OSRS Thieving Guide for 1-99
Thieving is one of the most popular skills for members-only players and provides a great way to make money without engaging tough opponents in combat. As with most skills, the best returns require the highest levels, so we’re here to teach you how to get from 1 to 99 as fast as possible with this OSRS Thieving Guide.
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How should I get started with this OSRS Thieving Guide?
Whether you’re in it for the money or want to add the sweet skill cape to your collection, you first want to make sure that you turn off your “Attack” option in your game controller settings. This will prevent you from ever accidentally attacking an enemy you’re trying to pickpocket. While special equipment can be helpful for pickpocketing, none of it is critical. The Rogue outfit is probably the best investment if you’re embarking on this with finance in mind, as it gives you a chance to loot double the items. Whatever investment you decide, these methods can be utilized by any player of any level.
- Ardougne Cloak 3 or 4: gives a 10% less chance of being caught stealing
- Rogue outfit: a chance for double loot
- Gloves of Silence
- Maple Blackjack (o)
Level 1-38 (Ardougne)
If you do have the Ardougne cloak, you’re at a great advantage for your early leveling. Begin pickpocketing Men and Women until level 5. If you’d like, you can complete the Fight Arena quest for 2175 Thieving experience and jump right to level 14. I personally think it’s worth the time investment, but if you’re not a quester, move onto the cake stalls at level 5. This has the added benefit of giving you food, which for low-level characters will be quite important as your thieving gets riskier and you level up.
Level 5-38: Alternative (Varrock Tea Stall)
This makes for very easy leveling though it may not be as fast as the method above. The good news about this method is that you won’t get caught at all, so it’s a pretty low impact way to level up. Located on the East edge of the city, it’s near the bank as well in case you care to keep your spoils.
Level 38-55 (Warrior Women or Master Farmers)
Which NPC you pick depends on your priorities here. Master Farmers will provide you a good amount of money in the seeds you pick at the expense of a slight exp cut per hour when compared to pickpocketing Warrior Women. However, both methods provide a solid amount of exp per hour and your progress should be pretty quick, albeit tedious, work.
Level 55+ (Blackjacking)
This method requires you to have completed the quest, The Feud. If you can’t complete this quest, don’t want to spend the time, or if Blackjacking bores you, you may want to skip this method and continue with the alternative method below. Once you’ve completed the quest, The Feud, travel to Pollnivneach where you will be blackjacking Bandits and Menaphite Thugs. Attempt to knock out your target. If you succeed, pickpocket them while they are unconscious twice and repeat. If you fail, pickpocket them once quickly to interrupt their attack and then attempt to knock them out again. This method yields a great amount of experience per hour no matter what target your working with. If your combat level is high enough, you can begin blackjacking Menaphite Thugs at around level 60. However, if you have a tough time holding your own against these tougher opponents, stick with Bandits until level 65 or 70 before moving up to Menaphite Thugs, as you’re much less likely to fail and have to engage in combat. As with all thieving methods, bringing along food will only benefit you. We recommend noting your food and selling it to one of the merchants before buying it back. You’ll earn up to 200K experience per hour and can use this all the way until level 99 if you’d like.
Level 55+: Alternative (Knights of Ardougne)
If you chose not to blackjack at level 55, another great way to level up is pickpocketing the Knights of Ardougne. At this point, you should make sure to acquire at least a level 2 Ardougne Cape, as this will be extremely beneficial for all the pickpocketing you’ll be doing until level 90. Go complete the medium level Ardougne Diary tasks you’re ready to go. Trap one of the knights in a house in the marketplace or find a world where someone has already trapped the knight and you’ll be able to spam pickpocket to your heart’s content. The good news about this method is that it can provide a lot more gold than blackjacking, but the bad news, for some, is that it is quite monotonous and even boring at times. No one said getting that skill cape didn’t require some grinding! If this method is wearing you down, check out the next bonus method for a more exciting way to level after level 71.
Level 71+: Bonus (Pyramid Plunder)
Personally, Pyramid Plunder is the best part of the thieving skill line. In order to begin, you’ll have to accept the Icthlarin’s Little Helper quest in Sophanem by talking to the Wanderer with a kitten or a cat following you. You’ll probably also want to complete the Contact! Quest if you choose this method in order to access the bank. If you followed along with my Ranged 1 to 99 skill guide, you’ll already have completed this quest when you were training against the Scarabs, so good job! Otherwise, it provides a nice breather from all the clicking you’ve done from level 55 on to now.
With these prerequisites out of the way, head to the Jalsavrah Pyramid in Sophanem to begin the minigame training. The game begins as soon as you’ve spoken to a guardian mummy in front of one of the four doors. Loot as many rooms as possible in the five minutes you’re given and watch out for traps. You may be poisoned on occasion while searching through urns or chests, so food and antipoison will serve you well but will also take up valuable inventory space. How much you bring with you depends on how much loot you’ll want to carry, but since you’ve already completed Contact! (you did do that, right?) you’ll have easy access to a bank no matter what you decide.
This is the most fun we had training Thieving and it’s also guaranteed to be the fastest experience in the game after level 90, so enjoy yourself and you’ll hit 99 before you know it! Thanks for scoping our OSRS Thieving Guide.
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