Locksmithing skill

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Locksmithing skill is used to pick locks and disarm traps, as well as for lockpick carving and lockpick fixing. Locksmithing is most commonly used for opening containers dropped by slain creatures, commonly referred to as boxes. The DR 3.0 update combined and replaced the now obsolete Lockpicking and Disarming skills with Locksmithing.

Spells and abilities that boost Locksmithing

Spells and abilities that decrease Locksmithing



Locksmithing is affected by armor hindrance and can be especially affected by armor and brawling gear worn on the hands. If you are being impeded by anything you are wearing you will notice it when you try to Pick or Disarm. Kneeling and/or sitting while popping boxes is also recommended to increase chances of success.

Mentals contribute only to the ident part, and agil/reflex contribute only to the actual disarm/pick part. ~ Javac — 2022-05-23


All commands associated with lockpicking or disarming will train the Locksmithing skill to some degree. Some of the commands will also train perception, to a much smaller degree. There are multiple variations of both commands that can help increase both the amount of training received and chance of success.


DISARM <ITEM> IDENTIFY - Tells you the type of trap, and the difficulty in accordance with your skill. If the last trap on the box has already been disarmed you will incur a small roundtime letting you know what the disarmed trap looks like.
NOTE: <item> is not required as long as you are holding the box type in your right hand.

DISARM <ITEM> <CAUTION> - The act of actually disarming the trap, the level of caution you use is up to you.

CAREFUL - Slowest, but safest caution level
None - Putting nothing for caution will result in the second slowest, and second safest form of disarming
QUICK - 2nd fastest and 2nd most dangerous.
BLIND - Fastest and most dangerous.

DISARM <ITEM> ANALYZE - Analyzing a box will show you what type of mechanism can be harvested from trap. Each trap can only be harvested if you have not started working on the next trap.

DISARM <ITEM> HARVEST - Harvesting will attempt to retrieve a piece of the trap mechanism.


NOTE: <item> is not required as long as you are holding the box type in your right hand.
PICK <ITEM> ANALYZE - Analyzing a lock will tell you what the lock looks like, determining what type of lockpick should be used. If the last lock in the box has been picked you will receive a message saying the box is not locked, but no roundtime.

PICK <ITEM> IDENTIFY - Identifying a lock will tell you the locks difficulty in accordance with your skill.

PICK <ITEM> <CAUTION> - Caution levels are the same as disarming; "Careful", none, "Quick", "Blind".

Lockpick carving

See Lockpick carving and FIX command articles.

Locksmithing trainers

The Locksmithing trainers are made to LOCK and PICK to train Locksmithing, giving the user 1/34 skill per "pick" regardless of the total ranks of the user. They can be found as limited use, limited per-day or unlimited variations.

Breaking and Entering

Use the BURGLE command outdoors and inside Justice to enter properties to steal items. Holding a lockpick or wearing a lockpick ring to BURGLE will grant locksmithing skill upon your exit from temporarily generated homes.

Types of locks and picks

Certain lockpicks will need to be used on certain types of locks. Analyzing the lock will reveal what type of lock it is. This has only partially been introduced into the game and is waiting on the Lore rewrite to be fully incorporated. Quality and style will be separated out, so it will be possible to have a master quality pick of the following styles. It was mentioned that grandmaster quality would be able to open all styles of locks, but be restricted to the thief guild.

  • Although difficult to spot at first, a thin hole along the bottom of the lock appears to be the key receptacle.
  • The lock's structure is relatively basic, standard in every way without any unusual characteristics.
  • A sturdy block of metal, the hole for the key is very wide. This big lock obviously is meant for a correspondingly large key.
  • An intricate steel star houses a complex locking mechanism, with two different spots that each look like they're meant to house keys.

Trap and lock difficulty

DISARM/PICK IDENTIFY will give you an appraisal of the difficulty based on your skill. The following is a list of the varying difficulties.

