This trick helps you get upwards of 200K gold at any time in the game, so long as your previous actions never altered any means significant enough to ruin the trick. The trick willl be performed with a new character in mind.
Once you've made a new character, or use an existing save file, You're ready to proceed with this guide. It's a little complex, but nothing too major. Anybody can follow this guide and probably never worry about gold issues again.
Some things you will need are:
- A means to defend yourself from attackers.
- A few hundred gold (Start of game gold is enough after talking to Caius).
A few optional things to have are:
- Mark and Recall spells.
- Malking on water spell.
Make your way to Vivec, either walking or Silt Strider, it doesn't matter.
Once there, make your way to the Redorean district.
Look for this flag if you get lost. Once there, enter the plaza on the top floor.
Once inside the plaza, make your way inside the Dralor Manor.
It looks like this. Once inside, take a right and walk up the staircase until you see a door meeting in the middle. Open the door, and then enter halfway inside it. Once halfway inside, close it on yourself in such a way to end up like this.
Notice how I can still interact with the drawer, but be out of sight from the woman inside. When you're in this type of position, interact with the drawer and take the key inside. If you get a bounty, you had the door open too much.
Now that you have the key, exit the Dralor Manor. Now inside the plaza, take a right into the Redoran Treasurey.
Enter the building and proceed down the stairs to the right of the room. Now inside the Redorean Vaults, walk down the stairs and take the first right. You'll encounter this man.
Talk to him, then taunt him until he displays a message like this.
At this point, he'll try to kill you upon exiting the text box, kill him. You won't get a bounty, due to morrowind logic. Once he's dead, loot him and take the key he has.
Now that you've obtained both nessesary keys, look to the corner of the room and you'll spot a door with a high lock value.
The key you've obtained opens this door. Enter the vault, sometimes there's guards inside. If there's guards inside, proceed with this step, if not, skip this step. Keep the vault door open, and rest for 1 hour until the guards have all left. Now that they're gone, close the door and make sure the room is empty. If the room is empty, you're free to take all the valuable items inside, despite the fact the door has bars on it (morrowind logic).
First thing to do is to walk to the other side of the room - from the door - and take the Ebony Darts sitting there, all of them.
You'll notice that there's chests with locks on them, if you cannot open them, don't worry as they're not nessesary for the guide.
Take items with values at 10,000 gold and above, anything under usually isn't sufficent unless said otherwise. When you're finished looting the room, exit and go down the other set of stairs into the other vault. Be sure to close the vault you just looted behind you so you don't got to worry about guards.
Now that you're in the vault and potentially cleared out any guards - by using the method in step five - Loot the room for items with 10,000 value and over. The money piles in both vaults are recommended to get. Go to the table at the end of the room - from the door - and try opening the little boxes. The key opens some of these too.
The Ebony Armour, Helmet, Greaves and Sheild are major components to the guide, pick them up. Another thing worth getting are the random pieces of Glass Armour inside the lower left box beside the table mentioned above.
Note: A lot of the items you've stolen from the vaults are damaged, they gottta get repaired. Bright side is that you should have picked up enough gold to cover the repairs to the items.
Note: Damaged items do NOT sell for full value.
Keep in mind of your weight, take as much as you can carry, but just enough so you can still move.
Skip this step if you know where the Mudcrab Merchant is located, if not, continue to read...
Now that you've looted to as much as you can carry, leave Vivec and head to Suran
Once you've arrived in Suran, follow the path to the stairs at the end of town.
Go up them and take a right-hand turn to the far end of that area, then take a left, which leads out of Suran.
You will arrive on a beach, right near the shore. Follow along the shore until you come across this hideout (Pretty sure it's used in a later side quest).
If you found it properly, you're in the right spot. Now that you're here, align yourself with the debris along the shore like this.
Now either swim straight, or walk on water straight until you see this rock formation. (Close to a dweamer ruin).
You'll notice a lone mudcrab on it. DO NOT KILL IT. If you kill this mudcrab, you'll ruin the entire guide, and by extension, a save file.
Interact with it, and click Barter.
If you know how to sell items with a value over 10,000, do it with this crab and skip this step...
If you ran out of carrying space, you should have a Mark and Recall spell. Mark it on this island so it's easier to come back here.
You'll notice that once you engage in a Barter with the Mudcrab Merchant, he's got 10,000 gold to spend. The Mudcrab Merchant has the highest amount of gold to spend in the game.
One property of the Mudcrab Merchant is that he buys items for full value. So if an item is worth 10,000 gold, he'll buy it for 10,000 gold. He and one other merchant are the only ones to do this in the game; to my knowlege.
Save before selling anything to the mudcrab merchant.
First thing to sell him are 5 Ebony Darts, which are worth a total of 10,000 gold.
Sell them, and rest for 24 hours.
Note: Be mindful of random encounters while resting - Dark Brotherhood and random monsters. When you're done resting, interact with him again and click Barter. You'll notice its gold has been reset, but your item is still in his possession.
Note: The Mudcrab Merchant will always save the items you sell him, this is important for the guide. Buy back your Ebony Darts from it.
The Mudcrab Merchant's gold will rise from 10,000 gold to 20,000 gold.
Note: This works with any combonation of items. If you buy back an item worth 50,000 gold while he has 10,000 gold, his total will rise to 60,000 gold.
Now that its gold is high enough, you can sell it items that are worth that type of price range, such as the glass shield in this picture.
Selling it a combonation of items can help get the value of gold the Mudcrab Merchant has to have more precise number in order to sell it specific things.
For example, the Ebony Armour in the picture above is worth 35,000 gold undamaged. Selling the Mudcrab Merchant 5 Ebony Darts, waiting 24 hours, buying it back, selling a Glass Shield, waiting 24 hours, buying back 3 Ebony Darts and the Glass Shield will rise the Mudcrab Merchants value of gold to 36,000 gold. When the value is enough, sell it.
Selling all the items just takes a little thinking and a little time. When you're done selling all the really expensive items, and you're left with items around 1000-20,000 gold, it results in resting more often in order to reset the Mudcrab Merchants value of gold.