Mod Installation Advice

When going through this guide, I strongly advise following it to the letter. For the sake of your sanity, please don't run LOOT until you reach the Finishing Line Page. If you run it before you are instructed to do so, you will find that it throws numerous errors. These errors will be fixed later in the guide.

Note for Special Instructions sections.

Throughout the guide, you will find many places where you are instructed to remove files with a * in the path. For example, helgen reborn.esp\*.tga. In these cases, the asterisk means to delete all files matching this pattern.

There are a few 'best practices' to keep in mind while building this guide:

  • DO NOT run LOOT until directed to do so on the Merge Page as it will also help prevent any confusion that may arise over LOOT sorting errors that will be fixed with custom LOOT rules at the end of the guide. All required custom LOOT rules can be found on the Finishing Line page.
  • Enable mods as they are installed. Some mods will not let you proceed with the installation properly unless other required mods have been activated.
  • Main Files: Are installed as normal. If the mod page has more than one Main File to install, each should be installed AS A SEPARATE MOD in Mod Organizer 2.
  • Update Files: Should be installed with its parent files in a single mod. (e.g Merge the files in Mod Organizer 2, allowing the Update or Hotfix to overwrite the original files.)
  • Optional Files: Should be installed as A SEPARATE MOD in Mod Organizer 2.
  • Miscellaneous Files: Should be installed as A SEPARATE MOD in Mod Organizer 2.

A Note On Extracting BSA Files

This guide recommends only extracting BSA files if they are distributed with a dummy plugin or as part of a merge.

To extract a BSA, you will use the BSA Extractor plugin included with Mod Organizer 2. Enable the plugin by following these steps:

  1. Click the "spanner and screwdriver" icon in the top left corner of MO2.
  2. Click the Plugins tab.
  3. Find and select the BSA Extractor plugin.
  4. On the right side, make sure the only_alternative_sources option is set to false.

At this point, you will receive a notification during installation for any mod that includes a BSA asking if you want to extract it. If the instructions tell you to do so, click Yes otherwise, click No. With the newest version of MO2, the BSA extractor will also ask if you want to delete the BSA after extracting it say Yes.

Mods that require BSA Extraction will show this tag: EXTRACT THE BSA

A Note On Converting Old Plugins

Throughout the guide, a few plugins are using the old form 43. These plugins must be converted in the Creation Kit (CK) to work in this guide.

Mods that require converting will show this tag: CONVERT

When converting mods in the Creation Kit, some will have masters that are ESPs, but the CK requires these to be ESMs or flagged as ESMs. Convert these plugins through the following process:

Converting the plugin with the Creation Kit

  1. Ensure the Overwrite folder is empty.
  2. Run the CK from the executable drop-down menu.
  3. Select the File menu and choose Data....
  4. Find the plugin to be converted and select Set as Active File.
  5. Click OK and allow the CK to load.
  6. Once complete, save the plugin (FileSave).
  7. Close the CK.
  8. The plugin is automatically saved over the older non-converted version.

Verifying the plugin with SSEEdit

  1. Run SSEEdit from the executable drop-down menu.
  2. Right-click in the plugin pane and choose Select None.
  3. Double-click on the plugin saved from the steps above and allow SSEEdit to load until the log says, "Background Loader: finished".
  4. Right-click on the last plugin in the left pane (it should be the new plugin), and select Check for Errors.
  5. The check should come back clean reading, "All done!". If there are errors, you will have to correct them before continuing to the next step.
  6. Right-click on the plugin again and choose Sort Masters.
  7. The last step is to run SSEEdit Quick Auto Clean on the plugin.
  8. Close SSEEdit and be sure to save the modified plugin.

A Note On Cathedral Assets Optimizer

Throughout the guide, there are some mods that use meshes and textures designed for classic Skyrim. These mods must be processed using Cathedral Assets Optimizer to work with Skyrim Special Edition. For these mods, use the following instructions to perform the conversion:

  • Close Mod Organizer 2, as CAO is designed to run outside of MO2.
  • Launch Cathedral Assets Optimizer.
  • Select either the Lexy's LOTD SE - BSA or Lexy's LOTD SE - No BSA profile depending on what is listed under Special Instructions
  • Click the Open Directory button and navigate to the folder containing the mod requiring conversion.
  • Click the Log button so you can see what CAO processes.
  • Click Run.
  • When CAO is finished, close the window.

We will also downsize the textures of a few mods in the guide to a more reasonable size. This uses the same process as above, except selecting the listed SSE - Downsize Textures profile instead.

Mods that require processing in CAO will show this tag: CAO

Optimized Texture Baseline

Skyrim Realistic Overhaul

    CAO

Skyrim Realistic Overhaul contains 10gb of high quality 2048k/4096k textures. It drastically increase quality while keeping artistic look of original textures.

Main FilesSkyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 1 Install As:Skyrim Realistic OverhaulMain FilesSkyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 2 Install As:Skyrim Realistic OverhaulMain FilesSkyrim Realistic Overhaul Part 3 Install As:Skyrim Realistic OverhaulMain FilesSkyrim Realistic Overhaul 1.8. Update Install As:Skyrim Realistic Overhaul
Special Instructions
  • Ensure to name all Four files the same so that they are merged together in MO2.
  • Launch Cathedral Assets Optimizer pick the Lexy's LOTD SE - No BSA Profile from the drop-down menu then run the mod through Cathedral Assets Optimizer.

Essential SKSE Plugins

.NET Script Framework

    NET Script Framework

This mod is a Framework for memory editing, native code hooking and writing DLL plugins in any .NET language.

Main FilesNetScriptFramework SkyrimSE v17

Alternate Conversation Camera

    SKSE DLL

This mod overhauls the dialogue camera system.

