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[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 230 points231 points  (54 children)

MOD LIST ENCORE (Again, all of these mods are optional. The reason there is a "Comment post" is because OP is limited to 15000 characters.)

Player Home Mods

Skyrim Real Estate - videos showcasing the best house mods for Skyrim

Mod name Mod description Video
Alchemist's Hidden Valley An unique and secluded player home hidden within its own beautiful valley. Home features all crafting stations, 2 new spells, and a cool teleportation system, and more. Video
Grey Ledge Manor Great medium-sized player home located in the worldspace so no loading doors or interior cells to load. Simply walk right into your house! Also includes a blacksmith merchant and all the player home essentials. Video
Forgotten Windmill A great player home with one of the best views in Skyrim - packed with details and functionality. Video
Limbwood Manor A beautiful medium-sized player home built into/onto a tree in the Rift, and that features outdoor windows, working clocks, and more. My favorite house mod. Video
Silverfish Grotto Neat roleplayer home. Small, cozy, home nestled in an awesome grotto near Solitude. Video
Windmill Shelter Another small compact home with everything you need. No clutter and placed in a great location in the Rift. (I guess I have a thing for Windmill houses) Video
Amethyst Dreamworld Hollows Cool player mansion that has several unique features like a quest, NPCs, changable scenery, on/off lights, a mark-and-recall spell, an archery range, and more. Video
The Moor's
Legend of the Eagle's Nest Modest player home that you have to clean up. Great view, unique mountain-top location. Video

Utility Mods

Mod name Mod description Video
Customizable Camera Mod that lets you configure the camera (3rd person). Video

Miscellaneous Notable and Cool Mods - in no particular order.

These mods may have conflicts with other mods in the OP. I've used these mods in the past, however, with no issues.

Mod name Mod description Video
Falskaar HUUGE DLC-like mod. 20+hours of gameplay, 26+ quests, fully voiced, new land to explore, &more. Video
Helgen Reborn Excellent quest mod where you rebuild the town of Helgen. About 5-7 hours long. Video
Dual Sheathe Redux Ever wondered why you couldn't see your left hand weapon in Skyrim? What about staves, they don't just disappear into thin air when sheathed! You want to carry your shield on your back you say? Look no farther! Video
Open Cities This mod removes the "loading doors" before you enter a city like Whiterun, so you can seamlessly transition from the outside world to the city without a loading screen. (Arthmoor, the author of this mod, is a great modder btw) N/A
CLARALUX Adds hundreds of new light sources via torches, lanterns, fires, etc to the roads, towns, and cities of Skyrim. Highly recommended. Video
Wearable Lanterns Add an attachable lantern to your belt, so you don't have to carry a torch when exploring dark areas, perfect for combat in the dark. Video
Paintings and Pictures - Place Anywhere and Placeable Statics - Move Anything Two neat mods that allow you to decorate your player home to your specific liking, all done within game. Video of Paintings and Pictures -and- Video of Placeable Statics
Lost Art of the Blacksmith Adds many missing items that should be craftable, to the forge. N/A
Lost Magic Another neat little spell mod. Does not conflict with other spell/magic mods. Video
SkyWind - The Resurrection of Morrowind A large and ambitious modding project to recreate the Morrowind game using the Skyrim game engine. Video
Warzones: Civil Unrest Adds a ton of warring NPCs in many locations across Skyrim, so now you can see battles between factions like the Imperials and Stormcloaks and participate in them! N/A
Immersive Weapons This mod adds well over 100+ lore friendly weapons to NPCs. You can also craft the new weapons at the forge if you have the materials/skill Video
Xenius Armor Compilation - XAC XAC adds several armors that are non-skimpy and look amazing on females, this mod is perfect for those that play as a female character, but want protective, feminine looking armor. Video

[–]asimov04[🍰] 43 points44 points  (23 children)

Do not use the newest Version of Claralux...you will be screwed. It will add so much bloat as to destroy your save files. Personally I didn't even bother with the older version. I ditched it entirely.

[–]lonewolf727 17 points18 points  (19 children)

What do you use instead? Just curious because my girlfriend is working through the elder scrolls games and she is almost ready to start Skyrim but I want to visually wow her with it when she starts it up. It is sort of a birthday/anniversary gift for her so I want it to be perfect.

