The Apprentice Stone - Standing Stone Primary Location - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Apprentice Stone in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The Apprentice Stone in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This walkthrough guide covers The Apprentice Stone primary location in the video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, available on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This guide serves to provide all pertinent information about this location such as items, characters, how to find it and other important details.

Table of Contents:

  • General Info
  • How to Find The Apprentice Stone
  • The Apprentice Stone - Standing Stone and Location Info
  • Video Guide

General Info:

The Apprentice Stone is one of the 13 Standing Stones located in various areas of Skyrim that can be found and activated in order to receive a specific blessing, each stone granting a different bonus that lasts until switched to another's. The blessing granted by this stone will actually double your magika regeneration, however with the negative side effect of causing you to be also twice as weak to incoming spells or magical effects. This double edged sword means this blessing is one that should be taken with careful consideration.

Nearby Items:

  • Deathbell (many)
  • Swamp Fungal Pod (many)
  • Nirnroot x1

How to Find The Apprentice Stone

The Apprentice Stone is a really easy location to uncover in Skyrim. In order to find it, simply head northwest out of Morthal through the swamplands until the stone icon shows up on your compass, then follow the icon to your destination.

If you would rather start from Solitude, you can head to the nearby Solitude Sawmill which is on the path out of the city and south a bit, then swim across the water from the mill travelling southwest until the icon shows up on your compass.

Since the terrain of the swamp is pretty easy to navigate, there is no specific direction you should take in approaching it unlike the other stones which are located in the mountains or generally rockier terrain. Folgunthur can be found northeast of the location as well, and Fort Snowhawk to the south, serving as the closest primary locations to the stone for a faster trip.

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The Apprentice Stone on the world map of Skyrim with other nearby locations highlighted.An aerial view of The Apprentice Stone with the location marked by the blue circle.
The Apprentice Stone on the world map of Skyrim with other nearby locations highlighted.
The Apprentice Stone on the world map of Skyrim with other nearby locations highlighted.
An aerial view of The Apprentice Stone with the location marked by the blue circle.
An aerial view of The Apprentice Stone with the location marked by the blue circle.
Activating The Apprentice Stone to receive its blessing.
Activating The Apprentice Stone to receive its blessing.

The Apprentice Stone - Standing Stone and Location Info

Being one of the 5 stones which offer persistent statistical bonuses not relating to skill gain, The Apprentice Stone is useful for affecting you charter's abilities when applied in specific ways. As mentioned previously, the blessing itself grants a boost to magika regeneration, coming out to +100%, however you will also suffer +100% weakness to all magika effects, thus negating the stone's effectiveness considerably when used in combat with any sort of casting enemy or where magical traps and damaging effects may be encountered.

In Skyrim, you can never have a full resistance to magika in the first place, capping off to a relatively high extent, but still allowing spells to cause you limited damage at high resistances. Since your weakness is effectively doubled, using this blessing for combat oriented purposes or those where you would face spell damage is a significant risk and advised against, even though you will be able to cast your own offensive spells more frequently. If you do decide to use it for combat however, keep in mind you will need a ridiculous amount of perks or items that boost your resistance to compensate.

Instead of using the Apprentice Stone to boost your combat prowess, you will find far more use in the blessing granted by applying it in non combat situations such as skill boosting. For example, Transmuting Iron and Silver Ore into Gold Ore can be quite expensive magika wise, thus before you start on a batch of ore transformation, you can pick up the Apprentice Stone blessing since you will not have to worry about harmful effects during this process. Other methods like repeatedly casting Water Breathing or Detect Life to quickly raise skills in areas that you are safe from attack will also benefit significantly from this boosted regeneration. Basically, this is a boost assist stone. Remember you don't regenerate magika while actively casting spells, so this effect simply reduces the downtime till your pool regenerates.

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A nearby Deathbell plant and Elk.Deathbell and mushrooms found growing by a tree stump in the swamp.Swamp Fungal Pods found at the base of the Apprentice Stone.The Nirnroot plant found at the base of the stone nearby a tree.
A nearby Deathbell plant and Elk.
A nearby Deathbell plant and Elk.
Deathbell and mushrooms found growing by a tree stump in the swamp.
Deathbell and mushrooms found growing by a tree stump in the swamp.
Swamp Fungal Pods found at the base of the Apprentice Stone.
Swamp Fungal Pods found at the base of the Apprentice Stone.
The Nirnroot plant found at the base of the stone nearby a tree.
The Nirnroot plant found at the base of the stone nearby a tree.

There is little threat in the nearby area when it comes to enemy targets with creatures consisting mostly of Elk or Mudcrabs, which are at best a nuisance or chance to capture some petty souls.

Alchemists will find an abundance of various mushrooms, Dartwings, Torchbugs, Deathbell and Swamp Fungal Pods to collect all about the area, including even at the base of the stone itself. The swamp itself in general is an excellent location to harvest these items if ever needed. There is also a Nirnroot that can be found right next to the stone.

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Seethe 3 years ago

Learn your directions. I just ran Northeast out of Morthal for nothing. The stone is Northwest...


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SOE 3 years ago Author

Fixed now.

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