Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

"These are the Guardian Stones, three of the thirteen ancient standing stones that dot Skyrim's landscape."

The Guardian Stones are a group of three Standing Stones which can be found along the road southwest of Riverwood.


After completing "Unbound," continue to follow either Ralof or Hadvar and they will lead the Dragonborn to Riverwood. The Stones are located southwest of Riverwood, and north-northwest of Helgen close to the river. They consist of the Warrior Stone, the Mage Stone and the Thief Stone.


Upon accepting and activating one of the Guardian Stones, Ralof or Hadvar will comment on the Dragonborn's decision:

The Mage Stone[]

  • "Mage, eh? Each to his own. It's not for me to judge." – Ralof/Hadvar

The Thief Stone[]

  • "Thief, eh? It's never too late to change your own fate, you know." – Ralof/Hadvar

The Warrior Stone[]

  • "Warrior, good! Those stars will guide you to honor and glory." – Ralof
  • "Warrior, good! I knew you shouldn't have been on that cart the minute I laid eyes on you." – Hadvar


This section contains bugs related to Guardian 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
  •  PS3   PS4   Fast traveling to the Guardian Stones after they have been discovered can cause the game to raise the number of discovered Standing Stones by three in the "General" section of the "Stats" menu.