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Approximate Time: Long AF

 

Approximate Filesize for Complete Installation: 65gb

The Ultimate Skyrim Modlist makes it easy to download and install your mods.

 

Here's an example mod from the list:

  1. Mod Title/Author: The mod's title, author, and version number.
  2. File Name/Category: The name and category of the file you're looking to download.
  3. Mod Description: A brief description of the mod. Read this section carefully!
  4. Required Flag: This stripe indicates if a mod is REQUIRED or OPTIONAL.                            (The mod in this example is OPTIONAL.)
  5. Performance: Shows the mod's performance impact: LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH.                (The mod in this example is LOW.)
  6. Additional Installation: Contains any additional instructions, like FOMOD installers.
  7. Download Button: Click this button to visit the mod's download page.

Let's get started! Download and install each mod in the order listed below.

To locate individual mods, "find" them with Ctrl+F.

 

Please remember to endorse these mods and support the Mod Authors,

without whom Ultimate Skyrim would not exist.

 

WARNING: Do not Merge any files during installation.
If Mod Organizer asks you to Merge/Replace/Rename, always Rename.

Also, remember to Activate mods as you install them by checking the box!

 

Strap in buckaroo - you'll be here a while. Good luck!

Ultimate Skyrim Mod List
Optimized versions of the vanilla Bethesda textures. Boosts performance AND stability.
This mod is technically optional, but I strongly recommend it.
Allows modders to create more complex/functional Mod Configuration Menus.
The essential bugfixing mod for Skyrim, and the foundation of any modded installation.
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This mod makes animal footsteps more consistent. Some sounds are volume adjusted, while others are outright replaced.

Better Animal Footsteps provides a nice boost to immersion at virtually no FPS cost.
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AOS adjusts nearly everything about Skyrim's sound experience. It introduces new effects, replaces many lackluster sound files, adjusts each sound's audible distance, and more.

Sound is paramount to staying alive in Requiem's harsh environment, and AOS makes it easier to hear important audible queues like traps, enemy attacks, enemy idles, etc.
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Skyrim's pre-eminent hair mod. It adds many lore friendly hairstyles for male/female characters and distributes these hairstyles among NPC's.
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Automatic Variants increases visual variety for creatures through "texture packs".
The more texture packs you install, the more varieties you'll see!
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This AV Texture Pack adds many variants for Flame and Frost Atronachs.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds many high-quality variants for animals.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds different colored variants for Dwemer constructs.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality textures for dogs and foxes.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality textures for Huskies. Adorbs!

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds variants for chickens, skeevers, Draugr, and skeletons.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds variants for giants, mammoths, and sabrecats.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality, super creepy variants for Draugr.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality variants for Falmer.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality variants for giants.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality variants for Hagravens. They're rad as heck!

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality variants for Trolls.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality variants for wolves.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
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This AV Texture Pack adds high-quality variants for Storm Atronachs.

This mod requires Automatic Variants.
Better Dialogue Controls fixes the annoying bug that occasionally disallows the mouse cursor from selecting responses in dialogue. There's really no reason not to use this mod.
Better MessageBox Controls allows you to navigate message boxes with the keyboard.
This mod replaces vanilla beards with lore-friendly, high-res textures.
This mod replaces vanilla eyebrows with lore-friendly, high-res textures.
This mod is an excellent texture replacer for Dungeons and Ruins. I use the 2048 version because Dungeons and Ruins are generally easy on performance, but you might want to use the 1024 version if you're worried about VRAM.

This mod requires an ENB shader.
Cidhna Mine Expanded adds new NPC's, quests, and areas to Markarth's prison mine. These additions transform Cidhna Mine into an engaging experience for any character.
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Climates of Tamriel is a visual overhaul that introduces wonderful new weather/lighting effects at a very low performance cost compared to other similar mods.

This mod is technically optional, but I strongly recommend it.
True Storms transforms Skyrim's lackluster storms into raging downpours, complete with new visual effects and sounds. These changes wonderfully compliment Climates of Tamriel.

