What are the best skyrim mods?

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#1 Posted by Totalgym9000 (1456 posts) -

Finally going to get into skyrim and just wondering if there are any great mods I should be adding into the game before starting the adventure?

#2 Posted by GamingVengeance (1854 posts) -
Just go to skyrim nexus and look at the top rated files
#3 Posted by SystemsGO (1077 posts) -

I highly recommend this ENB mod. It's called Sharpshooters Extreme Vision ENB, it's the best IMO, very realistic I thought and much better than any other one I tried including the most popular ENB's. It's a total game changer.

http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/15105

Let me know what you think. :P

#4 Posted by krisroe_213 (878 posts) -

Bear Musician

#5 Posted by JKnaperek (2019 posts) -
Just go to skyrim nexus and look at the top rated filesGamingVengeance
^this.
#6 Posted by alan_carter (1404 posts) -

If your computer can handle it, use The wilds enb, with the latest 12.12.12 enb wrapper. Sharpshooter is quite ugly tbh.

Before starting your adventure i recommend installing Skyrim Redone, which does a pretty good job rebalancing the skill tree and perks plus some gameplay features.



Some of my must have mods are:

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-AOF believable hair

-ApachiiSkyHair

-Better turn animation by one pose

-Colorful whiterun vanilla

-Crimson tide blood

-Coverwomen

-Better Males

-Dimonized unp female body with navetsea textures

-Deadly Dragons

-Duel Combat Realism

-Enhanced distant terrain HD

-Enhanced lights and FX

-Enhanced Night Skyrim WITH Inside the nebula

-Female voice replacer

-Feminine running and new Dash animation

-Hvergelmirs Shield Retexture

-Hybrids HD plants and herbs

-Improved combat sounds

-Improved eyes

-Jaysus Swords

-Lush grass and Lush trees

-Milenia weapon retexture

-Project reality: Climates of Tamriel

-Realistic Ragdolls and forces

-Serious HD Retexture Landscape

-Skyrim Flora Overhaul

-SkyTEST animals and predators

-Snow hq textures with Better dynamic snow

-Static mesh improvement mod

-Trees HD

-UFO

-W.A.T.E.R

-Whiterun trees

-Winter is coming

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#7 Posted by jwsoul (5297 posts) -
Cool list does all that work together mate? If so whats your load order any chance of a screenshot of ingame and your load order? $:)
#8 Posted by alan_carter (1404 posts) -

Cool list does all that work together mate? If so whats your load order any chance of a screenshot of ingame and your load order? $:) jwsoul
I'm running all of em along a couple of more visual and armor mods and none of them conflict. Just put climates of tamriel at the bottom of the load order.

Some pics

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#9 Posted by jwsoul (5297 posts) -
Thanks i intend to replay soon on my new rig.
#10 Posted by C2N2 (759 posts) -

I highly recommend this ENB mod. It's called Sharpshooters Extreme Vision ENB, it's the best IMO, very realistic I thought and much better than any other one I tried including the most popular ENB's. It's a total game changer.

http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/15105

Let me know what you think. :P

SystemsGO

That ENB is garbo.

It may look nice outside, but every interior is dark as feck Even well lit areas filled with fireplaces and candles might as well be pitch black, and dungeons/caves... Silly how dark he makes it.

Other ENBs are better. Superb ENB for example...

I am using that, realistic lighting (included with above ENB), 2K HD Textures, Flora Overhaul, WATER, and a few other updates (better dynamic snow, breath in cold, blood textures, etc)... I recommend you also get Immersive Armor and Weapons, like doubles the base amount of weapons and armor and seemlessly integrates them... Adds a lot of variety to the game.

Here are a few screens of what my game looks like with all on and that ENB so you can determine if you are interested:

http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/985/tesv2013010617490737.png

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/5556/tesv2013010617491732.png

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/6986/tesv2013010617494930.png

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/654/tesv2013010617495896.png

#11 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

I want to know the mods used in this person's skyrim.

Preferably this.

