Best Mods on Xbox Game Pass (& How to Install Them)

Best Mods on Xbox Game Pass (& How to Install Them)

Without a doubt Skyrim is one of the most popular and most played video games of all time. Despite the fact that the game released nearly ten years ago, there are still a huge portion of gamers that still play it regularly on an array of different platforms. Those players have probably seen nearly everything that the world of Skyrim has to offer at this point, but they are still immersed in the world.

Skyrim mods available on the Xbox Game Pass can be downloaded from Bethesda’s in-game mod browser. While there are quite a few options available for players to try out, it’s not as expansive as the game’s PC version. However, it is also worth pointing out that mods such as the Immersive Citizen Overhaul can now be used on the Series X/S thanks to the new hardware.


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One of the biggest reasons for this though is because Skyrim has more mods available for it than pretty much any other video game in the world. This means that players are able to add a wide array of different things into their game in order to make things a lot more interesting and change their game up in fascinating ways. Now that Skyrim has arrived on Xbox Game Pass players are able to mod this version of the game as well, but there are only certain ways that this can be done. This guide shows players how to mod Skyrim on Game Pass and the best ones available.

Skyrim: How to Install Mods on Xbox Game Pass

Installing mods on Xbox Game Pass can actually be a little tricky because the Xbox app prevents players from editing certain files. This means that there are several types of mods that either won’t work at all or won’t be able to be used to their full effects because their methods aren’t compatible with the Xbox app. Script editors in particular won’t work at all with the app and mods that replace files entirely may not be completely supported. The best kinds of mods to be used are those that can just be downloaded and added to the game’s files rather than replacing or editing things already present in the game.

Those who want to use modding tools in order to edit their game or create mods in the game will need to be careful as well. If those mods have not been updated to work with the Xbox app specifically then they will more than likely have some compatibility issues. Try to avoid these tools whenever possible unless it has been stated that they have been updated recently.

In order to begin downloading and installing mods into Skyrim for Game Pass, players will first need to allow mods in their game. Xbox disables modding in games by default, so the player will want to go to Skyrim’s home page. Once here they will see the big green “Play” button and below that a button that says “More”. By pressing the “More” button another tab will open up that then allows the player to press a button that says “Enable Mods”. This lets players download any mods that they wish.

In order to install mods, players will want to go back to that same “More” tab and select the button that says “Open Mod Folder”. From here the player will be able to access the folder where all of their mods will need to be installed. Any mod that is added to this folder will become activated in the game, and the player will then need to delete them from this folder in order to return the game to its normal state. From here all players will need to do is make an account with a trustworthy website like Nexus Mods in order to begin downloading and installing different mods in their game.

Players should remember that not all mods will function with this version of Skyrim due to the Xbox app’s restrictions. They should also be careful when using mods in their game as many mods won’t work well with each other and some can even completely crash their system when playing. Try to test out one mod at a time before trying to play the game with several installed.

Skyrim: Best Mods for Xbox Game Pass Version

Skyrim Project Proteus mod

The Forgotten City – For those players who have grown tired of the main quest in Skyrim, there are dozens of mods out there that will allow them to check out brand new areas and quests. One of the best made is The Forgotten City, which has production values that wouldn’t be out of place in a AAA video game studio. Players get to explore an entirely new city that comes with a whole new questline that tasks them with solving a murder mystery. The modders also went out of their way to add in newly recorded dialogue, an original soundtrack, and complicated puzzles to solve.

A Quality World Map And Solstheim Map- The Quality World Map mod in Skyrim is arguably the best quality of life improvement players can utilize. This mod makes the map more readable and clearer for players to use and is also inspired by the classic paper-style maps from The Lord of The Rings books. 

Static Mesh Improvement – The Static Mesh Improvement Mod improves the resolution and clarity for vanilla Skyrim’s polygon static meshes. This mod improves the graphic quality of in-game items and brings the experience to an acceptable level for playing today. This mod is yet another quality of life improvement that is essential to improve the overall Skyrim experience. 

Immersive Weapons and Armors – These are technically two different mods, but they were made by the same person and do similar things. With these installed, the player will now have access to hundreds of new weapons and armor, but ones that actually seem to fit within the world of Skyrim. This won’t give players things like a Keyblade or a shotgun, but rather a katana or spear that seem more believable in this world. This is perfect for those players who want to bring something more into the game without getting too crazy.

Project Flintlock – Who hasn’t ever wanted to play Skyrim with a trusty firearm in their possession. This mod does just that and allows players to obtain a Flintlock Rifle, a Blunderbuss, and a Grenade Launcher as well as their assorted ammo types. These weapons can then be found out in the game’s world in a new location added to the map, which then allows the player to use them against the different enemies in the game. Who needs magic when you can just launch a grenade into Alduin’s face instead?

Become High King of Skyrim – After all of the different things that the Dragonborn has done for the land of Skyrim, you would think that they would be worshiped everywhere they go. This mod ensures that happens by adding in a quest to the game that allows the player to become the High King of Skyrim. With this activated the player is able to move into the castle and assume the throne, but with that comes a wealth of new features and responsibilities. Players are able to then manage their own army, have anyone in the world put to death or imprisoned, or just sit back and bask in the glory of being the king.

Frostfall – This mod is interesting in that it completely changes the way that Skyrim is played. Since is eternally cold, Frostfall adds in several different survival elements that allow the player to keep track of the weather and determine how to survive out there when it gets below freezing. The new systems allow the player to keep track of what the temperature is, how well their clothing is able to protect them from the cold, and a host of other unique gameplay features. This mod is even compatible with Skyrim’s many DLCs and a host of other mods. This is perfect for players who want to add more of an engaging and immersive challenge while they are out exploring the wilderness.

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Skyrim can be played on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

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