One with the Shadows achievement in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

One with the Shadows

Returned the Thieves Guild to its former glory

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How to unlock the One with the Shadows achievement

  • KennansoftKennansoft165,144
    18 Dec 2011 19 Dec 2011 14 Feb 2012
    256 3 75
    To be able to complete this you must first have completed every other main quest line in the Thieves' Guild and have the following achievement:
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    In order to restore the Thieves' Guild to its former glory and assume the title of Guildmaster, you must perform 4 'special jobs' across four major Holds of Skyrim: Whiterun, Markarth, Windhelm, and Solitude.
    In order to get a special job, you must first complete 5 smaller jobs in that hold. To get a job, talk to Delvin Mallory or Vex. The small job targets are randomized across the major holds and a tally of the small jobs is not visible to the player.
    Jobs can be accepted and quit at will so if you have done all the jobs in a perticular hold select to quit the current job and ask for a new one (It can be the same style of job) untill you get the hold you need.
    After completing 5 jobs in a particular Hold, Delvin Mallory will offer a Special Job in order to increase the Thieves' Guild influence in that Hold.
    Once you have completed all four Special Jobs, it will start the 'Under New Management' quest. From here you can talk to Brynjolf to officially assume the title of Guildmaster but you will need to retrive you Thieves Guild armour so Do not sell it.

    Delvin Mallory's Jobs:
    The Bedlam Job - Steal enough items or gold to reach a given value within the specific Hold assigned. Can keep stolen items.
    The Fishing Job - Pickpocket an item from a given character.
    The Numbers Job - Modify the ledger book at a given business.

    Vex's Jobs:
    The Burglary Job - Steal an item from a house.
    The Heist Job - Steal an item from a business.
    The Shill Job - Plant a stolen item in someone's home.
    The Sweep Job - Steal three items from a house.

    Special Jobs:

    Imitation Amnesty (Whiterun)
    - Speak to Olfrid Battle-Born
    - Steal the letter incriminating Arn
    - Forge the prison registry
    - Return to Olfrid Battle-Born Both in Dragonsreach
    If you are Thane of Whiterun this is a simple fetch quest that can be completed in a couple of minutes.
    Silver Lining (Markarth)
    Delvin requests that you travel to Markarth to find a man with great influence in the city. Travel to Markarth and enter the first shop on your left from the front gate. This man will give you the initial quest.
    You must retrieve a Silver mold from a group of bandits in Pinewatch shack just to the east of Falkreath. Once you enter the shack, go to the basement. There is a note on the table that will tell you there is a hidden room behind the bookshelf. To the right of this bookshelf and behind the table is a small red button on the wall. When pressed, the bookshelf will open with a loud bang. Follow the caves hallways, kill all bandits, and when you enter the last room you will see the Silver mold on a table, along with some ore, potions and gold.
    Also there is a stone of barenziah inside the dungeon before the sleeping bandit behind a locked door.
    Summerset Shadows (Windhelm)
    This quest really is a straight forward one: go to the bandit camp, kill their leader and retrieve the locket.
    As you enter the tunnel system, you'll encounter a fork in the system where you can go either left or right. It is recommended that you take the right turn to avoid the 2 Thieves at the end of the system, unless you lack sufficient sneak skill in which case either turn will be fine to take.
    The Locket is found on Linwe's corpse
    The Dainty Sload (Solitude)
    Speak to Erikur and he will ask you to "Put the Balmora Blue in Captain Volf's footlocker."
    You can aquire the Balmora Blue in two ways: you can steal it, or you can buy it for 1,500 Gold. The safe containing the information about the balmora blue is in the bottom-most deck of the Red Wave (the ship where you get the Balmora Blue). You can either pick the lock of the safe (master) or pickpocket the NPC for it. The note reveals that "I stashed the Balmora Blue in a chest under the Wave. I put the best lock on it that money can buy." The chest is under the dock, just next to the Red Wave on the same side as the stairs leading on board, in the water (the lock is Expert).
    From here get into the ship and plant the Balmora Blue.
    Not everyone who wants to complete the Thieves Guild missions is playing a thief character. Some may be playing a heavy melee or magic class that doesn't have any sneak, pickpocket, speech or lockpicking skills raised or perks invested in those trees and just simply wish to complete these special jobs to be able to sell more treasure to a single merchant instead of lugging it around. It can be frustrating having to bounce between towns and merchants just to sell off the wide variety of valuable possessions that clutter the players inventory.

