The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

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How to Use Nexus mods with Skyrim SE: The Complete Guide (WIP).
By SHARKE BYTE and 1 collaborators
How to Use Nexus mods with Skyrim SE: The Complete Guide, (WIP).

Hello there fellow Dragonborn (or soon to be), and welcome to the work in progress for the complete guide on how to use Next mods with Skyrim SE.
I’ll be your host; “SHARKE_BYTE” with an “e”, and I hope you enjoy this guide!

For now, there’ll only be written and pictured steps since I’m still in the process of editing and uploading my videos to include with this guide. Favorite this guide for quick access (explained in step one regardless of which section you pick) and if you enjoy/like/feel this guide has helped you give it a big thumbs up so others can see and use it too.
   
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Hello there fellow Dragonborn (or soon to be), and welcome to the work in progress for the complete guide on how to use Next mods with Skyrim SE.
I’ll be your host; “SHARKE_BYTE” with an “e”, and I hope you enjoy this guide!

For now, there’ll only be written and pictured steps since I’m still in the process of editing and uploading my videos to include with this guide. Favorite this guide for quick access (explained in step one regardless of which section you pick) and if you enjoy/like/feel this guide has helped you give it a big thumbs up so others can see and use it too.
Have you finished Skyrim’s story yet?
Yes: I have and am looking into extending the enjoyment I get from Skyrim!
No: I have heard enough about mods and am diving in!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=899366161

Well look no further! Let’s get Started!
Getting Started
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=906542320
#1.
Go ahead and favorite this guide so it shows up in your skyrim guides section on steam, which can be accessed in your browser here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/YourSteamIDHere/myworkshopfiles/?section=guides&browsesort=myfavorites&browsefilter=myfavorites&p=1

Copy / Paste that link into your address bar and replace "YourSteamIDHere" with your steam ID (found by going to your profile in the steam client with URL enabled via settings or in your browser).

Congratz! You now have quick and easy access to this (and other) steam guides that you’ll use a ton in the future for modding skyrim and even for other games.

#1.a
I can't honestly recommend running Steam and Nexus mods at the same time however it is possible, I can not guaranteee you won't have issues and as such recommend you do a clean install of Skyrim if at all possible (but if not don't worry).

#2.
In file explorer go to: Your PC, where skyrim is installed \Steam\steamapps\common and create a new folder called "Skyrim special edition mods" (SSE).
And create a shortcut to it and place it on your desktop ("send to desktop" option when right clicking on the "SSE mods" folder), this is where all modding and editing of mods will be done.

I personally have mine backed up to One Drive and yours can be backed up to One Drive / Drop Box by use of symbolic linking - I'd recommend Link Shell Extension [schinagl.priv.at] however I won't go into the detail or process for that.

Open this new folder and create a second new folder inside it called "NMM Stored Mods", this is where the mods we download from the Nexus will be stored.

#3.
Go to: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/topalltime/ and bookmark it, this is the top endorsed mods of all time page on the Nexus and where you'll want to start.

#4.
Install the Nexus Mod Manager: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/modmanager/ to your Skyrim special edition mods folder we created earlier.

During installation if you have the option to set the stored location for Nexus Mod Manager's (NMM) "mod directory" as the "NMM Stored Mods" folder we created earlier, if not once it's installed go to settings in NMM and you can manually set that as it's mod directory folder.

#5.
Install LOOT (Load Order Optimisation Tool): https://loot.github.io/ OR http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/1918/? to your Skyrim special edition mods folder we created earlier.

#6.
Install Wyre Bash (used to create bashed patches for mod stability/using more than 255 esp plugins): http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/6837/? to your Skyrim special edition mods folder we created earlier.

#7.
Install FNIS (Fores New Idles in Skyrim): http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/3038/? to your Skyrim special edition mods folder we created earlier.

Once FNIS is installed refer to the mod author's documentation page and run the tool once and launch up Skyrim SE to confirm it's able to be launched.

#8.
Install NifSkope (to easily preview/edit meshes from mods on the fly): http://niftools.sourceforge.net/wiki/NifSkope/Documentation_And_Tutorials to your Skyrim special edition mods folder we created earlier.

#9.
Install TES5Edit (The Elder Scrolls 5 Editor) http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/164/ to your Skyrim special edition mods folder we created earlier.

#10.
The Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) team is still hard at work on getting SKSE to Special edition, not currently available for SSE.
Installing Your First Mod
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=893693119
#1.
From the top endorsed mods of all times page (you booked that from the getting started section, didn't you?) choose the "Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch" (http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/266/?).

