5.1 Major Texture Packs

Static Mesh Improvement Mod (SMIM)

Download and install the main file.

Warning: Mod Organizer 2 occasionally messes up large files like this one. I recommend downloading and installing this mod manually, then moving the file into your downloads directory (ARCHIVE). Refresh MO2 (F5) and it will show up in the Downloads tab.


FOMOD instructions:
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Mod order:
Move the mod below the EARLY LOADER separator.

Noble Skyrim Mod HD-2K (NSM)

Download and install:
A. Noble Skyrim – FULL PACK_2K
NSM – SMIM Patch

If you have less than 4GB VRAM, download the Performance pack instead of the Full pack.

Warning: Mod Organizer 2 occasionally messes up large files like this one. I recommend downloading and installing this mod manually, then moving the file into your downloads directory (ARCHIVE). Refresh MO2 (F5) and it will show up in the Downloads tab.

aMidian Born Book of Silence – Dragonborn DLC (optional)

Download and install:
aMidianBorn book of silence_DRAGONBORN DLC
Bonemold Hotfix

Warning: Unfortunately you can only download the Bonemold Hotfix manually. Just put the file into your ARCHIVE and refresh MO2, it’ll then appear in the downloads tab as usual.


FOMOD instructions:
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Additional instructions:

  • Double-click aMidianBorn – Dragonborn in your mod order (left pane).
  • Switch to the Filetree tab.
  • Find the following folder:
    • textures\actors\dlc02\ash
  • Rename the ash folder to ashman.
    • textures\actors\dlc02\ashman

High Poly Project (optional)

Download and install the main file.


Additional instructions:

  • Double-click High Poly Project in your mod order.
  • Switch to the Filetree tab.
  • Right-click > hide / delete the following files / folders:
    • meshes\architecture\farmhouse\stonewall
    • meshes\clutter\food\apple01.nif
    • meshes\clutter\food\apple02.nif
    • meshes\clutter\ingredients\sweetroll01.nif

Revamped Assets Skyrim

Download and install:
Revamped Assets Skyrim – High (FOMOD Package)


FOMOD instructions:
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Porting instructions:
Run the mod through SSE Assets Optimizer (instructions).

5.2 Landscape

MystiriousDawn’s HD Skyrim

Download and install:
Landscape Textures – Mid Quality
Rift and Reach Landscape Textures Update – 7 new textures
Tundra and Rift Texture Update

Dawnguard Landscape Overhaul HD (optional)

Download and install the main file.

HD Lava for Dawnguard (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Solstheim Landscape Overhaul HD (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Real Snow HD 2k (optional)

Download and install:
Real Snow HD 2k
Real Snow HD Windhelm Bridge Snow Texture

Just Ice (optional)

Download and install:
Just Ice 4k

Clay Deposits HD (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Fences of Skyrim (optional)

Download and install:
Fences of Skyrim – Weathered Edition 2K

Astral Aspects – Standing Stones (optional)

Download and install:
Astral Aspect – 2K – 1.4

Stunning Statues of Skyrim (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:

  • Choose whichever options you want.
  • Keep in mind that high-poly meshes may have a performance impact.
  • Select either 4K or 2K textures.

High Poly Pebbles (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Skyrim Improved Puddles (optional)

Download and install the main file.


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You can ESL-ify SkyrimImprovedPuddles-DG-HF-DB.esp (instructions). This is optional.

Skyrim 3D Icefloes (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Sea of Ghosts 3D Icefloes (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Skyrim 3D High Hrothgar Steps (optional)

Download and install the main file.

5.3 Architecture

The Streets of Whiterun in HD (optional)

Download and install:
The Streets of Whiterun in HD – 2k Mossier

Riften in High Definition (optional)

Download and install:
Riften in High Definition 2K

Windhelm Enhanced – HD 4k Metalwork (optional)

Download and install:
Windhelm Enhanced Metalwork 2k


Additional instructions:
Run the textures through SSE Asset Optimizer (instructions).

RUSTIC MONUMENTS AND TOMBSTONES (optional)

Download and install the main file.


