Manual:Thieving (2003)

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This text dates to 9 April 2003.

Thieving guide[edit | edit source]

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The thieving skill is used for a number of different activities. The main uses of the thieving skill are pickpocketing, lock picking, trap disarming and stealing from market stalls.

Pickpocketing[edit | edit source]


It is possible to steal from various npcs in the game, it is not possible to steal from other players. To start off with you can only steal from men, later on you can steal from farmers, warriors, guards and more. To pickpocket an npc right click on it and select the pickpocket option. There is a chance that the npc you are stealing from will notice and will attack you. As your thieving skill increases, you will get noticed less often.

Character Level required
Man 0
Farmer 10
Warrior 25
Guard 40
Knight 55
Paladin 70
Hero 80

Lockpicking[edit | edit source]

Certain doors in the game can only be opened by picking their locks. To pick the lock on a door right click on it and select the picklock option. A low level thief will only be able to pick the locks on 1 or 2 doors, as your thieving level increases you will be a able to get into a greater variety of new areas.

Trap disarming[edit | edit source]

Certain objects in the game such as chests have traps on them. If you don't disarm a trap on an item, you could receive damage or other penalties when trying to use it. If there is a trap to disarm you will find an option to disarm the trap when you right click on the item. If you are a high enough thieving level you will then be able to disarm the trap. Remember traps will become re-enabled again later.

Stealing from market stalls[edit | edit source]


You can use your thieving skill to take goods from the various market stalls in Ardougne. To steal from a market stall right click on it and select the "steal from" option. If you are a high enough level your character will attempt to steal something from it. Certain characters will try to stop you stealing from market stalls, so wait until these npcs do not have a line of sight to you or are otherwise distracted/dead.

Stall Level required
Cake stall 5
Silk stall 20
Fur stall 35
Silver stall 50
Spices stall 65
Gems stall 75