Guardian stones

The Thief Stone, Mage Stone, and Warrior Stone

For other uses, see The Standing Stones.

The Standing Stones are upright magical stones located throughout the province of Skyrim.

Legend tells of the stones granting special powers to heroes of old, giving them the ability to rewrite their fate.[1]


Standing at approximately 3 meters in height, the ancient menhir-shaped stones each display a different Tamrielic constellation carved into its body. A total of 13 stones are dotted across the land — one for each month of the year, except for The Serpent, which has no month associated with it.[2] The stones only seem to respond to certain individuals, but it is unknown what the qualifier for this is.[1]


Activating a stone will grant the Dragonborn special bonuses, including but not limited to:

The Apprentice and Atronach Stones, however, also confer penalties such as Magicka vulnerability and a decreased Magicka regeneration rate, respectively.

Only one stone can be active at any one time, unless the Aetherial Crown is worn, which allows two active stones at a time.


TESV The Lord Stone

The Lord Stone


  • In order to maximize skill gains when crafting, it is recommended to visit the Warrior Stone prior to Smithing, the Thief Stone prior to Alchemy and the Mage Stone prior to Enchanting. These three stones are encountered at the very beginning of the game, letting you to specialize in one or switch between them depending on your next actions.
  • The Thief Stone also gives a nice boost to improving the Speech skill for bartering with shopkeepers and persuading/intimidating people.
  • One of the best bonuses, especially in the early game, is conferred by the Steed Stone. Especially appreciated by characters wearing Heavy Armor, this stone provides the bonuses of two perks, significantly improving your capacity to carry loot. When hitting character level 6, a visit to this stone should be considered.
  • In a dungeon environment where a player values skill gains over other combat advantages, The Lover Stone offers better value than any of the Warrior, Thief and Mage Stones. This is because the character may use skills from more of the primary skill groups, and the difference between +15% and +20% bonus does not compensate for the limited versatility.
  • While the Tower Stone can help opening most locks too difficult to pick at low Lockpicking skill levels, it also slows down the improvement that skill as no experience is gained by using the stone's special power.
  • The Lord Stone (25%) allows Bretons to reach the maximum cap of magic resistance at 85%, while wearing no armor. It requires their Racial ability (25%), Agent of Mara (15%), and Magic Resistance 2/3 (20%).
  • The Atronach Stone (50%) allows any race to have an 80% Spell Absorption, when combined with the Atronach perk (30%).
    • The Restoration school also allows one to counteract the -50% magicka regeneration of the stone through use of the Recovery perk.


  • Despite Archery falling under The Warrior skill set, it is counted as a Stealth skill and covered by The Thief Stone in this instance only. It is unknown if this is intentional or a bug, or an element for game balancing.
  • Reading An Explorer's Guide to Skyrim will add 4 of the 13 stones locations to the in-game map.
  • In some of Skyrim's early gameplay footage, the Standing Stones map marker was different. Instead of them having their own unique map marker, they had the marker for a landmark.


This section contains bugs related to Standing Stones. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   It is possible to get the Standing Stone Achievement without actually going to all the stones. Simply go to the Guardian Stones of the Thief, the Mage and the Warrior for 13 times. You can actually "find" more than 13 standing stones.
  • Sometimes the achievement blessed will not be unlocked the first time you get a blessing.
  •  PC   The standing stone from which a blessing is accepted appears to be invisible. Probably related to low graphics settings. (Keep the Object Fade setting on at least "1".)


Blessed (Achievement)
Select a Standing Stone blessing
Points 10 Gamer points
Bronze trophy

Standing Stones (Achievement)
Standing Stones
Find 13 Standing Stones
Points 30 Gamer points
Silver trophy




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  • Steed or warrior?

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    • wrote: wrote:I'd go with Steed. The Warrior stone is nice, sure, but levelling skills isn't exactly diffic...
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