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Skyrim turns ten years old this year, but a list of the best Skyrim mods remains as useful as ever. More useful, even, given that hundreds of new mods are still being released for the fantasy RPG every week. If you're planning on starting the game fresh, or just looking for something new to add to your existing mod mountain, you should find something worth your time below.

Almost every mod we've chosen will work with either the regular or Skyrim Special Edition, and we've provided links to both versions - or similar alternatives - where necessary. There's also undoubtedly many, many great mods that we've not included. If you think your favourite Skyrim mod is an essential install, then take to the comments and make your case. We love discovering new mods, too, and may include your suggestion in a future revision.

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How to install Skyrim mods

Before you start turning dragons into 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, there are a few things you’ll want to install first. It’s also recommended to do a clean install of Skyrim and start a new game, especially if you’re going to be throwing a lot of mods into the mix. What I like to do is create a new, unmodified game, get somewhere like Riverwood and then create a save that I can use for testing. You don’t need to fire up the save after every mod, but it’s worth checking a few times during the process to make sure everything’s working. The fewer mods you’ve installed, the easier it will be to pinpoint any problems or conflicts.

Best Skyrim mods

We've only picked the very best Skyrim mods, but there are so many available that we've had to break them down by category. You can hop directly to the kind of mod you want via the links below.

Essential Skyrim mods

Nexus Mod Manager

Nexus Mod Manager

Even if you’re just planning on using a few mods, grabbing a mod manager will skip so much hassle. There are several good ones, but Nexus Mod Manager is your best bet. It looks a bit intimidating at first, but once you’ve got it set up, you won’t need to worry about it at all. If you’ve modded Fallout 4, you’ll already be au fait with the manager, and you can use it for several other games, including The Witcher 3. Here’s a tutorial from mod guru Gopher to get you started.

Download Nexus Mod Manager



A lot of the mods in this list can be used in tandem, but even compatible mods can have a falling out when they’re not put in the correct load order. LOOT solves this and myriad other problems, checking your load order, hunting for errors and directing you to naughty mods that aren’t playing nicely. Before you test anything in-game, run LOOT. It takes seconds.

Download LOOT

Skyrim Script Extender

Skyrim Script Extender

Several important mods won’t work at all without the Skyrim Script Extender. When Skyrim Special Edition launched, the script extender’s absence meant that a lot of mods couldn’t be used or ported over, so the original Skyrim remained the best version for anyone looking to spice up their game. It’s been updated since then, thankfully, and now works with both editions. Note that, from now on, you’ll need to launch Skyrim with the script extender, not through Steam. You can launch it directly from the .EXE or by connecting it to the Nexus Mod Manager.

Download the Skyrim Script Extender

Unofficial Skyrim Patch

Even if you’re not planning on adding a single mod, you should get the Unofficial Skyrim Patch. It’s one giant bugfix that’s constantly being updated, and as with every massive Bethesda game, Skyrim sure has a lot of bugs.

Download the Unofficial Skyrim Patch or the Special Edition version

Cutting Room Floor

Like the Unofficial Skyrim Patch, Cutting Room Floor is worth getting even if you just want the vanilla Skyrim experience. It’s a large compilation of cut content, adding villages, NPCs, quests and countless other bits and pieces that Bethesda created but never implemented. None of this has just been flung back in, of course, and has instead been tweaked to make sure it all fits with Bethesda’s final version of Skyrim.

Download Cutting Room Floor or the Special Edition version

Achievements Mods Enabler

In Skyrim Special Edition, achievements can’t be earned if you’re using mods. That’s obviously dumb, so here’s a mod that gets around that. If you’ve got regular Skyrim, you don’t need to do anything.

Download Achievements Mods Enabler

Best graphic mods for Skyrim

Static Mesh Improvement Mod

Static Mesh Improvement Mod

It’s a terrible name for a mod that you absolutely need to get. Basically, it spruces up a huge pile of 3D models, making all of Skyrim look nicer in hundreds of tiny ways. You’ll probably not even notice it most of the time, but it works its magic everywhere. It’s also a key ingredient in several other mods, so it should be one of your first downloads.

Download Static Mesh Improvement or the Special Edition version

Skyrim HD

Skyrim HD

Skyrim HD is a long-running texture mod that replaces over textures. Everything from the sky and mountains to the interiors of ramshackle hovels has been done up. There are two complete versions, one of which is a 1K resolution ‘lite version’ for less powerful PCs. Optionally, you can download just the cities, landscapes, dungeons or miscelleanous packs. This is specifically for old Skyrim, but there are plenty of great alternatives for the Special Edition.

Download Skyrim HD

Skyrim Textures

Another huge, broad texture mod, this time specifically for the Special Edition. The latest version of the mod only comes with one complete file, but the version is more modular. You can pick what you want retextured, whether it's just the roads, only mountains or all of Riften. The mod’s creator advises people with the old version to keep it, as it has some files that haven’t been added to the version yet.

Download Skyrim Textures

RealVision ENB

RealVision ENB

More than most other mods, the lighting, post-processing and colour tweaks made by ENBs and Reshade mods are down to personal preference. In OG Skyrim, I was rather partial to RealVision ENB, and it still makes the seven-year-old game look absolutely gorgeous, though it does come at the cost of performance. You definitely won’t be able to use a PC that ran Skyrim in

Download RealVision ENB

SkyrimSE Re-Engaged ENB

SkyrimSE Re-Engaged ENB

When the Special Edition first launched, flashy post-processing options were limited while we waited for ENB to be updated. SkyrimSE Re-Engaged started out as a Reshade mod (it has since made the jump to ENB) and proved to be the best alternative, and while there’s now no dearth of competition, it continues to be my favourite. There are seven presets, not including vanilla, each dramatically different and designed with a specific weather mod in mind, and if there’s something you don’t like, you can adjust it.

Download SkyrimSE Re-Engaged ENB

Realistic Lighting Overhaul

Realistic Lighting Overhaul

If you don’t want to fiddle around with ENBs or take the inevitable performance hit that comes with the most impressive ones, Realistic Lighting Overhaul might be just your horn of mead. It's a comprehensive lighting mod that doesn’t use any post-processing or screen injector tricks, so there's no performance cost. It’s not as dramatic, either, but that’s the point. It aims to light up Skyrim realistically, based on actual light sources, whether it’s the sun or a candle.

Download Realistic Lighting Overhaul or the Special Edition version

Enhanced Lights and FX

Enhanced Lights and FX

Enhanced Lights and FX is similar to RLO, but it’s more dramatic and stylised. ELFX wants to make Skyrim pretty, not just realistically lit. Both mods are great, so it really depends on what kind of atmosphere you want to generate. You could always mix and match, and even throw in an ENB for good measure.

