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The Official (Unofficial) Skyrim Mod List

Discussion in 'Gaming and PC Discussion' started by Lutris, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Lutris

    Lutris Jarl Dovahkiin DLP Supporter

    Oct 27, 2005
    Tokyo, Japan
    Well, I might be of some help there. I have a mid-tier gaming rig with a CPU clocked at 3.33GHz, 8GB of RAM (Skyrim can only use 4GB anyway), running a Nvidia GPU (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560Ti). I've installed a hellovalot of texture enhancers, run most settings on High, and run poloENB, which is an ENB profile arranged by a Japanese fellow that IMO blows most other shit out of the water in terms of both performance and prettiness.

    Have some screens:
    EDIT: Click the thumbnails for the full-sized images.








    TBH, you can probably make a rig that can run at least this level of graphics now for less than a grand, provided you've already got a decent monitor. The Z77 mobos run pretty damn cheap lately, and if you're willing to spend a bit you can probably find a good deal on a decent processor to boot.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  2. Beonid

    Beonid Seventh Year DLP Supporter

    Jul 12, 2008
    What's your framerate like, Lutris? Fairly solid? I had a 560 Ti myself, but didn't actually try too many texture mods, because they recommended more than 1GB of VRAM.
  3. Lutris

    Lutris Jarl Dovahkiin DLP Supporter

    Oct 27, 2005
    Tokyo, Japan
    As long as I keep all the effects to my ENB (ENB series 0.146 enables a whole slew of effects like reflective surfaces) I get sexy graphics at minimal frame rate loss - in low-density areas I get 45+, and in high-density areas like Whiterun or Riften, I get hit up with 20~25 fps.

    Texture mods are no sweat unless you go and have really far draw distance settings, but just find a sweet spot and jiggle them around.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  4. CareOtters

    CareOtters Supreme Mugwump DLP Supporter

    Jun 8, 2010
    Man, Lutris. You take such an awesome set-up of graphics mods and ruin the whole thing with a plastic Barbie doll facelift. :<
  5. Lutris

    Lutris Jarl Dovahkiin DLP Supporter

    Oct 27, 2005
    Tokyo, Japan
    Lies and slander!

    But yeah. I've since found a better one that I actually like that doesn't change her face to an unrecognizably bad degree (link has NSFW images since the mod includes body textures so take care). Makes her look older too, which is good for RP purposes in that I can say that she's been with the Companions for a decade before dragons start coming out of the woodwork.


    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  6. Midknight

    Midknight Middy is SPAI! DLP Supporter Retired Staff

    Apr 11, 2005
    Omg... does want so bad. I'll install if I ever finish this SKyrim run, which was a restart of my first game. Hell I've gotten like a hundred hours in between pirate version and legit version, and I've barely gone down the main quest path.
  7. Darth Disaster

    Darth Disaster The Waking Sith Prestige DLP Supporter

    Sep 10, 2011
    Two blocks from the beach.
    High Score:
    SO. This is a necro, but it's going to be totally relevant.

    Some of these are in the original post, but a fair few are not.

    I've decided to do a writeup on what I think are the best/most important skyrim mods, and why. Along with links to all of them.

    1. SkyUI The best mod for Skyrim. Bar None. Takes the Console-optimized UI and makes it 10000% more PC friendly. Cannot recommend fiercely enough.

    2. Categorized Favorites Menu Like SkyUI, the entire point of this mod is to make the UI more PC friendly/efficient. Though this one focuses entirely on the Favorites Menu. I think you're all smart enough to figure that out, though.

    Note: If you're going to use this one with Skyrim Redone or Apocalypse Spell Package, you'll need a Compatibility Patch. This is the one I use, but there are others out there.

    3. Unofficial Skyrim/Dawnguard/Hearthfire/Dragonborn patches. They fix an assload of bugs that make playing through Skyrim LOADS better.

    4. A Quality World Map - With Roads Self Explanatory. A 3D, high quality worldmap. Very useful and much better than Vanilla.

    5. The Dance of Death If you're a Melee player, The Dance of Death is for you. It re-enables a host of ignored/unenabled Killmoves in Skyrim's files. With several options about how to access them. Either Perk based, or freely.

    6. T3nd0's Skyrim Redone Massive Skyrim overhaul that is centered around the Perk system, and then branches out to affect nigh everything either directly or indirectly related to Perks. As well as a large amount of non-perk-related things. Improves and changes so many things in so many great ways that I could write about it for entire pages worth. But instead I'll just recommend you read the mod description and give it my hearty approval.

    Warning: WILL make the game more difficult and the combat more varied. But in a much more interesting way than just 'They have more health and you do less damage while they do more damage.'

