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I'm curious if anyone else has noticed that a combat mode stealing attempt outside of stealth is easier to pull off if the target is stunned, or paralyzed? If someone has noticed this difference in the success/failure rate I will add it as a note. Mictlantecuhtli 16:17, February 3, 2010 (UTC)

Stealing Mechanics Edit

I've read through the whole section and especially the calculations and still dont understand where those numbers come from.
It is said there that it's almost Predictable? How? How you know the NPC's level and Mental resistance? Could anyone elaborate?
Fycan [fahy-kan] @ 11:54, February 13, 2010 (UTC)

I agree, I thought I removed this because it was redone from a forum post on Bioware from a user post, so it may not be facts, I don't know why it was rewritten to not make sense, so I'll move it hear for discussion. Because this may just be speculation and if it is not should be rewritten for comprehension and with proof of source.  Hollowness | Talk | Contr 21:23, February 13, 2010 (UTC)

Stealing calculations Edit

The chance of stealing in Dragon Age is mostly predictable: pickpocket attempts succeed if the Rogue's Thieving Score is greater than the target's Victim's Score. Thieving depends on Cunning, Stealing Rank, Stealth (if activated), and a random factor accounting for about 40% variability. The defense is based on Mental Resistance, Rank, the difference in levels of the two actors, and whether the attempt is made during combat mode or not.

  • [Thieving Score] = ( ([Cunning] - 10) + 5*[Stealing Rank] + (if stealthed) (5* [Stealth Rank])) * Random (0.8–1.2)
  • [[Victim's Score] = [Mental Resistance] + [Rank Bonus] + 2* ([Victim Level]–[Thief Level]) + (in combat) 10
Rules of Thumb
  • Each rank of Stealing is equivalent to five points of Cunning.
  • Stealing while Stealthed adds the equivalent of 5 Cunning per Stealth rank
  • Rank Bonuses range from 0 (for standard targets) to 10 (ranked yellow) to 20 (ranked bosses) to 40 (elites).

Examples Edit

Conditions Rogue Calculations Target Calculations Yes/Nope
Leliana in Lothering, from Merchant 14.4–21.6 = (80%–120%)* (18 + 5*2 - 10) -2 = 0 + 0 + (5-7) Yes
Stealthed Leliana from ranked NPC (e.g. Gregoir) 18.4–27.6 = (80%–120%)* (18 + 5*2 + 5*1 - 10) 38 = 10 + 20 + 15-7 Nope

Tool Kit Edit

You should move this to the main page: source is skill_stealing.nss in toolset and here's an example log output from my combat log mod:

Script	[ability_core.ability_core] EVENT_TYPE_COMMAND_PENDING (35) Use Ability(25) , Subtype: *** Unknown/Invalid ability type***(100021), STEALING (100021) 
Script	[CheckUseConditions] TRUE (no condition)
Script	[ability_h.DoRunSpellScript] running spellscript for ability: 100021 type=3
Script	[ability_h.DoRunSpellScript] spell script = skill_stealing.ncs
Script	[ability_core.ability_core] EVENT_TYPE_ABILITY_CAST_START (32) STEALING (100021) 
Script	[Ability_h.SubtractAbilityCost] Cost for Ability:       -0.000000000
Script	[ability_h.DoRunSpellScript] running spellscript for ability: 100021 type=3
Script	[ability_h.DoRunSpellScript] spell script = skill_stealing.ncs
Script	[skill_stealing.EVENT_TYPE_SPELLSCRIPT_CAST] STEALING (100021)
Script	[ability_core.ability_core] EVENT_TYPE_ABILITY_CAST_IMPACT (31) STEALING (100021) 
Script	[UI_DisplayMessage 1016] Not showing message 1016 - bDisabled set.
Script	[core_h.GetCreatureFlag] Flag: 0x00000020 Value: 0x00000000 Result: 0
Script	[Ability_GetCooldown] base cooldown:       10.000000000
Script	[ability_h.SetCoolDown] STEALING (100021):       10.000000000
Script	[ability_core.EVENT_TYPE_ABILITY_CAST_IMPACT] Event Location: INVALID
Script	[ability_h.DoRunSpellScript] running spellscript for ability: 100021 type=3
Script	[ability_h.DoRunSpellScript] spell script = skill_stealing.ncs
Script	[skill_stealing.EVENT_TYPE_SPELLSCRIPT_IMPACT] STEALING (100021)
Script	[skill_stealing] Stealing skill used.
Script	[skill_stealing] Target is creature. den200cr_ignacio
Script	[skill_stealing] bStolenFrom = 0
Script	[skill_stealing] nStealingRank = 4
Script	[skill_stealing] bCasterCombat = 0
Script	[skill_stealing] bTargetCombat = 0
Script	[skill_stealing] Thief Intelligence Modifier = 46.000000
Script	[skill_stealing] Thief With Stealing = 66.000000
Script	[skill_stealing] Thief With Stealth = 66.000000
Script	GetLevel: 17.000000
Script	GetLevel: 16.000000
Script	[skill_stealing] Target Mental Resistance = 34.000000
Script	[skill_stealing] Target With Rank = 54.000000
Script	[skill_stealing] Target With Level ( 16 vs 17 ) = 56.000000
Script	[skill_stealing] Target With Combat = 56.000000
Script	[skill_stealing] Thief Steal *ROLL* fThiefScore *= (0.8 + RnG(0.4)) 52.830620
Script	[UI_DisplayMessage 3503 0x00ffffff] Stealing failed!
Script	>> STATS V0.017 << Number of stealing failures = 12.000000
Script	[core_h.GetCreatureFlag] Flag: 0x00000008 Value: 0x00000000 Result: 0
Script	GetPlot [gen00pt_stealing] [STEALING_DEN_INFAMY] = [0]
Script	SetPlot [gen00pt_stealing] [STEALING_DEN_INFAMY] -> [1]
Script	GetPlot [gen00pt_stealing] [STEALING_DEN_KYLON_GUARD_SPOKE] = [0]
   

