User:TechAngel85/SSE Guide

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Tech's Skyrim Special Edition Guide
Tech's own twist on modding Skyrim Special Edition.

Created and maintained by TechAngel85
Last Update: 7 November 2017

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Contents

Introduction

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What is the purpose behind this guide

With SKSE64 and the development towards STEP 3.0 still a long way off, many users are itching to have something that is even remotely based on STEP for Skyrim Special Edition. This guide will be a bridge for these users. The only difference is I, Tech, will be applying my own twists into the mix. I've wanted to do something similar for a while now so this will be a good introduction for that. Later when STEP 3.0 is released, I will have my own Pack for classic Skyrim which will be something similar to what is found here.

The additions and/or changes provided in this guide will not be a far off shoot from vanilla or the STEP Mandate/philosophy; however, there are certain areas and aspects of the game I, personally, feel need more attention than STEP can obtain due to the Mandates. It's within these areas where users will find the customization this guide provides.

What to expect from this guide

From this guide you can expect to view the game from my perspective. My main guiding philosophy for enhancement is any mod that enhances the ambiance and atmosphere of the Old Kingdom from a lore prospective is a good mod for this guide; Skyrim is a cold and mountainous region of Tamriel so this theme will be maintained throughout. The secondary part of this philosophy will be a focus on realism. I know all the arguments towards the statement I just made so no need to post about that in the forums. Let me explain what realism means to me.

Realism is a funny word to connect to a game with magic and all sorts of fantasy creatures, races, etc. However, many individuals take the word far too literally when trying to apply it to an alternate world, in this case the game world. Realism in a game world is anything that would make that world feel more realistic to the player. This is accomplished by using the known world (real world) as a reference for applying concepts to what would be expected in the game world; not by forcing literal transfers of concepts into that world. More simply put, the real world is only the reference to pull from, not the bible to follow. Following these philosophies there will not be any anime NPCs, bloomed-out lighting, over-saturated textures, pretty hair styles, summer conversion mods, etc. found in this guide. The Old Kingdom will be presented in a lore-friendly, cold, and rugged concept as it's meant to be.

With that said, for users who haven't played Special Edition yet, its "vanilla" is a little bit different from the classic Skyrim vanilla everyone is used to. I have played a fair amount of SSE using just the basics (unofficial patch, SMIM, etc.) so I have a good idea of what vanilla for Skyrim SE is. The single largest change most users will notice is the change in lighting. SSE lighting is vastly different from classic Skyrim. Playing Skyrim SE with vanilla lighting is almost akin to playing classic Skyrim with an ENB installed. Franky, I have a hard time returning to classic Skyrim after playing so much of SSE, simply due to the new lighting being far better. Therefore, users may feel like the Weather and Lighting section of this guide changes the lighting too far away from vanilla, but I assure everyone, it does not. What it does do is make the dungeons darker than what most users experienced in classic Skyrim. Users installing this section of the guide will need to bring a torch! Or for the mages out there, learn Candlelight early in the game!

What NOT to expect from this guide

Hand-holding. Seriously. Users should have general knowledge of modding before attempting this guide. This guide uses Wrye Bash as the mod manager and it has a bit of a learning curve. With that said, I will show users the basics at the time which they will need to know them (like installing a mod). However, I'll only do this once. After the initial instruction users are expected to have the gist of the how-to, therefore, I will not repeat myself and I will not answer support questions for something that is already explained. That's not to be "mean" or "rude". I simply don't have the time to put into support like the authors of the other guides on STEP do.

Also as explained above, users should not expect a "fantasy overhaul". I'm a purist, for the most part, so users shouldn't expect too much deviation from the vanilla style in all aspects.

With that said, I've made the guide as easy to install as possible. I've purposefully excluded any mods which require any sort of porting to Special Edition. This means the mods listed are typically just download, install, and move on. No hassling with the CK. No jumping through hoops to get animations to work. If the mod didn't work by simply installing it, it wasn't included. This is the reason users may notice some mods, which work in SSE, are not included; because they contained a plugin or archive that required extra work/porting. On top of this, if a mod was badly structured for installation with Wrye Bash, I took the time to completely restructure the mod, update the FOMOD, write a wizard, and offered it to the author for uploading. This was to make it easier for users to install these mods without having to extract, rearrange, and repack them just to get WB to install them properly.

System Requirements

To play Skyrim Special Edition in all its glory (ultra), users are going to need a better system than what the average user has for playing classic Skyrim. Since users tend to be naive about what their system can do, lets put this into perspective. Classic Skyrim's recommended video card is at least a GTX 260. Special Edition's recommended video card is at least a GTX 780. That is a six generation leap! Not to mention the GTX 780 is the second most powerful card in its generation. Those recommendations are just for playing the base game, though. When you add modding on top of that, most users are going to need a GTX 970 or higher to stay within acceptable framerates. Mobile users should also be aware that the mobile versions of cards do not stack up evenly with their desktop counterparts. Mobile cards tend to run at least one generation slower than their desktop equivalents. Users should be fully aware of and understand these facts before continuing.

This guide is set up for playing with my specific system in mind. I'm running a GTX 1060 and maintain framerates in the 50 to 60 FPS range with an ENB installed. Fact of the matter is, SSE has new graphical effects and options that will push most systems further than classic Skyrim can; especially the god rays. Users who can run classic Skyrim with an ENB Preset and still achieve playable frame rates will have an easier time running Skyrim Special Edition on the highest settings.

Finally, SSE is meant to be a higher quality, more modern version of Skyrim. Therefore, mod installations will mainly focus on the higher quality options to stick with this theme. Users can, of course, chose lower quality options for texture replacers. There are no hard requirements, unless stated, preventing users from installing the lower quality options. But if users want SSE in all its glory, "your mama's potato that you're playing classic Skyrim on just isn't going to cut it for this guide!"

For comparison, users can view my system hardware here: Tech's System Specs

  • I still play on Windows 7 64-bit.
  • My system is stock, meaning nothing is overclocked.

Changelog

Users who have already installed the guide should periodically view the changelog to keep their setup up-to-date.

View the Changelog

Development Notes

Here is where I will keep my personal log of notes for the guide. I will track things such as mod suggestions, reported bugs, etc. Check here before reporting any issues.

View the Dev Notes

Pre Guide Work

There are a few things that need to be completed before starting this guide. Most of these things should already be completed, but if they are not, please do so.

Game Setup

If it is not, Steam should be installed to a location not affected by User Account Control (UAC). This is typically a place outside of C:\Program Files\ or C:\Program Files (x86)\. A separate hard drive, preferably a SSD, is recommended. If a separate drive is not available, a separate partition on a single hard drive is the second best option. If neither options are available, using the root of the system drive is recommended: C:\Steam\. If Steam is already installed to a UAC controlled area, users can move the install by following the instructions here: How do I move my existing Steam Installation?.

Once the game is installed, users will need to complete an initial setup:

  1. Launch Skyrim Special Edition from within Steam
  2. Accept any default settings and click [Play] to launch the game
  3. Once at the main menu, exit the game to desktop.
  4. The game is now set up for modding.
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Don't forget to clean the DLC with xEdit.

Mod Manager

There are two viable choices for a mod manager at this time for SSE. Those are Nexus Mod Manager (NMM) and Wrye Bash (WB). Mod Organizer 2 is not included because it's not what I would consider a stable mod manager in its current state. For the completion of this guide either NMM or WB is recommended. Even though Wrye Bash has a high learning curve that many may find daunting, I will be focusing my efforts around modding with this manager. Nexus Mod Manager is simply not a good tool for advanced modding.

Wrye Bash

Download: Nexus
Installation

  1. Download the "Wrye Bash 307 beta1 - Standalone Executable" file from Nexus.
  2. Open the archive.
  3. Click and drag the Mopy folder into the root SSE folder (...Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition\) to extract the files into to the game's root directory.
Final Result

Final Result
Wrye Bash Setup
  1. Launch Wrye Bash by opening "Wrye Bash.exe".
  2. Click on the Installers tab at the top and let it run it's scan.
  3. Right-click in the left pane and choose [Open...].
    A folder structure is automatically created which WB will use for its mod management: ...Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition Mods\
    It is recommended to create a shortcut on the desktop to the "Bash Installers" folder.
    1. Right-click the "Bash Installers" folder.
    2. Hover over [Send to].
    3. Choose [Desktop (create shortcut)].
Wrye Bash Markers

Markers are separators in the Installers tab to help users sectionalize or categorize mods. The default marker, which is already set up, is the Last marker. It can not be deleted. Users will set up a new marker for each mod section below. To do this:

  1. Right-click in the Installers pane.
  2. Choose [Add Marker].
  3. Name it Game Fixes and hit [Enter] to accept it.
    All remaining markers created later in this guide are created in the same manner.
Steps #1 and 2

Steps #1 and 2
Steps #3 and 4

Steps #3 and 4

Other Utilities

Since some utilities are now able to be used across multiple games, I have started organizing them on my personal system within a centralized location instead of within the game's folder. Users are not required to use my organization and may organize the utilities whichever way works best for them individually. Many of these utilities will already be installed on on the system due to their use for other games. If any of them are already installed, there is no reason to re-install them for this guide unless users wish to use a single copy of the software for each game. I find this wasteful and unnecessary so the instructions below will instruct installation for how I install the utilities. Again, user may install these utilities however they wish.

