Enchantments and Soul Gems

Last Updated: Nov-09-2017 (added broken enchantments, instructions for emptying soul gems, details about weapon enchantments and a table index with “Top” links because the page is rather long).

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Table Index

Armor Enchantments

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Fortify Alchemy
Fortify Alteration
Fortify Alteration & Magicka Regen
Fortify Archery
Fortify Barter
Fortify Block
Fortify Carry Weight
Fortify Conjuration
Fortify Conjuration & Magicka Regen
Fortify Destruction
Fortify Destruction & Magicka Regen
Fortify Healing Rate
Fortify Health
Fortify Heavy Armor
Fortify Illusion
Fortify Illusion & Magicka Regen
Fortify Light Armor
Fortify Lockpicking
Fortify Magicka
Fortify Magicka Regen
Fortify One-Handed
Fortify Pickpocket
Fortify Restoration
Fortify Restoration & Magicka Regen
Fortify Smithing
Fortify Sneak
Fortify Stamina
Fortify Stamina Regen
Fortify Two-Handed
Fortify Unarmed
Resist Disease
Resist Fire
Resist Frost
Resist Magic
Resist Poison
Resist Shock

Broken Enchantments

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ShadowthriveReceived by disenchanting Linwe's armor set acquired during Summerset Shadows, however the enchantments cannot be used to enchant other items. As of version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch, the items can no longer be disenchanted.
Blessing of MaraLearned by disenchanting The Bond of Matrimony ring received after marriage, however the enchantment cannot be used. As of version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch, the ring can no longer be disenchanted.

Weapon Enchantments

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Absorb HealthTransfers some of the target's health to the player.
Absorb MagickaTransfers some of the target's magicka to the player.
Absorb StaminaTransfers some of the target's stamina to the player.
BanishSends conjured daedra back to Oblivion. Daedra include Flame, Frost, Storm Atronach and Dremora.
Chaos DamageDBLearned by disenchanting purchased or looted weapons with the Chaos enchantment. 50% chance for each element of fire, frost, and shock to do a variable amount of damage based on enchanting skill.
FearCreatures and people flee from combat.
Fiery Soul TrapLearned by disenchanting the Steel Battleaxe of Fiery Souls acquired during Coming of Age. Traps souls and burns targets.
Fire Damage
Frost Damage
Huntsman's ProwessLearned by disenchanting the Poacher's Axe found in Halted Stream Camp. 3 points of extra damage to animals.
Magicka DamageDecreases the target's Magicka.
Notched PickaxeLearned by disenchanting the Notched Pickaxe found at the Throat of the World. Enchantment is always +5 to smithing with a variable on shock damage based on enchanting skill. Cannot raise smithing above 100, and dual wielding weapons with this enchantment doesn't stack the effect. Enchantment doesn't work as expected unless as least version 2.0.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch is installed. If version 1.3.3 is installed, the pickaxe cannot be disenchanted.
ParalyzeChance to paralyze the target.
Shock Damage
Silent Moons EnchantLearned by disenchanting a Lunar weapon found at Silent Moons Camp. Burns the target between the game hours of 9:00 pm and 5:00 am regardless of lunar phase, weather, or indoor/outdoor location. However, this enchantment won't actually do damage unless a least version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch is installed.
Soul TrapTraps the soul of the target if an empty soul gem of the correct size is available.
Stamina DamageDecreases the target's stamina.
Turn UndeadCauses undead enemies, such as draugr, skeletons, and vampires to flee.

Types of Soul Gems

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Soul GemDescription
Petty Soul GemCan hold petty souls.
Lesser Soul GemCan hold lesser and petty souls.
Common Soul GemCan hold common, lesser and petty souls.
Greater Soul GemCan hold greater, common, lesser and petty souls.
Grand Soul GemCan hold any soul, excluding those of humanoids.
Black Soul GemCan hold any soul, including those of humanoids.
Azura's StarReward during The Black Star if you purify the star by returning to the shrine. Acts like a reusable Grand Soul Gem.
The Black StarReward during The Black Star if you purify the star by talking to Nelacar. Acts like a reusable Black Soul Gem.
Wylandriah's Soul GemThis soul gem is fillable and can be used for enchanting, but doing so will consume the gem and make the Hunt and Gather quest impossible to complete.
Soul Gem FragmentMinor loot. Cannot be used for enchanting or holding souls.

How to Empty a Soul Gem

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To empty a soul gem, drop it on the ground. When it is picked up, it will be empty. This is useful when you have a lower level soul trapped in a large soul gem (e.g. a petty soul in a grand soul gem).

Soul Levels by Creature

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CreatureDLCSoul GemLevel
Ash Spawn ImmolatorDBGrand
Betty NetchDBGrand
Dragon PriestGrand
Draugr Death OverlordGrandLevel 45+
Draugr DeathlordGrandLevel 40+
Falmer WarmongerDGGrand
Riekling ChargerDBGrand
Soul FissuresDGGrand
Ash Spawn SkirmisherDBGreater
Bull NetchDBGreater
Burnt SprigganDBGreater
Chaurus HunterDGGreater
Draugr Death OverlordGreaterLevels 34-44
Draugr DeathlordGreaterLevels 30-39
Spriggan Earth MotherDGGreater
Storm AtronachGreater
Ash SpawnDBCommon
Cave BearCommon
Chaurus ReaperCommon
Draugr ScourgeCommon
Draugr Scourge LordCommon
Falmer GloomlurkerCommon
Falmer NightprowlerCommon
Falmer ShadowmasterCommon
Frost AtronachCommon
Frost TrollCommon
Hulking DraugrDBCommon
Netch CalfDBCommon
Riekling HunterCommon
Snow BearCommon
Spriggan MatronCommon
Ash HopperDBLesser
Death HoundDGLesser
Draugr OverlordLesser
Draugr RestlessLesser
Draugr WightLesser
Falmer SkulkerLesser
Flame AtronachLesser
Giant Frostbite SpiderLesser
Ice WolfLesser
Ice WraithLesser
Restless DraugrLesser
Sabre CatLesser
Snowy Sabre CatLesser
Draugr ThrallPetty
Frostbite SpiderPetty
Snow FoxPetty

This document uses material from the “Skyrim:Enchanting Effects” article and linked articles on The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages (www.uesp.net) and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


  1. Thanks Merle! It’s nice to have something to print off and keep next to you as you roam Skyrim. I have to give credit to the wikis listed under “Links” though. Without them, I wouldn’t have any information to orgainze. Happy gaming, and thanks for the warm fuzzy!

  2. I just wanted to say your lists are very organized and helpful. Me myself I use to spend hours when I played this game writing out all of my notes and hints/tips in a notebook specifically bought for Skyrim. Now when I found this I was able to print out these helpful lists for my wife since she started playing again on the Special Edition and it has been a great help for in keeping up with what Stones of Barenziah she already found and which enchantments she already learned. Your work here has been much appreciated. Thanks!!

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