by Tore Andersen

Step-by-step modification guide
Make Skyrim look like a modern game with improved visuals and new lore-friendly content



The guide is for Skyrim: Special Edition - version is the last game version before the Anniversary Edition split, and widely considered to be the all-time best version of Skyrim.

If you already updated Skyrim SE to 1.6 or higher, no worries. Instructions on how to revert is included.

If you are only interested in the ENB, download it here: (LINK)  *It will work on any version, even the Anniversary Edition.

If you want the full step-by-step guide, here is what you need to get started:

1: Skyrim: Special Edition.
2: About 140GB of free space. *For all mods included in this guide.
3: A Nexus account (LINK) *Nexus is the main source of mods used in this guide.
4: Please follow ALL steps!
The mods alone will not work without proper settings and correct load-order.





The Skyrim SE Beautification Project is a complete visual overhaul of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition. It comes with step-by-step instructions, no modding experience required. All you need is patience and a good internet connection.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the best open-world RPG's ever made. The Special Edition updated the engine to 64bit and came with a few minor effect improvements, but it was hardly the "remake" that people were hoping for. Sure, the game looked slightly better than the original Legendary Edition, but not enough to justify buying the game twice. No bug-fixes, no HD textures, no new content and no character improvements. Just slightly better environmental effects, which couldn't compare to what the modding community had already made. This guide aims to fix all that, and bring the changes that the game deserves.

Visual improvements: Better lighting and effects, HD textures (4k-2k), high-poly 3D models, better weather system.
Performance: Better memory handling, texture optimizations (Details: LINK), and ENB performance version.
Added content: New lands, dungeons, buildings, races, characters and quests. Lore-friendly and true to the style of the game.
Stability: Error fixes and mod compatibility patches. Every mod has been tested for stability, fps-impact, script errors and conflicts with other mods.

The modding community for Skyrim is huge, and it's a very time consuming process to figure out which mods to use together, and how to make a compatible setup which is both lore-friendly and stable. This guide took several months of researching and testing. The custom ENB settings have been fine-tuned to work without other lighting mods, which gives it a performance edge compared to most other ENB's.

The Skyrim SE Beautification Project will give Skyrim the proper make-over that Special Edition / Anniversary Edition should have given. The game will look like a modern release, and it will run more stable at the same time.

Note: Info on texture optimization and conversion mods:
Texture optimization quality/method: (LINK)
SSE Conversions/patches for LE mods: (LINK)



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About The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the world of Tamriel

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a first-person RPG from Bethesda Game Studios, released in 2011. (Special Edition, 2016) The main storyline follows the Drogonborn's hunt for Alduin, a black dragon, who according to myth will destroy Tamriel and the rest of the world. On the journey, the player has a huge variety of side-quests and choices, some of which will impacts the world, some of which that won't. The story starts at a time where Skyrim is at the brink of civil war between the invading Empire and the native Nords. The player will have to choose a side sooner or later, which will have great impact on the game-world. Besides these two dominating factions, the player also has the opportunity to join "less popular" factions on the side, like "The Brotherhood" or the "Thieves Guild", which can also impact the main world, or at least how the world reacts to the player.
As in any other RPG, development of the character has an essential role in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However, the character is not pre-destined to any "class", as in many other RPG's. The character is developed via skills, which result in very differentiated styles and game-play. The system works extremely well, providing individuality and specialization possibilities to every type of player.
The story takes place 200 years after the ending of Oblivion, the previous Elder Scrolls game, but in the province of Skyrim instead of Cyrodiil. As all the earlier Elder Scrolls games, the player is free to roam as he/she pleases. The world is a huge sandbox with an incredible amount of possibilities.

