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<div style="text-align: center;"><font size="12">Lexy's Legacy of The Dragonborn: Special Edition</font></div>
 
<div style="text-align: center;"><font size="4">Based on Neovalen's Skyrim Revisited: Legendary Edition</font></div>
 
<div style="text-align: center;"><font size="4">Created and Maintained by Darth_mathias and DarkladyLexy</font></div>
 
<div style="text-align: center;"><big>Last Update: {{ #time: G:i:s j F Y|+1 hours| {{REVISIONTIMESTAMP}} }} (GMT)</big></div><br>
 
  
{{Notice|This guide is designed for experienced modders. If you are new to the Skyrim Modding Experience, it is highly suggested you watch videos, read forums posts, and other such activities to ensure you are familiarized with all of the tools used in this mod build. It is also advised that you attempt a less technical mod guide, such as TUCOS, to become comfortable with the use of these tools.}}
 
{{Notice|First time installers of this guide are advised to install everything listed in the guide in their initial installation, and deviating from it ONLY after verifying a working build.}}
 
 
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<div style="text-align: center;"><font size="4">General Quick Links</font></div>
 
[http://forum.step-project.com/topic/13092-lexys-legacy-of-the-dragonborn-special-edition/ <span style="color:cyan">SUPPORT FORUM:</span>] <span style="color:gold">Lexy's Legacy of the Dragonborn Special Edition</span> [http://forum.step-project.com/topic/13092-lexys-legacy-of-the-dragonborn-special-edition/ This] will connect you with support for the guide via the STEP Forums.
 
[https://discord.gg/xj7JcZ7 <span style="color:Cyan">SUPPORT DISCORD:</span>] You can check out our dedicated Discord channel by clicking [https://discord.gg/xj7JcZ7 Here]
 
[https://trello.com/b/V4o4FPSl/lexys-legacy-of-the-dragonborn-special-edition-suggested-mods <span style="color:Cyan">Testing Trello:</span>] Suggested mods, current testing status, and other information on guide development can be found [https://trello.com/b/V4o4FPSl/lexys-legacy-of-the-dragonborn-special-edition-suggested-mods Here].
 
[https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_Changelog <span style="color:Cyan">CHANGELOG:</span>] You can review the version changes to the guide by clicking [https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_Changelog Here]
 
[https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Troubleshooting <span style="color:Cyan">Troubleshooting:</span>] Some Troubleshoot tip can be found [https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Troubleshooting Here]
 
 
 
<div style="text-align: center;"><font size="4">Guide Specific Quick Links</font></div>
 
[https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php?title=User:Shadriss/ModList_Page <span style="color:Cyan">Mod List Page:</span>] The guide's list of mods can be found [https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php?title=User:Shadriss/ModList_Page Here].
 
[https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_Merge_Page <span style="color:Cyan">Merge Page:</span>] The guide's Merge Page is [https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_Merge_Page Here]
 
[https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_Finishing_Line<span style="color:Cyan">Finishing Line:</span>] The guide's Finishing Line page is [https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_Finishing_Line Here]
 
[https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_MCM <span style="color:Cyan">Mod Configuration Menu Setup:</span>] The guide's suggested Mod Configuration Menu settings are all [https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_MCM Here]
 
 
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= <span style="color:#00FF00">Introduction and Summary</span> =
 
 
Welcome to Lexy's Legacy of the Dragonborn: Special Edition, the Skyrim SE version of my previous and popular SRLE Extended: Legacy of the Dragonborn guide. This is designed to be a full installation guide, taking you from a fresh Skyrim SE installation to a fully modified game.
 
 
The guide is actively maintained, and is a constant state of flux. As of this writing, it is updated once a week (when circumstances allow). The STEP Hosted guide is updated on Monday, and the NEXUS hosted guide follows on Wednesday. With this in mind, ensure that as you are installing you are using the same version of the guide that you were previously using, as installation can take anywhere from a day or two to a full week or more, depending on how much time you dedicate to it.
 
 
As noted in the warning above, this guide is designed for experienced modders, and the instructions, though they are written for clarity, do assume a certain level of comfort and familiarity with the tools. If you are looking for an easier guide, one better suited to learning the basics of Mod Organizer 2 and the other tools, I recommend looking at [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/10694 TUCOGUIDE] by ponurymazepa.
 
 
'''There is a video series (special thanks to PheonixSunstar001) that shows the entireity of this guide's installation. It can be found [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCweDeggYz3kt1fvk7NCLQcw here]'''.
 
 
== <span style="color:#00ff00">A Little Chat</span> ==
 
This guide will take a substantial amount of time and a large amount of hard drive space (approximately 100 Gb of data, not including your base Skryim install). It also involves the use of more advanced modding concepts. Prior to beginning the installation, I suggest giving the entire guide a read-through to be fully aware of everything you will need to do to complete the instllation. Remember that the end goal of the guide is to actually PLAY the game and enjoy it. This will take several sessions to install from scratch.
 
 
This is not your father's Skyrim, kids. Be warned: it is a much more difficult game, especially from start to level 30. The quests you used to do at level 1 aren't going to be doable until much later on unless you are a very experienced solo player or have a number of followers trailing behind you. Even dedicated solo players have adopted follower usage trying to play this guide. You'll likely want a follower or two anyhow to carry all the glorious LOTD Museum loot around anyhow.
 
 
To have a fully working install of this guide, you MUST pay attention and follow the posted instructions TO THE LETTER. Experiences on both the Support Forums and the Discord have shown that 98% of reported problems are the results of user error, with the remaining portion mistakes on Lexy's part (and are quickly corrected). It is imperative that you have at least some knowledge and familiarity with Mod Organizer 2, LOOT, FNIS, the Creation Kit, xEdit, zMerge, Wrye Bash, Mator Smash, zEdit, xLODGen, and DynDOLOD prior to starting the guide. The mod list can be used as a base to build or remove from, but it is strongly advised that you install and play-test the entire guide (with nothing omitted or added) to ensure it is stable before doing so. The guide itself is very stable, and rivals Requiem in scope since the inclusion of the OMEGA and Experience mods. Again, if you complete the installation and the game isn't working, it is far more likely that you made an error in installation than that Lexy made a mistake in her instructions.
 
 
There is a Discord Community that has an unwritten rule of tolerance towards those new to modding (within reason), but self-help is preferred and appreciated. The Discord is friendly, helpful, and has a knowledgeable staff. Link: [https://discord.gg/r6ZJKZ9 Discord]
 
 
As the guide is frequently updated, you will, at some point, have to stop modding it and just play or you will be caught up in a never-ending loop of restarting new characters. Most users create two separate installations of MO2, one for playing and one for updating. Those who are OCD about maintaining things up to date will find this helps sooth the itch.
 
 
The guide is very demanding on hardware. You can use it, though, if you know your computer system, are smart about what texture resolutions you use, how many of them you use, and scale back some of the settings of (or simply just don't use) xLodGen, DynDOLOD, and/or ENB/ReShade. The guide has been bench-marked,  and currently uses an approximate max 4.7 Gb of VRAM on Darth's and Lexy's system during the Cart Ride to Helgen. The system specs of these computers is found below.
 
 
With that said: It's time to get into the wonderful world of Skyrim Modding. We hope you'll find it pleasant, and good luck.
 
 
== <span style="color:#00ff00">Lexy's System Specs</span> ==
 
 
The specs listed below are those of Lexy's computer. They are NOT a minimum specs listing, just a point of reference for what is being used by Lexy to test this guide.
 
 
* Processor:      i5 4670K @ 4.2 GHz
 
* Motherboard:    ASUS z97-K
 
* Ram:            Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4x8GB) @2133MHz
 
* GPU:            Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080Ti 11GB
 
* OS:              (WIN 7) WD Green 2TB
 
* Game Drive:      Samsung 850 EVO 256GB (Steam)
 
* Game Drive:      WD Blue M.2 SATA 1TB (GOG and Origins)
 
* Game Backup:    WD Blue 2TB
 
 
 
=<span style="color:#00ff00">The Journey Begins...</span>=
 
 
Before you can get to the fun stuff, you have to go through the not-so-fun stuff. We have a small laundry list of things to finish first - from installing the game, to cleaning the mess that is the original Bethesda files, to installing all of the tools. So the first step of our journey is to lay the foundations of the guide.
 
