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Thieves Guild part III

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Arrow of Extrication

The procedure is similar as before. You will be contacted by a messenger, who will tell you to go to Malintus Ancrus in Chorrol. After listening to what Gray Fox has to say, go to Bravil and talk to one of the beggars. Head to the castle.

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Sneak into Fathis Aren's room - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Sneak into Fathis Aren's room. You won't find anything particular in there, but there's a Movable Pillar on the northern wall (the right screen above). There are two levels of dungeons before you. In the first one, you'll have to dive between two corridors, as there's no key to the door that's blocking your way.

After getting on the ground level again, you can either kill Fathis and take the key from his body (no penalty from the Guild) or steal it from him. If you feel comfortable with Security, ignore him completely and just sneak into his laboratory on the upper level. In there, open the chest with the arrowhead you're looking for. Take the tower key and use it to leave this place.

Boots of Springheel Jak

If you fenced at least 900 Gold, once again wait in the Imperial City for the messenger to arrive. This time you have to go to Gandredhel's house in Cheydinhal.

Your goal is to steal boots of a legendary thief, who was buried with them 300 years ago. From the beggars in the Imperial City you'll know that the thief's ancestor lives in Talos Plaza District. Break into Jakben Imbel's House. You won't find anything of interest here - you need to find Jakben personally.

At night, he's walking around the city, and during the day he's in his house - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough

At night, he's walking around the city, and during the day he's in his house. When you talk to him, he'll totally freak out and give you the key to his basement. You can go in there or just kill him where he stands - he's a vampire. In fact, he IS the original Springheel Jak. The boots you are looking for are actually on him, so there's no way to get them but to finish him off. If you decide to enter the catacombs, though, there will be some more vampires to kill, and also an interesting book named Jak's Journal.

When you get the book, Gray Fox will tell you that there is only one more task before you.

The Ultimate Heist

Again, the procedure is very similar to all the previous quests from Gray Fox. You must have fenced at least 1000 Gold to get this one. Amusei will approach you and tell you that Gray Fox is waiting in Orthelos' House in Elven Gardens. He'll tell you that your last objective to steal the Elder Scroll from the palace library!

Fox doesn't hide his excitement. You can tell, even through the cowl. - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Fox doesn't hide his excitement. You can tell, even through the cowl.

Go to the Palace in the central part of the Imperial City. Follow the map marker, breaking in to the cellar. You'll see a huge hourglass called the Glass of Time. Touch it and go back outside. Head to Imperial City Aboretum and use the sewer entrance pointed on your map. Now to cross three levels of sewers. You'll encounter some doors that require turning the handles nearby. Finally, you'll reach The Old Way.

The Old Way is an irritating dungeon, consisting of a few separate parts. It's fairly easy to get lost in here - just try to uncover the whole maps, and you'll find your way eventually. You'll get to The Lost Catacombs. In the end of the level, you'll have to wear Jak's boots (if you haven't worn them all the time, and you should have) to jump on the upper level of the room (left screenshot). Use one of the buttons there and run through the open door to the Hall of Epochs.

Use Spinheel Jak's Boots here. - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Use Spinheel Jak's Boots here.
Use Arrow of Extrication here. - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Use Arrow of Extrication here.

Enter the huge room and you'll get a journal entry that you probably should use the Arrow of Extrication somewhere around here. Go through the door in the southern part of the room and use the button here. Continue on due south. Go to the next section of Hall of Epochs. Look around over there, you'll find another button. Use it and go back to the huge room with a statue. The stone blocks have disappeared and you're free to use the arrow in the right spot.

Practice a little bit using ordinary arrows. Your crosshair should be somewhere around the statue's hands, where they are holding the sword. When you hit the right spot, you hear a recognizable sound. When you feel confident already, use the Arrow of Extrication. If you miss, you'll have to go for the arrow, pick it up, return to the shooting point, and try again.

Go through the door that appeared before you.

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You're in the palace already - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough

You're in the palace already. Sneak into Elder Scrolls Library. When you're on the level with blind monks sitting around, use the lever (left screenshot above, it's hard to see it without a torch). Sit on the chair and wait for the monks to bring the scroll to you. Take it, stand up and sneak up the stairs. Picklock the door and sneak past the guard to Moth Priests' Quarters, then to Battlemage's Quarters. You're in Chancellor Ocato's private room! Approach the fireplace and jump down. You've done it!

HINT: Jumping down the fireplace takes a LOT of damage, unless you're wearing Boots of Springheel Jak. They are destroyed in the process, though. Decide whether you prefer to keep the boots and risk death or loose them once and for all.

Dude, put that cowl back on. - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Dude, put that cowl back on.

When you're back to Fox, he'll have a last request for you. Take the ring from him and deliver it to Countess Umbranox in Anvil. You'll see a touching cutscene in which the mystery of the Gray Fox is finally solved. The Gray Fox, you say? You mean yourself, of course? Yup, from now on YOU are Cyrodiil's most wanted. Enjoy.

Ending

The most important reward you get from completing the Thieves Guild quests is the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal. It's something like a second, separate identity. When you wear it, city guards automatically start to pursue you, and you have a fine of 500 Gold on your head that you can't pay off. On the other hand, once you take off the cowl, you get rid of all the fines that you earned as the Gray Fox. That means that you can perform any evil deed, kill anyone, steal everything, and then just take the cowl off and you're cool with the guard.