Tamriel, also known as "Dawn's Beauty" or "Starry Heart", is one of several continents on the planet Nirn (Also known as Mundus). Tamriel is where all The Elder Scrolls games take place, at least so far. The Elder Scrolls Online will combines all provinces of Tamriel in time, including Skyrim. Nirn is a mortal realm, which is connected to the immortal realms of Oblivion. During The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, "Mankar Camoran" speaks of Tamriel as an extension of the Oblivion realm, but as he is the only Daedric prince who claims this, it could just be "stories" from the Mythic Dawn.

Tamriel is about 12 million square kilometers, and is divided into 9 provinces.
Skyrim, High Rock, Hammerfell, Summerset Isle, Valenwood, Elsweyr, Black Marsh, Morrowind, and Cyrodiil.

(Also known as the Heartlands) is the center of the Human race, and home to the empire. It is the largest of the provinces, and is mostly jungle. The Imperial City is in the heartland, by the Nibenay Valley. The central valley is surrounded by rain forests, which face the swamps of Argonia and the Topal Bay. The land rises to the west and the north, where it borders Skyrim. Between the western coast and the central valley, lay huge forests and swamps. This is where The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, takes place.

Morrowind is the homeland of the Dunmer. (Dark Elves) The province is located to the far north of Tamriel. Most of it's population is living around the high uplands, and the river valleys of central Morrowind. In the Inner Sea, the island Vvardenfell is dominated by the Red Mountain volcano and ash wastelands. This is where The Elder Scrolls III takes place.

Black Marsh is located by the great inland waterways and swamps to the south. Most travel is by boat, as there a only very few roads. The coasts and northwestern forests are mostly uninhabited. For ages, the Dark Elves have raided the Black Marsh for slaves. Even though the Empire has made it illegal, they continue to do so, which is the main reason for hatred between the Argonians and the Dunmer.

Elsweyr is mainly jungles and river basins, inhabited by the Khajiit. They are city dwellers with tradition for trade. To the north of Elsweyr, nomadic tribal Khajiit live in the wastes and grasslands. They are more aggressive and territorial, and united under tribal warlords. The settled Khajiit to the south, quickly adopted to the ways of the Empire, but the northern tribes still keep to their barbaric ways.

Valenwood is a large forest wilderness, mostly uninhabited. The coasts of Valenwood have swamps and tropical rain forests. This is where the Bosmer (Wood Elves) live in small timber houses. They have small settlements scattered along the coast, only connected by trails. There are a few Imperial roads, but they only have tiny settlements, and very low trade and traffic activity.

The Summerset Isle is a green place with fertile farmlands, woods, and old towers and manors. Most settlements are small and isolated, mostly seats by wizard or warlord. The Isle has a few natural ports, but foreigners are usually not welcome. The Aldmer who lives here, are little affected by the Empire.

High Rock is the land of the Bretons. The land has 3 main locations: The Dellese Isles, the Bjoulsae River, and the Western Reach. The highland strongholds and the valley settlements have encouraged independence of the many Breton clans. Their language, traditions, and legends are holding the people together in tradition and spirit.

Hammerfell is an urban and maritime province. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, takes place here. Most of the population is gathering in the cities of Sentinel and Stros M'Kai. The rest of the country has a thin population, living in small poor farm houses. Hammerfell is home to the Redguards, who love of travel, and go on adventures. Many Redquards are sailors, mercenaries, and adventurers all around Tamriel.

Skyrim, also known as the "Old Kingdom" or "Fatherland", was the first region of Tamriel to be settled by humans from Altmora. The Nords are hardy, brave, and fearless people with strong traditions and beliefs. They are excellent warriors and traders. They are far more civilized than their barbarian ancestors, but war and exploration still remains essential to the Nords. This is where The Elder Scrolls V takes place.

Legend say that the first humans came to Tamriel from the continent of Altmora in the late Second Era. It was not a single invasion, but a series over hundreds of years, developing the Nords, Imperials and the Bretons.

