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OSRS Thieving Guide 1-99

OSRS Thieving Guide 1-99



Thieving is one of the most popular skills for members-only players. It 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.

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 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.

Useful Equipment

  • Ardougne Cloak 3 or 4: gives a 10% less chance of being caught stealing
  • Rogue outfit: allows double loot
  • Gloves of Silence
  • Maple Blackjack (optional for Blackjacking)
  • Dodgy Necklace (optional, suitable for lower levels but useless for Blackjacking)

Level 1-38 (Ardougne)

If you 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 on to the cake stalls at level 5. This has the added benefit of giving you food, which will be crucial for low-level characters as your thieving gets riskier and you level up.

Level 5-38: Alternative (Varrock Tea Stall)

This makes for straightforward 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, so it’s a low-impact way to level up. Located on the East edge of the city, it’s near the bank if 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 choose at the expense of a slight exp cut per hour compared to pickpocketing Warrior Women. However, both methods provide a solid amount of exp per hour. 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 significant amount of experience per hour, no matter what target you’re working with.

With a high enough combat level, you can begin blackjacking Menaphite Thugs at around level 60. However, you can have trouble with them if you fail and engage them in combat. Stick with Bandits until level 65 or 70 before moving up to Menaphite Thugs to make sure you can handle it.

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 repurchasing it. You’ll earn up to 200K experience per hour and can use this until level 99 if you’d like.

Level 55+: Alternative (Knights of Ardougne)

If you choose 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 highly beneficial to all the pickpocketing you’ll be doing until level 90.

Complete the medium-level Ardougne Diary tasks, so you’re ready to go. Trap one of the knights in a house in the marketplace. Otherwise, find a world where someone has already trapped the knight. 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 pretty monotonous and even dull at times. No one said getting that skill cape didn’t require some grinding! If this method is wearing you down, check out the following 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. To begin, you’ll have to accept the Icthlarin’s Little Helper quest in Sophanem. Talk 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 to access the bank.

If you followed my Ranged 1 to 99 skill guide, you’d already have completed this quest when training against the Scarabs, so good job! Otherwise, it provides a nice breather from all the clicking you’ve done from level 55 to now.

Head to the Jalsavrah Pyramid in Sophanem to begin the minigame training with these prerequisites out of the way. The game starts as soon as the conversation with the guardian mummy ends. Loot as many rooms as possible in the five minutes you’re given and watch out for traps.

While searching through urns or chests, you may be poisoned occasionally, so food and antipoison will serve you well. Still, they will also take up valuable inventory space. How much you bring 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.

Quests You Can Do to Jump to Level 24

These quests can jumpstart your Thieving training. Some of these are required for some other quests and the Ardougne Diaries.

  • Biohazard
  • Hazeel Cult
  • Fight Arena
  • Tower of Life
  • Tribal Totem


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. Enjoy yourself, and you’ll hit 99 before you know it! Thanks for scoping our OSRS Thieving Guide.

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