Thieving is one of the fastest skills to level up in Old School RuneScape (OSRS), offering both good XP rates and gold-making potential. Pickpocketing, in particular, is a lucrative method for earning OSRS GP. You can make substantial amounts of money through various pickpocketing activities, such as Elves, Vyres, and master farmers who drop rare seeds and HAM members that provide easy clue scrolls.
However, to maximize your earnings and success rate while pickpocketing, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.
Before delving into pickpocketing, it's essential to acquire the Rogue's outfit. Unlike other skilling outfits that boost XP, this outfit doubles your loot when worn as a complete set, granting up to a 100 percent chance of getting double loot. This bonus is significant and can greatly enhance your gold-making potential. To obtain the Rogue's outfit, you'll need to participate in the Rogue's Den minigame, accessible at level 50 Thieving and 50 Agility. As your levels increase, your chances of obtaining it faster will also improve.
To acquire the outfit, head to the Rogue's Den minigame located in Burthrope. Before entering the maze, make sure to unequip all your items. Take a dose of stamina potion just before entering to ensure your run energy lasts throughout the maze. You won't be able to bring any items into the maze, so leave behind your graceful outfit. Inside the maze, navigate various obstacles and disarm traps, keeping in mind that failing certain traps will slow you down, while failing more dangerous traps will force you to start over. At the end of the maze, you'll need to open a safe. Success will reward you with both XP and either a somewhat useless rogue kit or a Rogue's equipment chest.
The Dodgy Necklace is a valuable item for pickpocketing. While it doesn't increase your success rate, it provides a 25 percent chance to avoid being stunned and damaged when failing a pickpocket attempt. This not only speeds up your XP rates but also increases your hourly profits. The necklace has ten charges, with one consumed each time it protects you.
Completing the medium and hard tiers of the Ardougne diary is highly beneficial for pickpocketing success. These diary rewards directly influence your chances of successfully pickpocketing and enable you to carry more coin pouches received when pickpocketing Ardougne Knights.
With the medium diary, you can hold 56 pouches before opening them, while the hard diary increases this limit to 84, and the elite diary allows a maximum of 140 coin pouches. This significantly changes the focus needed for the most popular thieving training method: pickpocketing Ardougne knights. You can trap an Ardougne knight in the northeast house near the Ardougne Market, minimizing their movement.
With the medium diary, you can hold up to 26 pouches before needing to open them. The medium diary also provides a 10 percent increased chance of success when pickpocketing in Ardougne, while the hard diary extends this boost to the entire Gielinor. A 10 percent increased chance means fewer failures, resulting in higher XP and OSRS gold per hour.
Additionally, if you plan to pickpocket the Master Farmer near the Ardougne farm, only the hard diary affects your success chances, as he is not considered part of Ardougne.
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