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Thieving icon.png
Released 30 April 2002 (Update)
Also called Thief
Members Yes
Type Support
Players with
as of 1 January 2023 - update
Players with
200M XP
as of 4 January 2023 - update
Thieving icon (detail).png

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

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Thieving level up - normal
The music that plays when levelling up.
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Thieving level up - with unlocks
The music that plays when levelling up and unlocking new content.

Pickpocketing[edit | edit source]

A player pickpocketing a guard.

This is the act of walking up to an NPC and right-clicking them, then selecting Pickpocket. If successful, you will gain Thieving experience and possibly coins or various items. However, it is possible for the NPC to notice a pickpocket, in which case the NPC will yell "What do you think you're doing?" or some other surprised saying and hit the player, dealing a small amount of damage and stunning them for several seconds, during which time the player cannot continue pickpocketing or move. Because of the possibility for damage, it is recommended that players bring food - cheap foods such as wine work well.

Coins obtained via pickpocketing are obtained via coin pouches. Players can have a stack of up to 28 coin pouches in their inventory, after which they must open them before they can pickpocket more. Players can quickly open a stack of coin pouches with a single left-click.

Tips & Tricks[edit | edit source]

There is no need to wait until the pickpocket animation is finished before pickpocketing again. Another attempt may be performed as soon as the sound of the item entering the player's inventory is played and the experience is given. Knowing this tip could potentially double a player's experience per hour if they were previously waiting for the animation to finish.

Eating food will extend the time before you can pickpocket again by 2 ticks. To avoid losing time because of this delay, time eating directly after pickpocketing.

A useful trick that allows pickpocket spamming is by going to the Controls (Joystick) settings tab and changing the attack option priority to 'Always right-click'. This effectively changes the left-click option from "Attack" to "Pickpocket" for most NPCs.

For NPCs with a right-click "Pickpocket" option unaffected by the previous tip, such as elves, the player may change their game client layout to "Resizable", then orient their camera so that the NPC is close to the bottom of their screen. In the correct position, the player should be able to right-click to open the interaction menu, then left-click to pickpocket without moving their mouse down to select the option.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The equipment that a player wears mostly does not affect pickpocketing, aside from several exceptions listed below. Note, however, that equipping a bow without arrows makes it impossible to accidentally attack an NPC. The direction the NPC faces also appears to have no effect.

  • Players who wear the rogue outfit have a chance of getting double loot when successfully pickpocketing NPCs. This chance is guaranteed if the full outfit is worn. It does not increase success rate.
  • While wearing parts of H.A.M. outfit, players are slightly less likely to be kicked out of the H.A.M. Hideout when failing to pick the pockets of H.A.M. members.
  • Gloves of silence reduce your chance of failure while pickpocketing by 5%. Degrade, but can be repaired. Requires Hunter level 54 to wear.
  • Dodgy necklace provides a 25% chance to prevent the player from being stunned and damaged while pickpocketing. Has 10 charges.
  • Wearing either the Thieving cape or Max cape will provide an additional 10% chance of being successful when pickpocketing NPCs.

Other effects[edit | edit source]

The Shadow Veil spell from the Arceuus spellbook may also improve the rate of pickpockets per hour by providing a 15% chance to avoid being stunned and taking damage.

Thievable NPCs[edit | edit source]

Loot from these NPCs is located on their respective pages.

