The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux
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Mar 20, 2012 @ 7:19pm
Jun 21, 2015 @ 10:48pm
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Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux

Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux (also called WATER or W.A.T.E.R.) enhances the water throughout Skyrim. Each type of water (ocean, lakes, rivers, marshes, and creeks) have been hand-crafted to improve the flow direction, with a more transparent shoreline. The foam, rain and waterdrop textures have been upgraded to high resolution textures. Water no longer looks like goo and overall the world seems more beautiful.

WATER is a continuation of the popular Realistic Water Textures and Terrain mod by isoku. RWTT had a lot of bugs and problems with writing mod info into save game data, so SparrowPrince and the team decided to make a completely new mod that eliminates these problems.

Previous mods such as Kerplunk - Watery Rocks (this makes water rock textures look more wet), That's Ice! (improved ice textures), and Animated Water Trough (turns the default trough water located at blacksmit forges into believable water) are included with WATER on the Steam Workshop. This version hosted on the Steam Workshop is the High Resolution textures version. You may customize this with additional plants, medium resolution textures, and reduced splash by installing the Skyrim Nexus version[] instead of subscribing to the Steam Workshop version.

Key Features:
• Oceans, lakes, rivers, marshes, and creeks each with a unique ebb and flow.
• Rivers that flow in the correct direction for the most part, ocean waves that flow towards the coast.
• Added effects to waterfalls like more foam and splash effects.
• Foam, rain and water drop ripples replaced with high resolution textures.
• More transparent shorelines during clear weather.
• Rain mist included.
• ENB water parallax compatible.
• New wetter looking rocks near and in water.
• Animated blacksmith trough water.
• Frozen water puddles.
• Dragonborn add-ons with waves.
• Dawnguard add-on.
• Compatible with mostly everything except for other mods that modify water, such as Pure Waters. It should be compatible with mods that fix the underwater green screen bug, though this may vary.

Current Version (3.7.1) Changes:
-All water types have been re-made with new water textures and improved files. All your favourite optionals are still included for the experience you know and love (see note below). WATER is a total re-imagination of Skyrim's waterways and ocean. It adds lots of new effects, textures, and all waters have been built again from the ground up (so any comparisons before February 2015 are not up to date).

The Ruffled Feather
This mod's author, SparrowPrince, combined all his mods into one single mod on the Nexus called The Ruffled Feather, where you may pick and choose which optionals (mods) to install. After talking with SparrowPrince, the team decided to remove all of these mods on the Steam Workshop in order to keep them in just one place where the they could provide support and faster updates. WATER will remain on the Steam Workshop for now as it is the most popular mod that is fairy easy for me to update. If plans change in the future, we will let you know.

If you wish to download mods once on the Steam Workshop made by SparrowPrince, I recommend you head to the Skyrim Nexus Page[]. Some popular SparrowPrince mods you will find in The Ruffled Feather are:

Better Dynamic Snow: Makes the snow that covers most architecture actually have a texture instead of being pure white. No performance loss. SMIM users need to select the SMIM option, so it can ultilize the SMIM meshes you already have installed.

Just-Ice: Fantasy-looking ice. Originally a WATER optional, but now separated into it own mod. 2k texture sizes with a 1k normal. Most other landscape files you use are this size or more so a slight VRAM increase, obviously.

Moss Rocks: Covers some hand-selected rocks in moss for more nature! Uses SMIM files by default (with added texture mapping improvements not in SMIM) and 2k textures like the above ice mod. This is fully compatible with Gamwich's "One Mountain" mod also.

Smoking Hot Load FX: Originally "Smoking Hot Main Menu", this mod replaces the mist on all loading screens with fire. It has been improved over previous versions and has no performance loss as it only affects load screens.

Terrain Bump: Mainly for vanilla textures, but can be used with other replacers. This mod makes the terrain look more 3D and comes with a reduced file size from old versions! No VRAM increase over vanilla.

Vibrant Auroras: Increases the auroral colours by 2 fold. No performance loss.

Sparrows Mountain and Rocks: Added a replacement to Bigger and Boulder. This mod adheres to the vanilla style in colour and tone, whilst adding a twist to the bump texture, giving the rocks a stacked-shelf effect. 2k textures with 1k parallax maps (parallax meshes not included). This may not be for everyone as it changes the look of the rocks quite drastically (tastes do differ though of course, so please try it out first).

Troubleshooting and Help:
I cannot offer help on the Steam Workshop. You'll have to get support from the Skyrim Nexus which is linked below.

Skyrim Nexus Link:

Special Compatibility Notice:
This mod is not compatible with Pure Waters or any other water mod. If you use both, basically whichever one was loaded last in your game is what your game will use. This may (or may not) cause problems with your save game file. I advise to just choose one or the other.

SparrowPrince - WATER developer.
isoku - WATER developer.
Vortikai - Steam Workshop Maintainer

Uploaded to Steam Workshop with SparrowPrince's permission. Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux may be removed at any point SparrowPrince or Valve wishes. Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux is installed, ran and/or updated at one's own risk. Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux is not accountable for any contaminated save game files, so remember to make back-up saves when testing out any new modification(s). Please see the Skyrim Nexus page linked above to view additional licensing and permission information.
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DJ Journalist Feb 8 @ 8:03am 
Do i really NEED the DLC?
✠GermanSoldat✠ Jan 17 @ 12:11pm 
Work this with Realistic Water Two?
bksaiki Jan 5 @ 5:02pm 
Black Smurf, do you have Dawnguard and Dragonborn? Those are required.
Archlord Gerethor Dec 27, 2015 @ 11:07am 
AtomicChronic, I would think that this mod is intended to change waters for every location in Skyrim, including dlc areas, so it wouldn't be realistic to ask this fellow to make an entirely separate mod for people without dlc when they should be focusing their abilities in other areas.
AtomicChronic Dec 20, 2015 @ 10:05pm 
Lol dlc required for better looking water? fuck off
Expunisher Nov 27, 2015 @ 10:37pm 
Black Smurf, Don't be an ungrateful shit, these guys work hard to provide mods to us for the filthy cheap price of free so why don't you be grateful and stop whining because you're a tech illiterate $h17.
GamerForce Nov 26, 2015 @ 6:26am 
It dosen't work with windows 10.
Dogg Da Trap Nov 3, 2015 @ 2:30am 
Very good.
悲死SADBOY完敗 Oct 16, 2015 @ 4:02am 
why are the DLCs required?
Ealdwine Oct 14, 2015 @ 4:06pm 
Works fine for me, Mr. Gay4cops420.