Download Enhanced Lights and FX or the Special Edition version

Skyrim Flora Overhaul

Skyrim Flora Overhaul

Since Skyrim is full of forests, Skyrim Flora Overhaul has a pretty dramatic effect. It includes lots of new, high-quality tree models, even more grasses and plants, and loads of visual tweaks that generally make forests look deeper and more imposing. There’s a grass-only and trees-only version, too, which obviously have less of a performance impact. This is one of those changes that’s worth sacrificing some frames over, mind.

Download Skyrim Flora Overhaul or the Special Edition version

Simply Bigger Trees

Simply Bigger Trees

Simply Bigger Trees does exactly what it says on the tin, giving Skyrim’s forests a growth spurt. It’s a surprisingly significant improvement, and though it’s only partially compatible, I like to pair it with SFO. Some of the trees get overwritten, but there’s still plenty of variety and the forests look considerably more striking.

Download Simply Bigger Trees or the Special Edition version

Realistic Water Two

Realistic Water Two

Realistic Water makes the pools, coasts, rivers and lakes of Skyrim distinct, so it doesn’t look like they’re all full of the same murky bath water. If you see some H2O in the game, it’s probably been improved. There are so many tiny touches that make this mod brilliant, like curated sound effects and animated icebergs. The Special Edition introduced a new water flow system, which is nice and all, but it was applied to all bodies of water indiscriminately, which made less sense. Realistic Water also fixes that.

Download Realistic Water Two or the Special Edition version

Better Roads

Better Roads

Better Roads makes Skyrim’s trails and highways more interesting, giving them a bit more character and adding some lore-specific touches. More walls and fences have been added - touches of civilisation - while bridges have been made a bit more diverse and in keeping with the architecture of the areas they’re built in. Generally, they’re just less drab. It’s a subtle improvement, but Skyrim’s a much better place to walk around with this in your mod library.

Download Better Roads or the Special Edition version

Climates of Tamriel

Climates of Tamriel

Climates of Tamriel is a massive weather and lighting mod that replaces all of Skyrim’s boring weather with hundreds of different weather variations, from sunny days to cataclysmic storms and everything in between. It’s predominantly a visual mod, but there are plenty of audio improvements to go along with it. Climates of Tamriel is at its best when paired with an ENB like SkyrimSE Re-Engaged ENB and Realistic Lighting Overhaul’s interior lighting.

Download Climates of Tamriel or the Special Edition version

Best NPCs and creature mods for Skyrim

Interesting NPCs

Interesting NPCs

Interesting NPCs is packed with new characters scattered all over Skyrim, each with their own background, schedule and branching dialogue. There’s over of them, including marriage prospects, followers and quest givers. Followers also have unique commentary, insights and questlines, so there’s plenty of reasons to ditch the largely forgettable vanilla cast and travel with some new pals.

Download Interesting NPCs or the Special Edition version

Immersive Citizens

Immersive Citizens

Skyrim’s NPCs aren’t always the sharpest knives in the drawer, but Immersive Citizens alleviates some of that by delving into their empty heads and leaving something there. With these tweaks, NPCs respond in more realistic and diverse ways to things like weather, attacks and their day-to-day schedules, depending on who they are. Most important is the survival instinct feature, letting NPCs evaluate threats and act accordingly.

Download Immersive Citizens or the Special Edition version

Immersive Creatures

Immersive Creatures

We’ve all killed our fair share of draugr and dragons (too many, probably), so thank goodness for Immersive Creatures and its long list of mostly lore-friendly monsters and creatures waiting to be battered. This throws in everything from warring goblin tribes to considerably more exotic and indescribable nightmares. The world a bit more deadly. It’s possible to tweak this mod to your liking, removing creatures and changing the difficulty via the menu.

Download Immersive Creatures or the Special Edition version

Immersive Patrols

Immersive Patrols

Skyrim’s supposedly warring factions don’t really get up to very much, but Immersive Patrols thrusts them into conflict a bit more often. It creates patrols for not just the factions of the civil war, the Stormcloaks and Imperials, but also the Dawnguard and Thalmor. There are even some raider patrols, too. These warbands clash in specific areas, with forts and territory changing hands depending on the outcome of the battle. It makes Skyrim feel like a more mutable place, and importantly one that doesn’t need you to get involved for changes to happen.

Download Immersive Patrols or the Special Edition version

Amazing Follower Tweaks

Amazing Follower Tweaks

Ever wanted to traipse around Skyrim with your very own supernatural band? Amazing Follower Tweaks is an extremely helpful follower management tool that lets you have multiple followers, organise their equipment and give them orders, but the best bit is being able to turn them into vampires and werewolves. The limit is five followers, but that’s much more impressive when it’s five deadly, magical monsters with a thirst for blood and flesh.

Download Amazing Follower Tweaks or the Special Edition version

Run For Your Lives

Run For Your Lives

Speaking of deadly, magical monsters with a thirst for blood and flesh, this mod makes NPCs run away when one of them attacks. Dragons and vampires will scare off NPCs, making them run to their home or the nearest inn until the area is safe again. No more risking your life to save some idiot with a torch who’s decided they can fight a dragon. Guards and Warrior Guild members will, of course, still impotently flail at monsters, since it’s their job.

Download Run For Your Lives or the Special Edition version

Convenient Horses

Convenient Horses

It’s pretty clear why most people in Skyrim travel by foot - their horses are terrible. Not with Convenient Horses, however. The name doesn’t paint the full picture. Sure, it makes horses a lot more convenient, letting you loot, harvest and interact with the world while you’re riding, along with other time-saving features, but it also makes horses deeper generally. You can train them, put all of your followers on them, get new equipment via faction quests and crafting, and there’s an encumbrance system.

Download Convenient Horses or the Special Edition version

Relationship Dialogue Overhaul

Relationship Dialogue Overhaul

Relationship Dialogue Overhaul makes Skyrim a chattier place. NPCs get a whopping 5, lines of new, reactive dialogue, all voiced. The mod’s creators used existing lines, adding them to new situations and, in some instances, creating new bits of dialogue by splicing lines together. NPCs react more realistically, letting you know what they think of you, while followers will take into account their relationship with you. If you’re travelling with your spouse, for instance, they’ll talk to you like a husband or wife rather than just another hired hand.

Download Relationship Dialogue Overhaul or the Special Edition version

Simply Better Movement Speed

Simply Better Movement Speed

Simply Better Movement Speed tweaks how fast you move while walking, running and sneaking. Walking speed has been significantly boosted, while running is slower. The pace feels more natural, making it necessary to get a horse for long journeys, but making wandering around towns and villages much quicker. It also makes players the same speed as NPCs, so following people around is no longer a chore where you have to make constant adjustments.

