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Thieving is a members-only support skill that allows players to obtain coins and items by stealing from market stalls, chests, safecracking or by pickpocketing or blackjacking non-player characters (NPCs). This skill also allows players to unlock doors and disarm traps.

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1-49 thieving level-up music

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50-99 thieving level-up music

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 895,102) on the HiScores for Thieving is level 15. As of 27 January 2023, there are 204,644 current members that have achieved level 99 in Thieving. There are 31,352 current members that have achieved level 120 in Thieving.

A player successfully pickpockets an Al Kharid warrior

Pickpocketing[edit | edit source]

Player is stunned by an Al Kharid warrior when pickpocketing failed

This is the act of walking up to an NPC, right-clicking them, and then selecting Pickpocket. Successful pickpockets will result in Thieving experience and possibly coins or various items. The higher the thieving level, the more NPCs the player is able to pickpocket from.

You can make attackable NPCs have a left-click pickpocket option by going into the "Choose Option" Menu setting and change "NPC attack option" to Right-click or Hidden. This greatly speeds up pickpocketing. However, equipping a salamander without the tar needed or a (cross)bow without projectiles makes it impossible to accidentally attack an NPC.

The use of Crystal Mask gives +15% to pickpocketing chance for five minutes and gives a chance to not be stunned by NPCs on being caught for a pickpocketing attempt. Additionally, Light Form can be used along with Crystal Mask to double its effects.

However, it is possible for the NPC to notice a pickpocket, in which case the NPC will stun the player for a few seconds and cause damage. This damage is not classified as melee damage, and Protect from Melee or Deflect Melee do not prevent the damage. It is possible to die from retaliation alone.

The direction that the NPC is facing does not have any effect on the chance of success of the pickpocket.[1]

If a player attempts to pickpocket an attackable NPC just before its death, the player thieving it will get a message saying: "Too late; they're dead."

Items that increase success are an Ardougne cloak (although the Ardougne cloak 1 and 2 enhance pickpocketing only in Ardougne), Gloves of silence or the Trahaearn exoskeleton set. Players with 62 or higher Summoning may choose to summon an Abyssal lurker familiar and use Abyssal Lurker scroll (Abyssal Stealth)s, which provide a +4 visible boost to Thieving.

The defensive ability Freedom can also be used to remove the stun caused by failing pickpocketing allowing one to move but not pickpocket sooner.

Having the Sticky Fingers relic power active at the mysterious monolith at the Archaeology Guild will speed up the rate at which you automatically pickpocket by 50%.

Thievable non-player characters[edit | edit source]

After completing the Lost Her Marbles miniquest from Buyers and Cellars, the loot from NPC's level 40 and below is increased. Men and women have 20 coin drops, farmers improve to several low level seed types (cabbage, marigold, tomato), and master farmers have an improved high-level seed rate.

Auto-pickpocketing[edit | edit source]

Once a player starts to pickpocket an NPC, they will repeat the pickpocket action automatically without the need to click again. The action is interrupted if they get caught, or if their inventory is too full to hold any additional loot. Certain NPCs, including the gullible tourist and Foppish Pierre, are not subject to auto-pickpocketing and must be clicked each time.

With the exception of pickpocketing in the Rogues' Castle, the Arc, or in Prifddinas, players may continue to pickpocket other NPCs in the area indefinitely, regardless of the number of times they have been caught.

The Sticky Fingers relic power, requiring level 84 Archaeology, speeds up the rate at which players automatically pickpocket from 3 ticks (every 1.8 seconds) to 2 ticks (every 1.2 seconds).

Lock-out period[edit | edit source]

Unlike most NPCs who can be stolen from, some pickpocketing targets located in the Rogues' Castle, the Arc, or in Prifddinas operate with a lock-out period; after being caught a certain amount of times, the player will have to either wait or change location before being able to pickpocket the same group of NPCs again.

Wilderness[edit | edit source]

Auto pickpocketing rogues until being caught

Rogues' Castle in levels 50-54 Wilderness is occupied by the following NPCs. The pickpocket action automatically repeats until the player is caught.

After the player has been caught once, they will not be able to pickpocket any more rogues on that castle floor for 2 minutes. During this time, the rogues' pickpocket option will disappear, and a red circle will appear above their heads. Players may pickpocket rogues on another floor of the castle during this time, governed by a separate cool down.

