The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The 50 best Skyrim mods

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Magic Duel


Melee fighters in Skyrim can block, parry, shield bash and counter, but mages are limited to mostly spraying each other with destruction spells until one of them falls over. Magic Duel fixes that. When you and another mage fire spells at each other, there is a chance you’ll be locked into a duel, putting the world around you into slow motion as you try and push back your opponent with your magic death beam. It’s essentially the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire turned into a minigame.

Apocalypse – Magic of Skyrim


You are going to be seeing EnaiSiaion’s mods a lot in this section, as they’re one of the premier magic modders around. Apocalypse adds 140 new spells to Skyrim, most of them pretty well balanced. These aren’t just ‘spray lightning/fire/cold until someone dies’ spells either. There’s a whole variety of cool summons, disabling effects and unusual attacks available. Combine with Magic Duel and to make playing a classic Wizard far more fun.



Skyrim’s Dragon shouts are cool, much cooler than regular magic. The best fighter/mage in Skyrim is frequently just an ordinary fighter who yells a lot. Thunderchild expands the Dovakhin’s magic vocals with a bunch of cool new shouts. Yell until you teleport, shout ghosts into existence, holler until the earth quakes or just scream so hard you open up a black hole.



Dwemertech is a set of spells, a bunch of new items and a big quest all in one. Elder Scrolls lore says that the Dwemer were a scientific race of Elves who vanished long ago. Here the Dragonborn encounters a small group of Dwemer scientists who survived the cataclysm and are trying to bring their people back. This is obviously a big deal in Elder Scrolls canon, so lorehounds might want to give it a miss, but others will enjoy a chance to mess about with the Dwemer’s unique science based magic.

True Bound Armours


Skyrim has bound weapons, so why not bound armour? At least that’s what Foster XBL thought when they made this mod. The result is a set of spells that summon super cool translucent mage armour made of purple fire. I can’t really add much more at this point. Just look at it. It looks amazing.