Morrowind graphics guide

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Contents

Part 1: The basics

The Morrowind Graphics Guide (MGG for short) is all about improving the game's visuals while still maintainting the vanilla game's aesthetics. In this first part you will find a list of mods that enhance the graphics with the least amount of effort. There are also necessary engine refinements and bug fixes included. Using a mod manager, such as Mod Organizer, is recommended for speeding up the process. Mods are listed in the best order of installation, mods overwriting each other is by design. Should you have any questions, then you're welcome to join the discord channel found here!

 

Some common questions:

Question: Why isn't there detailed instructions for all the mods?

Answer: While some of the mods require some extra step, most mods are installed the default way, which is covered by all mod managers.

If a mod have optionals and they're not mentioned here, then you are free to choose yourself.

Question: Where can I learn more about installing mods?

Answer: Youtuber Gopher has an excellent video series about modding with MO which is a good place to start.

Question: Why isn't mod X included in the guide?

Answer: MGG strives to be vanilla-friendly, and that means a replacer straying too far from the original might not make it into the guide.

In other cases more testing or even tweaks needs to be done before a mod can be added.

Question: Should I install shaders via MO or another mod manager?

Answer: No, MGG shaders only needs to be drag & dropped into your Morrowind folder. MGG shaders is an all-one shader pack customized for the guide,

not unlike how an ENB works. Try playing with them first before doing changes.

Question: Is MGG compatible with Rebirth or Tamriel rebuilt?

Answer: You can play with TR without any compatibility issues, Rebirth will require removing Patch for purists and .esps from this guide.

Question: OpenMW?

Answer: There's no major issues using OpenMW instead of the engine upgrades listed here.

You have to pick the non-bump mapped versions of mod and keep the grass plugin enabled.

MO will require an extra plugin to use it though.

 

Engine upgrades

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As these modify the Morrowind engine, it's advised that you install these without a mod manager according to each mods' instructions.

[MGE XE]

MGE XE


Description: Graphics and engine extender for Morrowind.


[Morrowind Graphics Guide Shaders]

[Morrowind Graphics Guide Shaders


Description: A custom shader pack for MGG, not unlike an ENB.
Special Instructions: Go to the ingame tab and fill in these light settings: Quadratic - 2.619, linear - 0, constant - .382.


[Morrowind Code Patch]

Morrowind Code Patch


Description: Patches bugs in the Morrowind engine, which cannot otherwise be fixed by editing scripts or data files.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mesh and texture replacements

Dunmer.png  Mesh and texture replacers are usually quite safe and easy to install. The only thing to be careful with is the packing of the mod. Sometimes there's an extra layer or two of folders. That means that you can't auto-install them, you have to use the "set data folder" feature of mod organizer to get many of these mods installed right. Mods that can't be downloaded via Mod Organizer should still be installed with it by dragging the archive to the "downloads" tab. Luckily this doesn't take much time. You can see how it's done here.


[Morrowind Optimization Patch]

[Morrowind Optimization Patch


Description: Greatly improves performance and fixes some mesh errors.



[WIP Detailed Correct UV Rocks]

[WIP Detailed Correct UV Rocks


Description: WIP more detailed rock meshes based on CorrectUV Rocks by Nicholiathan.



[Better Meshes plus Optimization]

[Better Meshes plus Optimization


Description: A simple mesh replacer that replaces some of the older meshes in Morrowind.



[Patch for Purists]

[Patch for Purists


Description: Patch for Purists strives to be an all-in-one patcher for everything in Morrowind that is considerd a bug.



[Correct Meshes]

Correct Meshes


Description: Fixes countless meshes



[Animation compilation]

[Animation compilation


Description: Combines the Almalexia casting animations with Dirnae's running animations and fixes the errors.



[Morrowind Enhanced Textures]

[Morrowind Enhanced Textures


Description: Upscaled uncompressed vanilla textures using ESRGAN.



