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Shadowmark for a Thief Cache

A Thief Cache is a barrel in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that can be looted for various items. The thief caches in Riften appear immediately after the Dragonborn has joined the Thieves Guild (being the Guild Master is not required). The "special" missions assigned by Delvin Mallory must be completed for each specific hold in order for the other thief caches to appear.

The thief's cache shadowmark is present on the side of the Barrel.

At higher levels, most thief caches may contain a Daedric dagger with a random enchantment, some Daedric arrows and gems, and a way of lockpicking, be it a potion of lockpicking or a large amount of lockpicks.



  • In the garden at Honeyside, against the Riften city wall (by the potatoes, leeks and cabbages).
  • On the lower docks whilst standing outside Valindor's House, and looking straight ahead.
  • In the corner on the balcony overlooking the guards' training grounds by Mistveil Keep. Accessed through the second floor of the guard's barracks.


  • Just outside of the door to Vlindrel Hall.
  • On the walkway above The Treasury House.
  • At the base of the waterfall below the blacksmith. Half-submerged in the water.






  • With the Prowler's Profit ability, they will probably contain a considerable number of precious gems (3-10).
  • Looting all of the caches around the map with Prowler's Profit can be quite beneficial. By selling all the acquired gems and weapons to fences (all of whom have 4000 GoldIcon each, except Enthir who only has 500), a substantial amount of coin can be made.


This section contains bugs related to Thief Cache. 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  ,  PS3  ,  PC  .
  3. If a fix to the bug is known, please provide it, but avoid use of first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board and not the article.
  • Caches in Whiterun, Solitude, Windhelm, and Markarth may not show up at all, even after all the Thieves Guild quests have been completed. Been fixed with the 1.9 beta patch via Steam. However, a recent update on 8.4.13 fixed all bugs.

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