The Phoenix Flavour for Skyrim SE is a modding guide like many others, teaching you how to set up a certain set of tools and mods for best results. Unlike other modding guides, it contains many optional mods as well as a dedicated Customisation section.
Overall, the guide is highly accessible for modding beginners with its countless additional notes, explanations and screenshots. The less experience you have with modding Skyrim, the more important it is that you read everything carefully.
The guide was written with the assumption that most readers have little previous knowledge about modding and supplies the basics before going more in-depth. Whenever you feel confident about your knowledge in a certain area, feel free to skip ahead.
If you are unwilling to dig deep into the topic of modding Skyrim, there is always the Wabbajack option.
Anyone who does not want to or is unable to invest large amounts of time into modding Skyrim SE should look into the Wabbajack version of The Phoenix Flavour instead of the installing it manually.
Wabbajack is an auto-installer capable of “cloning” a full mod setup including all tweaks and changes to someone else’s system. It requires virtually no modding experiences and very little effort, although to automate the download process a Nexus Premium account is required.
|Advantages and Disadvantages of Wabbajack|
|The actual mod installation can be done over night with zero effort.|
|All additional instructions will take much less time to follow and complete than a full run of the Classic Guide would.|
|Since most of the process is automated, it’s unlikely that you will make a mistake that takes time to track and fix.|
|At least one month’s Nexus Premium subscription is required for Wabbajack to automatically download the files.|
|You will learn nothing about modding or utilising the required tools.|
|You will miss out on the Customisation options that the manual guide offers.|
Thanks to Lively, the official TPF Wabbajack installer now features an optional Legacy of the Dragonborn profile with full integration of the mod plus a few extras for those cannot live without the museum.
Alternatively, you can check out Elysium - A TPF Fork by TitansBane (author of Tools of Kagrenac and Reliquary of Myth) which expands the base setup with EnaiSiaion’s suite of gameplay overhauls (replacing the default TPF SimonRim setup) and Creation Club support as well as LOTD, 3DNPC, Vigilant, and more quest mods.
Regardless of whether you build the setup manually or use the Wabbajack Installer, here is what the resulting mod setup will feature:
The concept of “Vanilla plus” simply refers to a mod or mod setup that improves the existing game without attempting to turn it into something entirely different. It is a matter of preference and there are guides with different approaches out there for those who are tired of Skyrim’s core gameplay.
You can find a full list of mods here.
Please wait until after you completed the guide and tested your setup before adding more mods, otherwise you will no longer be eligible to receive support on our Discord server should you need it. We do not - and cannot - offer support for setups that are not 100% TPF. This includes Creation Club content.
The Phoenix Flavour is built using the most advanced, feature-rich mod manager out there: Mod Organizer 2, a tool vastly superior to both the outdated Nexus Mod Manager as well as the newer Vortex.
In addition to MO2, we will routinely utilise the official Creation Kit as well as SSEEdit and the Cathedral Assets Optimizer in the Classic Guide. Over its course you will be provided with detailed instructions for all these tools (and more) in order to teach you how and when to use them correctly.
This guide neither supports nor recommends LOOT. You should not use it at any point on a TPF installation.
The specs below are recommended for those looking to install all visual mods with high settings as well as 3D tree LOD through DynDOLOD and a full ENB preset. There are plenty options within the guide that allow you to lower its performance impact so that the modded game remains playable even on weaker machines.
Modded Skyrim is highly GPU-dependent. A fast card with plenty of VRAM will considerably improve performance. Installing the game on an SSD will improve load times dramatically and prevent stutter.
Free space: The full TPF installation is about 60GB large, excluding downloads (they can easily be saved to a different hard drive). Skyrim SE is another 13GB. Obviously you need to remember that your hard drive needs to have some free space left, around 20% for optimal performance.
Widescreen support: UI patches and replacers can be found in the Resources section to be installed after the main guide.
Never underestimate the impact that high monitor resolutions have on performance. I would consider my setup to be on the higher end of the mid-tier spectrum, and when playing at 1080p I can get stable 60-100 FPS everywhere. At 1440p, I notice a considerable performance impact, losing 20 FPS on average. With the amount of additional pixels to render on resolutions like 1440p and upwards, the hardware requirement does go up quite harshly. And don’t expect 60FPS when playing on 4K with ENB.
The guide includes instructions to change the game’s resolution.
On our dedicated Discord server for The Phoenix Flavour, we are providing support for the main guide as well as the Wabbajack version of TPF. We are also talking guide changes, Skyrim modding, and gaming in general. Feel free to join us here!