Main FilesAlternate Conversation Camera
Once installed, open SKSE\Plugins\AlternateConversationCamera.ini and change the following:
[Settings]
fCameraSpeed=1200
bForceFirstPerson=0
bForceThirdPerson=0
bSwitchTarget=0
bLetterBox=0

Address Library for SKSE Plugins

   

This Mod contains header file and a database to make SKSE DLL plugins version independent easily.

Optional FilesDatabase for 1.5.97.0

Better Combat Escape - SSE

    SKSE DLL

A SKSE plugin that improve the vanilla game combat escape \ stopping mechanism, to prevent you stucking at combat state with super far away enemy.

Main FilesBetter Combat Escape - SSE V0.83

Bug Fixes SSE

    NET Script Framework

This mod fixes some bugs with game code.

Main FilesBug Fixes SSE v3
Special InstructionsOnce installed, open NetScriptFramework\Plugins\BugFixesSSE.config.txt and change the following:  
  • FixAbilityConditionBug.Enabled = False

Console Commands Extender

    SKSE DLL

This mod Extends and adds console commands.

Main FilesConsole Commands Extender

ConsoleUtilSSE

    SKSE DLL

This mod enables papyrus scripts to execute console commands.

Main FilesConsoleUtilSSE

Copy and Paste in Console

    SKSE DLL

This mod makes it possible to paste text copied to the clipboard into the Skyrim console.

Main FilesCopy and Paste in Console v1.0.1 for Skyrim SE
Special InstructionsOnce installed, open SKSE\Plugins\CopyPaste.ini and change the following:
[Main]
PasteKeyCode=47

Equip Enchantment Fix

    SKSE DLL

This mod fixes engine bugs where item enchantments don't apply when equipped or stop working while the item is still equipped. SKSE64 plugin.

Main FilesEquip Enchantment Fix

Face Discoloration Fix

    SKSE DLL

Eliminates the dreaded "dark face" issue that occurs when the game encounters FaceGen errors.

Main FilesFace Discoloration Fix SE

Fix Note icon for SkyUI (SKSE64 plugin)

    SKSE DLL

A SKSE64 plugin that fixes the Letter/Note icon and type for SkyUI.

Main FilesFixNotesForSkyUI SKSE64 2.0.17 and 2.0.19

I'm Walkin' Here

    SKSE DLL

Prevents NPCs from pushing you while YOU'RE WALKIN' 'ERE and having a chat with your friends :)

Main FilesI'm Walkin' Here

More Informative Console

    SKSE DLL

This mod edits the UI to show a great deal of additional information on npcs, items, and other objects when the console is opened, similar to the way MFG console worked for Skyrim LE

Main FilesMore Informative Console 0.43

Mum's the Word

    SKSE DLL

This mod removes the stolen tag from worthless items you steal, so long as no one notices.

Main FilesMum's the Word

NPC AI Process Position Fix - SSE

    SKSE DLL

A DLL plugin that fixes the vanilla game engine bug that NPCs AI process positions could not be updated after you waiting/ sleeping/ fast travel.

Main FilesNPC AI Process Pos Fix-SSE-V4.05dOptional FilesNPC AI Process Pos Fixed - - Immersive Citizen Patch.

powerofthree's Papyrus Extender

    SKSE DLL

SKSE64/VR plugin that extends Papyrus script functionality, with over 220 new Papyrus functions, and 25 events

Main FilesPapyrus Extender SSE - 4.5.2

powerofthree's Tweaks

    SKSE DLL

This mod is a collection of engine bug fixes and tweaks. SKSE plugin.

Main Filespowerofthree's TweaksOptional FilesINI file

Scrambled Bugs

    SKSE DLL

A collection of engine bug fixes and patches.

Main FilesScrambled BugsMain FilesScrambled Eggchantments

Simple Offence Suppression

    SKSE DLL

SKSE plugin that prevents neutral NPCs from turning hostile when you accidentally hit them.

Main FilesSimple Offence Suppression
Once installed, open SKSE\Plugins\po3_SimpleOffenceSuppression.ini and change the following:
[Settings]
OnlyCombat = true

Skyrim Priority SE - skse plugin

    SKSE DLL

This mod Make Skyrim always take most of CPU usage Increase FPS and Prevent suddenly lag caused by other processes.

Main FilesSkyrim Priority SEVersion:3.0.0

Skyrim Skill Uncapper

    SKSE DLL

This mod unlocks the skill level caps of 100 and makes some relevant leveling tweaks.

Main FilesSkyrim Skill Uncapper

Spell Perk Item Distributor (SPID)

    SKSE DLL SPID

A SKSE plugin that can be used to add spells/leveled spells/perks/items/leveled items/shouts/packages to every NPC in the game, using config files.

Main FilesSpell Perk Item Distributor - 5.0.4

SSE Display Tweaks

    SKSE DLL

All-in-one solution for playing at higher framerates. OSD compatible physics fix, borderless fullscreen performance improvement, refresh rate control, highly configurable frame rate limiting plus a few bugfixes and optimizations.

Main FilesSSE Display Tweaks
Once installed, open SKSE\Plugins\SSEDisplayTweaks.ini and change the following:
[Render]
UIFramerateLimitMap=60

Stagger Direction Fix - SSE

    Nemesis SKSE DLL

A skse plugin that fix the character's wrong stagger direction bug when the stagger triggered by spell, shout and range weapon.

Main FilesStagger Direction Fix-SSE V2.02a

SSE Engine Fixes (skse64 plugin)

    SKSE DLL

skse64 plugin to fix various issues with the Skyrim Special Edition engine.

Main Files (Part 1) Engine FixesMain Files(Part 2) Engine Fixes - skse64 Preloader and TBB Lib
Special Instructions
  1. Once installed, open skse\plugins\EngineFixes.toml and change the following:
    [Patches]
    RegularQuicksaves = true
    
  2. Extract (Part 2) Engine Fixes - skse64 Preloader and TBB Lib and install the files to the Main Skyrim Special Edition directory folder.

