First of all: I DO NOT take credit of anything. I have not created the mods featured in this guide. Only things I even could take credit for is the featured video, and the realization itself.
Rideable dragon companion is what everyone has hoped for since Skyrim came out. Even though there are dragon follower-mods, none of them is rideable, as far as I know.
Of course, when Dragonborn-DLC came out, we were introduced to "Bend Will"-shout and ability to ride wild dragons, if one can call it "riding".
But that was not quite what I and probably many others were hoping for. Even with "Bend Will"-shout, the dragons were one-use-only, and not our allies, but enemies. And with crappy dragon flying that vanilla-Skyrim had, it was not even close for what I hoped to see.
Of course, making a mod with dragon, which acts as companion, and is rideable at the same time, must be extremely difficult, if not even impossible. I do not blame anyone for not making a mod like that.
But, as I am going to show you, there is a way to have dragon companion, which is also rideable.
For this you need:
Ring of Dragons-mod, by Wyrm1331
Command Dragon - Ultimate Dragon Riding-mod, by rongphale
And "Bend Will"-shout.
For me it was extremely annoying to chase down a dragon, or look for ID and spawn one every time I wanted to ride. Also, when I finally got one, it tried to kill me, and could care less if someone else tries to attack me. Ring of Dragons fixes this: It gives you ability to summon a dragon, which fights for you and follows you by flying. It has no dialogue, but why would you need it?
Well, after I had my own pocket-dragon, I by chance wanted to see if the Bend Will-shout would work on it. And it did.
I'm not sure how to get the ring without console. With console you'll need to use these commands:
help "ring of dragons"
and when you have the ID,
To get the words of this shout, you need to play through the Dragonborn-DLC. But if you don't feel like it, you can get the shout with console, and I'll explain it here.
First you need to learn the words. This is done by using player.teachword -command. After the command you must add the IDs of the words, which are:
If you are wandering, what the "xx" are, they show the placing of Dragonborn DLC in your loading order. For me it would be 06, as Dragonborn is the sixth plugin. To find out easily what it would be for you, open the console and write this:
help "Bend Will"
This should show the ID of Bend Will shout. The first two numbers of the ID are also the "xx" numbers of the words.
After you have learned the words, you need 3 dragon souls. If you don't want to hunt down dragons, write this to console:
player.modav dragonsouls 3
Use the souls to unlock all three words of the shout.
If you don't want to wait forever to shout to cool down when the aiming goes off, type this to console:
player.setav shoutrecoverymult 0
This sets ALL shout-cooldowns to none. I almost never use other shouts, so it's not too overpower for me; but judge yourself.
Full-charged Bend Will-shout will make the dragon, which you summoned with ring, rideable.
...great. The vanilla-version of riding is phlegmatic at most. To get full control over your dragon, and REALLY ride it, you need The Ultimate Dragon Riding-mod.
I'll be honest. To get this mod to work can be a pain in the butt. But, despite all the comments that it's impossible to get to work, I can say, and show, that it does work. And when you get it to work, it is worth it.
These steps got it working for me. Especially the loading order can variate, so keep trying and don't give up. It does work, and you don't need superior-computer for it.
1. Install SKSE. Not the 1.7.1, but the 1.7.2 or higher. It seems to be must. You need the latest patch for it to work.
2. Install latest SkyUI.
3. Install the mod manually. Download the zip-file and put everything into Skyrim\Data-folder.
4. Start a new game, with only the absolutely necessary mods activated in addition to the Command Dragon-mod. This gives the game resources to get it registered by MCM. Give it at least 10 minutes time to get itself together. You can play, or wait, but don't rush it. After it is registered, feel free to activate the other mods.
If it does not register, try change the loading order. For me it seems to need to be right below DLC's and patches, above everything else. Some say it should be last. So keep trying. Also, I have noticed that using Alternate Start - Live Another Life by Arthmoor (http://www.nexusmods...rim/mods/9557/?) makes the mod register much faster, at least for me.
Starting a whole new game is no longer necessary! Thanks to the help of darktitan17, we found out that you can get the mod work in already started playthrough. The steps are following:
1. Install SKSE, SkyUI and mod, manually. After that, activate them either through Skyrim Launcher or Mod Manager / Mod Organizer, and load up your save.
2. Open the console and type: SetStage SKI_ConfigManagerInstance 1.
This should make the MCM to check all the menus and add missing one.
3. If the console command doesn't work for you, download Jaxonz MCM Kincker by Jaxonz and install it. This mod should literally kick MCM to get itself together and find and add the missing menus.
When it is registered by MCM, you're done. Congrats!
After you have this, only thing left is the fun part. Summon your dragon, shout at it, and ride it as you please! The video below shows how it's done in practice.
Note: Sometimes the dragon will glitch; spin around in the sky or fly inside the ground. This happens usually when you have summoned and unsummoned the dragon many times in short period of time. The shout will still work on it, though. One way to try avoid this is to quick save before summoning the dragon. If it starts to act up, load the game. If it still glitches, try to do something else for a while or wait about an hour in-game-time. Also riding and then landing will reset it back to normal.
Feel free to ask, comment and criticize!
I humbly apologize if this guide is posted in the wrong section.
Edited by Halihaisku, 24 November 2016 - 12:54 PM.