Guide to the top Skyrim weapons mods to both enhance their graphics and add greater variety to the range of weapons in game
Hi and welcome to my latest hub on making Skyrim look as beautiful and content rich as possible by looking at some of the best mods around. Today, I am looking at weapons.
- Firstly, I will be looking at improving the look of the weaponry already available in Skyrim by installing mods that add high quality and high definition textures and meshes
- Then I will be looking at some of the many mods that add new content to the game
As with all my hubs covering updating and upgrading the graphics in Skyrim, the mods must be lore friendly and add to the immersion in game. All mods are available via Skyrim Nexus Mods which can be found here: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim. To learn more about getting the most out of the Nexus Mods website, I have a hub that explains how to get the most out of the site that can be found here:
Rather than installing mods manually which is time consuming and can lead to problems if the mods are not installed correctly, I recommend using either Nexus Mod Manager or Mod Organizer.
Nexus Mod Manager is perfect for people new to modding, with a very user friendly interface. It allows you to easily, install, uninstall and upgrade mods and will take care of your mod order for you. I have a hub on Nexus Mod Manager that can be found here:
Mod Organizer is designed for people who are used to mods and offers advanced features such as profiles which can have different mods running, save game cleaning and more advanced mod installation. My hub on this excellent tool can be found here:
aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Weapons by CaBaL a Skyrim mod a that updates the graphics of all vanilla weapons
The first mod we will look at today replaces all the textures for the vanilla weapons in Skyrim to improve their graphics. All improvements are lore friendly and greatly enhance the original look of the weapons. All ten types of weapons are improved (iron, steel, elven and so on), including all Skyforge weapons.
CaBal also wrote a companion mod that upgrades all vanilla armour sets called aMidianBorn Book of Silence – Armor which I thoroughly recommend. I have a hub in which I look not only at that mod but a number of others that will upgrade the graphics of all vanilla armour sets and also add a lot of new lore friendly armour.
In fact, the improvements made by Cabal are so beautiful and also lore friendly that I would wholeheartedly recommend every mod by them. I myself, play Skyrim with pretty much every mod written by them installed.
Immersive Weapons mod by hothtrooper44 which adds over two hundred new weapons to Skyrim
Immersive Weapons is by the modder hothtrooper44 and adds 224 new weapons and six new arrows to the game. All new weapons are lore friendly and look wonderful in game. They are spread throughout the game world and new more powerful weapons will appear as you increase in level. The weapons added include swords, staffs, axes, bows, a wide variety of swords, spears, maces and even picks and scythes. The screenshot below shows the standard of the new weapons.
I would also recommend Immersive Armors by hothtrooper44. The mod adds 22 new armour sets and three shields. All armour can be crafted, upgraded and enchanted in the same way as vanilla content.
JaySuS Swords by JaySuS a Skyrim mod that adds very high quality new weapons to your game
The swords created in this mod are some of the highest quality textures I have seen. They are hand painted and created with love and care by the modder which shines through with the swords in the mod looking simply stunning. There are more than sixty swords added by this mod. All can be crafted and upgraded. You can see the detail in the picture below.
Weapons of the Third Era MoS edition a Skyrim modby masterofshadows and 747823 originally to add gorgeous new weapons
This mod was originally written by 747823 and completed by MasterofShadows. They were professionally modelled by 747823 and bug fixed and added to by MasterofShadows. Similarly to Immersive Weapons, this mod adds a tonne of content to Skyrim and they are all of an excellent quality as you can see below. As these are all replacers, they will not conflict with any mods that you install.
Unique Uniques by InsanitySorrow a Skyrim mod that upgrades the appearance of all unique weapons in Skyrim
This mod gives nine unique items a much needed make over. These weapons are often rewards that you receive after completing sometimes difficult quests and they are more than deserving of a graphical make over as these are the types of item that you will keep and perhaps display in your house even should you not use them in battle. You can see below the gorgeous detail that the modder has added to these very special weapons. The weapons that are included in this mod are:
- Pale Blade
- Red Eagle's Bane/Fury
- Kahvozein's Fang
- Valdr's Lucky Dagger
- The Longhammer
- Angi's Bow
Lore Weapon Expansion by InsanitySorrow and Elvarheim a mod to add weapons from Morrowind and Oblivion to Skyrim
Lore Weapon Expansion adds a large number of weapons from earlier games in the Elderscrolls series to Skyrim. So fans of Oblivion or Morrowind will recognise a lot of these weapons (I certainly recognise a lot of them). All weapons have had their appearance lovingly upgraded and some of them are craftable. Some additional weapons have been created from lore based on descriptions in game. There are approximately thirty different weapons added by installing this mod. They include:
- Dwemer weapons from Morrowind
- Silver, steel, glass and iron weapons from Oblivion.
