Creating Merge Profiles

Wartortle tutorial taking you through how to create your first merge.

In this step, you will be using a program called zMerge to reduce the overall ESP count. Earlier in the guide, you set up a plugin for MO2 called Merge Plugin Hide which will be used to automate moving merged plugins to the Optional directory for their respective mods. To make your life easier in the long run, I strongly suggest creating a merge profile for every merge in this guide, and keeping them. You will have to update merges in the future as included mods get updated, and not having to hunt for masters every time will greatly increase the likelihood that you hold on to a little of your sanity. Additionally, before starting, you can save yourself some time by creating a blank profile as the base for all of your merges. This can be accomplished by following these steps:

  1. Click the Configure Profiles icon at the top of the main Mod Organizer window. The icon looks like an ID card.
  2. Select "Legacy Of The Dragonborn - Special Edition" then click Copy.
  3. Type "Blank for Merges" in the text box and hit OK.
  4. Switch to your newly created profile, right click on the list of mods, and select AllDisable all mods.

Prepare Merge - Mod Organizer 2 Plugin

As you create your new merges, you will follow basically the same process for creating each merge profile, while using the "Blank for Merges" profile as the base. Once you have created a merge profile, run the following steps to prepare the merge:

  1. Select your main profile where all your mods are enabled. Run Prepare Merge from the plugin menu and select this as the base profile for merge preparation by clicking on Load active profile as base. The virtual file system of this profile will be used to generate the plugin-to-mod mapping. Then close the window.
  2. Change to a new profile for creating the merge.
  3. Run Prepare Merge again and select the plugins you want to merge by pressing the copy to clipboard button on the merge table, then hitting the Import entries from clipboard button on Prepare Merge.
  4. Finally, click the Prepare merge in active profile button and close the window.
  5. The mods that contain those plugins will be enabled and the plugins placed at the end of the load order. Additionally, masters of the active plugins will be enabled as well until there are no missing masters left.
  6. Run zMerge to generate the merge as usual.

Building Merges

Once you have successfully arranged the merge profile, it's time to actually create the merge.

  1. Ensure that the correct merge profile is active.
  2. Open zEdit and select zMerge from the drop-down menu.
  3. Press Start Session.
  4. Press the Create Merge button.
  5. Under the Detail tab, fill in the name and filename of the merge (specified below).
  6. Select the Clobber merge method.
  7. Under the Plugins tab, select the plugins to include in the merge (not their masters).
  8. Under the Load Order tab make sure Use game load order is checked.
  9. Press the Build button to create your merge.
  10. When the message "Merge successfully created" appears, you can close zMerge by clicking the X in the top right corner.
  11. Switch back to your main game profile, place the new merged mod where the instructions tell you to, and activate the merge.
  12. Run Merge Plugins Hide and disable all the plugins relevant to the merge you just completed.
Idiot Check

Make sure the o in optional in Merge plugin hide settings is lowercase.


Once a Merge has been built do not delete it from zMerge otherwise Relinker will fail to build.

Animals Merged


This merge requires SkyTEST-RealisticAnimals&Predators.esp as a master which is included in SkyTEST Integration Project SE - SkyTEST No Extra Spawns

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Animals Merged
  • File Name
  • Animals Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after Winterhold City Overhauls - Conflict Resolution
SIC - Skytest Integration.esp
CrittersAintSnitches-SkyTEST-RA&P Patch.esp
SkyTEST Less Fear SSE Patch.esp
OMEGA Lexy LOTD Animals Merged Consistency Patch.esp

CCOR Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] CCOR Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • CCOR Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Animals Merged
CCOR Bandolier patch fixes.esp
ISC - CCOR Patch.esp
Mostly HA inconsistency patch.esp
CCOR Merged Consistency Patch.esp

Faces Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Faces Merged
  • File Name
  • Faces Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] CCOR Patches Merged
KS Hairdo's.esp
Improved Eyes Skyrim.esp

