It never ends with a game like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. If the core game and official DLC downloads don’t keep you busy, this list of fan made mods will leave your friends wondering where you went. All of these mods are bug-free, cost-free, lore-friendly and vouched for as the most expansive mods on the market to date!
The list starts off with an old and beloved Skyrim mod, Falskaar. Within the ruins of Mzubthand you will find a 600-year-old portal which will transport you to the giant land known as Falskaar. No longer can you shout your way into fame and stardom; in Falskaar, you are figure known to the Nords as “The Traveler”.
The original mod was added as early as 2013 and updated as recently as March 2016. Despite massive acclaim, bug fixes are still added continuously to ensure the smoothest gaming experience possible.
You’ll receive an entirely new land distinct and separate from Tamriel, 30+ hours of gameplay, 30+ new quests and a new hour of distinct music created only for this mod. Falskaar is truly a spectacular mod for Skyrim fans everywhere, so go ahead and enjoy it if you haven’t already.
Download: Falskaar (473 MB)
You’ll rarely find a fan-made undertaking as impressive as the Wyrmstooth mod for Skyrim. A long-time favorite for Skyrim modders, Wyrmstooth asks that you undertake the quest of killing a dragon. Simple as it may sound, solving this issue may take a little longer than the typical dragon battle.
You’ll need to be level 10 before the quest line for Wyrmstooth activates. Once you reach level 10, the Greybeards will summon you through a courtier named Theodyn Bienne. The task seems simple; slay a dragon who’s been causing a bit of trouble.
From trade routes to conquest, this mod takes you on twists and turns. It also includes one of the greatest boss fights available in the game. You’ll have to see it for yourself, but trust me when I say it’s worth the run. Hint: there’s lightning, thunder and a zombie uprising.
A huge boss fight is just one of the reasons this mod is so beloved by users. A giant dungeon, a mind-control quest along with approximately 30 other quest lines, hours of excellently-voiced NPCs and one of the greatest boss fights you’ll ever experience await you with this mod. If you enjoy dragon-slaying but Alduin just didn’t cut it, download Wyrmstooth.
Download: Wyrmstooth (258 MB)
Sea of Ghosts
Sea of Ghosts, available only in the Steam Workshop, creates a great quest line and playable area from the already present Sea of Ghosts region of Skyrim. For the most part, Skyrim‘s shores aren’t very lively with action and questing. Although the game file isn’t particularly large, the fact that this mod provides you with a beach side property available for purchase, newly-voiced NPCs and a great dungeon makes Sea of Ghosts a definite must. Travel to this hectic region with The Winter’s Warmth crew and explore newly-uncovered regions.
It doesn’t stop there. After all, sometimes you want to be a pirate. Adding to this mod, the popular The Pirates of Skyrim: The Northern Cardinal Under the Black Flag will create a playable experience out of the very seas you once avoided by making naval battles and treasure hunts viable options in Skyrim. These two modding options not only expand the playable area in Skyrim but deepen the experience as well.
Download: Sea of Ghosts | Pirates of Skyrim: The Northern Cardinal Under the Black Flag (219 MB)
The Wheels of Lull
Now that we’ve covered the sea floor, it’s time to discover the underground depths of Skyrim. The Wheels of Lull is yet another attempt to create an expansive and highly lore-friendly addition to the world of Skyrim.
Far beneath the land of Nirn, the ancient Clockwork City of Sotha Sil is teeming with adventure. With your help, the broken and fragmented Chronographers — guardians of their empire — have the power to destroy the mad mystic which has descended onto their underground sanctuary and experimented with their very nature. Descend into Sotha Sil and turn the Wheels of Lull.
If the sheer size of the area doesn’t impress you, subtle features like great voice acting and clever quest puzzles will. The boss battles have to be some of the most unique fights in Skyrim thus far.
