Pure Waters by Laast
Skyrim » Visuals and graphics
Added: 22/11/2011 - 11:01PM
Updated: 10/09/2014 - 11:52PM

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Last updated at 8:52, 11 Sep 2014 Uploaded at 8:01, 23 Nov 2011

NEW: Pure Weather. My own weather and lighting mod, fully optimized to work in combination with Pure Waters.

Also available at the Steam Workshop (#1 mod in Graphics section):
Pure Waters

This is a pure, clean, and natural water, as it should be in the cold mountains of Skyrim. This mod provides water with complete overhaul:

- Colors enhancement: natural, wild and various water colors.
- Realistic transparency: big shorelines improvement.
- Various streams: each type of water area has its own texture and flow effect.
- Reflections improvement: no more too-glassy waters.
- Underwater redone: a bit more realistic underwater.
- HD foams, rain ripples and streams: Textures included.

Textures are in 1024x1024 uncompressed (2x vanilla resolution, without compression). No FPS drop. This mod does not modify worldspace and cells, so no conflicts or CTD guaranteed.

- Advice: enable anisotropic filter x16 in your nvidia or ATI control panel (replace ingame settings).

Update 8 (March 2014):
- Better reflections.

DG or DB only versions are no more supported (not updated).

What's next?
- Various but minor improvements.

1/Uninstall or delete previous water textures to prevent conflict.
2/Extract the file in your skyrim folder.
3/Overwrite existing files.
4/Select Purewaters.esp in Data files via Skyrim launcher (or any other mods manager).
5/Be sure it's at the bottom of your load order.
It's done!

For DG/DB users: in addition to the Purewaters.esp, put PurewatersDG/DB.esp just after.

Others optional files:
If you want to use my landscape textures for water areas, especially created to fit with PW, download and extract the file in your Skyrim folder. Overwrite existing files.

You may want to backup your existing landscape textures from another textures pack. Files that will be overwrited (Data/Textures/landscape folder):

And also + in the Dirtcliffs folder

Pure Waters should be compatible with everything (except other water mods of course). I've noticed problems with some weather / lighting mods (like URWL). In this case, load Pure Waters AFTER this mod (if you load it before, my mod will not appear and you will have Vanilla water).

Climates of Tamriel may destroy soft shorelines and transparency effects of Pure Waters. Water colors can also be impacted. Other lighting mods may destroy it as well, I've not tested them all. Sadly I can't make a specific version for each weather mods...

To be clear, any mod adding more FOG in weathers will surely break Pure Waters settings and rendering. Fog and transparent water effects are not really compatible in this graphics engine, so PW will be perfect in addition to a Vanilla weather or some "soft" lighting mods, but not with heavy weather mods (unless it does not touch to fog effects). Please ask to [put a weather mod here] authors to make his mod compatible with PW (by decreasing fog amount) if you think it break PW, as I can not do anything myself (unless remove water transparency effect, but NO WAY ^^).

If you like your new water, please leave a comment and/or endorse it ;)

Rediscover Skyrim with my new gameplay mod!

Have fun,