- What is a Black Soul Gem?
- Where to find a Black Soul Gem
- How to fill a Black Soul Gem
All kinds of trinkets exist in the world of Bethesda’s role-playing magnum opus, the fifth installment in the long-running Elder Scrolls series; Skyrim.
From the rare, imported Cyrodillic Brandy to torture tools next to an actual werewolf, you can find all kinds of secrets and items with unique uses and effects.
So let’s talk about one of these items. This is how to fill a Black Soul Gem in Skyrim.
Let’s begin, then.
What is a Black Soul Gem?
If we were to rank these (hint hint), another item with a wide variety of uses would certainly take a very high spot on that list; the Black Soul Gem. A unique type of Soul Gem that can absorb any kind of humanoid or Ghost, the Black Soul Gem is a powerful item in the right hands.
To compare, a Black Soul Gem is just about as powerful as a Grand Soul Gem, one of the most powerful Soul Gems in the Elder Scrolls universe. That should give you a fairer idea of the gem’s power.
On top of that, you can fill the gem with two kinds of souls: black souls, that belong to sentient humanoids such as Men, Mer, Dremora, Argonians and Khajiit, and white souls, that belong to animals and some types of Daedra. The advantage you get here over Grand Soul gems is that the souls of
So, now that we got that bit out of the way, and you’ve got your hands on one of these, how do you actually fill one?
This is how!
Where to Find a Black Soul Gem in Skyrim
To fill a Black Soul Gem, you must first get one. (Duh)
You can purchase one from Falion, a Redguard mage in Morthal, as well as find two empty ones by defeating the Warlord Gathrik in Ironbind Marrow.
Additionally, a Black Soul Gem can be purchased from Enthir in the College of Winterhold and foraged from dungeons ripe with necromancers.
PssTip: You can also farm for them by mining. Blackreach has Geode Veins, which can be mined for Black Soul Gems.
How to fill a Black Soul Gem in Skyrim
Well, now that the forage for our Black Soul Gem is done, let’s find a way that we can take advantage of all the things it has to offer (and there are plenty).
There are two ways that one can fill a Black Soul Gem; enchanting a weapon and then killing one of the above-mentioned creatures with it.
You can do that, or use a spell called Soul Trap. This is done by setting an ambush, slaying the intended mark, and charging the Gem with their soul.
But, everything has the next level in Skyrim. In the case of the Black Soul Gem, there is the Black Star. The Black Star is an award you get for completing the quest “The Black Star” and giving an item called the Broken Star to either Nelacar or Aranea. And here comes the fun part. The Black Star can do everything the Black Soul Gem can, but it also has infinite usage.
How’s that for overpowered?
Interestingly, a Black Soul Gem can be also used as a cure for Vampirism. If your character has been turned, the quest “Rising at Dawn” can help you be cured. In it, the Redguard mage of Morthal, Falion can provide the cure with the help of a Black Soul Gem.
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