ranking [1]
Trap Lock
1/17 An aged grandmother could defeat this trap in her sleep. An aged grandmother could open this in her sleep.
2/17 This trap is a laughable matter, you could do it blindfolded! This lock is a laughable matter, you could do it blindfolded!
3/17 The <material> <box>'s trap is a trivially constructed gadget which you can take down any time. The lock is a trivially constructed piece of junk barely worth your time.
4/17 The <material> <box> will be a simple matter for you to disarm. The <material> <box> will be a simple matter for you to unlock.
5/17 The <material> <box> should not take long with your skills. The <material> <box> should not take long with your skills.
6/17 You can disarm the <material> <box> with only minor troubles. You can unlock the <material> <box> with only minor troubles.
7/17 You think this trap is precisely at your skill level. You think this lock is precisely at your skill level.
8/17 The trap has the edge on you, but you've got a good shot at disarming the <material> <box>. The lock has the edge on you, but you've got a good shot at picking open the <material> <box>.
9/17 The odds are against you, but with persistence you believe you could disarm the <material> <box>. The odds are against you, but with persistence you believe you could pick open the <material> <box>.
10/17 You have some chance of being able to disarm the <material> <box>. You have some chance of being able to pick open the <material> <box>.
11/17 Disarming the <material> <box> would be a longshot. Opening the <material> <box> would be a longshot.
12/17 Prayer would be a good start for any attempt of yours at disarming the <material> <box>. Prayer would be a good start for any attempt of yours at picking open the <material> <box>.
13/17 You have an amazingly minimal chance at disarming the <material> <box>. You have an amazingly minimal chance at picking open the <material> <box>.
14/17 You really don't have any chance at disarming this <material> <box>. You really don't have any chance at picking open this <material> <box>.
15/17 You probably have the same shot as a snowball does crossing the desert. You probably have the same shot as a snowball does crossing the desert.
16/17 You could just jump off a cliff and save yourself the frustration of attempting this <material> <box>. You could just jump off a cliff and save yourself the frustration of attempting this <material> <box>.
17/17 A pitiful snowball encased in the Flames of Ushnish would fare better than you. A pitiful snowball encased in the Flames of Ushnish would fare better than you.

Mid- to High-Level Box Difficulty Chart by Kaxis

Messaging Scale

There are 17 different difficulty level messages that can result when Disarm IDing a box. These were numbered from 1-17 (easiest to hardest).


There are two notable variables. The first is when disarm IDing a box multiple times, the difficulty messages generated will be similar but not exact. They will cluster as an average around the unknown true difficulty level. The second variable is that some boxes from a creature type are easier or harder than others.

Testing Procedure

To compensate, a 10-box sample was collected from each creature type and then each box disarm IDed 100 times. This generated 1000 data points, with each data point representing a particular difficulty level. These were totaled to give a final numerical score for each creature type. The higher the score, the more difficult the box.

The final scores for each creature type were arranged in descending numerical order to create a box difficulty chart. The chart below was done on mid- to high-level creatures. At the time, Dragon Priest intercessors were the highest creature in DragonRealms.

The tests were run without change of either statistics or skill ranks. Thus, each creature type was tested against the same parameters.


This method does not deal with Locksmithing ranks. The final scores are unitless and allow boxes to be accurately scaled against each other.

It must be understood that the numbers in the chart were unique to Kaxis at the time. Were he to run the test now with different Locksmithing ranks and statistics, he would get different numbers, but the box order generated would be virtually identical. This would hold true for any character from any guild. The scores in the chart were included only for reference purposes and increased transparency of the testing procedures.

There is an effectiveness overlap between creatures on the chart, so as the player goes up the list, some can be skipped if there are other hunting requirements. The notable exception is the rather significant gap between Misenseor resuscitants and Dragon Priest assassins.

This testing method was chosen because the considerable random number generation in the box system, combined with the wide variety of player stats, ranks, spells, guild abilities, bonuses, disarming techniques/approaches, and other factors makes accuracy in a Locksmithing ranks-based system impractical. Such a system could be useful but only as a rough guide.

Original Thread on the DragonRealms Forums

Dragonrealms Forum: Survival Skills - Economic

Box Difficulty Chart

Creature Score
Dragon Priest intercessor 9762
Dragon Priest assassin 8812
Misenseor resuscitant 4496
Sinister Maelshyvean hierophant 4239
Zombie head-splitter 4080
Black goblin 3522
Ashu hhinvi 3396
S'sugi malchata 3321
Zombie mauler 3131
Sky giant 3119
Vile plague wraith 2984
Zombie stomper 2771
Maelshyvean cinder beast 2756
Adan'f spirit dancer 2703
Maelshyvean shadow beast 2585
Mountain giant 2580
Isundjen conjurer 2492
Armored shalswar 2250
Dragon Priest juggernaut 2226
Dragon Priest zealot 2177
Dragon Priest purifier 2163
Orc raider (2nd floor) 2159
Black marble gargoyle 2156
Dragon Priest crone 2131
Telga moradu 2089
Dragon Priest sentinel 2088
Orc raider (1st floor) 2084
Misshapen germish'din 2077
Kra'hei 2071
Wir dinego 2054
Lun'Shele hunter 2025


Each box can contain multiple traps and multiple locks. Upon each successful disarm or unlock you will see if it is not yet fully disarmed or picked. Each type of trap has a unique appearance, a harvestable item, and a unique consequence for tripping it.