Download Simply Better Movement Speed or the Special Edition version

Moonlight Tales

Moonlight Tales

Getting lycanthropy is a great way to shake things up, but as much fun as it is to stomp around Skyrim as a massive wolf, the system is pretty underdeveloped. Moonlight Tales, then, is essential if you plan on tearing people apart during a full moon. It completely overhauls werewolves, replacing the perk tree, introducing new abilities, forcing lunar transformations and, best of all, letting you become a werebear. Whichever beastie you pick, you’ll also get lots of different skin choices.

Download Moonlight Tales or the Special Edition version

Best weapon and armour mods for Skyrim

Immersive Weapons

Immersive Weapons

There is a seemingly endless supply of user-created weapons on the Skyrim Nexus, but Immersive Weapons should always be at the top of your list. It’s an increasingly massive mod that adds over weapons and 21 archetypes to the game that you can buy, loot or craft yourself. The benefit of using this instead of adding all your weapons piecemeal is that these weapons have been designed to co-exist, keeping balance and lore in mind. Unlike lightsabers.

Download Immersive Weapons or the Special Edition version

Immersive Armors

Immersive Armors

If you’re grabbing Hothtrooper’s Immersive Weapons, you should pick up their Immersive Armors as well. Like the weapon mod, it introduces hundreds of new pieces of lore-appropriate armour and shields, allowing you to finally live out your dream of wearing a saber-toothed cat on your head. There are some nifty accessories, too, including eye patches and scarves. You’ll be prepared for anything.

Download Immersive Armors or the Special Edition version



If you’ve ever fancied dressing your Dragonborn up as a Rob Liefeld superhero, Bandoliers is the mod for you. It adds new item slots to your body and then provides a vast number of pouches, bags and bandoliers that you can strap onto yourself. If you’d prefer to look less like Cable and more like a wizard, there are also book and vial holders. They’re practical, too, letting you stuff your inventory full of junk.

Download Bandoliers or the Special Edition version

Cloaks of Skyrim

Cloaks of Skyrim

If you don’t wear a cloak, how will anyone know that you’re an adventuring hero? Cloaks are an RPG necessity, so Cloaks of Skyrim provides an important public service. It summons a bounty of cloaks into the world, nearly styles in all, ranging from faction-specific clobber to tattered, monstrous garments that only a Daedra would wear. NPCs will wear them, too, and they actually make guards look more authoritative. A nice cloak commands respect.

Download Cloaks of Skyrim or the Special Edition version

Wearable Lanterns

Wearable Lanterns

Only mugs hold their own lanterns. Wearable Lanterns is a mod for the adventurer who doesn’t have time for holding extra junk while they’re slaughtering their way through undead-infested dungeons. You can attach the lantern to your belt, or you can just give it to one of your followers; they can hold or wear it for you. Even handier! Honestly, is there any need for the sun now that we've got this sorted?

Download Wearable Lanterns or the Special Edition version

Deadly Cabbages

Deadly Cabbages

Throw a magical cabbage at your enemies. Go on.

Download Deadly Cabbages or the Special Edition version

Best combat and magic mods for Skyrim

Phenderix Magic Evolved

Phenderix Magic Evolved

Phenderix’s Magic Evolved flings new spells into your magical repertoire. You can expand your arcane arsenal with blood magic, druidic spells and all sorts of new stuff that can then be combined to create even more powerful results. Cast some lightning magic on someone you just soaked with water magic, for instance, and you're going to do a bit more harm. You can even clone enemies, turn them into chickens or break the laws of time and space. They’re customisable, too! You can change how they look, and while that has no practical benefit, being a wizard is at least 50% showmanship.

Download Phenderix Magic Evolved or the Special Edition version

Apocalypse - Magic of Skyrim

Apocalypse - Magic of Skyrim

Apocalypse has fewer spells, but boy are they fun. And flashy! You can summon tornadoes and volcanoes, rip ghosts out of corpses and send them towards enemies or trap people in mystical prisons. The handiest, however, are often the more mundane spells, like being able to find gold veins or conjuring up spectral bridges that transport you across large gaps. OK, that's not mundane at all. The mod neatly slots into the game and feels like a natural extension of the existing magic system, but a lot more creative.

Download Apocalypse - Magic of Skyrim or the Special Edition version

Wildcat/Smilodon - Combat of Skyrim

Wildcat/Smilodon - Combat of Skyrim

Wildcat and Smilodon are combat overhaul mods for Original Flavour Skyrim and Skyrim Special Edition respectively, both created by EnaiSiaion (they also made Apocalypse). There are some differences between the versions, but both improve combat AI and introduce attacks of opportunity and timed blocking. Generally, combat is faster and more deadly, with weapons dealing more damage. It’s designed to be tinkered with, however, so don’t just stick with the default settings if you’re finding them a bit too tricky.

Download Wildcat/Smilodon - Combat of Skyrim or the Special Edition version

VioLens - A Killmove Mod

VioLens - A Killmove Mod

VioLens lets you customise your killmoves, both melee and ranged, letting you decide how often they appear and what move each weapon triggers. You can create different profiles and tweak things like decapitations, slow motion, and what you see when you’re in first-person or third-person mode. If you want to give your fights some extra cinematic flair, this is a good way to go about it.

Download VioLens - A Killmove Mod or the Special Edition version

Pretty Combat Animations

Pretty Combat Animations

Swap out the boring vanilla idle weapon animations for something a bit fancier. Pretty Combat Animations lets you pick from full animation sets that change what your character looks like when they run, walk and sneak while armed (or unarmed, if you're just using your fists). You'll look dangerous even when you're just standing around.

Download Pretty Combat Animations or the Special Edition version

Best town and city mods for Skyrim

Towns and Villages Enhanced

Towns and Villages Enhanced

Towns and Villages Enhanced is a series of mods from Aplestormy that gives several of Skyrim’s settlements stunning makeovers. There are maybe a few too many trees, though I am a fan of the overgrown look. They’re more cluttered and lively as a result of the tweaks and additions, and they make vanilla Skyrim look positively dead in comparison. Unfortunately, the mods haven’t been updated in years, and they’ve not been ported over to the new edition. The should still work with Special Edition anyway, but there might be some unforeseen issues.

Download Towns and Villages Enhanced

HQ Towns and Villages / Expanded Towns and Cities

/>HQ Towns and Villages / Expanded Towns and Cities

They're not quite the dramatic visual overhaul that Towns and Villages Enhanced is, but together these two mods replace the vanilla textures with high-quality versions and add new bits and pieces. And unlike Towns and Villages Enhanced, they're designed for the Special Edition. If you’re looking for something that hews closer to Bethesda’s vision of Skyrim, these are perfect. The textures are much improved, but they otherwise maintain the original aesthetic, while the towns that have been expanded so far (Darkwater Crossing, Dawnstar and Riverwood) are familiar but busier.

