Top 43 Graphics Mods for Skyrim Like Next-Gen

Want to make Skyrim look better than ever before? We know the mods to do it! These Skyrim Graphics Mods will ensure your adventure through Tamriel will never look better! With 43 different mods to choose from, you'll never be short on options.

Skyrim Graphics Insanity - Top Mods To Make it Look Next-gen


We bring you something a bit different this time than a usual top 10 list of mods. Listed mods below will make your game look absolutely beautiful – the following 43 mods are a must. Most of them are for the Skyrim Special Edition but many also have the good old regular Skyrim iterations for you to install. Our recommendation is to use the Nexus Mod Manager whenever you can to keep the massive list well organized but keep in mind that some of the mods do need to be manually installed.

Be sure to check out our top Skyrim mods in other categories:

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Top 10 Skyrim Evil Armor Mods Top 20 Skyrim Player Home Mods
Top Badass Armor Mods Top 10 Skyrim Mansions Mods
Top 10 Skyrim Graphics Mods Top 10 Skyrim immersion mods vol. 1 
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Skyrim Beautify – Character Mods  
Top Skyrim Transformation Mods  
Top 20 Skyrim Magic Mods  


Skyrim SE Re-Engaged ENB Dolomite/NLVA II Preset (V4.1a)

Environment & weather

Top Next-gen Skyrim Graphics Mods - Nature

The environment and the skybox are what you’ll spend most time staring at in any Skyrim playthrough and the following mods will make that a truly next-gen experience. Like stepping into an entirely different game in some cases. The following mods will try to focus on both improving the existing Skyrim graphics assets as well as adding a ton of new ones. They’ll usually have higher textures, more detail and sometimes even some story attached to them.

Skyrim Flora Overhaul
Realistic Aspen Trees

Simply Bigger Trees
HQ Tree Bark
Paradise City for Skyrim
Verdant – A Skyrim Grass Plugin
aMidianBorn Caves and Mines
Ruins Clutter Improved
Real Roads
Nordic Snow
Vivid Landscapes
Vivid Weathers
Realistic Water Two
Enhanced Lights and FX


Top Next-gen Skyrim Graphics Mods - Characters

You can’t deny that characters were always the weakest part of any Elder Scrolls game as they always look unnatural and stand out amidst the often beautiful scenery like a sore thumb. So bring them up to par with the following visual mods. They’ll cover everything, from higher resolution textures to more detailed hair as well as a more diverse cast of NPC characters.

The Eyes Of Beauty
Total Character Makeover
Diversity – An NPC Overhaul
UNP Female Body Renewal
Mature skin texture and body
SkySight Skins



Top Next-gen Skyrim Graphics Mods - Textures

Skyrim is an old game and when you consider any of today’s games it looks extremely washed out by comparison. Luckily, with mods, you can take Skyrim textures all the way up to 4k resolution and surpass any and all modern games by far in terms of graphical detail and sharpness.

Enhanced textures detail
HD LODs Textures
Gecko’s 4K Mountain Textures
Static Mesh Improvement
SSE Texture Pack
aMidianBorn Book of Silence – Armor & Weapons
Book Covers
4K Parallax Skyrim


Top Next-gen Skyrim Graphics Mods - Cities

The following mods are somewhat accessory in the sense that they won’t make a dramatic impact some of the other mods in this article will. They will, however, contribute to the overall atmosphere and make the game a bit more modern.

Lanterns of Skyrim
A Quality World Map
High Quality Food and Ingredients
Ultimate HD Fire Effects
JK’s Skyrim
Skyrim Radioactive
The Useless Shop and Interior


Top Next-gen Skyrim Graphics Mods - ENB Insanity

ENB is the glue that binds all of the above together. After installing some or all of the above, it will apply a bunch of postprocessing to make the most dramatic effect on your game. Simply put, there is no next-gen Skyrim graphics without an ENB. There are plenty of these out there and you can play with different presets. We, however, recommend the following three to produce graphics closest to the ones in the screenshots. Two for a more natural look and one for a more saturated and bright look. Keep in mind that applying any one of these will dramatically impact your game’s performance. You can somewhat alleviate this by tweaking the ENB setting and scaling down on some of the effects while still retaining that next-gen look.

Skyrim SE Re-Engaged ENB
The True Beauty of Skyrim
Nyclix’s ENB


If you want an extensive, 250+ mod guide to make Skyrim look absolutely flawless and better than most modern games, you can check out also Skyrim S.E.P.T.I.M. collection of visuals mods.

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Jesper Staun

It’s for special edition. Nvm


Yeah it’s funny how they bother to tell you to download all of this, but then you’re stuck with graphical glitches. Then you have to spend hours playing with load orders…and if that doesnt fix it? Reinstalling mods, to overwrite other mods, until you figure it out…or negate both mods, in which case it’s usually fine because the game probably defaults to vanilla. I will figure this load order out and report back for everyone…since nobody else who knows can be bothered to share.


Please do


I downloaded these and used LOOT to sort yet my game wont even start up, anyone know why?


I managed to get it to work, but now it crashes when trying to exit Helgen :/


Would it be a good idea for me to install all of these and the enb or will it look like mushed dog poop with too many?


Anyone have an idea of the load order for this list of mods ?



Thanks my guy


What does the load order look like?


Hi, thanks for the article. Any tips on the load order? Are the mods listed randomly or in the order they should be loaded?


Hey! do all these ENBs work together, or must they be seperate?







thanks for sharing, but i have a question… for the texture section, you’re using all of them or just a combination of some of them?

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