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#12 Posted by C2N2 (759 posts) -

I want to know the mods used in this person's skyrim.

Preferably this.

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LegatoSkyheart

Most of the screenshots that don't have a HUD displayed are staged... With a different custom ENB made for every single one of them to make the lighting of the situation appear pristine.

Look at these for example:

One

Two

Three

Four

Every single one of those used a different combination of mods and an entirely different ENB config but were all displayed in someone Skyrim graphics showoff article.

#13 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

So you're saying there is no way for me to play a game of skyrim with great shadows and lighting?

#14 Posted by C2N2 (759 posts) -

So you're saying there is no way for me to play a game of skyrim with great shadows and lighting?

LegatoSkyheart

No just nothing completely identical to most of the bullshots out there since they are staged...

Realistic Lighting mod coupled with a solid ENB creates awesome lighting and shadows...

#15 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

[QUOTE="LegatoSkyheart"]

So you're saying there is no way for me to play a game of skyrim with great shadows and lighting?

C2N2

No just nothing completely identical to most of the bullshots out there since they are staged...

Realistic Lighting mod coupled with a solid ENB creates awesome lighting and shadows...

Messing with some mods now.

I think I need to find better lighting mods or just man up and actually use the Nexsus Mod Manager.

#16 Posted by alan_carter (1404 posts) -

[QUOTE="C2N2"]

[QUOTE="LegatoSkyheart"]

So you're saying there is no way for me to play a game of skyrim with great shadows and lighting?

LegatoSkyheart

No just nothing completely identical to most of the bullshots out there since they are staged...

Realistic Lighting mod coupled with a solid ENB creates awesome lighting and shadows...

Messing with some mods now.

I think I need to find better lighting mods or just man up and actually use the Nexsus Mod Manager.

Why aren't u using nexus mod manager? It's so simple and fast.

For good lighting get this together:

Climates of Tamriel

ENB The Wilds

Enhanced Lights and FX

#17 Posted by lockjaw333 (1741 posts) -
Maybe I'm nuts, but as far as lighting and graphical mods go, I haven't found any that I prefer over vanilla Skyrim. I think it looks great as is. Everyting else seems to destroy detail in dark areas and make in unplayable. Some other mods that I do think add to the game: Quality world map with roads W.A.T.E.R. Flora Overhaul Immersive Armours
#18 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

Why aren't u using nexus mod manager? It's so simple and fast.

For good lighting get this together:

Climates of Tamriel

ENB The Wilds

Enhanced Lights and FX

alan_carter

because a lot of the mods that I wanted to use on the site had a Steam Community Page and Subscribing to them had the same effect as using the Mod Manager.

I should look there some more for more stuff though.

I wish looking for mods didn't feel like I'm digging through someone's Tool Chest.

#19 Posted by alan_carter (1404 posts) -

[QUOTE="alan_carter"]

Why aren't u using nexus mod manager? It's so simple and fast.

For good lighting get this together:

Climates of Tamriel

ENB The Wilds

Enhanced Lights and FX

LegatoSkyheart

because a lot of the mods that I wanted to use on the site had a Steam Community Page and Subscribing to them had the same effect as using the Mod Manager.

I should look there some more for more stuff though.

I wish looking for mods didn't feel like I'm digging through someone's Tool Chest.

Steam workshop fails a lot. It's painfully slow to browse thru the different mods, and most of them are made by newbie modders. Most good mods are only posted on the nexus cos when you upload a mod on steam, they take their rights from you. Also when you unsubscribe you gotta clean the esp yourself.
#20 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

[QUOTE="LegatoSkyheart"]

[QUOTE="alan_carter"]

Why aren't u using nexus mod manager? It's so simple and fast.

For good lighting get this together:

Climates of Tamriel

ENB The Wilds

Enhanced Lights and FX

alan_carter

because a lot of the mods that I wanted to use on the site had a Steam Community Page and Subscribing to them had the same effect as using the Mod Manager.

I should look there some more for more stuff though.

I wish looking for mods didn't feel like I'm digging through someone's Tool Chest.

