The Gadget Meter is the yellow part of the Thief Meter.

The Gadget Meter, also known as the Focus Meter or Gadget Gauge, is a recurring gameplay feature that has been in use since Sly 2: Band of Thieves. This yellow meter, located on the bottom part of the Thief Meter, represents how much Focus the current character has. Focus is depleted when using most gadgets.

The Gadget Meter does not show up on the screen until a character or costume is being used that has an ability that costs focus, except in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, where all characters start with a Gadget Meter.


Sly 2 and Sly 3Edit

Thiefmeter (Sly)

In Sly 2 & Sly 3, the meter was an orange color.

Whenever a power-up is used, the Gadget Meter loses a set amount of focus that changes depending on the power-up. In the case where a power-up is activated and deactivated, the Gadget Meter will be depleted at a steady rate, one example being Shadow Power.

Similar to the Thief Meter, health packs replenish a portion of the Gadget Meter, and going back to the Safe House fully replenishes it.

Carmelita Fox, the Guru, the Panda King and Dimitri Lousteau are playable characters in Sly 3 that have Gadget Meters, but never use it as they don't have power-ups. An exception to this is that Carmelita can use power-ups in multiplayer.

In the third game, the Gadget Meter also represents how much ammo the biplane has left.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in TimeEdit

Bentley thief meter

In Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, the Gadget Meter is used a bit more aggressively. Unlike its usages in Sly 2 and Sly 3, the meter slowly and automatically replenishes itself, but all power-ups now use much more focus than their counterparts in the previous games, one example being the Smoke Bomb, which uses up all focus with only one use. When the meter finishes replenishing itself, a little beep can be heard.

ThiefNet provides the ability to purchase two upgrades - one for Sly, one for Bentley - that increase the replenish rate of the Gadget Meter to near-instantaneous.


  • For most gadgets in Sly 2, if you completely use up all your power, the meter won't be completely empty, usually showing just a small bit of power left. It could be because in this game, there has to be a certain amount of focus left to still be able to use the gadget.
  • In Thieves in Time, Salim al-Kupar, Rioichi Cooper and Carmelita are the only playable characters to not have a Gadget Meter.