Stay At The System Page - Updated

    SKSE DLL

This mod brings back the behaviour of original Skyrim's Journal Menu. Whenever you press the Escape key, the mod will open the System page instead of Quest page.

Main FilesStay At System Page

Yes I'm Sure

    SKSE DLL

This mod disables annoying message prompts asking you if you're sure you'd like to craft/improve/exit menus.

Main FilesYesImSure

Scaleform Translation Plus Plus

    SKSE DLL

This plugin enables native translation nesting present within SkyUI, as well as English fallbacks.

Main FilesScaleformTranslationPP

Whose Quest Is It Anyway

    SKSE DLL

Swaps the "Quest items cannot be removed..." message for a more descriptive message informing you which quest the item belongs to.

Main FilesWhoseQuestIsItAnyway

Unofficial Patch

Unofficial High Definition Audio Project

   

A high-definition restoration of Skyrim's original voices and music, drawing from the much higher quality PS4 audio as a source.

Main FilesMusic - HQMain FilesVoices EN - Part 1Main FilesVoices EN - Part 2

Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

   

This mod is a comprehensive bug fixing mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition.

Main FilesUnofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

Perks and Leveling

Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim

   

Ordinator overhauls the perk trees of Skyrim with over 400 perks to improve the depth and fun of building and playing your character. It accomplishes this in a lightweight, compatible and clean fashion.

Main FilesOrdinator 9.30.1Optional FilesThief Skills Rebalance for Ordinator

Ordinator for Spell Perk Item Distributor

    SPID

This mod gives ordinator perks to most enemies to make the game a little more challenging.

Note

Once you set the 100 % Chance as the data directory MO2 will warn there is no valid game data. This is correct behaviour since the mod is just an ini file MO2 currently doesn't understand this folder structure but the mod will be loaded correctly by the game.

Main FilesSafe Version (V1)
Special InstructionsPick: 2 Regular - no followers - 100 % Chance from the archive.

The Eloquent Reader - True Scholar SE Edition

    zMerge

The Dragonborn become a true Scholar and gains the ability to increase his speechcraft by reading books.

Main FilesThe Eloquent Reader - True Scholar SE EditionOptional FilesThe Eloquent Reader - True Scholar SE Edition - Less XP (Main File needed)
Special Instructions
  • Make sure to merge the Main Files and the Optional Files together in Mod Organizer so the scripts end up in the Miscellaneous Merge.

Custom Skills Framework

    NET Script Framework

This mod allows mod authors to create an unlimited amount of new custom skills with their own perk trees.

Main FilesCustom Skills Framework v1

Experience

    SKSE DLL

Gain levels by completing quests and exploring. Skills don't contribute to the character's level anymore!

Main FilesExperience
Special InstructionsDelete the following file(s) and/or folder(s):
  • SKSE\Plugins\Experience folder

Lexy's Experience ini

   

This mod is a custom INI file for the mod Experience specially tailored for use with the guide.

Miscellaneous FilesLexy's Experience ini

Other Bug Fixes

GIST - Genuinely Intelligent Soul Trap SE

   

A new and improved solution to the underfilled soul gem problem.

Main FilesGIST Soul Trap

Ask Innkeepers To Show Room SE

    EXTRACT THE BSA zMerge

Instead of always showing you to your rented room, you can ask innkeepers to show you or tell them you know where it is.

Main FilesAsk Innkeepers To Show Room SE - v1.0

Don't Talk With Your Mouth Full

    zMerge

Have you ever wondered how everyone in Skyrim can speak perfectly through mouthfuls of bread and mead? Well, you won't have to anymore with this incredibly simple fix. I simply put conditions on the sitting/standing eating and drinking animations to not play while in dialogue with the player. They will still hold on to whatever they're eating but won't take a bite until you leave.

Main FilesDon't Talk With Your Mouth Full

Bard Instrumentals Mostly - Sing Rarely

   

This mod makes it so Bards sing less frequently in taverns.

Main FilesBard Instrumentals Mostly - Sing Rarely

Unnecessarily Fixed Fixed Dragon Stalking Fix

   

This mod fixes the vanilla game issue of dragon corpses sometimes randomly spawning near the player when changing cells post soul absorption.

Main FilesFixed Fixed Dragon Stalking Fix

Fuz Ro D-oh - Silent Voice

    SKSE DLL

This mod enhances support for unvoiced in-game dialogue. It does so by coercing the engine, in a non-violent way, into playing a generic silent voice and lip synch file whenever it comes across a dialogue response without voice assets of its own. Ergo, mod authors need not create and bundle silent voice files in their distribution packages.

Main FilesFuz Ro D'oh

Horns Are Forever (Persistent Argonian Horns)

    EXTRACT THE BSA

This mod allows Argonian Horns to always show when they're wearing headgear, except when it covers the entire head.

Main FilesHorns Are Forever SE
Special InstructionsDelete the following file(s) and/or folder(s):
  • meshes\actors\character\facegendata\facegeom\skyrim.esm\000d5046.nif
  • HornsAreForever.esp (dummy esp)
Reason

As Ilas-Tei is covered by CRF and CRF remains packed in a BSA, Horns Are Forever is overwriting her facegen causing a dark face bug.

Lock Overhaul - Ordinator Version

   

Useful for bashing open those annoying locks.

Main FilesLock Overhaul - Ordinator Version
  • Problem: xEdit will spew out errors on Lock Overhaul - Ordinator Version.
  • Solution: Load and resave Lock_Overhaul.esp in the Creation Kit this should stop it.
   

This is a custom main menu replacer for use with Lexy's LOTD Skyrim SE Modding guide.

Main FilesCustom Lexy Main Menu Replacer

Point The Way

    LOOT

This mod places road signs at several major intersections that were either lacking signs or didn't have enough signs to indicate the full extent of possible travel on a road. In some cases, the smaller towns and villages aren't even mentioned - despite Bethesda having created signs for them! Others that were pointed the wrong way or had the wrong city being represented have been fixed as well.

