How to make Skyrim Look Even More Next-Gen - Updated TES 5: Top Graphics/Visual Mods (2017)

Skyrim has been out for over six years now, however thanks to the efforts of modders we can still make the game look modern. Today we'll be taking a look at my personal favorite Skyrim graphic/visual mods, which includes everything from ENBs to 4k retextures.


Nyclix’s ENB Reshade:

Enhanced lights and FX Mod (Xbox One/PC):

Vivid Weathers (Xbox One/PC) :

Verdant: A Grass Plugin (Xbox One/PC):

Skyrim Flora Overhaul:

Simply Bigger trees (Xbox One/PC):

Skyrim 3D Trees:

Gecko’s 4k mountain textures:

Nordic Snow (Xbox One/PC):

Osmodius Texture Pack (Xbox One/PC):

Skyrim 2017 Textures:

Enhanced Textures Detail (UV-tweaks):

Static Mesh Improvement mod (Xbox One/PC):

High Poly project (Xbox One/PC):

Books of Skyrim:

Windsong immersive Characters Overhaul:

Beards (Xbox One/PC):

Improved Closed Face Helmets (Xbox One/PC):

Real Bows (Xbox One/PC):

Semper Fi:

Imperial Sword 4k:

Footprints (Xbox One/PC):

Wet & Cold (Xbox One/PC):

Static Mesh Improvements Mod (Xbox One/PC):

Realistic Water Two (Xbox One/PC):

I personally run this all with a GTX 1080, Intel core i7 and 16 gigs of RAM, however I've been able to push through (60ish fps) with as low as a 1070 and i5.

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  • Zoe Mateo

    "Meh, I'll just install 1 mod"10 seconds later"I need more"

  • Soul Fyre

    spends 10 hours making skyrim perfect with all desired modsgets to bleakfalls borrowgets boredrepeats process 2 months later

  • NANI!? Blacku Knighto!

    How to make the elder scrolls next gen? Freaking release part 6.

  • Reeven

    "How to make Skyrim Look Even More Next-Gen" - Put loot boxes in it?

  • xXSilentAgent47Xx

    Even in 144p it looks good.

  • James Gedda

    I know it's not your bag, but I'd love to see a Let's Play of Skyrim from you, Nate. Your Skyrim is simply gorgeous to watch.

  • Andrzej Przybył

    Skyrim Special Edition Refreshed soon on Steam

  • exactinmidget92

    i'm not a fan of light mods. they make the game to dark and i does not affect NPC vision. so at night i'm getting shot and i can't see shit, yet the NPC's have night vision.

  • Strix Nuktia

    For Xbox users I recommend vivid landscapes, divine SMIM, realistic water two and display enhancement: presets 5 and 18 then + 2 or 3 saturation.

  • Blake Bauman

    Could you show your load order?

  • Phil Phumpernickle

    A mod that wasn't on here, but I cannot play without is Leanwolf's Better Shaped Weapons. It takes Skyrim's heavily stylized weapons, that are ALL super thick, and makes them a lot more realistically shaped

  • Agropolygon

    In 2020 at Bethesda's E3:And today we present, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Ultimate edition! Now with 4k textures and lighting effects that look like they were made by our drunk staff. Enjoy the new fresh look of Skyrim!

  • Syncroniz

    Did u tweak ur enb in the settings because I have tried this enb and it didn’t looks as good as that, even over people r complaining that it looks different. I want to try this enb again but I would like to tweak it the same as urs if u did tweak. Game looks beautiful

  • Fabian Donvil

    and at 0:50 is where he loses me. never understood how ENB's work. some1 needs to publish a clear and concise step by step way of installing ENB. and eplain each and every step why you need to do it so i can install diffrent ENB's and actually make sense of what i'm doing.

  • Pulse Fel

    the fact the game's engine can handle the mods in the first place kinda speaks to how well its aging. modern games go "ooo look what we can do now!" while skyrim just goes "give me a month"

  • TheRailwaystationist

    You showcased the absolute worst looking trees from 3D Trees that were only intended as placeholders in an older version. Seriously, man, update your mods. That mod is the most realistic tree mod Skyrim is ever going to see so you may want to make another video on that since it now also covers plants and the snow trees look way better.

  • Preston Jones

    Assuming none of these work on PS4, huh? You win again, Xbox...

  • Alexander G.

    What about installation and loading order?

  • Malice

    When you play Skyrim on the PS4I cri everytim ;-;

  • Jason Steele

    Dude you just gave me so many awesome ideas for my One X. Thanks man, I'll see what is available on the

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  • TobbeLa97

    I've been trying to get my game to look like yours (ENB-weather wise) but no success..As I installed Nyclix ENB it didn't look nowhere the same as yours.Any advice on how you installed yours? Im not too sure about the entire "reshade" tool

  • ya boi Cody Volpe

    You used an old version of 3D trees. The newer versions have updated snowy trees that look much better than the old ones that you showed in this video. You really should check for updates every once in a while Nate :l

  • Christina Schultz

    I'd love a mod that shows grime build up on your weapons and armor over time that also reduces your gear's stats as it builds up. killed a lot of bandits lately? Better clean that blood off your blade and sharpen that sucker to get your damage stats back up. Been swimming a lot looking for treasure? Better buff off that rust accumulating in the damp joints of your armor in order to restore (decrease) your armor's weight and (increase) its protection. Could go nicely with having to set up a camp while in survival mode. Warm up, eat, sleep, and clean your gear.

