Guide:Morrowind

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Guide: A modern Morrowind

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1. Install & Utilities

1.A Install Morrowind

1.B Install Utilities

Utility Format Notes
7-Zip .EXE Install 64-bit version, only use 32-bit if 64-bit doesn't work

1.C Install MCP & MGE

Patch name OpenMW Notes
Morrowind Code Patch No Includes 4GB patch
MGE XE No

1.D About MGE and downloading shaders

The latest Morrowind graphic extender enables higher resolutions, better shaders, bump-mapping, and much more.
All extra shaders and settings can be downloaded here.
After install, adjust the resolution to what the system is using(for example 1920 x 1080).

1.E System Requirements

This is the minimum specifications for a good gaming experience, anything more powerful than this will run fine.
OpenMW is an performance friendly and cross-platform alternative to MGE, but requires avoiding certain mods, many cannot
be easily deactivated after installing them. OpenMW does not support shaders.

Base Game Build with OpenMW Build with MGE XE
500 MHz Intel PIII, Celeron, or AMD Athlon Anything Any modern Intel or 2+ Ghz AMD processor
256MB RAM 2GB RAM 4GB RAM
GeForce2 GTS, Radeon 7500 Anything GTX 950, R7 370

1.F Installing Mods

All files except .EXEs(they go into the game folder), needs to be placed in the data folder. From the MW Modding Wiki:

"The Data Files folder (or just data folder) is where all of the data that the game uses is stored. 
That's the music, textures, meshes, etc. This is also where all mods are installed, and where their data (again the meshes, textures, music, etc) is stored.
To find the data folder, first make sure that you are looking at the game folder. From here you should see a folder called Data Files.
That's the folder we need, open it up and you should see more folders marked as Meshes, Textures, etc.
Though don't worry if you don't. You should also see some files called Morrowind.esm, Tribunal.esm, and Bloodmoon.esm.
These are master files. Mods are similar to these, but would end with .esp. These are called plugin files."

Install the mods in the same order as listed, and always let the files overwrite.

2. Mods

Note: If you want a simpler setup try BasicMW instead.
The guide is meant to be installed in order from top to bottom. Read the notes carefully!

2.A Fixes & patches

Note on OpenMW compatibility: This requires selecting the non-bump mapped versions of mods.

Mod Name OpenMW Notes
Morrowind Optimization Patch Yes Optimised Meshes
Correct Meshes Yes Fixes misc. Meshes
Detailed Correct UV Rocks Yes Better rocks. Download WIP Detailed Correct UV Rocks.
Correct UV Mudcrabs Yes Fixes Mudcrab UV
Patch for Purists Yes Replaces UMP and countless of mesh fixes

2.B Meshes

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Mod Name OpenMW Notes
Ingredients Mesh Replacer Yes Meshes for ingredients
Dunmer Lanterns Replacer Yes Meshes for lanterns
Mesh Improvements Optimized Yes
RR Mod Series - Better Meshes Yes Download all files
Better Meshes plus Optimization Yes
PikachunoTMs Mesh Artifact Improvements Yes Use No Extra Changes.esp for Bloodskal Blade
MOAR Mesh Replacers Yes Delete furn_basket_01.nif

2.C Objects & Clutter

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Mod Name OpenMW Notes
Wood Furniture Yes Base Replacer for wood furniture
AOF Containers Yes New barrels, kegstand, wooden bucket, and sacks.
Detailed Tapestries Yes Sharper tapestries
Detailed Rugs v2 Yes Sharper rugs
AST Beds Remastered Yes Replacer for beds
Better Kegstands Yes Replacer for kegstands
Arukinns Better Books and Scrolls Yes Replacer for books and scrolls
Guar Skin Banners Yes Hires banners. Use only the Main or the optional file.
Improved Kwama Eggs and Egg Sacs No Replaces Kwama eggs & sac
One True Faith - Saints and Frescoes Retexture Yes Hires frescoes, "HQ" recommended
Dunmeri Urns - Aestetika of Vvardenfell Yes "HQ bump mapped" is only for MGE. Choose one.
Long Live The Limeware Yes Limeware replacer
Long Live The Glassware Yes Glassware replacer
Long Live The Plates Yes Replacer for plates
Better Skulls Yes Replacer for skulls
Apel's Various Things - Signs No New tavern signs
EKM Vanilla-Based Paper Lanterns Yes Paper lanterns retextured
Ket's Potions and Beverages Retexture Yes Potions and beverages retextured
Ket's Swirlwood Furniture retexture Yes Retexture for the fine dunmer furniture
Signposts Retextured Yes Readable signpost textures. Download one main file.
Well Lit Lanterns Yes Replaces Travel Lanterns with models that look like bright lights