Download HQ Towns and Villages and Expanded Towns and Cities

Open Cities Skyrim

Open Cities Skyrim

Skyrim hides all of its cities behind gates and loading screens; Open Cities Skyrim smashes them down. This beefy mod moves the cities into the main Skyrim map, rather than the pocket dimension in which they existed, so you can seamlessly move between city and wilderness. All you’re really bypassing is a brief loading screen, but what a difference it makes. The world feels more cohesive, guards react to what’s going on beyond the walls and you can ride your horse into town.

Download Open Cities Skyrim or the Special Edition version

Helgen Reborn

Helgen Reborn

Poor Helgen. It only got a few minutes of screentime before it got roasted, along with most of its inhabitants. Helgen Reborn, then, is a lovely mod that gives the town a second life. Not only does it let you bring Helgen back, there are six custom dungeons, loads of new NPCs, quests, feuds, a town guard to train, new sets of armour to discover - there’s a lot going on. It’s much better than leaving it a charred ruin, even if you still harbour a grudge for everyone standing by when you were about to get your head chopped off.

Download Helgen Reborn or the Special Edition version

Winterhold Rebuilt

Winterhold Rebuilt

Similar to Helgen Reborn, this mod revitalises the gloomy town of Winterhold as you work through a quest. In the end, you’ll get yourself a new home, while Winterhold will get a bunch of new buildings and merchants. Those merchants, I should add, are very wealthy, so it's a great place to offload your inventory. Everyone wins!

Download Winterhold Rebuilt or the Special Edition version

Best quests and overhaul mods for Skyrim

Alternate Start - Live Another Life

Alternate Start - Live Another Life

Alternate Start is the best way to start a new game of Skyrim. Instead of starting out on the prisoner wagon heading to Helgen, you’ll be able to pick from a multitude of very different origins. Maybe you’re just a hunter camping in the woods, a patron of the Riverwood Inn or a vampire hiding with your undead kin in a dark cave. What you pick doesn’t just determine your starting location, it also changes your inventory. If you want, you can easily pick up the main quest again, or you can just revel in your new life as a recently escaped necromancer’s thrall.

Download Alternate Start - Live Another Life or the Special Edition version



Falskaar is a total conversion mod created by Alexander Velicky to prove to Bethesda he could make something that rivalled their DLC, but with a fraction of their resources. He’s since landed a job at Bungie as a result. Adding approximately 20 hours to the base game, Falskaar is an impressive mod that adds a whole new land independent of Tamriel, accessible by portal and later by boat. It boasts new items and shouts, and adds 26 new quests - which includes nine main story ventures and 17 side quests. If you’re looking to push more mileage from Skyrim, they don’t come much better than Falskaar.

Download Falskaar or the Special Edition version

The Forgotten City

The Forgotten City

Another ambitious conversion, The Forgotten City won a national Writer’s Guild award, a first in the medium, for its clever murder mystery script. It’s an eight-hour investigative romp set in an ancient underground city that is, not surprisingly, thick with mysteries. It’s a proper detective story, full of interrogations and sniffing around for clues. Think Poirot, but with magic and ethical conundrums. It feels like a professional production that just happens to also be a mod for Skyrim. A standalone game based on the mod is also in the works.

Download The Forgotten City or the Special Edition version

Moonpath to Elsweyr

Moonpath to Elsweyr

Sick of chilly Skyrim? Hop on a wagon and take a trip to distant Elsweyr, the home of the fluffy Khajiit. The rainforest and desert makes a nice change of scene, and the Khajiit are far more interesting than the moody Nords. As well as a change in setting, there are plenty of entertaining quests, NPCs and, above all else, an airship of your very own. Moonpath to Elsweyr is almost as old as Skyrim and was a bit creaky as a result, but it started getting updated again last year. It’s the best time to take it for a spin.

Download The Forgotten City or the Special Edition version


With a main storyline alone that amounts to 30 hours of questing, Enderal is a titanic mod set in an entirely new land made up of tropical costs, frosty mountains and dense forests. There are countless new assets, running the gamut from photo-scanned rocks to new monsters. Perks, combat and animations have similarly been overhauled - it’s essentially a new game. And a great one, to boot.

Downoad Enderal

Unfortunately, it's not compatible with the Special Edition; you’ll need to do a bit of faffing to get it to work, though it’s entirely worth the effort.

Best character customisation mods for Skyrim

Total Character Makeover

Total Character Makeover

Total Character Makeover takes the best appearances from Skyrim Nexus, spruces them up even more and collects them in one convenient package. It doesn’t include new hairstyles, beards or body shapes, but it improves just about everything else for every race. It generally sticks close to the original style of Skyrim’s NPCs - you won’t see big anime eyes or uncanny dolls - but it’s still a meaty enhancement.

Download Total Character Makeover or the Special Edition version

Apachii's Skyhair

Apachii's Skyhair

Worried your greasy hair is holding you back? Keep finding twigs in your mane right after a job interview? Get yourself Apachii’s Skyhair and replace your manky bird’s nest with silky smooth locks that a model would envy - adventurers can use conditioner too, you know. The mod offers up a ridiculous number of new styles. Remember to get the optional helmet wigs file to make sure your gorgeous hair can be shown off even when you’re wearing a hat.

Download Apachii's Skyhair or the Special Edition version

Ish’s Souls to Perks

Ish's Souls to Perks

Souls to Perks adds a ‘Dragon Stone’ to Guardian Stones which allows dragon souls to be swapped for perk points without the restrictions other mods have come with. No more souls gathering dust because you’ve had your fill of Dragon Shouts.

Download Ish’s Souls to Perks or the Special Edition version



Ordinator completely overhauls Skyrim’s perk trees, introducing a ridiculous new perks. They’re brilliant. It turns each perk tree into a cohesive class, though of course the perks are still all designed to be mixed and matched. Take Alchemy, for instance. The vanilla tree just gives you some resistances and lets you make more powerful potions. It’s rubbish. The Ordinator version, however, transforms you into a mad scientist, dripping horrible pools of magical (and explosive) oil and figuring out new ways to hurt people with poisons. Building your own unique class is infinitely more rewarding with all these exotic perks.

Special Edition

Download Ish’s Souls to Perks or the Special Edition version

Best UI mods for Skyrim



SkyUI works magic with Skyrim’s interface, vastly improving everything from inventory management to crafting. There are search fields, you can make lists of favourites and everything is displayed clearly. It cuts out so much mucking around. It also includes the Mod Configuration Menu, an extremely handy tool that makes it easy to customise mods. It’s used by several on this list, making SkyUI even more essential. After a long wait, a Special Edition port appeared last year, but it’s still in alpha.

Download SkyUI or the Special Edition version

Immersive HUD

Immersive HUD

The best HUDs are the ones you don’t notice until you need them. Immersive HUD makes HUD elements like the crosshair and compass invisible until they're called for. The crosshair will only show up if you’re holding a ranged weapon or hovering over an item, you can toggle the compass with the press of a button and meters vanish when they’re at %. It’s customisable, too, so you can tweak the transparency of the compass and fiddle with other elements. Skyrim doesn’t have too much screen clutter, but there’s no need for any at all when you’re just exploring peacefully.