Main FilesPoint The Way

Raven Rock - Fix Exit on Horseback

    zMerge

When using horse mods in Solstheim, you might have issues exiting Raven Rock through the small shaft. This small tweak aims to fix that.

Main FilesRaven Rock - Fix Exit on Horseback SE

Skyrim Project Optimization SE

   

This mod improves the performance in interiors without changing anything visually in the game by utilizing Occlusion Culling.

Main FilesSkyrim SE - Project Optimization - ESL VERSION

Sound Hammering Sounds

   

This mod fixes a sound bug when NPCs would perform house repairs or maintenance on the mast of a ship. This action will no longer make the sound of hammering on metal, instead it will make an appropriate wooden sound.

Main FilesSound Hammering Sounds

Better Jumping SE

    SKSE DLL

This mod Allows you to jump while sprinting. Also, you can configure jump height multiplier, how many times you can jump (double jump like in action games).

Main FilesBetter Jumping SE

To Your Face Redux

    SKSE DLL

SKSE plugin that stops NPC comments unless they're directly facing the player. Inspired by underthesky's To Your Face plugin from LE.

Main FilesTo Your Face Redux - SSE

General User Interface Improvements

UIExtensions

   

This mod adds various custom menus to Skyrim for modder use.

Main FilesUIExtensions v1-2-0

Easy Wheelmenu - SSE Conversions

   

A wheelmenu (original design by expired), to make various skills and features from other mods available with a single key.

Main FilesEasyWheel - SSE Conversion

Easy Wheelmenu - Convenient Horses Patch

   

Makes horse whistle and horse call powers available thorough the menu added by "Easy Wheelmenu" mod.

Main FilesEasy Wheel Menu - Convenient Horses Patch SSE
Special Instructions
  • Once Installed rename plugin to EasyWheel-Convenient Horses Addon.esp

Better Sleep Wait Menu

   

This mod changes the amount of time you can wait or sleep.

Main FilesBetter Sleep Wait Menu - 744h (60 FPS)

Interface Hard Coded Key Tweaks

    CLASSIC

More of your remapped keys will work instead of having to use the hardcoded ones and allows binding commands to the Numpad.

Main FilesNumpad Bindable

Quick Loot RE

    SKSE DLL

This mod adds a looting menu akin to the one present in FO4.

Main FilesQuickLootRE

Minimal Oblivion Dialogue Menu (Moded EZ2C Dialogue Menu)

   

A Minimal Oblivion Dialogue Menu. Clean, Simple and it just works.

Main FilesMinimal EZ2C

Lexy's - EZ2C Dialogue Menu Config

   

This Config file restores the original look and behaviour of the original EZ2C.

Miscellaneous FilesLexy's - EZ2C Dialogue Menu Config

Skyrim Skill Interface Re-Texture

   

This mod retextures the skill interface used when leveling up and selecting perks.

Main FilesSSIRT SE v4.1

SkyUI

    EXTRACT THE BSA

This mod replaces the console-based UI with a more comprehensive and functional one suitable to a PC environment.

Main FilesSkyUI_5_2_SE
Special InstructionsDelete the following file(s) and/or folder(s):
  • Scripts\ski_configmenu.pex
  • Problem: SkyUI_SE.esp will spew out errors in SSEEdit.
  • Solution: Add Skyrim.esm to the plugin's file header.
    1. Load Only SkyUI_SE.esp and Skyrim.esm in SSEEdit.
    2. Right-click on SkyUI_SE.esp and select Add Masters.
    3. A Popup box should appear, check Skyrim.esm and click OK.
    4. Save and Exit.
  • SkyUI_SE.esp can be safely flagged as an ESM and an ESL.
  • Load the mod in SSEEdit then right-click on the Record Flags in the File Header. A popup box should appear, left-click on Edit and tick both the ESM and ESL checkboxes. This will turn the ESP into an ESP Flagged as an ESM and an ESL.

SkyUI SE - Flashing Savegames Fix

   

This mod Fixes the flashing savegame entries when trying to save or load a game in the in-game main menu (quest journal).

Main FilesSkyUI SE - Flashing Savegames Fix

The Elder Scrolls Legends - Loading Screens

   

This mod adds 56 high quality and lore-friendly artworks from "The Elder Scrolls: Legends" as loading screens. Works as a vanilla replacer and alongside vanilla loading screens.

Main FilesTESL - Loading Screens

Wider MCM Menu for SkyUI

   

This mod provides wider MCM menu interface of SkyUI to prevent mod titles text clipping and clipping inside MCM menus.

Main FilesOpt. 2 - Even Wider Rescaled MCM Menu for SkyUI

MCM Helper

    SKSE DLL

Simplifies the creation of Mod Configuration Menus and extends them with powerful new features, such as persistent INI settings and hotkey registration. Mod authors will be able to write simpler, cleaner Papyrus scripts for their configs. Players will be able to spend less time in menus.

Main FilesMCM Helper SE

Heads Up Display

A Matter of Time - A HUD clock widget

   

The mod adds a widget to the HUD which displays the current in-game time in two ways: as a picture showing the current time of day, and as a clock.

Main FilesAMatterOfTime_v3_0_0_alpha_4

Better MessageBox Controls

   

This mod lets the player navigate the message boxes with the keyboard. Use Left/Right controls, and Activate to select options (typically A, D, and E but it should work if these keys have been remapped).

Main FilesBetter MessageBox Controls v1_2

Immersive HUD - iHUD Special Edition

   

This mod increases immersion by hiding non-essential HUD elements until needed.

Main FilesImmersive HUD - iHUD

Sovngarde - A Nordic Font

   

Sovngarde is a custom font created to support a multilingual user base and blend seamlessly into Skyrim's lore.