2.D Architecture

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Mod Name Mod Format Notes Alternatives
Nature Unification Compilation No Base Replacer for Architecture, Flora and Landscape. Don't install the .esm ,flora_bc_podplant_03.nif and Tx_BC_podplant_03.dds
Apel's Lighthouse Retexture Yes The lighthouse remade. Download one main file.
Imperial Houses and Forts Retexture - Ordo Arkitektora Yes Replaces imperial housing 1 2 3
Bump-mapped AOFs Imperial Housing with optional Vanilla-Friendly Retexture Yes Only download Vanilla-Friendly Retexture without any bump-map
Telvanni - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell Yes Download one main file, the update and this 1
Shacks Docks and Ships - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell Yes Replaces docks, shacks & boats 1 2 3
Velothi Retexture Yes Download one main file. 1 2 3 4
Daedric Ruins Retexture Yes Base replacer for daedric ruins. We want it for the statues.
Daedric Ruins - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell Yes Replacer for daedric ruins. If you like Daedric Ruins retexture skip this. 1
Sewers - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell Yes Retexture of sewers. Only download the main file.
Hlaalu Normal Mapped for OpenMW Yes OpenMW not required. Download the main file. 1 2 3
Redoran Bump mapped No Replacer for Redoran housing 1
HD Architecture Meshes Yes Only download HAM Skar (2048/4096). For higher resolution textures install 8k from this on top.
Dwemer Mesh Improvement Yes Remesh of dwemer towers
Full Dwemer Retexture Yes All things dwemer retextured. Download one main file.
R-Zero's Random Retextures - Dwemer Coin & Quill Yes Download quill & dwemer coins retextures
Ultimate Dunmer Strongholds v1.2 Yes Stronghold retexture. Download v1.2.
Mournhold Overhaul v21 Yes Download v2.1 and don't activate the .ESP 1 2 3
Hires Town Road Markers Yes Retexture of town markers
High-res Skaal Retex Yes Retexture of Skaal buildings. Download only the main file.
Articus Old Mournhold and Sewers Yes Textures for Old Mournhold buildings and Sewers
Articus Old Stucco 2K Retexture Yes Textures for old Dunmer ruins and dwellings
Dragon Statue Replacer Yes Replacer for the dragon statue in Ebonheart. Option 1 recommended but choose as you like. 1

2.E NPCs

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Mod Name OpenMW Notes Alternatives
Robert's bodies Yes Install only the main file Races Redone Patch Continue from Animation Compilation below if you use this.
Westly's pluginless head replacer Yes Replacer for all Heads except for beast races. Install this on top.
Pluginless Khajiit Head Pack Yes Download the whiskers version
Argonian Head Replacer Yes Download "Argonians Revamp" from the files section Improved Argonians
New Beast Bodies Yes Mature alternative
Animation Compilation Yes Updated animations
Divine Dagoths Yes Pluginless replacer for Dagoth Ur and his brothers

2.F Clothing

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Mod Name OpenMW Notes Alternatives
Good clothes No Don't install any esp. Install this esp instead. 1
Robe Overhaul Yes Use the basic version
Mage Robes Yes More robes. Install the contents from 0-Data Files.
If you intend to use any of the mods in the 1-Add-Ons folder get the corresponding .esp as well.
New Gondolier Helm Yes After installation move a_gondolier_m_helmet.nif from the meshes folder to meshes\a
Unique Finery Replacer UFR Yes Install "no robes"-.ESP

2.G Weapons

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Mod Name OpenMW Notes
Unification Compilation: Armory No skip .esp
Ice Blade of the Monarch PBR Yes Lore-friendly replacer
Mehrunes' Razor PBR Yes PBR prototype not required. Install Vanilla Plus
Correct Iron Warhammer Yes Brings the warhammer closer to lore
Volendrung Yes Vanilla-friendly replacer
Fang of Haynekhtnamet Replacer Yes Unique replacer for Fang of Haynekhtnamet
Bonemold Bow Replacer Yes Vanilla-friendly Replacer. Only install the main file.