Download Immersive HUD or the Special Edition version

A Quality World Map - With Roads

A Quality World Map - With Roads

Skyrim’s map is pretty but largely indecipherable. It’s not the sort of map that you’d use if you were orienteering. You’ll get lost, stuck behind mountains, lose track of the road and curse the cartographer who made this unhelpful mess. A Quality World Map - With Roads is considerably more detailed, clear and, importantly, shows you where all the roads are. It’s essential for explorers.

Download A Quality World Map - With Roads or the Special Edition version

Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers

Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers

A simple but effective mod that adds quest markers to all 24 Stones of Barenziah which feature in the ‘No Stone Unturned’ quest. It’s a massive pain in the arse to find them all without it.

Download Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers or the Special Edition version

Best survival mods for Skyrim



Frostfall turns Skyrim into a survival game. It implements a system that tracks your location, the weather, the time of day, and your worn clothing among other things and, combined with the Campfire mod, adds a range of craftable camping equipment which you’ll need to combat hypothermia. Trekking through Winterhold wearing the wrong gear or taking a dip in an ice water lake can prove fatal – be sure to wrap up.

Download Frostfall or the Special Edition version

Campfire - Complete Camping System

Campfire - Complete Camping System

Campfire takes the camping system from Frostfall and spins it into an even more developed standalone mod. You can craft camping gear, make roaring hearths that give you bonuses and even become a tracker. There’s a perk tree attached to it, as well. It’s handy if you want to play around with other survival mods without giving up the comforts of your campsite. It’s also required if you want to use the latest version of Frostfall.

Download Campfire - Complete Camping System or the Special Edition version

Realistic Needs and Diseases

Realistic Needs and Diseases

Nobody really needs to eat in Skyrim, which explains the abundance of food. It’s just sitting there, completely ignored. Imagine how miserable all the chefs must be, preparing food that nobody is remotely interested in. The best they can hope for is that an adventurer will scoff some as a last resort. Realistic Needs and Diseases returns food to its lofty status. If you don’t eat, you’ll starve. Drinking is similarly necessary. There are other negative effects before death, but also lots of positive ones for eating well. You need your rest, too, but watch out where you decide to take a nap - if it’s somewhere horrible you might contract a nasty disease.

Download Realistic Needs and Diseases or the Special Edition version

Wet and Cold

Wet and Cold

Wet and Cold is a perfect accompaniment to Skyrim’s survival and weather mods. It mostly adds visual effects that complement the foul weather, but it also changes NPC behaviours. If it’s raining you’ll drip and, if you look up, you might get a raindrop in your eye. When it’s cold, you’ll see your breath (unless you’re a vampire, which is a fantastic touch) and, if it’s also snowing, your hair will get covered in it. During bad weather, NPCs will have different reactions depending on their race, age and job. Argonians, for instance, will stay outside when it’s raining because they can’t get enough of it, while children will flee because they have a deep, abiding fear of water.

Download Wet and Cold or the Special Edition version


Here we&#;ll run through 25+ of the best Skyrim ENBs available in ENB is an additional file that significantly improves graphics or environments of the game, and basically serves as a graphical or stylistic overhaul. Those who are looking to change the old visuals of Skyrim to completely new and impressive ones should consider checking out some of the excellent mods.

Best Skyrim ENBs 

The Grim and Sombre

Grim and Sombre

This ENB mod is specifically used to apply different color schemes to the game, and you can choose any of the schemes such as Vaermina, Malacath, Jyggalag, Hircine, and Azura. It&#;s fun to apply different colors and keep experimenting until you have the one that&#;s just right for you.

Download The Grim and Sombre.

K ENB Pure Light

K ENB Pure Light

This one particularly focuses on improving colors and lights of the game’s areas, but it can be quite an intensive mod to run, and you may find your performance struggling if you use this ENB. If your PC can handle it, though, check out this stunning mod to drastically improve the lighting of Skyrim.

Download K ENB Pure Light.

Tranquillity ENB

Tranquility ENB

Tranquillity is a great environmental overhaul mod that greatly improves the environments of vanilla Skyrim, which, let&#;s be honest, looked pretty bad. Give your Skyrim a peaceful vibe with this excellent ENB. 

Download Tranquillity ENB.

You can also check out best Skyrim Mods you should download on Xbox One, PS4.

Rudy ENB

Ruby ENB

This ENB adds a very nice overlay to the look of the environments. The main advantage is that it doesn&#;t take a particularly powerful PC to run, whilst it still gives you overall improved lighting and atmosphere. A good halfway point for people with less-than-optimal PCs.

Download Rudy ENB.

RealLike ENB

Real Like

A gorgeous and colorful ENB that aims to make Skyrim prettier, sharper, and more vibrant, whilst also balanced for both weak and powerful PCs. Whether you&#;re playing on a super beefy Titan-infused PC or a crappy notebook laptop, you&#;ll be able to enjoy this graphical overhaul.

Download RealLike ENB.

Snapdragon Prime

Snapdragon ENB

The best part is that bokeh effect (blur created by out-of-focus images) that makes the Skyrim look great and far more fantastical. Also, it brings you several additional schemes to choose from and those three slots that you can fill with your favorite ENB mods.

Download Snapdragon Prime.

Vividian ENB

Vividian ENB

It creates a dreamy look or a soft tone environment that is perfect for the forests or foggy places. Great for improving the many, many forests, foggy places, marshes, and more that&#;ll you be spending hours walking through.

Download Vividian ENB.

Stakado Cinemascope ENB

Stakado Cinemascope ENB

If you want your surrounding having a cinematic feel, then go for this ENB. It scatters the filmy look in the environments, so it feels more spectacular while exploring.

Download Stakado Cinemascope ENB.

Antique Dragon

antique dragon enb

To get the best color schemes in almost all the environments this is a must have ENB and thus it comes as one of the top Skyrim mods. Just try it and you will get to know what the real magic in this ENB is. A truly stunning mod!

Download Antique Dragon.

Noir ENB

noir enb

This creates a wonderful aura that contains black and white or similar tones. The ENB mod works amazingly with warm shades and makes everything stand out. Great for building a moodier, more atmospheric Skyrim.

Download Noir ENB.


JK's Skyrim

The mod dramatically improves cities and towns, making them look and feel more alive. It helps to give the game world an entirely different feel, making some of the towns and cities feel almost like a completely different game.

Download JK&#;s SKYRIM.

Ultimate HD Fire Effects

Ultimate HD Fire

Most of the time, the fire in Skyrim looks weak and underwhelming, especially when it comes from a fireball flying out of your hand. It&#;s a big part of why vanilla Skyrim&#;s magic always felt so weak and unappealing to me, the spell effects just look naff.  This mod fixes that issue and vastly improves the look of all fires and fire spells.

