“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” has fascinated gamers for over a decade now, and like “The Sims 4,” you can also use mods while playing it. But the choices are literally plenty. 

Searching for the best “Skyrim” mods, you can find tens of thousands of them. Specifically, there are more than 69,000 of them on Nexus Mods and 27,000 on the Steam Workshop. But don’t fret because we’re here to help you identify just the best. 

In this article, you will learn about some of the best mods for “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” categorized by content and gameplay mods. Let’s get started. 

Some Of The Best ‘Skyrim’ Content Mods

The Forgotten City

First on the list is The Forgotten City. This super extensive mod does not only provide you with a brand new city to explore but also more experiences, such as a murder mystery to solve, secrets to unravel, non-player characters (NPCs) to interrogate, and even the chance to time travel. Voiced by over a dozen voice actors, this mod took years to develop, so this is certainly a must-try. 

Enderal: Forgotten Stories

Like The Forgotten City, this total conversion mod also ushers you to an entirely new world, which is almost the size of Skyrim itself. 

Plus, it also populates this new dimension with brand-new dungeons, monsters, quests, and fully-voiced NPCs. 

This mod also features some of ‘Skyrim’s’ systems tweaked, and being such, you can enjoy a new custom story, as well as over 50 hours of new adventures. 

Pirates Of Skyrim – The Northern Cardinal Under The Black Flag

Do you fancy stuff like Peter Pan or Jack Sparrow? If you do and play “Skyrim,” then the Pirates of Skyrim – The Northern Cardinal Under the Black Flag is for you. 

With this mod, you can become the captain of your very own ship, as well as commit acts of piracy or fiercely battle with pirates (if you are the goodie guy, well, sort of). 

Once you’ve completed a short questline that unlocks your upgradeable ship and recruited at least three crew members by providing your followers with sailors’ journals, you can immediately fast-travel into the Sea of Ghosts, then dive for treasures or look through the telescopes for ships to board. 

This mod also lets you raid pirate ships as a pirate hunter or faction warships if you are playing as a privateer. Every time you turn victor, you can grab some booty you can line your ship’s trophy room with. 

Other amazing content mods for “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” are:

  • Brynjolf and the Riften Guild – Birthright
  • Moonpath to Elsweyr
  • Legacy of the Dragonborn
  • Become High King of Skyrim

Some Of The Best ‘Skyrim’ Gameplay Mods

Lustmord Vampire Armor

Meanwhile, if you wish to unleash your inner vampire – or vampire hunter – while playing “Skyrim,” you’ll want the Lustmord armor system.

This armor comes with various customizable parts, including a garter with more than sufficient storage space. And if you consume a lot of blood potion while wearing this armor, it becomes even more effective.

But remember, before scoring the armor, you must undertake a mini-quest, which will grant you a spell that opens a special crafting menu. Plus, you will also need some silver ingots, vampire dust, and leather. 

Fall Of The Space Core

On the other hand, this mod is the product of a collaboration between Bethesda and Valve to celebrate and rejoice in the opening of the Skyrim Steam Workshop. Thus, this mod adds the space core from Valve’s “Portal 2.” Yes, that little guy who is obsessed with space. He falls to Earth when you are near Whiterun. Pick it up and craft it into an armor, even. This mod also adds some effects to your skills screen. The collab is kinda weird, but still, it is one of the best mods in “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”

Wearable Lanterns

We hate to be quite Oriental here, but this Wearable Lanterns mod is a must-try in the game. 

If you are using some of the game’s lighting mods, you will notice that nights in Skyrim become much darker. While spells and torches can provide great help, warriors who intend to use their off-hand must think of other ways to withstand this darkness. Here’s the answer: the Wearable Lanterns mod.

This mod allows you to clip a light source to your belt, front or rear. Companions may also bring with them these lanterns, which also get doused when you enter sneak mode. 

Other impressive gameplay mods for “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” are:

  • Belt Fastened Quivers
  • Unique Uniques
  • Project Flintlock
  • Fishing in Skyrim

Here’s How You Can Install These Amazing Mods

Once you’ve chosen a mod you’d want to try, there are tools you can use to get them functioning. 

First is Vortex, which replaces the old Nexus Mod Manager. This program allows you to organize your mod loadout. Available from the Nexus Mods website, Vortex will handle everything for you, making downloading, activating, and turning off mods a complete breeze. 

Second is the Skyrim Script Extender, which is strongly recommended to make the more complex mods work. This is now available directly via Steam, but you can still find it on its own website if you prefer installing it manually. 

The last is via the Steam Workshop. You’ve learned about this earlier. You can use it to browse and use “Skyrim” mods. Simply click the subscribe button to add the mod to your roster. 

Nonetheless, you are advised to read the description page of the mods you wish to use since many of them require specific steps and instructions. 

Your “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” experience at your fingertips with these mods.

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