Getting rid of a bounty in Skyrim

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Getting rid of a bounty in Skyrim
Getting rid of a bounty in Skyrim
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This wikiHow article shows you how to get rid of the prize on your head in one of Skyrim's Holds. There are three most common ways to get rid of a premium; pay him off, serve your jail term, or use your Thaneship to get rid of it. You can also kill all eyewitnesses or, if you're a member of the Thieves Guild, resort to bribery.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Prepare to get rid of a bounty

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Step 1. Understand how to get a price on your head

By committing a crime, however small, in front of at least one person or domesticated animal, a bounty will be placed on your head. If a guard from the Hold where you committed the crime/crimes catches you, he will stop you. At such a time you have the opportunity to submit to the law, try to talk your way out of it or defend yourself.

It is not recommended to fight because of the large number of guards that will attack you, which will kill many people (which in turn leads to a higher bounty)

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Step 2. Kill all eyewitnesses

If a prize has just landed on your head, you may still have the option to kill all witnesses to the lawbreak (including animals, bandits, and civilians).

  • Once you've left the Hold where you got the bounty, you can't kill the eyewitnesses anymore to prevent this from happening.
  • Be careful not to make too much noise. If you kill a human eyewitness in plain sight of someone else, the result can be a snowball effect, with your bounty increasing as you murder the streets.
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Step 3. Stop the guards' reaction to a crime you just committed

If you have committed a crime in full view of a guard, he can attack you. You can make him stop by putting your weapon away.

This will not always work. If hiding your weapon doesn't stop the guards from attacking, you'll need to leave the city and return to it at a later time

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Step 4. Check the Hold where you have a prize on your head

You'll find a list of Holds-with the bounties you may have accrued in the different Holds-in the menu:

  • Consoles - Click Start (Xbox) or on Options (PlayStation), go to the GENERAL STATS-tab, scroll down to the CRIMEsection and view the bounties you have accrued in the different Holds.
  • PC - Open the menu, scroll to it GENERAL STATS-tab, scroll down to the CRIMEsection and view the bounties you have accrued in the different Holds.
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Step 5. Check the amount of your premium

There will be a number to the right of each Hold's name; This is the amount, in gold pieces, that is on your head.

If you see a 0, you have not accrued a bounty in the Hold in question

Method 2 of 4: Paying off the premium

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Step 1. Make sure you have enough gold with you to pay off the premium

If you want to pay off the premium, you have to make sure you have at least the right amount of gold with you.

If you intend to bribe the guards through your abilities as a member of the Thieves Guild, you will need additional gold

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Step 2. Store stolen property safely

Once you pay off a bounty, all items you stole will be confiscated. To avoid having to steal the items back again, you should store all the stolen items that you have at home in a chest.

The names of stolen goods are red and 'Stolen' in front of them, making them easy to find in your inventory

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Step 3. Enter the Hold

Go to the city that offered a prize for your capture.

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Step 4. Find and talk to a guard

Once you are in the city you must approach a guard (or wait for a guard to approach you).

In some cases, just entering the city will be enough for a guard to approach you

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Step 5. Make it clear that you want to pay off the premium

Select you caught me. I'll pay off my bounty.

in the dialog box.

  • If you are a member of the Thieves Guild and have completed at least one guild quest in the Hold where you have a bounty on your head, you have the option of opting instead for the bribeoption. This will cost you more money than just paying your bounty, but you won't lose the items you stole.
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Step 6. Let the guards search you

If your bounty is higher than 10 gold, you will be put in the local jail and any stolen items not stored elsewhere will be confiscated by the guards. Your bounty is also deducted from the amount of gold you have with you.

If you've bribed the guards, you won't lose any stolen items

Method 3 of 4: Going to Jail

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Step 1. Know under what circumstances it is better to go to prison

Prison is an alternative for you if you don't want to pay off the premium. Unfortunately, your progress to the next level of your skills will be reduced if you are in jail.

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Step 2. Store stolen items somewhere

As soon as you pay off a bounty, all stolen items you have with you will be confiscated. To avoid having to steal them back again, keep any stolen items you have with you in a chest at home.

'Stolen' stands for the names of stolen items, which makes it easy to find them again

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Step #3. Enter the Hold

Go to the city that has put a price on your head.

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Step 4. Find and talk to a guard

Once you are in the city you must approach a guard (or wait for a guard to approach you).

In some cases, a guard will approach you as soon as you enter the city

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Step 5. Indicate that you want to go to jail

Select the answer I submit. Take me to prison.

when an answer is expected from you.

Going to jail doesn't mean you have to pay your bounty, but doing so will reduce your progress to the next level of certain skills

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Step 6. Serve your prison sentence or escape

You can serve your prison sentence by sleeping in the bed in your cell. You do this by walking to the bed and clicking on the indicated button. Once your character wakes up, his jail term is over.

  • If you want to escape from prison you have to crack the locks in your way. Stolen items will be in an evidence chest somewhere in the jail; crack the lock on this chest to get those things back.
  • After your character wakes up, you are led to the front of the prison building, you get your belongings back (except the stolen property) and you are released with no price on your head.
  • Successfully escaping from prison will not curtail your progress to the next level of certain skills.

Method 4 of 4: Using your Thaneship

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Step 1. Make sure you are the Thane in the Hold where you have a prize on your head

If you have not yet completed the quests associated with obtaining your Thaneship in the Hold in question, you are not the Thane and this method will not work.

If you are the Thane, residents of the Hold in question will call you Thane in passing

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Step 2. See if you can use being Thane as an excuse

Under the following conditions, people will turn a blind eye because you are the Thane:

  • Your bounty must be less than 3,000 gold pieces.
  • You shouldn't have used being Thane as an excuse before.
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Step #3. Enter the Hold

Go to the capital of the Hold in which you have a prize on your head.

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Step 4. Wait for a guard to speak to you

This should happen almost immediately, but you can speed up the process by addressing one of the patrolling guards yourself.

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Step 5. Select the 'Thane' answer

As soon as the watchman tells you that you have a bounty open, you must select the following answer in the dialog box: I'm the Jarl's Thane. I demand you let me go at once.

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Step 6. Remember, you can only use this excuse once

If you are ever held back in the same hold due to a bounty, the excuse that you are the Thane will not be an available option in the dialog box.

Tips

  • If you are put in the cell, you are stripped of all your weapons and pieces of armor, which are put in a chest that is in the part of the prison where the guards' quarters are; however, you will still be able to use your learned spells.
  • Bound weapons (e.g. Bound Sword, Bound Ax and Bound Bow) are very useful when you are in prison without weapons.
  • If you are a member of the Thieves Guild, the guards will take you to jail and search you, but without taking the Skeleton Key from you. This makes escaping a lot easier.

Warnings

  • By serving your prison sentence, you will lose progress to the next level of certain skills. The longer your jail time, the more progress you lose. Jail sentences longer than a week will cause you to lose progress to the next level of all skills.
  • By escaping from prison you increase the price on your head.

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