OSRS Thieving guide


Pickpocketing

To start training Thieving one must first begin by pickpocketing. Pickpocketing 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. If unsuccessful, the NPC will catch you trying to pick their pockets resulting in a short stun and being dealt a small amount of damage, but as your level increases you will have a better chance of success.

Pickpocketing

Contrary to common belief, the player does NOT need to wait until the pickpocket animation is finished before pickpocketing again. The NPC may be pickpocketed as soon as the sound of the item stolen entering your inventory is played. This could effectively double your experience per hour if you were previously waiting for the animation to finish.


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 turns the Attack NPC left-click into pickpocket NPC left-click for most NPCs.

Thievable NPCs

Picture NPC name Level Experience Possible loot/Notes Stun time (secs) Stun damage
Thief ManMan/Woman 1 8 3 coins 5 1
Thief FarmerFarmer 10 14.5 9 coins, 1 potato seed 5 1
Thief Ham (Woman)Female H.A.M. member 15 18.5 Buttons, Rusty Sword, Damaged armour, Feathers, Bronze arrow, Clue Scroll (Easy), Bronze axe, Bronze dagger, Bronze pickaxe, Cow hide, Iron axe, Iron pickaxe, Leather armour, Logs, Thread, Raw anchovies, Raw chicken, Iron ore, Coal, Steel arrows, Steel axe, Steel pickaxe, Grimy herbs, Knife, Needle, Steel dagger, Tinderbox, uncut jade, uncut opal, Ham boots, Ham gloves, Ham cloak, Ham shirt, Ham robe, Ham logo, Ham hood, coins. Wearing, H.A.M. clothing reduces chances of being jailed, but does not increase the success rate. 4 1-3
Thief Ham (Man)Male H.A.M. member 20 22.5 Buttons, rusty sword, damaged armour, feathers, bronze arrow, Clue Scroll (Easy), bronze axe, bronze dagger, bronze pickaxe, cow hide, iron axe, iron pickaxe, leather armour, logs, thread, raw anchovies, raw chicken, iron ore, coal, steel arrows, steel axe, steel pickaxe, grimy herbs, knife, needle, steel dagger, tinderbox, uncut jade, uncut opal, H.A.M. boots, H.A.M. gloves, H.A.M. cloak, H.A.M. shirt, H.A.M. robe, H.A.M. logo, H.A.M. hood, coins. Wearing H.A.M. clothing reduces chances of being jailed, but does not increase the success rate 4 1-3
Thief WarriorWarrior woman/Al-Kharid warrior 25 26 18 coins, Warrior women can be found in the back main level rooms of varrock palace. 5 2
Thief RogueRogue 32 35.5 25/40 coins, Lockpick, Iron dagger(p), Wine, 8 Air runes. Found deep in Wilderness southwest of Mage Arena, or in far northeast wilderness at Rogues' Castle. 5 2
Thief Cave goblinCave goblin 36 40 Coins, Iron ore, Tinderbox, Swamp tar, Oil lantern, Torch, Green gloop soup, Frogspawn gumbo, Frog burger, Coated frogs' legs, Bat shish, Fingers, Bullseye lantern, Cave goblin wire 5 1
Thief Master farmerMaster Farmer 38 43 All allotment, hop, herb, bush and flower seeds, cactus seed, belladonna seed, mushroom spores. Rarity increases with the farming level of the seed. 5 3
Thief GuardGuard 40 46.8 30 coins 5 2
Thief FremennikFremennik Citizen 45 65 40 coins 5 2
Thief Pollnivnian banditBearded Pollnivnian Bandit 45 65 40 coins 5 5
Thief Desert banditDesert Bandit 53 79.5 30 coins, Antipoison, Lockpick 5 3
Thief KnightKnight 55 84.3 50 coins 5 3
Thief Pollnivnian bandit Pollnivian Bandit 55 84.3 50 coins 5 5
Thief WatchmanYanille Watchman 65 137.5 60 coins, 1 bread 5 3
Thief Menaphite thugMenaphite Thug 65 137.5 60 coins 5 5
Thief PaladinPaladin 70 151.75 80 coins, 2 Chaos runes 5 3
Thief GnomeGnome 75 198.5 300 coins, 1 Earth rune, Gold ore, Fire orb, Swamp toad, King worm 5 1
Thief HeroHero 80 275 200/300 coins, 1 Blood rune, 1 Diamond, Wine, 2 Death runes, Fire orb, Gold ore 6 4
Thief ElfElf 85 353 280/350 coins, 3 Nature runes, Diamond, Wine, 2 Death runes, Fire orb, Gold ore 6 5
Thief TzHaar-HurTzHaar-Hur 90 103.5 3-14 Tokkul, uncut sapphire, uncut emerald, uncut ruby, uncut diamond 5 4




Stalls

Several stalls can be found throughout RuneScape, many of them are in the Ardougne Market as well as various other locations. Unlike pickpocketing NPCs, stealing from stalls have 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. It should be noted you may not interact with the stall owner for up to 10 minutes (while logged in) after the last theft from his or her stall. You must be logged in for this cooldown period to go down and logging out will pause this time.