Storms will genuinely impair your sight and hearing. Find shelter to survive!
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This mod adds new cloaks and weather gear to help players stay alive in harsh climates.
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Adds even more cloaks, and works wonderfully alongside Winter is Coming.
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Customizable Camera adds a ton of options for both first and third person cameras. There's even specific options for sneaking, combat, shoulder swapping, and more.

All of this comes at zero performance impact, so I highly recommend you install it.
This mod retextures many vanilla creatures with CaBaL's excellent replacement textures.
If you're looking for visual fidelity, you cannot beat aMidianBorn.

This mod barely earns a "Medium" performance rating, so check it out if you've got VRAM to spare.
Retextures much of the Dragonborn content, including landscapes, buildings, and more.
These textures are very high quality, like all the aMidianBorn textures.

This mod firmly earns its "Medium" performance rating because it replaces a larger number of textures than most of the aMidianBorn mods. Low VRAM users beware.
This mod makes NPC faces visible through helmets. This small touch adds a lot of humanity to NPC interactions.
Retextures many unique weapons, armors, artifacts, and other miscellanea.
These textures are absolutely gorgeous if you can spare the VRAM.
Bandolier adds a large assortment of satchels, pouches, and other items that augment carry weight. You can craft these items, or loot them from NPC's.
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Adds additional Bandolier equipment with Dawnguard assets.
Adds many quality-of-life improvements to the Dawnstar Dark Brotherhood sanctuary.
DVA dynamically adjusts the appearance of player vampires to visually represent different stages of vampirism and certain vampire abilities.

Late-stage vampires are appropriately beastlike, vampire mouths will bloody after feeding, eyes will glow during night vision, and so on.
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XCE is a great general purpose appearance enhancement for characters and NPC's.
It implements high-quality edits for skin, eyes, lips, scars, warpaint, dirt textures, facial meshes, and more.

These edits are lore-friendly, and avoid the "over-beautification" of other similar mods.
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Unmasked Faces removes the strange green neck tint found on certain NPC's.
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Removes the strange green neck tint on Argonians and Khajiit. I don't know why these races are separate from the main file, but here we are.
EFF is a follower overhaul with a focus on stability and convenience. Other follower mods have more features, but EFF's radial menu makes it easy to manage followers on the fly.

Choose Extensible Follower Framework OR Immersive Amazing Follower Tweaks.
If you install BOTH, your game will malfunction.
iAFT is a follower overhaul with a focus on immersion and roleplaying. You can make followers into Vampires/Werewolves, exactly control their combat behavior, and more.

Choose Immersive Amazing Follower Tweaks OR Extensible Follower Framework.
If you install BOTH, your game will malfunction.
Hidden Hideouts adds inconspicuous shelters to many different locations across Skyrim. These shelters often contain a fire or bedroll for weary adventurers.

I highly recommend this mod for its synergy with Frostfall, Campfire, and iNeed.
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Adds hidden hideouts to Dawnguard and Dragonborn content. Also highly recommended!
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Helgen Reborn adds a DLC-sized questline to rebuild Helgen after the dragon attack. Claim Helgen for the Stormcloaks, the Imperials, or your own independent estate.

This mod features hours of content, painstakingly crafted and professionally voice-acted.
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The Grimy Plugin is an extension for the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE).
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JContainers adds additional features to Skyrim's scripting system.
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This mod expands the Skyrim Memory Patch by logging memory usage. This info makes it easier to properly allocate memory if you encounter issues.
Like JContainers, PapyrusUtil adds additional functions to Skyrim's scripting system.
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This mod fixes an annoying bug that drains enchantment charges on save/reload.
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The ultimate camping mod for Skyrim. Craft or purchase camping equipment, train your survival skills, and utilize your surroundings to conquer Skyrim's harsh climate.

