Skyrim: Standing Stone Locations

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The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is full of bonuses, hidden around every corner. The Standing Stones make your travels through the snowy mountain tops a touch easier. Their effects are many, but some offer faster experience gain, unlocking expert level locks, or improved regeneration. You can only carry one Standing Stone blessing at a time, yet you only need to find these stones to gain their blessings. Below you’ll find instructions for finding all thirteen stones in Skyrim.

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Standing Stones

  • Standing Stones allow you to carry one blessing with you at all times.
  • Activating a different Standing Stone will overwrite your previous blessing.


The Warrior Stone

  • Learn combat skills 20% faster.
  • Found near Anise’s Cabin, southwest of Riverwood.

The Thief Stone

  • Learn stealth skills 20% faster.
  • Found near Anise’s Cabin, southwest of Riverwood.

The Mage Stone

  • Learn magic skills 20% faster.
  • Found near Anise’s Cabin, southwest of Riverwood.

The Lover Stone

  • Learn all skills 15% faster.
  • Found east of Markarth, in the direction of Solitude.

The Apprentice Stone

  • Regenerate Magicka twice as fast, but twice as vulnerable to magic attacks.
  • Found south of Solitude, on an island in the marsh.

The Atronach Stone

  • Adds 50 points to magicka, absorbs 50% of enemy spells, and a 50% reduction to magicka regeneration.
  • Found between Windhelm and Riften, east of Darkwater Crossing and Eldergleam Sanctuary.

The Lady Stone

  • Regnerate stamina and health 25% faster.
  • Found west of Riverwood, on a small island in the lake.

The Lord Stone

  • Gain 50 points to damagae resistance, resist magic by 25%.
  • Found southwest of Dawnstone, on the northern peak of the mountain range.

The Ritual Stone

  • Gives you the power to raise a group of corpses that fight for you.
  • Found between Whiterun and the Valtheim Towers, east of Whiterun and south of the river.

The Serpent Stone

  • Gives you the power to paralyze a target for 5 seconds and do 25 damage.
  • Found on an iceberg east of Winterhold, and north of Windhelm.

The Shadow Stone

  • Grants invisibility for 60 seconds.
  • Found south of Riften, on a mountain dwarfed by the southern mountain range.

The Steed Stone

  • Adds 100 points to carry weight, with no movement penalty for worn armor.
  • Found northwest of Solitude, on the top of the highest mountain.

The Tower Stone

  • Allows you to unlock one expert (or lower) level lock, once per day.
  • Found in the center of Winterhold, on one of the central mountains.

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21 Comments on Skyrim: Standing Stone Locations


On November 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm

this was


On December 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm

this was not


On December 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Nah I agree this wasn’t very helpful.


On December 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Referencing to the map given when the game was bought. This is talking about the little “x’s” on the map.


On December 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Dammm i didn’t know that the X s on the map where for the stones thanks you helped a lot !!!


On January 7, 2012 at 12:43 am

There are way more than 13 stones. I think a lot of people assume there are only 13 because of the xbox achievement for finding 13 stones. I have actually found 20 stones and I know there is another one I was too lazy to look for around the docks by solitude. So for sure, there are at least 21 stones. No joke, I also assumed that there were only 13 and then new ones would just keep popping up on my radar :) Happy Hunting!


On January 15, 2012 at 2:02 am

Yeah i agree with the person above, theres way more than 13 as ive found 16 no this wasnt really helpful for all,as it gives u just 13 of them which u obviously need for both the xbox achievement n ps3 trophy. If anyone would like help with locations add me on ps3 mailmemojo


On January 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

How are you able to look at which stone is currently active on your player? Just want to know if there is a way


On January 17, 2012 at 3:55 am

I encourage one of you finding more than 13 to give us a location for these extras, cause I have yet to see another past these 13


On January 17, 2012 at 3:57 am

Also that one mentioned near solitude docks, would be the Apprentice one.


On January 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

If you got to magic, then active effects, you can see which stone you have active.


On January 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

How can you possibly say there are more than 13 stones, if in the beggining of the game it is said that there are only 13? Seriously, get your facts straight. The X on the map shows the stones, and other points of interest like dragon burial sites. That’s it.


On January 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

@ CaMMaN, go to “magic” scroll down to “active effects” and it will tell you @ the very bottom what is currently active for your character, @ the guys saying theres more than 13 stones, stop lying so much.


On January 23, 2012 at 10:53 am

@marcelo…there IS, MOST DIFFENETLY! More then 13 stones… I have 16 already… Also got my trophy for 13.. Ones fornd after that are NEW… Ill post pics if ya need….keep searching.. Youll get there bud… Lol @ people that know everything about everything… Lol sir :)


On January 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

I have 17 now… Heres a pic


On January 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

My bad, i was wrong, there is only 13 stones… But theres a glitch that keeps track of everytime you visit or discover a stone, even if you have already visited or discovered that stone it still counts as a stone found in your general stats…

Dovah dovah

On January 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

Thanks. Got my achievement!


On February 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I’ve “found” 23 of them but no more than the 13 originals are on the map


On February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

@Jeff–420 Yeah, just noticed that on my stats too, it’s showing “22 standing stones found”


On March 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

For me steed stone is the best


On August 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

I want to know, Look I used a stone, didn’t know the effect, and I used another stone, so the 1st stone’s blessing was gone, and the 2nd stone blessing is active, Can I re-use the 1st stone I used before? please help. Thanks :D