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Lockpicking is the ability to open locked doors, chests, junkboxes, and lockboxes. It can be performed in three ways:

  1. The rogue class has a trained ability, [Pick Lock], which allows them to open locked items. This can be learned at level 20 from any rogue trainer. Lockpicking skill is 5 times the rogue's level.
  2. Blacksmiths can craft skeleton keys which are able to open locks of different levels. Each recipe yields multiple keys which can only be used by blacksmiths with the appropriate blacksmithing skill. The keys are consumed after successfully lockpicking an object.
  3. Engineers can craft Seaforium Charges which provide a similar function to skeleton keys. Only engineers with the appropriate engineering skill can use the charges. The charges are consumed after successfully lockpicking an object.

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Methods

Source Method Unlocks
Rogue [Pick Lock] @ level 20 100
[Pick Lock] @ level 40 200
[Pick Lock] @ level 60 300
[Pick Lock] @ level 80 400
[Pick Lock] @ level 85 425
[Pick Lock] @ level 90 450
Blacksmithing  [Silver Skeleton Key] 25
 [Golden Skeleton Key] 125
 [Truesilver Skeleton Key] 200
 [Arcanite Skeleton Key] 300
 [Cobalt Skeleton Key] 375
 [Titanium Skeleton Key] 400
 [Obsidium Skeleton Key] 525
Engineering  [Small Seaforium Charge] 150
 [Large Seaforium Charge] 250
 [Powerful Seaforium Charge] 300
 [Elemental Seaforium Charge] 350
 [Volatile Seaforium Blastpack] 525

In the early closed beta, mages had a spell called [Khadgar's Unlocking] which could unlock lockboxes and doors by consuming a reagent, but this spell was removed in Patch 0.9.

Pickable locks

Inventory chests

Lockboxes
Item Skill Source
 [Ornate Bronze Lockbox] 1 Looted from level ~20-25 mobs
 [Heavy Bronze Lockbox] 25 Looted from level ~25-30 mobs
 [Iron Lockbox] 70 Looted from level ~30-35 mobs
 [Strong Iron Lockbox] 125 Looted from level ~35-40 mobs
 [Steel Lockbox] 175 Looted from level ~40-45 mobs
 [Reinforced Steel Lockbox] 225 Looted from level ~45-50 mobs
 [Mithril Lockbox] 225 Looted from level ~50-55 mobs
 [Thorium Lockbox] 225 Looted from level ~55-60 mobs
 [Eternium Lockbox] 225 Looted from level ~60-65 mobs
 [Khorium Lockbox] 325 Looted from level ~65-70 mobs
 [Froststeel Lockbox] 375 Looted from level ~70-75 mobs
 [Titanium Lockbox] 400 Looted from level ~75-80 mobs
 [Tiny Titanium Lockbox] 400 Looted from [Bag of Fishing Treasures]
 [Elementium Lockbox] 425 Looted from level ~80-85 mobs
 [Ghost Iron Lockbox] 450 Looted from ~85-90 mobs
Junkboxes
Item Skill Source
 [Battered Junkbox] 1 Pickpocketed from level ~20-30 mobs
 [Worn Junkbox] 70 Pickpocketed from level ~30-40 mobs
 [Sturdy Junkbox] 175 Pickpocketed from level ~40-50 mobs
 [Heavy Junkbox] 250 Pickpocketed from level ~50-60 mobs
 [Strong Junkbox] 300 Pickpocketed from level ~60-70 mobs
 [Reinforced Junkbox] 350 Pickpocketed from level ~70-80 mobs
 [Flame-Scarred Junkbox] 400 Pickpocketed from level ~80-85 mobs
 [Vine-Cracked Junkbox] 450 Pickpocketed from level ~85-90 mobs
Miscellanous
Item Skill Source
 [Practice Lock] 1 Crafted with Engineering (100)
 [Small Locked Chest] 1 Fished from Wetlands, Hillsbrad Foothills, and Ashenvale
 [Sturdy Locked Chest] 70 Fished from Stranglethorn Vale, Dustwallow Marsh, and Swamp of Sorrows
 [Ironbound Locked Chest] 175 Fished from The Hinterlands, Azshara, Tanaris, and Feralas
 [Reinforced Locked Chest] 250 Fished from Azshara
 [Thaurissan Family Jewels] 275 Looted from Emperor Dagran Thaurissan in Blackrock Depths

