How can I even begin to introduce Morrowind?
To many fans, it is more than just a game - it is another world, full of culture, adventure and mystery. Despite being nearly 20 years old, the community continues to thrive and produce a steady stream of new content for the game, bringing its graphical capabilities to a level comparable with Skyrim and offering virtually unlimited replayability.
About this Guide
With so many mods and utilities available, setting up the game can be a complicated and daunting task. Mods often need to be installed and loaded in the correct order to avoid conflicts. This guide, like many others, attempts to document the installation process in a simple step-by-step fashion. I have tried to keep it as concise as possible so some technical competence is assumed.
Mod Selection Criteria
There are thousands of Morrowind mods out there; TES Nexus alone hosts 7396 at the time of writing. In the interest of keeping this guide as succinct as possible, I have tried to include only mods which meet the following criteria:
Is the mod narrow in scope?
The impact of a mod should be easily understood. Mods that make widespread changes are more difficult to understand, more likely to introduce conflicts, and more difficult to remove if they are no longer wanted.
Is the mod balanced?
Is the mod lore-friendly?
Is the mod of a high quality?
Mods should be bug-free, with no typos, errors, lag, misplaced objects, poor-quality assets or missing files. To the greatest extent possible, there should be nothing in the mod that breaks the immersion of the game.
Is the mod going to delight players?
A mod should be worth the effort it takes to install it. If the change is extremely subtle or the player is unlikely to come across it, it may not be worth the trouble.
I appreciate that mods meeting such strict criteria may not be to everyone's tastes; in many cases, I have also included links to notable alternatives.
Notes on Mods
It is important that you understand the basics of mod management before attempting to install the mods listed herein. Lucky for you, I have written a guide to help with this!
Should you need to find any mods for yourself, they can usually be found on one of the following sites:
Using this Guide
In this guide, mods will be presented in the following format:
Click within the panel to see more details.
New mods are released all the time, and this guide is constantly evolving.
Over time, some mods may become obsolete, or the guide may undergo some pruning. As a result, mods may be marked as "Archived". Archived mods are hidden by default to keep the guide as clean and concise as possible.
I would like to thank the following people and pages for information that helped me produce this guide:
- Modding OpenMW
- Recommended Mods from the Tamriel Rebuilt Handbook
- Morrowind Graphics Guide
- Morrowind 2020: Thastus Edition
- Cavanoskus's (Re)installing Morrowind
- Glisp's Graphical Replacer Recommendations
- Midgetalien's Well placed, Smooth, HD, UV Correct Meshes List
- The Chocolate Pack
- Morrowind Re-modelled
- Telesphoros' List o' Mods
- Gluby's Guide to a Modded Morrowind
- DarkElfGuy for his excellent YouTube channel
- Folk on the Elder Scrolls Forums