10 Graphical Mods That Overhaul Skyrim’s Visuals

Climates of Tamriel
Download Link: Here

Climates of Tamriel is an overhaul of the game’s weather, which has a relatively small range — from clear skies and thunderstorms to blizzards. The mod adds all new weather patterns and lends no small amount of diversity to the game’s atmospheric conditions. It also adds sounds to the various locations and cities to help with the immersion.

The mod’s creators claim it adds new atmospheric conditions to the seven base climates of Skyrim; 506 new “unique weather systems;” 2,024 new days, nights, sunsets and sunrises; lightning effects; a revamped rain system; and a host of high quality cloud textures.

Get Snowy
Download Link: Here

Get Snowy is a simple mod that aims to increase the level of immersion in Skyrim by adding a snowy visual effect to the player and NPCs when snow is falling. It’s as simple as that.

Silly Level of Detail – Potions and Poisons
Download Link: Here

This particular mod replaces the textures for bottles of potion and poison with high-resolution textures, containing what the mod developer refers to as “silly levels of detail” — hence the name. There are also multiple texture sets to choose from, allowing players to find the one that works best for them.

Skyrim Flora Overhaul
Download Link: Here

Skyrim Flora Overhaul is a mod dedicated to covering the landscape with more varied-looking plants. There are new trees, shrubs and grasses, helping to make more interesting the otherwise relatively barren and boring look of landscapes in the vanilla version of the game.

The mod comes in two versions: regular and summer. If you’re bored of the reds, browns and yellows of Skyrim, the summer edition of the mod makes the game lush and vibrant with green hues.

W.A.T.E.R. (Water and Terrain Enhancement Redux)
Download Link: Here

This mod offers an overall improvement of how water looks in the game, removing all aspects of pixelation, adding new high-resolution textures for things like foam and rain, and enhancements to overall waterfall flow and visual effects.

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10 Comments on 10 Graphical Mods That Overhaul Skyrim’s Visuals


On August 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

It should be noted that these mods incur a heavy fps penalty and some leave scripts that bloat save game files. Always test new mods on a clean save to make sure that you like what the mod adds. Once you have saved your game with the new mod, those scripts aren’t going away. This is how crashes and freezing is caused.


On August 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Very sweet collection these should be used :)


On August 24, 2013 at 1:31 am

“It should be noted that these mods incur a heavy fps penalty and some leave scripts that bloat save game files. Always test new mods on a clean save”

What are you talking about? These are texture re-placers and visual effects. Besides Get Snowy, the mods shown in this article do not contain scripts. The only mods that will really hit your frame-rate is Skyrim Flora Overhaul, which comes with a hefy performance hit, but can easily be mitigated by adjusting grass density through the .ini files.


On August 24, 2013 at 8:57 am

Oh.. uh… I had already installed all of this! I can’t get enough of these! 350+ mods Skyrim… It’s so unstable yet so compelling!!! aaaaaa!!!!!


On August 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I tried playing a game without enhanced terrain loaded…. wow is it night and day. I think that one is the mod with the biggest impact on the look of things.


On August 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm


Ah yes, always people who like to play with semantics. These mods do incur a performance hit, as you stated, but you underplay each mods effect. Texture packs will put more strain on the gpu and most likely cause some ram fetching to the cpu unless you have a beast gpu. All in all, the impact is greater on older machines. Not to mention skyrims system is bottlenecked and the internal resource management gets a bit wonky when too many texture mods are installed. Not to mention, memory management isn’t all that great either. Sure it can handle everything, just don’t expect to be lag free.

Oh and about the grass: why would I be adding graphics mods only to reduce the eye candy by removing grass render distance or cluster size? If you have to tweak grass settings so that you can run these, you shouldn’t be using these at all.

Source: Nexus mod author, me


On November 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Oh, give me a break. If your graphics card can’t handle a few high-res textures, you shouldn’t be using your computer for gaming in the first place. I have 220 mods in place for Skyrim, including every single mod listed here, and it’s still only as much of a performance hit as most current releases.

Almost every single texture mod comes in multiple flavors, including resolutions that match vanilla Skyrim, so you can pick a mod that fits your computer. The modding community exists to help people with modding their game, and programs like BOSS, Nexus Mod Manager, and Skyrim Performance Monitor are there to help newbies get their feet wet. For advanced users, programs like TES5Edit, Wrye Bash, and Skyproc SUM are there to give you even further control over your mods.

Skyrim was already one of the best, most immersive video games I’ve ever played. Thanks to the modding community, it’s become truly epic.


On March 6, 2014 at 8:10 am

How much does the mod impact FPS?


On May 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

I can’t download it without having to pay for it…


On February 10, 2015 at 5:52 pm

I’m using allot of these mods, along with realistic lighting and FX, Frostfall, Realistic Needs, Wyrmstooth, Faarskal(sp?) and Moonpath.
Along with a load of NPC enhancements and the Civil war mod with immersive creatures.

Started fine, fps are always smooth, but after 20+ Hours of gameplay, it’s the scripts that started to feel the strain, Frostfall kept bugging on and off, Immersive Beds doesn’t work anymore and setting up a Tent to sleep with Frostfall takes forever to initialize.
Also I have Follower Framework and I have several NPC’s following me but they vanish from time to time.

I hope it doesn’t get any worse the more of the map I reveal?