Cloak of the Thief

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
A pitch-black cloak which allows its wearer to excel in the arts of thievery. As a precaution in case of detection, it also bears enchantments allowing the wearer to make a hasty retreat under cover of fog.

“so long suckers! i rev up my motorcylce and create a huge cloud of smoke. when the cloud dissipates im lying completely dead on the pavement”

-wint, @dril Twitter. July 26, 2016

Urand thief.png the +2 cloak of the Thief

+2 cloak

-2 slaying
See invisible
+50 Stealth
May release clouds of fog and smoke when the wearer takes damage


With +2 enchantment, see invisibility, and a stealth bonus, but -2 slaying, the cloak of the Thief[1] is an okay cloak before you factor in the clouds. Slow weapons with high base damage (like heavy weapons) can largely ignore the slaying penalty, but quick blade users may prefer a plain cloak, and most weapons lie somewhere in between. The clouds can potentially allow you to ignore all threats that are not within a 2 tile radius of you, making it easier to escape from ranged enemies. However, this is not reliable, and they can just as easily prevent you from blinking away from a dangerous monster that is already in melee. Clouds also make ranged options less viable, so this cloak is better for melee builds that don't mind the -2 slaying penalty.


  • In 0.32, the cloak will give noise suppression instead of a passive ability to generate clouds on hit. The effect will be equivalent to the Noise Dampening mutation, but won't stack with it. Also, the enchantment will be lowered from +2 to 0, and the Slay penalty increased, -2 -> -3.
  • Prior to 0.26, the cloak of the Thief generated clouds by evoking it, rather than automatically when the wearer is injured.
  • Prior to 0.15, this cloak only penalized damage (-3), not accuracy, and provided a slightly higher stealth bonus.
  • Prior to 0.12, this cloak provided small bonuses to EV and dexterity, as well as evocable invisibility and levitation, but lacked the fog effect.
  • Prior to 0.10, the -3 damage slaying penalty was much more severe, as slaying bonuses and penalties were multiplied by your skills.