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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.




Solstheim (Dragonborn)Edit



  • 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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