Utilities Folder

First a centralized folder will be needed to install the utilities to:

  1. Choose a location outside of UAC control and outside of the game's folder for the new folder and open that location up in an Explorer window.
    I have chosen: D:\Modding\
  2. Click [New folder] on the menu bar of the window.
  3. Name the folder and hit [Enter] to accept it.
    I have chosen Programs for my name because it is descriptive of what is housed within.
    (optional) It is recommended to create a shortcut to this folder location for ease of access to these utilities.
  4. Open the new folder and keep the window open for the utilities installations.
BethINI

Download: Nexus

Description
A utility used for setting up and editing game INIs.

Installation

  1. Download the utility from Nexus
  2. Extract the contents to the new folder created above:
    On my system this is: D:\Modding\Programs\BethINI\.
  3. BethINI will be ran and setup up at the end of the guide.
DynDOLOD

Download: Nexus

Description
This is an utility used to create a mod based on the load order, which adds custom, distant LOD for objects to Skyrim.

Installation

  1. Download the DynDOLOD Standalone main file.
  2. Extract the contents to the new folder created above:
    On my system this is: D:\Modding\Programs\DynDOLOD Standalone\.
DynDOLOD Setup
  1. Open the installed DynDOLOD folder from above.
  2. Right-click on TexGen64.exe and choose [Create shortcut].
  3. Right-click on the newly created shortcut and choose [Properties].
  4. In the Target field after the ending quote, type a space and -sse
    It should look like: TexGenx64.exe" -sse
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for DynDOLODx64.exe.
JPEXS

Download: Free Decompiler
Download: Java Runtime Environment (x64)

Description
A program used to edit SWF files. This is needed to take care of a couple issues with SkyUI v2.2. The Runtime Environment is needed for the program to work.

Java Runtime Environment

  1. Open the link above for the Runtime Environment.
  2. Accept the license agreement for Oracle (above the download links).
  3. Download the "Windows x64 Offline" option and run the installer.
  4. Install the Environment to the default location.

JPEXS

  1. Download the JPEXS from the website and run the installer.
  2. Install JPEXS to the default location and allow it to create a shortcut for easy access later.
  3. JPEXS will be used after installing SkyUI.
LOOT

Download: Nexus

Description
A program used for sorting plugins for load orders.

Installation

  1. Download the utility from Nexus and run the installer.
  2. Install LOOT to the new folder created above.
    On my system this is: D:\Modding\Programs\LOOT\
SSE Edit

Download: Nexus

Description
This is an utility used for conflict resolution between mod plugins, among other uses. Users installing mods beyond the scope of this guide are encouraged to learn how to resolve mod conflicts using this tool.

Installation

  1. Download the utility from Nexus
  2. Extract the contents to the new folder created above:
    On my system this is: D:\Modding\Programs\SSEEdit\.

Mod Installation

Below are the mod sections for downloading and installing individual mods. Before that, users should familiarize themselves with how to install mods with WB and some basic information provided about the mod. I will not be explaining everything in detail so reference the Wrye Bash Guide as needed. Mods should also be installed and placed under the newly created markers, in the order which they are listed below. I will go into detail on how to install the first mod below, as well as, provide a basic overview of the mod information. After this initial walk-through, users should use the same process for installing the rest of the mods listed. Detailed instructions will be given where required.

Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
The Unofficial Patch provides a vast array of fixes for bugs left in the vanilla game.
Adding the Archive to WB
  1. Download the mod from Nexus using the download manually link.
  2. Cut and paste the archive into the Bash Installers folder which should still be open from the instructions above.
  3. Click on the Wrye Bash window to bring it into focus. WB will automatically detect the newly added archive.
    If WB wasn't already on it, click the Installers tab to see the newly added archive.
    The package name will be the same name as the archive. This can be changed, however, I recommend keeping it. Unless authors are simply careless (or clueless), most will include the Nexus meta data in the file name. This provides users with the Nexus ID and version of the listed mod. This data is needed for functions like the [Open at] option on the right-click context menu to work.
Step #2

Step #2
Step #3

Step #3
Wrye Bash Mod Information

Before moving on lets review the provide mod and installation information. Users can click on the new archive listing and view the mod information and installation options. I am providing a brief overview of this because this information is very useful for users who wish to venture beyond the scope of this guide.

The main pane on the top right comes with several tabs:

General
Provides an overview of the mod which includes a full list of the files which will be added upon install. The list of files is determined by the Sub-Packages selected. Sub-Packages will be covered below during mod installations.
Matched
List of files that are identical to current files in the Data directory.
Missing
List the files that are missing from a current install of the mod. If the mod is not installed, the user will see all the files listed here.
Mismatched
List of files that are present in the Data directory, but aren't identical to the mod's version of those files.
Conflicts
Lists all the files which are conflicting with the mod's files. Users should keep in mind that WB can not see into archives unless the feature is turned on. This can be turned on by right-clicking the Installer's tab header and checking [Show BSA Conflicts].
Underridden
List of files that the mod is providing, but shouldn't be because another mod installed after it should be providing listed files, but is not. Having files listed here is usually undesirable and should result in the mod's background being yellow. This issue is corrected by right-clicking the mod listing and choosing [Anneal].
Dirty
List of files that were previously installed, but should be removed or altered due to a change in Sub-Package options without a reinstall of the mod. Having files listed here is usually undesirable and should result in the mod's background being orange. Dirty files can be cleaned by right-clicking the mod listing and choosing [Anneal].
Skipped
List any files which were skipped during installation due to them being unusable files. Sometime mods can be packaged with non-standard directories and these directories will be skipped. These directories can be present when an author makes a FOMOD without keeping BAIN users in mind (WB users), this making complex directories which are not BAIN compatible. In such cases, the author should be contacted and asked to make the directory structure BAIN compatible. The other option is for users to create a BCF file which tells BAIN how to install the mod.
Other Panes
Sub-Packages
When they exist, this is where the user can select mod install options prior to installation. The mod must be packaged in the BAIN format for sub-packages to be visible. This is the area most used when installing mod options since most mods do not include wizards (Wrye Bash's version of a FOMOD).
Esp/m Filter
Any plugins that the mod will install is listed in this pane. Users can option to not install any of the listed plugins be unchecking the box next to it.
Comments
This area is for user comments specific to the user's local installation. Users can use this area to make notes about the mod, install options, reviews, issues, etc.
Archive Installation

Once the archive is added to Wrye Bash, users can install it:

  1. Right-click on the listed archive and choose [Install].
    Wrye Bash installs the mod and it will have a green plus in it's box indicating the mod is installed.
  2. Click the "Mods" tab.
    Users will see the plugin has been added, but it is not checked meaning it will not load.
  3. Check the box next to the newly added plugin to active it.
    Now the mod is installed and it's plugin will load in the game.
Step #1

Step #1
Steps #2 and 3

Steps #2 and 3

Game Fixes

These are mods which provide vital fixes to buggy game elements. At this time, users should have already created the marker for this section and installed the first mod of the guide. All mods in this section should be placed under the Game Fixes marker, in the order they are listed, leaving the Unofficial Patch at the top. Unless specific instructions are given, all mods are installed in the same manner as users were shown above. This holds true for all the following mod sections.

1st Person Candlelight Fix

Download: Nexus

Description
Fixes the brightness of the candlelight spell in first-person view to equal the brightness in third-person view.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Consistent Older People

Download: Nexus

Description
Ensures NPCs who are meant to be old have a matching old body and face appearance.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Cutting Room Floor
Required by CR Patch

Required by Weather Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Restores content that was either cut from the game, let out, or was unfinished.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Flora Respawn Fix

Download: Nexus

Description
Fixes a bug, which causes harvestable flora to not respawn.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.


Improved Closefaced Helmets
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Updates the meshes for helmets to allow NPC/PC faces to be seen through the open parts of the helmet.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
SSE Fixes

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod corrects an issue in the engine code which causes performance issues when loading a lot of plugins.
Installation Note
This is a manually installed mod! Do not use WB to install it or it will not be installed correctly. Follow the instructions!

