Master Criminal Achievement

  • Master Criminal

     

    20

    Bounty of 1000 gold in all nine holds

    There are nine holds in Skyrim, of which there is either a major city or a major town, these are:

    • Falkreath (Falkreath)
    • Whiterun (Whiterun)
    • Morthal (Hjaalmarch)
    • Dawnstar (The Pale)
    • Winterhold (Winterhold)
    • Solitude (Haafinger)
    • Riften (The Rift)
    • Markarth (The Reach)
    • Windhelm (Eastmarch)

    Basically, just head into each of those towns and cities and cause as much mayhem as possible… You’re best creating a save (once you’ve been to all 9 cities so you can fast travel) and heading to each town and killing as many people and guards as possible – 1 guard should do it, but if for some chance they don’t react when you hit/shoot them, then attack a civilian first.

    When it’s at 1,000, run to somewhere you can fast travel and then nip to the next city. Pack plenty of stamina potions/and or get a horse and when escaping, head for the water (unless you’re on a horse) – the guards seem to be scared of it! Rinse and repeat till all nine are done. Fun achievement this one.

Comments
  • think it will be all at once?
  • Sounds that way... Save & Load.
  • STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM! NOBODY BREAKS THE LAW ON MY WATCH!
  • Definitely doing this on a different save
  • looks like this is going to be the only "difficult" one to get cant wait to play this :)
  • yeah could well be a pain in the ass
  • Easy as pie, so long as you use an alternate save line and don't mind the travel time. (You couldn't fast travel in the last game if the guards were after you.) I believe 1,000 gold penalties could be incurred in Oblivion by committing one murder in public view. If this doesn't work, just punch beggars or children (Which I think are confirmed to be in the game??? If not, use horses) until you have met the quota.
  • getting $1000 in fines is easy in oblivion. kill a guard or 2 after u steal a horse, then kill it and its original owner, run off to next town (or 'hold') and repeat. i don't see it as being hard though, more inconvienent. gonna try to do this before joining any guilds. dont wanna get booted out and pay more fines to get back in.
  • This achievement looks like they have changed the bounty system now, seeing as you have to get a 1000 gold bounty in DIFFERENT holds... so if you're wanted in one city/hold then you can actually escape and not be attacked by everyone once you're in another... awesome :)
  • Yeahh, bounty's are for different cities now :) But if you kill off any witnesses quick enough your bounty disappears ;)
  • @3 LOL !!!
  • i did sort of the same thing in fable 3 fun times
  • Well, so much for naming my PC "Link."
  • STOP, YOU HAVE VIOLATED THE LAW PAY THE COURT A FINE OR SERVE YOUR SENTENCE
  • this ones not hard. just visit all 9 cities and then save. go to each ones stable, kill a guard or 2 then run away and fast travel to the next one.
  • Do you need to have an even 1000G bounty? I've visited all Nine holds and killedan NPC, but I have 1040G bounty, and the cheevo isn't unlocking. (40 for the assault and 100 for the murder)
  • its my last achivement but dont work -.- made with lvl 52 story finished and with small guy ~20 and also didnt worked. wtf i do wrong >.
  • It needs to be 1,000 in each city not 1,000 overall. That's the only bit of confusion I'd be able to think of...
  • @ 18, referring to my earlier post #16, I have a 1040G bounty in each hold. So my question still stands, does it have to be an even 1000?
  • If you are a werewolf its an automatic 1000 bounty for changing into one in town
  • No, it does not need to be even. I had bounties ranging from 1000 even to 3080. Are you sure you did all 9? If you have no bounty in one hold, it won't even list it. I suggest you count out all 9. Winterhold Whiterun The Rift The Reach The Pale Hjaalmarch Haafingar Falkreath Eastmarch
  • (Look under General Stats -> Crime, BTW)
  • any one else getting "cannot fast travel while guards are pursuing you"?
  • ok so the reason that this may not ding is that the guards in a hold aren't actively hunting you. i used the "i'm a thane" in whiterun and then they didn't attack me when i went back. killed a guard, they all attacked me and i dinged.
  • @23 You can't fast travel when anyone nearby is aggressive towards you (red dots). Run away and you can fast travel once you're in the clear.
  • This achievement is not as challenging as people might think or it initially sounds. The best way to do this is to have lycanthropy. Changing into a werewolf in front of a civilian is automatically a 1000 gold bounty. Fast travel to all the major cities and transform into a werewolf right outside the gates where there is always 2 guards watching and then you can sprint off into the wilderness before they can react or give chase. Once in the clear you can fast travel to the next city. If you don’t have lycanthropy you can murder a guard which is also an automatic 1000 gold bounty but may be a little more difficult to pull off and is much harder to escape the hold to fast travel.
