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Visuals

Pure texture replacer mods are generally compatible with everything and can be added or removed mid-playthrough. This mod list is somewhat light on texture mods because I like the vanilla aesthetics of Intelligent Textures and that's why this is the baseline and not much else is added. Feel free to install any texture replacer at will.

Texture packs

Intelligent Textures

Intelligent Textures Replaces almost all textures in the vanilla game and its expansions with high resolution AI upscales.
  • Files to install:
    • Intelligent Textures (Main files)
    • Intelligent Textures Hotfix (Optional files)
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Core
    • 01 Atlas Textures
Project Atlas - Intelligent Textures Compatibility patch for Morrowind Enhanced Textures.
  • Files to install:
    • Textures - Intelligent Textures (Main files)

Alternative: Morrowind Enhanced Textures

These two big texture packs can be freely swapped mid-game. You can also install both if you want and let one override the other (MET has 209 textures that IT does not cover, and IT has 7 that MET does not)
Morrowind Enhanced Textures Replaces almost all textures in the vanilla game and its expansions with high resolution AI upscales. Also includes reworked meshes from Facelift.
  • Files to install:
    • Morrowind Enhanced Textures 5.2 (Main files)
    • Patch from 5.1 to 5.2 (Update files)
Project Atlas - MET Compatibility patch for Morrowind Enhanced Textures.
  • Files to install:
    • Textures - MET (Main files)

NPCs

Yet Another Guard Diversity Replaces generic copy-pasted guards with a variety of more unique-looking guards.
  • Files to install:
    • Yet Another Guard Diversity - Regular (Main files)
Yet Another Guard Diversity - Uniform Ordinators Patches the Ordinator helmet and shield's leveled lists from Yet Another Guard Diversity to ensure they always spawn with them.
Yet Another Guard Diversity Expanded Imperials by Citadel535 Expands the Yet Another Guard Diversity to cover Imperials in Tamriel Rebuilt.
  • Files to install:
    • Yet Another Guard Diversity Bloodmoon Imperials (Main files)
    • Yet Another Guard Diversity Tamriel Rebuilt Imperials (Main files)
Incarnates Overhauled Makes the Failed Incarnates better reflect their backgrounds. The armor, clothes, faces and hairs on some of the ghosts has been changed, so that now an ashlander wears ashlander clothes, a warrior of the Temple wears Indoril armor, Erur-Dan wears his cuirass, Hort-Leed wears his robe, and so forth.
Silt Strider Replaces the Silt Strider according to many fan arts. Now the Silt Strider looks like an actual transport.
  • Files to install:
    • Silt Strider with vanilla textures (Main files)
Spriggans Glow This mod adds a glowbug swarm around Spriggans to make them look more fae-like and magical. It optionally includes a replacer I made for the spriggans themselves, patches for other popular replacers, and masculine "twiggan" versions of the spriggan if you use my replacer.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • Replacer -> MD Replacer
    • Twiggans Option -> Twiggans, Twiggans Groot Extra
Facelift Addresses numerous mesh and textures issues with the vanilla head, leading to much better looking faces overall.
  • Files to install:
    • kart_facelift_meshes (Main files)
    • kart_fut_TR_PT (Main files)
Familiar Faces by Caleb An in-depth yet completely vanilla friendly touch up of every head and almost every hair in the game.
  • After installation, in MO2, go to Filetree:
  • (optional) Redguard Female Teeth Texture Fix.mohidden -> right click: Hide.
Divine Dagoths Pluginless replacer for Dagoth Ur and his brothers, with tweaked body proportions and shadow meshes, new HD particles, and corpse models.
  • Files to install:
    • Divine Dagoths
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • Core Files
    • No Halo Glow
    • No Halo Sigils
  • Double click the mod in MO2 and go to the Optional ESPs tab, move to the left (make optional):
    • Bob's Diverse Dagoths - DNGDR.esp
    • Bob's Diverse Dagoths - DNGDR - Hostile Gilvoth.esp
    • Bob's Diverse Dagoths.esp

VFX

Mist Retexture Improves the texture for the mist. The mist is now much smoother and more detailed, as well as less opaque and flat. This also makes it play much nicer with SSAO.
  • Files to install:
    • Mist Retexture (Main files)
Subtle Magic Glow Replaces the "plastic wrap" effect around in-game magic items (those equipped by characters or on the ground) with less-obtrusive versions.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • fade Non-moving effect that fades in and out.
Subtle Smoke Makes it so many smoke effects are much more laid back and easier on the eyes.
Logs on Fire Changes the non-combustible vanilla logs to combustible ones. The new meshes are using a glowmap and some UV animation to give the illusion to be actually on fire.
Crystal Soul Gems Adds transparency, glowing effect and reflection to soul gems.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 - Data Files
Keg Drip by MelchiorDahrk This mod uses a previously unused keg droplet texture from the game files to add a new effect to select kegstands in the game.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Core
    • 📃 01 MWSE Version OR ✨01 Non-MWSE Version
Spells Reforged - Elemental Shields Visual overhaul of Elemental Shield spells, with additional on-hit effects.
  • Files to install:
    • Spells Reforged - Elemental Shields
    • Temporary fix for OpenMW 0.47 use
Spells Reforged - Shield by Kurpulio Replaces Shield spell visual effect.
  • Files to install:
    • Shield spell - vanilla MW OR ✨ Shield spell - openMW
Luminous VFX Atronachs by Anumaril21 Takes the Atronach models from Rotat's Creature VFX Restoration and adds to them the glow maps from Peterbitt's Luminous Atronachs, thus rendering the mods compatible. Neither mods are required for use.
  • Files to install:
    • Luminous VFX Atronachs