The Arc[edit | edit source]

Waiko and Cyclosis are occupied by the following NPCs. The pickpocket action automatically repeats until the player is caught.

After the player has been caught three times, they will not be able to pickpocket any more NPCs on the island for 5 minutes. During this time, the NPCs' pickpocket option will disappear, and a red circle will appear above their heads.

Prifddinas[edit | edit source]

Prifddinas is occupied by various workers who roam around their respective Clan districts. The pickpocket action automatically repeats until the player is caught.

After the player has been caught three times, they will no longer be able to pickpocket the NPCs from that respective Clan for 20 minutes (15 minutes when Totem of crystal is active); during this time, the workers' pickpocket option will disappear and a red circle will appear above their heads. However, an elf thieving reset token can be used to make the clan forget. Players may pickpocket workers from another Clan's district during this time, as each clan is governed by a separate cooldown.

The base experience rate is increased by 20% if the Voice of Seren is active in that worker's district.

Pickpocketing multiple loot[edit | edit source]

A player performing a double pickpocket.

At higher Thieving levels, players have the potential to steal additional loot from a single pickpocketing action, although experience is not increased for the additional loot.

NPC Level for 1x Levels for 2x Levels for 3x Levels for 4x
Man icon.png Man Thieving 1 Thieving 11 Thieving 21

Agility 10

Thieving 31

Agility 21

Farmer icon.png Farmer Thieving 10 Thieving 20

Agility 10

Thieving 30

Agility 20

Thieving 40

Agility 30

H.A.M. Member (female) icon.png H.A.M. Member (female) Thieving 15 Thieving 25

Agility 15

Thieving 35

Agility 25

Thieving 45

Agility 35

H.A.M. Member (male) icon.png H.A.M. Member (male) Thieving 20 Thieving 30
Agility 20
Thieving 40
Agility 30
Thieving 50
Agility 40
Warrior woman icon.png Warrior woman Thieving 25 Thieving 35

Agility 25

Thieving 45

Agility 35

Thieving 55

Agility 45

Cave goblin icon.png Cave goblin Thieving 36 Thieving 46

Agility 36

Thieving 56

Agility 46

Thieving 66

Agility 56

Master Farmer icon.png Master Farmer Thieving 38 Thieving 48

Agility 38

Thieving 58

Agility 48

Thieving 68

Agility 58

Guard icon.png Guard Thieving 40 Thieving 50

Agility 40

Thieving 60

Agility 50

Thieving 70

Agility 60

Fremennik citizen icon.png Fremennik Thieving 45 Thieving 55

Agility 45

Thieving 65

Agility 55

Thieving 75

Agility 65

Bandit (Pollnivneach) icon.png Bearded bandit Thieving 45 Thieving 55

Agility 45

Thieving 65

Agility 55

Thieving 75

Agility 65

Bandit (Kharidian Desert Bandit Camp) icon.png Desert bandit Thieving 53 Thieving 63

Agility 53

Thieving 73

Agility 63

Thieving 83

Agility 73

Knight of Ardougne icon.png Knight Thieving 55 Thieving 65

Agility 55

Thieving 75

Agility 65

Thieving 85

Agility 75

Bandit (Pollnivneach) icon.png Pollnivnian bandit Thieving 55 Thieving 65
Agility 55
Thieving 75
Agility 65
Thieving 85
Agility 75
Watchman icon.png Watchman Thieving 65 Thieving 75

Agility 65

Thieving 85

Agility 75

Thieving 95

Agility 85

Menaphite Thug icon.png Menaphite Thug Thieving 65 Thieving 75

Agility 65

Thieving 85

Agility 75

Thieving 95

Agility 85

Paladin icon.png Paladin Thieving 70 Thieving 80

Agility 70

Thieving 90

Agility 80

Gnome icon.png Gnome Thieving 75 Thieving 85

Agility 75

Thieving 95

Agility 85

Hero icon.png Hero Thieving 80 Thieving 90

Agility 80

Elf icon.png Elf Thieving 85 Thieving 95

Agility 85


Stalls[edit | edit source]

A player stealing cups of tea from the stall in eastern Varrock.

