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About this mod

This is a well-organized mods.settings file for all users which prefer to install mods without a mod manager (recommended for W3). You can use it as a template for your own mod setup.

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Scope and objective

The offered file is only suggested for the use as template and does not claim to be another mod list guide. The objective was only to offer a mods.settings that handles prioritization as well as possible. Download mods, merge if necessary, and then get started and play right away without having to struggle with priorities for hours. For this reason, all relevant patches and fixes and a variety of popular mods have been included in the template. Of course, the list is still missing a lot of popular mods, but I will continue to maintain and expand it.

Pros and cons

It is true that normally you must not prioritize every mod that was considered in my template. Many of them would run without prioritization. There is no need to discuss this. But every critic should take into account that all available mod managers for Witcher 3 prioritize each installed mod in one or another way. It simply doesn't matter how many mods are considered in this template. The game can't load any mod which isn't installed and skips the entry in the mods.settings file. There will be no loading errors at the start of the game just because a mod that was considered in the template is not present in the mod directory.

It is also often objected that outdated mods and thus an outdated template led to problems. This accusation is only half the truth. As already noted above, the game cannot load anything that is not present in the mod directory. If users know what they are doing and are aware that outdated mods can be critical and often lead to unexpected errors, it won't affect their mod installation either. If a user thinks he must download and install every mod that was considered by this template, it's his own fault. It should be obvious that the template is not intended for this purpose.

I must reject all arguments in the direction that I cannot consider all conceivable mod combinations. It was neither my intention nor my goal to create a template for this purpose. However, I would like to note that it must be a very extensive mod setup with exceptional mods for the template not to work right off the bat. This is the biggest advantage of the template for users besides that all those who do not want to deal with this topic or do not have the time to do so, can simply get started without having to worry about it in most cases.

How to use

First, you should keep in mind that it doesn't make any sense to live in two worlds. You should either using a mod manager or installing mods by hand. If you try to use this template in conjunction with a mod manager, you may run into problems. It is not designed to be used with a mod manager.

Download the file, unzip it, and copy the mod.settings to your users\<your account name>\My Documents\The Witcher 3\ folder. Which of the included patches, fixes, and mods you want to use is up to you. Objective is that you can download a list of popular mods, unpack them into your Witcher 3's mods directory, run Script Merger and don't have to worry about priorities.

You should be aware that there is a hard limit for mods (~260-300 bundles). Even if you use Mod Limit Fix or Mod Limit Adjuster this hard limit cannot be bypassed.

Recommended Patches, Fixes and Utilities

Some mods and utilities are essential for modding Witcher 3.


Sometimes it is necessary to edit an XML file, the input.settings or mods.settings. Therefore, it is recommended to have a powerful editor at hand.

Community Patches
You should only install these Community Patches if any other mod you're installing has them listed as requirement.

Since each main menu item is limited to a maximum of ten sub entries and one of them is the back button, the mod menu normally cannot contain more than nine mods with their own settings menu. By using another Community Patch, it is possible to add nine subcategories to the mod menu. This allows us to add a total of 81 mods to the Mods menu.

If a mod does not support the Community Patch - Menu Strings, ask the respective mod author if he can make his mod compatible or inform you about how you can adapt the mod yourself. It's not difficult to make the necessary changes on your own.

BiA Bugfix Collection

In addition to the Community Patches, it is highly recommended to use

If you have installed BiA v8.2 don't install
  • Community Patch - Besserwisser's Fix Collection (Including Nitpickers Patch)
  • Nitpicker's Patch - various visual fixes

Both got fully integrated with BiA v8.2. They are no longer needed.

BiA Compatibility Patches
BiA v8.2 includes about 5400 fixes and restored content. With the abundance of changes, it is understandable that there are incompatibilities with other mods. To fix these compatibility problems you will need additional patches. Whilst some of them are only available through the BiA Discord others can be found here at Nexus. 

Discord exclusive
  • Brothers in Arms - Faction Appearance Project Compatibility Patch
  • Brothers in Arms - HD Reworked Project Compatibility Patch
  • Brothers in Arms - No Indignant NPCs Compatibility Patch
  • Brothers in Arms - True Fires Compatibility Patch
  • Brothers in Arms - Witcher Lore Collection and Bags Compatibility Patch


Of course, you should only use/download the respective patches if you have installed the corresponding mod.

BiA Optional Files
At the BiA Discord you can find some optional files

  • BIA extra restored content package
    Includes some controversial cut content that was taken out of the main BIA mod.
  • BIA tucked hair add-on
    Too many mods edit the hair template file, this version is made to rule them all. Tucking all the armors that require it (and only the ones that require it).
  • Nilfgaardian Armor Texture
    For those that want the Nilfgaardian armor texture that the BiA Team previously included in BIA but removed because it's not a bug fix. This recolors the castle on the armor from red to black and gold, which matches the rest of the Nilfgaardian armor. The texture is upscaled to 4K.
  • Wet face fix for Geralt
    Fixes Geralt's face never getting wet, including hair and beard.Not included in the main BIA mod, because it heavily conflicts with other beard mods on Nexus, making the beards black.
  • White Orchard sun direction fix
    Fixes the issue in White Orchard (both prologue and winter one) where sun rises in the west and sets in the east. Not included in the main BIA mod, because in ruins (kind of anyway) 2 scenes made with western sunrise in mind - Geralt and Vesemir in the prologue and Geralt and refugees in the epilogue.

Additional Fixes from other Authors

Following fixes are highly recommend in addition to the bugfix collection and the community patches. All listed fixes have been included in the template.

Mod Recommendations

In the list below you will find a list of mods which I would like to recommend for improving the overall quality and user experience of the game. All listed mods have been included in the template.

By Aeltoth

By b1ackbeat

By crthdr

By djkovrik

By Divergent444

By eNoodles

By glassfish777

By Halfmillz

By K1ngTr4cker

By KnighTec

By MegaBound2500 (aka Ferroxius)

By MerseyRockoff

By paulr0013

By rmemr

By RovanFrost

By Scoutbr0

By teiji25

By Tinnaib

By whghost81

By Wolfmark

Mod Recommendations outside Nexus

Two of the mods considered in the mod.settings you will not find on Nexus. But since I personally like them very much and they were a hell of a lot of fun in my current playthrough, I would like to share them with you:

Mod List Recommendations

If you don't have any experience with Witcher 3 modding, you can look at one of the following guides


Recommended Discord communities and support servers

If you need help with a specific mod or have problems merging, the people on these support servers will help you out


I would like to thank some people for their kindness and support and for pushing me in the right direction: