Skyrim Mod List & Setup

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1. Bug Fixes & Optimization 7. Character Creation & NPC Overhauls
2. Interface & Menu 8. Animals & Creatures
3. Landscape & Architecture 9. Other Effects
4. Lighting, Weather & Atmosphere 10. Gameplay & Immersion
5. Clutter & Miscellaneous 11. Sound & Music
6. Weapons, Armor & Clothing 12. Tools & Utilities


1. Bug Fixes & Optimization

SkyUI Wiseman303's Flora Fixes Hearthfire Display Case Fix Bug Fixes Load Order
  1. SKSE by SKSE Team – Expands the scripting capabilities of Skyrim, allowing mod authors to create mods that wouldn't have otherwise been possible. Incorporates Sheson's Memory Patch which is a must-have for heavily modded games. Installation tutorial by Gopher.
  2. SkyUI by SkyUI Team – Improves Skyrim's User Interface by making it easier to navigate with a mouse and keyboard. Also adds an MCM panel for mod configuration.
  3. Optimized Vanilla Textures by tony971, SkyrimTuner, Ghostifish and STEP Team – Optimized versions of the vanilla and DLC textures. The official Hi-Res DLC can be deactivated in Steam. The DLC (Part 2) needs to be extracted manually and installed separately.
  4. Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch by Unofficial Patch Project Team – Comprehensive bug-fixing mod for Skyrim, aiming to eventually fix every bug in the game.
  5. Acquisitive Soul Gems Multithreaded by eyeonus – Makes soul gems capture nothing but the maximum soul they can handle and allows multiple soul-trapping.
  6. Better Dialogue Controls by ecirbaf Fixes issues where the mouse prevents some keyboard controls from working as expected.
  7. Better MessageBox Controls by ecirbaf – Improves the messagebox controls for easier navigation.
  8. Bug Fixes by meh321 – SKSE plugin which fixes some engine related bugs, such as the lip sync problem when npcs are talking.
  9. Crash Fixes by meh321 – SKSE plugin that helps prevent common crashes and freezes. Open CrashFixPlugin.ini and set UseOSAllocators=1. Requires SKSE Plugin Preloader (drop the .dll file to your Skyrim folder where TESV.exe is located).
  10. Enchantment Reload Fix by egocarib – SKSE plugin that fixes a bug where enchanted weapon charges drain too quickly after saving and reloading.
  11. Fast Travel Timescale Fix by Hexaae – Adjusts the time it takes to fast travel to roughly the same time it would take to travel there on foot.
  12. Fuz Ro D-oh – Silent Voice by shadeMe – Enhances support for unvoiced in-game dialogue by playing a silent voice file with lip sync.
  13. Hearthfire Display Case Fix – Unofficial Hearthfire Patch Edition by Fjolfrin Lets you place weapons neatly in the Hearthfire home display cases.
  14. Invisibility Glitch – Eyes Fix by KingsGambit – Fixes a bug that makes the eye texture mess up when the invisibility effect wears off.
  15. Modern Brawl Bug Fix by Enai Siaion – Fixes issues related to brawling, sometimes preventing them getting completed.
  16. Vampire Lord Drain with Serana Fixed by Thivus – Removes a condition that stops the vampire Drain Life spell from doing much damage when Serana is with you.
  17. Wiseman303's Flora Fixes by wiseman303 – Fixes a bug that prevents certain flora respawning, along with some other flora-related fixes.

Additional Notes:

Any conflicts between mods will be listed in the additional notes at the end of each section. Watch this video by FadingSignal to learn the basics of TES5Edit so you can easily resolve these conflicts.

  • Invisibility Eyes Fix.esp overwrites two minor edits made by the Unofficial Patch that should be resolved using TES5Edit.

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2. Interface & Menu

Main Menu Background Replacer by Luke A Quality World Map and Solstheim Map - With Roads by IcePenguin moreHUD by Ahzaab KenMOD - Time on loading screen by Kenney
  1. A Quality World Map & Solstheim Map – With Roads by IcePenguin – High quality map replacer which also adds roads so you can plan your journeys better. Select hi-res map and clear map add-on during install.
  2. Atlas Map Markers for Skyrim by Kronixx – Adds map markers to many locations that didn't have one. During install select the SKYUI map option.
  3. Atlas Map Markers – Updated with MCM by Kronixx & kryptopyr – Adds some new features to the original Atlas Map Markers mod, like an MCM menu for customization.
  4. Categorized Favorites Menu by favmenumodder – Expands the favourites menu so you can favourite lots of stuff. You might need to find a config you like or make your own. I made one here you could try.
  5. Extended UI by MrJack – Improves the skills menu by showing more perks and also lets you extend the sleep/wait menu and make the console full-screen.
  6. High Quality 3D Map by Ethatron – I use the hi-res meshes from this mod to improve the terrain of the map. Don't need other files.
  7. iActivate by MilletGtR – Removes the unnecessary key and text prompts from most activatable items. Recommend Full Experience during install.
  8. Immersive HUD – iHUD by Gopher – Allows you to toggle the HUD on and off with a hotkey so you can hide certain HUD elements when you don't need them.
  9. KenMOD – Time on Loading Screen by Kenney – Displays your current computer time during load screens so you remember when it's time to go to bed.
  10. Main Font Replacement by Valistar – Changes the font of all interface text in the game. Choose the font you like. Fertigo is my favourite.
  11. Main Menu Spinning Skyrim Emblem by Brumbek Adds a more stylish main menu screen with a spinning Skyrim emblem.
  12. MoreHUD by Ahzaab – Displays additional information on your HUD about collectable items, like how many you already have.
  13. No Menu and Loading Smoke by IceKK – Removes the menu and load screen smoke effect which can look weird with an ENB installed.
  14. RaceMenu by Expired – Overhauls Skyrim's character creation menu for better usability and much greater customization.
  15. Smaller Cursor by Lywald – Reduces the size of the UI cursor to be more like a standard pc cursor.
  16. Thinner Compass by mrphantastik – Makes the compass a little thinner so it takes up less of the screen.

Additional Notes:

  • Once in-game, open SKYUI's MCM menu and then the advanced tab. Uncheck the map and favourites boxes.