    An easy way to acquire these special jobs, without using thief talents, is to do Delvin's Numbers Jobs or Vex's Shill Jobs. Numbers jobs are straight in and out quests that have the player running into a random business establishment in one of the holds and activating a business ledger that, in most cases, is sitting out of sight from anyone in the area. This makes doing the quest easy even for a non-thief.
    Shill Jobs involve the player receiving a stolen item from Vex and planting it in a chest in someone's home or business.

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    XxP1KExXWhen I ask Delvin for a bedlam job, he keeps sending me to Raven Rock. If that's not one of the main holds, why does he send me there?
    Posted by XxP1KExX on 29 Sep 14 at 18:36
    A Zesty PotatoI sold the armour when i got it so I cant get the achievement now?
    Posted by A Zesty Potato on 18 Dec 15 at 04:49
    DottyRoxy69I'm not sure if this works or not but might be a suggestion, but the Ratway has Theives Guild Armour lying around, if you put that on it might work. Don't take my word though, it's just a suggestion.
    Posted by DottyRoxy69 on 16 Apr 16 at 06:00
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  • Robot GeniusRobot Genius114,281
    12 Nov 2011 14 Nov 2011 15 Nov 2011
    69 20 20
    It should be noted that when doing the side quests for Vex and Delvin you do not need to swap between the two. All I did was heist missions for Vex and it didn't affect anything.

    It seems you need 5 missions complete in each town (Whiterun, Markath, Solitude and Windhelm) To unlock the quest for each town.

    You then need to do 5 missions in Riften to unlock the final one.

    Don't forget to speak with Delvin once you have done 5, as he Begins each quest except for the last one

    As stated in other guides if you don't get a mission in the town you need just cancel out of it
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    MitoticActivity5 Riften missions are not required.
    Posted by MitoticActivity on 03 Apr 12 at 19:30
    DogeyesvillaI have completed 3 of the quests but I cannot get Devlin to give me the Solitude Quest even though I have done 24 quests in Solitude for him! Any idea's what I can do?
    Posted by Dogeyesvilla on 29 Sep 12 at 14:55
    YoungSpicyBoyhaving same problem as above person. help!
    Posted by YoungSpicyBoy on 15 Jan 15 at 09:47
  • IceWolfOfAlaskaIceWolfOfAlaska98,812
    14 Nov 2011 13 Nov 2011 17 Nov 2011
    53 12 26
    Before we start I want to point out this should be done after completing the main story line of the thieves guild.

    You need to do quests for both Delvin and Vex. What you want to do is do bedlam and sweep make sure that both the quests are in a town that you haven't done a special quest that gains influence for the thieves guild. This is simple with the shadowcloak ability. Make sure that you have the sweep quest marked to follow and not the bedlam one. To make sure they are in the same town just keep quitting the quest until they are in the same town. Go break into the the house and start stealing the items you need to steal. By stealing two of the items you will finish the bedlam quest go and steal the third to finish the sweep quest. Go return the quests and you will then be asked to start a special quest.

    Go complete the special quest then rinse repeat. The four towns you need to gain influence are Riften, Markath, Whiterun, and Solitude. Also remember if you have done a special quest in that town don't go and do any side quests for that town its kind of a waste of time.

    Edit: Its not Riften because you get that quest from Maven early on in the thieves guild its Windhelm. So Sorry for the confusion. :)
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    RuthlessRemixI can't get any in Windhelm as much as I try :(
    Posted by RuthlessRemix on 01 Aug 12 at 21:22
    DogeyesvillaI have completed 3 of the quests but I cannot get Devlin to give me the Solitude Quest even though I have done 24 quests in Solitude for him! Any idea's what I can do?
    Posted by Dogeyesvilla on 29 Sep 12 at 14:55
    YoungSpicyBoyHelp! Im in the same boat as this guy^^
    Posted by YoungSpicyBoy on 15 Jan 15 at 09:54
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