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Pickpocket | Skills TES V: Skyrim Guide

How to increase skill: This skill can be increased by successfully stealing items from other people - Pickpocket | Skills - Skills - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Game Guide

How to increase skill: This skill can be increased by successfully stealing items from other people. The growth of the skill depends on how worthy are the stolen items.

Main purpose of developing this skill: Lowering the risk of getting caught while stealing.

Available perks: 12.

Best perks: Light Fingers, Extra Pockets, Perfect Touch.

Comments:

  • Pickpocketing works great with sneaking so you should be spending skill points on both of these skill categories at the same time. You can increase your chances of successful pickpocketing by trying to steal things during nighttime and by interacting with sleeping characters if possible (one of the perks from this skill tree may come in handy in these types of situations).
  • It's very important to save your game before you attempt to steal from someone, because you can always get caught and this can result in having a very unpleasant conversation with a guard or even getting attacked by the person you've tried to steal from. You should also know that it's always more difficult to steal items which are big and of high value.
  • Sometimes you'll want to do something opposite to pickpocketing and by that I mean planting an object on the targeted character (for example - planting a poison to weaken someone). The grand rules remain the same here, so you should be staying in the shadows and the entire operation may result in failure.

LIGHT FINGERS

This perk has five ranks and each time you unlock a new rank it gets better.

Requirements (rank 1): None.

Requirements (rank 2): Pickpocket skill increased to at least 20 points.

Requirements (rank 3): Pickpocket skill increased to at least 40 points.

Requirements (rank 4): Pickpocket skill increased to at least 60 points.

Requirements (rank 5): Pickpocket skill increased to at least 80 points.

Description (rank 1): 20% bonus to pickpocketing.

Description (rank 2): 40% total bonus to pickpocketing.

Description (rank 3): 60% total bonus to pickpocketing.

Description (rank 4): 80% total bonus to pickpocketing.

Description (rank 5): 100% total bonus to pickpocketing.

Comments: You should remember about unlocking each perk from this group as soon as it's possible, because they'll guarantee that it'll be less likely to get caught. Don't think that unlocking all five of them will result in nothing but successes, because the chances of stealing are always being lowered by the weight and value of the items you're interested in. Weapons, pieces of armors and other large objects are among these things.

NIGHT THIEF

Requirements: Pickpocket skill increased to at least 30 points. Unlocked Light Fingers perk (rank 1).

Description: 25% more likely to succeed at stealing if the target is asleep.

Comments: This perk not only unlocks access to other perks, but is also useful on its own. It's always recommended to try to steal from people after they decide to go to sleep, however you should know that certain individuals never leave their posts.

POISONED

Requirements: Pickpocket skill increased to at least 40 points. Unlocked Night Thief perk.

Description: Ability to place poisons in other people's pockets in order to weaken them.

Comments: This perk will only be useful to assassins and only to those who wish to kill their targets without raising any suspicion. In my opinion it's much better to focus character development on performing surprise attacks, especially since these techniques don't require any additional materials to succeed.

EXTRA POCKETS

Requirements: Pickpocket skill increased to at least 50 points. Unlocked Night Thief perk.

Description: Carry limit increased by 100 units.

Comments: You may surprised to hear that this perk doesn't anything in common with pickpocketing. It's very useful for all types of characters and especially to warriors in heavy armors. The only disadvantage is that even if you don't want to be an advanced thief you'll still have to work on your skills and spend at least three skill points to unlock it.

CUTPURSE

Requirements: Pickpocket skill increased to at least 40 points. Unlocked Night Thief perk.

Description: 50% easier to steal gold.

Comments: This isn't a perk you should be interested in, because you won't encounter any gold problems during the game and besides most of the civilians you encounter don't have a lot of gold on them.

KEYMASTER

Requirements: Pickpocket skill increased to at least 60 points. Unlocked Cutpurse perk.

Description: Ability of stealing keys without the risk of getting caught.

Comments: You should consider purchasing this perk only if you don't plan on developing Lockpicking skill at all. Otherwise it's just a waste of a skill point, because it's much better to use lockpicks instead of keys (to improve character's skills).

MISDIRECTION

Requirements: Pickpocket skill increased to at least 70 points. Unlocked Cutpurse perk.

Description: Possibility of stealing equipped weapons from other people.

Comments: This is a very interesting perk which can be used to obtain some very powerful weapons without having to pay for them or without having to kill the people they belong to. Make sure to check the perk described below for a perfect 'combo'.

PERFECT TOUCH

Requirements: Pickpocket skill increased to 100 points. Unlocked Misdirection perk.

Description: Possibility of stealing items equipped by other people.

Comments: Misdirection perk allowed you only to steal equipped weapons and this one allows to steal all kinds of things. Your primary area of interest are of course armor parts and magical rings and amulets. Just as before, you will have a chance to take possession of very valuable items without having to kill anyone to get them. It's definitely something you should be interested in.

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