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 dragging them into the right list. Reorder the list to match your desired load order from top (low priority) to bottom (high priority). Finally, click the Prepare merge in active profile button and close the window.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Warning

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

Animals Merged

Note

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

Note

This merge requires Skyrim Immersive Creatures Special Edition.esp as a master which is included in Skyrim Immersive Creatures - Official Patch and Patch Central

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Animals Merged
  • File Name
  • Animals Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after Lexys LoTD SE OMEGA - Conflict Resolution

CCOR Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] CCOR Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • CCOR Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Animals Merged

Faces Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Faces Merged
  • File Name
  • Faces Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] CCOR Patches Merged

Farmhouse Chimneys Patches Merged

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

Keep It Clean + Realistic Water Two Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] KIC + RWT Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • KIC + RWT Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Farmhouse Chimneys Patches Merged

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] KIC + RWT Patches Merged

Miscellaneous Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Miscellaneous Merged
  • File Name
  • Miscellaneous Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged

MLU Patches Merged

Note

This merge requires Skyrim Immersive Creatures Special Edition.esp as a master which is included in Skyrim Immersive Creatures - Official Patch and Patch Central

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] MLU Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • MLU Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Miscellaneous Merged

NO Snow Under The Roof Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] No Snow Under The Roof Merged
  • File Name
  • NSUTR - Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] MLU Patches Merged

NPC Retexture Merge SSE

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] NPC Retexture Merge SSE
  • File Name
  • NPC Retexture Merge SSE.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] No Snow Under The Roof Merged
Special Instructions

  • Delete the texture and meshes folders, if present.

OMEGA CACO Patches Merged

Note

This merge requires Skyrim Immersive Creatures Special Edition.esp as a master which is included in Skyrim Immersive Creatures - Official Patch and Patch Central

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] OMEGA CACO Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • OMEGA CACO Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] NPC Retexture Merge SSE

Pre Bash Merge

Note

This merge requires Skyrim Immersive Creatures Special Edition.esp as a master which is included in Skyrim Immersive Creatures - Official Patch and Patch Central

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Pre Bash Merged
  • File Name
  • Pre Bash Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] OMEGA CACO Patches Merged

RS Children Patches Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] RS Children Patches Merged
  • File Name
  • RS Children Patches Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Pre Bash Merged

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

Weapons Armours Merged

  • Merge Name
  • [Merge] Weapons Armours Merged
  • File Name
  • Weapons Armours Merged.esp
  • Placement
  • Directly after [Merge] Snazzy Overhaul Patches Merged


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

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


Warning

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.