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Shrines of Talos are shrines in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Blessing effects[]

Activating the shrine confers the Blessing of Talos for a duration of eight hours.

Only one blessing (effect) can be active at one time. Praying at a different shrine will remove this effect.


This shrine can be crafted for a homesteads as part of Hearthfire. It requires the following components:

All shrines also require a shrine base that requires the following components:


Temple of the Divines[]

Location: In the Temple of the Divines in Solitude, but is only present as 'the Ninth Divine' after the Civil War is over and if the Dragonborn sided with the Stormcloaks.


Temple of Talos[]

Location: In the Temple of Talos in Windhelm.

Inside Temple of Talos


Location: In Riften outside the entrance to the Thieves Guild. Nura Snow-Shod is often found in front of the shrine.

Shrine of Talos Riften


Location: In Whiterun's Wind District, at the bottom of the stairs leading up to Dragonsreach. Heimskr can be seen preaching in front of the shrine. Jorrvaskr, the mead hall of the Companions, Gildergreen tree, Temple of Kynareth, House Gray-Mane, and Hall of the Dead are all relatively close by.

Talos in Whiterun with Dragonsreach

Talos by the Lake[]

Location: On the shore of a small lake directly south of Gallows Rock.

Notable items:

Talos by the Lake

Overlooking Windhelm[]

Location: Just over the river from Windhelm, on a cliff overlooking the river and city. To reach it, walk on the south path towards Morvunskar, then turn onto a rough path on the left where the slope of the cliff begins.

Talos Shrine - Overlook Windhelm

Weynon Stones[]

Location: At Weynon Stones, southeast of Fort Dunstad.

Notable items:

  • Locked chest behind the altar.

Talos Weynon Stones

White River Valley[]

Location: Northeast of Whiterun, between Shimmermist Cave and Fellglow Keep.

Quests: Quest from Elisif the Fair to return her husband's war horn.

Talos White River Valley

Shrine of Talos Massacre[]

Location: On the way from Falkreath to Helgen.

Notable items: Thalmor Wizard equipment



Location: In the city of Markarth, under the Temple of Dibella.

Quests: Eltrys can be found here after witnessing the attempted murder of Margret, starting "The Forsworn Conspiracy"

Shrine of talos Markarth

Froki's Peak[]

Location: Up the mountain from Froki's Shack.

Notable items:

Froki's Peak Shrine of Talos

Sea of Ghosts[]

Location: Near Trius' Camp to the south and Pilgrim's Trench to the southwest.

Notable items: The Importance of Where (One-Handed skill book)

Shrine of Talos Sea of Ghosts

Ilas-Tei's Last Stand[]

Location: Northeast of Ysgramor's Tomb.

Notable items: Breathing Water (Alteration skill book)

Talos and Ilas-Tei

Winterhold Glaciers[]

Location: West of Saarthal and north of Alftand.

Notable items: Words and Philosophy (Two-Handed skill book)

Shrine of Talos Winterhold Glaciers

Bloated Man's Grotto[]

Location: Inside Bloated Man's Grotto, in front of the resting place of Bolar's Oathblade.

Bloated Man's Grotto - Shrine of Talos

Other locations[]

  • In Fort Sungard, if the Stormcloaks control the fort.
  • A shrine is located inside Fellglow Keep, in the first room coming from the Fellglow Keep Dungeons with the Novice Conjurer and Apprentice Storm Mage. The shrine has fallen over and is laying facing upward on a pile of rubble. No blessing can be received from it. (Instead, the blessing can be activated via the Talos symbol laying on the broken table with a large stone on top, directly across from the statue.)



  • These shrines often contain offerings to Talos including medium level weapons and armors most often Imperial gear, steel or steel plate. It can be beneficial for a low-level character to seek out these shrines, taking the offerings for better armor and weapons or to make some gold.
  • The plethora of offerings at the shrines outside of the cities in Skyrim implies that many people are still worshipping Talos, but taking precautions so as to not be caught by Thalmor Justiciars.
  • Random encounter locations are near several of the shrines. This can sometimes lead to Thalmor Justicars attacking the Dragonborn for being a Talos worshipper.
  • The large number of shrines might be due to the banning of the worship of Talos, forcing his worshippers into secluded areas.


This section contains bugs related to Shrine of Talos. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   NX   The description for the Blessing of Talos reads "Time between shouts is reduced 0%." This is due to the game using the decimal form of 20%, which is 0.2. That 0.2 rounds down in the description to 0, making it appear as if the blessing has no effect, even though it does properly assign the bonus. There is no current fix for this and having this bug once will ensure having it for the duration of the game.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Bringing a follower during "The Forsworn Conspiracy" quest may permanently make the follower stuck at the temple. If married to the follower, it may be impossible to get them out of the temple. Even after finishing the next quest ("No One Escapes Cidhna Mine"), the follower is still stuck. Also, waiting an entire month does not fix it nor will telling the follower to go home. No fixes have been confirmed at this point so it is not recommended to have a follower during this quest.
  •  PC   360   PS3   After the completion of "The Forsworn Conspiracy" and "No One Escapes Cidhna Mine" the Dragonborn may still be confronted by the corrupt guards upon entering the Shrine of Talos who will reenter the dialogue to arrest them and take them to the Cidhna Mine. There doesn't seem to be a way to fix this and even after waiting days or weeks the guards will not leave the Shrine.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Unable to craft a shrine even with multiple amulets due to it being a quest item. New amulets collected after getting Hearthfire have been known to work.