Dr.Bongo's VR Core I
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Dr.Bongo's VR Core I

This is my new core collection of mods for Skyrim VR. They add VR functionality, navigational improvements, visual improvements, UI improvements and gameplay enhancements etc, with an emphasis on archery rather than melee/magical combat. I will be adding two more collections using this as a foundation which will include more immersive content (weapons, armours, creatures and NPC's etc) and then more quests, locations and maps. The second and third collections VR Immersive and VR Expansive are now published...

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2 days ago
Jun 07, 2022


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The purpose of this collection is to provide a core set of mods to improve the VR game without any major performance hits or glitches/conflicts etc. The philosophy which underpins this collection is to provide essential tweaks to improve the core vanilla game experience without adding any new major content, quests or locations etc.


Core VR:

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 and with your hands

Navigational Aids:

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 Noticeboard SE - Radial quests outside inns

Listen - Dark Brotherhood Radiant Quests

The Choice is Yours - Prevents quests being forced on you

Quest Journal Limit Bug Fixer - Restores missing active quests to the journal

UI Improvements:

SkyUI-VR - Improvement over vanilla menus with added functionality

Dear Diary VR - Paper themed menus for SkyUI-VR

Centered Messages Box VR - Makes messages easier to read

Crosshairs with different colours VR - Red and green crosshairs

Quality of Life Improvements:

Optional Quick Start SE - Skips the opening scenes

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

Crossroads Shack Player Home - Small player home near Whiterun

Khajiit Merchant Tracker - Track those elusive merchants

Dialogue Movement Enabler VR - Move around during conversations

Khajiit Prowess - Run, jump and fall faster, higher and further (all races)

Crossroads Shack Player Home - A free starter home near Whiterun

No Stagger Mod - Prevents you from being staggered in melee combat

Dawnguard/HearthFire random attack disabled - Eliminates most unprovoked attacks

Mannequins Behave - Keeps your mannequins in place

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

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

Auto Recharge Weapons SE - Recharges weapons from filled soul gems

No BS AI Projectile Dodge - Stops miraculous NPC dodging

Simple Bow Crafting SE - Craft bows based on archery skills

Score Displaying Archery Targets - Get a score when you practice

Kate Bishop - Female Archer Follower

Sofia - Configurable Follower with storage

Naashi - Female Khajiit Archer/Assassin Follower

Visual/Aesthetic Improvements:

Static Mesh Improvement Mod - Improves the looks of lots of objects

Skyland AIO - Provides a wide variety of high quality textures

Realistic Water Two SE - High quality water textures

Underwater Visibility Fix - See where you are swimming

Spell books retexture - Brightly coloured tomes

A Better Candlelight - A longer lasting and brighter spell

Security Overhaul SKSEVR - New regional lock variations

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 - the mod is available here: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/46999

Dynamic Distant Objects LOD - DynDOLOD - Improves Tree loading etc

Vortex will install the required packages for DynDOLOD but you must download the core packages manually from here: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/32382 and run the two executables to generate the LOD data etc. If you open the folder there is an .html guide with a video walk-through at the bottom of the page.

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

Skyrim VR - USSEP 4.2.2 and SSE 1.5.97 Patch (https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/31673)

SKSEVR (https://skse.silverlock.org/)

Skyrim VR Tools

VR Address Library for SKSEVR

powerofthree's Tweaks VR


Papyrus Extender VR

Visual C++ Redistributables 2019 (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-US/cpp/windows/latest-supported-vc-redist?view=msvc-170)

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

Compatible collections

I cannot confirm if any other collection are compatible with this one, although many have some of the same mods


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