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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.
  • It took at least ten days for the caches to respawn items if ones left the town completely. If entered within that period, the timer will revert back to zero. Waiting outside one of the towns for ten days will refill all Thief Caches in other holds including the one in Glover Mallory's house.
  • To change contents of the caches, save the game before entering any towns as the game will have the items fixed once the Dragonborn enter the city. Reload to randomize them. This trick can be useful for farming certain hard-to-find gems such as Flawless Sapphire/Diamonds or getting powerful enchanted daggers.


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  / 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.
  • 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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Thief Cache

  • Thieves Guild Caches

    3 messages
    • Yeah. Like most containers, the items respawn. Not the same items, though.
    • They do "refill" and the contents vary considerably sometimes its lockpicks and some gold other times its leveled enchanted weapons and gemston...
  • Thief Cache

    • Does anyone know if the contents in the Thief Cache respawn or not? I just now found these after randomly finding one in Whiterun. Never knew t...

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