The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Skyrim Survival Kit
In addition to the great survival / realism mods posted below, there are a number of mods that fit well with this collection, but are not yet available on Steam Workshop.

ASIS is a fantastic mod by the prolific and notorious Plutoman, which adds additional enemy spawns and improves upon the enemy A.I. tactics, for example, enemies will use potions and heal their allies with magic. NPCs will even be able to use spells from all your other installed mods!

Deadly Combat overhauls Skyrim's combat mechanics. You will no longer be able to stun lock enemies, and every attack has a chance to stagger. Most encounters will be much more challenging, as enemies react to the player in a more realistic way. When timed just right, wards be used to reflect shouts and spells right back at the caster.

Deadly Dragons is a mod that greatly improves dragon encounters by making them much tougher enemies, particularly at higher levels.

Occupy Skyrim adds epic additional random encounters to recreate the experience of a province that is truly at war, or with say a merchant under attack by a massive Falmer raid, etc. Greatly improves the game!

Real Wildlife adds many new variant creatures and enemies (and organs with new alchemical properties). Make sure to download only the "no food" version (file labeled "Real Wildlife - Skyrim 1_341 No Food") - so it won't conflict with IMCN.

Interesting NPCs is one of my favorites, a mod which adds 64 new voiced NPCs to flesh out the game world, with some interesting and fun quests.

UFO - Ultimate Follower Overhaul greatly expands upon the follower system, with features such as follower horses and spell training.

Unique Taverns expands upon the basic designs to make each tavern unique and memorable

Brehanin's Better Vampires greatly improves on the vampire gameplay and is highly customizable
Dawnguard Version:

A good fit with Better Vampires, Royal Bloodline expands the vampire lord perk tree in a lore-friendly way:
(Requires Dawnguard):

This is a suite of survival and realism mods I've tried which all complement each other very well, and some fixes. You can click "subscribe to all" for this collection.

For anyone interested in trying a survival/realism playthrough, Chesko's Frostfall and Imp's More Complex Needs are must-have mods. IMCN incorporates a detailed and immersive needs system to track hunger, thirst, protein and nutrition stats for every food and drink item in the game.

IMCN is a perfect pairing with Frostfall, which incorporates a way to track your core body temperature as you traverse the harsh terrain and frozen wastes. You can customize the rate of exposure with Frostfall and there are a number of optional settings so you can dial up the hardcore.

The best feature of Frostfall is that it gives you a reason to seek out warm places, and provides a way to craft tents, bedrolls, firekits, cooking pots, all of which you can deploy in any location in Skyrim. LtMattMoo's Camping further enhances this aspect, by incorporating various types of craftable tents, tanning racks, chairs, a storage container, even a small mortar and pestle which allows you to concoct potions in the field (with a significant penalty compared to a normal alchemy station).

The Unofficial Skyrim Patch is another must-have mod, not only for those interested in a survival playthrough, but for everyone. This mod fixes hundreds of bugs and glitches in the vanilla game, such as a leveling multiplier bug that makes the Civil War quests far too easy if you are above level 10. Here is a complete list of all the fixes:

Arthmoor's "Live Another Life" is a brilliant mod that allows you to select a background and starting location for your character from among a dozen different possible origin stories, from being shipwrecked off the coast of Winterhold, to starting as a Necromancer, or a member of the Forsworn. You can even select a "Surprise Me!" option, for added fun with a random origin. Here is a list of all the different origins you can choose:

Deployable Traps and Throwing Weapons - Death From Afar combine well to add an entirely new player class to the game, allowing a stealthy ranger character to make strategic use of numerous traps to take out enemies big and small and craftable throwing axes, torches and special poison or vials of flaming oil. This is a great way to experience Skyrim combat in an entirely new way.

