Rogues' Den

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The Rogues' Den is an area containing a variety of Thieving and Agility related activities. It is located in a hideout under The Toad and Chicken inn in Burthorpe.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Facilities[edit | edit source]

Wall safes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Wall safe

There are four (4) wall safes in the middle of the waiting room. Players can attempt to crack these open, which on a successful attempt can provide uncut gems up to diamond or 20 or 40 coins. This is an easy way of getting uncut gems, especially for ironmen. Players can purchase a stethoscope from Martin Thwait to increase their chances of successfully cracking the safe open.

Maze[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

The main attraction of the Rogues' Den is the Thieving and Agility maze. Attempting this minigame requires level 50 in both Thieving and Agility (cannot be boosted from below 50). The objective is to get to the centre without getting caught in one of the many traps. With every trap you disarm, your Thieving level is reduced temporarily, and with every obstacle you go through, your Agility will decrease a little. If either of these skills reaches zero (0), you lose the game and will be teleported back to start. You gain experience depending on how far you got in the maze. If you make it to the end, you can crack a safe for unique rewards (Rogue's equipment crate or a Rogue kit).

While you are in the maze, Prayer is reduced to zero. Agility, Thieving and Prayer are restored to their normal level when you leave the maze. Before attempting to start the mini-game, you must bank everything including equipment, as you're not allowed to bring anything into the maze. When you enter the maze, Brian O'Richard will give you a mystic jewel, which allows you to leave the maze whenever you want.

Without using the level 80 Thieving shortcut, a single run can take about three (3) minutes and 40 seconds to complete, assuming you start every run with 100% energy and right after drinking a dose of a stamina potion. A run with the level 80 Thieving shortcut is significantly shorter, and it takes only two (2) minutes to complete.

Note: No items or gear are allowed inside of the maze! Before you enter the maze, it is suggested that you drink a single dose of a stamina potion and drop or smash the empty vial.

Map[edit | edit source]

Traps and dangerous obstacles are shown in yellow on the map. You immediately leave the maze if you trigger a trap or touch a dangerous obstacle. Traps can be disarmed by searching them; this uses up Thieving points. Some traps can be run past or over without triggering them, without using up Thieving points. This is referred to on this page as the "run trick". However, only run over three (3) traps maximum at a time. Longer runs will trigger a trap.

Less-dangerous obstacles are shown in green. You use up a certain amount of Agility points when you pass these obstacles. They are not dangerous unless you run out of Agility points, in which case you will fail them and immediately leave the maze. Watch your Agility points and make sure you have at least six (6) points remaining for the last two obstacles.

All doors in the maze are one-way: you can only pass them in one direction. This includes the doors to go to the viewing gallery and even includes the first door you use to enter the maze. Passageways, however, are two-way.

The Rogues' Den maze
1) Floor traps of all sorts, including floor spikes and pressure pads.
2) Spinning blades on pedestals (dangerous obstacles).
3) Contortion bars (less-dangerous obstacles).
4) Pendulums (less-dangerous obstacles).
5) Wall traps.
6) Ledges, either hand-hold ledges or "bridges" (both less-dangerous obstacles).
7) Floor blades (less-dangerous obstacles).
8) Areas patrolled by Rogue Guards (dangerous obstacles). Use flash powder to get past them.
9) Moving blades hidden in walls (less-dangerous obstacles).
A) Entrance to the maze.
B) Locked doors. Players with level 80+ Thieving can pick the locks of these doors. The two locked doors in the west part of the maze open up a shortcut that is considerably quicker than the standard route.
C) This room with spikes protruding from the floor can be seen from the viewing gallery but apparently is not connected to any other part of the maze.
D) Flash powder, which can be used to temporarily blind rogue guards.
E) The three tiles marked in yellow on the map are incorrect tiles and will not open the mosaic door.
F) The tile marked in red on the map is the correct tile for the door.
G) The mosaic door, which opens when the correct tile is inserted (see image below)
H) Grill room. There is only one correct path through the grills (shown on the map). The room is not dangerous, however, as choosing the wrong grills only results in you having to find you way back to the starting grill and trying again.
I) The "room of death". If you are okay for Agility points, go along either of the side walls (you will automatically jump out of the way of the moving blades hidden in the walls). If you are running low on Agility, make your way across the floor traps (either searching them or running for short distances). Always avoid going anywhere near the spinning blades on the pedestals!
J) Eight wall safes, the objective of the maze. Open any one of them.
K) Two moving, spin-blade obstacles follow the path marked with yellow arrows on the map. The door in the western corridor blocks you from moving in the same direction as the spin blades. Instead, you must move in the directions indicated by the yellow arrows. You should run down these corridors and time your run to get into the side niches before a spin blade comes through. Note: These obstacles are not on the main path to get to the wall safes. You can take this route, but it is much longer to reach the safes this way. You do have to pass these obstacles if you want to get to the chest room.
L) Chest room. This room has many floor traps, so be careful. There are traps all next to the chest, but you can search a trap, disarm it, and have time to search the chest. However, be sure to search the trap to the front of the chest (the trap immediately west of the chest). Otherwise, when you go to search the chest, you will automatically move to this spot anyway. Almost all players regard the chest as a big waste of time, since it only yields 10 coins.
M) The gear door (not dangerous). You must solve a puzzle consisting of moving four gears to their correct positions for the door to open. You can keep trying as long as you like, and you can also just abandon the puzzle and go somewhere else without penalty. The gear door does not lead to any place interesting or rewarding.
The bottom right tile is the correct one.
The gear door

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Enter the Rogues' Den without any items in your inventory or equipped. You will automatically receive a mystic jewel to leave the Den whenever you want.

Pre-shortcut[edit | edit source]

Minimap Screenshot Description
Rogues' Den (1) map.png Rogues' Den (1).png Walk over the floor traps at the start and go west through the contortion bars and pendulum.
Rogues' Den (2) map.png Rogues' Den (2).png Avoid the traps by staying on the stairs and go through the north-west gate


Rogues' Den (3) map.png Rogues' Den (3).png Follow the line as shown to the side using the "run trick" where possible. Don't stand still on any traps or next to any wall traps.
Rogues' Den (4) map.png Rogues' Den (4).png Climb across one of the two ledges and go north.
Rogues' Den (5) map.png Rogues' Den (5).png Move past the blades and the pendulums.

Be sure to left click on one of the blades otherwise you character will try to walk around them.

Walk over the ledge to the next room.

Rogues' Den (6) map.png Rogues' Den (6).png Be careful of the traps on the floor, and along the two walls.
  • If you have at least 80 Thieving, unlock the doors and proceed to go right, left, left, and skip to post-shortcut.
  • If not, enter the passageway as indicated by the black arrow and follow the long route.

Long route[edit | edit source]

Minimap Screenshot Description
Rogues' Den - long route (1) map.png
Rogues' Den - long route (1).png
Go north through the passageway, over the blade, and through another passageway.
Rogues' Den - long route (2) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (2).png Go east and stand before the traps (see screenshot), then click on the passageway while RUNNING so you will not activate the traps.
Rogues' Den - long route (3) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (3).png Walk carefully around the spinning blades and climb the ledge.
Rogues' Den - long route (4) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (4).png Right click on the first wall and use the function "Search wall" to temporally disable this trap.

Then RUN past the other three walls.

Rogues' Den - long route (5) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (5).png Move past the blades into the next room.

Grab the south-eastern tile (see screenshot) and open the door. Click on the tile in the puzzle screen and you can proceed.

Rogues' Den - long route (6) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (6).png Pass through the grills as shown in the screenshot.
Rogues' Den - long route (7) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (7).png Walk all the way to the south.

Go to the west and stand still right before the three wall traps, then RUN past them.

Rogues' Den - long route (8) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (8).png Enter the next room, stop right before the traps and RUN past them.

Do the same for the next room and click on the pendulum.

Watch out for the single floor trap in the small corridor after the pendulum.

Rogues' Den - long route (9) map.png Rogues' Den - long route (9).png Go to the left and again stop right before the first floor trap, then RUN past all of them.

Shortcut[edit | edit source]

Minimap Screenshot Description
Rogues' Den - shortcut (1) map.png Rogues' Den - shortcut (1).png Ignore the spinning blades.

Stop before the first floor trap and RUN past all of them.

Rogues' Den - shortcut (2) map.png Rogues' Den - shortcut (2).png Pick up the Flash powder, but do not get close to a guard.

Then, use the powder on the guard and RUN past him while he is stunned.

Move past the last two pendulums and you have completed the maze.

Rogues' Den - shortcut (3) map.png Rogues' Den - shortcut (3).png Crack any of wall safes and you will teleport out of the maze.

Note: There is a chance to fail the lockpicking and end up without reward.

You might want to use an Energy or Stamina potion before attempting the maze again.

Reward[edit | edit source]

A player wearing rogue armour.

At the end of the maze are wall safes that can be cracked in order to receive a reward. The wall safe opened has no effect on whether or not the attempt is successful.[1]

Players who successfully crack a wall safe are rewarded with one of the following items:

While wearing pieces of rogue equipment, players have an increased chance of pickpocketing twice the loot from an NPC, with the full set guaranteeing the double loot. Experience drops remain unaffected.

Players can store the full set in their armour case in the costume room of their player-owned house.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
23 January 2014

Emerald Benedict will no longer disappear under certain conditions.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Brian O'Richard is a play on the name of the actor Richard O'Brien who used to host a popular UK TV program called The Crystal Maze.
  • Previously, players were required to obtain a mystic jewel from Brian O'Richard prior to entering the maze. This was changed in an update.
  • In Runescape, Brian O’Richard complained about the fact that "his wonderful Rogues’ Den is full of cooks rather than thieves, using the everlasting fire to burn lobsters." during a behind the Scenes in 2011.[2]
  • After the update that allowed players to choose which rogue equipment piece they receive from a crate, there is a rare chance for the chat dialogue to have " convenient." added to the end.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 1 November 2020. (Archived from the original on 3 November 2020.) Mod Ash: "Pick a random number 0-199. If it's higher than your current visible Thieving stat, you get: - 50% chance of being ejected, and getting no roll. - 50% chance of your Thieving draining by 1, but continuing with the roll. The roll is 3/8 for a kit, and 5/8 for a crate of outfit."
  2. "Behind the Scenes December" News