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Spell nature moonkey WoW Icon 16x16 Lockpicking (Profession)

Lockpicking is a rogue class skill. The trained ability, [Pick Lock] (learned at level 20 or above from any Rogue Trainer), allows rogues to use Lockpicking to open locked doors, chests, and lockboxes.


Inv gauntlets 05 [Dark Leather Gloves], created through Leatherworking, increase lockpicking skill by 5. They reduce the chance of a lockpicking attempt failing and also can be used to pick locks slightly out of your skill range.

Pickable Locks

Locked Items

Junkboxes (from Pickpocket)
Item Level Item Mob Level Lockpicking Skill Character Level
20 Inv box 01 [Battered Junkbox] 22-32 1 20
30 Inv box 01 [Worn Junkbox] 32-42 70 20
40 Inv box 03 [Sturdy Junkbox] 42-52 175 35
50 Inv box 03 [Heavy Junkbox] 52-60 250 50
60 Inv box 02 [Strong Junkbox] Bc icon 61-70+ 300 60
70 Inv box 04 [Reinforced Junkbox] Wrath-Logo-Small 71+ 350 70
80 Inv box 04 [Flame-Scarred Junkbox] Cataclysm-Logo-Small 78+ 400 80
Lockboxes (Mob Drops)
Item Level Item Lockpicking Skill Character Level
20 [Ornate Bronze Lockbox] 1 20
25 [Heavy Bronze Lockbox] 25 20
30 [Iron Lockbox] 70 20
35 [Strong Iron Lockbox] 125 25
40 [Steel Lockbox] 175 35
45 [Reinforced Steel Lockbox] 225 45
50 [Mithril Lockbox] 225 50
55 [Thorium Lockbox] 225 50
60 [Eternium Lockbox] 225 50
68 [Khorium Lockbox] 325 65
73 [Froststeel Lockbox] 375 75
78 [Titanium Lockbox] 400 80
80 [Tiny Titanium Lockbox] 400 80
85 [Elementium Lockbox] 425 85
Locked Chests (from Fishing)
Item Level Item Lockpicking Skill Character Level
20 [Small Locked Chest] 1 20
30 [Sturdy Locked Chest] 70 20
45 [Ironbound Locked Chest] 175 35
55 [Reinforced Locked Chest] 250 50


Location Item Lockpicking Skill Character Level Detail
Ghostlands [Burial Chest] 1 20 Amani Catacombs
Ghostlands [Primitive Chest] 20 20 Zeb'Nowa and Zeb'Tela
Redridge Mountains [Practice Lockboxes] 1 20 Alther's Mill
The Barrens [Buccaneer's Strongbox] 1 20 Ship off Merchant Coast
The Barrens [The Jewel of the Southsea] 25 20 Ship off Merchant Coast
Redridge Mountains [Waterlogged Footlocker] 70 20 Lake Everstill
Ashenvale Forest [Waterlogged Footlocker] 70 20 Zoram Strand
The Barrens [Gallywix's Lockbox] 70 20 During Official horde mini-icon Ui-charactercreate-classes rogue [24] Mission: Possible But Not Probable; northeast Barrens, tower in Sludge Fen
Westfall [Duskwood Chest] 70 20 During Official alliance mini-icon Ui-charactercreate-classes rogue [24] Klaven's Tower; southeast Westfall in Klaven's Tower
Stonetalon Mountains [Battered Footlocker] 70 20 Windshear Crag
Hillsbrad Foothills [Battered Footlocker] 110 22 Durnholde Keep (Lower Level)
Hillsbrad Foothills [Battered Footlocker] 110 22 Durnholde Keep (Upper Level)
Stonetalon Mountains [Battered Footlocker] 110 22 Windshear Mine
Wetlands [Battered Footlocker] 70 20 Outside of Murloc camps
Wetlands [Battered Footlocker] 110 22 In Murloc camps
Desolace [Waterlogged Footlocker] 150 30 Sar'theris Strand
Badlands [Battered Footlocker] 150 30 Angor Fortress - Upstairs
Desolace [Mossy Footlocker] 175 35 Sar'theris Strand [35, 13]
Badlands [Dented Footlocker] 175 35 Angor Fortress - Downstairs
Swamp of Sorrows [Mossy Footlocker] 175 35 Pool of Tears
Searing Gorge [Dented Footlocker] 200 40 The Slag Pit - Lower Quarry Area
Searing Gorge [Dented Footlocker] 225 45 The Slag Pit - Upper Barracks Area
Tanaris Desert [Dented Footlocker] 225 45 Lost Rigger Cove
Azshara [Mossy Footlocker] 225 45 Bay of Storms
Eastern Plaguelands [Scarlet Footlocker] 250 50 Tyr's Hand
Zangarmarsh [Wicker Chest] 300 60 Feralfen Village
Nagrand [Dented Footlocker] 325 65 Kil'sorrow Fortress

Typically, unguarded footlockers have a lower skill range than guarded ones. When lockpicking, nearby mobs may also become hostile when they are otherwise outside your aggro range.