Steam workshop fails a lot. It's painfully slow to browse thru the different mods, and most of them are made by newbie modders. Most good mods are only posted on the nexus cos when you upload a mod on steam, they take their rights from you. Also when you unsubscribe you gotta clean the esp yourself.

You have to do that in Nexus too from what I've read, There was one mod that even said to not even use Nexus Mod Manager to install.

Also Some Modders use Nexus so they could get paid.

and when I was talking about Digging through someone's tool chest, I was talking about both Steam Community and Nexus Mod Manager.

#21 Posted by C2N2 (759 posts) -

[QUOTE="LegatoSkyheart"]

[QUOTE="alan_carter"]

Why aren't u using nexus mod manager? It's so simple and fast.

For good lighting get this together:

Climates of Tamriel

ENB The Wilds

Enhanced Lights and FX

alan_carter

because a lot of the mods that I wanted to use on the site had a Steam Community Page and Subscribing to them had the same effect as using the Mod Manager.

I should look there some more for more stuff though.

I wish looking for mods didn't feel like I'm digging through someone's Tool Chest.

Steam workshop fails a lot. It's painfully slow to browse thru the different mods, and most of them are made by newbie modders. Most good mods are only posted on the nexus cos when you upload a mod on steam, they take their rights from you. Also when you unsubscribe you gotta clean the esp yourself.

Nexus mod manager can have some conflicts too though man... Most of the mods I am using right now I had to install manually because NMM messed it up somehow... Not to mention a number of mods on the Nexus either don't work the manager (as in require manual install) or they do, but require hoops to be jumped through outside of the manager to enable them (ini edits for example)... You should learn to install manually anyways, less conflicts, you know exactly how everything is loaded, etc...

To the guy who is looking for lighting mods try this, though if you try the ENB I linked above it comes with its own custom variant of this mod that they recommend with the ENB:

http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/7654

And to the guy complaining about the ENBs making dark areas too dark... They are for immersion, the whole point of most of the mods in Skyrim is immersion... They want to force you to use a torch in dark places and the likes... I complained about that ENB earlier being too dark because it goes to the extreme, even with a torch or near lights almost every shadow is absolutely pitch black and in dungeons you can see nothing even with light.

#22 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

The Wilds ENB is apparently Private, I can't check it out, and I was looking at that Lighting mod just now. I'm liking Project Reality already with the Darker Nights and such, thinking about putting in SkyRealism with the Realistic Lighting and going from there.

#23 Posted by alan_carter (1404 posts) -

The Wilds ENB is apparently Private, I can't check it out, and I was looking at that Lighting mod just now. I'm liking Project Reality already with the Darker Nights and such, thinking about putting in SkyRealism with the Realistic Lighting and going from there.

LegatoSkyheart
Author is probably doing some changes. Skyrealism is one of the ugliest ENB out there
#24 Posted by Ballroompirate (23052 posts) -

I'm a Skyrim mod nut so I do agree with the people saying look up the top rated files on skyrim nexus, although there's a few good mods also on the steam workshop.

Heres a list of a few of my fav mods for Skyrim

Apachiis Skyhair- allows you to have more hair options for male and females (is also required for the majority of follower mods)

Niveas Winter is coming-allows new cloth physics into skyrim, which also allows leather hoods and cloaks

SkyUI- if you don't like the default UI of skyrim, this is a great substitute

Ethereal Elven Overhaul- over hauls the look of Elven races in Skyrim

Dragon Falls Manor- probably one of the best player home mods, a good substitute for a player housing if you don't like the in game ones

#25 Posted by Heartagram_03 (3553 posts) -

I've stopped playing Skyrim since summer, I've purchased Dawnguard over the steam Christmas sales now I'm back into it. Skyrim Nexus is by far the best site to download mods for Skyrim. I also recommend using "Wrye Bash" as a mod manager. It's more advanced with a steep learning curve than Nexus Mod Manager but is the best imo.