  • The game doesn't save that you attained a bounty sometimes. I'm not sure why. I checked my status after I had gotten a 1000+ gold bounty in each hold and it said I did nothing in two holds and only had 125 in another, which was incorrect. So I went back and did it again in those holds that I needed and the achievement popped. You don't need exactly 1000 gold or anything, it's just some sort of glitch that doesn't save some of them. Just make sure to check your stats like Flamin B suggested.
  • @23, just keep running, had the same problem
  • just tryed it 3 times today didn't popped. went to all 9 hols killed a guard checkt my log for the + 1000 and moved on. started at Markarth going clockwise finisd with Falkreath cecked the + 1000 at each hold didn't popped -..-" really annoying .
  • I found I didn't always get a bounty unless I changed as a werewolf in front of the guards
  • I've tried more than 3 times to get this achievement. I have more than 1000 gold of bounty in every hold, but this achievement doesn't unlock!
  • Will the fact that i am Thane of a bunch of the holds make it so i cannot get the bounty??? Im thinking i will get the bounty but the guards dont bother unless its over 2000, anyone know for sure??
  • Just a follow up i got the cheevo yesterday and you can still get it if your Thane of that hold. Also the easiest way is def. to turn into a werewolf in front of a guard, but as a side not you must make sure that right after you do it says in the top left corner of the screen, 1000 bounty added to "whichever hold your in", just refer to #21 for the holds, thats the list i used.
  • Skyrim is out now for a long time and the Bethesda Idiots still havn't fixed this dumb achievement for non-english players. Seems like they don't even try to...wtf man, can't get my 1000GS in this game because of this shit. Bethesda REALLY does suck.
  • Do not Bring Shadowmare. Stupid horse refuses to run and prevents fast travel
  • http://forums.bethsoft.com/index.php?/topic/1266583-master-criminal-achievement-bug/ just wrote an e-mail about this to bethesda. maybe it will help... this cheevo is glitched for non-english-versions only
  • The most simple way to accomplish this is to murder one guard in each hold then escape them and repeat while retaining your bounty
  • Just got this one. Simple. Kill a couple of guards in each hold and run like a african coke dealer. Riften Windhelm Winterhold Solitude Morthal Markarth falkreath whiterun dawnstar
  • Won't unlock for me either. Yay.
  • Just did it. Unlocked for me. You had to really pay attention because if there was only one guard outside a city the bounty would be taken away because no witnesses were left. And don't have a companion with you because they will continue to attack the other guards which also voids the bounty because of the witness issue.
  • Just did it. Pretty fun to run around and shoot people
  • @#35 lol. Bethesda sucks because there is a glitchy achievement? You sir are retarded. They made perhaps the greatest game I have ever played and you judge them on an achievement? Lolololol have a cry.
  • @43 I totally agree... This is my last achievement besides the one about skill books and it sounds great :)
  • after each one check crime in the pause menu to see for 1000 bounty the towns are as follows: 1.Riften (The Rift) 2.Windhelm (Eastmarch) 3.Winterhold 4.Solitude (Haafingar) 5.Marthal (Hjaalmarch) 6.Markarth (The Reach) 7.Falkreath 8.Whiterun 9.Dawnstar (The Pale)
  • One guard death is an easy 1000 bounty. Kill one, run until there's no one hostile around, fast travel to another hold (provided you went to them via a carriage ride or wandering around), repeat. Easy and fun.
  • When I did this, I killed one of the guards outside each of the cities and ran, then crouched when I was out of sight of them. You will leave combat shortly, but may not be able to fast travel for a minute. I kept getting the "can't fast travel while guards are pursuing you" message. Just keep running and try again in a little bit.
  • this achievement is bugged imho ... the game will tell you there is a bounty of 1000 gold on your head - but if a guard catches you while commiting the crime and you will tell him to rather die than go to jail, the 1000 bounty will be *lost*.
  • To save time knowing when you can fast travel just keep pressing "back" when running, if the wait screen doesn't appear then you can't fast travel yet.
  • Nice, thanks for the tip, #49
  • Just got this today and encountered an interesting bug. I had a bounty of 1000+ in each hold and then went to my last one, Windhelm. I kill a civilian and the achievement didn't pop. I went to the statistic menu and saw that it put the assault charge on Windhelm, but not the murder. So I killed another one. When the achievement still didn't pop I looked at the statistics again and noticed that Whiterun was at over 3000 bounty. I killed another person and when I went back to the stats Whiterun had shot up again. I just reloaded an earlier save and it put the bounty in the right hold. TL;DR: if it's not unlocking make sure it's assigning the bounty to the right hold.