#2.
Read over the description if you're so inclined and then head to the "files" section for it, from there click on the big green "download with manager" button and the download will open in Nexus Mod Manager (NMM).

#3.
While you're waiting for it to download click on the "download manager" section in NMM and in the upper right there's a little pin, click that and have it set to "pinned" (pin pointing down).

#4.
Once it's downloaded it'll appear in the "mods" section of NMM (default window that's opened when launching NMM). Right click on and choose "Install and Activate".
You'll see the mod activation queue pop up and watch how fast it installs, depending on the mod you may be prompted to confirm overwrites or even navigate through the mod's own installation options and menu.

#5.
When the install has reached 100% a green check mark will pop next to the mod in the Mods section of NMM to show it's been installed and is active.

Continue onto running LOOT and creating your bashed patch.
Running LOOT After Installing Mods
Using Wyre Bash to Create a Bashed Patch .ESP
Congratulations!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=898142959

Congratz!
Your mod is now installed, you've downloaded and installed your mod then ran LOOT and created a bashed patch - keep in mind it's always a good idea to launch Skyrim after each mod you install this way to confirm everything was done correctly - and avoid any lost play time when you're only sitting down to play SSE and not mod it.

More updates to this guide are to come! If you have any suggestions post them below and, stay tuned!

Cheers,

~~SHARKE BYTE

Using TES5Edit to Edit Leveled Lists for Adding Mod Items to NPCs
How to use B.A.E. Bethesda Archive Extractor to open Skyrim SE BSA files - [Full]
How to use B.A.E. (Bethesda Archive Extractor) to open Skyrim SE BSA files
8:47 mark
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###Uploaded the wrong video (the one I didn't trim) by mistake and already deleted them this is the only one so just skip to 8:47 mark IF YOU ALREADY HAVE B.A.E Bethesda Archive Extractor installed and know where your folders (with your BSAs) are.
EDIT: Sorry for how f*cking fast I was talking, was in a rush since I just got off work an head out to the store - you can slow the video speed down if it bothers you
How to Port Your Favorite Regular Skyrim Mods to Skyrim SE (work in progress)
Coming soon.
Using NIFSKOPE to Edit Meshes (work in progress)
Coming soon.
Using Wyre Bash to Change Spawn Times for Dungeons and the World (work in progress)
Coming Soon.
How to Merge Armor/Clothing Mods together into One ESP Plugin/Mod Using TES5EDIT (work in progress)
Coming soon.
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14 Comments
Pinda Apr 16, 2021 @ 6:05pm 
Apparently some things have changed at nexusmods. In stead of using the nexusmodmanager, there's a new mod managing tool called vortex that I had to download from nexusmods.com . Is this guide still relevant in this case?
Butaco Jan 21, 2020 @ 3:03pm 
About to drop the most BS question...

"#1.a
I can't honestly recommend running Steam and Nexus mods at the same time however it is possible, I can not guaranteee you won't have issues and as such recommend you do a clean install of Skyrim if at all possible (but if not don't worry)."


are you saying it's ideal to install a non-steam version of Skyrim: SE, or just not to combine pre-existing Steam-based mods with the nexus ones, and instead install Skyrim fresh (via steam) first, with no other mod packages?
Batt1eCry15 Jan 1, 2020 @ 6:21am 
How do i set the mod directory folder? I'm having difficulty figuring outn where to go.
Dr. Dandan Jun 30, 2019 @ 5:28pm 
do i create the folder in "common" or in "skyrim"?
jonesn186 Dec 1, 2018 @ 8:27pm 
Fantastic guide. This helped me get into using mods.
ÜberVargr Nov 30, 2018 @ 6:37pm 
I did everything and now my game crashes directly after I hit play on the menu before the game
SHARKE BYTE  [author] May 2, 2017 @ 8:13pm 
Ty! Minor update for how to use B.A.E Bethesda Archive Extractor for BSA files.

:OTTTD_Shark::byte:
elianna.whm Mar 30, 2017 @ 2:39am 
I hope you heal quickly and your surgeries are successful. Take good care of yourself.
SHARKE BYTE  [author] Mar 19, 2017 @ 12:03am 
Thanks @Selective Oblivion for the reminder!
Added that to the back burner since I bigger/more worthwhile of my time (been so busy atm due to recent and future surgeries so need as much work as I can get) but I'll get do it.

:OTTTD_Shark::byte:
Selective Oblivion Feb 27, 2017 @ 8:14pm 
10:08 PM - SHARKE BYTE: most people don't even have a single copy of their skyrim
10:09 PM - SHARKE BYTE: you should post a comment on my steam guide to remind me and I'll add that as a tutorial