How to Pickpocket in Baldur's Gate 3

If you want to know how to pickpocket in Baldur’s Gate 3 and steal from NPCs, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. The system is a little difficult to wrap your head around, but it’s nothing too difficult. If you are a Baldur’s Gate 3 veteran, you will still have to get used to the new system, because Larian did change things this time around. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

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How to Pickpocket in Baldur’s Gate 3

How to Steal and Pickpocket in Baldur’s Gate 3

To steal and pickpocket in Baldur’s Gate 3, you first have to pick a character from your party that has the highest Dexterity and Sleight of Hand scores. And just stealth-related scores in general. Someone like Astarion should do really nicely, or your own character if they’re skilled at roguish stuff. Next up, you want to leave your party far behind and go in with the rogue solo. We’ll explain why in a bit. You want to sneak up to the NPC by crouching while using left Shift to monitor their line of sight. When you come close enough while staying out of sight, left-click your victim. Select an item you want to boost and click Steal. If you’re successful, sneak away as far as you can.

If you successfully pickpocket in Baldur’s Gate 3 and manage to steal an item, after a few seconds, the NPC will start patrolling and looking for the thief. If you or any party member are close to them during this period, the character will raise the alarm. They might attack you, they might try to get you arrested; either way, you’ll be in so much trouble. That’s why you want to leave the party far away from you and sneak to safety as soon as you’re done with robbing. After the NPC is done patrolling, you can steal from them again by going through the same steps. And if you fail the Sleight of Hand check, the NPC will immediately bear down on you. Good luck.

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