5 Skyrim Mods We Hope Someone Makes

We’re a mere week away from the release of Skyrim, and although it may be a bit premature to be thinking about mods, what else are we going to do to pass the time? Oblivion has seen some fantastic mods, and I can only imagine what will come out of the Skyrim modding community. Well, I can do more than imagine: I can make a wish list.

Let us know what mods you’re looking forward to!

1. A massive, quest-based expansion pack

I remember a time when, instead of DLC, developers created free bonus packs to continue supporting their games post-launch and to give back to their fans. Now, I’m not going to harp on the fact that developers no longer want to give away free content — that would require a sense of entitlement the size of a freight train — but thankfully, talented and dedicated modders have been happy to fill the void.

Take Reclaiming Sancre Tor, for instance, a mod that adds hundreds of new characters, overlapping quests, new worlds, and multiple unique dungeon levels to the original Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is far more content than you’d get in any DLC, and it’s free! We need this kind of content for Skyrim.

2. A fully-developed companion written by an award-winning author

If you’re going to be spending a substantial amount of time with an NPC, you want it to be a memorable, engaging character with a three dimensional personality. For example, Vilja, a companion character created by a modder that managed to impress Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld. Pratchett loved Vilja so much that he brain-stormed ideas with the modder and wrote over 130 lines of dialogue for her.

Admittedly, the odds of another award-winning author teaming up with a modder are unlikely, so I’ll settle for a really well-developed character.

3. A mod manager

Anyone who is willing to invest the time can learn how to install mods, but many newcomers to the modding scene are scared off by file directories and cryptic instructions. On the other side of the coin are those folks that install so many mods that it’s difficult to keep track of them all and know which will conflict with which. And don’t get me started on uninstalling mods — yeesh. A tidy mod manager would be most welcome.

4. A graphics mod

Skyrim looks awesome. But I bet it can look even more awesome. New shaders, higher-poly character models, higher resolution textures – whatever. I want to turn the graphics up to 11.

5. An un-consolization mod

UPDATE: Before you call me an “arrogant twat,” read this.

I don’t even know in what ways Skyrim will be “consolized.” It may be a simplified UI. It may be a reduction in options. It may be a control scheme not designed for the keyboard and mouse. Modders have stepped up to fix these sorts of issues in the past, like with this UI mod, and I hope the modding community will be quick to cure Skyrim of any symptoms of consolitis.

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58 Comments on 5 Skyrim Mods We Hope Someone Makes


On November 4, 2011 at 7:00 am

Don’t forget about the porn mods

Shiggz undecided - weighing pros-cons-balls

On November 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

Not sure if they want us talking about it yet, but the guys behind “Nexus” -TES -Fallout -New Vegas -Witcher etc… are working on a beta mod manager that would have mods download straight to it. Thus no more download/unzip/drag and drop tedium.

CJ Miozzi

On November 4, 2011 at 9:33 am


Sweet! Looking forward to it.


On November 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

Only thing that Skyrim will get on with is anime, loli, and furry garbage. So sad this game isn’t gonna get proper modding content just like with what happened with Oblivion.

Yiff in hell you freaks.


On November 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Can’t wait.


On November 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm


off you arrogant .


On November 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm


It’s simply the truth, by the time Skyrim DLC EXCLUSIVE ON THE XBOX 360 FIRST there will already be hundreds of mods on the PC.


On November 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I hope there will be a mod that takes you to the capitol wasteland or the mojave wasteland, mixing Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls would be cool. Imagine Khajit Ghouls and Dark elf Feral Ghouls, and High elf Enclave! It would be unique.


On November 4, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I like the idea about the fully-developed companion on the 360 & any other mods a pc can do I think should be on 360, as long as it is done well with no bugs.

Skyrim needs a program to allow pc mods to be uploaded to 360.


On November 5, 2011 at 12:46 am

Yeah i dunno how skyrim is going to be – but alternative travel mods – like ships caravans giant wurms teleportation etc, these are the things that morrowind held as strong points over oblivion- aside from teleportation (i think the whole large cities in seperate world spaces was the limitation that killed this awesome feature.) dx11 mod would be the best though


On November 5, 2011 at 3:14 am


Or just buy it on the PC and get all the mod support you want. There may be a time, eventually, like several years from now, where it will be possible for user created content to be ported from a PC to a console, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. They tried that whole mod support on consoles with the last Unreal Tournament, and that didn’t go so well. And I know it was possible to mod GTA: San Andreas on the PS2 and original Xbox, but those required modified (read: hacked) consoles and a serious amount of work in order to change the files on the disc itself, and then half the time it wouldn’t work.