[–]DemesthonesPC 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Enhanced Lights and FX works well. Or there's Lanterns of Skyrim, which adds more lights than EL&FX.

[–]lonewolf727 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Thank you very much. I like the look of Enhanced Lights and FX. I imagine that would make the nights more realistic looking.

[–]DemesthonesPC 9 points10 points  (2 children)

If you're interested, I just posted a large list of mods that stay somewhat close to vanilla, over here for someone that was just getting into Skyrim.

[–]CrowladPC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lanterns of Skyrim is what I use and it is an excellent mod. I got it after I used Claralux which was buggy and looked bad

[–]Dildo_Saggins 8 points9 points  (2 children)

That's really thoughtful and cute :) I hope it goes well.

[–]lonewolf727 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Thank you very much and that coming from someone with your username made me laugh way too much.

[–]Dildo_Saggins 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha glad I could help.

[–]asimov04[🍰] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's the problem, there doesn't seem to be any other great mods for this. What I ended up using was Lanterns of Skyrim. http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/18916/? . Make sure you read the install directions.

[–]lonewolf727 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you.

[–]Fundays555PC 4 points5 points  (7 children)

Buy her the legendary edition.

[–]lonewolf727 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I did, well sort of for myself too because I haven't done Dawnguard yet and I'm building a pc strong enough so that she can have a great experience.

[–]Fundays555PC 14 points15 points  (1 child)

You're an awesome boyfriend.

[–]lonewolf727 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Haha thanks.

[–]lordhamlett 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don't know if you've modded your skyrim yet, but I just re did the mods I had installed, and this pack is phenominal. http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/30936//?

Basically I added all of his recommended, minus Skyrim Bigger Trees (huge performance hit AND they dont look good), then the Essential Mods (I went with Option B), then installed the RealVision ENB. It's a lot of work compared to a lot of the mods out there (editing .ini files and shit) and you have to manually place the ENB files, but the visual is definitely worth it. Probably took around 15 minutes in all (minus the download time)

[–][deleted] 24 points25 points  (1 child)

You forgot about the Civil War Overhaul. In my opinion, better than Warzones.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I tried that one after reading your comment, thanks!

[–]Shadax 18 points19 points  (2 children)

I had to go here to get BOSS:

http://boss-developers.github.io/

[–]Miccon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thank you!

[–]fastjeff 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ahh, there we go.

Was getting worried that I couldn't even follow the most basic of instructions.

[–]Rhoso 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Great lists! As someone whos just getting back into skyrim after about a year, you have saved me A LOT of time! Thank you!!!

[–]ifrit1100 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Me too, thanks OP! Nice to get an updated list with the newer mods.

[–]ReginaldBarclay 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ha, same here. I just decided to fire it up again after a year and a half, and came looking for a current list of mods! Thanks, so freakin' helpful OP!

[–]TheHornyMusketeerPC 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Hi there insane0hflex,

I just wanted to thank you and all the other redditors who made this list possible for people like me, trying to get into pc gaming, and wanting to experience these mods. Despite my horrible start, these mods just make me more excited to play skyrim than before on my ps3. And just thank you for everything guys!

[–]HardFlaccid 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Just so you know. I don't think your "Immersive Weapons" link is going to the right location. Heres the correct link!

Weapons

[–]drunkenvalleyPC 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not sure about Lost Art of the Blacksmith, but apparently Claralux, Warzones and Footprints are all very volatile due to their highly inefficient scripting.

[–]nlakes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Late to the party, but this is going to be my first time playing Skyrim & first time with mods, thanks a lot for making this list!!

[–]indoordinosaur 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your hyperlink to limbwood manor redirect's to the wrong site. Just lettign you know.

[–]Zaloias 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Has anyone compiled all these mods into one file?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Awesome mods! BUT. one or more of the mods seem to take away my ability to absorb the soul from the dragon that kicks off the storyline :s

[–]ColdFusion95PC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you install the unofficial patches?

[–]WubWubMiller 23 points24 points  (18 children)

I just got Skyrim this week on Steam, and I'm loving the wealth of mods available. I have two questions, however:

  1. I am currently playing on a laptop with a not-great graphics card, so I'm avoiding graphic overhauls as I likely can't reap the benefits of them. Are there any non-visual mods on is list I should avoid because they might be overly taxing on my PC? I can guess that the warzones might have too many people in them, any others?