 
== <span style="color:#00ff00">Tag Explanations</span> ==
 
 
Most mods in the guide will usually have at least one (if not more) of the following tags. These are placed for easier management of the guide. Explanations of these tags follow:
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div>: A Core mod is considered essential to the full guide build, and should always be included.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div>: Tools are, as their name implies, tools used in the modding process. Instructions for their use can be found either on the Prerequisites Page or elsewhere on the internet. Special Use instructions will be presented as they are needed.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#cc6699; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Optional</div>: These mods are considered optional to the overall build. However, because of the nature of this guide, it will likely affect the rest of the guide's install process in some way. Removal of these mods can be done, but may require more work to either remove dependencies (IE, cleaning masters from Conflict Resolution patches later on) or to simply not install related files (iNeed patches wouldn't be needed if not installing iNeed, for example). No alternate instructions are provided for cases where you choose not to install these mods. If this is your first install of the guide, again, it is strongly advised to install these first and only remove them later after you have verified a working and stable install.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#b38659; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">HQ</div>: These mods are a 'high-quality' visual modification aimed at users with a higher-end system. It can be used by those with lower-end systems, but the visual improvement may not be worth the performance hit.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#1dafa1; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">BSA</div>: Mods with this flag need to have their BSA assets extracted via the Mod Organizer 2 BSA extracter. This is often because these mods are involved in a merge later on, which requires the assets to be loose files instead. Instructions for this process can be found in the "BSA Extraction" section later on this page.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006600; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Classic</div>: These mods were designed and intended for use with Skyrim: Legacy Edition (AKA, LE or sometimes Oldrim). They still work with the Special Edition, but may require some file manipulation to make it work as intended with the guide.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#ff0000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Convert</div>: As a follow on to the <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006600; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Classic</div> tag, some ESP files need to be converted in the Creation Kit to the newer record forms of the Special Edition. This tag denotes those mods. The instructions for doing so are located later on this page.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#996600; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">CAO</div>: These mods have textures and meshes that need optimization, and will be run through the Cathedral Assets Optimizer. Instructions for this process will be found in the "Cathedral Assets Optimizer" section later on this page.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#800080; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Merge</div>: These mods are part of a merged mod that will be created late in the guide. It is informational only, and does not require any additional actions until instructed to do so on the Merge Page.
 
 
* <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#0000ff; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">ESL</div>: Some mod's ESP files can be flagged as ESL files instead, effectively saving one of the 254 available ESP slots in the load order. This tag notes a mod who's ESP can be so flagged. Instructions for this process can be found on the Prerequisites Page.
 
 
= <span style="color:#00ff00">Prerequisites</span> =
 
Before starting to install any of the mods in the list, it is first important to put the game into a stable state and make a few quick changes to the main Bethesda files to ensure no conflicts in the vanilla game exist - yes, Bethesda's own DLC creates some conflicts. If you are a long time Bethesda game player, this should not surprise you.
 
 
But before we get started...
 
 
== <span style="color:#00ff00">A Quick Word From Lexy</span> ==
 
 
Before we get started a quick word from your friendly neighborhood mad lady.
 
 
* Your game MAY APPEAR BROKEN and Loot will not sort correctly until you complete the entire guide.
 
* Do not add or remove other mods before completing the guide.
 
* Do carefully read and follow every word of the guide.
 
* Do not deviate.
 
* Trust the guide!
 
* You have to be willing to teach yourself how to use all of the modding tools used in this guide.
 
* This guide will completely change your game, and it may appear broken at times.
 
* Read each mod’s Nexus description so you know what you are installing!
 
* This guide is unlike any other guide because it has many custom patches to make hundreds of mods work together.
 
 
Trust in the madness that is Darkladylexy...
 
 
== <span style="color:#00ff00">Official Content</span> ==
 
=== <span style="color:#00ff00">Bethesda Main Files</span> ===
 
Needless to say, you need to actually have the game downloaded and installed. Additionally, you will need the Creation Kit, which will require an account on Bethesda.net if you don't have one already.
 
 
{{Notice| DO NOT install this in any UAC controlled folder structure. This includes x:/Program Files, x:/Program Files(x86), and the main Windows directory. It is, instead, advised to install the game (and, really, Steam itself) ANYWHERE other than there. Idealy, it would be on a separate SSD drive from your Operating System, but if that's not feasible, at least ensure that UAC is either turned off completely (not recommended for basic users) or installed outside of it's control. This also applies to ANY tools or programs other than the base game, with the important note that they SHOULD NOT (despite what some old tutorials may say) be installed into the Skyrim: SE base folder ''unless specifically directed to do so.''}}
 
 
*[http://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/489830/ Skyrim Special Edition] vv1.5.73
 
*[https://bethesda.net/en/dashboard Creation Kit] v2.0 (This is to create your account, if you do not have one. The actual download link will be provided later on.)
 
 
=== <span style="color:#00ff00">Steam Overlay</span> ===
 
Some users have reported issues between the Steam Overlay and Skyrim:SE. For this reason, the guide recommends disabling the Overlay. Note that this will also disable Achievements in Steam, as the Overlay is the portion of Steam that monitors for these events in-game. If you want Achievements, skip this step, but be aware that there may be unexpected issues.
 
 
* <span style="color:orange">Special Instructions:</span>
 
<span style="color:orange">Disable the Steam Overlay by:</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Load <span style="color:Gold">Steam.</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> In the '''Tool bar''' at the top of the left hand side '''Click''' <span style="color:Gold">Steam.</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">3.</span> In the Dropdown menu '''Click''' <span style="color:Gold">Settings.</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">4.</span> Then in the popup box find where it says <span style="color:Gold">In-Game.</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">5.</span> Uncheck <span style="color:Gold">Enabled the Steam overlay while in-game</span> then click <span style="color:Gold">OK.</span>
 
 
<span style="color:orange">Alternately, if you wish to disable the Overlay for Skyrim:SE ''only'':</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Load <span style="color:Gold">Steam.</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> '''Click''' <span style="color:Gold">LIBRARY.</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> On your '''Games''' list look for <span style="color:Gold">The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Editon</span> and '''Right Click'''.
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> In the Dropdown menu '''Click''' <span style="color:Gold">Properties</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Then in the popup box '''Uncheck''' <span style="color:Gold">Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game</span>.
 
 
=== <span style="color:#00ff00">Initial Skyrim Configuration</span> ===
 
With Skyrim now installed to a proper, mod-friendly location, we now need to set its initial settings as a base to build on. The next step is very important... in fact, it's vital - without taking these steps, Skyrim will not truly be fully installed, as it is only at this point that the Windows Registry entries for the game are created, which allows it to be seen by other programs, such as Mod Organizer 2. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
 
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Open ''Steam''.
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> Start ''Skyrim: Special Edition'' through the ''Steam'' launcher.
 
<span style="color:cyan">3.</span> In the ''Skyrim:SE'' launcher that appears, click on <span style="color:gold">OPTIONS</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">4.</span> In the menu that appears, click on the <span style="color:gold">[ULTRA]</span> push button.
 
<span style="color:cyan">5.</span> Set the <span style="color:gold">Aspect Ratio</span> and <span style="color:gold">Resolution</span> through the drop-down menu. For best results, these should be set to your monitor's native resolution and aspect.
 
<span style="color:cyan">6.</span> Set <span style="color:gold">Antialiasing</span> to <span style="color:gold">[OFF]</span>. This will be set up through the nVidia Profile that will be setup later. If you use an AMD card, there should be equivalent settings, but you will have to determine this on your own.
 
<span style="color:cyan">7.</span> Set <span style="color:gold">Full Screen Mode</span> by ensuring that <span style="color:gold">Windowed Mode</span> is <span style="color:gold">not checked</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">8.</span> Click on <span style="color:gold">[OK]</span> to close and save the settings.
 
<span style="color:cyan">9.</span> Close the ''Skyrim:SE'' launcher.
 
 
These base settings will be further modified later in the Prerequisites when we use ''BETHIni''.
 
