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: High quality retexture of the dragonbone weapons.
 
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# Download the ''Dragonbone Mastery - WITH Engravings'' main file.
 
# Select the following FOMOD options:
 
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Revision as of 01:08, July 23, 2019


Tech's Skyrim Special Edition Guidev2
Tech's own twist on modding Skyrim Special Edition.

Created and maintained by TechAngel85
Last Update: 23 July 2019

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I, Tech, am no longer maintaining this Guide. It is being deconstructed to be reconstructed on the new Step website.
The new 3.0 version will be much more well-rounded as I'm building it towards my vision of an "extended vanilla" Skyrim. Users can expect to see a fuller, more lively 'Old Kingdom' that stays true to its rough and cold nature. It's release will coincide with the release of the new Step website.


Contents

Introduction

Forum Thread: Feedback and more

What's new with version two (v2)?

For those of you finding this guide for the first time, please read the intro to the first version of the guide to understand the direction this guide will focus on, what it will and will not include, etc. Instead of repeating myself, I'd like to talk about what changes have been made to warrant the entire guide going to v2.

New mod manager

The guide has been moved away from Wrye Bash (WB) and switched to Mod Organizer 2 (MO2/MO). There are several reasons for this switch. The first being that recent releases of MO2 are very stable now. I had originally been waiting on Vortex to make a decision but, with no news of its release in sight, I decided to simply go with MO2 for the time being. MO2's recent gain in stability was the largest factor in the decision.

The second largest factor for the switch is the annoyance of mod authors not providing proper support for installing mods with WB. BAIN is a rather easy structure to learn and maintain, yet there are too many authors not doing it. I have taken a lot of my time to write Wizards for these author with a BAIN structured archive. It was my hopes these authors would, in the very least, take the opportunity to learn the BAIN structure. However, in reality, I can't get some authors to update their mods with the new archives I wrote for them. The ones that do provide the new archives with Wizards, end up negate all my work as soon as they update their mod because they didn't care to learn the new structure. I don't have ime to keep providing authors with updated archives that include Wizards, so it's time to abandon ship to a better platform!

An added bonus will be a potential reduction on storage space required for the guide. This is due to keeping the downloaded archives is now optional, rather than a requirement like it was with WB. I, personally, have saved nearly ~20Gbs be simply not keeping the downloaded archives. I have a good ISP so I can simply re-download anything I need in the future. This is a plus for me, because I also use the same SSD to author from so I have four MO installs total now.

Guide Documents

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


Manager Installation

For users needing a visual reference, please see Dirty Weasel Media

Mod Categories

Below are the mod categories for downloading and installing individual mods. Users should be familiar with the installation process. I will not be explaining everything in detail so reference the Mod Organizer 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 specific mods which are out of the normal realm for installation with MO.

Foundational Mods

The "foundational mods" are mods that provide a foundation which to build upon. These mods are most commonly large overhauls and will have a large number of overwrites to their files. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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 architecture as well (buildings, pillars, rocks, etc).

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install it using the FOMOD.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
FOMOD Instructions
Main Install Choice
Main Install Choice
Skyrim Game Version and Install Choices
Skyrim Game Version and Install Choices

DotMO.png Skyrim 2016 Special Edition: Custom

Next
Skyrim Special Edition Custom Install
Skyrim Special Edition Custom Install
Barrels
Barrels

DotMO.png Modified Vanilla Barrels

Bowl Ingredients
Bowl Ingredients

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Bowl Ingredients

Bridges
Bridges

DotMO.png Bridges

Candelabras
Candelabras

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Candelabras

Carriage Seats and Fixes
Carriage Seats and Fixes

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Carriages

Chains 3D - Misc
Chains 3D - Misc

CheckmarkMO.png Chains 3D - Misc

Chains 3D - Pull Levers
Chains 3D - Pull Levers

DotMO.png Chains 3D - Pull Levers Small Rings (Recommended)

Chains 3D - Signs
Chains 3D - Signs

CheckmarkMO.png Chains 3D - Signs

Chains 3D - Whiterun
Chains 3D - Whiterun

CheckmarkMO.png Chains 3D - Whiterun

Chandeliers
Chandeliers

DotMO.png Improved Chandeliers (Recommended)

Clothing Fixes
Clothing Fixes

CheckmarkMO.png Clothing Fixes

Dawnguard Soulcairn Bone Piles
Dawnguard Soulcairn Bone Piles

DotMO.png Bone Piles Yellow Bones (Recommended)

Draugr Corpses
Draugr Corpses

CheckmarkMO.png Draugr Corpses

Dungeons Cliffs Snow Skirts
Dungeons Cliffs Snow Skirts

DotMO.png Snow Blending ESP (Recommended)

Dwemer Animated Lifts
Dwemer Animated Lifts

CheckmarkMO.png Dwemer Animated Lifts

Dwemer Clutter
Dwemer Clutter

CheckmarkMO.png Dwemer Clutter

Farmhouse Woven Fence
Farmhouse Woven Fence

DotMO.png Woven Fence Dense Grey (NOTE: If heavy flickering occurs with the fences, either disable or a different option.)