Seamlessly integrated with Frostfall, Chesko's other weather survivalism mod.
Retextures blood spatter and wound decals, overhauls actor bleeding conditions, and adds "blood" to a couple new actor types. EBT's changes are subtle, but effective.
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Simply Knock allows you to knock on locked doors. Residents may allow you inside, depending on your Speech skill, personal relationship, and the mod's MCM settings.
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Wet and Cold adds weather-dependent visual effects and NPC AI enhancements.
NPC's drip when wet, equip appropriate weather gear, and seek shelter during storms.

Auto-integrates with Frostfall, Campfire, iNeed, Winter is Coming, and Cloaks of Skyrim.
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Get Snowy adds a snowy visual effect to characters and NPC's in a snowfall.
Basically the snow equivalent of Wet and Cold.
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GDO teaches guards how to socialize like people instead of idiots. Guard dialogue will better reflect your accomplishments and skills, and guards will no longer mouth off to their superiors.
This mod adds a noise layer to distant landscape textures, greatly enhancing the visual quality of distant terrain at very little FPS cost.
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One of the finest weapon packs in the modding scene. Craft, loot, and purchase an insane variety of new weapons and weapon types including Spears, Glaives, Mauls, Hatchets, Quarterstaves, Tridents, Halberds, and more. (Seriously, there's way more.)
This mod retextures Heavy Armory's Skyforge weapons with dank aMidianBorn textures.
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Followers will no longer trigger traps. Highly recommeded because followers are dinks.
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FNIS is an animation system required by most animation mods.
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Immersive HUD is a wonderful mod that fades out UI elements according to the situation. iHUD is highly configurable, so you have total control over each part of the interface.
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Immersive Patrols adds dynamic faction patrols to the game. These patrols will move about the world with their own agendas, capturing locations and fighting enemies.
Some patrols will offer services, and all patrols respond to your own faction affiliations.

This is one of my favorite mods in the lineup. It really adds to that "living world" feel.
This mod changes the way loot chests are calculated and adds new items to loot lists. These items often have unique and interesting effects you won't see in the vanilla game.
Inconsequential NPC's enhances social ambiance by adding unique NPC's to Skyrim. These NPC's are logically distributed, and fit seamlessly into the world. For example, carriages are now guarded by mercenaries, new advisors serve the Jarls, and so on.
A wonderful little mod that adds easily digestible Elder Scrolls lore to loading screens.
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MFR changes the in-game font. A small touch, but it can make a big thematic difference!

I prefer the "Centaur" font, but feel free to use whichever font you like best!
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This mod removes repetitious/annoying merchant responses, such as:
"Some may call this junk - I call them treasures!" and "Oh, so you're an alchemist then?"

Another small touch, but I personally can't stand those canned responses.
My favorite overhaul for inns and taverns. New features include extended stays, enhanced interiors, new amenities for patrons, follower support, configurable inn cost, traveling merchants, and more!
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Point the Way vastly improves signposts all across Skyrim by adding more town signs where appropriate, and fixing misplaced signposts from the vanilla game.
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Enhances the texture/legibility of signposts. Works wonderfully alongside Point the Way.
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Awnings, caves, and other objects will ACTUALLY shelter the player from rain and snow.
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Ragdolls will behave more realistically. They have more "weight", more "crumple", etc.
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This mod replaces the player's "skeleton", used for animations and animation mods.
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The ultimate interface mod! Overhauls primary interfaces (Inventory, Magic, Map, etc.), adds a new favorites menu, and more. What Skyrim's UI was always meant to be!
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Sleep Tight gives sleeping schedules to all NPC's, including enemies. NPC's also remove equipment when they sleep. Plan your adventures accordingly!
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With Smart Cast, you can execute complex spell combos, auto-cast spells, and more. This mod requires a little learning, so check out the mod page for detailed instructions.
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This puzzle-oriented quest mod adds several hours of awesome content to Skyrim.
It's like a small DLC, about the size of Fallout's Dead Money or Operation Anchorage.
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Adds some simple weather features like rain drops, shooting stars, and rainbows.
Wyrmstooth is DLC-sized quest mod that adds a new continent and hours of content. Unfortunately, the mod is no longer available on the Nexus. If you already have access to Wyrmstooth, this is where you should place it in MO's left pane.
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Fishing in Skyrim adds fishing poles, fishing nets, and other goodies for aspiring anglers.
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ELFX makes lighting more realistic by adding/adjusting light sources and removing lights where they don't belong. This is one of my favorite mods in the lineup!
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SMIM improves the visuals of many static objects like furniture, clutter, architecture, etc. The scope and quality of this mod is incredible.

