Oh, what a thief’s life is like! They are friends with the shadows and enemies with assassins. They live for the thrill of stealing.
It’s really cool to play Skyrim by staying in the shadows.
But I don’t think the base game gives players enough to make stealing a truly complete experience.
But, don’t worry. We can always count on the great community of people who modify Skyrim to give us some extra goodies.
With this list of mods, you can completely change your stealing experience and see why it’s so cool to play as a thief.
From new and better Thieves Guild quests to better AI features, we’ll be reworking our game to make a thief run much more fun to play.
- 15. Master of Disguise
- 14. Less Tedious Thieves Guild
- 13. Sneak Tools
- 12. Realistic AI Detection (Better Sneaking)
- 11. Ordinator – Perks of Skyrim
- 10. All Thieves Guild Jobs Concurrently
- 9. Outlaws and Revolutionaries – Quest Mod Plus
- 8. Opulent Thieves Guild
- 7. Outlaws Refuges
- 6. Narrative Loot
- 5. The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal
- 4. The Thieves Guild Ladder
- 3. Thieves Guild Dagger
- 2. Riften – Guild City of Thieves
- 1. The Foxhole
15. Master of Disguise
This fantastic mod allows certain masks in the game to function as identity-concealing pieces of equipment.
Plus it adds a new customization system that permits you to tune how masks work, and how much they conceal.
A fantastic addition without a single shadow of a doubt, which adds a ton of immersion to a thief’s playthrough.
14. Less Tedious Thieves Guild
It’s impossible to have fun as a thief. Well, when you’re worried about completing 125 jobs to progress as a member of the Guild.
With this mod, the 125 quest requirement is lowered down to just 25 quests. Neat!
This removes one of the worst features of the game that directly affects thieves. Easy change but quite noticeable.
13. Sneak Tools
Alright, I know this one is more fitting for an assassin playthrough. But let’s face it: both of these game styles overlap on more than one occasion.
I’d even dare say they overlap almost all the time.
Well this mod adds a whole new bunch of things you can do while sneaking, which go from slitting throats with your knives to wearing masks that truly conceal your identity.
It’s an amazing mod that will help you remain undetected, be it by actually becoming more cautious as to where you go, or by killing whatever stands in your way.
12. Realistic AI Detection (Better Sneaking)
I’m not only nominating this mod to be one of the best thieves mods for Skyrim… I’m also nominating this mod as one of the most game-changing mods that I’ve ever come across.
The creator managed to improve the whole sneak system of Skyrim to make NPCs search the environment for longer, stay alert for longer, and get them to hear more sounds.
Really detailed stuff.
It overhauls the system and stops you from thinking that you’re stealing stuff from mentally-challenged individuals. Which makes the game much more satisfying (for thieves, anyway).
11. Ordinator – Perks of Skyrim
Although this mod isn’t particularly directed at thieves, a thief playthrough will thoroughly benefit from Ordinator.
It allows you to fully tweak your perks and you progress through the game.
This overhauls the progression tree, but does it in a manner where you shouldn’t find it complicated to browse any categories. This keeps everything as vanilla-friendly as possible.
And no, this mod will not turn your skill tree into a living mess. Everything is surprisingly well organized!
10. All Thieves Guild Jobs Concurrently
Alright this is another game-changer for a thief.
It changes that god-forsaken feature that prevents you from having more than one type of job at once, allowing you to get all types of jobs concurrently if that’s what you’re into.
I mean, it’s your life and your job, which means that it’s your problem if you want to overwork yourself. And why not, right?
Just be sure not to fall asleep on the job, though. That might get you in trouble, just saying.
9. Outlaws and Revolutionaries – Quest Mod Plus
Alright, so let’s start with a little disclaimer before I explain this mod to you.
The creator had to take it out of the Nexus, so you can only find it on the Project Valkyrie Discord group. Bummer – I know.
Now, if you’re wondering why the creator of this mod decided to take it down from the Nexus, here’s the explanation:
The mod is all about killing drug dealers, destroying rival gangs, and doing overall very shady stuff.
As you might guess, the Nexus owners didn’t really want anything to do with this thing; especially due to how popular the mod was getting.
With that out of the way, it’s safe to say that this is one of the coolest mods for a non-vanilla thief playthrough. You should definitely try it out.
8. Opulent Thieves Guild
Hey, thieves might be low-lives, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a strong sense of what it means to live a proper life.
This mod overhauls the upgrades that you can make to the Ragged Flagon and the Thieves Guild HQ, making the whole environment much more aesthetically pleasing.
But these upgrades still keep that “shadowy” vibe that it always carries. Perfect for a true thief.
7. Outlaws Refuges
That’s right my fellow Online players, this mod adds the same types of refuges that you see in The Elder Scrolls Online into the Skyrim world.
Most cities will now have a place where lurkers of the darkness come to chill.
You can now really feel like you belong by hanging out with other low-lives. Pretty neat, huh?
6. Narrative Loot
As a thief, the main thing that defines your play style is the type of loot you obtain.
Whatever it is that you decide to take from your victims, that’s your success.
Your missions are all based around stealing stuff, pickpocketing, and mastering the dark art of theft. And while those statements are 100% true, it’s still easy to see that vanilla Skyrim just doesn’t offer enough for a proper thief playthrough to feel… thievy.
That’s why Narrative Loot is a mod absolutely worth checking out.
This adds more than 1600 new items that you can loot, with many of them providing with more in-depth storytelling mixing with Skyrim’s lore.
Everything here will truly give a new meaning to the stuff you steal. A fantastic mod that changes your thieving experience almost completely.
5. The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal
The gray cowl of nocturnal is a daedric artifact once been possessed by Prince Nocturnal, aka Mistress of Shadow.
Artifact was possessed by the thieves guild leader Grey Fox in the Elder Scrolls of Oblivion. However it didn’t exist in vanilla Skyrim. Later added by creation club addon.
This DLC-sized story quest mod takes you to a 8-10 hours of journey to The Gray Cowl. As a master thief, you must have this ancient artifact.
4. The Thieves Guild Ladder
Thieves comes and goes to the headquarters millions of times. Why waste all the time trying to get in and out when you can use a shortcut?
This mod adds a secret ladder into the well of Riften that takes you directly to the Ragged Flagon.
3. Thieves Guild Dagger
All guilds in Skyrim offers great armors, clothes, artifacts, and shiny weapons. Whereas thieves guild offers nothing but gold.
Again, a mod does what Bethesda should have done before by adding a new thieves guild dagger to the game.
2. Riften – Guild City of Thieves
Riften is the city of thieves. Both commercially and historically. Thieves guild headquarters based on Riften and it have huge influence in the city.
But we don’t see anything indicates the dark background of Riften. This mod changes that to reflect the influence of thieves guild.
- New NPCs.
- New chests.
- Hidden storages.
- Secret doors.
- New entrances.
1. The Foxhole
First thief oriented house mod on this list is The Foxhole. It is created for both thief and assassin characters.
It is in Solitude though. Still, it is great mod to have.
As stated in the name “The Foxhole” it resembles a fox tunnel. Also have two ways to enter and out incase something unexpected happens.