Getting Started with Mods in Skyrim

This guide will help you safely install mods for both The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. It includes step-by-step instructions and valuable advice to reduce the risk of damaging your game files. Additionally, the guide provides information on useful tools and the best mods available. Please note that there may be differences in the mod installation process between the standard and Special Edition versions, as well as differences in availability; however, this guide will cover all the relevant information.

Bethesda Softworks developed The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with mods only available on PC for the standard version released in 2011. However, Special Edition-compatible mods can be found on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Authored by Radoslaw “Wacha” Wasik (www.gamepressure.com)

Featured Mod List

  • SkyUI
  • Ultimate Follower Overhaul
  • Immersive Armors
  • Immersive Weapons
  • Apocalypse – Magic of Skyrim
  • Alternate Start
  • Werewolf Mastery
  • Windstad Mine
  • Climates of Tamriel
  • Enderal: The Shards of Order


What are mods in Skyrim?

Mods in Skyrim are modifications made by users to the game’s files, adding or altering content such as new weapons, quests, characters, and even entire locations. Players can download and install these mods to enhance their gameplay experience in various ways, from improving graphics to adding new storylines and gameplay mechanics. Mods can be found on various websites and forums, and there are also mod managers available to help users easily install and manage their mods.

Are mods safe to use in Skyrim?

While mods can greatly enhance the gameplay experience, it’s important to be cautious when downloading and installing them. Some mods may contain malware or other harmful code, so players should only download mods from reputable sources and always scan their files for viruses before installing. It’s also important to read the mod’s description and any user reviews to ensure that it’s compatible with the player’s version of Skyrim and other installed mods.

Can mods affect the performance of Skyrim?

Yes, mods can have a significant impact on the performance of Skyrim, both in terms of frame rate and stability. Some mods may require more powerful hardware to run smoothly, while others may conflict with other mods or the game itself, causing crashes or other issues. Players should carefully consider the performance requirements of each mod before installing, and may need to adjust their game settings or remove certain mods to maintain optimal performance.

Do mods affect achievements in Skyrim?

Mods can often disable achievements in Skyrim, as they may alter the game’s files in ways that are not recognized by the game’s achievement system. However, there are mods available that restore achievements even when using other mods. Players should check the description of each mod to see if it affects achievements, and may need to use an achievement-restoring mod if they want to continue earning achievements while using other mods.

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