Follow the Additional Installation exactly, or you'll encounter errors.
RCI improves the atrocious clutter in Nordic ruins at very little performance cost.
Removes snow from covered areas. Works wonderfully with Frostfall and Real Shelter.
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Makes SMIM compatible with Vivid Landscapes: Dungeons and Ruins.

Install this mod if you installed Vivid Landscapes: Dungeons and Ruins.
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The ultimate village expansion mod. Overhauls villages and towns with new NPC's, buildings, vendors, and other immersive details.
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Updates Expanded Towns and Cities to the newest version.

Install this mod if you installed Expanded Towns and Cities.
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Patches Expanded Towns and Cities for Real Shelter.

Install this mod if you installed Expanded Towns and Cities.
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Adds a busy Docks District underneath Solitude's arch, complete with vendors, services, and tradespeople. This mod makes Solitude feel like an actual trade hub.
Expands the Windhelm Docks with additional buildings, services, and tradespeople. Basically the Windhelm equivalent of Solitude Docks District.
Expands the dock areas for many towns, but we're only installing the Riften module.
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RaceMenu adds additional options and features to the character creation interface.
BVFE improves textures and meshes for vampire fangs and eyes. Spooky!
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Automatically unequips ammo when drawing a melee weapon, and re-equips ammo when drawing a ranged weapon. A nice little quality-of-life improvement.
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Another incredible weapon pack full of dope new killing implements.
This mod replaces IW's ugly quivers with nicer versions. Highly recommended.
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With Enhanced Camera, you can remain in first-person all the time - even on horseback. You can also see your body if you look down, which is neat.
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Fences of Skyrim replaces wooden fences with high quality, less-polygonal versions.
CaBaL's beautiful retexture of Solstheim's landscape and environment.

Use the 1K version if you're worried about VRAM.
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Retextures Imperial Fort exteriors and interiors. Use the 1K version if you're worried about VRAM.
Retextures the whole Farmhouse set, including interiors. I recommend the 1k version, since Farmhouse textures are common in low-performance areas like villages and cities.
Retextures the stone walls found in villages and farms. I recommend the 1k version,
since this texture is common in low-performance areas like villages and cities.
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The ultimate flora mod. SFO adds brand new, high-quality textures and meshes to virtually every plant type in Skyrim, including ground cover and trees.
Replaces Skyrim's landscapes with hand-painted parallax textures. Absolutely beautiful!
Retextures for Cave and Mine interiors. These areas are generally high-performance, so you should be safe with the 2K version, but you can use the 1K textures if you want.
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Adds visual variety to children so they don't all have the same weird babyface.
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Adds many weathered armor variants to bandits. Lootable, craftable, and upgradeable!
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Immersive Armors adds a buttload of craftable and lootable armor sets to Skyrim.
Also the first Skyrim mod to use "Immersive" in its name. Neat!
This mod makes corpses solid. You can stack them, jump on them, whatever!
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My favorite water overhaul. RWT offers a great balance of beauty and performance.
A wonderful parallax retexture for Skyrim's weirdly gray mountains and rocks.
If you're worried about VRAM, there's a 1K version in the Optional Files section.

This mod requires an ENB shader.
This mesh update increases performance for VL: Rocks, Stones, & Mountains.

Install this mod if you installed Vivid Landscapes: Rocks, Stones, & Mountains.
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Adds telescopes for scouting distant locations. Tremendously helpful for many situations.
FrankFamily's high-quality retexture for iron telescopes.
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FrankFamily's high-quality retexture for leather telescopes.
Replaces Skyrim's wonky wolf howls with new awesome versions. Woof!
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Adds Dwemer Goggles & Scouters to Skyrim. These unique recon tools can zoom, assess threats, detect life, and more. They aren't easy to get, but they're well worth the effort!
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Fixes some small script errors for Dwemer Goggles and Scouter.
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Skyrim's most popular housing mod! Adds a unique craftable home between Whiterun and Windhelm. Build your foundation, then expand your settlement with fisheries, smithys, farms, gardens, decorations, and other accoutrements.
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A quick fix for a small error in BYOH's craftable shrines.

