The modding community has been a big part of why Skyrim has been so popular for so long.
They have made hours and hours of new content, like new armour designs, original stories, and even whole new areas of Tamriel for players to explore. Xbox players, on the other hand, can’t get all mods.
Even though this is the case, Xbox players of Skyrim can still change how they play the game.
Xbox players who want to change one of Bethesda’s most famous games have a lot of options, whether they want a completely new story or just to play the original game with updated controls and graphics for the 2020s.
- 13. Moonpath to Elsweyr
- 12. Falskaar
- 11. Helgen Reborn
- 10. Sounds of Skyrim: Complete
- 9. Apocalypse: Magic of Skyrim
- 8. Diverse Dragons Collection
- 7. Enderal: The Shards of Order
- 6. A Quality World Map and Solstheim Map with Roads
- 5. Vivid Weathers Definitive Edition: A Complete Weather & Visual Overhaul
- 4. UFO: Ultimate Follower Overhaul
- 3. Beyond Skyrim - Bruma
- 2. The Forgotten City
- 1. Skyrim Special Edition Unofficial Patch
13. Moonpath to Elsweyr
“Only the Khajiit know the secret moon paths that lead the followers of the Mane back to Elsweyr.” If you like the Khajiit, the race of cats in Skyrim, then you will love Moonpath to Elsweyr.
It was one of the first mods to add serious quest content after the original Skyrim Creation Kit came out. It adds new places and stories to enjoy.
In Moonpath, the main character, who is called Dragonborn, leads a caravan of Khajiit back to their home in Elsweyr.
Like a few other mods we’ll talk about, this is a great way to keep playing after you finish Skyrim’s main storyline. There are new places, characters, and monsters to fight, and everything fits together well.
Between the original and special editions of the game, it has been downloaded nearly 1 million times. It was made by Tomas Sala, who is also working on a game called The Falconeer, which you can add to your Steam wishlist.
Falskaar is another high-quality mod that adds a lot of new content to the game by making the campaign even bigger. It adds a whole new landmass called Falskaar and more than two hours of gameplay through new main quests and side quests.
Falskaar has been praised by both gamers and critics. Its size and quality are often compared to what you’d expect from an expansion made by the game’s creators.
The amount of content is a big part of that, as it has new characters voiced by both professional and amateur actors, a bunch of new items, and a 14-track soundtrack. It’s no surprise that nearly 2 million people have downloaded it.
11. Helgen Reborn
Now, the beginning of Skyrim is almost a symbol. As you and the leader of the local Stormcloak rebellion are taken to Helgen to be executed, the dragon Alduin destroys the town, freeing the imperial prisoners in the process.
Helgen Reborn starts a new story arc and gives you new, fully voiced quests to help the city rebuild after the dragon attack.
As part of the new quests, you can learn about the “legend of the Keepers of Hattu,” which has its own story and history.
You can also choose to work with the Stormcloaks, find other ways to protect the town, and find a new arena to play in once the town is rebuilt.
10. Sounds of Skyrim: Complete
Skyrim’s environments and small sound effects are a big part of what makes it so immersive, and that’s still true almost ten years after it came out.
The Sounds of Skyrim mod is a long-running series of changes to the game’s sound, and it adds hundreds of new effects.
When this mod is fully installed, it adds more sound effects to the game’s three main areas: cities, the wilderness, and dungeons.
Sounds of Skyrim is still very popular, with several million downloads for each installment and the new compilation.
9. Apocalypse: Magic of Skyrim
Not every mod is made to add new stories or changes to the environment. Apocalypse: Magic of Skyrim doesn’t add any new quests or characters, but it does give you a lot more choices as a magic user.
Apocalypse adds dozens of new spells to each school of magic, with high-quality animations and seamless integration with the game’s base magic system.
It’s the perfect mod if you love casting spells in Skyrim and want to get the most out of your next mage play-through.
