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Thieving Guide

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(This is a members-only skill.)

Overview
Pickpocketing
- Equipment
Stalls
Chests
Other Objects
Extra Thieving Info
Thieving EXP Quest Rewards

Thieving is a skill where you can steal money and items, trick and treat NPC's, overcome dangerous traps, and so on and so forth. Theiving can be dangerous due to what may happen if you are caught theiving, but rewarding if done right.

Overview

Thieving is simply divided up into a few different techniques, each one involving a different bit of clever sneakiness. The techniques are as such:
  • Pickpocketing, which involves the sneaky plundering of peoples pockets (which may tick them off)

  • Stalls, as in stealing from various market stalls that are home to sometimes valuable items (beware of guards and law enforcers)

  • Chest lockpicking and looting (check for traps)

Along with the above main concepts, there are numerous other things in Runescape what require a certain Thieving level to disarm, disconnect, destroy, unlock, untie, or undo in a varying manner of ways, shapes, and forms.

Pickpocketing

Pickpocketing is the most basic form of Theiving. To pickpocket, right click an NPC and hit the pickpocket option. When you fail to pickpocket, you'll take a set amount of damage and be stunned for a few seconds.

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Pickpocketing different NPCs gives different loot. NPCs have bottomless pockets and may be stolen from as fast as you can pickpocket. When pickpocketing, try to lure your target NPC into a room and close the door so to limit it's movement.

Name
Image
Level
Exp
Location
Loot
Man(& Woman)
1
8
Human Cities
3 Coins
Farmer
10
14
Lumbridge, South of Falador, and North of Ardougne.
9 Coins, various seeds
H.A.M Follower(Female)
15
18.5
H.A.M. Headquarters in Lumbridge.
* See H.A.M. Loot
H.A.M Follower(Male)
20
22.25
H.A.M. Headquarters in Lumbridge.
* See H.A.M. Loot
Warrior
25
26
Al Kharid, Varrock Castle, and Ardougne.
18 Coins
Rogue
32
35.5
High-Level Members Wilderness.
25 or 40 Coins, 8 Air Runes, Lockpick, Iron Dagger(p) or Wine
Cave Goblin
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36
40
Dorgesh-Kaan
Coins, iron ore, tinderbox, swamp tar, oil lantern, torch, green gloop soup, frog spawn gumbo, frog burger, crispy froglets, bat shish, wall beast fingers, bullseye lantern, cave goblin wire
Master Farmer
38
43
Draynor Village, various farms
Various seeds
Guard
40
46.5
Almost every major RS City.
30 Coins
Fremennik
45
65
Rellekka
40 coins
Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit
45
79.4
Pollniveach
Antipoison, Lockpick, 30 gp
Desert Bandit
53
79.25
Desert Bandit Camp
X Coins, Lockpick, Antipoison(1)
Knight
55
84.25
Ardougne
50 Coins
Pollnivnian Bandit
55
84.25
Pollniveach
50 Coins
Watchman
65
137.5
Yanille Watchtower
60 Coins and Bread
Menaphite Thug
65
137.5
Pollniveach
60 Coins
Paladin
70
152
Ardougne
80 Coins and 2 Chaos Runes
Gnome
75
198.25
Gnome Stronghold
300 Coins, King Worm, Swamp Toad, 1 Earth Rune, Gold Ore, or Fire Orb
Hero
80
274
Ardougne
100, 200 or 300 coins, 2 Death Runes, 1 Blood Rune, Fire Orb, Gold Ore, Wine, or Cut Diamond
Elf
85
353.375
Isafdar
280 or 350 coins, 2 Death Runes, 3 Nature Runes, Fire Orb, Gold Ore, wine


* - H.A.M. Loot:

Pickpocketing from H.A.M. members can yield many various items, all of which are listed below:
  • HAM Cloak, HAM Hood, HAM Robe, HAM Shirt, HAM Logo, HAM Gloves, HAM Boots

  • Bronze Pickaxe, Bronze Dagger, Iron Pickaxe, Iron Dagger, Steel Pickaxe, Steel Dagger, Bronze Axe, Iron Axe

  • Low-Level Herbs, Raw Chicken, Raw Anchovies, 1-21 Coins, 1-11 Thread, 1-7 Feathers, 1-12 Bronze Arrows, 1-7 Steel Arrows

  • Iron Ore, Coal, Uncut Opal, Uncut Jade, Cowhide, Logs

  • Damaged Armour, Rusty Sword, Needle, Buttons, Knife, Leather Body, Tinderbox


Pickpocketing can get a might risky what with digging 'round in peoples pockets, which they are more than likely not going to approve of. Have no fear - there are ways to improve your pants plundering!