Installation

  1. Download DLL Plugin Loader.
    Use the instructions on the mod page to install this mod. They're simple enough that I shouldn't need to spell them out here.
  2. Download the main file from the SSE Fixes mod page.
  3. Extract the archive to your Data folder: ...Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition\Data\
  4. Users should now have the DLLPlugins folder in their Data folder: ...Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition\Data\DLLPlugins\
Unlimited Bookshelves

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod allows players to place any number of items on bookshelves, not just books. The main reason for it's inclusion is because I'm a hoarder when it comes to books in the game. Unlimited Bookshelves allows as many books to fit on a single shelf as will bit, whereas in vanilla the player is limited to a set number. This is one of those mods that adds realism to the game.
Usage Note
Some bookshelves that have bookshelf menus will not be set up properly with collision planes, thus allowing players to grab items directly from these bookshelves. This can cause issues, so players are highly discouraged from doing this. If the bookshelf has a menu, use it.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
XP32 Maximum Skeleton Special Extended - XPMSSE

Download: Nexus

Description
This is a skeleton raplacer which enables more compatibility with other mods and fixes a lot of issues.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and place it in the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 01 Skeleton Rig XPMSSE HDT
    • 07 XPMSSE - BFQ
    • 07 XPMSSE - BFQ - 1st Person
    • 08 BFQ
    • 09 (Select all of them)
    • 10 XPMSSE
  3. Install the mod.


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Game Interfaces

The following mods will enhance various interface elements in the game. Users should create a new marker in WB for this section of mods.

Better Dialogue Controls

Download: Nexus

Description
Better Dialogue Controls allows for easier navigation in the dialogue menus using a keyboard and mouse.

Installation

  1. Download the mod from Nexus and install.
Better MessageBox Controls

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod allows users to navigate message boxes using a keyboard. This also adjusts the clickable area for buttons so they are easier to click.

Installation

  1. Download the mod from Nexus and install.
Font Overhaul - Natural Typefaces for Skyrim

Download: Nexus

Description
Font Overhaul adds new typefaces for various elements and objects, like books, notes, and menus. Graphics on the book pages have also been corrected with proper transparency so they look more natural. I have used this extensively and love the results.
Compatibility Note
For those users who insist on using the Sovngarde font mod, there is a patch provided in the Optional Files on the mod page. However, I would encourage users to at least try the menu font provided by Font Overhaul.

Installation

  1. Download the "Font Overhaul" main file from Nexus and install.
Lore-Based Loading Screens

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod adds 100+ new texts for the loading screens which are all 100% lore-based. This mod is optional for this guide, but it adds some variety to screens users will be seeing a lot.
General Notes
Be aware the readme provided by this mod is skipped during installation. Proper BAIN structure requires miscellaneous documents, like readmes, to be placed within a Docs folder. Chesko has his in a non-BAIN directory, thus, WB doesn't install the file.

Installation

  1. Download the mod from Nexus and install.
Skyrim SE Skill Interface Re-Texture
WB Wizards

Installing SSIRT will be the first time users encounter a mod with a wizard. Wizards are Wrye Bashes version of a FOMOD. If a mod contains a wizard, users will see a checkbox for the mod with a wand on it. User can then right-click these listings to run the wizard, which will walk users through the proper selection of the sub-packages.
Wizards are far more useful for mods that have a lot of sub-packages to choose from. Most authors do not include wizards because it can be confusing to learn the code, write them, and then maintain them. Other authors simply don't know about wizards due to WB not being as popular as it once was.

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod improves the textures found on the Perks menu.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and move the mod into the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Right-click on the mod listing and select [Wizard].
  3. Install the options desired and install the mod.

For reference, I have the follow sub-packages selected:

  • 000 - Core
  • 100 - Background - HDR Nebula - Irradiant Stars
  • 200 - Perk Lines - Option 1
  • 300 - Perk Line Color - Grey
  • 400 - Constellations - HD Default
  • 500 - Perk Stars - HD Default
  • 600 - Dawnguard Constellations - HD Default
  • 610 - DG Moons - HD Moon
  • 620 - DG More Stars
  • 630 - DG Background - HDR Vampire 2
SkyUI

Download: Nexus

Description
SkyUI overhauls the inventory and other menus to make them far more useful, faster, and easier to use. This means less time navigating Bethesda's terrible menu system and more time playing the game.

Download

  1. Download the SkyUI_2_2 found in the Old Files section of the Nexus page.
    This is the only version that currently works with SSE, but requires some manual editing to get it to work correctly.

Manual Editing
There are a couple good sources of information for walking users through editing SkyUI, therefore, I will not be covering this process here. Instead, users should use the sources linked below to complete this process. Afterwards, users should return here to finish the installation.

Installation

  1. Once the manual editing is complete, users should re-archive the mod and paste it into the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Install the mod as usual.
Smaller Cursor

Download: Nexus

Description
Reduces the size of the mouse cursor in the game. This mod is optional, but I've included it here because I like feel the vanilla cursor is too big.

Installation

  1. Download the main file from Nexus and install.


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Foundational Graphics

The following mods lay the foundation from which the rest of the graphics will be built upon. Users should now create a new marker for this section.

Ultimate HD Fire Effects
WB Info - File Conflicts

After installing SMIM below will be the first time users will see file conflicts in Wrye Bash. Depending on how users have their conflicts showing, they should notice Ultimate HD Fire Effects checkbox icon has changed from a green plus to a yellow plus. This means there are files in another mod (in this case SMIM) which are overwriting files it also provides. In this case, the overwrites are expected and wanted. Users should learn to look for such changes to the checkboxes so they are aware of file overwrites. Conflicts are viewed in the Conflicts tab.

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod retextures the fire and fire effects.
Installation Note
ONLY install the version listed below. The other files will cause crashes. Please keep in mind these are very large textures! If you can't handle them, skip the mod.

Installation

  1. Download the Ultimate HD Fire Effects -Ultra Version- main file and install.
Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus
Description

Static Mesh Improvement Mod mod makes massive improvements to 3D models; making them
less blocky and more natural looking. The main focus for SMIM are smaller objects
(food, chains, ropes, clutter, etc), however, the mod does cover larger architectural
as well (buildings, pillars, rocks, etc).

Installation

  1. Download the main and move it to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the sub-packages listed to the right.
  3. In the Esp/m Filter pane, untick all plugins leaving only SMIM-SE-Merged-All.esp checked.
  4. Install the mod.
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  • 02 Vanilla Barrel Textures Animations
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Skyrim Realistic Overhaul

Download: Mod DB

Description
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul overhauls a ton of the textures in the game while keeping the vanilla style.
General Note
SRO has some very large textures including a lot of 4K and 2K. Users with limited VRAM and GPU power may wish to consider constraining the sizes using DDSopt. I will not be doing so for this guide.

Installation

  1. Download the following files from Mod DB:
    • Skyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 1
    • Skyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 2
    • Skyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 3
    • Skyrim Realistic Overhaul 1.7. Update
  2. Extract all 4 archives into a single directory and overwrite anything when asked.
    I have named my directory Skyrim Realistic Overhaul SSE.
    Fair warning...there is nearly 10GBs (extracted) of textures for this mod.
  3. Ensure the textures folder is the only sub-directory and archive the mod.
  4. Move the new archive to the Bash Installers folder and install.
    During installation WB may appear to hang or stop working. Just let it run for a while until it is done. Depending on the system, it could take several minutes.
Step #3

Step #3
Tobes Highres Textures

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod retextures some small clutter and furniture objects while keeping the vanilla style.
General Note
This is a classic Skyrim mod, but it works fine in SSE.

Installation

  1. Download the Tobes Highres Textures 1_2 main file and the Tobes Highres Textures 1_2b SMIM Patch optional file.
  2. Extract both archives.
  3. From the main file, delete the following:
    • Textures\clutter\barrel01.dds
    • Textures\clutter\barrel01_n.dds
    • Textures\clutter\barrel02.dds
    • Textures\clutter\barrel02_n.dds
    • Textures\clutter\furniturewood01.dds
    • Textures\clutter\furniturewood01_n.dds
    • Textures\clutter\barset\ (the whole folder)
    • Textures\clutter\deadanimals\ (the whole folder)
    • Textures\furniture\ (the whole folder)
  4. Copy the optional file into the main archive.
  5. Ensure the textures folder is the only sub-directory and archive the mod.
  6. Move the new archive to the Bash Installers folder and install.
High Quality Food and Ingredients

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod retextures a lot of the food and ingredients while keeping the vanilla style.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and move the mod into the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select all the sub-packages except the following:
    • 02
    • 08
    • 10
    • 14
    • 17
    • 20
    • 35
    • 40
  3. Install the mod.
A Quality World Map

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod provides new highly quality map textures with added roads.

