Permadeath Survival (Vanilla)
This is a collection which turns Skyrim into a hardcore permadeath survival game which starts you at a random place in Skyrim with a choice of basic equipment. There are lots of extra mods included aimed at those wanting to play a Khajiit sneak/archer.
This version contains all of the same VR and gameplay enhancement mods as the other two versions but only uses the original textures, weapons, armours, creatures, quests, locations and NPC's etc. IF YOU ARE ON A NEWER PC YOU MAY WANT TO USE THE PERFORMANCE OR 4K VERSIONS!
This is a collection which turns Skyrim into a hardcore permadeath survival game which starts you at a random place in Skyrim with a choice of basic equipment. There are lots of extra mods included aimed at those wanting to play a Khajiit sneak/archer. You can adjust how difficult you want the game to be by experimenting with the settings in the MCM menus for Sunhelm, Hunterborn, Campfire, Ashes and Timing is Everything. If you play using legendary difficulty with the default settings you may not even make it the nearest town, and heading out into the wilderness or exploring dungeons at lower levels would be suicidal. I would recommend starting with adept difficulty and seeing how it goes. The way permadeath works is that when you die a file is created in your SkyrimVR folder which will prevent you from loading any saves for that character. So you then need to delete those saves and make a new character. It is possible to delete the permadeath file and reload - but that defeats the object of installing the mod unless you die because of a glitch. One important thing to note is that the latest version of the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch no longer works with Skyrim VR and the author of the mod will not allow users to download any older versions. However, the version you require is still available from Nexus Mods and I have specified that the collection should use that exact version. If for any reason this doesn't work I will provide a direct link to the archived nexus file below. IMPORTANT: This collection will install 146 .esp plugin files - as Skyrim VR does not support .esl files if you have more then 254 active your game will crash, or in the best case scenario not load any plugins from 255 onwards.
You can install the mods in any order but the last steps should be installing A Clear map of Skyrim Parts 1 & 2. If you manage to get everything installed correctly the inline LOOT system in Vortex will still have two warnings/recommendations - which you can both safely ignore! This collection now has 147 active plugins - If you go beyond 254 the game will either crash on loading or if you are lucky run but not load any plugins from 255 onwards. It is possible to merge simple plugins of a similar type that are already consecutive in your load order and have no conflicts using zEdit, but I am not allowed to distribute merged files and/or include them in a collection. Merging files can cause serious problems and means you would have to uninstall and remerge any mods should you wish to update or remove etc. Not recommended unless you really know what you are doing :)
The Ultimate Naked Permadeath Survival Challenge
Try to get to level 79 without making any of your skills legendary (in other words all skills except speechcraft must reach 100).
You must start at a random location with no weapons, armour, spells, gold, food or drink etc - this why the challenge is called 'Naked'
You cannot open your inventory during combat to freeze the game and consume potions or change weapons/armour etc - you must see the battle through or escape
No using Carriages or Fast Travel - you cannot buy a horse but can steal one or try to tame a wild one
You cannot recruit a follower (but you can use summoning spells/staffs)
You cannot talk to anyone - if they try to engage you in conversation exit it, walk or run away, or kill them
You cannot accept quests from people although you can take on quests that you find written in books/journals
You cannot buy or sell anything from/to merchants - all of your equipment must be crafted, found or stolen
You can only enter cities or towns if you can sneak in/out or steal a key, talking to a guard to gain entry is forbidden
You must make your own base and all of the crafting stations, and/or take an existing one by force
I recommend you install No More Couriers and change SkyrimVR.ini so you can kill essential NPC's (details below)
Sunhelm - Adds hunger, thirst, fatigue, and hypothermia
SunHelm Auto Eat and Drink - Uses food and drink from inventory
Hunterborn - Adds dressing, skinning, harvesting, and butchering
Ashes - Adds injuries, item loss chance, lives, and permadeath
Campfire - Adds fires, tents and survival/crafting skills
Campsites in Skyrim - Adds twenty new campsites around Skyrim
Convenient Carriages - Adds more routes and storage/delivery services
Crafting Recipe Distributor - Allows smelting of weapons and armour
Craftable Crafting for Campfire - Build your own anvil and smelter
Delayed Arrows VR - Inhibit your inner Legolas
Improved Traps (Dangerous Edition) - Proceed with caution
Even Longer Respawning Cells - Dungeons and Caves stay cleared longer
Dead NPC Body Cleaner - Remove that embarrassing trail of corpses
Non-Essential Children - Get rid of those last few pesky witnesses
No More Couriers* - Removes all couriers from the game (optional download)
*Please note that this mod will prevent any quests which require the delivery of a message from a courier from starting unless you also install Skald's Mail or another mod that delivers messages to a mailbox.