Name Thieving Level Experience Stun time Stun damage Notes
Man inventory image Man/Woman 1 8 5 seconds 1 Found all around Gielinor.
Farmer inventory image Farmer 10 14.5 5 seconds 1 Commonly found in Lumbridge farms and north of Ardougne.
H.A.M. Member inventory image H.A.M. Member 15 22.2 4 seconds 1-3 Wearing H.A.M. clothing reduces chances of being jailed, but does not increase the success rate.[1]
Warrior (Thieving) inventory image Warrior/Al-Kharid warrior 25 26 5 seconds 2 Warriors are commonly found in East Ardougne, as well in the back of the Varrock Palace.
Villager (bearded) chathead.png Villager 30 8 5 seconds 2 Partial completion of Quest points The Feud to use blackjacks.
Rogue inventory image Rogue 32 36.5 5 seconds 2 Found deep in Wilderness south-west of Mage Arena or in far north-east wilderness at Rogues' Castle.
Cave goblin (Dorgesh-Kaan) inventory image Cave goblin 36 40 5 seconds 1 Found in Dorgesh-Kaan after completion of Quest points Death to the Dorgeshuun.
Master Farmer inventory image Master Farmer 38 43 5 seconds 3 Rarity increases with the Farming level of the seed.
Guard inventory image Guard 40 46.8 5 seconds 2
Fremennik Citizen inventory image Fremennik Citizen 45 65 5 seconds 2 Must complete Quest points The Fremennik Trials
Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit inventory image Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit 45 65 5 seconds 5 Partial completion of Quest points The Feud to use blackjacks.
Bandit (Bandit Camp) inventory image Desert Bandit 53 79.4 5 seconds 3
Knight of Ardougne inventory image Knight of Ardougne 55 84.3 5 seconds 3
Bandit (Pollnivneach) inventory image Pollnivian Bandit 55 84.3 5 seconds 5 Partial completion of Quest points The Feud to use blackjacks.
Watchman (Yanille) inventory image Yanille Watchman 65 137.5 5 seconds 3
Menaphite Thug inventory image Menaphite Thug 65 137.5 5 seconds 5 Partial completion of Quest points The Feud to use blackjacks.
Paladin inventory image Paladin 70 151.8 5 seconds 3
Gnome inventory image Gnome 75 198.3 5 seconds 1
Hero inventory image Hero 80 273.3 6 seconds 4
Vyre (Thieving) inventory image Vyre 82 306.9 6 seconds 5 Completion of Quest points Sins of the Father to access Darkmeyer.
Elf (Thieving) inventory image Elf 85 353.3 6 seconds 5 Partial completion of Quest points Mourning's End Part I to access Lletya.
TzHaar-Hur inventory image TzHaar-Hur 90 103.4 6 seconds 4 Requires a Fire cape inventory imageFire cape to access the inner city of Mor Ul Rek. Ice gloves are recommended to reduce damage taken.

Stalls[edit | edit source]

An example of a silk stall found in the East Ardougne marketplace.

There are a large number of stalls throughout RuneScape, many of which can be found in the Ardougne Market. Unlike pickpocketing, stealing from stalls has a 100% success rate as long as you are not in the line of sight of the stall owner or any of the nearby guards; if you are, the stall owner will call over a guard who will begin to attack you.

After successfully stealing from a stall, their respective owners will refuse to interact the player until 10 consecutive in-game minutes have passed since the last theft from their stall. Time passed while logged out does not count toward removing this restriction. Curiously, this extends to any NPC that owns the same type of stall, not just the one you stole from.

It should be noted that it is possible for multiple players to steal from the same stall, both receiving XP and rewards; provided they do so on the same Game tick.

Thievable stalls[edit | edit source]

Loot from these stalls is located on their respective pages.