Food
Food

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Food

Food - Tomato Style
Food - Tomato Style

DotMO.png Default Heirloom

Furniture Chests
Furniture Chests

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Furniture Chests

Furniture Common
Furniture Common

DotMO.png Improved Furniture SMIM Textures (Recommended)

Furniture Noble
Furniture Noble

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Furniture Noble

Hanging Rings
Hanging Rings

CheckmarkMO.png Hanging Rings

Hawk
Hawk

DotMO.png Hawk Improvements

Hearthfires Stuff
Hearthfires Stuff

CheckmarkMO.png Hearthfires Stuff

Human Skull Fixes
Human Skull Fixes

CheckmarkMO.png Human Skull Fixes

Imperial Jail
Imperial Jail

DotMO.png Improved Imperial Jail (Recommended)

Jewelry Rings
Jewelry Rings

DotMO.png Jewelry Rings Vanilla

Lanterns
Lanterns

CheckmarkMO.png Lanterns

Nordic Tables and Benches
Nordic Tables and Benches

CheckmarkMO.png Nordic Tables and Benches

Orc Longhouse
Orc Longhouse

CheckmarkMO.png Orc Longhouse

Poor Coffin
Poor Coffin

CheckmarkMO.png Poor Coffin

Rabbit
Rabbit

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Rabbit

Rocks - Blackreach
Rocks - Blackreach

CheckmarkMO.png Rocks - Blackreach

Rocks - Generic
Rocks - Generic

CheckmarkMO.png Rocks - Generic

Rocks - Mountains
Rocks - Mountains

CheckmarkMO.png Rocks - Mountains

Ropes 3D - Dungeons
Ropes 3D - Dungeons

CheckmarkMO.png Dungeons 3D Ropes and Glorious Scaffolding

Ropes 3D - Farmhouse
Ropes 3D - Farmhouse

DotMO.png Farmhouse 3D Ropes No Fade (Recommended)

Ropes 3D - Riften
Ropes 3D - Riften

DotMO.png Riften 3D Ropes Default Ropes Style (Recommended)

Ropes 3D - Solitude Docks
Ropes 3D - Solitude Docks

CheckmarkMO.png Solitude Docks 3D Ropes

Ropes 3D - Stockade
Ropes 3D - Stockade

CheckmarkMO.png Stockade 3D Ropes

Ruins Sarcophagus
Ruins Sarcophagus

CheckmarkMO.png Ruins Sarcophagus

Shack Roofs
Shack Roofs

DotMO.png Improved Shack Roofs with Dragonborn

Skeletal Remains 3D
Skeletal Remains 3D

CheckmarkMO.png Skeletal Remains 3D

Smelters
Smelters

CheckmarkMO.png Smelters

Solitude Gate Doors
Solitude Gate Doors

CheckmarkMO.png Solitude Gate Doors

Tankards
Tankards

DotMO.png Dark Brushed Metal Tankards

Tree - Juniper Tree
Tree - Juniper Tree

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Juniper Tree

Tree - Tundra Tree
Tree - Tundra Tree

CheckmarkMO.png Improved Tundra Tree

Whiterun Castle Wood Carvings
Whiterun Castle Wood Carvings

DotMO.png Wood Carvings Improved Vanilla

Whiterun Doors
Whiterun Doors

CheckmarkMO.png Whiterun Doors

Windmills
Windmills

DotMO.png DynDOLOD/SkyMills Compatibility

Xtra Options - Half-Size Textures Addon
Xtra Options - Half-Size Textures Addon

DotMO.png None (NOTE: Low VRAM graphic card users can use the half-size textures.)

Xtra Options - Ultra-Sized Textures Addon
Xtra Options - Ultra-Sized Textures Addon
Select Nothing
Next
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install
Merged Plugin Special Edition Forced Install

CheckmarkMO.png Special Edition Merged Plugin Will Be Installed

Install

Foundational Mods Install Order

After this category is complete, the mod order in the left pane up to this time should be:

  • ...
  • DLC: Dragonborn
  • Dragonborn.esm - Cleaned
  • Foundational Mods
  • Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch
  • Static Mesh Improvement Mod
  • Skyrim Realistic Overhaul SE
  • RUSTIC CLOTHING - Special Edition


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Audiovisual - Animations & Effects