Weather

Dying Worlds - Moons Retexture Makes Masser and Secunda dying planets, where there is no more place for life. Also adds drying oceans to both moons and some greenery to Secunda. Inspired by 36 Lessons of Vivec and stories about imperial сonquest of moons.
Skies .IV Resource Pack Contains the reworked night sky mesh required mesh Better Night Sky.
  • Files to install:
    • Skies .IV Resource Pack (Optional files)
    • After installation, hide all files inside the mod's meshes folder minus sky_night_02.nif.
Better Night Sky A high resolution night sky replacer.
  • Files to install:
    • Better Night Sky (darker) (Optional files)
Nords Shut Your Windows Adds wooden shutters to Nord windows (like those in the vanilla game), which open in the day and stay closed at night.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Core
    • 03 Vanilla style sunrays

Equipment

Wolf Helmet Replacer Replaces the Wolf and Snow Wolf Helmets with a ferocious wolf head with gaping jaws, matching the Bear and Snow Bear helmets.
LeFemm Redacted Adds several changes to the Tribunal cuirass replacers to make them more consistent with their male counterparts.
Imperial Steel Cuirass Tweaks Adds the missing belt to the male Imperial Steel Cuirass.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Male Belt
Remiros' Uniques Gives certain weapons and armors unique models

Misc

Near Vanilla Road Sign Replacer Makes road signs legible. Uses high resolution vanilla-friendly textures.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Meshes
    • 01 Textures - High Resolution
    • 02 ESP - Vvardenfell, Morrowind, and Cyrodiil
Dunmer Lanterns Replacer This mod replaces all of the Dunmer lanterns (including the paper lanterns and streetlight) from the original game with smoother, more detailed versions (yet not with a ridiculous amount of new polies: they're optimized).
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options:
    • Glow Effect -> Yes
    • OAAB Data -> Yes
    • Tamriel Data > Yes
    • Ashlander Lantern Style > More detailed (Default)
    • Ashlander Lantern Textures > Use my own (Default)
OAAB Dwemer Lightning Rods If you visit a dwemer ruin during a thunderstorm, you'll be greeted by blinding flashes as lightning strikes the steamstack lightning rods from the vanilla game.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 📃 00 MWSE or ✨ 00 OpenMW
OAAB Dwemer Pavements Many of the dwemer ruins use unfitting cobblestone textures in their exteriors. This mod replaces the cobblestone textures outside of all Vvardenfell-based dwemer ruins with a new texture. In addition to the texture swap, it also uses a "road edge" mesh which helps blend this new pavement into the ruins and the surrounding landscape.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Core
Velothi Wall Art Adds dunmer concept art around vvardenfell on the velothi buildings and temples in various locations as can be seen in some of bethesda's own concept art for Morrowind. Mostly in vivec city plaza's but also in a few obscure places as well.
One True Faith - Saints and Frescoes Retexture Retexture for saints, Tribuns and TT-frescoes
  • Files to install:
    • Saints and Tribunal Frescoes HQ (Main Files)
Improved Tribunal shrine meshes Mesh and texture replacer for Tribunal shrines; no more distorted Temple imagery. Included two texture sets and an add-on for Tamriel Rebuilt.
  • Files to install:
    • Shrines - main file
    • Shrines - TR add-on (Optional files)
R-Zero's Throbbing Meat - A Corprus Meat Replacer Replaces corprus meat models with animated, twitching ones ones.
Arukinns Better Books and Scrolls Replaces all the bookcovers, bookpages and scrolls.
  • After installation, in MO2, go to Filetree:
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_01.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_02.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_03.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_04.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_05.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_06.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_07.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_08.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_09.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_10.dds -> right click: Hide.
  • Textures\Tx_book_pages_11.dds -> right click: Hide.
Bowled Ingredients by Anumaril21 Replaces powder, liquid, and other forms of ingredients that might be difficult to manage with meshes that have them placed in simple wooden bowls. In addition, an extra option is included to extend this to Ectoplasm and Muck.
  • Files to install:
    • Bowled Ingredients
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Core
    • 01 Optional Ingredients
Melchior's Magnificent Manuscripts Model replacer for book and scroll models.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 00 Core
Nordic Chest Replacer Replaces the standard wooden chests in Nordic Tombs with a unique model, because the original looked horribly out of place.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • Patch for Purists Plugin
Qwerty's Various Graphics - Bridgeropes Retexture of bridgeropes.
  • On MO2 installation, check the following options in the installer:
    • 01 Dark
Better Telvanni Crystal This is a replacer for crystals you can find in Telvanni buildings and some caves.