Stall Thieving Level Experience Location(s) Respawn Time Exp./ Hour
Vegetable stall inventory image Vegetable stall 2 10 Miscellania, Etceteria 2 seconds 18,000
Bakery stall inventory image Bakery stall 5 16 Ardougne, Keldagrim, Kourend Castle 2 seconds 28,800
Crafting stall inventory image Crafting stall 5 16 Ape Atoll, Keldagrim 7 seconds 8,228.5
Monkey food stall inventory image Monkey food stall 5 16 Ape Atoll 7 seconds 8,228.5
Monkey general stall inventory image Monkey general stall 5 16 Ape Atoll 7 seconds 8,228.5
Tea stall inventory image Tea stall 5 16 Varrock, Kourend Castle 7 seconds 8,228.5
Silk stall inventory image Silk stall 20 24 Ardougne, Kourend Castle, Prifddinas 5 seconds 17,280
Wine stall inventory image Wine stall 22 27 Draynor Village 10 seconds 9,720
Fruit Stall inventory image Fruit Stall 25 28.2 Hosidius, Kourend Castle 2 seconds 39,046
Seed stall inventory image Seed stall 27 10 Draynor Village 9 seconds 4,000
Fur stall inventory image Fur stall 35 36 Ardougne, Rellekka 10 seconds 12,960
Fish stall inventory image Fish stall 42 42 Rellekka, Miscellenia, Etceteria 10 seconds 15,120
Crossbow stall inventory image Crossbow stall 49 52 Keldagrim 9 seconds 20,800
Silver stall inventory image Silver stall 50 54 Ardougne, Keldagrim, Kourend Castle, Prifddinas 30 seconds 6,480
Spice stall inventory image Spice stall 65 81 Ardougne, Prifddinas 80 seconds 3,645
Magic stall inventory image Magic stall 65 100 Ape Atoll 80 seconds 4,500
Scimitar stall inventory image Scimitar stall 65 160 Ape Atoll 80 seconds 7,200
Gem stall inventory image Gem stall 75 160 Ardougne, Keldagrim, Mor Ul Rek, Kourend Castle, Prifddinas 180 seconds 3,200
Ore stall inventory image Ore stall 82 180 Mor Ul Rek 60 seconds 10,800

Chests[edit | edit source]

There are chests scattered throughout RuneScape. Some chests will have traps on them, which must be disarmed using the Thieving skill in order to loot them. This is achieved by selecting the "Search for traps" option from the drop down menu, allowing your character to disarm the trap and obtain the items inside.

After a player steals from a chest, they will need to wait for a short period of time before they can do so again. If "Search for traps" is not selected when attempting to open a trapped chest, the player will attempt to open the chest and take damage; this damage scales off of your current health down to a minimum.

Thievable chests[edit | edit source]

Loot from these chests is located on their respective pages.

Chest Thieving Level Experience Location(s) Respawn Time
Chest (10 coins) inventory image 10 coin chest 13 7.8 East Ardougne, Magic axe hut, Pirates' Hideout, Rellekka, Rogues' Den 7 seconds
Chest (nature runes) inventory image Nature rune chest[t 1] 28 25 East Ardougne, Pirates' Hideout, Rellekka 15 seconds
Chest (Isle of Souls Dungeon) inventory image Isle of Souls chest 28 150 Isle of Souls Dungeon 0 seconds
Chest (50 coins) inventory image 50 coin chest 43 125 Ardougne, Mourner Tunnels, Pirates' Hideout 50 seconds
Chest (steel arrowtips) inventory image Steel arrowtips chest 47 150 Hemenster, Rellekka, Mourner Tunnels 210 seconds
Chest (Dorgesh-Kaan Average) inventory image Dorgesh-Kaan average chest 52 200 Dorgesh-Kaan 90 seconds
Chest (blood runes) inventory image Blood runes chest 59 250 Chaos Druid Tower 135 seconds
Stone chest inventory image Stone chest 64 280 Lizardman Temple 0 seconds
Chest (Ardougne Castle) inventory image Ardougne Castle chest 72 500 Ardougne Castle 400 seconds
Chest (Dorgesh-Kaan Rich) inventory image Dorgesh-Kaan rich chest 78 650 Dorgesh-Kaan 300 seconds
Chest (Rogues' Castle) inventory image Rogues' Castle chest 84 100 Rogues' Castle 10 seconds
  1. ^ Disabled in Deadman Mode.

