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Baldur’s Gate 3 Pickpocket Proficiency

Baldur’s Gate 3 Pickpocket Proficiency

Baldur’s Gate 3 Pickpocket Proficiency – Information about how to pick pocketing with what works and what doesn’t.

Basic Concepts

  • Use the Hide action to enter stealth. Rogues also have an alternate version as a bonus action starting at level 2.
  • Stay out of sight lines. Entering stealth will show you these but you can also hold the ‘shift’ key to see them without attempting to Hide, thus avoiding suspicion.
  • You can distract NPCs with your other characters OR block their sight using spells.
  • Enter Turn-Based Mode: this is a life saver so that you don’t feel rushed. You can pick pocket as long as you want and as much as you want, on a single target so long as you don’t get caught.
  • If you fail an attempt, they will attempt to apprehend you.
  • When you finish stealing, run away from the NPC and probably anyone near them for a while. About 2-3 turns or 15 seconds is how long I’ve seen the NPCs wander and search for you. As long as you don’t get found, they won’t know it was you.
  • If you DO get found, you can weasel your way out with skill check rolls. The NPC is still going to suspect you and you may lose rep with them.
  • ONLY the thief character is at risk. Any other PC that gets approached can just tell the truth that they didn’t steal it and just walk away.
  • If you get caught and end up going to prison, you have to break out. I haven’t seen any way to serve your time. You get about 15 turns of Fugitive when you leave so just wait it out. People may not like you in general but won’t be hostile. All your inventory will be in a chest labeled Equipment Chest.
  • You can exit turn based mode and then click return to camp before you get noticed. Effectively making a safe getaway. Just detach from the party so they can watch the guards search pointlessly.
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Below are sources of Slight of Hand bonuses you can acquire.

Character Features:

  • Dexterity Modifier
  • Proficiency Bonus (if taken)
  • Expertise (Rogue)
  • Advantage(listed on the roll as situational, unsure how to acquire)


  • Gloves of Power: Absolute’s Bane: On a melee hit, possibly inflict a -1d4 penalty to the targets Attack Rolls and Saving Throws. Slight of Hand +1
    (I found them on a Goblin during the initial encounter outside Emerald Grove)

Items that DON’T work but sound like they should:

  • Hedge Wanderer Armour: Balance: Gain a +1 bonus to Dexterity Saving Throws and Checks. Nature +1
    Did NOT lower target roll when attempting or appear in the roll breakdown after attempt.
    (purchsed/stolen from a vendor in Emerald Grove)



  • Guidance: +1d4 definitely affects your roll and helps you.

1st Level

  • Fog Cloud: Failure will still result in the thief being apprehended. Will block sight lines if between the searching people or thief is within.
  • Sleep: If seen performing the spell by bystander(s), results can vary. Combat or Apprehension or warning will ensue. If target is alone and no bystanders notice then you’re safe. Target must have 24 hp or less to perform. Target will not even search for missing items nor attempt to apprehend you on a failed attempt. No rep loss. Does NOT affect pick pocket roll.
  • Tasha’s Hideous Laughter (Prone): target will go prone but still apprehend you. Does NOT affect pick pocket roll.
  • Hex (Warlock Spell): turns target hostile in all situations tested except while target is affected by Sleep. Lasts until long rest. Does NOT affect pick pocket roll.
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2nd Level

  • Invisibility: used a scroll (I think it’s a level 2 spell), doesn’t seem to affect roll. If you fail you will still be caught. After you steal one item the spell will end and you won’t be hiding anymore. Nobody will have seen you unless they have some feature that negates it.

3rd Level

  • untested

4th Level

  • untested

5th Level

  • untested

TL:DR Best Methods

Have good character features.
Don’t get caught.
Use sleep if target is alone and it will work.
Use turn based mode. (crucial)
Teleport back to camp after you get your haul for a safe getaway.

You can try and save scrub. I’m 100% sure that even with the Karmic Dice feature turned off, they had something in place that messes with the randomness. I tried to steal ONLY Arron’s gold stack with a roll target of 12 and I failed over 20+ times in a row. I finally succeeded when I stole something else first and then the gold. Perhaps a seeded system or something so mix it up if you struggle with failure.

Yes some items like certain keys have a low enough DC that your roll target is 0.

Testing Methods

Initial testing done in Emerald Grove with only the level 1 spells + cantrip Guidance.
NPCs used:

  • Kaldani: sits in a chair alone near the front gate but patrols over to the gate now and then.
  • Arron: the lightfoot halfling guard/trader at the entrance to the cove, stands in front of a shrine.
  • Dammon: the blacksmith.
  • Elegis + Rikka: guards overseeing the gate.
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Written by D Dog

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