6. Learn to lockpick, be a dirty thief
Just like in other Elder Scrolls games, you’ll find lots of locked chests in dungeons and tucked-away nooks and crannies. The process for opening these chests is completely different from other MMORPGs, however.
Once you attempt to pick a lock, you’ll be shown a minigame window with a few tumblers—and, most importantly, a timer. Your task is to press down each tumbler to a specific point, using the left mouse button. When the tumbler starts to shake, let go of the mouse button. If you timed it right, the tumbler with lock into place. Get through all of the tumblers before the timer runs out, and the goods are yours. Fail, and you have to wait a few seconds before you can try again.
This may not sound exciting in theory, but it’s surprisingly effective in practice. The minigame can become quite intense if you’re surrounded by enemies, and you don’t want to fellow players to open the chest before you do. Depending your lockpicking skill (which increases with each character level), your lockpick may break, so be sure to carry a healthy supply around.