  • I just ran into a town than used storm shout, I waited a minute and someone died
  • I was also puzzled about this one not unlocking... until I realised I'd missed Dawnstar. The Crime list only shows existing bounties, so I was looking and thinking that I had over 1000 for all holds. For all those of you moaning that this doesn't unlock, check how many holds you have bounties in, chances are it'll be 8. Then check comment #45 above and check which one you've missed. It unlocked for me as soon as I murdered a guard in Dawnstar.
  • I tried getting this achievement today, i just killed one guard, and if anyone else came after me, i killed them too. Until no one else came up to me, and traveled to the next hold. When i had finished, i had a bounty of 1040-10000 in each town. No achievement.
  • I have like 10,000 bounty in every hold and didn't get the achievement.. wtf. I'm kind of pissed. I have been running into a lot of glitches is Skyrim lately. I can't finish the Thieves Guild achievement either. This is annoying. I just want my Dang achievements!!!! Anybody know a way around this problem. I'd at least like to get the 100 bounty one before I box this game back up and give up completely.
  • Did twice doesn't work
  • Got it first try. Each hold I attacked had a different bounty, some were 1000 and others were 3000+. Most basic tip is: Make sure you have 9 (As in nine, not eight, or seven). Check #45 #49 for more in depth help.
  • http://www.bethblog.com/2012/01/19/news-on-the-creation-kit-and-game-updates/ -> Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian ********* finally!
  • Is there any way to see how much bounty you currently have in each hold?
  • @54 Sounds like you killed all the witnesses. I believe they still need to be hostile towards you.
  • i killed two gaurds in winterhold. thats all there was in the whole city and because they were both dead i guess the bounty didn't count and i had to search everywhere to find one more to kill. my tip would be to just injure on one of the guards and make sure you get into a fight and try to run off and then kill the few that fallow. check your stats too.
  • @58 Great news!! I couldnt unlock it so far in the german version, hope it will work now...
  • Still not working in the german version...
  • @63 just realized it too. I hope they will fix it soon, my last missing achievement...
  • When I did this I would just kill an NPC while there was a guard around then run away and fast travel as soon as possible to the next place and repeat. A couple times I had to go back to a hold I thought I had already gotten the bounty because it only registered as an assault or something, also if you kill someone and the only witness has a low responsibility rating then they won't report it to the guards and you won't gain a bounty.
  • the long-awaited patch will go live soon: ** As an update to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users, we’re submitting 1.4 to the console manufacturers this week. When these updates are available, we’ll let everyone know. ** http://www.bethblog.com/2012/02/01/1-4-update-now-on-steam/ let's hope it will go live the next few days so we finally can 1000 this game :D
  • @63+64 please take your time and have a look at the blog (see the link in my comment? ;)). #58 was an announcement w/ patch notes for the *upcoming* patch. noone said it was already live...
  • here is what I did to make it nice and quick. 1) Go chop a person's head off to automatically get the $1,000 bounty 2) I am a warrior/wizard who specializes in destruction and restoration. There is a skill in the restoration category that allows healing magic restore stamina as well, it helps greatly since I don't have to spend my level ups on stamina at all. 3) Use the shout whirlwind sprint to get a couple steps ahead of the guards chasing you. Usually 2 will be enough to get away. 4) Rinse and repeat. Happy killing innocents :)
  • Unlocks now in the german version. Installed the patch today and got the achievement on the first try. If you don't know where to get bounty of 1000 Gold look at your stats.
  • @69: Loaded my old save and still got no stats concerning the bounty in the different towns. Do I need a new char?
  • honestly, one of the easiest achievements in the game. wander into the town (or outside in the stables), slaughter some niggers, make sure you leave one to run his mouth off. Gap it until you can fast travel, rinse and repeat. Highly recommend starting with Solitude, working anticlockwise and finishing with Whiterun (just fast travel to the dragonreach and there will be 4 or 5 guards ripe for the kill). Make sure to get Falkreath, Morthal, Dawnstar and Winterhold!!