Farmhouse Chimneys Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Farmhouse Chimneys Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • Farmhouse Chimneys Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Faces Merged
ClefJ Winterhold - Farmhouse Chimneys.esp

Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Farmhouse Chimneys Patches Merged
Landscape For Grass Mods - ETaC Darkwater Crossing PATCH.esp
Landscape For Grass Mods - ETaC Riverwood PATCH.esp
Landscape For Grass mods - Helgen Reborn Patch.esp
Landscape For Grass Mods - Moon and Star PATCH.esp
Landscape Fixes For Grass mods - Alternate start Locations.esp
Landscape For Grass Mods -Immersive Citizens PATCH.esp
Landscape For Grass Mods - Military Camps.esp
Landscape and Water Fixes - Patch - LFfGM.esp
Grass Patch - Fishing.esp
Grass Patch - Saints and Seducers.esp

Miscellaneous Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Miscellaneous Merged
  • File Name
  • Miscellaneous Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged
Raven Rock - Fix Exit on Horseback.esp
Cinematic Dragon Soul Absorbtion.esp
True Scholar.esp
YOT - True Scholar.esp
dD-No Spinning Death Animation Merged.esp
Frostfall Vampire Fix.esp
Miscellaneous Merge Consistency Patch.esp

MLU Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] MLU Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • MLU Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Miscellaneous Merged
JKs Mistveil Keep - MLU patch.esp
JKs New Gnisis Cornerclub - MLU patch.esp
OMEGA Apocalypse Patch.esp
OMEGA Imperious Patch.esp
OMEGA Ordinator Patch.esp
MLU - Summermyst.esp
OMEGA MLU Summermyst SRCEO Patch.esp
OMEGA MLU Improved Closefaced Helmets.esp
MLU - Inigo.esp
OMEGA - Lore Weapon Expansion.esp
OMEGA SRCEO Releveled and Revamped.esp
SIC - MLU Integration.esp
MLU - DUI patch.esp
MLU Consistency Patch.esp

NPC Plugin Chooser

New to NPC Plugin Chooser? There's a great introduction video available by Wartortle!

Please note if you are updating and already have a MO2 NPC Retexture Profile built make sure it's base on the most up to date version of the guide.

Before we build the NPC Retexture Merge we first need to lay some groundwork by running NPC Plugin Chooser:

  1. In MO2 create an empty mod called NPC Appearance Output and activate it.
  2. Place NPC Appearance Output after [Merge] MLU Patches Merged in the left pane on MO2.
  3. Copy your Blank for Merges profile to create a new NPC Retexture Profile in MO2.
  4. Navigate to the newly created NPC Retexture Profile and use Prepare Merge to load all the required plugins for the [Merge] NPC Retexture Merge SSE listed below.
  5. Make sure NPC plugin Chooser is set up per the pre-requisites page of this guide.
  6. Run NPC Plugin Chooser.
  7. Delete NPC Appearance.esp found in the overwrite folder.

Dark face Issue Reporter

New to Dark Face Issue Reporter? There's a great introduction video available by Wartortle!

Once NPC Plugin Chooser is finished it a good idea to run the Dark Face Issue Report before we actually build the New NPC Retexture Merge.

  • Download this DarkFaceIssueReporterIgnore.ini file
  • Extract the content of the archive and place the ini file in SSEEdit/Edit Scripts
  • Edit the darkfaceissuereporter.ini as follows:
  • While on the NPC Retexture Profile, ensure NPC Appearance Output is active in the Left Pane of MO2.
  • Open SSEEdit and load all plugins.
  • In the left pane, highlight only the base ESMs, Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch.esp and 3DNPC.esp
  • Right-click any of those plugins, and choose "Apply script."
  • From the dropdown menu, select DarkFaceIssueReporter and choose OK
  • Select option 2, Run only for selected files or records
  • Once the script has finished running, scroll to the bottom of the left pane and expand DarkFaceCollector.esp. If no DarkFaceCollector.esp appears, the ini wasn't edited or saved properly
  • Expand the Non-Player Character (NPC) row if there is one. Any NPC listed has Dark Face, and you will need to troubleshoot what you did wrong.
  • If the Dark Face Issue Report returns clean (only the File Header is listed), you can delete darkfacecollector.esp
  • You can now build the merge.

