The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trophies
Master Criminal
Bounty of 1000 gold in all nine holds

(Glitched - needs the 1.04 or higher patch to unlock) There are nine holds in Skyrim, of which there is either a major city or a major town, these are:

  • Falkreath (Falkreath)
  • Whiterun (Whiterun)
  • Morthal (Hjaalmarch)
  • Dawnstar (The Pale)
  • Winterhold (Winterhold)
  • Solitude (Haafinger)
  • Riften (The Rift)
  • Markarth (The Reach)
  • Windhelm (Eastmarch)

Basically, just head into each of those towns and cities and cause as much mayhem as possible… You’re best creating a save (once you’ve been to all 9 cities so you can fast travel) and heading to each town and killing as many people and guards as possible – 1 guard should do it, but if for some chance they don’t react when you hit/shoot them, then attack a civilian first.

When it’s at 1,000, run to somewhere you can fast travel and then nip to the next city. Pack plenty of stamina potions/and or get a horse and when escaping, head for the water (unless you’re on a horse) – the guards seem to be scared of it! Rinse and repeat till all nine are done. Fun trophy this one.

Glitch Note: This only affects non-English versions of the game. If you are in the US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand, you will not be affected at all. If you have a non-English version, then you are in trouble. The game will not read the translations properly and the stats for each hold won't be tracked. The most reliable workaround for this at the moment is to obtain a UK version of the game (assuming that you are in a PAL territory) and earn that one trophy in the English version since the save files are compatible. Changing the default language on your PS3 may work but it may also default the game's language to something other than English. If can't buy a UK version, then you are left waiting for Bethesda to fix the glitch. UPDATE: This was fixed with the 1.04 patch and is no longer and issue.

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User Comments
 Comment #1 by bobsnotmyuncle
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 05:29:51 AM

I wonder if this will mean all at the same time, or can you gain the bounty of 1000 in one hold, clear it, then move on to the next. I may save then load before these ones if its like Oblivion, bounties made it a royal pain in the ass to join guilds...

 Comment #2 by Macthillien
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 02:09:06 PM

I think it's all at the same time..

 Comment #3 by Jaytt3
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 @ 11:28:58 PM

Well looks like im going to have to be evil if i want the platinum.

 Comment #4 by mitcho2013
Friday, November 11, 2011 @ 02:28:37 AM

It means you must go to one city, kill an unarmed citizen in front of a guard, go to another town and repeat. Do this for each of the 9 major cities.

 Comment #5 by JLaflamme26
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ 09:14:56 PM

just leave it form last trophy. sorta like an evil ending by killing everyone to once saved. IMO lol.

 Comment #6 by bobsnotmyuncle
Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ 06:01:12 AM

lol, you don't HAVE to kill people. Just steal stuff, break into houses and kill chickens etc. Even just a punch to the face here and there will do it...

 Comment #7 by AnkleLint
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 04:37:06 PM

The easiest way I found was to just kill one guard, because they add 1000 to your bounty each time. Then just run away, and fast travel to the next hold. Save before you do this because you can just load your save after you unlock the trophy and erase your bounty.

 Comment #8 by Z28srock
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 12:15:17 AM

I beleive that in Oblivion the bounty was the whole kingdom, but not in Skyrim. The guards shouldn't chase you the whole time again!

 Comment #9 by Momonator
Saturday, November 19, 2011 @ 07:12:00 PM

I turned into a werewolf and automatically got 1000 bounty with Whiterun.. So I'm guessing this should work with the rest.

 Comment #10 by Valmir08
Saturday, November 19, 2011 @ 08:42:28 PM

just killing 1 guard in each will do the trick, gotta be the quickest way

 Comment #11 by Dagxeon
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 @ 01:28:32 AM

That would suck to have 1000 bounty in all the holds cause no one would like you and they
would attack you on sight (no friends) and i think i got about 1000 bounty in whinterhold
cause i beat up the jarl accidentally.

 Comment #12 by treefiftyz
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 12:33:31 PM

This trophy really shouldn't be hard at all, especially if you can turn into a werewolf. Every time its either 900 0r 1000 bounty.