As far as mods go, I’m just looking forward to getting my hands on the editor. I’ve already started work on the outline for my own mod, and have lined up a few people to record dialog once the script is done. I just need to play a bit and get an idea for where I want to put things and then start work on everything.

Dave T

On November 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

Has there been a statement saying it has mod support?, if not I suspect it’ll be no mods allowed again. (so they can shovel us DLC)


On November 5, 2011 at 9:57 am

Personally now that it looks like werewolves are in the game. I’m interested in a Bloodmoon remake. I wonder how Solstiem would be about 200 years lator, maybe with the Bloodmoon cycle starting again. If I could request any mod team to do it it would be Tamriel Rebuilt.

I’d also have a werewolf karama system so players who are generally good can be as good as they like while a beast, and players who are evil can enjoy as much carnage as they like.

I am a “pg rated” fan as well, so maybe a mod that adds a remove blood feature.


On November 5, 2011 at 10:28 am

Here is to hoping multiplayer (most likely LAN). simply because you cant die laughing enough times

Nazi Knight

On November 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Only Lord Hitler can save us from the debauchery and decadence that has overfilled this society. Repent now, you fools! Or Götterdämmerung is at hand… death to the Jews!


On November 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm

1. Extra gameplay content (ok)
2. a sexually-oriented companion
3. a mod manager to handle superfluous numbers of sexually-related mods
4. “graphics mods” *posts pictures of female hgec*
5. consoles r dumb


On November 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

DUDE!!! when i think skyrim mod i instantly think RIDE A DRAGON (or RAD.. lol) thats my top prioraty mod, and i’ll be looking for it on 12.11 :P

Brent Mifsud

On November 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

Dont forget about the remakes of previous games,

In oblivion there was a morrowind remake with both the morrowind expansions, and all of the quests (it required you to own morrowind though), likewise for oblivion i hope they remake it with the skyrim engine, would be soooo awesome.

Joe Dalby

On November 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

“consolitis”? ahh i see another good article ruined by PC gamer superiority and this is coming from a PC gamer “Grow Up” it really is just ridiculous

Doomstone Gaurdian

On November 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I dont like the pc superiority thats going on here im a console and pc gamer and their are advantages/disadvantages to both platformes. As for a great mod i would like to see combat on mounts how good would it be to use storm call while flying a dragon and throwing fireballs at a pack of hostile dragons. Also another one could be travel between skyrim and oblivion.

CJ Miozzi

On November 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Regarding consolization…

This is not an issue of opinion or superiority. It’s not even a debate of PC vs. console. It’s a simple matter of facts.

It is a fact that the PC version of games designed for multiple platforms tend to suffer in quality relative to games designed specifically for the PC. PCs and consoles have different interfaces and different hardware capabilities, so in order to accommodate multiple control schemes and hardware, a developer has two options: invest money and manpower into ensuring the game plays well across all platforms, or cheap out and “port” the game.

Given the console market is where most developers make most of their money, it’s easy to see why they cheap out on PC gamers.

“Consolitis” is a term coined years ago that refers to the degradation in the quality of the PC version of a game because the developers focused on accommodating the console version. This is not an insult to consoles — it’s an insult to lazy, cheap developers who are giving PC users a second-grade product.

Nowhere have I said that PCs are superior to consoles. They’re just different. When I play a PC game, I want it to be designed for PC. If you sell me a shirt, I want it to be my size; I shouldn’t have to wear something a size larger. One size isn’t “better” or “worse” than the other — just different.


On November 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Love the whole series played them all. And all of these MODs sounds great but Multi player is the best, I want to share my adventure with friends, show off my armor. I am a modeler and I almost perfected it but one of the best MODs I can think of is being able to build houses and castles then wage war and destroy your opponent castle along with his army. The Oblivion mod you could recruit NPC charters bowman, fighters etc. then cast certain spells that would place towers, cast another type of spell that was created and you would have a draw bridge, after you cast each item you must place it where you want it. I am hoping to create this MOD for Skyrim depending on the tools they give us to use.

Red Menace

On November 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Gotta have the nude mods.


On November 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm

To CJ Miozzi,

Ordinarily wouldn’t post a response but having read some of the infantile nonsense posted by other readers I feel compelled to congratulate you on an exceptionally eloquent rebuke to some of the criticism above. And I particularly liked the T-Shirt analogy.

