updated June 14th, 2018

Welcome to The Official Elder Scrolls General Modding Guide: Oblivion Editon!
In this extensive guide, we will teach you how to make Oblivion both fun AND good looking! First things first, I'm gonna have to teach you how to install mods and how each file works. The perfect way for a scrub like you to efficiently organize and sort your mods, is a mod organizing program! There are several of these programs we can use. You can even sort them manually if you're experienced or bold enough!
Remember to ALWAYS read the mod description on how to install, activate, and use the mod if you don't know. The same rule apply to README's in the mod packages.
In this section, we will discuss:
-Mod Organizing
-Essential Mods
-Tools and Utilities
-Memory Patch
-Performance Mods
-Extra UI Mods

Where to start?

First of all, it's mandatory that you have the Oblivion: Game of the Year edition. This includes all of the game's big expansions and tiny little DLC packs. Practically every single one of these mods in this guide will require the expansions, so you better have them. If you're also using the physical copies of the game and expansions that are not the Game of the Year edition, make sure you download the final patch for the game on the official Bethesda site or from the Oblivion nexus. If you have the Steam version of Oblivion, you will not need to worry about this.
Now down to business. Let's assume you know how to mod Skyrim, right? How you usually just plop stuff into your data folder and run? Well throw that mentality away, you'll still need to do this most of the time but it's not your main priority. Unlike Skyrim, you absolutely need to use some sort of mod manager because manual installations are virtualy impossible.

Wrye Bash


Remember your good old friend Wrye Bash? Well you better get reacquainted fast, because he's your new best buddy from now on. Wrye Bash is one of the oldest running mod managers. You can sort your mods and load order, get conflict notifications, edit INIs, and organize your saves. There are a few key features that seperate this from the rest of the mod managers. First off, you can merge mods and make bashed patches. A bashed patch is when you combine features with several different mods and make them not conflict or interfere with each other. It's a really great tool for someone who likes variety in there game.
*TIP* - Make sure you set Wrye Bash to display your mods in load order format.

Oblivion Mod Manager

OBMM is basically Nexus Mod Managers father, a very dissapointed in his son type of father. It's not a bad bad manager in its own regard, but Wrye Bash surpasses it in almost every way. However there is one key trait that seperates this from Wrye Bash and other mod managers, it can use OMODs.
What's an OMOD? An OMOD is an archive that's specifically made for Oblivion Mod Manager. It's fairly easy to install, just click on it and it will promt you to a some options that you can choose depending on your personal preference. Now you don't have to use OMODs all the time, some mods aren't packed in as an OMOD file and are just structured as one, saying that it's ready to be installed as an OMOD. However you can use a little tool that comes with Wrye Bash called BAIN to install other archive files such as 7z, RAR, and ZIP. But just in case you don't want to go and deconstruct an OMOD archive to use with BAIN because it's too much trouble, then just keep Oblivion Mod Manager handy.
There is also the matter of ArchiveInvalidation. This issue can be fixed with just a few steps, but it's VERY important that you follow these steps or else none of your mods will work. Click on the link to learn more on how to validate your archive.
The Construction Set Wiki is a great source for all things related to Oblivion modding. It's best to read up on the beginners guide if you're not sure where to start.
Q: Can I still use Mod Organizer for Oblivion?
A: It's time to put on the big boy pants and leave Mod Manager behind. Seriously, just use Wrye Bash.

4GB Patch

This little tool is used for various old programs to remove the old 2gb virtual memory limit on them and make it 4gb so that these programs can utilize newer computer's potentials. Use this on the Oblivion.exe file.


Same as the Skyrim guide, LOOT is used to ogranize your load order. Just check the Oblivion option and it should work itself the same way.


Same thing as TES5Edit. Use this tool to clean your mods of dirty edits and such.
Here are a few words of wisdom before we move on. MAKE SURE you know what mods you plan on using. This is very important because if you forget something, you'll have to go back and check for compatiblity issues, load order, etc. So make sure you look over everything and pick what you want.
Consult the Flowchart
Consult the Flowchart

Nothing has really changed from Legendary Edition, with a few exeptions.

Mod Organizer 2


Mod Organizer is now under new management and is being constantly updated, with some new features and a few missing, it is the best Mod Manager right now, everything mentioned on the Skyrim LE page still holds up, better organized interface, tons of options, conflict warnings, LOOT integration.

It also has features that are pretty much necessary if you want to make your own mod conversions if you want to delve into that, such as the built in BSA extractor.

Mod Organizer 2 works for Oblivion now.



It's the exact same thing as SKSE, but for Oblivion. However, you must activate it differently if you don't have a physical copy. Normally you'd just click on the OBSE.exe and everything would be fine, but if you are using the Steam version of Oblivion, all you have to do is run the Oblivion launcher normally through Steam.

Unofficial Oblivion Patches

Pretty much the same as Skyrim's unofficial patches. The first link is for the base game, second is for the Knights of the Nine expansion and the rest of the smaller DLCs, and the third link is for the Shivering Isles expansion.

DarNified UI

The absolute BEST Oblivion UI overhaul mod. You're torturing yourself if you don't get this mod since the Oblivion menus are small and unoptimised for PC usage. The first picture links to the normal DarNified mod. The second leads to the dark version which basically changes the parchment menus into a leathery red-ish brown. The last picture leads to DarNified UI Config Addon which you should get, regardless of which of DarNified UI you get. The addon mod saves your menu preferences so that you don't have to re-input the settings everytime you start playing again.

OBSE plugins

Extra UI Mods

Darn might cover a lot of bases for the UI, but there are still more options for you to choose from.