There are a number of market stalls throughout Gielinor which can be stolen from by the player with the appropriate Thieving level. When the item is stolen, it will take a period of time to respawn before the player can attempt to steal from the stall again.

When nearby guards or the stall owner sees someone thieving they may attack or prevent the player from stealing. Because of this, it is recommended that the player thieve from a side of a stall that is well hidden from the owner and guards. In order to avoid guards from attacking while stealing from stalls, a convenient method is to allow the guard to attack, enter the nearest building, take one step outside, and close the door, thus effectively trapping the guard.

Stall owners will not trade for about 20 minutes after the last theft from their stall type (except for the market stalls on Ape Atoll); otherwise, the merchant will shout for the guards. If a player carries the vial of stench (a), from the caper A Guild of Our Own, the stall owner will not recognise the player having stolen from them and will then buy stolen goods back from the player without a waiting period.

Stall Level Respawn time XP/action XP/h Members
Vegetable stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vegetable stallVegetable stall Thieving 2 2 seconds 10 1,800 F2P icon.png
Baker's stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Baker's stallBaker's stall Thieving 5 2.5 seconds 16 23,040 F2P icon.png
Monkey general store.png: RS3 Inventory image of Monkey general storeApe Atoll general store Thieving 5 7 seconds 16 8,229 P2P icon.png
Tea stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tea stallTea stall Thieving 5 7 seconds 16 8,229 F2P icon.png
Crafting stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crafting stallCrafting stall Thieving 5 7 seconds 16 8,229 F2P icon.png
Monkey food stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Monkey food stallMonkey food stall Thieving 5 7 seconds 16 8,229 P2P icon.png
Rock cake stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rock cake stallRock cake stall Thieving 15 7 seconds 6.5 3,343 P2P icon.png
Silk stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Silk stallSilk stall Thieving 20 4 seconds 24 10,800 P2P icon.png
Wine stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wine stallWine stall Thieving 22 7 seconds 27 13,886 P2P icon.png
Seed stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Seed stallSeed stall Thieving 27 11 seconds 10 3,273 P2P icon.png
Fur stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fur stallFur stall Thieving 35 15 seconds 36 8,640 P2P icon.png
Fish stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fish stallFish stall Thieving 42 8 seconds 42 18,900 P2P icon.png
Lamp stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lamp stallLamp stall Thieving 46 6 seconds 57.5 34,500 P2P icon.png
Crossbow stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crossbow stallCrossbow stall Thieving 49 11 seconds 52 17,018 P2P icon.png
Silver stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Silver stallSilver stall Thieving 50 30 seconds 54 6,480 P2P icon.png
Customs evidence files.png: RS3 Inventory image of Customs evidence filesCustoms evidence files Thieving 63 165 seconds 75 1,636 P2P icon.png
Magic stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic stallMagic stall Thieving 65 80 seconds 100 4,500 P2P icon.png
Scimitar stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Scimitar stallScimitar stall Thieving 65 30 seconds 160 7,200 P2P icon.png
Spice stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spice stallSpice stall Thieving 65 60 seconds 81 4,860 P2P icon.png
Gem stall.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gem stallGem stall Thieving 75 300 seconds 160 1,920 P2P icon.png

Chests[edit | edit source]

A player successfully disarms and steals from a chest.

There are chests scattered throughout RuneScape, and some of them have traps. To disarm them using the Thieving skill, right-click on the chest and select "Search for traps Chest" to allow for disarmament of traps and obtaining the items inside.

After a player thieves from a chest, there is a slight respawn time. Some chests such as the Nature-rune chest change colour to indicate whether it can be looted again.

