Base Skyrim - AE
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Base Skyrim - AE

Base mod list for Anniversary Edition comprised of mods that do not require SKSE.

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Base mod list for Anniversary Edition comprised of mods that do not require SKSE. I thought it would be best to only include non SKSE dependent mods for simplicity sake. Best for those who want a vanilla like play-through or to be used as a base for your own mod list.

This is meant to be a very simple and easy list that is mainly a collection of bug fixes, quality of life improvements, and visual lore enhancing mod(s) (i.e. cloaks).

Recommendations for other collections to run alongside this one included at the bottom.

Known issues:

During the beginning of the game when you are about to create your character the guard usually asks "...who are you?". However, with this mod list it cuts his audio short.

Also in the beginning, there is some hay textures popping in and out near the execution site especially when the dragon arrives (spoilers?). I think this is actually in the un-modded version as well but seems slightly worse to me with this mod list.

In general, the beginning sequence seems to be where most of the bugs are. Once out and about things seem to work as expected (at least as much as one can expect from a Bethesda game).

Current mod list and their description:

Bug Fixes:

Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch - Large community patch that fixes bugs across many different areas of the game. You will be hard pressed to find any mod list that does not include this.

Skyrim Landscape and Water Fixes - This mod corrects numerous graphic glitches around the Tamriel worldspace.

Weapons Armor Clothing and Clutter Fixes - Fixes bugs and inconsistencies for Skyrim's weapons, armors, clothing, jewelry, and clutter items.

1st Person Candlelight Fix - Equalizes brightness of the candlelight spell between 3rd and 1st person.

Blacksmith Forge Water Fix Special Edition - Fixes the Blacksmith Forge so that it actually looks like there is water in it.

Assorted Mesh Fixes - Fixes various issues with vanilla Skyrim meshes that causes them to render incorrectly.

Flora Respawn Fix - Fixes broken respawning for flora (and fauna).

Vanilla Script (micro)Optimizations - Rewriting many of the vanilla game scripts with the goal of increasing efficiency. Replacing slower "convenience functions" with their faster native counterparts. Re-ordering condition checks to implement "fail fast fail early" approach. Caching of often-used values.

NARC Remade - Animals no longer report crimes.

High Gate Ruins Puzzle Reset Fix - Fixes High Gate Ruins Puzzle not resetting properly.

Ebony Mail Effect Shader Fix - Fixes Ebony Mail effect shader not affecting hair.

Ebony Armor Male Neck Gap Fix - A quick mesh mashup to cover the neck issue with the default male Ebony Armor model.

Dawnguard Lava Imagespace Duration Fix - Reduces amount of time you have an orange glow (not common) after swimming in Lava.

College of Winterhold Quest Start Fixes - Fixes bugs where college of Winterhold quests refuse to start due to unfilled reserved quest aliases.

Armor Mesh Fixes SE - A collection of miscellaneous fixes for vanilla male armor meshes.

Serana's Hood Fix - Fixes Serana's hood.

Tavern AI Fix - Fixes couple of annoying things in tavern worker's behavior.


Unofficial Skyrim Modder's Patch - A large community compilation of fixes for bugs, inconsistencies, and errors that can come to light from a modded Skyrim and its DLCs. Curated with both mod-makers and players in mind to aid the in-game experience, and serve as a base so mod authors don't need to keep finding, fixing, and working around the same old problems.

Unofficial Skyrim Creation Club Content Patches - This is a bundle of patches to fix the bugs in the Skyrim Creation Club content as well as resolve conflicts between Creation Club mods and the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch (USSEP). This collection requires that you be using the Anniversary Edition of Skyrim which includes all Creation Club mods.

QUASIPC - A collection of patches for various mods.

Kryptopyr's Patch Hub - A central location for any compatibility patches for Kryptopyr's mods.

Lilebonymace's patches - Custom patches and tweaks. This collection uses a tweak to "The Choice is Yours" mod.

User Interface:

A Quality World Map - Provides a new set of highly-detailed 3D or paper world map textures, complete with roads! Also adds a detailed Solsteim map.

Better Dialogue Controls - This mod aims to fix some annoyances with the way keyboard and mouse selection works in the dialogue interface.

Better MessageBox Controls - Navigate all message boxes with the Left/Right and Activate (E) keys. Also fixes the clickable area of buttons so they are easier to select with the mouse.

Clothing and Accessories:

Cloaks of Skyrim - Adds cloaks to NPCs across the world.


Stones of Barenziah Quest Markers - Adds quest markers to all 24 of the Stones of Barenziah (Unusual Gems) that you need to find/collect for the "No Stone Unturned" quest.

Realistic Ragdolls and Force SE - Reduces the extra force applied on ragdolls to a more reasonable level and replaces ragdolls so that they bend and twist realistically and fall at a faster velocity, and increases friction to fix ice-like ragdoll sliding.

Run For Your Lives - A small mod that makes citizens in a village or city run indoors during a dragon attack.

Quests & Adventures:

The Choice is Yours - Stop quests from starting automatically. Useful if you don't want your quest log to become too large.


Rich Skyrim Merchants - Gives all Merchants, Innkeepers, Blacksmiths, Spell Merchants, Fence Merchants (Thieves Guild), Alchemist and Street Vendors in Skyrim 2x 5x or 10x more gold. Also applies to the Master Trader perk. This mod list chooses 2x.

Navigator Navmesh Fixes - A few navmesh improvements - AIO.


If you are comfortable solving loading conflicts in vortex (not difficult) I would suggest using these other collections along with this. I have played about the first hour with these installed and have had no issues (as of 3/11/2022). Make sure to install my collection first.
Cathedral Series
Enairim Vanilla Plus
Free Real Estate
The Great Cities Collection - Whichever of these collections you choose to use make sure to install this one last. It has the installer auto select the patches needed.

Any suggestions welcome.


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