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3. Landscape & Architecture

Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM Skyrim Flora Overhaul Point the Way by Arthmoor No snow under the roof
  1. Dynamic Distant Objects LOD – DynDOLOD by Sheson – This tool can be used to drastically improve Skyrim's distant details and LODs. Requires PapyrusUtil – Modders Scripting Utility Functions by exiledviper meh321. Install and usage tutorial by GamerPoets.
  2. Indistinguishable Vanilla Tree Billboards by Palerider – DYNDOLOD requires the vanilla LOD billboards from this mod to work. Recommend 1K version.
  3. Ruins Clutter Improved by raiserfx – Retextures many of the ugly objects in Skyrim's dungeons, like pots and doors. Select 'install everything' during installation.
  4. Ultimate HD Fire Effects by BuzzDee84 – High resolution retexture of the fire in Skyrim, like fire spells and firepits. Use the medium resolution version.
  5. Static Mesh Improvement Mod (SMIM) by Brumbek – Improves the meshes and textures of hundreds of the ugliest 3D models in Skyrim. Select 'install everything with dragonborn' during installation. If using Wiseman303's Flora Fixes install the SMIM patch and place it after SMIM.
  6. Skyrim HD – 2K Textures by NebuLa – High quality textures for Skyrim's landscape, dungeons, towns and other misc items. Use complete lite version.
  7. The Ruffled Feather – Mod Collection by SparrowPrince – During install select Yes SMIM, BDS+SMIM, BDS Legendary, Just-Ice, Moss Rock-Legendary, Mountain & Rocks, Suped-Up Stalhrim 1K and Red Mountain Plume.
  8. aMidianBorn Caves & Mines by CaBaL – Improved textures for Skyrim's caves and mines. Recommend 2K textures as interiors are less demanding on performance.
  9. aMidianBorn Imperial Forts by CaBaL – Lore-friendly HD retexture of the imperial fort set. Recommend 1K version.
  10. Ancient Dwemer Metal by SRW0 – High resolution retexture of some of the Dwemer architecture and clutter. Recommend the Ancient Dwemer Metal 2K version.
  11. AOF Detailed Mountains by AnOldFriend – Adds more detail to Skyrim's rocks and mountains. Recommend 1K version.
  12. Darkwater Crossing by Arthmoor – Small expansion of Darkwater Crossing so the people have somewhere to live.
  13. Fences of Skyrim – No More Flickering Fences by Therobwil – Changes the fence mesh to one that looks much better and doesn't flicker.
  14. HD Enhanced Terrain by Hritik Vaishnav -SkyrimENB – Adds noise to the distant terrain so it appears a little more detailed. Recommend Blended version.
  15. HD Etched Shrines by EggOver1979 – Improves the texture of the Shrines leading up to High Hrothgar.
  16. High Definition Ivy by Josh Ezzell – Improves the ivy texture seen all over Skyrim. Recommend 1K version.
  17. HiRes Legible Road Signs by SPARTAN VI – Improves the definition of the road signs so you can read them a bit easier.
  18. Ivarstead by Arthmoor – Adds homes for the Ivarstead villagers so they don't all have to live in the inn.
  19. Karthwasten by Arthmoor – Small, lore-friendly expansion of Karthwastsen so the villagers have a place to live.
  20. Kynesgrove by Arthmoor – Expansion for Kynesgrove which adds homes for the villagers and a blacksmith.
  21. Lanterns of Skyrim – All In One by MannyGT Adds immersive lanterns to main roads, villages, towns and settlements.
  22. No Snow Under the Roof by Prometheus Removes snow from places there shouldn't really be any and adds new 3D snow to certain structures. During install select SMIM BSA, Legendary and BDS patch. Main file needs TES5Edit cleaning.
  23. Point The Way by Arthmoor – Adds new road signs and adds to existings ones so you don't need to check your map so often.
  24. Quality Snow HD by Yuril – High resolution retexture of Skyrim's snow to give it a more crystallized and realistic look. Recommend 1K textures.
  25. Real Wood Textures – Farmhouses by LucidAPs – Gives Skyrim's farmhouses a more natural, mossy look. Recommend 1K version.
  26. aMidianBorn Farmhouse & Roads Stonewall by CaBaL – Lore-friendly retexture of the farmhouse and road stonewall. Recommend 1K version.
  27. Realistic Water Two by isoku – New water textures made to imitate the fluid motion of water. Select medium resolution during install. Also install the optional ENB textures and select 1K option.
  28. RUSTIC MONUMENTS and TOMBSTONES by SparrowPrince and Gamwich – Improves Windhelm's monument wall and tombstones. Recommend default options during install.
  29. RUSTIC NORDIC MURALS by Gamwich – Retextures the Nordic mural walls usually seen before puzzle doors. Recommend 1K version.
  30. RUSTIC STANDING STONES by Gamwich – HD retexture of the Standing Stones. Recommend 1K version.
  31. RUSTIC WINDOWS by Gamwich Adds new high resolution windows to Skyrim's buildings. Recommend 1K Skyrim + also install the Dragonborn add-on.
  32. RUSTIC WOODPOST & LIGHTPOST by Gamwich – Retextures the farmhouse wood posts and lightposts. Recommed 2K version.
  33. RUSTIC WORD WALLS by Gamwich – Retextures the word walls where you learn new shouts. Recommend 1K version.
  34. Shor's Stone by Arthmoor – Adds new homes and an inn for the villagers of Shor's Stone.
  35. Skyrim Flora Overhaul by vurt – Greatly improves Skyrim's flora by adding new trees, plants and ground covers. Also install the DYNDOLOD billboards if using that mod. Requires iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=7 in your skyrim.ini file.
  36. Deathbell by Mari by ArtByMari – Retextures the Deathbell flower. Recommend 1K version. Choose your favourite option during install.
  37. Mountain Flower by Mari by ArtByMari – Gives the various mountain flowers nice colorful textures. Also grab the Dawnguard file. Recommend 1K during install.
  38. Natural Grass Texture Floor by emd – Replaces the field grass floor texture with a more natural looking grass.
  39. Realistic Aspen Trees 4k 2k 1k by AceeQ – Alters the color of Aspen Trees in the Rift to look more realistic. Recommend 1K during install. Also install the optional TES5LODGen files if using DYNDOLOD.
  40. Soljund's Sinkhole by Arthmoor – Expands Soljund's Sinkhole, adding new homes for the villagers and barracks for the guards.
  41. TreesHD_Skyrim_Variation by namotep – Add-on for Skyrim Flora Overhaul to improve the quality and diversify of the various tree trunks. Recommend 2048×512 textures.
  42. Upgrade & Fix for TreesHD by namotep by Pfuscher aka Zerwas1 – Fixes seam issues with TreesHD and also improves the performance of the mod.
  43. Vivid Landscapes – Tundra Moss Revised by Aron – Improves the textures of the blurry tundra moss on rocks. Recommend yellow 1K version. Also need SMIM patch from optional files.
  44. Watercolor for ENB & Realistic Water Two by paganmetalfan – Makes the sunscattering effect of ENBseries more visible on the surface of the water.
  45. Whistling Mine by Arthmoor – Adds homes to Whistling Mine so the poor workers don't have to live in a freezing mine.
  46. Whiterun Trellis Redesigned and HQ by Toby S – Improves the texture of the 2D-looking trellis in Whiterun.

Additional Notes:

  • Plugins from the following mods overwrite edits made by the Unofficial Patch that should be resolved using TES5Edit… Lanterns of Skyrim, No Snow Under the Roof and Realistic Water Two.
  • Once in-game, open the Lanterns of Skyrim MCM menu and increase the update check time from 5s to 30s.