Build Your Own Home is the best player home mod for a realism playthrough, and Sollar's Scenic Carriages enhances the realism and immersion of traveling across the land. Carriages are now able to transport you to any other city in real time, with a cantankerous Nord driver who points out various places of interest along the route, even stopping and waiting to allow you to exit the carriage and dispatch any enemies you might encounter along the roads. Just don't keep him waiting too long, as he's liable to get ornery.

Cliffworm's excellent Sounds of Skyrim: Dungeons enhances the Skyrim soundtrack with chilling ambient dungeon sounds that when combined with Darker Dungeons, Powerfang's Deadly Traps, SM Drop Lit Torches and Wieldable Lanterns takes the concept of dungeon exploration to the next level. Sounds of Skyrim: The Wilds provides the same level of enhancement to the ambient wilderness soundtrack.

I have not experienced any conflicts using these mods; however, there are some important load order guidelines to keep in mind. Unofficial Skyrim Patch should be at the very top of your load order (just after the official high res texture pack, if you are using it). Live Another Life must be placed very close to the end of your load order, and ASIS.esp must be at the very end, with ASIS-Dependency.esp just above it (second to last). Deployable Traps needs to be higher in the load order any other traps related mod (including Powerfang's Deadly Traps). RADIANCE, Occupy Skyrim, Real Wildlife and Deadly Dragons should also be close to the end, just above Live Another Life. Also, Bring Out Your Dead should be at the top, just below USKP.

These mods are completely compatible, so you can click SUBSCRIBE TO ALL if you want to add them all at once.

As is the case with any mods that incorporate scripts, it is always best to keep a clean save game on file to revert back to in case you decide you don't like the mod.

To get the most out of a survival/realism playthrough, it is advisable to tweak the game settings in order to disable the compass and slow down the timescale a bit. In order to disable the compass, you need to open SkyrimPrefs.ini in a text editor (location is C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\SkyrimPrefs.ini), and change "bShowCompass=1" to "bShowCompass=0". Thanks to Whickus, we have the Better Quest Objectives mod, which enhances the descriptions for many of the quests to facilitate a more immersive way of finding quest locations.

If you find that day and night cycles too quickly when embarking on a journey, you can easily slow down the timescale using a console command. In order to slow it down to half pace, for example, open the developer console in-game and type "set timescale to 10" (the default timescale is 20, and real time is 1, so any number between 1 and 20).
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Imp's More Complex Needs
Created by Imp
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 it...
Alternate Start - Live Another Life
Created by Arthmoor
Misery and despair have haunted you all your life. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, you've been arrested and thrown in the dungeons. Your trial was supposed to be weeks ago, only nobody has come for you. It's been so long since seeing dayli...
Fishing In Skyrim 1.00
Created by Arod Snaux
Adds working fishing poles, nets, dwarven boomfishing, working fishing gear, and many other fishing-themed goodies to Skyrim. Stop trying to grab fish with your bare hands! Look for a free pole and net in a rowboat on the Riften canal, or talk to local gen...
Build Your Own Home
Created by SupernastyPants
Welcome to Build Your Own Home, the mod where you do just as the title suggests. This mod exploded to be the 3rd* most endorsed house mod on Nexus ( ). And now I can finally upload it here.

Yes thats right! YOU bu...
Deployable Traps 1.6
Created by Eioh
Deployable Traps v1.5

Now with a handy dandy book to help you craft. :)

Read the changelog!!!!!! :)

[Current Traps]

Ankle Trap: Craftable via one strip of leather and one iron ingot.
Oil Trap: Craftable via two pieces of leather and one Ale....
Throwing Weapons - Death From Afar
Created by Madrilous
This mod has been completely rebuilt from scratch an re-uploaded as Throwing Weapons: Redux. It contains new weapons, new features and fewer bugs. I have improved it greatly over...
Throwing Weapons - Death From Afar: Perk Trees
Created by Madrilous
This version of the mod will no longer be updated. However I am currently in the process of completely rebuilding the mod from scratch. It is currently in beta and is available from the Skyrim Nexus [url=
Throwing Weapons - Death From Afar: Special Weapons
Created by Madrilous

This is the list of special weapons/none lore-friendly throwing weapons found within the plugin.

