Crafty individuals from the underworld, who obliterate their enemies by any means necessary. A people hidden from the pages of history, inheriting battle skills in a unique fighting style far more complex than simply dealing mere blows to the enemy.
Rogues are the fastest class and they have unbelievable ATK if a Samurai is in a party together with a Rogue thanks to the passive skill Casual Behavior (行往坐臥). Though, they are pretty SP intense, especially if they want Casual Behavior. There are 2 types of Rogues. Dagger and Bow Rogues. Dagger Rogues can heal and attack at the same time while Bow Rogues sits at the back row with damage reduction. There aren't much diffrence in ATK between Dagger and Bow and both deal Piercing damage.
Dagger Rogues notable skills are Masked Pain (マスクドペイン), Vampire (ヴァンパイア) and Scorpio/Tarantella (スコルピオ/タランテラ). Whatever Dagger Rogue your using, you definitely want Dagger Fetish (ダガーフェティッシュ). Dagger Rogues also has Sword Trap (ソードトラップ) that counters twice as damage they get.
Bow Rogues can pair up with a Axe Fighter for massive damage. Otherwise they can just deal good damage and inflict status ailments (sleep, confusion) or instant death.
Rogues are very hard to get together. All Rogues are SP intense especially if there's a Samurai. If you have a Samurai, max Casual Behavior for massive damage. There are many types of Rogues:
Assassin Rogues can be either Dagger or Bow. This Rogue levels up Footwork Mastery (フットワークマスタリ) and SPD bonus to get Hiding (ハイディング) and Trick React (トリックリアクト). Hiding will do a critical hit if it actives. This kind of Rogue is pretty SP intense, so Assassin Rogues can't be used in early game. He will need some passive skill too (Dagger Fetish and Sword mastery if you're a Dagger or Bow mastery if you're a Bow Rogue). You might want to max Hiding as fast as you get it. Dagger Rogues might want Vampire to deal with mobs. When this Rogue has full skill set he will deal massive damage with extra turns he get from Trick React. If there's a Princess you can combining Trick React with Princess React. But there's a few disadvantages:
It needs 2 turns preparation. One for Hiding and one for Trick React.
You can only use normal attacks. No skills.
Hiding and React will take two slots of strengthening buff. It can be hard too keep all the buffs in order if a Holy Voice Princess want to buff the whole party.
Trick React only lasts for 5 turns.
If you get hit while your Hiding, there's a 1/3 chance that you will be forced out of Hiding.
It activates randomly, so it relies on luck.
Bow Rogues must use Seeker (シーカー) often, so Dagger Rogues is a better pick. Though, Assassin Bow is faster too raise.
Masked Pain Rogues are Dagger Rogues that use Masked Pain → Triple Kiss. This Rogue uses the skills Masked Pain, Triple Kiss (トリプルキス), Scorpion or Tarantella, all at max. You might want Vampire for random encounters and Sand Kick (サンドキック) for Masked Pain. He also needs passive skills like Sword Mastery and Dagger Fetish. If your party uses lots of status ailments, this Rogue will make massive damage with Triple Kiss. If not, this Rogue won't be that useful. You can team up with a Axe Fighter with Balance Kill, a Princess with Temption of Revenge and Angelica Cage and a Venom Healer with Venom/Venom Mist. This Rogue is also SP intense, so this isn't available in early game.
Three Skills Dagger Rogue uses Vampire, Scorpio and Tarantella. He will also need passive skills like Dagger Fetish and Sword Mastery (Casual Behavior if there's a Samurai). In early game, a maxed Scorpio will be very useful and most enemies will die of poison. At mid-game and later, Scorpio won't be useful anymore and Tarantella will be much more useful. You can sail to Merllearie and buy a reset scroll if you dont mind to lose 5 levels. Scorpio will still be useful if you have a Venom Healer that uses Venom Amplief, though. This Rogue is pretty useful in the early game.
Bow Rogues are Rogues that sits at the back row. This Rogue can pair up with a Axe Fighter for massive damage. If you have a Fighter, use Sleep Shot (スリープショット), Dual Shot (デュアルショット) or Head Shot (ヘッドショット) and EX skill Falling Star (フォーリングスター). If you dont, use Sleep Shot or Panic Shoot. He will also need Bow Mastery (ショットマスタリー) at max. Bow Rogues must take the Seeker skill because their accuracy decreases for every attack they shot. Dual Shoot makes the accuracy decrease faster than other attacks. So be sure to pick it. They also can always take Sonic Shot and Footwork Skills.
Increases the Rogue's SPD. Required for higher level footwork skills.
1 (lv1~7), 2 (lv8~10)
Sand Kick (サンドキック)
High chance of inflicting Blind on a single enemy.
4 (lv1~5), 5 (lv6~10)
1 (lv1~7), 2 (lv8~10)
Footwork Mastery 3
Replace First (リプレイスファースト)
Gives up own turn to let an ally go first this turn.
4 (lv1), 3 (lv2), 2 (lv3), 1 (lv4), 0 (lv5)
Footwork Mastery 3, SPD Boost 3
Escape Stance (エスケイプスタンス)
Chance of escaping from battle increased, and reduces damage taken when trying to escape.
5 (lv1), 4 (lv2), 3 (lv3), 2 (lv4), 1 (lv5)
Footwork Mastery 5
Shifts to Ambush stance, which decreases the frequency the Rogue is targeted by the enemies. While in Ambush, regular attacks have a chance of becoming an Ambush attack, which deals critical hit damage. Being hit may cause the Rogue to be forced out of Ambush.
5 (lv1~3), 6 (lv4~5)
2 (lv1), 1 (lv2~5)
Footwork Mastery 8
Sacrifice (サクリファイス) (EX Skill)
Extreme damage to all enemies, and heals all allies. The Rogue will be irreplaceably gone forever, along with his equipment.