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This article is about the NPC. For the quest, see Monk's Friend.
Master Farmer
Release date 6 June 2005 (Update)
Race Human
Members only Yes
Quest NPC No
Location Draynor Village, Taverley, North of East Ardougne and south of Varrock
Sells items No
Gender Male
Examine A master at farming.
Master Farmer location

A Master Farmer is a farmer who cannot be attacked and can only be acted on by pickpocketing. It takes level 38 Thieving to pickpocket them. If the theft is successful, then the player will receive 43 Thieving experience and a random seed or seeds, excluding tree and fruit tree seeds. If the theft attempt fails, then the player is stunned for three seconds and takes damage depending on current life points, from 30 up to 250 life points.

The average experience rate at 75+ thieving is 45k-55k exp an hour. The maximum experience rate is 115k per hour. The maximum of 2700 pickpockets can be done in an hour, in an average of 45 per minute. Normally, a thief will steal seeds worth under a few hundred coins, but may get a ranarr (817), snapdragon (409), lantadyme (6,953), torstol (3,572) or watermelon seed (991). After a theft attempt from a Master Farmer, the player will be unable to buy seeds from Olivia, a seed seller who is in Draynor Village market, for the next fifteen minutes. One way to overcome this is to have a vial of stench (a), a reward from A guild of our own, one of the Thieving Guild capers.

At higher thieving levels, pickpocketing Master Farmers can produce large amounts of coins for the thief. With 99 Thieving, Ardougne cloak 3 and gloves of silence, a player can make anywhere from 300,000 - 400,000 coins an hour, as people have reported to have done over 100,000 successful pickpockets in a row. It is believed, that with 99 thieving, Ardougne cloak 3 or 4 and gloves of silence, you can still fail a pickpocket attempt on Master Farmers. It is unknown if this is true or not. However, with 99 thieving and a thieving cape about 200 seeds can be stolen before getting caught.

After the graphics update on 25 May 2011, the layout for Draynor's market had been changed. It became a bit smaller and less open making it somewhat easier to steal from the Master Farmer.


Master farmers can be found:

Notable Master FarmersEdit

  • Martin the Master Gardener - Found in Draynor. He wears the Farming skillcape, and can be pickpocketed. He requires a right-click to pickpocket, so it is advised to pick the other Master Farmer near him, however Martin can be trapped in the pig pen so is optional if you don't want to follow the Master Farmers around. He is also the starting point of A Fairy Tale Part I quest.
  • The Master Farmer located in North East Ardougne can be looted twice in one attempt, by trapping him in the farmer trade shop and cornering him and clicking your cursor consecutively. After about 5–6 minutes of this, he will respawn outside of the shop. Getting him into the trade shop is extremely hard doing it solo, but can be easily done with 2-3 people.
  • The Master Farmer in Draynor Village can be easily stuck behind Diango's Toy Store with fences.


For a fast way to pickpocket from Master Farmers, use the seed drop list below, decide what seeds that you require, buy or acquire one each of the seeds and keep them in your inventory while thieving from the Master Farmer, this will create a place holder for the seeds you most require from them, the good seeds will be kept if you should be rewarded one of them. Please note that seed prices change constantly.

Walking inside the Draynor bank will heal you so there is no need for food.

Suggested list of wanted seeds;

Suggested list of unwanted seeds;

* Seeds with an * are good for sale to the Seed Stall Owner in Draynor Village.

Your Inventory;
In your inventory you should have approximately 19-22 place holder seeds and the rest Gloves of Silence.

Thieving Assistance;
Gloves of silence & Ardougne Cloak greatly increase your chance of success while Thieving. Or exoskeleton headband, torso, bracers and legs if you have done the Plague's End grandmaster quest.

Constitution Assistance;
Bunyip or Unicorn are highly recommended when doing any thieving away from Draynor market.

Anti-RSI tip;
When playing on a Windows based computer it can be handy to have mouse keys enabled. This feature allows you to rest your mouse and click finger.

Although most people favour the Master Farmer above East Ardougne or in Draynor Village there is another choice. The Master Farmer below Varrock in the sheep pen. This Master Farmer has a very small wandering area and also has at least 5 spots where you can trap him, making him one of the easiest targets for thieving from.

