2006’s Oblivion brought the previously niche Elder Scrolls franchise into the mainstream. Although its success pales in comparison to its sequel, Skyrim, which would take over the world when it launched five years later, becoming an iconic staple of gaming that everybody knows. Now, most people can’t think of gaming without thinking about The Elder Scrolls, and Oblivion is the game that really got the ball rolling.
An epic and huge fantasy world filled with quirky characters, interesting questlines, and a ton of variety in how you wish to play. Although the main story wasn’t all it could’ve been and has since been largely panned, the rest of the game’s content is superb, and the huge variety of mods only make it deeper, richer, and more replayable.
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- 18 Must-Have Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion Mods
- 1. Unofficial Oblivion Patch
- 2. Character Overhaul (Version 2)
- 3. Oblivion Graphics Extender
- 4. Oblivion Mod Manager
- 5. Script Extender – OBSE
- 6. Stutter Remover
- 7. Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul
- 8. Oblivion XP
- 9. Enhanced Camera
- 10. Sound Sets
- 11. Level Uncapper
- 12. Weapon Expansion Pack
- 13. Maskbar’s Oblivion Overhaul
- 14. Lights of Oblivion – Road Lanterns
- 15. Martigen’s Monster Mod
- 16. Darnified UI
- 17. Deadly Reflex
18 Must-Have Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion Mods
1. Unofficial Oblivion Patch
This unofficial patch is essential for getting into Oblivion on PC. This huge game-wide patch fixes 1,800 bugs and glitches, from the minor animation glitches to the floating rocks, holes in the floor, and see-through wall. There are also a couple of other patches for the DLC and expansions, too. You’ll be sure to want those if you’re planning on heading to the Shivering Isles.
2. Character Overhaul (Version 2)
There’s no denying it, 12 years later Oblivion is a pretty ugly game. Some of its art may hold up well, but graphically it’s very dated. The faces in Oblivion may be the most obvious part of this problem. This mod aims to alleviate that. This is the only character overhaul mod you’ll need to have the faces and characters of Oblivion looking as good as they can. Essential for the best-looking Oblivion experience. This is one of best oblivion graphics mod.
3. Oblivion Graphics Extender
Another mod you’ll want if you’re looking for the prettiest Oblivion mods can make. The graphics extender mod does a great job of effectively overhauling the visual element of the game, at least from a technical standpoint. Improved textures, better lighting and shadows, character models, and more. A must for any Oblivion fan looking for a fresh look.
4. Oblivion Mod Manager
You may wish to use Nexus Mod Manager to manage your mods, but if you don’t, then this handy little dedicated manager for Oblivion mods may be just the thing for you. There are so many mods for Oblivion at this point, and if you’re a dedicated modder then you may wish to run Oblivion with potentially 100’s of mods. If you know you’ll be using a ton of different mods, then this mod manager could be very useful to you.
5. Script Extender – OBSE
Like with Bethesda’s other games, there are quite a few restraints on what you can do with the base game script. Many of the mods you’ll be installing, and many of the mods from this list, will require this script extender to work. In layman’s terms, it lets you install more mods and increases the capabilities of the mods you can install. If you’re looking to install any mods that are ambitious in size and scope, you’ll want to install this.
6. Stutter Remover
If you find yourself experiencing some performance issues, namely stutters and an uneven frame rate, see if this mod will fix your problems. Bethesda’s games may be wonderfully open and endlessly engaging, but they’ve never been short on technical issues. Oblivion is certainly no exception, and you may find it struggling even on the beefiest of PCs. It’s not your fault, it’s just the game. This mod should fix your problems.
7. Oscuro’s Oblivion Overhaul
In Oblivion, the world around you levels at the same rate as you do, to keep things balanced. This overhaul mod changes that, making different areas have different level caps for enemies, and making the wilderness of Oblivion more dangerous and unpredictable. It also tweaks a number of other things, like making magic easier to cast, and making the AI for animals smarter and more reactive.
8. Oblivion XP
If you’re not a fan of Oblivion’s unique levelling system, wherein you level in things by simply doing them over and over, this overhaul changes the XP system to more akin to something like World of Warcraft or classic RPGs like Baldur’s Gate, where you earn XP from killing enemies and completing quests. It changes the balance of the game, for sure, but it’s an interesting overhaul that may be appealing if you’re not a huge fan of the default levelling system.
9. Enhanced Camera
The Enhanced Camera mod overhauls the first-person camera mode, making it so you can actually look down at your own body (!!) and making scenes that would normally put you in third-person (like death, or execution animations) stay in first-person. A cool little mod that makes Oblivion more immersive, and makes playing in first-person more permanent.
10. Sound Sets
If you ever get bored of silent, unvoiced protagonist, this mod might be for you. It gives your character dozens of new combat shouts, battle cries, and more. No longer will your character be a silent monk obeying orders and never uttering a word. There are a nice variety of lines and voices here, suitable for different races and genders. Good stuff!
11. Level Uncapper
A simple mod that uncaps the maximum level that Oblivion lets you to certain skills and attributes to. By default, you can only reach level 100 in every skill. This mod changes that cap to 200 in the fields of weapon damage, hand-to-hand combat, and magicka cost, including Blade, Blunt, Hand to Hand, Athletics, Acrobatics, Marksman Illusion, Conjuration,Mysticism, Alteration, Destruction, and Restoration. Get more bang from your many different bucks!
12. Weapon Expansion Pack
This huge weapon mod adds a whopping 625+ new weapons to the world of Oblivion, including new Amber, Madness, Mithril, Orcish, Fine Iron, and Rusty Iron weapons. It also includes a complete set of Orchish weapons, Mithril weapons (which are upgraded Silver weapons), and more. It also addresses more than 100 errors in weapons’ stats or level lists that the Unofficial Patch didn’t catch.
13. Maskbar’s Oblivion Overhaul
Another overhaul mod that greatly changes many aspects of Oblivion. This mod adds unpredictable encounters, improved loot and equipment drops, the ability to feign death, introduces traps and the ability to disarm them, resource gathering, treasure hunts, and more. There’s a ton to explore with this mod, and it’s sure to offer a whole host of new content to explore.
14. Lights of Oblivion – Road Lanterns
A neat little mod that adds roadside lanterns on many of the main roads of Oblivion. There are many lanterns added to paths leading to inns, towns, cities, and more. A cool mod for players looking for a more charming, immersive, and cosy experience. You also get the option to choose between five different lights.
15. Martigen’s Monster Mod
This claims to make it so that “no two creatures are ever the same”. What this means is that all NPCs and creatures have their stats and characteristics randomized. Everything from size to combat stats, confidence, combat fighting styles, range customization, and more are randomly selected between a set range. It also adds a large number of new creatures, monsters, and enemies. Your fights will never get stale again with this mod!
16. Darnified UI
A very handy UI overhaul mod that makes the UI less squashed and zoomed-in and more user friendly. It makes the font smaller, allowing more to be fit on the screen, and, as you can see in the image above, it redesigns the layout and structure of the UI. It may look intimidating, but it makes for a much more user friendly experience once you get used to it. It also adjusts the font and size of the subtitles.
17. Deadly Reflex
Deadly Reflex is a mod that aims to add some much-needed depth and strategic layering to the combat of Oblivion. No longer will you simply be swinging and slashing in the general direction of your enemies. It adds a number of new moves and abilities you can use in combat, such as a dodge, the ability to stun enemies, and a well-timed finisher move. There are also some pretty brutal stealth kill animations.
These are 17 of the best mods available for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on PC. There are plenty more out there, but these are just some of the best to get you started.
Let us know if you think we missed anything!