Thievable chests[edit | edit source]

Without lockpick[edit | edit source]

Chest Level Experience Items Location Respawn time XP/s
Coins 100.png 10-coin chest 13 7 10 coins Ardougne, Rellekka, and Rogues' Den 7 seconds 1
Chest (Magic axe hut).png: RS3 Inventory image of Chest (Magic axe hut)Chest (Magic axe hut) 23 7.5 Various; see article Magic axe hut 13.8 seconds 0.54
Ogre coffin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ogre coffinOgre coffin 20 27 Various; see article Jiggig 20 seconds 1.35
Nature rune.png Nature-rune chest 28 25 Three coins, nature runes Ardougne and Rellekka 21 seconds 1.2
Coins 100.png 50-coin chest 43 125 50 coins Ardougne 55 seconds 2.3
Steel arrowheads 1.png Arrowhead chest 47 150 Five steel arrowheads, 20 coins Hemenster and Rellekka 210 seconds 0.7
Blood rune.png Blood rune chest 59 250 500 coins, two blood runes Chaos Druid Tower 210 seconds 1.2
Raw shark.png Paladin chests (2) 72 500 1,000 coins, raw shark, adamantite stone spirit, uncut sapphire Ardougne Palace, behind locked doors in the north and south wings of the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US]. After looting, "Suddenly a second magic trap triggers", sending the player to Witchaven (unless wearing Ardougne cloak 3 or 4, in which case they are sent to the northern-most bank in Ardougne). 400 seconds 1.25

Lockpick required[edit | edit source]

Chest Level Lockpick XP Search XP Items Location Respawn time
Dorgesh-Kaan Average Chest.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dorgesh-Kaan Average ChestDorgesh-Kaan Average Chest 52 200 0 Various; see article Dorgesh-Kaan 210 seconds
Chest (Rogues' Castle).png: RS3 Inventory image of Chest (Rogues' Castle)Chest (Rogues' Castle) 65 300 60 4-243 coins, tiny plated steel salvage, medium plated steel salvage, one gold stone spirit, 2-5 blood runes Rogues' Castle 600 seconds, resettable
Dorgesh-Kaan Rich Chest.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dorgesh-Kaan Rich ChestDorgesh-Kaan Rich Chest 78 650 0 500-2,500 coins, uncut sapphire, uncut ruby, uncut diamond, uncut opal, uncut jade, uncut red topaz, bullseye lantern, Mining helmet, Frog-leather armour, iron stone spirit, Light orb, Empty light orb, Cave goblin wire, Charms (all types) Dorgesh-Kaan 400 seconds

Doors[edit | edit source]

A player picking a lock.

Certain doors in RuneScape cannot be opened by players unless the lock is picked. In order to pick a lock, right-click on a door and select "Pick Lock". If the player has the required thieving level, the door will then be opened. Some doors will require a lockpick to successfully pick the lock.

Pickable doors[edit | edit source]

Door Thieving Level Exp. Location Lockpick?
Cell in Port Sarim Jail N/A N/A Port Sarim X mark.svg
Door to 10-coin chest 1 3.5 East Ardougne X mark.svg
Door to Nature rune chest 14 15 East Ardougne X mark.svg
Ardougne house door 14 15 East Ardougne X mark.svg
H.A.M. entrance 15 3.8 North-east of Lumbridge X mark.svg
Magic axe hut door 23 22.5 Level 54 Wilderness Yes check.svg
Ardougne sewer gate 31 25 Ardougne sewers X mark.svg
Pirates' Hideout 39 35 Level 54 Wilderness Yes check.svg
Chaos Druid Tower 46 37.5 North of Ardougne X mark.svg
Paladin door 61 50 Ardougne Castle X mark.svg
Yanille dungeon door 82 50 Yanille Yes check.svg

Blackjacking[edit | edit source]

Safecracking[edit | edit source]

There are a number of safes scattered across RuneScape that can be cracked open after the completion of all of the Thieves' Guild capers. Doing so rewards players with Thieving experience, pilfer points, and several rewards that aid with training.

Useful items[edit | edit source]

Achievement diary rewards[edit | edit source]

Superior versions work in place of lower-tiered versions. The cloak doesn't have to be worn to get the benefits.

Item Benefit
Ardougne cloak 1.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 1Ardougne cloak 1 Reduces the chance of being caught when stealing from the stalls in Ardougne market.
Ardougne cloak 2.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 2Ardougne cloak 2 Reduces the chance of being caught when pickpocketing in Ardougne.
Ardougne cloak 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 3Ardougne cloak 3 Reduces the chance of being caught when stealing or pickpocketing anywhere in RuneScape.