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4. Lighting, Weather & Atmosphere

Tetrachromatic ENB by Slothability Enhanced Night Skyrim by CptJoker Wonders of Weather Improved Hearthfire Lighting
  1. Enhanced Night Skyrim by CptJoker Improves the textures of the stars and galaxy in Skyrim's night sky. I use Color Galaxy version.
  2. Improved Hearthfire Lighting by Scrabbulor – Adds ELFX-style lighting to the Hearthfires homes. Install the USLEEP version.
  3. True Storms – Thunder & Rain Redone by fadingsignal – Intensifies storms by adding new thunder sounds with random playback, along with heavy rain and snow shaders. During install select True Storms for Vanilla. Requires TES5Edit cleaning.
  4. Vivid Weathers – A Complete Weather & Visual Overhaul for Skyrim by Mangaclub and Kesta – Complete weather and visual overhaul, adding many new weathers and effects to the game. Hide/deactivate Vivid Weather.esp.
  5. Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics by Megaloblast and Kojak747 – A fusion of Natural Lighting & Atmospherics (NLA), and Vivid Weathers (VW). Install the main file and the True Storms patch. Hide/Deactivate Natural Lighting Vivid Atmostpherics.esp.
  6. Tetrachromatic ENB by Slothability – Vibrant fantasy enb preset. Requires the latest enb binaries. Read description page for install instructions. Use Sovereign version for NLVA.
  7. Wonders of Weather by isoku – Adds immersive weather effects to Skyrim, like rainbows, shooting stars and rain splashes.

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5. Clutter & Miscellaneous

Barenziah's Glory by Saerileth JS Dragon Claws by johnskyrim Revamped Alchemy Lab HD PELTAPALOOZA - Pelts of Skyrim Expansion
  1. Achronos11's Ingredients by Achronos – I use 1K versions of all Achronos' ingredient textures; Falmer Ear and Hagraven Claw, Spider Egg, Taproot and Skeever Tail.
  2. Barenziah's Glory by Saerileth – Improves the look of the Stones and Crown of Barenziah. Recommend 1K Crown and jewelry box by Gamwich with dark gem.
  3. Better Mammoth Cheese by Erikulum – Improves the appearance of the Mammoth Cheese around giant camps and also the food item.
  4. Better Signage – Inns & Shops by Gamwich – Improves the definition of the various store and inn signs around Skyrim.
  5. BLOODSTONE CHALICE REBORN by Gamwich and Nazenn – Improves the model and texture of the Bloodstone Chalice quest item from the Dawnguard DLC.
  6. Book Covers Skyrim by DanielCoffey and doccdr – High quality retextures of all the books, journals and notes in Skyrim, and all DLC. Use desaturated version.
  7. Clothing Iron's Retexture by Pandora – Improves the horribly low-resolution texture of the Clothing Iron. I use brown version.
  8. Dark Brotherhood Tenets Restored by Rathinosk – Retextures the Dark Brotherhood Tenets so you can actually read them. I use standard edition and select hi resolution option during install.
  9. Designs of the Nords by KEBW1144 – Retextures all the hold banners in Skyrim, including the DLC.
  10. Dressed Hearthfire Doll by uni_SL – Gives the child's doll from Hearthfire a pretty dress so she isn't cold and naked anymore.
  11. HD Model Ship by gutmaw – Improves the model and texture of the Model Ship from the Thieves Guild questline.
  12. HD Ore & Ingots by BioProd – Hi-quality retextures of all the ore and ingots in Skyrim. Use the 'With Manager' optional file.
  13. HD Quill of Gemination by Gutmaw – Gives the Quill of Gemination a unique model so it isn't just another crappy quill.
  14. HD Ruined Book Retexture by ThranduilElvenKind – Improves the appearance of the ruined book found in many locations throughout Skyrim.
  15. HD Sacks Retexture by Mazarin – Hi-res retexture of the big and small sacks found all over Skyrim. Type B is the best I think.
  16. High Quality Food & Ingredients by Iraito – High quality retextures of much of the food and ingredients in Skyrim. Recommend performance version.
  17. High Resolution Horker Tusk by Jokerine – High resolution texture of the Horker tusk. Recommend 1K version.
  18. Honey Pot by benitoite – Improves the texture and model of the honey pot. Recommend 1K during install.
  19. IMMERSIVE LORE-FRIENDLY CHEESE & CABBAGE by Gamwich – Better textures for Skyrim's cheese and cabbage. Recommend 1K version.
  20. JS Dragon Claws by johnskyrim – Retextures the Dragon Claws to look more like real dragon claws. Recommend 1K version.
  21. MAPS by Gamwich – Lore-friendly retexture of the two battlemaps in Skyrim. Recommend 1K version.
  22. PELTAPALOOZA – Pelts of Skyrim Expansion by Gamwich – Increases the number of pelts commonly found on beds, floors and walls to 9.
  23. Realistic HD Baskets by Halk_Hogan_PL – Greatly improves the meshes and textures of the various baskets in Skyrim. Recommend 1K version.
  24. Realistic HD Beverages by Halk_Hogan_PL – Retextures the various booze bottles in Skyrim with their own unique labels. Recommend Quality version.
  25. Realistic HD Food by Halk_Hogan_PL – Improves the meshes and textures of many of Skyrim's food items. Recommend Quality version.
  26. Realistic HD Food & Beverages – Havok Physics Fix by sialivi – If you use Realistic HD Beverages and Food this will fix the crazy dancing wine bottles.
  27. Realistic HD Mushrooms by Halk_Hogan_PL – Improves the model and textures of some of Skyrim's mushrooms, like the Bleeding Crown. Recommend smaller texture version.
  28. Retexture for Bread – Hearthfire by quilb – Better textures for the bread, dumplings and tarts added by the Hearthfires dlc. Also install the potato bread fix from optional files.
  29. Retexture for Soup by quilb – Realistic textures for the various soups in Skyrim. Recommend Fancy version for SMIM.
  30. Retexture for the Scroll by quilb – More interesting textures for Skyrim's scrolls. Recommend mixed option during install.
  31. RUGNAROK by Gamwich – Improves the textures and meshes of the various rugs in Skyrim. Recommend 1K version.
  32. RUSTIC ALCHEMY & ENCHANTING TABLES by Gamwich – Retextures the Alchemy and Enchanting tables in Skyrim. Recommend 2K version.
  33. RUSTIC CLUTTER COLLECTION by Gamwich – Collection of Gamwich's small clutter item retexture mods, like pottery and silverware. Recommend 1K version.
  34. RUSTIC COOKING STATION by Gamwich – Retextures the cooking apparatus and some cooked foods like venison, beef and stew. Recommend 1K version.
  35. RUSTIC EAST EMPIRE COMPANY SIGNAGE by Gamwich – HD retexture of the East Empire Company sign and crates. I use Light version.
  36. RUSTIC ELDERSCROLL by Gamwich – Retextures the Elder Scrolls and optionally the FX you see when you read them. Recommend 2K version.
  37. RUSTIC OVEN – Hearthfires by Gamwich – Retextures the oven added by the Hearthfires DLC. Recommend 1K SparrowDome edition.
  38. RUSTIC POTIONS & POISONS by Gamwich – Improves the textures of the various potions and poisons in Skyrim. Recommend 1K version.
  39. RUSTIC SOULGEMS by Gamwich and Saerileth – Improves the model and texture of soul gems and gives them a glowing effect. Recommend 1K unsorted version.
  40. Septim HD by Crypton – Improves the texture and mesh of the septims in Skyrim so they look nice and shiny.
  41. White Phial Replacer by Saerileth Replaces the White Phial with an ornate, unique model. During install select Dawnguard Edition, 1K and 80% size.