  • Toyama

    Enhanced Lights and FX will kill your fps in some dungeons albeit one of my favorite lighting mod. Disabled nonetheless, valued my fps more so than a "good look" as with terrible fps makes it impossible to play

  • Philo Jewett

    I'm rocking a laptop with a GTX 1060 6GB (overclocked 175mhz core, 750mhz memory), 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz, Core i7 7700HQ (quadcore) and with this setup I get 50 - 60 FPS anywhere I go. Very smooth. Looks gorgeous. :)

  • iZadoks

    Lmao the way he says verdant!

  • Saxon Gedriht

    I use Nyclix's ENB and it doesn't look nearly as bright or as beautiful as yours. I don't know why.

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  • Ausintune

    the fucking color palette of their fucking game engine makes everything so dreary i understnad for fallout 4, but skyrim should have some color and not literally 4 dark colors smudged together

  • None of your Business

    I don't think my laptop will be able to handle all this... :-(....

  • King Jerbear

    Great list Nate, I'm using almost every one of your suggestions myself, right down to the ENB. Perfect look for the game! Keep up the videos.

  • jan409

    skyrim special edition will never look "next gen" the engine doesn't support subsurface scattering and enb can't hook deep enough into dx10 to add it, unless it will be added in a patch, the special edition will always be behind legendary edition graphics wise.

  • Wu Tang Klan

    I know this comment is 6 months late but if you're wondering what your system can handle, you can probably run most of these mods with little problem. I run on a pretty low quality system and the biggest problem I've had is mixing Verdant and Simply Bigger Trees. For some reason those two don't run very well together on lower quality systems, so I'd say just skip one of them. the grass plugins might affect your FPS slightly but as long as you're not running ultra, it should be fine.

  • denisvj

    What is the name of the font used in the game?????

  • Tae's Fanboy

    best graphical mods for gtx1050ti 4gb, i3 8100...I can go with 40 fps...

  • The Majestic Parrot

    too bright enb and washed up.... no thx

  • Famix

    What is it that Skyrim2017 covers that the others don't?

  • GodYonder

    I downloaded almost all of these mods on xbox one thinking that he was on xbox one too, wish me luck..

  • Ryan Weber

    You got a goofy voice, bro. I like you but you're goofy. Anyway, nice video. Couldn't have made a better one myself. We seem to have an identical visual mod list, although I had to disable WICO due to the notorious dark face bug on random NPCs until I can figure out the appropriate load order as LOOT has decided not to help in this case. You also turned me on to a couple of mods I overlooked. Investigating now. May the ground you walk quake as you pass.

  • Nathan Remix

    Lol i bought a pc a year before. Well my family had a lot of money . But i had my allowance . I bought it around 500 Dollar . Well it may sound pretty cheap . But everyone had to start from somewhere . If possible i wanted to upgrade to i7 and gtx 1080 ti . If possible .

  • Andarus

    The Skyrim Remaster looks pretty terrible compared to Original Skyrim. The ENBs are just pathetic because the DX11 x64 ENB Binary is completely useless.

  • Zulbak

    core i7 what??? just i7 means nothing

  • O.P. Wilkituski

    4:53 But UV maps are textures. What you're thinking about is diffuse maps, which contain the colors of a model. UV maps distort the diffuse maps to make it look like it's 3D, but the meshes are the same flat meshes you already had.So, it technically does enhance the textures (as the name suggests), just not the diffuse maps.

  • BrosisJK

    I was just watching the older Graphics video and then this came out! Perfect timing lol.

  • Danny Marcinko

    Will 3gb of VRAM be enough to run these mods in 1080p minus the flora overhauls?

  • Benjamin Weis

    Oh mah gah.. this is just.. j-j-just beautifuulllll!!!! Can't wait to see the Imperial Armor and sword.

  • Josh Scholz

    What text mod do you use?

  • Chris B

    Recommend posting the Load Order in the comments

  • Tigrotto Fart

    Can i use all of these mods together?

  • Vasil Lad

    Your Skyrim looks like Dusty Crap, make tittle of video "How to make Skyrim Look Even More Next-Gen - Updated" This is troll video?Goddamn it you are clickbaiting.. for views way to much you are like mxr but instead of slooty mods you are pulling lots stuff out of context and calling it "Next-Gen" when of course you are lying just for view and your derpy revenue. You are one of this people where they say they have GTA 6 while the actual game is not even released

  • Wil Ingreso

    More spending time modding than actual game 😄

  • Josh Rhodes

    You use all of these together I'm getting a lot of mod conflicts.

  • Brice Moore

    think this is dope but in what order and how do you install

  • xerader123

    What do you guys think I can do with a laptop GTX 1050. It has 4GB of VRAM. Don't mind playing at 30fps.

  • Lars Henrik Oelker

    My big problem with most good ENBs is that they break night vision since I like to play Khajiit


    Simply bigger trees isn t on Xbox ooooone

  • Blizzard

    Bethesda Watches the videoBethesda "Do we really have to release The Elder Scrolls 6? "

  • That One Guy Jake

    Hey what font mod is that?

  • SmoKK z0r

    Ty for this, Can u make a video where u show us how and when to install all these mods in the right way, im a huge mod noob

  • kcvriess

    What about the UI? And I see see that your text font is different too. Which is it? And do you use the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

  • panicman10

    What about on the ps4? Any mods to improve graphics for everything from better characters to environment and more? Thanks in advance :)

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