Install this mod if you installed Build Your Own Home.
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Store more items and item types on bookshelves, such as books, clutter, ingredients, etc.
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Makes subtle improvements to AI sneak detection. Sneaking characters are easier to spot during the day and much harder to spot at night. Plan your missions accordingly!
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My favorite "needs" mod for Skyrim. Keep your characters fed, hydrated, and rested for optimal performance and unique bonuses. Neglect your needs at your own peril!
DA adds a chance for characters to be knocked out or captured instead of killed. There are several possible scenarios, each with unique challenges. Act carefully to survive!

Death Alternative reduces the harshness of a typical permadeath playthrough.
This small expansion for Death Alternative adds several new "captured" scenarios.
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OneTweak fixes Skyrim's strange Alt+Tab behavior and several other minor issues.
Grass on Steroids somehow increases grass density AND frame rate. It's voodoo magic! Regular Edition = very tall grass, Goldilocks = medium grass, and Natural = short grass.

If you skip this mod, edit iMinGrassSize=120 to iMinGrassSize=40 in your Skyrim.ini!
This mod removes Location Markers from the compass. Explore like a REAL adventurer!
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Adds new varieties of fish to Skyrim. Synergizes wonderfully with Fishing in Skyrim.
New landscape meshes vastly improve the appearance of distant terrain. These meshes can actually increase performance in some cases.
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Adds a variety of lore-friendly holidays, each with unique festivities and NPC behavior. Some holidays even confer bonuses to the player, so get your party on!
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Adds wild horse packs to Skyrim. You can ride the stallions, but you can't keep them!
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Makes the Sleep/Wait menu less intrusive. Check the screenshots for an example.
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NPC's are renamed "Stranger" until you've met them. Makes for a neat immersion boost!
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Makes bounty payouts adjustable through the Mod Configuration Menu.
Makes ELFX compatible with Vivid Landscapes: Dungeons and Ruins.

Install this mod if you installed Vivid Landscapes: Dungeons and Ruins.
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DynDOLOD improves distant graphics by making objects visible from much farther away.

This is not the actual mod - it's just the resources required for DynDOLOD to function.
You can skip this download if you don't want to use DynDOLOD.
These "billboards" improve distant trees and flora.

Required by DynDOLOD and other LOD generation mods/tools.
These "billboards" improve distant trees and flora. Designed for Skyrim Flora Overhaul.

Install this mod if you installed Skyrim Flora Overhaul.
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Change your character's animations with a simple MCM menu. So easy!
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Pay Smiths to craft/temper equipment. Pay Court Wizards to enchant/recharge gear.
A brilliant feature sorely missing from vanilla Skyrim.
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Fixes an issue where Enchanters were underpowered from lack of perks.
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Inns and taverns will post Notice Boards with local news and all new radiant quests.
This simple mod enhances immersion and adds additional utility to towns and villages.
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Patches the Notice Board for Dragonborn and fixes several bugs.
Patches the Notice Board for Falskaar.
A much sharper mesh/texture for Notice Boards. The 4K version is performance friendly, but there's a lower-res 2K version in the Optional Files if you're worried about VRAM.
Various bugfixes and tweaks for Wyrmstooth. Adds new craftable armor sets and more!

