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Ancient Stones | Directory

This section of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim World Atlas provides a list of the ancient stones. These stones provide various bonuses when interacted with, and this guide will help you locate them and understand their benefits.

  • Overview
  • Directory of Ancient Stones

Overview

There are thirteen different magical ancient stones scattered throughout Skyrim, each granting a unique blessing. It’s important to note that only one blessing can be active at a time, and interacting with a new stone deactivates the previous one. Therefore, it’s crucial to choose the most beneficial stone based on your play style and preferences. It’s recommended to interact with a stone early in the game, such as the Guardian Stones during the Before the Storm main quest, as they can greatly enhance a warrior, thief, or mage’s skills.

Directory of Ancient Stones

Note: Consult the World Maps chapter of this guide for assistance in locating the stones (locate the correct sector and number).

  • THE ATRONACH STONE
  • THE SHADOW STONE
  • THE LADY STONE
  • THE LOVER STONE
  • THE LORD STONE
  • THE MAGE STONE
  • THE STEED STONE
  • THE RITUAL STONE
  • THE APPRENTICE STONE
  • THE SERPENT STONE
  • THE TOWER STONE
  • THE WARRIOR STONE
  • THE THIEF STONE

THE ATRONACH STONE

Location: Sector 6, number 31

Effects: Absorb 50% of enemy spell mana and increase mana pool by 50 points, but with 50% slower mana regeneration.

Comments: This stone is ideal for mages, as both bonuses are highly beneficial even in later stages of the game. However, the slower mana regeneration may be a drawback, but there are magical items that can improve this process.

THE SHADOW STONE

Location: Sector 9, number 26

Effects: Become invisible once a day for 60 seconds.

Comments: This bonus isn’t particularly useful, as there are potions and spells that can achieve invisibility. The only advantage is that the blessing is completely silent, but it’s recommended to choose a more beneficial stone.

THE LADY STONE

Location: Sector 7, number 9

Effects: Improve health and stamina regeneration by 25%.

Comments: This stone is great for warriors, as it boosts their health and stamina, allowing for more powerful attacks. However, these bonuses become less effective later in the game, so it’s recommended to switch to a more beneficial stone.

THE LOVER STONE

Location: Sector 6, number 12

Effects: Learn all skills 15% faster.

Opinion: In my opinion, the best standing stone in Skyrim is the Lover Stone because it improves all types of skills. This makes it superior to The Guardian Stones which only improve six categories of skills and offer a mere 5% bonus. Choosing the Lover Stone can help players advance to higher experience levels.

THE LORD STONE

Location: Sector 2, number 23

Effects: Increases resistance to magic by 25% and resistance to physical damage by 50 points.

Review: The Lord Stone is very useful for players who are not interested in skill development. Both bonuses can be helpful, especially for players wearing light armor or mage’s robes with low health points.

THE MAGE STONE

Location: Sector 8, number 16

Effects: Increases Mage’s skills learning rate by 20%.

Review: The Mage Stone is located in the same area as The Thief Stone and The Warrior Stone. Players who are mages should interact with it at the beginning of the game, preferably when traveling to Riverwood for the first time. The stone improves six categories of skills – Conjuration, Restoration, Alteration, Illusion, Destruction, and Enchanting.

THE STEED STONE

Location: Sector 1, number 7

Effects: Increases weight limit by 100 units and removes all penalties caused by wearing armor.

Review: The Steed Stone is a great option for warrior characters, especially those wearing heavy armor. The increased weight limit allows for carrying more items without worrying about overloading the character. The removal of penalties is also important when it comes to performing fast attacks.

THE RITUAL STONE

Location: Sector 5, number 39

Effects: Ability to raise dead characters in the area once a day to fight alongside the player.

Review: If you’re playing as a character with weak armor and prefer to surround yourself with allies, the Ritual Stone is a good choice. The bonus can resurrect more than one dead person and works on stronger beings that can be revived using standard spells.

THE APPRENTICE STONE

Location: Sector 1, number 47

Effects: Doubles mana regeneration rate at the cost of being twice as vulnerable to magic attacks.

Review: Choosing the Apprentice Stone is not recommended because there are other ways to improve mana regeneration. The reduced resistance to magic is a significant disadvantage, unless your character is a warrior-mage combo with a higher defense rating.

THE SERPENT STONE

Location: Sector 3, number 8

Effects: Ability to paralyze a target for 5 seconds and inflict 25 damage points once a day.

Review: The Serpent Stone’s bonus may only be useful in the early stages of the game or against stronger enemies. Later in the campaign, players will discover better ways of paralyzing and slowing down enemy units.

THE TOWER STONE

Found in Sector 2, number 10, this stone grants the ability to unlock an expert lock (or worse) once a day automatically.

However, it is not very useful as players can already open all locks in the game without any perks from the Lockpicking skill tree. Additionally, the stone cannot unlock containers with master locks that hold the best treasures.

THE WARRIOR STONE

Located in Sector 8, number 16, this stone enhances the learning speed of warrior skills by 20%.

Players playing as a warrior should interact with the stone at the beginning of the game, preferably while travelling to Riverwood for the first time. The stone boosts six categories of skills: Smithing, Heavy Armor, Block, One-Handed, Two-Handed and Archery.

THE THIEF STONE

Also located in Sector 8, number 16, this stone increases the learning speed of thief skills by 20%.

Players who are playing as a thief should interact with this stone at the beginning of the game, preferably while travelling to Riverwood for the first time. The stone enhances six categories of skills: Light Armor, Sneak, Lockpicking, Pickpocket, Speech and Alchemy.

FAQ

What are standing stones?

Standing stones are large stones that are placed vertically in the ground, often in a specific arrangement. They can vary in size from small, single stones to larger groups of stones that form a circle or other shape. Standing stones are found all over the world and date back to prehistoric times. They were often used for religious or ceremonial purposes, and many have been associated with ancient rituals and beliefs.

What is the significance of standing stones?

The significance of standing stones varies depending on where they are found and the culture that created them. In many cases, they were used for religious or ceremonial purposes, and were often associated with ancient rituals and beliefs. Some standing stones were also used as markers or boundary stones, or to commemorate important events or people. They are often seen as symbols of the past and are a reminder of our ancestors and their traditions.

Where can I find standing stones?

Standing stones can be found all over the world, but some of the most famous sites are in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France. Stonehenge in England is perhaps the most well-known example of standing stones, but there are many other sites to explore. In Ireland, the megalithic tombs at Newgrange and Knowth are also popular destinations, as are the standing stones at Carnac in France. There are also many lesser-known sites scattered throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Can I visit standing stones?

Many standing stone sites are open to the public and can be visited year-round. Some are free to visit, while others require an admission fee. It is important to be respectful when visiting these sites, as many are considered sacred by the local community. Visitors should take care not to damage or remove any of the stones, and should follow any posted rules or guidelines. It is also a good idea to research the site before visiting in order to learn about its history and significance.

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