Bearded Pollnivnian Bandits are the fastest Thieving experience at level 45 Thieving. Regular (Unbearded) Pollnivnian Bandits are also the fastest Thieving experience at 55 Thieving. The best way to distinguish them from one another is by their beards. Also, the unbearded bandits wield swords and shields. Bearded bandits are level 41 combat, whereas unbearded bandits are level 56 combat. Bearded Pollnivnian Bandits grant 65 experience per pickpocket. Regular (Unbearded) Pollnivnian Bandits grant 85 experience per pickpocket.
The options you can use on Pollnivnean Bandits are Talk-To, Pickpocket, Lure, and Knock-Out. Lure, Pickpocket and Knock-Out are the options used in a Thieving method known as blackjacking. Blackjacking is the fastest Thieving experience from level 45 to 91 Thieving.
In order to get the maximum experience rates, one must make it about 4/5 into the quest The Feud, which has a requirement of 30 Thieving and the ability to kill a level 70 bandit. However, this quest is easily completable using Fire Strike behind the camel pen to kill the bandit at the end of the quest. One must also obtain a maple blackjack from the Rogue Trader minigame to get the best experience rates, which is basically a miniquest from The Feud. Blackjacks have no requirements to use other than 30 Thieving.
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