Orcs have always faced a lot of prejudice, and the Imperial Guard has never been fair to them. On top of that, most people think of them as brutes.
Some people talk about these powerful beings in a way that I don’t like, especially since they are some of the strongest characters in Skyrim.
Even though it’s clear that most people there are racist towards them. But I find it very interesting to try to play an Orc.
Even more so, in fact, if you like role-playing.
Here are my top choices for the best orc mods that will make your next Skyrim playthrough more immersive.
Will you follow the law and become a hero of the land? Or will you use your strength to rip your enemies’ heads apart? Everything depends on you, my orc friend.
- 15. Dominon’s More Orcs
- 14. Become The Chief To Vosh Krazak
- 13. Wintersun – Faiths Of Skyrim
- 12. Orc Armor Visuals Improved
- 11. Racial Body Morphs
- 10. Imperious – Races of Skyrim
- 9. Ghosu – Horker Weapon Pack
- 8. Home Sweet Stronghold
- 7. Better Orc Teeth
- 6. Orcish Weapon Pack
- 5. Tharash Dol
- 4. Lordbound
- 3. Amidianborn Orcish Armor
- 2. Expanded Towns and Cities (Better Settlements)
- 1. More Orcs
15. Dominon’s More Orcs
Skyrim belongs to the Nords, an ideal that the game’s NPCs are all too willing to repeat. However, there are several communities of Orcs that inhabit the land.
These far-flung settlements take the form of guarded strongholds, where non-Orcs aren’t particularly welcome.
Nonetheless, throwing even more Orcs into the mix may be something players want to consider. Dominion’s More Orcs mod adds 20 more NPCs to the game.
These new Orc characters can be found in the strongholds, as well as occupying posts such as city guards, mercenaries, and even members of pre-existing guilds.
14. Become The Chief To Vosh Krazak
Speaking of strongholds, wouldn’t it be nice if Skyrim allowed Orcish players to become the chieftain of their own community?
It’s an interesting concept, one that represents a missed opportunity on the part of the vanilla game. Luckily, a mod exists to rectify that shortcoming.
The Become a Chief to the Stronghold of Vosh Krazak mod introduces a new questline that allows players to become a chieftain of their own settlement, Vosh Krazak.
The mod includes a fully functioning stronghold, complete with new NPCs/followers.
Residents of other strongholds can even be invited to join Vosh Krazak, where the player can give them jobs to perform within their new home.
13. Wintersun – Faiths Of Skyrim
Every culture in The Elder Scrolls follows a set of religious beliefs. In Skyrim, one of the main controversies the player witnesses is an issue over religious worship.
Unfortunately, the game doesn’t offer much latitude to the player in terms of choosing a religion, outside of selecting temporary shrine blessings.
Wintersun – Faiths of Skyrim, developed by the same author of the previous mod, fixes that problem. Players can pledge their devotion to a variety of different deities in return for varying bonuses.
Orcs, for example, may choose to worship Trinimac or Malacath, beings that play a central role in the Orcish pantheon.
12. Orc Armor Visuals Improved
Now that the Orcs themselves look better, it’s best to make sure their equipment appears just as great.
Orc armor and weaponry in The Elder Scrolls lore is highly prized, so it’s essential that Skyrim‘s Orcish equipment also receives an upgrade.
The Orc Armor Visuals Improved mod accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do. It retextures the game’s Orcish armor, giving it a truly HD makeover that really makes it pop.
For Orcs who plan to deck themselves out in their race’s signature armor, this mod is highly recommended.
11. Racial Body Morphs
Although the inhabitants of Tamriel are quite diverse, they can often look blandly similar from an aesthetic perspective.
Mods that add a little more variety regarding how characters look, including Orcs, is a great place to start. Fortunately, Nexus possesses no shortage of mods in this department.
One of the best mods players can’t go wrong with is Racial Body Morphs.
It tweaks the physical characteristics of every race in the game so that they conform more closely to their appearances in the lore.
As such, Orcs will appear bigger and more burly than the other races in this mod.
10. Imperious – Races of Skyrim
So Imperious doesn’t really modify orcs on its own. But it does a fantastic job at overhauling all of the races that come with base-game Skyrim.
