Dark Souls 3 is the third iteration of the soulsborne series of video games and arguably it is by far the best one as well. Players can create a wide variety of builds by mixing weapons, armor, equipment, and much more – the possibilities are endless. We have curated this guide entailing everything players need to know when it comes to creating Dark Souls 3 Thief build. However, for the sake of this guide, our thief build will be more focused on the bleed status effect.
Bleed, like poison and curse, is a stat that can be inflicted upon enemies and NPCs which can drain a massive amount of health points instantaneously. When the bleed bar is completely filled, the enemy loses a good chunk of their health. We think for a bleed is the perfect match for a thief build because of its starting higher luck stat. We have also made a guide for the best build for the pyromancer, just in case you are not into creating a thief build.
Dark souls 3 Thief Build
The Thief class in dark souls 3 has the highest starting luckfrom the rest of the Dark Souls class of characters. Ideally, the luck stat is most often used to farm weapons and items from an enemy, and also determines poison and bleed build-up. Since the thief already has high amount of the luck stat from the get-go, our entire focus will be to curate the best possible thief build in Dark Souls 3 revolving around the higher luck stat and bleed damage.
Theif Build Weapons
For the sake of this build, players should prioritize using the Twin Warden blades. In order to get the peak performance in terms of damage dealing on a target, the weapon should be upgraded to plus 10 level and its infusion needs to be hollow. For the right-hand weapon 2, we recommend using the Washing Pole, since it has a long reach and also works very well with bleed or poison builds. For the left-hand weapon 1, use the Caestus with the Hollow infusion. Both the caestus and the washing pole should be infused with a Hollow Gem.
The reason why we put emphasis on the hollow infusion is that all the weapons in this build get favor from the item Dark Sigil. It grants an additional 5 luck if your character has 15 Hollow level or above. Moreover, using hollow weapons grants you an additional 5 luck, increasing the overall luck stat by 10. That is why it is crucial that your character gets the Dark Sigil for this build. You must also keep in mind that the all of the Hollow weapons need to be at 10+ to receive that additional 5 luck stat bonus.
There is no particular or favored item we would recommend while rocking the thief build. However, whatever armor set or armor pieces you equip, the overall equipment load should be under 70%weight ratio, so that your character is not slowed.
Contrary to the liberty while equipping armor, players must equip the best rings in order to get the most of Dark Souls 3 thief build. Here is our suggestion for the rings that goes well with the build we recommend
Prisoner’s Chain Ring
Ring of steel Protection, Ring of Favor
Furthermore, we highly recommended that players make the most usage of the Carthus Rouge. It greatly buffs the character’s bleed effect and causes a target to bleed in about three to four consequent attacks while rocking the thief build we have suggested.
How to Acquire Equipment for Thief Build
There is no surprise that if you would want to go with the thief build we have recommended so far, you will have to grind and find the rings, and weapons. So, here is a brief rundown on how to acquire all equipment we mentioned above for the thief build.
The twin warden blades have a rare drop chance by killing Cathedral wardens located outside the Cathedral
The Caestus can be acquired by looting a corpse located inside the sewers of the Undead Settlement.
The washing pole is obtained by giving the shrine Lady Easterner’s Ashes. She will later offer you the weapon to buy for 7500 souls.
The Dark Sigil can be obtained from at least two different locations; from Yoel of Yondor after you receive an upgrade from him and another after choosing to marry Anri of Astora.
That is pretty much everything you need to know about Dark Souls 3 thief build. Have you had a chance to create a thief build before in the game? Which build in Dark Souls 3 has been your favorite? Let us know more of your thoughts in the comment section down below.