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  • I personally think the crown, considering you can have one of the 3 main stones (Warrior, Mage, Thief) and the Lover Stone for quick upgrading :D

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    • I agree the Crown for levelling quicker or having a stone like the steed stone for backup carrying capacity. The shield may be worth it for character's that haven't upgraded health much.

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    • The Staff is often bugged so it won't work at all, making it effectively worthless. This makes me sad, as it would be cool otherwise. 

      The Crown seems the best choice.

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    • I like the crown, it enables me to keep the lover and steed stones at the same time.

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    • Practically, the shield, but if you like a dwarven sphere following you or a extra stone, that would be cool

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    • Silence,My Brother wrote:
      Practically, the shield, but if you like a dwarven sphere following you or a extra stone, that would be cool

      the shield doesn't really do anything, you give the enemy invincibility for a minute but they can't hurt you, the only usefulness for that would be if you're fighting one on one and you need time to heal yourself.

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    • Heres how I look at it,


      The staff is pretty awesome but if you have the Dragonborn DLC you can travel to the ruins of Kagrumez after finding 4 of the 5 stones of Kagrumez and undertake the trials of Kagrumez. Each trial you complete unlocks a door leading further into the ruins, the first two doors you unlock have "animal" companions behind them named Steadfast Dwarven Spider and Steadfast Dwarven Sphere. These companions are invaluable distractions when you get into combat with large groups of high level enemies that would normally tear you to shreds. However they arent the best offensively, they will follow you around until you tell them to head back home being Kagrumez. I play on Legendary and Im pretty sure if it wasnt for my sphere companion there are a couple battles I wouldnt have walked away from. Being a secondary companion they can follow you with a normal companion, the sphere is the better of the two because it has much more health and is capable of ranged attacks, making it the only pet companion besides rieklings capable of doing so. If its health becomes significantly lowered it will freeze in battle stance until it regenerates health and enemies will turn their attention away much like a normal follower. And if its destroyed a new one will spawn in the same location that you got your first one a couple in game days later. This is very unlikely because of how durable they are, Ive had mine since Dragonborn DLC first came out and it still hasnt been destroyed. Also if you have the atronach perk or stone there is a chance the Aetherial Staff might not even spawn a dwarven ally but it will still use up the staffs charge. 

      The shield is rather jazzy looking but provides a somewhat worthless enchantment, Auriels Shield is a much better choice for anyone that wants a unique shield that has a one of a kind enchantment on it. Except Auriels Shield has a completely badass enchantment where you basically use unrelenting force by shield bashing. 

      The crown allows you to have two standing stone powers active at once without even wearing it so that was the deal breaker for me. 

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    • Being already on level 70 or so, I didn´t see the stones that big deal for me (currently using the steed stone), so I chose the Aetherium Shield. Not that I use it either, but it just looks cool on the wall (at my Markarth house). So I made my choise based on which of those would look the best as a part of a decoration :) Other than that, I´d use the crown. Most likely. I think :)

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    • The Crown.

      You could select the Ritual stone power for it so you would be able to use it anytime. It's just amazing to be able to create an undead army. I killed some bandits around Whiterun then we attacked the guards and I resurected the guards. It's just so amazing and useful.

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    • All I have to say is what's the point having the staff when you can use conuration?

      I say get the crown tor easy leveling and enchant armor with 100% conjuration spell reduction and rapidly cast thralls (flame/frost/storm thrall tome can be found when the Black Book: The Sallow Regent is read), in battle to max conjuration. Rendering the staff redundant.

      For the shield, I don't use shields with my dual deadric swords maxing at 190 damage with 60 fire 60 frost damamge. If you do use shields, use Auriels Shield like Matias240 said.

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    • the Ritual stone is best

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    • All the artifacts were worthless.

      There is better headgear than one that just gives one more stone effect, especially if you make your own gear.

      Staff is completely worthless when summoning 2 dremora lords.

      Shield sucks when you one hit most enemies except for dragons, which I don't think can be etherealed.