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HQ Solitude (optional)

Download and install:
HQ Solitude – 2K

Frankly HD Markarth – The White City Redux (optional)

Download and install:
Frankly HD Markarth – The White City Redux _2K_1.1


FOMOD instructions:
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Pfuscher’s Manhole Texture (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Skyrim Textures Redone – High Hrothgar (optional)

Download and install:
STR – High Hrothgar 2K

Chantry College of Winterhold (optional)

Download and install:
Chantry CoW 2.0 – 2k Textures (here)
Chantry CoW – Ft. DG Friendly – 2k (here)
Chantry CoW 2.0 LOD (here)

Be sure to download from the links added to each file. They were edited and uploaded by Shiva182 to include mipmaps. Don’t forgot to give them kudos and endorse the original mod.

Sovngarde HD 2k (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Dawnguard Fortress Improved (optional)

Download and install the main file.

CC’s Castle Volkihar Reborn (optional)

Download and install:
CC’s Castle Volkihar Reborn – 2K – 2.0

Arri’s Snow Elf Ruins Retexture (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Real 3D Walls (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Skyrim 3D Signs (optional)

Download and install the main file.


Additional instructions:
You can ESL-ify S3DSigns.esp (instructions). This is optional.

SkyFix – HD Blacksmith Signs (optional)

Download and install the main file.

HD Farmhouse by MystiriousDawn (optional)

Download and install:
Alternate Farmhouse Textures

RUSTIC EAST EMPIRE COMPANY SIGNAGE (optional)

Download and install one of the main files.

Ennead – Shadowmarks (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Training Dummies Retexture (optional)

Download and install:
Training Dummies 2k Texture Replacer
Rain Barrel Fix and Retexture

5.4 Caves & Dungeons

Underground – A Dungeon Texture Overhaul

Download and install:
Underground FOMOD
Helgen Fix

Warning: Mod Organizer 2 occasionally messes up large files like this one. I recommend downloading and installing this mod’s main file manually, then moving the file into your downloads directory (ARCHIVE). Refresh MO2 (F5) and it will show up in the Downloads tab.


FOMOD instructions:
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Gecko’s Dwarven Ruins Textures (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Ruins Clutter Improved

Download and install:
Ruins_Clutter_Improved_SE_NMM_v3-1
Falmer Temple Chandelier
Ruins Linen Normal Map Fix SE


FOMOD instructions:
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Ruins Clutter Improved – Fixes

Download and install the main file.

Ancient Dwemer Metal (optional)

Download and install:
Ancient Dwemer Metal 2K


Porting instructions:
Run the mod through SSE Assets Optimizer (instructions).

CC’s Enhanced Ore Veins (optional)

Download and install:
Enhanced Ore Veins – 2K – 6.3

Apparently the iron ore vein textures in 6.3 are bugged so if you have 6.2 lying around, rather install that.


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Realistic HD Ores Remastered (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Realistic HD Ingots Remastered (optional)

Download and install the main file.

RUSTIC WORD WALLS (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC WORD WALLS 2K

RUSTIC NORDIC MURALS (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC NORDIC MURALS 2K

Ancient Pottery (optional)

Download and install the main file.

ElSopa HD – Realistic Dark Elf Urns (optional)

Download and install:
HD Dark Elf Urns 2k

WEBS (optional)

Download and install:
WEBS SE x2048
WEBS SE lighting mod patch

5.5 Interiors

RUSTIC WINDOWS (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC WINDOWS – Special Edition – 2K

Ennead – Banners (optional)

Download and install:
Ennead – Banners 2K

You can also add some of the Miscellaneous Files if you like (they are texture variants).

PELTAPALOOZA (optional)

Download and install:
PELTAPALOOZA Special Edition – FULL

RUGNAROK (optional)

Download and install:
RUGNAROK – Special Edition – 2K

Skyrim 3D Cooking (optional)

Download and install the main file.

RUSTIC ALCHEMY AND ENCHANTING TABLES (optional)

Download and install:
Retex of Revamped Alchemy Lab HD – 2K

Rens HD Shrines (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
Choose the options you like.

5.6 Clutter

Forgotten Retex Project

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Aetherial Crown by Saerileth – Plugin Replacer

Download and install the main file.

RUSTIC CLUTTER COLLECTION (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC CLUTTER COLLECTION – Special Edition – 2K

Rudy HQ – Miscellaneous (optional)

Download and install:
Rudy HQ – Misc SE – The Rest

Note: No, you don’t need to download the STAC Patch. It’s made for the Imperial Candles component of Rudy HQ which we are not using.

