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Based on Neovalen's Skyrim Revisited: Legendary Edition
Created and Maintained by Darth_mathias and DarkladyLexy
Last Update: 16:27:34 13 November 2019 (GMT)

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Page Four: The Finishing Line
Quick Links
GUIDE SUPPORT: Support and assistance in the installation and troubleshooting of problems related to this guide are availiable in two locations - either will eventually get you the help you need. The first is located on the STEP Forums. The second, more real-time, location is on Lexy's LOTD Discord Channel.
MOD SUGGESTIONS: Don't see a mod in the list that you think needs to be included? Check on Lexy's Suggested Mods Trello board to be sure it hasn't already been suggested, is in testing, or has been previously rejected.
Guide Page Links
Page 1: Introduction and Prerequisites 
Page 2: The Mod List
Page 3: The Merge Page
Page 4: The Finishing Line. YOU ARE HERE.
Page 5: Recommended MCM Settings
Page 6: Troubleshooting
Page 7: Changelog

LOOT

LOOT (Load Order Optimization Tool) is designed to assist users in creating a working and stable load order, based on author and community provided "meta" rules, with minimal effort on the user's part. For this program to work correctly, a number of custom "user" meta rules need to be added. These have been noted throughout the guide when you were installing mods, though you may not have entered these customs rules at the time. Once you have entered these rules, they will remain persistent unless you clear all user metadata in LOOT or delete the local custom metadata file.

The guide recommended not worrying about LOOT Rules until now, so the following tables summarize all of the LOOT Rules mentioned throughout the Mod Page. Note that some that were listed on the mod page are not listed here: This is because some mods that had rules listed have now been merged, and are no longer relevant. Those rules were placed so that those who do not follow the recommendation can still successfully sort their load orders for testing.

Idiot Check:

  • Ensure the following LOOT User Metadata Rules are entered, ensuring they are also assigned to the group indicated:

LOOT GROUPS

Arthmoor's Villages Group

Arthmoor's Villages Group Additional Rules
Darkwater Crossing.esp None
Dawnstar.esp None
Dragon Bridge.esp None
FarmhouseChimneysExtrasMerged.esp None
Helarchen Creek.esp None
Ivarstead.esp None
Karthwasten.esp None
Keld-Nar.esp Load After Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged.esp
Kynesgrove.esp None
Rorikstead.esp None
Shor's Stone.esp None
Soljund's Sinkhole.esp None
Fall of Granite Hill.esp None
Whistling Mine.esp None
Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged.esp Load After Dragon Bridge.esp and Shor's Stone.esp
NSUTR - Merged.esp None
Snazzy Overhaul Patches Merged.esp None

Creation Club Group

Creation Club Group Additional Rules
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul.esp None
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul0.esp None
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul1.esp None
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul12.esp None
Skyrim Realistic Overhaul123.esp None

Landscape Group

Landscape Group Additional Rules
Landscape Fixes For Grass Mods.esp Load After Trees and Flora Merged.esp
Trees and Flora Merged.esp None

Merge Patches Group

Merge Patches Group Additional Rules
Animals Merged.esp None
Audio Patches Merged.esp None
IcePenguinWorldMap.esp Load After Weather Systems Merged.esp
KIC + RWT Patches Merged.esp None
LOTD Patches Merged.esp None
MLU Patches Merged.esp Load After LOTD Patches Merged.esp
nwsFollowerFramework.esp None
OMEGA CACO Patches Merged.esp None
RealisticWaterTwo.esp Load After Weather Systems Merged.esp
Trivial Smelters of Skyrim Merged.esp None
Weapons Armours Merged.esp Load After MLU Patches Merged.esp
Weather Systems Merged.esp Load After Audio Patches Merged.esp

NPC Retexture Group

NPC Retextures Group Additional Rules
ELE Merged.esp Load After NPC Retexture Merge SSE.esp
RS Children Patches Merged.esp None
NPC Retexture Merge SSE.esp Load After RS Children Patches Merged.esp

Conflict Resolution Group

Conflict Resolution Group Additional Rules
Lexy's LOTD Consistency Patches Merged.esp None
Lexy's LoTD SE OMEGA - Conflict Resolution.esp None
OMEGA Followers and NPC - Conflict Resolution.esp None
OMEGA NPC Retexture - Conflict Resolution.esp None

Leveled List Modifiers Group

Leveled List Modifiers Group Additional Rules
Pre Bash Merged.esp None

Load After LOOT Rules

These mods stay in their default group - add the Load After rule indicated.

