Thieving training

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This is a guide for training the Thieving skill.

This is a very useful tip for pickpocketing: Go to the options menu, go to the game controller at the top right, and select "Hidden" under "NPC 'Attack' options". This will turn the 'Pickpocket' option into a left click, rather than a right click. Also, one may pickpocket more than once in a single animation, so spam clicking will maximise experience.

When training with blackjacks, sometimes victims will catch you every time you try to knock them out. When this happens, the victim may be in an alert state. To fix this, go through the Lure dialogue until the victim is successfully lured.

Useful equipment[edit | edit source]

Ardougne cloak[edit | edit source]

Different tiers of Ardougne cloak are awarded on completion of the easy, medium, hard and elite sets of the Ardougne diary. Having an Ardougne cloak 2 increases the player's chance of success when pickpocketing by 10% within Ardougne. However, possession of an Ardougne cloak 3 or 4 will work anywhere in Gielinor. The cloak does not have to be worn for this effect.

Gloves of silence[edit | edit source]

Gloves of silence increase players' success rate while pickpocketing by 5% while they are equipped. A Hunter level of at least 54 is needed in order to wear the gloves. Gloves of silence can be bought from the Grand Exchange for 3,580 each or created at the Fancy Clothes Store in Varrock from 2 dark kebbit furs for a cost of 600. Gloves of silence are damaged each time that the player is unsuccessful in a pickpocketing attempt and they are destroyed after 62 failures, if counted from when they are new. If a player has multiple gloves of silence then they will all display the same status when their condition is checked. However, if the gloves of silence currently being used do fall apart, then any other pairs that the player owns are reset to the "new" condition. The condition of the gloves is only relevant to the player owning them, and is not a property of the gloves themselves. Players with at least level 64 Crafting can restore their gloves of silence to "new" condition by using 1 dark kebbit fur, costing 895, and thread, costing 5, on the gloves.

It should be noted that the gloves of silence 5% success rate do not stack with the Ardougne cloak's 10% success rate effect. The effect of the cloak overrides the 5% effect of the gloves and therefore the gloves become obsolete.

Rogue equipment[edit | edit source]

While wearing components of the rogue equipment, there is a chance of pickpocketing twice the loot from an NPC, with the full set guaranteeing double loot. Experience drops remain unaffected, however.

The set consists of the rogue mask, rogue top, rogue trousers, rogue gloves and rogue boots. Items from the outfit can be found while looting the safe (1/8 chance) at the end of the Rogues' Den minigame.

Dodgy necklace[edit | edit source]

Dodgy necklace gives the wearer a 25% chance to not be stunned and damaged when failing to pickpocket an NPC, making it very useful for pickpocketing. The necklace has 10 charges until it crumbles to dust.

Methods[edit | edit source]

Xp/hr rates of a potential method to 99.

Levels 1–5: Men/Women[edit | edit source]

When you first starting Thieving, your only option is to pickpocket men or women around RuneScape. After reaching level 5, head off to Ardougne. Acquiring 5 thieving from pickpocketing men and women takes 49 successful pickpockets.

You may also do the quest Fight Arena for 2,175 experience, which brings you to level 14 if starting from 1

Levels 1–14: Fight Arena[edit | edit source]

You can also complete the Fight Arena and it will level you to level 14 upon completion. WARNING: Gives Attack experience!

Levels 5–20/25: Cake stalls/Tea stalls[edit | edit source]

Steal from cake stalls in Ardougne. The cake stall further east has less guard activity, making it easier to steal. Cakes are a good source of food for later training. At level 20, you can steal silk from the nearby silk stall. There is also a cake stall in the Kingdom of Great Kourend behind the Slayer dungeon in the courtyard outside Kourend Castle. This cake stall has a safe spot where you cannot be spotted (unless a guard accidentally walks back there, which doesn't happen often) when stealing from behind it. There are also many other stalls here.

Alternatively, steal tea from the Ye Olde Tea Shoppe in Varrock (located south-east of the eastern bank, near to the small fenced area). Both the cake stalls and tea stall give 16 xp each, however stealing from the tea stall is more efficient, as it offers much higher rates due to the lack of guards to stop the player and because the shopkeeper will never move from his spot to interfere. The downside is the usefulness of the tea itself; although it raises attack by 2 levels, it has poor healing and is of little value.

