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Soul Gem

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Soul Gems are stones that can store the souls of living creatures. Filled soul gems are used to create and recharge enchanted items while empty soul gems are used in a number of Atronach Forge Recipes. They can also be sold.

Soul Gems come in different sizes. The larger the stone, the larger the soul it can store, although larger gems can also hold smaller souls.

To fill a soul gem, cast the Soul Trap spell on a creature, then kill it before the spell wears off. If you have an empty Soul Gem in your inventory that can hold the creature's soul, the soul will be bound to the gem. If you have several Soul Gems, the creatures soul will be stored in the smallest gem that can hold it.

There are five levels of Soul Gems:

Note that most Soul Gems can only hold the souls of living creatures. Only Black Soul Gems can hold the souls of humans. Undead, Dwarven constructs, and some other creatures don't have souls that you can capture.

There are six types of Soul that can be captured.

Petty soul gem
Lesser soul gem
Common soul gem
Greater soul gem
Grand soul gem
Black soul gem

There are two uniquely reusable Soul Gems the Azura's Star and The Black Star. These items can be acquired via alternative endings from the The Black Star (quest). This quest is given from Aranea Ienith at the Shrine of Azura South of Winterhold.