Lockpicking is one of the stealth skills that are available in Skyrim. There are 5 different levels of locks: Novice, Apprentice, Adept, Expert, and Master. As you go up in difficultly it gets harder to find the "sweet spot" on the lock.
Use to rotate the lockpick, then to rotate the lock. When you rotate the lock, the closer the lockpick is to the correct position, the more the lock will rotate before the lockpick breaks. Only when the lockpick is in the correct position will the lock fully rotate and open.
Lock difficulty ranges from Novice (easiest) to Master (very hard). The more difficult the lock, the smaller the correct spot is. The better your lockpick skill, the larger the correct spot will become.
||Novice locks are much easier to pick.
||Lockpicking 25, Novice Locks
||Apprentice locks are much easier to pick.
||Lockpicking 40, Apprentice Locks
||Able to pick locks without being noticed.
||Lockpicking 50, Quick Hands
||Automatically gives you a copy of a picked lock's key if it has one.
||Lockpicking 50, Apprentice Locks
||Adept locks are much easier to pick.
||Lockpicking 60, Adept Locks
||Find more gold in chests.
||Lockpicking 70, Golden Touch
||50% greater chance of finding special treasure.
||Lockpicking 75, Adept Locks
||Expert locks are much easier to pick.
||Lockpicking 80, Expert Locks
||Pick starts close to the lock opening position.
||Lockpicking 100, Locksmith
||Lockpicks never break.
||Lockpicking 100, Expert Locks
||Master locks are much easier to pick.
- Thief - Pick 50 locks and 50 pockets.