    7. Ultimate Follower Overhaul Gives you much greater control over your followers, really quite fantastic. Also includes MULTIPLE followers at a time. So if you want more than one, you can totally do that now! Though I don't, personally.

    8. Deadly Dragons Dragons will rape your face again. Adds new varieties of dragons (if you want, there's a lorefriendly version if you don't), the ability to have dragons come after you more often, to make dragons tougher, smarter, and hit harder. All very customizable in a mod menu that can be accessed in game.

    9. Apocalypse Spell Package Lets face it, Vanilla Skyrim's Magic is.. badly balanced and somewhat boring. This spell-mod adds 130+ new spells, though, to be honest, some of them are pretty freaking OP. Still, many of the spells are flat out awesome. It made playing a Mage interesting again for me.

    10. Convenient Horses OMG. A horse that doesn't charge into battle and get it's ass killed! OMG, a horse that you can summon if you lose it. OMG, a horse that monsters ignore. Very highly customizable mod that makes horses so so so so much better.

    I personally use a lot more mods than this, some of which are really great. But this is just a personal top-ten list. I'll add in more if people are interested or if I feel like it, later. Each one of these mods is expertly crafted and really adds something to the Skyrim experience. If you're thinking about another playthrough, I can't really think of a reason to exclude any of them.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2013
  8. Taure

    Taure Magical Core Enthusiast Prestige DLP Supporter

    Mar 5, 2006
    United Kingdom
    High Score:
    So, a bit late to the party, but I've finally got a computer where I can pretty much add any amount of mods I like and not see any performance dip. So of course, the first thing I did was look into making people naked.

    This is more complex that it first appeared, because not only do you have to find a nude body mod, you also have to make it look good, make it move right, and mod the clothing to actually show off the changes you made. So I spent almost all of yesterday fiddling with mods to get things working right, and in particular finding body and clothes meshes that responded to the sliders in the character creation screen.

    My first attempt, using the CBBE nude body mod, was just a fixed body that couldn't be adjusted in any way. I then tried a CCBE advanced variant, the CBBE Bodyslide (which includes a host of additional sliders for character creation), but I couldn't get this to work with the character creation slides either, I think because, while the body was responsive to sliders, the clothes meshes weren't.

    So I eventually switched to a UNP-based body. This is a slightly more realistic shape, but has far less in the way of clothing meshes made for it. Still, I'm happy with the result:


    NSFW album.

    So, what mods was I using? Quite a few.


    Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) (Steam Store)
    Fores New Idles in Skyrim
    Showracemenu precache killer

    General mods (not directly related to the body):

    Unofficial Skyrim Patch
    Static Mesh Improvement Mod
    Enhanced Lights and FX

    The body itself:

    Enhanced Character Edit
    Dimonized UNP Body (Base)
    SG Female Textures Renewal
    The Eyes of Beauty (player and NPC)
    Apachii SkyHair - Female Pack (cannot stress how much good hair improves the look of the character)

    Physics to get the body non-static:

    HDT Physics extensions
    XP32 Maximum skeleton
    Realisitc Ragdolls and force
    HDT Breast and Butt physics
    UNP HDT-PE BBP TBBP - UNP HDT-PE BBP (this is a UNP body compatible skeleton that allows HDT animations)


    UNP Minidresses collection (HDT version for compatibility with the physics)
    UNP Minidresses HD textures (same link as above)
    UNP Minidresses No panties (same link as above)

    I was in two minds about the physics, because it's a bit too bouncy and jiggly, especially the butt. But in the end I decided that too much bounce was better than a rigid character model, and it's not so bad if you make a relatively lithe character. Also, because I haven't changed the vanilla armour meshes, just the clothes ones, if you're wearing armour there's no jiggle (which makes sense).

    Still, the excess jiggle does annoy me, so I might try HDT Bounce and Jiggle as a replacement for HDT Breast and Butt Physics, as it is reportedly more restrained. Fortunately I think I already have all the pre-requisites so can just install it without worrying too much about load order. I also need to get a mod that has physics work on the hair, which is too static.

    I'm keeping an eye out for new UNP-compatible clothing that's relatively lore-friendly. The minidresses collection, though it sounds like modern clothing, is actually just skimpier versions of the vanilla clothes (you can see the skimpy version of the roughspun tunic in the album above). It would be nice if someone were to adjust the armour meshes to match the UNP body type without changing the design of the armour (i.e. no bikini mail).

    Also will probably add a cloaks mod to the list in the near future.

