Mundus Stones in The Elder Scrolls Online

Activating a Mundus Stone gives your character a permanent buff!

Activating a Mundus Stone gives your character a permanent buff!

The countdown has begun and everyone is preparing for launch. Let’s take a moment and examine one of more overlooked features of Elder Scrolls Online that will allow you to design a unique character, Mundus Stones. Mundus what?

If you have played an Elder Scrolls game before then you should already be familiar with the concept of the Mundus Stones. In the early games they were known as just “birthsigns”, in Oblivion they were given an additional stone that you could interact with to receive additional benefits, and in Skyrim they were the “Standing Stones”. Throughout the series they have always been represented by the thirteen constellations in Tamriel. Now, in The Elder Scrolls Online, these Mundus Stones are scattered throughout the world. Each alliance has a complete set scatter throughout the regions and you are also able to find all thirteen in Cyrodiil for those players who are more dedicated towards winning the war for the Ruby Throne.

Why do I care?

Mundus Stones are a crucial part of building a character. While the game offers attribute point allocation, armor types, enchants, weapon types, and traits to help develop your character the way you want, Mundus Stones do not cost resources and are still very impactful. Think of Mundus Stones as being a second set of enchants you can change anytime you wish. I know for myself I have a Mundus Stone I prefer for group dungeons and a second stone I use when heading to Cyrodiil. Combine that with the armor traits that improve Mundus Stone strength and you can swing your stats pretty dramatically based on which stone you have.

  • The Lover: Reduces damage taken from spells
  • The Thief: Increases critical chance
  • The Mage: Increases maximum magicka
  • The Warrior: Increases power
  • The Serpent: Increases non-combat health regeneration
  • The Apprentice: Increases spell penetration
  • The Atronach: Increases magicka regeneration
  • The Lady: Increases armor
  • The Ritual: Increases healing effectiveness
  • The Shadow: Increases critical strike damage
  • The Steed: Increases run speed
  • The Lord: Increases maximum health
  • The Tower: Increases maximum stamina

The perfect constellation for any occasion.

Like many other features of the game, Mundus Stones compliment ESO’s focus on diversity and indecisiveness by allowing an easily changeable enchantment style buff. If you tire of lugging around a sword and shield and would like to try a bow you can change your Mundus Stone buff from giving you max health to critical strike damage. This allows players to try new builds, weapons, or armor while still providing stat bonuses focusing on that new play style without having to re-enchant all of your gear. Personally, I have really enjoyed test new builds with different Mundus Stone combinations. It’s just another way ESO is improving how we develop our characters. So, what Mundus Stone do you think you will use in ESO to augment your character? Which one will suit your build the best? Let us know in the comment section below!

220 responses to “Mundus Stones in The Elder Scrolls Online”

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    all the complaints I hear just make me want to complain about those complaints… all the bad things they state theres a decently-better reason for it and if you cant understand, well i guess its just me. its depressing just trying to get opinions I might actually find, Autotelic, it really explains it. :D the motivation to enjoy, instead of being driven.

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    Altmer Sorcerer


    I like this idea a lot :)

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    Breton Templar

    Malum Factum

    Are the stones subject to overcharging (or do they ignore it the same way potions seem to)?

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    Dunmer Nightblade

    mage or shadow for my nb i think

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    Khajiit Templar

    Black Market Wares

    Thief, shadow and tower in that order .

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    Khajiit Dragonknight

    Im glad to see those stones being in ESO. I enjoyed finding and exploring their location in Skyrim and now Im able to do the same in ESO.

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    Argonian Templar

    Being a healer I’ll probably use the ritual or atronach if my healing spells are good enough

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    Nord Dragonknight

    Nicodemus-Cain said on February 21, 2014 :

    Are the stones subject to overcharging (or do they ignore it the same way potions seem to)?

    I’m not really sure but I don’t think the Mundus Stone ignore the overcharging cap. At least on my DK I could go over the armor cap with the Lady Stone activated. I’ll have to check this next beta.

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    Dunmer Nightblade


    Lady or Lord for when I’m tanking,

    Warrior or Thief for when Its time to obliterate some foes!

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    Altmer Templar

    Great addition to ESO. Adds yet another effective, yet simple layer to combat.

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    Breton Sorcerer

    No overcharge contribution…!?


    If so, I’ll craft every light armour slot to increase Mundus Stone effect and then go for the Atronach on my Sorcerer – then spam the hell out of fast damaging spells for maximised nukage.

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    Breton Sorcerer


    I wonder if the steed stone is normal run speed or sprint? would be interesting to see an Orc with their Swift passive take advantage of this.

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    Dunmer Dragonknight

    Thief , Shadow.

    Do we know percentage wise, what we will get as buff for each stone ?

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    Bosmer Templar

    I don’t know, which I should choose. Either Mage or Ritual. Oh, and I might give my orc the steed stone, which combined with his racials would make him a very fast sprinter! (Does speed overcharge?).

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    Nord Nightblade

    Warrior, thief, shadow or the lover’s stone. These are the ones I’m considering. Which one I pick depends on their numerical values. Do these values go up as youlevel up or are they iintrinsic?

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    Imperial Templar

    Children Of Auriel

    In skyrim the steed was the best for me – can’t what to see %’s to perform a build Thanks again

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    Lewis Clamp


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    Orc Dragonknight

    The Order of the Ebony Lion

    Going for the lord :)

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    Breton Nightblade

    I’m sure I’ll alternate between The Lady (questing) and The Ritual (healing).

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    Redguard Dragonknight

    This is so awesome, one of the many features I’m looking forward to!

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    Khajiit Nightblade

    Queen’s Hand

    This one has been waiting on this information, @Aeusyx Thank you.

    Kotaro will most like likely go with the Thief , since Attributes have diminishing returns, and the Shadow, while it is nice to do more damage it still has to hit first. With the Thief this one will hit with Critical strikes more often.




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