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.
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
- 1 LOOT
- 2 Fores New Idles in Skyrim - FNIS
- 3 Time for a Quick Test
- 4 Wrye Bash
- 5 Mators SMASH
- 6 zEdit
- 7 Relinker
- 8 xLODGEN
- 9 DynDOLOD - Dynamic Distant LOD Generation - Gamerpoets DynDoLOD Tutorial Video
- 10 Setting Up DynDOLOD for Ultra Trees
- 11 TexGen64
- 12 DynDOLOD64
- 13 MCM Menu Setup
Load Order Optimisation Tool, or LOOT, is designed to help users maintain a working load order for their mods with a minimal amount of effort. Perform the following (and again every time mods change with an esp):
Idiot check makes sure the following custom Loot User Metadata Rules are done:
[Arthmoor's Villages Group]
|Arthmoor's Villages Group||Additional Rules|
|Keld-Nar.esp||Load After Landscape Fixes For Grass Patches Merged.esp|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|OMEGA CACO Patches Merged.esp||None|
|RealisticWaterTwo.esp||Load After Weather Systems Merged.esp|
|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 current group, just add Load After rule)
|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|
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 is 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. To fix this perform the following:
Open SSEEdit in Mod Organizer 2 and click [OK]. Select all ESMs/ESPs and select "Sort Masters". Click the [X] in the upper right-hand corner, uncheck "Backup plugins", and click [OK].
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):
- Start Mod Organizer 2 and check that your overwrite folder is empty.
- 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.
- 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.
- Click the [Update FNIS Behavior] button and wait for a message to appear in the window stating "X animations for Y mods successfully included.".
- Click [Exit]
- Mod Organizer 2 has automatically placed the generated files into the overwrite folder in Mod Organizer.
- Now Create a mod called FNIS Output from these files.
- 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:
- Starting the game.
- from the main menu open the console.
- 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.
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):
Start Mod Organizer 2 and check that your overwrite folder is empty. Select Wrye Bash in the executable selection box and click [Run]. The Wrye Bash main interface should appear. Scroll down the mod list and right-click Bashed Patch, 0.esp and select "Rebuild Patch". Check only "Import Graphics", "Import Inventory", "Import Names", "Import Stats" "Tweak Settings", and "Leveled Lists" in the left pane. Click on "Tweak Settings" in the left pane. Right-click "AI: Max Actors" and select "50". Right-click "Arrow: Speed" and select "1.4". Right-click "Combat: Max Actors" and select "30". Right-click "Crime: Alarm Distance" and select "1200". Right-click "Timescale" and select "15". Check the box next to "AI: Max Actors", "Arrow: Speed", "Combat: Max Actors", "Crime: Alarm Distance" and "Timescale" to apply them. Click [Build Patch] at the bottom of the window. A dialogue asking to activate it may appear, click [Yes]. Exit Wrye Bash by clicking the [X] in the top right corner.
The Bashed Patch, 0.esp is automatically moved to the Mod Organizer/Overwrite directory. You can make it into it's own mod like shown for the smashed patch or you can leave it in your overwrite.
Idiot check makes sure SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm is deactivated before running SMASH
- Run Smash inside Mod Organizer 2, Select 'Skyrim SE' and click ok.
- In the popup window select ok.
- Highlight everything from Update.esm down to Bashed Patch, 0.esp.
- Right click and select Add to patch.
- In the popup window call both fields Smash Patch.
- Highlight everything from Update.esm down to Bashed Patch, 0.esp.
- 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
- Click the Hammer to build the Smash Patch.
- Once built exit Smash and activate it in Mod Organizer 2.
- The file will be in your Mod Organizer 2 Overwrite folder.
- Make a mod called Smash Patch and activate it.
[Lexy's LOTD SE OMEGA - SMASH Override]
Mod Notes: The mod Fixes some issue created by SMASH.
Idiot check makes sure SSE-Terrain-Tamriel.esm is deactivated before running zEdit
- Run zEdit inside Mod Organizer 2, Select 'Skyrim SE' from the dropdown and click 'Start Session'
- Select the 'OK' button at the bottom of the load order list (You might have to mouse wheel down to see it)
- After zEdit loads the mods in the load order, right-click in the left panel and select 'Manage Patchers' from the popup menu.
- On the left side of the window that opens, click on "Know Your Enemy's Armor Patcher".
- Make sure the "Patch armor descriptions?" box is set to false. (You will only need to change this once.)
- In the left panel, click on Build Patches.
- Uncheck everything except "Know your armor patcher"
- know_your_armor_patch.esp should be in the list, click the 'Build' button by it's name.
- 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.
- Click the X.
- Now select 'Manage Patchers' for a second time from the popup menu.
- Uncheck everything except "Know Your Enemy Patcher".
- know_your_enemy_patch.esp should be listed, click the 'Build' button by its name.
- 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.
- Click the X.
- Now select 'Manage Patchers' for a third and final time from the popup menu.
- Uncheck everything except the options listed under zPatch.
- 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 and OMEGA NPC Retexture - Conflict Resolution.esp
- In the left pane click Build Patches.
- zPatch.esp should be listed, Click the 'Build' button by its name.
- Wait until zPatch.esp appears at the bottom of the load order, or a message that reads "1 patch plugins built successfully" is displayed.
- Click the X.
- 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
- The file will be in your Mod Organizer 2 overwrite folder.
- Make a mod called zEdit Output and activate it.
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
- Open zEdit and select zMerge from the drop-down menu along with the profile you wish to use.
- Press Start Session.
- Hit the Button that says Relink Scripts.
- Once zMerge has finished you can exit.
- A Mod called Relinker Output should have been automatically created. You can now activate it in Mod Organizer 2.
This may take some time to run. On my system, it takes Approx 2 hours
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.
- Check everything in the Select Worldspace(s) to generate LOD.
- Make sure Only Terrain LOD is Checked
- LOD4 quality 5; Build Diffuse Size 512, Build Normal Size 256, Protect Borders, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 1
- LOD8 quality 10; Build Diffuse Size 256, Build Normal Size 128, Optimize Unseen On, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 2
- LOD16 quality 10; Build Diffuse Size 256, Build Normal Size 128, Optimize Unseen On, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 3
- LOD32 quality 15; Build Diffuse Size 256, Build Normal Size 128, Optimize Unseen 550, Format BC7 Quick - Screenshot 4
- Default Size Diffuse 128, Normal 128
- Bake normal-maps (checked)
- 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.
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
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_SEE.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.
- Make sure DynDOLOD Standalone is installed.
- Navigate to <DynDOLOD 2.67 Path>\Edit Scripts\DynDOLOD\cache
- Delete all files except becauseofreasons.txt.
- Navigate to <DynDOLOD 2.67 Path>\Edit Scripts\DynDOLOD\
- Open up the DynDOLOD_SSE.ini
- Change the line TreeLOD= to "0"
Now We can Begin the process of generating DynDOLOD.
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 I recommend selecting the Mod Organizer 2 Mods Folder). In the popup window change LOD Texture Size to . 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.
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 I recommend selecting the Mod Organizer 2 Mods Folder). 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 use 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.