[Remiros' Ascadian Isles Trees 2]

[Remiros' Ascadian Isles Trees 2


Description: This mod replaces all of the trees in the Ascadian Isles region with much more detailed, relatively vanilla-friendly ones.



[Vanilla-friendly West Gash Tree Replacer]

[Vanilla-friendly West Gash Tree Replacer


Description: Both a model and texture replacer for the West Gash trees.



[Westly's Pluginless Head and Hair Replacer]

Westly's Pluginless Head and Hair Replacer


Description: Replaces the meshes for the original head and hair meshes for the NPCs of Morrowind, Tribunal and Bloodmoon



[Creature VFX restoration]

Creature VFX restoration


Description: Many creature effects stopped working properly at a point, this mod restores them.

 


[Ozzy's Grass Merged]

[Ozzy's Grass Merged


Description: This is a merged version of Ozzy's Grass mod for use with MGE, it is also compatible with OpenMW
Special Instructions: Generating distant land with plugin is required, disable it afterwards.


 

Part 2: Further enhancements

It's strongly suggested you play a bit with part one before starting on this part, as that can be enough of an improvement for many players.

 

 

 

Immersion

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[Mines and Caverns]

Mines and Caverns


Description: This mod improves several vanilla dungeons aesthetically and/or expands them.



[Glowing Bitter Coast]

Glowing Bitter Coast


Description: Luminous Russula, Violet Coprinus and Draggle-Tail are now glow mapped. They will now glow and improve the atmosphere of the Bitter Coast.



[The Publicans]

The Publicans


Description: Fixes several places in the vanilla game that are set up like inns, but in which Bethesda for some reason has forgotten to add the option to rent a room to.



[Diseased Restored]

Diseased Restored


Description: This mod restores diseases existing in the Construction Set, based on in-game descriptions.



[Holidays across Tamriel]

Holidays across Tamriel


Description: Adds various religion objects (such as holy icons or statues) to the most of dunmeri homes and temples, in order to depict deeper impact of religion among the dunmer people.



[Subtle Magic Glow]

Subtle Magic Glow


Description: Replaces the 'plastic wrap' around in-game magic items (those equipped by characters or on the ground) with less-obtrusive versions.



[Seasonal Weather of Vvardenfell]

Seasonal Weather of Vvardenfell


Description: This mod adds dynamic weather changes based on the seasons



[Yet Another Guard Diversity]

Yet Another Guard Diversity


Description: This mod replaces the generic, copy-pasted guards of Morrowind with different variations.



[Caldera Mine Expanded]

Caldera Mine Expanded


Description: This mod expands Caldera Mine in every way possible.



[Spear-staff fix]

Spear-staff fix


Description: This changes the position where Spears/Staffs are held, they are held closer to the end.



[Diverse Blood]

Diverse Blood


Description: 8 new blood textures for NPCs and creatures. 1k quality.
Special Instructions: INI edits are optional



[Distinct Bound Stuff]

Distinct Bound Stuff


Description: Conjured matter made transparent



[A strange plant]

A strange plant


Description: Nirnroot added to the game



[Luminous Atronachs]

Luminous Atronachs


Description: Glow maps added for Atronachs



[R-Zero's Random Replacers - Chimney Smoke]

R-Zero's Random Replacers - Chimney Smoke


Description: Darker smoke textures



[Glowing Flames]

Glowing Flames


Description: Tweaked lights and flames



[Flies]

Flies


Description: Adds flies to the game



[Cave Drips]

Cave Drips


Description: Adds a visual effect to all vanilla cave drip sound emitters.


Architecture

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[Aesthesia Hlaalu textures]

Aesthesia Hlaalu textures


Description: This texture pack remakes all textures related to Hlaalu with base resolution 2048x2048. It is also atlased.



[Apel's Lighthouse Retexture]

Apel's Lighthouse Retexture


Description: Texture and mesh replacer for the exterior and interior of imperial lighthouse in Seyda Neen.