Fixing NPCs with Dark Face Bug

New to Dark Face Issue Reporter? There's a great introduction video available by Wartortle!
  1. Is NPC Appearance Output active in your left pane? If not, activate it.
  2. Are all NPCs shown from Interesting NPCs? If so, you forgot to merge the hotfix with the main file and so the main file is not active on your merge profile. Manually activate the main Interesting NPCs file.
  3. Did you get an NPC Appearance.esp file during the NPC Plugin Chooser step? If not, there was a problem with NPC Plugin Chooser. Come to the Installation Help channel on the discord for support.
  4. Check that the mods from page 4 of the guide are all in the correct order in your left pane on both your main and merge profiles.
  5. If you still have NPCs in your darkfacecollector.esp, take a screenshot (just the top of the list is fine if it's very long) and post it in the Installation Help channel of the discord for support.

NPC Retexture Merge SSE

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] NPC Retexture Merge SSE
  • File Name
  • NPC Retexture Merge SSE.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after NPC Appearance Output
Diversity - A Character Overhaul.esp
WICO - Immersive Character.esp
WICO - Immersive Dawnguard.esp
WICO - Immersive People.esp
Northbourne NPCs of Falkreath Hold.esp
Northbourne NPCs of Haafingar .esp
Northbourne NPCs of Hjaalmarch.esp
Metalsabers Beautiful Orcs of Skyrim.esp
Northbourne NPCs of the Rift.esp
Northbourne NPCs of Whiterun Hold.esp
Northbourne NPCs of Winterhold.esp
NbNpcs - USSEP Fixes AIO.esp
NbNpcs - CFTO Patch AIO.esp
IB - All-in-One.esp
The Ordinary Women.esp
Fresh Faces - USSEP.esp
Bijin Warmaidens.esp
Bijin Wives.esp
Bijin NPCs.esp
eeekie's Balimund Replacer.esp
eeekie's cicero.esp
eeekie's Esbern.esp
eeekie's Fralia.esp
eeekie's Heimskr.esp
eeekie's Igmund.esp
eeekie's Kodlak.esp
eeekie's Madanach.esp
eeekie's Siddgeir Replacer.esp
eeekie's Teldryn Sero.esp
eeekie's Temba.esp
eeekie's Young Idgrod replacer.esp
Idgrod Replacer.esp
eeekie's Delphine Redux.esp
Cuyima 3DNPC - Redone.esp
3DNPC Visual Overhaul.esp
NPC Retexture Merge Consistency Patch.esp
Special Instructions

  • leave the NPC Appearance Output active and Delete the texture and meshes folders from [Merge] NPC Retexture Merge SSE, if they are present.

OMEGA CACO Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] OMEGA CACO Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • OMEGA CACO Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] NPC Retexture Merge SSE
Predator Vision_CACO_Patch.esp
SkyTEST_ CACO_Patch.esp
Qw_CACO_RDO Patch.esp
Qw_CACO_3DNPC Patch.esp
OMEGA Lexy LOTD CACO Consistency Patch.esp

