Table of Contents
- Thieving Guide
- Types of Thieving
- Multiple Pickpocketing
- 1-99 Guide
- Method 1 (High Profit, Low Speed)
- Method 2 (Medium Profit, Medium Speed)
- Method 3 (Low Profit, High Speed)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact Information
- Legal Information
Copyright 2010 Tyler Messa
Hello everyone. My name is Rockerdood64 and I would like to welcome you to my Thieving FAQ for Runescape. This is my third guide, and it is my first guide for both a non-M-rated and non-console game. It's also my first formatted guide. I'm honored to have the opportunity to work on this guide and I hope that it turns out as perfect as I'd like it to.
What is Thieving?
If you're checking out this guide because you want to take your first steps into the grand world of crime, you've come to the right place. Simply put, Thieving is a members-only skill that allows you to steal numerous things from people and places all around the world of Runescape.
What is the point of Thieving?
Like most skills, Thieving is a good source of money when trained properly. However, Thieving can also be used for a number of other skills, such as Magic and Farming (more on that later). Of course, Thieving is also needed for numerous quests and activities.
Types of Thieving
There are five ways a person can train their thieving: Pickpocketing (stealing directly from NPCs), Stalls (market stands from which you can steal goods), chests (treasure chests which often contain money, treasure, and traps), doors (locked doors which do not give any sort of reward. These are solely used to gain access to other areas and are not an effective method), and knocking out (a form of pickpocketing where you lure the person and knock them out before looting them).
Ahhh money, one of man's greatest treasures. And what better way to earn money than by taking it from the pockets of the men who so dearly treasure it? There are many NPCs you can pickpocket from, and the rewards can range from being meager to being incredibly wealthy. Following this paragraph, you will find a table of which NPCs you can steal from, at what level you can steal from them at, the amount of XP you get from stealing from them, and the reward(s) gained from pickpocketing them.
|NPC||Level Needed||XP Gained from pickpocketing||Reward|
|Female H.A.M. follower||15||18||See beneath table|
|Male H.A.M. follower||20||22||See beneath table|
|Rogue||32||35||25-40 gp, Wine, Lockpick, Iron dagger (p), Air runes|
|Cave Goblin||36||40||See beneath table|
|Master Farmer||38||43||See beneath table|
|Fremennik Citizen||45||65||40 gp|
|Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit||45||79||Lockpick, Antipoison, 40gp|
|Desert Bandit||53||79||30-50 gp, Antipoison, Lockpick|
|Pollnivnian Bandit||55||84||50 gp|
|Watchman||65||137||60 gp, Bread|
|Menaphite Thug||65||137||60 gp|
|Paladin||70||152||80 gp, Chaos Runes|
|Gnome||75||198||See beneath table|
|Hero||80||275||See beneath table|
|Elf||85||353||See beneath table|
|Dwarf Trader||90||556||See beneath table|
H.A.M.: Low gp, tinderbox, logs, uncut gems, damaged armour, rusty sword, Level 1 clue scrolls, Raw chicken, Raw anchovies, H.A.M. clothes.
Cave Goblin: Low gp, Fingers, Bat Shish, Green Gloop Soup, Frog Burger, Frogspawn Gumbo, Coated Frogs' Legs, Unlit Oil Lantern (with oil), Unlit Bullseye Lantern (with oil), Tinderbox, Unlit Torch, Cave Goblin Wire, 1-4 Iron Ore, Swamp Tar.
Master Farmer: Yanillian seed, Asgarnian seed, Marigold seed, Hammerstone seed, Sweetcorn seed, Krandorian seed, Redberry seed, Nasturtium seed, Woad seed, Tomato seed, Onion seed, Barley seed, Dwellberry seed, Cadavaberry seed, Tarromin seed, Cabbage seed, Marrentil seed, Wildblood seed, Rosemary seed, Jute seed, Harralander seed, Guam seed, Strawberry seed, Belladonna seed, Jangerberry seed, Potato seed, Ranarr seed, Mushroom spore, Limpwurt seed, Irit seed, Toadflax seed, Kwuarm seed, Whiteberry seed, Watermelon seed, Cadantine seed, Cactus seed, Snapdragon seed, Avantoe seed, Poison Ivy seed.
Gnome: 200-400 gp, Earth rune, Fire orb, Swamp toad, King worm, Gold ore.
Hero: 100-300 gp, Death runes, Diamond, Gold ore, Wine, Blood Rune, Fire orb.
Elf: 280-350 gp, Nature runes, Gold ore, Fire orb, Death runes, Diamond, Wine.
Dwarf Trader: 100/400 coins, noted bronze bar, noted iron bar, noted steel bar, noted mithril bar, noted adamantite bar, noted runite bar, noted tin ore, noted copper ore, noted iron ore, noted mithril ore, noted adamantite ore, noted runite ore, noted coal, level 3 clue scroll.
