Skyrim Special Edition

About this mod

(aka "Dialogue Animation Remix") Adds over 40 dialogue gesture animation variants according to NPCs personality, role in society and by armor type. Works with custom followers and NPC from mods as well as vanilla. Dynamic Animation Replacer folders with .hkx animations - no esp/esl!

Permissions and credits
This mod adds new dialogue animations according to NPCs armor type, personality or role in society. Quick summary:

  • More friendly dialogue animations for your followers and outgoing NPCs (merchants, tavern workers and such...)
  • Special gestures for intellectual NPCs - will blend with "pondering" idles I've added with NPC Animation Remix (DAR)
  • More dynamic gesture animations as a base for all humanoid actors plus dialogue animations by personality and addition of conditional animations (wiping brow as gesture for example)
  • Inigo and Lucien will have more distinct dialogue animation sets and their interaction with each other will look more dramatic. In dialogue with your character they will use more interesting gestures as well! 
  • Skeever will have some dialogue animations to make him standout from your other followers
  • Some characters from Interesting NPCs SE (3DNPC) were assigned specific animations by ID - I will add more in future updates
  • More noticeable angry dialogue gestures added to all NPCs by conditions

Example video how blend of added gesture animations works with Inigo (also you will notice idles from NPC Animation Remix and Immersive folded hands on him)

Also you can see my mods combined in this comparison video

Necessary to read information:

  • All animations added through DAR - it does not break custom followers brain, don't worry!
  • You can install this mod during playthrough and disable/uninstall/reinstall/update at any time as well!
  • This mod works without Nemesis or FNIS. Dynamic Animation Replacer needed only
  • Considering how safe and easy it is to uninstall this DAR type of mod, you can try it now and ask questions later...
  • Not conflicting: adds only dialogue animations, you can use it alongside mods like Axarien's Animations - Lucien (DAR) and any idle mod like Animated Interactions and Idles or pack of replacer animations such as Leviathan Animations and with any of my mods, of course
  • In my game I use EVG Conditional Idles and EVG Animation Variance and I made this mod fully compatible will default priority numbers of EVG folders
  • You can safely install it for Skyrim VR - I wasn`t using "IsInCombat()" condition
  • Best to use with Simple Dual Sheath, but it`s not mandatory
  • If you prefer vanilla shield position, install patch from optional files. Its files will overwrite shield patches from my other mods - it is OK and intentional
  • Remove previous version of my mod with all it's files then updating - "replace" option in mod organizer. Don`t forget to add needed patches - these files you can merge with main folder or install separately if you want
  • If you don't like some animation from this mod, you can just delete folder with it - use folder structure info below for reference. If you deleted something you didn't mean to, just reinstall this mod

If you are on Legendary Edition version of Skyrim, you can backport this or any SE animation mod with this tool

If during/after installation some sort of error pops up or animations in your game can`t play and you see static pose instead:
Mod Organizer 2 users - rename mod folder in your mod manager to "GAR DAR" and it will fix this
Other mod manager users - extract the zip file and rename the "Gesture Animation Remix (DAR)" named folder to "Data", repack and install

Unnecessary to read information:
(DAR folders priority and what is inside. You can use DAR Explorer to preview animations.)

2002022 -- no helmet gesture addition "wipe brow"
2002011 - optional folder with a patch for vanilla shield position

These folders are below 0 priority in DAR:
-213 -- crazy gestures
-214 -- dramatic gestures
-215 -- being cocky gesture
-216 -- childish shy fingers gesture

-221 -- dramatic agreeing gestures
-222 -- accented open gestures
-223 -- bard performer gesture
-224 -- dramatic pause gestures
-225 -- bard gestures
-226 -- Talos priest gestures
-227 -- priest welcome gesture
-228 -- patience gesture elders priests
-229 -- gestures for friendly open npc
-230 -- thinker gestures
-231 -- talkative friendly gestures
-232 -- agitated gestures
-233 -- this and that gestures
-234 -- confident female gestures
-235 -- open talk serious idle gestures
-236 -- feminine head scratch gestures
-237 -- no helmet scratch gesture
-238 -- pointing with left hand gestures
-239 -- more probable for LA and robes
-240 -- less dramatic replacers for HA
-241 -- new negative dialogue reaction
-242 -- replacer gestures for females in robes

"animations" folder -- contains base replacers in folders "female" and "male" - all these animations will load outside of DAR and act as a base coat of paint to help this mod look as was intended

Plans for future updates:
  • Refine animations to make it look more natural and reduce probability of clipping
  • Tweak conditions to add new animations to more NPCs by ID
  • Add more animations - I want to make new ones from scratch in Blender with tktk`s rig

This mod made with reused and previously unused vanilla animations extracted from Animations.bsa and modified with hkxPoser by opparco, when it was needed. Another mod I couldn`t make it without - More Informative Console by Linthar - I used it to reveal information about NPCs, objects and locations to apply as part of conditions in DAR.
To make new gestures from Mixamo animations I used Blender Animation Tools N3+28 by tktk1. For retargeting I was using free Rokoko addon for Blender.

Do you like how NPCs in my game look? These mods contributed to it the most:
Rudy ENB CW Zangdar's Edit Lux Edition with optional bokeh
SC - Cubemaps - makes materials look mesmerizing
Tragedian's Fabulous Followers SSE
Northbourne NPCs of Whiterun Hold and all other otherhauls made by this author
Cuyima Interesting NPCs SE with  Custom Hair + Tragedian's Interesting NPCs - 3DNPC Followers Reimagined
Modpocalypse NPCs - All Vanilla NPCs with highpoly vanilla hair as a base
SC - KS Hairdos Retextured - more believable hair
Female skin textures: Reverie - Skin + optionally SC - Mature Skin Specular less shiny 
Male skin textures:Tempered Skins for Males - Vanilla and SOS versions or Vitruvia - skin texture overhaul for males - SE
Phoenix Flavour wabbajack modlist as a base for all this - it provided better textures, meshes and fixes to elevate looks of the game
Note: if you will use this wabbajack installation as a base for your game to add more mods on top, don`t message Phoenix about possible conflicts

Other mod recommendations from me you can find at the bottom of NPC Animation Remix (DAR) page