With most item types the items you find gradually scale with your level. You might find an iron dagger at level 1, but if you come back after the area/dungeon has been repopulated and you are higher level, it might be an dwarven or ebony dagger. Do soul gems scale in the same way? Are you more likely to find higher tier soul gems as you gain levels (apart from the fact that you are more difficult places)?

  • I'm currently at level 50 and most of the time I only see normal Soul Gems lying around. As far as I know I've only gotten high tier Soul Gems (like Black Soul Gems) in dungeons of high tier enemies, like the Draugr Deathlord's.
    – VascovdEng
    Oct 15, 2013 at 8:56

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Yes, they do. Posted below is a chart of player character levels, and chances of getting specific types of soul gems for each level, depending from the source.

This is from the UESP wiki, "Leveled Lists - Soul Gems"

Note: At each level, an item is added to the list, so at any level there will be the items listed at that level and every prior one on the list. It will then pick one of those randomly. Note that many have multiple entries, making that particular soul gem more likely. A grayed out cell indicates that nothing is added to that particular sublist at that level.

Soul Gems - Leveled List Soul Gems - Leveled List

About leveled lists:

Skyrim uses leveled lists primarily to adjust content to the player's level. But they are sometimes used to group objects for other reasons.

Source: UESP wiki, "Leveled Lists"

  • Note that not every in-world placement uses levelled lists. I think more do in Skyrim than in Oblivion, but I believe lots of non-container placements still use a fixed item. Oct 15, 2013 at 14:58

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