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So Skyrim Special Edition is coming out in a few weeks. I'm making this post for people who thought the mods available on Fallout 4 for Xbox were the best of the best , or people who are just looking for some cool new mods to try out. There might be mods from other posts, and that's fine. This is just a must have list based on my personal taste and in no particular order, as well as one or two popular ones that I don't personally use. I'm assuming you know what mods are, and you've played Skyrim before. Also, I am not in anyway being sponsored to post this, I just fucking love Skyrim and its modding community.
How do you get mods?
I personally use the site http://www.nexusmods.com. The mods I list will also have links to their pages on the Nexus. You don't have to get your mods from here, but it's a great site. They have a huge library of mods for a huge library of games. They also have their own Mod Manager client that makes the entire process 100x faster and easier. I was introduced to it through the Youtubers Gopher and Brodual who also have incredibly useful tutorials on modding as well.
The nexus page for Skyrim mods - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim
Sky UI. You'll need the Skyrim Script Extender for this one, and you'll need SkyUI for a majority of mods you get, as it adds a mod configuration menu page to the start menu in game. It also condenses the UI to make it Keyboard/Mouse friendly for you PC players, and allows you to sort items by different categories.
If you want to use mods that require SKY UI, but you like the original UI and menu system of Skyrim, there is also another mod called "SKY UI - Away", that lets you have the best of both worlds.
SkyUI (Away) - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/29440/
Skyrim Script Extender
This one's a doozy. Modders are concerned we likely won't be able to get this on the console version of Skyrim Special Edition because of its strict hard/software limitations, and because of that you won't have access to a lot of really cool mods.
You are absolutely going to need this to use some of those bigger mods. It does exactly what is says. You'll need this for a lot of script heavy mods. Luckily it's pretty easy to install. Not from the Nexus, but you'll need it for a lot of different Nexus mods.
Gopher explaining install: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTGnQIiNVqA
SKSE download: http://skse.silverlock.org/
For the immersionist in all of us. Requires SKSE, SkyUI and another mod called Campfire. We'll get to that later.
Skyrim is a cold place. This mod adds another level of difficulty to the game by allowing your character to freeze to death, so make sure to dress appropriately.
Realistic Needs and Diseases
Basically a companion mod to Frostfall. You get hungry. You get thirsty. Diseases actually suck. You get tired and sleepy. Customizable with mod configuration menu. This mod and others like it are what encouraged the implementation of the "survival" mode Fallout 4.
A requirement for Frostfall, and a good companion to Realistic Needs and Diseases. Lets you set up camp if you're feeling too tired/cold to carry on. Can make a campfire, pitch a tent, and even make a portable cooking, tanning, and enchanting stations.
You get to skip 12 minute intro scene at the beginning. In fact, if you're into actually role playing in your game, this mod allows you to be whatever you want. You don't have to be the Dragonborn anymore, unless you want to.
[PRO-TIP]: If you want to play the Dragonborn campaign from the get-go, but you still want to skip the cut scene, pick "I am camping in the woods." You start in front of the cave at Helgen, and you see Alduin fly away when you wake up. You just have to grab your stuff and go inside to grab your injured Hadvar or Ralof.
I'd rather squeeze lemons in my eyes than play without this mod now.
Generally cleans up character models and adds detail to characters' features, blemishes, hands, feet, etc. This author has also made mods that change the war-paints to a higher resolution, adds scars, eyebrows, adds Morrowind war-paints and improve the face textures on vampires.
Gives you WAY more detailed control in the character customization menu. This menu is a bit more complicated, but it is 100% worth the 100 extra hours you'll spend making your character. You can also save certain looks as a character preset. Requires SKSE.
I don't use ENBs because i value frame-rate over graphical quality, but here's one anyways.
This screenshot was with the Enhanced Shaders ENB which is one of the more popular on the Nexus
You can do everything in first person, as well as see your legs. Is rly good.
Alternative to ENBs
Enhanced Lights and FX is a mod that changes the lighting in the game, and is less taxing on your computer than ENBs. I use this one because I think it looks good. I'm not going to post examples here because there are comparisons on the nexus page for it.
Allows you to further change the Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation levels in-game. Real cool. If you have a poopy computer but still want a bit of visual control, this here's for you. I use this to change contrast and saturation without having to change my monitor settings.
Immersive blah blah blah
Changes behavior of NPCs in the game so it makes more sense. Warriors will train instead of standing around, Servants will do chores, Bandits will try to counter your attacks with a bash, small stuff like that. Some NPCs may even visit neighboring towns for a day. Also changes their reactions to certain situations based on their character type and level. A lot to explain. If you're curious, take a look.
No NPC Greeting
People won't confess their life story to you every time you walk by ,and won't talk to you while you're having a conversation with someone el- YES NAZEEM I'VE BEEN TO THE CLOUD DISTRICT I AM THE THANE OF FUCKING WHITERUN.
