Where can I buy or acquire lock picks?

  • I am running low of lock picks. Those master locks really run through them. Apart from finding them as loot, where can I buy or acquire lock picks?

    I think most fences have about 50 of them at a time, but I haven't played in a while, and can't be bothered checking.

    A great many stores have lockpicks, and they are very cheap. Buy out the stock of every store you visit, every time, and you'll never run out. Your coin pouch won't be that much lighter, either.

  • PaulDoesDev

    PaulDoesDev Correct answer

    8 years ago

    From the Skyrim wiki:

    Lockpicks are easily obtained, as almost all merchants carry at least 1 of them. Some of the easier ways are:

    • The Thieves Guild fence Tonilia carries around 30 picks for sale.
    • The Khajiit trader outside Whiterun also carries 30 or more picks for sale.
    • Babette in the Dark Brotherhood usually sells between 15 and 20 picks.
    • General goods traders such as Belethor often carry 5 to 10 picks.
    • Nearly all merchants, even food vendors will generally carry at least 1 lockpick in the miscellaneous category.
    • Checking chests, bags and other storage units.
    • Killing or pickpocketing bandits or humanoid monsters.
    • The Skeleton Key. This lockpick is unique in that it will never break; the shaking animation will still occurr if you put too much pressure while in the wrong position, but the pick itself doesn't break, meaning that you can try an infinite number of times.

    Pretty sure the Skeleton Key never plays the breaking animation.

    @kotekzot it shows the pick vibrating as it does just before it would break. I believe this is the animation they refer to.

    @Jasarien that makes sense, but if that's the case the choice of words is rather poor.

    It's a wiki, you could always edit it :)

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