For other uses, see Soul Gem.

A Soul Gem is an item in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It is a magic stone capable of storing the "soul" of a creature. The gems are used to recharge magical weapons, or to create new enchantments.


Soul gems are available for purchase from most alchemical and magical merchants. They can also be looted from mages and necromancers.


Empty soul gems, whether looted or bought, have a value based on the grade of the gem, which does not change if filled later. Merchant gems sold or found filled with a soul have a value based on the level of the soul, regardless of the grade of gem.


There are a few ways to charge soul gems:


Soul gems come in various sizes. The bigger the gem, the greater the "soul" that can be stored in it. The charge level is used for both enchanting and recharging:

Size Charges
Petty Soul Gem 150
Lesser Soul Gem 300
Common Soul Gem 800
Greater Soul Gem 1200
Grand Soul Gem 1600
Black Soul Gem 1600
Azura's Star 1600

Recharging costsEdit

The base prices for filled soul gems, other than Azura's Star and black soul gems, range from 40 GoldIcon for a filled petty soul gem to 500 GoldIcon for a filled grand gem, and these prices can be reduced using Mercantile. Conversely, recharging a weapon from a character is at a fixed 1 GoldIcon per charge point that cannot be haggled down. Since the prices for filled gems are generally an order of magnitude less than the charge they provide, it is always cheaper to buy soul gems than to pay for recharging.

Azura's StarEdit

Azura's Star is a reusable Soul Gem, obtained by completing Azura's quest at the Shrine of Azura.

Black Soul GemEdit

Black Soul Gems hold humanoid souls (Imperial, Argonian, Khajiit, etc., as well as Daedric Kyn). All others, including Azura's Star, hold only the souls of creatures.

All humanoid souls have a "grand" value, making the value of a humanoid soul equal to that of a Gloom Wraith. Since the power level of an enchantment from Grand and Black Soul Gems are identical, this equality of soul value makes the creation of Black Soul Gems a basically unnecessary process once you start encountering more creatures possessing a Grand soul.


Black Soul Gems are created by placing a Grand Soul Gem in one of four necromancer altars in Cyrodiil, then casting Soul Trap on the altar at the appropriate time. They can also occasionally be found on necromancers.

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Unique soul gems.

Colossal Black Soul GemEdit

The Colossal Black Soul Gem is a special black soul gem with a larger capacity created by Falcar that was meant to hold the soul of Hannibal Traven.

Unique soul gemsEdit

On the first floor of the Leyawiin Mages Guild resides a display case, containing uniquely sized and colored soul gems. The cabinet requires a key to open, but the key is nowhere to be found. Console commands can be used to unlock the case, but the gems cannot be added to the inventory or moved.



Stunted Scamp



Dread Zombie
Frost Atronach
Goblin Shaman
Land Dreugh
Nether Lich
Skeleton Champion
Spider Daedra
Storm Atronach


Brown Bear
Clannfear Runt
Goblin Skirmisher
Skeleton Guardian
Timber Wolf


Benirus Manor Ghost
Brood Mother
Gloom Wraith
Giant Slaughterfish
Goblin Warlord
Minotaur Lord
Rumare Slaughterfish
Savage Ogre


Ancient Ghost
Black Bear
Cave Bear
Faded Wraith
Flame Atronach
Goblin Berserker
Headless Zombie
Mountain Lion
Skeleton Hero

Trapping a soulEdit

To use Soul Trap without having to cast the actual spell, it is possible to enchant a weapon with the Soul Trap spell for a one-second duration. This second is sufficient in case the enchanted weapon is used to give the killing blow. If the weapon has a damaging enchantment of more than 1 second, the soul trap effect has to last longer. For example, a sword dealing five seconds of fire damage would need a soul trap effect of at least 6 seconds. An alternative method that can be used by spellcasters would be to create a spell that deals damage and to supplement this spell with a soul trap spell. Again, the soul trap duration would need to exceed that of the other spell by at least one second. Lastly, it is also possible to soul trap creatures that the player has conjured. Actively killing the creature is required however; simply letting the spell expire is not sufficient to trap the soul.

Another easy way to fill soul gems is to get a Black Soul Gem and duplicate it with a duplicate items glitch. If you have the Staff of Worms (dropped by Mannimarco during the "Confront the King" quest), go to one of the Bandit or Marauder camps around Cyrodiil. Kill all of the Bandits/Marauders except for one. Soul Trap this one, and kill it. Then, use the Staff of Worms to reanimate a dead bandit. Wait a few seconds, then Soul Trap it and kill it. It will count as a humanoid soul. Continue this process for as long as you like.

Locations in the Wizard's Tower plug-inEdit

An easy place to pick up soul gems are the vault guards in Frostcrag Spire if the Wizard's Tower plug-in is installed. All guards have a soul value of Greater and respawn in three in-game days.


This section contains bugs related to Soul Gem (Oblivion). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • There is a known bug in which all soul gems in a stack will be filled with the soul if a follower absorbs the soul of a creature through a weapon with the soul trap enchantment and has the appropriate soul gem in his or her inventory. Another likely bug can be used to clear higher grade soul gems that were accidentally filled with lower souls. Dropping soul gems that contain lesser or petty souls on the ground then picking them up will clear the soul but will not destroy the gem, thus making them available to be refilled.


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