 
=== <span style="color:#00ff00">Creation Kit Configuration</span> ===
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div>
 
 
{{Notice|  If you are using Windows Defender Firewall and find that the Creation Kit crashes during initial load, try adding an Outbound rule in Windows Defender Firewall. This has allowed normal loading for most users.}}
 
 
For those who are more visually oriented, check [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-Sea_pAxlo here] for a video demonstration of the CK installation by Darkfox127.
 
 
Bethesda's ''Creation Kit'' is a valuable tool for Skyrim:SE, as it allows users to create and/or edit mods. It is possible to fix or change things in the CK that are not possible with 3rd Party tools. Similar to Skyrim:SE, the Creation Kit foes not have a default INI file until it is started for the first time and requires some basic setup to work properly with the intended guide purposes.
 
 
For this guide, the Creation Kit will only be used only for mod conversion from older Skyrim:LE mods that are in form 43 to the newer form 44 used by Skyrim:SE. This process will be described later, on the same page as the main guide list for easier reference.
 
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Download and install [http://download.cdp.bethesda.net/BethesdaNetLauncher_Setup.exe Bethesda.net Launcher].
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> Run the Launcher and sign in. If you did not create an account earlier, do so now.
 
<span style="color:cyan">3.</span> In the left pane, locate the icon for "Creation", which should look greyed-out.
 
<span style="color:cyan">4.</span> Click on the "Creation" icon and select <span style="color:gold">Install</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">5.</span> After completion of the installation, click on <span style="color:Gold">launch</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">6.</span> In the pop-up that appears, select <span style="color:Gold">YES</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">7.</span> Close the Creation Kit program.
 
 
{{Notice| Some users have reported that the Creation Kit hangs (goes unresponsive) during shutdown. This is semi-expected, and once Windows reports it as unresponsive, you can safely shut down the program via a forced shut-down with no side effects. This applies to any process that involves the CK.}}
 
 
A few additional edits need to me made before the ''Creation Kit'' is ready to be used for the conversion process. Fortunately, we've made things a little easier for you.
 
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Download [https://www.dropbox.com/s/xpg5u3s1n7zwjv5/CreationKitCustom.7z?dl=0 this] custom replacer file for '''CreationKitCustom.ini'''.
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> Extract the file to <span style="color:Gold">Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim Special Edition</span> -OR- the installed location of Skyrim:SE if different.
 
 
{{Notice| NEXUS policy forbids us from directly linking to version 1.5.3 of the Creation Kit, which is needed to properly convert the files. Refer to either the STEP version of the guide [https://wiki.step-project.com/User:DarkladyLexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE_Prerequisites here], or inquire on the DISCORD channel linked at the top of this page.}}
 
 
No settings will be changed in the Creation Kit after this point. The changes noted above allow for:
 
* The loading of mods that have multiple master files.
 
* The proper loading of all DLC content.
 
 
{{Notice| The scripts archive in the DATA folder can remain in place after the script extraction done during installation. They case no harm, have no additional affect on the game itself or the Creation Kit, and can be safely ignored.}}
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">SSE CreationKit Fixes</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div>
 
<div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/20061 SSE CreationKit Fixes] - v2.0 - by Nukem
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''CK64Fixes Release 2.0''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
<span style="color:orange">Special Instructions:</span>
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Manually extract the contents of this file.
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> Move the contents just extracted into your main Skyrim:SE installation folder.
 
 
Author's notes: Various patches and bug fixes for the Creation Kit to make life easier.
 
 
<span style="color:Orange">Idiot Check:</span>
 
* Make sure you have v1.5.3 of the Creation Kit. This can be verified by opening the Creation Kit, selecting <span style="color:gold">Help -> About</span>, and looking at the top of the window that opens.
 
 
== <span style="color:#00ff00">3rd Party Tools</span> ==
 
With the official content (with small alterations) now installed, it's time to start getting the rest of the needed tools. Pay attention to all special instructions, as these are vital to proper operation of these tools.
 
 
=== <span style="color:cyan">Skyrim Script Extender</span> ===
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div>
 
<div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [http://skse.silverlock.org/ Skyrim Script Extender] - v2.0.15 - by ianpatt, behippo, scruggsywuggsy the ferret, and purple lunchbox <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download''':
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''Current SE build 2.0.15 (runtime 1.5.73): 7z archive''
 
</div> </div>
 
 
<span style="color:orange">Special Instructions:</span>
 
* Install only the following files to the main ''Skyrim Special Edition'':
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> skse64_1_5_73.dll
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> skse64_loader.exe
 
<span style="color:cyan">3.</span> skse64_steam_loader.dll
 
* DO NOT delete the main archive at this time.
 
 
{{Notice| DO NOT install the script files of SKSE at this time. These will be installed as part of the set up for Mod Organizer 2 as a demonstration of how to install a mod from an archive.}}
 
 
Lexy's Notes: SKSE is absolutely essential. It extends the scripting capacity of the game to allow mods to do things that would not normally be doable in the base Skyrim Engine. Many Mods depend upon it.
 
 
=== <span style="color:cyan">7-Zip</span> ===
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [http://www.7-zip.org/download.html 7-Zip] - v18.05 <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''7-Zip for 64-bit Windows x64 (Intel 64 or AMD64)''
 
</div> </div>
 
 
Lexy Notes: Most mod authors save their mod packages using 7Zip files. This will allow your system to open and extract the files.
 
 
=== <span style="color:cyan">[LOOT]</span> ===
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div>
 
<div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px">
 
[https://github.com/loot/loot/releases/tag/0.14.4 LOOT] - 0.14.4 - by WrinklyNinja et al <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''LOOT.Installer.exe''
 
</div> </div>
 
Mod notes: The programs allows you to sort and optimize your Load Order.
 
 
<span style="color:orange">Special Instructions:</span>
 
* LOOT, on first load, has no masterlist data or default mod groups.
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Shut down Mod Organizer 2, if open.
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> Run LOOT from its installed location.
 
<span style="color:cyan">3.</span> Once LOOT has loaded, sort the load order by pressing the icon featuring three lines over each other. This is in the top right corner.
 
* The guide requires the addition of new LOOT Mod Groups to properly sort the load order.
 
<span style="color:cyan">1.</span> Run LOOT (if it's not still loaded from the last step. If you closed it, you can load it through MO2 at this point if desired.)
 
<span style="color:cyan">2.</span> Locate and click on the Options button in the top right corner (identified by 3 dots over each other).
 
<span style="color:cyan">3.</span> Select <span style="color:gold">Open Groups Editor</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">4.</span> In the <span style="color:gold">Add New Group</span> box, type “Merge Patches”, then the plus button.
 
<span style="color:cyan">5.</span> '''Left-click''' the <span style="color:grey">Late Loaders</span> node to select it.
 
<span style="color:cyan">6.</span> '''Left-click''' and drag a line to the <span style="color:cyan">Merge Patches</span> node that you created. Merge Patches should turn green.
 
<span style="color:cyan">7.</span> Create a new group called <span style="color:gold">NPC Retextures</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">8.</span> Connect <span style="color:green">Merge Plugins</span> to <span style="color:cyan">NPC Retextures</span>. NPC Retextures should turn green.
 
<span style="color:cyan">9.</span> Create a new group called <span style="color:gold">Conflict Resolution</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">10.</span> Connect <span style="color:green">NPC Retextures</span> to <span style="color:cyan">Conflict Resolution</span>. Conflict Resolution should turn green.
 
<span style="color:cyan">11.</span> Connect <span style="color:green">Conflict Resolution</span> to <span style="color:grey">Leveled List Modifiers</span>. Conflict Resolution should turn grey.
 
<span style="color:cyan">12.</span> Create a new group called <span style="color:gold">Arthmoor's Villages</span>.
 
<span style="color:cyan">13.</span> Connect <span style="color:grey">Low Priority Overrides</span> to <span style="color:cyan">Arthmoor's Villages</span>. Arthmoor's Villages should turn green.
 
<span style="color:cyan">14.</span> Connect <span style="color:green">Arthmoor's Villages</span> to <span style="color:grey">High Priority Overrides</span>. Arthmoor's Villages should turn grey.
 
