One of the unique profession mechanics for the thief is their ability to steal from an opponent, be they wandering creature of other player in PvP. Stealing allows the thief to shadow step up to the foe and steal something off them. Normally, this item is a weapon, but can take the form of a boon. You activate the steal mechanic by pressing F1 to steal from a targeted foe and then pressing F1 to use the item stolen. For more information on stealing, check out our Thief’s Guide to Stealing.
Another profession mechanic for the thief is the ability to go into stealth. When in stealth, the thief is invisible to their opponents (players and in PvE) and are seen as an outline by allies. The thief has a number of special weapon attacks that can be used in stealth and there are a number of skills and traits that allow the player to go into stealth, gain additional benefits while in stealth, or increase stealth duration.
Once you attack, the thief will lose stealth and be unable to return to stealth for a few seconds. Afterwards, there are a number of skills and traits that allow the thief to return to stealth. While in stealth, you cannot be targeted, but you can be hit by AoE attacks.
Thief Trait Lines
Upon reaching level 11, you will begin earning Trait Points (1 per level for a total of 70 at level 80) that can be spent in any of the five available Trait Lines. Each point spent will increase 2 primary or secondary attributes, with every 5 points spent unlocking either a Minor or Major trait.
The trait lines for the thief are listed below, along with their associated attributes and weapon or utility skill type associations. For more information on attributes, check out our Attributes Guide.
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Additional Thief Tips
1: Use your Steal mechanic often. You will usually get a good weapon to open up the fight with and it’s a lot of fun to use stuff from your foe against them.
2: Experiment with the different weapon combinations (main hand/ off-hand) to see what special attacks fit with your playstyle.
3: Stealth is your friend. Use it as well as shadow-step to dance around your foe and drive them crazy.
4: Never be afraid to run if you’re losing. Go into stealth and get the heck out of Dodge.