FAQ


Q: What are the requirements for this mod?
A: You need:
> Legitimate copy of Skyrim
> Skyrim Script Extender versions 1.7.0 or higher

Optional Plugins:
* Dawnguard
* Dragonborn
* SkyUI
* Jills of Akatosh

Q: Will you include species from -insert dragon mod here-?
A: Unfortunately, getting permission from Deadly Dragons, Behemoth, and other mods has been unfruitful. I will not add them in for now.

Q: The mod doesn't work at all, I’m not getting any spells, no working hotkeys, etc.
A: Make sure you have the .esp enabled. If you don’t know what this means, search for various modding guides on the Nexus.
Also, if you installed the mod in the middle of a game, make a save and reload.

Q: Why can’t I fly?
A: You need the latest SKSE for flying, since the Skyrim 1.6 patch became final, SKSE Papyrus support became final, too.

Q: I have SKSE installed, but the mod still doesn't work.
A: Make sure you have launched the game using the "SKSE Loader". Type “getskseversion” into the console if you are receiving errors.
If you still have problems, clearly you haven't installed it correctly because it works for the majority of people. I know this answer is frustrating, but you will have to go back and retrace your steps. Do you have the version of SKSE downloaded from the link? Did you launch the game with the SKSE loader? Do you have a mod conflict? Did you install the mod correctly in the first place?

Q: Why is my dragon tangled up and/or floating above the ground?
A: If you chose a scale other than “Normal,” there are collision detection issues with unusually sized dragons and in cramped spaces. Choose “Normal” to avoid this issue.

Q: Why does my dragon turn transparent at certain camera angles?
A: That is a vanilla game quirk that happens in human form if you look up 90 degrees, but it's more noticeable with a large dragon.

Q: Why is the dragon's head pointing the wrong direction? I can't aim!
A: If you enable headtracking in the MCM menu, then sometimes the dragon will be looking at far objects. It is disabled by default, so go into your MCM and disable. If you don’t have SkyUI, then look at the list of Global Variables to change the settings manually.

Q: Why aren't you using the actual hover and land animations? That seems obvious to do...
A: It's much easier said than done. For some reason, certain animations teleport you as a dragon to random positions on the map and the screen turns blue, likely causing CTDs. I think it’s because AI behaviour is hardcoded into the animations and was not designed for player control. The only workaround is to go into first-person, enable AI behaviour for the player, play the animation, then restore control to the player. It works swimmingly most of the time.

Q: Why are NPCs pushing me around like I'm weightless? I'm a dragon, for goodness sake!
A: Because you're the player. Noticed how followers and dogs will push you aside, but you can't displace them, much to your chagrin? The rules are no different when you're a dragon, and it's just a part of the game engine's mechanics. If you ever want payback, ride a horse into a dragon. It's pretty funny.

Q: Can you make people not hostile to me as a dragon?
A: No, it's an intentional game feature.

Q: Why am I slower than NPC dragons?
A: When you fly as the player, your computer is forced to load the vast scenery that surrounds you quickly. This takes a lot of processing power, and since most of us don't use supercomputers, we have to fly slowly to give the game time to load the surroundings and prevent CTDs. The AI dragons don't have to load surroundings for them to see, so they can fly as fast as they please.

Q: Why do I get a CTD everytime I try to start flying?
A: It’s likely your computer is unable to process the script fast enough, or you haven’t uninstalled an old version cleanly.
You can try a small workaround, requiring the CK and code digging.
- Run in CK the Papyrus Script Manager, found under “Gameplay” tab.
- Open FDRscriptflying in Papyrus
- Find “OnEffectStart”
- Find “wait(1)” and increase the number to 2
- Save the script, then return to the Script Manager. Right click the script and click “Compile.”
What this does is give the script more time to execute the commands. Hopefully it works.

Q: Does this mod support controllers?
A: Possibly; you need SkyUI's MCM menu to set the controls. For the elevate key, set it to your jump key.

Q: Why is my body invisible when I transform back?
A: Somehow the script is not running to completion. Normally this is due to improper installation/uninstallation. The instructions are available on the description page and in the Readme. This is all I can offer, as I test the mod on a new savegame, and modding your own game is your responsibility.

Q: Why is the camera zoomed out even though I'm not in dragon form?
A: There's an issue where if you're currently a dragon and you load another save that never had Burning Skies installed, the camera does not revert properly. Sometimes data from the last save will transfer over in the same gaming session. I'm not sure if there's a fix for this because camera settings are .ini settings that apply universally to all saves, and loading a new save without the mod means the proper scripts have not initialized, and thus they can't fix the camera. If you want to play on the clean save, you'll have to quit the game and reload.

Q: Which mods are compatible/incompatible?
A: Most mods are compatible with FDR. Instead of asking me to test it, you will have to test it yourself. If you find any incompatibilities, please post it in the thread: Incompatibilities Thread

Q: I don't have an MCM menu!
A: Sometimes the mod fails to initialize. All I can suggest is reload the save, or restart the game and load again. Reboot your computer too, since code/memory can go awry (yes I'm serious, once the mod kept failing to start during testing and when I tried to save, it said my "save was corrupted and could not be loaded"; after a reboot it was fine)

If reloading fails, it's possible you just got unlucky. You can look at this post and see if it helps:
http://forums.nexusmods.com/index.php?/topic/939953-mcm-skyrim-20-blank-menu-bug/#entry7596327

Q: Can I change controls?
A: Yes you can! Actually, you can change more than just controls. If you have SkyUI version 2 or higher, there’s an MCM menu for ease of use.