[Imperial Houses and Forts Retexture - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell]

[Imperial Houses and Forts Retexture - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell


Description: Full HQ and vanilla style retexture for houses and castles of imperial colonists in Vvardenfell.
Special Instructions: HQ version recommended



[Vanilla-Friendly Retexture without any bump-maps]

Vanilla-Friendly Retexture without any bump-maps


Description: Full HQ and vanilla style retexture for houses, but more dirty
Special Instructions: Only the optional file is needed



[Shacks Docks and Ships - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell]

Shacks Docks and Ships - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell


Description: ontains new textures for wooden shacks, docks and ships.
Special Instructions: Install this patch too



[Telvanni Bump Maps]

[Telvanni Bump Maps


Description: Replaces the Telvanni exteriors and interiors with high-quality textures and bump maps.



[Velothi Retexture]

[Velothi Retexture


Description: Retexture the Velothi architecture with 2k and 1K textures.
Special Instructions: 1K version recommended



[Aesthesia - Stronghold textures]

[Aesthesia - Stronghold textures


Description: Vanilla friendly textures for strongholds. 2k resolution, handmade, friendly to game aesthetics.



[Redoran - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell]

[Redoran - Arkitektora of Vvardenfell


Description: Retexture of the Redoran Architecture.
Special Instructions: Download this patch too



[Full Dwemer Retexture]

[Full Dwemer Retexture


Description: Full retexture of dwemeri set - architecture, armor and weapon, robots, in a lore-friendly vanilla-like style.



[Ashlander textures]

[Ashlander textures


Description: This is simple texture replacer for Ashlanders camps.



[Articus Mournhold 2K Retexture]

Articus Mournhold 2K Retexture


Description: This mod adds High Quality (2048) textures for City of Mournhold.



[Articus Old Mournhold and Sewers Retexture 2K]

Articus Old Mournhold and Sewers Retexture 2K


Description: This mod adds High Quality (2048) textures for Old Mournhold buildings and Sewers.



[Articus Clockwork City of Sotha Sil 2K]

Articus Clockwork City of Sotha Sil 2K


Description: This mod adds High Quality (2048) textures for Clockwork City.



[Lazys Grand Solstheim]

Lazys Grand Solstheim


Description: Raven Rock and Skaal texture in High quality (2048).



[Raven Rock HD]

Raven Rock HD


Description: Completely retextures Raven Rock with vanilla-friendly textures.



[Guar Skin Banners]

Guar Skin Banners


Description: This texture pack replaces almost all the guar skin banners thrughout Vvardenfell.
Special Instructions: Pick the non-normal mapped version


[Daedric Intervention - 2K retexture]

Daedric Intervention - 2K retexture


Description: This big pluginless compilation adds High Quality (2048) textures for Daedric architecture, creatures, armor and weapons.
Special Instructions: Download each separate submod intead of the main file.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Clutter

[Dunmer Lanterns Replacer]

[Dunmer Lanterns Replacer


Description: This mod replaces all of the Dunmer lanterns from the original game with smoother, more detailed versions.



[Ultimate Textures - Wood and Metal]

Ultimate Textures - Wood and Metal


Description: Retextures wood types not touched by other replacers.



[HD Clutter]

HD Clutter


Description: Replaces clutter in high resolution.



[Septim Gold and Dwemer Dumac]

Septim Gold and Dwemer Dumac


Description: Replaces the gold coins in Morrowind with Textures based on actual photos of collectors edition coins.



[Long live the limeware]

Long live the limeware


Description: HD Retexture for the Limeware of Morrowind.



[Long live the plates]

Long live the plates


Description: 1024px Retexture of the 8 standard plates of Morrowind.



[Ket's potions and beverages retexture]

Ket's potions and beverages retexture


Description: Vanilla-style texture replacer for potions and beverages.



[Ket's Swirlwood Furniture Retextrue]

Ket's Swirlwood Furniture Retextrue


Description: Retexture for the fine dunmer furniture. Vanilla-friendly.



