The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Imp's More Complex Needs
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Feb 20, 2012 @ 5:33pm
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Imp's More Complex Needs

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 item its own strengths and weaknesses, and adding a large array of new stats in addition to the usual hunger/thirst/sleep.

There are two modes available, Basic and More Complex. The general idea is to make it pretty basic to keep your hunger, thirst and sleep taken care of, to avoid penalties. Enable More Complex mode and you'll have additional stats to keep track of, but the potential to earn stat bonuses by taking better care of your character.

More Complex mode keeps track of:

Satiation - Penalties if greater than 100%, increases when eating
Calories - Penalties if less than 0%, increases when eating/drinking
Hydration - Penalties if less than 0%, increases when eating/drinking
Sleep - Penalties if greater than 100% (8 hours)
Blood (if you're a vampire) - Penalties if less than 0%, bonuses for high levels
Protein - Penalties if less than 75%, Bonuses for greater than 125% (based on running average over last 8 hours)
Nutrients - Penalties if less than 75%, bonuses for greater than 125% (based on running average over last 3 days)
Alcohol - Penalties and bonuses depending on level (none for 0%)
Caffeine - Bonuses depending on level (none for 0%)
Moon Sugar - Bonus depending on level (none for 0%)
Mental Fatigue - Penalties to magicka if greater than 0%, increases as magicka is expended, decreases when you sleep or rest
Physical Fatigue - Penalties to maximum stamina if greater than 0%, increases as stamina is expended, decreases when you sleep or rest
Morale - Bonuses if greater than 6.0, penalties if less than 4.0, increases or decreases depending on the appeal of the food you eat

Basic mode, which is similar to Fallout: New Vegas' Hardcore mode, keeps track of:

Blood (if you're a vampire)
Moon Sugar (skooma)

There's a great deal more to this mod than I can fit on this description page (there's a character limit) so check out the discussion tab, and the mod's Nexus page for additional compatibility patches, readme, and changelogs, and the Bethesda forums topic for the latest info on updates and planned features.

Nexus Page:
Bethesda Forums:

Basic Tips

Try to keep your hunger and thirst above 0, shoot for above 100% for both after a meal.
Eat before fast traveling if you find you're arriving too hungry.
Ride a horse. This will conserve calories and water, and give you a chance to recover from fatigue.
USE THE TIMESCALE ADJUSTER. It can be enabled and configured in the config menu.
Check out the +IMCN Conditions+ menu to get an idea of the kinds of penalties or bonuses provided.

IMCN supports SkyUI's Mod Configuration Menu (MCM). SkyUI is not a requirement for installation, but some configuration options will be unavailable without it.

The hotkey for checking your needs levels and using water sources require SKSE to be installed. SKSE is not a requirement for installing the mod, but the hotkey will not work without it.

Compatibility Patches for Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn DLCs are available:


!!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!!!

Before uninstalling, enter the foods section of your inventory and click the +IMCN Vitality+ item, go to "Actions" and pause by either clicking the Enable/Pause toggle button, or the Reset button. The button should read "Enabled/Pauses: Paused" when you're done. This will dispel all active effects, making it safe to uninstall without messing up your character's stats. Save, then uncheck the files from your load order.

!!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!!!
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carsonrs117 Jan 24 @ 7:43am 
Is collecting water a thing with this mod? I'd rather not have to do ALL of my adventuring drunk off my face xD
Psychic Centipede Dec 21, 2020 @ 8:57pm 
For my game, this mod seems stuck at saying I don't have enough calories and that I am overfed. Ridiculous.
Rook-4 Nov 21, 2018 @ 4:46pm 
If I ever get into the mood for a really good, hard core Role Play, I'll be calling this mod up. Good job.
Bonzwagga Mar 9, 2018 @ 9:41pm 
I used to love this mod...can't recommend it now, though. It doesn't seem to work correctly anymore. After eating and drinking, it takes forever for my meters to reflect the intake, if they ever even do, and then they drain after a very short play time. On top of that, even when following the proper procedure for disabling/removing the mod, it caused my two new characters' games to no longer work at all, and now my new game I just started crashed as soon as I tried to leave the cave with Ralof. That just isn't cool. It is the first crash I have experienced on my new rig.
Imp  [author] Nov 17, 2017 @ 3:35pm 
There's a more up to date version of it on Skyrim Nexus:
DK Aug 5, 2017 @ 7:19am 
Rather frustrated that I come back to Skyrim after a long time without playing and find that this mod still crashes the game whenever I try to use a cooking pot. It's an annoying bug - what else am I to do with uncooked meat?

Are there any fixes available for this?
Boquisucio Mar 12, 2017 @ 1:49am 
did you add a waterskin?
Nika Alexandrov Mar 11, 2017 @ 10:48pm 
Correction keeps saying that in regards to Realistic Wildlife Loot
Nika Alexandrov Mar 11, 2017 @ 10:48pm 
Quick question. LOOT keeps saying that the .esm is missing is there a version I can download that has it so I can fix it because this mod sounds very kickass:)
Drakores Mar 2, 2017 @ 6:26am 
is skyUI needed to adjust the mod? because everytime i try to use skyUI the game crashes...