The following mods will enhance the animations and effects found throughout the game. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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 install the mod.
    Users can select the options in the FOMOD which best suit their tastes.
    For reference, I have selected the following FOMOD options for my install:
FOMOD Instructions
XP32 Maximum Skeleton Extended
Skeleton
Skeleton
Meshes
Meshes

CheckmarkMO.png Skeleton Meshes

Animation Rig Map
Animation Rig Map

CheckmarkMO.png Physics Extensions

Next
Character Creation
Character Creation
Character Creation
Character Creation

DotMO.png Racemenu

Next
Character Creation
Character Creation
Weapon Style Randomizer
Weapon Style Randomizer

DotMO.png None

Next
Animation Variants
Animation Variants
Belt-Fastened Quivers
Belt-Fastened Quivers

DotMO.png None

Dagger on Back
Dagger on Back

DotMO.png None

Dagger on Hip
Dagger on Hip

DotMO.png None

Magic
Magic

DotMO.png None

Sword on Back
Sword on Back

DotMO.png None

Sword on Hip
Sword on Hip

DotMO.png None

Next
First Person Animation
First Person Animation
Axe - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!
Axe - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!
Select Nothing
Sword - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!
Sword - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!

DotMO.png None

Next
Mounted Combat Animation
Mounted Combat Animation
Axe - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!
Axe - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!
Select Nothing
Bow
Bow
Select Nothing
Sword - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!
Sword - Warning! Missing Sounds! Not compatible with Styles!

DotMO.png None

Next
Compatibility Patches
Compatibility Patches
The Joy of Perspective
The Joy of Perspective

DotMO.png None

Schlongs of Skyrim
Schlongs of Skyrim

DotMO.png None

Next
Compatibility Patches
Compatibility Patches
Deadly Mutilation
Deadly Mutilation

DotMO.png None

Next
Compatibility Patches
Compatibility Patches
Enderal
Enderal

DotMO.png None

Install


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Audiovisual - Models & Textures

This category will be the largest section. It contains all the mods which are mainly mesh and texture replacers. The are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

aMidianBorn Book of Silence

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod needs no introduction. It retextures a vast array of armors and weapons.
Installation
Download the aMidianBorn book of silence_ARMORS, aMidianBorn book of silence_DRAGONBORN DLC, aMidianBorn book of silence_UNIQUE ITEMS, and the aMidianBorn book of silence_WEAPONS main files.
Download all miscellaneous files.
Armors Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    Users can choose whichever version of the armors they prefer. The selections below are simply my preferences.
    Fur is skipped because Rustic Clothing covers this which is already installed.
FOMOD Instructions
aMidianBorn Book of Silence ARMORS
Options
Options
Options
Options

DotMO.png Custom

Next
Options
Options
Iron and Banded
Iron and Banded

DotMO.png Iron - Vanilla Cut

Steel
Steel

DotMO.png Steel

Steel Plate
Steel Plate

DotMO.png Steel Plate

Leather
Leather

DotMO.png Leather

Hide and Studded
Hide and Studded

DotMO.png Hide

Fur
Fur
Select Nothing
Elven
Elven

DotMO.png Elven - Dark (default)

Dwarven
Dwarven

DotMO.png Dwarven

Ancient Nord
Ancient Nord

DotMO.png Ancient Nord

Orcish
Orcish

DotMO.png Orcish

Scaled
Scaled

DotMO.png Scaled

Wolf
Wolf

DotMO.png Wolf - Grey Fur

Glass
Glass

DotMO.png Glass - Golden

Ebony
Ebony

DotMO.png Ebony - Black

Blades
Blades

DotMO.png Blades

Falmer
Falmer

DotMO.png Falmer

Install
Dragonborn DLC Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    Users can choose whichever version of the armors they prefer. The selections below are simply my preferences.
FOMOD Instructions
aMidianBorn Book of Silence Dragonborn DLC
Options
Options
Options
Options

DotMO.png Custom

Next
Custom
Custom
Nordic Carved Armor
Nordic Carved Armor

DotMO.png Black Fur (default)

Bonemold Armor
Bonemold Armor

CheckmarkMO.png Bonemold Armor

Acolyte Masks
Acolyte Masks

CheckmarkMO.png Acolyte Masks

Ash Spawn
Ash Spawn

CheckmarkMO.png Ash Spawn

Ash Guardians
Ash Guardians

CheckmarkMO.png Ash Guardians

Install
  1. Install the Boldmold Hofix.
    1. Rename the file the same name as this Dragonborn DLC option is named and choose Merge as the install option.
Unique Items Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    Users can choose whichever version of the armors they prefer. The selections below are simply my preferences.
FOMOD Instructions
aMidianBorn Book of Silence Unique Items
Options
Options
Options
Options

