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This mod list requires 1GB of VRAM

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Recommend even if you don't want modsAdvanced users onlyWill be removedUnsure about this informationCurrently testing this mod

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Nexus Mod ManagerFor easy installation/uninstallation of mods, will download directly from Nexus if you have an accountIf when installing a mod, NMM asks you if you want to "upgrade" a currently installed mod ALWAYS CHOOSE NOhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/modmanager/

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BOSSAutomatically sorts the load order of mods to prevent conflictsRun after installing or updating modshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/6

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Wrye BashAllows you to combine conflicting changes from mods so they can work togetherRun after BOSS, update bashed patchhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/1840

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Skyrim ConfiguratorGives you access to lots of hidden options in the Skyrim INI fileshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/814

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Skyrim Script ExtenderRequired for many mods to work, adds new script functions to the game for mods to useAlways run the game with the SKSE launcher, not from Steam (overlay and achievements still work)http://skse.silverlock.org/

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TES5EditOptional tool, allows you to "clean" mods and compare changes between modsSome mods could use cleaning, see instructions at the websitehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25859

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CTD and Memory patch ENBoostStability improvement and memory management through ENB (graphics modification off by default)http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/38649/

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Mod NameDescriptionOptionsAdditional NotesDownload Link

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26 Moon Size TweaksChanges the size of the moonsHalf size for bothMake sure to disable all the plugins except the desired oneshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/1037

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101 BugsAdds a ton of new insects with new alchemy ingredients to the gameLow resolution versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/4955

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A Quality World MapHigher quality world map with roadsAll roads + clear map addonHand-drawn style also availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/4929

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Acquisitive Soul GemsForces soul trap to only use correctly-sized soul gemshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/5312

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Alternative SnowMuch more realistic snow textureRegular versionVanilla res availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/6086

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Apocalypse Spell PackageTons of new (unique) spellshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/16225

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Arrow to the knee dialogue removerSelf-explanatoryHighly recommended for your sanityhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/8044

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Arrows and Bolts TweaksA number of adjustments to arrows and bolts for balance and ease of useProgressive damage and items renamed for better sorting for both arrows + bolts, 50% faster projectiles, deeper bolt impacts +8, no change to missile recovery, loot, or merchants
Highly recommended to follow skyrim.ini tweak settings in the mod descriptionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/11941

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Ars MetallicaAdds new smithing recipes for arrows and lockpicks, and allows leveling up from other smithing-related activitiesInstall both DLC addonsAvailable Dragonborn supporthttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/16084

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ASISDynamic mod creator that adjusts AI, enemy spawns, and allows modded spells to be used by any magic-using NPCIncreased spawns 200/100/67/33, Automatic Perks, Automatic Spells, Customized AISome mods (such as Deadly Dragons) should be excluded from ASIShttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/18436

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Balanced MagicChanges magic perks and adjusts spells to be more balanced and interestinghttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/2275

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Bandolier - Bags and PouchesAdds wearable bags to the game that increase your carry capacityhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/16438

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Better Dynamic SnowApplies the snow texture to dynamic snow so it is no longer flat whiteConflicts with some meshes from the Static Mesh Improvement Mod, I chose the SMIM meshes over thesehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/10383

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Better MessageBox ControlsKeyboard + better mouse control on dialog windowshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/28170

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Better Rocks and MountainsFixes texture errors on rocksUV tweaks onlyhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/2906

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Better SortingRenames items so similar items sort together in your inventoryBooks, Potions (normal weight), Soul Gems (pseudo vanilla), SpellsMake sure to disable unused plugins. Disabled in favor of a fixed version listed under Sharlikrans Compatibility Patcheshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/2730

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Better Sorting Immersive Weapons Compatibility PatchRenames Immersive Weapons arrows for Better Sorting compatibilityhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/27875

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Birds of SkyrimAdds various birds around Skyrim for immersionBSA versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17723

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Borderless WindowChanges windowed mode to borderlessRequires SKSEhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/36177

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Cloaks of SkyrimAdds cloaks to the gameNormal + Dawnguard patchMake sure to disable the No Imperial and Player Only pluginshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/12092

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Convenient CrossbowsAdds crossbows and bolts to leveled lists throughout the rest of the game, and adds smithing recipes for themStandard versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25790

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Convenient HorsesTons of enhancements to horse riding to make it more fun and usefulConfigure with a power added to your magic list. I use bound key mode with key combining enabled. Hold down the use key while riding to automatically collect ingredientsRequires SKSE. Will not currently collect ingredients from 101 Bugs insects while ridinghttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/14950

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CoverkhajiitsHigh resolution face textures for KhajiitsLite version, not NMM compatibleHigh res version availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/5941

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Deadly DragonsAdds many new and more dangerous dragon typesMake sure to follow the ASIS configuration recommendations on the mod page, HD textures available. Requires SkyUIhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/3829

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Deadly Spell ImpactsNew high resolution spell impact textures with new effectsMedium version, DISABLE THE ESP TO PREVENT FREEZESLow and high res versions available, high res is overkillhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/2947