If you choose to train your Thieving skill on a Master Farmer it is recommended that once you steal the rare seeds (ranarr, snapdragon, torstol, etc.) you keep at least one of them in your inventory due to the fact that your pack will fill up very quickly with various types of "junk seeds". If you steal seeds from the Master Farmer whilst your pack is full you still have the chance to successfully steal from the farmer, but you will not receive the seed if it is not currently in your inventory, meaning you could possibly lose out on a valuable seed.

A recommended strategy is to keep one seed of every kind or only the high priced seeds in your bank. When training on the Master Farmer, withdraw one of each of the valuable seeds (for example, watermelon, ranarr, dwarf weed, lantadyme, snapdragon, and torstol), then fill the rest of your inventory with Strawberries (5), commonly known as strawberry baskets. Several pairs of Gloves of silence are recommended also, if you have at least 54 Hunter. If you have your inventory set up this way you can pickpocket the Master Farmer and all the "junk" seed will disappear and you won't have to drop them constantly. As you eat your strawberries you will have to refill your inventory with some sort of placeholder to prevent junk seeds from entering your inventory. If you have a hatchet with you, you can use logs. If near Draynor Village you can buy wine and keep the empty jugs as placeholders. If you are north of Ardougne, cooking apples are available and so are raw potatoes. Using strawberries and inventory placeholders this way will enable you to stay at the Master Farmer for extremely long periods of time.

It may also be a good strategy to pickpocket those in Draynor, banking seeds and replenishing health in the bank.

To prevent the Master Farmer from moving around too much, try to surround him with several players or against walls, obstacles. However, if one player moves away or another player runs through him then he will move away, usually in the direction of the player that was moving. When trying to go around him, it's important not to touch him, otherwise he will move again. North of Ardougne the Master Farmer can be trapped inside the house, but he will teleport outside the house if cornered in one square and not allowed to move for approximately 5 or 6 minutes. Some players trap him inside the house, then wait until he is behind the door, then open the door and keep him trapped in one spot for 4 minutes, then close the door to allow him to pace a bit. These techniques can drastically improve your pickpocketing rates.

Multiple StealsEdit

Double lootEdit

  • Level 48 Thieving
  • Level 38 Agility

Triple lootEdit

  • Level 58 Thieving
  • Level 48 Agility

Quadruple lootEdit

  • Level 68 Thieving
  • Level 58 Agility

Seed dropsEdit

Allotments Edit

Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Potato seed 5Potato seed1–3Common9–27
Onion seed 5Onion seed1–3Common5–15
Cabbage seed 5Cabbage seed1–3Common10–30
Tomato seed 5Tomato seed1–2Common2–4
Sweetcorn seed 5Sweetcorn seed1–2Common9–18
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon237
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Rare991


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Barley seed 5Barley seed1–4Common3–12
Hammerstone seed 5Hammerstone seed1–3Common3–9
Asgarnian seed 5Asgarnian seed1–2Common3–6
Jute seed 5Jute seed1–3Common5–15
Yanillian seed 5Yanillian seed1–2Uncommon38–76
Krandorian seed 5Krandorian seed1Uncommon3
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Rare231


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Redberry seed 5Redberry seed1Common1
Cadavaberry seed 5Cadavaberry seed1Common3
Dwellberry seed 5Dwellberry seed1Uncommon1
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Uncommon2
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Uncommon17
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon25


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Marigold seed 5Marigold seed1Common57
Rosemary seed 5Rosemary seed1Common15
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed1Common6
Woad seed 5Woad seed1Common6
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon561


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5Guam seed1Common4
Herb seed 5Marrentill seed1Common25
Herb seed 5Tarromin seed1Common39
Herb seed 5Harralander seed1Common24
Herb seed 5Ranarr seed1Rare817
Herb seed 5Toadflax seed1Rare1,614
Herb seed 5Irit seed1Rare114
Herb seed 5Avantoe seed1Very rare392
Herb seed 5Kwuarm seed1Very rare1,671
Herb seed 5Snapdragon seed1Very rare409
Herb seed 5Cadantine seed1Very rare1,396
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed1Very rare6,953
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Very rare8,824
Herb seed 5Torstol seed1Very rare3,572
Fellstalk seed 5Fellstalk seed1Very rare284


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Rare20
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Rare250
Morchella mushroom spore 5Morchella mushroom spore1Very rare150
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Very rare199


  • Every time you fail to pickpocket a Master farmer they will say "Cor blimey, mate! What are ye doing in me pockets?" This is a reference to Cockney Slang.
  • It seems that the rarest loot from pickpocketing Master Farmers is a Fellstalk seed.

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