Installation

  1. Download the 9.0.1 A Quality World Map - Vivid with Stone Roads main file and install.


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Landscape & Environment

The following mods will focus on enhancing the landscape and architectural features of the game. Users should create a new marker for this section.

Arri's Snow Elf Ruins Retexture

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the snow elf ruin textures. The floor texture is a bit off from vanilla, but the rest is such an improvement that I look pass it.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Better Dynamic Snow

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod provides a new shader for the snow placed on objects which forces the snow texture installed to be used rather than the "plastic/paint" shader used in vanilla.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and move the mod into the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00 - Core
    • 01 - SMIM
    • 03 - Majestic Mountains Patch
  3. Install the mod.
Blended Roads

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod provides a new road meshes with transparency for roads that blend naturally into the landscape.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Move the file to the Bash Installers folder.
  3. Right-click on the mod and choose [Wizard]. WB will run the installation wizard.
    1. Once the wizard opens, select the Welcome and click [Next >].
    2. Select Blended Roads and click [Next >].
    3. Check the SMIM Patch for Blended Roads and click [Next >].
    4. Check the [Apply these selections] box and click [Finish] to install the mod.
Deathbell HD - All-New Textures (2K-1K)

Download: Nexus

Description
A high quality replacer for the deathbells.

Installation

  1. Download the Deathbell HD 2K main file and install.
    Users can use the 1K version, if they like.
Embers HD

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the fire embers wherever they're found.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • EHD 2K
    • EHDFireplaces
    • EHDForges
    • EHDLavaCrater
    • EHDPatchUHDEF
  3. Install the mod.
ETHEREAL CLOUDS - Special Edition

Download: Nexus

Description
Retexure the sky clouds with nicer, natural clouds.

Installation

  1. Download the ETHEREAL CLOUDS - Special Edition - 2K main file and install.
Farmhouse Chimneys

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod add new chimneys to the farmhouses so NPCs don't die of smoke inhalation.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and copy it to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00 - Thinner Meshes
    • 01 - Vanilla
    • 04 - LAL + CRF
  3. Install the mod.
Footprints

Download: Nexus

Description
Footprints is an immersion and realism mod that will add footprints for NPCs/PC and animals/creatures in ash and snow environments.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
HD Dark brotherhood door

Download: Nexus

Description
A high quality version of the DB door.

Installation

  1. Download the No glowing eyes version optional file and install the mod.
HD Road Signs - 2K and 4K

Download: Nexus

Description
A high quality retexture of the road signs. No more blur!

Installation

  1. Download the HD Road Signs 2K Version main file, and the Cutting Room Floor Signs and Point the Way - Kynesgrove Sign optional files.
  2. Install all the files.
HQ College of Winterhold

Download: Nexus

Description
A high quality retexture of the College of Winterhold.

Installation

  1. Download the main file, and install the mod.
HQ Tree Bark

Download: Nexus

Description
A high quality retexture of the bark on the trees.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and move the file to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 001
    • 005
  3. Install the mod.
Hybrids HD Plants and Herbs Retexture

Download: Nexus

Description
Retextures many plants and ingredients.

Installation

  1. Download the main file file and install the mod.
Just Ice

Download: Nexus

Description
Textures the glaciers, icebergs, ice floes, and small ice rocks.

Installation

  1. Download the Just Ice V2 Alternative (2K) v2.3 main file and install the mod.
Lanterns of Skyrim SE
Required by LoS Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Adds lanterns all around Skyrim where they make sense. The road lanterns will be disable when the MCM version is released.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Nordic Snow

Download: Nexus

Description
Retexture for the snow all across Skryim.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Point The Way

Download: Nexus

Description
Adds extra road signs to help players better navigate without having to consistently use the map.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Real Wood Textures - Farmhouses

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the farmhouse textures to look and feel more like natural wood which came from the trees around Skyrim.

Installation

  1. Download the Real Wood Textures - Farmhouses No Green Moss Version optional file.
  2. Extract the archives and delete the following:
    • textures/architecture/farmhouse/stonewall01.dds
    • textures/architecture/farmhouse/stonewall01_n.dds
  3. Ensure the textures folder is the only sub-directory and archive the mod.
  4. Move the new archive to the Bash Installers folder and install.
Realistic Water Two
  • Required by CR Patch

Required by Weather Patch

Required by Inigo Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Complete overhaul of the water and water effects. RWT also adds new and improved meshes to many of the effects.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 000 Core
    • 400 Extended Ambience
  3. Install the mod.
Majestic Mountains

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the mountains and rocks of Skyrim.
General Note
I'm aware this mod is a bit away from vanilla, however, the vanilla mountains are so bad that I warrant the mod necessary.

Installation

  1. Download the 3. Majestic Mountains Lightside standalone installer main file
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00
    • 01
    • 21
  3. Install the mod.
Remove Small Rocks

Download: Nexus

Description
Removes the small pebble rocks players see around the landscape, which serve no purpose other than to annoy players with the oddity of their presence. Be gone!

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Shadowmarks Improved

Download: Nexus

Description
Retextures the shadowmarks from the Thieves Guild.
General Note
User should only download the textures file as directed below. The plugins are not compatible with SSE.

Installation

  1. Download the Shadowmark Textures - 512 optional file and install the mod.
Skyrim SE Improved Puddles

Download: Nexus

Description
Retextures the liquid and frozen puddles.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 01
    • 10
  3. Install the mod.
Terrain LOD redone

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the LOD terrain for better blending and fixings a few issues.

Installation

  1. Download the main files and install the mod.
Vanilla Vegetation Overhaul

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the flora and vegetation of Skyrim while keeping the vanilla look and feel.

Installation

  1. Download the main files.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00
    • 01
    • 03_HD_LOD
    • 03_HD_LOD_Billboards
  3. Install the mod.
Veydosebrom - Grasses and Groundcover

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the grasses and ground covers. This mod will make the grasses more lush, but it still stays close to the vanilla color palette.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and miscellaneous file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages from the main file:
    • 00 Core
    • 01 Vanilla
  3. Install the main file.
  4. Install the miscellaneous file.
Whiterun Trellis Redesigned and HQ

Download: Nexus

Description
Redesign of the awful trellis in Whiterun.

Installation

  1. Download the Whitrun Trellis Texture 4096 v_1_1 main file and install the mod.
    Some users may want to constrain this to 2K using DDSopt.


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Characters & Creatures

The following mods overhaul the NPCs/PC, animals, and creatures found in the game. Users should create a new marker for this section.

Bellyaches Animal and Creature Pack SSE

Download: Nexus

Description
The mod overhauls many of the animals and creatures. It is use as a foundation to build upon.

Installation

  1. Download the main file
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 01 Bear - Blue-eyed Polar
    • 02 Chaurus - Black
    • 03 Chicken - Brown
    • 04 Dog - Default
    • 05 Dragonfly
    • 06 Elk and Caribou
    • 07 Fox - Arctic - Default
    • 08 Fox - Normal - Red
    • 09 Frostbite Spider - Normal - Brown Striped
    • 10 Frostbite Spider - Arctic - Frosty
    • 11 Goat (Shaggy) - Brown
    • 12 Hawk - Common Buzzard
    • 13 Highland Cow - Orange
    • 14 Horker - Grey
    • 15 Horse (All Defaults)
    • 16 Default Mane and Tail
    • 23 Mudcrab - Grey
    • 24 Rabbit
    • 27 Skeever - Mangy Grey
    • 28 Skeever - Arctic - White
    • 29 Werewolf - Dark Grey
    • 31 Wolf - Black - Darker Black
    • 32 Wolf - Ice - White w Blue Eyes
    • 33 Wolf - Red - Brown
  3. Install the mod.
Bellyaches HD Dragon Replacer Pack (SE)

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality and fixed textures and meshes for dragons.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Beards

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture for beards.
General Note
Some beards may not align properly on some custom faces.

Installation

  1. Download the Beards - 1K Resolution main file and install the mod.
    Users can download the higher quality versions, but frankly I see no reason to spend the VRAM on such a small texture.
Brows

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture for eye brows.
General Note
This mod contains a plugin that has not been converted to SSE. Not to worry. The mod is only being used as a direct replacement for vanilla textures and we'll not being installing the plugin.

Installation

  1. Download the Brows - Standard Resolution main file
  2. Untick the ESP under Esm/p Filter pane.
  3. Install the mod.
    Users can download the higher quality version, but frankly I see no reason to spend the VRAM on such a small texture.
Coverkhajiits

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture for khajiit faces.

