Introduction

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.

The problem is, 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.

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Notes on Mods

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Is the mod balanced?

    Mods should not upset the balance of the game. That means no overpowered items or spells, and no excessive loot.

  3. Is the mod lore-friendly?

    Mods should remain faithful to the lore and flavour of the original game. That means no real-world references, pop-culture references or peculiar races.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Archived Mods

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.

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Installing 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!

Finding Mods

Should you need to find any mods for yourself, they can usually be found on one of the following sites:

Key

In this guide, mods will be presented in the following format:

Click within the panel to see more details.

Credits

I would like to thank the following people and pages for information that helped me produce this guide: