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Thieving training on an Ultimate Ironman is relatively similar to that for regular accounts. Most training methods require few items and little preparation to do effectively. This also makes the skill easy to train in conjunction with other inventory-stressful skills, most notably Farming. As a skill, Thieving is most useful as a source of coins and seeds through pickpocketing, as well as the Pharaoh's sceptre from Pyramid Plunder.

There are a number of items that can be useful for Thieving training, most notably the Rogue equipment set, which doubles all loot from pickpocketing NPCs. It is highly recommended to get the set before training Thieving much past level 50, though it may be useful to wait until a high Construction level for access to easier storage in the player-owned house armour case. The Ardougne Diary also gives bonuses when pickpocketing NPCs, making them less likely to notice the player's attempts.

Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

Levels 1–5: Men/Women[edit | edit source]

From level 1 to 5, the only viable option is to pickpocket men or women around RuneScape. Low-level players who do not have many items on them and have their respawn point in Lumbridge do not need food for this, as they can pickpocket men/women around the Lumbridge Castle and simply let them kill you. Acquiring level 5 Thieving from pickpocketing men and women takes 49 successful pickpockets. Draynor Village has a house right by the Agility Course that has a man that you’re able to pickpocket while trapping him with the door closed, preventing him from moving away from you.

Levels 5–25: Bakers' stalls[edit | edit source]

Safespot for the cake stall in East Ardougne.

From level 5 to 25, the fastest experience is gained by stealing from bakers' stalls in East Ardougne market or in the courtyard outside Kourend Castle. There is a safespot from the guards in East Ardougne, simply stand under the baker to the cake stall further east and the guards cannot spot you. The cake stall in the Kourend Castle courtyard also has a safespot where you cannot be spotted (unless a guard accidentally walks back there, which doesn't happen often) when stealing from behind it. Players can gain up to 19,200 experience per hour if dropping everything.

Even though the tea stall in Varrock is available at this level, it is significantly worse than cake stalls due to slower respawn.

Levels 25–45: Fruit stalls[edit | edit source]

Fruit stall locations in Hosidius.
Main article: Fruit Stall

Stealing from fruit stalls in Hosidius offers the fastest experience from level 25 to 45. This requires 15% favour in Hosidius and gives 28.5 experience per fruit. The best place to do this is in the easternmost house near the beach (see the picture), which has 2 stalls close to each other and no guard dogs patrolling nearby. Steal from both stalls as fast as possible and drop the fruit while running between them, eat the strange fruits you get or use stamina potions to replenish run energy. Alternatively, you can steal only from one stall which is easier and does not require running.

Players can gain up to 42,750 experience per hour if stealing from both stalls, or 34,200 experience per hour if stealing only from one.

Levels 45–99: Blackjacking[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Blackjacking

Blackjacking bandits in Pollnivneach offers the fastest Thieving experience from level 45 onwards. While there are three different types of bandits you can blackjack, the method is the same for all of them: knock out the bandit and pickpocket them twice while they are unconscious. If you are caught while trying to knock out the bandit, they will hit you for 4 Hitpoints and become aggressive.

For blackjacking, you will need to have completed The Feud quest and a blackjack of any kind. Getting full rogue equipment at level 50 is strongly recommended for double loot per pickpocket, as without rogue equipment you will make approximately 2,500,000 gp and with full rogue equipment you will make approximately 5,000,000 gp levelling from level 50 to 91 using this method.

The nearby bar sells wines which can be useful as a cheap source of healing. High-level players are advised to use Saradomin brews as they heal much more per inventory slot, allowing the player to sustain much longer before restocking. With level 99 Hitpoints, the hitpoints cape can also be used as an additional source of passive healing. Because training with blackjacking does not require much inventory space to do, it is an excellent skill to pair with Farming training, which often fills the inventory with a variety of seeds and produce.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming.

Experience rates scale depending on the level, and long-term rates will vary depending on the player's Thieving level, performance and the type of food used. Players can expect to gain up to 60,000–80,000 experience per hour from level 45 to 55 Thieving, 100,000–150,000 experience per hour from level 55 to 65, and 200,000–260,000 experience per hour from level 65 onwards training on Bearded Pollnivnian Bandits, unbearded Pollnivnian Bandits and Menaphite Thugs, respectively. At level 99, up to 270,000 experience per hour can be achieved.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 55/95–99: Knights of Ardougne[edit | edit source]

Using different items, or completing the medium Ardougne Diary tasks will change experience rates.
Main article: Knight of Ardougne

At level 55 Thieving, it becomes possible to pickpocket Knights of Ardougne. As an alternative to blackjacking, this method requires significantly less effort and provides more profit, but has slower experience rates at all Thieving levels. Completion of the various levels of the Ardougne Diary provide bonuses when Thieving, making the player less likely to fail to pickpocket their target.

Players can gain up to around 60,000 experience per hour at level 55, increasing to around 105,000 experience per hour at level 70, 150,000 experience per hour at level 80, and 230,000–240,000 experience per hour at level 95. From level 95 onwards the tick-perfect rate is 252,900 experience per hour, although players are likely to see slightly lower rates when including some mistakes and opening the coin pouches.

As training on Knights of Ardougne requires almost no inventory space to do, it is an excellent skill to pair with Farming training, which often fills the inventory with a variety of seeds and produce.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming.

Levels 91–99: Pyramid Plunder[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pyramid Plunder

While it is a viable alternative to other training methods, Pyramid Plunder is not generally recommended for Ultimate Ironman players due to its resource and inventory requirements. This makes it the one of the fastest methods of training Thieving from level 91 onward. Many Ultimate Ironman players opt to train at Pyramid Plunder only to get the Pharaoh's sceptre for use in the player-owned house occult altar. A second sceptre can be stored in a STASH deep in the pyramid for a master level emote clue.

Players can gain up to 270,000 experience per hour from level 91 onwards, although with less optimal setups players are more likely to see rates of around 250,000–260,000 experience per hour. Before level 91, players can expect to gain up to 125,000 experience per hour at levels 71–80, and 190,000 experience per hour at levels 81–90. Higher rates can be achieved by having a duo partner.

Levels 94–99: Master Farmers[edit | edit source]

At level 94 and with the hard Ardougne Diary completed, players can pickpocket Master Farmers at a 100% success rate. Master Farmers are a decent source of herb seeds for Herblore training, providing up to 70,000 Herblore experience worth of herb seeds per hour when wearing the rogue equipment. Even though Master Farmers become available at level 38, pickpocketing them at lower levels is not recommended, as players will fail very often and will need a lot of food to heal themselves. If the player has not completed the diary, wearing the Thieving cape is required for 100% pickpocketing success rate.

The best location to pickpocket a Master Farmer is northern part of Hosidius, as he can be easily trapped inside a building. Players who do not have the 100% success rate are advised to pickpocket the Master Farmer in Draynor Village, which puts the player close to Fortunato and his shop, which sells cheap wine for healing. The Master Farmer north of Ardougne does not benefit from the medium Ardougne Diary bonus, as he is considered to be outside of the city.

Players can gain up to around 115,000 experience per hour assuming they have 100% success rate. At low Thieving, players can only gain up to 20,000–25,000 experience per hour.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming.