Thief is a job in Final Fantasy V, obtained after the Wind Crystal shatters. It is among the weakest of the Clothes-wearing jobs, possessing low Strength and Stamina, which in turn means low HP. The Thief has the highest Agility in the game, making them vital for making the Freelancer and Mime more powerful. The Thief is one of three classes capable of equipping the powerful Thief Gloves accessory, which doubles the poor success rate of Steal from 40% to 80%, making them vital for stealing items early in the game, including one-of-a-kind pieces of equipment only obtainable through stealing.

Mastering the Thief job on all characters in the iOS version earns the player the achievement "Band of Thieves".

AppearanceEdit

FFV Bartz Thief iOS FFV Lenna Thief iOS FFV Galuf Thief iOS FFV Faris Thief iOS FFV Krile Thief iOS

Thieves have a universal design: green. Each character also wears a bandanna or a head scarf. Bartz and Galuf mostly resemble the thief class from the original Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy III. Faris's costume is the only one that is a different color scheme, with yellow instead of green. Galuf's head scarf is tied under his nose, a typical feature of an old style thief in Japanese culture.

AbilitiesEdit

  • Job Command - Steal
  • Innate Abilities - Find Passages, Vigilance, Sprint
  • Equipment - Knives, Light Helmets, Clothes, Armlets, Boomerangs, Thief Gloves

The Steal command can be used to acquire items from enemies. All three innate abilities are also incredibly useful; Find Passages will let the player locate any hidden passage or invisible walkway, Vigilance prevents rear attack by 100%, and Sprint lets the characters run four times faster in dungeons and towns, but not on the world map (this, however, was changed for the iOS release). Mug allows the player to damage the target while attempting to Steal from them at the same time, but will not activate any special abilities or spells the weapon may have normally.

Artful Dodger gives characters the Thief's base Agility unless otherwise at a higher value. What is of note here is that this ability functions in the same manner as the various other abilities that carry a hidden stat boost, only here that is the only affect it has.

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain the Thief's base Agility. They also gain the Thief's base Strength and Stamina unless they already have a higher base from another mastered job. They will also gain Find Passages, Vigilance, and Sprint as innate abilities.

The base stats for Thieves are:

  • Strength: 25
  • Agility: 40
  • Stamina: 26
  • Magic: 18

Level-Up AbilitiesEdit

Level 1 Ability
Mobile Name Find Passages
Advance Name Find Passages
Anthology Name Secret
RPGe Name Passages
AP Required 10
Type Passive
Description Detect hidden passageways.
Information Any job will be able to locate hidden passages, or invisible walkways.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile Name Flee
Advance Name Flee
Anthology Name Flee
RPGe Name Escape
AP Required 20
Type Command
Description Quickly escape from battle. You may be unable to escape from some enemies.
Information A faster, more reliable way of running from battles.
Level 3 Ability
Mobile Name Sprint
Advance Name Sprint
Anthology Name Dash
RPGe Name Dash
AP Required 30
Type Passive
Description Hold down the B button while pressing the Control Pad to move twice as fast.
Information By pressing the Dash button, the party will now run four times faster on the world map, even if there is no thief in the party.
Level 4 Ability
Mobile Name Steal
Advance Name Steal
Anthology Name Steal
RPGe Name Steal
AP Required 50
Type Command
Description Steal treasures from an enemy.
Information Lets any job use the Steal command.
Level 5 Ability
Mobile Name Vigilance
Advance Name Vigilance
Anthology Name Caution
RPGe Name Caution
AP Required 75
Type Passive
Description Prevent back attacks.
Information The party will never get rear attacked as long as they have this ability equipped.
Level 6 Ability
Mobile Name Mug
Advance Name Mug
Anthology Name Mug
RPGe Name Capture
AP Required 150
Type Command
Description Attack and steal from an enemy.
Information Lets any job use the Mug command. Does not replace the Thief's Steal command.
Level 7 Ability
Mobile Name Artful Dodger
Advance Name Artful Dodger
Anthology Name Footwork
RPGe Name Agility
AP Required 300
Type Passive
Description Gain the same speed and agility as a Thief.
Information Any job equipped with this gets a boost to their speed.

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