Install this mod if you installed Wyrmstooth.
GFD adds new fortifications, NPC's, followers, trainers, and visuals to Fort Dawnguard.
Replaces the nasty textures for Hearthfire's stone and clay deposits.
Expands Hearthfire's features and fixes broken mechanics. Place furniture anywhere, build new rooms and resources, hire new NPC's, breed new animals, and more.
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Revamps the Hjerim player house with more features and amenities. Part of the excellent TNF homes series.
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Revamps the Honeyside player house with more features and amenities. Part of the excellent TNF homes series.
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Revamps the Vlindrel Hall player house with more features and amenities. Part of the excellent TNF homes series.
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Revamps the Breezehome player house with more features and amenities. Part of the excellent TNF homes series.
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Randomizes the Words of Power you receive from Word Walls. This reduces repetition for successive playthroughs and fits nicely with Ultimate Skyrim's roguelike design.
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Retextures the ugly stone panels depicting Windhelm's kings.
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With Trade Routes, the cost of goods will change based on their availability in each hold. This incredible mod completely changes Skyrim's economy. Buy low and sell high!
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The ultimate weather survivalism mod! Rain, snow, and water can threaten your life.
Keep yourself warm and dry with new equipment, abilities, and survival mechanics.
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Wearable Lanterns are a hands-free light source, but they must be fueled by lantern oil. Craft oil at a cooking pot or purchase it from general merchants and traveling caravans.
T&B adjusts the value of goods through variables like character race, status, location, relationship with the vendor, the vendor's knowledge of particular goods, and more.
Bards will only play instrumentals unless you specifically request a song with vocals.
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Adds a hotkey for dropping lit torches. Very useful if you're in combat with no lantern/oil.
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Falskaar is a DLC-sized explorable region with new quests, NPC's, and items. Wow!
ICW overhauls the College with new quests, decorations, rooms, NPC's, and amenities.
The College of Winterhold is particularly lackluster, and this mod really helps fill it out.
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Adds banners to Hold borders. These banners show which hold you're entering/leaving. A small touch, but very nice for immersion.
This resource allows mods to use custom races, and fixes some race-related bugs.
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Prevents the annoying bug where dragon corpses follow you around between cells.
Cutting Room Floor restores unfinished content that Bethesda never completed.
This includes a handful of quests, NPC's, locations, and other miscellaneous content.
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This mod overhauls Nightingale Hall with new features and a new follower. No spoilers!
Revamps the Proudspire Manor player house with more features and amenities.
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Undeath adds a Lich themed questline with new dungeons, player homes, and a new player transformation. Will you quell the undead threat, or embrace undeath as a Lich?
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Dynamic Things allows interaction with some static objects. Chop down trees for wood, collect stone from rocks, harvest tinder from bushes, practice skills on training dummies, receive beverages from kegs, collect firewood from wood piles, and more!
This makes Dynamic Things compatible with mods like Requiem, iNeed, and Campfire.
It also tweaks some Dynamic Things features, and adds a Mod Configuration Menu.

Install this mod if you installed Dynamic Things.
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Fuz Ro D-oh allows mods to use "silent dialogue" for conversations without voice acting.
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If no one sees you steal an inexpensive item, that item will not be marked "Stolen". Valuable items (400+ gold) are still marked "Stolen".
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My fav Dragon Claw retexture. I use the 2k version, but you can easily get away with 4k.
ISC provides multiple versions of many sounds to reduce repetition and improve realism. Footstep sounds differ by creature, combat sounds differ by weapon, etc.
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Removes location names from doors. This mod isn't for everyone, but I find it encourages exploration and maintains the enjoyable mystery of new locations.
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A beautiful hi-res retexture of Skyrim's moons and night sky. Truly gorgeous!
SPO improves performance in many areas by unloading objects the player can't see.
Craft scopes for your favorite bows, or loot scoped bows from enemies. This mod works wonderfully with iHUD's "Disable Crosshair" feature.
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Fixes an annoying bug that prevents harvestable flora/ingredients from respawning.
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Makes WM Flora Fixes compatible with Static Mesh Improvement Mod.
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The ultimate horse mod! Horses have new abilities, different breeds have different stats, follower horses are easy to manage, and it's all customizable through the MCM.
Beautiful high-res horse retextures by KrittaKitty.
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Adds new craftable crossbows for the Dawnguard, Dark Brotherhood, Thieves Guild, and Civil War factions. Find the crafting manuals to learn the recipes!
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Rest in a bed before you can allocate perks, like in Morrowind and other classic RPG's. This mod fits well with Ultimate Skyrim's emphasis on towns and resting.
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Adds the atmospheric level up messages from Morrowind. One of my favorite mods!
Dawn of Skyrim overhauls cities with new decorations, vendors, and NPC's. Unlike other city mods, DoS retains each city's unique atmosphere with subtle, lore-friendly additions.
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Updates Dawn of Skyrim to version 1.3.

