Sly Cooper picking the pocket of a guard

Pickpocketing is the ability to pick coins and loot out of a guard's pocket. In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Sly Cooper is the only character who can pickpocket, and he uses his cane to do so. In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Bentley and Murray also get the ability to pickpocket, though not in the same way that Sly pickpockets.

To pickpocket a guard, the character must not be alerted by any guards. Guards will usually have coins along with their loot, so coins may also be obtained when pickpocketing.

In Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Sly, Bentley, Murray and the ancestors can pickpocket.


Sly and the ancestors

To pickpocket, Sly needs to get near the guard's pocket and press CircleButton to swipe something out. While behind a guard, Sly will enter into his "Stealth Stance", where he is crouching. He will pickpocket with the crook of his cane. It has been shown that Sly uses this ability in Thieves in Time. Sly's ancestors can also do pickpocketing in a similar fashion to Sly.


Bentley will use his fishing pole to pickpocket. When he is close enough to the guard, hold the assigned button, and then move back (or stay still if the guard is moving forward). The coins will come automatically. Bentley can also shoot a sleep dart at an enemy and then pickpocket them. In Thieves in Time, Bentley uses the robotic arms in his wheelchair to pickpocket guards instead of the Pick-Pocket-Pole.


Unlike Sly and Bentley, it does not matter whether Murray alerted guards or not to pickpocket, unless he wants to pickpocket a flashlight guard, in which he must not alert them. While behind a guard, uppercut him with the TriangleButton, then grab him out of the air with the CircleButton. While in Murray's grasp, press CircleButton multiple times to shake the guard loose of his coins and loot. If a foe is on the ground and dazed, Murray can stomp to pick up his victim by pressing CircleButton, before proceeding to press it again to pickpocket. In Thieves in Time, the ability is a purchasable power-up under the name Looty Shake. Since Murray cannot perform uppercuts in this game, Murray's stomp has been buffed to allow him to pick up foes in the same way he would an object. Other than the fact that you need to stomp to pick foes up, most of the rules for pickpocketing in 2 and 3 still apply in Thieves in Time.


  • Any guard can be pickpocketed, including Carmelita.
  • In Thieves in Time Carmelita is the only character that cannot pickpocket.
  • In Sly 2, Bentley can sell the loot Sly obtains on ThiefNet for coins, while from Sly 3 forward, the item's value is automatically added to the player's coins.

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