For what it is worth I am a PS3 gamer (apparently we are in the minority, or perhaps we just spend less time writing posts on the net) and I am quite stupendously excited about the imminent release of this game. I also appreciate, however, that those of you who have access to more powerful(?) and capable hardware might feel a little hard done by as a result of the laziness to which you refer.

That said, it is possible that the modders of today are the programmers of tomorrow, so perhaps it all works out for the best in the long run.


On November 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I think that the PC faithful wont suffer, ive played Skyrim on the Xbox, And I can see how the graphics are ‘washed out’ with lots of jagged edges and so on, clipping grass and stuff.

However the xbox settings are Skyrim on LOW QUALITY.

Meaning when i deploy Skyrim, on my ELITE RIG (yes it really is), I will be utilising Anti-aliasing, Ultra details/shadows/higher res/HDR etc it will look good. it will look great in fact. PC guys please dont worry, im sure it will be fine.

Lets us all enjoy Skyrim+ whilst the console fanoys get the washed out, low fps, jagged edged crap there used to.


On November 7, 2011 at 1:05 am

and then all it takes is a pc troll like kbshadow to come along and undo all your hard work and prove that pc gamers are elitist fanboy little nerds, whats the need in your “ELITE RIG” is it making up for your size issues in other areas


On November 7, 2011 at 3:00 am

is feeding trolls a hobby of yours, bigchief?


On November 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

I gotta be brutally honest. I love porn!. Oblivion and Fallout 3 had such a great nude mod(yes i am a huge perv). I hope one gets made for Skrim. Secondly mod id like to see is a ‘creature overhaul’ mod that adds more encounters and variety of monsters/npc.


On November 7, 2011 at 7:08 am

Oh i also forgot. Skrim is a ‘port’ so id love to see pc interface mods soon cause those console menus meh…

Dark Knight RW

On November 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Please make a mod to bring attributes back.


On November 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Gotta have streamline, how else am I gonna run this game on my 5 year old pc?


On November 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Everyone stop crying. First of all, he wasnt saying PCs are better, hes saying when you play a PC game and all the menus are configured for a controller on a console, it sucks. How would u like it if u popped a game into ur Xbox and half the buttons on ur controler didnt work because it was made for a keyboard/mouse. Then that game would be “pc-ized”. and if u called it “pc-ized” u wudnt get PC gamers crying “OMG CONSOLE ELITIST ”.

that being said, PCs are better than consoles. its not even a quesiton, stop being butthurt and trying to justify ur purchase. I own an xbox and ps3, and im perfectly Ok admitting facts. PC hardware is literally 1-2 orders of magnitude more powerful than a console. That would be like someone who drives a ferrari telling all the ppl who drive camrys that his car is better. Yes, a camry is a great, reliable car and has good performance, but theres no question that whats “under the hood”, so to speak, is WAY more powerful in the ferrari. Its not PC gamers who are elitist, its console gamers who are babies that cry everytime someone has a critique of their preferred system. YES, consoles are good, but they are also very dated and PCs are better in virtually every aspect. 256 megs of ram doesnt cut it in 2011. Why do you think every game is still Direct X 9 when PCS have had DX11 for over a year now? cause consoles are HOLDING THE GAMING INDUSTRY BACK. Thats why instead of the intended release date of 2015 for the next gen consoles, microsoft is already leaking info about “project 10″ for a release in 2012. Even the developers are realizing its unrealistic to have these old machines be forced on the market for another 3-5 years. Grow up and stop crying everytime anyone says anything about PCs. Its not an opinion and Im not trying to put anyone down, its a fact. Trust me, I dont liek knowing that my 500 dollar console is obsolete, but im not about to pretend the facts arent the facts. This reminds me of when the republican candidates deny evolution – you cant have an opinion on facts. “In MY OPINION – the sky is RED” just doesnt work.


On November 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Wow all these console s are stupid. They get all pissed off because there is little to no mod support for their wimpy little consoles. Well maybe if you weren’t ing poor or a druggy or some you could save up some money and buy a PC and not have to worry about that .


On November 11, 2011 at 1:19 am

What about a mod that changes all the dragon shouts to curse-words. Instead of “Skoo-cha!” it becomes “Titties!”


On November 11, 2011 at 7:38 am

A no spiders mod would be nice. Whatever happened to just having goblins or giant snakes inside caves?


On November 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

The PC version is very “consolized.” The user interface is clearly just a thinly-veiled console interface, from the main menu to the inventory and combat system, an overhaul could make the game a lot easier to use on the PC. It’s a great game, but some mods in this area would be really nice. The graphics are great on PC and it’s very playable, but it’s hard to forget that you’re playing a console port.