Locked Treasure Chests

τCommon Loot-containing locked chests
Name Lockpicking Skill Character Level Location(s)
[Large Iron Bound Chest] 25 20 Blackfathom Deeps, Gnomeregan, Razorfen Downs, Razorfen Kraul, Scarlet Monastery, Shadowfang Keep and The Stockade
[Large Mithril Bound Chest] 175 35 Uldaman
[Large Mithril Bound Chest] 250 50 Blackrock Spire, Dire Maul and Stratholme
[Bound Fel Iron Chest] 300 60 Bc icon Hellfire Ramparts, Mana-Tombs, The Blood Furnace, The Slave Pens and The Underbog
[Bound Adamantite Chest] 325 65 Bc icon Auchenai Crypts, Hellfire Ramparts, Mana-Tombs, Sethekk Halls, Shadow Labyrinth, The Blood Furnace, The Botanica, The Mechanar, The Shattered Halls, The Slave Pens, The Steamvault and The Underbog
[Bound Adamantite Chest] 350 70 Bc icon Hellfire Ramparts, The Blood Furnace, The Botanica, The Mechanar, The Shattered Halls, The Slave Pens, The Steamvault and The Underbog


Location Door Lockpicking Skill Character Level Note
The Deadmines Gate 1 20 Can also be opened with Defias Gunpowder
Gnomeregan Workshop Door 150 35 Can also be opened with Workshop Key
Scarlet Monastery Armory and Cathedral Doors 175 35 Can also be opened with Scarlet Key
Searing Gorge Searing Gorge Gate 225 45 Can also be opened with Key to Searing Gorge
Blackrock Depths East Garrison Door 250 50 Can also be opened with Shadowforge Key
Blackrock Depths Prison Cells 250 50 Can also be opened with Prison Cell Key
Blackrock Depths Shadowforge Gates 250 50 Can also be opened with Shadowforge Key
Blackrock Depths Shadowforge Mechanism 250 50 Can also be opened with Shadowforge Key
Scholomance Scholomance Door 280 56 Can also be opened with Skeleton Key
Stratholme Stratholme Gates 300 60 Can also be opened with Key to the City
Dire Maul Crescent Door 300 60 Can also be opened with Crescent Key
Shattered Halls Shattered Halls Door 350 70 Can also be opened with Shattered Halls Key
Shadow Labyrinth Shadow Labyrinth Gate 350 70 Can also be opened with Shadow Labyrinth Key
The Arcatraz Arcatraz Door 350 70 Can also be opened with Key to the Arcatraz
Karazhan Karazhan Door 350 70 Can also be opened with The Master's Key
Dalaran Violet Hold Door 365 73 Can also be opened with The Violet Hold Key

Alternatives to Lockpicking

If a rogue is unavailable, there are several alternatives.

Locks can be opened by various Skeleton keys made by Blacksmiths. There are seven types of skeleton keys, all of which can be learned from Blacksmithing trainers. Each recipe creates two keys, which are used up on a successful pick.

Additionally Engineers can use Seaforium Charges to open locked doors and chests.

In the early closed beta, mages had a spell called Khadgar's Unlocking which could unlock lockboxes and doors by consuming a reagent, but this spell was removed in Patch 0.9.

Source Item Unlocks
Blacksmithing [Silver Skeleton Key] 25
[Golden Skeleton Key] 125
[Truesilver Skeleton Key] 200
[Arcanite Skeleton Key] 300
[Cobalt Skeleton Key] 375
[Titanium Skeleton Key] 430
[Obsidium Skeleton Key] 525
Engineering [Small Seaforium Charge] 150
[Large Seaforium Charge] 250
[Powerful Seaforium Charge] 300
[Elemental Seaforium Charge] 350
[Volatile Seaforium Blastpack] 525

Lockpicking etiquette

There is very little consensus on what standard policies for lockpicking are; Rogue expectations can vary wildly from server to server. Some expect a tip, and some gladly open locks for free. Common assumptions can be:

  • If the rogue is not sending messages via Trade, General chat, or by yelling, then it is never acceptable to open a trade with a rogue without first asking them if he can open a certain box. Among other things, it can disrupt a mail composition, an Auction House scan, or a profession crafting, and can be very irritating. Many rogues will automatically ignore people who open trade windows unsolicited. However, if the rogue is clearly stating that he/she is opening lockboxes, it can be considered even more irritating to the rogue who then has to deal with floods of whispers coming in, so simply open trade.
  • Rogues will generally offer their service for free; it is generally expected to offer a tip if you can afford it.
  • If a rogue expects a fee for lockpicking, he should negotiate it ahead of time. Otherwise, gracious players often tip anywhere between 2Gold and 5Gold to the opening rogue, based on the type of lockbox opened. Locks under Thorium Lockboxes usually are tipped 50Silver and Thorium and above are tipped 1Gold on most servers. A generally good guideline to follow would be one silver for every skill on the lockbox (ex. Thorium Lockboxes would be 2Gold 50Silver.
  • If you ask a rogue before opening, he/she will often open it for free.
  • Always ask friends and guild mates before asking strangers. You are more likely to get it opened and more likely to get it done for free or a discounted price.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-SmallLockpicking is no longer a skill that the rogue must level up, so there is no longer a material benefit to the rogue to open random boxes for others if they are not tipped.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small/Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Lockpicking now scales with player level and no longer needs to be leveled.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Pick Lock no longer requires [Thieves' Tools].
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): The Rogue trainers will now point the player to an appropriate area with boxes to unlock depending on the lockpicking skill of the player.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): A number of areas in the world now have footlockers in them. These areas are in place for rogues to visit to increase their lockpicking skills. The contents of these footlockers are only token amounts of treasure, but they should allow for a more interesting experience while increasing lockpicking skill. The difficulty of the locks in the area correspond to the level of the zone, so if your lockpicking skill is around 100, you would go to Durnholde Keep in Hillsbrad. But if your skill is 250, you might head to Tyr's Hand in Eastern Plaguelands.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.2.2 (15-Feb-2005): Rogues now correctly gain Lockpicking skill from items picked in the trade window.

See also

External links

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Patch date12 October 2010 +, 14 October 2008 +, 5 May 2005 +, 7 March 2005 + and 15 February 2005 +

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