Pre Bash Merge

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Pre Bash Merged
  • File Name
  • Pre Bash Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] OMEGA CACO Patches Merged
OMEGA - True Soldiers.esp
Lethal Traps.esp
OMEGA CE Immersive Sounds Compendium.esp
Missive - Experience Patch.esp
More DBM Shipping Crates.esp
LOTD shipment crates patch.esp
Even More LOTD Crates - Falskaar.esp
Even More LOTD Crates - ForgottenCity.esp
Even More LOTD Crates - MoonAndStar.esp
Even More LOTD Crates - Moonpath.esp
Even More LOTD Crates - GrayCowlMannyGT.esp
Even More LOTD Crates - Wyrmstooth.esp
3DNPC Imperious Patch.esp
GDOS - Splendid Mechanized Dwemer Door.esp
GDOS - Glorious Solitude Door - Rotation Fix.esp
Pre Bash - Consistency Patch.esp

Remove Startup Quests and Notifications Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Remove Startup Quests and Notifications Merged
  • File Name
  • No_Quest_Startups.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Pre Bash Merged
Idiot Check

Make sure you set the file name "No_Quest_Startups.esp" and not "Remove Startup Quests and Notifications Merged.esp."

RS Children Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] RS Children Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • RS Children Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Remove Startup Quests and Notifications Merged
RSC 3DNPC Patch.esp
RSC BoS Patch.esp
RSC Falskaar Patch.esp
RSC Forgotten City Patch.esp
RSC HR Patch.esp
RSC MoonAndStar Patch.esp
ETaC - Darkwater Crossing RSC Patch.esp
ETaC - Dawnstar RSC Patch.esp
ETaC - Kynesgrove RSC Patch.esp
ETaC - Riverwood RSC Patch.esp
RSC Solitude Docks Patch.esp
RSC WT Patch.esp

Snazzy Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Snazzy Overhaul Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • Snazzy Overhaul Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] RS Children Patches Merged
SFCO - USSEP Patch.esp
SFCO - 3DNPC Patch.esp
SFCO - Alternate Start Patch.esp
SFCO - Blue Palace Terrace Patch.esp
SFCO - Falskaar Patch.esp
SFCO - Helgen Reborn Patch.esp
SFCO - Immersive Citizens Patch.esp
SFCO - Landscape and Water Fixes Patch.esp
SFCO - LotD Patch.esp
SFCO - OCW Patch.esp
SFCO - Vanilla Player Homes Addon.esp
SFCO - Wyrmstooth Patch.esp
SFCO - ETaC Darkwater Crossing Patch.esp
SFCO - ETaC Dawnstar Patch.esp
SFCO - ETaC Kynesgrove Patch.esp
SFCO - ETaC Riverwood Patch.esp
SFCO - M'rissi patch.esp
SFCO - Royal Armory Patch.esp
SFCO - Tools of Kagrenac Patch.esp
SFCO - Immersion Patch.esp
GG's Thieves Guild HQ - SFCO patch.esp
Great Town of Ivarstead - SFCO Patch.esp
Great Town of Shor's Stone - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Haelgas Bunkhouse - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Elgrims Elixirs - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Mistveil Keep - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Bee and Barb - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Temple of Mara - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Angelines Aromatics - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Belethors General Goods - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Bannered Mare - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Dragonsreach - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Drunken Huntsman - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs High Hrothgar - SFCO patch.esp
JKs Castle Dour - SFCO patch.esp
JKs Radiant Raiment - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Temple of the Divines - SFCO patch.esp
JKs Winking Skeever - Fishing - SFCO patch.esp
JKs Winking Skeever - Immersive Citizens - SFCO patch.esp
JKs Winking Skeever - 3DNPC - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Winking Skeever - Chair CR Patch SFCO.esp
JKs Candlehearth Hall - 3DNPC - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs New Gnisis Cornerclub - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Palace of the Kings - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs Temple of Talos - SFCO patch.esp
JKs Sadris Used Wares - SFCO Patch.esp
JKs White Phial - SFCO Patch.esp
ClefJ Winterhold - Snazzy.esp
Snazzy Patches Merge - Consistency Patch.esp