New skills, perks, and things to do as an orc will make the game feel completely new.
If you’ve never played as an orc, install this mod and don’t waste time with the vanilla experience. Trust me, this is a must-have.
9. Ghosu – Horker Weapon Pack
Although this mod doesn’t add anything Orcish per se, you can’t tell me these weapons don’t look like something an orc would use.
I mean, they’re made using the bones of dead Horkers.
That’s as brute as you’re going to get.
I’d say that it’s even more fitting to use these weapons than the Orcish ones, so give them a try and see what you think.
8. Home Sweet Stronghold
It’s time for you to live among your own kin.
I find it insulting that base-game Skyrim doesn’t come with an option to properly live among orcs, so the Home Sweet Stronghold mod offers a perfect fit.
It incorporates a new player home in a fully Orcish style near the farm located in Dushnikh Yal.
The hut itself is rather small. But you’ll be living among the orcs of the region!
7. Better Orc Teeth
Yes, this mod is just a way to get your orc’s teeth to look better.
It takes a spot on my list because much like an Argonian’s scales, the teeth of an orc make them what they are & define their identities.
This mod changes the textures and makes their teeth sharper. It may sound simple, but it does its job quite effectively. One of the few beautifying mods that I highly recommend for Orc lovers.
6. Orcish Weapon Pack
So this mod replaces all of the Orcish weapon models in the game with some new ones, which come with high-quality textures and reinvigorate the feel of orcish weaponry in the game.
Don’t worry, though. All of the weapons keep the same vanilla stats after downloading and installing this mod.
A lack of balance won’t be an issue.
5. Tharash Dol
Tharash Dol is the best player home for an orc, hands down.
The creator of the mod even put a statue of Molag Bal on top of one of the towers to get you further immersed into this fantastic settlement!
As you’ll see, this thing is completely populated with dozens of orcs. There’s no need for you to wander around the lands of Skyrim in solitude, when you can be living among your own kind.
Your life shouldn’t be the life of a Khajit. No, you’re an orc, proud of your people.
It’s time to show them how much they’re worth to you by installing and really digging into this mod.
I don’t usually add mods to my lists that aren’t on the Nexus. But this one truly deserves a spot.
It adds an entirely new expansion to the game, created by the community, with 30 new quests and a bunch of stuff to do.
Why am I adding it to this orc list, you ask?
Easy: the main questline is based on a conflict between orcs and humans.
Choose your people’s side and bring peace to this God-forsaken land by spilling the blood of your enemies (whomever they may be).
3. Amidianborn Orcish Armor
The Orcish set is good enough, but it doesn’t bring an orc’s mightiness any justice.
In fact, if you intend to play as an orc, I suggest you get this mod installed ASAP.
It replaces the basic Orcish armor texture and turns it into a hand-made armor that just looks too good on an orc.
The armor keeps the same stats, which means you won’t have to worry about unbalancing the game or breaking the vanilla feel of it.
Just download the mod and check out the brilliant job that this dude has done here. It’s a set you’ll never want to play without.
2. Expanded Towns and Cities (Better Settlements)
I’ve discussed just how damn amazing the ETaC mod is, and it definitely belongs in this list too.
The mod improves the way Orc settlements look (among other things) which in turn makes your interactions with them far more amazing.
You won’t have to go around dealing with badly-positioned houses or shacks. With this mod, orc settlements will feel more realistic than ever.
I fully recommend you check out this entire mod if you’re downloading it, though.
It doesn’t just improve orc settlements – you can actually download the entire modpack and massively overhaul all the towns and cities in the game.
1. More Orcs
It was difficult to pick one of these mods as the number one, so I’m opting to put this at the top because it actually adds a ton more orcs to the game.
This mod is meant to make the orc population much more diverse, and I think it’s safe to say it fulfills its purpose quite well.
All of the orcs that get added here are all fully customized, with unique characteristics and attributes.
What’s even better is the fact that most of them are marriable (both male and female orcs) so there’s that if you want to role-play with a cool orc family. I’m getting some minor Shrek vibes here…