Main FilesSovngarde - A Nordic Font Bold V8.9

moreHUD SE

   

This mod displays information about an object that the player is targeting such as alchemy effects, weight, and complete armour/weapon stats without having to pick them up.

Main FilesmoreHUD SE

moreHUD Inventory Edition

   

This mod brings some features from moreHUD into the inventory menu.

Main FilesmoreHUD Inventory Edition Loose Version

Undiscovered Means Unknown - Map Markers

   

Mod Notes: This mod changes all undiscovered location markers to a generic icon until you have visited the location.

Main FilesUndiscovered Means Unknown - Map Markers

Smaller Vanilla Cursors SE

   

This mod shrinks the cursor so the player can actually see what they are clicking on.

Main FilesSmaller Vanilla Cursors

Character Creation

RaceMenu

    SKSE DLL

A Complete overhaul of the character creation menu including new customization features such as multiple RGBA warpaints, body paints, hand paints, and foot paints.

Main FilesRaceMenu Special Edition v0-4-16

World Map

A Quality World Map

    CONVERT LOOT

This mod increases the world map texture quality and adds roads which should be documented on any good map.

Note

Once xLODGEN has been created move this mod underneath SSELODGen_Output in the Left Pane of Mod Organizer 2.

Main Files9.0.1 A Quality World Map - Vivid with Flat Roads
  • Problem: IcePenguinWorldMap.esp is in form 43.
  • Solution: Load and save the plugin in the Creation Kit to convert to form 44.

Better Falskaar and Wyrmstooth Map With Roads

   

This mod improves the quality and adds main roads to the maps of Falskaar.

Note

Once xLODGEN has been created move this mod underneath SSELODGen_Output in the Left Pane of Mod Organizer 2.

Main FilesBetter Falskaar and Wyrmstooth Map With Roads

Dynamic snow For Map

    CLASSIC

This mod improves the look of the dynamic snow on the world map.

Main FilesType 2

Map Markers Complete with DLC and OCS

   

Exploration is a huge part of Skyrim and there are many locations that can be hard to find and easy to lose or miss. These mods help by adding map markers to hundreds of locations.

Main FilesMap Markers Complete

The World of Skyrim - Dynamic LOD

DynDOLOD Resources SE 3

   

DynDOLOD is a set of simple tools based on xEdit/xLODGen to automatically create a Skyrim mod based on the load order which adds distant LOD for objects and trees to Skyrim. By combining DynDOLOD with xLODGen users can create drastically enhanced static object LOD + tree LOD and the new, optional dynamic distant object LOD in a few simple steps.

Note

This mod is not completely installed until the executables have been run in the final section of the guide.

Main FilesDynDOLOD Resources SE 3
Idiot Check

Make sure you have setup DynDOLOD as per the Prerequisites guide. Also make sure you are using the SE version of the mod.

HD LODs Textures SE

   

This mod is a complete re-texture of Skyrim, Dawnguard and Dragonborn LODs.

Main FilesHD Lods Textures SE 1K V9.3 - DynDOLOD VERSION
Special InstructionsDelete the following file(s) and/or folder(s):
  • HD Lods SSE.bsa
  • HD Lods SSE.esp
Reason

The HD Lods plugin and BSA adds a big performance impact due to loading an entire City's Lods.

World Encounters

Falskaar

    CAO EXTRACT THE BSA

Falskaar is a new lands mod that adds an entirely new worldspace to the world. It's accessed by a dungeon the first time, then by boat from then on out. Falskaar's goal was to act as a DLC, adding content in almost every area. There is a new land, places, people, quests, dungeons and more for the player to experience. It adds roughly 20+ hours of content and favours all types of characters.

Main FilesFalskaar V2_2
Special Instructions
  • Launch Cathedral Assets Optimizer pick the Lexy's LOTD SE - BSA Profile from the drop-down menu then run the mod through Cathedral Assets Optimizer.

Falskaar - Addons and Patches

    zMerge

This mod is a collection of tweaks, enhancements, and patches for Falskaar.

Main FilesFalskaar - Addons and Patches 1.6

Konahrik's Accoutrements

    xEdit -- Quick Auto Clean

This mod makes encounters with the named Dragon Priests a more challenging and rewarding experience.

Main FilesKonarik's Accoutrements - Dragon Priest Armory
  • Problem: konahrik_accoutrements.esp contains 34 ITM (Identical to Master Record).
  • Solution: Load konahrik_accoutrements.esp using the SSEEDIT - Quick Auto Clean of SSEEdit and let it clean the mod as you would the base ESMs.

Konahrik's Accoutrements Upscaled Textures

   

This mod upscale the textures from Konahrik's Accoutrements.

Main FilesKAUP

Moon and Star

   

A mysterious and powerful criminal has been spotted in Skyrim, his trail dogged by hunters from Morrowind. However, there may be more at stake than it seems, and this criminal may be familiar...

Main FilesMoon and Star
Special InstructionsDelete the following file(s) and/or folder(s):
  • MoonAndStar_MAS.esp

Moon and Star Replacer

   

This mod cleans up and fixes Moon and Star. Special Thanks to SirJesto for help on this.

Main FilesMoon and Star Replacer

Moonpath to Elsweyr SSE

   

This Mod adds the DLC size quest set in the land of Elsweyr.

Main FilesMoonpath to Elsweyr SSE

Unofficial Moonpath to Elsweyr Patch

   

This Mod is an unofficial patch to resolve various issues with Moonpath to Elsweyr.

Main FilesUnofficial Moonpath to Elsweyr Patch

Moonpath to Elsweyr Sky and Lightning fix

    EXTRACT THE BSA zMerge

This Mod Fixes the always daytime, overly bright sky in Moonpath to Elsweyr.