DotMO.png Custom

Next
Custom
Custom
Targe of the Blooded
Targe of the Blooded

CheckmarkMO.png Targe of the Blooded

Wuuthrad
Wuuthrad

CheckmarkMO.png Wuuthrad

Savior's Hide
Savior's Hide

DotMO.png Savior's Hide

Helm of Yngol
Helm of Yngol

CheckmarkMO.png Helm of Yngol

Mace of Molag Bal
Mace of Molag Bal

CheckmarkMO.png Mace of Molag Bal

Mehrune's Razor
Mehrune's Razor

CheckmarkMO.png Mehrune's Razor

Volendrung
Volendrung

CheckmarkMO.png Volendrung

Tsun's Armor
Tsun's Armor

CheckmarkMO.png Tsun's Armor

Ebony Mail - Black
Ebony Mail - Black

CheckmarkMO.png Ebony Mail - Black

Staff of Magnus
Staff of Magnus

CheckmarkMO.png Staff of Magnus

Install
  1. Install the Staff of Magnus Hofix.
    1. Rename the file the same name as this Unique Items option is named and choose Merge as the install option.
Weapons Installation
  1. Install from the downloaded archive.
  2. Select to [Install Everything] from the FOMOD installer.
  3. Install the Skyforge Hofix.
    1. Rename the file the same name as this Weapons option is named and choose Merge as the install option.
Embers HD

Download: Nexus

Description
Overhauls the fire embers wherever they're found.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
FOMOD Instructions
Embers HD
Embers HD
Embers HD
Select One
Select One

DotMO.png Embers HD 2K

Next
Embers HD Fireplaces Add-On Component
Embers HD Fireplaces Add-On Component
Select One
Select One

DotMO.png Fireplaces Add-On

Next
Embers HD Add-On Components
Embers HD Add-On Components
Select Add-Ons
Select Add-Ons

CheckmarkMO.png Forges Add-On

CheckmarkMO.png Lava Crater Add-On

Next
Embers HD Compatibility Patches
Embers HD Compatibility Patches
Select Add-Ons
Select Add-Ons
Select nothing
Install
Enhanced Blood Textures SE
Required by CR Patch

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.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    I personally only choose to install the core files and the No Screen Blood option.
FOMOD Instructions
Enhanced Blood Textures
Custom
Custom
Main Plugin
Main Plugin

DotMO.png Enhanced Blood Textures Main

Blood Size
Blood Size

DotMO.png None

Effects Distance
Effects Distance

DotMO.png Long

Screens and Wound (Optional)
Screens and Wound (Optional)

CheckmarkMO.png No Screen Blood (Optional)

Next
Textures
Textures
Resolution and Color
Resolution and Color

DotMO.png Reduced Res / Default Color

z Blurry Screen Blood (Optional)
z Blurry Screen Blood (Optional)
Select Nothing
Next
Alternative Textures
Alternative Textures
Alt. Blood Textures
Alt. Blood Textures

DotMO.png None

Install
Gemling Queen Jewelry SE

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the amulets, circlets, and rings. Features textures by Gamwich.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
FOMOD Instructions
Gemling Queen Jewelry
Main Modules
Main Modules
Main Modules
Main Modules

CheckmarkMO.png Amulets

CheckmarkMO.png Circlets

CheckmarkMO.png Rings

DLC Addon
DLC Addon

CheckmarkMO.png Dawnguard Addon

Next
Amulet Textures
Amulet Textures
Amulet Texture Options
Amulet Texture Options

DotMO.png Gamwich Amulet Textures - 1024

Next
Ring Textures
Ring Textures
Ring Texture Options
Ring Texture Options

DotMO.png Gamwich Ring Textures - Opt 1 - 1k

Optional Mesh Packs
Optional Mesh Packs

DotMO.png None

Optional Mesh Packs Dawnguard
Optional Mesh Packs Dawnguard
Select Nothing
Install
Greatsword Sheaths and Scabbards Redux SE

Download: Nexus

Description
Add sheaths and scabbards to the greatswords for consistency.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • Meshes - Thin
    • Fullsize
  3. Install the mod.
Hide the following assets
We do not want this mod to overwrite the meshes from the Dragonbone Mastery mod above. Therefore, users should do the following to hide assets:
  1. Right-click on the Greatsword Sheaths and Scabbards Redux SE mod listing in the left pane and select [Information...].
    Users can alternatively double-click the mod listing to open the same window.
  2. Click the Filetree tab and expand the meshes tree until the dragonbone folder is visible.
  3. Right-click on dragonbone folder and select [Hide].
  4. Close the window.
Users should follow these same steps when encountering files that are instructed to be hidden during mod installation.
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.
  2. Select the Custom option in the FOMOD.
  3. Select all options on the next pages except the following:
    • Cabbage
    • Chicken
    • Cooked Beef
    • Eider Cheese
    • Goat Cheese
    • Salmon
    • Venison Chop
  4. Install the mod.
Hybrids HD Plants and Herbs Retexture

Download: Nexus

Description
Retextures many plants and ingredients.

