Skyrim Special Edition

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Crafting now requires appropriate tools. Best used in conjunction with Survival mods.

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I began a new playthrough, and remembered how it was weird that I could just use any crafting station without having the tools for it. So I went ahead and decided to update one of my old mods, Crafting Requires Tools. This mod is better used in conjonction with Survival and Immersion mods, such as Chesko's mods, etc.

Now, if you want to be able to Smith or Temper, a blacksmith hammer will be required. If you want to brew potions, you will need a mortar and pestle. If you want to use a tanning rack, a dagger will be required. You will need a wooden ladle if you want to cook something. Smelting will require a shovel, and if you want to be a lumberjack, a hook will be necessary (you should use a mod like Usable Sawmills by lojames, even though this is not necessary for this mod to run).

Need a tool but don't know where to get it? You can buy them from relevant NPCs in the world - even from mods.

  • Pickaxes can be bought from miners
  • Axes and hooks can be bought from any lumberjack
  • Shovels can be bought from farmers and blacksmithes
  • Blacksmith hammers can be bought from blacksmithes
  • Ladles can be bought from inn owners
  • Mortars and pestles can be bought from alchemists in shops.

Just select the appropriate topic option (not from the vendor menu).

One of the issues with my mod's previous version was that it wasn't detecting other daggers and tools from other mods. Now it does: equip any dagger in your inventory, and it will be added to the list of compatible daggers.

Currently, the mod doesn't detect Mortars and Pestles from other mods - it would require SKSE64.

Install this mod using NMM or Mod Manager, or any other software you usually use. If installing manually, drop all files in your Skyrim/DATA folder and activate the mod.


Delete all files related to this mod.


  • An updated version of Skyrim is required.


The mortar and pestle model has been used from Modder's Resource Pack. I modified it to add Havok physic so it could be used as an inventory item.

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