Main FilesMoonpath Music - Sky and Light fix - Merged 1.3

Moonpath Stuck Combat Music Fix

   

This Mod Fixes the combat music being stuck from "Moonpath to Elsweyr"

Main FilesMoonpath Stuck Combat Music Fix

Teldryn Serious - A Teldryn Sero Backstory Quest SSE

   

This mod is a lore-friendly, fully voiced quest about Teldryn Sero's dangerous past.

Main FilesTeldryn Serious Enhanced Edition

Teldryn Serious Patch

   

This mod adds some collision markers to hopefully prevent NPCs from falling to the water during the ship battle and thus bugging out the quest.

Main FilesTeldryn Serious Patch

The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal SE

   

For a long time no one claimed the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal. The last one was the Champion of Cyrodiil at the ending days of the Third Era. But what happened after the Oblivion Crisis? Where is the Gray Cowl now? You're a thief and during stealing and pickpocketing items around the world, a vision appears in front of you. The Gray Cowl is calling. The big journey has started... Where will you go now? Many places are awaiting you. Legendary places, mysterious places, ancient places that needs to be cleaned up from the sands of time. The Gray Cowl wants you.

Main FilesThe Gray Cowl of Nocturnal

The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal SSE - HD Pack

   

This mod aims to improve overall visual quality of the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal mod by replacing textures by new ones in 2k resolution and BC7 compression.

Main FilesThe Gray Cowl of Nocturnal SE - HD Texture pack

Gray Cowl of Nocturnal Alikr Flora Overhaul SE

   

Additional Desert Flora for MannyGT's Gray Cowl of Nocturnal

Main FilesGray Cowl of Nocturnal - Alikr Flora Overhaul

The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal SE - Addons and Patches

    zMerge

This mod is a collection of tweaks, enhancements and patches for The Grey Cowl of Nocturnal.

Main FilesThe Gray Cowl of Nocturnal SE - Addons and Patches 1.2

The Forgotten City

    xEdit -- Quick Auto Clean

The Forgotten City offers a unique gameplay experience: a murder mystery investigation set in an ancient underground city. It has a dark, non-linear story in which you'll explore the city in multiple timelines, interrogate suspects, navigate challenging moral dilemmas, and fight new enemies.

Main FilesThe Forgotten City
  • Problem: ForgottenCity.esp contains 7 ITMS's (Identical to Master Records).
  • Solution: Load ForgottenCity.esp using SSEEDIT - Quick Auto Clean and let it clean the mod as you would the base ESMs.

The Tools of Kagrenac

   

Go on a quest to recover the legendary Tools of Kagrenac. Encounter new allies and enemies, explore sprawling dungeons and add powerful new artifacts and spells to your arsenal in this fully-voiced quest mod

Main FilesThe Tools of Kagrenac V1.58a SSE

Wyrmstooth

   

Wyrmstooth adds a new quest that takes the Dragonborn to the island of Wyrmstooth situated north of Solitude across the Sea of Ghosts.

Main FilesWyrmstooth

Modified and Expanded Quests

Alternate Start - Live Another Life

   

Live Another Life provides an alternative means to start the game for those who do not wish to go through the lengthy intro sequence at Helgen. The player will be given the opportunity to choose a race and then a new life to lead. A wide variety of choices will be available. What is chosen will have a lasting impact, so choose carefully or the gods may forsake them again!

Main FilesAlternate Start - Live Another Life

Andrealphus' Harder Quests

   

This mod changes several quests, giving them higher requirements for objectives to be fullfilled.

Main FilesAndrealphus' Harder Quests - No Easy Bloodkin

At Your Own Pace

   

The mod is an overhaul of the first half of the main quest, designed to provide the player with breaks at each stage.

Main FilesAt Your Own Pace - College of WinterholdVersion:1.1.0MGMain FilesAt Your Own Pace - Main QuestVersion:1.4.0Main FilesAt Your Own Pace - Misc Version:1.1.0MS

Cutting Room Floor

   

From the depths of the ether, or just the cutting room floor, comes forth several NPCs, some quests, and other miscellaneous content which was created but never implemented in the game. If ever it felt as if Skyrim was missing something, it was! This mod should relieve a bit of that. This mod contains mostly generic NPCs with no purpose, quests that were complete but cut for some reason, random bits of stuff to be found, and even a town.

Main FilesCutting Room Floor

Enhanced Skyrim Factions - The Companions Guild

    CLASSIC CONVERT EXTRACT THE BSA

This mod slows down the Companions Quest Line.

Main FilesESFCompanions REQUIREMENTS-ONLY VERSION
  • Problem: ESFCompanions.esp is in form 43.
  • Solution: Load and save the plugin in the Creation Kit to convert to form 44.

Even Better Quest Objectives

   

This mod enhances the quest descriptions in the vanilla game so that the player has a clear sense of where they are supposed to go and what they are supposed to do besides looking at the quest markers.

Main FilesEven Better Quest Objectives SE v1.8.4

Gildergreen Regrown

   

This mod will make the Gildergreen in Whiterun grow from the sapling back into a full tree over time.

Main FilesGildergreen Regrown

Helgen Reborn

   

THE definitive quest mod for rebuilding Helgen! Learn the legend of The Keepers of Hattu as you reunite two old soldiers and are thrust into a decades-old feud with a ruthless and powerful Justiciar from the Aldmeri Dominion.

Optional FilesHelgen Reborn SSE Version 106 With loose files
Special InstructionsDelete the following file(s) and/or folder(s):
  • textures\actors\character\facegendata\facetint\helgen reborn.esp\*.tga

Obscure's College of Winterhold

   

This mod is an expansion and overhaul for the College of Winterhold, including two new towers, a re-imagined Arcanaeum and Hall of the Elements, revised set dressing and clutter in many areas, changes that appear over time, door signs to assist with navigation, support for many other mods, and not a trace of hay.

Main FilesObscure's College of Winterhold
Special Instructions
  • Please note the Better Dynamic Snow, Lanterns of Skyrim II - Master Tamriel Lights, Mystic Condenser, and Tools of Kagrenac patches are all not needed as they are out of date and covered later on in the guide.

