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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Greg Wright
First Published: 31-05-2012 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-06-2020 / 06:10 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 04-07-2020 / 09:25 GMT

Quick Look: Lockpicking

Suggested Perks

Lockpicking increases the "hit" area of a lock, making it easier to pick locks. Most perks in the Lockpicking tree make Lockpicking even easier, increase the treasure you'll find in containers, or make your lockpicks unbreakable.

There's only so much one can say about Lockpicking. Most of the skills help you pick locks easier, obviously, with a few loot-building perks thrown in.. presumably because the developers understandably couldn't think of real innovations to deal with Lockpicking. If you played Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, you know what you're in for. The fine folks at Bethesda wisely took their better lock-picking mini-game and transplated it into Skyrim. Just make sure you don't get caught doing it, guards don't take kindly to innocent mechanical inquiries.

Perk Picks

There's not really much to say about the perks in this tree - none of them are worth buying unless you have over-leveled to an absurd degree and you reall, really hate picking locks. The mini-game is easy enough, and simply increasing your skill should suffice to make it trivial. You can buy plenty of picks from Tonilia to offset what you lose. If you absolutely hate the mini-game, get "Unbreakable", then there's absolutely no chance of failure or resource management, but even that requires six perks to reach.

Leveling Tips

Pick locks. Not a sexy answer, but there it is. Fortunately the skill levels fairly quickly as you succeed at picking locks, so just go aorund towns at night and unlock doors. No need to pillage and plunder, just unlock and leave, and don't get caught by the guards. The only real way to "grind" this skill aside from increasing it via trainers is to simply buy lockpicks from Tonilia at the Thieve's Guide every time you visit, presumably between Delvin and Vex's radiant quests. At the end of this process you'll end up with a massive amount of lockpicks, which you can use to increase your skill, if you don't mind wasting them. Every time you break a pick in a lock, you get some experience, so simply find a Master lock (there's such a chest in the Thieve's Guild) and break your lockpick off in it. Weigh down your analog stick to keep the picks breaking and you'll slowly inch this skill up.


Trainer Skill Level Location
Ma'jhad Expert (Lv. 51 - 75) Member of the wandering Khajiit caravan.
Vex Master (Lv. 76 - 90) Riften, Thieve's Guild (The Ragged Flagon)

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, Switch, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    12 June 2020
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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