Black ibis outfit[edit | edit source]

Black ibis outfit are an experience-boosting set that may be found during the minigame Pyramid Plunder. The set consists of four pieces - a mask, body, legs and boots - each piece provides a 1% stackable experience boost across the board, and wearing the full set raises this to 5% in total.

Item XP boost
Black ibis mask.png Black ibis mask 1%
Black ibis body.png Black ibis body 1%
Black ibis legs.png Black ibis legs 1%
Black ibis boots.png Black ibis boots 1%
Sub-total 4%
Set bonus 1%
Full set 5%

Trahaearn exoskeleton set[edit | edit source]

Exoskeleton headband chathead.png
Exoskeleton torso detail.png

Trahaearn exoskeleton set is a 4-part outfit made from Exoskeleton headband, Exoskeleton torso, Exoskeleton legs, and Exoskeleton bracers which, when worn completely, gives a 25% to avoid being stunned and damaged while pick pocketing or plucking the Desert Phoenix, a 25% chance to avoid being bitten when looting urns in Pyramid Plunder and a weight reduction of 2 kg per piece equipped (8 kg total). It can be worn instead of the Black Ibis outfit and Gloves of Silence for their bonuses if the player has unlocked them.

Camouflage outfits[edit | edit source]

Master camouflage head chathead.png
Master camouflage outfit equipped.png

There are three lesser camouflage outfits that aid Thieving: Keldagrim, Prifddinas, and Desert camouflage. The three can be combined into the superior Master camouflage outfit.

Thieving yields Camouflage fragments after 70 Thieving. They are gained at five-minute intervals, with 45 to 55 received each time, for approximately 600 fragments hourly. The rate is doubled at 99 Thieving, tripled at virtual level 120, and quadrupled at 200 million experience.

At 80 Thieving and 20 Invention, the player can use 3600 fragments to manufacture a random camouflage piece among those that they do not own. With five pieces per outfit, one can expect to obtain the master camouflage outfit in about 90 hours. Once all pieces are obtained, it is impossible to manufacture any more.

All five pieces of an outfit must be worn to enjoy its benefits (this does not apply to the weight reduction benefit).

The Keldagrim, Prifddinas, and Desert outfits provide the following bonuses:

The Master camouflage outfit provides the same bonuses with minor improvements:

Other[edit | edit source]

Item Benefit
Featherfingered necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Featherfingered necklaceFeatherfingered necklace Give a chance of not being stunned or damaged when pickpocketing.
Gloves of silence.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gloves of silenceGloves of silence Reduces the chance of being caught when pickpocketing. Requires a Hunter level of 54 to wear.
Cheeky monkey.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cheeky monkeyCheeky monkey Once per minute, prevents the player from being stunned or damaged when pickpocketing.
Vial of stench (a).png: RS3 Inventory image of Vial of stench (a)Vial of stench (a) Allows the player to sell items to stall owners immediately after stealing from their stalls.
Crystal Mask.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal MaskCrystal Mask Increases the player’s chance of pickpocketing successfully by 15% and gives a chance to not be stunned by NPCs. Lasts 5 minutes. Requires completion of The Light Within.
Light Form.png: RS3 Inventory image of Light FormLight Form Enhances the effects of Seren-aligned spells. This includes Crystal Mask, which further increase player’s chance of pickpocketing successfully when using this spell. Requires completion of The Light Within.
Five-finger discount aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Five-finger discount auraFive-finger discount aura Increases the player's chance of thieving successfully by 3% to 15% while activated, depending on aura tier.

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Name Boost Requirements Other info
Spicy stew.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy stewYellow spicy stew ±6 with three spice doses