Changing Controls

If you don’t have SkyUI, the controls are stored as globals and you can change them ingame via console, preferably while untransformed. The basic command is:

set GlobalVariable to #

GlobalVariable must be one of the following:

FDRdragonracenumber (The # ranges 0 - 8, each number a different species)
FDRdragonscalesize (0 is small, 1 is normal and 2 is large)
FDRdragonshouttype (0 is fire, 1 is frost)


For the keys, the # has to be a two or three digit number which represents a key. Here is the list of corresponding key and numerical values: Check DXScanCodes

FDRkeyFly (Start and stop flying)
FDRkeyTransform (Hotkey for transformation; can be disabled)
FDRkeyConstant (Old Flying Method only)
FDRkeyForward
FDRkeyLeft
FDRkeyRight
FDRkeyBackwards
FDRkeyUp
FDRkeyDown
FDRkeyRoar
FDRkeySlow (Does not work)

FDRflyingmethod (0 is old, 1 is new)
FDRenableTransformKey (0 is disabled, 1 is enabled)
FDRenableCamera (0 is disabled, 1 is enabled)
FDRenableVoices (0 is disabled, 1 is enabled)
FDRenableHeadtracking (you get the point)

Save and reload if you want all the changes to take effect.
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For older versions (3.0.2 and below), these are the keyglobals:

blubbecomedragonhumanfastkey ;hotkey become a dragon
blubconstantflyingforwardkey ;hotkey flying constantly forward
blubflyingforwardkey ;hotkey flying forward
blubflyingstartstopkey ;hotkey to start/stop flying
blubflyingupkey ;hotkey flying up
blubflyingdownkey
blubflyingbackwardskey
blubflyingleftkey
blubflyingrightkey
blubflyingslowkey
blubroarkey ;hotkey to roar ^^
I hope this helps.

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11 comments

  1. wolvesanddragons
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    Help! I've looked everywhere in the FAQ, but I can't seem to fix this problem! The mod worked at first, but after I closed the game and started it up again I couldn't even use the spell! Whenever I clicked on the turn into a dragon spell and pressed Z nothing happened. I have no idea what went wrong because I have SKSE like you said, the latest version too. I always open Skyrim (SKSE) instead of vanilla so that the mods can work. I also have SkyUI and since that needs SKSE to run as well and it is working 100% fine then it can't be SKSE that's causing the problem. Also I downloaded Burning Skies in Nexus Mod Manager so it should have downloaded correctly. I have tried re installing both SKSE and Burning skies, and even tried de activating it and making a clean save then activating the mod again! Now just recently, sometimes the dragon transformation actually works, but when I try to fly the game crashes even though I have SKSE. I've even attempted typing 'getskseversion' in the console and nothing happens except tell me what version of SKSE i've got! I downloaded SKSE version 1.7.2, and my Skyrim must be up to date because I got the game on Steam and Steam updates games automatically. This mod and SkyUI are the only two mods that i'm using and I do not have any DLCs. What I don't understand is how earlier it worked fine, but now it doesn't at all! What do I do? How? This mod was so much fun and I really want to use it again! I do have .esp enabled and watched a tutorial of someone installing Burning skies on Nexus mod manager to see if I did anything wrong but it still has yet to be fixed. D: I'm trying to do every solution possible on the FAQ, but one has me stumped. What is a CTD? Where is this gameplay tab? Is it in steam? What is Ck in the Papyrus script manager? Thanks.
    1. zpain572
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      CTD Is Crash To Desktop, The Gameplay Tab Is Under Settings In Skyrim, and I don't Know what CK in The Papyrus Script Manager Means.
  2. nivada13
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    Will this mod ever come over to skyrim special edition, i loved it in the normal one and endorsed it even. But now i am trying out the special edition. I have set up much of the old mods i used but this is one of the missing 2. I would really like to see it in the special edition.
  3. IGOTCHEESE
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    I have a problem where whenever I take off, the game crashes. this mod has worked for years now. I am playing the game as a modded race. here is a list of all the mods I have:

    Race compatibility
    SkyUI
    brawlbug plugin
    headtracking
    dragon lovers sea dragon package reborn
    baby dragons
    tyantis
    ultimate dragon riding
    halls of dovahdor
    Nidthogg dragon
    animated dragon wings
    real flying
    FNIS behavior
    dragon third person camera correction
    tamriel online
    flying mod beta
    SKSE
    burn freeze shock effects.
    Drakian dragonkin race
    a dragons respect
    friendly dragons
    diverse dragon collection
    great wyrms
    rex the pet dragon
    mega dragons
    summonable female dragon follower
    barenziah quest markers
    jaxzon's map markers
    dollo the legendary dragon follower
    jills of akatosh
    dad jokes
    flying ring

    PLEASE help me. none of these mods show up on the incompatabilities list and I don't know what to do. I love this mod so much, so please help me. otherwise i have done everything I can.
  4. KIEdekka
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    so I installed the mod, ran it, and blew away a few dozen guards. closed out of the game, added third person camera fix, and now I can't aim the fire breath down. Was it a glitch that I could at first?
  5. WolffHardiker
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    Okay so i have had this mod for only a month but i recently got an MSI laptop and since i got this laptop, every time i try and take off, i get flung and the screen turns blue with the message "You cannot go that way" Any idea why i cant fly without it doing this? i installed SKSE and Sky UI but it still does this

    Please help!
  6. PR07
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    "- Open FDRscriptflying in Papyrus"

    Where is this precisely located?
  7. Will2365
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    The different dragon ones seem to cause random crashes some times. I killed a few bandits and then detransformed to loot. Got full then planned dump them and transform to make it faster. The only problem was I just crashed so yeah kind of blows. Otherwise great mod and love it the only other thing that sucks is the head looking at the sky when you are on the ground. Keep up the good work.
  8. Xenomorphdrone6
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    I've downloaded SSKE and installed this correctly bur for some reason when i turn into a dragon, i cant shout or fly. none of the keys but WASD works. Any help?
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