Skyforge Weapons by Dreogan a Skyrim mod that graphically updates all Skyforge weapons available in Skyrim
Dreogan who also wrote the excellent Skyforge Shields mod, created a mod that improves the appearance of Skyforge steel weapons and adds new weapons which can be crafted at Skyforge from Orichalcum, Dwemer metal, Moonstone, and Ebony. In order to craft them, you need to complete the Companion quest “Glory of the Dead”. You can also choose a non-replacer mod which adds the steel weapons as new weapons.
The modder also recommends Dual Sheath Redux which allows you to see your left hand weapon when it is sheathed. Make sure that you install all the optional files for any of the armour or weapons mods listed that you have installed. Also ensure that you run the Dual Sheath Redux Patch.jar which can be found in your Skyrim install folder in Data/SkyProc Patchers/Dual Sheath Redux Patch.
Mods that add beautiful new bows and arrows to Skyrim
One of my favourite parts of playing the Elder Scrolls games has always been using a bow and arrow and killing my enemies from a far. The next group of mods all add new bows and or arrows to the game. In addition, I have one mod which we will look at first that fixes a graphical glitch in the vanilla game.
Closer Quivers and Longer Arrows by EvilDeadAsh34
This mod simply makes arrows longer and brings your characters body closer to the quiver to close the gap between them. In addition, this mod allows you to choose longer arrows should you wish to and also less bulky quivers if you think the vanilla ones are too bulky. You can see the difference this mod makes in the picture below. Quivers no longer hover magically just behind your back!
Unique Bows Collection by Artisanix adds ten new bows to the game. To start your search for these bows, go to the basement of the Blue Palace in Solitude and look for Trebonius Catanius’s chest. In that chest there will be a book telling you were you can find each of these beautiful bows.
Svartbough by Atomic add a bow that while made by Orcs was decorated by Nords. This bow can be found in the main hall of Jorrvaskr.
The Bow of Shadows mod again by Artisanix adds a bow that can be found in Shadowgreen Cavern. This bow was inspired by a bow from Morrowind.
The last mod I will look at today is Nico's Craftable Arrows by Nicoroshi. This mod adds four types of arrow that are craft-able (you need the Steel smithing perk to make them). The arrows you can make are black, maple, rosewood and steel tipped and will give your arrows some variety. They are not overpowered arrows and have the same stats as Daedric arrows.
Today we have looked at some of the best mods available to improve the appearance of all vanilla weapons and also add more lore friendly weapons to your game. Along the way, we have fixed a graphical bug where your quiver did not sit properly and also made it so that your left handed weapon is visible when sheathed.
- Firstly, we looked at aMidianBorn Book of Silence - Weapons by CaBaL which improved the look of all vanilla weapon
- Then we looked at Immersive Weapons which adds more than 200 new weapons to your game.
- JaySuS Swords adds some of the most beautiful weapons I have seen to Skyrim
- Weapons of the Third Era MoS edition adds more very high quality weapon texture replacers
- Unique Uniques loving makes all the unique weapons in Skyrim look beautiful and well, unique
- Lore Weapon Expansion adds weapons from previous Elder Scrolls games (Morrowind and Oblivion)
- Skyforge weapons upgrades the appearance of all weapons that can be crafted at the Skyforge
- Closer Quivers and Longer Arrows allows you to have longer arrows if you want, as well as making the quiver look like it is actually on your back rather than floating behind it
- Unique Bows Collection, Svartbough and Bow of Shadows all add beautiful new bows to Skyrim
- Finally, Nico's Craftable Arrows adds craftable arrows to the game. These are not over powered and fit nicely into the game.
I hope that you have found this hub useful and that the mods listed here have enhanced your Skyrim installation and that you are happily either using or searching for some of the weapons introduced here. Thanks to the modders who created these fantastic mods and to Bethesda for creating Skyrim. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment below.