DISCLAIMER: you will probably need at least 100 GB free space and a decent computer for most of the options. Yet, do not lose hope and still check it out if you’re desperate.
* It might still crash, but at least you tried (not my fault, okay?)
What will you be doing
Okay, listen up.
Or read up…
Whatever! Just get this, m’kay?
You will have quite a few options, some of which might work for you, while others won’t. All I know is that it seems to be like a cool-cool thing that might be one of the most awesome things for people like you and me: lazy, but wanna play Skyrim with 300+ mods and not crash every second.
And no, I am not going to send you to the Olava the Feeble (Skyrim’s fortune-teller), who will tell you which list of mods would perfectly work for you. Instead, I’ll offer you a fishing rod which may or may not help you catch your desired fish.
You will download a tool (safe) that will basically give you a list of modlists (not just Skyrim: SE) to choose from. All mods will be openly listed, short descriptions given, and you can open their more detailed descriptions if you desire to.
The awesome part is that ALL THE HARD WORK WILL BE DONE FOR YOU.
You know how long it takes to get 500+ mods installed, figured out, and made sure they all work nicely with each other and do not crash the game? Well, I don’t, because I have this awesome tool!
And no, I ain’t some salesman, I am a mere promoter of laziness.
All you will have to do, is to meet the specs, free up the space, download, and follow super-simple guides (each modlist has its own), and the rest will be taken care of for you. And it seems surprisingly stable so far.
If you wish to browse the modlists first, before installing any tools whatsoever, go ahead:
So get your cloud synchronization turned off, and let’s get started.
Download the awesome tool:
Install, follow the instructions.
(Do I really need to provide any more instructions for you on this?)
(Listen, I’m doing a guide for lazy people LIKE ME. It’s a lazy guide for lazy people, so just go ahead and install a program, okay? If you really-really need help with that – contact me or something, I dunno.)
Browse modlists and pick one
Open Wabbajack, click on browse:
Read descriptions, pick one that catches your eye:
If you see this:
Ignore it for now…or, if you really like it, you can try to follow links to bother the author of the modlist and figure out when it will get out of maintenance.
Why does it happen so much? Well, anytime there is an update to the mod in the modlist, all goes to hell and the poor author has to release the new version. So glad I don’t have to do anything =) Let’s give a minute of respect to all the authors on Wabbajack. Follow their Patreon or something, if they have one. Oh, wait, we’re all lazy here. Nm. But I did my honors.
Open the website for more information:
Open the full list of mods with links, if you want to:
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, check out how much it will eat on your drive:
It may not be the precise number, but it’s more or less right. YOU WILL NEED BOTH DOWNLOAD SIZE AND INSTALLATION SIZE ON YOUR DISK (so, 57.91 GB + 70.92 GB) to install the modlist. Not one at a time, not one of them, both.
Why? Well, the mods will get downloaded first. Only when all of them are downloaded, the install (unpacking) will begin. You can delete the downloads folder later, but you won’t be able to update the modlist, unless you want to re-download the whole thing.
Press download when you’re ready (THIS WILL NOT DOWNLOAD ANY MODS YET, so just do it):
Get your first drink, while waiting:
A menu with installation should automatically open later. If you closed it, or if it did not open, restart Wabbajack and press “Install from disk”:
Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
Setting up the download/install
Choose download and install path:
Go to Wabbajack settings:
Choose how many threads you want to have going at the same time (I found that having less download threads causes less download errors, as only one file is being downloaded at the same time; but my internet sucks):
Login to the websites you have accounts on (You are going to need Nexus 100%, so make an account if you don’t have one):
Small note: Nexus subscription is very cheap, and, having a lot of mods coming from Nexus, it might save you a lot of time to pay like $4 for one month and download your modlist fast.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure what some or all of those are. You will be asked to login anytime the mod will be downloaded from any of those websites. If you don’t have an account, you will be able to create one and continue. If you encounter any problems, simply restart Wabbajack (don’t worry, it keeps track of your progress).
When you’re done, close the settings and start the process:
And there you go. Now you can go get wasted, wake up the next day, and have your mods (probably) installed.
Or will they be…?
Modlist specific guides
Yeah, so that…
They aren’t difficult, but you’ve gotta do them yourself. After your download is complete, a website should open with a guide/info on the modlist. You can open it yourself, just look around and you’ll see the link to it.
Either way, they are modlist-specific, so just follow what they say. They’ll get you all set up and going.
If you really struggle, most of them have a Discord server you can join and ask questions. Just be mindful, please.
Otherwise, enjoy your game!
If you encounter any issues, check out the next part of the guide. Otherwise, try to contact me about the Wabbajack issues (or you can contact Wabbajack team too), and modlist authors about the modlist issues.
Updating a modlist
That is fairly simple. You MUST go to the browsing section again, find your modlist, and press download once more. Then do it the same way you installed it.
You will not have to re-download everything, but you might have to follow their specific-mod instructions again.
Pressing “Install from Disk” before you press download in browsing section will not work. When you download it from the browsing section, all you are doing is getting the installer. So you have to get the updated one each time the mod updates.
Possible Issues and Solutions
Okay, so there was a problem somewhere, wasn’t there?
It’s okay, let’s figure it out. Answer those questions to make sure you did not mess up somewhere:
* Do I have enough space for the downloads/install?
* Did I follow all the steps in the given order?
* Is my internet even working fine?
Still no, huh? Okay-okay…
“Mods do not download, help!!!!”
Sometimes downloads mess up. They keep giving errors. Not many people talk about it on the internet, but that’s okay. Just keep restarting the download and you’ll be fine eventually. Lower download threshold if you keep having issues.
You can also checkout the Wabbajack status: https://www.wabbajack.org/#/modlists/status
When you install the modlist, there is a status of stuff going on to the left in Wabbajack. It has some descriptions. Plus, there is a log in the folder with Wabbajack. Check them out and, if it isn’t obvious, try Googling it.
“Modlist doesn’t work/Skyrim crashes, you lied to me!!!!”
I am not responsible for the modlist authors’ actions. So, talk to them.
“Wabbajack behaves weird!!!”
Well, contact Wabbajack? I dunno…Or try contacting me and maybe I’ll help ya.
Hm…Don’t give up, I suppose? There is one very useful link I constantly use when I can’t figure it out myself. Let me share it with you: https://www.google.com/
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