|Black Soul Gem|
| Base Value:|
500 with no soul, 1400 with best soul
|Type: Miscellaneous Item|
|FormID: 00000192 - Empty, 000382E0 - Grand|
Soul Gems are used for harvesting the souls of unsentient creatures and then binding them into the gem. This bound soul can then be used for enchanting weapons and armor, or other purposes of the arcane. The Black Soul Gem is the largest Soul Gem, and can carry black or white of any catagory. When filled with the best applicable soul, their capacity utilized in enchanting is 1600, like the Grand Soul Gem.
Black souls are those of sentient, humanoid beings such as Imperials, Argonians, and Dremora, while white souls are those of animals and certain lesser Daedra. All black souls are of the Grand level. Since Hannibal Traven was appointed head of the Mages Guild, the practice of Necromancy has been banned, and along with it the use of Black Soul Gems.
To create one, take an empty Grand Soul Gem to an altar at Dark Fissure, Fort Istirius, Fort Linchal, or Wendelbek on the day of the Revenant Shade. This occurs every eight days starting on the first day of play. An astral beam of light will fall onto the altar at midnight. Once an empty Grand Soul Gem has been placed in the altar cast a Soul Trap spell on the altar; the soul gem inside will be transformed into a Black Soul Gem.
- There are two other versions of the Black Soul Gem. The first, 0003C7FC, is an quest-specific item used during the Cheydinhal Recommendation quest as acts as a Grand Soul Gem would, and not as a Black Soul Gem. The second, 0001EC14, cannot be used and cannot be found in the game anywhere. The only way to acquire this one is through the console.