Mods that will still be mandatory for Skyrim: Special Edition

Even though Skyrim is getting a makeover, these mods will never go out of style.

Even though Skyrim is getting a makeover, these mods will never go out of style.

When Skyrim: Special Edition releases, not all mods will be obsolete. Pete Hines, the VP of PR and Marketing at Bethesda, confirmed that old mods will be supported with the new remastered version.

So here is a list of the best and must-have mods that will still be relevant even after Skyrim: Special Edition is released.


SkyUI is a mod that replaces the standard user interface. The mod is more PC-friendly than the standard UI, allowing for better inventory management, text search, and navigation. This mod is and will be a must-have for both editions.

Immersive Armors

Immersive Armors adds a large quantity of period-appropriate armor and clothing to the game. These items have been implemented into the world through drops, chests, vendors, and crafting. The total number of armor sets added with this mod is quite large, with 55 unique models and over 60 variants, new helmets, shields, and accessories that will make armor discovery new and fresh for a long time.

Skyrim Script Extender [SKE]

This mod allows for additional scripting capabilities, and is utilized by many mods — including the first mod in this list, SkyUI. This mod is somewhat of a mandatory companion to most Skyrim mods, and should be one of the first you download.

Fores New Idles in Skyrim [FNIS]

Fores New Idles in Skyrim, is much like SKSE due to the fact that it allows for mods to add their own animations to the game. With this mod, you can add or change any animation imaginable. This can range from idle animations, combat animations, creature animations, and even killmoves.

Realistic Needs & Diseases

Realistic Needs & Diseases adds a survival element to Skyrim, and can change your perception on many items that exist in the game. Gone are the days of carrying around 50 cheese wheels or discarding food for potions. This mod makes eating, drinking, and sleeping mandatory. Penalties apply to stamina regeneration, health regeneration, and move speed. The mod also implements a sickness and disease system that requires cures through medicine or general TLC. Realistic Needs & Diseases will add a new spin on a fresh playthrough or existing save.

Character Body Mods

Section is purely subjective, as there are a wide range of body mods for Skyrim. There are mods for both the female and male models. The most popular mods include Caliente’s Beautiful Bodies Edition [CBBE], DIMONIZED UNP, and Better Males. These mods have an improved poly-count, and allow for custom textures and armors. These mods include nudity and are NSFW, but some have a SFW option.

These mods should get you started on the path to complete customization and will still be relevant when the new Skyrim: Special Edition releases. And if you’re looking for NSFW Skyrim mods to bring to your new edition, we’ve got plenty of those, too.

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