Additional Notes:

  • Realistic HD Beverages.esp overwrites one small change made by the Unofficial Patch that should be resolved using TES5Edit.
  • Place Book Covers Skyrim.esp BEFORE RealisticWaterTwo.esp and RealisticWaterTwo – Legendary.esp.

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6. Weapons, Armor & Clothing

aMidianBorn Book of Silence Improved Closefaced Helmets by Navida1 RUSTIC CLOTHING by Gamwich Unique Uniques
  1. Aetherial Crown by Saerileth – Gives the Aetherial Crown a more interesting model and HD texture by Gamwich.
  2. aMidianBorn Blade of Woe by CaBaL – HD retexture of the Blade of Woe from the Dark Brotherhood questline.
  3. aMidianBorn Book of Silence by CaBaL- EmeraldReign-the AMB team – High quality retextures of most armors and weapons in the game. Install all main files and hotfixes. Also rename the 'ash' folder to 'ashman' as stated in sticky post (textures/actors/dlc02).
  4. aMidianBorn Imperial Light & Studded by CaBaL – HD retexture of the Imperial Light and Studded Light Armor sets.
  5. aMidianBorn Stormcloak Officer Armour by CaBaL – HD retexture of the Stormcloak Officer Armor set.
  6. Auriels Bow – HD Retexture by Alana12 – HD retexture of Auriel's Bow from the Dawnguard dlc. Recommend 2K optional version.
  7. Auriels Shield – HD Retexture by Alana12 – HD retexture of Auriel's Shield from the Dawnguard dlc. Recommend optional 2K without scratches version.
  8. Champion's Cudgel Remastered by HonorableVista – Retextures the Champion's Cudgel from the Dragonborn DLC. Recommend 2K version.
  9. Dark Brotherhood Armor HD by Natterforme – High quality retexture of the Shrouded Armor. Currently only covers female variant. Recommend 2K version.
  10. Dawn of the Dawnguard Armor by redtox – High quality retexture of the Dawnguard armor sets. Recommend 2K version.
  11. Dragonbone Mastery – Weapons Retexture by Nazenn – Lore-friendly retexture of the Dragonbone weapons from Dawnguard.
  12. EcthelionOtW Mage Equipment Overhaul by EcthelionOtW – HD retextures for some of skyrim's mage gear. I just use the Spellbreaker and Daedric Staves files.
  13. Elegant Circlets 2K by EttienneV Xelus – High quality retextures of the circlets in Skyrim. Recommend 1K version.
  14. Elven Weapons for Silence by Erlioniel – Retextures of the Elven weapons to better match the elven armor textures from Book of Silence.
  15. Frankly HD Ebony Blade by FrankFamily – HD retexture of the Ebony Blade. Recommend 2K version.
  16. Gemling Queen Jewelry by Saerileth – Gives the various rings, necklaces and circlet gems in Skyrim improved textures. Use 1K during install.
  17. Glorious Daedric Retexture by Gloriouz – HD retexture of the Daedric armor and weapons.
  18. Improved Closefaced Helmets by navida1 – Edits the closefaced helmets so that the eyes can be seen.
  19. Frankly HD Miraak by FrankFamily – HD retexture of Miraak's armor from the Dragonborn DLC. Recommend 2K version. Also install the Improved Closefaced Helmets patch.
  20. Nightingale Prime HD by AncientVampire and ZeroFrost – High resolution texture replacer for the Nightingale armor.
  21. HD Nightingale by NewerMind43 – High quality, lore-friendly retexture of the Nightingale armor. Currently only covers female variant.
  22. Noldorian Dawnbreaker by EcthelionOtW – Lore-friendly retexture of the Dawnbreaker. I use normal version.
  23. Realistic HD PickAxe by Halk_Hogan_PL – Improved mesh and texture for the Pickaxe. Recommend high quality version.
  24. Realistic HD Woodcutter's Axe by Halk_Hogan_PL – Improves the mesh and texture of the Woodcutter's Axe. Recommend Quality version.
  25. Refracting Stalhrim with Optional Transparency by Skysan4298 – Adds refraction and transparency to the Stalhrim armor and weapons.
  26. RUSTIC CLOTHING – 4K and 2K Textures by Gamwich – High quality and lore-friendly retextures of Skyrim's clothing. Recommend 2K versions.
  27. RUSTIC FORSWORN by Gamwich – High quality retexture of the male and female Forsworn Armor. Recommend 2K version.
  28. Skaal Clothes HD Revival by redtox – HD retexture of the Skaal clothes from the Dragonborn DLC. Recommend 2K version.
  29. Stormcloak Armor Revival – HD and 4K textures by skyrimaguas – High quality texture replacer for the Stormcloak Armor so it isn't just a re-colored guard armor. Also install the optional normal map fix.
  30. TDN Vampire Armor Retexture by Nightshade – High resolution retexture of all the vampire Armor sets from the Dawnguard DLC.
  31. Thieves Guild Armor HD Revival by redtox – Retextures all the male and female Thieves Guild armor, including the Guild Master armor. Use the 2K all-in-one file which will also retexture Linwi's and Karliah's Armor.
  32. Transparent & Refracting Glass Eqmnt by Skysan4298 – Makes the glass on Glass weapons and armor look transparent like real glass. Also download the aMidianBorn Glass Eqmnt patch if you use aMidianBorn Book of Silence.
  33. Unique Uniques by InsanitySorrow – Gives some of Skyrim's more important unique weapons high quality unique models.
  34. Unique Zephyr by Nazenn – Gives the Zephyr from the Dawnguard DLC a unique model that looks like it really could shoot 30% faster.

Additional Notes:

  • Plugins from the following mods overwrite edits made by the Unofficial Patch that should be resolved using TES5Edit… aMidianBorn Book of Silence, Improved Closedfaced Helmets and Unique Uniques.