<span style="color:cyan">15.</span> Verify all of the newly added groups are showing as grey. Press <span style="color:gold">Apply</span> to exit this interface.
 
 
For the more visually oriented, [https://streamable.com/gj4dn this] handy video may be helpful. Click [https://imgur.com/ZkYKAyT here] to see it the final version.
 
 
{{Notice|The placement of groups in relation to each other in LOOT can vary somewhat. So long as the arrows are connecting the proper nodes with arrows pointing in the proper direction, the setup is correct.}}
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[Mator Smash]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/90987 Mator Smash] - 1.0.2 - by Mator <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''Mator Smash Hotfix 2''
 
</div> </div>
 
Mod notes: Mator Smash is a tool that generates conflict resolution patches, similar to Wrye Bash's Bashed Patch.
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[SSEEDIT]</span> ====
 
{{Notice | SSEEdit will create a Cache Folder which will be found in Mod Organizer 2 overwrite I recommend creating a mod out of this and having it active in the left pane this will help speed up SSEEdit load times.}}
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/164 SSEEDIT] - v4.0.2 - by ElminsterAU and SSEEdit team
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''SSEEdit 4.0.2''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation Instructions: <span style="color:Magenta">Once installed run xEdit perform the following</span>
 
 
Load xEdit
 
<span style="color:Gold">Right Click</span> on any plugin
 
From the popup menu navigate to <span style="color:Gold">Other</span> than <span style="color:Gold">Left click</span> on <span style="color:Gold">Options</span> a new popup box should appear
 
<span style="color:Gold">Uncheck Simple Records LAND, NAVI, NAVM, CELL, WRLD (requires restart)</span>
 
Click <span style="color:Gold">OK</span>
 
Exit xEdit.
 
 
Mod notes: This program is an essential Tool that will help with cleaning mods of dirty edit and enable to creation of patches required by this guide.
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[Cathedral Assets Optimizer]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/23316 Cathedral Assets Optimizer] - v4.2.6 - by G_k
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''Cathedral Assets Optimizer''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Mod notes: Cathedral Assets Optimizer is a tool aiming to automate asset conversion and optimization for Skyrim Special Edition.
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[BSArch]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/newvegas/mods/64745? BSArch] - v0.6 - by zilav
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''BSArch''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation Instructions:
 
* Download the archive Manually.
 
* Extract bsarch.exe to Cathedral Assets Optimizer\resources Folder
 
 
Mod notes: A command line tool for packing and unpacking Bethesda archives.
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[Wrye Bash]</span> ====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iazpayeexiyazeh/AAAbGeVHrlIksp2AFgI4w48Oa?dl=0&preview=Wrye+Bash+307.201905311918+-+Standalone+Executable.7z Wrye Bash] - Wrye Bash  307.201905311918 - by Wrye Bash Team
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''Wrye Bash 307.201905311918 - Standalone Executable.7z''
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Manually extract the Mopy folder from Wrye Bash and install it to the main Skyrim Special Edition directory. Windows 7 users also need to create a Docs Folder in Skyrim Special Edition\Data</span>.
 
 
Mod notes: The function of this tool is to manage mods and create Bashed Patches. Bashed Patches merge the leveled lists from the installed mods and has some limited functionality to merge mods and tweak game values. For the purposes of this guide, only the Bashed Patch functionality will be used.
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[Zedit]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://github.com/z-edit/zedit/releases/tag/0.6.4 zEdit] - Alpha Release v0.6.4 - by Mator
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''zEdit_Alpha_v0.6.4_-_Portable_x64.7z''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Mod Notes: This tool is similar to SSEEdit.
 
 
= zEdit Modules =
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">Experience Mod zEdit Patcher</span> ====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/23589?t Experience Mod zEdit Patcher] - V1.1 - by mtreis86
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''ExperiencePatcher''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Extract experiencePatcher into the  'modules' subdirectory of zEdit.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: This mod adds compatibility to Experience so the kills function will work on all NPCs.
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[UPF No Dragon LODs Patcher]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/13541 UPF No Dragon LODs Patcher] - V1.0 - by Hishy <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''hishy-no-dragon-lods''
 
</div> </div>
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Extract hishy-no-dragon-lods into the 'modules' subdirectory of zEdit.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: This mod applies the No Dragon LODs effect.
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[hishy-npc-enchant-fix]</span> ====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/13543 hishy-npc-enchant-fix] - V1.3 - by Hishy and Mator
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''hishyNpcEnchantFix''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Extract hishyNpcEnchantFix into the  'modules' subdirectory of zEdit.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: This mod is a simple port of ASIS' NPC Enchant Fix that will work with zEdit.
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[UPF Opposite Animation Disabler]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/18281 UPF Opposite Animation Disabler] - V1.1.2 - by Qudix <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''oppositeAnimationDisabler''
 
</div> </div>
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Extract oppositeAnimationDisabler into the 'modules' subdirectory of zEdit.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: A Unified Patching Framework (UPF) patcher that disables the 'Opposite Gender Anim' flag on all affected NPCs.
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[UPF Cell Encounter Level in Name Patcher]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/13542? UPF Cell Encounter Level in Name Patcher] - v1.1 - by hishutup
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''hishyCellEncounters''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Extract hishyCellEncounters into the  'modules' subdirectory of zEdit.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: This mod adds the Encounter Zone's level to the text you see before you enter the zone.
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[UPF Khajiit Ears Show Patcher]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/13544 UPF Khajiit Ears Show Patcher] - V1.0 - by Hishutup <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''hishy-khajiit-ears-show''
 
</div> </div>
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Extract hishy-khajiit-ears-show into the 'modules' subdirectory of zEdit.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: This mod will allow all Khajiit to show their ears when wearing helmets.
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">zEdit patchers warehouse.</span> ====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/23254? zEdit patchers warehouse.] - V1.0 - by Bystander
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - '' zedit-spell-absorb-fix''
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''zedit-visual-transfer''
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''zedit-water-damage''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Extract zedit-spell-absorb-fix, zedit-visual-transfer, zedit-water-damage into the  'modules' subdirectory of zEdit.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: This mod is a small collection of zEdit Patchers.
 
 
= Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017 =
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017] - v 32-bit and 64-bit - by Microsoft <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''Other Tools and Frameworks'''</span> - ''Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017 x64''
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''Other Tools and Frameworks'''</span> - ''Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017 x86''
 
</div> </div>
 
Mod Notes: this Tool is required for Mod Organizer 2 to function properly
 
 
= Mod Manager =
 
 
{{Notice | The paid for version of [https://www.ccleaner.com/ ccleaner] is known to break Mod Organizer 2's [http://wiki.step-project.com/Guide:Mod_Organizer_Advanced#The_virtual_filing_system/ Virtual Filing System (VFS)]. Unchecking the 'windows event logs' option under ccleaner's advanced tab will help ensure this doesn't happen. Also make sure the Profile Folder Remains in the same location of Mod Organizer 2 as all the base files otherwise Relinker could break}}
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[Mod Organizer 2]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/6194/ Mod Organizer 2] - v2.2.0 - by Tannin <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''Mod Organizer 2 (Archive)''
 
</div> </div>
 
Mod notes: This is the tool we'll actually be using to download, install and manage the mods. Don't worry if it looks daunting, we'll set you right shortly.
 
 
=== Installing Mod Organizer 2 ===
 
<div style="margin:15px; background-color:red; font-size:1em; font-weight:bold; border-radius:6px; box-shadow: 0px 0px 20px 1px #090149 inset; border:none; text-align:center; padding:20px;">Warning: MO2 MUST BE INSTALLED IN PORTABLE MODE NO IF OR BUTS OTHERWISE RELINKER WON'T WORK PROPERLY</div>
 
 
Once Mod Organizer 2 is downloaded some manual setup is required suggest watching [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CE6xpIp3Ys this] to familiarize yourself installation procedure (Skip to 10:27):
 
 
#Create a new folder called <span style="color:Gold">Mod Organizer 2 - Lexys LOTD SE</span> (or something you would Recognize easily) in the <span style="color:Gold">'''Root'''</span> of a Drive (so you have some like <span style="color:Gold">E:\Mod Organizer 2 - Lexys LOTD SE</span>).
 