±3 with 2 spice doses
±1 with a spice dose

Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Evil Dave.png: RS3 Inventory image of Recipe for Disaster: Freeing Evil DaveRecipe for Disaster: Freeing Evil Dave Can be boosted or reduced by one to six points randomly. Completion of Evil Dave's Big Day Out is advised for a guaranteed boost of two or higher
Poison chalice.png: RS3 Inventory image of Poison chalicePoison chalice +1 None Has random effects of skill increase, combat stats increase/decrease, or heal/damage the player, see effects
Bandit's brew.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bandit's brewBandit's brew +1 None None
Magpie scroll (Thieving Fingers).png: RS3 Inventory image of Magpie scroll (Thieving Fingers)Magpie scroll (Thieving Fingers) +2 Summoning 47 Requires that the magpie familiar is summoned.
Abyssal Lurker scroll (Abyssal Stealth).png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal Lurker scroll (Abyssal Stealth)Abyssal Lurker scroll (Abyssal Stealth) +4 Summoning 62 Requires that the abyssal lurker familiar is summoned.
Sourberry.png: RS3 Inventory image of SourberrySourberry +2 Farming 86 Grown by the player in The Arc.
Spring sq'irkjuice.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spring sq'irkjuiceSpring sq'irkjuice +1 Thieving 25 Obtained during the Sorceress's Garden minigame.
Autumn sq'irkjuice.png: RS3 Inventory image of Autumn sq'irkjuiceAutumn sq'irkjuice +2 Thieving 45 Obtained during the Sorceress's Garden minigame.
Summer sq'irkjuice.png: RS3 Inventory image of Summer sq'irkjuiceSummer sq'irkjuice +3 Thieving 65 Obtained during the Sorceress's Garden minigame.
Advanced pulse core.png: RS3 Inventory image of Advanced pulse coreAdvanced pulse core +7 None In crowded training areas, you can benefit from other's pulse cores.
God banner.png: RS3 Inventory image of God bannerGod banner +2 God_Emissaries/Tasks#Skilling_tasks.png: RS3 Inventory image of God_Emissaries/Tasks#Skilling_tasksGod Emissaries - Skilling tasks Can be activated once a day, for a 30 minute duration.
Thieving cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Thieving capeThieving cape +1 Thieving 99 Notes all Thieving loot, and acts like an Ardougne cloak if the player owns one
Thieving master cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Thieving master capeThieving master cape Thieving 120

Random events (discontinued)[edit | edit source]

A player is trapped in the Yanille pillory.

There were two different random events specific to Thieving, with one of them being removed at a much earlier date.

  • Poison Gas - At one point in time, it was possible to activate a poison gas trap upon opening a chest. To avoid this, players would have to merely exit the room.
  • Pillory - It was possible that a player's character would be teleported to a pillory in Yanille, Varrock, or Seers' Village, where shapes had to be matched in order to pick the lock and return to where the player was thieving. However, players could get it even when they were not thieving. It was possible for players to throw rotten tomatoes at the trapped player, although it wouldn't do any damage. The rotten tomatoes could be bought for one coin each and couldn't be bought while the player was in the cage.
    • This replaced the Watchman, who would attack players who were thieving when the event occurred. He had the same level as all other hostile random events. He was replaced due to complaints that he would kill the player too quickly, as many would not wear armour while pickpocketing.

Thieving minigames[edit | edit source]

A player attempts to steal from the safe in the Rogues' Den.

There are a number of minigames that are based on or include Thieving:

Icon Name Description Rewards
Mg pyramidplunder.jpg Pyramid Plunder Disarm traps and avoid snakes as you search an ancient pyramid for treasure. Gives Thieving experience and treasures which can be sold for cash.
Mg roguesden.jpg Flash Powder Factory Dare you enter a factory of deadly traps, fiendish obstacles and devious puzzles? Will you make it around the factory using your Agility and Thieving in a limited time and claim the rewards? Gives Brian points, which can be used to purchase rewards from Brian O'Richard to help you in future games.
Mg sorceressesgarden.jpg Sorceress's Garden Players attempt to sneak around watchful elementals guarding their gardens to pick Sq'irk fruits or herbs. Farming and Thieving experience.
Mg stealingcreation.jpg Stealing Creation Harvesting sacred clay using Mining, Fishing, Woodcutting and Hunting. Whichever team gathers the most clay is the winner. Gives Stealing Creation points, which can be exchanged for experience-boosting equipment and armour.
N/A Heist Siding with either the guards or the robbers. The robbers' goal is to trick the guards by taking the form of the locals in order to escape with loot. The guards' goal is to prevent the robbers from succeeding by accusing suspects and makings arrests. Gives reward points, which an be exchanged for Thieving bonus experience, Hunter bonus experience, in-game perks and in-game levels.
N/A Shifting Tombs Raiding tombs with three main objectives: opening sarcophagi, looting treasure chests, and cleansing corruption. Menaphos reputation, experience in selected skills, and a chance at various items.