Additionally, on a successful open, a box can contain coins, gems or items from the Random creature drop pool.

The nouns for them can be of the following: box, caddy, casket, chest, coffer, crate, skippet, strongbox, trunk.

Boxes measure 6x3x3 except crates, those are 7x4x3.

Metal boxes weigh 40 stones each, wooden ones weigh 20 stones each.

Creatures with boxes

Creature Approx. Min. Ranks Approx. Cap Spawn Rate Drop Rate
Goblin 0 40+ High
Sleazy Lout 0 35 High
Trollkin 0 35 High
Goblin Zombie 0 35
Ghoul 0 35
Crazed Madmen 0 35
Blood Nyad 0 35
Blood Dryad 0 35
Kobold 30 55
Goblin Shaman 30 55
Boggle 30 55
Revenant Zombie 30 55
Wood Troll 30 55
Grendel 30 55
S'lai Scout 30(?) ??
Faenrae Reaver 35 75
Sand Sprite 40 100+ High High
Rock Troll (1) 40 >120
Dusk Ogre 50 85 High
Fire Sprite 55 85(?)
Fire Maiden 55 85(?)
Skeletal Kobold Savage 55 85(?)
Skeletal Kobold Headhunter 55 85(?)
Zombie Kobold Savage 55 85(?)
Zombie Kobold Headhunter 55 85(?)
Arbelog 60 ??
Dark Fiend 60(?) ??
Lesser Sluagh 60 ??
Moss Mey 70 105(?)
Gypsy Marauder 75(?) 105(?)
Young Ogre 75(?) 105(?)
Scout Ogre 75(?) 110(?)
Bawdy Swain 75(?) 185(?) High
Swamp Troll (Haven) 80 ??
Snow Goblins, 1st Tier 85(?) 135(?)
Young Cave Troll 85(?) 135(?)
Moneyrubber, Pinchfist, Skinflint, Tightwad 90(?)
Granite Gargoyle 80 >300 High
Crossing Thug, Cutthroat, Ruffian, Footpad 100 ??
River Sprite 125(?) ??
Snow Goblins, 2nd Tier 120 190
Kra'hei Hatchling 130 320 softcap High High
Writhing Maiden's Tress 130(?) ??
Dark Spirit 130 ??
Quartz Gargoyle 135 >300 High
Scavenger Troll 140 >300 Low High
Pale Grey Death Spirit 140?? ??
Rotting Deadwood Dryad 150(?) ??
Alley Thug 130(?) ??
Frostweaver 150 250 softcap
Lanky Grey Lach 150 ??
Pirates on the Lybadel//Kree'la 110 220
Shadoweaver 150(?) ??
Snow Goblins, 3rd Tier 150 210 High
Orc Scout 150?? ?? High
Forest Geni 150 420(soft cap) High
Ur Hhrki'izh, 1st Tier 160(?) 230(?)
Orc Bandit 150 ??
Adan'f Shadow Mage 200 ??
Adan'f Blood Warrior 200 ??
Orc Reiver 200?? ?? High
Red-bristled Gremlin 205(?) >300 Medium
Velakan Slaver 210(?) ??
Zombie Nomad 210(?) ??
Ashu Hhinvi 350(?) 700
Armored Shalswar 245 ??
Misshapen Germish'din 260(?) ??
Orc Raider 276+ ?? High
Adan'f Spirit Dancer 276 ??
Greater Sluagh 280(?) ??
Sky Giant 350?? ?? High
Crypt Fiend ?? ??
Blight Ogre ?? ??
Super Rock Troll ?? ??
Swamp Troll (Lang) 85 ??
Merrows 115 160
Corsairs ?? ??
Plain Atik'et ?? ??
Fendryad 150(?) ??
Temple Atik'et ?? ??
Spectral Pirate 150? ??
Skeletal Sailor 150? ??
Lava field Atik'et ?? ??
Dragon Priest/Priestess 245 (similar to Armored Shalswar)
Faenrae Stalker ?? ??
Lun'Shele Hunter 240? ??
Lun'Shele Trekhalo 240? ??
Wir Dinego 240 350
Kra'hei 260 350? high
Telga Moradu ?? ??
Maelshyvean cinder beast 340 ?? High High
Maelshyvean Shadow Beast 340 ?? High High
Orc Clan-Chief ?? ??
Shadow Master ?? ??
Zombie Stomper 300 >760 High
Zombie Mauler 500(?) >760
S'sugi Malchata 300 >760
Black Goblin ?? ??
Zombie Head-splitter 600(?) >760 High
Dragon Priest Assassin 850 ??
Dragon Priest Intercessor 1100(??) ??

