Thief is a starting Class in Dark Souls

Guilt-ridden thief with quiet footsteps. High dexterity. Has Master Key by default.


Thief Starting Equipment



Notes About This Class

  • The Thief is generally a very poor choice for both new players and experienced players, with the sole exception of speed runs. Starting out with the Master Key is detrimental to new players since they can easily wind up lost in an end-game area with no way to get out, and experienced players will have little use for the awful stat distribution. For speed runs, however, starting with the Master Key lets them skip much of the game and still have an extra starting gift, and the Bandit Knife does high critical damage which can quickly dispatch strong opponents.
  • The biggest problem with the Thief is its extra stats in all of Attunement, Intelligence, Faith, and Dexterity. There are no spells that use both of Intelligence and Faith in this game, and the only weapon that does requires a tremendously high stat investment in all areas before it even begins to be a better option than literally anything else. In short, if you're planning to do anything involving PvP or if you want a smooth PvE experience, this isn't the class for you.


Builds That Use This Class

  • None. The Thief's starting stat distribution is suboptimal for any conceivable build, second only to the Deprived.

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    • Anonymous

      11 Mar 2020 18:23  

      I'm a little shocked by how this article goes out of their way to call this the worst class for new/experienced players. In my personal view, the Intelligence and Faith stats could allow an Int focused build to put only a few points into faith to use a few utility miracles such as Replenishment or Force, while being able to wield the Effigy Shield or Sanctus. This class starts with poor Strength, Vigor, and Endurance but that can be offset with the Mother mask or RoFaP while investing slightly into Strength.

      • Anonymous

        09 Dec 2019 21:06  

        I always start a new character with the thief because i get the Master Key and any other starting gift i choose. high dex and balanced attunement, intelligence and faith for some great noteworthy. 9/10 rating for me

        • Anonymous

          14 Oct 2019 13:28  

          I think Fextralife should show the thief some love. Even though it might not be good for max efficiency per level it is very nive starting with so high dex since you can two hand a lot of weapons allready. You also get the master key plus anything else and you get a very nice crit and bleed weapon

          • Anonymous

            16 Jul 2017 18:34  

            Not really! Since you can carry both Master Key and Old Witch's Ring right at the beginning, it is a useful class for adventures.

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