 Comment #13 by SchizoDeluxe
Thursday, December 01, 2011 @ 09:52:30 AM

Does it have to be 1000 right on the money? Tried to do this one but had up to 4000 in some holds and still didnt get it..guess it could be one of many bugs I guess...

 Comment #14 by Reemickz
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 03:51:45 AM

Killed two guards in Riften for a total bounty of 40..? Really?

 Comment #15 by gritchou
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 02:53:03 AM

If you don't have an english version don't even bother to try this trophy
until this trophy has been fixed.

when you have a bounty, the specific hold should display in the stats menu
the amount of the bounty (that's also a good way to see what hold you are

in the non english version you just have amount total and not each bounty for
each hold.

 Comment #16 by gritchou
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 02:57:30 AM

Note that you can do a save, then turn into a killing machine.
have the bounty for all the different holds in the same time.
When the trophy has popped just reload the save... Nobody will know you where

 Comment #17 by Nakatomi_Uk
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 07:12:40 PM

Just kill a guard or person in all the 9 cities get the trophy and re load the save and you haven't lost 9000 gold should you need it and you have no wanted level

Also I would leave this to last

 Comment #18 by Henson
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 11:56:10 PM

hope there will be a fix in the january/feb patch of skyrim, last throphy:(

 Comment #19 by BUGAABOO
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 03:30:36 AM

I have the PAL version (lives in Sweden) and it hasn't popped yet..

 Comment #20 by BUGAABOO
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 03:33:54 AM

My bad lol, forgot I got pardoned in Whiterun!
It works for PAL now as well.

 Comment #21 by Henson
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @ 10:23:42 AM

Pal was working before as well, but only for English language versions
for spanish(my changed to it when i change system language) not

 Comment #22 by Henson
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 09:00:32 AM

should work now for german french and spanish
"Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian"

 Comment #23 by MechaNightmare
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 08:38:17 PM

@22 it doesnt still. I am playing the game in spanish but the patch hasnt been released. who knows when it is going to be released?

 Comment #24 by Henson
Friday, February 10, 2012 @ 11:39:19 AM

today:p finally got the platinum^^

 Comment #25 by Rockery382
Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 12:07:22 AM

hey i have 1000+ in EVERY hold and i didnt get the trophy. do i have to have 1000 exactly, or what?

 Comment #26 by ColdyLocks
Sunday, March 04, 2012 @ 12:48:28 AM

Keep track of the holds you hit up and have 1000 bounty. it sucks it you forget which one you didnt do. i did that. never again

 Comment #27 by Polly
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 03:34:33 PM

You can actually check your progress in the stats screen. You only have to remember which one is which (Hjaalmarch is Morthal area, The Pale is Dawnstar area, etc).

I have a non-UK PAL version of the game (Netherlands here) and I had no problem getting this. I do have my PS3 set on English though and I'm not sure if there's a Dutch translation at all causing the bug.

 Comment #28 by Rigoesbueno
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 12:26:28 PM

mine glitched and i killed every one in the city but my bounty doesnt go up? =(. do i just continue to try

 Comment #29 by johnequickiii
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 05:35:12 PM

I also have 1000+ bounty in all holds, but mine didn't pop either. I'm in the US with a US copy and PS3. >,

 Comment #30 by Ligume
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 @ 11:29:39 AM

Damn... Glitched for me too :(

 Comment #31 by psfanboy123
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 @ 01:41:59 PM

easy to get. 1st make a save file then fast travel to each main city entrance (easier to escape) kill some guards in front of some witnesses, run like crazy (stamina potions help) untill you escape, travel to next place, rinse and repeat. after trophy pops load your save file and continue as you were or pay off all your bounties, i think we all know what the majority will do. :) hope this helps - oh one last thing i was lvl 60 when i did this and had dragon armor equipped so i took no real damage so bring a lot of health potions as well if your low lvl

 Comment #32 by TWDoomMachine
Saturday, May 05, 2012 @ 10:54:17 AM

Changing into werewolf in front of witnesses (granting 1000 bounty) is a good idea, since you can run away faster. Hide, wait 24 hours and teleport to another city. If you aren't sure which hold you may be missing, you can check it by START --> GENERAL STATS --> CRIME.