Unstable Centurion Co...
Throwing Weapons - Death From Afar: Weapon Quivers
Created by Madrilous
This mod has been completely rebuilt from scratch an re-uploaded as Throwing Weapons: Redux. It contains new weapons, new features and fewer bugs. I have improved it greatly over...
Created by Rick
Want a more immersive Skyrim experience? Enjoy the wonderful Skyrim scenery while riding in the back of a carriage (just like in the introduction!) ScenicCarriages transforms the non-moving Skyrim carriages to a fully functional carriage network! Carriages...
Racial Bonus in description
Created by hellay-fr
Add the Racial Bonuses to the description of the menu of a new character.

It is simply a small edition of the Text box of each playable race.
After i look into Papyrus scripting maybe i will try to make it in a more dynamic way for better display.

Created by Buckles
This mod adds a fun way for mages to craft the clothes they want.

You make the cloth, you make the dye, you make the clothes.

In every tailoring workshop you'll find a Loom a Dye Lab and a guidebook explaining how it works.

This mod is for crafti...
Stormcloak Robes
Created by GustavL
Ever wished you could immolate fools while flying your Stormcloak gang colours? Secede in style with these spankin' new sky blue Stormcloak-themed robes - with some leather and fur thrown in for good measure.

This is my second mod and a follow-up...
Imperial Robes
Created by GustavL
Do you like the College-style mage robes, but feel self-conscious about wearing blue in front of your crimson-clad comrades in the Imperial Legion? Here is the solution. Or, you know, a solution. Of sorts.



This mod adds six garments...
Plant Trees
Created by Ratsofatsorat
Update v0.5:

* NEW TREES: Four types of Aspen trees are now available to plant.
* NEW ITEM: The Staff of Efflorescence. "Paint" flowers across the land to decorate your forests. Flowers are not persistent, so go wild!
* Sloping and floating trees shou...
Created by opaj
Current Version: 1.02
ATTENTION! Due to real life commitments, I will no longer be updating this mod. If you're interested in picking up where I left off, feel free--just drop me a line in the forums so I can link to the updated file.

Check out my othe...
Sounds of Skyrim - The Dungeons
Created by Cliffworms
The Dungeons includes 115+ sound effects to add life to the dungeons. The enemy type that inhabits a dungeon will make itself heard. At dungeons’ entrances, you also hear the exterior weather. If there’s a thunderstorm raging outside, you’ll hear the thund...
Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds
Created by Cliffworms
The Wilds focuses on adding sound effects in Skyrim's wilderness. With the 115 new sound effects, the purpose of The Wilds is to audibly enlarge Skyrim's fauna with the addition of various animals, birds and insects that play according to weather, time of ...
PowerFang's Deadly Traps
Created by PowerFang
***** Description *****

I was always annoyed about how little traps played in exploring. They did soo little damage that you never had to worry about them at any sort of threat level. This mod makes every trap instant kill. The screenshot is from the Bl...
Shrewsbury's Skyrim Cookbook
Created by Shrewsbury
Become a culinary champion! Adds 19 recipes to the cook pot, with more to come!

This mod adds 14 original recipes to the cooking pot:

* Apple squash soup
* Special apple pie (with a special sugary twist! Don't tell your parents)
* Dog soup
* Rabbi...
SM Drop Lit Torches
Created by General Kysieran
Alternate Download Link (Nexus):

Featured in Skyrim GEMS[]

SM Drop Lit Torches
Created By the Strategy Master
This mod allows ...
Wieldable Lantern
Created by Gunner
-V 2.1-

Adds craftable lanterns to the world of Skyrim!

Recipes can be found at all major holds on the genernal goods merchants.