Box Traps

Trap Type Appearance Failure Result Harvestable Parts Leathality
Acid Trap As you look closely, you notice a tiny hole right next to the lock which looks to be a trap of some kind. Sprays a random body part with acid. Will damage armor if some is worn on that part, but will prevent wounds and vitality damage a glass reservoir Deadly, Armor Damaging, Acid
Boomer A glistening black square, surrounded by a tight ring of fibrous cord, catches your eye. Explodes the box causing damage to the hands and eyes. a steel striker, a black cube Deadly, explosion to hands/eyes
Bug (Reaper) Trap A crust-covered black scarab of some unidentifiable substance clings to the <material> <box> by six tiny legs, all of which are firmly imbedded into the <wood/metal> and look like it may be tough to dig them out. Summons about 3 vykathi reapers, who appear at melee range with the locksmith. They do not share the locksmith's roundtime for the disarm attempt. a tiny chitinous leg Deadly, summons creatures
Crossbolt Trap You find a series of openings on the front of the <box> concealing the points of several wickedly barbed crossbow bolts. Fires numerous crossbow bolts at the target, evasion skill affect how many hit, the amount shot is based off the difficulty of the box. a tightly coiled spring Deadly
Crossbolt Trap (Poison) You find a series of openings on the front of the box concealing the points of several crossbow bolts glistening with moisture. Fires numerous poisoned crossbow bolts at the target, evasion skill affect how many hit, the amount shot is based off the difficulty of the box. a coiled spring Deadly, poison
Concussion Trap Right above the lock inside the keyhole, you see a tiny metal tube just poking out of a small wad of brown clay. Explodes, possibly blasting some victims out of the room. All will receive internal head wounds, causing repeated ringing in the ears, accompanied by roundtime. The locksmith will also have hand wounds. some brown clay Deadly, Area Affect
Cyanide Trap The glint of silver from the tip of a dart and a slight smell of almonds catches your attention as you go over the <box>. Shoots a tiny dart into forehead. Inflicts cyanide poison. Dart can be tended out and used as a weapon. a coiled spring Deadly, poison
Disease Trap While inspecting the <box> patiently, you see what appears to be a small, swollen animal bladder recessed inside the keyhole. Infects the locksmith with disease. a bloated animal bladder Deadly, Disease
Fire Ant Trap Within the casing of the wooden strongbox is a mesh bag, a very sharp blade poised to the side just within the structure of the strongbox. The bag twitches on occasion, leading you to believe the blade's presence likely to be a very bad thing. Upon failure, the blade slices open a bag of Fire Ants, which crawl up your hands and over your entire body. Every few seconds, there is a damage pulse and you receive the above messaging while taking a large hit to vitality (15-30% or more per pulse). Victim can die within a few moments of the trap activating if the burning sensation isn't resolved immediately. a sharp blade Deadly, pulsing vitality
Flea Trap Imbedded in the front of the iron <box> is a small glass tube of milky-white opacity. Small black dots bounce inside, though the lack of transparency makes it impossible to be certain what they are. Causes to Disarmer to be covered in fleas that inflict vitality damage and random Roundtimes. You will need to find a body of water at least ankle deep (or a Warrior Mage with Water Globe) to wash away the fleas. a tiny hammer Deadly, pulsing vitality
Gas Trap (Poison) You notice a vial of lime green liquid just under the <box>'s lid. The stopper is attached so that the vial will open when the top is lifted. Releases a cloud of Chlorine gas that will poison everyone in the room. There is a chance that the locksmith will inhale all the gas upon its release, preventing the gas cloud in the room. a sealed vial,
(easter egg) a stoppered vial
Deadly, Poison, Area
Lightning Trap Looking closely into the keyhole, you spy what appears to be a pulsating ball with some sort of metal lacing around it. The lacing runs to meet a coin sized piece of metal near the keyhole itself. Shoots a lightning bolt at the locksmith. Can be amplified if set off in water. an iron disc Deadly, Lightning Bolt
Naphtha Soaker Searching the <box> carefully, you notice a small notch beside a tiny metal lever on the front. Though it's hard to see, there also appears to be a liquid-filled bladder inside the notch. A two stage trap. First Failure soaks the Disarmer in naphtha. Second failure will ignite the naphtha causing damage to various parts of the body and inflicting a hefty damage to vitality. The naptha will eventually evaporate if it's not ignited. a metal spring,a tiny metal lever Deadly, Naptha burning
Naphtha Trap A tiny striker is cleverly concealed under the lid, set to ignite a frighteningly large vial of naphtha. Explodes in a large fireball. Can harm others in the room, but they have a chance of avoiding it. a steel striker Deadly, Explosion, Area