A new town and five new dungeons, along with a sincerely unique, Legend of Zelda-type dungeon experience equipped with new creatures and fantastic puzzles await you in this forgotten land. Not only does this mod expand the playable space of Tamriel, it also features new armor and weapons to enhance your gaming experience. All around, this is a quirky and enjoyable mod to have in your arsenal.
Download: The Wheels of Lull (256 MB)
The Forgotten City
If you don’t already have enough moral dilemmas in your life, The Forgotten City is for you. Its allure begins with a gripping trailer.
The Forgotten City is an ancient Dwarven compound buried deep underneath Tamriel. Ancient riddles, murder investigations, villains and enemies galore along with legendary armor and incredible voice acting will leave you in awe of what fan developers are capable of.
Few mods will leave you with chills; this is one of them. The Forgotten City creates a living, breathing underground world. The more NPCs you interact with, the greater your understanding of the surrounding history. Sprinkle in an indescribable orchestral soundtrack and all I can say is this: Download this mod and discover the forgotten mysteries of The Forgotten City.
Download: The Forgotten City (158 MB)
Helgen Reborn has been a long time favorite in the modding community, and for good reason.
The Helgen Reborn mod doesn’t create a new place as much as it recreates an old experience. Helgen, the town you start off with in Skyrim, is destroyed by a dragon. This mod attempts to rebuild the lost Helgen for you to enjoy.
There are legends to learn and old soldiers to reunite, feuds to settle and town guards to recruit. If that doesn’t wet your whistle, an arena rivaling the long-lost and long-admired arena quest line in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion will give you the chance to fight for your life. This mod is massive and still growing; new versions provide continually bigger and better interactions, dungeons and NPCs to Helgen Reborn.
Download: Helgen Reborn (169 MB)
You know what’s always been missing in Skyrim? Giant islands. Summerset Isle fixes that.
Summerset Isle is a truly expansive expansion which lengthens the Arch-Mage story of Winterhold wherein you are summoned to the land of Altmer. The mod is home to a seriously-cavernous Skyrim experience; the nostalgic references to Morrowind and Oblivion, new quest lines, dungeons, and bosses will keep you occupied for hours. To put it frankly, you will lose yourself in this mod.
Just marvel at the long list of features this mod already provides: 30+ hours of game play, 60+ quests, 600+ new NPCs, new world spaces, unique craftable items, new custom weapons, 40+ cities, 60+ caves, etc. Summerset Isle gives you exactly what you want out of Skyrim — more. If you want to have a completely new, completely playable and completely free expansion to Skyrim, download Summerset Isles today.
Download: Summerset Isles (1619 MB)
If you’re a big fan of apocalyptic fight sequences, this is it. Named after the Greek word for “to deify” or make a God, Apotheosis grants access into secret Daedric realms and allows for some of the greatest boss fights available.
This mod stands above all else for purely nostalgic reasons. As a long time fan of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, I longed for a mod that would allow me to run through portals into Daedric worlds. Apotheosis does this and more.
The music is exciting, the boss fights are cinematic and the Dark Souls feel of the arena makes this mod the perfect cherry on your Skyrim sundae. If Apotheosis doesn’t impress you due to its small, 37 MB stature, team this mod with the highly regarded Molag Bal’s Inferno — a Daedric multi-level dungeon realm full of unimaginable horrors and hours of strife — to create a Skyrim that suits your dark, Daedric needs.
Download: Apotheosis (37 MB) | Molag Bal’s Infero (599 MB)
Content on Content
A modders work is never done; once you’ve installed your first texture pack, modding becomes a game in itself. That being said, it’s hard not to when such impressive work is being continually made and updated through sheer force of will. Skyrim is five-years-old, ancient by modern standards, yet the love the community has shown for Skyrim — and the Elder Scroll series as a whole — is still strong. Download these mods and you’ll end up wondering where the official world ends and the unofficial begins.
What expansion mods do you enjoy for Skyrim? Let us know in the comments below!