For other uses, see Black Soul Gem.

Black Soul Gems are a special type of soul gem that, unlike conventional ones, can contain both black and white souls.


Black souls are those of sentient, humanoid beings, such as Men, Mer, Argonians, Khajiit, and Dremora, whereas white souls are those of animals and certain lesser Daedra. All black souls are of the grand level. The main benefit of a black soul gem is that it can capture grand leveled souls from humanoids, whereas those souls cannot normally be captured. Black soul gems can also absorb souls that are smaller than grand. These sources tend to be plentiful and easier to kill, compared with common grand level white soul sources, such as mammoths. Nelacar can transform the star of Daedric Prince Azura into a black soul gem with unlimited uses. This artifact is known as The Black Star, which can be obtained during the quest of the same name.

After a black soul gem is used for enchanting, the soul that was inside it goes to the Soul Cairn.


Souls snared in black soul gems can be of any type. However, unlike standard soul gems, they can encapsulate the souls of humanoids. There are many methods by which souls are trapped in black soul gems, the most conventional being the Soul Trap Conjuration spell. The perk "Soul Stealer" allows bound weapons to soul trap targets, and an enchantment serving the same function can be added to ordinary weapons. Black soul gems can also be used to create items at the Atronach Forge.


The souls of humanoids trapped in these soul gems remain conscious. They are generally regarded as unethical, and their use is prohibited at the College of Winterhold, despite the institution's lenient stance on the practice of Necromancy. Soul Trapping humanoids is considered a crime in many of Skyrim's Holds.


Rising At DawnEdit

The Dragonborn must bring a full black soul gem to Falion in Morthal if they wish to cure themselves of vampirism.


Black soul gems can be found randomly in chests, on tables in caves, and also appear as random loot on necromancers, giants, hagravens, Forsworn Briarhearts, and very rarely, draugr. Additionally, magic anomalies drop black soul gems filled with grand souls. They are also available for purchase from Enthir, a mage of the College of Winterhold, as well as from Falion in Morthal. Each gem is priced at about 1300 GoldIcon. Black soul gems can also be obtained by mining geode veins, found only in Blackreach. With Dawnguard, they can also now be made from grand and greater soul gems by activating the Lightning Attractor in the Soul Cairn. The Lightning Attractor cannot be activated a second time. Black soul gems in Skyrim are much more common than they were in Oblivion.

Specific spawn pointsEdit

Many of the gems listed here may spawn as other Soul Gem types—usually Grand or Greater; it depends on character level.


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  • Ethics of soul gems?

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    • I only use soul gems on the evil people.      I couldent imagine sending wildlife and white souls to the soul carin  Unless they...
    • I once soul trapped Nazeem and used his soul to enchant my boots. Now I'm stepping on him every time I walk.
  • Can't Trap Black Souls

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    • I'm sure that they give black souls.
    • Yea all playable races are black...and some other races (im looking at u falmer) cuz (e.I) if I'm a Khajiit I can be soul traped
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