Levels 20/25–38: Silk stalls/Warrior women[edit | edit source]

At level 25, you can start pickpocketing warriors (located in Varrock Palace, East Ardougne, north of East Ardougne, and Al-Kharid Palace) to get your level up, then when you reach level 32, you can try rogues in the Wilderness (but be careful as there could be PKers!). They are good experience, but you should stick with warriors if you're a skiller or have low levels.

Since pickpocket success rates on warriors are low at level 25, a much faster method of training to level 30 is to steal from Silk stalls. The best location for this is the northern silk stall in East Ardougne market. The nearby Knight in the market can be trapped in a house to guarantee a 100% success rate (see Silk Stall page for details). This method grants 12,000 exp/hr.

At level 30, you should complete the quest The Feud because it grants the player 15,000 Thieving experience which will bring you to level 37 and access to blackjacks. Alternatively you can keep thieving here until you have 15,408 experience, then complete the quest, which will take you to level 38, which gives access to pickpocketing Master Farmers.

Fruit stall and trapped guard dogs

Levels 25–38/55: Hosidius fruit stalls[edit | edit source]

The bank is just west of the fruit stalls (needs to be updated)

An alternative method to thieving Silk stalls is thieving from Hosidius Fruit stalls. Hosidius fruit stalls, located at the Hosidius marketplace, require you to have 15% Hosidius favour and level 25 Thieving. Stealing from these fruit stalls give 28.5 experience per fruit. However, there are multiple guard dogs defending these stalls that may interrupt the player. One can be trapped inside a building, while the other two dogs patrolling the middle of the marketplace can be trapped on the other side of the stall.

The closest bank is a short walk west from the fruit stalls (see picture), or you can simply drop everything for 30,000-34,000 exp/hr. You can also use the Strange Fruits received to replenish run energy and/or eat fruit to recover your health.

Vannah's Farm Store is right next to the fruit stall, where you can buy Baskets. Having 20-27 fruit baskets allows you to have a middle-ground between banking some loot and dropping fruits that won't fit into baskets. Fruit baskets can only hold a total of 5 of either strawberries, bananas, or cooking apples.

Levels 38/40–45: Master farmers/Guards[edit | edit source]

Master Farmers (38-45)[edit | edit source]

At level 38 you can pickpocket Master Farmers (25k exp/hour) for lots of seeds. Master Farmers catch you more often than you succeed and require you to use food often, but they are both good for your level. You can always steal from the wine stall if you require some health. There is also a bank very close by to the Draynor Village Master Farmer.

City Guards (40-45)[edit | edit source]

At level 40 guards are also an option (20k exp/hour) in Ardougne, Varrock, or Falador. Guards do catch you more often than you succeed and require you to use food often, but they are both good for your level. You can always steal from the bakery stall for food when needed.

A tactic for pick-pocketing guards is to get a staff of air, a fire rune, and a law rune and to only have those items and head to west Varrock to steal from the guards. After you die from failing to thieve, you will keep the runes and the staff, but drop your stack of money. Simply teleport back to Varrock, grab more runes, and pick up your stack of money. No food needed.

Also, another way that doesn't require food or money is to thieve guards in Ardougne. One can be trapped in the building to the north of the market for minimal hassle, and you can easily steal more food from the bakery stall in the market once you run out.

Another method that doesn't require any items or money to be spent, is after finishing the Recruitment Drive quest, you can change your spawn point to Falador. After you die, you will spawn in the Falador Castle, where you can cross the bridge and resume pick-pocketing.

Levels 45–50: Fremennik citizens[edit | edit source]

At level 45, stealing from Fremennik citizens becomes a valid option, granting 50% more experience per pickpocket than Master Farmers (must have completed The Fremennik Trials). The best Fremennik to pickpocket is Pontak, the farmer who lives just north of the gate. Food can be fished in Rellekka and cooked on one of the many fires, making banking unnecessary. You can also steal from one of the fish stalls, to the west of the hall.

