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These side quests play no role in the successful completion of the Thieves Guild main quest.

Walkthrough

Go to the Ragged Flagon in The Ratway, and talk to Vex. Request a job, and she will give you a list of 4 different types.

Choose Shill, and she will instruct you to go to plant a certain item in a random target's property. This usually involves lockpicking so amulets, potions, or rings with the appropriate enchantments/effects may be useful. Break into the target container and plant the item, (and take whatever you want, it won't change the outcome). Return to Vex for your reward.

It is not actually necessary to alert a guard for this quest to complete successfully. The quest may register as completed and instruct the player to go directly to Vex, whereupon the reward will still be received and the job count as one of the small jobs in the city.

Possible objectives

Markarth

  1. Plant the Stolen Silver Ring in Ogmund's House in Markarth.
  2. Plant the Stolen Amethyst in the Treasury House in Markarth.
  3. Plant the Stolen Flawless Garnet in Nepos's House in Markarth.
  4. Plant the stolen Copper and Ruby Circlet in Nepos's House in Markarth.

Riften

  1. Plant the Stolen Gold Diamond Necklace in the Aerin's House in Riften
  2. Plant the Stolen Flawless Diamond in Marise Aravel's House in Riften
  3. Plant the Stolen Flawless Amethyst in House of Clan Snow-Shod in Riften
  4. Plant the Stolen Silver Sapphire Necklace in House of Clan Snow-Shod in Riften
  5. Plant the Stolen Silver and Sapphire Circlet in House of Clan Snow-Shod in Riften
  6. Plant the Stolen Amethyst in Valindor's House in Riften
  7. Plant the Stolen Silver and Sapphire Circlet in Romlyn Dreth's House in Riften
  8. Plant the Stolen Flawless Emerald in Bolli's House in Riften
  9. Plant the Stolen Silver and Sapphire Circlet in Bolli's House in Riften
  10. Plant the Stolen Copper and Onyx Circlet in Bolli's House in Riften
  11. Plant the Stolen Copper and Moonstone Circlet in House of Mjoll the Lioness in Riften 

Solitude

  1. Plant the Stolen Amethyst in Evette San's House in Solitude
  2. Plant the Stolen Flawless Ruby in Jala's House in Solitude
  3. Plant the Stolen Copper and Onyx Circlet in Addvar's House in Solitude
  4. Plant the Stolen Silver Ring in Evette San's House in Solitude
  5. Plant the Stolen Gold and Emerald Circlet in Evette San's House in Solitude
  6. Plant the Stolen Flawless Diamond in Addvar's House in Solitude
  7. Plant the Stolen Gold Emerald Ring in Jala's House in Solitude

Windhelm

  1. Plant the Stolen Flawless Garnet in Belyn Hlaalu's House in Windhelm
  2. Plant the Stolen Silver Necklace in Belyn Hlaalu's House in Windhelm
  3. Plant the Stolen Silver Jeweled Necklace in Viola Giordano's House in Windhelm
  4. Plant the Stolen Garnet in Brunwulf Free-Winter's House in Windhelm
  5. Plant the Stolen Emerald in the House of Clan Shatter-Shield in Windhelm
  6. Plant the Stolen Amethyst in the House of Clan Cruel-Sea in Windhelm
  7. Plant the Stolen Copper and Sapphire Circlet in the House of Clan Cruel-Sea in Windhelm
  8. Plant the Stolen Flawless Ruby in the House of Clan Shatter-Shield in Windhelm
  9. Plant the Stolen Gold and Emerald Circlet in the Atheron Residence in Windhelm
  10. Plant the Stolen Flawless Ruby in the Atheron Residence in Windhelm

Whiterun

  1. Plant the Stolen Flawless Amethyst in Heimskr's House in Whiterun *see Bugs
  2. Plant the Stolen Sapphire in the Gray-Mane House in Whiterun
  3. Plant the Stolen Flawless Emerald in Ysolda's House in Whiterun
  4. Plant the Stolen Flawless Ruby in Ysolda's House in Whiterun
  5. Plant the Stolen Flawless Garnet in Carlotta Valentia's House in Whiterun
  6. Plant the Stolen Silver and Moonstone Circlet in Amren's House in Whiterun

Journal

Journal Entry

I've been told to plant the Stolen <radiant item> in <radiant house> in <radiant city>. I need to complete this job without killing any of the location's residents or getting caught and spending time in jail.

  • Objective: Plant the Stolen <radiant item> in <radiant house> in <radiant city>

Before the task could be completed, I decided to quit. I've therefore failed the job and forfeited any pay I might have received.

  • Quest failed

I've planted the Stolen <radiant item> in <radiant house> in <radiant city>

  • Objective: Return to Vex

During the course of this task, I was arrested and sent to the local jail. I've therefore failed the job and was forced to forfeit my share of the pay.

  • Quest failed

I've successfully complete the job and received my share of the pay.

  • Quest complete

Notes

  • One must plant the item in the exact location that the quest marker points to. This is usually a chest in the targets house. One cannot just plant the item anywhere one fancies.

Bugs

This section contains bugs related to The Shill Job. 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.
  • You may not receive the item that has to be planted, making it impossible to finish the quest. (Fix - go back to Vex and quit the mission).
  • Items planted and retrieved may be sold to a fence, but will still be tagged as stolen if repurchased.
  • If Heimskr's House is picked as the target and the Battle for Whiterun has already been completed, then this quest will be impossible to complete since the house is destroyed in the battle. Simply return to Vex and quit the mission.
    •  PC   Using the console type coc WhiterunHeimskrsHouse. That way you can get the item required.


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