Doors[edit | edit source]

Certain doors 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 Level Exp. Lockpick Location
Door to 10 Coin Chest 1 3.8 No East Ardougne; the door to the empty house east of the east Baker's Stall
Door to Nature Rune Chest 14 15 No East Ardougne; the door to the empty house just east of the Gem Stall
Ardougne House Door 16 15 No East Ardougne; the door to the house with the Cooking range icon.png just south of the north bank
H.A.M. Trapdoor 1 4 No East of Draynor
Axe Hut Door 23 25 Yes Level 54 Wilderness; north-east of the Ardougne lever
Ardougne Sewer Gate 31 25 No Ardougne Sewers
Pirate Hall 39 35 Yes Level 54 Wilderness; west of the Mage Arena
Chaos Druid Tower 46 37.5 No North of Ardougne
Grubby Chest 57 10 No Forthos Dungeon
Paladin Door 61 50 No Ardougne Castle
Yanille Dungeon Door 82 50 Yes Yanille

Other[edit | edit source]

Name Level Exp. Possible Loot Stun Time (seconds) Stun Damage
Steal cowbells from dairy cows 15 16 Cowbells 4.8 1 - "The cow kicks you and stuns you"
Steal candles from the candle stand, north of the Entrana altar 20 20 Candle 4.8 1 - "A higher power smites you"
Steal wire from the Dorgeshuun Wire machine 44 22 Cave goblin wire 4 5
Crack wall safes in Rogues' Den 50 70 Coins, Uncut gems 2 2 - 6

Training strategies[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ 1.0 1.1 Icthlarin's Little Helper must be started in order to gain access to play Pyramid Plunder. It is recommended to purchase a Pharaoh's sceptre while training here, as it saves time and can be recharged at very little cost using artefacts stolen during the minigame.

Thieving minigames[edit | edit source]

There are a number of minigames which are based on or include Thieving.

  • Pyramid Plunder - the desert city Sophanem has a pyramid where you can thieve for artefacts. As you get further into the pyramid, higher Thieving is required but it brings increasing amounts of Thieving experience. This is one of the fastest methods to train Thieving.
  • Blackjack - another Thieving activity in the desert.
  • Rogues' Den - Traverse a maze with Thieving and Agility obstacles. Modest experience. More interesting for thieves is to open the safes in the dungeon. Good for experience and for the gems that you obtain as loot. Completing the maze also has a chance of rewarding you with the Rogue outfit, which when worn will double the loot you receive from pickpocketing.
  • Sorceress's Garden - An interesting game where you dodge guards and try to get fruit. Requires patience, a bit of skill, and experience, but yields excellent experience. It has four levels, each giving increased experience at levels 1, 25, 45, and 65. Bring a pestle and mortar and a large amount of empty beer glasses (can be obtained for free at the shelves in the Sorcerer's house).
  • Stealing artefacts - located in Port Piscarilius, players with level 49 Thieving and 75% Piscarilius favour can talk to Captain Khaled to engage in stealing artefacts from those living in the residential district. It's a good way to train Thieving while fletching ammo or alching. Requires a lockpick or a hair clip to steal artefacts, and experience rate scales based on level.

Thieving pet[edit | edit source]

Rocky (follower).png

Rocky is a skilling pet that can be obtained when training the Thieving skill. This includes stealing from stalls, pickpocketing from NPCs, picking fruit in the Sorceress's Garden and looting grand gold chests within Pyramid Plunder. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player's thieving level, and the person/object the player is stealing from.

Temporary boosts[edit | edit source]

Boost Level
Visibility Other info
Thieving cape inventory image Thieving cape 1 Visible Activating the cape's effect will increase the corresponding skill by 1.
Poison chalice inventory image Poison chalice 1 Visible Has a variety of beneficial and disastrous effects.
Bandit's brew inventory image Bandit's brew 1 Visible None.
Spring sq'irkjuice inventory image Spring sq'irkjuice 1 Visible 10% run energy boost.
Autumn sq'irkjuice inventory image Autumn sq'irkjuice 2 Visible 15% run energy boost.
Summer sq'irkjuice inventory image Summer sq'irkjuice 3 Visible 20% run energy boost.
Spicy stew inventory image Spicy stew
(yellow spice)
±0-5 Visible Depending on type of stew, any skill can be boosted or reduced by 0 to 5 levels randomly.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Quests requiring Thieving[edit | edit source]

