- Updated 2015-02-02
Ive seen some topics about what mods to use and I cant seem to find an up to date mod list. This is my attempt to list good and immersive mods that dosent break the Oblivion lore that much. Every mod listed works togheter and you shouldnt have any mod conflicts - but do understand that textures will replace each other. Please know that this isnt a guide and its not suppose to be one either - there are plenty good guides of how to use mods out there. Please do read what the modders need you to do, some mods needs other to work correctly - OBSE and blockhead are good examples. The listed tools in the bottom are very important. Without them a heavily modded game will not work correctly.
Also, if you enjoyed a mod an felt that it did enhance your gaming experince, please give that mod an endorsement or a short thanks.
- QUEST/NEW LAND
Sutch Village, a city that was planned for the game by the devs but didnt make it to the finally game.
ImpeREAL Empire Unique Cities - Sutch a city that was planned for the game by the devs but didnt make it to the finally game. Now back in the game thanks to the modders.
Sutch Unification, if you use other mods around Sutch area.
The One Stop Patch Shop, if you are planning to use many different land mods this is the place to find pathces that can solve some problems
Valenwood Islands, from the ashes of "Beyond Cyrodiil: Valenwood" you can now play a fun and well made mod.
Dungeons of Tamriel, suting dungeons below some cities. Great addition to what should have been in the game.
New Valen, a small settlement in southern part of the original map. Its well made and provides fun exploration in a rather dull area.
Akaviri Kojima Extended, underused mod. Cant get enough of it
Weynon Priory Alive, makes the place a bit more alive. Really good.
CM Solace Mod, a small settlement in the trees. Its an excellent contribution to an area that can be rather boring.
AFK_wye, makes the small village outside IC to something better and more colorful. The questline is fun and well made.
Order of the Dragon EV, is finally here! This mod will conflict with most of the new land around Frostcraig DLC, so please use correct patches.
Unique Landscapes Compilation OMOD or BAIN, a must! Please use the patches for the quest mods (ie Lost spires)
Unique Landscapes Compatibility Patches, so you can have UL togheter with quests like Lost spires, Order of the Dragon or Elswyr.
Elsweyr, The Desert of Anequin, is once again updated by its creator.
Lost spires, a great quest line that is funny and well written.
A Brotherhood Renewed, mainly because of how bad that questline ended in vanilla. Great mod.
Dibella's watch, a great quest mod that creates a new island to explore. Its a tight adventure with lots of fun things to discover. Great for players with short of time .
Kvatch Rebuilt 3.x excellent mod. Love to rebuild a wrecked city. It has been developed since 2008.
Fighters Guild Quests, a fun extension.
Mages Guild Quests, another fun extension
Better dungeons, makes the dungeons fun and with more variation.
Bravil Docks, creates a living harbour at Bravil. Much needed
Anvil Bay Expansion, same as Bravil. Much needed
The Griffon Fortress, works with unique landscapes with a new patch. Beautiful fortress that makes a dull area more fun.
TalosGatehouse Imperial Isle, makes the IC a bit more immersive. Dont forget to patch it if you use UL
The Blackwood Company, join the Blackwood Company for a fun questline.
Ubanga, a grand new land that is one of the greater mods for Oblivion
Castle Seaview, nice castle with a small questline. Dont forget to use the UL patch
Castle Seaview and The Griffon Fortress Optimised Meshes, more fps without any less graphic.
Tychos Shield On Back Revived, shield on back looks so much cooler
Oblivion Gate Closer Spell, I dont enjoy the Oblivion worlds. One or two is enough. This is the mod if you are like me
Maskar's Oblivion Overhaul, an excellent overhaul that works with most of the popular gameplay overhauls (Oblivion xp, OOO 135). A must.
FOV Modifier, for us that wants to play with a better FOV than 75. Its great and works flawless
Oblivion XP update, getting XP by doing stuff such as exploring the world, picking up flowers, talking to npcs and making potions. Really fun and makes the world worth to explorer (for me).
Oscuros Oblivion Overhaul Version 135, great mod that makes the world scary and the battles hard fought and rewarding
Creature Addons for Oscuros Oblivion Overhaul, makes a great mod even greater.
