The release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition on the Xbox One means that you’ll get to enjoy mods with your RPG experience on consoles. Here are the best mods available right now.
Now this may sound like a silly mod to include on a list of best mods to get, but if you’ve played Skyrim before, then you know Honey can be difficult to come by and stealing from Golden Glow Estate isn’t always a smart move.. Placing these bee hives in front of Honningbrew Meadery is a stroke of genius.
The Paarthurnax Dilemma
If you’re anything like us, you may have grown fond of the dragon sitting atop the Throat of the World. Once you complete the main story you’re forced to kill him if you want to do every quest, but this mod allows you to complete the same quest in a way that keeps your flying buddy alive.
Aethernautics: A Space Travel Mod
You know what Skyrim doesn’t have enought of? Spaceships. In fact, it doesn’t really have any, at least not until you install this amazing mod that adds a usable ship which can serve as your base, and a pretty cool questline. Did we mention that you can call in orbital strikes with it, too?
Alternate Start – Live Another Life
Alternate Start is one of those mods that really transforms how you experience a game. You’ll be able to be something other than a prisoner at the beginning of Skyrim and see where life takes you from there.
Disable Cinematic Kills
Cinematic Kills are great at first, but they can really put a dampener on the immersion. This simple mod allows you to disable them so you can keep it moving without any odd interruptions.
Skyrim Scroll Crafting
Using magic is great in Skyrim except for the part where you have to level up each school independently and deal with long casting times (as well as large magika use). This mod lets you craft every scroll in the game so you can cast spells all willy nilly while focusing on leveling up other skills.
The name may be difficult to pronounce, but it adds a new robotic companion that has a ton of dialogue, custom armor, clever interactions, and an interesting quest line.
Slave Pack Riekling Porter
This mod allows you to unlock a Riekling porter who will tag along and carry all of the junk you pick up during your adventures.
Campfire: Complete Campin System
The campfire mod adds a survival system to Skyrim which allows you to set up camp, build fires, hunt with new abilities, and more. It’s a new, and interesting, way to experience the world Bethesda has created.
Point The Way
Bringing up your map while exploring the world can really spoil the immersion, but it’s almost impossible to navigate the roads without doing so. The Point the Way mod adds accurate road signs to intersections so you can stay in the world and rely much less on pesky maps.
The Forgotten City
The Forgotten City is an award-winning, fan-created expansion to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. You’ll get to enjoy new dungeons that are full of mysteries, new story segments, and multiple endings.
Rich Merchants of Skyrim: Special Edition
This mod does just what you’d expect. It gives every merchant in the game 10,000 gold so they can finally be able to afford all the junk you’re selling.
This is another mod that adds a sizeable amount of story content to the game while also introducing new elements such as a fully functional train, enemies, and weapons.
You can never have too much storage in Skyrim thanks to all of the Daedric Artifacts, cool weapons, and stealable items in the game. Dovahkiin Keep provides tons of chests, mannequins, and other means of displaying your spoils.
With all of the new adventures and enemies you’ll be up against thanks to the addition of mods on the Xbox One, you’ll want some really powerful gear to help you run right through. That’s where God Gear comes in to make you into an unstoppable badass.
Dwemer Goggles and Scouter
The items added in through this mod are nothing short of awesome. Both give the ability to sense NPCs through walls though they each have their own nuances. The Goggles let you see at night, and the Scouter works like the ones you’ve seen in Dragon Ball Z. They highlight enemies and even color code them based on their threat level.
Ys Spell Tweaks
These tweaks make being a mage even more enjoyable thanks to new abilities, lower cast times, and improved animations.
Elemental Destruction Magic
Now that you have an improved magic experience, why not throw in some powerful spells based around earth, water, and wind?
Open Cities Skyrim
This is an ambitious mod, but one that really ups the level of immersion in Skyrim. You’ll be able to trot right into cities from the open world without any load screens, turning the entirety of the country into one big area.
