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Puzzling Pillar Ruins

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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.


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  • Puzzling Pillar Ruins

    15 messages
    • 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...
    • somebody said something about havint to have a tresure chest but I cant confirm.  anyway, i had the same problem, I did like in the video but...
  • Is this a bug?

    4 messages
    • I think it's bugged. It wouldn't open for me either. I had it like on the video. PC version.
    • I just tested this out, and I'm not getting a bug. The cage opened for me and I'm also on the PC version of the game. Since you're on PC you co...

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