Medieval Silverworks (optional)

Download and install:
Medieval Silverworks
Medieval Silverworks STAC Patch

Book Covers Skyrim (BCS)

Download and install:
Book Covers Skyrim SE – Desaturated


Compatibility – The Choice Is Yours
There is a patch for BCS on the TCIY mod page, fixing conflicts for four records. You don’t need it. It’s included in the Conflict Resolution Patch for the VISUALS module.

MAPS (optional)

Download and install:
MAPS 2K

Business Ledger HD Retexture (optional)

Download and install the main file.

JS Dragon Claws (optional)

Download and install:
1k Textures

JS Dragon Claws – Patches (optional)

Download and install:
JS Dragon Claws – Amethyst Patch

RUSTIC SOULGEMS (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC SOULGEMS – FOMOD


FOMOD instructions:
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RUSTIC AZURA’S STAR (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC AZURA’S STAR – SSE – 2K

ElSopa HD – Meridia’s Beacon (optional)

Download and install:
1K HD Meridias Beacon

RUSTIC ELDERSCROLL (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC ELDERSCROLL – Special Edition – 2K
ELDERSCROLL SSE – FX – 1K

RUSTIC ANIMATED POTIONS AND POISONS (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC ANIMATED POTIONS and POISONS 1K
SSE Meshes

BLOODSTONE CHALLICE REBORN (optional)

Download and install:
BLOODSTONE CHALICE REBORN 1K


Additional instructions:

  • Run the loose files through SSE Assets Optimizer (instructions).
5.7 Food & Ingredients

High Quality Food and Ingredients (optional)

Download and install the main file.


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Medieval Spirits (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Boiled Cream Treat, Sweet Roll and Pies (optional)

Download and install:
Sweet Roll Boiled Creme Treat and Pie
MeatPie

Honey Pot (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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OH GOD BEES (optional)

Download and install:
OH GOD BEES – HD Textures


FOMOD instructions:
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Mammoth Cheese Retexture (optional)

Download and install one of the following files:
Mammoth Cheese Retexture 2k
LESS SLIME 2k

Realistic HD Mushrooms Remastered (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Falmer Ear and Hagraven Claw (optional)

Download and install:
Falmer Ear 1K
Hagraven Claw

HD Sabre Cat Tooth (optional)

Download and install the main file.

5.8 Equipment

RUSTIC CLOTHING

Download and install:
RUSTIC CLOTHING – Special Edition – 2K

RUSTIC ARMOR AND WEAPONS (RAW) (optional)

Download and install:
RAW SE 2K

Practical Female Armors (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Warmth – Light Armor Replacer (optional)

Download and install:
Warmth – Light Armor Replacer


FOMOD instructions:
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aMidianBorn Book of Silence – Armors

Download and install:
aMidianBorn book of silence_ARMORS


FOMOD instructions:
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Porting instructions:
Run the loose files through SSE NIF Optimizer (instructions).

aMidianBorn Blades Armor SSE Patch

Download and install the main file.

aMidianBorn Book of Silence – Weapons

Download and install:
aMidianBorn book of silence_WEAPONS


FOMOD instructions:
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aMidianBorn Book of Silence – Unique Items

Download and install:
aMidianBorn book of silence_UNIQUE ITEMS


FOMOD instructions:
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Porting instructions:
Run the loose files through SSE Asset Optimizer (instructions).


Additional instructions:

  • Double-click aMidianBorn – Unique Items in your mod order (left pane).
  • Switch to the Filetree tab.
  • Right-click the meshes folder and select New folder.
  • Name the new folder weapons.
  • Drag the staffofmagnus folder into the new weapons folder.
    • Resulting file path: meshes\weapons\staffofmagnus.

Frankly HD Silver Sword

Download and install:
UHSS – Main File Mid Res – 2k

LeanWolf’s Better Shaped Weapons

Download and install:
LeanWolfs Better-Shaped Weapons INSTALLER SE


FOMOD instructions:
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Greatsword Sheaths and Scabbards (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Unique Uniques

Download and install the main file.

Unique Uniques – Replacer Plugin

Download and install the main file.

aMidianBorn Blade of Woe (optional)

Download and install the main file.