Obscure's College of Winterhold Addons

   

This mod provide a number of Addons for OCW.

Main FilesOCW Arcanaeum Flying Books

Obscure's College of Winterhold NPC Stuck in Staircase Fix

   

Fixes bug in Obscure's College of Winterhold where NPCs get stuck in the staircase between The Hall of Elements and The Arch-mage's Quarters.

Main FilesObscure's College of Winterhold NPC Stuck in Staircase Fix

Missives

   

This mod adds a large number of localized radiant quests found at Missive Boards of varying difficulty and with varying rewards.

Main FilesMissives 2.03 SSE

Missives - Worldspace Additions

   

This is a compilation of patches for Missives and several new landspace mods.

Main FilesMissives - Falskaar Patch v2.04bMain FilesMissives - Solstheim Patch SE v2.03Main FilesMissives - Wyrmstooth PatchVersion:2.04d

Missives - Experience Patch

    zMerge

This mod changes the quest givens by Missives to be more consistent with Experience.

Miscellaneous FilesMissives - Experience Patch

Missives - Notes Retexture

   

This tiny mod adds 9 images to replace the blank notes hanging on the board of the amazing Missives.

Main FilesMissives Notes Retexture

Missives - The Witcher Board HD

   

Replaces the board model from IronDusk33's Missives with a new one converted from The Witcher with HD textures.

Main FilesMissives - The Witcher Board HD

Nilheim - Misc Quest Expansion

   

Fixes some issues with the misc quest at Nilheim and gives a bit more flexibility to your encounter with good old Telrav, adding a couple of additional dialogue choices and options for roleplaying.

Main FilesNilheim - Misc Quest Expansion

Radiant Requirements MCM

   

Modifies selected radiant quests so that they don't send you to locations with dangerous enemies until your level is high enough. Configurable by MCM.

Main FilesRadiant Requirements

Return to Pelagius' mind

   

Travel back to Pelagius' mind to retrieve items you forgot about. For example, Legacy of the Dragonborn's Jyggalag's Sword.

Main FilesReturn to Pelagius' mind

Stackable Stones of Barenziah with Optional Quest Markers

    EXTRACT THE BSA zMerge

Fixes Stones of Barenziah not stacking properly in the player's inventory also adds quest markers to Stones of Barenziah.

Main FilesStackable Stones of Barenziah with Optional Quest Markers

USSEP bugfix incorporation to SSoB

    zMerge

This is a simple mod, incorporates USSEP's bugfix #20077 to Stackable Stones of Barenziah with Optional Quest Markers.

Main FilesSSoB USSEP incorporation plus EBQO

The Choice is Yours

   

Stop random greetings, comments, and rumours from triggering quests, as well as having forced encounters with NPCs automatically trigger the start of a quest. Now those quests won't be activated unless the player decides to pursue them. Rumours and gossip are just that... rumours and gossip. Some are worth investigating further, others are not.

Main FilesThe Choice is Yours

The Companions - Don't be a Milk Drinker

    zMerge

Restores honour to The Companions by removing the option to be a bully.

Optional FilesCompanions - Don't be a Milk Drinker (Farkas only option)_v1.0

Paarthurnax - Quest Expansion

   

A fully voiced, quite expanded new take on the quest Paarthurnax, giving both the Blades and Paarthurnax good reasons for their stances, and you, Dragonborn, the final choice.

Main FilesPaarthurnax Quest Expansion

Timing is Everything SE

   

This mod allows you to customize the starting conditions for various quests.

Main FilesTiming is Everything SE - FISS version

Thieves Guild Requirements SE

   

This mod makes it so Brynjolf will no longer automatically approach you in Riften. It also adds requirements that must be met in order to advance the Thieves Guild quest line.

Main FilesThieves Guild Requirements SE - FISS version

All Thieves Guild Jobs Concurrently

   

This Mod lets you take on all seven Thieves Guild jobs types at once, instead of only one at a time from Delvin and Vex.

Main FilesAll Thieves Guild Jobs Concurrently - USSEP Version

Your Choices Matter - A Dark Brotherhood Expansion SSE

   

This mod extends the Dark Brotherhood questline in many ways and adds an optional alternate ending. The ending you get will depend on the choices you, the Player make, throughout the story. Completely voiced dialogues, using vanilla and xVASynth assets.

Main FilesYour Choices Matter - Dark Brotherhood Expansion main file SSE

Legacy of The Dragonborn

Legacy of the Dragonborn SSE

   

The Legacy of the Dragonborn is steeped in prophecy, myth, legend, and history itself. Explore forgotten lore and uncover the lost relics of the 7 Dragonborn of the bygone eras of Tamriel. From those merely mentioned in the title to those who wielded the power of the voice, many legendary and influential people held the title of “Dragonborn” and they all link to the lost covenant of Akatosh.

“Legacy of the Dragonborn” is a MASSIVE addition which will change the way you play Skyrim forever. Meet the curator Auryen Morellus at the museum in Solitude and he will help guide you in your quest to gather the many relics of Tamriel's history as well as provide a fully equipped player home and many many more quests as well. As you display relics you will unlock more history and lore as you encounter new challenges, meet new NPCs and embark to establish your own guild, "The Explorer's Society".

Aim to explore and discover lost places, artifacts, and history, build the guild house from the ground up as the guild master, then recruit new members, each with their own unique backstories and special guild functions. Explore ruins and excavate relic fragments to re-assemble into artifacts to display in the museum. Set up a guild store with the quartermaster and much more.

Main FilesLegacy of the Dragonborn

Legacy of the Dragonborn Cleaned Textures

   

these are the textures of LOTD cleaned of compression artefacts and some bad overwrites.

