The 50 best Skyrim mods
Improved Combat and Useful Tweaks
Magic Duel Reborn
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 aims to fix 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, and serves to really spice up mage on mage combat.
Amazing Follower Tweaks
There are several follower overhauls vying for your attention in Skyrim, but Amazing Follower Tweaks is the most up to date and comprehensive. With it installed you’ll find yourself able to manage followers’ gear and spells, read their stats, level them up and change their fighting style, depending how in depth you want to go. It even has its own mounted follower system, although I recommend using Convenient Horses for that aspect instead.
The Dance of Death
Like Skyrim’s bloody bashy kill move system? Then you want The Dance of Death. Bethesda left several unassigned kill moves lurking in Skyrim’s code when the game was released, including some very cool shield bash kills. The Dance of Death re-enables these moves and lets offers them to you as a reward for combat perks. It also includes a full menu that lets you control the rate of kill moves. You can even set everything to 100% if you fancy blowing off some steam by instantly decapitating everyone you meet.
There are an awful lot of horse mods for Skyrim, but this is the best. Once installed you can adjust your horse’s speed, summon your it from a distance, gather ingredients while riding, have mounted conversations and quickly dismount in combat. More importantly it’s also the best mod for getting your followers to ride with you, especially for Serana, who gains a burning undead demon horse that freaks me the hell out every single time she uses it.
Duel - Combat Realism
Duel is a testament to how a well thought out series of small tweaks can change a game drastically. By making a series of individually minor adjustments to damage ratios, stamina expenditure and enemy AI, modder LogRaam has managed to make Skyrim's combat keep its deadly feel, even up into the highest levels. The brutal damage encourages you to block and dodge, but doing so will cost you precious stamina, not something you can easily afford. Being unable to charge in recklessly or defend indefinitely means that fights become a series of quick fire parries and ripostes, each combatant cautiously waiting for a potential opening before exploding into a limb severing frenzy.