It's easy enough to get started, but fairly hard to stop. Once you begin mastering this skill you will find new opportunities become open to you. Locked doors become nothing more than a minor inconvenience, chests spring open welcomingly at your touch, while you will also discover an uncanny gift for "acquiring" those things around you that your heart desires but your purse cannot afford.
The basic form of Thieving in RuneScape is pickpocketing. All you have to do with this method is right-click a NPC (Non-Player Character) and click pickpocket. This option is not available on all NPCs, but it is available on quite a few. Each NPC will require a certain Thieving level to steal from. Your first NPC available for pickpocketing is a Man (or Woman). See the image below for an example of the pickpocket option.
You will not always be successful with your theft. When you are caught in the act, you'll be stunned and take a certain amount of damage. While you are stunned, you cannot pickpocket or move. A sound effect will play when you are stunned, and little birds will fly around your head as well.
A successful pickpocket will reward you with gp. The higher the Thieving level required, the more gp you will be rewarded per pickpocket.
Note: You do not have to be behind the target in order to successfully pickpocket.
The following is a list of NPCs that you can pickpocket from, their level required, the XP rewarded, and the gp rewarded for doing so.
|1||Man/Woman||8||3 gp (9 gp after Lost Her Marbles miniquest, see Buyers and Cellars)|
|10||Farmer||14.5||9 gp, Potato Seed|
|15||Female H.A.M.||18.5||Various gp, H.A.M. Clothing, Easy Clue Scroll, ect.|
|20||Male H.A.M.||22.2||Various gp, H.A.M. Clothing, Easy Clue Scroll, ect.|
|25||Warrior||26||18 gp, Court Summons|
|32||Rogue||36.5||25 or 40 gp, Lockpick, Jug of Wine, Iron Dagger (P), 8 Air Runes|
|36||Cave Goblin||40||Various gp, Cave Goblin Wire, Bullseye Lantern, ect.|
|38||Master Farmer||43||All vegetable, hop, herb, bush, and flower seeds, Cactus Seed, Belladona Seed, Mushroom Spore|
|45||Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit||65||40 gp, Antipoison (3), Lockpick|
|53||Desert Bandit||79.4||30 gp, Antipoison (3), Lockpick|
|55||Knight||84.3||50 gp, Court Summons|
|55||Pollnivnian Bandit||84.3||50 gp|
|65||Watchman||137.5||60 gp, Bread|
|65||Menaphite Thug||137.5||60 gp|
|70||Paladin||151.8||80 gp, 2 Chaos Runes, Court Summons|
|75||Gnome||198.3||300 gp, Earth Rune, Swamp Toad, Gold Ore, Fire Orb, King Worm, Court Summons.png|
|80||Hero||273.3||200 or 300 gp, Blood Rune, Diamond, Jug of Wine, 2 Death Runes, Fire Orb, Gold Ore, Court Summons|
|85||Elf||353.3||280 or 350 gp, 3 Nature Runes, Diamond, Jug of Wine, 2 Death Runes, Fire Orb, Gold Ore|
|90||Dwarf Trader||556.5||100 or 400 gp, Noted Ore (Copper/Tin-Rune and Coal), Hard Clue Scroll, Court Summons|
As your Thieving level increases, you will have a chance at doing multiple pickpockets at one time. You can steal double, triple, or even quadruple the loot at once if your level is high enough. If you do multiple pickpockets, it'll show a sparkle emote and your hands will move faster to do the multiple grabs. Keep in mind, multiple pickpocketing requires a certain Agility level for each one. You do not gain extra experience for the extra pickpockets.
Multiple Pickpockets Table
|Thieving Level||Image||Name||Multiple Chance||Agility Level|
|55||Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit||Double||45|
|65||Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit||Triple||55|
|75||Bearded Pollnivnian Bandit||Quadruple||65|
Once you reach Level 99 Thieving, you may go and purchase a special skill cape and hood from a man named Martin Thwait who is in the Rogues' Den in Burthorpe (underneath the inn/bar) . The cape and hood cost 99k to buy. When you put the Thieving Cape on, you'll temporarily gain a boost in Thieving that will put it at Level 100/99 instead of 99/99. Awesome!
There are two forms of the Thieving Cape, one that is non-trimmed (You only have one level 99 skill), and one that is trimmed (You have more than one level 99 skill). A trimmed cape will have a +4 Prayer bonus, when worn, under your equipment stats.
Thieving Cape and Hood Being Worn (Untrimmed Cape left, Trimmed Cape right)
Inventory Pictures (From left to right: Thieving Hood, Thieving Cape, Trimmed Thieving Cape)