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To help improve the look of Vampires in your game

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Updated for SSE from original found here CVO


Cos·met·ic (Vampire Overhaul)

1. involving or relating to treatment intended to restore or improve a Vampires appearance

1. a product applied to the Vampires body, especially the face, to improve its appearance

Its no secret that using Dawnguard turns vampires into goblins. There are already many good (some not so good) mods/guides that have helped with this and if done correctly you can get almost back to your old pretty human self. Some like the goblin thing in which case you can stop reading this as it is not for you. For everyone else though its a real struggle battling the ugly that was injected with the DLC. If your only looking to improve your player character & want all other vampires to stay ugly your better served using existing fixes, however if you are like me and might spend more than 10 sec in the company of others it is quite jarring and something needs to be done. So CVO primarily addresses NPC but also has beneficial cosmetic fixes as well for the player. You can also think of this as an optional cosmetic extension of the fixes already in USSEP. For example USSEP already correctly sets the default skin to lightest tone, while thats great for you it only applies to NPC if they had no setting already. So I realized quite quickly that it would be necessary to edit the NPC if I wanted more control over how they looked in game.

It was my intent to remove the goblin look but I also did make an effort to try and not change too much from their vanilla appearance. In keeping with this all changes were done in CK with vanilla sliders/settings. You wont find carefully crafted & exported Racemenu/ECE here with custom hair etc. Also remember that being really ugly is not a bug, as far as USSEP is concerned as long as they behave themselves and dont break your game goblins are free to run amok. In summary its not their problem or something they will ever fix...I made it my problem instead. I am not saying this is the only/best solution its just something that I have done that works well for me so I thought id share in the hopes it helps others as well.

Take care when using older mods with similar fixes, some are still very valid and safe but others if used will revert and undo the changes of both this and USSEP and make things worse not better for you.


Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

Version A:

This version is the closest to Vanilla but still changes many important things, there are no external assets in this version and will remain that way. It does the following

General changes that affect all to include player:

Equality for the sexes - Females now reference the same vampire texture set as PC same as males

Changes specific to NPC:

Vampires drink blood...not soil - Dirt has been manually removed from NPC

Note: New V no longer removes dirt from your game as that required edits in race record which I have removed to improve compatibility. So make sure
your player character bathes before turning

Vampires are creatures of the sun? - No, they are not supposed to be out during the day and should look like it. All have been set to now use the lightest skin tone

Less makeup - this is going to be very subjective and there is no way around it. First, like the dirt that causes issues in game many though not all of the makeup ends up looking really bad as well. There is likely to be changes here in the future but they will be minor. I cant possibly describe each change for each NPC but they all are using less

Vampires are Vampires are not Human are Vampires - all now use vampire head part/texture set and no longer bounce between human/vampire. Before you freak out know that this is part of the necessary change to maintain control in your game for their appearance. Also it was primarily being used to give them ugly not pretty human layers anyways

They look different? - There have been changes to select NPC outside of the above to improve appearance in game

Version B:

This is the V most users will want

Carries all changes from A with new non-glowing custom eyes built off of the vampire eye texture from "Fair Skin Complexion" by HHaleyy

Vampires will also now have the modified fangs from the excellent mod "Fangs and Eyes" by Aipex8

I have used a neutral mesh for eyes here so that any vampire eye texture should look good in your game, you are not restricted to the included if you dont like it

Version C:

This is primarily here for users of MVE glowing

Same is B but with glowing eyes

How to use CVO correctly:

To use this mod as intended there is one thing you should do if you are using any texture replacer for male & or female (99% of you are doing this) and want vampires to look like the ones here. Navigate to your actual or virtual game DATA folder and under textures\actors\character\male and or female\ look for the following texture files malehead, malehead_msn and or femalehead, femalehead_msn copy and rename the copies as maleheadvampire, maleheadvampire_msn and or femaleheadvampire, femaleheadvampire_msn Vampires to include your player will now use the same textures as humans and will no longer have batfaces or badly drawn bloodlines splitting their faces in half. This is why I chose not to direct vampires to use human is not necessary if this is done and would limit initial compatibility as that would require a direct edit in the race records. It should be noted that since all vampires are now using those textures you can of course use slightly or heavily modified variations of the same to set them apart from humans if you want. My advice is to start with the above and then feel free to alter as desired to include bitemarks, custom blood overlays etc

If the above is followed CVO can be made to work with any texture set out there but keep in mind that your vampires are only as pale as the skin allows. How light/pale they look is fully dependent on what you have installed in your game Example

If you are already a vampire before loading CVO into your game use Rising at Dawn to revert to human first. Load CVO while human and become a vampire through normal game triggers to ensure that the correct changes are carried over when your PC gets locked in. While you are free to use console to quickly change your race for testing purposes it is not safe to continue your game that way. You have been warned


All outdoor comparison images to include the main banner were taken with USLEP & CVO only no other mods to include texture replacers were used so what you see is what you get. While you dont have to use anything else I strongly recommend using complimentary mods which replace and improve upon vanilla skin and headparts such as Hair, Eyebrows etc
The following were used alongside this for all images here in DESC sans Banner as an example

High Res Face Maps for Men by Geonox
Fair Skin Complexion by HHaleyy
Superior Lore-Friendly Hair by skyrimaguas
Brows by Hvergelmir
2k Lip Tints by Miriam

There are of course many other alternative mods which cover all of the above with countless variations so find what works best for you and when you do feel free to post your own recommendations preferably also submitting your own image(s) as well so others can see


This mod edits the facegen of all NPC flagged as Vampire with USSEP active from the 10 playable vampire races. CVO does not edit child-elder or Serana to include her family. There is now by request an optional file ElderBlood which includes Serana-Harkon-Valerica-Alva


Game ctd on load = where is USSEP?

Faces are low res and ugly (Vanilla) = please go back and read the "How to use CVO correctly"

See sticky post for detailed info not covered here in DESC


The following applies to Version A and Version A only!!

This version is made up only of modified files using the tools provided by the developer and a chunk of my life i'll never get back. For the purpose of removing goblins from Skyrim as it contains no external assets I offer this freely to the community here at Nexus both users & modders alike to do with as they please short of a direct copy and paste (Insert chunk of your life here) including but not limited to making any necessary changes that may be needed for compatibility with other mods etc

For the new Eyes included in Version B or C

If your name is HHaleyy & you are the author of Fair Skin Complexion of which these textures came from you can do whatever you want with these because as far as im concerned they belong to you. If your name is not HHaleyy and you would like to use these for follower/NPC etc no permision from me is needed but you must credit and link back to HHaleyy as the original creator no exception


Fangs and Eyes - A Vampire Appearance Mod by Aipex8
For included mouth TRI files

Fair Skin Complexion by HHaleyy
For the base vampire eye texture
Also an excellent skin texture for females as it allows a smooth pale look while also being suitable for non vampire NPC that use darker skin tones


I welcome all comments provided they are offered with a positive intent to include advice/suggestions for any future changes and to help other users to enjoy this by offering advice if they run into problems

If you run into an NPC that you feel is not working/looking correctly and you think it is this I need the name ID. Saying a non descript vampire of unknown origin spawned and was missing a head is not helpful. Saying a Vampire Fledgling with ID of XXXX is correct. Please know that anytime I am able to check and verify said claim it will be with the base game, USSEP and CVO only loaded. Having issues due to another mod is a compatibility issue not a bug. If I cant replicate it with only those 3 active then you will need to look at your other mods