Anyone who read it learned to be especially sneaky. That's why we specialize in stealing from criminals. After all, there's no honor, no challenge, no fun in stealing from ordinary people. You rip off a master criminal, and you know you're a master thief.
The Thievius Raccoonus is an ancient tome that acts as both a handbook describing many of the skills of the Cooper Clan, and an ancient record of events, such as heists, that involved or affected the members of the Clan. It has been handed down from parent to child throughout the centuries. The current holder of the Thievius Raccoonus is Bentley, as Sly Cooper is trapped in Egypt sometime in the past.
Slytunkhamen Cooper began writing the Thievius Raccoonus sometime before 1300 B.C., filling it with stories of his exploits stealing from corrupt pharaohs and greedy noblemen, as well as the instructions of how to use his ability of invisibility. He eventually handed the book down to his son, Slytunkhamen the second, who also filled the books with his own adventures, though it is unknown whether or not he recorded or even created any abilities.
As time went on and the book was passed down, many other Coopers filled the book with their knowledge, eventually making it what it is now.
Theft and Reclamation
The night Sly Cooper was meant to inherit the book from his father, five strangers came to their home, killed his family, and stole the book, dividing it among themselves. The mastermind of the theft, Clockwerk, allowed Sly to live to prove to the world that without the book, the Coopers were nothing.
After 10 years, Sly Cooper tracked down the criminals and recovered the Thievius Raccoonus, piece by piece, eventually defeating Clockwerk and freeing his family of a menace that was as old, if not older, than the Coopers themselves. Afterwards, Sly began recording his own adventures in the great book.
After Sly left the life of a thief behind to strike up a relationship with his law-women love-interest, Inspector Carmelita Fox, Bentley began to take care of the book, becoming the first non-Cooper in known history to write in the Thievius Raccoonus. As Bentley and his girlfriend, Penelope, worked on a time machine, the pages of the Thievius Raccoonus began to disappear, beginning the events of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. This forced Sly to join back up with the gang, forgoing his simple life as partner and boyfriend of Carmelita.
The gang headed back in time, leaving it in the care of Dimitri Lousteau in the present, eventually completely preventing the effacement of the contents of the book. The Thievius Raccoonus is currently with Bentley, who is still decoding all that it has to offer as Sly is trapped in Ancient Egypt.
List of known techniques in the Thievius Raccoonus
- Dive - An ability that allows a Cooper to roll forward while spinning their cane. Can also be done in mid-air to slam to ground.
- Roll - An ability that allows a Cooper to curl into a ball, and roll along the ground at incredible speeds. Can also be electrified to damage any enemies.
- Slow - An ability that allows a Cooper to slow down time while on the ground or in the air, increasing response time.
- Coin Magnetism - An ability that allows a Cooper to pick up coins and other pickups from farther away than before.
- Ninja Spire Jump - An ability that allows a Cooper to balance on any small point without falling.
- Mine - An ability that allows a Cooper to throw their hat down, then detonate it with a lethal explosion.
- Fast - An ability that allows a Cooper to speed up time when on long stake-outs.
- Water Safety - An ability that allows a Cooper to take no damage from falling into otherwise lethal water.
- Decoy - An ability that allows a Cooper to throw out a decoy of his or herself to confuse guards into attacking it.
- Rail Walk and Slide - An ability that allows a Cooper to walk or slide on rails.
- Computer Hacking - An ability that allows a Cooper to hack into computer security systems and obtain delicate information.
- Invisibility - An ability that allows a Cooper to turn invisible if an enemy does not already know that they are there.
- Defy Gravity - An ability that allows a Cooper to take no damage from an otherwise lethal fall.
- Stun - An ability that allows a Cooper to freeze all guards in the vicinity for a short amount of time.
- Disguises, Deception, and Charm - Abilities that allow a Cooper to hide in plain sight with disguises, as well as be able to get information, or simply get past someone, without drawing much attention to themselves.
