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This guide could be considered our reference to
roguely pursuits or
life outside the law.
Lockpicking, trespassing, pickpocketing, theft, killing livestock, aiding & abetting a criminal (i.e. healing), assault, murder... any of these actions count as a Legerdemain activity and will earn you a bounty if they are seen by a NPC witness or guard.
Heat, the red portion of your bounty, decays rather rapidly, but any remaining bounty which is white on your reputation marker decays slowly. Your bounty is tied to your reputation which has four basic states: Upstanding, Disreputable, Notorious, and Fugitive.
Note that combat will lock the doors to any building with you inside and guards cannot be killed. If a guard kills you while you have a bounty, they remove all stolen items from your inventory and take enough of your gold to cover your bounty. Don't get a bounty if you can't pay it; you will resurrect and still have a bounty on your head if the guard didn't recover sufficient gold off your body. Should you need to flee, your best bets are to run to a nearby Outlaws Refuge or to dive into a large body of water and swim away from shore — just not so far the slaughterfish get you!
If you don't want to wait for your reputation to slowly recover, you can pay your bounty to a fence in any Outlaw's Refuge. The fence has connections which can instantly restore your reputation to Upstanding without losing any stolen goods. Fences can also launder your goods, removing the stolen flag from items so that you may safely keep them (by paying the fence their listed value). If you don't wish to keep an item, sell it directly to the fence without laundering it.
Legerdemain rank advances as follows:
Higher skill ranks in Legerdemain will provide a better chance to
find higher quality items, replacing the previous approach of higher level zones having a higher chance to obtain higher quality items.
Legerdemain Skill Line
|Required Skill Level||Skill Name||Benefit||Cost|
|1||Improved Hiding||reduces the Stamina cost of Sneaking by 10%||Passive|
|2||Light Fingers||increases the chance of successfully Pickpocketing by 10%||Passive|
|3||Trafficker||increases fence interactions each day by 120% (to 110 items)||Passive|
|5||Locksmith||improves your chances of forcing locks by 10%||Passive|
|6||Kickback||reduces the bounty willingly paid to guards & fences by 10%||Passive|
|6||Improved Hiding II||reduces the Stamina cost of Sneaking by 20%||Passive|
|7||Light Fingers II||increases the chance of successfully Pickpocketing by 20%||Passive|
|8||Trafficker II||increases fence interactions each day by 140% (to 120 items)||Passive|
|9||Locksmith II||improves your chances of forcing locks by 25%||Passive|
|10||Kickback II||reduces the bounty willingly paid to guards & fences by 20%||Passive|
|11||Improved Hiding III||reduces the Stamina cost of Sneaking by 30%||Passive|
|12||Light Fingers III||increases the chance of successfully Pickpocketing by 35%||Passive|
|13||Trafficker III||increases fence interactions each day by 160% (to 130 items)||Passive|
|14||Locksmith III||improves your chances of forcing locks by 45%||Passive|
|15||Kickback III||reduces the bounty willingly paid to guards & fences by 30%||Passive|
|16||Improved Hiding IV||reduces the Stamina cost of Sneaking by 40%||Passive|
|17||Light Fingers IV||increases the chance of successfully Pickpocketing by 50%||Passive|
|18||Trafficker IV||increases fence interactions each day by 180% (to 140 items)||Passive|
|19||Locksmith IV||improves your chances of forcing locks by 70%||Passive|
|20||Kickback IV||reduces the bounty willingly paid to guards & fences by 40%||Passive|
The Thieves Guild skill line is unlocked after purchasing the Thieves Guild DLC (or subscribing to ESO+) and talking with Quen in an Outlaw Refuge to embark on its story arc. Beyond that storyline, the Thieves Guild also includes three types of repeatable quests: Rye's Reacquisitions, guild assignments, and heists. The Thieves Guild Refuge is located in Hew's Bane.
In order to do these, you must first complete at least part of the Thieves Guild story arc however.
Partners in Crime, you can speak with Spencer Rye, who is originally found within the cistern (later he's at a table with a bulletin board just outside).
His tasks are daily quests under the quest title
At that time also be sure to begin
The Cutpurse's Craft, which can be acquired from the bulletin board near Kari in the cistern.
This quest requires you to pickpocket 3 personal items or 10 items in total from folks in Hew's Bane.
Completing this quest unlocks the other jobs/quests which can be done for the guild.
You may complete as many jobs in a day as you wish, but may only have one assignment at a time.
These quests involve a series of safebox robberies (Crime Spree), reminding laborers to pay their protection dues (Idle Hands), remind entertainers that they only work with the guild's permission (Plucking Fingers), encouraging law-abiding citizens to mind their own business (Under Our Thumb), and pilfering and laundering a specific type of item for a client (Covetous Countess).
After completing "The Long Game" in the main storyline, talking with Velsa will enable you to do the quest "Master of Heists" which introduces you to Fa'ren-dar. Afterwards, you may take a heist from the tip board near Fa'ren-dar once per day. The key to success in these heists has been claimed to be using the right gear, although having certain skills such as Legerdemain's Locksmith to reliably force locks might quicken completions as well. Use gear with a set bonus which reduces the radius of detection (i.e. Night Mother's Embrace x5 and/or Night Terror x3) and consider a set bonus which allows you to move in stealth as quickly as out of it (i.e. Night's Silence x5 or Shadow Dancer x5). If you're happy with your detection radius from class passives or playstyle skill, you might consider the Bahara's Curse set x4 which reduces trap damage by 40%. Potions of Invisibility wouldn't hurt either.
