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Vagrant's Essential Skyrim Mod Collection
Welcome to my list of mods for Skyrim which I can't live without. Here's a brief explanation of why I use these.


- SKSE : This is THE mod that will make almost every other mod work properly. SKSE stands for "Skyrim Script Extender". It does exactly that: it extends the possible string of scripts that can run at once inside Skyrim. A must. Technical BS aside, this mod cannot be posted on the Steam Workshop because it alters the main EXE and that's against the law or something like that. So that why SKSE must be downloaded from an external source.

This mod is not available on the Steam Workshop.

- SkyUI : The ugliest thing about Skyrim is it's inventory screen. SkyUI overhauls it completely and makes it more like what it was in Oblivion. Again, this one is a must. I can't picture myself going back to the original inventory screen. eww....

- Auto-Unequip Ammo : Simple mod here. This unequips the arrows or bolts when you equip something that's not a bow or crossbow. Purely cosmetic. You can do this manually but that's why this mod exsist: automated unequip script!

- Unread Book Glow : Any book you haven't read will glow. Very useful for knowing if you missed a Skill book somewhere.

- Kontrol : Instead of having only 2 hotkeys for your Controlller, you can now have 8 like keyboard user! Take that system! You can even use Auto-Run and Quicksaves! Now that's progress baby!

- The Cartographer's Map Markers : This mod adds new map markers for places in the game which don't have one. Hunter camps, landmarks, odd ruins, etc... This mod is not really nessecary, but it's fun to know where you've been.

- A Quality World Map - With Roads : Use this mod with the mod above. What this one does is replace the default map with a more detailed map of your choosing.

This mod is not available on the Steam Workshop.

- Unofficial Patches : These are community-made patches which helps repair the mess Bethesda didn't have time to fix, which can include but is not limited to: item placement errors, quest bugs and glitches and random freaky errors.

These mods are not available on the Steam Workshop.
Skyrim vanilla -
Dawnguard -
Heartfire -
Dragonborn -


- Imp's More Complex Needs : An attempt to make an "hardcore mode" for Skyrim in the likes of Fallout New Vegas. You need to Eat, Drink and Sleep or else your character will grow weak and die. It also has a Complex mode where maintaining a steady diet is crucial to your survival. This mod ain't for noobs.

- Spend Dragon Souls For Perks : Like the title says, you can spend your dragon souls and exchange them for perk points. This is a mod for endgame characters, as in you won't use this in the beginning.

- Pure Water : Replaces default water with something more believable and nicer to watch.

- Project Reality: Climates of Tamriel : This adds a variety of climate to the game like heavy rain, thunder, fog, etc. The biggest highlight of this mod is how it makes night darker, which makes you use Torches and Sleep more often to make more use of daylight. You won't go adventuring at night anymore, thanks to this mod for the night is dark and full of terrors....

- Sounds of Skyrim : The Dungeons, The Wild and Civiliazation : This is a 3 part sound mod that will add a variety of ambient sounds to either dungeons, nature or towns. The best one of the 3 is The Wild, the sounds for nature. Combine this with the mod above and huuuh... yeah.... You won't go out at night anymore. :D

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The following mod are more or less considered cheating. But whatever, Skyrim is solo offline game. Who's gonna ban you? XD

- Lockpick Pro : Show the debug information when lockpicking, meaning, you can never ever fail. Skyrim's lockpicking interface was meant for controller users with joysticks and rumble packs.

Joysticks allow you to turn lockpicks more slowly, reducing the risk of breaking it. When you lockpick with a controller, the controller will rumble at a certain force, giving you a clue that you're in the hotzone.

PC users do not have rumble packs in their keyboards or mouses, so it can be very hard for kb+m users to know if they're in the hotzone or not. No joystick means no slow analog lockpick turning, which result in the picklock breaking 80% of the time, even on easy locks. That's because pressing A or D when lockpicking with a keyboard equal a fully throttled joystick, which means the pick is always turned at full strenght with keyboards.

All in all, I say, lockpicking for keyboard users is not good...

- Midas Magic - Spells for Skyrim : Adds craftable magic spells. My most used spell with this mod is Haste, Conjure Pickaxe and Revive. Not really cheating since you have to craft them, but some spells are overpowered, like the modder clearly states in his description.