Weapons Armours Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Weapons Armours Merged
  • File Name
  • Weapons Armours Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Snazzy Overhaul Patches Merged
Faction Crossbows.esp
Faction Crossbows_CCOR_Patch.esp
GG's Thieves Guild HQ - Faction Crossbows patch.esp
JKs Castle Dour - DX Faction Crossbows patch.esp
JKs Palace of the Kings - DX Faction Crossbows patch.esp
Faction Crossbows - Consistency Patch.esp
Armor of Intrigue.esp
Armor of Intrigue Consistency Patch.esp
Leveled Lists - Intrigue.esp
Bosmer Armour Consistency Patch.esp
Crimson Ranger Armor.esp
Crimson Ranger Armour Consistency Patch.esp
Leveled Lists - Crimson.esp
SDA Lustmord Patch.esp
Lustmord Vampire Armor - Consistency Patch.esp
Lustmord Vampire Armor Consistency additions.esp
Krev The Skinner's Mantle by Hothtrooper44.esp
Mantle of The Silver Hand Consistency Patch.esp
Leveled Lists - Silver Hand.esp
Nordic Wanderer.esp
Nordic Wanderer Beast Races.esp
Nordic Wanderer - Consistency Patch.esp
NorthGirl Armor - Consistency Patch.esp
Northgirl Consistency Additions.esp
Rogue Armor HD - Consistency Patch.esp
Scout Armor - Consistency Patch.esp
Scout Armor Consistency Additions.esp
Wayfarers Coat SSE - Consistency Patch.esp
Wayfarers Coat SSE Consistency Additions.esp
Witchplate Consistency Patch.esp
Leveled Lists - Witchplate.esp
TalosHousecarl - Consistency Patch.esp
TalosHousecarl Consistency Additions.esp
Sithis Armour.esp
Leveled Lists - CR.esp

World Encounter Addon Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] World Encounter Addon Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • World Encounter Addon Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Weapons Armours Merged
Gray Cowl of Nocturnal - Delayed Start.esp
Gray Cowl of Nocturnal - Unofficial Patch.esp
Falskaar - Boat Location.esp
Falskaar - Unique Region Names.esp
Falskaar - Bug Fixes.esp
Moonpath Music - Sky and Lighting fix - merged.esp

YOT - Your Own Thoughts Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] YOT - Your Own Thoughts Merged
  • File Name
  • YOT - Your Own Thoughts Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] World Encounter Addon Patches Merged
YOT - Your Own Thoughts.esp
YOT - Frostfall Module.esp
YOT - Moonlight Tales Overhaul.esp
YOT - OCW.esp
YOT - Apocalypse.esp
YOT - Falskaar.esp
YOT - Fishing.esp
YOT - Forceful Tongue.esp
YOT - Helgen Reborn.esp
YOT - Imperious.esp
YOT - Lock Overhaul.esp
YOT - Interesting NPCs.esp
YOT - Ordinator.esp
YOT - Sacrosanct.esp
YOT - Saints & Seducers.esp
YOT - Survival Mode.esp
YOT - Andromeda.esp
YOT - Immersive Sounds.esp
YOT - Summermyst.esp
YOT - Wildcat.esp
YOT - Gray Fox.esp
YOT - LOTD.esp
YOT - Wyrmstooth.esp
YOT - Your Own Thoughts Consistency Patch.esp

Don't forget to run Merge Plugins Hide before continuing!

Check your Load Order

Important: You may need to switch to the Vanilla profile and back or restart MO2 for the loadorder.txt file to update properly. If you experience any issues with the bot please @Robotic#1111 in Discord

Now would be great time to check your Load Order. On Discord we have a bot that will validate your load order for you. It does this by comparing your load order against a master list. To use it, go to the #loadorder-bot channel and type !loadorder and upload your load order (in the same message). Your load order can be found at MO2/profiles/Legacy of the Dragonborn - Special Edition/loadorder.txt It will respond with a text file containing what you need to change. Missed deletions and merge plugins will have explanations listed in the file.