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The Black Star

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The Black Star
TESV The Black Star Crop
0 WeightIcon
Base Value:
1000 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Holds black and white souls.
Type: Soul Gem
FormID: 00063B29
For the quest involving this item, see The Black Star (Quest).

The Black Star is one possible reward for The Black Star. It is the alternative to Azura's Star, a Daedric artifact of the Daedric Prince Azura. The Black Star counts toward the "Oblivion Walker" achievement or trophy.


Bringing the Broken Azura's Star to Nelacar instead of Aranea Ienith, and subsequently removing Malyn Varen's soul from the item, grants the Dragonborn with this Soul Gem-like Daedric Artifact.


The Black Star is a re-usable black soul gem. As such, it is able to store black souls, which are always of the Grand level, along with white souls. Like other soul gems, it can only hold one soul at a time. Unlike other soul gems, the Black Star is not destroyed after its contents are used - it is simply emptied and can be filled with another trapped soul. When trapping souls, any compatible soul gem in the inventory will be used before the Black Star.

While Nelacar claims the Black Star can house only black souls, it can actually hold souls of any type, like standard black soul gems (Note: this is more of a developer oversight than a bug/glitch). Considering the abundance of enemies with black souls and the scarcity of enemies with Grand-level white souls, the Black Star is recommended over Azura's Star for players who want to develop the Enchanting skill at an uber-fast pace, especially when used in conjunction with soul-trapping weapons such as Mace of Molag Bal.


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