The 100 best Skyrim mods: Page 3

Skyrim gameplay mods

Mods are much more than mere visual enhancers; they can fundamentally change the way the game operates. These mods change the way you play Skyrim, from adding new methods of attacking, through different ways to traverse the world, to altering the way the user interface works. 

Cutting Room Floor

Skyrim mods cutting room floor

Skyrim comes with a lot of content: we’re talking almost 100 hours of things to do before you even start messing with mods. But did you know there’s even more than that in vanilla Skyrim? The game is full of content that made made but never made the final cut, hidden away from view. This mod restores NPCs, quests, items, and other miscellaneous things that were denied a place in the final build. 

Lightweight potions

Skyrim mods Lightwieght potions

When the difficulty gets cranked up, Skyrim can be quite the challenge. With bigger beasts comes bigger wounds, and you’ll need to be chugging potions to keep yourself healthy. At 0.5 weight per potions, these curatives are pretty light, but if they were nothing more than feathers you could certainly have more at hand for when the going gets tough. This mod reduces potions to 0.1 weight, so you’re guaranteed to be carrying more than enough for the journey. 

Potion of Ultimate Leveling 

Potion of Leveling Skyrim mod

Skyrim is the kind of game you’ll happily put hours and hours of time into, but when you roll a new character sometimes the last thing you want to do is spend days levelling them up. For a quick jump to the fun stuff with a new character, simply brew this Potion of Ultimate Levelling, guzzle down, and increase every skill by 85. 

Hazard Gambling minigame

Hazard gambling Skyrim mod

Modern RPGs always have a minigame or two to distract you (see The Witcher 3’s Gwent card game), but Skyrim is lacking in any fun pastimes. This Gambling mod adds the dice game Hazard to Skyrim’s taverns. It’s an old English game, which very popular in the 17th and 18th century, based on betting on dice rolled in a cup.

Become High King of Skyrim

Become High King of Skyrim mod

When you complete everything there is to do in Skyrim, those randomised quests asking to to find swords lost down wells just don’t cut it. So use this mod to become High King of Skyrim and start bossing lesser souls about. Have people jailed, executed, or enslaved, order anyone to yield their possessions to you, demand anyone in the world becomes your follower, and command an army. 

You’ll need to complete a quest to prove yourself worthy though; just downloading a mod doesn’t make you King by default! 

Interesting NPCs

Interesting NPCs Skyrim mod

Skyrim has hundreds of people in its world, but so many of them are just bland character cutouts like ‘old man’ or ‘farmer’. Add some realism to the world with Interesting NPCs. Now everyone you meet will have a huge dialogue trees that will allow you to learn about them and role-play conversation. Voiced by a cast of over 80 voice actors, this mod really brings the citizens of Skyrim alive.

Skyrim Unbound

Skyrim mods Skyrim Unbound

If you feel Skyrim calling to you, but reject the title of Dragonborn, then Unbound is the mod for you. It allows you to start the game in exactly the manner you choose: create your own starting gear, spells, and class, and even dictate how many dragons can spawn. Should you wish to tread the hero’s path, you just need absorb a dragon soul to get the main quest started. Otherwise, simply chose a starting point and live a life of any path you fancy. 

Sneak Tools

Sneak Tools Skyrim mod

By and large, Skyrim doesn’t do sneaking all that well. To make a stealth playthrough more compelling, use this mod to add a variety of new sneaky tools to your arsenal. Now you can slit throats, knock people unconscious, conceal your identity with a mask, extinguish lights, and use Thief-like special arrows, including the grapple rope arrows! 

Invested Magic 

Invested Magic

Magic may be a tempting route to take in Skyrim, but the way sorcery functions in the game can make it very off-putting. Invested Magic addresses Skyrim’s poor buff systems by making them an ‘investment’; casting them only costs 10 mana points, but those points are deducted from your total mana pool for as long as the spell lasts. Buffs last for much longer now - stopping that annoying need to constantly re-cast - but the trade-off is a smaller mana reserve for other spells. A much more logical way of handling armour spells, we’re sure you’ll agree. 

Midas Magic Evolved 

Midas Magic is an excellent mod that adds a whole library’s worth of spells to the discerning caster’s arsenal, and it certainly makes being a wizard much more appealing than in the vanilla game. Midas Magic Evolved only strengthens that mod, adding a further 250 spells. Wonderfully these include a variety of ‘beam’ spells, adding a little Magica chaos to your wizarding adventures. 

