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How to best use the Nexus mods website for Skyrim mods as well as Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Dragon Age and Oblivion

Updated on April 26, 2015

Nexus Mods the best website for Skyrim mods as well as mods for Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Dragon Age, Dark Souls and Oblivion

Hi and welcome to my latest hub on the Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. Today, we are going to take a look at the Nexus Mods website and how you can best use it for all your modding needs. As well as having a dedicated Skyrim mod site(http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim), there is also a Nexus Mods site for the following popular games:

  • Morrowind
  • Oblivion
  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Souls 2
  • Dragon Age
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Fallout 2
  • Fallout New Vegas

The Nexus Mods website is the number one website for mods for the Elder Scrolls games (Morrowind, Oblivion and of course Skyrim) and hosts literally thousands of mods for a large number of games.

Mods are available for a large number of other games as well as those listed above. A mod (or game modification) enables you the player to extend and improve your chosen game in a number of exciting and novel ways. You can improve or enhance pretty much any aspect of the game you can think of, as well as fixing bugs, improving the graphics and sounds and adding new content. It is the reason that games such as Morrowind have such a large following even after 12 years as the original game has been improved and tweaked by an army of enthusiastic modders over the games life.

In game Skyrim screenshots courtesy of Zenimax and Bethesda.
In game Skyrim screenshots courtesy of Zenimax and Bethesda. | Source

How to begin to use Nexus Mods to download Skyrim mods

The first step to complete before you can download any content on the site is to register.

You can see below in the top right hand corner there is a Not Logged in link

How to log onto the Nexus Mods website.
How to log onto the Nexus Mods website. | Source
  • Click on the link and select Create an Account (the account is free, although you will need to verify your email address)

Now that you have an account, log in and you are ready to start searching for mods

How to find Skyrim mods on the Nexus Mods website

Now that you have an account, you are ready to download and then install mods. The Nexus Mods website will look at lot like it does below.

Welcome to the Nexus Mods website.
Welcome to the Nexus Mods website. | Source
  • Click on the Files menu to access the mods that are hosted for Skyrim (or for other games if you are on the Nexus Mods website for another game)

The Files menu on the Nexus Mods website allows you to browse all the mods available.
The Files menu on the Nexus Mods website allows you to browse all the mods available. | Source

If you are starting out, I would recommend selecting Top Files

The list Most Endorsed Files of All Time will give you the most popular mods ever added to Skyrim Nexus.

You can see that the most endorsed mod of all time is Sky UI which has been downloaded a staggering 9,000,000 times and endorsed 272,000 times.

The Top Files list on Nexus Mods shows you the most popular Skyrim mods available.
The Top Files list on Nexus Mods shows you the most popular Skyrim mods available. | Source

I have a mod that introduces a number of mods that everyone should play with including Sky UI, SKSE and Skyrim Unbound which can be found here:

http://robbiecwilson.hubpages.com/hub/Skyrim-mods-everyone-should-install-to-improve-and-enhance-the-User-Interface-fix-bugs-and-customise-a-new-game

The Unofficial Skyrim Patch (left), Sky UI in game screenshot (top right) and Skyrim Unbound in game (bottom right). In game Skyrim screenshots courtesy of Zenimax and Bethesda.
The Unofficial Skyrim Patch (left), Sky UI in game screenshot (top right) and Skyrim Unbound in game (bottom right). In game Skyrim screenshots courtesy of Zenimax and Bethesda. | Source

If you click on Preview you get an introduction to the mod itself so you can decide if you are interested in downloading it.

Should you want to look at the mod further, click on its portrait and you will be taken directly to the mod page itself

The main mod page on Skyrim Nexus Mods allow you to download, endorse, track and comment on mods you are interested in.
The main mod page on Skyrim Nexus Mods allow you to download, endorse, track and comment on mods you are interested in. | Source

The first place to check out is the Desc tab on the left. This tells you all about the mod itself, any dependencies it may have, any conflicts with other mods as well as videos and other information. I would recommend looking this through closely before deciding to download it.

Images contains any screenshots which are important for deciding if you like how the mod will look in game

Posts are where people like yourself leave comments about the mod. Again, take a look at this and read a few posts to get a feel for how well received the mod is. Pay particular attention to people reporting issues with the mod and decide based on what you find on the Desc, Images and Posts tabs whether you want to download the mod

The Files tab is where you see the files available for download. You should check out the Main Files as well as any Optional Files should they be available. Ensure that you download any patches that may be available that you need for other mods that you have downloaded.

The Files tab on a mods page on the Skyrim Nexus Mods website allows you to download mods.
The Files tab on a mods page on the Skyrim Nexus Mods website allows you to download mods. | Source

On this tab, you have two download options. First, you can Download with Manager. This allows you to download automatically and use Nexus Mod Manager or Mod Organizer to install the mods for you. I have hubs on both of these, I would recommend Nexus Mod Manager for beginners and Mod Organizer for anyone who wants to take advantage of its advanced features such as mods being installed separately for greater ease of removal, the ability to have profiles with separate mod lists and saves and the capacity to correctly install mods that have not been correctly packaged by the author.