Copies of a journal "Omus's journal on Nordic lanterns" uncovering ancient Nordic lanterns can be also found in the ge...
PowerFang's LightFooted Followers
Created by PowerFang
***** Description *****

This mod gives all the followers you can recruit in the game the LightFoot perk which will prevent them from setting off dungeon traps. Although the image only shows a selection of followers, they have all been updated.

It wa...
Spider Control Rod - Anywhere
Created by Scrapy
This ControlRod/Spider was great during the quest, but useless afterwards because the spider is supposed to only work in that one area.

(FYI: The quest is called " Hard Answers " and is apart of the Thieves Guild quest line.)

This mod allows you to...
Created by LG
Divorce your current spouse, so you can marry the right one (HA suuure). Should not affect any other script or quest, as this is a standalone script attached to the Mara's Temple Shrine on the left side when you enter.

This correctly "undoes" everythin...
Fur Armor Crafting
Created by Aethamus
Craft Fur armor at a forge.

Fur Armor (4 Types)
Fur Bracers
Fur Gauntlets
Fur Shoes
Fur Boots
Fur Helmet

Dye-namic Smithing: Mage Edition
Created by Rusty Shackleford
There are mods out there that let you get unenchanted Thalmor robes, wearable unenchanted Psiijic armor, and unenchanted Archmage Robes with or without the hood. This mod lets you create their entire outfits in the Leather category of the smithing forge. I...
Katixa's Usable Barrels
Created by Katixa
This mod makes almost all barrels around the world usable (inns, dungeons, forts, etc.)

They can contain any of the following:
- Nord mead
- Wine
- Honningbrew mead
- Black-briar mead
- Black-briar...
Bonds of Matrimony - Khajiit
Created by Momo
This mod intends to add Khajiit to the list of possible races and people who the player character can marry.

You can find these two Khajiit in the Winking Skeever in Solitude. Going by the name of Khamuzi and Do'Zah. By following the standard Bonds of M...
Books Books Books 2
Created by Moog
NOTE: Disregard this note if you have not subscribed to my first version. This new version fixes the vendor bug which made it so that only Urag gro-Shub sold books. If you are satisfied with just Urag gro-Shub selling books, then carry on with whatever it ...
Brand-Shei prison fix
Created by Zuntti
Brand-Shei doesn't stay in prison forever...
Imperial Armor Smithing
Created by Aethamus
Craft Imperial armor at a forge.

Studded Imperial Armor
Imperial Light Armor
Imperial Light Helmet
Imperial Light Boots
Imperial Light Bracers
Imperial Light Shield

Circlets: h...
Better Quest Objectives
Created by whickus
Sorry for the lack of updates! Been away from Skyrim for a while. I've stopped supporting this mod but ultfreecomputing has picked up where I left off and made several improvements. Check out his mod Even Better Quest Objectives here:

PowerFang's Craftable PickAxe and Woodcutters Axe
Created by PowerFang
***** Description *****

This mod just adds recipes for the PickAxe and the WoodCutter Axe.

***** What are the recipies? *****

PickAxe - 1 Firewood and 1 Iron Ingot
WoodCutter's Axe - 1 Firewood and 1 Iron Ingot

***** PowerFang Mod's *****

My Decoding Journal v2
Created by RushEm2TheDirt
Adds a book containing the various alphabets of Skyrim inside the room of Giraud Gemane, Master Trainer of Speechcraft. Languages included are Daedric, Dragon, Dwemer, and Falmer.

Some people are having trouble finding the book. Inside the Bar...
More Tastier Food Recipes
Created by HavocAngel
Adds more food recipes for existing food with existing incredients. Balanced for Valkiir's Tastier Food.

Receipes include: Gourd Soup, Cooked Clam, Clam Stew, Clam Chowder, Grilled Leeks, Baked...
Dragonplate should be better than Daedric
Created by Jinxie
I didn't see anything around that just got this done so I took the time to do it myself.

For players who would prefer it this way, DSBBTD simply swaps the Value and Armor Rating of Daedric and Dragonplate armors so that Dragonplate is better than Daedri...
The Paarthurnax Dilemma
Created by Arthmoor
Disappointed with how ruthless and unforgiving the Blades were at the end of the main quest? Felt like you should have been able to put your foot down and make them see reason? Well now you can!