Download Ultimate HD Fire Effects.

Wet and Cold

Wet and Cold

The world of Skyrim is meant to be a wet, cold, and harsh place in the far Northern region of Tamriel. So, why doesn&#;t it feel like it? Sure, vanilla Skyrim has plenty of snow and big mountains, but you never get the sense that it&#;s a particularly cold and harsh place to live. The people certainly don&#;t seem to mind! This mod intends to alleviate that problem, by making the world of Skyrim feel wetter, colder, and generally more unpleasant. Characters will dress more appropriately for these harsh conditions and will react more to the cold.

Download Wet and Cold.

Race Menu

Race menu

This one adds more details to the characters so you can make your character look much better than vanilla Skyrim allows. Using this, you can tweak small details like eyes, hair, brows, beards, etc. for both male and female of any race. Make your character look more like you intended with this great character customization mod.

Download Race Menu.

Skysight Skins

Skysight Skins

A great mod that makes the skin and characters of Skyrim look much better and far more detailed. It helps to make the people of Skyrim look prettier and less&#; well, ugly. I mean, just look at that man&#;s skin! Very nice.

Download Skysight Skins.

Pure Waters or Realistic Water

Pure waters

There&#;s a lot of water in Skyrim, and in vanilla Skyrim, it doesn&#;t exactly look very good. You&#;re going to seeing it and wading through it a lot during your adventures, so why not make it look cleaner, prettier, and just better overall basically? There are two options for improving the appearance of the water in Skyrim: Pure Waters and Realistic Water. Realistic Water aims to simulate realistic water physics and fluid motion, while Pure Waters makes the water appear calmer and more placid.

Download Pure Waters.

Download Realistic Water.

Skyrim Flora Overhaul

Flora Overhaul

This one improves all the greenery to a great scale, so the forests look excellent. Also, it improves the lighting in these areas and improves the grass textures even more. It adds details to forests and makes all the woods looking entirely new.

Download Skyrim Flora Overhaul.

Tetrachromatic ENB

Tetrachromatic ENB

This wonderfully colorful and vibrant mod aims to make the world of Skyrim feel more fantastical and mythical and less flat and ordinary. Think more Lord of the Rings, less historical Viking fan-fiction. Also, you get to say tetrachromatic, which is fun, too.

Download Tetrachromatic ENB.

Re-Engaged ENB


It is an improved version of Vividian ENB that creates an environment of soft tone that suits foggy places. A better option for those who are willing to push their PCs to their best for the sake of a beautiful Skyrim. Good stuff!

Download Re-Engaged ENB.

Nyclix’s ENB-Reshade

Nyclix’s ENB-Reshade

This mod is such a blessing as it makes all the environments colorful and alive and it is available for both ReShade and ENB. A great way to make the world of Skyrim more vibrant and dynamic and less grey/brown and less dull.

Download Nyclix’s ENB-Reshade.

Cinematic Film Looks

Cinematic Film Look

As the name implies, this is another version of the Cinemascope ENB that creates a film-inspired aesthetic for the environments of Skyrim. This mod aims to give Skyrim a more cinematic look and feel, but it&#;s up to you to decide whether that&#;s something you want.

Download Cinematic Film Looks.

Zera ENB

zera enb

This one works with weather mods such as Climates of Tamriel, Dolomite weathers, Natural Atmospheric Tamriel, Surreal Lighting, Vanilla Weather, etc. It&#;s a great way to bring together some of the best weather overhaul mods available to Skyrim to have the weather, sky, and environments all looking as bright, vibrant, and detailed as possible.

Download Zera ENB.

Enhanced ENB Night Eye

A lot of ENB’s have issues with showing Khajit’s Night Eye effect as well as Gopher’s Predator Vision mod, This Enhanced ENB Night Eye fixes these issues by letting you adjust the settings to be able to not only enable both effects but also specify them to your requirements. 

It has a special command console called the Shadow window where you can adjust the lighting, texture, shadows and other display settings that can drastically affect how Night eye looks in the game. 

Download Enhanced ENB Night Eye

Poupouri ENB

We all know that Skyrim had good graphics to begin with… for The ENB gives an entire visual overhaul, transforming the game into a complete cinematic experience. This preset transforms the entire world with its ‘realistically grim, moody and atmospheric feel’, as the creator says.

It works best with modded characters to do justice to the entire ENB preset. The present is also not compatible with Climates Of Tamriel, RLO, or other lighting mods. 

Download Poupouri ENB

Photoreal ENB

If you’re the kind of gamer that really cares about realism since it makes the gaming experience that much more immersive: you’ll love what Photoreal ENB does to Skyrim. Instead of the bright and colorful presets we often find, this one is darker and more realistic, while still giving you stunning visuals. 

I think what makes this preset special is the realistic use of shadows. Light coming through the trees in the forest along with object silhouettes all look exactly like real life in this ENB. 

Download Photoreal ENB

PureVision ENB

While we already included Pure Waters and Realistic Waters on our list, this PureVision ENB is possibly the best ENB for water visuals, as well as doing so much more. 

It makes the water much more multi-dimensional looking, with the perfect use of tone, lighting and shadows. 

It’s meant to be a realistic ENB but it definitely provides a surreal fantasy dream-like overlay to scenes. Getting this stunning mod is definitely worth all the GPU it eats up!

Download PureVision ENB

Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospheric ENB

If you’re a sucker for skies, this ENB is for you. It completely transforms the sky from a blank canvas of blue to an incredible gorgeous scene of ethereal fluffy clouds and vivid sunset colors. What’s more, the sky adapts to what the weather is like, in an uncanny meteorological way. 

Bonus point for the sparkly stars. 

However, you’ll want to combine this with other mods and ENB’s since it only changes the skies and waters, and doesn’t give too much of an upgrade to stones and trees.. 

Download Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospheric ENB


Including ENBs with Skyrim make the entire game world a spectacular place to perform gameplay. Every one of these mods is the best Skyrim ENB that you can try from standard rim to special rim. These are a fantastic source to have improved graphics to a great extent so try any of them and share how it feels after having these mods.


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30 Best ENBs For Skyrim (Free Mods &#; Presets)

Does anyone really know what the hell ENB stands for? All I know is that these mods can massively improve the way Skyrim looks by enhancing post-processing effects.

ENBs for Skyrim have been around for quite some time already. And with each year that passes, new ENBs are released for both Skyrim and Skyrim SE.

If you want your game to take on its own unique look, or for it to look like a remake of Skyrim, then you’ve come to the right place.

If you’ve never plated with ENBs before, well you are in for a treat. They’re far more performance-friendly than shaders, so your game will look better than you can imagine without compromising your FPS!

Note: Be sure to install any “recommended mods” on the description page for each mod below if you wish to have your game look just like the screenshots.

