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Best Skyrim mods: Skyrim is a timeless game. Originally released in 2011, Bethesda Game Studios RPG is considered by many to be one of the best video games of all time. On the other hand, we are talking about a boundless title, able to guarantee experiences that remain well etched in the mind of the players. But I’m not here to weave the praises of Skyrim, since surely you already know everything about the game, but my goal today is to help you find out those experiences created by the community that can entertain you.

Yes, in this guide we will dive into that undergrowth of mods created by enthusiasts, going to analyze the best mods for Skyrim . A place where you can find both particularly valuable content and some of the worst creations that the gaming sector has ever seen. Don’t worry though: my goal is to make a selection, so as not to get stuck in mods that are not valid. In case you were wondering, I will not fail to describe in detail how to take advantage of this possibility and to explain how to install the content created by the community.

Having made this premise, the time has come to roll up our sleeves: you just need to get comfortable and follow the quick instructions below. You will see that we will have fun: the tutorial is not that difficult to complete and the mods taken into consideration are able to add several hours to the basic experience of the game. Having said that, there is nothing else for me to do, except to wish you happy reading and have fun!

Preliminary information

Mod Skyrim

Before proceeding and analyzing the best mods for Skyrim , I think it may be interesting to give you a general overview of the subject.

Well, mods are modified content that add to the possibilities of the base game. These packages are usually made by the community : we can therefore define them as “amateur”, even if they should not be underestimated.

It is well known, in fact, that passion is able to make our imagination fly and lead us to realize unthinkable projects. Over the years, in fact, the Skyrim mods have given rise to formidable adventures, able to keep players glued to the screen and to rival the original content.

It is therefore no coincidence that Bethesda Game Studios, the company that developed the title, has implemented official support for the mods created by the user, which can be downloaded and installed directly through features introduced by the developers.

In short, the Skyrim mods are also well seen by the developers and it is therefore good to learn about them, since they can dramatically expand the longevity of the game and make you have a lot of fun. Of course, obviously you have to keep in mind that the experience offered by the mods is unpredictable, since they are created by the community.

Just another clarification before starting: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a timeless title and this has led to the release of several reissues . In general, there are two versions circulating among fans: the “standard” one, released in 2011 and which made the mods popular on PC, and the Special Edition (SE) of 2016 , which had the task of bringing these contents also made by users on consoles. Take this into account before looking for mods.

How to install mods on Skyrim

Skyrim Steam

After explaining what the mods are and what the main versions of Skyrim are out there, I’d say you’re ready to learn how to install these community-made content.

Well, as mentioned earlier, Bethesda allows players to install mods directly through native features. If you have the original version of Skyrim for PC, the one released in 2011 , you can download and install the mods directly from the Steam Workshop .

To proceed, simply open the Steam client , go to the LIBRARY tab and select The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim . After that, press on the Workshop item and consult the various mods available, taking a look at the Most popular , Most subscribed and Most recent tabs or using the search function . The various categories of mod are also available on the right .

Once you find the content you want to install, just press on its box and press the Subscribe button . In this way, the download and installation of the mod will start. If you don’t have all the DLCs in the game, pay attention to the writing ” You must have downloadable content to download this content “. In fact, some mods are meant to be used exclusively with Skyrim’s DLC installed.

To activate the mods, once the download is complete, start Skyrim and, while you are in the launcher , you should note that at the bottom right there are some writings related to the installation of the various personalized contents.

For the rest, just press on DATA FILE , tick the box relating to the mod you want to activate and press OK . Pay attention also to the order in which the contents are loaded, since some mods may go to “overlap” with others and therefore the game may decide to load only the first content of that type in the list. Perfect, now you just have to start a game and you can take advantage of the mods you have installed.

Skyrim Launcher

If you have the Special Edition of Skyrim , that is the one released in 2016, you can install the mods directly from within the game. You just need to start Skyrim and press the Mod button in the main menu.

After that, if you have not already done so, you will need to log in with your Bethesda account and choose the mods you want to install: simply press on Download to start the download. Once the installation is finished, you can press on the Loading order item , present in the Mod menu , to give priority to one content over another and to fix possible conflicts.

Great, now you just need to start a game and you’re done. For more information on the mods related to the Skyrim Special Edition, I invite you to take a look at the official Bethesda guidelines .

It must be said that, in addition to the aforementioned official methods, there are also third-party portals on PC , such as Nexus Mods , which allow you to install personalized content without going through the Steam workshop or the internal “store” of the game. These third-party “tools” are used by to install mods that are not usually found on official channels, but in this case the procedure to follow to install content is not immediate.

Generally speaking, if you have no particular claims, I recommend that you rely only on the official methods , since there are still a myriad of mods available. In any case, if you are still interested and want to deepen the topic, I recommend starting from the Nexus Mods guidelines (in English). However, in this guide I will refer only to mods that can be downloaded through the Steam Workshop or the “store” inside the game.

Best Skyrim PC mods

Now that you are aware of the procedure for downloading and installing the mods, it is time to discover the Skyrim mods that, according to my modest savvy, you should try. In this chapter I will focus on those available in the Steam Workshop for the “standard” version of the game. If you play the Special Edition of Skyrim on PC, I advise you instead to consult the appropriate chapter of the guide .


SkyUI Skyrim Mod

SkyUI is one of the most popular mods ever for Skyrim. We are in fact talking about a content that goes to review the main menus of the game, from the inventory to the options related to magic.

In fact, one of the most criticized aspects by game enthusiasts is the original interface created by Bethesda which, according to many, is not exactly the most comfortable to use. The gameplay is considered a bit “rigid” and, at times, implementing some options may not be immediate.

