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Puzzling Pillar Ruins
Puzzling Pillar Ruins
Puzzling Pillar Ruins Location
Hold Whiterun Hold
Location Southeast of Sleeping Tree Camp.
Main article: Unmarked Locations (Skyrim)

Puzzling Pillar Ruins is an unmarked location found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


On the rough path leading toward Sleeping Tree Camp is a group of standing stones and three Nordic Puzzle Pillars. Next to the puzzle is a closed grate on top of a caved-in ruin. Solving the puzzle and activating the handle unlocks and opens the grate allowing access down the spiral staircase to a skeleton and a chest.


The solution of the puzzle is Whale, Eagle, Snake (from left to right if standing by the lever, as shown in the picture). After rotating the symbols, activate a handle to finally open the grate. The symbols to solve the puzzle must face this handle, not the grate, or it will not open.


Puzzle solution

Notable itemsEdit


  •  PS3   As of the 1.8 update, and installation of Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn, the chest has proven to be safe. Items were stored there for three to four in-game months before update, and were still safe afterwards. A Hypothetical Treachery will respawn if taken, but this does not appear to affect stored items.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Puzzling Pillar Ruins

  • Is this a bug?

    2 messages
    • Rthis is driving me crazy! I did exactly what the picture shows and it STILL wont open? Anyone else having this problem?
    • All i can say is check around the puzzle pillars the hint for the symbol they need to be rotated to is close to each one, make sure the symb...
  • Puzzling Pillar Ruins

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    • Type in Puzziling pillar ruins into google and click on the youtube video
    • I just did on my PS3 - Worked like a charm.  Remember to activate the handle (right next to the "gate" of stones) to open the hatch. Noth...

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