File information

Last updated

Original upload

Created by


Uploaded by


Virus scan

Some files not scanned

About this mod

A comprehensive fantasy style landscape overhaul for Skyrim featuring dead and living trees and new forested areas. Updated 12/5/18 with many fixes, new forested areas, and 3D LODs for DynDOLOD

Permissions and credits
Dark Forests of Skyrim

by mobiusbelmont

This mod is a comprehensive, dark fantasy style, landscape overhaul for Skyrim.  The landscape will look VERY different and this mod will breathe new life to your game. 

DFOS features include over 4000 hand placed flora (trees, shrubs, mushrooms, etc).  Also available are billboards for LOD generation, 3D LODs for DynDOLOD as of version 3.0, patch for Skyrim Flora Overhaul 2.6, and performance textures

Thanks to Jindo Skyrim for this preview with Enhanced Vanilla Trees

The models used in this mod are resources from the Nexus.  Some were altered in nifskope by me to create some variety among the dead tree models available. 


See the bottom of the page for the authors of some great resources used to make this mod.  Please consider donating to these amazing and talented artists.


This mod does NOT change vanilla trees and is therefore compatible with Skyrim Flora Overhaul, Enhanced Vanilla Trees, Dark Fantasy Overhaul, and any other mod that changes vanilla trees.

Thanks to Hodilton for this preview

This mod makes the following changes:

Adds over 1000 hand placed dead pines to mountain areas, forests, and snow covered areas.  
UPDATED 12/30 with better textures thanks to Zhoulia Please drop her an endorsement

The Rift has added dead and living aspen type trees, while pines in the interior have been removed.    Ground fog has also been added to many areas of The Rift

Eastmarch hot springs now have more dead trees, living aspens near the forest edge, more grass near Witchmist Grove, and a GIANT mushroom forest

Whiterun plains are still open and grassy with living and dead trees added to areas of interest,farms, and the entire area of Rorikstead is now a living and vibrant oasis

The Reach is filled with over 20 types of dead trees, colorful aspens, twisted and tall juniper trees, and large cedar pines.  A Forest of giant redwood trees now stretches from south of Dragonbridge to the Crabber's Shanty

Haafingar has Tamu75 aspens along the waterways, more dead trees in the forest and a few unique groves of pine trees.  Hundreds of pines have been added to the forests as of v2.7

Hjaalmarch swamps many types of dead and petrified pine and reach trees and a few mushrooms

Pine Forests in Falkreath and near Riverwood feature Cyrodiil type aspens, dead trees, and small juniper pines.  Hundreds of additional pines have been added as of v2.7



This mod adds thousands of hand placed trees and flora to Skyrim, and its impossible to make this compatible with every single player home or other mod which adds static objects.  if you have a tree growing through your house or town, please just delete it with the command console

This mod is compatible with Enhanced Vanilla Trees!  3-D LODS are now available in the optional download section

This mod is compatible with Skyrim Flora Overhaul.  A patch for SFO is available in the optional download section.  Install the patch after installing SFO and Dark Forests Of Skyrim

Technically any tree or landscape overhaul with be compatible with Dark Forests if those overhauls have billboards and that you use either program above to generate LOD.  If the mods you are combining with DFOS add objects or trees you may have some clipping, that can remedied with the 'disable' feature in the command console.  

If you want to mix and match landscape overhauls you will need to generate tree LOD using DynDOLOD or TES5LODGen.  Patches are available for various combinations of tree mods for the old version, so users who do not want to use either program must use the old version


Install ONLY ONE MAIN file:

Loose files

bsa archive version

Core files plus billboards (must run DynDOLOD or TES5LODGen)

- SFO users install the patch after installing SFO and then DFOS

- Performance textures available, install after installing one of the main files

- 3D LODs for DynDOLOD users are now available for over 250 trees.  Download the file in the optional section

REMINDER for TES5LODGen and DynDOLOD users :  If you want to combine other landscape or tree overhauls with Dark Forests, then you must have billboards for the corresponding mods.  Make sure to install the vanilla billboards first, then install all other billboards IN THE SAME ORDER THAT YOU INSTALLED THE TREE MODS.  Once billboards are installed, then use TES5LODGen to generate LOD for trees.  

Please see the very detailed and specific instructions for DynDOLOD on the DynDOLOD page.  

ERROR GENERATING TREE LOD?  if you are getting error messages about the tree atlas being full, you'll need to delete some billboards OR use lower resolution vanilla billboards (they are on the TES5LODGen page).  You can also optimize the size of the billboards (and reduce the size as well) using Ordenador (available on the Nexus).   The tree atlas can only hold so many trees and not every tree will fit.  Larger size billboards (higher resolution) will take up more space too

Recommended ENB presets for spooky and dark Skyrim

- any preset by LaBeatbeatbox
- Grim and Somber ENBs
- Otherworld ENB
- Bloodborne ENB
- Dark Eden ENB
- any preset by ChrisKley
- Trinity ENB
- Shadow ENB
- Noir ENB

Follow me on tumblr for screenshots and updates on mods I'm working on

Subscribe to my YouTube channel for previews of mods and projects I'm working on, mods I've made, and playthrough vids


2.0: initial release

2.1: reduced size of aspens for all main files to prevent pop-in effect

2.2: optimized all textures, removed problematic larger vanilla pines/reverted to vanilla sized pines, all main files now have better tree LOD that includes the giant junipers, and giant juniper billboard added to 'core plus BB' full version

2.5: removed some floating trees (including the one above bleakwind basin), removed some billboards and LOD for problematic models, added dead juniper trees to The Reach, and added about 200 more trees to all the provinces (more coming in future updates) 

hotfix for 2.5: fixed floating mushrooms in Eastmarch hot springs

2.6:   - fixed mis-matched LOD 
   - Vurt Bent Pines and other models now have 3-D LODs
   -  fixed floatin mushrooms in Eastmarch
   - added dead junipers to the Reach
   - removed and replaced some aspen models in the Rift
   - added patch for Tamu75 Alternative Aspens

2.7:- fixed mountain blocking the entrance to Mzulft
- added patch for SFO and Dark Fantasy Overhaul
- tested LOD for all trees and replaced billboards for problematic models with CK 'full lod' option
- added over 500 vanilla pines to Falkreath and Haafingar
- added more groves of unique trees
- confirmed compatibility with Skyrim Bigger Trees and added patch for vanilla Skyrim 
- re-worked some of the textures for the 3AM dead pines and the redwoods
- added aspen tree patches for vanilla Skyrim and SFO for version 2.7
- added standalone version 2.7

UPDATE 2.7:  vastly improved dead snowy pine textures added (high and low res) by Zhoulia

3.0:- fixed some bad meshes
- created missing normal maps
- added more trees all areas except Whiterun
- fixed Billboards
- added 3D LODS for use with DynDOLOD

Tamu75 for the aspens
HiltsBrandon for Aspens to Cherry Blossoms
Mentha for the More Colorful Trees resource 
Phitt for the Sheogorad resource
GKB for the lovely green tree resource
Vurt for some dead models, a few textures and the large juniper trees
3AMt for the dead pines
Elenin and Ztree for their outstanding tree resource
Zilav for the amazing billboard generator tool and TES5LODGen
Sheson for DynDOLOD