Enhanced ENB Night Eye

Enhanced ENB Night Eye Skyrim

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I’m starting this list with a rather unique mod, as this one has a specific aim that not many other mods share: fixing the way the Khajit’s Night Eye looks when an ENB preset is applied.

It does this by adding a special command console, which you’ll be able to use to manually correct the way the preset looks whenever you want.

You’ll be able to make things look smooth or bright as day if you wish.

This is one of the few presets that truly puts control into the hands of the player, which is why it deserves a spot here.


Poupouri ENB

Poupouri ENB in Skyrim

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Alright, you’re going to need quite a powerful computer if you wish to run this mod.

It aims to turn the game into a “movie-like” setting, where lighting and shadows feel so real that you’ll doubt the very purpose of your existence.

The characters in the images of this ENB preset at the Nexus are customized (modded), but the creator of the mod does recommend you download characters like this to give Skyrim an even bigger sense of realism in combination with the Popouri ENB.



AIR ENB for Skyrim

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No, you won’t be renting vocational apartments with the AIR ENB mod.

Instead you’ll be getting the chance to see how Skyrim looks like under a colorful ENB preset that leaves realism behind to create a completely new visual experience.

That’s my take on it, at least.

The creator claims it to be photorealistic, but it does feel a bit too bright for it to resemble reality. In any case, it’s a fantastic mod that is sure to provide you with a visual overhaul like no other.

If you wish to take the mod even more seriously, though, you might want to ignore the Skyrim Anime characters that the creator decided to use as models for his screenshots. They’re fun, but not so serious.


Kountervibe ENB

Kountervibe ENB for Skyrim

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This was one of the first ENB presets that has truly dropped open my mouth in awe.

“Filaments” are what makes this mod stand out, in my opinion.

Grass, hair, and all thin textures look astonishingly beautiful with this installed.

The way lighting interacts with these sorts of items makes the Kountervibe ENB one of the best mods out there if you’re looking to give your game a photorealistic look.


Photoreal ENB

Photoreal ENB for Skyrim

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As the name suggests, you’ll be getting a photoreal experience if you install this preset.

It’s way less bright than other mods, which makes you feel like you’re really exploring a natural landscape when playing Skyrim.

Autumn-like settings (aka environments in which range is the predominant color) tend to look absolutely beautiful with this mod.

I don’t know what it about forests and this ENB preset, but it just makes me happy to be in autumn-like forests.

The way the water looks is also just crazy with the Photoreal ENB.

Some claim this mod to be the best for water realism, but I think you’ll be far more pleased with some of the mods later on this list.


Tamriel Reloaded ENB

Tamriel Reloaded ENB for Skyrim

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If I had to relate this ENB preset with the aesthetical look of any other game, I think I’d have to say Red Dead Redemption 2.

I mean, the game won’t look exactly like Rockstar’s latest masterpiece. But the colors very much resemble the designs in RDR2.

An opaquer tone gives Tamriel a unique look, and something entirely different to what can be found in most of the other ENB presets on this list.

It truly takes indoor lighting to the next level, in my opinion.


Stakado Realistic

Stakado Realistic Skyrim

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Man, the Stakado Realistic ENB would be absolutely perfect if it wasn’t for certain issues with bright lighting on surfaces such as rocks.

I was stunned at first when I tried out this mod, and if it wasn’t for this simple issue, you can rest assured that I would’ve ranked this mod far higher up on my list.

In any case, areas where lighting isn’t too prominent will look absolutely gorgeous.

The water looks stunning, too, so be sure to check out the new rivers if you opt to give this one a shot.



HRK ENB for Skyrim

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This ENB gives you a completely different look (big surprise) as it doesn’t really aim to provide you with a photorealistic setting.

Instead, you will have a much brighter game with decent shading improvements.

I’m ranking this mod here even though I wouldn’t use it myself, because I feel that mods that beg to differ from the norm are fantastic and deserve recognition.

If you’re tired of your game looking “realistic” or “accurate”, give this one a try. It’ll look much more like World of Warcraft than anything else!


Snapdragon Prime ENB

Snapdragon Prime ENB Skyrim

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The screenshots taken by the creator of this mod will make you think that you’re browsing the webpage of a generic MMORPG.

But don’t be fooled by the creator’s love for anime characters: this ENB’s brightness and colorful additions make quite a fantastic combination of features to be added to the game.

Be warned, though – this mod will drop your framerate until it reaches the Earth’s core.

It requires basically all of your computer’s resources to work as intended. You might want to avoid this mod unless you’re running an i7 with a GTX at least.


Gameplay Performance ENB

Gameplay Performance ENB Skyrim

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Now this mod achieves a balance that is as close to perfect as possible when it comes to performance and visuals.

If you want your game to look pretty but you really can’t install one of the bigger ENB mods because your computer simply won’t be able to support it, you’ll want to take a look at this one.

Brightness and shadows seem to be completely accurate. But the fact that this mod doesn’t look as realistic as others also means you can run it even on a cheap-o graphics card.

It’s like playing Skyrim with the settings in “Very Ultra”, if I may use such a poor choice of words as a reference.


PureVision ENB

PureVision ENB for Skyrim

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My God, this mod is stunning.

Water looks fantastically real, lighting is as close to current-gen games as possible, and the way shadows and grass look make me wonder where this mod has been all my life.

If you have a computer capable of running newer games, then you might be able to make PureVision work well on your PC.

It does take a ton of GPU to make this ENB run smoothly. But trust me – it’s as worth it as it can be.

I encourage you to head to a forest after installing this mod and walk through the shadows of the leaves.

Tell me if that isn’t the most beautiful visual experience that you’ll ever see in Skyrim – I dare you!


The Wilds ENB

Wilds ENB for Skyrim

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This ENB truly reminds me of the traditional MMORPG lighting used in some of the world’s most popular online games.

It does aim to recreate realistic lighting in the game, but it also aims to stay true to the visual principles that Bethesda implemented in Skyrim.

As such, the mod makes the game look like an improved version of Skyrim.

As if you were playing an even more modern remaster than Skyrim SE.


K ENB Pure Light

K ENB Pure Light Skyrim

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There’s a reason why this mod is called “Pure Light”.

The way lighting works with this ENB makes everything look way brighter and happier than it is.

That means crappy textures will be perceived as much more detailed. Always a good thing.

But here, water isn’t as detailed as it is in other presets.

Well who really needs to look at the water when you can see the reflection of your sword in the most HD manner possible?


Performance and Realistic ENB

Performance and Realistic ENB Skyrim

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Instead of focusing on adding colorful features to this ENB, the creator decided to take a different approach and focus on creating a mod that makes the game look very realistic with the use of depth of field and opaque colors.

As such, you can’t expect things to look too vivid with this mod installed.

