The best Skyrim mods

Over 100 of our favorite mods for Bethesda's fantasy RPG.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was unleashed in 2011, and nearly from the moment it arrived on desktops players have been enthusiastically modding it. Skyrim modders have addressed minor problems and fixed major bugs, added custom quests and entirely new locations, and overhauled combat, magic, and leveling systems. Along the way hundreds of hours of new content has come, free, from the community. Just about any change you can imagine has been made by someone, and there's no sign the modding well has dried up yet.

Below, we've completely overhauled our selection of the best mods and gathered them together into categories to help you find whatever you're looking for. There are visual improvements, new magic spells, survival elements and roleplaying enhancements, and yes, even guns. 

If we're missing a few of your favorites—there are over 40,000 mods out there, so that's practically a given—feel free make a case for them in the comments. We'll be revisiting and revising this article in the future. Mods added in the latest update of this list have been marked with a ⭐.

One final word: some mods on our list require other mods to work, some require special steps to install and use, and some mods conflict with one another. Be sure to read the mod page for each carefully for instructions on how to install and use them.

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The first PC game Chris owned was Choplifter in 1982, and since then our staff writer has played at least three other games. He has a love/hate relationship with Early Access survival games and an odd fascination with the lives of NPCs.
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