Once you reach a certain level, you stand chances of stealing double, triple, or even quadruple loot from NPCs when pickpocketing them (you also receive double, triple, or quadruple XP!).
|NPC and amount of loot that is multiplied||Level Needed||XP Gained|
|Farmer (double)||20 (with 10 agility)||28|
|Man (triple)||21 (with 11 agility)||24|
|Female H.A.M. Follower (double)||25 (with 15 agility)||36|
|Farmer (triple)||30 (with 20 agility)||42|
|Male H.A.M. Follower (double)||30 (with 20 agility)||44|
|Man (quadruple)||31 (with 21 agility)||32|
|Female H.A.M. Follower (triple)||35 (with 25 agility)||54|
|Warrior (double)||35 (with 25 agility)||52|
|Farmer (quadruple)||40 (with 30 agility)||56|
|Male H.A.M. Follower (triple)||40 (with 30 agility)||66|
|Rogue (double)||42 (with 32 agility)||70|
|Female H.A.M. Follower (quadruple)||45 (with 35 agility)||72|
|Warrior (triple)||45 (with 35 agility)||78|
|Cave Goblin (double)||46 (with 36 agility)||80|
|Master Farmer (double)||48 (with 38 agility)||86|
|Male H.A.M. Follower (quadruple)||50 (with 40 agility)||88|
|Guard (double)||50 (with 40 agility)||92|
|Rogue (triple)||52 (with 42 agility)||105|
|Warrior (quadruple)||55 (with 45 agility)||104|
|Fremennik Citizen (double)||55 (with 45 agility)||130|
|Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit (double)||55 (with 45 agility)||158|
|Cave Goblin (triple)||56 (with 46 agility)||120|
|Master Farmer (triple)||58 (with 48 agility)||129|
|Guard (triple)||60 (with 50 agility)||138|
|Rogue (quadruple)||62 (with 52 agility)||140|
|Desert Bandit (double)||63 (with 53 agility)||158|
|Fremennik Citizen (triple)||65 (with 55 agility)||195|
|Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit (triple)||65 (with 55 agility)||237|
|Knight (double)||65 (with 55 agility)||168|
|Pollnivnian Bandit (double)||65 (with 55 agility)||168|
|Cave Goblin (quadruple)||66 (with 56 agility)||160|
|Master Farmer (quadruple)||68 (with 58 agility)||172|
|Guard (quadruple)||70 (with 60 agility)||184|
|Desert Bandit (triple)||73 (with 63 agility)||237|
|Fremennik Citizen (quadruple)||75 (with 65 agility)||260|
|Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit (quadruple)||75 (with 65 agility)||316|
|Knight (triple)||75 (with 65 agility)||252|
|Pollnivnian Bandit (triple)||75 (with 65 agility)||252|
|Watchman (double)||75 (with 65 agility)||274|
|Menaphite Thug (double)||75 (with 65 agility)||274|
|Paladin (double)||80 (with 70 agility)||304|
|Desert Bandit (quadruple)||83 (with 73 agility)||316|
|Knight (quadruple)||85 (with 75 agility)||336|
|Pollnivnian Bandit (quadruple)||85 (with 75 agility)||336|
|Watchman (triple)||85 (with 75 agility)||411|
|Menaphite Thug (triple)||85 (with 75 agility)||411|
|Gnome (double)||85 (with 75 agility)||396|
|Paladin (triple)||90 (with 80 agility)||456|
|Hero (double)||90 (with 80 agility)||550|
|Watchman (quadruple)||95 (with 85 agility)||548|
|Menaphite Thug (quadruple)||95 (with 85 agility)||548|
|Gnome (triple)||95 (with 85 agility)||594|
|Elf (double)||95 (with 85 agility)||706|
The outdoor market is a thing of beauty: People walking around buying various goods, the smell of fresh baked cake and spices in the air, and rare imported cloths from around the world. All of this is sitting right there in the open, practically begging you to steal it. What kind of thief would you be if you did not heed their siren call? As with the last section, there will be a table underneath this paragraph outlining the statistics of various market stalls.
