At the completion of the quest "The Black Star," you are given the choice to pick between:

Having Azura repair the star (restoring it to the "classic" version, which captures only non-human souls) or having Nelacar repair it (restoring it to the black version, which captures only human souls).

What are the (dis)advantages of each?

I'd seen some mention that human souls are more powerful than most non-human for enchanting, but can I fill the black star with bandit's souls or just with named NPCs? Also, if I don't have Azura repair it, will I be missing out on an Oghma Infinium-type quest (a la Oblivion)?

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    Note to self: Find Azura's shrine ASAP! Nov 13, 2011 at 6:35
  • It's a little close to the location for the intro College of Magic quest in Winterhold - it's directly south of the College on the map. Nov 13, 2011 at 6:46
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    Ask the Riverwood bartender about rumors and you can get the location of Azura's shrine marked on your map right out of the gate. Nov 30, 2011 at 14:49
  • Actually the level of humans never matter - their souls are always grand level - and as stated the black Azura's Star can hold any type of soul.
    – user17065
    Dec 25, 2011 at 1:58

2 Answers 2


As far as I understand it, the only thing that matters for enchanting is the level of creature or human you soul trap. So it doesn't matter if you use a human soul or a creature soul.

However, nearly all soul gems only trap creature souls: only black soul gems will trap human souls. And black soul gems are pretty rare. Black soul gems (including the Black Star) work on humans of any level, including common NPCs like bandits. So if you're looking to expand your soul trapping opportunities, having Nelacar repair it is prudent.

However, siding with Nelacar will prevent Aranea from ever becoming a follower, which might not be what you want. While it's stated to only hold Black Souls (Humanoids) it can actually hold all types of souls, making it a straight up upgrade, as long as you're willing to go that way in the quest line.

In terms of a quest to collect all the Daedric artifacts, I'm not aware of any in game. However, if you're an achievement collector, all three platforms have:

Oblivion Walker

Collect 15 Daedric Artifacts

But both versions of the Azura's Star count for it, so choose whatever you want.

And as an aside, there is an Oghma Infinium quest, just not in the same style as Oblivion:

The reward for the quest Discerning the Transmundane is the Oghma Infinium, one of the 15 Daedric artifacts.

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    Oghma Infinium was the quest reward for a quest in Oblivion that could only be started if you'd completed all the Daedric artifact quests. Nov 13, 2011 at 7:15
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    @IanPugsley There isn't a quest in game that acts in the same manner, but there's an achievement. Updated my answer.
    – user3389
    Nov 14, 2011 at 9:11
  • Awesome - I'd already picked the black star out of impatience, glad that isn't gonna come back to bite me. Nov 14, 2011 at 14:01
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    Nelacar Lies!!, After testing this a couple of times it turns out that The Black Star can capture any soul including creatures, not sure if this is a glitch or not. Nov 18, 2011 at 7:01
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    The Black Star can capture all kinds of souls, so I'm going to edit your answer: uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Artifacts#The_Black_Star If they fix it, then we can always edit it back, but as it stands, it can capture all souls.
    – Mr Smooth
    Nov 30, 2011 at 9:35

The Black Star combined with soul trap weapons can be great for leveling up your Enchanting Skill. Well, as long as you don't have the unofficial patch installed which "fixes" it.

Every time you kill something or someone with your soul trap weapon and it fills the Star, turn around and use the star to refill the weapon.

Azura's Star is of less use in this endeavor since it can't capture black souls(.75x the XP of enchanting an item with both the Mage Stone and a simple rested bonus active).

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