#Extract the contents of the downloaded Zip file to the folder created in Step 1
 
#Run ModOrganizer.exe
 
#A popup box should appear, asking you to "choose an Instance" pick '''Portable'''
 
#A 2nd popup should appear; from the drop-down menu pick '''Skyrim Special Edition'''
 
#A 3rd popup should appear asking if you want to see the tutorial. Those who are new to Mod Organizer 2 should select '''Yes'''. Those who are very familiar with it should Select '''No'''.
 
#A 4th popup should appear stating that 'Mod Organizer is not set up to handle nxm links. Associate it with nxm links?' The recommended response is '''Yes''', as this will allow Mod Organizer 2 to handle Nexus file links.
 
 
Congratulations Mod Organizer 2 is installed. Now we need to configure it properly.
 
 
<span style="color:Orange">Idiot check make sure you don't move your mods folder out of Mod Organizer 2 base folder</span>
 
 
&nbsp;
 
 
== Configuring Mod Organizer 2 ==
 
 
Now that Mod Organizer 2 is installed to setup up correctly
 
 
*From the toolbar click the Spanner and screwdriver icon.
 
*Under the Nexus tab make sure the '''Automatically login to Nexus''' is '''Ticked'''
 
*Input your Nexus User Name and Password.
 
*Click OK
 
 
{{Notice | If you're installing onto a smaller SSD for example and are short for space consider changing your Downloads location to a larger hard drive. To do this, make a folder on the hard drive named 'Skyrim Mod Downloads' or similar. Then on the [Path] tab of MO2 click the box labelled "Downloads" and point the Downloads directory option to the folder you just made. I suggest not changing any of the other "Paths".}} Congratulations Mod Organizer 2 should be properly configured. Next, we need to set up a base profile.
 
 
== Mod Organizer 2: Base Profile Creation ==
 
 
Now the Mod Organizer 2 is installed and configured correctly, we need to create a Base Profile to work from.
 
 
#Click the <span style="color:Gold">[Configure Profiles]</span> button at the top of the window. The icon looks like an id card.
 
#Click <span style="color:Gold">[Create] and type <span style="color:Gold">"Vanilla Skyrim SE" </span>in the text box.</span>
 
#Verify that<span style="color:Gold">"Default Game Settings"</span> is unchecked then click [OK]. <span style="color:Gold">The <span style="color:Gold">"Vanilla Skyrim SE"</span> profile</span> will appear in the list.
 
#Exit from the Configure Profiles window and change to the newly create Profile.
 
#reopen Configure Profiles window and the Select the<span style="color:Gold">"Default"</span></span>profile and click<span style="color:Gold"><span style="color:Gold">[Remove]</span>. </span>Select<span style="color:Gold">[Yes]</span></span>when prompted.
 
#Close the dialogue by clicking <span style="color:Gold"><span style="color:Gold">[Close]</span>.</span>
 
#Verify that<span style="color:Gold">"Vanilla Skyrim SE"</span></span> is the currently selected profile in the <span style="color:Gold">"Profile" </span>drop-down above the left-pane of the Mod Organizer window.
 
 
&nbsp;
 
 
== Setting up Base Tools for Mod Organizer 2 ==
 
 
Now to setup the tool's UI and other such settings. Follow the steps below
 
 
{{Notice | Some extenders and tools such as SKSE, Skyrim, Skyrim Launcher, LOOT and the Creation Kit should appear already configured in the list that will pop up. To configure the remaining tools, perform the following: }}
 
 
# Click the <span style="color:Gold">[Executables]</span> button at the top of the main Mod Organizer window. The icon looks like a pair of cogs.
 
# In the <span style="color:Gold">"Title"</span> text box type "SSEEdit".
 
# In the <span style="color:Gold">"Binary"</span> text box type <span style="color:Gold"><SSEEdit Path>\SSEEdit.exe</span> or select it using windows explorer by pressing the [...] button.
 
# Do not select any of the optional check boxes.
 
# Click the <span style="color:Gold">[Add]</span> button. SSEEdit should appear in the list.
 
# It is advised to add a second Instance of SSEEdit to MO2 Executables by repeating the process above call this second instance <span style="color:Gold">SSEEDIT - Quick Auto Clean</span>
 
# In the Arguments field add <span style="color:Gold">-quickautoclean</span>
 
# Repeat this process for <span style="color:Gold">Mator Smash</span>, <span style="color:Gold">Wrye Bash</span> and <span style="color:Gold">zEdit</span>, replacing the appropriate fields then close the dialogue by clicking [Close].
 
 
{{Notice | What this step has done is added the tools you'll use as part of the modding process as executables that can be run through Mod Organizer. Most of the tools we'll use will need to be run through Mod Organizer to work correctly. This is so the tools can 'see' the virtual file system Mod Organizer sets up. }}
 
 
Next we'll fix the default left pane order, which is scrambled from how it should look. Drag and drop the files in the left pane until they look like this:
 
 
  * Dawnguard
 
  * HearthFires
 
  * Dragonborn
 
We now need to run LOOT to organize the right pane so it depicts the correct order also. Perform the following steps:
 
 
#Select <span style="color:Gold">LOOT </span>from the drop-down list of executables.
 
#Click the <span style="color:Gold">[Run]</span> button
 
#Towards the top right-hand corner is an icon that looks like 3 horizontal lines. Mousing over it shows it's for 'Sort Plugins'. Click it.
 
#LOOT will now download any updates to its master list file and compare the files it sees to this master list file. LOOT will display warning messages about the ITMs and deleted references the 3 Bethesda ESMs contain. Do not worry about them at this time. They will be dealt with later, in the <span style="color:Gold">Clean the Bethesda ESM's</span> step.
 
#The calculated load order is then displayed. Click <span style="color:Gold">'Apply'</span> to accept this order. If no changes are necessary there may not be an 'Apply' option as no changes are needed.
 
#Close Loot using the Red X.
 
 
This process has loaded LOOT via Mod Organizer. This enables LOOT to act upon any and all of the .ESM and .ESP files in Mod Organizer's virtual file system. It compares what files it sees to the Master-List of all .ESM and .ESP files and suggests tweaks as required. Some files need to load before others or after others for their effects to be fully noticeable. LOOT helps this to happen. If you look at the Right pane of Mod Organizer now, you should notice that the files are in the same order that you just sorted them into on the Left pane, with Skyrim.esm and Update.esm above them. This is the correct formation.
 
 
This process has enabled the ''Dawnguard, Hearthfires,'' and ''Dragonborn'' DLCs for use in the game.
 
 
Congratulations Mod Organizer 2 Base Profile should now be properly set up. Next, we need to set up a Modding Profile.
 
 
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== Creating Legacy Of The Dragonborn: Special Edition Profile ==
 
 
We've made a Vanilla Skyrim profile. This means you can play vanilla unmodded Skyrim via Mod Organizer at a single mouse click. Now we'll make the profile with which we'll mod Skyrim. This is how we proceed:
 
 
* Click the <span style="color:Gold">[Configure Profiles]</span> icon at the top of the main Mod Organizer window. The icon looks like an id card.
 
* Select <span style="color:Gold">"Vanilla Skyrim SE"</span> then click [Copy].
 
* Type <span style="color:Gold">"Legacy Of The Dragonborn - Special Edition"</span> in the text box and hit [OK].
 
 
A couple of points to be made here: Firstly, when you make a new profile, Mod Organizer makes new copies of Skyrim.ini and SkyrimPrefs.ini. If and when you make ini files changes, you will be making them to THESE files. Secondly, we installed the base three files of Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) earlier, but didn't install the script files. We will do this now to show how to install a mod via Mod Organizer. Ensure you have your newly made profile active and then perform the following steps:
 
 
* Click the small screwdriver and wrench icon adjacent to the <span style="color:Gold">"Profile"</span> drop-down and select <span style="color:Gold">"Install Mod..."</span>.
 
* Navigate to the downloaded SKSE archive and click <span style="color:Gold">[Open]</span>.
 
* Replace the default text, if any, in the <span style="color:Gold">"Name"</span> text box with <span style="color:Gold">"SKSE Scripts"</span>. This is the name that will be displayed in the left pane post-installation.
 