Stalls

Stall Level Exp. Items Location Respawn Time
Vegetable stall 2 10 Onion, Cabbage, Potato, Tomato, or garlic Miscellania, Etceteria 2 seconds
Baker's Stall 5 16 Cake (62%), chocolate slice (9%), or bread (27%) *percentage based on 1000 stolen times rounded down Ardougne, Keldagrim 2 seconds
Crafting Stall 5 16 Chisel Ring mould, or necklace mould Ape Atoll Keldagrim 7 seconds
Monkey Food Stall 5 16 Banana Ape Atoll 7 seconds
Monkey General Stall 5 16 Pot hammer or tinderbox Ape Atoll 7 seconds
Tea Stall 5 16 Cup of tea Varrock 7 seconds
Silk stall 20 24 Silk Ardougne, Keldagrim 5 seconds
Wine Stall 22 27 Jug of water, jug of wine, grapes empty jug, bottle of wine Draynor 10 seconds
Fruit Stall 25 28.25 Cooking apple, strawberries, bananas, redberries, jangerberries, strange fruit, lime, lemon, pineapple, papaya, Golovanova fruit top Logava Gricoller's Cooking Supplies 2 seconds
Seed Stall 27 10 Potato, onion, cabbage, tomato, sweetcorn, strawberry, watermelon, barley, hammerstone seed, asgarnian Seed, Jute Fibre, yanillian seed, Krandorian, Wildblood, Marigold, Rosemary, nasturtium Draynor, in the market just south of the pig pen 9 seconds
Fur Stall 35 36 Grey wolf fur Ardougne, Rellekka 10 seconds
Fish stall 42 42 Raw salmon Raw tuna or raw lobster Rellekka, Miscellenia, Etceteria 10 seconds
Crossbow Stall 49 52 Bronze bolts (3), bronze limbs, wooden stock Keldagrim 9 seconds
Silver Stall 50 54 Silver ore Ardougne, Keldagrim, Great Kourend 30 seconds
Spice Stall 65 81 Spice Ardougne 80 seconds
Magic Stall 65 100 Air, earth, fire, water, or law rune Ape Atoll 80 seconds
Scimitar Stall 65 160 Iron scimitar Ape Atoll 80 seconds
Gem Stall 75 160 Uncut sapphire uncut emerald uncut ruby uncut diamond Ardougne, Keldagrim 180 seconds
Gem Stall 75 160 Uncut sapphire Sapphire Uncut emerald Emerald Uncut ruby Ruby Uncut diamond Diamond Uncut dragonstone Mor Ul Rek 180 seconds
Ore Stall 82 180 Iron ore Coal Silver ore Gold ore Mithril ore Adamantite ore Runite ore Mor Ul Rek 60 seconds



Chests

Several chests can be found throughout Gielinor, some require a picklock and some have traps in them. To disarm a chest with a trap; simply select the "Search for traps" option on the chest and your character will disarm the trap allowing you to obtain the loot inside of the chests. If you fail to select the "Search for traps" option the player will take damage, scaled relative to your health.

Chests


Thievable Chests

Chest Level Exp. Items Location Respawn Time
10 Coin Chest 13 7.8 10 coins

East Ardougne (two):

  1. The second chest up the ladder in the house with the cooking range icon on your minimap just south of the north bank
  2. The chest in the empty house east of the east Baker's Stall
7 seconds
Nature Rune Chest 28 25 3 coins, nature rune

East Ardougne (two):

  1. The first chest is up the ladder in a house with a cooking range icon on your minimap the just south of the north bank
  2. North most chest upstairs in the empty house just east of the Gem Stall
15 seconds
50 Coin Chest 43 125 50 coins Ardougne, Axe Hut 50 seconds
Arrow Tip Chest 47 150 5 steel arrow tips Hemenster, Rellekka 210 seconds
Dorgesh-Kaan (Average chests) 52 200 About 100-300 coins, bullseye lantern, oil lantern, cave goblin wire, mining helmet, clue scroll (easy) Dorgesh-Kaan 210 seconds
Blood Rune Chest 59 250 500 coins, 2 blood runes Chaos Druid Tower 135 seconds
Paladin Chest (King Lathas Chest) 72 500 1,000 coins, raw shark, adamant ore, uncut sapphire Ardougne Palace 400 seconds
Dorgesh-Kaan (Rich chests) 78 650 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 Dorgesh-Kaan 300 seconds
Rogues' Chest 84 100 1,000 coins, 30 death runes, 30 fire runes, 25 mind runes, 40 chaos runes, 6 sapphires, 5 emeralds, 1-3 diamonds, 10 sharks, 20 pike, 15 raw tuna, 25 ashes, 10 iron, 13 coal, 3 tinderboxes, 2 cut dragonstones, clue scroll (hard) Rogue's Castle ~10 seconds



Doors

Some 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"; some doors will require a lockpick to use this option. Picking locks rewards no loot but you will gain experience depending on the door. Most doors that require picking will have a thieving level requisite. If all the requisites are met the door will be unlocked.

Doors


Pickable Doors

Door Level Exp. Location
Door to 10 Coin Chest 1 3.8 East Ardougne; the door to the empty house east of the east Baker's Stall
Door to Nature Rune Chest 14 15 East Ardougne; the door to the empty house just east of the Gem Stall
Ardougne House Door 16 15 East Ardougne; the door to the house with the Cooking range icon just south of the north bank
H.A.M. Trapdoor 17 4 East of Draynor
Axe Hut Door 32 25 Level 54 Wilderness
Ardougne Sewer Gate 32 25 Ardougne Sewers
Pirate Hall 39 35 Level 54 Wilderness
Chaos Druid Tower 46 37.5 North of Ardougne
Paladin Door 61 50 Ardougne Palace
Yanille Dungeon Door 82 50 Yanille