Pack:Weather and Lighting

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Weather and Lightingby Smile44 and Hishutup
Pack: Weather and Lighting
To produce a combination of mods that really have an effect on Skyrim adventuring and make a clear improvement on vanilla. This pack also proposes some compatible lighting solutions.
FORUM
THREAD
Abandoned (2.0)
CURRENT
VERSION

Since STEP now has specific variants of mods and is merging parts of others, I can no longer find a solution to update this pack. In other words this pack is abandoned as of Feb 25, 2016


Hi I came across this collection of mods while putting my game together many of which I have only just started using. They seem to work really well together and make the weather look really spectacular in Skyrim - you actually want to get inside not just because Frostfall tells you to. Storms are really blinding, lightning is dangerous rain is drenching. Snow looks amazing and falls in different ways. Though not a prerequisite I thoroughly recommend installing Frostfall as this makes all of this weather mean something instead of just looking great. The lighting suggestions are chiefly what I use and I include a single alternative to that. I am using a specific ENB that does not over saturate or otherwise create a non realistic look.

Pre-Installation Setup

Install STEP Core with or without Extended and then follow this Pack.

The Environmental section is optional but recommended Running an ENB is NOT required but highly recommended. If you are using one then this guide will install Vividian inside the mod folder. You will need a few required files before using an ENB.

I do not have the correct LOOT Rules quite yet so be sure to post your recommendation in the forum topic.


Re-installations and Prerequisite Mods

There are two part to this install. Re-installations and Recommended mods for ENB users

Mod Name Notes
Realistic Water TwoLink to the mod's Wiki page. Re-install Realistic Water Two v1_11.
0. Core
Core Files
1. Resolution
High

2. Compatibility

Default
3. Combination
Legendary
4. New Lands
Wyrmstooth
Falskaar
5. Waves
Wyrmstooth
Falskaar


ENB USERS
Download and Install Realistic Water Two - ENB Textures.

Resolution
High



WAO - Standalone

This is a WIP part of the pack that Hishutup is working on and may be a mess for awhile.

Mod Name Notes
Climates of TamrielLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Climates Of Tamriel - V3-1 and Climates Of Tamriel - Sounds

In the installer, leave it on the default options.

Enhanced Lighting for ENB - LITELink to the mod's Wiki page. ENB USERS

Download and Install ELE_Lite_v0_95a - NMM_BAIN.

First Screen
Legendary + Falskaar + Wyrmstooth
Enhanced Lights and FXLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Enhanced Lights and FX, Enhanced Lights and FX - Dawnguard, Enhanced Lights and FX - Dragonborn and ELFX - SMIM Meshes.

Installer instructions:
Enhanced Lights and FX

Main
Core Files


ELFX - SMIM Meshes

Main
Core Files


Mod Organizer GuideMO File Tree Instructions File Tree: Hide the following folders in MO

/Meshes/weapons
/Meshes/clutter/candles

Expanded Snow Systems - CoT VersionLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install ExpandedSnowSystems-CoT 3_17
FalskaarLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install Falskaar V1_1_5.

This mod is to keep instructions simplified.
If you prefer not to install this mod then you will need to pick the custom options for WAO.

Pure WeatherLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install 1_Pure Weather Legendary - Brighter Nights Edition
Sounds of Skyrim-CivilizationLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Sounds of Skyrim - Civilization 1_02 Full Version
Sounds of Skyrim-DungeonsLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Sounds of Skyrim - The Dungeons Full 1_23
Sounds of Skyrim-WildsLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds 1_13 Full Version

TES5Edit Cleaning Required

Supreme StormsLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Supreme Storms for Climates of Tamriel 3_1
True StormsLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install True Storms - Thunder and Rain Redone

Installer instructions:

True Storms Packages
Vanilla

Supreme Storms patches are not needed.

Vividian ENBLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Vividian ENB - Vivid Version

Follow this regardless if you want to use the ENB portion.
Installer instructions:
Vividian ENB:

Vividian ENB
Vividian ENB 6.0 - Vivid
Vanilla or CoT only: Normal Lighting (no change)
Lighting and Weather Mods
YES! I use Pure Weather
Optional ENB Files
SMAA Anti Aliasing
Depth of Field: Normal (No change)
Textures and Fixes
Remove Sunglare (Check this if you are using an ENB otherwise uncheck it)
Vivid Clouds and Fogs
Mod Compatibility
Torches Preset
Lanterns Preset
Weather Patches
CoT Extra Weather Patch - ESS



Mod Organizer GuideMO File Tree Instructions File Tree: Move the following file to Optionals

Vividian - Pure Weather Patch.esp

WAO - Weather and Ambience OverhaulLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and install Weather and Ambience Overhaul

Installer instructions:

Presets for Mod Guides
STEP
Packs?
STEP Weather and Lighting
Weather and Lighting Pack
(Select the most appropriate option. If you are missing a master this is the reason.)
NOTICE!
(Please read and then select next)
Is UnmeiX Crazy?
Yes


WyrmstoothLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install Wyrmstooth 1_15.

This mod is to keep instructions simplified.
If you prefer not to install this mod then you will need to pick the custom options for WAO.


Environmental Mods

This section is completely optional.

Mod Name Notes
Ethereal CosmosLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install CoT_Stars_Replacer.
Lorkhans Vision - Night Sky V2Link to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install LV Night Sky V2.
Moon GlowLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install Moon Glow v1_01.
Morning Fogs RefinedLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install Morning Fogs Refined.
Real Snow FlakesLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install Real_Snow_Flakes_V_1_0.
Skygazer - HD 2K Constellations with nebulaeLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install Skygazer 2K HD Constellations (Less Bright No Nebulae).
SNOWLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install SNOW v3_1 x1024 and SNOW v3_1 Skyrim Particle Patch compatible meshes.


Mod Organizer GuideMO File Tree Instructions File Tree: Hide the following files

Textures\effects\fxsnowsoftsub.dds

Vivid Clouds and Fogs - Vanilla and Climates of TamrielLink to the mod's Wiki page. Download and Install Vivid Clouds and Fogs 2

Installer instructions

Vivid Clouds and Fogs
Vivid Clouds
Vivid Clouds Climates of Tamriel
Vivid Groundfogs
Vivid Mountainfogs
Vivid Steams
Vivid fire smoke
Weather Patches
None



Post-Installation Configuration

Here is a list of rules that I'll likely be adding over time. Most of the rules will not apply to everyone.

Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
Pureweather.esp AFTER ELFX - Dawnguard.esp
Pureweather.esp AFTER ELFX - Dragonborn.esp


Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
ELE-Interior Lighting Merged.esp
Change Priority: 988000


Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
ELE_Legendary_Lite.esp
Change Priority: 988000


Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
ELE_Legendary_Fs_Wt_Lite.esp
Change Priority: 988000


Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
Immersive Sounds - Compendium.esp AFTER AOS.esp


Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
WAO-WeatherAndAmbienceOverhaul.esp
Change Priority: 990900