|Type of Stall||Level Needed||XP Gained||Reward(s)|
|Vegetable Stall||2*||10||Tomato, Potato, Garlic, Onion, Cabbage|
|Baker Stall||5||16||Cake, Bread, Slice of Chocolate Cake|
|Ape Atoll General Stall||5**||16||Pot, Hammer, Tinderbox|
|Tea Stall||5||16||Cup of Tea|
|Crafting Stall||5||16||Chisel, Ring Mould, Necklace Mould|
|Monkey Food Stall||5**||16||Banana|
|Rock Cake Stall||15||6||Rock Cake|
|Wine Stall||22||27||Jug, Jug of Water, Grapes, Jug of Wine, Bottle of Wine|
|Seed Stall||27||10||See beneath table|
|Fur Stall||35||36||Grey Wolf Fur|
|Fish Stall||42||42||Raw Tuna, Raw Salmon, Raw Lobster|
|Crossbow Stall||49||Unknown||Bronze Limb, Wooden Stock, Bronze Bolts|
|Silver Stall||50||54||Silver Ore|
|Customs Evidence Files||63***||75||See beneath table|
|Magic Stall||65||100||Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Law rune|
|Scimitar Stall||65||100||Iron Scimitar|
|Gem Stall||75||16||Uncut Sapphire, Uncut Emerald, Uncut Ruby, Uncut Diamond|
* - Must have completed The Fremennik Trials ** - Must have started Monkey Madness *** - Must have completed Rocking Out
Seed Stall: Yanillian seed, Asgarnian seed, Marigold seed, Hammerstone seed, Sweetcorn seed, Krandorian seed, Redberry seed, Nasturtium seed, Woad seed, Tomato seed, Onion seed, Barley seed, Dwellberry seed, Cadavaberry seed, Tarromin seed, Cabbage seed, Marrentil seed, Wildblood seed, Rosemary seed, Jute seed, Harralander seed, Guam seed, Strawberry seed, Belladonna seed, Jangerberry seed, Potato seed, Ranarr seed, Mushroom spore, Limpwurt seed, Irit seed, Toadflax seed, Kwuarm seed, Whiteberry seed, Watermelon seed, Cadantine seed, Cactus seed, Snapdragon seed, Avantoe seed, Poison Ivy seed.
Customs Evidence Files: 300gp, Level 2 Clue Scroll, Shark, Bronze Scimitar, Iro Scimitar, Steel Scimitar, Steel Sword, Rune Scimitar, Iron Bar, Gold Bar, Mithril Bar, Uncut Sapphire, Uncut Emeral, Uncut Ruby, Uncut Diamond, Stripy Pirate Shirt (Brown), Pirate Boots, Eye Patch.
The treasure chest is the quintessential "thief's heaven". Many times we have seen movies in which the treasure hunting pirate has dug up a chest full to the brim with doubloons and other such riches. Runescape's chests do not contain doubloons, and players usually aren't pirates, but looting chests is usually still a good source of income. Once again, following this paragraph will be a table containing vital information on the various chests.
|Location||Level Needed||XP Gained||Reward|
|East Ardougne (2)||10||7||10 gp|
|East Ardougne (2), Relekka||28||25||1 Nature Rune, 3 gp|
|East Ardougne, Wilderness||43||125||50 gp|
|Hemenster||47||150||5 Steel Arrow Tips|
|Chaos Druid Tower||59||250||2 Blood Runes, 500 gp|
|Ardougne Castle||72||500||1K, Raw Shark, Adamant Ore, Uncut Sapphire|
Over the course of your adventure, chances are you'll come across a few locked doors. Behind these doors lie various treasures, pathways, and secrets that cannot be found unless one unlocks the door. Doors do not give any sort of reward for unlocking them, and they do not give much experience, so they are mainly used out of necessity. Nonetheless, I shall include them in this guide.
|Location||Level Needed||XP Gained|
|East Ardougne (East of market - southern house)||1||3|
|East Ardougne (East of market - northern house)||14||15|
|East Ardougne (House north of the church)||16||15|
|Yanille (Anvil house)||16||15|
|H.A.M. Trapdoor Entrance||17||4|
|Axe House (Wilderness)*||32||35|
|Pirate Hall (Wilderness)*||39||35|
|Chaos Druid Tower (North of Ardougne)||46||37|
|Iban's Cave Jail Doors||50||4|
|Back Entrance to Southern Yanille Agility Dungeon*||85||50|
* - Lockpick needed
Sometimes stealth won't cut it when stealing from people. Sometimes you need to use a bit of muscle and cunning to get their treasures. That's where this tactic comes in. After completing The Feud, you gain the ability to use a Blackjack (obtained during the quest or bought) to whack people over the head, rendering them unconscious and giving you full access to their pockets. You can only knock out people in Pollnivneach, and the only people you can knock out are Villagers, Bandits, and Menaphite Thugs (the latter two of which can also be normally pickpocketed). Before you knock them out, though, you must lure them to a secluded area, so as to avoid being caught.
|NPC||Level Needed||XP for Knocking Out||Pickpocket XP||Reward|
|Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit||45||10||65||50 gp|
|Pollnivnian Bandit||52||10||84||50 gp|
|Menaphite Thug||65||20||137||50 gp|
If you are looking up this guide, chances are you'd want to see the best strategy on how to get to level 99. If you are, then you've come to the right place. There are actually a few efficient ways to get to level 99, and Thieving happens to be one of the easiest skills to level up. Not to mention that you'll get an opportunity to buy an awesome skillcape from Martin Thwait in the Rogue's Den for 99,000 gp.