Companion Vilja, I just found this mod and its really great if you dont want to be the lonely adventurer.
MiniMap - Reboot, I like it. Makes the game a bit more modern (I come from modern mmo´s). There are some shutter related issues that can be solved with some few changes (look at the posts)
A to takes all, cant really play without it. Loot all with "a". Amazing and simple.
LAME 1.7, makes the magic system much more fun while keeping the vanilla feeling.
DarNified UI, change the awfull UI to something better.
Kaizits new animations for NPC and player, makes the npc more diverse and fun to talk with. A highly recommend mod that is a gameplay changer for me
- Texturs and items
Forts Ruins exteriors retexture, good looking textures.
Caves retexture, good looking textures
Snus dungeon, makes dungeon more fun to explore. The southern dungeons are more jungle like while the ones near Skyrim is more frosty for example
Ancient Ruins - Ayleid Edition, makes the ruins more old with nature taking slowly over the space.
Kvatch HD, nicer looking Kvatch. Works well with the Rebuilt mod
Forge New Textures, nicer looking forges
Vvardenfell Imports, for players that want Morrowind items in the Oblivion world. Awsome awsome stuff
DOWNPOUR - rain retexture, prettier rain.
Arboretum - retexture for a tree-hugging crowd, for us that loves the important clorofyll
Enhanced Grass, togheter with Oblivion grass overhaul 4.0 and Grasscover this mods makes the grass fabolous. If you can play with ugrid9...you are up for a threat .)
Weapons Of Morrowind, great mod. Much needed while I play.
Groundcover for no grass textures, an great mod that take care of the dull areas without grasss
Artifacts 1-1, provides so much into the game. New buiildings, new gear.
Madness Armor and Weapons Retex, hd textures for some Shivering island armor. Great contriubtion
Worship in Cyrodiil, provides small shrines inside buildings.
Landscape HD 1.1, another favorite that combines popular texture packs to something new.
Better cloudruler temple, beautiful texture work
Thacadian Elsweyr Map, my choice of map. Small in size and beautiful
Parallax cities, makes the cities prettier without any performance hit.
Cosmic Night Sky, pick one that you like. I switch between them.
AmpolX Textures 1.0, insteed of the excellent QTP3 landscape texture I want to suggest this one. Dont forget to download the Normal maps.
Oblivion Realm HD, makes the Oblivion realm beautiful
Bomret Texture Pack for Shivering Isles, good texture for the great DLC Shivering Isles. My choice
Really Textured Normal Maps for Vanilla, is more friendly to your fps than the usually retexture packs. It gives a great visuall impact. My choice but remember that this is an overhaul and thus shouldnt be combine with Ampolx textures for example.
Ayleid ruins retexture, really nice looking retexturs! Highly recommended
Darooz artsupplies, well made mod that is rather "under used"
Skyrimized waters, makes the water nicer with no effect on the fps. The jaggised in the distant can be fixed with a mod presented under audiovisuall.
Imperial City HD, good texture
Arena HD, good texture
Statues HD, good texture
Cathedral HD, good texture
Cathedral Improver Stained glass, good texture works well with Cathedral HD
Cloud Ruler Temple HD, good texture
Mesh Improvement Project, fixes the small things that is important for the whole impression. A must use.
Improved Trees and Flora 1&2, better flora and fauna. Dont forget to download the updates
The Imperial Ecology a) and Oblivion Grass Overhaul b), togheter they recreate the flora in a excellent way. First install a) and then let b) overwrite the files
Oblivion Character Overhaul 2, no futher introduction. One of the greater mods. Gone away are the ugly charecters.
Oblivion Character Overhaul 2 neck addon, fixes the oldies necks
Insanity's Improved Armoury Compilation 1.21 FINAL, beautiful armor. Lore friendly.
Assorted Protective Female Armors, armor for female that is lore friendly. Love it is togheter with OCO great. Writes over some armor parts from Insainty´s pack. But its ok.
