Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is now available, and if you want to make the most of the game, and the abilities your character holds, you’re going to need to use the game’s Standing Stones. In this article we’ll be teaching you the location of each Standing Stone in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as providing a small bit of information about its effects.
Standing Stones work as boosters for the various abilities and attributes that characters can have in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Remastered. Each stone features a set of special effects that are applied to your character when activated, and only one stone can be used at a time. This means you will need to pick and choose the one that works best for you. In order to allow you the ultimate amount of customization, we’ve put together this guide, including images, to help you find each Standing Stone for ease of access.
The Guardian Stones
This trio of Standing Stones is actually the first set that you find in Skyrim. Shortly after exiting Helgen, as you make your way down the mountain path towards Riverwood, your companion will make not of the Guardian Stones as you grow close to them. Head up to them when he stops and choose whichever one works best for you. This is also the only time you’ll find multiple Standing Stones in one place together.
The Thief Stone
Useful for those wanting to take advantage of stealth, this Standing Stone can be found with the trio of Guardian Stones just outside of Riverwood. Grants players 20% faster increase to all stealth skills.Take a look at our beginner tips for Skyrim players to find out some easy tips and tricks to help you stay alive in the game.
The Warrior Stone
This Standing Stone can be found among the three Guardian Stones along the path that leads from Helgen to Riverwood. You’ll find it just after completing the starting quest, Unbound. Grants players 20% faster increase for all combat skills.
The Mage Stone
The final Standing Stone located among the Guardian Stones outside Riverwood, this Standing Stone is great for those looking to make the most of Skyrim’s rich history of magic. Activating this Standing Stone will grant the player a 20% increase to all magic skills. Make the most of Skyrim’s magic system by learning how to add new mods to Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The Lover Stone
To find this Standing Stone, make your way to Markarth on the western side of the map. Travel to the city, then head out and past the tables. Follow the road until you come to the last bridge below the entrance to the city. Turn left on the path and follow it around until you notice a clear area where you can travel up the mountain. Follow this path around to find the Lover Stone standing at the edge of a cliff. Activate it to gain a 15% faster increase to all your skills.
The Apprentice Stone
Make your way to the city of Morthal, and then head northwest through the marsh and swamp towards Fort Snowhawk. You can find the Apprentice Stone by continuing north of the fort until you spot this Standing Stone among the marshy landscape. Activating this Standing Stone will cause you to recover Magicka twice as fast, while also making you twice as vulnerable to Magicka damage.
The Atronach Stone
The Atronach Stone - which grants you 50 extra points of Magicka, 50% Absorb spells, and -50% Magicka regen - can be found just northwest of Mistwatch, which is located in the large valley on the eastern side of Skyrim. Head out of Mistwatch and northwest until you spot this Standing Stone overlooking the valley.
The Lady Stone
Players can find this Standing Stone immediately due west of the Guardian Stones, which are located outside Riverwood. Head west out of Riverwood, and follow the river along until you spot a large island in the lake, near Half-Moon Mill and Inalta’s Deep. The Lady Stone can be activated from the island and will grant players the ability to regenerate health, as well as a 25% increase to stamina regeneration.
The Lord Stone
Located just southwest of Frostmere Crypt, the Lord Stone can be activated by traveling up into the mountains from the crypt. Look out for Standing Stone at the edge of a cliff. There are a few bandits in the area, with a large campfire in front of the Standing Stone. Activate this Standing Stone to receive 50 points in damage resistance and a 25% increase to magic resistance.
The Ritual Stone
To find this Standing Stone you will need to head east of Whiterun and cross over the river. Follow the path until you spot a stone arch with a set of log stairs leading up a small hill. Follow the stairs to the top to find the Ritual Stone being guarded by a Novice Necromancer. Activating this Standing Stone will allow you to raise the dead all around you once a day.
The Serpent Stone
Located in the far northeastern reaches of Skyrim, this Standing Stone can be located off the coast where you find the College of Winterhold. Use the islands that are strewn along the coast to head past the Wreck of the Pride of Tel Vos and look out for a stone archway that marks the Serpent Stone’s location. Beware of the Ice Wraith guarding the area. This Standing Stone allows the user to paralyze a target and hit them for 25 points of poison damage once a day.
The Shadow Stone
Players can find this Standing Stone just south of the city of Riften, which is located in the far eastern reaches of Skyrim. Head south out of the city and look for this Standing Stone just past Nightingale Hall. Activating the Shadow Stone will give the player the ability to go invisible for sixty seconds once per day.
The Steed Stone
The second to last Standing Stone in the game, the Steed Stone grants the player an addition 100 carry weight, and also makes it so that equipped armor has no weight and also causes no movement penalty. You can find this Standing Stone by heading to the northern edge of the map and looking along the small road in the snowy mountains near Ravenscar Hollow and Ironback Hideout.
The Tower Stone
The thirteenth Standing Stone in the game, the Tower Stone is one of the most useful for those looking to make use of Skyrim’s stealth system. When activated this Standing Stone grants the user the ability to unlock any expert level lock (or lower) once per day. To find this Standing Stone, and activate its effect, head west out of Winterhold and follow the coast until you locate this final Standing Stone on the edge of a peninsula.
That’s all the Standing Stones in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Remastered, so be sure to learn each location and mark them on your map. These items play an important part in your characters evolution, so be sure to check them out and find out which one works best for your playstyle and chosen archetype. Learn more about Skyrim, and all its hidden secrets by taking a look at our Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim walkthrough and guide.