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The Heist Job is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Heist Jobs are quests given to the Dragonborn by Vex in The Ragged Flagon as extra work for the Thieves Guild. The purpose of a heist job is to steal a certain item from various places around Skyrim. These are side quests and do not play a role in successful completion of the main Thieves Guild line of quests. They can, however, play a part in building the Guild, unlocking city influence quests, and becoming Guildmaster.


The following is an incomplete list of items that may be asked to be stolen from in this job. The quests may appear in a different order.


Journal Entry

I've been told to retrieve the <radiant item> from <radiant shop> in <radiant city>. I need to complete this job without killing any of the location's residents or getting caught and spending time in jail.

  • Objective: Retrieve <radiant item> from <radiant shop> in <radiant city>

Before the task could be completed, I decided to quit. I've therefore failed the job and forfeited any pay I might have received.

  • Quest failed

I've retrieved the <radiant item> from <radiant shop> in <radiant city>

  • Objective: Return to Vex

During the course of this task, I was arrested and sent to the local jail. I've therefore failed the job and was forced to forfeit my share of the pay.

  • Quest failed

I've successfully complete the job and received my share of the pay.

  • Quest complete


  • 100 - 500 GoldIcon, based on character level.
  • Possible Thieves Guild trophy (depending on number of jobs completed).


This section contains bugs related to The Heist Job. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  360   If "The White Phial" has been completed before stealing the emerald from the strongbox, the thief may not be rewarded.
  •  PC   360   Sometimes a theft won't work when stealing from a strongbox, the quest will not continue. This could be caused by Prowler's Profit.
  •  PC   PS3   The quest may sometimes become impossible to complete if a person (such as a follower) distracts the Dragonborn whilst saying the quest finishing dialogue.
  • Even if the job is completed successfully, a notice may appear stating that the Dragonborn was arrested and sent to the local jail, causing them to fail the task and forfeit their share of the pay. This can also happen if the Dragonborn is arrested for an unrelated crime before turning in the heist job.

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    • ...Just reloaded a save (I was frustrated, saved just before I murdered Arcadia and 3 guards), and bam, theres a staircase leading upstairs. W...

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