|Powers||Can collect and trap spirits.|
|Location/Owners||Men of Letters Bunker|
|Episodes|| 11.23 Alpha and Omega|
15.02 Raising Hell
Sam: We're collecting souls to build a bomb.
Dean: To blow the Darkness to hell.
The soul catcher is a crystalline device made by the witch Rowena with the power of the Book of the Damned. The device was originally devised to capture souls and use their power as a weapon, creating a "soul bomb." Using the power of hundreds of thousands of human souls, it was believed to be the only thing capable of killing Amara, in hopes that destroying the Darkness would balance out the cosmic scales after God was mortally wounded. However, the theory is never proven since the bomb was removed by God after reconciling with Amara.
Creation of the crystal proved to be taxing, as Rowena claimed creating the first one was difficult and took everything she had. A second crystal is created in 2019 in order to catch Hell ghosts released by Chuck. However, the second crystal was not as powerful as the first, only capable of capturing a few ghosts at a time.
It is revealed that with God dying, the scales of the Cosmic Balance are tipping and soon all life in the universe will die as well. The only way to rebalance the scales would be for Amara to die as well. Chuck reveals that the Darkness' one weakness is light, and they would need "10,000 suns set to supernova" to defeat her. However, with Chuck in his deteriorating state, he is in no position to assist. Castiel suggests souls, as each soul has the power of one hundred suns. Rowena concurs, and tells the group that with enough souls she could create a bomb. As Cas and Crowley go to Heaven and Hell to try and acquire souls, Sam and Dean go to Waverly Hills Sanatorium to collect ghosts for the bomb, since spirits are just souls that have not moved on. Dean uses the "magic word" for the crystal: "haggis," and a dozen or so souls are absorbed into it as soon as it is activated.
After the Winchesters return from Waverly Hills, Castiel reveals that the angels in Heaven are aware that God is dying and have decided to seal up Heaven and "die with dignity," denying Castiel any souls. Crowley does not fare well either, as he reveals that after Lucifer took over Hell, a bunch of demons raided Crowley's "stash," leaving him with nothing. Realizing they do not have enough, the reaper Billie enters the Men of Letters Bunker. Having noticed Sam and Dean in Waverly Hills, she offers her services by raiding the Veil of a couple hundred thousand souls. The souls are placed in Rowena's crystal. Since Dean is the only one who could get close enough to Amara, he would have to sacrifice himself as the actual bomb. Rowena performs a ritual that transfers all the souls into Dean, telling him when he gets close to Amara to press his index finger and thumb together, which will activate the bomb.
Upon arrival, Amara is able to sense the power radiating from Dean and detect the bomb right away. Rather than use the bomb against her, Dean decides to reason with Amara by having her put aside the hatred she feels towards God. After summoning God, Amara reconciles with him and heals his wounds, restoring the Cosmic Balance and the sun. God and Amara decide to have a family meeting, but not before he defuses and removes the bomb from Dean.
After Jack escapes the Ma'lak Box, Dean suggests they call Rowena to make another soul bomb, telling Sam it might actually put a dent into Jack. Sam later calls Rowena, and despite her thinking it is dangerous and insane, she agrees to help create the bomb, although they do not use it as Chuck intervenes with Jack.
The Winchesters use the "soul catcher" (as Dean newly dubs it) to reduce the numbers of the Hell Ghosts, which are trying to break through the spell barrier created by Belphegor. Ketch helps Rowena reduce the amount of work by electrocuting the contents of the beaker, allowing her to skip the following two steps. Using the soul catcher, Rowena captures hundreds of ghosts, including Francis Tumblety and John Wayne Gacy. However, after seeing more souls emerging, Rowena comments that the soul catcher won't do any good.
After Eileen Leahy's ghost shows up, Dean suggests creating a new soul catcher to contain her as they can't send Eileen to Heaven and Eileen knows she will eventually go insane as a ghost. Sam travels to Rowena's Apartment to find the information and ingredients he needs to create a new soul catcher for Eileen, but instead finds a resurrection spell Rowena created that could bring Eileen back. After defeating a family of witches looking to raid Rowena's magical stash, Sam uses the resurrection spell to bring Eileen back to life, eliminating the need for the soul catcher.