Fixed chests

Chests
Item Skill Location
[Large Iron Bound Chest] 25 Blackfathom Deeps, Gnomeregan, Razorfen Downs, Razorfen Kraul, Scarlet Monastery, Shadowfang Keep, and The Stockade
[Large Mithril Bound Chest] 175 Blackrock Spire, Dire Maul, Stratholme, and Uldaman
[Large Mithril Bound Chest] 250 Western Plaguelands, Blackrock Spire, Dire Maul, and Stratholme
[Bound Fel Iron Chest] 300 Hellfire Ramparts, Mana-Tombs, The Blood Furnace, The Slave Pens, and The Underbog
[Bound Adamantite Chest] 325 Auchenai Crypts, Hellfire Ramparts, Mana-Tombs, Sethekk Halls, Shadow Labyrinth, The Blood Furnace, The Botanica, The Mechanar, The Shattered Halls, The Slave Pens, The Steamvault and The Underbog.
[Bound Adamantite Chest] 350 Hellfire Ramparts, The Blood Furnace, The Botanica, The Mechanar, The Shattered Halls, The Slave Pens, The Steamvault and The Underbog.
Footlockers
Item Skill Location
[Alliance Strongbox] 1 The Barrens
[Buccaneer's Strongbox] 1 The Barrens
[Venture Co. Strongbox] 1 The Barrens
[Practice Lockbox] 1 Redridge Mountains
[Ambermill Strongbox] 1 Silverpine Forest (for H Rogue [20] Tools of the Trade)
[Burial Chest] 1 Ghostlands (for H Rogue [18] Greed)
[Primitive Chest] 20 Ghostlands (for H Rogue [18] The Sad Truth)
[The Jewel of the Southsea] 25 The Barrens (for H [18] Plundering the Plunderers)
[Lucius's Lockbox] 25 Redridge Mountains (for A Rogue [20] Alther's Mill)
[Alliance Strongbox] 70 Alterac Mountains
[Battered Footlocker] 70 Stonetalon Mountains, Hillsbrad Foothills, Wetlands, and Badlands
[Duskwood Chest] 70 Westfall (for A [24] Klaven's Tower)
[Gallywix's Lockbox] 70 Westfall (for H Rogue [21] Mission: Possible But Not Probable)
[Waterlogged Footlocker] 70 Ashenvale and Redridge Mountains
[Benedict's Chest] 100 Durotar (for H [7] The Admiral's Orders)
[Battered Footlocker] 110 Wetlands, Hillsbrad Foothills, Stonetalon Mountains
[Battered Footlocker] 150 Badlands
[Waterlogged Footlocker] 150 Desolace
[Cozzle's Footlocker] 160 Stranglethorn Vale (for N [37] Goblin Sponsorship)
[Dented Footlocker] 175 Badlands, Nagrand, and Tanaris
[Dented Footlocker] 175 Badlands, Nagrand, and Tanaris
[Mossy Footlocker] 175 Swamp of Sorrows, Desolace, and Sunken Temple
[Dented Footlocker] 200 Searing Gorge
[Dented Footlocker] 225 Tanaris
[Mossy Footlocker] 225 Azshara
[Scarlet Footlocker] 250 Eastern Plaguelands
[Wicker Chest] 300 Zangarmarsh
[Dented Footlocker] 325 Nagrand
[Scarlet Onslaught Trunk] 385 Icecrown (for N [80 Daily] Intelligence Gathering)

Doors

Doors
Door Skill Location
Karazhan Gatehouse Portcullis 350 Karazhan
Karazhan Side Entrance 350 Karazhan
Violet Hold Door 365 Dalaran

Etiquette

If you can't unlock an item yourself, you will need to rely upon the lockpicking services of a rogue, blacksmith, or engineer to do it for you. When approaching a lockpicker, keep the following in mind:

  • You should only open a trade window with a lockpicker if they are publicly advertising their lockpicking services or you have already asked them in a whisper. It is not acceptable to simply open a trade with someone in the hope they will open your item, as they may be busy with auctions or mail, and your trade request could disrupt them.
  • Even if a lockpicker offers their services for "free," they may still expect a tip. There are no set guidelines for what constitutes an acceptable tip. Tips may vary depending on the type of lockbox, the number of boxes needing to be unlocked, the value of the items found inside the lockbox, cost of materials (for blacksmiths and engineers), the wealth of the tipper, or other factors. Most lockpickers would probably consider a tip between 1g and 5g per box acceptable—but again, it varies.
  • If you have only one or two lockboxes, put them in the "Will not be traded" slot of the trade window. Otherwise, you can trade your boxes to the lockpicker in bulk and they can unlock them from their inventory, then trade them back to you.
  • Try asking friends and guildmates before asking strangers. You are more likely to get it opened and more likely to get it done for free. You can mail the boxes to them, and they can send them back unlocked (if you do, list the boxes in the message, so they have a note to respond to, and as a reminder of who sent what).

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Lockpicking now skills up as you level, you no longer need to practice. Hovering over your [Pick Lock] icon will show the current level of box you can open.