Porting instructions:
Run the loose files through SSE Assets Optimizer (instructions).

Frankly HD Miraak

Download and install:
Frankly HD Miraak 1.0
Frankly HD Miraak HOTFIX 1.11


FOMOD instructions:
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Masks of the Dovah Sonaak (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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CC’s HQ Guard Shields (optional)

Download and install:
CC’s HQ Guard Shields SSE – 2K – 2.0.1


FOMOD instructions:
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Falmer Weapons for aMidianBorn Book of Silence (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Remiros’ Ancient Falmer Armor HD (optional)

Download and install the main file.


Additional instructions:

Resize the armor’s textures to 2k down from 4k.

  • Launch Ordenador – Optimizer Textures (one of the utilities installed during the Core setup).
  • Click the little folder icon under PlugIn/Data Files.
  • Point the application to Your Modding Folder/mods/Remiros' Ancient Falmer Armor HD/textures.
  • Make sure Resize down is ticked and set to If > 2048, then hit start.
  • Click No when asked to enable backups.
  • Hit Done once the process is completed and close Ordenador.

Elven Weapons for Silence (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Ebony Weapons 2017 Retexture (optional)

Download and install:
Super Ultimate Lore-Friendly Ebony Raised Emblems Extra Grunge Retexture 2K Remake
Cactus Ebony – Better Shaped Weapons Quiver


Porting instructions:
Run the loose files through SSE Assets Optimizer (instructions).

Dragonbone Mastery (optional)

Download and install one of the following files:
Dragonbone Mastery – WITH Engravings
Dragonbone Mastery – WITHOUT Engravings


FOMOD instructions:
Choose whatever you want.

Remiros’ Dawnbreaker HD (optional)

Download and install one of the following files:
Remiros’ Dawnbreaker HD
Remiros’ Dawnbreaker HD – Vanilla Colors


Additional instructions:

Resize the sword’s textures to 2k down from 4k.

  • Launch Ordenador – Optimizer Textures (one of the utilities installed during the Core setup).
  • Click the little folder icon under PlugIn/Data Files.
  • Point the application to Your Modding Folder/mods/Remiros' Dawnbreaker HD/textures.
  • Make sure Resize down is ticked and set to If > 2048, then hit start.
  • Click No when asked to enable backups.
  • Hit Done once the process is completed and close Ordenador.

aMidianBorn Stormcloak Officer Armour (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Frankly HD Imperial Armor and Weapons

Download and install:
Frankly HD Imperial Armor And Weapons 2k
Frankly HD Imperial Armor And Weapons – Leanwolf Better Shaped Weapons Patch
Frankly HD Imperial Armor And Weapons – Sleeves and Pants Edition


Additional instructions:
You can ESL-ify FranklyHDImperialWeaponsAndArmor.esp (instructions). This is optional.

Frankly HD Thieves Guild Armor (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Frankly HD Nightingale Armor and Weapons (optional)

Download and install:
Frankly HD Nightingale Armor and Weapons 1.1
Frankly HD Nightingale LeanWolfs Better-Shaped Weapons and Dual Sheath Redux Patch


FOMOD instructions:
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Frankly HD Dawnguard Armor and Weapons (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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CL’s Lord Harkon’s Vampire Blade (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Outlandish Stalhrim (optional)

Download and install:
Outlandish Stalhrim SSE
Outlandish Stalhrim SSE – Better Shaped Weapons Patch

If you do want the vanilla blue colour back, download the Blue Cubemap file from the Miscellaneous section.

Outlandish Chitin Armour (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Gemling Queen Jewelry (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Additional instructions:
You can ESL-ify GQJ_DG_vampireamuletfix.esp (instructions). This is optional.

JS Circlet Replacer (optional)

Download and install the main file.


Additional instructions:

Resize the circlets’ textures to 1k down from 2k.

  • Launch Ordenador – Optimizer Textures (one of the utilities installed during the Core setup).
  • Click the little folder icon under PlugIn/Data Files.
  • Point the application to Your Modding Folder/mods/JS Circlet Replacer/textures.
  • Make sure Resize down is ticked and set to If > 1024, then hit start.
  • Click No when asked to enable backups.
  • Hit Done once the process is completed and close Ordenador.

