Master Thief is a skill available in Dragon's Dogma.

For a list of stealable items, see Master Thief - Pilferage List.


"An advanced form of Pilfer that lets the user steal multiple items at once and increases the chances of nabbing rare items."

An advanced version of Pilfer that typically steals two or more instead of one.

In general, creatures must be grappled, blinded or asleep for this skill to work.

A few small creatures, Fauna and non-aggressive persons like Wandering Pawns may be stolen from without first making them vulnerable.


  • Successfully using this skill on a creature means the creature will not drop any items upon defeat.
    • "Breakable" items such as a Cyclops' tusks or the Chimera's snake tail will still drop.
    • Additional items obtainable from vanquishing enemies in The Everfall (Post-Dragon) do not seem to be stealable, and if an Everfall creature was pilfered, they will not drop the additional rewards on death.
  • Enemy spellcasters (such as Skeleton Sorcerers or Goblin Shamans) can be stolen from whilst they are casting [1] - though the success rate is low.
  • Strider pawns will use this skill sparingly.
  • Fighter or Warrior pawns with the Utilitarian inclination will assist more often with holding enemies.
  • Using Ensnare/Implicate or Soaring Stone will either stagger or knock down most small and medium-sized enemies, increasing the chance that a pawn will grapple them.
  • Even when over encumbered, Master Thief and Pilfer can still be used to obtain more items.


  • Responds to save reloading or 'Godsbaning' by changing potential drop. 
  • In Dark Arisen, it is possible to continuously steal items like Bitterblack Gear Lv.3 and Bitterblack Novelty Lv.3 from a Gorecyclops (Condemned). Simply use Master Thief on the chained Gorecyclops in the Midnight Helix, leave and re-enter the room. This resets the four items in the Gorecyclops' possession, and the Arisen can successfully steal from him again. This tactic can be used in early Bitterblack Isle to farm high level items without much danger.
    • Stolen Gorecyclops materials can be sold for a good price, so this method is an easy way to earn Gold early on.