Levels 45–91/99: Blackjacking[edit | edit source]

Note: Getting full rogue equipment at level 50 is strongly recommended, as without rogue equipment you will make approximately 2.5m gp and with full rogue equipment you will make approximately 5m gp levelling from level 50 to 91 using this method.

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After completion of The Feud quest, blackjacking bandits in Pollnivneach offers the fastest experience from level 45 to 91. While there are three different types of bandits you can blackjack, the method is the same for all of them: knock out the bandit and pickpocket them twice while they are unconscious. If you are caught while trying to knock out the bandit, they will hit you for 4 Hitpoints and become aggressive.

Resetting Aggressiveness[edit | edit source]

When you fail to knock out a bandit, they become aggressive. If this happens, it is best not to pickpocket again, as failing a pickpocket will result in you not being able to attempt a knock out for a few moments. The following tactics will reset the bandit's aggressiveness:

  • Keep trying to knock them out again and you will eventually succeed.
  • Run to a nearby safespot and wait until your health bar disappears, then immediately knock them out again.
  • If the bandit is lured to a house that has a ladder, you may also use it to reset aggressiveness.
  • Switch weapons (other than blackjack) and click Knock-Out to make them no longer aggressive.
  • Pickpocket the bandit with a full inventory. You won't actually pickpocket, but selecting the dialog prompt will reset aggressiveness. (Note: If you are using wine, don't drop jugs so that you have a full inventory.)
  • Pickpocket the bandit with 28 coin pouches in your inventory – you will be unable to attempt a pickpocket, but selecting the dialog prompt will reset aggressiveness.

It is strongly recommended to either pickpocket with 28 coin pouches or a full inventory to reset aggressiveness. Doing so requires no change in click behavior, as you attempt to pickpocket whether the knock out is successful or not.

Tips[edit | edit source]

For minimal mouse movement (similarly to training Construction), it is advised to set NPC 'Attack' Options to "Hidden", use resizable mode, zoom in and set the camera angle so that when you right-click on a bandit, the mouse cursor is on "Pickpocket" option.

As the bandits do frequent damage even at higher levels, players will need food to heal themselves. It is recommended to bring high-healing food in banknotes, and unnote them at the Banknote Exchange Merchant located next to the general store. Alternatively, jugs of wine (which heal 11 Hitpoints each) can be bought from Ali the barman, who is located in the bar on the south end of Pollnivneach.

Blackjacking in action.

Bearded Pollnivnian Bandits (45-55)[edit | edit source]

From 45 to 55, blackjack level 41 Bearded Pollnivnian bandits (wielding a blackjack). It is possible to achieve around 60,000–80,000 xp/hr depending on your Thieving level and clicking speed. One of the best houses to lure a bandit in is Ali the Dyer's house in the northern part of Pollnivneach, which is very small and has a ladder which can be used to quickly reset aggressiveness if needed.

Pollnivnian Bandits (55-65)[edit | edit source]

From level 55 to 65, blackjack level 56 Pollnivnian bandits (wielding a scimitar). It is possible to achieve around 100,000–150,000 xp/hr depending on your Thieving level and clicking speed.

Menaphite Thugs (65-91)[edit | edit source]

From level 65 to 91, blackjack Menaphite Thugs located in the southern part of Pollnivneach. Even at just level 65 Thieving, you can expect to get somewhere around 180,000–200,000 experience per hour, which is extremely high for that level and significantly faster than any other methods. At level 99, players can gain up to 260,000 xp/hr.

Level 50+: Rogue equipment[edit | edit source]

Once you reach level 50 thieving and have level 50 agility, you may do the Rogue Den minigame, which can grant you the full Rogue equipment set. While wearing this set, your loot from thieving NPCs increases by 100%. It's possible to get this set within 1 to 2 hours. However the set has no effect on experience gained, so if you are only interested in experience then there is no benefit for you, otherwise obtaining this set is highly recommended.

At level 80+ you can use a huge shortcut in this minigame making the process even faster. A guide can be found in the article of the minigame.