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7. Character Creation & NPC Overhauls

SG Female Textures Renewal Bijin Wives Males of Skyrim Seductress Serana by damnyou123
  1. AOF Believable Hair – Female & Male by AnOldFriend – Improves the texture of most of the vanilla hairstyles in the game.
  2. Avelyn or Elisif by Aberin – I use the 'makeover' version of this mod to improve the appearance of Elisif, the Jarl of Solitude.
  3. Battle Hardened Warpaints by Diethardt and netherwalk – Adds new warpaints to choose from in the race menu. Also download loose base scripts from RaceMenu and place them after this mod to avoid errors.
  4. Beards by Hvergelmir – Improves beards by giving them hi resolution, hand-painted textures and also unlocks some previously unselectable beards. Recommend 1K version.
  5. Bijin NPCs by rxkx22 – Greatly improves the appearance of Vex, Sapphire, Irileth, Rikke, Hulda, Lisette, Carlotta, Karliah and Tonilia.
  6. Bijin Warmaidens by rxkx22Improves the appearances of Lydia, Jordis, Iona, Aela, Mjoll, Uthgerd, Ria, Frea, Rayya, Njada, Annekke, Adelaisa, Jenassa, Illia, Delphine, Ingjard, Aranea, Eola, Borgakh, Brelyna and Beleval.
  7. Bijin Wives by rxkx22 – Improves the appearance of Camilla Valerius, Ysolda, Sylgja, Temba Wide Arm and Taarie.
  8. Bijin All in One-2016 by Mebantiza – Merged plugin of the 3 previous Bijin mods with USLEEP fixes. Hide/deactivate BijinNPCs.esp, BijinWarmaidens.esp and BijinWives.esp.
  9. Brows by Hvergelmir – Replaces all vanilla eyebrows with high quality hand-painted alternatives, and also adds many new brows to choose from. Recommend Hi-Res version. Needs TES5Edit cleaning.
  10. BVFE – Better Vampire Fangs & Eyes by Aipex8 – Improves the look of vampire's fangs and eyes. I use glowing version.
  11. Calientes Beautiful Bodies Edition – CBBE by Caliente Replaces the base female body with one that's a little more curvacious.
  12. Coverkhajiits by mrLenski – Improves the face textures of Khajiits. Download both male and female version from the main files.
  13. FemFeet Redesigned by Leito86 – Improves the shape of female feet and also fixes a few broken meshes like on the footwraps and wedding sandals. Use the CBBE version if you use that body.
  14. Freckle Mania by tetrodoxin – Gives you the option to add freckles to your character in the race menu using overlays. Use standard quality version.
  15. Hearthfire Songbirds by Noobshire – Improves the appearance of Sonir and Oriella, the Hearthfire home bards.
  16. KS Hairdos – Renewal by Kalilies Stealthic Khaos and Shocky – Adds nearly 500 new, high quality hairstyles (mostly female) to choose from in RaceMenu.
  17. Males of Skyrim by Aberin – Improves the appearance of many of Skyrim's more important male npcs.
  18. Northborn Scars by Northborn – Improves the facial scar textures and adds in some new ones to choose from.
  19. RUSTIC CHILDREN by Gamwich – Lore-friendly retexture of Skyrim's children and their clothing. Use 2K body-only version for Rustic Clothing users.
  20. Seductress Serana by damnyou123 – Gives Serana an appearance overhaul, with different options for eyes and hair.
  21. SG Female Textures Renewal by Hello Santa – Gives the female body realistic, high resolution skin textures. Use CBBE version.
  22. SkySight Skins – Ultra HD 4K and 2K – Male Textures by fadingsignal – Replaces the body textures and meshes of Skyrim's males with hi-resolution alternatives.
  23. Sporty Sexy Sweat – Wet Body Skin Texture by Xs2reality – Gives the female body a slightly sweaty look.
  24. The Eyes Of Beauty by Gabriel Mailhot – Adds many new eye textures to choose from in the racemenu. I'm just using the player file. Needs TES5Edit cleaning.
  25. Vampire Lord Retexture by Dr Fring – Alternate texture for the Vampire Lord. Recommend Armored version.
  26. XCE – Warpaint and Dirt by Xenius – Gives the warpaint and dirt high resolution textures. Also download the optional beast tints. Add iTintTextureResolution=2048 to your SKSE.ini file under [Display].

Additional Notes:

  • Plugins from the following mods overwrite edits made by the Unofficial Patch that should be resolved using TES5Edit… Hearthfire Songbirds, Males of Skyrim and Seductress Serana.
  • Males of Skyrim has an npc-related conflict with Arthmoor's Ivarstead mod. Either make a patch or drop one of the mods.

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8. Animals & Creatures

Realistic Primitive Horse Breeds - 2k by KrittaKitty HD Horker by Pfuscher FALMER by Kajuan TROLL
  1. Ancient Dwemer Metal by SRW0 – The Ancient Automatons file from this mod adds HD textures to Skyrim's various Dwemer automatons. Recommend 2K version.
  2. Animallica – Skyrim Wildlife Overhaul by sliceandkill – Overhauls Skyrim's wildlife by adding over 100 new animals and subspecies to the game and leveled lists.
  3. Better Skeever by yourenotsupposedtobeinhere – Improves the texture of the Skeevers to look less blurry and pixelated.
  4. Birds of Skyrim by Qasiermo – Adds new types of birds to Skyrim, like pigeons and magpies to make the wildlife more diverse.
  5. Birds of Skyrim – Ruhadre Patch (USLEEP Compatible) by Ruhadre – Patch to fix a few issues with the original Birds of Skyrim plugin. Use the USLEEP version.
  6. Cute Eyed Fox Retextures by Talwick – Improves the texture of Skyrim's foxes. Recommend either of the 2K versions.
  7. DRAGON PRIEST by Kajuan – High quality retexture of the Dragon Priest skin and armor. Recommend 2K version.
  8. DRAUGR by Kajuan – HD retexture of the Draugr and the draugr armor. Recommend 2K version.
  9. Ducks & Swans for Skyrim 1_1 by Tamira – Adds ducks and swans to the empty lakes across Skyrim. Also install the optional optimized sound files.
  10. FALMER by Kajuan – High quality texture replacer for the male and female Falmer in Skyrim so they actually look blind. Recommend 2K version.
  11. Farm Animals by Ian Joseph – Adds more farm animals to the game so the farms don't look so empty. Use Hearthfire edition.
  12. GIANT by Kajuan – HD retexture of the Giants and their clothing. Recommend 2K version.
  13. HAGRAVEN by Kajuan – HD retexture of the Hagraven and Glenmoril witches skin and outfits and also the Hagraven feather ingredient. Recommend 2K version.
  14. HD Horker by Pfuscher – Improves the textures and maps of Skyrim's horkers. Recommend 2K version (Still also requires main file).
  15. Highland Cow Retex by Pfuscher – HD retexture of the Highland Cow, such as the one in Whiterun.
  16. High-Res Dartwing (Dragonfly) Texture by WankingSkeever – Improves the low-resolution texture of the dragonflies.
  17. Lepidoptera of Skyrim by Impulseman45 Improves the textures and meshes of the various moths and butterflies in Skyrim. Use the Dawnguard version.
  18. Luminescent Luna Moths by lesi123 – Makes the Luna Moths glow in the dark to add the night time atmosphere.
  19. Meeko Reborn by BluePianoTwo – Gives Meeko an appearance overhaul. Choose the version you like the most.
  20. More Dramatic Alduin Retexture by lightningo – Retextures Alduin to look more dramatic and fearsome.
  21. PondFish & Salmon Replacer – texture by Nexus79 – Improves the textures of the various fish in the game.
  22. Realistic Primitive Horse Breeds by KrittaKitty – Retextures all 7 of the vanilla horse breeds including new meshes and an optional unique Frost.
  23. RUSTIC DEATH HOUND by Gamwich – High resolution retexture of the Death Hound from the Dawnguard DLC. Recommend 2K version.
  24. RUSTIC DRAGON CORPSE by Gamwich – Improves the texture of the dragon corpses. Recommend Gory & Clean 2K version.
  25. RUSTIC GARGOYLE by Gamwich – High resolution retexture of the Gargoyles added by Dawnguard. Recommend 2K version.
  26. SKELETON by Kajuan – HD retexture of the Skeleton and human bones, as well as some edited skeleton sounds. Recommend 2K version.
  27. The Elder Scrolls V Rewritten – Arvak by Oriius – Greatly improves the model and textures of Arvak from the Dawnguard DLC. Recommend the high res, Soul Cairn option during install. Needs TES5Edit cleaning.
  28. TROLL by Kajuan – HD retexture of the Trolls and their armor, including the Trolls added by Dawnguard.
  29. True Elk Of Skyrim or TEOS by Impulseman45 – Bethesda gave Elks antlers that belong to a moose. This mod gives them real Elk antlers. Also download the Animallica patch if using that mod.
  30. True Wolves Of Skyrim by KrittaKitty and ShimoOkami – Gives the wolves in Skyrim a much needed retexture. Download the 2K replacer version and also the Animallica patch if using that mod. I don't use the Lola add-on.
  31. Vigilance Reborn by Shiverwitch aka BluePianoTwo – Gives Vigilance a unique appearance. Choose the version you like most.
  32. Wild Penguins by Jokerine – Adds penguins along the coast between Dawnstar and Windhelm.
  33. WISPMOTHER by Kajuan – HD texture replacer for the Wispmother and their clothing. Recommend 4x2K version.

