The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Lockpicking Overhaul
Category: Gameplay
File Size
0.166 MB
Nov 5, 2012 @ 7:50am
Jan 5, 2013 @ 5:01pm
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Lockpicking Overhaul

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In vanilla Skyrim, the lockpicking skill is pretty useless. I can pick a master lock at level 1 with enough patience and lockpicks. The only point in going to 100 lockpicking is to make the whole frustrating process slightly less annoying. This mod changes that. At lower skill levels, you will be unable to pick high level locks. You will also have a very low chance of picking low level locks - you are extremely likely to break 5 or 6 lockpicks just on a novice lock. As your skill increases, higher level locks become pickable, and lower level locks become significantly easier to pick.

Lock Destroying
If you have the relevant perks, you can use iron or steel daggers to break a lock (with a 100% chance to be unlocked), but the weapon will be destroyed in the process. This does not work on Master level locks

Lock Forcing
You can attempt to pick locks which you do not have the prerequisite skill level for, but your chance to pick is halved, and if you fail the lock will become damaged and be harder to pick next time (Novice level locks will become apprentice, etc). Does not work on Master locks.

Lock Melting
Instantly bypass any lock (even Master) at level 1 (no perks required). The downside to this approach is that the Acid required to melt locks can only be crafted, and the materials are somewhat rare. You need some Frostbite Venom and some Fire Salts, and a cooking pot.

Pseudo-Random Distribution
Lockpicking Overhaul uses an optional PRD system to determine pick chances. The aim of this system is to improve the randomness algorithm by preventing long lucky and unlucky streaks. This is done on a per-lock basis, and works by starting off with a lower base chance than what is shown in the corner. As pick attempts fail, the chance increases until either the lock is picked or it reaches 100%. It is reset with every new lock. This feature is off by default, and can be turned on using the configuration book or the MCM menu.
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rfzm ↑ Apr 1, 2016 @ 2:14pm 
Forcing doesnt work on any lock? Yes I have the perk, nothing happens...?
thomasgdl1 Oct 30, 2015 @ 5:29pm 
Tomstah you just literally said that you are a bad lockpicker lel
ДЖ'Tomstah King O ' Rebels Sep 4, 2015 @ 2:31pm 
To be honest, your probably just a bad lockpicker if it take you 5-6 lockpicks at lvl 1, I can lockpick a Master with 5-6 at lvl 1.
Sgt. McSalty Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:54pm 
I just found this mod and I LOVE what it does. It's exactly what I was looking for. Lockpicking was FAR too easy and I constantly had to tell myself that my character's parent was a locksmith. It just made no sense otherwise for a big heavy warrior that had never picked a lock to open it right up. I could see him bashing it down, but using tiny lockpicks?

Anyway, I have a suggestion for some 'wordage' on your mod.

Sneak Behavior

"... bypass the menu."

I suggest you remove the words after 'menu' in the Sneak Behavior screen, because:

A) The information is not accurate
Sneak Behavior allows you to ACCESS the lock faster, but that doesn't make picking the lock faster. You might say ".. for faster access to the lock." or something instead.

B) Makes an already large information screen a little smaller.

C) Really doesn't need to be explained in the first place, redundant in other words.

Anyway, awesome mod, thanks again :)
Seraphine Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:39pm 
I think all we really need is to make all locks harder to pick, Eventually it will infuriate you into getting the perks lol!
Melkior Sep 1, 2014 @ 9:45am 
@Steve Remington:

i just want to know if there is a way to create a mod that changes the Lockpick system itself
like, i know how to do lockpicking myself in real life and i think the skyrim system is too unrealistic. the ESO system otherwise lock much more like the picking system of a lock. is there possible to do with the creation kit or other tool a mod that changes the system itself? if yes, could you do it? the creation kit for some reason does not work on my pc
☠MCCREE  [author] Jun 4, 2014 @ 4:49am 
Also, the reason it gets harder to pick is because you have actually damaged the internal mechanism, meaning the lock is more difficult to turn. A bit counter intuitive, i'll admit, but it kinda makes sense and gives a penalty for taking a risk
☠MCCREE  [author] Jun 4, 2014 @ 4:48am 
Zarty, the Nexus version has lock bashing.
Zet May 27, 2014 @ 1:33pm 
Best lock mod there is right now. Seriously underrated! If you're open to suggestions, I would like some way to bash locks in, if that's possible to balance. You could base it off one-handed and two-handed, I've seen it done in another mod on nexus but it's gone now. (Bashing probably shouldn't be usable on higher-level locks though.) You could make it alert everyone nearby to balance it out a bit and make it realistic. Perhaps, like it's been previously suggested, it should have a chance to destroy loot in containers.
^Perhaps all that is better for a standalone, if you actually decide to make it. Anyway, this mod is awesome as it is.

On a side note, may I suggest the consequences of Lock Forcing be reset after some time? It seems weird that a lock automatically gets improved by being repeatedly attempted. Unless the explanation is that people replace it with a better lock. I don't know how lockpicking works in real life, but it seems a little strange.
Mr. Shaggnificent Jan 17, 2014 @ 1:00pm 
The "lock destroy" piece would be very cool for non thief classes. like in D&D if your strength was high enough you could just smash doors. maybe there could be a chance to destroy some loot if it's used on chests.

@corrupted minds:
on the first window when you start the game, the "data files" option.