Skyrim Special Edition

About this mod

Dovahkiin Rising was crafted to make Skyrim look crisper, brighter, bolder and more natural while also adding a host of optional cinematic effects. It enhances light sources, makes metal and water shine more and brings the cold climate to life that is always referenced in Skyrim's lore. Tons of customization with optional features.

Permissions and credits
-- Please come back and hit the "endorse" button if you like this so it will move up higher in the list of mods and more people will get exposed to it and also know it's a quality mod. -Love, Merc --

Dovahkiin Rising was crafted to make Skyrim look crisper, brighter, bolder and more natural while also adding a host of optional cinematic effects. It enhances light sources, enhance all existing texture detail, makes metal and water shine more and brings the cold climate to life that is always referenced in Skyrim's lore. Magic will gives off extra lighting effects in many conditions now and look more powerful and, well, magical.

Dovahkiin Rising features tons of customization with optional features. (hint: press "4" and "6", not on the numberpad, to disable basically all extra lighting/fantasy-type features for an extremely realistic look).

This mod is built around the excellent Dolomite Weathers, by Dr. Mega and Kojak. Interiors made around ELFX, but should work fine with Vanilla interiors.

This is ice cold.

User screenshots greatly encouraged!

Essential: For Dolomite Weathers users, it is essential that you use the "Dolomite Weathers.ini" optional file (called "Recommended ini Settings") on the Dolomite page OR provided ready-to-go on my files page here.

If you want to use the one on the Dolomite page, then go to your data folder and open the "Dolomite Weathers.ini" and change value for "fGlobalContrastBoost=0" to "fGlobalContrastBoost=-.3"

Everything will be way too bright if you don't do this and you will be blinded.

STRONGLY RECOMMEND DELETING THE CAMERA SECTION IN THE DOLOMITE WEATHERS.INI (ignore if using the ini provided on my file page, I've already removed the camera settings).

ALSO - When the UI or menu is blurry, it's caused by one of the depth of fields. If it bothers you a lot, you can either look into sky before pausing the game or going into a menu or press one of the two hotkeys below to disable the DoF while in the menu and reactivate upon exiting the menu. This can't be fixed because of how ReShade works. It's either have no depth of field or have a few minor inconveniences from time to time. 


(numberpad must be enabled for numberpad controls to work. All are remappable with in-game ReShde menu)

Toggle mod - "END" key (if install with the .exe, control is Shift+F2)
Toggle ReShade menu - "F1" (if install with the .exe, control is scroll-lock)
Toggle close-range Depth of Field - "/" on numberpad 
Toggle long-range Depth of Field - "9" not on numberpad
Toggle Film Grain - "3" not on numberpad
Toggle Sharpness - "5" not on numberpad
Toggle Bloom (the white flares and glows on shiny weapons) - "6" not on numberpad
Toggle Cineamtic Black Bars - "0" not on numberpad
Toggle Lens dirt and some added lighting effects - "4" not on numberpad
Toggle a darkening effect - "9" on the numberpad
Toggle Vignette - "*" on numberpad
Toggle (off by default) Ultra Brightener (for unforeseen dark situations) - "+" on numberpad


Short: If you downloaded through steam, extract and copy/paste my files and folder into your Skyrim SE main folder if you downloaded through steam and haven't changed your steam install path from the default -- C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim Special Edition. Open the ReShade menu once your game loads and select "MercsDovahkiinRising". The effects should load up. Profit!

Otherwise use this guide:


1. Download my zip file on the file page here and the Reshade 3.0.7 from here

2. Scroll to bottom of page and download whatever the latest version advertised is. 

Run the .exe that you just downloaded. Probably best to copy it to your desktop or somewhere else first outside your downloads folder. 

Follow the steps it tells you selecting yes everything it asks. 

3. Select your "SkyrimSE.exe" which is in the main folder of the game. Probably in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim Special Edition

4. Select the DirectX 10+ version after you select the "SkyrimSE.exe."

5. Run your game

As your game loads up, you should see a grey box popup in the top of the screen saying it's loading all the reshade effects. 

Once it's done, hit "shift+F2" and follow the promps. The most important thing is to hit the plus symbol next near the top of the Reshade GUI and type any name you want.

Follow the other prompts until the boxes turn from red to black or grey or whatever indicates you're done with the very short tutorial. 

Close your game.

6. Extract the "MercsDovahkiinRising.ini" file that you downloaded from the zip file here and place only that file in your Skyrim main folder where SkyrimSE.exe also is. 

8. Run the game again and reopen the Reshade GUI with Shift+f2 and click click the drop down menu, this time selecting my MercsDovahkiinRising.ini preset. The new effects should start loading with my custom settings.



1. Delete the Reshade folder, dxgi.ini, dxgi.dll, and dxgi.log and MercsDovahkiinRising.ini files from your game folder. That's it. 

Enjoy, leave comments below if you're having trouble installing or better yet youtube a Resahde 3.0+ install guide. It's extremely easy.

You may notice a slight decrease in performance, but it should still be pretty similar FPS to what you usually get. The visual difference is night and day to me and I can't ever go back to vanilla.


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MY OTHER MODS -The first post has the whole, most updated list.

Skyrim Special Edition

-- Live Action Trailer Graphics, The Dragonborn Comes, a ReShade for Vivid Weathers:

-- Dovahkiin Rising ReShade for Dolomite Weathers:

-- Dragon Breaker ReShade, a Bright and Bold Look for Vivid Weathers:

-- Skyrim SE Ashen ReShade: --


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Mass Effect Andromeda ReShades

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-- Neon Bomb - -- 

Fallout 4 ReShade

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Dirt Rally ReShade

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Dirt 4 ReShade 

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-- Cinematic Racing Project (vibrant version), Dirt 4 Edition -
Mad Max ReShade

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Far Cry 4

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Ghost Recon Wildlands Mods

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-- Cinematic Excellence 2.0 ReShade (best neutral enhancer with lots of options) -

-- E3 2015 Graphics - more realistic, cold ReShade, inspired by E3 2015 trailers for the game with a more gray look - 

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