Additional Notes:

  • Plugins from the following mods overwrite edits made by the Unofficial Patch that should be resolved using TES5Edit… Ducks & Swans, Farm Animals and Realistic Primitive Horse Breeds (RPHB overwrites changes made by update.esm).
  • Place BirdsofSkyrim.esp, Ducks and Swans.esp and Farm Animals_HF.esp BEFORE RealisticWaterTwo.esp and RealisticWaterTwo – Legendary.esp.

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9. Other Effects

Enhanced Blood Textures Enchanted Arsenal Burn Freeze Shock Effects Smaller Ice Spike and Ice Spear
  1. Animated Clutter by JackMorris – Adds immersive animations to various static objects throughout Skyrim, like sacks and knapsacks. Check all options during install.
  2. Burn Freeze Shock Effects by pauderek – Leaves corpses singed, frozen or shocked after they've been killed with one of the effects. Use BSA version and overwrite the esp with the DG-DB esp from optional files.
  3. Deadly Spell Impacts by isoku – Improves the effects left on surfaces that have been hit with a spell. I use medium version.
  4. Dust Effects by HHaleyy – Retextures the dust effect in interiors to look less blocky and more natural.
  5. Embers HD by mindflux – Improves the look of the embers found in the various fire sources around Skyrim. During install select 1K, all add-ons and Ultimate HD Fire patch.
  6. Enchanted Arsenal by egocarib – Combines some of the best enchantment effect mods into one very customizable mod.
  7. Enhanced Blood Textures by dDefinder – High resolution retexture of the blood in Skyrim. During install check box for DG + DB.
  8. Footprints by jonwd7 Makes you and other npcs leave footprints in the snow and the Solstheim ash.
  9. Improved Weapon Impact EFFECTS Correct Metal by Lordaloa – Makes weapon impact sparks only occur when the appropriate sureface is hit.
  10. Intricate Spider Webs by isoku Adds new textures with better detail to the various webs and egg sacs in Skyrim. Recommend medium version.
  11. Magic Runes HD by HXP – Improves the textures of the magic runes. Recommend version 1.
  12. Northfire's Skidmarks 1K-2K by SgtPetterzon – Improve the texture of the skidmarks made by dragons when they crash land. Recommend 1K version.
  13. Realistic Smoke & Embers by isoku – Adds new high quality textures to the smoke and embers seen in Skyrim. Recommend medium version.
  14. Smaller Ice Spike & Ice Spear by Odin_ml – Makes the icy spear and ice spike thinner to look more piercing. Recommend 30% size.
  15. Smoking Torches by mindflux – Adds an immersive smoke effect to torches.

Additional Notes:

  • There is one minor conflict between Enchanced Blood Textures (Enhanced Blood Main.esp) and Improved Weapon Impacts (BlockSparkles.esp) that should be resolved using TES5Edit.
  • Place EmbersHD.esp BEFORE RealisticWaterTwo.esp and RealisticWaterTwo – Legendary.esp.
  • If using Modern Brawl Bug Fix, delete/deactivate the bsa included in Enhanced Blood Textures. It contains only the now outdated Brawl Bug Fix by jonwd7.