 Comment #33 by Shirokurou
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 05:01:08 PM

Glitched... but I was playing on the English text... In a ENG language/Russian manual version. Weird.

 Comment #34 by Shirokurou
Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 01:15:52 PM

I thought it was glitched, but it worked.
I had 9 bounties of 1000, but one of them were "Tribal Orcs" which is not a hold. I forgot the Reach.
Worked after that.

 Comment #35 by bobbygo20
Sunday, June 03, 2012 @ 05:05:05 AM

@34 tribal orcs is always in the reach, i think, so it adds up to the reach bounty

 Comment #36 by Ryboutnowfunksoubrova
Monday, June 18, 2012 @ 05:32:26 PM

i accidentally killed a guard and got a bounty of 1000
so do that in all 9 holds

 Comment #37 by URaLOZer
Saturday, June 23, 2012 @ 01:45:57 AM

A reward for killing people? How is it I have never heard of this before?

 Comment #38 by Koujo
Sunday, July 01, 2012 @ 11:34:59 AM

Just be sure you dont have a follower because they WILL leave you, and then attack you...

 Comment #39 by TrophyNoob88
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 11:34:44 PM

Have 1000 all 9, not unlocking :/

(english version)

 Comment #40 by TrophyNoob88
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 11:37:22 PM

Nvm, i cant count, think i forgot morthal

 Comment #41 by TrophyNoob88
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 11:39:39 PM

Maybe solitude

 Comment #42 by TrophyNoob88
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 11:41:49 PM

Got it

 Comment #43 by eeo99
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 01:42:27 AM

Not that difficult, i just went on a killing spree and fast traveled out of all the holds. Took about 30 minutes

 Comment #44 by NeedlesKane
Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 03:16:25 PM

kill a person in each hold then quite w/ out saveing

 Comment #45 by Klaudia
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 04:34:52 AM

Werewolf - 1000 bounty without killing anyone.

I got the trophy, Im living in Sweden and I have the swedish version.

 Comment #46 by kazel39
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 12:57:56 PM

If you find your trophy not popping up but see all your cities at 1,000 then check that you have 9 cities listed in the stats. I had this problem and realised i only had 8 cities showing up, cities with 0 bounty wont show up

 Comment #47 by jarruddutton
Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 05:11:26 AM

This trophy was a real pain. After getting my bounty up in Falkreath, I couldn't fast travel to Morthal or Markarth because it kept saying 'you cannot fast travel while guards are pursuing you'. I tried everything, like running into water, but I had to run between Falkreath to Morthal and then run to Markarth. Took forever!

 Comment #48 by Misko1023
Saturday, August 31, 2013 @ 12:35:15 AM

Gettin this right now last trophy before platinum

 Comment #49 by TheFailBot
Sunday, December 15, 2013 @ 10:02:24 PM

i cant get the bounty for some reason.

 Comment #50 by dante_kinkade
Monday, January 06, 2014 @ 03:39:18 PM

one of several horrible annoying trophies in the game, at least one can do the boring and evil task of murder in each town and then when done reload a previous save, so tedious and boring.

 Comment #51 by hal10000
Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 07:54:13 PM

Gltiched. Have over 1000 bounty in all holds but Eastmarch.

I get a message saying my bounty is 1000, but when I go to check the Crime section of the menu, it says Eastmarch bounty is still at 80.

Someone please remind me never to buy another Bethesda game ever again.

 Comment #52 by Theophobos
Saturday, February 07, 2015 @ 01:57:15 PM

This has been patched a long time ago, trophy ain't glitched no more.

 Comment #53 by Oniineko
Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 11:25:36 PM

lol this was fun

 Comment #54 by MasterStief89
Monday, June 15, 2015 @ 12:18:32 PM

Second most annoying trophy besides the book-reading one for me.

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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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