Blessing effects

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

  • Reduces cool-down time between Shouts by 20%.
  • Cures all diseases (except late active stages of vampirism/lycanthropy).

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 homestead as part of Hearthfire. It requires the following components:

NOTE: All Shrines also require a shrine base:


Temple of the Divines

Location: In the Temple of the Divines in Solitude. It is one of the eight or nine shrines available there. It is only present after the Civil War is over if the Dragonborn sided with the Stormcloaks.


Talos by the Lake

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

Notable loot:


Windhelm Stables

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 loot:
  • Locked chest behind the altar.


White River Valley

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

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


Shrine of Talos Massacre

Location: On the way from Falkreath to Helgen.

Notable Loot:


Shrine of Talos (Markarth)

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


Shrine of talos Markarth

Other Locations


  • 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.



  •  PC   360   PS3   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.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Shrine of Talos

  • Help me with a debate

    7 messages
    • To me, I say the bottom of the shrine is some kind of snake-like creature, and the weapon used by Talos is a sword, like Ancient Nord Sword....
    • It's definitely not an axe. What she thinks are the axe blades are probably just the sword's crossguard. Statues of Talos himself dep...
  • Shrines and their effects

    5 messages
    • if i put a amulet of talos and pray at the shrine i will receive 40% reduction on the cool down ?
    • I don't see anything that says that won't happen, so yeah, you should get a total of 40% faster shout regeneration.
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