Realistic Needs and Diseases 

Realistic Needs and Diseases

With survival sims like DayZ and Rust booming with increased popularity at the moment, it’s no wonder that modders have been inspired to add a level of hardcore survivalism to Skyrim. After all, its snowy expanses are the perfect lands to test your mettle in. Realistic Needs and Diseases forces you to eat, drink, and sleep regularly to stay functional, making a stop off at the tavern a fun but necessary part of your daily routine. Diseases are much more damaging to your health, and require adequate treatment before you can continue your adventure.  

Become a Bard 

Warriors and rangers are ten-a-penny on the streets of Skyrim. Gain true respect by adopting an artful profession: Bardism. Sing your way from tavern to tavern and earn yourself a pretty penny from ale-guzzling patrons the world-over. Your bard will be able to play any instrument in Skyrim, and a simple tap of the Z key will cause them to erupt into song. Your companions will even join in should harmonies be required. A skill tree will help you improve your vocals and bag you Christmas No.1. 

Dragon Knowledge 

With the amount of dragons burning down Skyrim’s towns these days, the likely scenario for a mighty Dragonborn like yourself is a massive stockpile of dragon souls with nothing to spend them on. Dragon Knowledge takes a few liberties with Skyrim’s lore and suggests that absorbing the soul of the great winged ones would grant the Dragonborn insights into the ways of the world. In other words, you can spend dragon souls on skill-tree perks. 

Craftable Clothing 

If you’re more comfortable in threads than you are a great mound of bulky armour, you’ve been cut quite the raw deal in Skyrim. Whilst armour users can merrily skip away to the forge and hammer themselves out a new helmet or breastplate, you’re stuck with tacky store-bought jumpers or the robes you’ve pulled of a corpses back. Craftable Clothing remedies this injustice by making the tanning rack a key to all kinds of fashionable garments, from hard-wearing trousers to stylish mage robes. No longer will men and women of the cloth be second class citizens in the war of Skyrim’s catwalk. 

Fishing 

The MMO favourite hobby of fishing finally makes it into Skyrim by way of this mod. Fishing adds rods, nets, and dwarven boomfishing to the game. Rods and nets can be set up by riversides, and bait must be attached to lure in your prey. Dwarven fishing methods prove a little more military-inspired, with explosives thrown into the water to kill fish en-mass and provide a haul ideal to sell for profit. 

Faction: Pit Fighters 

Pit Fighters

Pit Fighters is a new guild for Skyrim, offering up a great questline as you battle for glory in the gladiatorial-like pits. The quest’s NPCs are fully voiced and the mod comes with a variety of arena to do battle in. There’s even money to be made from the bookkeepers who conduct betting on each fight. 

Monsters Reborn 

Monsters Reborn

Tired of fighting the same old Draugr and Mud Crabs? Monsters Reborn introduces a massive range of new enemies and creatures into Skyrim, across a vast range of levels to offer a stiff challenge. From lowly Werewolf Behemoths to brutally powerful Blizzard Dragons, Monsters Reborn adds a welcome level of variety, and scales enemies to pose the right level of difficulty to your character. 

The Dance of Death 

Adding a significant collection of new finishing moves, The Dance of Death makes Skyrim’s combat just that little bit more brutal. Each new move is attached to a perk, so as you gradually work your way through a melee weapon’s skill tree, you’ll unlock new and more excessive kill animations. 

SkyUI 

Skyrim is a very solid PC game, but there are telltale signs that the game wasn’t solely designed to be played on a computer. The user interface is the leading clue; wholly built to be navigated with a controller. SkyUI completely rebuilds the HUD and interface of Skyrim, making it much more friendly for keyboard and mouse users.

Apocalypse Magic 

Apocalypse Magic

Another magic overhaul mod that adds 140 new spells to Skyrim, Apocalypse Magic’s most notable point is putting emphasis on magic schools that are not Destruction or Conjuration. The goal is to make Alteration or Illusion magic a viable spellcaster path, without having to dabble in Destruction to be effective. 