* In the file tree, navigate to the <span style="color:Gold">"Data"</span> folder inside the archive, right-click and select <span style="color:Gold">"Set Data Directory"</span>. Only the Scripts folder should be visible and checked.
 
* Click [OK].
 
 
The mod will now be displayed with an empty check box in the mod window. This mod is now installed but not yet enabled for use by the game. Also, note that Mod Organizer does not have a version number or category set for this mod. To resolve this, perform the following:
 
 
* Right-click the mod and select <span style="color:Gold">"Information..."</span>. (Alternatively, double click the mod name.)
 
* In the <span style="color:Gold">"Categories"</span> tab, check the box next to <span style="color:Gold">"Utilities"</span> to add that category to this mod.
 
* In the <span style="color:Gold">"Nexus Info"</span> tab, set the version number to the installed SKSE version number but set the Mod ID to -1.
 
 
This has set the proper version number and category for this mod. The colour of the text also indicates that SKSE is not available on the Nexus. Look at the <span style="color:Gold">[File Tree]</span> tab to see the contents of the folder that will be virtually placed inside the Skyrim/Data folder. Note the meta.ini file is shown which Mod Organizer uses to store all the related data for the mod and it will not be visible to the game when executed.
 
 
{{Notice | Any mods downloaded directly into Mod Organizer from the Nexus will have one or more of the data fields automatically filled based on Nexus server-provided information.}}
 
 
* Click <span style="color:Gold">[Close]</span> to save and exit the window.
 
 
Mods version numbers that can be verified by the Nexus will be either Green(Current+) or Red(Out Of Date). To make the mod visible to the game:
 
 
* Check the box adjacent to the mod name.
 
 
The files located inside this mod folder will now be visible to any programs executed through Mod Organizer as if they were placed inside of the Skyrim/Data folder. Any conflicts are handled by Mod Organizer in priority order (higher priority overwrites lower priority). Give this a try now:
 
 
* Select <span style="color:Gold">"SKSE"</span> in the drop down above the right pane then click <span style="color:Gold">[Run]</span>.
 
 
This will execute the game through Mod Organizer using the SKSE_Loader.exe. The Mod Organizer window will close as SKSE is automatically configured to do so. At this point, SKSE is now properly installed with all included script functionality. There is also a way to check you have SKSE loaded and working:
 
 
* When the game loads to the menu, open the console. This is usually one by pressing the key directly above the [Tab] key. It's often the ` or ~ key. This will open a small command prompt in the lower left corner. It may be hard to see but it should be there. Type the command <span style="color:Gold">"getskseversion"</span> without the quotes. It should give output as to the version you have installed. If it's anything other than 2.0.12 then recheck the original SKSE install and the scripts install just performed.
 
 
Exit the game, and if needed ensure SKSE is correct again after checking install. Do not continue until you're sure SKSE is correctly installed.
 
 
We've now set up the profile we wish to install mods too. We've also set up a Vanilla Profile. Either a modded game or the vanilla game can be played just by changing the profile. Additionally, should you wish to make any other profile, you can simply copy that Vanilla Skyrim profile, rename it and start with that new profile.
 
 
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== Mod Organizer 2 Plugins ==
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[Merge Plugins Hide]</span> ====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://github.com/deorder/mo2-plugins Merge Plugins Hide] - V1.0.0.4 - by deorder
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''Merge Plugins Hide''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation:
 
 
Setup:
 
Extract everything except '''LICENSE and README.md''' to your Mod Organizer 2 plugins directory.
 
Load Mod Organizer 2 and press the Screw Driver and Spanner Icon.
 
Navigate to the Plugins Tab
 
Scroll down until you find Merge Plugins Hide
 
In the Right hand box change '''"hide type"''' to '''"optional"'''.
 
Click OK.
 
 
Merge Plugins Hide is now set up and will move merged plugins to the optional directory within Mod Organizer 2. It can be accessed via the Puzzle icon within Mod Organizer 2.
 
 
Mod Notes: This is a Plugin for Mod Organizer 2 that allows you to hide Plugins easier after they have been merged.
 
 
== Clean the Bethesda ESM's ==
 
{{Notice|Make sure you have setup a second instance of SSEEdit in Mod Organizer 2 Executables before you start the clean process}}
 
 
With profiles now set up properly, it is time to begin modding some vanilla game files. To increase stability, SSEEdit will be used to clean ITMs and UDRs from Bethesda 's ESMs. This improves compatibility between the various DLCs and lessens the chance of instability in Skyrim. Perform the following:
 
 
Before we start cleaning the ESMs we need to back up the originals, navigate to Skyrim Special Edition\Data folder and backup the following:
 
* Update.esm
 
* Dawnguard.esm
 
* HearthFires.esm
 
* Dragonborn.esm
 
 
Once the original ESMs are backed up we can start the cleaning process:
 
 
* Start Mod Organizer.
 
* Select "SSEEdit" from the drop-down above the right pane and click [Run] making sure it's the one with -quickautoclean set.
 
* Right-click inside the file listing and select "None".
 
* Check the box adjacent to Update.esm and click [OK].
 
* SSEEdit will now automatically run through the cleaning process. Wait until you see the message "Quick Clean mode finished".
 
* Once you see the message "Quick Clean mode finished" click the [X] on the title bar to close SSEEdit.
 
 
Update.esm has now been cleaned, meaning that any improperly removed records or edited records that were identical to the base Skyrim.esm file have been fixed.
 
 
Repeat the process above for all of the DLC ESMs in order selecting only one at a time. Do NOT attempt to clean Skyrim.esm itself.
 
 
<span style="color: gold">Manual SSEEdit Cleaning For Dawnguard.esm Also Required:</span>
 
Open SSEEdit and load only <span style="color: gold">Dawnguard.esm</span>
 
Once loaded '''Left click''' and open <span style="color: gold">CELL</span> > <span style="color: gold">Block 5</span> > <span style="color: gold">Sub-Block 3</span> > select <span style="color: gold">00016BCF</span>. Scroll down the view window on the right to find <span style="color: gold">XEZN</span> subrecord referring to <span style="color: gold">RiftenRatwayZone [ECZN:0009FBB9]</span>. '''Right click''' and select Remove.
 
Next '''Left click''' and open <span style="color: gold">CELL</span> > <span style="color: gold">Block 2</span> > <span style="color: gold">Sub-Block 1</span> > select <span style="color: gold">0001FA4C</span>. '''Right click''' and select Remove.
 
Last '''Left click''' and open <span style="color: gold">CELL</span> > <span style="color: gold">Block 8</span> > <span style="color: gold">Sub-Block 1</span>. '''Right click''' and select Remove.
 
Click the [X] in the upper right hand corner, uncheck "Backup plugins", and click [OK].
 
 
Once you have finished the cleaning process Navigate to Mod Oraganizer 2/mods folder and create new folder called '''Cleaned Vanilla ESMs'''
 
 
Navitgate back to your Skyrim Special Edition '''DATA''' folder and Cut and Paste these files:
 
 
* Update.esm
 
* Dawnguard.esm
 
* Hearthfires.esm
 
* Dragonborn.esm
 
Into the newly created '''Cleaned Vanilla ESMs''' Inside MO2/Mods folder.
 
 
Once you have cleaned and created a mod from the '''Cleaned ESM''' you can restore the original '''UNCLEANED'' ones backed earlier to the '''DATA''' folder.
 
 
This preserves an absolutely clean Skyrim/Data directory and also allows our modded profile to run with the modified, cleaned vanilla ESM files. To finish up the cleaning, perform the following:
 
 
* Start Mod Organizer.
 
* Verify the "Legacy Of The Dragonborn - Special Edition" profile is the currently selected.
 
* Drag the newly created mod "Cleaned Vanilla ESMs" Above the "SKSE Scripts" mods in the left pane and activate it by checking the box.
 
 
To recap the current set up:
 
 
* Running Skyrim through Steam results in a completely vanilla experience.
 
* Running the "Vanilla Skyrim" profile through Mod Organizer with "Skyrim" selected in the drop-down results in a completely vanilla experience.
 