Blackjacks

In Pollniveach, you can purchase a blackjack to perform an initial knockout on a target, to guarantee a pickpocket. By selecting to 'Lure' a target away from crowds, you can then select to 'Knock-Out' the said target. You aren't guaranteed the knockout. Knocking out the people around Pollniveach yields minor exp bonuses. No level is required to knock out the target, only to pickpocket.

Npc
Exp
Villager
8
Bandit
10
Menaphite Thug
20


Gloves of Silence

The Gloves of Silence will increase your chances at pickpocketing. The gloves can be obtained by giving two Black Kebbit Fur and 600 gp to the Fancy Dress Shop Owner in South-East Varrock.

Item
Slash Defence
Crush Defence
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Gloves of Silence
+1
+2


To wear the Gloves of Silence, you must have 54 Hunter. If you fail pickpocketing too often with the gloves, they will eventually wear out - but fear not, they can be repaired, if you have level 64 Crafting. 'Inspect' the gloves to see how damaged they are, and if you desire so, use some Dark Kebbit Fur on the gloves with a needle, thread, and knife in your inventory, which will fully repair the gloves.

Stalls

Stalls are a very important aspect of thieving. They are useful for training on, and can yield some good items. Stalls are located in the markets of certain cities, and the idea is to snatch whatever is sitting on the stalls whenever possible.

Stall Theft


To steal from a stall, right click on the stall and hit the steal-from option. Surrounding NPCs won't take this lightly, however - if the stall owner is anywhere around you, he'll stop you and call for some guards, and any guards, knights, or so on around will come rushing at you.

Failed Stall Theft


Stalls have recharge times - they may only be stolen from if there's goods on the stall to take. Other players will compete with you to take the loot first, so you need to be quick in order to steal from any stalls. If every player clicks on the stall simultaneously, however, all players will get the loot.



The table below gives information on the various stalls in RuneScape.

Stall
Level
Exp
Location
Loot
Vegetable Stall
1
10
Miscellania
Onion, tomato, cabbage, garlic, potato
Bakers Stall
5
16
Ardougne, Keldagrim
Cake, meat pie, bread, slice of chocolate cake
General Stall
5
16
Ape Atoll
Hammer, pot, tinderbox
Tea Stall
5
16
Varrock
Tea
Crafting Stall
5
16
Ape Atoll, Keldagrim
Chisel, necklace mould, ring mould
Monkey Food Stall
5
16
Ape Atoll
Banana
Rock Cake Stall
15
10
Gu'Tanoth
Rock Cake
Silk Stall
20
24
Ardougne
Silk
Wine Stall
22
27
Draynor
Jug, Jug of Water, Grapes, Jug of Wine, Bottle of Wine
Seed Stall
27
10
Draynor
All Vegetable, Hop, Flower, & Herb Seeds
Fur Stall
35
36
Ardougne, Rellekka
Grey Wolf Fur
Fish Stall
42
42
Rellekka, Miscellania
Raw salmon, raw tuna, raw lobster
Crossbow Stall
49
52
Keldagrim
Bronze Crossbow Limbs, Wooden Crossbow Stock, Bronze Bolts
Silver Stall
50
54
Ardougne, Keldagrim
Silver ore
Magic Stall
65
100
Ape Atoll
Earth, Fire, & Water Runes
Scimitar Stall
65
160
Ape Atoll
Iron or Steel Scimitar
Spice stall
65
81.3
Ardougne
Spice
Gem stall
75
16
Ardougne, Keldagrim
Uncut Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies, or Diamonds


Chests

Chests can be particularly dangerous, as well as very rewarding. Chests are simple enough - you must attempt to unlock the chest, as well as disarm any traps placed on it. A failure to unlock a chest can require in varying amounts of damage dealt, among other things.

Picklocking Chest


There are various chests located throughout Runescape that yield loot. The chests usually require a bit of effort to get to, and may only be looted every so often - the loot inside the chest needs to respawn.



The table below gives information on the various chests in RuneScape.

