The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trophies
Standing Stones
Find 13 Standing Stones

There are 13 “standing stones” in all, which allows your character to carry one blessing with them until they overwrite it at another stone. Simply walk up to them, activate them and the effects of it will work for you.

Before I delve into the locations, it’s worth noting that I hadn’t visited all 13 when I got the trophy, so I assume it counted every time I revisted them. Regardless, the locations of 12 of the 13 are as follows:

  • The Thief Stone – Stealth skills learnt 20% faster
  • The Mage Stone – Magic skills learnt 20% faster
  • The Warrior Stone – Combat skills learnt 20% faster?
    • Southwest of Riverwood, below a place called Anise’s Cabin and west of the Embershard Mine. The three above are at a location called The Guardian Stones. Shouldn’t miss them as you leave Helgen.
  • The Ritual Stone – Once a day can reanimate nearby corpses to fight for them.?
    • East of Whiterun slightly south of the river, between Whiterun and Valtheim Towers.
  • The Atronach Stone – Larger pool of Magika and absorb spell damage, but recover it more slowly.?
    • The best way to describe this is between Riften and Windhelm, in the marshland. It’s closer to Windhelm than Riften and just the otherside of the mountain range in between the two. It’s near the Eldergleam Sanctuary and the Darkwater Crossing (by the river) to the east of the two.
  • The Shadow Stone – Once a day players can become invisible for an extended period.
    • South of Riften, in the small mountain in the middle before the big mountain range to the south.
  • The Steed Stone – Can carry more and don’t suffer a movement penalty from armour.
    • On the tip of the highest mountain to the mountain, northwest of Solitude.
  • The Lady Stone – Regenerate health and stamina more quickly.
    • In the lake to the west of Riverwood is a small island where you’ll find this stone.
  • The Apprentice Stone – recover magicka more quickly, but are more susceptible to magika damage.
    • Just south of Solitude, on an island in the small water marshland, you’ll find this stone.
  • The Tower Stone – Automatically open Expert or lower locks.
    • Smack bang in the middle of Winterhold and Dawnstar, up on a mountain.
  • The Lover Stone – All skills improve faster.
    • Directly east of Markarth, about one fifth of the way to Solitude.
  • The Lord Stone – More resistant to magika and physical damage.
    • Southwest of Dawnstar in the mountain range, on the northern peak.
  • The Serpent Stone - Use a ranged paralyzing poison on an opponent once a day.
    • Directly east of Winterhold and north of Windhelm. In the sea on a floating iceberg of sorts.
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User Comments
 Comment #1 by Reign420
Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 10:33:50 AM

Here's a vid I created, hope it helps!

 Comment #2 by BjarneBiceps
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 03:40:59 PM

this is so glitched.
i managed to get this trophy without having found 13 stones.
i had only found 12.. was looking for the 13'th one.. when at a mission, they wanted to meet at the shadow stone outside riften.

when i met them there.. i got the trophy.
later i found the tower stone .. the 13'th one.
put trophy had already popped.

 Comment #3 by Blackthunder3
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 @ 08:18:26 PM

I have 14 Standing Stones found.

 Comment #4 by iChrisx
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 @ 06:08:27 AM

I've been to everyone twice and it still says ive only found eleven. Fml this game is so frustrating!

 Comment #5 by H1DD3N
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 09:48:59 AM

I only found 10 and got it!

 Comment #6 by ColdyLocks
Sunday, March 04, 2012 @ 12:43:32 AM

Just so everyone knows there are three standing stones in one location. The one by riverwood. and those all count for 3 i believe. find those and just find 10 more

 Comment #7 by MVRSVS1812
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:13:27 AM

Just to clarify, can anyone confirm whether you need to activate the stone or just visit/discover it?

 Comment #8 by twentylemon
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 07:35:38 PM

I think you need to activate it, like just open the menu for each stone. You don't need to have each stone's power.

 Comment #9 by psfanboy123
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 @ 01:24:56 PM

i have found 20 standing stones and only ever activated the warrior stone and still got the trophy, it glitched for me as well, i fast travled to one i had already located and it said i had found 13 despite only having found 12 then the trophy popped

 Comment #10 by Shirokurou
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 03:34:01 PM

I have revisited the Lover stone and got the trophy.
I think I found only 4-5 overall.

 Comment #11 by Koujo
Sunday, July 01, 2012 @ 11:31:46 AM

My games says I found 19????

 Comment #12 by theprocessofbelief
Monday, October 22, 2012 @ 10:10:13 PM

Patch may have corrected this. I got my trophy at 13.

 Comment #13 by HeadxShotzzz
Friday, October 11, 2013 @ 09:55:58 PM

It says i found 14 but when i look on map it i only find 10 locations

 Comment #14 by ControlChaos7
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 07:25:05 PM

Went to my general stats, said I found 13. Trophy popped.
You shouldn't have to activate each one because I didn't.

 Comment #15 by paintedhands
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 @ 03:48:06 PM

I went to all the stones on the map and my stats said I found 11. I went back to the Apprentice Stone (chosen at random) and then I got the trophy.

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Game Info


US November 11, 2011
Europe November 11, 2011
Japan December 08, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1
ESRB: Mature
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