Skyrim Special Edition

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A very complete mod list and clear install guide that covers all the basic mods required so you can install any of your own personal mods after. Includes an extra section with a list of suggested mods to make your game visually appealing and beautiful.

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This guide will cover most (if not all) mods that are main requirements for all of your future mod needs.

Anniversary Edition (AE)

IMPORTANT: CBM Guide AE now has information to prevent automatic updates and help you keep playing your game continuously while still maintaining it updated to the latest version without supporting the struggles of this Modpocalypse. I strongly suggest you take a look. The note is at the top of the guide and will permit you to find a very easy solution to have a continuous gameplay, no interuptions, until all of your prefered mods have updated. No penalties and no tricky workarounds, just easy steps that even noobs can do.

All mods which may come in conflict with the Anniversary Edition of Skyrim or with SKSE's AE version update have been marked with a red (AE). For all of these mods, I have created a seperate guide that covers all the mods that are compatible AND incompatible with the current AE version of Skyrim. I strongly suggest you head over to my CBM Guide - Anniversary Edition mod list (CBM Guide AE) for more information and notes on each mod and their compatibility with the Anniversary Edition of Skyrim.

 GOLDEN mods will have this golden badge beside their name and are officially compatible with Anniversary Edition. Most of these mods are listed in the CBM Guide AE GOLDEN section which I highly recommend.

If you see this sign, this means that this mod is a crucial mod which requires update from the author to work with the latest SKSE and/or Skyrim version. Most of these mods are listed in the SKSE popup box which appears when not compatible after an update. I suggest you check the CBM Guide AE for more information on these.

This guide took a lot of time to create and takes time to maintain and update, your encouragement is greatly appreciated.
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 Contents and introduction

    Update notes: Please see changelog above.

    Why follow this guide instead of another one?
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    What's first? (required computer specs)
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    Understanding modding, mod files and basic terms
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    Nude body mod details (CBBE, UNP, SOS, SAM)
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    IMPORTANT - Install order and overwrites are your responsibility
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    Mod color legend
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IMPORTANT - To do BEFORE you start modding (part 1 of 2, downloads and installs)
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IMPORTANT - To do BEFORE you start modding (part 2 of 2, cleaning) (AE)
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Final IMPORTANT step before modding
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Let's START modding!

Install notes:
If no installation notes are supplied, download the mod's Main file and use your mod manager for the installation. All installation or special configuration procedures will be inside an "Installation" spoiler.

Overwriting files/Load order:
With Vortex, overwriting files became a loading "before" or "after" option. When precised in the installation to "overwrite if asked to do so", this means that the mod needs to load AFTER all the previous mods. It's important to read carefully and apply the correct load order. Another important note to understand. I do not clarify every single time in which order to load a mod. Most of the times, you can simply follow my list as an installation order, but please pay close attention to the mods listed by the mod manager and use your common sense to judge on the install order if I did not mention anything about it.

VERY important for Vortex mod installations: In vortex, mods are listed in the "Mods" tab and the main ESP files are inside the "Plugins" tab. When you install a mod through vortex, MAKE SURE that the plugin, if present in the list, is ENABLED in the "Plugins" tab because sometimes, they may not be enabled for some unknown reason.

This guide's CBM-Red file
You can safely install the mods from the FOMOD installer of this guide's files tab at the end of your modding and ignore the individual downloads mentionned in this guide. I conveniently added my personal mods I convered in this guide in one installer package.

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PART 1-A (RED SECTION)

This list in the following spoiler contains the required mods for a good healthy mod-ready game.
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PART 1-B (RED-GOLD SECTION)

This section, in the spoiler below, covers specific Anniversary Edition (AE) related mods, covers Creation Club Content mods refered to CCC or CC Content.
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CREATION CLUB CONTENT (GREEN SECTION)

The mods in the following spoiler are optional.
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PART 2-A (GREEN SECTION)

Mods in the lists below, in each section's spoilers, are totally optional. PLEASE read carefully!!! Red and blue mods, from here on, are associated with previous green mods and provide critical fixes, patches or are requirements for your game to run properly with a previously installed green mod or one of the mods in part 1 (red section) above.

Player and controls
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Skin, body and hair
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Clothes, armors and weapons
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Followers, NPCs and People
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ENB effects
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Creatures, beasts and animals
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Buildings, structures and cities
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Nature, weather and environement effects
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Objects and loot
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GUI, new lands/worlds, homes, gameplay and quests
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Effects and magic
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Sounds and music
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User suggested mods
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Honorable Mentions Mod List
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PART 2-B (GREENER SECTION)


If you feel that modder in you craving for more mods, I highly suggest you head to my other mod guide, CBM Guide X, which contains another great list of mods that fill the gaps and add more life to your game.

CBM Guide X: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/56110

IMPORTANT final steps before running your new modded game

The next IMPORTANT steps are crucial to prevent possible CTDs, weird bugs or glitches in the game. I also assume that you have installed the mods and tools I mentioned before starting to mod. If you are trying to find something that seems to be missing, you probably missed installing something previously, installed different files or chose different options.

