Mods can do wonders for any game, and Skyrim is no different. Let us tell you how to install them to push your Skyrim gameplay beyond the next level.
Skyrim is one of the biggest open-world RPG adventures of this century. It is huge, with endless content and tales waiting to be lived in.
And if a handful of developers can show such enthralling creativity, Mods are sure to up the ante.
That’s why, we’ll see how to install Mods to Skyrim Special Edition in three different ways. Afterward, I have a few mods to share and tell exactly what they do to your Skyrim experience.
Disclaimer: Modding will run you into issues sooner or later. Although most of those errors can be fixed by simply removing a specific mod, this is for advanced users willing to troubleshoot issues on their own.
How to Install Skyrim Mods
Since we will depict various methods to do this, let’s get this started with the simplest.
#1. In-game mod library
Although the collection is nothing to boast of, Skyrim in-game modes pave the way for customizations for first-timers.
Open the game, hit Play, and click the MODS on the next screen (you may directly land on the second screen if not use something like Steam).
This will take you to the mods library, where you can search, check ratings, and read descriptions before choosing.
Finally, click Download to add that specific mod.
This is the easiest you can get away with. No extra installations, and just a one-click setup for any mode you choose.
Personally, I would rate this mod library as okayish and best suited for beginners. For the advanced ones, using a mod manager like Vortex comes has no equals.
#2. Using Vortex
Vortex is a mod manager by Nexus Mods, presenting a no-fuss way to install and manage mods. In short, it can’t be more efficient than this. And you shouldn’t bother with other methods if you’re a beginner and still want an advanced modding experience.
You can start by registering at Nexus and downloading its client, Vortex. Afterward, sign in to the client, search for Skyrim Special Edition, hover over the title, and click Manage.
Once you do this, Skyrim will feature in the Managed section.
Next, find Mods in the side panel and click …I know a place.
This will take you to the Nexus Mods featuring Skyrim Special Edition mods packs. You can browse through hundreds of them with various filters helping you pick the new ones, trending, popular, etc.
Once you choose one, click Vortex on the mod page, select free download (or pay for faster download speeds), and then it will continue in the Vortex mod manager from there on.
It may prompt a few things based on the mod, and you may need some additional installations for the mod to work.
For instance, one of the Nexus mods, SkyUI, which greatly enhances the in-game UI needs SKSE (discussed later) to run. So even if you avoid the warning and go ahead with the installation, it won’t load.
However, not all mods have such requirements. The install appears as Enabled in the Vortex dashboard, where you can also disable or uninstall a specific mod.
Besides, you can tap the bell icon for updates if the Vortex manager needs anything else or if there are any conflicts.
#3. Vortex with SKSE
Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) is an essential requirement for certain mods. However, you can skip this, as this isn’t required for all Skyrim mods.
Still, this comes as an easy-to-install mod inside Vortex itself, and having this will enhance your Skyrim modding, so why not?