|Release date||9 September 2009 (Update)|
|Location||Keldagrim Trade Octagon|
|Examine||A trader for the mining company.|
The eight ruling companies of Keldagrim, the Consortium, are in constant need of labour, ore, and mining rights. Although some transactions are done formally behind desks by the companies' directors and secretaries, the large amount of trading performed often requires less formal methods. To accomplish this, the Consortium has hired traders to perform trades in the Trade Octagon.
Two traders for each company stand on each side of the Octagon, found in the centre of the city. Here they shout out their offers and look for potential deals. To help oversee this, the Trade Referee stands in the centre of the Octagon and ensures that the octagon runs as smoothly as possible.
Traders do not currently have roles in any quests, and cannot be talked to, but at level 90 Thieving, players may pickpocket them. Initially, an activity was planned for the Octagon, but as confirmed by a Jagex Moderator, this scheme has now been abandoned, replaced instead with the thieving element.
From 9 September 2009, players can pickpocket the traders. This requires a Thieving level of 90 and gives 556.5 experience if successful. The odds of success when pickpocketing traders seem to be better than elves and heroes. If a player fails to pickpocket a dwarf trader, they will be stunned for a few seconds and dealt 10 damage.
If a player fails to pickpocket the traders, they may be attacked by a level 100 Trade floor guard wandering nearby. Because the player will be stunned, the guard will be able to hit 2-3 times before they can respond, and can hit up to 160. A method to escape the attention of these is to go up or down one of the nearby staircases. Guards can be trapped in the offices of some companies.
Note: Players may also talk to their respective mining company and ask about the guards attacking them and gain a 10 minute reprieve. The director of your company will ask you to deliver 2-4 bars of a random type of metal up to mithril within 14–18 minutes in return for bribing the trade floor guards. Your respective mining company is the one you picked to help during The Giant Dwarf quest. It is recommended that players carry four bars of two different types of metal in order to increase their chances of being able to fulfill the request. If the director requests a type of bars which a player does not have, the player should not accept the task, and should simply talk to the director again until a better task is given. On completion of the task given, the guards will be bribed to ignore the player for 10 minutes. If the player steals from their respective company the guards will stop ignoring them. Warnings will be given 1 minute before the bribe runs out and when it does run out.
The player could alternatively trap the guards behind the cubicles in order to freely steal from the traders, if you trap the northern guard behind the northeast door and the southern guards behind the southeast door they won't respawn.
Pickpocketing traders can yield both very high experience rates and a sizable profit. An Ardougne cloak (3 or 4) will significantly improve a player's success rate when pickpocketing the traders, as well as gloves of silence. Using these two items, players should be able to gain over 30,000 experience within one ten-minute bribe period. Accounting for banking and time in between bribes, this should allow for 150,000 experience per hour or more - slightly less than Pyramid Plunder with significantly better profits due to the ability to steal runite ore, Rune bars,level 3 clue scrolls and high level seeds. The experience rates at levels closer to 99 may range up to 40k Thieving experience within one ten-minute bribe, having potential of gaining up to 200,000 experience points per hour and 300,000 coins per hour. A test, before the high level seed release, over 5 bribe periods over 56 minutes total yielded 182,532 experience and 84,000 gp worth of loot (not including value of clue scroll) in that period, with a thieving level of 94.
This can be good experience and profit per hour, averaging 150k xp and 120k profit, at level 95+ wearing gloves of silence. Also it's very useful to fletch some kinds of bolts or arrows, or alching some goods while you're stunned.
It is recommended that players who plan on pickpocketing traders bring a number of items to maximise their experience and profit rate.
- The Ardougne cloak 3 (or 4) provides an increased success chance when pickpocketing throughout RuneScape.
- Bandit's brew, Sq'irk juice, or the Thieving skillcape can also help your overall Thieving level and probability of pickpocketing. Alternatives include Magpie or Abyssal Lurker familiars and their scrolls, boosting Thieving by 2 and 4 respectively. Boosting your Thieving level to 100 or higher may allow you to double-pickpocket traders (with 90 Agility).
- Gloves of silence will also improve the wearer's rate of success when pickpocketing. If a player does not want to use gloves of silence, then it is recommended that they use a regen bracelet to conserve food.
- 4 (un-noted) bars of two different metals (bronze, iron or silver are recommended) for bribes.
- Good armour if Thieving level is 95 or under, as it increases the rate of which you regain health, so the higher levelled armour the better. Level 100 guards will attack if you fail to pickpocket the trader.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Bronze bar 1 (noted) Common 162 Iron bar 1 (noted) Common 210 Steel bar 1 (noted) Uncommon 756 Mithril bar 1 (noted) Uncommon 1,525 Adamant bar 1 (noted) Uncommon 3,168 Rune bar 1 (noted) Rare 13,002
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Tin ore 1 (noted) Common 46 Copper ore 1 (noted) Common 58 Iron ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 180 Mithril ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 321 Adamantite ore 1 (noted) Uncommon 1,518 Runite ore 1 (noted) Rare 10,419 Coal 1 (noted) Rare 278
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 100; 200; 300; 400 Common Not sold Clue scroll (hard) 1 Rare Not sold Court summons 1 Very rare Not sold
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