Shadowmark for a Thief Cache

Not to be confused with Thieves Trove.

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 while 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 guards' 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.


  • In the small courtyard on the side of Niranye's house.
  • Right next to the door to Sadri's Used Wares.
  • Tucked away at the end of a tiny alley to the right of the entrance to Hjerim.





  • On an alternative route of pipes above Falmer in the Irkngthand Slave Pens, the Shadowmark for a "Thieves' Cache" is on the stone wall where the player must jump down, though only the leveled Restore Health and Fortify Carry Weight potions can be found. Alternatively, it may be obtained by shouting the steam vent to the left of the mark.


  • With the Prowler's Profit ability, all of the chests are likely to 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 takes at least ten days for the caches to respawn items if the Dragonborn leaves the town completely. If entered within that period, the timer will revert 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 the contents of the caches, save the game before entering any towns as the game will have the items fixed once the Dragonborn enters the city. Reload to randomize them. This trick can be useful for farming rare gems or getting powerful enchanted daggers.
  • There is the "Thieves' Cache" sign on the right side of Ysolda's House, behind a pile of firewood and two barrels, but it is not considered the real "Cache."


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  ,  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.
  • Caches in Whiterun, Solitude, Windhelm, and Markarth may not show up at all, even after all the Thieves Guild quests have been completed.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Thief Cache

  • Do thief caches restock?

    6 messages
    • Riften caches? Could be a little more specific? :) Anyhow, restocking can take between 24 hours and 30 days in-game. Sorry I couldn't be...
    • 10 days in-game. If you enter any of the cities with thieves caches during the 10 day period, the clock for that city resets to 0.
  • Thief Cache

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    • AzuraKnight wrote:This is a very old thread giving it a topic unfortunately hid the original date, all the information on the caches is (now...
    • The wiki is being weird at the moment, again (if the comments decide to show up that is) this is very old thread and all the information is ...
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