The Shill Job is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These side quests play no role in the successful completion of the Thieves Guild main quest.


Go to the Ragged Flagon in The Ratway, and talk to Vex. Request a job, and she will give the Dragonborn a list of four different types.

Choose Shill, and she will instruct the Dragonborn to go to plant a certain item in a random target's property. This usually involves lockpicking so amulets, potions, or rings with the appropriate enchantments/effects may be useful. Break into the target container and plant the item, (taking other items won't affect the outcome). Return to Vex for a reward.

It is not actually necessary to alert a guard for this quest to complete successfully. The quest may register as completed and instruct the Dragonborn to go directly to Vex, whereupon the reward will still be received and the job will count as one of the small jobs in the city.

Possible objectivesEdit







The Shill Job – TGRDU
IDJournal Entry
  • Objective 10: Plant the <Alias=Evidence> in <Alias=WealthyHome> in <Alias=City>
20I've been told to plant the <Alias=Evidence> in <Alias=WealthyHome> in <Alias=City>. I need to complete this job without killing any of the location's residents or getting caught and spending time in jail.
I've successfully planted the <Alias=Evidence> in <Alias=WeathyHome> in <Alias=City>.
  • Objective 20: Return to Vex
200I've successfully completed the job and received my share of the pay.
  • Quest complete
250By killing a resident at the task's location, I've failed this job and was forced to forfeit my share of the pay.
  • Quest failed
During the course of the task, I was arrested and sent to the local jail. I've therefore failed the job and was force to forfeit my share of the pay.
  • Quest failed
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


  • One must plant the item in the exact location that the quest marker points to. This is usually a chest in the target's house. One cannot just plant the item anywhere one fancies.


This section contains bugs related to The Shill 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  • The item that is supposed to be planted may not be given to the player, making it impossible to finish the quest. (Fix - go back to Vex and quit the mission).
  • Items planted and retrieved may be sold to a fence, but will still be tagged as stolen if repurchased.
  •  PC   PS3   If Heimskr's House is picked as the target and the "Battle for Whiterun" has already been completed, then this quest will be impossible to complete since the house is destroyed in the battle. Simply return to Vex and quit the mission.
    •  PC(Fix)   Using the console, type coc WhiterunHeimskrsHouse. That way the required item can be obtained.