Quest Thieving
Other requirements
The Lost Tribe Thieving 13 Agility 13 , Mining 17
The Giant Dwarf Thieving 14 Crafting 12 , Firemaking 16 , Magic 33
Watchtower Thieving 15 Magic 15 , Agility 25 , Herblore 14 , Mining 40
Cold War Thieving 15 Hunter 10 , Agility 30 , Crafting 30 , Construction 34
The Hand in the Sand Thieving 17 Crafting 49
Tribal Totem Thieving 21 -
Darkness of Hallowvale Thieving 22 Construction 5 , Mining 20 , Agility 26 , Crafting 32 , Magic 33 , Strength 40
Death to the Dorgeshuun Thieving 23 Agility 23
Creature of Fenkenstrain Thieving 25 Crafting 20
The Dig Site Thieving 25 Agility 10 , Herblore 10
The Golem Thieving 25 Crafting 20
The Feud Thieving 30 -
The Slug Menace Thieving 30 Crafting 30 , Runecraft 30 , Slayer 30
Spirits of the Elid Thieving 37 Magic 33 , Ranged 37 , Mining 37
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen Thieving 40 Farming 49 , Herblore 57
Temple of Ikov Thieving 42 Ranged 40
Land of the Goblins Thieving 45 Agility 38 , Fishing 40 , Herblore 48
Legends' Quest Thieving 50 Agility 50 , Crafting 50 , Herblore 45 , Magic 56 , Mining 52 , Prayer 42 , Smithing 50 , Strength 50 , Woodcutting 50
Mourning's End Part I Thieving 50 Ranged 60
A Kingdom Divided Thieving 52 Agility 54 ,Crafting 38 ,Herblore 50 ,Magic 35 ,Mining 42 ,Woodcutting 52
Desert Treasure I Thieving 53 Magic 50 , Firemaking 50 , Slayer 10
Monkey Madness II Thieving 55 Crafting 70 , Slayer 69 , Hunter 60 , Agility 55
Grim Tales Thieving 58 Farming 45 , Herblore 52 , Agility 59 , Woodcutting 71
Dragon Slayer II Thieving 60 Quest points 200 , Magic 75 , Smithing 70 , Mining 68 , Crafting 62 , Agility 60 , Construction 50 , Hitpoints 50
Secrets of the North Thieving 64 Agility 69 , Hunter 56

Quests rewarding Thieving experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
Other requirements
Tower of Life 500 - Construction 10
Creature of Fenkenstrain 1,000 Thieving 25 Crafting 20
The Golem 1,000 Thieving 25 Crafting 20
The Hand in the Sand 1,000 Thieving 17 Crafting 49
Spirits of the Elid 1,000 Thieving 37 Magic 33 , Ranged 37 , Mining 37
Biohazard 1,250 - -
The Giant Dwarf 1,500 Thieving 14 Crafting 12 , Firemaking 16 , Magic 33
Hazeel Cult 1,500 - -
Tribal Totem 1,775 Thieving 21 -
The Queen of Thieves 2,000 Thieving 20 -
Death to the Dorgeshuun 2,000 Thieving 23 Agility 23
Fight Arena 2,175 - -
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen 2,500 Thieving 40 Farming 49 , Herblore 57
The Fremennik Trials 2,812 - Fletching 25 , Woodcutting 40 , Crafting 40 if crafting your own lyre
The Slug Menace 3,500 Thieving 30 Crafting 30 , Runecraft 30 , Slayer 30
Icthlarin's Little Helper 4,500 - -
Ratcatchers 4,500 - -
Darkness of Hallowvale 6,000 Thieving 22 Construction 5 , Mining 20 , Agility 26 , Crafting 32 , Magic 33 , Strength 40
Contact! 7,000 - -
Land of the Goblins 8,000 Thieving 45 Agility 38 , Fishing 40 , Herblore 48
The Feud 15,000 Thieving 30 -
Grim Tales 25,000 Thieving 58 Farming 45 , Herblore 52 , Agility 59 , Woodcutting 71
Mourning's End Part I 40,000 Thieving 50 Ranged 60
Dragon Slayer II 50,000 Thieving 60 Quest points 200 , Magic 75 , Smithing 70 , Mining 68 , Crafting 62 , Agility 60 , Construction 50 , Hitpoints 50
Monkey Madness II 50,000 Thieving 55 Slayer 69 , Crafting 70 , Hunter 60 , Agility 55
Secrets of the North 50,000 Thieving 64 Agility 69 , Hunter 56
Total 285,512