No Starting Healing or Flames Spells - Start with no spells
Realistic Underwater Breathing - Hold your breath for 60 seconds
Smelters of Skyrim - Adds smelters to Riften, Solitude, Falkreath and Riverwood
Real VR Weathers - Adds more intense weather and darker nights
Darkened Dungeons - Turns off ambient lighting in dungeons
Wild Horses of the Grasslands - Adds a 'ridable' herd of wild horses
Weighted Arrows - Arrows have a small weight
Gold & Lockpicks Have Weight - Gold and lockpicks have weight
Simply Faster Horses - Gives your mount a slight speed boost
Random Alternate Start Tamriel/Solsteim* - Get dropped in at the deep end
*If you don't enable the experimental PlayroomVR fix in the PapyrusTweaks.ini file (created after first run) you need to make a small edit to your /My Games/Skyrim VR/SkyrimVR.ini file for Random Alternate Start to function correctly and additionally you are advised to change the load order after installation either way. So either enable the PlayroomVR fix or add:
To the end of the file in notepad and save it - this disables physical sneaking via crouching, but you are still able to sneak using the thumbstick controller. If you don't do this you will get stuck with the main menu and character creation menu overlapping and be unable to proceed. Once installed I recommend you double click on the plugin in Vortex and add it to the Alternate Start group. This will move it down the load order and make you spawn in the correct cell upon starting a new game. If you don't do this it will still work, but you will spawn in a fiery hellish version of the same cell although you will suffer no damage. Also remove any arrows from your inventory before exiting the start area - this is because the weight from the Weighted Arrows mod will not be deducted after you are teleported into the game - this a known bug. While you are there you may want to experiment with the following arrow settings:
These will reduce the size of the zone the arrow will snap onto the bow and reduce the length you need to pull the string to fully draw it. I would like to move the arrow further forwards when drawn as the end is past the string - but I couldn't get this to change - it is possible VRIK is overwriting those settings. If you like to play an open-sandbox style game as opposed to a quest driven approach I would also recommend adding:
to your SkyrimVR.ini file - This setting will allow you to kill any NPC whether they are required by a quest or not. But your actions have consequences and if combined with the optional No More Couriers - you will be able to avoid and/or kill off any quests before they even begin :)
The Art of Assassination Challenge!
If you have enabled the killing of essential NPC's you can now take on fun assassination quests - pick a faction and try to eliminate all of them. This means you can take out the College of Winterhold, The Companions, The Greybeards, The Blades, The Thieves Guild or the Dark Brotherhood etc. The only limit is your own twisted imagination :)
I also recommend typing: set timescale to 2 - into the console to get a more realistic day/night period - this will mean time only passes at twice real world speed as opposed the default of 20x faster. Setting it to 1 can apparently cause problems but I haven't tested this - the setting will be stored in your save file...
Gameplay Enhancements :
Additional Dwemer Clutter Smelting - Melt all those Dwemer artifacts into ingots
Timing is Everything - Start/delay main quest lines when/until you are ready
Ordinator - Adds a large number of new perks and modifies existing ones
Wanderer's Backpacks - adds craftable backpacks which help you carry all that loot
Dwemer Gates Don't Reset - Does what it says on the brass
Khajiit Speak Redux - Khajiitifies dialogues and on-screen messages
Khajiits Steal Too - Fence your stolen goods via Khajiit merchants
*Items and Sounds:
Immersive Music - Adds hours of extra background music
Immersive Sounds - Replaces/upgrades most of the original sounds
Binaural 3D Surround Sound - Creates accurate 3D spatial sounds - Must be downloaded manually and copied into the SkyrimVR folder.
