The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Distant Detail Hearthfire Edition
Category: Graphics, Landscape
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0.148 MB
Oct 10, 2012 @ 9:46am
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Distant Detail Hearthfire Edition

-- NOTICE 10/25/2016 --

Unfortunately, I don't have time to continue offering further support/updates for my mods. I am unaware at this time how mods like this one will work with the Skyrim Remaster which is due out in a few days, but I am posting this as notice in advance and from here on that I won't be able to help resolve issues you may run into in Skyrim or the Skyrim Remaster.


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:

"High Quality LODs," by Ethatron:

"Better Distant LOD waterfalls," by rolloLG:


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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Fragil Viper ( Nov 12, 2016 @ 7:02pm 
this mod corrupt constructing of Heljarchen Hall
xXHONCHOXx Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:35pm 
ok great thanks for taking the time to respond
Kazoomie  [author] Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:56pm 
This mod isn't really up-to-date anymore, but I don't think you'll have any issues running the Hearthfire Edition of this mod with the Legendary Edition, since LE includes Hearthfire. Other mods have come along since the release of this one that accomplish the same thing in a more efficient manner, and I've included links to them in the description above if you want to check them out.
xXHONCHOXx Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:50pm 
i have the legendary edition and you only mention heartfire is this compatible with the legendary edition or is there another mod for that?
Zedrith Mar 23, 2016 @ 2:36pm 
Please add pics to this version so i can tell this from the other copy mods.
CountBB Oct 19, 2015 @ 3:10pm 
Upped my immersion quality level immensely! Yes! I definitely like seeing things in the distance!
Parter Peker Sep 23, 2014 @ 4:01am 
i cant open my game with running hearthfire mods, sorry :) but bad mod...bad compiled
Kazoomie  [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?
Kazoomie  [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.