Skyrim is over 10 years old at this point, but its playerbase is still trudging through the snow and exploring the game’s many dark caverns. You can spend hundreds of hours on the base game alone. But maybe you already did everything there was to do. Or maybe you think there are ways that the game can improve. Well, the modding community has made some great additions to Elder Scrolls 5 that will improve your experience. If you’re looking for some extra fun to add, we’ve compiled the Top 10 best Skyrim mods to get in 2023
Top 10 Best Skyrim Mods to Get in 2023
Unofficial Skyrim Patch
It’s pretty much become a joke at this point that all Bethesda games come with multiple minor bugs at launch. Just look at Starfield. Indeed, Skyrim has multiple bugs that have become memes over the years. However, if you want to get rid of these pesky issues, you can download the Unofficial Skyrim Patch mod.
This will help basic performance by fixing hiccups with gameplay, NPCs, quests, and a whole lot more. This mod is great if you want an overall smoother experience. Download the Unofficial Skyrim Patch mod here.
Skyrim originally came out in 2011, so you might feel that the graphics are a bit lacking by today’s standards. The 2K Textures mod will increase your resolution up to 4K. This mod adds new textures to the entire game, as well. It really brings the game to life like never before — even if you’re playing the Special Edition. Download the 2K Textures mod here.
Build Your Own City — Becoming a Lord
Have you ever thought that towns in Skyrim were lacking or you just wanted to take one over? No worries: you can have your very own with the Build Your Own City — Becoming a Lord mod. You’ll be given a plot of land where you can start your own town. There are plenty of buildings and NPCs to add to your town to make it more lively and make the town of your dreams. Download the Build Your Own City — Becoming a Lord mod here.
For as immersive as Skyrim can be, one of the things that always took me out of the immersion was the NPCs. They’re bland, and most are forgettable. The Interesting NPCs mod brings them to life. Everyone has an extensive dialogue tree that lets you interact with them on a completely different, more immersive level. And it’s always fun learning more about City Guard #9. They’re also fully voice acted with over 80 new voice actors, so none will feel the same ever again. Download the Interesting NPCs mod here.
Tame the Beasts of Skyrim
Every adventurer needs a trusty companion. The Tame the Beasts of Skyrim mod allows you to domesticate any creature with a new shout. With your new trusty pet, you can assign it a role for combat, DPS, Tank, or Magical tactics. They’ll follow you on your quest — but make sure to feed and water them! Download the Tame the Beasts of Skyrim mod here.
Have you ever wanted to go on a quest with a fellowship of your own? Look no further with the Multiple Followers mod. Normally, you can only have one companion follow you in Skyrim. However, with this mod, you can have up to seven followers to help you on your quest. Download the Multiple Followers mod here.
Into the Deep — Atlantis
Although there are multiple quests that can take hundreds of hours to complete in Skyrim, maybe you want even more to explore. Enter the Into the Deep — Atlantis mod. Yes, this mod adds the legendary sunken city of Atlantis into the world of Skyrim. It features a new environment with unique gameplay features for each city section. It can take you up to four hours to complete. Just beware of the mermen, demons, and even Hades. Download the Into the Deep — Atlantis mod here.
Sometimes you just need to take a break from the adventuring and killing and pick up a more leisurely hobby. With all the rivers and lakes in Skyrim, the Fishing mod is perfect for just that. You can relax while you set up a fishing rod next to a river, waiting for the next big catch. If that’s too slow for you, you can always throw explosives into the water to get multiple fish at once with the dwarven boomfishing method. Download the Fishing mod here.
The Dark Brotherhood Resurrection
If you’re looking for more questlines, The Dark Brotherhood Resurrection mod is perfect. This adds a four-hour-long campaign with an extra 22 quests to the Dark Brotherhood questline. In this expansion, you’ll be tasked with taking out the six most powerful people in all of Skyrim. You’ll also have two new companions, Averna and Stabby, who are fully-voiced assassins. Download The Dark Brotherhood Resurrection mod here.
Jedi of Skyrim
If you could add any weapon to Skyrim, why not add a lightsaber? The Jedi of Skyrim mod lets you live out your fantasy of running around as a Jedi — or even a Sith if you’ve fallen to the Dark Side. The mod adds a skill tree for force abilities, which lets you use iconic powers like the Jedi Mind Trick or Sith Lighting. Download the Jedi of Skyrim mode here.
Those are the Top 10 best Skyrim mods to download in 2023. Of course, there are so many more options out there, and depending on what you’re looking for from the game, those may be even better. Lists are just opinions, after all. For more on the game, head over to our guides hub for The Elder Scrolls 5.