The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition – Modding practices for a stable skyrim experience (2024)

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Skyrim is a game with many flaws, unstable framerate, stuttering, frequent crashing etc. This is due to problem that, like many Bethesda games Skyrim is build on the very old gamebryo engine. Luckily, Skyrim SE is more stable in that regard,due to it being optimized for a 64-bit Version of Windows, which fixes alot of issues that were present in Oldrim such as not using more than 4 GB of RAM etc. However if SSE gets modded(Heavily) it still tends to be somewhat unstable/crash or cause lowered framerates.

In this guide I am going to show you some modding practices to keep in mind and I also want to use it to list alot of common and uncommon errors. Furthermore I am going to list some essential tools and mods to stabilize the game and increase performance aswell.

I`m trying to make this guide as comprehensive as possible, so people who are very new to skyrim modding, should be able follow these steps and hopefully it can solve the issue at hand.

This guide is aimed at people who aren’t very familiar with modding yet. However if you are,maybe you will find something new, which could fix your problem 🙂


First off all before you start modding your game, it is essential to ALWAYS Read the description of the mod you want to install, also try to read the post section of said mod sometimes the mod author gives some tips or further information on compatability, updates etc.

Since we are aiming to get a stable and (mostly crash free) skyrim build togheter, it is important to get some basics out of the way.

1) First off you will need to install SKSE64, which is a solid base foundation for pretty much all mods. As the name suggests, it enhances and extends the functionality of the game by adding many new features. This mod is very important, since alot of other mods depend on SKSE for Script functionality.

You can find the latest build here :

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2. Next up we need to install a modding tool which will help install our mods and keep the load order intact. For this you can use Mod Organizer or Vortex which can be found on the Nexus:

Mod Organizer:

You will also need a tool to sort your load order to improve stability. This is important due to the fact that a wrong load order can crash your game on startup, or somewhere mid-game.

Here is an example:

For further information on this topic, you can visit this site:

To fix this you can install a load order sorting tool to help you fix this issue. you can find a tool listed down below.:


Essential Mods

Here you want to install some of the following mods listed down below, you can do so manually or through one of the mod managers listed above. Furthermore you will need these SKSE plugins to ensure further compatability, and it will also help make your game run smoother, and make your user experience a little better.

1. Address Library for SKSE Plugins:

2. Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch:

3. .NET Script Framework’s Common Crashes and Fixes:

4. SSE Engine Fixes (skse64 plugin):
This mod is pretty much essential even if youre not planing on modding skyrim since it fixes alot of issues which are present in the base game.

5. SSE Fixes:
Also essential since it fixes low fps when running a game with lots of esp or esm files.

6. Skyrim Priority SE – skse plugin:
Does what the name suggests, ensuring Skyrim.exe runs at a higher priority and thus reducing stutters. This makes the game run alot smoother, some people on the nexus suggested that this was not working, however if have tested the mod for a few days now and I can confirm that there is a big difference in how the game feels, especially when looking around in open areas, where the game is prone to stuttering. Personally I feel it is very essential, however I think you should try it for yourself.

7. FileAccess Interface for Skyrim SE Scripts – FISSES:
Important for The Mod Manager Menu or SkyUI.

8. SkyUI:

9. SKSE64 Havok fix:
fixes the game glitching out if it is run over 60 fps.

10. SSE Display Tweaks:

All-in-one solution for smooth FPS-unlocked gameplay. Includes a physics fix, borderless fullscreen performance boost, refresh rate control, highly configurable frame rate limiting, various bugfixes and more.

11)Skyrim Project Optimization SE:

12. Landscape and Water fixes:

INI. Files

Ini. files are Skyrims configuration files for ingame settings such as graphical options.
Since its quite a bit of work to navigate these files and tweak settings you will want to use a tool called BETHINI.


Its very simple to install and use.
Why You Need This:

There are many advantages to using BethINI:

1. It automatically reorders your INI files into a sensible order, making them much easier to navigate for manual tweaking.
2. It automatically fixes common errors, including some that can cause CTDs.
3. It automatically detects mods you have installed and makes changes recommended by the mod authors where deemed appropriate. If your mod or a mod you know of requires such support, please contact me, as this is the easiest thing in the world to implement.
4. It’s presets are superior in graphical fidelity and performance (95% of the time) to the official presets one can create via the game launcher.
5. It allows for the modification of more settings than is accessible via native game settings, and provides explanation for each setting and what it does.
6. It automatically backs up your INI files.
7. For Skyrim, it automatically configures the Creation Kit to support multiple masters and any installed DLC, if enabled.

You can run it anywhere, simply extract it into a folder on your Desktop and you are good to go!

Here are some of my settings if you want to adopt them, however depending on your number of mods/system specs, you can adjust them to your needs.:

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Error Collection and how to fix/avoid them

In this section I want to list some of the regular errors which can happen during modding since alot of variables factor in here I’m aiming to make it as comprehensible as possible.

1. Skyrim crashes on startup:
If this happens either verify your game files or un-install one of the recent mods you installed.

2. Missing Textures/black-screen:
If this happens un-install your ENB and it should fix it.

3. Game-Corruption or Missing meshes/textures:
To fix this either re-install your last installed mod or verify your game files thorugh steam.

