|Release date||6 June 2005 (Update)|
|Location||Draynor Village, Hemenster, North of East Ardougne and south of Varrock|
|Examine|| A master at farming.|
|Notable features|| Pickpocket for seeds|
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 (tree and fruit tree seeds cannot be obtained in this manner). 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 seed (1,019), Snapdragon seed (2,196), Torstol seed (78,509) or Watermelon Seed (2,010). If the theft attempt fails, then the player is stunned for three seconds and takes 30 life points in damage (as illustrated below).
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 reward from 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, however it is unknown if this is it true or not. However with 99 thieving and a thieving cape can get about 200 seeds before getting caught.
After the graphics update on 25 May 2011, the layout for Draynor's market had been changed, It became a little bit smaller and less open, somewhat easier to steal from the Master Farmer.
A Master farmer can be found:
- In the market at Draynor Village (Near the bank). This farmer only needs to be left clicked to pickpocket, it is the only way to interact with him.
- Near the farming shop in Hemenster.
- In the sheep pen south of Varrock.
- By the potato field north of East Ardougne.
- Near the seed shop in Taverley
Notable Master Farmers
- Martin the Master Gardener - Found in Draynor. He wears the Farming skillcape, and can be pickpocketed. He seems slightly harder to pickpocket than the other Master Farmers and also 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.
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, check the Grand Exchange to find current prices.
Suggested list of wanted seeds;
- Hops's Seeds - Barley.
- Flower Seeds - Limpwurt.
Suggested list of unwanted seeds;
- Allotment Seeds - Potato, Onion, Cabbage, Tomato;
- Hops' Seeds - Hammerstone, Asgarnian, Jute*, Yanillian*, Krandorian, Wildblood seed
- Bushes' Seeds - Cadavaberry, Dwellberry
- Flower Seeds- Marigold*, Rosemary*, Nasturtium, Woad;
- Herb Seeds - Guam, Marrentill, Irit, Cadantine, Tarromin, and Harralander (depending on your farming level)
- Seeds with an * are good for sale to the Seed Stall Owner in Draynor Village
So in your inventory you should have approx.19 - 22 place holder seeds, A bunyip or Unicorn Pouch & Healing aura scrolls, and the rest Gloves of Silence.
Gloves of Silence & Ardougne Cloak greatly increase your chance of success while Thieving.
Enhanced Excalibur, Bunyip or Unicorn are highly recommended when doing any thieving.
When playing on a Windows based computer it can be handy to have mouse keys enabled. See this article in Wikipedia for more details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouse_keys
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 with wine from Wine stall. Furthermore, players with Saradomin godswords can use their Healing Blade special on nearby targets to heal the damage they take from the Master Farmers, or players with Enhanced Excalibur can use the special to heal 200 life points.
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.
- Level 48 Thieving
- Level 38 Agility
- Level 58 Thieving
- Level 48 Agility
- Level 68 Thieving
- Level 58 Agility
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Potato seed 1 Common 2 Onion seed 1 Common 2 Cabbage seed 1–3 Common 3–9 Tomato seed 1–2 Common 1–2 Sweetcorn seed 1–2 Common 1–2 Strawberry seed 1 Common 359 Watermelon seed 1 Rare 2,010
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Barley seed 1–4 Common 1–4 Hammerstone seed 1–2 Common 1–2 Asgarnian seed 1–2 Uncommon 2–4 Jute seed 1–3 Common 3–9 Yanillian seed 1–2 Common 35–70 Krandorian seed 1 Uncommon 2 Wildblood seed 1 Rare 36
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Redberry seed 1 Rare 1 Cadavaberry seed 1 Unknown 2 Dwellberry seed 1 Unknown 3 Jangerberry seed 1 Common 3 Whiteberry seed 1 Uncommon 28 Poison ivy seed 1 Uncommon 54
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Marigold seed 1 Common 15 Rosemary seed 1 Uncommon 12 Nasturtium seed 1 Common 1 Woad seed 1 Common 3 Limpwurt seed 1 Uncommon 971
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Guam seed 1 Common 8 Marrentill seed 1 Common 12 Tarromin seed 1 Common 4 Harralander seed 1 Common 9 Ranarr seed 1 Rare 1,019 Toadflax seed 1 Rare 702 Irit seed 1 Rare 74 Avantoe seed 1 Very rare 1,890 Kwuarm seed 1 Very rare 363 Snapdragon seed 1 Very rare 2,196 Cadantine seed 1 Very rare 2,354 Lantadyme seed 1 Very rare 34,922 Dwarf weed seed 1 Very rare 38,269 Torstol seed 1 Very rare 78,509 Fellstalk seed 1 Very rare 466
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Bittercap mushroom spore 1 Rare 10 Morchella mushroom spore 1 Very rare 294 Cactus seed 1 Very rare 26 Belladonna seed 1 Rare 33
- A graphics glitch causes Master farmer's hat shows the front of his head from some angles. This has yet to be fixed.
- 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 Farmer is a Fellstalk seed.
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