Skyrim:Soul Gems

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From left to right: Petty, Lesser, Common, Greater, Grand and Black Soul Gems

Soul Gems are miscellaneous items which can be used to trap the souls of dying creatures or NPCs. The resulting filled soul gems can be used as power sources for enchanted items, either when initially creating custom enchanted items or when recharging depleted enchanted weapons. Soul gems come in a range of capacities, from petty to grand, plus some special soul gems. Only black soul gems and the Black Star can be used to capture the soul of an NPC, which is always a grand soul in size. There are also soul gem fragments found in the game. These are classified as minor loot and are not actual soul gems.

Empty soul gems can also be harvested from geode veins, which are only found in Blackreach. Each mined vein will result in 2–3 soul gems of any size, including black soul gems. The mined soul gems are level-dependent; at level 16 grand and black soul gems will start to appear, and the probability for either will max out at level 31.

Types of Soul Gem[edit]

Standard Soul Gems[edit]

Name Soul ID Weight Value Capacity Weapon Recharge Notes
SR-icon-misc-PettySoulGem.png Petty Soul Gem none 0002e4e2 0.1 10 250 (Petty) 500 Smallest size of soul gems.
Petty 0002e4e3 40
SR-icon-misc-LesserSoulGem.png Lesser Soul Gem none 0002e4e4 0.2 25 500 (Lesser) 750 Second-smallest size of soul gems.
Lesser 0002e4e5 80
SR-icon-misc-CommonSoulGem.png Common Soul Gem none 0002e4e6 0.3 50 1000 (Common) 1250 Middle size of soul gems.
Common 0002e4f3 150
SR-icon-misc-GreaterSoulGem.png Greater Soul Gem none 0002e4f4 0.4 100 2000 (Greater) 2250 Second-largest size of soul gems.
Greater 0002e4fb 350
SR-icon-misc-GrandSoulGem.png Grand Soul Gem none 0002e4fc 0.5 200 3000 (Grand) 6200 (caps at 3000) Largest standard size of soul gems.

If you get a message saying that you do not have a large enough soul gem to capture a soul, even though you have an empty grand soul gem in your inventory, it means that you are trying to catch a humanoid soul, which requires a black soul gem.

Grand 0002e4ff 500

Special Soul Gems[edit]

Name Soul ID Weight Value Capacity Weapon Recharge Notes
SR-icon-misc-Azura'sStar.png Azura's Star none 00063b27 0 1000 3000 (Grand) 6200 (caps at 3000) Works the same as a grand soul gem, but does not break on use.
SR-icon-misc-BlackSoulGem.png Black Soul Gem none 0002e500 1 300 3000 (Grand) 6200 (caps at 3000) Special soul gems that can capture humanoid souls.
Grand 0002e504 750
SR-icon-misc-Flawed Varla Stone.png Flawed Varla StoneCC none FExxx801 0.3 1000 1000 (Common) 1250 Works the same as a common soul gem, but does not break on use. Added with the Rare Curios Creation.
SR-icon-misc-Soul Tomato.png Soul TomatoCC none xx000804 0.5 250 3000 (Grand) 6200 (caps at 3000) Equivalent to a Grand Soul Gem. Two can be found in Kinthal's camp on a stone table, and they do respawn.
Grand xx137F40 600
SR-icon-misc-TheBlackStar.png The Black Star none 00063b29 0 1000 3000 (Grand) 6200 (caps at 3000) Works the same as a black soul gem, but does not break on use.
SR-icon-misc-LesserSoulGem.png Treated Soul Gem none 00094e40 0.2 25 500 (Lesser) 750 Unobtainable.
SR-icon-misc-GrandSoulGem.png Wylandriah's Soul Gem none 00043e26 0 0 3000 (Grand) 6200 (caps at 3000) (see bugs) See the quest Hunt and Gather.


A Lightning Attractor for creating black soul gems
  • To use a soul gem to recharge a weapon, first select the weapon in your inventory and then:
  • PC press the Wait key, which is T by default
  • PS22.png press R2
  • Xbox360.png press RB
  • NS22.png press R
  • A small menu will open where the description ordinarily is, and you can choose a soul gem to use.
  • Soul gems are consumed upon being used to recharge a weapon. This is one reason why it is a good idea to fill your soul gems as efficiently as possible (i.e., grand soul gems for grand souls, common soul gems for common souls, etc.). A soul gem not being used to its fullest capacity could be considered a waste (losing a grand soul gem because you used the petty soul contained within to recharge a weapon, for example). However, you can simply drop a filled gem to empty it (note that this will empty all self-filled gems (see bugs)).
  • Standard merchants do not sell black soul gems. To purchase one you must talk to either Enthir at the College of Winterhold while he is in his quarters, or Falion in Morthal.
  • You will obtain a Warped Soul Gem during the quest Arniel's Endeavor; however, it cannot be used to trap souls.
  • If you have the Dawnguard add-on installed, grand or greater soul gems can be transformed into black soul gems by using the Lightning Attractor found in the Soul Cairn.
  • If you have the Dragonborn add-on installed, you can combine any soul gem (empty or filled) with an albino spider pod at the imbuing chamber in White Ridge Barrow to create a mind control spider.
  • If you have Saints and SeducersCC installed, Soul Tomatoes function as Grand Soul Gems. They previously appeared in the Shivering Isles expansion for Oblivion.


  • Soul gems that you filled yourself, with the exception of grand and black, do not change in value when fully filled (i.e., a common soul gem (valued at 50 when empty), will not increase in value with a soul in it, even though a prefilled common soul gem is valued at 150). This also causes them to not stack properly in your inventory.
  • Soul gems that you filled yourself may be emptied if dropped, or transferred to a follower or container.
    • PC Only This issue has been addressed by version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch; only partially filled soul gems will be emptied, in order to allow you to fix any errors in filling them.
  • Wylandriah's soul gem is fillable and can be used to recharge enchanted weapons, despite being a quest item. Consuming the gem through recharging enchanted weapons or enchanting items.