Now the only thing that'll make you want to kill Nazeem is the way he talks down to everyone he lives with.
Realistic Legendary Damage
Pump it up to Legendary difficulty and enemies can kill you in a couple of hits. When you strike back, you whittle away at their health, turning this single player adventure RPG game into a grind. This mod levels the playing field by letting you do the same, making the combat on Legendary difficulty much faster and more interesting. A must if you enjoy glass cannon battles.
A follower mod. Adds a unique and voiced follower to the game. He'll introduce himself when you find him. A lot of you may be rolling your eyes because when most people do voice work in mods, it sounds like they were recorded through a cardboard tube and put through a megaphone. Trust me when i tell you, the audio work for this guy is fucking amazing. Professional quality voice work He has so many well acted and believable lines, you'll forget he even is a mod.
Dragon Combat Overhaul
Dragons will fuck you up now. In fact, they'll team up to do it if you start killing them. This one requires Dragonborn and Dawnguard DLC and SKSE. I was ambushed by 5 dragons in the middle of Whiterun at level 20.
Diverse Dragons Collection 1.0 and 2.0
Get up Stand up
Get up faster after being knocked down. Truly essential. Especially for Dragon Combat Overhaul.
A mod that adds new spells to the game. Makes magic based builds way more interesting. Too many spells to list here. If you like playing magic based builds, just look. There's also a sequel to this mod.
Completely changes the way every mechanic, and even some weapons work. Combat, skills, leveling, exploration, everything. Way too much to explain here. Really only for people with a bit of modding experience. It's Skyrim, but different. I'll add a video of Gopher trying to explain it. I'd recommend this if you're bored of the way Skyrim plays, and are looking for a bit of weapon variety.
If you have other mods that add new weapons/armors to the game you'll want to find the reProccer patch that changes their values to match Skyre's global damage/armor value upscaling.
Gopher Vid (31m:10s long) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfR2Sts6jXM
Skyre - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/9286/
ReProccer - http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/28467/
Weather and Lighting overhaul. Adds variation to the different weathers of Skyrim depending on the region, as well as adding a couple of new textures to help keep it fresh. I use NMM (Nexus Mod Manager) to override the lighting portion with Enhanced Lighting and FX.
Changes the way bandits work. Adds types/classes of bandits, some bandits train animals to fight for them, some are part of a clan and bear shields with their insignia. Never know what you'll find, and better than fighting the same leather/fur armor clad bandits every time.
The aMidianBorn series of mods focuses on hd retextures of armors. Really great work that even gives you some choice as to how you want certain armors to look. I have several of this author's mods in my load order.
Here are a couple good ones.
Steel Plate: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/20792
Blades Armor: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/41731/
Stormcloak Officer Armor: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/45692/
No Spinning Death Animation
Removes the silly dance people do sometimes when they're killed. This dance to be precise: https://youtu.be/JlFPJVI9-ng
Cloaks of Skyrim
Does exactly what you think it does. Also lets you craft your own cloaks if you get the right book. (There's one in Dragonsreach next to a spinning loom on the second floor.) Great for Frostfall.
Moonlight Tales and Werewolf Perks Expanded
Moonlight tales changes the way lycanthropy works in Skyrim. Includes lunar transformations, and lycanthropic infections. Gives you a couple of new abilities and you can customize your definition of lycanthropy through the mod configuration menu baked into Sky UI. A must for people who like being werewolves but don't like how shallow the vanilla game takes it. It also adds Were-bears, and a female werewolf model.
Werewolf Perks changes the werewolf skill tree to make it a bit more interesting and useful.
Moonlight Tales: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/35470/
Werewolf Perks: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/22134/
I personally don't like playing as a vampire, but since I added a Werewolf mod, I figured I might as well add a good Vampire one.
Better Vampires gives you full control as to what being a vampire means. Doesn't make modifications to NPC vampires, only the player Vampire. Requires SKSE and Sky UI.
Nexus Page: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/9717/
Mod Author's Website:https://sites.google.com/site/bettervampires/home
Proper Torch Wield
Dramatic changes in lighting actually affect your vision in Skyrim. Now you won't hold your torch in front of your own face, blinding yourself like this dingle. Helpful for Enhanced Lighting and FX.
Bandolier - Bags and Pouches
Carry more stuff, and look good doing it.
Move it Dammit for NPC Companions and Followers
Makes companions and NPCs take more than one step back when you bump into them in tHE DOOR WAY GOD DAMNIT LYDIA MOVE.
For when you want light, but you also want to use your Greatsword. Can be customized to consume oil, or not.
Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds
Adds more ambient sound effects to the wilds to make them feel more alive. Some sounds are also not so ambient. There are also Dungeon, and City versions of this mod, but i like this one the best.