Strange rock[edit | edit source]

Although the examine text of the Thieving strange rock says "borrowed from a pocket", it can be obtained by picking pockets, safecracking, stealing from stalls, and stealing from chests. Strange rocks are used to construct the Dahmaroc statue in the Shattered Heart Distraction and Diversion.

Thieves' Guild[edit | edit source]

The Thieves' Guild is found under a trapdoor north of Lumbridge. Available after completing Buyers and Cellars, players could additionally do capers to expand the guild. There are coshing volunteers and an advanced pickpocketing trainer (despite the title) available for blackjacking (a rubber blackjack, bought from Dodgy Derek's Dirty Deals in the guild, is required), pickpocketing volunteers and a pickpocketing trainer for pickpocketing, wall safes, locked doors, and chests.

All thieving done inside the guild would not yield any material gain. Players instead gain hanky points that could be traded in for more experience. Negligible damage is done when failing to pickpocket or being knocked out by NPCs, and the trap under wall safes consists of rubber spikes.

Skilling pet (Ralph)[edit | edit source]

Ralph chathead.png

Like all skills, there is a skilling pet obtainable from training this skill. The pet for the Thieving skill is called Ralph.

Quests with a Thieving requirement[edit | edit source]

Quests for Thieving experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Members Experience
Other requirements
Damage Control (miniquest) P2P icon.png Medium Thieving XP lamp N/A N/A
Dimension of Disaster: Shield of Arrav P2P icon.png 100 N/A N/A
Let Them Eat Pie F2P icon.png 150 N/A N/A
Stolen Hearts F2P icon.png 250 N/A N/A
Diamond in the Rough P2P icon.png 250 N/A N/A
Perils of Ice Mountain F2P icon.png 500 5 Thieving
Tower of Life P2P icon.png 500 N/A
The Jack of Spades P2P icon.png 500 N/A N/A
Buyers and Cellars P2P icon.png 525 5 Thieving N/A
Creature of Fenkenstrain P2P icon.png 1,000 25 Thieving
From Tiny Acorns (miniquest) P2P icon.png 1,000 24 Thieving N/A
The Golem P2P icon.png 1,000 25 Thieving
The Hand in the Sand P2P icon.png 1,000 17 Thieving
Heartstealer F2P icon.png 2,500 20 Thieving N/A
Spirits of the Elid P2P icon.png 1,000 37 Thieving
Biohazard P2P icon.png 1,250 N/A N/A
Dishonour among Thieves P2P icon.png 1,500 30 Thieving
The Giant Dwarf P2P icon.png 1,500 14 Thieving
Hazeel Cult P2P icon.png 1,500 N/A N/A
Tribal Totem P2P icon.png 1,775 21 Thieving N/A
Death to the Dorgeshuun P2P icon.png 2,000 23 Thieving
Hunt for Red Raktuber P2P icon.png 2,000 38 Thieving
Fight Arena P2P icon.png 2,175 N/A N/A
A Fairy Tale II - Cure a Queen P2P icon.png 2,500 40 Thieving
Carnillean Rising P2P icon.png 2,500 N/A
The Fremennik Trials P2P icon.png 2,812 N/A
Land of the Goblins P2P icon.png 3,000 36 Thieving
The Slug Menace P2P icon.png 3,500 30 Thieving
Icthlarin's Little Helper P2P icon.png 4,500 N/A N/A
Rat Catchers P2P icon.png 4,500 N/A N/A
A Void Dance P2P icon.png 5,000 54 Thieving
The Path of Glouphrie P2P icon.png 5,000 56 Thieving
The Darkness of Hallowvale P2P icon.png 6,000 22 Thieving
Grim Tales P2P icon.png 6,000 58 Thieving
Contact! P2P icon.png 7,000 N/A N/A
Dealing with Scabaras P2P icon.png 7,000 60 Thieving
Deadliest Catch P2P icon.png 8,000 70 Thieving
Lost Her Marbles (miniquest) P2P icon.png 9,800 41 Thieving N/A
Dimension of Disaster: Defender of Varrock P2P icon.png 10,000 42 Thieving N/A
Some Like It Cold P2P icon.png 10,000 50 Thieving
A Fairy Tale III - Battle at Ork's Rift P2P icon.png 11,000 51 Thieving
The Curse of Arrav P2P icon.png 14,000 66 Thieving
Dimension of Disaster: Curse of Arrav P2P icon.png 14,000 66 Thieving
The Feud P2P icon.png 15,000 30 Thieving N/A
A Clockwork Syringe P2P icon.png 18,000 74 Thieving
The Chosen Commander P2P icon.png 20,000 46 Thieving
Mourning's End Part I P2P icon.png 25,000 50 Thieving
Rocking Out P2P icon.png 25,000 63 Thieving
A Guild of Our Own (miniquest) P2P icon.png 30,000 62 Thieving
Do No Evil P2P icon.png 50,000 70 Thieving
Pieces of Hate P2P icon.png 50,000 85 Thieving
The Prisoner of Glouphrie P2P icon.png 60,000 64 Thieving
Total 453,087