Install this mod if you installed Dawn of Skyrim.
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Patches Dawn of Skyrim for Real Shelter.

Install this mod if you installed Dawn of Skyrim.
Book Covers Skyrim is a high quality retexture of all the books in Skyrim and its DLC's.
I prefer the Desaturated version, but either version is fine.
BCS: Lost Library adds almost 300 books from Daggerfall, Morrowind, and Oblivion.
These books are purchaseable from vendors and distributed throughout the world.

This mod requires Book Covers Skyrim.
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CaBaL's retextures for Skyforge Weapons, Glass/Ebony Variants, and other miscellanea.
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CCOR corrects logical inconsistencies and imbalances in Skyrim's crafting system. Restores missing recipes, reduces recipe clutter, makes more items smeltable, and more.
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This mod overhauls the Companions questline with new radiant quests, better followers, new outcomes and choices for pre-existing quests, and other miscellaneous changes.
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Brynjolf will only recruit you to the Thieves Guild if you have appropriate thief skills.
You can also actually purchase Falmer Blood Elixir from Brynjolf, which is super neat.
Requiem is a MASSIVE overhaul that changes everything about Skyrim's core gameplay. Combat, enemies, leveling, skills, perks, races, NPC's, training, exploration... you name it.

Unlearn everything you know about Skyrim. You're playing Requiem now, bitch.
A small fix for Requiem that prevents a Dragon-related bug.
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MA makes distinct changes to several Requiem features and factions. Companions won't send fresh recruits to fight Vampires, Forsworn are more fearsome, the Vigilants of Stendarr are better at hunting daedra, civil war soldiers won't drop like flies, and more.
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Patches Dragonborn for Requiem. This patch is intended for mid/high level characters.
Patches Falskaar for Requiem. This patch is intended for mid level characters.
Expands Undeath with new perks, abilities, visuals, and other miscellaneous tweaks.
This addon makes Undeath's content even more awesome!
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This mod slows the Main Quest so it doesn't feel as weird if you do side quests during. This one is hard to explain, so check out the mod description to see if it's right for you.
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Adds additional choices to a weird forced moment during the Main Quest. (No spoilers!)
Adds dialogue to turn down optional quests. Keeps your quest journal nice and neat!
Prevents a Requiem "bug" in which telescopes drain stamina.

This mod was created by one of our own community members - thanks Inari!
This awesome mod allows you to choose alternate starts for your characters.
One of the cornerstones of Ultimate Skyrim's "roguelike" experience!
Adds Death Alternative's "death scenarios" as alternate starts for Live Another Life.
Start as a bandit ransom, Falmer slave, Thalmor prisoner, or even a victim of Soul Trap!
Adds even more scenarios to Alternate Start. Start as a skooma addict, a wandering alchemist, a city beggar, a traveling merchant, a Frostmoon Crag werewolf, and more!
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Vampiric Thirst is a great vampire overhaul with a nice balance of features and simplicity, modeled after classics like Vampire: The Masquerade and Morrowind's Vampiric Hunger.

I highly suggest you check out the mod page for a full list of features and changes.
Patches VT for Requiem... but perhaps the same could be said of ALL religions.
This expansion for Vampiric Thirst adds new perks, powers, and other balance tweaks.
Makes children killable/pickpocketable. How controversial!
BtC allows for new/unconventional builds by overhauling races, standing stones, perks, crafting systems, and more. BtC also adds new equipment types to experiment with.

