11475 ratings
Pure Waters
Category: Graphics, Landscape
File Size:
19.771 MB
Apr 4, 2012 @ 2:22am
Mar 30 @ 2:43am
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500 000 actual subscribers? Thanks to everyone for making this mod a success ^^

NEW! Pure Weather available! Strongly recommended for Pure Water users: it will enhance water colors and transparency, and fix some visual bugs relating to rainy/foggy weathers. Check my workshop or go there: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=238084810


Révision 12 - 30 mar 2014
- Better reflections.

- For DG/DB users: DG/DB files have not been updated, no need to replace these files.

This is a pure, clean, and natural water, as it should be in the cold mountains of Skyrim. This mod provides water with complete overhaul:

- Colors enhancement: natural, wild and various water colors.
- Realistic transparency: big shorelines improvement.
- Various streams: each type of water area has its own texture and flow effect.
- Reflections improvement: no more too-glassy waters.
- Underwater redone: a bit more realistic underwater.

Textures are in 1024x1024 uncompressed (2x vanilla resolution, without compression). No FPS drop. This mod does not modify worldspace and cells, so no conflicts or CTD guaranteed. Skyrim 1.5 Ready. It is compatible with everything (any other mod including HD textures pack from Bethesda) except others water mods.

Optional Files:

If you are a Dawnguard and/or Dragonborn user, you can download and install my Add-on for DG/DB (available at TESNexus only). You can also download and install my optional landscape textures for water areas and rain ripples effects.

In any case, go to my Nexus page: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/1111/
and follow instruction.


I will try my best to help users playing with my mod but PLEASE read the following before asking some help:

1/ This mod is a simple textures replacers, it CAN NOT crash your game! After 100+ hours playing with my mod, I ve NEVER crashed. If you have CTD, blame another mod, or your computer, but not water textures...

2/ If you come from RWT or W.A.T.E.R, be sure to DELETE manually every textures and meshes from them! I can't guarantee that Pure Waters will work normaly if you don't do that before installing it.

3/ I strongly recommend to use BOSS to manage your load order. Purewaters.esp should be at the bottom of your load order.

4/ It was reported by some users that Beth patch 1.5 underwater conflicts with ENB series. The result is you can not see anything under water.

5/ flickering water is a visual bug appearing when you use 2 GPUs (SLI or Crossfire) or when you use a 120hz monitor. Decrease your refresh rate to 60hz in Windows and restart the game. No more flickering ;)

6/ Pure Waters should be compatible with everything (except other water mods of course). I've noticed problems with some weather / lighting mods (like URWL). In this case, load Pure Waters AFTER this mod (if you load it before, my mod will not appear and you will have Vanilla water).

"Climates of Tamriel" may destroy soft shorelines, transparency effects or colors of Pure Waters. Other lighting mods may destroy it as well, I've not tested them all. Sadly I can't make a specific version for each weather mods...

- Advice: enable anisotropic filter x16 in your nvidia or ATI control panel (replace ingame settings).
- I play Skyrim with max settings (in 1080p without AA).
- I m not using any ENB or FXAA filter.
- Some graphics mod used in my screens:
. No tint and desaturation (Lighting mod)
. SkyROCKS (my own rocks and mountains textures)
. Encryptions DOF (depth of field)
. Lush grass & skyrim flora overhaul
. Some landscape HD retextures (don't remember the name sorry...)
All these mods are available at skyrim nexus, and maybe at the steam workshop.

Thx everyone for the support and 5 stars rating! I'm glad you like my -hard- work!

Also available on Nexus: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/1111
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Guab 2 hours ago 
@Laast I don't remember seeing this in the video but if you look at Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, when the player emerges from water, drops of water streak down the camera face, and with some work that could add a nice touch to the mod. Just my two cents.
specialagentnick 23 hours ago 
I remember downloading this 2 days after I first played skyrim, and a year later it still works great. Ironically, I forget what the original skyrim water looks like.
Laast  [author] Apr 15 @ 10:30am 
RN&D author provides a compatibility patch for PW on his nexus page.
DragonAion Apr 14 @ 1:01pm 
Looks wonderful and worked well for me, but sadly is not compatible with Realistic Needs and Diseases; I can't drink from streams or fill bottles/waterskins.
[REBELS] xXJrod18Xx Apr 13 @ 12:37pm 
Had a few crashes with this mod when trying to quicksave. Just a warning
NaapiS Apr 12 @ 8:42am 
thank you good work :)
Bezoito(っ◕‿◕)っ Apr 9 @ 7:53pm 
rblevins137 Apr 8 @ 5:33pm 
I still can't see underwater. why?
۝ ℱɑɾʈƖҿʈ ۝ Apr 5 @ 11:56am 
Thank you very much for this mod. Tired of murky water I can't see in. :)
onexstanding Apr 1 @ 7:39pm 
Am i the only one who cant see under water.