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The 10 Best Skyrim Mods of 2013

The 10 Best Skyrim Mods of 2013

Looking to spice up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim? Look no further! With these top 10 Skyrim mods, you can improve upon the graphics, the gameplay, and even the UI. No Dragonborn should go without them!


Developed by Boris Vorontsov, the ENB series of mods for Skyrim that enhances the overall lighting, colors, and shadows among other aspects of the game. With the ENB Skyrim mod, the game will easily more in line with the games of today!

Download ENB here.

Skyrim HD – 2K Textures

Another graphics mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 2K textures does exactly what it sounds like. The 2K Textures mod for Skyrim replaces 634 textures and normal maps, making the resolution 4-8x (2-4k resolution) bigger than the original texture resolution.

Download Skyrim HD – 2K Textures here.

The Unofficial Skyrim Patch Collection

Bethesda has tried patching The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but there still remains plenty of bugs to this day. Thankfully, the Steam Community delivers with The Unofficial Skyrim Patch Collection (USKP), a comprehensive collection of bug fixes for Skyrim and its DLC.

From its developers:

“A comprehensive bugfixing mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the goal of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch (aka USKP) is to eventually fix every bug with Skyrim not officially resolved by the developers to the limits of the Creation Kit and community-developed tools, in one easy-to-install package.’

Download USKP here.

Interesting NPCs

As “a project to add characters with color and depth to Skyrim,” Kris Takahashi’s Interesting NPC mod for Skyrim. The 150 voiced NPCs are just the start — Interesting NPCs also brings 45 Quests and 25 new Followers to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as well.

Download Interesting NPCs here.

Build Your Own Home

Taking a page from the world of Minecraft, the Build Your Own Home Skyrim mod let’s you bring out your inner architect and, well…build your own home. Gather the materials, choose one of four themes, and build a completely modular home to our liking.

Download Build Your Own Home here.


Navigating the world of Skyrim can be tough, but the SkyUI mod makes travel a lot easier. Not only is SkyUI more keyboard and mouse friendly, it supports user customization and provides a number of little tweaks here and there. According to the development team, they wanted to change areas that need improvement, while leaving the things that are already good alone.

Download SkyUI here.

Immersive Animations

Feel like the current animations of Skyrim are too rigid? The Immersive Animations mod for Skyrim makes each character more life-like, with refined animations for stealth, walking, and other everyday actions.

Download Immersive Animations here.

Phenderix Magic Evolved

Skyrim’s world could always use more magic. The Skyrim mod Phenderix Magic Evolved adds 296 spells to the game, falling into such archetypes as Phoenix, Glacial, Static, Holy, Phantom, and more. A number of perks have also been thrown in for good measure.

Download Phenderix Magic Evolved here.

A Quality World Map – With Roads

The world map in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can be a pain to look at. The A Quality Road Map – With Roads mod for Skyrim makes traversing the land easier with detailed roads, waterfalls, and even reduced map blurring.

Download A Quality World Map – With Roads here.

Achieve That!

An achievement hunter’s work is never done. With the Achieve That! mod, 109 unique achievements are added to the world of Skyrim, most offering a permanent beneficial effect.

Download Achieve That! here.

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