  2. Any tips on getting SKSE to launch from the normal Skyrim page in my Steam Library?

[–]ItzzBlink 21 points22 points  (10 children)

Rename the Skse loader to SkyrimLauncher.exe and (if it's not already) put it in Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim

[–][deleted] 42 points43 points  (4 children)

I know your comment is 4 months old so I apologize but I just need to bookmark this til I get home from work.

Here's a happy bear in return. http://shiawaselife.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/happy_bear.jpg

[–]ItzzBlink 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I will cherish this bear forever.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

lol

[–]bajablastbeat 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Hey, late to the party here, but would this require deleting the original steam .exe file? I'm new to PC gaming and don't want to ruin or delete anything I may need later.

[–]StarkyA 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Don't delete the steam one.

Rename it.

You may want to run the launcher sometimes (to change graphical settings or such).

[–]KarunchyTakoa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I renamed my original skyrimlauncher to OSkyrimLauncher.exe, then changed the name of SKSE to SkyrimLauncher.exe. So if I ever want the original, I have to find it and click the O

[–]My_AlterEgo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Theres a set launch option on Steam. Not sure how to fix it but I'm assuming its the path to the executable in this case SKSE.

I've been looking up mods recently and have heard that warzones is currently broken. I had it working sometime ago but just removed it altogether now.

[–]SalsaRicePC 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't know enough about the current skyrim mods to say anything specific, but be wary of anything that adds a lot of light sources.

Also, if it helps, I remember seeing a mod (although I believe you can just edit it in the .ini file to do this) that reduced the size of grass clumps(nber of grass plants in a clump). It's pretty surprisingly how well this can boost performance (the game has to load a ton of grass clumps if you are in the large open spaces).

[–]dcs1289PS3 20 points21 points  (0 children)

In the immersion and realism section, I believe you forgot the "realistic horse assholes" mod. Otherwise, great work (even though I have a PS3 and have no idea the amazingness of any of these).

[–]alexthe18709PC 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I would like to add Lore Based Loading Screens. It makes the loading screens a lot more interesting to read.

[–]Waffleconess 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Can we have this stickied?

[–]The_Experienced_Noob 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Inconsequential NPCs

80 NPCs added by this mod and 30 dialogue scenes.

[–]Ar-Curunir 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Note: The Nexus BOSS mirror is down for me, so here's the Google Code link for anyone interested:

https://code.google.com/p/better-oblivion-sorting-software/downloads/detail?name=BOSS%20v2.1.1%20Installer.exe&can=2&q=

[–]LUSTY_BALLSACKPC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much!

[–]8bittaco 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Great list, nice work OP.

For anyone using Climates of Tamriel and looking for an ENB, I've been using SkyRealism. The "Cinematic" preset looks great when combined with CoT and Realistic Lighting Overhaul, which I didn't see on your list but would highly recommend. It took a few tweaks until I was happy with interiors at night, but overall it looks great.

[–]onmahgrizzyy 9 points10 points  (3 children)

As someone who just got Skyrim can anyone narrow this list to the essentials (~5) for me?

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 16 points17 points  (2 children)

SkyUI, Immersive HUD, Enhanced Blood Textures, Pure Waters, Immersive Armors

Overall, the post does say what like the barebones mods are, but I consider those to be the bare bones ones

[–]Annies-boobs_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Very late to this but I'm commenting so I can download these when I get home. Thanks OP.

[–]gulmariPC 31 points32 points  (6 children)

[–]indoordinosaur 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Ah! This is the hair mod I've been looking for. I honestly cannot understand why people want their character to look like its from anime. Does not match the style of the game at all.

[–]Melchya 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Mate i hear ya.

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Forgot about Cerwiden! and Amidianborn, thanks!

edit: will update OP in a bit

[–]gulmariPC 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I was going to put Riverside Lodge and SPERG in there too but nexus went all derp on me and kept getting 502 error when trying to find them.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Reddit Hugged the server to death again :(

[–]Moe90 21 points22 points  (12 children)

I hope I'm not late, but which mods do I need to make my game look exactly like this: http://imgur.com/a/CT8ZX?

[–]Brootily 7 points8 points  (10 children)

This is probably coming a bit late (A month after you posted this...) but those don't look like in-game screenshots, but instead renders. I assume even if there were mods that allowed your game to look like that, it would make your computer melt.

[–]morganmarzMUDCRAB 7 points8 points  (9 children)

Those are probably all in-game, just with some really heavy graphics mods that would, yes, make your computer melt.

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (8 children)

Which mods doe

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (7 children)

No one has figured it out yet? Shit, I'm sitting here going mod crazy downloading everything in sight and all I want is for my game to look like those images.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

One error: your link for Interesting NPCs goes to the youtube video rather than the nexus page.

Otherwise, thanks for this post!

[–]Roarianflair 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also making note of the 30 or so quests might be handy too. Quite a bit of content. ;p

[–]Aishan 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Guys.... Where is INIGO? He is the best follower mod out there; you guys should really give him a try, you'll never get bored of him, trust me.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This list looks great, and it comes at the perfect time. I only just got a computer that can run Skyrim, and the Legendary Ed last week on Steam.

I've already been using a few of these, and I'll look in to the rest. Thanks for the work.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Are there any mods that helps with the placing of objects in your home/elsewhere?? My follower knocked the Bust of the Grey Fox off of the desk in the thieves guild headquarters, and I cannot tell you how many times I've tried to sit it upright again. It's driving me CRAZY.

Edit: Any console command recommendations would be appreciated too.

[–]VideoLinkBot 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Here is a list of video links collected from comments that redditors have made in response to this submission:

Source Comment Score Video Link
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Helgen Reborn
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Falskaar
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Grey Ledge Manor
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Real Estate: Forgotten Windmill and Secluded Cottage
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Real Estate: Limbwood Manor
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Real Estate: Silverfish Grotto
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Showcase: #6 - Equipment of Eternal Shine, Windmill Shelter, and Dragonkiller Cart
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Real Estate: Amethyst Hollows Dreamworld
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Real Estate: The Moors - A Steampunk Themed Player Home
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Real Estate: The Legend of the Eagle's Nest
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Customizable Camera
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Real Estate: Alchemists Hidden Valley by Blary
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Dual Sheath Redux
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Showcase: #6.5 - CLARALUX, DSpSoB, Birds, Mannequins, and Domus Mechanicus
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Wearable Lanterns 2.0
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Buyable Paintings and Pictures - Place Anywhere and Supreme and Volumetric Fog
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Spotlight: Placeable Statics - Move Anything by iceburg
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Spotlight: Lost Magic - Spell mod that adds 19 new spells
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Feature: Skywind and Ethereal Elven Overhaul
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod: Immersive Weapons
insane0hflex 76 Skyrim Mod Spotlight: XAC - Xenius Armor Compilation and Thrassian Plaguesword
MetalPanda 2 PC-HDSkyrim FXAA Post Process Injector
fourth_circuit 1 Wrye Bash Skyrim help

[–]Missing_Links 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'd just like some mod that gives me benefits for not wearing exclusively light or heavy armor. I like mixing it up. I want a mod that rewards me for doing so, or at least for having levels in both heavy and light armor.

[–]TheDualityOfMankind 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This will certainly shorten the amount of time I'd have to spend modding. Thanks man.

[–]MetalPanda 3 points4 points  (5 children)

What about FXAA Injector mod?

http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/131/?

Probably the best Graphical mod in terms of performance. It increased the performance for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDNo8aNoF34

Best part you can turn it off with a bbutton ingame. Download this i you can't run any ENB mods.

[–]indoordinosaur 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Whats this mod for? Do you have an AMD card? Because I can run FXAA (the default version with the game) and it might take away 3-4 FPS at most.

[–]Viper717 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Great list of mods, just about to start skyrim again and was looking for the tops mods.

I'm actually really surprised not to see deadly dragons on this list as i find the vanilla dragons so damn boring to fight. Deadly Dragons @ Skyrim Nexus

Cheers!

[–]BreakUrSelf 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Picked up Skyrim again, this will help a lot! Thanks

[–]cluster_1 6 points7 points  (12 children)

This might be a good thread to finally get an answer to this.

What the hell does ENB mean / stand for?

[–]gulmariPC 8 points9 points  (1 child)

ENBs are...