Mortal Wounds: No Health Regeneration & Hardcore Difficulty
If you’re a returning visitor to Skyrim with the release of the Special Edition you may want a bit more of a challenge. The Mortal Wounds mod removes your ability to heal naturally, forcing you to be more thoughtful about your approach and to bring restorative items. It also makes combat faster and more deadly.
The Ring of God Mode
Sometimes you just want to run free and decimate anyone that crosses you. Of course, you can be kind of squishy in Skyrim. This mod solves that problem for you with some drastically increased stats.
God Tier Weapons and Heavy Armor
So you don’t want to make yourself invincible or anything like that but you do want god-like power to suit your high level. That’s where this mod comes in to equip you in some serious badassery.
150% Jumping & Sprinting
This mod allows you to jump 50% higher and run for 50% longer. It’s simple, but jumping over enemies never gets old. It also makes climbing a whole lot easier.
Legendary Creatures adds powerful enemies to the world of Skyrim that guard equally powerful armor, weapons, and spells.
Perk Point Book
This mod adds a book that resembles Oghma Infinium and allows you to increase your perk points. You can read it an infinite amount of times to keep gaining more and more points.
Unlimited Werewolf Transformations
It’s silly to only be allowed to transform once per day after all the work you put in to gain the werewolf power in the first place. Unlimited Werewolf Transformations allows you to howl into the sky as often as you want.
Thunderchild – Epic Shouts and Immersion
You can never have too many ways to yell at enemies and watch them perish. This mod adds 31 new amazing shouts.
Skyrim can struggle to run at times on the Xbox One. Thankfully, someone came up with a way to help things run a lot smoother.
Triss & Yennerfer Armor Mod
This does exactly what the title says. It gives you highly detailed armor resembling the outfits that both Triss and Yennefer wore in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Unlimited Weapon Charges
A simple mod that allows you to use enchantments as much as you want without having to go into menus to charge them.
Climates of Tamriel adds a lot more beauty to the world of Skyrim through nature. New cloud textures and hundreds of weather variations make the world feel more vivid and alive.
This mod replaces Fus-Ro-Dah with Shai Labeouf’s “just do it.” It’s a great way to deal with guards and pesky bandits.
Tired of not having enough options when interacting with followers? Amazing Follower Tweaks fixes that with tons of new options that let you ask for exactly what you want.
The Death Knight of Tamriel is a wicked set of armor for your hero that will strike fear into the hearts of all your enemies.
Ever wanted to just be Artorias the Abysswalker and feel like a badass? Well, now you can… in Skyrim at least.
The world of Skyrim can get really dark, and having to cast a spell to see isn’t always fun. Now you can wear a lantern around and see everything around you.
This mod adds powerful bosses to the game to help you test your skills and abilities.
The world of Skyrim can be a bit barren. This mod adds some flora to the environment turning the entire world into a beautiful garden.
The Map in Skyrim has never been the best, but with this mod you’ll be able to see roads and obstacles clearly.
Sofia is a fully voiced follower that is helpful and hilarious.
Inigo is a Khajit follower who is very powerful and doesn’t affect your follower count so he can join you alongside Sofia. You can never have too many followers.
Mods that add more to the beauty of Skyrim are always worth downloading. Skyland is a complete texture overhaul that adds an extra dash of realism to the experience.
Unique Uniques changes the appearance of many weapons to give them more of a legendary and exotic feel.
More atmosphere is never a bad thing. The Vivid Weathers mod makes all of the weather effects look even more realistic.
Feel like royalty with some beautiful Cloaks and Capes.
Shouting is cool and all, but sometimes you just want to feel like Goku when taking on a dragon. The Super Kamehameha helps you accomplish just that.
Frostfall: Hypothermia Camping Survival dials the difficulty of the world up to 11 by taking freezing weather into consideration making survival way more immersive.
Who doesn’t like chopping up enemies with light sabers?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is on the way, but perhaps you like a bit more maturity in your adventures. Bring a piece of Link’s adventure into Skyrim with the Temple of Time complete with Master Sword, Epona, new characters, and more.
The Dwemer Storage Cube is a home you pull out of your pocket. Simply interact with it in your inventory and you’re transported to a safe haven where you can store gear and more.