Skyrim has been out for almost 8 years at this point, but that hasn’t stopped a large swath of players logging in each week. This is largely due to the vibrant modding community that surrounds the game, making substantial upgrades to bring it more in-line with more modern experiences. The problem is, there are separate mods for each platform, and there are literally thousands to choose from. To help you out, we’ve been busy collecting a definitive list of the best Skyrim Mods for PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Outfits, Visual Mods, and More
Skyrim is a fantastic game, there’s certainly no doubting it. It is a little rough around the edges, and ripe for modding, which is why it has one of the most active modding communities of any game currently available. Here’s some of the best:
- Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch - arthmoor
- Enhanced Blood Textures - DDfinder
- Immersive Citizens - Dorchymont
- Diverse Dragons Collection - OpusGlass
- A Quality World Map 9.0 - Chesko
- True Storms - Fading Signal
- Realistic Water - Isoku
- The Forgotten City - Modernstoryteller
- More Kills and Decapitations - Sp0ckrates
- Cloaks of Skyrim - Langnao
- Alternate Start - Arthmoor
Xbox One Mods
Xbox has the most substantial modding support when compared to other consoles. Official mods are supported via the Bethesda modding site, and while there aren’t nearly as many mods as on PC, there’s plenty to work with. We’ve listed the best Xbox One Skyrim Mods below:
Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch - arthmoor: this is the ultimate quality of life mod for the Special Edition of Skyrim. It aims to fix every bug not addressed by the developer, and does a damn good job of it. Well worth checking out for general stability fixes.
Enhanced Blood Textures - DDfinder: Skyrim is a brutal, violent experience at times, which makes the sub-par blood effects even more noticeable. This mod remedies this, adding in realistic blood spatter and textures.
Immersive Citizens - Dorchymont: This AI Overhaul is a mod whose purpose is to increase player in-game immersion by greatly improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) of friendly NPCs (citizens) in order to make them act and react like true humans in relation to their environment or to an aggressor.
Diverse Dragons Collection - OpusGlass: Dragons are a pretty big part of Skyrim, though their designs in the base game are kind of lackluster. This mod adds a bunch of new diversity to the dragons of Skyrim, including new breath attacks, and ranks.
A Quality World Map 9.0 - Chesko: This mod provides a new set of highly-detailed world map textures, complete with most roads! The roads shown were artistically selected by IcePenguin. This mod also adds a detailed Solsteim map.
Aternate Start Arthmoor: Thank the Gods, this mod removes the lengthy intro sequence from Skyrim. Perfect for those wanting to jump back in with a new build.
Ordinator: If you want to add more perks to Skyrim on Xbox One, look no further than this mod by EnaiSaiaion. It adds 400 perks to the skill tree, from mage skills to warrior perks.
Skyrim PC Mods
Onto PC Mods now, and there’s even more to choose from. We've included some of the best Skyrim PC Mods we could find below, ranging from quality of life upgrades, visual fixes, and more.
True Storms - Fading Signal: Skyrim already has some truly hostile weather, though this mod really takes it to the next level. It’s really shines in mountain areas, and by the sea. Just remember to pack some thick fur and armor.
Realistic Water - Isoku: One of the many upgrades to Skyrim Special Edition is the new water flow system that allows water to bend around turns and change speed depending on the environment. While the water is much improved over the original edition of Skyrim, water flow was applied to most bodies of water indiscriminately resulting in odd looking water at times. With this mod, lake, pond/marsh, river and ocean water are once again visually and aurally distinct from one another.
The Forgotten City - Modernstoryteller: The Forgotten City is an award-winning, critically acclaimed expansion mod offering a unique 6 - 8 hour experience: a murder mystery investigation set in an ancient underground city. It’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for a new storyline to explore.
More Kills and Decapitations - Sp0ckrates: You know those awesome slow-motion kill moves that you can trigger in Skyrim? Well, this mod increases the likelihood that they will trigger. It significantly improves the combat, making it much more varied and action-packed.
Cloaks and Capes of Skyrim - Volvaga0: There’s a severe lack of badass cloaks in Skyrim. Thankfully then, this mod adds a bunch in, and they sure are badass.
Apocalypse - Magic Of Skyrim - EnaiSiaian: This is a giant spell package, adding in 155 new spells to the game. Each school gets 31 new spells with high quality custom effects and animations.
Climates of Tamriel - Jjc71: Climates of Tamriel is a comprehensive weather, lighting, effects and audio overhaul for Skyrim Special Edition. The mod is widely regarded as the number one weather and lighting mod for Skyrim with the 32bit version racking up over 8 million downloads to date.
Finally, we have Skyrim PS4 Mods. Due to some frustrating Sony policies, there are significantly fewer mods for Skyrim on PS4. There are still some great ones to be found though, and we’ve listed them below:
Faster Levelling - RampageBW1: This mod gives you a small boost in XP earning rates. This is perfect for those who wish to get through the game faster, or those who are working on a new build or character.
Phenderix Magic Evolved - Phenderix: Phenderix Magic Evolved (PME) is the largest and most comprehensive spell mod available for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Currently, it adds approximately 400 new spells to the game. This is a massive sandbox collection of balanced spells that I strongly encourage you to download and try out.
Rain and Snow FX - Chesko: Rain and Snow FX allows your character to show frost and wetness (complete with dripping particle effects) when in the rain and in snowstorms. It really adds to the immersion of the game. Definitely worth a download.
Rich Merchants Of Skryim - Micahghost: One of the most frustrating things about Skyrim is the low amount of coins available for merchants to spend. It makes it extremely difficult to sell anything, which is why this mod is so handy. It increases Merchant gold values to 10,000.
Dolomite Weathers And Lighting Overhaul - Megaloblast: For our money, this is the best mod of its kind on PS4. It seriously improves weather and lighting, especially in green areas.
Alidon's Ultimate Armory - Alid0n: A custom armory full of tons of unique items, spells, followers, and so much more. After installing you will have a new marker for the armory called "Void Armory" right next to Riverwood.
Katana Pack - Cyan49: What's coller than a katana, nothing! this mod adds ten different types to Skyrim, perfect for striking down your enemies in style.
How to Install Mods in Skyrim
The way you install mods in Skyrim differs by platform. It also depends on whether you want to install official or unofficial mods. We’ve included all of the info you need to know.
- Xbox One - to install mods on Xbox One, head into the pause menu and select the modding option. From here, you can browse mods that you want to add to the game.
- PS4 - The same method applies here, though there are a lot less mods available.
- PC - For Unofficial mods, you can install the Nexus Launcher (https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/). If you wish to install official mods, head to the official Bethesda website via the links provided above. You can then add mods to the library tied to your Bethesda.net account. These can then be applied in-game.
We’ll be adding more and more Skyrim mods as we find them. Be sure to check back for future updates. For more on Skyrim be sure to check out our guide on locating all of the Standing Stones.