Thief's Key

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Thief's key
Localized As Burglar's key
Found in Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest IX
Buy for n/a
Sell for
Effect Unlocks certain doors and/or chests.
The Hero from Dragon Quest IV with the Thief's key

The Thief's Key is a recurring item that is needed to unlock certain doors and/or chests. It's usually the first key in the game to be found.


Dragon Quest III[edit]

The Thiefs Key is an item in Dragon Quest III. It is the first key acquired in the game. The key is held by an old man at the top of the Tower of Najima. The key is able to open yellow doors.

Dragon Quest IV[edit]

The Thief's Key is given to Alena in Chapter 2 after she saves Anya from the kidnappers, and is needed to get through Birdsong Tower. In Chapter 5, she still has the key upon joining up with the hero. The Thief's Key unlocks blue doors.

Dragon Quest VI[edit]

The Thief's Key can first be purchased at the The Bazaar in Haggleton. The price for it starts at 2,000 Gold Coins, but it can be bartered down to 200. The shop selling it closes after the Ra's Mirror is obtained.

It is also available for 200 Gold Coins at the item shop in the inn at Somnia in the Lower World. The shop closes after Murdaw is defeated.

Dragon Quest VII[edit]

The Thief's Key can first be purchased at the Pilgrim's Perdition for 470 Gold Coins.

Dragon Quest VIII[edit]

The Thief's Key is made by combining an iron nail and a bronze knife in the alchemy pot.

Dragon Quest IX[edit]

"A key capable of opening ordinary treasure chests." - in-game description

The Thief's key is an important item in Dragon Quest IX. The Thief's key is provided by Cap'n Max Meddlin' when the hero's tally of handed-in mini medals reaches four. It can be used to open locked treasure chests.


  • Opens most treasure chests. (Description when selecting the Thief's Key in PS2 Dragon Quest VIII.)

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