2.H Armor

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Mod Name OpenMW Notes
HiRez Armors- Native Styles Yes Download these 3 updates: Update 1 2
Armors Retexture - Outlander Styles Yes Armor textures. Download one main file.
Less Bulky Pauldrons Yes Also install "HiRez Armors- Native Styles V2" from optional files in the .zip
Colovian helm and heavy leather boots retexture Yes The link is correct, see under "files"
Royalguard better armor Yes Replacer for royal guards in Tribunal
Daedric Lord Armor Morrowind Edition Yes Extra helmet
Orcish Retexture v1.2 Yes Parts of orcish armor redone. Download v1.2
More Realisitc Dwemer Armor Yes Use this if Skyrim style is preferred
Bear Armor Replacer Yes Replacer for Bear Armor. Download the english version.

2.I Creatures

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Mod Name OpenMW Notes
Darknut's Creature Textures Yes Retexture of creatures
Darknut's Creature Textures addendum Yes Retexture of more creatures
Netch Bump mapped No Retexture of netch. Download the main file.
Kwama forager bump mapped No Link is correct, see under "files"
Cliffracer Replacer Yes Retexture of cliffracers
Nix-Hound Replacer Yes Retexture of nixhound
Guars replacer - Aendemika of Vvardenfell Yes Retexture of guars
Kagouti replacer - Aendemika of Vvardenfell Yes Retexture of kagouti
Alit replacer - Aendemika of Vvardenfell Yes Retexture of alit
Better Spriggans Yes Spriggan replacer with glow maps
Better Scamps Yes Scamps redone
Silt Strider Replacer Yes New meshes and textures

2.J Flora & Landscape

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Mod Name Mod Format Notes Alternatives
Tyddy's Landscape Retexture Yes "HQ" version recommended. Don't install tx_gl_dirt_grass_01.dds and tx_gl_dirt_grass_02.dds
Also install this fix.
1 2
Caverns Bump mapped No New cave textures. Download the main and optional file.
Apel's Asura Coast and Sheogorath Region Retexture Yes Download only the main file. Don't install Terrain_rock_AC_01-12.nif from the meshes\f folder.
Hackle-lo Fixed Yes New mesh & texture
Apels Ascadian Isles Retex Yes Texture replacer for the Ascadian isles region
Remiros' Ascadian Isles Trees 2 Yes Trees for the Ascadian isles region
Mournhold Flora Redux Yes Download the main- and optional files. 1 2
Vanilla-friendly West Gash Tree Replacer Yes Both a model and texture replacer for the West Gash trees
Vurts Bitter Coast Trees II Yes Download the main file.
Rebirth optional files Yes Only install the bitter coast textures 1
Bitter Coast Redux II Yes Download Flora and Vurt trees
Telvanni Bump Maps No Download the main file.
Vurts Grazelands Trees Yes Tree Replacer for the Grazelands
Vurts Ashlands Overhaul Yes Install the Vanilla Style Trees
Vurts Solstheim Tree Replacer II Yes Download Solstheim Tree Replacer, Collision fix and this
Comberry Bush and Ingredient Replacer Yes Download the main file. Install the Vanilla textures.
Articus Blossoms - Potted Plant and Vines Yes
Articus Ivy and Bush II Yes
Articus Gold Kanet Improved Yes Download the main file.
Bungler's Bane and Hypha Facia HD Yes
Minor Fixes for Step Yes
Ozzy's Grass Merged Yes Only activate .esp in distant land generation. Don't activate it in the launcher/ Mod Organizer. 1 2

Then delete the following files: flora_chokeweed_01.nif, flora_roobush_01.nif if they are found in your data files.