--Peddroelm (talk) 08:26, February 6, 2018 (UTC)



Here's a common issue: When stealing, it will come up and say "stealing success" but I don't get anything. Or, so it seems, at least. There's no "items received" or anything or monetary gain. There are some NPCs who on a first pickpocketing, it'll say "nothing to steal." Others, it'll be successful, but I SEEM to gain nothing. Any particular reason for these descrepencies? Such as, am I actually getting like a minor item and so it's just not telling me I'm getting it (IE, health poultices and the like), or is it just saying I stole the lint in their pockets to make me feel better? Just curious. Creedofheresy 15:01, February 28, 2010 (UTC)


Usually, when this happens for me, I've gained a money it just doesn't tell me the ammount. Why don't you write down the exact ammount of money you have before the theft and compare after? Lufos 06:16, March 16, 2010 (UTC)

Stealing Broken as of 1.03 Edit

I noticed someone else was complaining of not receiving items when stealing. I'm having the same problem with patch 1.03. It works normally when I receive money, but when I receive an item, no item shows up at the bottom left, and nothing is deposited in my inventory. Trying to steal again gives the 'nothing to steal' message. The main article should probably be updated with this problem.

I've encountered this behavior as well. It didn't start happening until the first time I tried to steal from someone and got an 'Inventory Full' message. Ever since then stealing has done nothing except for occasionally award coin.Tetracycloide 22:47, March 28, 2010 (UTC)
After a little experimentation I've had success stealing items that are fixed stealing loot (like the imperium crossbow or thorn of the dead gods) making this far less serious than I originally thought. Random items appear to be bugged to not generate at all though.Tetracycloide 00:03, March 29, 2010 (UTC)

Denerim very tough on thieves Edit

I failed stealing exactly once in Denerim (from Isabela, in the Pearl), and since then I've been ambushed by guards twice. Use extreme care when stealing in Denerim. --JimmyTheCannon (talk) 09:00, January 21, 2012 (UTC)

  • i wonder if it's based on a cumulative "# by which you failed" sort of thing? if Isabela qualifies as a Boss she surely requires a much higher Stealing total - perhaps worth testing to see if it takes more than a couple failed attempts vs. Elites/Lieutenants or even more vs. 'trash' (and all based on different formula totals for the Stealers in question)... Yeti magi (talk) 23:11, January 30, 2013 (UTC)

Steal from your companions! Edit

I have just discovered it is, in fact, possible to steal from your companions. It will say "Stealing success!" and "Items received," and if you check your inventory, the Mabari Crunch and Double-Baked Mabari Crunch (if you have any) will be highlighted as if you just received some. However, the numbers do not change. Note that this is only possible when they are not active party members (Arl Eamon's Estate, and possibly the Party Camp), otherwise it will say "Nothing to steal," and the party member will say "No." aloud. --JimmyTheCannon (talk) 07:34, January 25, 2012 (UTC)

"too much success" Edit

Unless it is a glitch particular to a non-PC platform, the claim(s) that Lothering becomes inhospitable if there are 'too many successful stealing attempts' is nonsense. i have stolen successfully from every viable target throughout Lothering, its chantry and Dane's Refuge before initiating any other interactions, and had no different results than had i stolen nothing. perhaps the Note was supposed to read "too many failed attempts"? Yeti magi (talk) 04:44, July 7, 2012 (UTC)

  • no-one has put this to rest yet (not that that necessarily means anything, i know); would i be wrong to either remove said note or tag it with [confirmation needed] ? Yeti magi (talk) 23:08, January 30, 2013 (UTC)
It certainly does sound a little odd. I think you're all clear to remove it. Friendship smallLoleil Talk 23:14, January 30, 2013 (UTC)
  • taking the plunge! Yeti magi (talk) 03:58, January 31, 2013 (UTC)

Advice regarding Duncan Edit

Duncan is nearly impossible to steal from, and the soldier will come running the moment you try; otherwise you can clean Ostagar out with little fear, unless "nothing to steal" counts as failed attempts. --Shadizar666

  • i moved this from Notes (it was added as a sub-Note of the one about Duncan rebuking a failed Stealer) because it has a clear 'experiential' bias (in my experience, no character that makes a point of improving their Stealing early on - and is it essential to make suggestions about 'cleaning out' Ostagar for the sake of those who don't make such a point? - will find it "nearly impossible", and neither contention really belongs in Notes, let alone both of them) and closes with a phrase that lends itself far more to Talk-based speculation than to Article content. Yeti magi (talk) 23:02, January 30, 2013 (UTC)

Hardest Target(s) Edit

For me, Branka (at 'Anvil of the Void') seems to be the hardest target in the game (I am on Xbox 360, Ultimate Edition). Upped Leliana to 71 Cunning (and 4 in Stealing, of course), and it still took several tries. She was the only target I had to return to near the end of my playthrough (I stole from absolutely everyone, except for a few during the Origin Story and Duncan at Ostagar). It surprised me (lore-wise), wondering if it's the same for others, and if so, maybe we should add it under 'Trivia'? =] Ace-089 (talk) 20:39, October 16, 2019 (UTC)

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