Individual Mods LOOT Rules
CollegeOfWinterholdImmersive.esp Load After MrissiTailOfTroubles.esp
CLARALUX SSE.esp Load After RelightingSkyrim-FULL.esp, Blowing In The Wind Merged.esp
DiverseDragonsCollectionSE.esp Load After DeadlyDragons.esp
ogSplendorDragons.esp Load After DiverseDragonsCollectionSE.esp
Point The Way.esp Load After UniqueBorderGates-All.esp
aMidianBorn_ContentAddon.esp Load After Lore Weapon Expansion.esp

Perform the following steps on initial setup of you load order and any time a ESP/ESL/ESM file (other than those created on this page) are changed:

  • Start Mod Organizer 2.
  • Select LOOT in the executable selection box and click [Run].
  • Find the icon that looks like a horizontal bar graph (mouse over text should state "Sort Plugins") and click it.
  • After some processing, the calculated load order will be displayed in the right pane of LOOT. Click the [Apply] button.
  • Click the [X] on the title bar to close LOOT.

All mods currently installed will now be ordered based upon the master list downloaded by the tool and the user metadata that was created while installing mods in this guide. However, they may not be in the order the plugins themselves are expecting. Note that this will not affect the ability of the game to run the files, but can be fixed by:

  • Opening SSEEdit in Mod Organizer 2 and click [OK] (make sure you are not loading your QuickAutoClean profile of SSEEdit).
  • After the load is complete, select all files.
  • Right-Click, and in the menu that appears, select "Sort Masters".
  • After SSEEdit has completed working, click the [X] in the upper right-hand corner
  • A pop-up window will list all files that were altered. Uncheck "Backup plugins", and click [OK] to save the new versions. If no pop-up appears, no files needed alteration.

Fores New Idles in Skyrim - FNIS

Fores New Idles in Skyrim, hereafter referenced as FNIS is designed to allow new skeleton and animation designs not possible with the default Skyrim engine such as new animations, gender-specific animations, poses, etc. This involves the use of an external patcher GenerateFNIS_for_Users.exe which will create specialized .hkx files to match the current skeleton and animation configuration. Perform the following (and again every time animation mods are changed):

  1. Navigate to Mod Organizer 2/Mods and create a folder called FNIS Output.
  2. Launch Mod Organizer 2 make sure FNIS Output is checked
  3. Press the Executables button location FNIS.
  4. Locate Create Files in Mod instead of Overwrite (*} and from teh drop down menu select FNIS Output
  5. click Apply.
  6. Select FNIS in the executable selection box and click [Run]. The FNIS main interface should appear, if it does not, review the installation section for FNIS.
  7. In the Available Patches at the bottom of the window, check the box adjacent to GENDER Specific Animations, SKELETON Arm Fix, tktk1's TK Dodge/Ultimate Combat.
  8. Click the [Update FNIS Behavior] button and wait for a message to appear in the window stating "X animations for Y mods successfully included.".
  9. Click [Exit]
  10. Mod Organizer 2 has automatically placed the generated files into the FNIS Output folder in Mod Organizer.
  11. Activate the mod.

For reference, the FNIS Output folder should contain the following:

meshes folder containing new hkx behaviour files.
scripts folder containing 3 compiled scripts for version tracking.
tools folder containing logs.

Time for a Quick Test

Now would be a good spot to test your installation by:

  1. Starting the game.
  2. from the main menu open the console.
  3. Type coc then the appropriate command.
Azura: ShrineOfAzuraExterior01
Malacath: FallowstoneCaveEnd
Mehrunes Dagon: Mehrunes01
Dibella: MarkarthTempleofDibella
Meridia: KilkreathRuinsExterior03
Talos: MarkarthShrineofTalos
College: WinterholdCollegeExterior

If you crash you did something with Stunning Statues of Skyrim.

Wrye Bash

WARNING: DISABLE SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm until you see another warning telling you to re-activate it later in this page. Do not run LOOT past this point. The only exception is updating which requires disabling all mods in the Finishing Line using the Left Panel in MO2.

Idiot check: Make sure the following Bash Tags have been set before creating the Bash Patch

Bash tags can be set by clicking on the mod in question, then right-clicking in the space on the right pane labelled bash tags.