Installation

  1. Download both main files and install the both.
DRAGON PRIEST

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the dragon priest enemies.

Installation

  1. Download the Dragon.Priest.2k optional file and install the mod.
DRAUGR

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the various draugr.

Installation

  1. Download the Draugr.2k optional file and the Draugr.no.male.pupill and Draugr.Reduced.FXEyes miscellaneous files.
  2. Install the files.
FALMER

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the falmer enemies.

Installation

  1. Download the Falmer.2k optional file and install the mod.
FemFeet Redesigned

Download: Nexus

Description
New mesh for female feet to rid the NPCs of block feet.
General Note
This is not for screenarchers. There are a few issues with these meshes combined with the vanilla body textures (installed below). Old NPCs will have bad seems. Other NPCs will have a small seem on the inside of the ankle and on the bottom of the feet. This guide is for gameplay, though, not staring at NPCs feet...no foot fetishes here!

Installation

  1. Download the FFR UNP main file and install the mod.
Female Vampires Have Fangs

Download: Nexus

Description
Gives female vampires fangs for consistency.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
GIANT

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the gaints.

Installation

  1. Download the Giant.4k-2k main file and install the mod.
HAGRAVEN

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the hagravens.

Installation

  1. Download the Hagraven.2k optional file and install the mod.
Immersive Citizens - AI Overhaul SE
  • Required by CR Patch

Required by Weather Patch

Required by Inigo Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhaul of the NPC packages, schedules, and actions/reactions. The mod makes the NPCs feel more natural.

Installation

  1. Download the main file
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 10 Main_Full_Version
    The ELE Patch is not needed since I provide a conflict resolution patch with this guide.
  3. Install the mod.
Improved Eyes Skyrim

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls NPC eye textures to be more beautiful and natural.

Installation

  1. Download the main file, the optional file, and move them to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the main file and the following sub-packages for it:
    • 00 Core - Default Eyes - Human Races
    • 00 Core - Default Eyes - Other Races
    • 00 Core - New Eyes
    • 01 Complete
    • 03 Textures - Vamp Standard
    • 04 Werewolf
    • 05 Dawnguard
  3. Install the main file.
  4. Install the optional file below the main file.
Eye Normal Map Fix SSE

Download: Nexus

Description
Alters the normal maps for the NPC eyes so light shines off of them realistically. BLASPHEMOUS THOUGHTS! NO DETAIL IS TOO SMALL! ^_^

Installation

  1. Download the Eye Normal Map Fix SSE main file and install the mod.
MAMMOTH

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the mammoths.

Installation

  1. Download the Mammoth.4k-2k main file and install the mod.
More Realistic Hair

Download: Nexus

Description
Retexture and refinement of the NPC hair.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Northborn Scars

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the NCP scars.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
PondFish and Salmon Replacer

Download: Nexus

Description
Retexture of the pond fish.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC DEATH HOUND

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the death hounds (vampire dogs).

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC DEATH HOUND - 2K-1K - DARK VERSION main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC GARGOYLE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the gargoyles.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC GARGOYLE - 2K-1K main file and install the mod.
SABRECAT

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the sabrecats.

Installation

  1. Download the Sabrecat.2k optional file and install the mod.
Tempered Skins for Males

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the male skin textures.

Installation

  1. Download the Tempered Skins for Males - Dressed Version main file.

Until the new archive is uploaded, users will have to repackage the mod. Users will need to install:

  • A - Main Files > A0 - Required
  • A - Main Files > A1 - Vanilla Underwear
  • B - Body diffuse options > B2 - Clean hairy
  • C - Body normal options > C2 - Natural
  • D - Face diffuse options > d2 - Elder
  • E - Face normal options > E2 - Harsh
The Elder Scrolls V Rewritten - Arvak SE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the Arvak horse. Also includes some asset fixes.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and move it into the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-package:
    • 00
    • 01
    • 02
    Users can install the option desired for the textures. I've chosen Soul Cairn.
  3. Install the mod.
TROLL

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the various trolls.

Installation

  1. Download the Troll.2k optional file and install the mod.
True Daughters of Skyrim

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the female skins for non-beast NPCs.

Installation

  1. Download the Vanilla main main file install the mod.
WISPMOTHER

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the wispmothers.

Installation

  1. Download the Wispmother.2x1k main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00
    • 01
  3. Install the mod.


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Clothing & Equipment

The follow mods address armors, weapons, clothing, adornments, and any dealing with wearables. Users should create a new marker for this section.

aMidianBorn Book of Silence

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod needs no introduction. It retextures a vast array of armors and weapons.

Installation

  1. Download the aMidianBorn book of silence_ARMORS, aMidianBorn book of silence_UNIQUE ITEMS, and the aMidianBorn book of silence_WEAPONS main files.
Armors Installation
  1. Move the aMidianBorn book of silence_ARMORS file to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • Users can choose whatever versions of the armors that are preferred. The selections below are simply my preferences.
    • 01 elven dark
    • 03 hide
    • 04 iron vanilla cut
    • 05 steel
    • 06 scaled
    • 07 orcish
    • 08 dwarven
    • 09 steel plate
    • 10 leather
    • 11 ancient nord
    • 12 wolf grey
    • 13 glass
    • 14 ebony black
    • 16 falmer armor
    Note that the blades armor is skipped. It is bugged for SSE.
    02 fur is skipped because Rustic Clothing covers this which will be installed below.
  3. Install the mod.
Unique Items Installation
  1. Move the aMidianBorn book of silence_UNIQUE ITEMS file to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Right-click on the mod listing and select [Wizard].
  3. Select [Install Everything] and click [Next >].
  4. Check the Apply these selections box and click [Finish].
  5. Download the Staff of Magnus Hotfix and install the fix below the Unique Items mod.
Weapons Installation
  1. Move the aMidianBorn book of silence_WEAPONS file to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select all sub-packages except 03 skyforge.
  3. Install the mod.
Circlets or Masks with all Robes and Hoods

Download: Nexus

Description
The mod allows the player to wear circlets or masks with hooded armor and clothes.
General Note
I've included this mod because it's always bugged me that the game didn't allow to players to wear both. It just didn't make sense from a logical viewpoint. There is a small risk of this mod allowing players to become a bit more powerful than vanilla allows due to the added buffs, but this doesn't bother me.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Dragon Priest Mask Overhaul SSE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the dragon priest masks.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Elemental Staffs SE
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the destruction staffs.

Installation

  1. Download the Elemental Staffs SE 2K-1K main file and install the mod.
Gemling Queen Jewelry SE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the jewelry.

Installation

  1. Download the main file
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00 - Amulets
    • 01b- Gamwich Amulet Textures 1k
    • 10 - Circlets
    • 20 - Rings
    • 21a - Gamwich Ring Textures opt1 1k
    • 40 Dawnguard Addon
  3. Install the mod.
Greatsword Sheaths and Scabbards Redux SE

Download: Nexus

Description
Add sheaths and scabbards for the greatswords for consistency.

Installation

  1. Download the main file
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00 - Textures default
    • 01 - Meshes Thin
  3. Install the mod.
Dragonbone Mastery - Weapons Retexture

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the dragonbone weapons.

Installation

  1. Download the Small Resolution - Dragonbone Mastery - WITH Engravings optional file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00
    • 01 Main Files Darker
    • 02 New Arrow
    • 03 Short Scabbard Texture 1
    • 04 Required For Short Scabbard - Transparent Meshes
  3. Install the mod.
LeanWolf's Better-Shaped Weapons SE

Download: Nexus

Description
Edits the meshes of most weapons and quivers to be slimmer, more realistic, and more natural.

Installation

  1. Download the LeanWolfs Better-Shaped Weapons INSTALLER SE main file and the LeanWolfs Better-Shaped Weapons-Arrow Update update file.
  2. Move both files into the Bash Installers folder.
  3. Select the main file and the sub-packages listed to the right.
  4. Install the main file.
  5. Install the update file after the main file.
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  • 001
  • 002
  • 003
  • 004
  • 005
  • 007
  • 008
  • 009
  • 010
  • 011
  • 012a
  • 013a
  • 014
  • 015
  • 016
  • 017
  • 018 Dawnbreaker ENB
  • 019
  • 020a
  • 021
  • 022
  • 023
  • 024a
  • 301
  • 302
  • 303
  • 304
  • 305
  • 308
  • 309
  • 309a
  • 310
  • 311
  • 312a
  • 314
  • 315
  • 319
  • 320a
  • 321
Nightingale Prime HD

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the Nightingale armor.

Installation

  1. Download the Nightingale Prime HD - Leather Version main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC CLOTHING - Special Edition

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the all the clothing in the game.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC CLOTHING - Special Edition - 2K-1K main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC FORSWORN

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the Forsworn armors.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC FORSWORN - 2K-1K main file and install the mod.
Ultimate HD Torch

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the torch.

