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All Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief skills and which to unlock

Take a look at the best Dragon's Dogma 2 Thief skills on offer to see how this vocation works and our approach to this stealthy assassin.

What are the best Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief skills? Silent and deadly, the Thief is a mere shadow on the battlefield until they decide it’s the right time to pounce. As a nimble melee fighter, you need to get up close and personal with your target using an array of movement options. Once you’ve got a hold of your target, it’s only a matter of time before your blades finish the job.

In Dragon’s Dogma 2, you need to be the one controlling the Thief in your party to maximize the amount of damage you can deal to a single target. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on Dragon’s Dogma 2 multiplayer to bail you out either, so you’re going to have to rely on your own skills to take down all Dragon’s Dogma 2 enemies. Don’t worry, we’ve picked out the best weapon skills, core skills, and augments for the Thief to make your life that much easier.

Best Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief skills

To ensure you’re getting the most damage out of the Thief, we’re going to focus on weapon skills that promote a stealth-based play style. This makes the Thief a powerful option when fighting against tough bosses, but they might struggle when overwhelmed by several enemies. We can offset this issue by balancing the skills with some weapon skills that deal damage to multiple targets in a single attack.

The best Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief skills are:

  • Cutting Wind
  • Implicate
  • Masterful Kill
  • Draw and Quarter

Cutting Wind

An improved version of the default weapon skill, Biting Wind, this skill features an extended attack range to let you run through lots of targets in an instant. Not only is this skill useful when fighting through hordes of smaller enemies, it’s useful purely as a movement option. Cutting Wind starts up with a long dash that doesn’t consume a lot of stamina, perfect for making your way across the Dragon’s Dogma 2 map.


A stronger version of Ensnare, Implicate allows you to pull targets with greater ease. When fighting against any airborne enemies, this weapon skill is crucial as you won’t have any way to deal damage without using your trusty rope. It’s also a great option against larger enemies as it can trip them up, giving you an opportunity to go for the killing blow to their head.

Masterful Kill

Just when we thought this game was missing a parry option, Masterful Kill appeared to brighten our day. This weapon skill has a surprisingly wide parry window, giving your enemy plenty of time to attack you when you perform the defensive action. The parry automatically places you behind your target before you slit their throat, proper gruesome. This skill only works against human-sized enemies, so don’t go parrying anything like a Cyclops as it will break through your defense. Unlike Easy Kill, Masterful Kill can be used in the air.

Draw and Quarter

When it comes to single target damage, there’s no better weapon skill than Draw and Quarter. Though it may seem risky at first, climbing on a large enemy isn’t as dangerous as it may seem. Avoid dealing any damage to the enemy until you reach one of their weak points, then get ready to plunge your daggers using Draw and Quarter.

All Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief weapon skills

The Thief has access to a host of weapon skills that let you customize the vocation’s play style. While we’ve opted to focus primarily on single targets, you can select a number of weapon skills that make it easy to clear batches of enemies. Depending on your preferred party make up, there are a lot of viable endgame builds available, you just need to work out the synergies between vocations first.

Here are all the Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief weapon skills:

Thief Weapon Skills Rank Cost (Dcp)
Biting Wind 1 Free
Cutting Wind 4 1,000
Enkindled Blades 1 200
Ignited Blades 4 1,000
Shadow Cloak 1 200
Shadow Veil 5 1,300
Helm Splitter 2 300
Skullsplitter 5 1,300
Powder Charge 2 300
Powder Blast 6 1,600
Concussive Step 3 450
Concussive Leap 6 1,600
Ensnare 3 450
Implicate 7 2,000
Smoke Screen 4 700
Smoke Shroud 7 2,000
Pilfer 5 1,100
Plunder 8 2,500
Gut and Run 6 1,800
Draw and Quarter 8 2,500
Easy Kill 7 2,500
Masterful Kill 9 3,000
Blades of the Pyre 10 Fake Maister
Formless Feint 10 Maister

All Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief core skills

Each vocation comes with an unlockable list of core skills to help differentiate them from each other. In the case of the Thief, our core skills primarily center around movement options.

Here are all the Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief core skills:

Thief Core Skills Rank Cost (Dcp)
Carve 1 Free
Twin Fangs 1 Free
Scarlet Kisses 1 150
Controlled Fall 2 250
Bump and Lift 3 400
Footpad 4 600

Scarlet Kisses

The Thief struggles to fight off multiple enemies without Scarlet Kisses. This enables the Thief to repeatedly attack enemies using a flurry of forward slashes, allowing you to hit multiple targets in quick succession.

Controlled Fall

Fighting game players will be familiar with this technique, also known as a ‘tech roll’, Controlled Fall lets you avoid taking a large amount of damage after being knocked down. Thieves will find this particularly useful against large enemies that throw you across the battlefield — use this core skill to maintain some health once you’ve been sent flying.

Bump and Lift

If you want to steal items from your enemies without having to rob their corpses, Bump and Lift lets you rob a target when you hit them with your primary attack. The success rate isn’t very high, so you’re going to have to pummel your enemy to get any use from this ability. By the time you’ve taken most of their health away, you may as well finish the job to get some experience points.


By far the best core skill the Thief has, Footpad gives you the ability to wall jump. Simply face a wall, point in a different direction, and press jump to launch yourself to another platform. Though this can be helpful in combat against bosses, you’re going to find a lot more use for it when exploring as it allows you to reach new heights.

All Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief augments

Every vocation has a number of augments that help to power up their unique abilities. Some of the Thief’s augments are so powerful that they can be used with a range of vocations, so it’s worth unlocking them if you want to see the true potential of every vocation.

Here are all the Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief augments:

Thief Augments Rank Cost (Dcp)
Subtlety 2 300
Gratification 4 900
Poise 6 1,800
Vigor 8 3,000
Verve 9 5,000


Decreases your chances of being spotted by enemies. This augment can be helpful at the beginning of a fight, but your tank in the party should be the main target within the first few seconds of any battle. Not really essential, can be swapped out for something different.


Gain a small amount of health when you deal the killing blow to enemies. You might find yourself needing health in fights, especially if your Mage isn’t doing their job correctly and focuses more on healing your other Pawns. This augment can get you out of a jam fairly easily, you just need to watch out for any archers as they love stealing the killing blow.


Reduces the amount of stamina consumed when struggling to break free from a foe’s grip. The problem with fighting big enemies up close is that they’re likely to grab you in an instant. Fortunately, Poise is here to ensure you have some stamina left after the enemy has thrown you across the battlefield.


Reduces the amount of stamina consumed when clinging to or pinning enemies down. Climbing on top of enemies is your go-to action, so this augment is essential in allowing the Thief to perform its game plan.


Increases your strength. Most vocations would kill for an augment like this — basically any vocation that uses a weapon wants to equip Verve. Absolutely essential augment, usable on most melee-focused vocations in the game.

Best Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief party

Now that your Thief is ready to go, it’s important to pair it with complementary classes like the Mage and Archer. Healing comes as a premium in this RPG game which is why you need a Mage, and Archers are fantastic at keeping enemies at bay using a range of arrows. Likewise, a fighter wouldn’t go a miss either as they can tank the majority of incoming damage, leaving you free to climb on your target or get behind them to prepare an attack.

That’s everything you need to build the ultimate Dragon’s Dogma 2 Thief. Still not sure if the Thief is right for you? Give our Dragon’s Dogma 2 vocations guide a read to see if the other classes suit you better. If your PC seems to have some trouble running the game, be sure to check out our Dragon’s Dogma 2 system requirements guide to see if your build is up to spec.