The re-release of Skyrim on previous-gen consoles isn't just a pointless remaster that makes the game look a bit prettier, although it sure accomplishes that. Among the quality of life changes implemented by Bethesda, support for user-created mods is definitely the most exciting feature to be found in the game. This basically lets you have a taste of the endless fun PC players have with crazy mods that can add virtually anything to Skyrim.
If you can't afford a PC, but happen to have Skyrim for PS4, you should still take advantage of the mods released for this port. Although they aren't fleshed out like on PC, due to technological limitations, they still make significant improvements and welcome additions to gameplay.
Updated on July 29, 2021, by Juliet Childers: Skyrim remains one of the most popular games despite its age. That's just a testament to Bethesda's original creation and the modding community, as well. Though mods still work best on PC versions of the game, console peers don't need to miss out. From better homes to graphics and even ones that just add unique armor, we've added even more Skyrim PS4 mods.
15 Cutting Room Floor
As with other Bethesda titles, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim had tons of material that didn't make it into the official game. However, it can be found in the game files all the same. This mod brings back that cut content including locations, NPCs, and questlines.
There are a few other mods that add new content, but this one simply reveals content you couldn't access before.
14 Faster Leveling
Making a powerful character can take ages in this game. Because of this, you might be discouraged from trying a variety of different abilities, and just focus on melee combat. Faster Leveling boosts most skill leveling rates by 2.5%. That's not enough to make the game notably easier, but it's enough to make it seem a bit fairer.
This mod is especially useful if some of your skill-trees seem constantly stuck in the 80-90 range. It's fun to work your way up to those levels, but without this mod you will simply need hundreds of hours of gameplay to do so. The only caveat is that you can't use Faster Leveling with the Ordinator mod.
13 Better Combat AI
The exploration and meeting of people are nothing without engrossing combat. Along with the "More Kill Moves and Decapitations" mod, Better Combat AI improves a player's experience if they want more engaging combat.
Not only does this mod enable enemies to stagger, it makes them bash, block, and adjust their combat strategies based on the player's own weapon.
12 Even Better Quest Objectives
Some quests in the game can seem rather ambiguous, especially the one about the Stones Of Barenziah. The game doesn't even give you general locations to investigate. No, it basically wants you to explore the entire open world, and keep your eyes peeled for 24 gemstones that could very well be anywhere. Literally, they could be in a chest, or entombed in a dungeon, you name it.
Even Better Quest Objectives gives you more detailed quest log prompts, that basically function as hints without giving away the objective's exact location. That's the perfect balance to be found for otherwise tedious quests.
11 Rich Merchants Of Skyrim
Ever try to save enough money for the best houses in the game? The quickest way there is to sell all the loot you can carry. Unfortunately, merchants in vanilla Skyrim have a rather meager sum of gold at their disposal to trade. This can make your enrichment process incredibly slow.
Rich Merchants Of Skyrim gives every merchants 10,000 gold. That's plenty of money you can receive, if you sell them quality goods. The best thing about this mod is its compatibility, you can put it anywhere in your loader, as long as you don't have any other mods that modify merchants' gold.
10 Cheat Mod
Okay, so "cheating" is frowned upon in games, but this mod doesn't use bots to drag down networks or anything like that. It simply enables the player to carry tons of stuff and craft all kinds of things.
The mod sets up the "Warmaiden's Forge" in Whiterun -- a chest with 1000 of every type of crafting ingredient you need. Then, it adds 100,000 pieces of gold in various strongboxes, as well as a ring that pushes your weight carry limit over 500,000.
9 Rain And Snow FX
This mod does not make significant changes to the weather system in the game. It still rains and snows as usual, with prevalent overcast in-game days. However, when your character does happen to get caught in a storm or blizzard, their armor and clothes become visibly wet or frostbitten.
That's a very nice touch, considering that vanilla Skyrim doesn't really do anything to make it seem like your gear is exposed to environmental conditions. You could jump in a pool of water and emerge drier than a desert from Minecraft. This mod fixes that, so it's great if you care about amplifying immersion.
8 Surreal Lighting Or Rustic Weathers & Lighting
Skyrim can look truly amazing on PC. Although the PS4 lacks high-end graphics capabilities compared to expensive computers, Skyrim can still look amazing with the right mod. Surreal Lighting will do the trick, if that's what you want to achieve.
Contrast, brightness, and saturation are most visibly affected and improved, and create vibrant environments that greatly beautify the game. Your game is going to thank you for installing this.
7 Immersive Citizens - AI Overhaul
One of Skyrim's most prevalent immersion-breaking problems is its AI. Seriously, everyone knows you can put a bucket on a merchant's head and steal everything from their shop. This mod overhauls citizen's schedules, making them feel more organic, and improves their general relation to the environment or potential threats.
For each settlement location, unique dialogue with characters is generally doubled. Overall, this mod is great for anyone wanting a more authentic experience out of Skyrim.
6 Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch
Although this title has been out for almost a decade, Skyrim is not exactly bug-free. Even if most game-breaking bugs have been resolved a long time ago, this mod is the final boss of patches.
The Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch is designed to be compatible with most mods out there, and improves as much as possible of the game without making drastic changes. It was last updated on December 9, 2020. It's surprising to see people finding bugs scattered here and there so long after the game's release. In any case, get this if you want to make your game run without problems.
5 Phenderix Magic Reloaded
Do you love using magic? Does it feel like there aren't enough spells or mage-oriented pieces of gear? You are in luck, since the Phenderix Magic Reloaded mod adds all you could possibly want: new locations, weapons, enemy types, and over 250 spells. There is no reason why you shouldn't download this on PS4.
However, be warned that this mod is not compatible with the following: Phenderix Magic World, Magic Evolved, Arcane Archery, or Elemental Fighter. If you have any of these, make sure to uninstall them before downloading this extensive overhaul.
4 Themed Mods: Vampire Knights, Wolf Blooded, & Dragon Spawn
Skyrim is a magical realm filled with all kinds of mythical creatures; why shouldn't they have their own weapons, armor types, etc? These mods, all by user SkaerKrow, adds unique content for various non-human characters and even add NPCs.
Vampire Knights, Dragon Spawn, Wolf Blooded all add vampire/werewolf/etc followers, enemies, weapons, armor, and unique dungeons. Definitely worth picking up!
3 Magical College Of Winterhold
The College Of Winterhold is one of the best locations in the entire game. It is heavily steeped in lore and interesting details that construct its solemn ambiance. If you want to make the college even better, download this mod. It's among the very best available for PS4.
Interiors are completely redesigned, and many additions are made to the college's buildings. It's hard to come across a more fleshed out place, especially for characters who roleplay as mages.
2 Smilodon: Combat Of Skyrim
Skyrim presents you with countless tools to engage in battle. Regardless of whether you choose to be a spellsword or rogue archer, mage or dual-wielding raider, enemies can often seem unchallenging. You could increase the game's difficulty, but even then the AI is still pretty mindless, so you might simply die from circumstantial instances.
Smilodon: Combat Of Skyrim makes every enemy more aggressive, significantly enough that you will actually feel endangered when fighting. Barbarians actually try to attack you simultaneously, you need to strategize your battles, and combat feels overall more impactful.
1 Voice Of Madness (Wabbajack Shout)
This mod is totally unique to the PS4 for now. However, it is a must-get for any Elder Scrolls fan because, and need more be said, WABBAJACK! As far as Skyrim PS4 mods go, this is one of the best.
Channel Sheogorath's chaos in all of its Daedric glory with the Thu'um shout as you banish baddies to Oblivion. It also may or may not rain down cheese that explodes.
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