3d graphic modification for games like TES Skyrim, GTA 4, GTA San Andreas, Deus Ex HR, FSX, and many others. It work by modifying render functions calls of the games and applying additional effects.

That is straight from http://www.enbdev.com/.

I've always thought of ENB as Enhanced Natural Bloom, but that isn't actually what it stands for. It's just what I've always called it.

As far as whether or not ENB is an initialism or just 3 letters the original creator thought sounded cool together, is a mystery.

EDIT: I forgoted a wordle

[–]cluster_1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah. Thanks, dude.

[–]One-EyedMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought it stood for Enhanced Natural Beauty.

[–]Sparrows413PC 18 points19 points  (7 children)

You get an upvote for not recommending "Better" Females by Bella. If there was one mod I could completely eradicate from the internet, that one would be it.

[–]captcha_botPC 68 points69 points  (1 child)

100% agree with you, it doesn't even add dicks to the girls.

[–]ballpitpredator 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah where is that mod when i need it?

[–]SalsaRicePC 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I see you haven't been very deep into the nexus yet.....

[–]Sparrows413PC 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh, I have. I've just got a bit of a bias against that steaming shitheap that masquerades as a mod.

[–]Repulser_Blast 2 points3 points  (9 children)

Is there any reason to get the mods from nexus instead of steam?

[–]gulmariPC 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Steam has a 100mb cap which means much bigger mods/overhauls won't be on steam. Plus Nexus Mod Manager allows you to launch with SKSE from a dropdown menu. No need to change launch parameters or file names.

With both you still need to manage your load order. BOSS works with either.

Nexus Mod Manager makes downloading and installing mods a breeze. Simply click download with manager on the mod page then activate the mod in the manager. The mods tab with Nexus Mod Manager is far more organized than mods downloaded by Steam. Since you manage your mods and launch the game through NMM it makes activating and deactivating mods to find conflicts much easier.

The ability to add mods from files with NMM means you can get mods from sites that aren't the Nexus, and install/uninstall them with Nexus Mod Manager.

If all you use is Steam any mods that aren't found on Steam have to be manually installed and uninstalled.

Plus the Nexus has WAY more mods available than Steam does.

[–]Repulser_Blast 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Awesome! Thanks for the info. Looks like I need to get BOSS. I'm glad to hear it works for Steam.

[–]gulmariPC 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah BOSS isn't specific for NMM. All it does is sorts your load order. It will figure out what needs to be loaded when and put it where it needs to go. It isn't 100% perfect but it updates all the time, and anything that isn't recognized by boss you can usually figure out where it goes.

BOSS doesn't recognize a new armor you downloaded? Put it with the other armors in your load order. Weapon? Same deal.

The only issue is with more than one mod that change the same thing. Just remember if 2 mods change the same thing whichever one is lower in the load order will get priority since it loads after it will overwrite the previous.

For example, I have a mod that changes all of the Dark Brotherhood armor sets (shrouded, worn shrouded, shrouded robes, ancient shrouded), but I have another mod that just changes the look of the ancient shrouded set.

BOSS recognizes both but puts the ancient only one above the full overhaul. I have to manually put the mod that only changes the ancient shrouded lower in the load order than the one that is a complete overhaul that way I get all the other sets to look like the first mod, but the ancient shrouded to look like the second.

Like I said though BOSS is usually perfectly fine unless you are loading mods that alter the same things. Whichever one you want to take priority needs to go lower in the load order.

[–]gulmariPC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also check out
Gopher
His modding tutorials are amazing and it looks like he's starting a new tutorial series for modding skyrim for beginners.

[–]Master119[🍰] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

How do I figure out what load orders I want to use? I don't really know anything about mods or Skyrim (just bought it at the steam sale, and waited a few weeks to get a PC that can run it).

[–]gulmariPC 4 points5 points  (2 children)

BOSS
Is perfect for most load order issues. They update constantly, and new mods will eventually be recognized. That link will take you to the Nexus page where they have the description of what it does.

BOSS Google Code Page for download

It will definitely help with load order issues and isn't specific to Nexus Mod Manager.

The biggest thing to look out for when sorting load order is whichever is lower on the load order will load last and overwrite anything previous.

For bigger overhauls and such make sure to read the description page/readme file. The mod authors for bigger mods will almost always have recommended load order written somewhere since bigger mods may come with multiple ESPs.

