The Shining Force: Slade

Name: Slade
Japanese: Jippo (translated: Jippo)
Race: Giant Rat
Class: Thief (THIF)
Promotion: Ninja (NINJ)

Slade the Thief is the rat who started all the problems with which Rune is now faced. We learn that he always steals from the rich to give to the poor, in the style of the legendary Robin Hood, and when he found the Jewels of Light and Evil he took them with good intent, unaware of the trouble he’d cause. He helps you to escape from Galam Jail after you’ve been captured and then decides to join in order to attempt to put the wrong things right.

While he is not very strong at the start of the game (many people seem to leave him out later on because of this) he can be one of the toughest guys on the Force with a little bit of work. After promotion, he is (in his own words) “Like a shadow of the night: silent and deadly”. He learns some very powerful spells and can use an awesome weapon, the Gisarme, capable of cutting a monster in two and killing them in that single blow! Certainly a character to work on!

Slade’s Headquarters Quote:
“I’m like a shadow of the night. Silent and deadly!”

Slade, Thief of the Shining Force
THIF SladeNINJ Slade
Slade, Thief of the Shining Force Slade, Ninj of the Shining Force


Many thanks to Wolfgang Landgraf for these animations!

Thief Class (THIF)

attack defend

Ninja Class (NINJ)

attack defend

Statistics & Growth

Initial Statistics

5 12 0 14 10 10 7 Short Knife None

The graphs below show the growth rate of Slade’s statistics throughout the game, starting at level 1 (level 1 stats are based on growth rate if the character joined at any other level). These are adapted from the ASCII/Famitsu Shining Force II Guide Book, and so should be pretty accurate! However, please note that the charts are based on a standard game, in which no extra training is given to any characters. The growth may vary with extra training, and even from game to game, due to the random level-ups.

Base Class:
After Promotion:



Thief (THIF) Class Weapons

Can also be equipped following promotion

Short Knife
ATT +5
No special notes
ATT +8
No special notes
ATT +12
No special notes
Thieve’s Dagger
ATT +18 / Agility +5
No special notes

Ninja (NINJ) Class Weapons

Can only be equipped following promotion

Broad Sword
ATT +22
No special notes
Buster Sword
ATT +26
No special notes
Great Sword
ATT +29
Mithril Weapon
Critical Sword
ATT +32
Mithril Weapon / Increases Critical Hits
ATT +34
Mithril Weapon
Ninja Katana
ATT +39
Mithril Weapon
ATT +42
Mithril Weapon / Can “Cut Off” monsters
Dark Sword
ATT +50/ DEF -5
Cursed Weapon / Desoul Lv1


Below is a list of the spells learned by this character, and at which level the character needs to be for the spell level to increase.

Note: Slade only learns the spells after promotion, hence he must be promoted and at the following levels to learn the spells. For more info on how the spells work, see the Spells Page.

Damages enemies with fire
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
4 9 25
Damages enemies with lightning
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
14 19 32