Skyrim bodyparts number

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Overview

This guide includes all the body slots available for armours in Skyrim and their standard usage. Some of them are already used by Bethesda. In the case of slots not used in vanilla game, this guide indicates the reference usage that has been set by consensus between modders.

Skyrim Body parts numbers

Body slots used by Bethesda

This is the list of the body parts used by Bethesda and named in the Creation Kit:

  • 30 - head
  • 31 - hair
  • 32 - body (full)
  • 33 - hands
  • 34 - forearms
  • 35 - amulet
  • 36 - ring
  • 37 - feet
  • 38 - calves
  • 39 - shield
  • 40 - tail
  • 41 - long hair
  • 42 - circlet
  • 43 - ears
  • 50 - decapitated head
  • 51 - decapitate
  • 61 - FX01

Other body parts that exist in vanilla nif models

  • 44 - Used in bloodied dragon heads, so it is free for NPCs
  • 45 - Used in bloodied dragon wings, so it is free for NPCs
  • 47 - Used in bloodied dragon tails, so it is free for NPCs
  • 130 - Used in helmetts that conceal the whole head and neck inside
  • 131 - Used in open faced helmets\hoods (Also the nightingale hood)
  • 141 - Disables Hair Geometry like 131 and 31
  • 142 - Used in circlets
  • 143 - Disabled Ear geometry to prevent clipping issues?
  • 150 - The gore that covers a decapitated head neck
  • 230 - Neck, where 130 and this meets is the decapitation point of the neck

Free body slots and reference usage

  • 44 - face/mouth
  • 45 - neck (like a cape, scarf, or shawl, neck-tie etc)
  • 46 - chest primary or outergarment
  • 47 - back (like a backpack/wings etc)
  • 48 - misc/FX (use for anything that doesnt fit in the list)
  • 49 - pelvis primary or outergarment
  • 52 - pelvis secondary or undergarment
  • 53 - leg primary or outergarment or right leg
  • 54 - leg secondary or undergarment or leftt leg
  • 55 - face alternate or jewelry
  • 56 - chest secondary or undergarment
  • 57 - shoulder
  • 58 - arm secondary or undergarment or left arm
  • 59 - arm primary or outergarment or right arm
  • 60 - misc/FX (use for anything that doesnt fit in the list)

Setting the body slot in Skyrim

Adjusting the dismemberment data
Armour Addon properties
Armour properties

In Skyrim you need to set the body slot used by a piece or armour in two places:

  • In the Dismemberment data of the nif file
  • In the Armor addon and Armor items in the Creation Kit

IMPORTANT: The body slot you set in the nif file and in the CK must be the same, or your armour will be invisible in game.

Required tools

  • Nifskope: latest NifSkope version.
  • Creation Kit: available on Steam (Menu option View -> Tools and then select Creation Kit)

Setting the body slot in the nif file

  1. Load the mesh into NifSkope
  2. Select the BSDismemberSkinInstance node of one of the NiTriShape nodes of your armour as shown in picture Adjusting the dismemberment data.
  3. In the Block details section expand the Partitions property.
  4. Expand the second Partitions property.
    1. Make sure that the Part Flag property has bloth flags selected: PF_EDITOR_VISIBLE and PF_START_NET_BONESET. If not, double click and select both flags from the drop down list.
    2. The Body Part property will contain one or more of the body parts ypu've created in Blender (BP_TORSO, BP_LEFTLEG or BP_RIGHTARM). Double click on these values and change them to:
    3. From BP_TORSO to 32
    4. From BP_RIGHTARM to 34
    5. From BP_LEFTLEG to 37
  5. Repeat this steps for all the BSDismemberSkinInstance nodes of all the NiTriShape nodes of your armour.
  6. Save the nif file.

Setting the body slot in the CK

  1. Load the esp file containing your armour in the CK
  2. Set the body slot in the Armor addon:
    1. Find the armour addon you want to modify and double click on it to open the screen showing its properties.
    2. Set the Biped Object for the Armor addon: the selected objects in this list are the dismemberment parts that form your armour. For armour covering the body you usually will select 32-Body, 34-Forearms and 38-Calves. For boots, you will select 37-Feet. Note that the number before the name is the same number you wrote in the Skin partition nodes of the nif file.
  3. Set the body slot in the Armor:
    1. Find the armour you want to modify and double click on it to open the screen showing its properties.
    2. Set the Biped Object for the Armor: the slot used by your armour when equipped.

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