So, I have done the special jobs in Solitude, Winterhold and Windhelm, but after the Windhelm one I have done 47 side-quests, yet no other special job will show up. I have 3/4 merchants, and I'd like the fourth one, so can anyone tell me why the last special job won't show up?

Not sure if this is related, but I have also delivered the Skeleton key, and stolen Frost from Maven Black-Briar. Anyone know how i can get on with it?

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    Hi, and welcome to Arqade. I've removed the PS3 tag from your question; we usually try to only use the platform tags when a question is entirely specific to that platform. Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 21:18
  • Winterhold? The only holds are Markarth, Whiterun, Solitude, Winhelm, and Riften where you steal the stuff from.
    – Jim Jones
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 3:47

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Each of the four cities you can run the special jobs in (Markarth, Solitude, Windhelm, and Whiterun) only requires five side jobs completed to unlock the special job. But those side quests need to be performed in the correct city, and depending on the type of job you take, Markarth can be pretty rare; there are about half to two-thirds as many valid targets in Markarth as any of the other cities for each of the Heist, Sweep, Shill, Burglary, and Numbers jobs. Even with as many side jobs completed as you have, it's entirely possible very few have been in Markarth.

If you need more Markarth side jobs, one thing you can try is to save while getting the quest, then reload until you get Markarth; it's usually what I do anyway to get Delvin and Vex to give me two quests in the same city to save time. This can take a while, though; I once reloaded about seventy times before a Numbers job came up Markarth.

Another option might be to switch to Bedlam or Fishing jobs. I haven't run them as much, but I have found that they distribute targets a bit better. The caveat here, though, is that if you have the Dragonborn expansion, Raven Rock will be added to the list of valid locations for those, tipping the odds back a bit against Markarth.

If you know for a fact that you have completed enough side quests specifically in Markarth, I'm afraid you've probably hit a bug. We've had questions about a situation like that before, and the solution so far seems to come down to using console commands on the PC to force the special job to start, or else reloading an earlier save on console versions of the game. You may also want to make sure you've updated the game fully; Bethesda fixed plenty of bugs over the course of the updates.

  • fyi its much faster to just fail the quest by talking to delvin/vex and saying you don't want to do it anymore than to do a save/reload. That is, unless you don't like the journal showing the failed quest count in the hundreds :P
    – l I
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 21:38
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    @Spartacus If you save while they're saying their last line, but before the quest is actually put into your journal, you can catch it before it picks a target, and when you reload, the game will immediately give you the quest with a new target. Depends a bit on system specs (since they impact load time), but I've had it get down to about five seconds per check. Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 22:26
  • I see nice trick.
    – l I
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 23:38

I have done a lot of research on this unfortunately you have made it impossible to complete by turning in the skeleton key before doing the jobs I'm sorry to tell you

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    Before doing what jobs? Returning the Skeleton Key is one of the quests, and is a requirement to continue with restoring the Thieves Guild to its former glory.
    – Joachim
    Commented Jan 31, 2020 at 21:01

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