      They could at least give us the choice of an aetherium sword and aetherium bow...

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    • 202.156.138.24 wrote:
      All the artifacts were worthless...

      Actually the crown is the only item in the game that allows you to have 2 standing stone effects. 

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    • Rukathesoldier wrote:

      202.156.138.24 wrote:
      All the artifacts were worthless...
      Actually the crown is the only item in the game that allows you to have 2 standing stone effects. 

      He/She is right. What did you think added that effect other than the crown?

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    • 69.55.36.220 wrote:

      Rukathesoldier wrote:

      202.156.138.24 wrote:
      All the artifacts were worthless...
      Actually the crown is the only item in the game that allows you to have 2 standing stone effects. 
      He/She is right. What did you think added that effect other than the crown?

      I meant the effects of another standing stone is pretty useless compared to effects you can place on self made headgear, not that other headgear can give another stone. I agree that I wrote it ambiguously, buts getting more stone effects without the crown is not what I meant.

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    • The Ritual and Serpent stones are decent as once a day uses, but having unlimited uses becauseof the crown makes them even more powerful.

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    • The crown is probably the best bet, considering the shield isn't very useful and the staff hardly ever works. If you want to level quickly, I'd suggest the lover stone/guardian stone combo that the others have suggested, but if you are a higher level character you may want to go with the Lord stone and Steed stone. That way you have increased carry weight and you take less physical and magical damage.

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    • 202.156.137.183 wrote:

      69.55.36.220 wrote:

      Rukathesoldier wrote:

      202.156.138.24 wrote:
      All the artifacts were worthless...
      Actually the crown is the only item in the game that allows you to have 2 standing stone effects. 
      He/She is right. What did you think added that effect other than the crown?
      I meant the effects of another standing stone is pretty useless compared to effects you can place on self made headgear, not that other headgear can give another stone. I agree that I wrote it ambiguously, buts getting more stone...

      The crown is actually really useful, as you can just take it off and wear different headgear that actually has an armor value when you don't need the stone.  Put the crown back on, and then you retain the effect.  I personally use the Crown with the Steed Stone effect.  The Lord Stone can make it viable as armor, at least to an extent, what with the damage reduction.  Although, once you start power-enchanting Dragonbone swords with Dual Enchant Firey Soul Trap and Chaos damage for dual wielding,  you obviously have access to better armor than that.   (I wish I were at that level, lol. Can't even work Ebony yet.)

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    • The crown is the best aetherium artifact, the shield is the useless one.

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    • Crown is obviously the best, Shadow stone = unlimited invisiblity, Tower stone = break any lock except master, Serpent stone = paralyse anyone, ritual stone = undead armies.

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    • This is pretty late to the party but... The Crown has zero armor points. So unless you're a mage that has the upgraded mage armor perk, it massively sucks for a warrior/fighter/dps build. Getting another standing stone effect is pretty useless in the long run other than leveling quicker. Shield is also kinda 'meh'. Low armor and the effect is as much a buff as it is a debuff to the enemy since they can't be damaged either. Personally I like the staff since it is the only artifact that isn't a full blown tradeoff. It's got a unique summon effect to it. Plus, it can sometimes create scrap metal to sell.

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    • TymonTheThief wrote:
      This is pretty late to the party but... The Crown has zero armor points. So unless you're a mage that has the upgraded mage armor perk, it massively sucks for a warrior/fighter/dps build. Getting another standing stone effect is pretty useless in the long run other than leveling quicker. Shield is also kinda 'meh'. Low armor and the effect is as much a buff as it is a debuff to the enemy since they can't be damaged either. Personally I like the staff since it is the only artifact that isn't a full blown tradeoff. It's got a unique summon effect to it. Plus, it can sometimes create scrap metal to sell.

      The staff can also break forever

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    • The Crown, of course.  It allows you to keep 2 Standing Stone powers, by storing one of them! :D

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    • What about using the staff enchanter in dragonborn dlc and making more stalves of summoning dwarven spiders and spheres?