  • Easiest way for this is Stormcall in a city and let that do all the work, it should kill the guards and you can make your escape easily. If that fails have a horse waiting for you to make a quick getaway.
  • easier way is to turn into a wearwolf and you get 1000 bounty in each nine hold instantly
  • do i have to have a 1000 dead on or can it be over i have more then a 1000 in all holds but still nothing
  • @74 yes but then you dont get the fun of running around killing everyone. :P
  • I HATE crime achievements, so much. they are so annoying...
  • The only difficulty in this is the time it'll take to do it all..
  • I had been sitting at 950 for a few months, I was getting bored of Skyrim. Then, on a whim, after hearing so much about it, I bought Game of Thrones on blu-ray. Now I play Skyrim again :D Just got my pain in the ass Thieve's Guild cheevo, and Master Criminal will wrap it up. AND DAWNGAURD!!!
  • Probably the most fun I've had with this game. It's weirdly satisfying for your character to become a massive sociopath for at least an hour.
  • #45 is the best way to go. Changed into wolf in front of guards outside of town, and then ran like hell. As soon as i was far enough, i advanced time 22 hours than fast traveled to my next location. Once I got to my new location I was able to use Beastform again. Got this achievement in about 10-15 minutes.
  • Dawnstar(The Pale) doesn't show up in your menu, i had already went to dawnstar but since there was a dragon & i didn't know it, it didn't register me killing the guard, when i went back and killed the guard again the achievement popped
  • if you captured solitude or windhelm with stormcloaks or the imperials that hold goes away I did it and there were only 8 holds. Hjaalmarch was gone. So go back to an earlier save. I hope this helps, goodluck.
  • Did this as a Vampire Lord after finishing half the Dawnguard Storyline and only going as far as capturing Whiterun for the Stormcloaks. Serana makes this ridiculously easy as your backup.
  • And of course if you summon one of two dragon pals to help out in the major towns as air support, this only takes 30 mins.
  • Pretty easy achievement, just make a save before hand then go to each city listed and kill a guard and make sure it says 1000 bountry added, then run a way till you can wait (tap back button) and then fast travel to the next city on the list sometimes this wouldn't work for me because the guards were "pursing me" so I would just run to the next one. This took about an hour (mostly loading screens).
  • Right so, for the people still wanting this cheevo. the best way to do this is to kill a guard in view of another guard and then run. WARNING! if the guard starts talking to you you've done it wrong MAKE SURE THE GUARDS ARE ATTACKING YOU!! once the guards are attacking run away out of the city and make haste for the nearest mountain or so, (if you have shadowmere fantastic if not fine) If you have a horse (do not steal one!) ride it up the nearest mountain and try not to kill it. then make your way down the otherside (easiest way to get rid of guards) once you have done this, fast travel to the nearest hold do the same and make sure that you have exactly 1000 gold, i didn't get this the first time due to the fact in Solitude i had 1005, if you have a bounty, talk to a guard and pay it off,
  • persuade your way out or simply go to jail. then kill the guards, once all 9 holds have 1000 bounty (check in general stats < crime) then cheevo should pop. MAKE SURE ITS 1000 GOLD NO MORE NO LESS!
  • as a side note, whilst running away spam back (if you're good at multitasking) once the box appears to wait, you can successfully fast travel, the 9 holds are: Solitude Whiterun Morthal Falkreath Markarth Dawnstar Riften Winterhold Windhelm
  • It took a while, but I got it.
  • Be careful while attempting this if you have completed a majority of the game. I was master of all the guilds and in Riften and Dawnstar, when I killed a guard, ran away and teleported to another place, the Thieves in Riften killed the witnesses and reduced my bounty to 0, and something happened in Dawnstar too that removed the witnesses. So make sure you check your bounties in the general stats > crime menu to make sure your bounties are still standing.
  • if you're in sneak mode when killing the guard you dont have to worry about running just fast travel quickly to your next location
  • Well that was stupidly fun xD
  • I was Thane of every stronghold and all I did was become a vampire in front of someone in each stronghold and it gave me the bounty of $1000. Then I just flew away till I could fast travel to another stronghold. Very easy achievement! Didn't even have to kill anyone.
  • Kill someone in broad daylight in front of someone in every hold capital. My favourites: Nazeem in Whiterun Rolff Stone Fist in Windhelm Beirand in Solitude Hogni in Markarth Madesi in Riften Birna in Winterhold Delacourt in Falkreath Lurbuk in Morthal Rustleif in Dawnstar
  • The real master criminal has 0 bounty

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