Skyrim has long been home to a robust modding community. That community has expanded substantially thanks to the release of Skyrim Special Edition for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
The Skyrim mod scene for the Xbox One is in much better shape than the PS4 game. Thanks to the ability to add new assets modders have been able to port many of the best mods available for the PC version of Skyrim. While we've already outlined some of the best Skyrim mods, there are a lot to sift through. This list of the best Skyrim mods for Xbox One are the real must haves, the ones you should download and install the moment you get the game.
Sadly some of the massive Skyrim mods on PC, such as Enderal, won’t be coming to Xbox One due to the size limitations in the console version. Still, the best Skyrim mods on Xbox One are a step above what is available on PS4. Before downloading a mod it’s worth reading all its notes and warnings to avoid issues and assure optimal performance.
Best Skyrim Mods on Xbox One
The Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch -- Whenever Bethesda releases a game, modders quickly go to work fixing up inevitable bugs and glitches. The Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch fixes hundreds of bugs that were unfortunately left behind in Special Edition. It's a solid, safe download that should work with most other mods you download.
Rich Merchants of Skyrim -- We highlighted this mod on our PlayStation 4 Skyrim mod list too, and for good reason: This lightweight mod saves you a lot of frustration by making sure Skyrim's merchants always have enough cash in their coffers to buy whatever you're selling.
Alternate Start: Live Another Life -- This mod spares you the intro at Helgen. Instead, you hit the ground running as an escaped prisoner. The choices you make during this alternate intro scene still have an effect on the game as a whole, so live and act wisely.
Relationship Dialogue Overhaul -- This mod adds tons of voiced dialogue to NPCs, including friends, followers, and spouses. Now your companions should feel like actual partners instead of silent meat shields who carry your stuff around without complaint.
Ars Metallica -- This crafting mod is engineered to expand crafting options for thieves and archers. Aside from getting skill bonuses for working with leather and wood, you can also craft lockpicks and arrows.
Phendrix Magic Evolved -- Another powerful mod that was featured in our PlayStation 4 Skyrim mod guide. Phendrix Magicka Evolved gives you access to 360 new spells that can do everything from incinerate your foes to summon creatures to do battle with you.
The Forgotten City -- The Forgotten City is a well-built story add-on that has you perform a murder mystery investigation in an underground city. It lasts six to eight hours and includes orchestrated music, professional voice acting, and multiple endings. If you need a break from saving the world from rampaging dragons, you could do far, far worse.
Campfire -- Skyrim has such a big, beautiful open world that it seems a shame to sleep inside inns and houses. The Campfire mod lets you make tents, build up bonfires, hunt, and cook over the open flames. You'll never want to fast travel again, let alone give one more gold coin to The Bannered Mare.
Invincible Dogs of Skyrim -- Losing a horse in Skyrim is bad enough, but losing a dog is devastating. Thankfully, the Invincible Dogs of Skyrim mod makes the realm's pooches pretty hardy and difficult to kill. Wagging tails all 'round.
Vampires Suck: No Attacks In Towns -- This mod isn’t for everyone, but it will disable vampire attacks in towns - they will still attack elsewhere in the game world. If you live in constant fear that your NPCs will be killed during vampire attacks, this is the mod for you. It’s also useful if you use a mod that increases the level of vampires.
INIGO -- If you’re looking for great companion mods, this is one of the best. A brand new companion with over 7000 lines of dialogue. Because of the additional assets used in the creation of this mod, it’s a great example of the kind of mod content you can get on Xbox One (and PC), but not on PS4. Sorry PS4 owners!
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