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    • The Staff Enchanter can only be used to make the basic types that you can buy or find as random loot anyway, nothing like that (it was a bit disappointing).

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    • TymonTheThief wrote:
      This is pretty late to the party but... The Crown has zero armor points. So unless you're a mage that has the upgraded mage armor perk, it massively sucks for a warrior/fighter/dps build. Getting another standing stone effect is pretty useless in the long run other than leveling quicker. Shield is also kinda 'meh'. Low armor and the effect is as much a buff as it is a debuff to the enemy since they can't be damaged either. Personally I like the staff since it is the only artifact that isn't a full blown tradeoff. It's got a unique summon effect to it. Plus, it can sometimes create scrap metal to sell.


      You don't have to constantly wear the crown. You could (for example) hold the steed stone in it and just use it when you need some more carry capacity. Or you could use one that has a once-per-day power (like the shadow stone) and use the power multiple times in a day (just unequip and re-equip the crown). Or (like some else said) carry the lord stone and it works as a sort of armor.

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    • Pink Slim wrote:
      Silence,My Brother wrote:
      Practically, the shield, but if you like a dwarven sphere following you or a extra stone, that would be cool
      the shield doesn't really do anything, you give the enemy invincibility for a minute but they can't hurt you, the only usefulness for that would be if you're fighting one on one and you need time to heal yourself.


      And if your fighting one on one just get windshear and never get damaged.

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    • the staff, you can find dwarven spider and sphere as pet solt

      the shield, you can have an ash spell dealing same someone immune to damage and out of combat.

      aetherial crown is the only unique effect, and also it is a crown.

      no choice, crown crown crown crown crown and olny crown, no matter what, take the crown!

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    • Late to the chat but I'd go with crown were I not playing a Dwarven centurion build, which is the case and I took the shield. ;) Good for healing while training blocking on a random giant.

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    • Can you use the shield with the etheral sword and deal damage?

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    • Ethereal Sword? Do you mean bound sword?

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    • I agree with the general consensus. My choice was the crown.

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    • I'd definitely say the Aetherial Crown.

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    • Ethereal Crown all the way. Have a place in all builds, is the best and most beautiful circlet in the game (IMO) and carry the most unique enchanting effect of all. Drawback: Enchanting effect useless on followers.

      Shield in second place - Very cool looking but not for all builds, the enchantment is nice but second compared to Become Ethereal shout that is far better in terms of tactics in regards of dealing with the Ethereal effect. And second compared to Uriel's Shield special effect. Also the Spell Breaker shield is arguably as much as cool and useful. Pro: Can be good to give to followers.

      Staff in third place - Bugged, take the place of a potential stronger sumoned companion, can be replaced by full time automatos pets followers without any loss. Have almost the same look of the Spider Controlling Staff in Cacelmo's museum. Drawback: extremely bugged to the point of stop working forever, frustrating even the players who want the staff for pure RP purposes.

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    • i thought of it like this: i’m not gonna use any of these anyway, so which one looks coolest. that shield shines nicely on my wall lmao

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    • I use the exploit for no magic damage (antronac perk, mirrak gear, antronac stone) and it makes summoning practically impossible, so using the crown to change if I can summon, or if I take no magic damage is super useful, definitely crown

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    • UESP has a page on statistics of the staff. The Aetherial Staff can summon Dwarven Spiders or Spheres, although there is a chance there will be a mishap in the summoning with interesting effects. The specific chances associated with each outcome and the specific details of those outcomes are captured in the screenshot.

      Sorry if this breaks any rules but it was the best way to summarise the possible outcomes, given the fact that my responses dont allow a table to be created.

      Because of this i kinda find the staff rather worthless

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    • You could always couple the crown with the ritial stone and azhidals ring of necromancy for a couple of giggles if you have the proper dlc

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    • I always liked the crown, I like having a guardian stone + the apprentices stone for massive spell usage

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