May the Stupid Question of the Year award go to this question.

Do you only have to fill it with a soul once and then get unlimited uses out of it or is it simply just a soul gem that doesn't get destroyed after you deplete the soul within it?

People in various discussion forums talk about how Azura's star will help their enchanting. Well, if it's unlimited uses out of a single soul then yes. If you have to refill it after you use the soul within it, though, then no.

I ask this because, this one time, I filled Azura's star with a grand soul that I sucked off a mammoth. After I recharged an enchanted weapon with it, it was empty.

That was a playthrough ago and now I am starting a new playthrough. I want to get Azura's star right away so I can start enchanting like mad, but it doesn't seem like you really do get unlimited uses out of a single soul.


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Azura's Star is a soul gem that can be emptied and reused. Every time you want to use it for enchanting (or recharging) you must soul trap something into it. The soul is consumed, but not the Star.

UESP's page on the Star backs this up:

Enchanting objects with Azura's Star merely uses up the soul it was carrying, not the star with it like a regular soul gem.

It also doesn't matter if you take the "black" variant or not for the purposes of your question. Both variants work the same way, just on different souls.

The advantage is that you don't have to find or keep a ton of soul gems on hand. If this isn't an advantage to you, then there's nothing particularly special about the Star. I got it in my playthrough, but I had so many soul gems that I rarely made use of it.

Incidentally, this is the way Azura's Star works in Daggerfall (TES2), Morrowind (TES3), and Oblivion (TES4) as well.

  • So, for enchanting, it really has no advantage. Seems good only for recharging magial weapons on the go. I wonder what these people were saying about how this will help their enchanting. Maybe they were under the same misconception as I. Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 21:00
  • @oscilatingcretin It mostly helps if you get the Black Star; with it you can enchant, assassinate a nameless guard with a soul trap on strike weapon, and enchant again.
    – Tacroy
    Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 21:11
  • @oscilatingcretin - It saves money, because you don't have to keep buying soul gems to enchant with. Also, I think Tacroy has pointed out the main use. In Oblivion, I enchanted a bow with a lot of elemental damage, which could only fire a dozen or so shots before running out of energy. I also had it enchanted with soul steal, so when I killed an enemy, it was put into my Azura's Star, allowing me to immediately recharge the bow.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 21:55
  • I hardly think the money you save in soul gems offsets the time you would have to spend to go out and fill the star, come back to an enchanting table to enchant, go back out and refill, come back and enchant, etc. Also, if you get the banish Daedra enchantment, your money problems are over. Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 22:32
  • "It also doesn't matter if you take the "black" variant or not for the purposes of your question. Both variants work the same way, just on different souls." Related: What are the advantages and disadvantages of each version of Azura's Star? Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 6:21

Yes, Azura's Star(and its alternate form, the Black Star) has/have unlimited refills.

Regarding how one or the other can help you level up Enchanting, here is what could probably be considered the most pertinent information.

The information in game regarding the Black Star says it can only trap humanoid souls(playable races mostly with almost no exception) but the item is bugged so that it can actually hold any type of soul(just like a normal black soul gem). The unofficial patch "fixes" this. So if you play with mods, this may work differently for you.

With that out of the way, there are a few ways to raise your enchanting skill. Probably the most obvious is to enchant items(about 300 xp per item, about 90,000 xp needed to get from 15 to 100 skill so about 300 enchantments made). Another is by disenchanting items. This is limited as there are only so many effects you can learn. Yet another is to pay for training, and another is to read skill books.

However, another way is by refilling enchanted weapons. If you obtain the Steel Battleaxe of Fiery Souls from behind Gathrik's throne in Ironbind Barrow and disenchant it, you can enchant some weapons with soul trap. Then go out and kill anything with the Black Star in you inventory. After the trapped soul fills the Star, turn around and refill the weapon with that soul.

A grand/black level soul earn you 0.6 times the XP of enchanting an item, greater souls yield 0.4x, common souls 0.2x, lesser souls 0.1x and petty souls 0.05x XP. If you have the mage stone active(XP earned in mage skill accumulates 20% faster) and a simple rested bonus(5% faster XP gain) you boost these values to 0.75, 0.5, 0.25, 0.125 and 0.0625 respectively). That means killing about 400 bandits, forsworn, mages etcetera ( or more lesser creatures). For me, after 600-1000 hours on a character I've dispatched 4000+ people, 5000+ animals, 1000+ creatures and the same for undead(which do have souls, some of which are grand level).

This way, you can level Enchanting while out playing the game instead of buying a bunch of filled soul gems(or empty ones you fill yourself) and enchanting stuff(you can still do that which can be quite profitable with the right combo if items, gems and enchantments). You can of course combine all these methods(training, disenchanting, skill books, etc). I suggest only disenchanting effects you intend to use for yourself, followers and max profit as the more effects you disenchant, the more cluttered the interface will become when you try to enchant multiple items with the same enchanting potion.


The black star can trap a human soul where as the white star will not. The white star can only trap up to greater soul. The black star traps a human soul which is equivelant to a grand soul. When i need to update my armour or weapons i just use my enchanting table at lake view then go to embershard to soul harvest; fast traveling back and forth. The black star really is essential to successful enchanting.

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