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Soul Gem
Soul Gem02 (Oblivion)
Weight:
0.1 - 0.5 WeightIcon
Base Value:
10 - 1400 GoldIcon
Type: Miscellaneous Item
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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.

LocationsEdit

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

ValueEdit

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.

ChargingEdit

There are a few ways to charge Soul Gems:

TypesEdit

Soul gems come in various sizes. The bigger the gem, the greater the "soul" that can be stored in it:

Azura's StarEdit

Azura's Star is a reusable Soul Gem, obtained by completing Azuras 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 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.

CreationEdit

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 occasionaly be found on necromancers.

Leyawiin Mages Guild2

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.

SoulsEdit

Petty SoulsEdit

Deer
Dog
Fox
Goblin
Mudcrab
Rat
Sheep
Skeleton
Slaughterfish
Stunted Scamp

Wolf

GreaterEdit

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

Lesser SoulsEdit

Boar
Brown Bear
Clannfear Runt
Ghost
Goblin Skirmisher
Horse
Imp
Scamp
Skeleton Guardian
Timber Wolf
Trolls
Zombie

GrandEdit

|- |Gloom Wraith |- |Goblin Warlord |- |Lich |- |Minotaur Lord |- |Rumare Slaughterfish |- |Brood Mother |- |Xivilai |- |Savage Ogre |- |Gatekeeper |- |Giant Slaughterfish |}

Common SoulsEdit

Ancient Ghost
Black Bear
Cave Bear
Clannfear
Faded Wraith
Flame Atronach
Goblin Berserker
Headless Zombie
Minotaur
Mountain Lion
Skeleton Hero
Spriggan
Will-o-the-Wisp

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.

BugsEdit

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 sould but will not destroy the gem, thus making them available to be refilled.

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 instellaed. All guards have a soul value of Greater and respawn in three in-game days.

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  • changing of capacity for soul gems

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    • Hi, Does anybody how to change the size of capacity for soul gems? How to do it?
    • You don't Soul Gems have a set max capacity if you want a big charge you need a Grand Soul Gem or Black Soul Gem (or Azura's Star). Make sure ...

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