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I know I need the proper gems to be able to trap a soul.

But is there a limit to which type/level of creature you can soul trap based on your own level or conjuration skill?

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No, not all creatures can be trapped using Soul Trap. For example Dragon's will always resist being soul trapped. The dragon souls will instead be absorbed by you directly.

Dwarven creations (Centurion's Sphere's etc.) are driven by souls captured in soul gems, so they don't have a soul themselves. So you can't re-trap these souls, instead the creations will drop filled soul gems themselves.

For other creatures there is no level restriction.

Source: Skyrim wiki souls talk page

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    It should be noted that, as ray said, there is no restriction regarding your own level. And dragon's souls will be trapped, just not in a soul gem :) – Elva Dec 8 '11 at 13:20
  • The soul trap can also be through a weapon enchanted with Soul Trap which does not have a level restriction on it, compared to effects like fear or turn-undead. – Bravo840 Dec 8 '11 at 14:01
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Also, some souls are protected by Arkay the god of death from soul trapping. Meaning, anything that isn't qualified as a monster by the game engine which is a little arbitrary. Vampires are protected if I'm not mistaken but Falmer aren't for example. For those you need a Black Soul Gem to capture them.

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Yes you can soul trap any creatures, but make sure to have a soul gem big enough to hold that soul.

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