With Wrye Bash you can merge a custom patch that enables multiple mods to be more stable which allows the user to install up to 255 mods with a single character. It also displays mod conflicts, manage and backup character saves, backup all your installed mods, built in BOSS which loads your mods in correct order to make the game stable. I have roughly 70 mods installed and my performance is amazing with an average of 55-60 FPS.

Here's some screenshots to showcase my character and mods
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Heres a list of all the mods I have installed

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- A Quality World Map
- AOF Believeable Hair
- ApachiiSkyHair
- Better Beast Races v2
- Black and Golden Elven Equipment
- Black Sacrament Armor
- Blindfolds of Skyrim
- Climates of Tamriel
- Cloaks of Skyrim
- Coverwoman
- Daedric Armor and weapon improvements
- Deadly Dragons
- Demon Hunter v2
- Dread Hunter and Huntress Armor
- DreamBurrows Regal Assassins Armor
- Enhanced Blood Textures
- Ethereal Elven Overhaul
- Female Face Tattoo Warpaint
- Feminine Running and New Dash Animations
- Field Mage Outfit
- Glowing Ore Vein
- HN66s Long Eye Lashes
- Horse Armors
- Immersive Armor
- Immersive Weapons
- Improved NPC Clothing
- Jaysus Swords
- Lanterns of Skyrim
- LeatherBound Huntress Armour
- Lovely Hairstyles
- Male Face Tattoo Warpaint
- New Animation for Magic Cast
- New Animation for Elegant Archers
- Night Dwellers Armor
- No Menu and Loading Smoke
- No More Blocky Faces
- No Sunken Faces for females
- Skyrim Rogue Armor
- SkyUI
- Temptress Custom Race
- Tera Hair Pack
- Texture Pack Combiner
- The Dance of Death
- The Eyes of Beauty
- The Witcher 2 Iorveth Light Armor
- Thieves Guild Duelist Armor
- Tribunal Masks
- Tribunal Robes
- Triss Outfit for TES V Skyrim
- Tyrael Archangel of Justice and Corruption
- UFO Ultimate Follower Overhaul
- Ultimate HD Fire Spells
- Unlimited Bookshelves
- Unofficial Dawnguard Patch
- Unofficial Skyrim Patch
- Victorias High Heel walk Animation
- Wearable Lanterns
- XG Scars
- ZZjay and Grace Darkling Hoods with Hair
- RealLike ENB [/spoiler]

#26 Posted by Elann2008 (32991 posts) -
Nice thread. This motivated to play Skyrim again. I still think Skyrim never ends though. I have yet to finish my main quest, and I refuse to do so! xD
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#28 Posted by Gibsonsg527 (3313 posts) -

Here are the must have mods you should have no matter what.

-Sky UI

-A Quality World Map with Roads

-Immersive Armours

-UFO Ultimate Follower Overhaul

- W.A.T.E.R

-Enhanced Blood Textures

- Deadly Dragons

- Realistic Lighting with Customization or URWL: Ultra Realistic World lighting. (Its a matter of preference, but I like URWL more)

- Player Head Tracking (if you play mostly in 3rd person only other wise you wont even notice it)

- Get Snowy

- Jasus Swords

All of the above Mods can be downloaded just usinig the Nexus Mod Manager, very simple, very easy. (Except for SKy UI that one requires more work)

You can download the Mod Manager and all of the mods at the skyrim nexus site.

Here is also a list of visual enhancing mods if you PC can handle it them:

-Improved NPC clothing Hi Res

- Static Mesh Improvment Mod SMIM

- Skyrim HD 2k Textures

-Skyri Flora Overhaul

- Enhanced Night Sky (little to no performance loss)

- Skill Interface Retexture (no preformance loss)

-Skyrim Sunglare V4

- Imaginator- Visual Control Device for Skyrim (little to no preformance loss)

-Lush Trees

#29 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (25631 posts) -

crap, I deleted Realistic Lighting Patcher from my Skyrim Data folder and now it won't let me install some mods, will any of the Patchers work from the Realistic Lighting Mod?