Using this mod, however, some enthusiasts believe it is possible to have a more “fluid” experience and a more elegant graphic interface . There is no lack of support for the Italian language , so surely you should take a look at SkyUI.

To use this mod, you must also install the Skyrim Script Extender tool , downloadable directly from Steam (not from the Workshop, right from the shop, since it is a program ). Both mods do not require any DLC and are downloadable from the Steam Workshop .

More dragons!

More dragons Skyrim Mod

Let’s not pretend anything: many users have been convinced to buy Skyrim just for the presence of dragons. There’s nothing wrong with that, we know all these fire-breathing beings are fun to face and admire in the game.

Well, the More dragons mod does nothing but satisfy your desire to meet as many dragons as possible during the adventure, increasing the spawn rate (or the frequency with which these beings appear in the game).

The number of dragons is not increased by much, but by enough to make the encounter with these creatures more frequent . However, in some cases it may happen that more dragons are encountered in a few minutes. It will be up to you to decide whether you are happy with this balance.

We are talking about a light mod that usually does not conflict with other personalized content. It does not require any type of DLC and is downloadable from the Steam Workshop .

Cats House

Cats House Skyrim

If you love cats, you can’t miss the Cats House mod . In fact, this personalized content adds a house inhabited by cats.

Once the mod is installed, all you need to do is go east of Riften (south of the houses of Black-Briar Lodge). Here you will find a home where you can talk to different cats and use them as a companion (therefore following you and so on).

In addition, felines can be summoned as mount (rideable). You simply need to use the books and magic that you find inside the house. In short, we are talking about an interesting content for all those who love cats. By the way, the mod does not require any DLC and is downloadable from the Steam Workshop .

Pure Waters

Pure Waters Skyrim Mod

It is known that PC gamers are demanding in terms of graphics and that they look carefully at individual aspects. It is therefore no coincidence that the community has created the Pure Waters mod , capable of making the  Skyrim waterways much more “realistic”.

Contrary to what one might think, this mod does not even affect too much in terms of fluidity, since no particular resources are requested from the PC. In short, Pure Waters is certainly interesting content if you want to improve the visual rendering of the game . As you may have already guessed, the mod does not require any type of DLC and is downloadable from the Steam Workshop .

Quest: Sea of ​​Ghosts

Quest Sea of ​​Ghosts Skyrim Mod

How do you say? Are you looking for a mod that can make you go on an adventure within the world of Skyrim? Well, then you can’t miss Quest: Sea of ​​Ghosts .

This mod, set in the waters north of the Tamriel coasts , leads the player to live an adventure in the thick fog that is often there. The story can be activated by chartering the Winter’s Warmth ship for 5000 septim . The latter can be found in Solitude and you need to speak to Roggnar .

From there on you will leave for various islands , but I don’t want to make you too many spoilers. In any case, the mod does not require any DLC and is downloadable from the Steam Workshop .

Other interesting mods for Skyrim PC

Towns and Villages Enhanced Skyrim Mod

Clearly, there are countless other interesting mods besides the ones I have shown you. Below is the list of content created by the community that I think you should try.

  • Towns and Villages Enhanced mod series: the community of players has created several mods listed under this name. These are contents that improve the various villages and cities present in the game, from Riften to Riverwood ;
  • Deathknight Weaponry : a set of weapons and armor of the Death Knight . It is a content particularly appreciated by Skyrim fans and according to many it is well balanced. Requires Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLC;
  • Here There Be Monsters – Trollhunter: if you love challenges, this mod will lead you to seek and defeat 5 huge trolls scattered around the game world. Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLC required to use this content;
  • Whistle : a very simple mod that can save you a lot of time. It introduces the possibility of whistling to recall the last horse ridden . The key used by default is Z.

For more mods and the latest releases, I recommend you take a look at the Skyrim Workshop on Steam .

Best Skyrim PS4 mods

Best Skyrim PS4 mods

How do you say? Do you have the Special Edition of Skyrim and would you like information on the personalized content available? No problem, I immediately give you all the necessary information.

Well, this edition of the Bethesda title has become popular for bringing the mods to the console, as well as for the various graphic improvements. However, in reality the contents that I will present to you are available for all platforms and you can therefore use them even if you have the Special Edition of Skyrim on PC.

Below are my tips on what I consider to be the best mods for Skyrim SE .

  • Driftweald (mod for PS4): adds an interesting cottage to explore in Haafingar, near Solitude. An interesting location with a somewhat gloomy atmosphere . Definitely worth exploring;
  • Cathedral Weathers (mod for Xbox One): improves the visual rendering of weather conditions and lighting in general. It is capable of creating breathtaking panoramas;
  • Ancient Refuge Snow Elf House (mod for PC and Xbox One): adds to the game an “elven” location to be explored. A valley in which it is worth taking a ride;
  • Moon and Star (mod for PC and Xbox One): introduces 1 main mission and 4 secondary ones . There is also a village, weapons and 9 NPCs;
  • Volforge (mod for PC, PS4 and Xbox One): adds a huge building to visit southeast of Markarth. A place to be explored.

Those mentioned are just some of the most interesting mods available for Skyrim Special Edition. You can find all the personalized content for this edition on the official Bethesda website .

Also, if you want to stay updated on the latest releases in terms of mods, I recommend keeping track of the news portal , where some tips related to the best personalized content available for the Skyrim Special Edition are usually published on a monthly basis (for example , I invite you to take a look at the article on the best contents of March 2020 ).