- Conjure Rideable Ethereal Horse Spell : HELL YEAH. You read the title right. This spell will allow you to summon a ghost horse that you can ride. This horse cannot die, runs very fast and comes in 5 different color variety. You even have the option to conjure a second horse for your follower. This mod made me stop abusing Fast Travel and enjoy the scenery a bit more.

I class this mod as cheating because you can jump down very high mountains with your ghost horse and it won't die. Also, horse archery can become super easy. Just think you're Ghengis Khan and a lvl 5 noob could kill 2 giants and 3 mammoth just by doing hit and runs. You can also flee battles easily. Oh, and did I say you can summon your horse inside towns and dungeons? Even inside houses and stores? Yeah. :)

- Bag of Holding : This is your personnal hammerspace. This bag has infinite carrying capacity. Just put this as one of your Hotkey and when you're over-encumbered, open the bag, put the trash loot in it and continue your adventure instead of backtrakcing over 9000 times to the local town to sell your stuff.

I guess this is what happens when you've been spoiled by infinite inventory space like Gothic 3. Taking off the weight limit helps streamline the game more into your liking for a more continuous adventure rather than an annoying sequence of town "pit stops".

There's also a mod called "Bandoliers and Pouches" which adds equipable belt pouches that increases your inventory space. This mod could be used instead for non-cheating purist.

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- The Evil Mansion - Dark Edition : This is a re-enactement of Resident Evil 1 in Skyrim. Has lots of puzzles and lots of stuff to kill. The mansion looks small from outside, but the inside is on a 1:1 scale with the original game. A very cool mod.

- Moonpath to Elsweyr : Tired of Skyrim snowy mountains? Feel like taking a little vacation in a tropical setting while riding an airship with a skooma-drinking khajiit pirate? This one's for you. This is a short and sweet "DLC". It secretly resuses recolored assets to make you think you're in a desert or a jungle.

- Isilmeriel's LOTR Weapons : Adds a variety of weapons from Lord of the Rings, including Sauron's Mace, Anduril, Spiderbane and Legolas' Elven Longbow.

- Lord of the Ring Pack : Adds craftable jewelry from Lord of the Rings, including Galadriel's Evenstar and the "One ring to rule them all", Isildur's Bane.

That's it for now. I hope this little guide/collection will help you make Skyrim a better game.
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Auto Unequip Ammo
Created by Alek
IMPORTANT: This mod requires Dawnguard. If you don't have Dawnguard get this version instead:
If you already use the other version: "Auto Unequip Arrows" mod then follow these steps to make clea...
Bag of Holding
Created by JustinOther
Note: One of the SKSE reliant features is broken in v1.66. I've made a hotfix available at the Nexus which should enable the feature:

Name: Bag of Holding
Author: JustinOther
Conjure Rideable Ethereal Horse Spell
Created by Brokunn
Hate your over-confident, easily killed, dragon fodder horse? This mod adds a "Conjure Ethereal Horse" spell which allows the player to summon a rideable, mystical, lemony-fresh steed! Read on for more action-packed details!

Isilmeriel's LOTR Weapons
Created by Tomato
*** Please take a brief moment to read this description before asking questions in comments ***

Also available at

Please be sure to rat...
Created by Vortikai
If you play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with an Xbox 360 Gamepad for Windows, you probably have noticed how difficult it is to access your favorites and use the quicksave/quickload features, especially if you are used to accessing hotkeys 1-8 on your keyb...
Lord of the Rings Pack
This mod adds a small collection of Lord of the Rings themed Jewellery for Skyrim; including Arwen's Evenstar, Narya the Ring of Fire, Nenya the Ring of Adamant, Vilya the Ring of Sapphire, and the One Ring. All items can be crafted at the forge with the ...
Project Reality:Climates Of Tamriel - Lite Version
Created by jj.con

-Adds 506 new weather systems
-Adds 2024 new and unique days, night, dawn and dusk
-Adds a massive library of new cloud visuals
-Adds fork lightning visuals and new thunder sounds
-Adds natural and f...
Midas Magic - Spells for Skyrim
Created by xilverbulet
This mod adds 60+ new and unique spell types. It adds beam, spray and projectile attacks and as summonable player house. And I plan to do much more :)

This mod has several goals...

