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Contraband items, also known as Treasures, are those that can be found throughout Tamriel by searching in owned containers, pickpocketing, or looting citizens you have murdered or killed in self-defense. While being marked as stolen, they can be sold only to fences. Once laundered, contraband items can be sold to any other vendor. However, being bound to your account, they cannot be traded to other players. While many types of items can be found this way, contraband has no other purpose but to be sold or kept in a personal collection. Contraband item value depends on its quality, as is demonstrated in the table below. Items of higher quality are less probable to find.
|Item Quality||Item Value|
|Legendary||10000 or 0|
†The Thieves Guild skill Haggling increases the price when fencing, but not laundering, stolen items.
Legendary treasures valued at 0 cannot be laundered or sold; instead, they are intended to be collected and displayed in the Thieves Den, as part of Kari's Hit List. Legendary treasures valued at 10,000 are rare drops from trials and are not marked as stolen.
Every contraband item has one or more 'Treasure Type' labels. These are only relevant for certain Thieves Guild quests.
- An item may have a higher chance of spawning in a zone appropriate to it (eg. Alik'ri Glassware in the Alik'r Desert) although there is always a lower chance of it spawning in any other zone.
- Plunder Skulls can contain green, blue or purple quality treasure items that are not marked as stolen.