* Running the "Legacy Of The Dragonborn - Special Edition" profile through Mod Organizer with "SKSE" selected in the drop-down results in a SKSE enabled experience using the cleaned base ESM files.
 
 
So, now to start your modified game, always start Mod Organizer, select SKSE and press [RUN].
 
 
== BethINI ==
 
 
==== <span style="color:cyan">[BethINI]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/4875 BethINI] - v3.2 - by DoubleYou
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''BethINI''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Mod notes: This program was created by DoubleYou (The S.T.E.P. resident INI Master). BethINI (pronounced "Bethany") is an attempt to restore decency to the INI configuration files for games created by Bethesda.
 
 
Recommended Setting:
 
# Run BethINI.exe '''<span style="color:Gold">Outside of MO and make sure it is closed otherwise changes wont take effect</span>'''
 
# Mod Organizer users should go to the Setup tab within BethINI and select the profile they wish to use via the ''INI Path'' setting. Your profiles should be autodetected.
 
# Under the Basic tab '''''Click''''' the '''<span style="color:Gold">DEFAULT BUTTON</span>'''. This will refresh your INI files to the default settings for your system, with minimal tweaks.
 
# Under the Basic tab '''''Click''''' the '''<span style="color:Gold">HIGH PRESET</span>'''.
 
# Under the Basic tab '''''Make sure''''' the '''<span style="color:Gold">BethINI PRESET</span>''' is checked.
 
# Under the Basic tab '''''Make sure''''' the '''<span style="color:Gold">Recommended Tweaks</span>''' is checked.
 
# Under the Basic Tab make sure '''''Windowed Mode''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">CHECKED</span>'''
 
# Under the Basic Tab make sure '''''Borderless''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">CHECKED</span>'''
 
# Under the Basic Tab make sure '''''FXAA''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">CHECKED</span>'''
 
# Under the Basic tab make sure '''''Antialiasing''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">NONE</span>'''.
 
# Under the Basic tab make sure '''''VSync''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">UNCHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the Basic tab make sure '''''Lock Frame Rate''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">UNCHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the General tab make sure '''''Intro Logos''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">UNCHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the General Tab Make sure '''''Post-Load Update Time''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">2000</span>'''.
 
# Under the Gameplay Tab Make Sure '''Over-Encumbered Reminder''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">60</span>'''.
 
# Under the Gameplay Tab Make Sure '''NPC Use Ammo''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">CHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the Gameplay Tab Make sure '''''1st Person Arrow Tilt-up Angle''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">0.7</span>'''.
 
# Under the Gameplay Tab Make sure '''''3rd Person Arrow Tilt-up Angle''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">0.7</span>'''.
 
# Under the Gameplay Tab Make sure '''''1st Person Bolt Tilt-up Angle''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">0.7</span>'''.
 
# Under the Interface Tab Make sure '''''Bethesda Modding Platform''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">UNCHECKED</span>'''
 
# Under the Interface Tab Make sure '''''Mouse Settings -> Lock Sensitivity''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">0.0125</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Field of View''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">85.00</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Particles''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">2000</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Depth of Field''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">CHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Lens Flare''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">UNCHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Reflect Sky''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">CHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Ambient Occlusion''''' is set to'''<span style="color:Gold">FULL</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Shadow Resolution''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">2048</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Sun-Shadow Update Time''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">0</span>'''.
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Sun-Shadow Update Threshold''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">2.0</span>.'''
 
# Under the Detail Tab make sure '''''Improved Shader''''' is '''<span style="color:Gold">UNCHECKED</span>'''.
 
# Under the View Distance Tab make sure '''''Grass Fade''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">18000</span>.'''
 
# Under the Visuals Tab make sure '''''Grass Density''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">60</span>.'''
 
# Under the Visuals Tab make sure '''''Grass Diversity''''' is set to '''<span style="color:Gold">15</span>.'''
 
# Under the Basic Tab '''''Click the ''<span style="color:Gold">Save and Exit button</span>.
 
 
==Post BethINI Tweaks==
 
 
===== <span style="color:cyan">SKSE.ini</span> =====
 
 
The first step to editing the SKSE.ini is to create it. Perform the following:
 
 
* Right-click SKSE Scripts in the Mod Organizer mod list.
 
* Select "Open In Explorer".
 
* Create and enter a folder named SKSE.
 
* Create and open a text file named SKSE.ini. (Make sure you are showing hidden file extensions)
 
 
Once this file is open to be edited, paste in the following:
 
 
[General]
 
ClearInvalidRegistrations=1
 
[Display]
 
iTintTextureResolution=2048
 
 
This enables self-healing of rogue updating scripts in saves.
 
 
Save and close SKSE.ini then exit explorer.
 
 
===== <span style="color:Cyan">Skyrim.ini</span> =====
 
[Grass]
 
bGrassPointLighting=1
 
iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=15 <span style="color:gold">(make sure you have this, and this is NOT a typo.) </span>
 
iMinGrassSize=60 <span style="color:gold">(make sure you have this.) </span>
 
 
[SaveGame]
 
bDisableAutoSave=1 <span style="color:gold">(make sure you add this.) </span>
 
bAllowScriptedForceSave=0 <span style="color:gold">(make sure you add this.) </span>
 
bAllowScriptedAutosave=0 <span style="color:gold">(make sure you add this.) </span>
 
 
===== <span style="color:Cyan">SkyrimPrefs.ini </span> =====
 
[Controls]
 
bMouseAcceleration=0
 
 
[Display]
 
fInteriorShadowDistance=3000 <span style="color:Gold">(Make sure is this the value)</span>
 
 
[Grass]
 
b30GrassVS=0
 
fGrassMaxStartFadeDistance=18000 <span style="color:Gold">(Make sure is this the value)</span>
 
 
[Main]
 
bSaveOnPause=0 <span style="color:Gold">(Change existing value)</span>
 
bSaveOnRest=0 <span style="color:Gold">(Change existing value)</span>
 
bSaveOnTravel=0 <span style="color:Gold">(Change existing value)</span>
 
bSaveOnWait=0 <span style="color:Gold">(Change existing value)</span>
 
 
Due to the heavily modded nature of this guide, it is advised to have autosaves turned off and to create fresh new saves every time and not overwrite old preexisting saves.
 
 
===== <span style="color:Cyan">SkyrimCustom.ini</span> =====
 
SkyrimCustom.ini is created by Bethini it basically can be used to overwrite settings placed in Skyrim.ini For the purpose of this guide we will use a blank copy of this file placed in the Legacy Of The Dragonborn - Special Edition Profile that you will use to actually play the game.
 
 
== xLODGEN ==
 
 
{{Notice | '''Make sure to Install xLODGEN Outside the main Skyrim SE Directory and the Mod Organizer 2 mods folder'''}}
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[xLODGEN]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://mega.nz/#!YVAlhQJb!fU8dN6dKwth4IlfUi0Vd9FIEMUySFRKVqaqHnOO4Wdg xLODGEN] - v Beta 45 - by Sheson
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''xLODGen-45''
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''OPTIONAL FILES'''</span> - ''[https://mega.nz/#!RVxiWBYA!Uipp7y8vwpPvyRnNRyHoLVT3wFjIEbIdmouMqfsQm60 SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm]''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation:
 
 
# Download and install the Optional SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm file as a mod in Mod Organizer 2.
 
# Download the Main xLODGen-45 archive.
 
# Extract the contents to a new folder called <span style="color:Gold">xLODGEN</span> but DO NOT PUT THE FOLDER INSIDE the main Skyrim SE OR Mod Organizer 2 folder.
 
# create folder called <span style="color:Gold">SSELODGen_Output</span> At the <span style="color:Gold">ROOT</span> of a Drive
 
# Once the above is done, open Mod Organizer 2 and add xLODGenx64.exe as an executable.
 
# In the <span style="color:Gold">Arguments</span> field enter <span style="color:Gold">-sse -o:"<Drive Letter>\SSELODGen_Output" </span>.
 
for example my path is "E:\SSELODGEN_Output\" and so in arguments: <span style="color:Gold">-sse -o:"E:\SSELODGen_Output"</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: This is a utility used to generate LOD meshes and textures "exactly" like CK.
 