8. Diverse Dragons Collection
If you liked meeting dragons in Skyrim, you need the Diverse Dragons Collection. The mod is very popular with players and adds 28 new dragons, which gives it a lot of new dragon-related content.
The mod adds new powers and attacks, as if having dragons with different models and textures wasn’t enough.
That gives the game a lot more ways to fight dragons and interact with them. Also, each of the new dragon abilities can be used at any of 7 different levels, so they won’t feel out of place as you play.
7. Enderal: The Shards of Order
Many of the mods on our list are big changes that make the user experience better. Some add or change different ways to play and fight, or they add new sounds to make the experience better.
Others, like Enderal: The Shards of Order, offer what modders call a “total conversion.” That means that once the mod is added, it’s almost like you’re playing a whole new game.
Users who are used to how big and detailed the main Skyrim campaign and DLCs are will find Enderal’s story and world to be just as interesting. It’s so big that the team made an add-on called “Forgotten Stories” for it.
It was one of the first and most popular mods for Skyrim, and it can add up to 100 hours of playtime.
6. A Quality World Map and Solstheim Map with Roads
One of the most popular user interface mods for Skyrim fixes a problem that fans often have with the map: it doesn’t have enough details.
Given that the Quality World Map mod has been downloaded 3 million times and has been praised by players, it’s safe to say that it fixes the problem.
With this mod from IcePenguin, natural features are given more detail, making the map more vivid and interesting.
It also adds very accurate roads to both the standard world map and the Solstheim landmass from Skyrim’s DLC.
5. Vivid Weathers Definitive Edition: A Complete Weather & Visual Overhaul
Vivid Weathers Definitive Edition is the most popular and up-to-date weather mod for Skyrim. It completely changes how the game looks and sounds.
It adds a lot of new weather animations and a lot of new sounds, like 150 new cloud textures and 16 new thunder sounds.
The mod also adds a new level of customization that lets players change the way the lights are set up inside and outside the game world.
This is a great way to adjust the lighting in-game to fit your living situation and environment. This will make your eyes less tired and make you feel more immersed in the game.
4. UFO: Ultimate Follower Overhaul
UFO: Ultimate Follower Overhaul is by far the most popular mod for improving follower content. It adds a bunch of new companions.
UFO adds new characters and related content, and it also gives you new ways to control what your followers do and how they act.
If you use the official Dawnguard expansion, you can even turn your friends into vampires or werewolves.
When UFO was first made for Skyrim classic, it became a huge hit, but in late 2019, it was suddenly added to Skyrim: SE as well.
It is also available in a wide range of languages, with full versions in French, Japanese, Polish, and other languages.
3. Beyond Skyrim – Bruma
Beyond Skyrim – Bruma lets the player travel south to Cyrodiil, seeing what became of the northern county since Oblivion and reintroducing classic enemies and armors from The Elder Scrolls 4.
And with Alternate Start – Live Another Life, players can even begin their adventure in Bruma before crossing the border north to Skyrim.
This is a great addition for anyone who wants to expand Skyrim‘s world and get a good dose of Oblivion nostalgia to boot, as well as adding a greater variety of armors to the game and city larger than many of the hold capitals Skyrim has to offer.
2. The Forgotten City
The Forgotten City sees the player discover a lost Dwemer city now inhabited by characters from across Tamriel, all caught up in a terrible curse left by the city’s creators.
The mod won its creator Nick Pearce the Australian Writer’s Guild Award, and has since been turned into its own fully-fledged game – it ended up winning the 2022 Game of the Year Award over at TheGamer.
1. Skyrim Special Edition Unofficial Patch
Skyrim Special Edition Unofficial Patch is one of the must-have mods for any new Skyrim playthrough.
It aims to fix every bug left behind by Bethesda, fixing hundreds of in-game errors while remaining compatible with practically every other mod out there.
Many of the changes are so small that they won’t be noticed, but this mod is essential for playing Skyrim as originally imagined.