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The Shill Job
TESV The Shill Job
Quest Giver Vex
Location Radiant
Prerequisite Member of Thieves Guild
Reward 100 - 500GoldIcon, possible Thieves Guild Trophy depending on number of jobs completed
Faction Thieves Guild
Type Radiant quest
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







Journal Entry

I've been told to plant the Stolen <radiant item> in <radiant house> 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: Plant the Stolen <radiant item> in <radiant house> 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 planted the Stolen <radiant item> in <radiant house> 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


  • 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:

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  • 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.
  • 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   Using the console type coc WhiterunHeimskrsHouse. That way you can get the item required.

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