This achievement is easily unlocked at a high level, as the character can take more hits. Killing a guard in front of witnesses will give an automatic 1000 bounty. The easiest strategy here is to kill a guard, flee and fast travel to another hold. One could also steal a horse at the stables to facilitate the escape. Repeat for all nine holds. Those who want to keep a good reputation could do this achievement on another save file, and reload their "good" game once it has been unlocked.
| Master Criminal|
Bounty of 1000 gold in all nine holds
The Holds of SkyrimEdit
- Falkreath Hold
- The Pale
- The Reach
- The Rift
- Winterhold Hold
- Whiterun Hold
- Killing all witnesses will remove the bounty accumulated. Some NPC's should be left alive to tell the tale in order to keep the bounty high.
- It's easy to unlock this achievement if the Dragonborn has been infected with lycanthropy. Simply turning into a werewolf in front of someone will cause a 1000 gold bounty from transforming. Just leave and repeat in the next hold. This trick also works with the Vampire Lord transformation.
- The current bounties in each hold are available from the pause menu. Click on 'General Stats' and choose the crime option.
- If the Dragonborn is the Thane of a hold, they will not technically have a bounty if the Thane's privilege hasn't been used recently. If this achievement won't pop, even if all bounties are 1000+ in the menu, then the Dragonborn can return to the holds where they are Thane. Demand that any bounty be wiped clean as Thane, then commit the crime of choice again.
- Performing this as a werewolf allows faster escape to fast travel to another hold. Having the Ring of Hircine allows for multiple transformations a day.
This section contains bugs related to Master Criminal. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- Unlocking this achievement is impossible for non-English versions of the game as the bounties earned are not calculated by holds. Fixed in version 1.4.
- If the title of thane is lost after overthrowing the hold's jarl in the civil war questline and a bounty is incurred in that hold before thane-status can be regained, the bounty will not count towards the achievement. No known fixes for this bug.