This is another extensive mod, so check out the mod page for a full list of changes.
Also, Ultimate Skyrim does not utilize the "Forgemaster" changes present in 1.9.
Replaces the textures on BtC's new robes with high-quality HD versions. Sweet!
Makes quest objectives clearer and less dependent on quest markers.
WAF corrects inconsistencies and improper values for weapons and armor.
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CCF corrects inconsistencies and improper values for clothing and miscellaneous clutter.
Adds new textures and meshes for Skyrim's ugly jewelry. Snazzy!
Patches aMidianBorn's Content Addon for Requiem.
Patches Kryptopyr's fixes (WAFR & CCF) for Requiem.
Patches Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade for Requiem.
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Patches Undeath for Requiem. Undeadly!
Patches Wyrmstooth for Requiem. Wyrmy!

Install this mod if you installed Wyrmstooth.
Retextures most vanilla armor sets with CaBaL's excellent replacement textures.
Retextures most vanilla weapon sets with CaBaL's excellent replacement textures.
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Retextures bows with beautiful (and more realistic) wood finishes. Absolutely wonderful!
Replaces Skyrim's dumb paddleboard weapons with thinner, more realistic versions.
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Purchase & craft new horse armors and saddles. Some sets require a skilled craftsman!
SkyTEST overhauls animal AI to make wildlife and predators behave more realistically. Animals will hunt, graze, hibernate, etc. They also adjust to the time of day and season!
Adds over 5,000 lines of contextual dialogue to NPC's. Breathes life into stale characters!
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Improves the conversations NPC's have with each other. They won't pause awkwardly between lines, they won't repeat dialogue as much, and they'll emote appropriately.
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Drastically improves horse animations. Horses actually lean as they turn now! Wow!
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A bug-fixing SKSE plugin by the illustrious meh321.
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Disables kill-cams for projectiles and magic. I use this mod because I don't like the way ranged kill-cams disrupt my situational awareness.
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Craft and operate your own market stall. Haggle with patrons, employ followers to run the stall, and hone your Speech skill to net better prices!
This mod adds footprints to players, NPC's, and creatures. This mod's scripts may cause problems for some users, but the effect is really nice if you've got the hardware.
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This SKSE plugin fixes many annoying crashes, and logs useful info if crashes still occur. An absolute must-have for any modded installation.
Overhauls the werewolf experience with new features, perks, powers, and more.
You can even customize your werewolf appearance!
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Allows you to toggle nighteye as a werewolf. Unfortunately the key is hard-coded to "Right Ctrl", but I consider this feature integral to werewolf play, so whatevs.
Makes werewolf sounds more fearsome and intimidating. A personal favorite of mine!
WBO turns the Windhelm Bridge into a small market with many different merchants. This mod synergizes wonderfully with Windhelm Exterior Altered.
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Replaces Skyrim's ugly rug textures with new dank rug textures. Oh boy!
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Adjusts Requiem's Smithing perks so players don't need prerequisite perks to craft higher level materials. Orcish can be crafted without Dwarven, Glass without Elven, etc.
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Retextures the map screen with an old-fashioned parchment texture. I prefer Texture 1.
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Retextures the Soul Cairn map screen with an old-fashioned parchment texture.

This mod requires Paper World Map.
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Duncan's excellent paper retextures for Solstheim, Falskaar, and Wyrmstooth.

This mod requires Paper World Map.
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Expands the developer console (~) to provide additional info on selected actors/objects. Incredibly useful for tracing mod problems, but has no effect on gameplay.
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An awesome retexture for Dragon Priest Masks. These textures improve visuals while remaining faithful to the original designs.
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A great texture pack for Solitude with some really wonderful visuals. I recommend the "Medium" version because Solitude is already a performance hog.
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This add-on for Osmodius' Solitude replaces the walls at the base of many buildings.
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A great texture pack for Windhelm. I recommend the "Regular" version.
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This add-on improves Windhelm's ground texture by smoothing texture bleeding.
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L&D makes it possible for weapons and armor to degrade (or even break) with use.
Take care of your equipment, or be prepared to improvise when your shit breaks!
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Adjusts the night-eye shader so it's more effective and interesting to look at.