1-38: Do the Buyers and Cellars quest, then pickpocket the trainer/volunteers. Don't forget to cash in your Hanky points as well.
38-99: Pickpocketing Master Farmers. This is one possibility for getting to 99. This is one of the slower methods, but is arguably the most profitable, depending on how lucky you are. If you do choose this method, I would definitely recommend getting your agility up for multiple pickpockets so you can get more seeds and XP. You can go to either the one north of the East Ardougne market, or the one in Draynor market. I would recommend Ardougne because, even though it's further from the bank than Draynor, there is a Bakery stall nearby and you can trap him in a house. This method is not recommended at all unless you really want to make money on your way to 99, as it is incredibly inefficient.
38-55: Do the above strategy, but don't upgrade your agility (unless you want to), and stop at 55.
55-99: This is the second strategy for getting to 99. It's faster than Master Farmers, but doesn't make as much money in the process. This method requires you to pickpocket the Ardougne Knights (found slightly east of the Ardougne market). To make things easier, trap a Knight in a nearby house. This method is very inefficient, unless for some reason you just want to make a few mil on your way to 99. You also need extreme patience.
55-65: As with the Master Farmer strategy, do the same as listed above but stop at 65.
65-99: This is probably the fastest way to get to 99, but definitely the least profitable. The goal here is to do Pyramid Plunder (a minigame that won't be discussed in this guide) until you get to 99. The game gives you XP fast and in large amounts, but make sure you bring food and antipoison. Also, I would recommend either buying a Pharaoh's Sceptre for around 1 mil, or doing Contact!, as it opens up a bank in Sophanem. Unfortunately, it's a very difficult quest, and if you don't think you can complete it, see below.
There is also the option of doing the Sorceress' Garden minigame, which is faster than Knights, but slower than Pyramid Plunder. However, unlike Pyramid Plunder, Sorceress' Garden is completely safe; you will not die there. This is a good method for lower levelled people who don't want to risk their items in Pyramid Plunder, or who could not do the quest required to unlock it (That quest being Icthlarin's Little Helper). Sorceress' Garden also gives Farming experience at a low rate. The major downside of Sorceress' Garden is that you cannot get good Thieving experience and money at the same time. There is an herb patch in the garden, but those take up space which could be used for necessary items. I would recommend doing Sorceress' Garden at or after 65 Thieving, as that is when you unlock the summer garden, which is the most fruitful. (Get it? Fruitful? >_>)
And there you have it folks: Four strategies for getting to 99 Thieving, in order of most profitable/slowest to least profitable/fastest. For those of you who didn't bother to read all that, here's a quick overview of the three methods:
Method 1 (High Profit, Low Speed)
38-99: Pickpocket Master Farmers (Not recommended unless you're really patient and really want to make a profit)
Method 2 (Medium Profit, Medium Speed)
38-55: Pickpocket Master Farmers
55-99: Pickpocket Knights (Not recommended unless Master Farmers are too slow but you still have a lot of patience and want to make a few mil)
Method 3 (Low Profit, High Speed)
38-55: Pickpocket Master Farmers
55-65: Pickpocket Knights
65-99: Do Pyramid Plunder or Sorceress' Garden
If you have a strategy you'd like me to put in, please feel free to send it to me.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I contact you?
A: Look in the Contact Information section at the bottom of the guide.
Q: Where do I get the Thieving Skillcape?
A: From Martin Thwait in the Rogue's Den for 99,000 gp.
Q: What happens if I lose my Skillcape?
A: You can buy it back from Martin Thwait for 99,000 gp.
Q: I have a question that you didn't cover in your Frequently Asked Questions!
A: Cool. Send it to me and I'll put it in and answer it to the best of my ability.
Q: How can all these questions have been asked already? You just put up the guide!
A: I made them all up.
You can contact me with any of the three methods I am about to list. I will place them in order of the frequency in which I check them, with the most checked being listed first, 2nd most checked following, and so on.
6/5/10 - Started Guide
6/6/10 - Finished and Submitted Guide (dang I work fast!)
6/8/10 - Fixed Table of Contents. These formatted guides are weird >_>
6/18/10 - Added the Sorceress' Garden section
6/26/10 - Revised the 1-99 strategies
10/4/10 - Ran a checkup on all my FAQs, revised the 1-99 strategies yet again, updated my Runescape name, and fixed a typo
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