Installation

  1. Download the Ultimate HD Torch HiRes - 2048x2048 main file and install the mod.


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Clutter & Miscellaneous

The following mods focus on those that enhance items such as barrels, books, bottles, furniture, food, and more. Users should add a new marker for this section.

Barenziah's Glory SE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the Barenziah crown, gems, and jewelry box.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Selection the following sub-packages:
    • 00 - MAIN
    • 01b - Crown Texture 1k
    • 02b - Gamwich Jewelrybox Texture 1k
  3. Install the mod.
Book Covers Skyrim
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the book covers to make them more detailed and unique. Book collectors will thank me.

Installation

  1. Download the Book Covers Skyrim SE - Desaturated main file and install the mod.
Book Covers Skyrim - Lost Library

Download: Nexus

Description
This expands upon Book Covers Skyrim art work by adding another 295 books from previous Elder Scrolls games.

Installation

  1. Download the Book Covers Skyrim SE - Lost Library - Desaturated main file and install the mod.
CC's HQ Septims

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the various soulgems.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 01 Style 2
    • 02 - Gold to Septims Plugin
  3. Install the mod.
Chicken Butthurt Minimizer AKA Immersive Eggs

Download: Nexus

Description
Resizes the bird eggs to a realistic size.

Installation

  1. Download the optional file and install the mod.
Dark Brotherhood Tenets Restored

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the tenets hanging in the Dark Brotherhood's hall.

Installation

  1. Download the Tenets Restored 1_3 - Standard Edition main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 2048
  3. Install the mod.
Detailed Rugs

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the rugs of Skyrim.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Detailing the Eldrich - Higher-Res Riekling Architecture

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the riekling architecture.

Installation

  1. Download the Detailing the Eldrich - Higher-Res Riekling Architecture main file and install the mod.
HD Reworked Baskets

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture for the various basket clutter objects.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00 Both
    • 01 Skyrim Special Edition
  3. Install the mod.
HD Reworked Ores

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture for the various ores.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
HORNCANDLES

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the candlehorn lights and clutter.

Installation

  1. Download the Horncandles.4k-2k main file and install the mod.
N-R HD Display Case

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the display cases.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Not Really HD Keys

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the keys.

Installation

  1. Download the HD Keys With Normal Maps main file and install the mod.
Pilgrims Delight - High Hrothgar Shrine Retextures

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the shrine tablets on the way to High Hrothgar.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Realistic Instruments - Flute Lute and Drum HQ

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of a couple of the instruments. Bards will thank me.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Rens HD Shrines

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the various shrines.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 01Akatosh
    • 04Arkay
    • 05Dibella
    • 07Julianos
    • 09Kynareth
    • 12Mara
    • 13Stendarr
    • 15Talos
    • 18Zenithar
  3. Install the mod.
High Poly Project

Download: Nexus

Description
Increases the polygons for various meshes to improve their quality; making them less blocky.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Retexture for Soup

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the various soup dishes.

Installation

  1. Download the For SMIM Mesh - Poor Version main file and install the mod.
Ruins Clutter Improved

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retextures of various clutter objects found within ruins and catacombs.

Installation

  1. Download the Ruins_Clutter_Improved_SE_NMM_v2-9 main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00
    • 01
    • 02
    • 03
    • 04
    • 05
    • 06
    • 07
    • 08
  3. Install the mod.
RUSTIC COOKING - Special Edition

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retextures of the cooking clutter.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC COOKING - Special Edition - 1K main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC DRAGON CORPSE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the dragon bones.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC DRAGON CORPSE 4K-2K main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC ELDERSCROLL

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the elder scrolls. Ya, know...those things these games are all about.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC ELDERSCROLL - 2K main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC NORDIC MURALS

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the murals in Nordic tombs.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC NORDIC MURALS 2K-1K main file and install the mod.
RUSTIC SOULGEMS - Special Edition

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the various soulgems.

Installation

  1. Download the RUSTIC SOULGEMS - Special Edition - 1K Sorted main file and install the mod.
SKELETON

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the bones and skeletons.

Installation

  1. Download the Skeleton.and.Human.Bones.2k optional file and install the mod.
Stalhrim

Download: Nexus

Description
Retextures the stalhrim for the Dragonborn DLC.

Installation

  1. Download the Stalhrim (2k) main file and the Stalhrim Half Transparency optional file.
  2. Install the main file first.
  3. Install the optional file after the main file.
Sweet Mother - the Night Mother Improvement

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of sweet mother from the Dark Brotherhood questline.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
WEBS S.E.

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retextures the spider web clutter.

Installation

  1. Download the WEBS SE x2048 main file and install the mod
White Phial Replacer SE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality redesign of the White Phial.

Installation

  1. Download the White Phial Replacer SE main file and the White Phial Replacer 0.5x size optional file.
  2. Install the main file.
  3. Install the optional file allowing it to overwrite the main file.


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Animations & Effects

The following mods will enhance the animations and effects found throughout the game. Users should add a new marker for this section.

Animated Weapon Enchants (A.W.E.)

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod gives the enchanted weapons an animated visual effect.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Bowlegged jump animation fix

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod replaces the jumping animation with something more natural.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
D13 Faster GET UP STAND UP animation vanilla friendly SSE

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod replaces the standing up animation with something more natural and faster.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Deadly Spell Impacts

Download: Nexus

Description
Changes the impact texture depending on the spell used.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and move it to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the follow sub-packages:
    • 00 Core
    • 20 Frost +10% Transparency
Dust Effects by HHaleyy

Download: Nexus

Description
Better quality replacement for the dust effect.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Enhanced Blood Textures SE

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod replaces blood textures with highly detailed textures. Also included are new dynamic wound types and blood splatters.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and move it to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Right-click the and select [Wizard].
  3. Select the options for wanted and install the mod.
    I personally only choose to install the core files and the No Screen Blood option.

Until the new archive I created for the author is uploaded, users will need to repack the mod themselves for the options desired. The only thing required is:

  • 1 core files
Improved Weapon Impact EFFECTS Correct Metal SE

Download: Nexus

Description
Changes the effect of weapon impacts to looking like sparks rather than dust.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Lightning During Storms Sse (Minty lightning)

Download: Nexus

Description
Adds lightning effects to thunderstorms, both cloud and ground lightning.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
No Spinning Death Animation

Download: Nexus

Description
Changes the death animation of NPC and several creatures so their death are more natural.

Installation

  1. Download the No Spinning Death Animation MERGED main file and install the mod.
Smaller Ice Spike and Ice Spear

Download: Nexus

Description
Changes the size of the Ice Spike and Ice Spear frost magic projectiles.

Installation

  1. Download the Smaller Ice Spike 50 optional file and install the mod.


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Audio

The following mods change or enhance the audio experience of the game. Users should add a new marker for this section.

Lucidity Sound FX SSE

Download: Nexus

Description
The mod overhauls all the sounds of the games to enhance them in many ways. Hearing is believing.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Better Horse Pain Sounds

Download: Nexus

Description
Enhances the sounds of the horses.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Immersive Sounds - Compendium
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
The mod changes many, many sounds to have a more dynamic and/or varied nature while still keeping the sounds in line with what would be expected. Footsteps, spells, weapons, and more are covered.
General Note
I have reversed the bow sounds from this mod back to vanilla in the CR Patch so users will hear the much nicer sounds from the Ultra Realistic Bow Shoot Sounds mod below.

Installation

  1. Download the Immersive Sounds Compendium SSE 2.1 - BAIN Installer main file and move the mod to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00 - Main Files
    • 01 - Weapon Impacts - Less Intense + Instant
    • 02 - Weapon DrawandSheathe - Equip Semi-Smooth
    • 09 - Magic - Restoration - Templar Healing
    • 12 - Creature Options - Well-Mannered Wolves
    • 13 - Creature Options - Sensible Storm Atronachs
    • 14 - Extra Options - Default Nirnroot
  3. Install the mod.
SSE High Quality Music

Download: Nexus

Description
Enhances the background music by re-recording it from another source and compiling at a higher bitrate for better overall sound quality. This is a subtle but powerful change (especially with good headphones). This mod also restores some cut music into the game.

Installation

  1. Download the optional file and install the mod.
Thundering shouts

Download: Nexus

Description
Enhances the shout audio by adding echo and thunder in the background to the appropriate shouts.

Installation

  1. Download the Thundering Shouts - loose files optional file and install the mod.
Ultra Realistic Bow Shoot Sounds

Download: Nexus

Description
Enhances the sound for the bow. Archers will thank me.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Ultra Realistic Crossbow Shoot Sounds

Download: Nexus

Description
Enhances the sound for the crossbow. Fake archers will thank me. ^_^

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.


