File information

Last updated

Original upload

Created by

OperatorJack and Kurpulio and RedFurryDemon

Uploaded by


Virus scan

Safe to use

About this mod

The third entry in the Magic Mechanics series, this mod adds new Oblivion-inspired visual effects and mechanics for the vanilla detection magic effects, as well as adds 7 new magic effects. It integrates those effects into new spells and distributes them in-game to spell vendors. It does all of this without requiring an ESP.

Permissions and credits
Magic Mechanics - Enhanced Detection
By: OperatorJack, Kurpulio and RedFurryDemon

Click here for a video of the new VFX update!

- Morrowind
- Tribunal
- Bloodmoon
- MGE XE 0.10.1
- MWSE 2.1+
- Magicka Expanded 1.31+

This mod requires the most recently nightly build of MWSE. Please be sure to run the mwse-update.exe before playing this mod. If your MWSE build is not from January 22, 2020 or newer, you will receive errors.

This mod requires the Magicka Expanded base package, version 1.31 or newer.

This mod adds new Oblivion-inspired visual effects and mechanics for the vanilla detection magic effects, as well as adds 7 new magic effects. It integrates those effects into new spells and distributes them in-game to spell vendors. It does all of this without requiring an ESP. 

The following vanilla magic effects now have new visual effects and mechanics:
- Detect Animal
- Detect Enchantment
- Detect Key

The following new magic effects use the new visual effects and mechanics:
- Detect Automaton
- Detect Daedra
- Detect Dead
- Detect Door
- Detect Humanoid
- Detect Trap
- Detect Undead

Each of these magic effects have the following new mechanic. Whenever you cast a spell containing the detection effect, the type for the effect will be looked for, using the magnitude (distance) of the spell effect. If the type (automaton, daedra, door, etc.,) is found, the new visual effects are shown for them. If the move out of range of the spell, you change cells, or some number of other things happens, the visual effect is removed. For example, if you cast a spell containing "Detect Key", any keys within range of the spell will now have the new visual effects attached to them! Depending on the spell effect, this can be useful in quests, looting, escaping dungeons, etc.

The new visual effects have unique properties. Each magic effect has its own visual effects. These visual effects (VFX) will show through walls, floors, and any other objects. These VFX are performance friendly and you should notice no FPS impact from this mod. As of version 1.2, these VFX will also fade-in and fade-out depending on your distance to the VFX. If you get very close to the object, the VFX will fade-out so you can better see it. This helps prevent your screen from being too croweded.

The new mechanics and VFX also apply to enchantments, powers, abilities, and any other magic-related scroll that uses the detection magic effects.

The new magic effects are available through the addition of over a dozen new spells. These spells are available at various vendors just like any vanilla spell would be. 

This mod is provided via a BAIN installer consisting of 3 components:
00 - Core
  • The base mod. This includes the new effects, spells, and VFX. This is required.
01 - Cast VFX
  • Additional VFX. This includes more VFX that replacing the default Mysticism hit and casting VFX for the detection effects. This is optional.
02 - Alternate VFX
  • If you prefer a minimalist view, use these alternative VFX. This is optional.
03 - Nvidia VFX
  • These VFX are designed for Nvidia graphics card and have higher quality effects and visuals. However, these VFX do not have the fade-in / fade-out ability that the normal VFX do. If you used this mod before the Nvidia component was introduced, this was the VFX previously in 00 - Core. This is optional.

This mod IS NOT compatible with OpenMW, at least until support for MWSE mods is added.

Magic Mechanics Mod Series
The Magic Mechanics mod series is a collection of mods that expand, improve and alter the vanilla Morrowind magic system in various ways. Mods in this series start with the abbreviation "MM" in their titles. To view all of the mods currently in the series, take a look at the series documentation on GitHub!

MWSE-Lua code may be used for any purpose for Morrowind. Please do not use it for other games. Please credit OperatorJack as the original author of any code.

Otherwise, this mod or its contents may not be used without contacting the authors first. This was a team effort. Please contact us before using a given resource. 

Use the provided BAIN installer in a mod management tool to install the desired components.

If you are upgrading from a previous version, please fully uninstall the meshes and texture files before upgrading. You do not need to launch Morrowind while uninstalling. Just delete the old files and then install the new ones. 

Use a mod management tool to remove any installed files from your mod directory.

- OperatorJack for initially creating the mod and all scripting / mechanics.
- Kurpulio for designing and creating the unique VFX, casting VFX and hit VFX. He also worked to make them compatible across multiple graphics card types.
- RedFurryDemon for creating the base VFX sigil textures used by Kurpulio, creating the spells, integrating those spells with NPCs, testing, and many other things.

- Melchior Darhk for his help with some textures.
- EJ-12 for his help and advice on particles and meshes.
- Greatness7 and the other people over on the Morrowind Modding Discord.