Installation

  1. Manually download the main file file and install the archive.
  2. Set the data directory to the Data folder.
  3. Untick the Thumbs.db file.
  4. Install the mod.
  5. Hide the following files:
    • textures\plants\hangingmoss01.dds
    • textures\plants\hangingmoss01_n.dds
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. Install the main file and select the following FOMOD options:
FOMOD Instructions
LeanWolf Better-Shaped Weapons
Options 1
Options 1
Options 1
Options 1
Select Nothing
Next
Options 2
Options 2
Options 1 2
Options 1 2

DotMO.png Install everything (default)

Next
Patches
Patches
Patches
Patches

CheckmarkMO.png Dawnguard

CheckmarkMO.png Dragonborn

CheckmarkMO.png Glass with Refraction

CheckmarkMO.png Keening with Refraction

CheckmarkMO.png Dawnbreaker Options

Next
Glass
Glass
Glass Weapons
Glass Weapons

DotMO.png Refractive Glass Weapons

Glass Quivers
Glass Quivers

DotMO.png Glass Quiver with Refraction

Chillrend Options
Chillrend Options

DotMO.png Chillrend with Refraction

Next
Dawnbreaker
Dawnbreaker
Dawnbreaker
Dawnbreaker

DotMO.png User choice. Select the preferred option.

Next
Dawnguard
Dawnguard
Dragonbone Weapons
Dragonbone Weapons

DotMO.png DragonBoring Weapons

Dragonbone Quiver
Dragonbone Quiver

DotMO.png None

More Quivers
More Quivers

CheckmarkMO.png Auriel Quivers

Next
Dragonborn
Dragonborn
Stalhrim Weapons
Stalhrim Weapons

DotMO.png Stalhrim with Refraction

Stalhrim Quiver
Stalhrim Quiver

DotMO.png Stalhrim Quiver with Refraction

Nordic Weapons
Nordic Weapons

CheckmarkMO.png Swords

CheckmarkMO.png Quiver

Install
  1. Install the update file.
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 and the Majestic Mountains Lightside Lod Pack optional file.
  2. Install the main file and select the following FOMOD options:
    • Moss Rocks
    • Sun Direction: None
    • Compatibility Patches: SMIM
  3. Install the main file.
  4. Now install the optional file and select the 1024 (2 - 4GB Vram) option in the FOMOD.
    Users can merge this file, however, I recommend installing it as a separate mod listing. I have done this and named it Majestic Mountains - Lightside LODs.
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. Manually download the Real Wood Textures - Farmhouses No Green Moss Version optional file and install the archive.
Hide the following files
  • textures/architecture/farmhouse/stonewall01.dds
  • textures/architecture/farmhouse/stonewall01_n.dds
Realistic Water Two
Required by CR Patch

Required by LW 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 only the following FOMOD options:
    • None
    • Extended Ambience
  3. Install the mod.
Hide the following files
  • meshes\effects\fxcreekflatlarge.nif
  • meshes\effects\fxcreekflatlong01.nif
  • meshes\effects\fxrapidsrocks01.nif
Rens HD Shrines

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the various shrines.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Users can install the options they prefer. I have installed the following options:
    • Sands of Time
    • Golden Shells
    • Spring of Love
    • Magic Circles
    • Heavenly Air
    • Gilded Saint
    • Tusk of Mercy
    • Rusted Steel
    • Golden Circuit
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_v3-1 main file.
  2. Select the Install Everything option in the FOMOD 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. Manually download the Shadowmark Textures - 512 optional file and install the archive.
SKELETON

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the bones and skeletons.

Installation

  1. Manually download the Skeleton.and.Human.Bones.2k optional file and install the archive.
  2. Choose the Skin, clutter with the sounds option.
Skyrim SE Improved Puddles

Download: Nexus

Description
Retextures the liquid and frozen puddles.

Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Select the 2048x2048 Resolution option in the FOMOD and 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.
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.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • High Definition
    Users can install the option desired for the textures. I've chosen Soul Cairn.
  3. Install the mod.
Ultimate HD Fire Effects

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. Manually download the Ultimate HD Fire Effects -Ultra Version- main file and install the archive.
Hide the following files
  • meshes\clutter\woodfires (entire folder)


WISPMOTHER

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the wispmothers.

Installation

  1. Download the Wispmother.2x1k main file.
  2. Select the Full version - skin with a linen fabric cloth option.
  3. Install the mod.


