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Distant Detail Hearthfire Edition
Category: Graphics, Landscape
File Size:
0.148 MB
Oct 10, 2012 @ 9:46am
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ATTENTION: This is the Hearthfire Edition of Distant Detail. If you do not own the Hearthfire expansion, do NOT download this file!

If you are switching from the original Distant Detail to the Hearthfire Edition, deactivate and/or uninstall the original Distant Detail from Skyrim's "Data" window before installing this version.


This mod will make certain objects, like large rocks, stone structures, and bridges visible across Skyrim (mostly in Whiterun) regardless of your distance from them. This helps fill in detail in areas that would otherwise look somewhat sparse and bald from a distance.

The mod is intended to be a nice compromise for those of you who want extended rendering distance without having to deal with the performance impact of changing the ugridstoload setting in your .ini file, and without having to procedurally create distant LOD items.


Simply download the .ESP and activate it with your mod manager or Skyrim's data manager.

I recommend keeping your ugridstoload setting at the default value of 5 when using this mod.

I STRONGLY recommend you also download the following visual enhancers:

"Enhanced Distant Terrain," by opticshooter: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=1598

"High Quality LODs," by Ethatron: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=4834

"Better Distant LOD waterfalls," by rolloLG: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=6161


The items are made visible by ticking a flag in their properties labeled "is full LOD," which makes those items render at full detail at ANY distance, regardless of whether or not you can even see them.

This is not an ideal situation, but the performance hit should still less than you would experience by increasing the ugridstoload value in your .ini file, and the visual yield is actually better because the draw distance of these objects is no longer bound to grids at all.

I have only experienced 1 to 2 frames-per-second less using this mod on my system which is running Windows XP, 3 GB of RAM, an ATI HD 4890 GPU with 1 GB on-board vRAM, and a duo core processor (2.8 GHz / 2.8 GHz)

I am interested in hearing about your experience with the mod, and what performance impact you experience, if any. (Please include your system specs including OS, RAM, graphics card, and processor if you are reporting on performance.)
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Nizolate Sep 23, 2014 @ 4:01am 
i cant open my game with running hearthfire mods, sorry :) but bad mod...bad compiled
Brodozer  [author] Mar 12, 2014 @ 3:50pm 
Yes, and it is recommended that you DO use it with Enhanced Distant Terrain for better results.
MightOfGuts Mar 11, 2014 @ 12:04am 
does this mod work with the mod Enhanced Distant Terrain by Vortikai?
Brodozer  [author] Mar 10, 2014 @ 1:29pm 
Nope, if you have Hearthfire installed all you have to do is download this and you should be set.
MightOfGuts Mar 9, 2014 @ 6:33am 
do you need SkyUI or SKSE to use this mod?
Gintoki Dec 9, 2013 @ 5:51am 
Sonneillon, i found out it was crashing cause of the load order. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPwiY7NBVTM
Brodozer  [author] Dec 8, 2013 @ 1:28pm 
If you're having crashes, make sure the Hearthfire plugin is enabled first. If it is and you're still crashing, try deleting the SkyrimPrefs file from My Documents/My Games/Skyrim and then launch the game. The file will be rebuilt on launch, and this often fixes certain crashes.
Sonneillon Dec 3, 2013 @ 4:31pm 
I like Sakata Ginoki am having issues were this mod is making my skyrim crash. I have tried just loading this mod and tried loading this along with the author's suggested mods but the game would still crash.
Gintoki Nov 10, 2013 @ 8:57pm 
Made my skyrim crash.
Brodozer  [author] Aug 3, 2013 @ 5:49pm 
Smiles, the mod works on hand-picked objects in the game world, so if your enhanced items are items that were there in the original game, there is a chance some of them will show up. If you have a mod that adds new objects to the world, those objects will not show up unless the mod that governs them has specified that those items should be visible when distant.