IMPORTANT - ENABLE your ESP files in the "Plugins" tab of Vortex

I am repeating it here because you may wonder why mods are not working. Just make sure that all your mods' ESP files are enabled in Vortex's "Plugins" tab. AND, to be sure, re-deploy your mods.

If you followed my guide, the following plugins need to or should be DISABLED:
• FNIS.esp

IMPORTANT - ESP files to clean with SSEEdit

Follow these instructions to clean the files listed below:

1. Open "SSEEditQuickAutoClean.exe"
2. When prompted with the list of files, make sure to check the file you want to clean.
3. Wait until it says "Quick Clean mode finished" and "Background Loader: finished".
4. Close SSEEdit

List of files to clean
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IMPORTANT - Files to delete

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IMPORTANT - Additional file modifications

You will need to make specific changes in some of the game's files. Follow the instructions in the following spoiler.
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LOOT - Sorting the mods in their propper load order

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IMPORTANT - Nemesis - Animation Building

Many animation mods have been installed up to this point but non will work properly if we do not generate the behavior files which is pretty simple to do in Nemesis.Follow the steps in the following spoiler.
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IMPORTANT - BodySlide Studio - Clothings and other Physics

AE: For now, only CBPC Physics are covered and working with the Anniversary Edition when you follow my guides.

To get those breasts and butt moving when wearing clothes, you need to BATCH BUILD using BodySlide Studio which is usually located in your games "DATA" folder under this path: "CalienteTools\BodySlide\BodySlide x64.exe". Batch building in BodySlide will also coreect some possible clipping clothes issues so this is a very important step to do for best visual. You game will NOT crash if you do not do this but you may fall on non working physics or clipping clothes. Follow the instructions in the spoiler below to Batch Build in BodySlide Studio.
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GAME IS READY TO BE PLAYED - Have fun!!!

Nothing more needs to be done. That was a long process but it is all worth it. Enjoy playing and enjoy adding more mods to have a richer Skyrim experience to your taste.

 Additional notes on specific mods that are not covered

Additionnal popular hair mods such as KS Hairdos and Apachii Hair
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Better Dynamic Snow SE (BDS)
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Opened Cities
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Weather mods
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Music mods
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Additional Player Homes
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Usefull links and other mod websites

NexusMods is, by far, the most popular and easy to go to mods website. I have listed here some other websites that offer mods that do not show up here on NexusMods.

  • LoversLab.com: This website will most definately suite to those seeking sexual oriented mods. Although it contains some other non-sexual mods, I think the name of the website pretty much sums up its orientation.
  • Modding.club (aka Krista): There is just so much quality in her mods. They are beautiful, astonishing and very professionally made. Most of it is for females and feminine clothing. I cannot add her mods to my list because it requires some pretty heavy modding that can show to be incompatible with many mods on NexusMods and make some things complicated. She also has many paid mods and, it's also in Russian, Google Translate to the rescue. But I really suggest you go take a look at her high quality mods. And if someone has been able to install her free mods alongside other mods here on NexusMods, please DO feel free to post a comment.
  • LHMods.com: LH has made some very nice mods here on NexusMods but removed them because of several user complaints so he decided to get away from the Nexus community and put his mods up on his own website. I listed a few of his mods in my guide already.
  • DDSWorkshop.net: Some very high quality textures and mods there. Some mods are paid, mostly for 4K textures and additional options.
  • Vobla's Creatures blog: Some very nice textures there, not many, but you do not need many if you have the beauty.
  • AFKMods.com: Another website containing mods for our game. Some mods that dissapear from Nexus can be available on this website.
  • Migal3D: Creator of the Bathing Beauties or Beefcake Luxury Suite, the mods are all transfered on it's website.
  • Schaken-Mods: Some other mods can be found on this website too. Website is a bit slow. Also has some kind of limited free account download limits and speeds and also offers some monthly subscriptions.
  • sforzmods: Some high quality content there inclusing some nice mods from the same author.
  • gamer-mods.ru: Yes, it's a russia website and you need a free account to download friles from there but this site does contain some mods that are not seen elsewhere.
  • eskrimmods blog: I found mostly clothing mods but many links point to other mod websites that are less known. They also have a nice filtered search with very precise filter categories including body types and skimpiness from modest and well covered to almost naked so you do not need to brows through different types. Note that some download links may redirect to websites in other languages and they may require free accounts.

Patreon Creators


Here is a small list of Patreon creators providing downloads for Skyrim SE mods.

  • Harry2135: I should put a "Sexy/Skimpy" badge here. Provides some nice armors many of which are pretty skimpy but texture wise, thelook very good and professional.


Who are you and why did you create THIS long guide?
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User feedbacks, suggestions and comments

Please DO feel free to comment and suggest anything. I said previously that if tools or files are missing, you probably missed something. Well, if I missed something myself, please post a comment, I'm not flawless and I do consider user feedbacks.

SUBMITTING YOUR SUGGESTED MOD
I dedicated a section for this but I require you to follow the same format as my mod list which I explain inside this spoiler. I will also take a look at the mod and make sure that it follows the idea of this guide. Additional homes, weather mods or extra followers have fewer chances of making the list compared to fixes, patches or texture replacements.
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End notes

Make ESL:
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Creation Kit edits for those wanting to Copy/Paste instead of typing:
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