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Double Cursor FixFixes having the Windows mouse cursor visible in gameRequires SKSEhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/36125

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Dragon Priest Mask JournalAdds a new book to help you locate themhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/14042

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Enable Local World MapEnables the world map to function in areas outside of the main Skyrim mapBlackreach out+m, Forgotten Valve +m, Soul Cairn +mSoul Cairn and Forgotten Vale require Dawnguard DLChttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25901

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Enhanced Blood TexturesHigh quality blood texturesDownload Monster Mod compatibility patch (not NMM compatible) for Monster Mod and Dawnguard support, also installed medium resolution patchLower res and many other options availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/60

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Ethereal Elven OverhaulFacial improvement textures and face morphs for elf racesInstall face morphs, XCE texturesTextures available for various body modshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/24273

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Extensible Follower FrameworkExtensive mod for adding more options and functionality to followers. Enables automatic horse riding with Convenient HorsesMake sure to enable horse riding in this and Convenient Horses in the in-game configurationRequires SKSEhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/12933

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EZ2C Dialogue MenuCustom configurable dialogue menu, cuts down on scrolling, makes mouse control more accuratehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/18466

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General StoresAdds "cloud storage" to the game: containers that sort your items and can be accessed from anywhere that other mods place these containersDownload runtime versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/18340

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General Stores - BreezehomeAdds General Stores activators to Breezehomehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25282

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General Stores - HoneysideAdds General Stores activators to Honeysidehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25283

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General Stores - ProudspireAdds General Stores activators to Proudspire Manorhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25236

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General Stores - Vlindrel HallAdds General Stores activators to Vlindrel Hallhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25316

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Get SnowyAllows snowflakes to stick to yourself and NPCs, a really nice effect with nearly no performance hithttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/19660

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Gifts of the OutsiderAdds several spells from Dishonored and a short quest to obtain themhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/35564/

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Hearthfire Home StorageAdds General Stores activators to Hearthfire homeshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/26920

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Heavy ArmoryA new set of larger weapons - polearms, spears, etcDragonborn version + Dawnguard addonVanilla edition availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/21120

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HiRes Legible Road SignsNew textures for road signs so you can actually read themhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/436

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HQ BeardsNew better quality beard texturesLight versionDark version availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/21620

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Immersive ArmorsA large pack of new lore-safe armorUNP and SkyRE support availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/19733

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Immersive HUDBetter autohiding for the HUD and a toggleable compasshttp://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/3222/

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Immersive WeaponsA large pack of new lore-safe weaponshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/27644

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Improved Combat SoundsSelf-explanatory, no more silent shield blocks!Optional bow sounds availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/5289

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Intro Music Replacement by MalukahReplaces the title music with Malukah! http://youtu.be/4z9TdDCWN7g?hd=1http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/2101

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Lush Grass and TreesMakes grass and trees look fullerhttp://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/3288/

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Lanterns of SkyrimAdds many lanterns in towns and along roads for safe travelsMCM Editionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/18916

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Lanterns of Skyrim - Climates of Tamriel v3 Custom Preset http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/34756

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Lanterns of Skyrim - Dawnguard PatchAdds Lanterns of Skyrim lanterns to Dawnguard areashttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/26662/

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Lustmord Vampire ArmorA new set of vampire-oriented armorSupport for all body typeshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25852

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MacKom's Real Skin for MenHigh quality realistic facial textures for menNormal maps available, I use XCE normal mapshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/28879

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Moss RocksAdds moss on rocks!http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/31856

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Multi - House Map MarkersAdds map markers for all the purchasable player houses and some other key locationsPlus versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/8348

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Nuska Real Skin for WomenHigh quality realistic facial textures for womenXCE version + female face morphOther versions available for various body mods, plus freckled versionshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/28645

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Open Dragon Priest MasksModifies the dragon priest masks to remove the hood and allow you to see your character's faceVariant 1Khajit version availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17707

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Populated CitiesAdds more NPCs in cities to make them feel more populatedhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/9201

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Posh MudcrabsJust becausehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/5932

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Project Reality - Climates of TamrielFull weather and lighting overhaul, makes everything more realistic and immersiveDawnguard patch, Dragonborn patch, sounds addon, hardcore dungeons, warm interiors, level 4 nightshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17802

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RaceMenuSkyUI-styled and easier to use character creation menuhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/29624/

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RainbowsRainbows!Requires fLODFadeOutMultObjects in SkyrimPrefs.ini to be at least 10http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25666

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Real Icehttp://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/5388

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Realistic Lighting OverhaulMakes lighting more realistic, fixes lots of lighting bugshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/30450

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Realistic MushroomsNew realistic mushroom textures!Lite version to save VRAMHD resolution available
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/29935/

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Realistic Ragdolls & ForceStops ragdolls from being thrown 100 feet by spell killsStandard versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/601

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Ruins Clutter ImprovedSMIM for ruins!All options except urnshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/14227