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Audiovisual - Sounds & Music

The following mods change or enhance the audio experience of the game. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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 main file and install the mod.


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Character Appearance

This category covers NPC and PC appearance. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.

Installation

  1. Manually download the Brows - High Resolution main file and install the archive.
  2. Double-click the mod listing and go to the Optional ESPs tab.
  3. Move Brows.esp to the upper pane.
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.
  2. Set the data folder to the Data folder present.
Coverkhajiits

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture for khajiit faces.

Installation

  1. Manually download both main files and install both archives.
Eye Normal Map Fix SSE

Download: Nexus

Description
Alters the normal maps for the NPC eyes so light shines off of them more realistically.

Installation

  1. Download the Eye Normal Map Fix SSE 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.
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. Manually download the FFR UNP main file and install the archive.
  2. Set the data directory to the data folder within the FemFeetRedesigned_UNP_Standard folder.
  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 and optional files.
  2. Install the main file and select the following FOMOD options:
    • Complete
    • Complete - Full
    • Werewolf
    • Dawnguard
    • Vampire - Default
    • Serana: None
  3. Install the main file.
  4. Install the optional file.
Hide the following files
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More Realistic Hair

Download: Nexus

Description
Retexture and refinement of the NPC hair.

Installation

  1. Manually download the main file and install the archive.
Northborn Scars

Download: Nexus

Description
High quality retexture of the NCP scars.

Installation

  1. Download the main 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.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • A1 - Vanilla underwear
    • B2 - Clean hairy
    • C2 - Natural
    • D2 - Elder
    • E2 - Harsh
    • Select nothing else.
  3. Install the mod.
Hide the following files
  • textures\actors\character\khajiitmale\khajiitmalehead_s.dds
  • textures\actors\character\male\maleunderwear.dds
  • textures\actors\character\male\maleunderwear_n.dds
True Daughters of Skyrim

Download: Nexus

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

Installation

  1. Manually download the Vanilla main main file install the archive.
  2. Set the data directory to the data folder within the Vanilla npc textures folder.


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Fixes

These are mods which provide vital fixes to buggy game elements. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
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.


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Gameplay - General

These mods are general gameplay mods that don't fit into any other category. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
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.
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 Slightly Reduced Distance option in the FOMOD and install the mod.
Ragdoll Paralysis Redux SE

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod changes the paralysis effect to cause the victim to naturally fall down, as a ragdoll.

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.


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Gameplay - AI & Combat

These gameplay mods alter AI and combat mechanics in the game. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
Immersive Citizens - AI Overhaul SE
Required by LW 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 FOMOD options:
    • Core
    The ELE Patch is not needed since I provide a conflict resolution patch with this guide.
  3. Install the mod.


Gameplay - Economy & Item Balance

These gameplay mods affect the economy of Skyrim, as well as, provide balance. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
Harvest Overhaul Redone

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.


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Gameplay - Immersion & Role-playing

These gameplay mods help the player get more immersed into the game by providing fixes and alternative options. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Install the optional file, but select [Manual] to install the manually.
  4. Uncheck the 'RDO - USSEP Patch.esp 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.
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 fit, 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.

Gameplay - Quests & Stories

The following mods provide new quests or enhance the vanilla quests. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • 'Dark Brotherhood Forever' to Misc Quests
    The patches are not needed, if the guide's CR Patch is used. Most users should uncheck any patches that are checked.
  3. 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.
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.
The Choice is Yours

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.


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User Interface

The following mods will enhance the user interface elements of the game. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
Immersive HUD - iHUD Special Edition

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod hides the HUD elements while providing some nice customization options to boot.

Installation

  1. Download the mod 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.

Installation

  1. Download the mod from Nexus and install.
moreHUD SE

Download: Nexus

Description
This mod adds more HUD information about an object that the player is targeting. Very useful.

Installation

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

Download: Nexus

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

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • Background - Irradiant Stars - HDR Nebula
    • Perk Lines - Option 1
    • Perk Line Colour - Grey
    • Constellations - HD Default
    • Perk Stars - Enhanced Default
    • HD Vanilla Moon and More Stars
    • HDR Nebula 2
  3. Install the mod.
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 on the PC and more time playing the game.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
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. Manually download the main file and install the archive.
  2. Set the data folder to the Data folder present.

Locations

The following mods add new locations or structures, which don't exist in the vanilla game. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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.
Cutting Room Floor
Required by CR 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.
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 install the mod.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • Thinner Meshes
    • Vanilla
    • Live Another Life + Cutting Room Floor
  3. 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 and install the mod.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • Alternative Textures
    • Map Markers
  3. Install the mod.