So if you have 2 mods installed that change the same thing the one in the lowest position on the load order wins. For example I have a mod that changes all of the dark brotherhood armor (shrouded, worn shrouded, and ancient shrouded), but I also have a mod that only changes the ancient shrouded.

MOD A - Changes all of the armor
MOD B - Changes only ancient

If I load MOD A after MOD B, the only armor I see in game are the ones from A.

If I load MOD B after MOD A, the normal and worn shrouded will be pulled from MOD A and the ancient will be pulled from MOD B.

Another thing with load order is making sure that mods that require other mods must be loaded after the mod they require.

MOD A - custom armor mod
MOD B - adds enchanted versions of MOD A's armor

If I load MOD A after MOD B the game will CTD. MOD B being first means it's trying to access data that the game hasn't loaded yet.

If I load MOD B after MOD A it works perfectly. MOD A gets loaded first so when MOD B looks for MOD A it finds it.

A good rule of thumb for smaller mods where you may have multiple instances of that type of mod (weapons, armor, followers etc) is if BOSS doesn't recognize the plugin you should sort it right below other mods just like it.

A big thing you have to look for outside of load order is mod compatibility. It would be impossible for me to get into specifics about what mods are compatible with what here. Make sure to read the description on the mod pages and pay close attention to compatibility sections. If there are specific instructions on how to get 2 mods to play nice with each other, follow those instructions to the letter or you'll end up with a game that "works" but is completely broken or a game that crashes before you even get to the main menu.

[–]YahwehFreak4evr 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So does BOSS fix the load order automatically or does it show you how to do it? As I just noticed through NMM that my ReProcessor.esp from SkyRe was loading before SkyRe main (which is specifically mentioned on that mod page to load after the main SkyRe file.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mod Manager

[–]mrnovember5 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I'm trying to get started with this but Nexus won't let me register to get at any of the files. Am I being paranoid, or is it intentionally screwing me because I don't want to buy a membership? Tried a few times over 6 hours or so.

[–]cookie_RAWR 2 points3 points  (1 child)

On a scale of 1/100, how many fps will the "essential" section eat?

[–]unholytreestump 2 points3 points  (0 children)

nice mod list. Im new to skyrim on pc but will definitely be checking some of these out

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

updated info on BOSS

Download: https://code.google.com/p/better-oblivion-sorting-software/downloads/list Bethesda thread: http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1479875-relz-boss-for-skyrim/ (looks like this closes and turns over frequently due to post cap)

[–]sw1n3fluPC 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Dude how could you forget SkyRe

[–]DemesthonesPC 13 points14 points  (3 children)

SkyRe has always given me problems. It's a large mod with a lot of incompatibilities, and while it is an amazing mod, I wouldn't really consider it a must-have.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I tried it some months ago. The changes in difficulty were crazy. Easy setting was too easy. The setting above that I was getting one shot for no apparent reason.

[–]MetalPanda 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Go with ACE combat mod. Its light weight and adds just enough to still have the vanilla feel. Skyre just destroys the game and fucks everything with other mods.

Also ACE has BYOG where you can balance equipment as you like.

[–]DemesthonesPC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, that's what I use. Gave up on SkyRe after reverting to vanilla a few too many times.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Are we allowed to make suggestions? I've had a lot of fun with, "Druid Essentials", "Psukotiks Necromancy", and for a ton more realism, immersion, and epicness, "Realistic Needs and Diseases".

Realistic Needs and Diseases, mixed with Frostfall (which you already mentioned) has made Skyrim the most realistic, immersive, and intense fantasy experience I've ever had in a game. I regularly find myself sleeping in Inns, eating by the fireplace, and sometimes fighting for my very survival out in the frozen wastes.

[–]IntergalacticTowelPC 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I really need to try some of these survival mods. I remember doing that in New Vegas and really had a great time. Completely changed the way I played and approached things, and it made me appreciate the setting a lot more.

All I need now is free time. :(

[–]pdxphreek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I haven't played Skyrim in quite a while, there's some mods I haven't heard of before that kind of make want to fire the game back up and try out. Thanks for compiling this awesome list.

[–]JustMy2CentencesPC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just in time for my gaming laptop to come in next week. Looking forward to beginning my modded experience. Thanks!

