Without getting into anything too spoilerific, I've made it to a point in the game that I am trying to find a tear in the Columbia Bank. Convieniently, I've also already found the code book I need for the encrypted message near the back of the bank, so the spoils are practically handed to me!

As I'm looting the stash, I noticed a lockpick's bag at the back of the desk.

Lockpicks in the Vox stash

I try to grab it, and nothing happens. I try to grab it from all sorts of angles until I give up and decide it's just part of the scenery. On my way back out, I discover another bag.

Lockpicks on the way out

Again, more lockpicks that I want so badly to shove in my pockets, but the game seems to prefer to taunt me with them as scenery. That would have been the end of it as I was planning on moving on, until Elizabeth opened her big mouth and pointed each of them out so I could go pick up those lockpicks!

Lockpicks that glow!

Obviously these picks are meant to be picked up after all! For some reason, I don't seem to be able to do so. Is the game bugged or perhaps some kind of evil, twisted trolling? How do I pick up all those lockpicks?!

  • Did she refer to the actual bag. She may be pointing out that there's a lockpick by the bag. Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 23:02
  • @Gmoneyrocks I have to think so. I've picked up bags like this before, usually containing 3-5 picks. I've also been all around this thing trying to pick up anything at all aiming at it. I'm thinking it's a bug, as since posting this question I've pushed further in and none of the lockpicks in this area can be picked up. Not even the individual ones.
    – Aeo
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 23:19
  • Dang! Yeah, it's def a glitch then. Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 23:46

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The game limits you to holding 30 lockpicks at once. Elizabeth will still point them out to you. However, they won't have the "shimmer" effect of collectable items and you won't see the prompt to press a button to pick them up.

If you proceed further and use a lockpick, you should be able to backtrack and grab the ones that looked like scenery.

  • Ahhh... So there is a limit... That explains a lot. Thank you!
    – Aeo
    Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 1:36
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    Why they give you three digits when you can only use two... Just makes things confusing! Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 18:46

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