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-use-Nexus-Mod-Manager-to-download-install-uninstall-and-manage-Skyrim-Oblivion-Morrowind-and-Witcher-2-mods

http://robbiecwilson.hubpages.com/hub/Mod-Organizer-an-advanced-Skyrim-utility-to-manage-install-detect-and-fix-mod-conflicts-and-update-all-your-mods

Alternatively, you can use if you plan to install mods yourself. I have also written a guide about how to install mods manually to ensure that the mods that you use are download manually correctly installed and that you have as few problems as possible with load order and conflicts. My hub on that subject can be found here:

http://robbiecwilson.hubpages.com/hub/Beginners-Guide-on-how-to-manually-install-and-use-Elderscrolls-V-Skyrim-mods-downloaded-from-Nexus-or-other-websites

Now that you have decided to download the mod, if you like it I strongly suggest to click on the Endorse button and also to leave a comment thanking the modder who wrote the mod for their efforts. This not only lets the author know that their work is appreciated; it also tells other that this is a good mod and worthwhile downloading.

How to track a Skyrim mod on the Nexus Mods website

Sometimes, you will see a mod that you really like the look of, but either because it is not finished, or perhaps you are waiting on a patch or for any other reason you are not quite ready to download it, you can track this mod using the Track button on the mod’s page. That way, you won’t forget the mod and you can keep an eye on its progress. To take a look at all the mods you are tracking, click on Files and then Tracking Centre. You can see the mods that I am tracking below. It will show you the current version (in case you are waiting for a specific version) and the date of the last update.

Tracking Centre allows you to track mods you are interested in on the Nexus Mods website.
Tracking Centre allows you to track mods you are interested in on the Nexus Mods website. | Source

Checking for the latest Skyrim mods on the Nexus Mods website

Now that we understand the basics about how to use the site and also how to download, endorse and track mods we need to be able to keep an eye on the current stream of mods being added and also updated every day. There are two ways of doing this.

If you click on Files and the choose Latest Files, you get a list with small pictures giving you an indication of what the mod is

Should you choose Files and then New Recently or New Today, you will get a similar list but in text form. The New Recently / New Today list show you updated files as well as new mods separated into categories. Which you use is up to personal preference.

Latest Files and New Recently views available on Nexus Mod website for Skyrim mods.
Latest Files and New Recently views available on Nexus Mod website for Skyrim mods. | Source

Using either of these methods will allow you to keep up to date on what mods are being added or updated on a daily basis.

Using Categories to find new Skyrim mods on the Nexus Mods website

The final part of the Nexus mods website I would like to discuss are Categories. There are around 50 categories for Skyrim which allows you to look for mods in a much more granular and targeted way. They allow you to concentrate on just one part of Skyrim and enhance that using some of the mods available to you.

All mods on the Nexus are categorised automatically. Nexus Mod Manager also utilises this structure, so any mods you download using a Mod Manager are assigned the same category once downloaded. Even if you are downloading manually, I recommend creating folders based on the categories so that your mods are organised and tidy and easy to find.

Using categories is an excellent way of finding specific mods. For example, I would love to enhance the stealth part of Skyrim as I play a thief character. The best way to do this is to use the inbuilt categories. You can see all the categories available by clicking on Files and the Categories. You can see below some of the files available in the Stealth category.

Example of how to use Categories on the Nexus Mod wesbite to search for a specific type of Skyrim mod
Example of how to use Categories on the Nexus Mod wesbite to search for a specific type of Skyrim mod | Source

Similarly, I could browse the Armour Category looking for new armour, or the Immersion Category to look at the mods that add immersion to the game. I have a hub that looks at the best immersion mods available including Frostfall, Wet and Cold and Realistic Needs and Diseases which can be found here:

http://robbiecwilson.hubpages.com/hub/The-top-Elderscrolls-V-Skyrim-Immersion-mods-available-Wet-and-Cold-Frostfall-and-Realistic-Needs-and-Diseases

Frostfall is one of the top Skyrim immersion mods available.
Frostfall is one of the top Skyrim immersion mods available. | Source

Conclusion

The Nexus mods website consists of a number of sites specifically tailored for the mods available for that game. For Skyrim and the other Elder Scrolls games (Morrowind and Oblivion) they are the best place on the web to get mods. Nexus Mods website also has mods for other popular games including:

  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Souls 2
  • Dragon Age
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Fallout 2
  • Fallout New Vegas

Nexus mods is designed to work with Nexus Mod Manager which is a mod Management Tool (also designed by Nexus) which allows you one click downloads and installation of mods. In today’s hub, I have covered:

  • The best way to find popular mods
  • How to use the Track and Endorse buttons
  • How to download mods manually and automatically
  • Using Categories to find mods
  • Keeping up to date with new mods

I do hope that you have found my hub useful and informative and that it has helped you get more out of Nexus mods for all your modding needs. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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