The overall value of items from Thieves Troves will be based on your rank in the Thieves Guild skill line, with a higher rank providing an increased chance for more and higher quality items.
Thieves Guild Skill Line
|Required Skill Level||Skill Name||Benefit||Cost|
|1||Finders Keepers||Welcome to the Thieves Guild! You can now open the Thieves Troves which are scattered across Tamriel.||Passive|
|2||Swiftly Forgotten||Bounty decreases by 46 after 3 minutes and Heat decreases by 36 after 3 seconds||Passive|
|3||Haggling||Increases the value of stolen goods sold at a fence by 2%||Passive|
|4||Clemency||When accosted by a guard may use Clemency once per day. When used the guard will not arrest you or take your money or stolen goods for at least 1 minute unless you commit other crimes.||Passive|
|5||Swiftly Forgotten II||Bounty decreases by 69 after 3 minutes and Heat decreases by 46 after 3 seconds||Passive|
|6||Haggling II||Increases the value of stolen goods sold at a fence by 4%||Passive|
|7||Timely Escape||When you have a bounty and are in combat, can spot a "Footpad" waving a torch who will transport you safely to the nearest Outlaw Refuge.(warning! appears broken)||Passive|
|8||Swiftly Forgotten III||Bounty decreases by 92 after 3 minutes and Heat decreases by 55 after 3 seconds||Passive|
|9||Haggling III||Increases the value of stolen goods sold at a fence by 7%||Passive|
|10||Veil of Shadows||Decreases the Detection Range of witnesses and guards by 10%; witnesses are less likely to notice crimes while guards won't challenge until they get closer.||Passive|
|11||Swiftly Forgotten IV||Bounty decreases by 115 after 3 minutes and Heat decreases by 64 after 3 seconds||Passive|
|12||Haggling IV||Increases the value of stolen goods sold at a fence by 10%||Passive|
Dark Brotherhood's skill line is unlocked after purchasing the Dark Brotherhood DLC (or subscribing to ESO+) and completing the first quest, gained by talking to Amelie Crowe at any Outlaw Refuge. Repeatable quests included with the DLC are Bounty Quests (conquer delves, battle in the Kvatch Arena, or vanquish a monstrous minotaur), Contract Kills (under the guidance of Elam Drals, a Dark Elf assassin), and Sacraments (through the Black Hand's agent Speaker Terenus). Dark Brotherhood's Sanctuary is located in the Gold Coast region.
The Dragonstar Caravan Company offers daily quests at Bounty Boards found in the cities of Anvil and Kvatch. The Bounty Board in Anvil offers delve-inspired quests: avenging fallen warriors in Hrota Cave (Buried Evil) & recovering ancient relics from the ruins of Fort Faleria (Looming Shadows). The Bounty Board in Kvatch sends you to fight bosses: defeating a Kvatch Arena champion (The Roar of the Crowds) or killing a dangerous minotaur smuggled in from Craglorn (The Common Good).
Before speaking with Elam Drals about Dark Brotherhood Contracts you must complete
Welcome Home, the 3rd quest in the DLC's story line.
Much like Thieves Guild assignments, there is no limit in how many contracts you complete in one day, but you may only be on one contract at a time.
The Dark Brotherhood quest
A Lesson in Silence must be completed before unlocking Sacraments.
Sacraments are daily quests completed under the guidance of Speaker Terenus, who will have you travel to various locations to stalk and kill, with optional bonus objectives to gain greater rewards.
Dark Brotherhood Skill Line
|Required Skill Level||Skill Name||Benefit||Cost|
|1||Blade of Woe||Call the weapon of the Dark Brotherhood to your hand and deliver a killing blow to an unsuspecting target. Experience from this target is reduced by 75%. This ability does not work on players or difficult targets.||Passive|
|2||Scales of Pitiless Justice||Bounty and Heat resulting from a witnessed Murder or Assault is reduced by 20%.||Passive|
|3||Padomaic Sprint||Grants Major Expedition (increasing your Movement Speed by 30%) for 6 seconds after killing a Citizen.||Passive|
|4||Shadowy Supplier||A contract from the Brotherhood provides beneficial items once per day. (located in the Outlaw Refuges, the Gold Coast Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, and the Hew's Bane Thieves Den)||Passive|
|5||Scales of Pitiless Justice II||Bounty and Heat resulting from a witnessed Murder or Assault is reduced by 30%.||Passive|
|6||Padomaic Sprint II||Grants Major Expedition (increasing your Movement Speed by 30%) for 8 seconds after killing a Citizen.||Passive|
|7||Shadow Rider||Aggression radius from hostile monsters is decreased by 50% while mounted.||Passive|
|8||Scales of Pitiless Justice III||Bounty and Heat resulting from a witnessed Murder or Assault is reduced by 40%.||Passive|
|9||Padomaic Sprint III||Grants Major Expedition (increasing your Movement Speed by 30%) for 10 seconds after killing a Citizen.||Passive|
|10||Spectral Assassin||15% chance to shroud you when using the Blade of Woe, shielding you from being witnessed and receiving a Bounty.||Passive|
|11||Scales of Pitiless Justice IV||Bounty and Heat resulting from a witnessed Murder or Assault is reduced by 50%.||Passive|
|12||Padomaic Sprint IV||Grants Major Expedition (increasing your Movement Speed by 30%) for 12 seconds after killing a Citizen.||Passive|