[Ket's Paper Lanterns retexture]

Ket's Paper Lanterns retexture


Description: Retexture for dunmer paper lanterns



[HQ Bug Shells]

HQ Bug Shells


Description: HQ meshes and textures for the Ashlander bug shells



[Improved Better Skulls]

Improved Better Skulls


Description: Better Skulls" is a great mod that greatly improves the look of the various skulls found in the game, and increases visual consistency by using the skull from the skeleton instead of the crude vanilla skulls.



[Soulgem Replacer]

Soulgem Replacer


Description: This is a mesh and texture replacer for the soulgems.



[Dunmeri Urns - Aestetika of Vvardenfell]

Dunmeri Urns - Aestetika of Vvardenfell


Description: Retexture of urn.
Special Instructions: Pick the bump-mapped version



[Better Crates]

Better Crates


Description: Simple enhancement of the crate textures



[Articus 6th House Dagoth]

Articus 6th House Dagoth


Description: This mod adds a High Quality (2048) textures for House Dagoth.
Special Instructions: No other mod is actually required to use this.



[FM - Unique items compilation]

FM - Unique items compilation


Description: A compilation of mods that add unique looks to unique items that previously lacked them.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enviroment

[Vanilla Land]

Vanilla Land


Description: Upgrades every terrain texture in the game to a higher resolution.



[Epic Plants]

Epic Plants


Description: Replaces textures and models of various flora with HQ quality.



[Pherim's Fire Fern]

Pherim's Fire Fern


Description: A mesh and textures replacer for the Fire Fern plant and the Fire Petal ingredient.



[Hackle-lo Fixed]

Hackle-lo Fixed


Description: A replacer for the hackle-lo plant with corrected meshes and improved textures



[Comberry Bush and Ingredient Replacer]

Comberry Bush and Ingredient Replacer


Description: Replacer for the comberry bush with real 3D branches and berries.



[Scum Retexture]

Scum Retexture


Description: Retexture of the scum in the Bitter coast.
Special Instructions: Download alternative 2



[Bitter Coast Sounds]

Bitter Coast Sounds


Description: Adds dragonflies around the scum ponds.



[Scummy Scum]

Scummy Scum


Description: Makes the scum green



[Lily Pad Replacer]

Lily Pad Replacer


Description: With this lily pads uses a model instead of texture



[Apel's Asura Coast and Sheogorath replacer]

Apel's Asura Coast and Sheogorath replacer


Description: This mode is retexture and mesh replacer for Asura Coast & Sheogorath Regions.
Special Instructions: Needs to be placed before Vanilla Land in the load order. Disable "meshes\f\Terrain_rock_AC_06.nif"



[Apel's Rain Replacer]

Apel's Rain Replacer


Description: Replaces rain with more a heavy look.



[Vurt's Solstheim Tree Replacer II]

Vurt's Solstheim Tree Replacer II


Description: Pluginless tree replacer for the Solstheim region.
Special Instructions: Also install the collision fix and this patch.



[Vurt's Grazeland Trees II - Vanilla Friendly Edition]

Vurt's Grazeland Trees II - Vanilla Friendly Edition


Description: Makes Vurt's Grazeland Trees II more lore friendly by removing the fat trees.


 

Creatures

[Guars Replacers - Aendemika of Vvardenfell]

Guars Replacers - Aendemika of Vvardenfell


Description: Texture replacer of all Guars.



[Kagouti Replacer - Aendemika of Vvardenfell]

Kagouti Replacer - Aendemika of Vvardenfell


Description: Does what is says on the tin.



[Alit Replacer - Aendemika of Vvardenfell]

Alit Replacer - Aendemika of Vvardenfell


Description: New mesh and textures for Alit



[Cliffracer Replacer]

Cliffracer Replacer


Description: This is a mesh and texture replacer for the Cliffracer creature.