Weapon Improvement Project, beautiful and lore friendly weapons. Highly recommended
Creature Diversity, extra creatures
Tree Bark HD Reduced, nicer looking tree bark without any fps hit. Yes to that
Really AEVWD, things that will not pop up in the world with this mod. If you use every option from the mod your fps will be down to its knee. Please follow the installation guide lines (I use different parts from simillar mods)
Better Looking Armor, smaller in size than Insanitys mod. Very well made and my choice.
Qarl's Texture Pack III Redimized - QTP3 R, if you must use QTP3 this is the one version. Its 3 times smaller than the original package and it looks the same (thus you have more space to use other mods )
Weather - All Natural, the best weather mod. Highly customised. But requires Wyre Bash and OBSE (that are really easy to use)
Immersive Interiors, look out from the window and behold the world and weather outside. Very important for the meta game
Water_Reflection_Blur, no more distant jaggies on the water. Install it after you have installed your water mod of choice. It sadly disables the water ripples
Alivewaters, makes it more fun to visit the landscape under the water
Alivewaters update, much needed
Get wet updated, characters are effected by rain. Wow
PK LandscapeLOD Color, nicer looking distant land
Enhanced Vegetation, nicer tree and flora from the distant
Cava Obscura, kills the horrible ambinet light/bloom. Now you need to use night eye, starlight and tourchs when exploring dungeons. Highly recommended
Dungeon Actors Have Torches, if you plan to use Cava Obscura then its good to see that other needs light. Good for the immersion.
Enhanced First Person Camera, your charecter has a body in first persion view! And also arms...wow
Aero ENB v2, a great ENB injector with lots of options. (dosent work with Improved water)
DDD ENB, another great ENB injector that transforms the world to a more mystic world. (dosent work with Improved water)
Ls More Butterflies and Fireflies, more of them. Many options. Pick just one.
Clocks of Cyrodiil, maybe some say it breaks immersion. But what I understand they do exists in the world.
No persistant enchantment glow fix, your fine armor will not glow all the time. Makes the game a bit more gritty
Glowing Wonders, very nice during night time. They spark and there is a small buzz sound. Good for immersion.
Tavern-Goers, more NPC´s where they should be. In the nice and friendly taverns
Animated Window Lighting System and Chimneys - AWLS, lights up the cities when its night. Easy to install with Wrye bash.
Ducks and Swans for Cyrodiil, more life to the world. Beautiful
Wildlife - Raven and Seagull, more life to the world. Beautiful
Sounds of Cyrodiil, enhance the games sound really well.
Storms and sound v3, great mod. When the lighting strikes near you for the first time you will feel it.
- OTHER MODS
Unofficial Oblivion Patch, shouldnt be playing a Bethseda game without them
Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch, much needed for the favorite DLC
Unofficial Official Mods Patch, if you have the rest of the DLC´s
Mod Organizer. to keep the mods organised I highly suggests it.
OBSE v.21, needed for many mods.
OBSE repack for Steam Users, if you have problems to get OBSE to work. Please consider to use this.
GameCompanion 2.4, if you play in fullscreen the game is more unstable. You cant for example alt-tab. With GC 2.4 you can fake fullscreen. In oblivoinlauncher.exe mark "Windowed mode" and then install GC 2.4
Oblivion shutter remover. makes the game more stable. Use WIP_4-1-26 and change the iHeap
Oblivion 4GB patcher, a must if you plan to use many mods.
Ordenador, a great tool for making the game play smoother. Ive myself saved about 2.4 gb and the game looks the same.
BOSS, easy to use but important
Wrye Bash, creates the important Bashed patched. Just follow the youtube tutorial below and you are up and running.
TES4LodGen, creates distant LOD so you can see the nice stuff futher away.
TE4LL, also important if you want a good LOD
Land magic, fixes tears in landscape.
TES4edit, cleans the mods in a fairly easy way. Just follow a youtube tutorial and you are all set
CTD and Memory patch ENBoost, great mod for stability
- How to setup the differnt mods using a mod manager
- How to use Wrye bash
Edited by astrob0y, 02 February 2015 - 10:43 AM.