How to pickpocket in Starfield

If you're intent on turning to a life of crime as a Starfield pickpocket, we've got all the details on how to become a successful thief in the Stellar Systems.

Starfield pickpocketing

How do you pickpocket in Starfield? If you have fond memories of pickpocketing unsuspecting NPCs in Fallout and Skyrim, you might be wondering if Bethesda is carrying on that trend in Starfield.

Bethesda RPG games typically feature pickpocketing alongside perks that also level up your stealing and sneaking skills, and this remains true in Starfield. While it’s tempting to shape yourself as a lovable rogue or interstellar hero in Starfield character creation, you might find yourself resorting to slyly stealing things from the pockets of everyone you see in Starfield cities. So, if you want to know how to successfully pickpocket in Starfield, we’ve got you covered.

How to pickpocket in Starfield

To pickpocket in Starfield, you need to put at least one point into the Theft skill. Once you have this skill unlocked, simply crouch next to your victim and press E to open their inventory.

You have a percentage chance of success while stealing each individual item, which increases as you level up the Theft skill. You’re guaranteed to have an easier time pickpocketing Starfield food at the lower ranks, whereas higher ranks allow you to pickpocket Starfield guns and other high-value items with ease.

You can easily discern the difficulty of pickpocketing each item by its colour. Blue and green items are the easiest to pickpocket, whereas red and grey items are close to impossible to pickpocket without being caught.

To increase your chances of pickpocketing undetected, try to remain hidden while stealing – the fewer people see you, the less likely you are to be caught. Our Starfield stealth build should certainly help in that regard, though the Chameleon bonus for Starfield armor can also come in handy. The Stealth skill is also a boon for any self-respecting Starfield pickpocket.

If you’re planning on pickpocketing throughout your playthrough, we highly recommend conserving your Starfield skill points by opting for a Starfield background that allows you to begin your character with the Theft skill unlocked.

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Now you know how to get your fingers sticky, it’s time to get out there and pilfer anything and everything you can get your hands on. Starfield lockpicking is the perfect skill to round off your thievery, and you can make a small fortune of Starfield credits by smuggling Starfield contraband –  though you might want to brush up on what awaits you in a Starfield jail if you get caught. Finally, our Starfield review charts our own journey across the stars.

Still looking for more? While a good Starfield wiki can be a handy source of information, our new Starfield Database goes further, offering you daily news, searchable databanks, and even interactive tools.