The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trophies
Pick 50 locks and 50 pockets

Like most of the collective trophies in Skyrim, there’s no real shortcut to this trophy, you have to put the time in and pick locks and pick pockets. Simple as. In truth, most of these will just come with playing the game (especially the pick 50 locks) and the pick 50 pockets can be sped up when doing the Thieves Guild. A few tips though:

  • Always open jail cells and chests you find around Skyrim, even if you don’t necessarily want anything from in there.
  • Always carry enough lock-picks. Buy whenever possible. Even breaking them earns you experience for that skill, thus making it easier to lock pick.
  • Doing the Thieves Guild’s final mission, “Darkness Returns,” you’ll be able to get a special ability that will help you remain incognito. No spoilers!
  • Use the standing stone, the Shadow Stone and once a day players can become invisible for an extended period. That helps with pickpocketing. You’ll find it south of Riften, in the small mountain in the middle before the big mountain range to the south.
  • You have to be crouched to pickpocket, and do so from the shadows and only grab when the reticule’s eye is closed (i.e. a thin horizontal line).
  • Remember, it’s free to look, but grab something and get caught and they’ll turn on you and you’ll get a bounty. Always note the percentage… 90% ones are fairly risk free.
  • This is unconfirmed with the recent patch, but pickpocketing an item, quitting the pickpocketing menu, and then pickpocketing them again will count twice.
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User Comments
 Comment #1 by swampgas13
Monday, November 28, 2011 @ 03:42:19 PM

Any idea if this is 50 Pockets, or 50 items from pockets? (Probably the 1st of the two but figure i'd ask)

 Comment #2 by swampgas13
Monday, November 28, 2011 @ 03:47:03 PM

Just looked it up - Each successful attempt (either placing an item in someone's inventory or taking an item will count for an attempt) AFTER placing or taking an item, exit the pickpocket screen then open it again to take a different item. (Each time the window opens it is a new attempt even though its the same person.

 Comment #3 by johnequickiii
Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 02:48:21 PM

Verified. Just did it myself. ^^

 Comment #4 by bobbygo20
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 05:16:03 AM

is it both 50 pockets and 50 locks, or only one of the 2?

 Comment #5 by twyz
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 07:56:01 PM

Just like the discription says, "50 locks and 50 pockets".

 Comment #6 by registering is pointless
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 09:56:08 PM

No Grinding Necessary!

I'm surprised I didn't see this solution here. I've been doing the ridiculously strong Fortify Restoration potion trick for super weapons and armor. Please look up how to do that trick. It's too lengthy and off topic for here.

FAST Pickpocketing Trophy. (I already had the lockpicking by playing game)
-Make a ridiculously strong Fortify Restoration Potion
-Drink it
-Spam produce Fortify Pickpocketing Potions before the Fort.Rest. Potion wears.
-Go to a crowded area (mildly crowded)
-Drink Fortify Pickpocketing
(mine is 563989% easier pickpocketing for 60 seconds. Items show as 90% to pick usually unless it's a 0% quest item, WATCH OUT FOR THOSE!)

You can clean out about 4 NPCs easily in the 60 seconds time. I made 11 potions and only used abou

 Comment #7 by registering is pointless
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 09:59:09 PM

also NOTE regarding the question of 50 items or 50 pockets. I don't know but I think the potion I used in the post above skewed my results.

I started with only 6 pick pockets on my record.

After robbing about maybe 10 NPCs total. I 51 Pickpockets. I did not pick 50 NPC pockets. This doesn't mean that it isn't 50 people. Or at least it's inconclusive because I used a ridiculously powerful potion and who knows how that affected the results.

 Comment #8 by registering is pointless
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 10:01:21 PM

Sorry for spam, my initial post ran out of room.
Part II
You can clean out about 4 NPCs easily in the 60 seconds time. I made 11 potions and only used about 3. Got 6 pickpocketing past 50 in only a few drinks.

INGREDIENTS are any two of the following items:
- Orange Dartwing
- Blue Dartwing
- Nordic Barnacle
- Slaughterfish Eggs

I accidentally made some other Fort. Pick Pots but some had an additional effect of "Causes 140997 points of poison for 10 seconds." I don't know which combo caused this one but don't drink this one!

Hope this helps. The hard part was farming and it wasn't that hard. I Farmed nearly ALL ingreds. for Fort. Rest. and Fort. Pick. at the pond surrounding Geirmund's hall. It is JUST to the east of Ivarstead.

Have fun!

 Comment #9 by Eternal21
Sunday, December 22, 2013 @ 06:49:53 AM

Wow - the tool above me wrote an essay spanning 3 posts about some shite method he came up with that not only will take you forever to set up - it will take you forever to execute as well. Meanwhile, you can get the 50 pickpockets in a few minutes using the method below, which takes advantage of the exploit mentioned by poster #2:

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Game Info


US November 11, 2011
Europe November 11, 2011
Japan December 08, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1
ESRB: Mature
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