The original Skyrim thread's got so much shit (whether gameplay, lore, mod, or general chatter) in it that it's hard to sort out mod recommendations from the other stuff. So I thought it was about time to have a Skyrim mods masterlist for people to recommend mods, especially with the Creation Kit coming up just over the horizon. We've already got a heap of really, really good mods even without the CK- and when that comes, things'll only get better. Yes, I know there's a thread for a mod wishlist. But there should probably be one for existing mods, so I went ahead and asked Jon if I could make this thread. He said to knock myself out. In hindsight, hitting my head against the wall right then probably wasn't a good idea. Anyway. Here are a few of the Must Haves that I recommend to get us started! Mod Name: Better Companions Guild Author: Vincentlcarus Mod Category: Menu Enchancements Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Okay, the point of this mod is to add some class to the Companions (Guild). I thought they were a little too rag-tag for a supposedly very successful and very well-known mercenary group so I decided to give them a face-lift and make them look more like an organized, well-funded Mercenary/Militia group. Mod Name: Better Sorting Author: Headbomb Mod Category: Overhaul/Models/Textures Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Fairly awesome item sorting mod. Changes item names to make it so much easier. Silver/Iron Ingots become Ingots - <Material>. You can change potions from "Potion of <Stuffhere>" to "Potion of Fortify Destruction II", or just plain "Fortify Destruction II". Soul gems you've the option of "Soul Gem I/II" or Psuedo-Vanilla "Soul Gem - Common". Mod Name: Categorized Favorites Menu Author: favemenumodder Mod Category: User Interfaces Summary: Very essential for anybody who makes heavy use of the favourites menu. This mod basically allows you to sort your favourites menu into different categories - the default would be stuff like spells, weapons, armour, potions, but you can basically configure the .ini file to set up pretty much anything. This is the default, but you can configure the file (or download a preconfigured file from some other guy) to do things like this, this or this. It even has equip sets, which are basically multiple pieces of equipment/items tied to a single favorite item - although that feature's relatively new and a bit buggy atm. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Celtic Icons for SkyUI Author: greg4net Mod Category: Interface Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Must-have icon replacement for all SkyUI users. I recommended the borderless version. Mod Name: Deadly Dragons Author: 3jiou Mod Category: Overhauls Summary: Makes dragon fights more challenging and rewarding. Adds more buffs to dragons, increases their health pool, resistance, etc. Higher level dragons can use spells and even some shouts. Adds a bunch of types of dragons of varying difficulty, along with a few other small tweaks and additions. Most of the stuff is optional and provides several choices. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Elys' Uncapper Author: Elys Mod Category: Gameplay Effects Link: Skyrim Nexus Note: Requires SKSE Summary: Mod Name: Immersve HUD Author: Gopher Mod Category: User Interface Link: Skyrim Nexus Note: Optional features require Script Dragon Summary: The aim of iHUD is to provide the immersive feel you get from having no HUD, whilst keeping the usefulness of having one. It takes the permanantly visible HUD elements such as compass and crosshair, and hides them when not needed. Hence the motto: HUD when you need. HIDE when you don't. Mod Name: less touchy lockpicking Author: tmonet Mod Category: Lockpicking mod Summary: Increases the sweet spot on higher level locks by a substantial amount but not enough to trivialize them at lower levels of lockpicking.see screenshots. Blue is the part of the lock that will open. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Lost Art of the Blacksmith Author: impulseve Mod Category: Gameplay effects and changes Summary: Adds every missing armor/weapon improvement recipe in the game to Skyrim. Can craft such weapons as Silver weapons, lockpicks, work axes, et cetera et cetera. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Nexus Mod Manager Author: Nexus Mod Category: Utility Summary: As well as all these mods, I (and everyone else) would highly recommend downloading the Nexus Mod Manager. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Obvious Skill Books by Griptzion Mod Category: Item changes Summary: Obvious Skill Books: Renames them to "SKILLBOOK(Skill)(#)" and makes them weightless. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Pluto's Improved Skyrim Experience (PISE) Author: Plutoman101 Mod Category: Level Scaling Summary: This mod, as its name indicates, aims at making Skyrim a more challenging and rewarding game without changing the feel of vanilla Skyrim. The changes made by this mod can be divided into different categories. This section deals with the changes in the main PISE.esp; for a list of changes in the optional .esps, see file list below. (note: more detailed gameplay changelog visible at Link: Nexus Mod Name: Quality World Map - With Roads Author: Ice Penguin Mod Category: User Interfaces Summary: Adds roads and routes to the World Map. There are two versions- one with only the main roads, and another with every road or path drawn onto the map. Highly recommended. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Realistic Ragdolls and Force Author: dDefinder Mod Category: Gameplay effects and changes Summary: Adds the laws of gravity and physics to the game. Very realistic! Link: Nexus Mod Name: SkyBoost Author: Alexander Blade Mod Category: Utilities Summary: Supposedly able to boost your FPS up to 150%. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Skyrim Improved Menu Author: Sprink; Malukah, from youtube cover 'fame'(Not actually involved) Mod Category: Interface/Menus Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Mod Name: SkyUI Author: Schlangster Mod Category: User Interfaces Summary: Fixes the console-based menu interface so that it's more accessible and easier to use for PC players. Inventory organization is reminiscent of the menu from Oblivion, insofar as the way it's organized. Highly recommended. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Smithing Perks Overhaul Author: Headbomb Mod Category: Bug fixes Summary: Makes sure every smithing perk works as it should. Link: Nexus Mod Name: TESV Acceleration Layer Author: Arisu and others Mod Category: Gameplay Effects and Changes Summary: An SKSE plugin that increases your FPS usually from 8-10 frames per second in CPU-heavy regions inside the game. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Thuumic Author: DeadlyAzuril Mod Category: Immersion Summary: Speak the dragon language into your normal PC mic to dragon shout in game. Say Fus Ro Dah, and your character will use the Unrelenting Force shout, etc. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Tytanis - The Ultimate Mod Author:Tytanis Mod Category: Overhaul Summary: Adds a fuck-all load of shit for potions, crafting, items, etc. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Wars in Skyrim III Author:Alexandrox Mod Category: Immersion Summary: Want more immersion in Skyrim? Want to see a village of farmers who are preparing to fight a troll ? Or be surrounded by 4 bandits, then be saved by a furious mammoths? This mod adds the possibility of encountering Bandits, Vampires, Thalmor, Necromancer, Atronach, Werewolf, Mammuth, Dragonpriest, Dremora, Boss and Giant Monsters and other, with a small chance of them meet together or 2 factions in one time: this creating faction battles and make the game more difficult. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Weapons and Armor Fixes Author: Headbomb Mod Category: Bug fixes Summary: Makes sure every weapon/armor piece work as described. Link: Nexus Mod Name: 1024x1024 Shadowmere and Saddle Author: BingoMorris Mod Category: Models/Textures Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: "This ya boi xzibit comin' atchoo from mufuckin' Skyrim sonnn, today we gonna be pimpin' dis shadowmere - gonna put a ps3 in the horses ass shit is gonna be tight." Mod Name: 2K High Resolution Map Author: jac22v Mod Category: Textures/World Objects Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: High resolution retexture for the maps you come across in the world, like the one in Dragonreach's mage's room. Mod Name: Anti-SOPA Archery Targets Author: markofthedog Mod Category: Textures/World Objects Summary: Replace all archery targets with Anti-SOPA targets. Cause fuck Lore, this is the internet. Show your impotent rage where no one can see it. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Assassin's Creed Theives Guild retexture Author: mudkipmudd Mod Category: Models/Textures Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Replaces boring thieves guild armor with an Assassin's Creed motif. Mod Name: Better Females Author: BellaGail Mod Category: Retex Summary: Note this mod is a replacer and will replace any current face mods installed. This mod replaces default female face texture lips eyebrows and eye make up with a more improved high rez version. It will apply to your female character and all NPCs. I hope you like it! Link: Nexus Mod Name: Calientes Female Body Mod Big Bottom Edition -CBBE- Author: Caliente Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Pretty self-explanatory. The best nudemod around. Period. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Coolsims Hair Pack Author: newermind43 Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Adds pretty pretty hair/textures for female characters. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Dall's Forsworn Author: Dall Mod Category: Models/Textures Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Replaces the homeless/caveman look of the forsworn to something that actually looks like a native of Skyrim. Mod Name: Enhanced Blood Textures Author: dDefinder Mod Category: Models and textures Summary: Makes wounds more realistic and blood splatters bigger and prettier. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Enhanced Night Skyrim Author: CptJoker Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Lights up celestial bodies and stars, replacing the textures with hi-res images made from real astrophotography. Super pretty. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Glowing Ore Veins 300 Author: Baratan Mod Category: Visuals and Graphics Summary: Makes it so that ore glows a bit, shines a bit more so that it's more noticeable. Very useful. Link: Nexus Mod Name: HD Mountains and Rocks New Textures Author: ErrorEncoding Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Replaces mountain/rock textures with 4k+res textures in order to do away with the bloated mountain sides. Also makes roaming much, much prettier. Link: Nexus Mod Name: High Quality Eyes Author: Xenius Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Included in XCE. Makes eyes pretty and bright, but still realistic. Link: Nexus Mod Name: High Resolution Armors Author: jac22v Mod Category: Textures Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: High Resolution versions of the vanilla armors. Mod Name: High Resolution Books Author: jac22v Mod Category: Textures/World Objects Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: High resolution retexture for the books you come across in the world Mod Name: Hjerim Bloody cleanup Author: Sk8on-Toutatis Mod Category: Bug Fixes Summary: Cleans up all the bones and blood left from the "Blood on the Ice" quest when you move in. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Housecarls and Followers with Zazz Author: AurelioMagherelli Mod Category: Overhaul/Models/Textures/Gameplay Effects and Changes Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Changes the default Housecarls' and followers' outfit to many different ones, of your choosing Followers in Skyrim vanilla tend to revert back to their default armor/clothing after a while if dismissed. With this mod, their default equipment is changed to more suitable ones that means less frustrating inventory and console messing around. Mod Name: Immersive Skyrim Thunder Author: Wordeee Mod Category: Audio, Sound and Music Link: Nexus Summary: Improved sound files for all rain, thunder, Storm Call and Unrelenting Force. Mod Name: Improved NPC Clothing Author: BaronDavid Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Replaces all available NPC clothing and replaces it with high-res textures. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Krosis and Dragon Priest Hood Reskins Author: masterthief300 Mod Category: Armor Retexture Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Nice retext of the Krosis mask. Mod Name: Lush Grass Author: Optic Shooter Mod Category: Environmental Summary: Makes grass that grows in the terrain denser, more realistic, and more lifelike. Pretty damn great. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Lush Trees Author: Optic Shooter Mod Category: Environmental Summary: Makes your trees better and prettier. Compatible with vurt's Flora Overhaul mod. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Make dog companions into wolf companions Author: Bellyache Mod Category: Dog mod Summary: Reskins your dog, and QUIETS his barking. Awesome mod, I love it and use the Husky version. I mean look at this shit from this to this Link: Nexus Mod Name: Nicer Snowflakes Author: evercharmer Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Replaces the default snow textures with individually done snowflakes that actually look like snowflakes if you pause the game. Pretty nifty. Link: Nexus Mod Name: No More Blocky Faces Author: Xenius Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Included in XCE. Removes the blocky-looking texture from characters' noses that are present in the vanilla game. This was one of the mods that was out Day One- it's a must have. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Perfect Legionnaire - Imperial Armor Reforged 2-0 Author: Ali Bengali Mod Category: Armor Texture/Replace Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Awesome Imperial Armor replacement based on General Tullius' armor. Mod Name: RANs Eyeliner Replacer Author: RAN46 Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Changes eyeliner colors and options for female characters. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Real Ice Author: Yuril Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Exactly as the name describes. Makes ice and icebergs look super realistic. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Realistic Lighting Without Post-Processing Author: 747823 and Pluto Mod Category: Environmental Summary: A great mod that makes the colors and lighting inside the game much, much more realistic. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Realistic Smoke and Embers Author: isoku Mod Category: Visuals and Graphics Summary: Makes fire extremely realistic and beautifully rendered. Smoke looks a hell of a lot better as well. Highly recommended. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Realistic Water Textures Author: isoku Mod Category: Environmental Summary: Makes the water in the game look so, so pretty. HD textures. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Skyrim HD - 2K Textures Author: NebuLa Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Replaces much of the in-game terrain, building, interior, whateverelseisfuckinginthegame textures with HD textures (2-8k res). Makes everything fucking purdy. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Skyrim Flora Overhaul Author: vurt Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: The name is pretty self-explanatory. Pretty fucking awesome set of new meshes and textures. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Skyrim Sunglare V3 Author: Laast Mod Category: Visuals and Graphics Summary: Adds some lensflare and sunglare to Skyrim. Soooo great. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Stormcloaks Enhanced Author: edwardvlad Mod Category: Armor Retexture Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Nice retext of the stormcloaks getup. Mod Name: Wolf Armor Remix Male and Female Author: MonsterMonkey Mod Category: Armor retex Summary: Total redo of the Wolf Armor. Freaking amazing Link: Nexus Mod Name: XCE - Xenius Character Enhancement Author: Xenius Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Makes your characters more realistic, removing a hellovalot of ugly stuff and making things much better to look at. MUST HAVE. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Dovahkiin Hideout Author: Shawk and Krimsonlust Mod Category: Player Homes Summary: Adds an ingame location that's accessible from any house that you own, that leads to any other house that you own (the five purchasable houses). Doors to unpurchased houses remain locked, but this place adds a heap of extra storage space, a cool-looking hall, enchanting and alchemy tables, lots of weapon racks, mannequins, and display cases, chests, and a full smithing facility. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Arcane Assassin Author: PROXiCiDE Mod Category: Combat Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Arrows are craftable in the MISC section, under the Forge and require Fire/Frost/Void salts + Iron Ignot as igredients depending on the type of arrow you are crafting Mod Name: Balanced Magic Author: mysty Mod Category: Magic - Gameplay Summary: A mod that improves the mechanics of magic - not just adding more spells like Midas, but actually changing damage output, magicka usage and perk effects - is pretty important. This and Better Magic seem equally decent, so it's more an issue of what you're looking for. I have found this to make higher level characters a touch overpowered, but overall it's worked the balancing issue pretty well. Link: Here Mod Name: Berserk Dragonslayer Author: Phate3 Mod Category: Weapons Summary: Adds Guts' sword from the manga comic Berserk. There are a huge number of texture mods available for this. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Better archery Eagle Eye perk Author: Graxster Mod Category: Perk Mod Summary: Modifies the archery perk, Eagle Eye, so that you have a more powerful zoom in, and it burns much less stamina (20% of default). Link: Nexus Mod Name: Black Sacrament Armor Author: AmethystDeceiver Mod Category: Armor/Crafting Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: One of the single best Nightingale textures I've ever seen. Hooded and No-Hood versions in one. Bonus? It's completely stand alone. Example female and Male screenshots. Mod Name: Blades Sword Not Katana Author: Aluminumfoil Mod Category: Models/Textures Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Replaces the blades sword with an Imperial model, or alternatively an Ebony sword. I think the Katana kind of breaks immersion Mod Name: Craftable Cleric Author: Raven42, Sharda, Daejones Mod Category: Armour Summary: Adds Cleric Armor, visually a combination between Nocturnal's robes and Ebony Armor, to the list of craftable armor pieces, under Ebony. The original Cleric Armor was made by Daejones. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Daedric Armor and weapon Improvement Author: GarryG Mod Category: Armour Summary: Hands down, the best fucking Daedric armor retex that I have ever, ever fucking seen. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Dragonbone Weapons Author: AeonVita Mod Category: Weapon and armour sets Summary: Adds to the Smithing menu Dragon weapons, able to be crafted out of Dragonbone. Can also add an optional Dragon Heart item in order to craft the weapons. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Dwarven Bionic Suit Dwemer Light Power armor Author: MrMino Mod Category: Standalone Armor Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Warning: Breaks Lore. For the lulz, a set of armor to turn you into a Dwarven cyborg. Mod Name: Ebony 4K Author: TTKRICKJAMES Mod Category: Armor Texture Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Utterly awesome ebony Armor retexture. Mod Name: Final Fantasy Author: SawakiToko Mod Category: Weapons/Crafting Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Adds a bunch of craftable weapons from the Final Fantasy games. Breaks immersion, but I some people would enjoy it. Mod Name: JaySuS Swords Author: JaySuS Mod Category: Weapons Summary: Adds over 40 new, awesome-looking weapons to the Smithing menu. The sheer variety of armaments is simply superb/ Link: Nexus Mod Name: Legendary Gauldur Amulet Author:Robin Scott Mod Category: Buffing Item Summary: Did you play the Forbidden Legend quest? Were you disappointed with the end-result reward? Then here you go, a rather nicely buffed version of the end-game item, though it's one of two different versions. Make your pick and enjoy. Link:http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=3392 Mod Name: LOTR - Narsil and Anduril Author: Isilmeriel Mod Category: Weapons Summary: Adds the two swords Narsil and Anduril, from The Lord of The Rings to the game. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Magi Author: PROXiCiDE Mod Category: Gameplay Effects Link: Skyrim Nexus Note: Requires Script Dragon Summary:Check the Nexus page for more detailed info, but general discription: Mod Name: Magic Evolved Author: Phendrix Mod Category: Combat/Magic Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: This mod currently adds 93 new spells to the game. This completely enhances and improves the system. Most of the spells fit right in and are well balanced for legitimate play. If you ever thought the Skyrim magic system was lacking this is the mod for you. Hours upon hours were put into this mod to give you the broadest spell selection possible. I hope you find this mod to your liking, may your magicka never run out! Mod Name: Magicka Sabers Author: Lord Haun Mod Category: Weapons Summary: LIGHTSABERS. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Midas Magic - Spells in Skyrim Author: Xilver Mod Category: Spells and Enchantments Summary: Adds a metric fuckton of spells and spelltypes that are able to be used by the player, mostly original. Still requires a little bit of balancing. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Millenia Weapon Retexture Project - WRP Author: Millenia Mod Category: Models and Textures Summary: Makes a large number of vanilla weapons extremely high definition, textured beyond belief. Super epic. Link: Nexus Mod Name: Mystic Elven Armor HD Author: sader325 Mod Category: Armor Texture/Stand-alone Armor Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Beautiful Elven armor in a darker color scheme. Has both stand alone and vanilla replacement versions. Mod Name: Nightingale Skull Mask Author: exium Mod Category: Models/Textures Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Retexture of the Nightingale armor, with an awesome skull mask. Mod Name: Thief Author: PROXiCiDE Mod Category: Gameplay Effects Link: Skyrim Nexus Note: Requires Script Dragon Summary:Check the Nexus page for more detailed info, but general discription: Mod Name: Triss Armor Retextured Author: Psyke23 Mod Category: Standalone armor Link: Skyrim Nexus German Summary: There was this awesome Triss armor floating out there on the internet, and even modified to work in Skyrim. But alas, it was a replacement for the Archmage's Robe and way too bright for my taste. So what did I do? I went ahead and edited it to make it standalone, and while at it, retextured it completely to make it fit better for my tastes. As for the stats, it should have the same as the Shrouded Armor, just without enchantments. Mod Name: Triss' Dragonhunter Armor Author: Adam_c_123 Mod Category: Armor Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Triss' armor with a dragon scale flavor. Mod Name: Typemoon Weapons Author: SawakiToko Mod Category: Weapons/Crafting Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Adds a bunch of craftable weapons from the Typemoon games. Breaks immersion, but I know you Fate/Faggots want to use Invisible Air to slay dragons. Mod Name: The Vicious Heart Author: Sbezjko Mod Category: Stand-alone Weapons Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Port of the Oblivion mod of the same name, from Gizmodian. Mod Name: The Witcher 2 Geralt and Iorveth Author: L0rd0fWar Mod Category: Armor Texture/Standalone Armor Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Adds a couple standalone armor sets based on Witcher 2 Mod Name: The Witcher 2 - Geralt Light Armor and Witcher Swords Author: Hucifer Mod Category: Armor Texture/Standalone Armor Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Same as the above, but adds in some swords and enchanted versions of the armor. Mod Name: The Witcher 2 - Iorveth Light Armor Author: Hucifer Mod Category: Armor Texture/Standalone Armor Link: Skyrim Nexus Summary: Same as the above, but adds in some enchanted versions of the armor and a few other minor details.