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Run For Your LivesNPCs will run indoors when there is a dragon attack so they don't get killedhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/23906

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Safety LoadAlters memory allocation code to help prevent crashes and infinite loading screenshttp://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/46465/

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Sharlikrans Compatibility PatchesFixed versions of other modsDownload and install Better Sorting fix: Books, Potions (normal weight), Spells, Soul Gems (Pseudo Vanilla)http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/26230

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Shooting StarsAdds shooting stars at nighthttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25022

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SkyBirdsAdds dynamic flying and perching birds to SkyrimMust be added to the exclusions list for ASIS if using bothhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/23771

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Skyrim Immersive CreaturesAdds tons of new monsters to the game to give it greater varietyhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/24913/

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Skyrim Monster ModAdds tons of new monsters to the game to give it greater varietyLore-friendly versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/35631

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Skyrim Monster Mod Additions - New ItemsAdds new items for monster mod monsters for crafting usehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/14767

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Skyrim Performance PlusReduces the animation of falling objects (leaves, weather) to improve performanceAll main moduleshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/6387

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SkyUIThe most important mod on this list. Updates many game menus to better utilize screen space, be easier to navigate, and fixes controlsRequires SKSEhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/3863

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Sounds of Skyrim - CivilizationNew city/town soundscompatibility for COT and RLOhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/20193

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Sounds of Skyrim - The DungeonsNew dungeon soundscompatibility for COT and RLOhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/8601

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Sounds of Skyrim - The WildsNew wilderness soundscompatibility for COThttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/10886

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Static Mesh Improvement ModImproves the appearance of many world objects, fixes many texture bugsAll single options except food, dwemer clutter, lanterns + Modified vanilla barrels, Farmhouse 3D ropes distant fade, SMIM furniture textures, small pull chains, dark tankards half size, half-size textures, default tomatoes, yellow bones, woven fence dense greySome files conflict with Better Dynamic Snow and WATER, let SMIM overwrite those fileshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/8655

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Stones of Barenziah Map MarkersBecause this quest is annoying as hellhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/9385

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Superior Lore-Friendly HairBetter hair texturesRough versionStraight version also availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/36510

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Swift Potion RebornAutomatically uses potions at configurable threshholds, adds potion hotkeysRequires SkyUIhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/29512

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That's IceHigh res, more realistic-looking iceRegular versionColors and low res availablehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/5594

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The Beauty of Skyrim - Caves and MinesNew textures for caves and mineshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/30631

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Ultimate HD Fire EffectsHD fire textures!Medium versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/28642/

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Unknown EnchantsAdds a marker to items with enchantments you do not knowSelect DLC support on installhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/32380

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Unofficial Skyrim PatchFixes bugs in the gamehttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/19

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Unofficial Dawnguard PatchFixes bugs in the Dawnguard DLChttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/23491

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Unofficial Dragonborn PatchFixes bugs in the Dragonborn DLChttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/31083

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Unofficial Hearthfire PatchFixes bugs in the Hearthfire DLChttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25127

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Unofficial High Resolution PatchFixes bugs in the official HD DLChttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/31255

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Unread Books GlowMakes unread books glow so you don't have to spend so much time looking at bookshelveshttp://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/10012/

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Vilja in SkyrimNew companion with an extensive questline, fully voiced with many many options. Even has conversations with other companions!XCE face required, shader friendly hair, Solstheim addon. Others are personal preference: I use red hair, green eyeshttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/26393

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Vivid Landscapes - Cliffs and CreeksNwe textures and parallax for cliffsides and river terrain1024 version, rocking stones compatbility patchhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/38497/

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Vivid Landscapes - Dungeons and RuinsNew textures and parallax for dungeon objects1024 version, compatibility patches for SMIM, Better Dynamic Snowhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/39874/

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Vivid Landscapes - Rocking Stones and Mountains ParallaxNew textures and parallax for rocks1024 Brownish grey, moss rocks compatibility patchhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/38004

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Vivid Landscapes - Volcanic AreaNew textures and parallax for the volcanic (southeast) region1024 versionhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/41198/

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WATERGreatly enhances the appearance of water in the gameoptions: improved splashing, light wet rocks, plants, frozen puddles, row boats, dawnguard, medium resolution calm waves, dragonborn with waves, blue tint
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/13268

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Wearable LanternsAdds lanterns to the game that you can wear on your beltConfigure in-game with a book purchased from traders. Use maximum brightness and no oil burning (it's glitchy)http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/17416

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When Vampires AttackNPCs will run indoors when there is a vampire attack in town so they don't get killedRequires Dawnguardhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/28235/

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Winter is Coming - CloaksMore cloaks! This mod adds fur cloaks rather than fabric like the other modCloaks of Skyrim compatibility, normal version of the patchhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/13486

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Xenius Character EnhancementA collection of mods that improve the look of the player and NPCs in the gameInstall Dawnguard patch, manually install normal maps after NMM install if not using the official HD texture packhttp://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/2356