The 100 best Skyrim mods: Page 5

Skyrim world mods

Skyrim is densely populated with areas to discover and explore. But if you’ve already spent a hundred or so hours with the game, chances are you’ve seen it all. It’s time to add new areas to the world with a great set of mods. 

Open Cities - Legendary Edition

Open Cities

More detailed environments bring with them a notable curse: loading screens. Skyrim has them everywhere; it feels like you can’t open a door without going through a loading screen. Open Cities banishes loading between outside and inside cities, allowing you to pass through their gates and into the streets in one seamless movement. Now you can gallop through Riften on horseback, or coax a dragon into a city centre to fight the local guardsmen.  

Hermit Tree House

Skyrim mods hermit tree house

If you’d rather live a more humble existence out in the beauty of Skyrim’s forests, this Tree House mod is tailor made for you. It’s not made up of cells, meaning you don’t need to load to get inside, so you can still admire those beautiful, serene vistas from the windows. And thanks to its height, it’s a great vantage platform for hunters, too. 

Build Your Own Town - Becoming a Lord 

Build your own Town

The Hearthfire DLC introduced the ability to build houses in Skyrim, but this mod takes things several steps further. Becoming a Lord grants you a plot of land as a blank canvas for building an entire city. It’s SimCity-meets-Skyrim, and you don’t even need to own Hearthfire for the mod to work, either. It is very much a work in progress at the moment so only wooden constructs can be created, but this is certainly a project to watch and test as new features are added. 

Castle Volkihar 

If you prefer your fortresses ready-built, Castle Volkihar is about as grand as they come. A colossal vampire castle filled with winding corridors, turrets, and dungeons, it also comes bundled with its own questline. Set after the events of Dawnguard (you’ll need that DLC, by the way) you’ll need to take Auriel’s Bow with you to defeat Harkon’s occupying army and free his brother and his coven who have been locked away in the castle crypt. 

Tundra Defence 

Tundra Defence grants Skyrim a Tower Defence/Horde mode style mini game. Build your own outpost in the wilderness of Skyrim, and then defend it from waves of attackers. Guards can be hired to help defend your land, and citizens can live in your boundaries in exchange for taxes. Enemy raids can be triggered manually for instant action, or set to random intervals where attackers can strike at any time. This adds a nice element of responsibility to the game, as ignoring attacks can leave your camp in ruins.

Community College  

Located east of Whiterun, the Skyrim Community College is home to 18 trainers and 18 merchants who will aid you in becoming a master in the many arts of adventuring. Finally you won’t need to waste your time trekking across the land in search of the trainer you need; simply attend the community college for a course in sword-swinging and gain all the knowledge you need in one convenient campus location.

Greystone Castle 

Greystone Castle Skyrim mod

An exceptionally grand player house located on a cliff northeast of Ivarstead, Greystone Castle is an elaborate bespoke build containing chambers for every kind of crafting imaginable. There’s no quest line associated with it, but there’s no denying that it is an impressive creation that no Dragonborn should live without. 

Into the Deep - Atlantis 

Atlantis

As the name suggests, Into the Deep recreates the sunken city of Atlantis within Elder Scrolls lore. A huge sunken dungeon accessed by a boat from the Dawnstar Sanctuary, Atlantis is teeming with mermen, goblins, traps, whirlpools, and even the agents of Hades. The journey to the end of the dungeon’s 10 chambers is a good 4 hours, and you’ll have to defeat a challenging boss before the sunken city reveals its treasures to you. 

Val Lyrea

Val Lyrea is a vast dwarven citadel located in the field of Whiterun, made up of cavernous halls with gilded monuments and great hissing clockwork machines. Populated by merchants and new characters, you’ll also find a great set of enchanted Dwemer armour in the halls.

Wyvern Rock Castle 

A beautifully designed player-home castle, the fun in Wyvern Rock comes from its multiple secret rooms. A labyrinth of secret passages behind hidden doors will lead you to chambers containing the previous owner’s treasures. 

The Asteria Dwemer Airship 

If one of the modding community’s vast castles and mansions isn’t quite flashy enough for you, perhaps a flying boat will be something worthy of your tastes. The Dwemer were well known for their ingenuity, and surprisingly airships are actually part of The Elder Scrolls lore. The Asteria is inspired by the Morrowind quest Bloodmoon, and not only looks fantastic but has decks kitted out with all the forges, enchanting tables, and tanning racks that you could possibly need to lead a life of luxury in Skyrim.  

Sounds of Skyrim 

A massive mod made up of three packages, Sounds of Skyrim adds 450 new sound effects to create a realistically noisy world. It eliminates moments of unnatural silence with birdsong and wind out in the wilderness, and the hussle of human life in cities. Walk by doors and windows to overhear what’s going on inside, approach cave entrances to listen to the drip and echoes within. Effects change depending on the time of day too, with nocturnal animals sounding out at night and children shrieking during the day. 

The Elder Scrolls Places 

Elder Scrolls Places

Places is an intriguing mod that recreates a variety of locales from the very first Elder Scrolls game and places them into Skyrim’s landscape. To keep it lore friendly the places have been reimagined as they would be 200 years on; the time difference between Arena and Skyrim. For long-term players, this a true piece of fan-service. 

Falskaar 

Falskaar is a particularly famous mod. More expansion pack than a simple quest line, the mod adds 25 hours of campaign content and a whole new continent. 2,000 hours in the making, creator Alexander J. Velicky created it to gain the attention of Bethesda. He now works at Bungie creating Destiny, which should shout about the quality of his work. An absolute necessity, and the most ambitious mod on this list. 

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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(14 days 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
7 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)
2 Months 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 4 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
4 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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