This mod is a simple, yet badly needed modification to the...
Improved Skill Books
Created by elGrecoLoco
Appends the skill improved to the name of every skill book, and loots skill books to your inventory without reading so you can save them for later.

By popular request, I added a script to every skill book that allows you to loot ...
Malkav's Collection v2 (70 boxes)
Created by Malkav
This mod adds 70 (2nd release) strong boxes throughout Skyrim. The boxes are bright green and are mostly put in hard to reach or well hidden places. To find them, look for a green sticks (see in picture gallery).
If you see one of these, that means the bo...
XCE - Xenius Character Enhancement
Created by Xenius
XCE - Xenius Character Enhancement

XCE is a compilation of all my work on the enhancement of the characters in Skyrim.
For now this will only affect human and elven races.

· What it does:

- Adds more detail to skin of faces and bodies
- Adds a l...
Created by Twenty-One
- A complete lore-friendly and rewarding disease system to Skyrim -
Diseases progresses over time, can be cured by resting, managing medicines, potions, etc. Player can get sick eventually, can craft medicines and "diseases poisons", can learn about disea...
Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch
Created by Arthmoor
This mod is no longer being supported and will receive no further updates. We have moved on to the Special Edition.

A comprehensive bugfixing mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition. The goal of the Unofficial Skyri...
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LG Jan 3, 2015 @ 7:53am 
Not sure how up-to-date this collection is, but the GuruSR's Divorce! now has a Hearthfires edition:

IcyDeadPeople  [author] Jul 11, 2012 @ 3:55pm 
Hi Ffoeg, no, the patcher method is the only way to get the full benefit of ASIS. When you download the patcher and run ASIS.jar, it reads all the other active mods in your load order (from your plugins.txt file) and generates a new .esp - this way, it can assign spells and potions from your other mods to NPCs (including NPCs added by other mods)
Ffoeg Jul 11, 2012 @ 2:49pm 
What is your recommended procedure on using the external mods which you have referenced?
The ASIS mod recommends using the 'patcher', though you seem to be suggesting i simply use it as a plugin. And is there any particular order in which I should download and install these mods?
IcyDeadPeople  [author] Jun 12, 2012 @ 6:41pm 
Thanks for the excellent tips, Chesko - I'm downloading these mods now. Cloaks certainly seem to be a great fit for Frostfall.

@Aeli, thank you, let me know if you have any difficulties or suggestions!
Prosparody Jun 12, 2012 @ 8:42am 
Hey! You seem really nice and this is an awesome collection, thank you so much for taking the time to put it together.
Chesko Jun 9, 2012 @ 1:06pm 
I highly recommend adding Winter is Coming by nivea and Cloaks of Skyrim by Noodles, both of which provide Exposure Resistance benefits when playing with Frostfall, and look warm and awesome to boot. They are both available only on the Nexus.
IcyDeadPeople  [author] Jun 9, 2012 @ 12:20pm 
Well, thank you for developing such a great mod, Chesko! I think many of us would agree that Frosfall is essential for any kind of fun realism/survival playthrough.

And if you or anyone else has suggestions for additional mods to complement a survival playthrough, please let me know about them by posting here in the comments

Also I've added a few mods that are only available on the Nexus and might require a little bit more complex installation process. If anyone has difficulties installing anything let me know and I'll do my best to help.
Chesko May 1, 2012 @ 1:16pm 
Thanks for including Frostfall in your collection! :D
IcyDeadPeople  [author] Apr 6, 2012 @ 1:51am 
Thanks, Buck - let me know if you come across some other mods that would work well for this type of playthrough. Planning to try this mod that adds a lot of random radiant story encounters next
yung boo boo Mar 22, 2012 @ 6:54pm 
Nice collection. Keep up the good work dude