Multiple Followers

Multiple Followers

The classic days of RPGs allowed you to galavant across the land with a party of loyal companions ready to bash in heads and drink taverns dry. Skyrim unfortunately limits you to just a single companion, destroying any hopes of putting together a Fellowship of the Dragonborn. Multiple Followers fixes this by allowing you to recruit up to seven companions for your journey. 

Better Combat AI

Better Combat AI

Whilst Better Combat AI can’t stop the clunky nature of Skyrim’s sword swinging, it does make the whole affair much more tactical. Enemies will adopt better strategies for fighting, such as attempting to cripple you or using power attacks to break your defence. The mod also adjusts your enemies intelligence depending on type; bandits are much more ferocious than angry farmers. 

GreyLight Soul Summoning 

For those looking to bring a little extra muscle to battle without messing around with conjuration magic, GreyLight adds an interesting new ‘soul summoning’ mechanic. Killing enemies in the world allows you to add their soul to a register, which you can then call upon at any time in battle. Almost every enemy type is accounted for, from bears and wolves through Falmer and even dragons. It’s basically a really macabre version of Pokemon. 

Camping Kit 

Camping Kit

The true Dragonborn does not fast-travel between locations, but walks to their destination on foot. When night falls, they set up camp using this fantastic camping kit mod. Craft a tent at a tanning rack and then set it up out on the road. It provides shelter from the elements and enemies, and even has a ‘DarkFire’ which gives off heat but not light to prevent bandits seeking you out in the dark. 

Duel Combat Realism 

Duel retools Skyrim’s combat to offer a more realistic and logical battle system. Blocking attacks becomes vital, and a good shield no longer simply dampens the damage of an enemy’s blow but can negate it entirely. The stamina bar becomes exceptionally important, representing your ‘balance’ in combat. The more stamina you have, the better you’ll be in close combat. Duel also puts an emphasis on what armour you’re wearing and how it affects your defence, as well as retooling the stealth system to make hidden strikes much more rewarding.

Better Hunting 

Better Hunting

A small mod that simply changes the values of animal pelts, meat, and parts. The idea of Better Hunting is not to make the act of taking down animals better, but improve the rewards for selling your catches, thus making hunting a viable pursuit. Furs and meats traditionally demand high prices, and with this mod you’ll be able to finance your other world-saving pursuits with the animals you bring back to town.  

Engineering 

Engineering

The dwarves may be gone for good in Skyrim’s lore, but that doesn’t mean their technology has to be lost to the winds of time. Engineering allows you to craft a variety of Dwemer machines to help you in battle. Finally, a use for all those Dwarven Gears cluttering your inventory!

Reverse Crafting

Reverse Crafting

That sword you found may be pretty useless in its current form, but the steelwork surely has value. If only you could melt it down and reforge it into some cool armour or a nice new helmet. Vanilla Skyrim refuses to allow such sacrilege, but Reverse Crafting adds the simple but exceptionally useful ability to break down items into their base components, allowing you to recycle waste rather than simply throwing it away. Keep Skyrim green, please! 

Tame the Beasts of Skyrim 

Take a pet with you on your journey through Skyrim, it’s both a rewarding pursuit and helps you out in battle! This mod allows you to tame any beast in the wild using a special shout. Once a beast is tamed you’ll be able to assign it a role (DPS, Tank, or Magical) and have it assist you out on the open road. Pets do require looking after though, so please remember to feed and water them. You can also spirit bond with your pet, merging your souls together and allowing you to directly control them. 

Glowing Ore Lines 

A mod that simply causes ore lines in rocks to glow brightly, making spotting mining opportunities much easier.

To Have and To Hold Marriage Mod

To Have and to Hold

The aim of this mod is supposedly to strengthen the bond between you and your husband/wife in Skyrim, but quite honestly it sounds more like a homewrecker’s paradise. You can now divorce your partner should you become bored or them. Should polygamy be more your thing, the mod will allow you to take on up to 11 spouses, which is sure to impress your spouse. You can ask your partner to play ‘Dress Up’ with a variety of new outfits, and take part in three small quests to bring you closer together. 

Dynamic Fires 

Dynamic Fires allows you to light and extinguish flames in logical ways. Blast wood with your fireball spells to ignite, and hose it down with frost to put it out. Torches can be used to light campfires with the bash attack, too. A small mod, but one that adds some excellent immersion. 