Replace Nirnroot Sound with Wind Chimes - Slightly less annoying
Creatures and Enemies:
Complete Enemy Overhaul - Makes enemies a lot tougher to deal with
Immersive Patrols - Adds regular patrols by the various military factions
Followers and NPCs:
AI Overhaul SSE - Increases the complexity of the NPCs behaviours
Better Followers - Improves the performance of vanilla followers
Better Stealth AI for Followers - Improves the stealth of vanilla followers
Ordinator Perks of Skyrim - Adds a massive variety of new perks
Vampire Body for VR - Look your best when out on the prowl for some lunch
Werewolf Body for VR - Hairy feet and hands during those awkwardly timed full moons
VRIK Player Avatar VR - Equip weapons and cast spells with your hands instead of menus
Instant Equip VR - Makes equipping/unequipping weapons/spells instant
HIGGS VR - Grab and interact with weapons and other items with your hands
Weapon Throw VR - Throw your sword, axe or mace etc at enemies
Mine, Chop and Drop - Realistic VR Mining and Wood Cutting
A Clear Map of Skyrim - Much more detailed map with roads etc
Coloured Map Markers for VR - Brightly colour coded map markers
Misc Quest Markers - A variety of mods to add missing quest markers
Get Out Of My Way - A friendly way to push NPCs out of the way
Im Walkin' Here VR - Allows you to pass through your followers
The Choice is Yours - Prevents quests being forced on you
Quest Journal Limit Bug Fixer - Restores missing active quests to the journal
SkyUI-VR - Improvement over vanilla menus with added functionality
Crosshairs with different colours VR - Red and green crosshairs
Dear Diary VR* - Paper themed menus for SkyUI-VR
*It is recommended that you add the following lines to your main /SkyrimVR/Skyrim.ini file which makes reading and navigating the perk trees much better in VR - the .ini lines are towards the bottom of the mod page.
Quality of Life Improvements:
Essential Favorites VR - Prevents you from selling or giving away favourite items
Linked Crafting Storage - Eliminates the need to gather materials before crafting or enchanting
Simple Horse SE - Whistle for your mount, and prevent them from trying to attack dragons etc
Black Books Work In Skyrim Too - Travel to Apocrypha from anywhere
Dialogue Movement Enabler VR - Move around during conversations
Khajiit Prowess - Run, jump and fall faster, higher and further (all races)
No Stagger Mod - Prevents you from being staggered in melee combat
NPCs don't follow through doors - Does what it says on the tin
Simple Offence Suppression VR - Stops accidental hostilities
To Your Face VR - Prevents people talking to the back of your head
Simple Better Shrine Blessings - Slightly better and longer blessings
Archery Gameplay Enhancements:
Archery Gameplay Overhaul SE - Makes archery more realistic
Locational Damage SKSE VR - Damage and effects based on where you hit
Arrows and Bolts Tweaks SE - Faster, straighter arrows
Belt Fastened Quivers - Moves quiver horizontally below backpack
Auto Recharge Weapons SE - Recharges weapons from filled soul gems
Simple Bow Crafting SE - Craft bows based on archery skills
The Sharper Eye - a lightweight VR ReShade - Improves display clarity significantly
Although The Sharper Eye mod is available on Nexus it is not listed in this collection as you have to download the files and manually put them in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SkyrimVR folder.
Before you start
Whilst I have tested all of these mods and can confirm there are no inherent conflicts, you need to read the installation instructions and requirements of each mod very carefully as it is very easy to get the wrong version e.g. SE or AE instead of VR etc. As a general rule I would recommend always installing/downloading the mods from the files tab rather than the Vortex button on the Description page as this will always install the default version which might not be the VR or SE version you need. Many mods will add an MCM menu option so you can tweak the settings, but if they don't it is worth looking at the .ini files as you can make tweaks here and some mods require important functionality to be enabled there. I also recommend you TURN OFF Advanced Supersample Filtering in the the Steam VR>Settings>Video menu otherwise you might get stuttering in your headset when you move or turn...
There are also several utility/patch mods you need to install which are requirements for most of the mods already listed, so probably best to start with these then work your way down the list from the top.
Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch You must use this exact version (4.2.5b) - later versions will not work with VR and this version is no longer available from the mod page.
Skyrim VR - USSEP 4.2.2 and SSE 1.5.97 Patch: I have now bundled the generated Skyrim VR Core USSEP 4.2.1 and SSE 1.5.97 Compatibility.zip file with the collection in case you are not sure how to do this or just can't be bothered...
SKSEVR This is the only mod not included or linked to directly - it must be downloaded and installed as a tool in Vortex - Use the current VR build 2.0.12 (game version 1.4.15)
SkyUI-VR Direct link now provided in collection - Use v1.2.1
Skyrim VR Tools
VR Address Library for SKSEVR
powerofthree's Tweaks VR
Papyrus Extender VR
IMPORTANT: Once you have installed all of the mods you will need to launch it using the C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SkyrimVR\sksevr_loader.exe rather than Steam. You can add this as a tool in Vortex (just point the tool launcher to the .exe file by clicking on the folder icon) and then you can click on the three dots and make it the primary tool, which will be used whenever you launch Skyrim VR from within Vortex.
This is the hardware I used to test this collection:
Oculus Rift S
GPU Radeon RX590 Series
RAM 16.0 GB
CPU i7-10700 2.90 GHz
I cannot confirm if any other collection are compatible with this one, although many have some of the same mods