    I think I've put all the mods in the correct order for installation, but it goes without saying that you should read all of the instructions/compatibility details to make sure. Also because lots of them have different versions and you should download the version that suits your preferences.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015
  9. bob99

    bob99 High Inquisitor

    Aug 14, 2011
    Skyrim Special Edition was just released. I think it was mainly some graphics and engine upgrades. But the interesting thing is you get it for free if you own the base game and the old dlc. So that was cool of them. It's a new game though, so mod won't transfer over, and some game saves might be iffy if it wasn't from an unmodded game.
  10. Skykes

    Skykes Minister of Magic DLP Supporter

    May 14, 2006
    For Skyrim Special Edition im running the following mods, all of them worked right away with the exception of Vivid Weathers which bugged the skyline into total darkness.

    1. Unoffical Skyrim Specail Edition Patch
    2. Ars Metallica
    3. Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim
    4. Apoclaypese- Magic of Skyrim
    5. Relationship Dialogue Overhaul
    6. Book Covers of Skyrim
    7. Reberb and Ambiance Overhaul
    8. Immersive Sounds- Comprehensive Overhaul
    9. Open Cities of Skyrim
    10. Diverse Dragons Collection
    11. Immersive Patrols II
    12. Point The Way
    13. Realistic Death Physics
    14. Imperious- Races of Skyrim
    15. Chesko Lore Based Loading Screens
    16. SMIM
    17. Alternate Start - Live another Life
    18. Weightless
    19. Cutting Room Floor
    20. XPMSE
    21. The Paarthumax Dilemma
    22. Better Vampires
    23. Wildcat- Combat of Skyrim
    24. Sky TEST Realistc Animal behaviou
    25. Skyrim Flora Overhaul

    The game runs great, the perk overhaul and combat mods make it a totally new game. Animals are much more dangerous now, even on lower difficulties. Wildcat changes stagger from a camera shake to a full knockdown and adds injuries, AI is also much better and harder to abuse.
  11. Teyrn

    Teyrn High Inquisitor

    May 23, 2014
    Frozen North
    Now that I've got a new hard drive and gpu, I'm thinking I'll finally get back into Skyrim.

    Which do you guys suggest, Skyrim Legendary Edition or the new Skyrim SE?

    I've heard the new one is a lot more stable because they upgraded it to 64-bit, but I've also heard a lot of mods haven't been ported over yet.
  12. bolko7

    bolko7 Second Year DLP Supporter

    Jan 7, 2008
    There is no SKSE yet for new Skyrim, if you need any mod that use it then you should wait.
  13. Clerith

    Clerith Supreme Mugwump DLP Supporter

    Jan 7, 2008
    The SSE looks a lot better than the old Skyrim and is massively more stable, but it has barely any mods, and none of the big, complex ones that require script extender or such. If you're fine with no mods or some simple ones, get the Special Edition. If you're a mod junkie used to 200+ mods, either wait a few months or play the old version.
  14. Tairi-chan

    Tairi-chan Squib

    Jan 4, 2017
    High Score:
    I can recommend:
    Lightning Final Fantasy 13 - in Skyrim by sanul17
    Enhanced Character Edit by ECE team
    Skyrim Beautiful Followers - SBF by hrk1025
    Better Females by Bella
    CBBE (by Caliente) & UNP (by dimon99) body replacers
    Characters in Skyrim are so ugly, that I can't even play this game without this kind of mods.
  15. Moridin

    Moridin Minister of Magic DLP Supporter

    Nov 7, 2009
    Proudspire Manor
    Those of you on SE probably already know this, but this thread on Reddit has a good number of mods for SSE that are quite useful. The lack of SKSE64 does hamper mod creation, particularly since it means no SkyUI, but we should have SKSE by March sometime, so that's something.

    Mods that I prefer

    You have the commonly known mods like
    Unofficial Patch
    Quality World Map
    Cutting Room Floor
    Static Mesh Improvement Mod

    EnaiSiaion (sp?) has a ton of mods that work quite well together or apart, overhauls of various aspects of the game.
    Ordinator - Perks
    Aurora - Standing Stones
    Apocalypse - Spells
    Imperious - Races
    Summermyst - Enchantments
    Sacrosanct - Vampires
    Thunderchild - Shouts
    There's one for combat too, and maybe others, but these are the ones I use.

    Aside from that,
    Improved Dragon Priest Masks SE
    Total Character Makeover
    Unique Uniques
    Relationship Dialogue Overhaul
    Open Cities
    Sovngarde Font Replacer - I highly recommend this one, it looks much better than the default font
    Immersive Armors
    Immersive Citizens
    Better Dialogue Controls
    Better Messagebox Controls