 
== DynDOLOD ==
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[DynDOLOD Standalone]</span> ====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [https://mega.nz/#!9doyhaJC!Jpq-KYJ9O4-UJP3OWj_30-n6X8d3Tq5GmAXnECKZxEc DynDOLOD Standalone] - v2.64 - by Sheson
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''DynDOLOD-Standalone.2.64''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation:
 
 
# Download the archive file.
 
# Extract the contents to a new folder called <span style="color:Gold">DynDOLOD Special Edition</span>
 
# Once the above is done, open Mod Organizer 2 and add TexGenx64 and DynDOLODx64 as executables.
 
# In the <span style="color:Gold">Arguments</span> field enter <span style="color:Gold">-sse</span> for each executable.
 
 
Mod Notes: This is a utility used to create a mod based on the load order, which adds custom, distant LOD for objects to Skyrim.
 
 
== zMerge Setup ==
 
 
In this section we will setup zMerge so that we can create merged mods later on:
 
# Open <span style="color:Gold">zEdit</span> and select zMerge from the drop-down menu along with the profile you wish to use.
 
# Press <span style="color:Gold">Start Session</span>.
 
# Click on the cog in the Upper Right corner and a new popup box should appear.
 
# Navigate to <span style="color:Gold">Integration Settings</span>.
 
# Under Mod Manager select <span style="color:Gold">Mod Organizer 2</span>
 
# Under MO2 Instance select <span style="color:Gold">Portable</span>.
 
# Under Mod manager path, fill in the file path to where your <span style="color:Gold">main Mod Organizer 2</span> folder is
 
# Under Mod manager mods path, fill in the file path to where your <span style="color:Gold">Mod Organizer 2 mods</span> folder is (this should be located inside the Mod Organizer 2 main folder)
 
# Navigate to <span style="color:Gold">Merge Settings</span>.
 
# Under <span style="color:Gold">Merge Output path</span> fill in the file path to where your <span style="color:Gold">Mod Organizer 2 mods</span> folder is (this should be located inside the Mod Organizer 2 main folder)
 
# Uncheck "Disable plugins"
 
# Navigate to <span style="color:Gold">Archive Creation Settings</span>.
 
# Under <span style="color:Gold">Advanced</span> change <span style="color:Gold">Minimum file per archive</span> to <span style="color:Gold">999999</span>
 
# Under <span style="color:Gold">Advanced</span> make sure <span style="color:Gold">Create texture archive</span> is <span style="color:Gold">UNCHECKED</span>
 
# Click OK.
 
# You can now close zMerge.
 
 
Check these pictures on how to set up zMerge if you're having trouble: [https://imgur.com/a/fqKYyWS Here]
 
 
==Reshade Installation==
 
{{Notice|'''If you prefer using a ENB you can skip this part and install the ENB Binaries instead Dealers Choice'''}}
 
====<span style="color:cyan">[Reshade]</span>====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#cc6699; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Optional</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px;"> [https://reshade.me/ Reshade] - v4.2.1 - by Reshade Team
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''ReShade_Setup_4.2.1''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation:
 
# Download the latest version of ReShade
 
# Run the executable and point it to your SkyrimSE.exe
 
# On the next page select Direct3D 10+
 
# During installation, when asked if you want to download a set of shaders, choose 'yes' and select only: Finesharp.fx, LevelsPlus, LumaSharpen.fx and Vibrance.fx
 
# Download the Suggested Reshade preset found on the main guide and extract it to your game folder
 
# Run Skyrim Special Edition and, when the main menu loads, click the 'Home' key to call the ReShade GUI menu
 
# From the 'Home' tab, choose 'BTS ReShade.ini' in the drop-down menu at the top
 
# Click the 'Home' key again to close the GUI - you're all set and good to go.
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[BTS - Beautifully Textured Skyrim ReShade Preset]</span> ====
 
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#cc6699; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Optional</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#b38659; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">HQ</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px;"> [https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/25489/ BTS - Beautifully Textured Skyrim ReShade Preset] - v1.01 - by godescalcus
 
<div style="margin-left: 10px;">
 
'''Files to download''' :
 
 
* <span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - '' BTS - ReShade 1.01''
 
</div>
 
</div>
 
 
Special Installation: <span style="color:Magenta">Download and extract from the the archive BTS - ReShade 1.01 then do the following:</span>
 
# Navigate to  BTS - ReShade 1.01
 
# Copy and Paste the Contents of the Archive to the <span style="color:Gold">main Skyrim Special Edition Directory.</span>
 
 
Mod Notes: The aim of this preset is simple: to boost texture detail, while preserving Skyrim Special Edition's original colours and lighting - or those of whichever mods you're running.
 
 
<span style="color: orange">'''Manual INI Editing Required</span>:'''<br>
 
 
Skyrim.ini
 
[Display]
 
fGlobalBloomThresholdBoost=5.0000 <span style="color:Gold">(Add new value)</span>
 
 
SkyrimPrefs.ini
 
[Display]
 
bSAOEnable=1 <span style="color:Gold">(Make sure you have this value)</span>
 
 
== GPU Driver Settings ==
 
 
{{Notice | These settings will be system dependent. What works for me may not work for you.}}
 
 
==== <span style="color:Cyan">[NVIDIA Profile Inspector]</span> ====
 
<div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#006666; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Core</div> <div style="border-radius:2px; height:16px; padding:2px 5px; color:#fff; background-color:#000000; max-width:50px; text-align:center; display:inline-block; margin-right:5px;">Tool</div> <div style="border-left:medium solid #14ff17; padding-left:3px"> [http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/nvidia-profile-inspector-download.html Nvidia Inspector] - 2.1.2.0 - by Orbmu2k <div style="margin-left: 10px">
 
'''Files to download'''&nbsp;:
 
 
*<span style="color: #d0eb50">'''MAIN FILES'''</span> - ''NVIDIA Inspector''
 
</div> </div>
 
Special Installation:
 
 
*Download and install NVIDIA Inspector, which includes NVIDIA Profile Inspector as a separate executable.
 
*Download a [https://www.dropbox.com/s/iwc7d4suyrtbv5j/Skyrim%20SE%20Nvidia%20Inspector%20Profile.nip?dl=0 pre-made Profile] .
 
*Load NVIDIA Inspector and start NVIDIA Profile Inspector. On the Profile Inspector's tool bar there should be an icon of a box with green arrow pointing down. Hovering over the icon should display '''Import user defined profiles''' .
 
*Once the profile have been installed, use the search bar and navigate to '''The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition'''.
 
*Then double check the following has been set in the installed Profile:
 
 
2 - Sync and Refresh
 
* Frame Rate Limiter                                            <span style="color:Gold">58</span>  (From the drop down menu select 58)
 
* Maximum pre-rendered frames                                  <span style="color:Gold">1</span>
 
* Vertical Sync                                                <span style="color:Gold">Force On</span>  (My game seems more smooth with these setting this may not be the same for you, but remember one rule, you must have Vsync enable somewhere either through the game, your ENB or the driver.)
 
3 - Antialiasing
 
* Antialiasing - Mode                                          <span style="color:Gold">Enhance the application setting</span>
 
* Antialiasing - Setting                                        <span style="color:Gold">4x [4x Multisampling]</span>
 
4 - Texture Filtering
 
* Anisotropic filtering mode                                    <span style="color:Gold">User - defined/Off</span>
 
* Anisotropic filtering setting                                <span style="color:Gold">16x</span>
 
* Texture Filtering - Anisoptropic Sample Optimization          <span style="color:Gold">On</span>
 
* Texture Filtering - Negative LOD bias                        <span style="color:Gold">Clamp</span> (Leave at clamp)
 
* Texture Filtering - Quality                                  <span style="color:Gold">High Quality</span> (You can lower if needed)
 
* Texture Filtering - Trilinear optimization                    <span style="color:Gold">On</span> (will be ignored if using high quality)
 
 
<span style="color:magenta">Now we can go back to the main page and start the modding adventure of Skyrim Special Edition. Start at the "Mod Installation" heading.</span> -> [https://wiki.nexusmods.com/index.php/User:Darkladylexy/Lexys_LOTD_SE Lexy's: Legacy of The Dragonborn Special Edition]
 
 
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