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Gameplay

The following mods enhance and improve game-play elements without significantly changing the game mechanics. Users should add a new marker for this section.

Acquisitive Soul Gems Multithreaded

Download: Nexus

Description
Forces soulgems to be filled by the highest level of soul they can hold. Also fixes the effect to be applied once for each gem being filled when multiple are being filled at the same time.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Alex's Higher Bounty Rewards

Download: Nexus

Description
Changes the amount of the bounty the play receives from various side quests. With this mod, the harder the challenge the greater the reward will be rather then is just staying a flat 100 septims.

Installation

  1. Download the Higher Bounty Rewards Lite main files and install the mod.
Alternate Start - Live Another Life

Download: Nexus

Description
Allows users to have an alternative start to the game with more freedom of choice on how you play. This will bypass the opening scene altogether.
General Note
Users wanting to play through Helgen and start the main quest can do so by simply going to Helgen or by choosing the campfire start.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Ars Metallica - Smithing Enhancement
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Enhances the smithing mechanism by allowing several other features such as earning skill point for various actions, smithing arrow and lockpicks, and more.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Bring Out Your Dead

Download: Nexus

Description
Adds more and new graves, grave yards, and Hall of the Deads to the towns and villages while assigning some grave to unique NPCs.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Convenient Horses

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls and adds to the horse system. This mod rarely needs an introduction, but keep in mind the SSE version has been redesigned.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Even Better Quest Objectives - EBQO

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the quest objectives descriptions making them more clear and useful.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and the Dark Brotherhood Forever to Misc Quests - Addon optional file.
  2. Install both files.
Follower Trap Safety

Download: Nexus

Description
Prevents followers and summoned creatures from being complete morons and triggering traps when you do not.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Gildergreen Regrown

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod provides an alternative, less violent route to restoring the Gildergreen tree in Whiterun.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Harvest Overhaul Redone
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the chance of the number of item received from harvesting ingredients to more realistic numbers.

Installation

  1. Download both main files and install.
No NPC Greetings (Special Edition)

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod turns off the forced NPC greetings or reduce the distance at which this occurs. This is more of a feature for those who have played the game a lot and get annoyed by NPCs constantly greeting you.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 01
  3. Install the mod.
Not So Fast - Mage Guild

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod alters the time between quests for the mage guild, slowing it down to a more natural.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Not So Fast - Main Quest

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod alters the time between specific points of the main quest, slowing it down to a more natural timeline.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
Oblivion Gates Remade

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod adds oblivion gates around the Skyrim landscape in remembrance of the oblivion crisis.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00
    • 02
  3. Install the mod.
Relationship Dialogue Overhaul - RDO SE

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the dialogue NPCs will have with the player based on their relationship with the player.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and the RDO - CRF and USSEP Patches Final optional file.
  2. Install the main file.
  3. Select only the RDO - CRF + USEEP Patch.esp from the optional file and install.
Simple Auto Unequip Ammo

Download: Nexus

Description
This is a simple mod that will unequip your ammo when you unequip your bow/crossbow. When you reequip your bow or crossbow, the last ammo used to also reequip.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
SM Drop Lit Torches

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod allows the player to drop a lit torch.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
The Choice is Yours
Required by CR Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod stops certain quests from auto-starting, giving the choice back to the player.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
The Paarthurnax Dilemma

Download: Nexus

Description
Gives the player the choice on Paarthurnax's fate.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.


Weather and Lighting

These are mod which alter aspects centering around lighting, imagespaces, weather. Users should create a new marker for this section.

Info-Logo.png      Notice:I understand lighting and weather mods are a very personal and subjective choice for users. Therefore, the following mods are 100% optional. I have provided an additional patch just for weather and lighting below in the Guide Patches. Users who want to use this patch will need to install all of the following mods!
Vivid Weathers Special Edition

Download: Nexus

Description
Alters the weathers, lighting based around weathers, and weather effects providing a great deal more variety and depth to the weather system.

Installation

  1. Download the main and update files and move the files to the Bash Installers folder.
  2. Select the following sub-packages from the main file:
    • 00 - Core Files
    • 01 - Textures1k
    • 05 - Rainsounds
    • 06 - Extended Snow
  3. Install the main file.
  4. Install the update file below the main file.
Enhanced Lighting for ENB (ELE) - Special Edition
Required by Weather Patch

Required by Inigo Patch

Download: Nexus

Description
"Normalizes" lighting color throughout the game. Even without an ENB Preset installed, this mod make desired changes to the color tones of the light sources and other effects bringing a more natural (read realism) feel to the lighting. ENB authors who use ELE will find more granular control over the lighting with more consistent results, such as being able to control dungeon lighting separately from other interior lighting.

Installation

  1. Download the mod from Nexus and install.
Relighting Skyrim - SSE

Download: Nexus

Description
Relighting Skyrim will place lights at their light sources, exterior lights will cast light on the landscape, lights values are standardized and more consistent throughout the game, and it stays aligned to the vanilla style.
General Note
This mod is the chosen lighting overhaul due to the aim of correcting the lighting and nothing else. Other lighting overhauls like go beyond their scope to achieve the desired results, like editing meshes which causes a lot of compatibility issues.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.

FNIS

Now that all the mods are installed. There are several steps that must be taken to make it all play nicely together. Please review each section below carefully as they are critical for a proper working game! The first of these steps is to run FNIS.

Download: Nexus

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
  2. Activate the newly installed FNIS plugin on the Mods tab.
  3. Open the Bash Installers folder.
  4. Extract the tools folder from within FNIS archive to the game's Data folder.
    Users should have the following after extraction: ...Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition\Data\tools\
  5. Open the tools folder.
  6. Open the GenerateFNIS_for_Users folder.
  7. Right-click on GenerateFNISforUsers.exe and choose [Run as administrator]. Click [Yes] to the prompt, if you get one.
  8. On the FNIS windows, check the box for [SKELETON Arm Fix].
  9. Now click the [Update FNIS Behavior] button.
  10. Once users receive a "x animations for x mods successfully included" message, close the FNIS window by clicking [EXIT].
    Users will notice the icon for the FNIS listing on the Installers tab turn red. This is normal.

Guide Patches

The guide patches have been created by me so users needn't worry about patching this mod list. The following patches are provided:

Conflict Resolution Patch (CR Patch)
This Conflict Resolution Patch (CR Patch) is required for this guide unless users are going to be custom patching the plugins themselves. This patch resolves all the record conflicts between mods listed in the guide and allows them to work together without issues. A big shout-out to dreadflopp for creating a very good base for me to build upon when creating the CR Patch.
Weather and Lighting Patch (Weather Patch)
For users who have chosen to install the weather and lighting mods above, I have made a patch for the mods in the guide. Users who are opting for different choices for these type of mods will be on their own in regards to patching their installs in regards to those mods.
Inigo Patch - Nexus
Though not listed in the guide, I personally use Inigo as my follower. He is great and provides a lot of comical relief while playing. Inigo is probably one of the best follower mods you can have. Since I'm personally using him, I went ahead and provided a patch for him. The patch is specific for use with the mods listed in the guide. Currently, this is very minor patching.
Lanterns of Skyrim Patch (LoS Light Patch)
I created this patch to tone down the default orange tint that the lights in Lanterns of Skyrim produce. This is a simple change of the RGB values to add in more yellow and blue tones. The change reduces the harsh orange tint and brings the lights more inline with what a natural candle produces. I actually had a candle lit next to a white wall as a reference for the tint. This isn't exact, but it's closer to a natural tint than it was at default. Lanterns of Skyrim is obviously required to use this patch. I've kept it separate from the CR Patch in case users want to use CLARALUX instead of LoS.

Each of the patches above require various mods to be installed in order to use them. These mods are labeled as followed throughout the guide for user's convenience:

  • Required by CR Patch
  • Required by Weather Patch
  • Required by Inigo Patch
  • Required by LoS Patch


Download: Mega Cloud

  1. Select Download through your browser to download the mod.
  2. Move it to the Bash Installers folder.
  3. Select the sub-packages needed as described above.
  4. Install the mod.
  5. Activate the patches on the Mods tab.