Poison (Local) You notice a tiny needle with a greenish discoloration on its tip hidden next to the keyhole. Inflicts standard poison in either hand. a broken needle Deadly, poison
Poison (Nerve) You notice a tiny needle with a rust colored discoloration on its tip hidden next to the keyhole. Inflicts nerve poison. a short needle Deadly, Nerve Poison
Scythe Trap Out of the corner of your eye, you notice a glint of razor sharp steel hidden within a suspicious looking seam on the <box>. Chops off a random hand giving a very heavy bleeder. a short curved blade Deadly, hand bleeding
Shocker Trap You notice two silver studs right below the keyhole which look dangerously out of place there. Discharges an electrical bolt at the Disarmer. Causes Nerve and vitality damage and inflicts a stun. some silver studs Deadly, Nerve and Vit damage
Shrapnel Trap Squinting slightly to see better, you notice the <box>'s keyhole is packed tightly with a powder around the insides of the lock. Explodes, casting shrapnel at the person holding the box. Causes internal wounds. a steel striker Deadly, explosion
Teleport Trap The hinges of the <material> <box> are covered with a thin metal circle that has been lacquered with a shade of <deep ebony/bluish azure/bright crimson>. Casts the Teleport spell on the locksmith. If the associated moon (see the color of the disc) is down, the locksmith is disintegrated. If the moon is up, they are teleported to a random one of several predetermined locations within nearby hunting grounds. The harder the box, the longer the potential range of the teleport. a thin metal circle Deadly, possible disentigration
Bouncing Box Looking into the keyhole you see what seems to be a pin lodged against the tumblers of the lock. Connected to the pin is a small shaft that runs downward into a shadow. The box will bounce from room to room and eventually destroys the box. Will toss out the contents of the box as it's bouncing, one per room (may take several bounces to start), until it runs out, upon which it is destroyed. (At the moment the box doesn't actually spit out any treasure. This is due to the box changes that made treasure spawn within the box at the moment it is lockpicked.) a steel pin None
Curse Trap While checking the caddy with an careful eye, you notice a small glowing rune hidden inside the box near the lock. Curses the box and contents so that it can not be dropped/stowed/dismantled. You will need a Cleric with Uncurse to break the curse or a Warrior Mage with Flashpoint. Eventually the curse on the box itself will fade, but the items inside will remain cursed. a broken rune Cursed, box won't leave hand
Frog Trap While checking the <box> with a careful eye, you notice a lumpy green rune hidden inside the <box> near the lock. Turns the locksmith into a warty toad. Being kissed will change them back. Will wear off by itself after a few minutes. a broken rune,
(easter egg) : a lumpy green runestone
Turned into frog temporarily
Gas Trap (Laughing) Examining the box for traps reveals a tiny glass tube filled with a black gaseous substance of some sort and a tiny hammer at the ready to do what it was designed for. Causes anyone in the room to randomly tell jokes. May cause Roundtimes or cause a character to drop to his/her knees. a tiny hammer Involitary roundtimes and kneeling, Area
Mana Sucker While checking the box for traps, you notice a bronze seal over the box's lock. The seal is covered in strange runes and a glass sphere is embedded within it. Drains mana and keeps it there for a few minutes. Uncurse can be used to prematurely end the effect. a bronze seal,
(easter egg) : a glass sphere
Drains Mana
Mime Trap A tiny bronze face, Fae in appearance, grins ridiculously from its place on the <material> <box>. Some sort of fatty bladder sticks out from the edges of this miniature metallic visage. Turns the locksmith into a mime. Many actions will result in the mime acting as if stuck in an invisible box, with a 10-second roundtime. Some actions have specific mime interpretations. It will wear off after a time, or can be canceled by a Cleric with Uncurse. a tiny bronze face Cursed as a mime
Shadowling Trap While scanning the <box> with a careful eye, you notice a small black crystal deep in the shadows of the <material> <box>. Causes the locksmith to speak in gibberish. Does not affect gwethdesuan thoughts. cracked black crystal Can't speak temporarily
Sleeper Trap Two sets of six pinholes on either side of the oaken coffer's lock indicate that something is awry. This will cause you to fall asleep. You will have to WAKE up which takes about 30 seconds. a capillary tube Cause SLEEP


  1. Originally ranked 0 thru 16. Changed to ranks 1 thru 17 to reflect the numerical values generated in game via TOGGLE APPRAISAL as of the Tuesday Tidings 37 November 2020 update. Post:Tuesday Tidings 37 - More Toggles - 11/03/2020 - 20:32

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