4. Corrupt Save files:

Corrupt Save files can mostly be avoided by having SSE Engine Fixes installed. This can also happen if you accidentaly uninstalled some sort of SKSE Plugin, it can be fixed by re-installing the missing file and your game should work as normal again.

5. Mod Conflicts:
This happens either through malpractice or missing files.

Fixing Mod Conflicts:

The main way to solve this issue is to read the descriptions of mods and make sure the author doesn’t mention any incompatibilities. If multiple mods edit the same leveled lists for distributing loot or are patches, you can create a bashed patch to merge them into one mod while saving on plugin space.

For troubleshooting which mod or mods are causing this issue, use the following technique:

Open your load order.
Disable half of your currently active mods, ensuring that no dependencies break upon doing so.
Start Skyrim to see if the issue persists.

If so, disable half of your currently active mods again and test once again.
Repeat until the problem goes away.

Once the problem goes away, if the mod sample size is still too large, you can disable half of those mods and start Skyrim to narrow it down further. This technique allows you to rapidly pinpoint which mod or mods are causing issues.


In Conclusion if you put these tips into practice, your game should run very smooth and (mostly) crash free, keep in mind that no matter how good your load order is or how well it is modded, it will possibly still be able to crash and the amount of mods you install will also factor into it. However by keeping good modding etiquette the chances of the game crashing will be slimmed down drastically.

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Is Skyrim Special Edition more stable? ›

Special Edition is much more stable than Legendary Edition, which had memory management issues requiring mods to at least somewhat stabilize. If you are playing on a 32-bit OS, then the better one is Legendary Edition because the others won't run on your OS.

Is Skyrim or Skyrim Special Edition better for modding? ›

By process of elimination, Skyrim Legendary Edition is an outdated relic if you want to mod the game comprehensively. The old 32-bit engine is much less stable at baseline than the upgraded Special Edition. Moreover, the modding community has almost completely migrated to Special Edition now.

What is the new Skyrim update 2024? ›

Highlights. Bethesda has released a new update for Skyrim - Special Edition, focusing on bug fixes and improvements for all platforms. The update addresses issues such as menu bouncing, incorrect rendering of the download bar, and bugs related to Skyrim's Creation content.

Is Skyrim Legendary Edition stable? ›

Skyrim Legendary comes first before Skyrim Special Edition. The only difference is the improved graphics in the special edition. For more stability choose Special Edition since its 64-bit engine, while the Legendary Edition has an only 32-bit engine which makes it less stable.

Does whiterun have a stable? ›

The Whiterun stable is owned and operated by Skulvar Sable-Hilt. The stables itself offers a black horse for purchase. The carriage just south of the stables is very useful for quick transport early in the game; killing the driver is not recommended, however, since he does not respawn.

Should I beat Skyrim before modding? ›

Sometimes playing the vanilla game first gives you a clearer idea of what you want in a mod setup, since you know which things you like or want to fix.

Is Skyrim Legendary or Special better for modding? ›

It can be quite a hassle to get the Legendary Edition if you want to, but the Special Edition is better in terms of everything. You get the same features as the Legendary Edition with improved graphics, better mod support, and a better-optimized experience.

Why is Skyrim so popular for modding? ›

As the vanilla game has a reputation for outdated mechanics, it is common for players to mod Skyrim even prior to their first playthrough.

Is Skyrim 6 confirmed? ›

What we can tell you for certain is that The Elder Scrolls 6 is indeed in development, and that it will be the next release for Bethesda Game Studios, now that Starfield is out. Even so, it's clear that the game is quite a ways out, especially following recent comments from Xbox head Phil Spencer.

What is the new Skyrim called? ›

The Elder Scrolls VI will be the second game developed on the studio's in-house engine, Creation Engine 2, following Starfield (2023).

Which is better, Skyrim Special or Anniversary Edition? ›

The Anniversary Edition is the most comprehensive with enhanced graphics, new mechanics, added quests, and mod support.

Which Skyrim edition is better for modding? ›

When Skyrim Special Edition launched, the script extender's absence meant that a lot of mods couldn't be used or ported over, so the original Skyrim remained the best version for anyone looking to spice up their game. It's been updated since then, thankfully, and now works with both editions.

Are Nexus Mods safe? ›

All mod files shared on our website must pass through several security checks before they can be downloaded by the community. If any of these checks fail during the upload process, the file will be quarantined and will be unavailable until it has been reviewed by a moderator.

Is Skyrim Special Edition less buggy? ›

Are there a lot of bugs in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Special Edition)? For all intents and purposes the game functions as intended. It appears to be more stable than vanilla Skyrim. However, Bethesda keeps bugs in that add value to the game.

Does Skyrim Special Edition perform better? ›

As for the Special Edition, changes have already been made compared to earlier editions. This game can boast more frames per second, faster loading screens, and improved graphics compared to Skyrim from 2011.

What is the difference between Skyrim Special Edition and normal? ›

The Special Edition is a remaster of the base game, featuring an improved game engine which overhauls the title's graphics in the way of introducing things like volumetric god rays and vastly improved reflections.

Is Skyrim Legendary Edition better than Special Edition? ›

In the simplest words, SSE does everything the Legendary Edition did, but better, and throws a bunch of new things to the mix. One of the most important changes in the Special Edition is the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit.

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