On November 11, 2011 at 9:16 am

You’re not an ‘arrogant ’ – just a bit of an idiot.

And yes, I did read ‘that post’

Die Todd Die

On November 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

As a PC gamer, I’d like to punch Todd Howard in the smug, deceitful face.

Yep, I understand that the console market shifts more units and that it makes sense to code for your market and port to PC.
I just wish Bethesda had been more upfront about that in the pre-release marketing phase.
Telling us they’ve “refined” the interface and character development system reminds me of that time my estate agent described a house to me as “an ideal DIY project”. What he meant was “Desperately in need of a bulldozer”.

In short, If instead of hype, I’d had my expectations appropriately lowered ahead of time, I wouldn’t be as disappointed with the compromised console port that Skyrim turned out to be.

Ah well, maybe I’ll just reinstall Daggerfall or Morrowind instead.

a gamer

On November 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm

The UI of the PC version is a total disgrace. I’ve been looking forward to skyrim for a long time and now it’s finally there, it’s a pain in the ass to play. I’m fighting more with the controls than with the monsters. Some menu/interface buttons can be activated with the mouse, others can’t. The ‘perks’ take forever to navigate. Switching from one spell to another is such a bother that I just keep using the same spell in order to not go insane. Forget about switching out weapons with spells as well. First thing this game needs is several shortcut bars for spells/weapons that can be activated with the F-keys + ctrl/shift/alt, and cancelling menu’s using escape. Modders, please help!


On November 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

“It may be a simplified UI. It may be a reduction in options. It may be a control scheme not designed for the keyboard and mouse.”

Apparently, it is all of the above.


On November 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

the only mod i hope somebody makes is to be able to increase your skills beyond 100, so you can be higher than level 70, so you could actually get ALL the perks in the game and not have to focus on any one class…


On November 13, 2011 at 12:56 am

i find the UI extremely annoying, and the mouse acceleration. however, there are several mods that i have installed that have already fixed the FOV and mouse acceleration :D i am disappointed in the texture quality, and even model quality. also, i know this has nothing to do with the consolization, but i wish the environment was more varied, i know it’s supposed to be skyrim… but the environment always feels either cold or dirty, or both. however, i am still very happy with how it turned out, still very fun.


On November 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I am a console gamer but I would love to have skyrim for p.c. and other games that are rpg based games ( besides mass effect.. well maybe), but sadly my pc wontload games sorry off topic I would lov


On November 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I am a console gamer but I would love to have skyrim for p.c. and other games that are rpg based games ( besides mass effect.. well maybe), but sadly my pc wontload games sorry off topic I would love to have skyrim for p.c. because I like to cheat because for some people it takes to dang long or for consoles well theres these things called hacking,cheat-codes, modding, and jtag. I take no side in this fight but people should just stop the negativity please, I hate when people argue over whats better for consoles or p.c. because guess what no ones gonna win becauss games are gonna keep coming out, theres no facts just opinions, and it can’t be proved cause our technology will keep getting better.


On November 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm


Moriko Wulf

On November 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

In case anyone here was to caught up complaining about what Bethesda could do wrong instead of paying attention to their announcements and news; they have announced many features that they will try to integrate later a couple of them being:

1. Mod Support for console

2. Party multi-player so you and a friend, or a few can go dragon hunting, or dungeon spelunking

Also I’m not sure where anyone gets the idea that furries, and anime took over Oblivion and will take over Skyrim, the available mods in those areas combined were lass than 5% of the total mods that were made for Oblivion.

As for variations in environment, plaine, mountains, forests, glaciers, volcanic springs, swamps… I could keep going… but the landscape is FAR more varied than in Oblivion, and even still, it’s only a single province of Tamriel, Wait for the mods like, Elsweyr Anequinta to come out, but don’t expect there to be tropical forests on the northern coast of Skyrim.


On November 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

For those having trouble quickly switching spells/weapons, I recommend favoriting the items and spells. You can then bring up your Favorites menu to quickly swap anything. I realize this in no means makes up for the lack a decent UI on the PC, but it has already made me not go insane while playing. I personally can’t wait for modding support and I hope it widely lets the UI be modded, because it’s a disgrace comparing the UI in Skyrim to previous games from Bethesda.


On November 19, 2011 at 6:24 am

There is a mod manager released on SKYRIM NEXUS

beta version, works great tho. Just like Oblivion and Fallout mod managers.