Main FilesLOTDCT_BC7Update FilesBlue Fabric Fix

Better Wine Labels - Vanilla and Legacy of the Dragonborn

   

This mod replaces wine label textures with new HD textures and normal map.

Main FilesLOTD VersionOptional FilesSan's Spiced Wine

Legacy of The Dragonborn - Dwemer Compass Replacer

   

This mod replaces the Dwemer Compass from Legacy of The Dragonborn with higher quality model

Main FilesLegacy of The Dragonborn - Dwemer Compass Replacer

Legacy of The Dragonborn - Lighting Mod

    LOOT

An interior lighting mod for Legacy of The Dragonborn.

Main FilesLegacy of The Dragonborn - Lighting Mod

Legacy of the Dragonborn Plaques Retexture

   

This mod retextures the museum plaques.

Main FilesLotD Plaques Retexture

Legacy of The Dragonborn - Museum Exterior Fixes

   

Fixes some visual issues with the museum's exterior such as road blending and UV maps

Main FilesLegacy of The Dragonborn - Museum Exterior Fixes

Legacy of The Dragonborn Perk Menus

   

Perk Tree Menus for Legacy of The Dragonborn Archaeology skills

Main FilesLegacy of The Dragonborn Perk Menus

Legacy of The Dragonborn - museum dome sunlight and shadows

   

Adds dynamic sunlight through the dome of the museum.

Main FilesLegacy of The Dragonborn - museum dome sunlight and shadows

Legacy of The Dragonborn museum dome improved

   

Improves museum interior and exterior dome with meshes that reduce distortion.

Main FilesLegacy of The Dragonborn museum dome improved

Legacy of the Dragonborn dome retexture

   

Retexture of LotD glass dome window.

Main FilesLotD Dome retexture

Legacy of the Dragonborn - Quick Museum Shortcuts

   

Shortens two secret passages in Legacy of the Dragonborn, adds Hall of Secrets to the Curator's Guide.

Main FilesLoTD Quick Museum Shortcuts

Legacy of The Dragonborn - SMIM Chests

   

Replaces Legacy of The Dragonborn chests with SMIM models.

Main FilesLegacy of The Dragonborn - SMIM Chests

Legacy Safehouse Plus

   

Adds additional room configuration options for purchase for the Legacy of the Dragonborn safehouse as well as a cabinet display for Dwemer dishware.

Main FilesLegacy Safehouse Plus

Legacy of the Dragonborn - Furniture Management

   

Provides a simple and reliable system for managing Safehouse furniture and room configurations

Main FilesLegacy of the Dragonborn - Furniture Management

Quest and Reward Delay for Legacy of the Dragonborn

   

Delays the various rewards and quests in Legacy of the Dragonborn to higher display count numbers.

Main FilesLegacy of the Dragonborn Delay Patch

Legacy of the Dragonborn - NPC Overhaul by 1N

    LOOT

This mod Overhaul of most of the major NPCs from Legacy of the Dragonborn.

Main FilesLegacy of the Dragonborn - NPC Overhaul

Vibrant Explorers Guild banner (LOTD)

   

This mod adds a vibrant version of the Explorers Guild banner from Legacy of the Dragonborn.

Main FilesVibrant Explorers Guild banner (LOTD)

Legacy of the Dragonborn - Fate Cards Re-texture - Skyrim Concept Art

   

This mod retextures the collectible cards you can find in the excellent Legacy of the Dragonborn.

Main FilesFate Cards - Skyrim Concept Art - 01

Fossil Mining

   

This mod adds fossils that can be found randomly while mining.

Main FilesFossil Mining v3.2

Fossil Mining Map Markers (SSE Port)

   

This mod adds 10 map markers to the excavation sites added by Fossil Mining located in the hot springs area.

Main FilesFossil Mining Map Markers

Relic Hunter (Legacy and ASLAL addon)

    zMerge

This addon pack for Legacy of the Dragonborn and Alternate Start - Live Another Life allows you to begin a new game as the guild master for the explorer's society. You start at the site of a small excavation of some Akaviri ruins with several explorer relic tools already at your disposal to get you going as a true relic hunter! The explorer's society and membership recruitment will already be established in this new start, allowing you access to all the benefits and features it has to offer.

Main FilesRelic Hunter- Guildmaster StartOptional FilesRelicHunter_Grass_Patch

More DBM Shipping Crates

    zMerge

This mod adds 7 new Shipping Crates to Tamriel (and 1 in Solstheim) for the excellent Legacy of the Dragonborn v5.

Main FilesMore DBM Shipping Crates

LOTD Museum Shipment Crates Patch and Even More Crates for Mods

    zMerge

Some of the Dragonborn Museum shipment crates are placed over navmeshed terrain and cause actors to get stuck if they try to navigate through them. This patch moves the crates to nearby, logic places that have no navmesh by default, ensuring compatibility with the base game and any mods that don't make substantial changes to navmesh in those areas.

Main FilesLOTD Museum Shipment Crates PatchOptional FilesEven More LOTD Crates for Mods - FalskaarOptional FilesEven More LOTD Crates for Mods - Forgotten CityOptional FilesEven More LOTD Crates for Mods - Moon and StarOptional FilesEven More LOTD Crates for Mods - Moonpath to ElsweyrOptional FilesEven More LOTD Crates for Mods - The Grey Cowl of NocturnalOptional FilesEven More LOTD Crates for Mods - Wyrmstooth

OMEGA

OMEGA Updated

    LOOT zMerge

In the vein of YASH, EnaiRim, Requiem, and more...OMEGA's design goal is to offer the best and most versatile gameplay overhaul available for SSE. OMEGA is the starting point for any mod build that at its core changes Skyrim into a challenging, difficult, and balanced experience.

Main FilesOMEGA AIO Updated

OMEGA MLU Consistency Patch

    zMerge

This mod is a compatibility Patch for the Morrowloot Patches Merge.

Miscellaneous FilesOMEGA MLU Consistency Patch