Mod Name Plugin Bash Tag Update Required:
Amulets of Skyrim SSE SL01AmuletsSkyrim.esp DELEV, STATS
Animals Merged Animals Merged.esp DELEV, STATS
Landscape Environment and Clutter Merged Landscape Environment and Clutter Merged.esp GRAPHICS
LOTD Patches Merged LOTD Patches Merged.esp DELEV, GRAPHICS, INVENT, NAMES, RELEV, STATS
MLU Patches Merged MLU Patches Merged.esp DELEV, INVENT, GRAPHICS, NAMES, RELEV, STATS
OMEGA CACO Patches Merged OMEGA CACO Patches Merged.esp DELEV, RELEV
Typo Patches Merged Typo Patches Merged.esp NAMES
Weapons & Armours Merged Weapons Armours Merged.esp INVENT, NAMES, STATS
YOT - Your Own Thoughts Merged YOT - Your Own Thoughts Merged.esp NAMES
Pre Bash Merge Pre Bash Merged.esp INVENT, NAMES, RELEV, STATS
Zim's Immersive Artifacts ZIA_Complete Pack.esp NAMES, STATS

Wrye Bash is a tool that can be used to install/manage mods but more importantly it has tools to merge levelled lists and can even merge entire mods together into a "Bashed Patch". Perform the following (and again every time mods change with an esp):

  1. Navigate to Mod Organizer 2/Mods and create a folder called Bash Patch.
  2. Launch Mod Organizer 2 make sure Bash Patch is checked
  3. Press the Executables button locate Wrye Bash.
  4. Locate Create Files in Mod instead of Overwrite (*} and from the drop down menu select Bash Patch
  5. click Apply.
  6. Select Wrye Bash in the executable selection box and click [Run]. The Wrye Bash main interface should appear.
  7. Scroll down the mod list and right-click Bashed Patch, 0.esp and select "Rebuild Patch".
  8. Check only "Import Graphics", "Import Inventory", "Import Keywords", "Import Names", "Import Stats", "Import Text", "Tweak Settings", and "Leveled Lists" in the left pane.
  9. Click on "Tweak Settings" in the left pane.
  10. Right-click "AI: Max Actors" and select "50".
  11. Right-click "Arrow: Speed" and select "1.4".
  12. Right-click "Combat: Max Actors" and select "30".
  13. Right-click "Crime: Alarm Distance" and select "1200".
  14. Right-click "Timescale" and select "15".
  15. Check the box next to "AI: Max Active Actors", "Arrow: Speed", "Combat: Projectile Dodge Fix", "Combat: Max Actors", "Crime: Alarm Distance" and "Timescale" to apply them.
  16. Click [Build Patch] at the bottom of the window. A dialogue asking to activate it may appear, click [Yes].
  17. Exit Wrye Bash by clicking the [X] in the top right corner.
  18. The Bashed Patch, 0.esp is automatically moved to the Bash Patch Folder.

Mators SMASH

Idiot check makes sure SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm is deactivated before running SMASH

  1. Navigate to Mod Organizer 2/Mods and create a folder called SMASH Patch.
  2. Launch Mod Organizer 2 make sure SMASH Patch is checked
  3. Press the Executables button locate Mator's SMASH.
  4. Locate Create Files in Mod instead of Overwrite (*} and from the drop down menu select SMASH Patch
  5. click Apply.
  6. Select Mator's SMASH in the executable selection box and click [Run]. The SMASH main interface should appear.
  7. Select 'Skyrim SE' and click ok.
  8. In the popup window select ok.
  9. Highlight everything from Update.esm down to Bashed Patch, 0.esp.
  10. Right click and select Add to patch.
  11. In the popup window call both fields Smash Patch.
  12. Highlight everything from Update.esm down to Bashed Patch, 0.esp.
  13. Right click, select Smash Settings, navigate to Smash and click Smash.all

Then go back and set these to Smash.ForceAll following the same method:

(Located at the bottom of the list)

RealisticWaterTwo.esp
LOTD Patches Merged.esp
MLU Patches Merged.esp
Animals Merged.esp
OMEGA CACO Patches Merged.esp
NPC Retexture Merge SSE.esp
ELE Merged.esp
Lexy's LOTD Consistency Patches Merged.esp
Lexy's LoTD SE OMEGA - Conflict Resolution.esp
OMEGA Followers and NPC - Conflict Resolution.esp
OMEGA NPC Retexture - Conflict Resolution.esp
Bashed Patch, 0.esp

(Located about half-way to 3/4 down in the list, usually near or after each other)

MLU.esp
PrvtI_HeavyArmory.esp
Ordinator - Perks of Skyrim.esp
CLARALUX SSE.esp
CLARALUX Patches Merged.esp
  1. Click the Hammer to build the Smash Patch.
  2. Once built exit Smash and activate it in Mod Organizer 2.
  3. The file will be in your Mod Organizer 2 SMASH Patch folder.