Skill choice[edit | edit source]

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Thieving. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.

Skills availableSkill requirements
X Marks the Spot300AnyNone
Client of Kourend500 twiceAnyNone
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen2,500Any skill above 30Farming 49 , Herblore 57
A Tail of Two Cats2,500 twiceAny skill above 30None
The Great Brain Robbery5,000Any skill above 30Crafting 16 , Construction 30 , Prayer 50
King's Ransom5,000Any skill above 50Defence 65
Darkness of Hallowvale2,000 three timesAny skill above 30Construction 5 , Mining 20 , Thieving 22 , Crafting 32 , Magic 33 , Strength 40
A Taste of Hope2,500 three timesAny skill above 35Crafting 48 , Herblore 40 , Attack 40 , Agility 45 , Slayer 38
The Tourist Trap4,650 twiceAgility Fletching Smithing Thieving Fletching 10 , Smithing 20
A Kingdom Divided10,000Any skill above 40Agility 54 , Thieving 52 , Woodcutting 52 , Herblore 50 , Mining 42 ,
Crafting 38 , Magic 35
Architectural Alliance
10,000Any skill above 40None
In Search of Knowledge
10,000Any skill above 40None
Curse of the Empty Lord
10,000Any skill above 50Some players will need Prayer 31
One Small Favour10,000 twiceAny skill above 30Agility 36 , Crafting 25 , Herblore 18 , Smithing 30
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000Any skill above 50Quest points 175 , Cooking 70 , Agility 48 , Mining 50 , Fishing 53 ,
Thieving 53 , Herblore 25 , Magic 59 , Smithing 40 , Firemaking 50 ,
Ranged 40 , Crafting 40 , Fletching 10 , Slayer 10 , Woodcutting 36
Legends' Quest30,000 four timesAttack Strength Defence Magic Hitpoints Prayer
Woodcutting Crafting Smithing Herblore Agility Thieving
Quest points 107 , Agility 50 , Crafting 50 , Herblore 45 , Magic 56 , Mining 52 ,
Prayer 42 , Smithing 50 , Strength 50 , Thieving 50 , Woodcutting 50
Sins of the Father15,000 six timesAny skill above 60Woodcutting 62 , Fletching 60 , Crafting 56 , Agility 52 , Slayer 50 , Attack 50 , Magic 49

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
4 May 2017

Corrected some grammar on the message given when attempting to pickpocket without the required level.

14 May 2015

Filtered some game messages relating to pickpocketing.

5 March 2015
(update | poll)

You now get the following for the completion of Ardougne Diaries:

27 March 2014

Rogues' Castle chests now appears in the Thieving skill guide.

4 July 2019

The Grubby Chest chest door pick-lock now appears in the Thieving skill guide.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Thieving is one of the few skills that does not require any items for training, unless the player is blackjacking.
  • Picking locks has a random chance of numbing your fingers, which will result in a temporary debuff to your thieving skill. It takes roughly 1 minute per point lost to wear off.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 8 July 2016. Archived from the original on 20 December 2019. Mod Ash: "HAM kit doesn't reduce getting caught, but each piece makes you slightly less likely to be ejected after being caught."