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About this mod

"Of the people, for the people!" A Mod List for the rest of us. Based on flexibility, fun, safety, ease of install, and popularity over personal preference. Includes two optional game settings mods that will reduce grind and free up some .esp plugin slots.

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Under what circumstances would this be useful?

1) Your load order isn't as stable as you'd hoped.
2) You feel like trying something new.
3) There's a cool mod you didn't realize you'd missed.
4) You're reinstalling Fallout 4 from scratch and could use a handy reference guide to steer you through the sea of 30,000+ mods.
5) You want to save a few plugin slots on your mod list by downloading the optional "Grind-Free Game Settings" mod that comes with this.
6) You're not interested in doing any research at all, and prefer someone to tell you exactly what to install (that isn't the goal here, but it's an option).

How is this Mod List different?

Popularity over arbitrary personal preference. Here's the approach to constructing this list:

A) Start with the top 500 mods in the Top Files section on FO4 Nexus,
B) Include only mods that have been released for at least a month,
C) See how many of them we can slot into a load order that plays well together without conflicts.

"Top Files" is ranked by most endorsements received over the past two weeks. We want to look at recent endorsements, not all-time endorsements, because there are mods that were once popular but have been superseded. And we're filtering out mods released in the past month to avoid stuff that's only going to stay in Top Files for a short while.

This makes our starting point a group of about 450 mods, the top 1.5%, that millions of users have collectively agreed are the best ones, instead of some arbitrary list a random dude on the internet patched together containing mods you've never heard of.

A good portion of these mods overlap (e.g. we can only choose one female body texture), so next we'll prune the list for bugs, compatibility, and flexibility.

Excluding optional face/body presets, this will leave us with a final list of about 250 mods, occupying close to 185 non .esl plugin slots. Sample load order is here. Your actual load order will vary with customization preferences.

Flexibility: No "my way or the highway". Nearly all of this list is optional. You can generally include or exclude whatever you want. You aren't forced into frameworks, and if you don't like the first option presented, a backup is offered where feasible. There's plenty of room left at the end to add your own mods and personalize it.

Safety & Compatibility: EVERY SINGLE LINE in the plugin record of EVERY SINGLE MOD on this list is verified to ensure not only that it won't bork your game, but that it's not going to create a problematic conflict with other mods on the list. When in doubt, it gets left out. This is not one of those lists where someone throws together a bunch of big mods that sound cool without ever looking under the hood at what's actually in there or how they interact.

Fun: You're not still playing Fallout 4 for the main story, are you? This list has some options to avoid grind, double the amount of playable content, and crank up the exhilaration factor. Although you're welcome to do so, we're not excluding any Top 500 mods on Nexus just because they have the 'adult' tag. If that means we're heavier on guns, boobs, and carnage than most, so be it. "Of the people, for the people!"

Easy install: No "compatibility patch hell', and unless otherwise noted below, install in whatever order you want.

Why publish this?

Mod Packs. Not a fan, but I view opposing them the same way I view abstinence-only sex education. Nexus is indirectly monetizing Mod Packs, people have published some problematic ones, and a non-zero percentage of users are downloading them. Besides or instead of complaining, let's give folks more options for safe mod lists so they aren't saddled with a conflict and CTD-ridden load order.



I figure maybe if I publish a Mod List, a more qualified mod author(s) may see it and realize they can do better. If experienced mod authors start publishing Mod Lists, it might help fend off the plethora of broken Mod Packs to come, and maybe we'll get harassed less about our Fallout 4 mods breaking Skyrim (kidding... okay half-kidding).

What are your qualifications to make a Mod List?

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Aren't there already other Mod Lists for Fallout 4?

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What are the mod criteria for this list?

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What is a Mod Pack?

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Can I use this Mod List to create a Mod Pack?

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What are best practices when installing Fallout 4 mods?

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Why is there a download here? Isn't this just a list?

Nexus requires that a file be attached in order to publish, so I decided to make something useful:

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So with that out of the way....


Install whatever you want, in whatever order you want (unless noted otherwise). Then run LOOT to sort your plugins unless sorting is already built into your mod manager (e.g. Vortex). Then make any manual adjustments to load order that you feel best suit your personal tastes.

If you don't trust LOOT, a sample load order is provided here. This sample load order assumes you installed every mod on the list that contained a plugin file. In cases where there was more than one option and you were only supposed to choose one, it assumes you chose the first option presented. There are notes at the bottom of the load order document providing more detail.

Categories below are generally sorted in order of popularity, as measured by endorsements, except Weapons and Armor are listed last. Also, any mods requiring the Fallout 4 Script Extender are listed in their own category at the very bottom of the page.

Appearance - Body Shape

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Appearance - Specific BodySlide Presets

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Appearance - Body Textures

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Appearance - Face

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Appearance - Hair

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Appearance - General NPC's

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Appearance - Companion NPC's

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NPC Functionality

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Bug Fixes

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User Interface (non F4SE)

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Maps

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Settlement Building

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Gameplay Options to Minimize Grind and Increase Immersion

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Faction Overhauls

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Multi-Follower Mods

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Custom Companions

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Quests & Adventures

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Radio Stations

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Audio Sound Effects

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Animation

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Weather

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Landscape

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Interior Lighting

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Exterior Lighting & Night Sky

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Water
 
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Visuals & Textures

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Modding Utilities

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Weapons

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Armor & Clothing – Standalone

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Armor & Clothing – Slutty Standalone
 
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Armor & Clothing – Slutty Replacer Overhaul

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Armor & Clothing – Slutty Replacer Specific Outfits

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Sex Mods

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Omissions

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Hidden Gems and New Releases

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Mods Requiring Fallout 4 Script Extender

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Questions, Comments?

Mod suggestions welcome. Feel free to leave a post in the comments section.

One rule though: no trash talking other mods or mod authors. If a mod is not on the list, it's likely there's a reason. I'm not going to talk negatively about anyone else's work here, and as this isn't Reddit, will generally expect the same from anyone posting in the comments.

Keep it factual and constructive. If I don't respond to a comment, it's possibly because I'd rather not publicly mention the characteristics some particular mod has that are excluding it from the list.

Credits

Thanks Sacremas, BethraMahaut, Boethiah, Bludmarine, Kain, and everyone on Project Valkyrie Discord Server who helped proof the list. And especially thank you to all the mod authors for the wonderful mods!