- Extend the Magic system of Skyrim without disturbing the current s...
Pure Waters
Created by Laast
600 000 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 weat...
Created by snakster

This mod requires the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) version 1.6.16 or newer.
Get it from

If you have questions about SKSE, I recommend watching [
The Cartographers Map Markers
Created by Feyawen
Adds over 180 Map Markers including 73 In-City Inns, Stores, Player Homes, and Important Buildings; 43 Camp Sites; 19 Shrines; 11 Outcrops; 7 Ritual Sites; and More.

Updated: April 19 2012 (4/19/12)

Unread Books Glow
Created by duggelz
Unread Books Glow by duggelz

Books which you have not read yet will have a visible glow. When you
read a book for the first time, its glow will disappear. All copies
of the same title are considered the same book, so once you've read
one "Cats of ...
The Evil Mansion - Dark Edition
Created by JP'TR
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Due to Steam's file-size limit of 100 MB, version 4.0 (407 MB / 185 MB packed)
is at the moment only available on Nexus:
Spend Dragon Souls For Perks
Created by DarkSeraphim85
*** Now compatible with SkyRE, and other perk-altering mods! ***
* Does NOT require any script extenders. *

(Show some love! Favorite & Thumbs up!)

New, Version 3.0 is out! Read the revision log for more info!
Checkout the 3.0 Update video.
Imp's More Complex Needs
Created by Imp of the Perverse
See the Discussions tab for the full ReadMe, FAQ, Changelog, and notes on creating compatibility patches for other mods.

IMCN is a realistic hunger/thirst/sleep mod for Skyrim. It assigns real world nutrition information to all foods, giving each i...
Moonpath to Elsweyr
Created by muppetpuppet
Announcing my new project Oberon's Court
View the teaser trailer here.
support it by visiting my greenlight concept here

Auto Unequip Arrows
Created by Alek
This version is for vanilla Skyrim and does not support crossbows. If you have Dawnguard get this version instead:

This mod comes with a script that will automatically unequip arrows when y...
Lockpick Pro
Created by FreeTheEnslaved
Mod created by Kenney Vleugels. Uploaded by FreeTheEnslaved.


This mod adds a bar at the top of the screen while picking a lock which shows you the 'sweet spot' of the lock. It also shows the health of the current...
Bandolier - Bags and Pouches
Created by Cyrax
Any questions, answer to which can be found in the description will be ignored.

Table of Contents:
What does this mod have to offer
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Works with these mods
Known mod conflicts
Ring of Candle Light
Created by Vlindrel
This Mod adds a ring which casts the candle light spell for an infinite duration, this ring does not take up a ring slot so both this ring and another can be worn. The ring can be bought form the mage Wuuferth in Windhelm. The ring can now be disenchanted...
Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers
Created by Turn_on_a_Dime
This simple mod adds quest markers to all 24 of the Stones of Barenziah (Unusual Gems) that you need to find/collect for the "No Stone Unturned" quest.
The markers are only added after you take an "Unusual Gem" to Vex, and she gives you the objective to ...
Nightingale Forge(English Version)
Created by Tar-Annûn
With this Mod you can forge an unenchanted Nightingale armor and unenchanted Nightingale weapons.

Go to the Nightingale hall, where the Nightingale Forge is located. There you can forge the Nightingale items.

You need ebony ingots, leather strips, v...
The Field Lab
Created by Emperor11
A floating Telvanni field lab (player home) that can be summoned anywhere in the world.

This plug-in gives the player access to a unique, magic artifact: the field lab of Divayth Fyr – an ancient and powerful Telvanni mage from Vvardenf...
Rich Merchants 10x
Created by hhrhhr
All traders have 10 times more cash....
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Extra Encounters in Skyrim
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Junior 吉田先輩 Jul 28 @ 1:37am 
pretty good mods, i just don't like one in my opnion quality road maps, remove the fog effect (don't know how to say it in english) if is only the textures but the map the same i will use ;/ but remove the fog, some keyboards have analogic so this is more true for a non gaming keyboard like most people no have good equipment/mouse etc