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10. Gameplay & Immersion

Convenient Horses Face to face conversation Touring Carriages by DayDreamer Equipping Overhaul
  1. Alternate Start – Live Another Life by Arthmoor – Provides a variety of new ways to start a game, like starting as a member of a guild or attacked and left for dead.
  2. Convenient Horses by Alek – Adds many features for Skyrim's horses, like stat customization, horses for followers and horse armors.
  3. Dead Body Collision Fix by LargeStyle – Makes dead bodies solid so you can't just walk straight through them.
  4. Dual Wield Improved Animation by 5poiler – Tweaks the vanilla dual wield animations to look more fluid and less jolty.
  5. Equipping Overhaul by DragonDude1029 – Allows you to display more weapons on your body and also adds some other features, like realistic unequip. Use version 3.13 as 4.25 is a bit unstable and might cause CTDs.
  6. Extensible Follower Framework by Expired – Allows you to recruit multiple followers and adjust their behaviour, plus a number of other features.
  7. Face to Face Conversation by towawot – Automatically switches you to first person view and zooms in on the actor when engaged in conversation.
  8. Female Facial Animation by nao4288 – Improves female facial expressions and the motion of the mouth when talking.
  9. Fores New Idles in Skyrim – FNIS by fore – Allows custom animations to be added to the game, like dancing animations. Also download the creature pack from the optional files. Gopher Install Tutorial.
  10. Guard Dialogue Overhaul by Eckss – Unlocks dialogue for guards that was never or rarely used in the original game. Guards will start to recognize your actions.
  11. Holidays by isoku – Spreads joy across Skyrim during holidays so they don't go by unnoticed. Based on TES lore.
  12. Immersive Patrols by Scrabbulor – Adds fully functional patrols of the major factions across Skyrim.
  13. Touring Carriages by DayDreamer – Hiring a carriage no longer forces you to fast travel, allowing you to take the more scenic route.
  14. Immersive Citizens – AI Overhaul by Arnaud dOrchymont – Amazing mod that overhauls the AI of friendly npcs to make them act more like real human beings.
  15. Jaxonz Renamer by Jaxonz – Lets you rename pretty much anything in the game, like people and horses.
  16. Moonlight Tales – Werewolf Essentials by Brevi – Al99 – NsJones – Customizable werewolf overhaul mod, with many new skin textures to choose from.
  17. Player Headtracking by Maegfaer – Makes the player's head turn towards points of interest, like NPCs who are talking to you.
  18. Provincial Courier Service by Arthmoor – Gives the courier a place to call home and go to after all that running across Skyrim.
  19. Quick Light by tktk – Adds a toggleable light, much like the pip-boy light in Fallout, so you always have an immersive light source.
  20. Realistic Animation Project – Idles by FeuerTin – Adds much longer and more detailed idle animations which look more unique and less repetitive.
  21. Realistic Animation Project – Movement by FeuerTin – Adds more realistic movement animations with various styles to choose from.
  22. Realistic Ragdolls & Force by dDefinder Reduces the extra force applied on ragdolls to a more reasonable level. Recommend realistic version. The esp from this mod isn't needed so hide it.
  23. Simply Knock by Chesko – Allows you to knock on locked doors like a civilized person to see if anyone is home and maybe let you in.
  24. Skyrim – Enhanced Camera by LogicDragon – Adds an immersive first person view so you can remain in first person while doing things like crafting and horseriding.
  25. Sometimes Pick Up Books by Mardoxx – Lets you pick up books without reading them first so you aren't forced to use certain books too early.
  26. Traps Make Noise – More Dangerous Traps by kryptopyr – Adds noise to traps so npcs aren't oblivious to them. I use the 'and more dangerous' version.
  27. VioLens – A Killmove Mod by Reko – Overhauls the killmove system by adding many new killcams and customizable features.
  28. Wet & Cold by isoku – Makes NPCs react accordingly to bad weather, like wearing hoods when it rains and breathing out visible cold breathes in the colder regions.
  29. XP32 Maximum Skeleton Extended by Groovtama – Adds a multi-purpose skeleton for better animations and custom weapon position. Leave options on default during install.

Additional Notes:

  • Plugins from the following mods overwrite edits made by the Unofficial Patch that can be resolved using TES5Edit… Equipping Overhaul, Guard Dialogue Overhaul, Holidays and Immersive Patrols.
  • Place Convenient Horses.esp BEFORE KrittaKitty_horses_unique Frost.esp from Realistic Primitive Horse Breeds.
  • Place Guard Dialogue Overhaul.esp BEFORE aMidianBornSkyforgeWeapons.esp from Book of Silence and Unique Uniques.esp.
  • Place Holidays.esp and Immersive Patrols II.esp BEFORE RealisticWaterTwo.esp and RealisticWaterTwo – Legendary.esp.
  • Place TouringCarriages.esp BEFORE Alternate Start – Live Another Life.esp. TouringCarriages.esp also has some minor conflicts with RealisticWaterTwo.esp that can be resolved using TES5Edit.
  • Place WhistlingMine.esp AFTER Immersive Citizens – AI Overhaul.esp.

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11. Sound & Music

  1. Audio Overhaul for Skyrim 2 by David Jegutidse – Overhaul of Skyrim's sounds. Check Legendary option during install and check patches for Deadly Spell Impacts, Enhanced Blood, Guard Dialogue Overhaul, Improved Weapon Impacts, RW2, Traps are Dangerous, True Storms, Unique Uniques and Wet and Cold.
  2. Better Horse Pain Sounds by Yuatari – Replaces the horse pain sounds with ones that are a bit more bearable.
  3. Enhanced Draugr FX by LordValkoran – Replaces the Draugr sounds to be more zombie-like so dungeons become much scarier.
  4. Heart of the Beast – Werewolf Sound & Texture Overhaul by NsJones – Overhauls the werewolf sounds to be a lot more frightening. Recommend the Alpha Werewolf sounds.
  5. Immersive Sounds – Compendium by lazygecko – Extensive sound overhaul mod made to work with AOS2. Improves sounds for combat, magic, footsteps and many looting sounds. Check patches for AOS2 and Enhanced Blood Effects.
  6. Improved Horse Step Sounds by Crystan – Improves the sound of horse steps and plays different sounds depending on the terrain.
  7. Lower Sounding Thieves Guild Door by John Kelly – Reduces the volume of the Thieves Guild Door so it's not so loud.
  8. Realistic Husky Sounds by fadingsignal – Adds over 60 new, high-quality husky sounds to the huskies added by the Dawnguard DLC.
  9. Thundering Shouts by greentea101 – Adds echo and thunder effects to shouts so they sound even more powerful.
  10. The REAL Fus Ro Dah by xchargerfanx AKA RoidRage9000 – Thundering Shouts already makes the Fus Ro Dah shout sound good, but use this mod if you want it to sound like it did in the original trailer.

Additional Notes:

  • Place AOS.esp BEFORE RealisticWaterTwo.esp and RealisticWaterTwo – Legendary.esp.
  • In addition to the numerous patches included with Audio Overhaul for Skyrim 2, similar patches should be created using TES5Edit for Invisibility Eyes Fix.esp and aMidianborn_Skyforge_Weapons.esp.
  • If using Rustic Soul Gems, there is an Immersive Sounds – Compedium compatible replacement esp included in the optional files. Install it and place the plugin after Immersive Sounds – Compendium.esp in your load order.

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12. Tools & Utilities

  1. Mod Organizer by Tannin – The perfect mod manager for Skyrim. See what files overwrite other files, install and uninstall mods in one click and setup multiple profiles for different playthroughs.
  2. TES5Edit by ElminsterAU Essential modding tool for Skyrim. Can be used to view all the games data and easily make edits and patches. Required to clean mods and master files. Add it as an executable in MO.
  3. LOOT by LOOT Team – This tool can help sort load orders, although I only use it check for dirty plugins that need cleaning. Using Loot's sort feature on this mod list would probably sort them wrong in some cases, place them in the same order they are listed and follow the notes.
  4. BethINI by DoubleYou Easy to use tool that will tidy up your ini files and probably give you a decent performance boost.
  5. Continue Game No Crash by Utopium – If you ever crash when loading a save game, this mod offers a workaround to prevent it.
  6. Save Game Script Cleaner by Hadoram – This tool can be used to clean saves of broken scripts. Always back-up your save games.
  7. Wrye Bash by Wrye Bash Team – This tool is generally used to make bash patches but I just use it to set the game's timescale to 12 and reduce crime radius to 1000.

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My Specs:

GTX770, i54670K @ 3.4GB, 16GB RAM.

My Mods:

QASmoke2 – My attempt at making a mod.


Much credit and thanks to Bethesda for making such a great game and all the modders for making it even better.

 Posted by at 5:36 pm

  42 Responses to “Main Mods & Setup for Skyrim”

  1. Hi, would you be able to tell me if you have encountered this before? and how can I fix it?


    I downloaded all the mods in order and followed the instructions.