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • update 7 November 2022 (Update):
    • The former Sticky Fingers relic power is now a baseline feature, allowing players to automatically pickpocket victims with a single click until caught.
    • The new Sticky Fingers relic power will speed up the rate at which you automatically pickpocket by 50%.
    • The Master camouflage outfit no longer offers auto-pickpocket but retains the increased chance of success and stun avoidance.
    • The Desert Phoenix no longer requires you to have completed the Hard Desert achievements to automatically pick feathers.
  • ninja 16 February 2015 (Update):
    • Prifddinas pickpocketing has been rebalanced to be more profitable:
      • There is now a greater chance of receiving items – including three times the chance to get charms from Amlodd elves.
      • Some less-valuable rewards – such as cups of tea – have been removed.
      • More items are now given in noted form.
  • ninja 22 July 2014 (Update):
    • Seedicide can now be used whilst pickpocketing as a convenience item - no Farming experience is awarded for seeds consumed in this way.
  • patch 10 September 2013 (Update):
    • 'You're stunned!' has been added to the chat filter when you are unsuccessful with pickpocketing.
  • patch 17 June 2013 (Update):
    • The chance of getting reed seeds from Thieving has been increased.
  • patch 28 June 2011 (Update):
    • An old style gnome head in the Thieving skill guide has been updated.
  • patch 28 April 2010 (Update):
    • If you failed when pick-pocketing an NPC they would attack you, but not always play the attack animation. This has now been fixed.
  • patch 22 June 2009 (Update):
    • Changed the order of the Thieving code – now it doesn't start the animation until the rest of the checks have been run and you can actually pickpocket the target.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue when thieving and then clicking on a location like stairs.
      • This also introduced a NPC behavioral change. When a thief is caught pickpocketing an NPC in combat with another player, the NPC is far less likely to disengage from the battle.
  • patch 21 April 2009 (Update):
    • A glitch with the lock picking animation has been resolved.
  • update 30 April 2002 (Update):
    • Thieving skill added to game.
    • New members update online! Many RPGs have a thieving/rogue skill and this is something which until now has been missing from RuneScape.
  • update 4 January 2001 (Update):
    • Runescape beta goes live. Thieving is included in the skill list, but has no function.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A picture of the RuneScape Classic stats interface, showing the Thieving skill.
  • Thieving was included on the stats screen when RuneScape was initially released on 4 January 2001. However, it was not actually implemented until 30 April 2002.
  • When While Guthix Sleeps is completed and one of the 100,000 experience boosts is used on Thieving, the following message appears: You feel your respect for others' property slipping away. The same message appears when you receive Thieving experience from the Tears of Guthix D&D and when receiving Thieving experience from the seasonal Guthix butterflies.
  • After the Evolution of Combat update, players (when stunned) can use Freedom to prevent waiting for the player to come back to their senses. However, one still may not pickpocket again until the time at which the normal stun duration would have ended.
  • The desert camouflage set used to allow for up to 10 automatic pickpocket attempts until the Garden of Kharid update on the 6th of November 2022.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. RuneFest 2019 Part 2 [OSRS]. 5 October 2019. "Pickpocketing from behind an NPC increases your chances of success. [..] It is false." During the Mythbusters section at RuneFest 2019.*