[Nix-hound Replacer]

Nix-hound Replacer


Description: This is a mesh and texture replacer for the Nix-Hound creature.



[Clannfear Replacer]

Clannfear Replacer


Description: Remake of the Clannfear.


 


[Correct UV Mudcrab]

Correct UV Mudcrab


Description: A fixed Mudcrab mesh, reducing distortion and other UV errors.
Special Instructions: Non-smoothed version recommended


 


[Netch Bump Mapped]

Netch Bump Mapped


Description: Retexture with bump map of the Netch.
Special Instructions: Download the alternative texture too.



[Spriggan Bump Mapped]

Spriggan Bump Mapped


Description: Retexture with bump map of the Spriggan.



[Kwama forager bump mapped]

Kwama forager bump mapped


Description: Kwma forager redone.



[Divine Dagoths]

Divine Dagoths


Description: Pluginless replacer for Dagoth Ur and his brothers.



[Pluginless Rat Replacer]

Pluginless Rat Replacer


Description: Pluginless replacer for rats.



[Repleyser Silt-striderov]

Repleyser Silt-striderov


Description: Pluginless replacer for Silt Striders.


 

Armor

[Daedric Lord Armor Morrowind Edition]

Daedric Lord Armor Morrowind Edition


Description: This mod replaces the daedric cuirass with new high-res textures and models.



[Armors Retexture - Outlander Styles]

Armors Retexture - Outlander Styles


Description: High quality and detailed retexture for armors used by n'wah.



[Dwemer Armoury textured and updated]

Dwemer Armoury textured and updated


Description: Replacer for dwemer armors and weapons.



[More Realisitc Dwemer Armor]

More Realisitc Dwemer Armor


Description: Metallic retexture of dwemer armor.



[Orcish Retexture v1.2]

Orcish Retexture v1.2


Description: A retexture for the Orcish Helmet Armor and tower shield.



[Royalguard better armor]

Royalguard better armor


Description: This is simple armor replacer for Royal Guards



[Bonemold Armor Replacer]

Bonemold Armor Replacer


Description: Bonemold Armor Replacer. And also adds bone gloves to the guards of Redoran.
Special Instructions: Disable the included esp file and download the english esp instead



[Improved Nordic Iron Helm Mesh]

Improved Nordic Iron Helm Mesh


Description: Improved Nordic Iron Helm Mesh.



[Nordic Trollbone Helm Replacer]

Nordic Trollbone Helm Replacer


Description: Replaces the Nordic Trollbone Helm.



[Ebony Mail Replacer]

Ebony Mail Replacer


Description: Replaces the Ebony Mail.



[Redoran Watchman's Helm Replacer]

Redoran Watchman's Helm Replacer


Description: Replaces the Redoran Watchman's Helm.



[Bear Armor Replacer]

Bear Armor Replacer


Description: Replacer Bear armor from Bloodmoon addon.



[Glass Glowset]

Glass Glowset


Description: Glowing glass armor, weapons and ore.
Special Instructions: The optional file should also be installed


 

Weapons

[Darknut's little weapons mod complete]

Darknut's little weapons mod complete


Description: This mod improves several weapons texture



[Oriental weapon meshes]

Oriental weapon meshes


Description: This replaces the meshes of the oriental styled weapons in Morrowind with slightly higher polycount versions.



[Real Reflective Weapons - Iron]

Real Reflective Weapons - Iron


Description: New textures and meshes for iron weapons.



[Improved Weapon Meshes - Steel]

Improved Weapon Meshes - Steel


Description: FNew and more detailed meshes for all steel weapons.



[Improved Weapon Meshes - Ebony]

Improved Weapon Meshes - Ebony


Description: This mod includes new and improved meshes for all ten Ebony weapons available in original Morrowind and the Ebony Scimitar from the Tribunal expansion.



[HQ weapons]

HQ weapons


Description: A collection of cleaned weapon replacers from the Symphony mod