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For information on training this skill, see the Thieving training article.
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Thieving is a skill in RuneScape Classic which allows players to steal from non-player characters, whether by pickpocketing or looting stalls and chests. Thieving proves to be quite profitable and is generally used to make money as coins and valuable items are obtained in the process. The Thieving skill was released on 30 April 2002 with East Ardougne and the Tribal Totem quest. East Ardougne is the area with the most Thieving-related content in the game, and was often referred to as "the Thieving city" early after its release.

Getting started

In order to begin training, players must start by pickpocketing before they can steal from stalls. Pickpocketing men is the only option at level 1. Men can be found near the initial spawn point in Lumbridge, making the skill readily available for new players.



A player caught picking the pocket of a Warrior.

Players can pickpocket specific non-player characters by right-clicking on them and choosing the "pickpocket" option. If the pickpocket is successful, the player will receive some loot and thieving experience. If the pickpocket fails, then the NPC will engage in combat with the player. To continue pickpocketing, the player must run away, or kill the NPC and wait for it to respawn.

When pickpocketing, many players have food, and armour equipped, but no weapon, to avoid killing the NPC or taking too much damage.

Image Name Level Experience Loot Location
Man Man 1 8
  • 3 Coins
Farmer Farmer 10 14.5
  • 9 Coins
Al kharid warrior Warrior 25 26
  • 18 Coins
Workman Workman 25 0
Rogue Rogue 32 36.5
Varrock guard Guard 40 46.75
  • 30 Coins
Knight Knight 55 84.25
  • 50 Coins
Yanille Watchman Watchman 65 137.5
Ardougne Paladin Paladin 70 151.75
Gnome Local Gnome 75 198.25
Hero Hero 80 273.25


Throughout Gielinor are many stalls that players can steal from. The most common location for stealing from stalls is the East Ardougne market. Looting stalls is another alternative to pickpocketing and requires a higher thieving level to begin. To steal from a stall, find a stall that can be looted, right-click on it and select the option "steal from". Once a player steals from a stall, it will take several seconds for the items to re-spawn. If the player is unsuccessful, the player will be attacked by a guard, knight, paladin, or hero depending on the level required to steal from the stall.

Image Stall Level Experience Loot Respawn Time
Stall Tea stall 5* 16 5 seconds
Stall Bakers Stall 5 16 5 seconds
Rock cake stall Rock Cake stall 15 16 5 seconds
Stall Silk Stall 20 24 8 seconds
Stall Fur Stall 35 36 15 seconds
Stall Silver stall 50 54 30 seconds
Stall Spice stall 65 81 80 seconds
Stall Gem stall 75 160 180 seconds

* This stall is not recommended to train on since it has a higher fail rate compared to the other stalls.


The thieving skill can be used to unlock a number of chests throughout Gielinor, and receive the loot inside. This is done by right-clicking on the door and selecting 'picklock'.

Image Location(s) Name Level Experience Loot Respawn Time
Chest Ardougne Market House, Pirates' Hideout, Axe House 10 Coin Chest 13 7.5 10 Coins 10 seconds
Chest Ardougne Market House Second Floor, Pirates' Hideout Nature-rune Chest 28 25 3 Coins, Nature-Rune Nature-Rune 25 seconds
Chest Ardougne Market House Second Floor, Axe House 50 Coin Chest 43 125 50 Coins 100 seconds
Chest Hemenster Hemenster Chest 47* 150 20 Coins, 5 steel arrow heads Steel arrow heads 150 seconds
Chest Ardougne Chaos Druid Tower Blood-rune Chest 59 250

2 blood-runes Blood-Rune

250 seconds
Chest Ardougne Castle - upstairs Paladin Chest 72 500 1000 Coins, Raw Shark Raw Shark, Adamantite ore Adamantite ore, Uncut sapphire Uncut sapphire 500 seconds

* This chest requires a lockpick.


Some doors can only be unlocked through use of the thieving skill.

Location Level Experience
One-storey houses, East Ardougne(10 coin chest) 7 3.75
Yanille anvil hut 16 15
Nature-Rune Chest house, East Ardougne 16 15
House next to Baker stall, East Ardougne; Ardougne Mansion door 21 15
Ardougne sewer mine 31 25
Axe House, Wilderness level 54 32* 25
Pirates' Hideout, Wilderness level 54 39* 35
Chaos Druid Tower 46 37.5
Underground Pass Railings 50 0
Legends Cavern, Ancient Wooden Doors 50* 25
Ardougne Castle, 1st floor[UK] 61 50
Yanille Agility dungeon 82* 50

* This door requires a lockpick.


Item Boost Visibility
Poison chalice 1 level* Visible

* Only when the response from drinking the item is: You feel a lot better


Thieving is required to complete several quests:


  • Level 50 greatly helps in the Underground Pass to pick a door that shortcuts the dungeon

The following quests give Thieving experience rewards:


  • "Swedemike" is the first known player to reach level 99 Thieving.
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