10 Best Skyrim: Special Edition PC Mods

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One of the most popular installments to The Elder Scrolls has officially released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. While all three platforms will allow mods to be installed, PC gamers have an easier time when it comes to these community additions.

If you never played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or of you’re looking to get back into the journey once again, these ten mods are quickly becoming a must-have for the newly released Skyrim Special Edition. Do you know if a mod worth checking out? Let us know by leaving a comment down below.

Alternate Start – Live Another Life

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Not feeling up to going through the lengthy intro sequence at Helgen? Thankfully you can bypass the intro for a new alternate starting point. This is a decent changeup for players interested in replaying Skyrim, but not necessarily thrilled with having to replay the same start over and over again.

Alternate Start puts players into a dungeon where you’ve been locked up and forgotten about. Now as you run low on food, it’s time to make your way out and start your life all over again.


Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

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Skyrim Special Edition came with a big overhaul in the graphics department, but there are still some bugs that need to be cleaned out for gamers to truly enjoy the gameplay. With this mod, gamers will have hundreds of bugs fixed that makes this a necessity for Skyrim Special Edition.

Essentially, you’ll find that there are hundreds of bugs that fix gameplay, quests, NPCs, objects, texts, and placement issues. Even if you plan on enjoying Skyrim Special Edition without the addition of mods, do yourself a favor and at least give the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch some consideration.


Cutting Room Floor

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The Cutting Room Floor mod is actually pretty exciting for both new and veteran Skyrim players. With this mod, gamers can successfully load content that was found within the game code but was never actually loaded into the full game.

With this mod, gamers will find new NPCs, quests, and other miscellaneous content that was ultimately cut from the official release.


Total Character Makeover

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While the latest Skyrim iteration has released to the masses, there are still some textures that probably could have been looked at with a bit more detail. The NPCs that dwell the game world of Skyrim are looking a bit dated and there’s a mod that really gives these characters a touchup.

Total Character Makeover is a mod that gives a more detailed texture update for the variety of NPCs you’ll come across on your grand journey. You’ll find that there are improved hand and foot meshes, new complete texture sets for all races, improved teeth textures, beard textures, high-resolution makeups, warpaint, dirt, freckles, and more.


Wet and Cold

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Wet and Cold is a nice little mod that adds a little more immersion when enduring some of the elements in Skyrim. Essentially this mod adds a new weather-dependent visual effect for NPCs. Depending on the weather, you may see a variety of new effects play out.

This could range from water drips from an NPC’s body, splash of particles when running across soggy ground, breath moisture when out in frigid regions, new snow accumulation visuals, stronger winds, and more.


Ordinator – Perks of Skyrim

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One of the key features to building your character is adding perks. As you level up in Skyrim, your character can be finely tuned to what skills you unlock and really, there’s plenty of perks to go with as is in Skyrim.

With Ordinator, gamers will find over 400 new perks available to unlock. This is one mod that would really open up the customization possibilities for your character and we highly recommend you check out some of the changes added to the perk trees within the official list attached to the download link.


Apocalypse – Magic of Skyrim

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If you find that Ordinator to be a bit too much then Apocalypse is a slightly step down by offering gamers 155 new spells. These new spells are unique, balanced, and will be lore friendly to the vanilla magic system for Skyrim Special Edition.


Point The Way

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Point The Way is actually a pretty simple mod that is highly effective. If you don’t enjoy constantly opening up your map menu to find out where you’re going or making sure you didn’t lose your route, then this mod is well worth the download.

All-in-all, Point The Way simply just adds new road signs in several major intersections that were previously lacking signs. This way, gamers can look at these signs to assure that they are going the right way to Dawnstar instead of finding that they backtracked and ended right back at in Solitude.


Immersive Sounds – Compendium

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The audio in Skyrim was decent as is, though, with the aging hardware and limited disc space, it could have been better. This is where Immersive Sounds Compendium comes in. With this mod, there are thousands of new individual sounds that have been created for the game, which allow players a new element that complements not only the visuals but overall gameplay.

If you want more dynamic and reactive audio experience, this mod is a must-have. You’ll find additions and replacements for foley, weapons, magic, creatures, and more.


Immersive Patrols SE

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Want more of a challenge? The mod Immersive Patrols SE will add new fully functional scheduled patrols. This will include major factions such as Stormcloaks, Thalmor, Imperials, Dawnguard, Bandits, and more.

This will add an extra element to deal with when raiding or if you’re wanted by a particular group. If you find that this mod is too much of a challenge, gamers can uninstall the mod without having to worry about their progress.