I'm training my enchanting skills and the limiting factor currently is the availability of filled soul gems. Most vendors only have very few of them or none available, and they are also considerably more expensive than the empty ones.

I'd now like to fill up my collection of petty soul gems with souls. Are there any areas with respawning low-level creatures that I could use, or is my only chance to randomly roam Skyrim and hope that I find suitable creatures?

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    I don't see randomly roaming Skyrim as a bad choice, personally. Nov 16, 2011 at 20:46
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    Seems 90% or more of what I kill is either a petty or lesser soul. I've wasted more Common, Greater and Grand soul stones than I care to think about.
    – Xantec
    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:01
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    Clear out a spider lair and you'll have 20+ petty souls...it's ridiculous, and quite annoying.
    – Domocus
    Nov 21, 2011 at 5:54
  • Hmm.. I know you can't trap your own conjures, but can you soultrap a creature conjured by someone else? If so: go to a conjurer dungeon and let them spawn minions?
    – Konerak
    Nov 21, 2011 at 17:04

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The Cronvangr Cave in Eastmarch is full of weak spiders, I usually hunt there.

Map, courtesy of the Elder Scrolls Wikia: Map!

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    since the question got merged just before i was going to mark this as the answer all i can do is upvote, thanks alot for the help this cave is perfect. Nov 22, 2011 at 3:28

Look up info on the questline to get the Black Star, which is a reusable soul gem that will take a humanoid soul (which seem to always be grand). Then any old bandit can be sucked up into that thing.

Also, draugrs and skeletons and the like are White souls, so you can just go in a dungeon with a bunch of those guys (with a weapon enchanted with soul trap) and suck them all up into gems.

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    i have this =) black star can be used on both black and white souls btw. I need a lot of lesser souls because im enchanting 15 items at a time or more so it cant be done with the star. Nov 21, 2011 at 8:30

The easiest way I've found to get petty souls is simply to kill random creatures like foxes, deer and goats. Nearly anything that moves can yield a soul, and you'll find these creatures in tremendous supply throughout the world just in the regular process of moving from place to place.

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    You savage! Don't kill the innocent creatures :( Dec 11, 2022 at 10:45

The best way I found to fill up petty soul gems (and fast) is starting from whiterun and following the river down killing all the mud crabs I find. They are easy to kill and will attack you if you approach them so it a good excuse to disintegrate them (as i dont like killing creatures for no reason) xD.


I've had a great deal of success with the wanton slaughter of chickens and other livestock. Be advised however, some companions won't stand for it. I tried it with Lydia following me, and she left my service, and tried to kill me.

And of course, if there are any other witnesses, you could end up with a bounty and some angry townsfolk.

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    Witnesses? That's what black soul gems are for!
    – Arkive
    Nov 17, 2011 at 16:48

Isn't it enough for you to pick them up from bandit lairs or from shops of people who like you? I also do a lot of enchanting and I always have a lot of spare souls in my pocket, mainly owing to collecting them from various locations.

  • people don't really like me in any shops >.> and i have a lot of empty lower level soul gems that i want to fill for the purpose of lvling enchanting Nov 21, 2011 at 8:32

I think Blackreach is a nice place to go, because the dwarven machines all give white souls and a soul gem, usually filled. You can also mine more soul gems from the ore veins.


When I need to fill up a surplus of petty-to-common soul gems for leveling up enchanting, I fast travel to a location far West of Whiterun then travel straight East until I am far East of Whiterun. Spanning this distance allows me to kill scads of mud crabs, wolves, deer, and foxes at an easy distance with my Bow of Soul Suck. I'll fill up 20 or 30 soul gems in no time.

Unrelated to your question, I'll then enchant a bunch of iron daggers with Daedra banishing, fast travel to various item vendors, purchase all their soul gems (even greater and grand), and then break their bank by selling them my expensive daggers. Now I get more soul gems and level up my speech in the process with all the bartering. With all the pelts I collect, I smith up more iron daggers or leather bracers (if I have no iron ingots) to top off my smithing. Then I'll enchant the daggers with Daedra banishing and reinse and repeat until it's time to go hunting again.


Go to a Nordic ruin and start slaughtering normal draugr with soul trap weapon.


The path to High Hrothgar is also full of small animals that you can use to fill your gems.


Get a bow and enchant it with soul trap. Pick up some arrows for it too. (They weigh nothing, anyway, so you might as well pick up all that you find.) Go hunting in the woods.

Almost any random wildlife will yield a petty soul; even rabbits will do. Most of the smaller critters should die with one shot. (If not, find a better bow.) As a bonus, you'll pick up pelts to train your smithing with, as well as the occasional alchemy ingredient and other random loot.

If you don't like bows, the chase-and-stab technique will also work for most animals, although deer tend to be too fast and skittish to be easily caught that way.

A few larger animals even have bigger souls: sabre cats have lesser, bears have common and mammoths actually have grand souls. Not that you'd want to hunt any of those things with a bow, unless you're actually good with one.


Go Dragon Bridge and then start to follow the roads. Always sneak because there are tons of mud crabs, elk, deer, bunnies and other petty-common souls waiting for you to capture.


Level 100 every skill no life


Mudcrabs. Unlike the spiders, they respawn fast, within days. Unlike other general wildlife, they are hostile, so you don't have to chase them down. Unlike bears, horkers, and draugr, they are easy and can be killed at a low levels and one-shotted at high levels.

I cycle through the following locations:

  • Spiders at Cronvangr Cave
  • Mudcrabs at Mara's Eye Pond
  • Mudcabs in water running southwest from Halted Steam Camp

If I still don't have a enough souls after that, I literally find a nearby river and just start running down the banks of it looking for mudcrabs and killing any wolves or other wildlife nearby.


Go far east of Winterhold, where all the icebergs are and you will find like 10 bears, 20 wolves, and near 15 horkers. I went there and I found a ton of soul gems I probably filled my accounts savings of soul gems in that one run.


The College of Winterhold has a lot of soul gems in there. Most of them are already filled.

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