GUIDE CONCEPT

The Phoenix Flavour is fully modular. Each module requires the ones installed before and supports all that come after. There are four modules in total: CORE, VISUALS, GAMEPLAY and CONTENT. After completing each module you have the choice to go off on your own and create your own mod list based on the modules you installed.

Please note that the CONTENT module has not been released yet.

All included mods were checked for errors and inconsistencies. Patches are provided at the end of each. Throughout the guide you will make use of multiple tools and learn how to handle them in order to create a stable, working setup.

I have written the guide to be accessible and easy to understand. If you do run into issues, you are very welcome to join us on Discord where our team and other users will be happy to help you out!

OUR TOOLS

For this guide we will use Mod Organizer 2, the best and most feature-rich mod manager out there. If you find MO2’s UI intimidating, let me assure you that it is absolutely not rocket science and very intuitive once you have understood some basics about modding in general.

In case you never used Mod Organizer 2 before, I highly recommend you take the time and watch GamerPoet’s tutorial on Mod Organizer 2 – Mods & Management which I have linked below.

Vortex, the Nexus’ new mod manager, is neither supported nor recommended.

MOD AND LOAD ORDER

Mods are loaded in the order we install them in for the most part. To make it easier to keep an overview, this guide comes with separators for Mod Organizer 2 and it is noted in each Step under which separator to place the next mods. Occasionally mods will be designated as EARLY or LATE LOADERS, meaning they must be placed under the respective separator high up or far down in your mod order.

As for load order, you will download a pre-made loadorder.txt for Mod Organizer 2 which will automatically sort your plugins for this guide.

YOUR MODDING FOLDER

In order to keep all files related to modding SSE in one place, we will create a dedicated directory. It will server as hub for all tools, downloaded mod archives, custom mods or patches, notes, backups, screenshots, and so on.

Throughout the guide I will refer to this folder as {Your Modding Folder}.

  • Create a new folder anywhere on a hard drive with lots of space – like an External USB 3.0 drive or a secondary Internal HDD.
  • Name it whatever you want, e.g. Skyrim SE Modding and create several more new folders inside (see below).
  • For now this is all there is to do – we will come back later.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Skyrim Special Edition from Steam (updated to the latest version)
  • a legit Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 installation (64bit)
  • editing software such as Notepad (pre-installed) or Notepad++ (recommended Freeware)
  • an archiving tool like 7zip or WinRAR
  • latest drivers for your GPU (NVIDIA or AMD)

OPTIONAL MODS

You are not required to install all mods. Optional mods are clearly marked with the (optional) tag and can be skipped.

TERMINOLOGY

The root folder: Steam/steamapps/common/Skyrim Special Edition
The data folder: Steam/steamapps/common/Skyrim Special Edition/Data

This is an important distinction that you will need to remember.