2.K User Interface

Mod Name OpenMW Notes Alternatives
HD Concept-art splash screen and main menu Yes Hires main menu & splash screens
Better Dialogue Font Yes Hires UI font
Chocolate UI Yes Retextured UI. Also install this. 1 2
HD Intro Cinematic - English Yes Must be enabled in MCP. Download your aspect ratio.
Ultimate Icon Replacer Yes New icons. Download v1. Don't install tx_warhammer_iron.dds.

2.L Optional gameplay changes

Mod Name Mod Format Notes Alternatives
Delayed DB Attack V2 .ESP No more early attacks from DB 1
Illy's Solsteim Rumour Fix v1.0 esp Reduces the amount of people that know about Solstheim
The Publicans esp More beds for rent
Diseases Restored esp New ways to die
Movement Fatigue Halved esp Better alternative to "always hit"-mods
Holidays Across Tamriel - Vvardenfell esp Enable only Holidays Across Tamriel - Vvardenfell.esp
Purist Friendly Magicka Regen esp Adds magicka regeneration to the game
Official Add-Ons Patched esp & folder Bethesda-made mods
Subtle Magic Glow folder New texture
Bloodmoon Rebalance esp This mod rebalances Bloodmoon as if it shipped with Morrowind

2.M Optional Immersion

Mod Name Mod Format Notes
Distant Mournhold .ESP Makes Temple visible from any part of Mournhold
RR Mod Series - Telvanni Lighthouse Tel Vos .ESP & .BSA .INI edit required, instructions here
RR Mod Series - Holamayan Monastery Replacer .ESP, .BSA & Folder .INI edit required, instructions here
Concept Art Ghostfence Replacer .ESP & Folder New Ghostfence
Morrowind Acoustic Overhaul .ESM & Folder Follow the readme closely
Cavern Of The Incarnate Overhaul .ESP & Folder .ESP optional
Caldera Mine Expanded .ESP & Folder Enhances the Caldera Mine area
Yet Another Guard Diversity .ESP Varied guards.
Windoors Glow .BSA .ESP & Folder Windows/doors glow during night, register BSA, Patch

3. Setup & Tweaking

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3.A Graphics Card Settings

Turn off antialiasing and anisotropic filtering in the graphics driver. Set the GPU to full performance if possible.

3.B Plugins

1. Open the launcher and activate all plugins except those noted.
2. Run Mlox to sort your plugins.
3. Check that the game, starts, if not, deactivate plugins until it starts.

3.C MGE XE


1. Start MGE XE Gui.
2. Set AA to "4" and AF to "8".
3. Check that resolution and refresh rate matches the monitor settings. Turn Vsync off for now.
4. Generate distant land with all plugins that isn't gameplay-related. Set grass density to 60%.
5. Install the STEP shaders if you haven't already, copy the settings too.
6. That's it! Check game performance and tweak until acceptable FPS is achieved. Vsync may be turned on after this.

Note: If you have good FPS, but still experience stutter, see Texture optimization.
Very low FPS? Consider using Morrowind FPs Optimizer with MGE.
Lastly, install MLOX if you're adding more mods after this guide, it will help sort the plugins for you.

3.D Shader library for MGE XE

With additional shaders the game graphics can be further enhanced and customized.

Mod Name Sample Notes
Adaptive HDR by Seventyfour Sample Alternate HDR
FXAA by J.Bottcher Sample Low-cost AA and softening
Film Grain by wrinklyninja Sample Simulates analog film noise
Watercolor Sample Enhanced colors and bleed
Bloom by Seventyfour Sample Better Bloom
Water by Seventyfour (fixed by Ket Golosov) Sample Green water shader, place in \Morrowind\Data Files\shaders
Old Photo by Zilav Sample Desaturate, sepia, and vignette in one
Sky Bloom by peachykeen Sample Alternate Bloom
Fog-linked DOF Sample Distance blur
Lumasharpen by CeeJay.dk Sample Sharpens textures
Bokeh by Various Sample Bokeh DOF
Gamma Correction by Apel No sample yet Adjusts gamma and luminance
Depth of Field by Vtastek No sample yet Included fog-blur
Water shader by Vtastek Sample Put in \Morrowind\Data Files\shaders

4. Troubleshooting

4.A Plugin master file dependency fix

If you see this error, follow this tutorial.

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