As in the previous Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim begins with the player as an unknown prisoner. This time the player was caught in an Imperial ambush on the Stormcloak rebels, while attempting to cross the border into Skyrim. The Stormcloak leader, Ulfric Stormcloak, was among the captured. Everyone, except for the player, is scheduled for execution, but an Imperial commander decides that the player is to be executed as well. As the player is about to be beheaded, a black dragon shows up and attacks everyone. The player can choose to escape the chaos along with either a Stormcloak rebel or an Imperial soldier who will guide the player to a nearby town. Everything from here is completely up to the player. The world of Skyrim is completely open for exploration and adventure.





Skyrim was planned shortly after the release of Oblivion in 2006, but serious development didn't start until 2008. The developer team was made up of about 100 people, both new and "veterans" from previous games. The production was supervised by Todd Howard, who has directed many of Bethesda's titles.
Skyrim is made on Bethesda's Creation Engine, which was created shortly before Skyrim. The Creation Engine has several graphical improvements compared to Bethesda's previous engines. For example, improved drawing distance. Dynamic lighting, enhanced flora (No more SpeedTree), enhanced weather effects, like dynamic snow, and better animation (Provided by Havok). The engine still uses the Radiant AI system (created for Oblivion), but slightly upgraded. The Special Edition engine introduces more improvements, and a new 64bit structure which takes better advantage of newer hardware.

The world of Skyrim is similar in size to Oblivion's world (Cyrodiil), but the mountains make it more difficult to get around. The design of the Skyrim world has a more "surrealistic" style, contrary to Oblivion's classic medieval-European fantasy style. This makes the world more interesting to explore, just like Morrowind was. Skyrim is divided into nine locations (Holds), which have each their own environmental setting, and people. Especially the diversity of the people makes the players choice of race interesting. Different factions in the game will react differently depending on the players choice of race, and upon which side of the civil war the player chooses, and which smaller factions the player chooses to join, if any. To make the people of Skyrim even more unique, over 70 voice actors has been used, including Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Joan Allen, Lynda Carter, Michael Hogan, and Vladimir Kulich.



The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition is a remastered version of the critically acclaimed 2011 RPG game, Skyrim. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, the game is set in the fictional province of Skyrim, where players take on the role of a dragonborn, a powerful individual with the ability to absorb the souls of dragons and use their powers.

One of the most notable features of Skyrim is its open-world gameplay, which allows players to explore the vast province of Skyrim at their own pace. The game is filled with a wide variety of quests, ranging from main story missions to side quests, and even random encounters that players can choose to participate in or ignore. This level of freedom and choice allows players to tailor their gameplay experience to their liking.

In terms of story, players are thrust into the middle of a civil war between the Imperial Legion and the Stormcloak rebellion, with the ultimate goal of defeating Alduin, a dragon prophesied to destroy the world. Along the way, players will also encounter various other factions and guilds, each with their own unique quests and storylines. The game's story is well-written and engaging, and players will find themselves fully immersed in the world of Skyrim.

One of the most beloved aspects of Skyrim is the diverse cast of characters that players will encounter throughout their journey. From the powerful Jarls who rule over the various holds in Skyrim, to the colorful and unique NPCs that populate the game's towns and cities, each character is unique and memorable in their own way. The game's voice acting is also top-notch, with many of the voice actors delivering excellent performances.

In terms of graphics and development, Skyrim - Special Edition features updated visuals and improved performance compared to the original game. The game's art style is beautiful and immersive, with a wide variety of environments and locations to explore. The game's developers have done an excellent job of creating a believable and fully-realized world for players to explore.

Overall, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition is a game that offers an unparalleled open-world RPG experience. With its engaging story, diverse cast of characters, beautiful graphics, and endless gameplay possibilities, it's easy to see why the game is still so popular even a decade after its initial release. The game is a must-play for fans of the RPG genre and is a true masterpiece of game development. The game is also optimized for search engines by including keywords like Elder Scrolls V, Skyrim, RPG, Gameplay, Story, Characters, Graphics, Development, Special Edition, Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks, Jarls, NPCs, Voice acting, Open world, and Quest.