JS Barenziah (optional)

Download and install:
JS Barenziah SE – 2K Textures

A different but also very beautiful retexture of Barenziah’s Crown and the stones – made by Gamwich and Saerileth – is already included in Forgotten Retex Project. You can find screenshots of it here on its original mod page.


Additional instructions:

  • Double-click JS Barenziah in your mod order.
  • Switch to the Filetree tab.
  • Right-click and hide / delete the following file:
    • JS Barenziah SE – Johnskyrim.esp
5.9 Creatures

aMidianBorn Book of Silence – Creatures (optional)

Download and install:
aMidianBorn book of silence_Creatures


FOMOD instructions:
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Bellyache’s HD Dragon Replacer Pack (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Supreme Alduin (optional)

Download and install one of the main files.


Porting instructions:
Run the assets through SSE Asset Optimizer (instructions).

RUSTIC DRAGON CORPSE (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC DRAGON CORPSE SSE – 4K

The Elder Scrolls V Rewritten – Arvak (optional)

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Additional instructions:
You can ESL-ify ORM-Arvak.esp (instructions). This is optional.

True Wolves of Skyrim (optional)

Download and install:
True Wolves of Skyrim – Replacer – 2k


FOMOD instructions:
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Porting instructions:
Run the loose files through SSE Asset Optimizer (instructions).

SABRECAT (optional)

Download and install:
Sabrecat.2k


FOMOD instructions:
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TROLL (optional)

Download and install:
TROLL.4k-2k

HAGRAVEN (optional)

Download and install:
Hagraven.2k

GIANT (optional)

Download and install:
Giant.4k-2k

MAMMOTH (optional)

Download and install:
Mammoth.4k-2k

WISPMOTHER (optional)

Download and install:
Wispmother.4x2k


FOMOD instructions:
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HD Horker (optional)

Download and install:
Horker
Rustic Horker Version from Gamwich


Porting instructions:
Run the loose files through SSE Asset Optimizer (instructions).

RUSTIC FROSTBITE SPIDER (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC FROSTBITE SPIDER SSE – 2K

RUSTIC SPRIGGAN (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC SPRIGGAN – Special Edition – 2K
RUSTIC SPRIGGAN EFFECTS

RUSTIC DAEDRA (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC DAEDRA SSE – 2K

Unique Barbas (optional)

Download and install the main file.


Additional instructions:
You can ESL-ify Unique Barbas.esp (instructions). This is optional.

Ancient Dwemer Metal (optional)

Download and install:
Ancient Automatons 2K


Porting instructions:
Run the loose files through SSE Asset Optimizer (instructions).

Vampire Lord Retexture (optional)

Download and install the main file.

RUSTIC DEATH HOUND AND GARGOYLE (optional)

Download and install:
RUSTIC DEATH HOUND AND GARGOYLE SSE – 2K

5.10 Miscellaneous

Ultimate HD Fire Effects (optional)

Download and install:
Ultimate HD Fire Effects -Ultra Version-


Additional instructions:

  • Double-click Ultimate HD Fire Effects in your mod order (left pane).
  • Switch to the Filetree tab.
  • Right-click and hide / delete the following files / folders:
    • meshes
    • textures\effects\cloudtile.dds
    • textures\effects\smokeparticles01.dds

Notes:
Yes, there is a ‘ported’ version. No, it doesn’t seem to work.
comment of the original author on the matter
reddit post on how to use at least some of the fire effects (mostly spells), source for the instructions above

Voltage (optional)

Download and install:
Voltage 2K

Deadly Spell Impact

Download and install the main file.


FOMOD instructions:
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Holy Wards

Download and install the main file.

Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Soul Gems (optional)

Download and install: Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB SE – Patch for Rustic Soulgems

Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Deathbells and Nirnroots (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Chaurus Eggs and Sacs (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Moths (optional)

Download and install the main file.

Rudy HQ – More Lights for ENB – Bthardamz (optional)

Download and install the main file.

ENB Particle Lights – Dwemer Lanterns (optional)

Download and install the main file.

ElSopa HD – Remade Better Dust Piles (optional)

Download and install one of the following files:
1K Remade HD Better Dust Piles
1K No Skull Ash Piles

JS Lockpicking UI (optional)

Download and install:
2k Textures

You can also download the Gold Skeleton Key optional file if you wish.