[Lexy's LOTD SE OMEGA - SMASH Override]

CORE
Lexy's LOTD SE OMEGA - SMASH Override - v1.09 - by Darkladylexy

Files to download :

  • MAIN FILES - Lexy's LOTD SE OMEGA - SMASH Override

Mod Notes: The mod Fixes some issue created by SMASH.

zEdit

Idiot check makes sure SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm is deactivated before running zEdit

  1. Navigate to Mod Organizer 2/Mods and create a folder called zEdit Output.
  2. Launch Mod Organizer 2 make sure zEdit Output is checked.
  3. Press the Executables button locate zEdit.
  4. Locate Create Files in Mod instead of Overwrite (*} and from the drop down menu select zEdit Output.
  5. click Apply.
  6. Select zEdit in the executable selection box and click [Run]. The zEdit main interface should appear.
  7. Select 'Skyrim SE' from the dropdown and click 'Start Session'
  8. Select the 'OK' button at the bottom of the load order list (You might have to mouse wheel down to see it)
  9. After zEdit loads the mods in the load order, right-click in the left panel and select 'Manage Patchers' from the popup menu.
  10. On the left side of the window that opens, click on "Know Your Enemy's Armor Patcher".
  11. Make sure the "Patch armor descriptions?" box is set to false. (You will only need to change this once.)
  12. In the left panel, click on Build Patches.
  13. Uncheck everything except "Know your armor patcher"
  14. know_your_armor_patch.esp should be in the list, click the 'Build' button by it's name.
  15. Wait until know_your_armor_patch.esp appears at the bottom of the load order, or a message that reads "1 patch plugins built successfully" is displayed.
  16. Click the X.
  17. Now select 'Manage Patchers' for a second time from the popup menu.
  18. Uncheck everything except "Know Your Enemy Patcher".
  19. know_your_enemy_patch.esp should be listed, click the 'Build' button by its name.
  20. Wait until know_your_enemy_patch.esp appears at the bottom of the load order, or a message that reads "1 patch plugins built successfully" is displayed.
  21. Click the X.
  22. Now select 'Manage Patchers' for a third and final time from the popup menu.
  23. Uncheck everything except the options listed under zPatch.
  24. In the Left pane click Under the NPC Visual Transfer now you see a new box on the Right Pane add the following: NPC Retexture Merge SSE.esp RSChildren.esp RS Children Patches Merged.esp and OMEGA NPC Retexture - Conflict Resolution.esp
  25. In the left pane click Build Patches.
  26. zPatch.esp should be listed, Click the 'Build' button by its name.
  27. Wait until zPatch.esp appears at the bottom of the load order, or a message that reads "1 patch plugins built successfully" is displayed.
  28. Click the X.
  29. Now click the X to close zEdit. It will prompt you to save or discard the file. Click 'Save' and make sure that "know_your_armor_patch.esp", "know_your_enemy_patch.esp", "zPatch.esp" are saved
  30. The files will be in your zEdit Ouput folder.

Relinker

Idiot check makes sure SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm is deactivated before running Relinker

Idiot check make sure you setup MO2 in Portable Mode

Idiot check make sure you don't move your mods folder out of Mod Organizer 2 base folder

  1. Open zEdit and select zMerge from the drop-down menu along with the profile you wish to use.
  2. Press Start Session.
  3. Hit the Button that says Relink Scripts.
  4. Once zMerge has finished you can exit.
  5. A Mod called Relinker Output should have been automatically created. You can now activate it in Mod Organizer 2.

xLODGEN

WARNING: ENABLE SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm for this part only.