Sort the Mods - LOOT

  1. Click on the Mods tab in WB.
  2. Tick all plugins to enable them, leaving Bashed Patch, 0.esp unticked for now.
  3. Navigate to here LOOT was installed in the Utilities section of this guide and run it.
  4. Add the following LOOT Meta Rules:
Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
Book Covers Skyrim.esp

Load After:

  • UnlimitedBookshelves.esp

Techs SSEGuide CRPatch.esp
Load After:

  • Circlets and Masks with all Robes and Hoods.esp
  • Improved Eyes Skyrim - Vamp.esp
  • GQJ_DG_vampireamuletfix.esp
  • RUSTIC SOULGEMS - Sorted.esp
  • NotSoFast-MainQuest.esp
  • Alternate Start - Live Another Life.esp

Techs SSEGuide WeatherPatch.esp
Load After:

  • Alternate Start - Live Another Life.esp

General Note
The meta rules for the CR Patch are vital! They are necessary for the Bashed Patch to be built correctly. Once they are added, sort the mods and close LOOT.


Building LOD with DynDOLOD

Now it's time to take care of those pesky LODs and make the distance views as pretty as possible. For this, DynDOLOD will be used. It's implementation for SSE is not as robust as it is for classic Skyrim, but it's still far better than vanilla.

Updating DynDOLD

Users who are installing the guide for the first time, please skip this updating process and continue below.

Users who have already generated DynDOLOD and are updating will need to complete the updating process for DynDOLOD. This process is found in the user manual, which is installed with the program. I will summarize it here. Users needing more detail should refer to the manual.

  1. Travel to any interior.
  2. Save the game and exit.
    This is the backup save just in case something goes wrong.
  3. Update to the latest DynDOLOD Standalone version; found in the Utilities section of this guide.
  4. Uninstall the DynDOLOD Output and TexGen Output mods.
    Don't delete them until new ones are created. These are now the backup files. New ones will be created below.
  5. Update the DynDOLOD Resources mod, if a newer version is available.
  6. Load the game to the save completed in step 2. Once loaded, create a new save (don't overwrite) and exit.
    The new save is now clean of the DynDOLOD plugin. This is the save to load after updating.
  7. Ensure the DynDOLOD_Output and TexGen_Output folders within the DynDOLOD program folder are empty.
    Mine are located at: ..\Modding\Programs\DynDOLOD Standalone v2-26\
  8. Ensure the cache folder within the DynDOLOD program folder is empty.
    Mine is located at: ..\Modding\Programs\DynDOLOD Standalone v2-26\Edit Scripts\DynDOLOD\cache\
  9. Users are now ready to generate new LODs. Continue below.
DynDOLOD Resources

Download: Resources via Mega

General Note
This file must be downloaded from the link above! It includes resources specifically for SSE.

Installation

  1. Download the Resources file using the Download through your browser button.
  2. Move the archive into the Bash Installers folder.
  3. Select the following sub-packages:
    • 00
    • 02
    • 04
    • 05
    • 08
  4. Install the mod.
Indistinguishable Vanilla Tree Billboards

Download: Nexus
Installation

  1. Download the Vanilla Skyrim and Dragonborn billboards Medium Res 512 main file and install the mod.
    This mod should be placed directly below/after the DynDOLOD Resources file from above.

Run TexGen

  1. Navigate to the installed DynDOLOD folder from the utilities section
    Mine is at: D:\Modding\Programs\DynDOLOD Standalone\
  2. Run the TexGen64.exe - Shortcut executable.
  3. Change the LOD Texture Size to [512].
  4. Change Diffuse Alpha and Diffuse to [BC3 (DXT5)].
  5. Click [Start] and wait for the program to finish running.
  6. After receiving the message Completed successfully, a windows appears. Click [Exit].
  7. Open the TexGen_Output folder.
    Found in the root DynDOLOD folder: D:\Modding\Programs\DynDOLOD Standalone\TexGen_Output\
  8. Archive the textures folder and install it in WB.
Info-Logo.png      Notice:Be sure to delete the textures folder after installing it to ensure the TexGen_Output folder remains clean for the next time DynDOLOD is ran.

Run DynDOLOD Standalone

  1. Navigate to the installed DynDOLOD folder from the utilities section
    Mine is at: D:\Modding\Programs\DynDOLOD Standalone\
  2. Run the DynDOLODx64.exe - Shortcut executable.
  3. Click [OK].
  4. Right-click in the Select Worlds box and choose [Select all].
  5. Click either [Meduim] or [High] and allow the program to run.
    I chose the High option. The program will likely take a while so just leave it be.
  6. Once the message, DynDOLOD Worlds completed successfully displays a window will appear. Choose [Save & Exit].
  7. On the next window, ensure DynDOLOD.esp is checked and click [OK].
  8. Open the DynDOLOD_Output folder found in the same place as the TexGen_Output folder above.
  9. Archive the contents of the folder and install the new mod in WB.
  10. Activate the DynDOLOD plugin on the Mods tab.
  11. Sort with LOOT.
  12. Rebuild your Bashed Patch.

Bashed Patch

A Bashed Patch is very important and all users should be running with one. Bashed Patches will "bash" together all the leveled lists in the game to work together without the need for manual patching, eliminate a few plugins by integrating them into the Patch, and allows for some user customization to the game settings. A Bashed Patch is required for this guide.

  1. On the Mods tab, right-click on Bashed Patch, 0.esp and choose [Rebuild Patch...].
  2. Click [OK] on the new window.
  3. Click on the [Tweaks Settings] listing in the left pane (don't untick it!).
    The following adjustments are optional. They are simply my personal preferences for the available tweaks. Right-click the listing to change the setting.
    • Set Arrow: Recovery from Actor to [50%]
    I make this tweak because it makes sense that you'd be able to recover more arrows form bodies than the vanilla game allows.
    • Set Arrow: Speed to [1.4]
    I make this tweak because the speed at which the arrows fly is too slow to be realistic, imo.
    • Set Crime: Alarm Distance to [Custom: 1200]
    This is changed to be in line with the Stealth Skills Rebalanced mod by kryptopyr. This mod isn't included in the guide, but will be when it's ported.
    • Set Timescale to [Custom 15]
    This tweak makes the time pass more slowly in-game, which is more realistic imo.
  4. Click the [Build Patch] button at the bottom.
  5. Once finished, click OK and Yes to active the patch.
  6. Reactivate the BetterQuestObjectives.esp plugin.
    Note: all plugins with a plus rather than a checkbox have been integrated into the Bashed Patch and should be left as is.


ENB/ReShade Preset

Now is the time for users to decide if an ENB Preset will be used or not. Those users who installed the weather and lighting mods will need to ensure the ENB is compatible with these mods. ENB for SSE is not as robust and feature rich as it is for classic Skyrim so users will currently see a lot of presets with or centered around ReShade. These are not true "ENBs" as they are using ReShade solely, or to enhance the preset rather than relying solely on ENBSeries to accomplish their goals. I've listed a few presets below that are compatible with Vivid Weathers:

Users are free to choose and install the ENB of their choice, or no ENB at all. I've installed The Truth ENB because it is light-weight, simple, and retains a mostly vanilla color palette. Simply follow the instructions on the mod page for installing the Preset. Users should keep in mind any "required" mods listed on the mod pages are not actually required, but rather only recommended by the author.

Finally, users who installed a Preset should run the game launcher and game to the main menu, then exit before continuing to BethINI below.

Running BethINI

The last step in this process to to run BethINI and choose the settings best for the individual system. I have provided recommendations below, but the settings are ultimately up to the user.

  1. Navigate to the BethINI folder installed earlier in the guide in the utilities section.
    Mine is located at: D:\Modding\Programs\BethINI\
  2. Run the BethINI.exe and choose Skyrim Special Edition for the game selection.
Setup Tab

I recommend ticking the Always Select Game and Make INIs Read-Only boxes.

Basic Tab

I recommend the following:

  • Windowed Mode
  • Borderless
  • Vsync
  • Recommended Tweaks

Additionally, I use the Ultra Preset.

General Tab

I recommend the following:

  • Intro Music
  • Disable Tutorials
Gameplay Tab

I recommend the following:

  • Always Run by Default
  • Over-Encumbered Reminder: 60
  • NPC User Ammo
Interface Tab

I recommend the following:

  • Fix Map Menu Navigation
Detail Tab

I recommend the following:

  • Particles: 6000
  • Disable LensFlare
View Distance Tab

I recommend the following:

  • Grass Fade: 18000
Visuals Tab

I recommend the following:

  • Grass Density: 60 to 75 (required for Veydosebrom)
  • Grass Diversity: 15 (required for Veydosebrom)

When finished customizing the selections for BethINI, return to the Basic tab and select [Save & Close].

Final Thoughts

This concludes the guide. Congratulations on its completion! Feel free to provide feedback on the [forum.step-project.com/topic/12363-techs-skyrim-special-edition-guide/ forum thread]. Any suggestions, questions and support are all handled on the forum thread as well.

Credits

Dreadflopp
Helping flesh out the conflict resolution patch.