The only exception to that rule is when the guards are actually on your tail. You first have to loose them somehow, then take off the cowl.

Apart from that, the cowl gives a +25 bonus to your Sneak ability, and also has some other perks like constant Detect Life and Fearther enchantments - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough

Apart from that, the cowl gives a +25 bonus to your Sneak ability, and also has some other perks like constant Detect Life and Fearther enchantments.

The other feature of being the prince of thieves is access to your new guild headquarters in Dareloth Garden, Waterfront - Thieves Guild part III - The Guilds quests - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Game Guide and Walkthrough

The other feature of being the prince of thieves is access to your new guild headquarters in Dareloth Garden, Waterfront. You can meet your fellow thieves in there and visit a gallery of the valuables you stole throughout your career.

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Comments and responses

rudedude223 09/10/2011 08:35

HELP! trying to do the arrow of extraction and grey fox wont appear in the house hes supposed to, any thoughts?

dimond82 20/05/2011 12:26

My wife was having problems with the last quest on the thieves guild and asked me to help. I got it done for her now. She's asking how to remove the arrow of Extrication from her inventory after completing the quest for the Ultimante Heist. Any one know how to remove it, or if it can be removed?And also,can Maddness and Amber Armor kill the undead? Please help. Thanks.

sirmixalot 16/05/2011 19:43

i CANT FIND fAThis to kill hima dn take the keyt so i cant get through the door to get the arrow....any help???

giovany1980 27/07/2010 08:38

Does anyone know who gives you the most gold for selling stuff anywhere in the whole game?????? Your help is appreciated! Thanks.

berrie 01/04/2010 16:30

They call it The ULTIMATE Heist but it just a load of bullcrap like the gray fox

Coondawg 31/01/2010 19:30

Why can't I do the ultimate heist quest? All I get in my journal is the message you have fenced over 800 gold look for the gray foxes messenger in the cities, but this is the message from the Springheel Jak quest! I've finished that quest but it still won't update!

cuban plantain 15/01/2010 19:33

The cowl is so cool. i put it on, steal a bunch of stuff, kill some people, hide and then take it off and noone chases me.

Legendary Chicken Chaser 16/11/2009 03:53

Meh, if your character excells in thievery skills the two guilds are pretty much cake.

Imperial_Breton 16/11/2009 03:08

I haven't done all the thieves guide quest (yet) I want to enchant five items to have chamelion enchantment.

Aido68 28/10/2009 11:32

To people who are having trouble with the grey fox and his quests with selling stolen stuff are you sure youve sold lots of stolen stuff 1000 is wat you need to be able to do the last quest so wat i did was sell that amount of stolen stuff at once and then all you have to worry about is compleating the quest Which by the way is not that hard... no offence :- this post has been modified by its author [2009-10-28 12:34:58]

kukuruza 27/10/2009 17:59

this is really getting annoying been trying for two days now and nothing happens, does ANYBODY have a definate way of getting past the gate in the catacombs if so thank you.

RUNS_IN_CIRCLES 24/10/2009 14:44

To moonson: When you were doing the quests for Armand Cristophe in the dareloth garden at midnight there was just a wall and a basement door right?? Now when you go there, there's a door. And that's where it is. Hope it helps.!!

crazy of zing 21/10/2009 23:15

I'm in the boots of springheel jack and I got the diary but now I can't find him. someon help please.

moonson23 06/10/2009 10:45

I can't find the gallery on the ps3 version eather. Can anyone help me find it? Sounds interesting.

RUNS_IN_CIRCLES 02/10/2009 19:54

dunno lol

bog13 29/09/2009 09:18

In the pc version where exactly is the "gallery of the valuables you stole throughout your career" cuz i can't find it, it sopose to be in the hideout?

Out_to_get_you 10/09/2009 00:12

someone please help me please

Out_to_get_you 09/09/2009 22:47

I CAN'T do it. i'm doing The Ultimate Heist quest and i'm in the Hall of Epochs and i can't get the walls to lower. i've restarted and reloaded and everything else i know of and the stupid walls won't lower sommone Please, i'm begging you help me before i go insane.

cool1gamer 29/08/2009 23:47

hey, I was doing the ultimate heist, and I was attacked by guards and the moth priests when I was at the part with the Elder scroll. I ran out of the room and was locked out. Is there any wasy back in? Or is this quest a no go? PLEASE HELP ME!!!!! I AM GETTING SOoOOOOOO P'OD!!!!

jonathon-of-saul 23/08/2009 05:49

Good_Gam3r... if you are still having difficulty with that quest, there is a water-breathing helmet laying next to a skeleton that is underwater on the other side of the island just west of Anvil. You can put the helmet on as soon as you pick it up (in case you are about to drown). Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiPsTHe3-Bc and that video will walk you right to the helmet. The underwater path that you need to take to obtain the arrow of extrication, branches off of the downward passage BEFORE you get down to the giant slaughter fish. Check your map as you swim down and keep looking for a tunnel that heads in that direction. Let me know if this helps.

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