Standing Stones are spread all throughout Skyrim, offering different advantages to those that find them and choose to use them. Here you will find a list of all the Standing Stones, where they are, and more importantly what they do. There are a total of 13 stones, but getting to some will be much easier than getting to others. New adventurers will undoubtedly run into the “Guardian Stones” first and may as well take up one of them. But its important to note that only ONE stone may be active at a time: if you choose another, you will gain its effects while loosing whatever affects you may have had.

The Apprentice Stone

Location: Just North of “Fort Snowhawk”, or just northwest of the big city of Morthal.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Apprentice recover Magicka faster, but are more susceptible to Magicka damage.

The Atronach Stone

Location: South of Windhelm quite a ways, in the marsh. It’s slightly northeast of Darkwater Crossing.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Atronach absorb a portion of incoming spell damage and have a larger pool of Magicka, but recover it more slowly.

The Lady Stone

Location: North of Falkreath, in the middle of a lake. Just a small ways easy of Half-Moon Mill.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Lady regenerate Health and Stamina more quickly.

The Lord Stone

Location: Just south of Dawnstar, up on the northern edge of the mountain. You can find a path leading into the mountain by going south from Dawnstar and find it that way.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Lord are more resistant to both Magicka and physical damage.

The Lover Stone

Location: Northeast of Markarth, up in the mountains. I personally got to it by approaching from the west. You’re going to have to do some climbing.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Lover always feel a Lover’s Comfort (All skills improve faster).

The Mage Stone

Location: Slightly northwest of the game’s starting location of Helgen.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Mage will learn all magic skills 20% faster.

The Ritual Stone

Location: Just east of Whiterun, past a bridge and up a hill.

Effects: Once a day, those under the sign of The Ritual can reanimate nearby corpses to fight for them.

The Shadow Stone

Location: Directly south of Riften. You’ll want to find a road to the southwest of Riften that loops around to the standing stone.

Effects: Once a day, those under the sign of The Shadow can become invisible for an extended period.

The Steed Stone

Location: North of the (smallish) town of Dragon Bridge, the Steed Stone is up in the mountains. You’ll want to head due north and then west from the “Statue to Meridia” until you can head up and east to get to this standing stone.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Steed can carry more and do not suffer a movement penalty from armor.

The Thief Stone

Location: Slightly northwest of the game’s starting location of Helgen.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Thief will learn all stealth skills 20% faster.

The Tower Stone

Location: This stone is west of Winterhold and east of Dawnstar (it acts like a half-way marker if you walked between the two). It’s up on a mountain. I recommend traveling to Winterhold and heading west, where you can climb the mountain its on from the south.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Tower have the option to automatically open Expert or lower locks.

The Warrior Stone

Location: Slightly northwest of the game’s starting location of Helgen.

Effects: Those under the sign of The Warrior will learn all combat skills 20% faster.

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  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    17 October 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

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