Audiovisual - Lighting & Weather

These are mod that alter elements centered around lighting, imagespaces, weathers, and the like. They are listed in alphabetical order unless other needed to be placed elsewhere due to conflicts. At this time, users should create the category marker for this section and install the following mods. All mods in this section should be placed under the marker, in the order they are listed.

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 this section in the Guide Patches. Users who want to use this patch will need to install all of the following mods!
Enhanced Lighting for ENB (ELE) - Special Edition
Required by LW 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 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.
Lightning During Storms Sse (Minty lightning)
Required by LW Patch

Download: Nexus

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

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
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.
Vivid Weathers - Definitive Edition
Required by LW Patch

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 install the mod.
  2. Select the following FOMOD options:
    • Seasons: None
    • Tree LOD: None
    • Alternative Addons:
      • Extended Snow effects - Real Skyrim Snow
  3. Install the mod.
Wonders of Weather

Download: Nexus

Description
Adds rain splashes, shooting stars, and rainbows.

Installation

  1. Download the main file and install the mod.
  2. Select the Less Opaque Splashes option in the FOMOD installer.


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Warning-Logo.png Warning: Reminder to complete the mod conversions!

Users should return to complete the mod conversions before continuing, if they did not do so during installation of the mods.

Guide Patches

The guide patches have been created by me so users needn't worry about patching this mod list. I highly suggest using them, but they are not required. Users doing their own patching may desire to skip them; however, they are relevant to the majority of users.

Conflict Resolution Patch (CR Patch)
The 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.
Lighting and Weather Patch (LW Patch)
For users who have chosen to install the lighting and weather mods above, I have made a patch for the mods listed in that section. The CR Patch is still required! Users who are opting for different options for these type of mods will be on their own in patching their installs for the mods of their choice.
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. This is a separate patch, the other patches are still required!
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 flat-white wall as a reference for the tinting and tweaked it from there. 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 rest of the patches in case users want to opt for an alternative mod, such as CLARALUX, instead.

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 LW Patch
  • Required by Inigo Patch
  • Required by LoS Patch


Download: Mega Cloud

  1. Select Download through your browser to download the archive.
  2. Install the archive.
  3. Move the patches not needed to the Optional ESPs.

Sort the Mods - LOOT

  1. Launch LOOT from the executable drop-down.
  2. Add the following LOOT Meta Rules:
Mod Configuration Menu
Meta Rule Instructions
Book Covers Skyrim.esp
Load After
  • UnlimitedBookshelves.esp

RealisticWaterTwo.esp

Load After
  • FarmhouseChimneysLAL+CRF.esp

Info-Logo.png      Notice:The meta rules are very important for the patches!
The rules are necessary for the plugins to be placed correctly so the patches will work correctly. Once they are added, sort the mods and close LOOT.


FNIS

Now it's time to run FNIS so that all the animations and new skeleton work correctly.

Download: Nexus
Installation

  1. Download the main file.
  2. Set the data directory to the Data folder within the FNIS Behavior SE 7.0 folder.
  3. Install the mod.

Setup

  1. Activate the mod by checking it in the left pane.
  2. Click on the Data tab above the right pane.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and expand the tools folder.
  4. Expand the GenerateFNIS_for_Users folder.
  5. Right-click on GenerateFNISforUsers.exe and choose [Add executable].
  6. Name it FNIS or Generate FNIS.

Running FNIS

  1. Ensure the Overwrite folder is empty.
  2. Run FNIS from the executable drop-down menu.
  3. On the FNIS windows, check the box for [SKELETON Arm Fix].
  4. Now click the [Update FNIS Behavior] button.
  5. Once users receive a x animations for x mods successfully included (character) message, close the FNIS window by clicking [EXIT].
  6. Right-click on the Overwrite folder and select [Create Mod...].
  7. Name it FNIS Output or something similar.
  8. Active the new mod listing.
Info-Logo.png      Notice:Users should sort with LOOT after generating FNIS!

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 just starting to catch up with its classic Skyrim counterpart, 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: Forum Topic

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

Installation

  1. Download the Resources file using the Download through your browser button.
  2. Install the archive selecting the following FOMOD options:
    • Visual Options:
      • Whiterun Exterior
      • Solitude Exterior
      • DLC2 Vvardenfell 3D Plume
    • Misc Options:
      • Desync Birds of Prey
  3. Install the mod.
Hide the following files
  • meshes\lod\mountains\unique\solituderockarch01_lod_0.nif
  • meshes\lod\mountains\unique\solituderockarch02_lod_0.nif
  • textures\lod\snow01lod.dds
  • textures\lod\snow01lod_n.dds
Indistinguishable Billboards for Skyrim SE

Download: Nexus
Installation

  1. Download the Indistinguishable VANILLA Medium main file and install the mod.
    This mod should be placed directly below/after the DynDOLOD Resources file from above.

