Since questions about modding guides for SSE are quite common, here’s a list of all current ones including brief summaries of what they contain. Each of them is based around a different set of core mods and/or concept, allowing you to choose yourself what you like best.

Lexy's LOTD STEP Guide

by DarkLadyLexy & her team

Guide: STEP (dev version) | Nexus (stable version)
Other links: Discord | Trello board

  • based on Legacy of the Dragonborn and OMEGA
  • load order handled with LOOT and custom rules
  • final patches provided
  • full setup covering everything
  • some mods are optional
  • actively supported and regularly updated

DarkLadyLexy’s LOTD STEP Guide is one of the oldest and most prestigious SSE modding guides, with regular updates and a team of experienced modders and mod authors, led by Lexy and her husband. As the name suggests, it is based on the popular Legacy of the Dragonborn, a DLC-sized mod that adds a museum and massive amounts of content like quests and artifacts to fill it.

Gameplay-wise the guide is based on OMEGA, an overhaul that in turn is based on Morrowloot and the concept of a deleveled world with hardcore combat. The guide also contains many survival-related mods. It is no doubt the largest and most thorough guide currently available.

YASHed Guide

by mnikjom

Guide: Nexus
Other links: Discord | Trello board

  • based on Yet Another Skyrim Hardcore Mod (YASH 2)
  • load order provided and applied manually
  • final patches provided
  • full setup covering everything
  • some mods are optional
  • actively supported and regularly updated

YASHed Guide was released quite recently – on 19/04/2019. It was written by the former author (but not original creator) of the (also very popular) Nordic Skyrim. It is based on the role-playing focused gameplay overhaul YASH 2 and covers all parts of modding Skyrim, making extensive use of the new(ish) ESP-FE plugin format and providing a final patch for all included mods. It’s worth noting that Legacy of the Dragonborn and some survival mods are also included in the YASHed Guide.

The Phoenix Flavour

by Phoenix

Guide: Nexus
Other links: Discord | Trello board

  • split up in four modules: Core, Visuals, Gameplay, Content
  • the Gameplay module is based on Morrowloot Ultimate and Wildcat
  • features a vanilla-plus approach and easy customizability
  • some mods are optional
  • load order is provided and applied using a custom loadorder.txt file for MO2
  • final patches are provided

Nordic Skyrim

by nordic0cold & mnikjom

Guide: Nexus

  • massive compilation of mods with instructions and notes
  • more a knowledge base than a modding guide
  • load order sorting and patching is up to the user
  • very few mandatory mods, most are optional and user’s choice

Nordic Skyrim was maintained and expanded by mnikjom in recent months, however he no longer has access and moved on to work on his YASHed Guide (see above). There is no Discord server for support at the moment and it is unclear if nordic0cold is returning to maintain their guide themselves once again. The future of Nordic Skyrim is quite uncertain.


by outdatedTV & the TUCO Modding Team

Guide: Nexus
Other links: Discord

  • beginner’s guide with introduction to Mod Organizer 2
  • covers setup procedures and tools required for modding Skyrim
  • establishes a base line with better graphics and essential mods
  • recommended load order provided
  • patching is up to the user
  • contains optional mods and choices

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So whats up with STEP?

For Classic Skyrim, the STEP guides are the best, period. With its upcoming update to 3.0.0, support for SSE will be added – however only for the Core component. TechAngel’s SSE guide – the 3.0 version he currently works on – will serve as expansion of the STEP Core for SSE. You can read more on this over in the STEP forums.