Instead, the mod aims to resemble a northern environment in real life.

I think it serves its purpose as well as it can, and it’s a fantastic addition to your game if you’re keen to add realism without compromising your FPS.


Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospheric

Natural Lighting Vivid Skyrim

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Sky and water will look like never before if you install this amazing mod.

The attention to detail is just astonishing. You can see different types of clouds blending into each other depending on the weather, which is crazy enough.

But that’s not all! The water effects are also better than anything up until this point on my list.

Notice how reflections will look better than ever, and how the waves crash into the shore like never before. Lighting, in general, is also fantastic under this preset.

A must-have mod if you’re one to explore the natural regions of Skyrim.


Superb ENB

Superb ENB Skyrim

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I’ve never been too much of a fan of super vivid ENBs.

But this one really deserves a shout. In fact, if you like bright colors and the way Skyrim seen through a bright lens, the Superb ENB mod is one you’ll want to try out.

Some of the “grimmer” cities don’t look as good with this preset, I have to admit.

It just doesn’t feel right for Whiterun to be as colorful as it is with Superb ENB.

But hey, if that’s your thing, you know which ENB to grab.


The Grim and Somber ENBs

Grim and Somber Skyrim

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Skyrim wasn’t designed to be a place filled with colorful environments. Or with deer happily running around and fisherman enjoying a good time by the lakes.

Skyrim was mesuperb-enb-mod.jpgant to be a somber place. Where the winds of the north clash with the tides of the east in one of the coldest places in Tamriel.

This ENB takes that to the next level by making the game’s atmosphere super grim.

You won’t ever see any colorful things again, as even bright colors are turned into opaquer versions of themselves with this mod installed.


Phinix Natural

Phinix Natural Skyrim

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Grab the Phinix Natural install, open up your game, and take a step back in awe at the new beauty of nature.

This mod aims to combine the traditional look of Skyrim with enhanced graphical improvements to create a unique setting.

With this mod installed, you’ll be able to appreciate nighttime like never before. The darker colors are somehow made to look more vivid, while the brighter colors feel a bit opaquer.

It’s like the creator managed to balance the game’s color tones much better. And I, for one, absolutely love the way it turned out.


Stakado Cinemascope ENB

Stakado Cinemascope ENB Skyrim

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This is the second mod made by Stakado that takes a spot on my list.

And even though the first one aims to make the game more realistic, this one takes a higher spot because of its movie-like feel.

The main goal of this mod is to turn your Skyrim experience into something that looks as if it was made to be shown in a movie theater.

The whole “cinematic” approach is not something that you’d think could look good in a game like this.

But it fits perfectly. Give it a shot and see for yourself – I promise you won’t regret it.


Rudy ENB

Rudy ENB for Skyrim

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This was exclusively made to work with Vanilla Skyrim, which means you don’t even need expansions or the Special Edition if you want it to work.

The Rudy ENB is one of those mods that adds realism to the game without causing too much of a strain in your graphics card or your hard drive, so it’s definitely a mod to try out if you don’t own the most powerful computer.

It shares a similar look with the Grim and Somber ENB, as its main goal is to make Skyrim’s graphics better while keeping the natural feel of the game.


RealLike ENB

RealLike ENB for Skyrim

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I could honestly sit on any mountaintop in the game and look at the horizon for hours with this installed.

The colors are way more vibrant than in the base game, as you can see in the comparison images added by the creator in his Nexus post.

If you truly want your game to keep its essence but add a bit more of realism, then this might be the preset you need.

It’s super realistic while also making Skyrim look like those beautiful zones adjacent to the Nordic fjords.


9. Vividian ENB

Vividian ENB mod

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The Vividian ENB is actually made using three different visual enhancers, which include a mod that enhances the weather in the game.

I’ve actually reviewed weather mods in one of my lists, so you might want to check out that article for more ideas.

As an ENB that is fully compatible with weather mods, this fantastic creation is sure to enhance your Skyrim experience on all fronts.

Storms will feel more real, the sunshine will be brighter than ever, and dusk weather is sure to create an even better sensation than in base game or SE.


8. T.A.Z Visual Overhaul

T.A.Z Visual Overhaul mod

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Get weather and ENB improvements that will take your Skyrim experience to the next level.


By combining both things into one of the best graphic mods in the Skyrim modding community. TAZ is totally worth checking out, although it can feel a bit big, so it’s not great for lighter modding.




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This ENB does change the way shadows interact overall. But my main take is the way it makes indoor shadows look.

Install this mod and walk inside any house.

You’ll see one of the biggest changes you’ve ever seen in the game… for the better.


6. Tetrachromatic ENB

Tetrachromatic ENB mod

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Skyrim is a fantasy world.

So a fantasy ENB would make complete sense.

That’s what the Tetrachromatic mod does: it makes the Skyrim world look like one of those fantasy worlds you see in movies.

I’m absolutely in love with this mod. If you’re not too keen on realism, give this one a go.


5. Skyrim Enhanced Shaders

Skyrim Enhanced Shaders mod

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As you can imagine by the name here, it enhances the way lighting and shadows work in your game.

It might sound pretty simple, and it kind of is.

But the end result is something that you won’t want to miss out on.


4. Natural Lighting and Atmospheric ENB

Natural Lighting ENB mod

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This plugin will turn your game into one of the most photorealistic experiences possible, putting many of the other mods on this list to shame.

I’m calling it a plugin because it includes the ENB plus a weather modifier and a water-changing mod.

A beautiful addition to your game indeed.


3. True Vision ENB

True Vision ENB mod

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True Vision has one goal, and one goal only: Make the region feel as if it exists in reality.

As such, all colors are fine-tuned to look as realistic as possible, ignoring the “shades” that make objects and creatures look a bit gray in the base game.

If realism is what you’re after, this one and the #1 mod lower on my list are must-haves.

True Vision is made by Bronze, who also made the next few mods on my list as well.


2. Seasons of Skyrim ENB

Seasons of Skyrim ENB

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Seasons of Skyrim just falls short of the first spot on my list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the best ENBs out there.

This one focuses on providing a feel of Tamriel with different seasons, even though that isn’t a feature in the base game. Anyone who loves the changes from Spring to Fall will adore this mod.

Visually stunning. A must-try.


1. Project ENB

Project ENB for Skyrim

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Remember all of those ENBs where I claimed they were so realistic?

Well this one puts them all to shame.

It’s also made by Bronze, arguably the best ENB modder in the community.

Project ENB was made to work in conjunction with the Climates of Tamriel mod.

It provides users with the chance to enjoy an entire system of natural lighting, shaders, water, clouds, and many more features that make the game feel as realistic as possible. If you’re looking for strong immersion then you can’t pass this one up.

Project ENB provides motion blur and depth of field like no other mod. Combine that with the high-quality lighting that it comes with and you’ll have a game that even modern computers will be proud to run.

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