Vivid Weather Users

  1. If using Vivid Weathers, disregard the above and download the Indistiunguishable VANILLA Vivid Weathers Lighting main file instead, and install the mod.
    This mod should be placed directly below/after the DynDOLOD Resources file from above.

Creating LODs with TexGen

  1. Run the DynDOLOD TexGen executable from the MO executable drop-down menu.
  2. Change the LOD Texture Size to [512].
  3. Change Diffuse Alpha to [BC3 (DXT5)].
  4. Click [Start] and wait for the program to finish running.
  5. After receiving the message Completed successfully, a windows appears. Click [Exit].
  6. Open the TexGen_Output folder.
    Found in the root DynDOLOD folder: D:\Modding\Programs\DynDOLOD Standalone\TexGen_Output\
  7. Archive the textures folder and install it in MO.
    I called my new mod, TexGen Output - SSE Guide v2.
  8. Active the new mod listing.
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. Run the DynDOLOD executable from the executable drop-down menu in MO.
  2. Click [OK].
  3. Click the [Advanced >>>] button.
  4. Right-click in the Select Worlds box and choose [Select all].
  5. Check the Load rules for [Candles] box.
  6. Click either [Medium] or [High] to load the rules.
    I chose Medium.
  7. Click [Ok] and the program will run.
    It will likely take a while to complete so just leave it be. Mine took 13m:25s on my SSDs.
  8. Once the message, DynDOLOD Worlds completed successfully displays a window will appear. Choose [Save & Exit].
  9. On the next window, ensure DynDOLOD.esp is checked and click [OK].
  10. Open the DynDOLOD_Output folder found in the same place as the TexGen_Output folder above.
  11. Archive the contents of the folder and install the new mod in MO.
    I named mine, DynDOLOD Output - SSE Guide v2.
  12. Activate the new mod listing.
  13. Sort with LOOT.
  14. Rebuild your Bashed Patch, if already built. If not, lets move on to building it for the first time.

Bashed Patch

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

Launching Wrye Bash

  1. Ensure the Overwrite folder is empty.
  2. Run Wrye Bash (WB) from the executable drop-down menu.


Building the Bashed Patch

  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 from 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. At the time of this writing, WB is completing the build, but hanging in MO2. Force WB closed.


Installing the Bashed Patch

  1. Reactivate the BetterQuestObjectives.esp and Tech's SSE Guide v2 - LoS Patch.esp plugins.
    Note: leave all the rest of the deactivated plugins as is! They have been incorporated into the Bashed Patch.
  2. Double-click the Overwrite folder to see if the Bashed Patch has been placed within it. If so, skip to step 6. If it's not, please continue with the next step.
  3. Open the Skyrim SE data folder: ..\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition\Data
  4. Drag the Bashed Patch, 0.esp into the Overwrite window and close it.
  5. Delete the original Bashed Patch, 0.esp from the Data folder.
  6. Right-click on the Overwrite folder and select [Create mod...]. Name it "Bashed Patch" or something similar, activate it, and ensure the plugin is checked.
  7. Sort with LOOT.


Fixing the Bashed Patch
Yes, we need to patch our new patch! Users shouldn't just trust automated patchers explicitly. There are a few forwards users will need to take care of manually:
  1. Load the entire mod list (minus deactivated mods) in SSEEdit.
  2. Make the following corrections:
    • 0010710D - forward Update.esm keywords
    • 00E7AEB - add Dawnguard.esm data flags
    • 0002E4E4 - forward the USSEP object bounds
  3. Close xEdit and save the Bashed Patch.
  4. Move the Batched Patch, 0.esp from the Overwrite folder to its mod listing.

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 SE is not as robust and feature rich as it is for Skyrim LE, 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 will only recommend The Truth ENB because it's what I use and it is light-weight, simple, and enhances the vanilla color palette and effects rather than changing them altogether. Simply follow the instructions on the mod page for installing the Preset of choice. Users should keep in mind any "required" mods listed on the mod pages are not actually required, but rather only recommended by the author to achieve the same results as they have.

Finally, all users should run the game launcher and game to the main menu, then exit before continuing to BethINI below. This ensures all is well and in place for BethINI to work.

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. Ensure the game has been ran and closed at least once so the INI files are created.
  2. Close MO2!
  3. Navigate to the BethINI folder installed earlier in the guide in the utilities section.
    Mine is located at: D:\Modding\Programs\BethINI\
  4. 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. Make sure all the paths are correct and you have the correct profile selected.
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 thread. Any suggestions, questions and support are all handled on the forum thread as well.

Credits

Dreadflopp
Helping flesh out the original conflict resolution patch.