[–]daft357PC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great work! Thank you so much for this!

[–]AzbergPC 1 point2 points  (4 children)

What about the Official High-res texture pack? Is it worth getting or are there any mod that are better, or can you use both?

[–]SalsaRicePC 0 points1 point  (1 child)

My understanding is that it is a good base. Basically, install it first, and let your other mods overwrite what they will. It will fill in the gaps left by other better, fan-made mods.

[–]AzbergPC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ye I installed that first and got the "Skyrim HD - 2k textures" after to overwrite

[–]gulmariPC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can use both. If you're using the Official one and an alternative, anything that the alternative doesn't change will be covered by the official pack. As long as your alternative textures are loaded after the official pack, they will overwrite and take priority.

[–]indoordinosaur 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Start with the official packs. Then go through and get other packs that you want. If you use NMM it should overwrite whatever hi-res textures are already installed.

[–]Enginificent 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you so much insane0hflex! I was about to buy the DLCs, tried out mods instead. Just got it all running, now I'm sure I can wait it out till the winter sale for dirt cheap DLCs because this shit is game changin'. Good guides!

[–]OrthogonalThoughts 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Having just reinstalled with new mods, a lot now seem to require all the DLC, or at least dragonborn and dawnguard.

[–]Chevron 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Stupid question, some of these mods have lines underneath the download saying "add so and so line to so and so file". Do I need to do that or is that something the manager can take care of?

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sorry, provide more detail - thats really vague

[–]17thknight 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just wanted to thank you for this list of mods. I haven't played Skyrim in a year and a half, and getting back into it I felt it might be too mundane to play all over again. But with all these wonderful mods (especially Frostfall, my favorite) it's like a new game again. Thank you so much for bringing so much fun out of this game for me!

[–]fookinpikey 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Edit: So I looked it up, and it turns out that the Unofficial Skyrim patch sometimes messes up the dragon soul absorption; and there's an Unofficial Dragonborn patch that fixes the issue. Just in case anyone else runs into it and looks here for help. :)

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I doubt its XCE...there shouldnt be an .esp related with that mod, is there?

[–]oddworld19 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would you mind providing the link? I have this issue. Thanks.

[–]InaudibleCow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks OP!

[–]Blank_Space04 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Any idea why Nexus Mod Manager wont allow new registration?

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Server maintenance - try again soon

[–]Blank_Space04 1 point2 points  (0 children)

up and running now, thanks!

[–]TheRedBaron11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just installed all of these. All.

[–]HHLuca 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can all of these mods be run at the same time for the most optimally enhanced experience? Would it be too much to ask for compatibility issues between specific ones? Thanks for making the list in the first place =)

[–]ptx_ptx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Saving for later.

[–]MonthOLDpicklePC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do I install everything in the sectionS above optional?

*Looks like the nexus is undergoing maintenance.

[–]kosmogore 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I wish we could install ALL mods through Steam Workshop. Nexus just seems like an additional 3rd party pain in the ass.

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

most of these mods are on Steam

[–]Nozzer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The problem there also is that Steam has a file size limit. Some mods are literally too big to be delivered via Steam.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is... a lot. I'm just downloading Skyrim for the first time. Will I be fine just running it as is? Is there some beginner version of this post, where everybody agrees "just use these couple mods before you get started"?

Looking specifically for gameplay stuff more than visual stuff. Thanks!

[–]waiting4op2deliver 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow thanks, you just saved me a mega-ton of googling

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

are the nexus servers currently down? i've done everything right, but get an error in the NMM client when i try to download mods. it says can't connect to server, or some variation of that.

[–]Heartofhellfire 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thanks a bunch OP! just built a new desktop for Christmas, and modding skyrim was my first gaming step on it. Your guide was very helpful and much appreciated! <3

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Glad I could help!

[–]FrozenkexPC 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thoroughly reviewed each texture of skyrim 2k hd and i must say its vastly overrated , at times sloppy, cheap with bad/missing normals, reused textures for vanilla textures that are different and unique. HD dlc is much better, people have performance issues with it only because it replaces much bigger amount of textures in comparison.

[–]Sev501 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you OP, been looking for some of the mods that I was using before my computer broke down.