Chest
Level
Exp
Location
Loot
10gp Chest
13
7.5
Ardougne, Relleka, Wilderness
10 gp
Nature Chest
28
25
East Ardougne, Relleka
3 gp, 1 Nature Rune
50gp Chest
43
125
East Ardougne
50 gp
Arrowhead Chest
47
150
Head Mourner's Room (ME2), Relleka, Hemenster
20 gp, 5 Steel Arrowtips
Average Chest 1
52
200
Dorgesh-Kaan, Zanik's House
Possible Loot: Oil lantern, bullseye lantern, cave goblin mining helmet, cave goblin wire, rope, frog armour, bone bolts, bone crossbow, bone dagger, H.A.M. clothes, spade, bucket, hammer, newcomer map, big bones, coins
Average Chest 2
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52
200
Dorgesh Kaan, Oldak's House
Possible Loot: Runes (air, earth, fire, water, body, mind, cosmic, chaos, nature, death or law), staff orb, talisman (water, air, earth or fire), Dorgeshuun light orb, empty light orb, cave goblin wire, Teleportation Sphere
Blood Chest
59
250
Chaos Druid Tower (North of Ardougne)
500 gp, 2 Blood Runes
Shark Chest
72
500
King Lathas's Castle (Ardougne)
1000 gp, Raw Shark, Uncut Sapphire, Adamantite Ore
Rich Chest
78
650
Dorgesh-Kaan
Possible loot: Uncut sapphire, uncut emerald, uncut ruby, uncut diamond, uncut opal, uncut jade, uncut red topaz, bullseye lantern, cave goblin mining helmet, frog armour, iron bar, Dorgeshuun light orb, empty light orb, 500-2500 coins


Other Objects

Several doors, pits, and other objects are locked and trapped, and may be disarmed, for whatever goal. There are numerous and near limitless obstacles across RuneScape, so the ones listed below are among the more prominent and important ones.

Picklocking Door


Please note that most obstacles in Runescape that are changed in some way via the Thieving Skill yield little to no experience, just as many Agility Obstacles.

Object
Level
Exp
Location
Purpose/Loot
East Ardounge Door
1
3.5
Southern building at the east entrance of Ardougne
Access to the 10GP Chest
East Ardounge Door
14
15
Northern building at the east entrance of Ardougne
Access to the Nature Rune Chest
East Ardounge Door
16
15
The building just northwest of the Ardougne Chapel
None
H.A.M. Camp Trapdoor
17
4
The ruined building between Drayonr Village and Lumbridge
Access to the H.A.M Fanatics' Camp
Ardougne Sewer Gate
32
25
The gate down the Ardougne Manhole, northwest of the southern bank
Access to the mining area with Zombies
Pirate House Door
39
35
The building west of the Mage Arena Level-54) Wilderness
Access to the Pirate House
Axe Hut Door
42
23
The building northeast of the Ardougne Wilderness Teleport (Level-54) Wilderness
Access to the Axe Hut
Chaos Druid Tower Door
46
37
The building northwest of the northern Ardougne exit (West of the river)
Access to the Blood Rune Chest
West Ardougne Castle Door
61
50
In the west Ardougne Castle
Access to the Shark Chest and Paladins
Yanille Agility Dungeon Door
82
50
In the Yanille Sewers located south of the Yanille Bank
Access to the Yanille Agility Dungeon


Extra Thieving Info

There are some other, extra things that you should know about while raising thieving:

The Rogue's Den

When you have 50 Theiving, you may want to consider the Rogue's Den, located under the pub in Burthrope. The Rogue's Den is simply a giant maze, filled with all sorts of things for skilled theives to try to best. The farther you get through the maze, the more agility and theiving experience you gain. See the guide for more info.

The Sorceresses' Garden

Another quick way to gain Thieving experience is through another Mini-Game: the Sorceresses' Garden. In this game, you have to steal some weird fruits and such to yield ridiculous amounts of experience. It is definitely worth looking at.

Bandit's Brew

The Bandit's Brew is a drink that will raise your theiving temporarily by one. It can be purchased in the bandit camp for 650 gp.

Cape of Accomplishment

The ultimate reward for getting level 99 Thieving is not only the great ability you will have in the skill, but the Cape of Accomplishment that you will have the oppurtunity to purchase. For more information on Capes of Accomplishment, see the Skill Capes page.

Theiving EXP Rewards in Quests:

Quest
Exp
500 exp
1000 exp
1000 exp
1000 exp
1000 exp
1250 exp
1500 exp
1775 exp
2000 exp
2175 exp
2500 exp
2812.4 exp
3000 exp
3500 exp
4500 exp
4500 exp
5000 exp
6000 exp
6000 exp
7000 exp
7000 exp
15000 exp
25000 exp


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