Skyrim Bucket + Head Trick

Skyrim is just so full of people that need killing and items that need stealing, but the law wants to keep you down. But, ingenius players have already discovered the ultimate trick for escaping the long arm of the law and engaging in whatever criminal activity you want. The people of Skyrim can’t possibly defend against their one weakness… a bucket. Look below to learn more about this incredibly simple trick.

For more extra information on Skyrim, you’ll want to check out our massive walkthrough, or drop by the constantly updating cheats page where you’ll only find more hints like this.

Bucket + Head Trick

  1. Find a store with stuff you want. They’re everywhere!
  2. If you can’t find a bucket in the store, bring one with you.
  3. Pick up that bucket, swivel it around, and drop it over an NPC’s head.
  4. The NPC is now blind! Take whatever you want from their store with no consequences.
  5. If you want to kill other NPCs, just drop buckets over the heads of every witness. Crimes can’t be reported if they can’t be seen.
  6. Enjoy ruling Skyrim.

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21 Comments on Skyrim Bucket + Head Trick

Brandon J. Clark

On November 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

OMG, does this really work? I mean, would the NPC’s have awareness programming THAT specific?!?!?!??!?!

If so, bravo to Bethesda! Bravo…..

Garyn Dakari

On November 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

ROFL, this is brilliant.


On November 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Does this work on 360? how do u drop it on their head?


On November 12, 2011 at 6:02 am

This works in real life too. Try it.


On November 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

god I really hope this wasn’t an intended part of the game, cuz thats just… special. especially since blind NPCs will report you of crimes.


On November 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

How do u swivel and hit…i dont get that part. :/


On November 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

this does not work on xbox 360. EVERY time I successfully drop the bucket on their heads, it stays for a maximum of 3 seconds before it goes flying off their head.


On November 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

it works for me on 360, pretty funny. I don’t really use it to steal stuff though, since they never have anything cool on display.


On November 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

this doesnt work on xbox 360 it will stay on there head till they start walking and then it will fall off

stan marsh

On November 26, 2011 at 7:32 am

if you can”t get it to work on the 360 then you are a noob


On November 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

I steal stuff all the time with this method!! Isaac is black btw.


On December 14, 2011 at 6:59 am

It may not work on the 360 Because of the patch, if you clear system cache and don’t update, it should work :)


On December 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm


I’ve been sitting here on my 360 trying to put a fricken bucket on Cicero’s head, but it’s taking FOREVER.


On December 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Is there any way to do this on pc?

Dex Luther

On January 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

It’s possible to do it on PC (Hold E), but I think they patched it. I did it 3 or 4 times, and the bucket would just come flying off the NPC’s head.


On January 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Bethesda said they do not plan on patching this one, as they have found it quite entertaining themselves.

heywould jablome

On January 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

oh yeah. free stuff. im tellen friends


On February 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Hey if your haveing slight freeze ups and slow..loading time…use a new controller….old and used alot controllers will cause the problem…I verified this cause I have multiple units and many controlers…so its not the unit!!


On February 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

it works on 360 with a basket too


On March 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I have Ps3 and can’t drop a bucket on the NPCs head so I let time elapse until it’s at least midnight check if they are in bed and take what I want. try it see if it works.

Dovah Kriid

On July 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm

ROFL this is awesome! Just steal everything in the store, After putting the bucket on their head that is, might not work if you dont do that first, And then sell it all back to the store owner. Or you could put a bucket over the store owners head and then pick pocket and take all his gold, exit the store, and then go back in, and do it over and over.