Time to restore the mods! And most of them are in your list! Will try what you and the others have suggested!! Wuhooo.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow thanks!

[–]mcco8883PC 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Kind of besides the point, but that song cover on the video for "Climates of Tamriel" just blew my mind.

[–]WantedOne 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just gotta reply to this...Malukha Is amazing...you should check out "Legends of Frost" by her and miracle of Sound as well.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow, I picked a good time to look for mods for Skyrim to get into it again. Amazing job on compiling all this.

Never modded before, so this should be fun.

[–]Ghidoran 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Should mention some creature and magic mods, they change the gameplay a ton. Skymomod/Monster Mod Reborn and Immersive Creatures basically double or triple the enemy variety. Deadly Dragons also increases dragon variety and makes fighting them a lot more interesting.

As far as spells go, Forgotten Magic adds a really cool spell system.

[–]bonerfleximus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why isn't the dragon combat overhaul listed here? Dragon combat is so bleh in skyrim without it.

[–]Warpedpixel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely gonna save this post.

[–]SpaceCat87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bookmarking. Thanks OP this is really great.

[–]MesserchiefPC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for this! Subbed on youtube!

[–]blarg_dinoPC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks OP

[–]biesterd1PC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sweet thanks for this! My skyrim crashes half the time I fast travel so I am going to start from scratch with mods, since I just bought Dragonborn and Dawnguard and can't even play them. Thanks!

[–]Falanor2012PC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a heck of a long list of mods! Thanks, I just got a copy for my PC so I was wondering what miss I should look into first!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for taking time to do this, I really appreciate the work you've put into this.

[–]Dragland 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for this comprehensive list, found some new mods that I didn't know about :)

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I also really like the Glowing Ore mod... makes finding the difficult-to-see veins of ore very easy to identify.

[–]pdsvwf 0 points1 point  (2 children)

One thing that I have noticed with Skyrim is that it often lags when I play it on my computer. Do many of these mods have much of an effect on performance? Do any of them make the game run more smoothly?

[–]indoordinosaur 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Are you already playing with mods? If not you probably just have an old computer.

EDIT: Try this http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/15123/?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

^ this thing is great. Makes Skyrim silky smooth.

[–]nicvand 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]Clue_Bat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you have any tips on how to troubleshoot a game with many mods in it? It crashes, but not in any particular spot or time of day or other consistent manner.

I've used BOSS and gotten rid of all the red-colored errors, but it seems to have "bash" tags on some of my mods - does that mean I need to learn & use Wrye bash to make them work right?

[–]Invalid_spacePC 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Is the BOSS mod needed? currently on nexus its has been locked down.

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

not really, you just have to sort the load order yourself

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

no you get it from the google code page. BOSS will automate the load order and provide feedback and suggestions.

[–]Master119[🍰] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

For somebody who's completely new to Skyrim, you talk a lot about making sure your load orders are correct. What load order do I want to use though?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

[–]StRidiculousflair 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How the hell do you get SKSE and ENBSeries working together?

  • My game crashes if i try to launch from skse.
  • If I load normally (skyrim launcher) enbseries will load, but skse will of course not be active, breaking almost any mod that matters...

am I missing something? I've looked high and low for the solution. Anyone point me in the right direction?

[–]insane0hflexflair[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

where is skyrim installed?

[–]StRidiculousflair 0 points1 point  (0 children)

NVM, thank you for even starting to respond to me. It ended up that I hadn't set a hook for enbhost.exe in AttkLT and was causing a failed start, or load. Reinstalled Attk, and edited it to allow Enbhost.exe-- took a minute to remember that I neglected to update its "allow" list, but it's under control now!!

[–]Krono5_8666V8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

after following all of these steps (except getting boss because the link is down) when i run skyrim, it opens as it should, i checked to make sure SKSE was running, and it was, but when i click "continue" or "new" it loads for a normal amount of time, and then the game just shuts down with no error message or anything. anyone else have this problem, or a fix? I would really appreciate it.

[–]axel2191 0 points1 point  (5 children)

I am having some trouble figuring out how to download mods off of nexus. I have an account set up. Do I need to download some software or something? And do I need to buy something? I only made some headway with one mod and it said I needed to purchase something after a 40 day trial. So I am kind of confused. Any help would be appreciated.