- Crawl - An ability that allows a Cooper to sneak under tables or through vents, completely avoiding detection.
As previously mentioned, the Thievius Raccoonus contains details on almost everything relating to the Cooper Clan.
- Vehicle Enhancements by Otto van Cooper
- Diagrams of what appear to be measurements for Sly's cane
- An image of a Cooper bringing a cane down to strike
- The proper arc for attacking with a cane
- A picture of a lock, possibly a diagram on how to pick them
- Several pictures of thief masks
- The icons for Sly, Bentley and Murray
- Pictures of Sly's most distinguished ancestors, all of which have Clockwerk flying in the background
- Check-marks for mission objectives, only seen in Sly 2
List of techniques not in the Thievius Raccoonus
Several members of the Cooper Clan developed techniques that were not included in the book. In addition, adventures of Cooper's existing before Slytunkhamen the first were not recorded.
A partial list of other techniques is as follows:
- Rioichi Cooper
- Leaping Dragon: also called Flying Dragon. By channeling his focus during a Ninja Spire Jump, Rioichi can span great distances as well as turn invisible while in the air.
- Double Cane Fire: This ability consists of Rioichi using his two canes and then shooting a barrage of blue shuriken in front of him.
- Double Cane Slam: This charge attack consists of Rioichi charging his 2 canes and then slam them down to release a ton of shurikens.
- Mastery of Ninjitsu (Stealth): After many years of training, Rioichi has gained an unrivaled knowledge and mastery of Ninjitsu; the traditional Japanese technique of espionage, characterized by stealthy movement and camouflage. This allows him to sprint without alerting guards.
- Sir Galleth Cooper
- Catapult Crash: It is a variation and enhancement of the hook spring move that allows Galleth to smash through vertical barriers.
- Shield Dash: Double tap and hold to produce a shield that can be used to ram into enemies, causing heavy damage.
- Cane Combo: Press then to activate a powerful combo move.
- Salim Al-Kupar
- Cobra Climb: This move allows Salim to rapidly climb ropes and poles to quickly evade an attack.
- Whirlwind Attack: Salim can unleash a whirlwind attack that can knock down foes.
- "Tennessee Kid" Cooper
- Crackshot Technique: This is Tennessee's special trademark move. With his revolver, Tennessee can target multiple objects or enemies and fire at them all with pinpoint accuracy.
- Sly's Father
The Thievius Raccoonus is a leather-bound book with gold corners and a gold lock on the right side. On the front cover is the Cooper symbol, and the words "Thievius" in gold and "Raccoonus" in blue. It also has some visible aging, as their are darker circles in some places. It also has a blue ribbon bookmark.
- The manuals included with the original PlayStation 2 trilogy are designed to look like the "Thievius Raccoonus", aging more and more with each release.
- There is no mention made of Clockwerk, though he is clearly visible in all of the ancestor's pictures. It is possible that the section of the book that Clockwerk stole contained information on him, as it was never recovered in-game.
- In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, if a character other than Sly is hovered over in the Safe House, Sly may pull out the Thievius Raccoonus and start to read it.
- The Thievius Raccoonus makes appearances in another series by Sucker Punch Productions, inFAMOUS.
- In the mission 'Torn' of inFAMOUS 2, Zeke Dunbar, Cole's best friends, can be seen reading the Thievius Raccoonus in a cutscene.
- In inFAMOUS Second Son at least four different versions of the Thievius Raccoonus appear in Abigail "Fetch" Walker's "assassin's den." Each one look different, and they are all labeled as "collections", such as collection 5, 6, and 8. There is one more copy, but the collection number cannot be read as it is hidden under collection 5.
- Even though the art and renders of Sucker Punch for the Thievius Raccoonus show it having a blue bookmark, art released by Sanzaru shows it with a red one.
- In addition to this, the text on the cover has changed several times in the series' history.