Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Fortify Pickpocket is an effect provided by enchanted apparel or consumed potions. The percentage bonus is neither a simple addition nor multiplier of pickpocket chance, but rather a bonus to skill check used in the interaction.


Random (disenchantable) items carrying the effect have the suffix "of Deft Hands" and are either footgear, gloves, necklaces, or rings. Magnitude ranges from "Minor" (15% bonus) to "Peerless" (40%).

Player-made items can be of the same four classes, and the magnitude of enchantment benefits from the Insightful Enchanter perk.

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Random potions that have this effect are named with the suffix "of Pickpocketing," and magnitude ranges from simple Potion (20% bonus) to Elixir (50%).


Two of the following ingredients are needed to craft a potion with the effect:

Ingredient Primary Effect Secondary Effect Tertiary Effect Quaternary Effect
Blue Dartwing Resist Shock Fortify Pickpocket Restore Health Fear
Nordic Barnacle Damage Magicka Waterbreathing Regenerate Health Fortify Pickpocket
Orange Dartwing Restore Stamina Ravage Magicka Fortify Pickpocket Lingering Damage Health
Slaughterfish Egg Resist Poison Fortify Pickpocket Lingering Damage Health Fortify Stamina

Eating any of these ingredients without the Experimenter perk will not reveal the effect, as none of the four have Fortify Pickpocket as its first effect.


This section contains bugs related to Fortify Pickpocket. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Fortify Pickpocket enchants and potions have the reverse effect and lower your chances of a successful pickpocket.
    • A disease such as ataxia that is supposed to decrease pickpocket by 25%, will actually increase pickpocket chance.