    • Hi. I haven’t personally encountered it but I’ve seen other people who have. It looks like a mesh problem. I’d try disabling DYNDOLOD first to see it that makes a difference but I really don’t know. Btw, you need to open your enblocal.ini file and set FixParallaxTerrain=false to fix your landscape textures.

      • Thank you for the reply,

        Still no fix for it, I disabled DYNDOLOD and the bushes are still purple. Same thing when I reinstalled it. πŸ™

        • Just did a quick search and it seems more likely it’s a missing texture. Maybe try reinstalling Skyrim Flora Overhaul.

          • So I uninstalled SFO and went in-game to check if it made any changes to the bushes. Turns out the purple boxes have gone! I deleted all the files and did a fresh reinstall. I then went back in game and the purple boxes were there. What am I doing wrong?

            • UPDATE

              I have two files one named “SFO” and another named “SFO Basic Edition” I have disabled the SFO file and it bushes are appearing just fine now. Thank you for your help!

              • Glad to hear you sorted the problem. Just make sure you’re only using one version of SFO. The newest version is 2.5b so the plugins you should have are Skyrim Flora Overhaul.esp and SFO – Dragonborn.esp.

  2. Hey,

    After I installed all the mods I could not jump.
    I use an Xbox controller.

    • Hi. I just plugged in my xbox controller to check and jump works fine for me. Maybe try running FNIS again in case it’s an animation related problem.

  3. Hi. Can I replace Optimized Vanilla Textures with STEP – Skyrim Total Enhancement Project.

    • Hi. If you mean what version of the optimized textures you should use then it depends on what mods you’re using. If you followed STEP then use their version of the optimized textures. They’re probably the same just without the textures already included in their mod setup.

  4. Hello,
    I have few questions about the installation order of the Landscape & Architecture section:

    – When do I have to install DynDOLOD? (Because in another list I found it in the very end of the installation but here it’s the first) And do I have to run TES5LODGen for both SFO and Realistic Aspen Trees mods after I have installed them or I can install only the files in their pages?

    – When I install The Ruffled Feather, I can’t select the Decrease Plants – SFO like you wrote because SFO.esm is missing but you put SFO installation after so what I have to do?

    Sorry for my bad English but I am way better at reading that writing xD

    And thanks for this fantastic list, I have never seen something like these

    • Hi. As I understand it DYNDOLOD should go before landscape textures on left side of MO so it doesn’t overwrite textures. The plugin from DYNDOLOD (DYNDOLOD.esp) should load last though. You just need the billboards from SFO and Realistic Aspen Trees.
      There might be an update for DYNDOLOD soon that could change the process a bit anyway.
      I see what you mean about Ruffled Feather. You could activate SFO before installing Ruffled Feather or leave the decrease plant options unchecked. Think that would be ok.

  5. all these mods work together without interfering with one another? also do you use anything like SkyRe or Perkus Maximus anything of that nature? didn’t find it
    looks badass tho gonna try it soon

    • Hi. Yeah they work together well I think. I’m not using any major gameplay overhauls like PerMa no but adding some mods like that and maybe Frostfall and iNeed would definitely fill some gaps in this list.

    • Just wondering as that part I am missing, what ini changes did you make?

      • I’m using the ugrids 5 inis from RealVision’s optional files, although I’ve heard that’s not the best idea. The only changes I actually make are to change the graphics card to mine and iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=7 for SFO. ini files are not my speciality tbh.

  6. This site was gold for me, thank you so much. havent played Skyrim for several years, so i started on scratch with mods. However, I just learned how to clean the masterfiles (update, dragonborn, hearthfire ect) with tes5edit. Quick question; do i clean normal mods the same way? I ahve had some issues finding that particular answer!

    • That’s nice to hear. Yeah the process is exactly the same. I think I’ve mentioned all the plugins that need cleaning but in case I missed any LOOT will tell you.

      • thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, you did exellent job of informing what needs cleaning πŸ™‚ Was just scared to clean anything other than the videos showed me, its all a bit overwhelming:) but then ill get to it ^^

      • Oh I will take this oportunity to ask another question, I hope you dont mind, Oh Great Wizard of modlist πŸ˜€ When I clean notmal mods, do I include skyrim.esm, dawnguard.esm and all the rest esm`s for the main skyrimfiles, heartfire ect? If yes, is there anything else I include, like any unofficial-files…?

        • Just select only the plugin you want to clean. Any master files it requires will load before it automatically. Hope that helps!

          • Just thought i should inform you about a patch for Birds of skyrim, so seem clean and ready.

            • Do you mean Ruhadre’s patch? I just did a search after reading your comment and yeah seems like it does some good things. I’ll check it out properly later and add it into the list. Thanks for the heads up!

  7. I love this mod list – I recommend it to everyone! Thank you for sharing it

    • I’m really glad to hear that Gav. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      • No problems! I do have a quick question though, when you say to “carry over the edit in TESVedit”, do you carry the value from the USP or from whatever the mod is that is being installed? Basically, which value do you keep? USP or Mod?

        • You want to drag over overwritten data from the Unofficial Patch since it’s plugin will load before other esps and have it’s edits lost. If two mods edit the same thing the last one loaded wins.
          The simplest example I can think of from this mod list is Realistic HD Beverages. The Unofficial Patch makes the Argonian Ale a food item instead of a potion and the plugin from that mod overwrites that edit. So open up HD Beverages in TES5Edit (Click file header and hold ALT + left/right arrow keys to expand its contents) and just drag over the Argonian Ale food flag and save.
          Often the lost data from the Unofficial Patch is small things like typo fixes so not really game breaking stuff but still worth resolving anyway, just so everything works as intented.

          • Cool, so you overwrite the Unofficial patch using the mod files. Thats great. Thanks again Gizard! I’m in the midst of a new mod setup so this will definitely help πŸ™‚

            • Actually Gav it’s the other way round. You want to overwrite the mods files with the Unofficial Patch data. When people make mods a lot of the time they don’t carry over the UP fixes so we need to do it ourselves.
              If you get a chance watch the video by FadingSignal I’ve linked to near the start of the page.

  8. Did you combine all this mods and skyrim dont crash O.o?!?!!!!
    Can you combine T3nd0s Skyrim Redone to O.O!!


  9. Hey, are these in order?  If not can you post your modlist.txt (assuming you are using Mod Organizer of course)? is the best way to post it in case you haven't heard of it before.  Thanks!

    • Hey, I did try to list them in order as much as possible. My mod list is a bit of a mess at the moment as I’ve just switched from SkyRe to PerMa. I’ll give this page a big update once my new list is sorted but right now I would only suggest to use this page as a source to find some new mods.

  10. Hello,


    just was wondering what is your FPS? ingame?  or is this just for screenarchery?

    • Hey,

      No screenarchery. Mostly all exterior texture mods I’m using are only 1K. I get between 40-60fps outside and rarely below 60 indoors.

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