Cleansing the Stones is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn. After learning the Bend Will shout at Saering's Watch and using it on the Wind Stone, the Dragonborn will be asked to cleanse the other four stones (Sun, Beast, Earth, and Water) to release them from Miraak's influence.


After I destroyed Miraak's control of the Wind Stone, Storn has asked me to free the remaining sacred Stones using my "Bend Will" Shout.


After speaking to Storn Crag-Strider, the Dragonborn can travel to the remaining four All-Maker Stones, located around Solstheim, and use the newly learned Bend Will shout on all of them. They will all be marked on the map. After shouting at each one, a Lurker will appear, with the exception of the Earth Stone which has two, as a second one will surface from the shoreline just down its location. They will assault the Dragonborn and the people surrounding each stone, causing those who were working on the stones to flee. The Redoran Guardsmen at the Earth Stone, however, will instead use their bows to attack the Lurker appearing from the water at the shoreline.


As each stone is cleansed, access to its powers (powers of the All-Maker Stones) will be granted, namely:


Cleansing the Stones – DLC2MW03B
IDJournal Entry
5After I destroyed Miraak's control of the Wind Stone, Storn has asked me to free the remaining sacred Stones using my "Bend Will" Shout.
  • Objective 10: Cleanse the Water Stone
  • Objective 20: Cleanse the Earth Stone
  • Objective 30: Cleanse the Beast Stone
  • Objective 40: Cleanse the Sun Stone
200I cleansed the sacred Stones that Miraak had corrupted. Solstheim is free of his influence except for the Tree Stone, which remains imprisoned inside his new Temple.
  • Quest complete


  • This quest can be completely skipped by obtaining the first word of Bend Will from Saering's Watch and shouting at the Wind Stone before meeting Frea at the Temple of Miraak. By doing so, Storn will mention the land is at peace and "The Path of Knowledge" will begin.
  • If Fanari Strong-Voice is killed while cleansing the first stone (the Wind Stone) with the Skaal villagers, the side-quests "A New Source of Stalhrim" (which allows the Dragonborn to smith stalhrim weapons and armor) as well as "Lost Legacy," won't happen. This is because these quests are triggered later when she has a conversation with Deor, and she is not around to have that conversation.
  • When fighting the Lurker at the Water Stone, there may be a dragon, making the battle significantly harder. In order to avoid this, one needs to slay it beforehand.


This section contains bugs related to Cleansing the 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.
  • When using the Bend Will shout on the stones, those around the stone may walk away as if freed, but the arches may not crumble, no lurker will be spawned, and some of the inhabitants will still act as if under Miraak's influence.
    • This may be resolved by fast traveling away from the stone and then back after using the Bend Will shout on it.
  • When using the Bend Will shout on the Earth Stone, there is a chance of spawning a second lurker. The only way to resolve this is to reload to a previous save.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Cleansing the Stones

  • cleansing the stones broken

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    • I have tried everything everyone is suggesting but it's still not working and I don't wanna quit the quest now
    • odd, I'm having the alternate issue, I just cleansed the earth stone without the quest and can't find anything telling me there might...
  • Can't cleanse the stone

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    • I posted an alternative solution on a similar thread:
    • Travel back to the Wind Stone and a Lurker should be standing there, I think the cleansing may not be working due to the Lurker not be...
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