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Expert bandits who espy secret passages and foil back attacks.


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

Mastering the Thief job on all characters in the mobile and Steam versions earns the player the achievement "Band of Thieves".


Thieves have a universal color: green. Each character wears a bandanna or a headscarf. Bartz and Lenna 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: yellow instead of green. Galuf's headscarf is tied under his nose, typical of an old-style thief in Japanese culture.


The Steal command steals items from enemies. All of Thief's innate support abilities are useful; Find Passages lets the player locate any hidden passage or invisible walkway, Vigilance prevents back attacks, and Sprint lets the characters run twice as fast in dungeons and towns, but not on the world map (this, however, was changed for the mobile and Steam releases). Mug allows the player to damage the enemy while attempting to Steal from them, 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. This functions the same as the various other abilities that carry a hidden stat boost, only here that is the only effect it has.

Upon mastery, Freelancers and Mimes gain the Thief's base Agility as well as their 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 support abilities.

Level-up abilities[]

The job's innate support abilities are Find Passages, Sprint, Vigilance and Artful Dodger, always active when the character is a Thief. The Thief's job command is Steal. Leveling up as a Thief allows the player to gain these abilities for use on the character's other jobs as well.

Level 1 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Find Passages
Advance Name Find Passages
Anthology Name Secret
AP Required 10
Type Support
Innate Y
Description Detect hidden passageways.
Information Any job will be able to locate hidden passages, or invisible walkways.
Level 2 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Flee
Advance Name Flee
Anthology Name Flee
AP Required 20
Type Command
Innate N
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/PC Name Sprint
Advance Name Sprint
Anthology Name Dash
AP Required 30
Type Support
Innate Y
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/PC Name Steal
Advance Name Steal
Anthology Name Steal
AP Required 50
Type Command
Innate Y
Description Steal treasures from an enemy.
Information Lets any job use the Steal command.
Level 5 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Vigilance
Advance Name Vigilance
Anthology Name Caution
AP Required 75
Type Support
Innate Y
Description Prevent back attacks.
Information The party will never get back attacked as long as they have this ability equipped.
Level 6 Ability
Mobile/PC Name Mug
Advance Name Mug
Anthology Name Mug
AP Required 150
Type Command
Innate N
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/PC Name Artful Dodger
Advance Name Artful Dodger
Anthology Name Footwork
AP Required 300
Type Support
Innate Y
Description Gain the same speed and agility as a Thief.
Information Any job equipped with this ability will gain their character's base Freelancer Agility +16 if their default stat is lower.

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Thief appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Wind-elemental Backup cards.

Triple Triad[]

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Bartz as a Thief appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.