Knight of Ardougne.png

Levels 55/95–99: Knights of Ardougne[edit | edit source]

Using different items, or completing the medium Ardougne Diary tasks will change experience rates.

At level 55, you can pickpocket Knights of Ardougne. Having completed medium tasks of the Ardougne Diary is strongly recommended, as this increases the success rate of pickpocketing in Ardougne by 10%. Assuming that the diary has been completed and the player uses dodgy necklaces, it is possible to gain around 60,000 experience per hour at level 55 Thieving, 105,000 experience per hour at level 70, 150,000 experience per hour at level 80 and 250,000 experience per hour at level 95 using this method. You stop failing pickpocketing knights at level 95 with the diary perk. Compared to blackjacking, this method offers slightly slower experience rates at higher levels but more profit and it is significantly more AFK. Training from level 55 to level 99 on knights will yield approximately 7.5m gp without rogue equipment and roughly 15m with full rogue equipment.

Attack a knight located south-eastern part of the Ardougne marketplace and lure him towards the building to the north of the marketplace. Go stand in the doorway of that building so that the knight is standing south next to you. Run two squares west so the knight should stand east of you. Then run into the square south of the doorway so the knight will stand on the doorway. Now use the dragon spear's special attack on the knight. Quickly run inside and close the door before the knight is able to walk back outside (you can also walk under the knight to force it to walk backwards but it may take a few attempts for it to walk the right direction). After waiting a while, the knight will move to most southern squares of the house and he will only be able to move between those two squares. If he is able to move elsewhere, you have lured a wrong knight and you will have to do this once again.

You can also simply hop worlds until you find a world where the knight has already been lured. World 378 is the unofficial world, and Splashworlds is the unofficial clan chats.

After the knight has been lured correctly, go stand north of him. Turn your camera west and all the way down, and zoom in. This way you are able to spam-click the same spot (around the chest) to pickpocket. It is important that you don't stand on any of the squares he is able to walk on, as he will get stuck and will despawn after 5 minutes of stationary activity.

An alternative method is to bring a splashing account and lure a knight to a spot where the splasher is able to safespot the knight, such as in the south-eastern bank of Ardougne where it is possible to use the fences as blockades. As long as the knight is aggressive towards the splasher, the knight will not despawn.

Players can also bring a stack of law runes and a staff giving unlimited water runes instead of food to make the process more simple. After death two law runes and the staff will be kept, enabling the player to quickly teleport back to the Ardougne marketplace. Pick up your coins and stack of law runes off the ground and continue pickpocketing. Enabling Rapid Heal can help extend trips longer.

Levels 71/81/91–99: Pyramid Plunder[edit | edit source]

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Players may wish to begin training at Pyramid Plunder at level 71 as an alternative method to Ardougne Knights or Menaphite Thugs. At 71-81 Thieving, up to 125,000 experience can be gained in an hour. Thieving at levels 81-91 approximately yields around 190,000 experience per hour.

It is recommended to start doing Pyramid Plunder from level 91 as it is the fastest Thieving experience in the game at this level.

Before level 91 it can be an optional method to train as it gives decent gold per hour. It is not as good experience per hour as pickpocketing Fremenniks until at least level 55 and not as good experience per hour as blackjacking Menaphite Thugs until level 71).

You need to have started the quest Icthlarin's Little Helper to be able to enter Sophanem. Completing Contact! is also highly recommended for a bank near the pyramid, otherwise you will have to travel back to the bank in Nardah every time you need food or anti-poison potions.

You could keep all the loot from the urns and sell them to Simon Templeton at the Agility Pyramid; However, it's recommended to leave them, since the required banking will lower your experience per hour. While training you can possibly loot a Pharaoh's sceptre from the golden chests or sarcophagi, which can then be sold to other players, or kept for yourself, in order to significantly shorten bank trips, as it can not just teleport you to Pyramid Plunder but to the Guardian mummy directly, along with several other destinations, making this minigame's profit potential much higher.

It takes approximately 335 games to get from 91 to 99 in Pyramid Plunder.

Refer to the page of Pyramid Plunder for a proper strategy guide.