Bravely Default 2 (Bravely Default II)

How to Increase Steal Chance Effectively | Thief Job Stealing Guide

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Trying to get some loot from monsters by stealing? Check out our page for the best method to effectively steal items in Bravely Default 2 for the Nintendo Switch. In this guide, we'll teach you the mechanics behind stealing and show you some ways to increase your steal chance.

Best Build for Stealing

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Our recommended build to guarantee the highest steal chances while also providing the most rewards is as follows:

Set Phantom as your Main Job with Thief as your Sub-Job. Equip the same character with 2 Givampaluis and 2 Thief Gloves.

For Abilities, equip Berserker's Indiscriminate Rage, Bravebearer's Across the Board, and Thief's Magpie and Rob Blind.

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With this build, there are two approaches to farming via stealing. Both of which are equally valid.

The first approach is to simply use Attack commands. Thanks to Phantom's second speciality, Mug will activate 100% of the time, at the expense of MP. When combined with Indiscriminate Rage, you steal from each enemy at once. Thanks to the two Thief Gloves, you should also have +30% chance of stealing something. And with Magpie Equipped, it allows you to steal rare items too. Givampalui stacks once with your equipped abilities which should give you a 50% chance of stealing a rare item.

The second approach is to use the Thievery command, Steal. In contrast to the first approach, this method doesn't use any MP, but you won't be dealing damage to the enemy. You still earn the same buffs from your equipment and abilities so steal away! With Across the Board equipped, you can even steal from each enemy at the same time.

Unlocking the Steal Ability

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The Steal Ability is the first ability that users of the Thief Asterisk unlock. Shortly after encountering the Water Crystal in Chapter 1, you'll have to face Bernard in battle. After taking him down, you will acquire the Thief Asterisk.

Thief Job Abilities and Best Sub-Jobs

Stealing Mechanics

Stealing Regular Items

Failed Regular Steal Attempt.pngCommanding your character to use the Steal ability lets them attempt to steal an item from an enemy. You aren't always guaranteed to get an item, and for a failed attempt, you'll get a message saying Couldn't steal anything!

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Don't fret! Thankfully, stealing doesn't cost anything to command. So you basically have unlimited turns to try and steal from an opponent. After a successful theft, you'll get a message saying you've stolen an item.

Stealing Rare Items

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Most enemies have two different items you can steal, a regular item and a rare item. As you start out, the Thief will only be able to steal regular items.

After stealing an enemy's regular item, any further attempts at stealing from them won't bear any fruit. In these cases, you'll get a message saying Only non-stealable items available!

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When your Thief reaches Job Level 10, you'll unlock the passive ability Magpie. When equipped, this ability will give your character a roughly 25% chance of acquiring rare items when stealing.

You won't be able to steal rare items until then, so be sure to earn more JP for your Thief if you wish to get rarer loot.
How to Farm JP Quickly

Guaranteed Item Stealing

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There is one way to guarantee stealing an item from your enemy, and that's by using the Thief's special ability, Shakedown. After using Thievery abilities 13 times, your character will be able to use this special ability which guarantees an item to be stolen from your opponent.

Keep in mind, if you do not have the Magpie ability equipped, this only guarantees stealing the regular item. You'll need to equip the Magpie ability to have a 25% chance of stealing the rare item.

How to Increase Steal Chance

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Relying on Shakedown for guaranteed item stealing is a valid technique, but it does take time to bank up 13 Thievery uses between Shakedown uses. Also, Shakedown deals damage, so if you don't get the item you wanted, there's a chance you've already killed the opponent you wanted to steal from.

Here are some ways you can increase your chances of stealing just by using the regular Steal ability.

Abilities / Specialities that Increase Steal Chance

Name Job/Job Level Type Description
Night Shift Gambler - Lvl 8 Passive Ability Non-roulette abilities with a chance of trigerring extra effects are more likely to do so at night.
Born Lucky Gambler - Lvl 12 2nd Speciality Abilities with a chance of triggering extra effects are more likely to do so.
Results Guaranteed Phantom - Lvl 12 2nd Speciality Expends 40 MP to guarantee that any ability effect with a percentage chance of occurring will be triggered.

Equipment that Increase Steal Chance

Name Type Description
Thief's Gloves Accessory When equipped, Chance of Stealing Increased by 15%

How to Maximize Stealing

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At the end of the day, stealing is a free alternative to gain different items. The best way to maximize stealing is by taking advantage of abilities and equipment that help us gain more loot.

Abilities / Specialities that Increase Steal Rewards

Name Job/Job Level Type Description
Mug Thief - Lvl 8 Passive Ability The user occassionally steals items when performing attacks.
Rob Blind Thief - Lvl 12 Passive Ability When stealing, two items can be acquired at once.
Indiscriminate Rage Berserker - Lvl 11 Passive Ability Allows regular attacks to target all enemies at full power, but causes the user's next turn to come around much later.
Results Guaranteed Phantom - Lvl 12 2nd Speciality Expends 40 MP to guarantee that any ability effect with a percentage chance of occurring will be triggered.

Name Job/Job Level Type Description
Across the Board Bravebearer - Lvl 13 Passive Ability Any ability that usually affects a single target now affects multiple targets.

Equipment that Increase Steal Rewards

Name Type Description
Givampalui Dagger When equipped, gives Thief's Passive Abilities. (Notably, Mug, Magpie, and Rob Blind)

Make Room in your Inventory

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As a final note, make sure that you have enough space in your inventory when farming for items. Each item maxes out at a quantity of 99, and if you try to steal any more than that, you won't actually get the item.

List of All Stealable Items in Bravely Default 2

Check here for our complete list of all items that can be stolen and which enemy they can be stolen from!

Steal List

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Job Tier List Best Party Build for Each Story Chapter
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How to Increase Steal Chance How to Unlock the Max Job Level
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New Game + Options & How to Unlock List of Beastmaster Moves & Effects
Best Weapons List Unlocking Sub-Job Specialities
Item Lists
List of Item Drops List of Stealable Items
List of Forage Items All Chest Locations and Items
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How to Farm Money Fast How to Farm EXP Fast
How to Farm JP Quickly How to Quickly Forage Items
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