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Notice
This may take some time to run. On my system, it takes Approx 1 hour
 Make sure xLODGenx64.exe has been added as an executable in Mod Organizer 2.
Make sure you have added the correct Arguments.
Make sure you have activated SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm as the warning above says to.
Run xLODGenx64.exe using Mod Organizer 2.
  1. Check everything in the Select Worldspace(s) to generate LOD.
  2. Make sure Only Terrain LOD is Checked
  3. LOD4 quality 5; Build Diffuse Size 512, Build Normal Size 256, Protect Borders, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 1
  4. LOD8 quality 10; Build Diffuse Size 256, Build Normal Size 128, Optimize Unseen On, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 2
  5. LOD16 quality 10; Build Diffuse Size 256, Build Normal Size 128, Optimize Unseen On, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 3
  6. LOD32 quality 15; Build Diffuse Size 256, Build Normal Size 128, Optimize Unseen 550, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 4
  7. Default Size Diffuse 128, Normal 128
  8. Bake normal-maps (checked)
  9. Occlusion - (Unchecked)
  10. Click Generate.
Once xLODGEN has finished, navigate to where you created the SSELODGen_Output then install into mod Organizer 2 and activate.
Once xLODGEN has run you can deactivate SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm it is only required for xLODGEN generation.


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Once xLODGEN has been created and activated in Mod Organizer 2 move A Quality World Map and Better Falskaar and Wyrmstooth Map With Roads underneath SSELODGen_Output in the Left Pane of Mod Organizer 2

DynDOLOD - Dynamic Distant LOD Generation - Gamerpoets DynDoLOD Tutorial Video

Setting Up DynDOLOD for Ultra Trees

WARNING: DISABLE SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm for the last time. It is not required by the game from this point onwards, unless re-generating xLODGen


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Notice
Ultra Trees will significantly increase your VRAM usage. If you have a 4GB or less graphics card consider generating traditional LOD. To set traditional lod, first leave TreeLOD as "1" in DynDOLOD_SSE.ini. Second make sure "Generate Tree Lods" is checked within DynDOLOD.

Idiot check makes sure SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm is deactivated before running TexGEN or DynDOLOD

For the purpose of this guide will be generating Ultra Trees using DynDOLOD.

  1. Make sure DynDOLOD Standalone is installed.
  2. Navigate to <DynDOLOD 2.73 Path>\Edit Scripts\DynDOLOD\cache
  3. Delete all files except becauseofreasons.txt.
  4. Navigate to <DynDOLOD 2.73 Path>\Edit Scripts\DynDOLOD\
  5. Open up the DynDOLOD_SSE.ini
  6. Change the line TreeLOD= to "0"

Now We can Begin the process of generating DynDOLOD.

TexGen64

Make sure TexGen64.exe has been added as an executable in Mod Organizer 2.
Run TexGen64 using Mod Organizer 2.
In the popup window Select where you want the TexGen Output to go (For the purpose of the guide Create a TexGen Output Folder in MO2/Mods and point to that).
In the popup window change LOD Texture Size to [512].
Click Start and allow TexGen to Run.
Once the execution has completed, select [Exit] to close the window.
Navigate to the TexGen output directory <Mod Organizer 2 path\mods\TexGen Output> and activate it.

DynDOLOD64

Make sure DynDOLOD64.exe has been added as an executable in Mod Organizer 2.
Run DynDOLOD using Mod Organizer.
In the popup window Select where you want the DynDOLOD Output to go (For the purpose of the guide Create a DynDOLOD Output Folder in MO2/Mods and point to that).
click [Advanced >>>].
In the top left selection box, check all of the boxes by right-clicking and then clicking "Select All".
Below the preset buttons, check the boxes marked "Candles" and "FXGlow".
In the options panel, tick the "Generate static LOD", "Generate DynDOLOD" "Windows", "High", "Fake lights in child worlds" "Create texture atlas" checkboxes.
In the options panel change Max tile size to "512".
Click the [High] preset button (If you have a 4GB card and are not using Ultra trees you can select the Medium preset).
Click [OK], this will begin the LOD generation process (can take up to 30 minutes).
Once the execution has completed, select [Save & Exit] to close the window then click [OK] on the following window to close the program.
Navigate to the DynDOLOD Output directory <Mod Organizer 2 path\mods\DynDOLOD Output> place it below TexGen Output in the Left Pane of Mod Organizer 2 and activate it.
Manually place DynDOLOD.esm after Gray Fox Cowl.esm.

xLODGEN - Occlusion Generation

WARNING: MAKE SURE SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm IS DISABLED.


  1. Check everything in the Select Worldspace(s) to generate LOD.
  2. Make sure Only Occlusion is Checked
  3. Click Generate.
  4. Once xLODGEN has finished a new esp called Occlusion.esp should appear in your Overwrite folder.
  5. Create a mod called xLODGEN - Occlusion Output and active it.

MCM Menu Setup

Recommended MCM Settings