On November 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I hope they make a naked mod were you can rape people! Jk. I hope there’s a mod so that you can play as a dragon like how you play as a werewolve.


On November 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

Once you favorite a spell or weapon, you can also assign them a hotkey(1-8) which makes swapping much easier.


On December 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I’m honestly getting sick of arrogant. rich PC elitists who think that the console is “holding the gaming industry back”
I’d love to have the money to go out and buy an “ELITE RIG” but honestly, I just don’t. It is way too expensive, especially considering the fact that I would have to upgrade my “ELITE RIG” every year or so. I think it’s great that companies are thinking of console gamers, because at the end of the day, PC gamers can fix what they don’t like with mods anyway.

blah blah

On December 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

What people want ..

* Fill in a big wish list here

What modders provide…

* Sexy anime bodies with independant breast physics
* Scantily-clad female armor mods so you can dress up your barbie

What players do…

* Complain about the lack of great mods for quests while they fap to their character now that its all foxied up

blah blah

On December 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Dude, the console industry IS keeping the gaming industry back. People want better graphics, more effects, blah blah… But developers have to design games to run on 3-5 yo hardware. Granted, there haven’t been huge leaps and bounds in gfx or cpu tech in that time (IE: it’s not like going from a P1 to a P4), but there is enough change that if newer consoles came out they would give developers more breathing room in the graphics dept, in how much crap they could load at one time, etc, etc. I just remember playing HALO on the PC for the first time. It was really pretty pathetic seeing how small and corridorized they had to make each map in order to keep too much from showing on screen at once, lest the Xbox wig out. But, meanwhile, PC’s had already had FPS’ that could do wide-area graphics with ease. So, yes, consoles are holding things back. On the plus-side, they expand the gaming market, but on the down-side, they’re prone to puppy mill game companies exploiting them with crap games, and dumbed-down games in order to run on the hardware.


On December 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm

when did developers ever make free bonus packs to give back to the fans? someones got some big nostalgia goggles on lulz can’t think of a single example of this


On December 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I don’t understand why people think you need an overpowered PC to be able to run games. I built my computer two years ago, I spent just around $750 and I’m able to run Skyrim on High settings (with mods that improve performance). Of course I did add another 8GB RAM for $45 about a month ago, but I don’t think that even with the 4GB patch that it can utilize more than 4.

People should stop saying PC gaming is dead, or that consoles or PCs are better. If anything, tablet and smart phone gaming is where the money is really at, so we’re all lucky that we’re getting anything decent (when I get my ASUS Transformer Prime I probably won’t touch my computer for weeks except for Skyrim).

I do prefer the controls on a PC – and I think this is really the distinction between PC and console gamers. If I was trying to shoot something with a controller I would fail miserably. Some of the keyboard/mouse controls in Skyrim ARE clunky, but once you figure your way around them it’s really not so bad. The only thing that really kills me is the stupid pop up windows that I have to manually move my mouse over to hit okay instead of pressing e like on every other damn window.


On January 31, 2012 at 1:24 am

I swear to god, I just want some sexy modder to produce a mod that allows you to play as a dragon–with walking, full flying controls, attacking, etc. That would thrill me inside and out.


On January 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

@ Everyone complaining “PCs are better” or “Consoles are Better” Both are right and wrong. PC’s, you guys have some great games that belong on the PC that do not work well with console. Consoles you have great games that do not belong on PC. IDC what your preferences are but stop the bs. Its horrifying to know that in this day in age that one of the greatest arguments is about which gaming is better. A game on PC that wouldnt do will on Console would be any RTS style game such as Age of Empires or Civ 5. Consoles, The Games such as Infamous, Prototype, Assassins Creed, belong with you guys because the mouse keyboard interface would not work well at all. Also, @mikejoe, you hear more PC games crying about things being geared towards consoles more than vice versa. SO please, lets be mature about this, drop the criticism, and just game like we were meant to. Oh BTW overall I am a Console Gamer, but like I said, some games belong on PC while others belong to us.


On January 31, 2014 at 6:46 am


Actually I played prototype on PC with mouse and keyboard, and it played extremely well, surprisingly. I had a lot of fun with it, and mouse/keyboard controls for it were completely useable.

But a PC person can always use a gamepad for games like that if they aren’t comfortable with the Mouse/Keyboard setup. Console users don’t have that option really. I know there were mice and keyboards for the PS3, but the mouse didn’t work like a mouse. It worked like a mouse that was emulating the two joysticks on the PS3 controller. It was really wonky.