Monster Mounts 

Horses are so pedestrian. Why gallop around on a steed when you could skitter on a giant spider, bound on a massive kitten, or balance on the shoulders of a troll. Monster Mounts allows you to ride on the back of 87 different wonderful monsters, all inflated to perfect mountable sizes. You’ve never looked heroic until you’ve ridden into battle on the back of an oversized puppy. 

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Shriven(8 days 18 hours played)
2 Years ago

Shlongs of Skyrim...right....right guys......r....right?

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Acid Hoover(7 days 1 hour played)
2 Years ago

Out of all the mods that I've currently got installed, the killmove mods are the ones that give that extra wow factor, and heighten the cinematic feel of combat.

As well as Dance of Death, Advanced Kill Moves is also really good. Possibly a bit better than DoD IMO, but a bit more over the top.

http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/10291/?

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2 Years ago

I was contemplating replaying skyrim for a moment, but there's just no way I would want to install 100 different mods or whatever. I wish there was some sort of mod manager or mod collection pack of the top mods like with morrowind.

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Matt Purslow(3 days 9 hours played)
2 Years ago

It's not quite an instant fix, but if you take a look at our Steam Workshop collection (linked just after the intro paragraph of the article) you'll find almost every mod in this list there. Just click the button on the mods you like and they'll instantly install.

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2 Years ago

I noticed that, but that would mean I'd have to go through every single mod of the newspost here and check out the video and judge if it's worth including.

I mean, I might do it sometime, but I just wish there was some sort of definitely skyrim 2.0 mod collection pack or whatever. Maybe some day, eh :)

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Acid Hoover(7 days 1 hour played)
2 Years ago

Personally, I prefer using the Nexus Mod Manager, as it is easier to install/uninstall mods whenever you wish. I then use that alongside BOSS for correcting your load order.

You could have a look at this MrJinxed, there's nothing packaged for you, but it does at least give you a really good head start on getting the modding up and running:

http://www.skyrim-beautification-project.com/

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MrJinxed replied to Acid Hoover
2 Years ago

Thanks, I just might. That is if I ever find the time to play this game again. Or I might just wait until Skywind is out. Hmmm decisions, decisions.

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.zerO(13 days 2 hours played)
1 Year ago

you could also get enderal the shards of order it is going to be the largest skyrim mod out and it should be here soon

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stanscut replied to .zerO
6 Months ago

Im currently playing through the german version and I have to say its the best mod/totalconversion I have ever seen, incredible work...

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spiritwalker(4 days 11 hours played)
1 Month ago

Where is your Steam Workshop collection? I don't see the link your talking about?

Thanks

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Shriven(8 days 18 hours played)
2 Years ago

So, all of these work together and all of them are in the steam collection?

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Matt Purslow(3 days 9 hours played)
2 Years ago

Other than the few which are only on the Skyrim Nexus, these are all in the Steam Workshop Collection. As for conflicts, the only one you should have a problem with is the Enhanced Blood vs Crimson Tide blood mods. They conflict, so you'll have to choose between them.

Otherwise, just download the lot!

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nu1mlock(7 days played)
2 Years ago

"heighten the cinematic feel of combat" You know what would increase the cinematic feel even more? Playing Skyrim at 24fps. /s

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transparent cat(2 days 14 hours played)
2 Years ago

there's a distinct lack of "cute little elf girl" mods on this list

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1 Year ago

The follower mod Inigo (http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/40960/?) is, imho, the best follower mod created; incredibly immersive, strong character with a great background story, and also Gamespot award for best mod of the year.

I've tried one heckalot of follower mods, and ditched them all for various reasons; conversely, I won't play Skyrim without Inigo.

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waltzingandy(27 days 2 hours played)
1 Year ago

I would agree with a lot of these, but sticking to mostly Steam Workshop has left a few good ones of the list:

Helgen Reborn : http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/35841/?

Blacklands: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/38635/?

Both are superb, and add a lot of new quests and lands.

Another essential one is "Move it Dammit for NPC Companions and followers", (http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/4020/?) they final get out of your way!!!!

And one final one, I've tried a lot of the big, new player homes, and love quite a few of them, but this one just "expands" Breezehome and really is everything you need:

http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/11158/?

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athaddy Avatar
3 Months ago

I don't know which mod is responsible, but I can't play the dlc dawnguard now. Anyone else have this issue?

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