If you’re just diving into the world of Fallout 4 mods for the first time, there’s a high chance you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of mods available for this game. Similar to most Bethesda games, Fallout 4 has an incredible modding community that has been working tirelessly to improve the game ever since it first launched. This community created literally tens of thousands of mods for the game so far, with more coming out every day.
But with so many mods to choose from, how could you ever decide which ones to download? After all, installing all of them isn’t really a feasible option. Well, that’s exactly what we’re here for. We took a close look at some of the absolute best Fallout 4 mods out there and brought them all together into one comprehensive list. We also sorted them by category to make it easier for you to find specific mods and added download links. So sit back, relax, and check out our picks down below.
Models & Textures
Improved Map with Visible Roads
Fallout 4 features a massive open world where you can wander aimlessly for days while constantly finding something new to do. Every now and again, though, you’ll want to travel to a certain location instead of exploring the wasteland. More often than not you’ll need to use the map for that, which can become a bit of a problem. Fallout 4’s map isn’t the best and doesn’t do a good job of showing most of the topography. Including the roads. This mod fixes that issue by adding a much more detailed map to help you out in your travels.
Enhanced Blood Textures
The post-apocalyptic wasteland of Fallout 4 is a world filled with violence and bloodshed. Unfortunately, the blood in this game doesn’t look particularly great, which tends to break the immersion. That’s where Enhanced Blood Textures comes in. This mod adds high-resolution blood decals that look a lot more realistic than the vanilla ones. The mod also introduces some new features like blood trails when you’re at low health, blood pools, oil bleeding effects for robots, and more.
Texture Optimization Project
This is one of those must-have mods that’s pretty much mandatory for anyone in 2019. What this mod essentially does is compress all the vanilla textures in the game to a more manageable size. Moreover, the Texture Optimization Project is able to do this without affecting the graphics quality. There’s no visual downgrade here and you’ll get better FPS in return so it’s a win-win situation. This mod is particularly useful for low and mid-tier systems. However, it can definitely be used on higher tier ones as well.
Fallout 4 Seasons
The world of Fallout 4 is bleak for a reason but looking at the same dull landscapes can get annoying after a while. If you’re looking for a change of scenery you’re going to love this mod. Just as its name indicates, the mod introduces seasons to Fallout 4, which will change the landscape appropriately. The only drawback is that seasons won’t change automatically so you’ll need to manually select one of them at a time.
Gameplay Effects and Changes
Longer Power Lines
Longer Power Lines is a very simple mod that can nevertheless have a big impact on how you play the game. The mod does exactly what it says and allows you to create longer power lines when building settlements. This may not seem like a big deal at first but the power lines in the vanilla game limit settlement building in a number of ways because of their short length. Needless to say, you should grab this mod only if you like building settlements. Otherwise, you won’t really get much use out of it.
This is one of the most useful mod out there for players who don’t like wasting time. Fallout 4’s hacking system is pretty fun at first but can get awfully tedious after a while. If you would prefer to blaze through terminals and not have to worry about hacking anymore this is how you do it. Easy Hacking makes it so that only the correct password will be shown whenever you are hacking a terminal. Simply access the terminal, choose the password, and you’ll be done in no time.
No Negative Affinity and No Affinity Cooldown
Fallout 4 is a game about choices and consequences. The choices you make can affect other characters opinion of you, especially NPCs. While that’s a very nice touch by Bethesda, the system isn’t perfect and it can sometimes be hard to figure out why certain companions started disliking you all of a sudden. This mod changes the affinity system and makes it so that companions’ affinity towards you will no longer drop regardless of your actions. Among other things, the mod also removes the affinity action cooldown timer.
Start Me Up – Alternate Start and Dialogue Overhaul
Stepping outside Vault 111 for the first time is a memorable experience but one that you might not want to relive if you’re already on your 3rd or 4th playthrough. Luckily, with this mod, you can skip past all the introductory parts and jump straight to the good stuff. Start Me Up offers players the option to begin their adventures in the wasteland as whomever they want. There are dozens of start locations to choose from along with plenty of dialogue edits that make NPCs no longer see you as the mother or father of Shaun. If you would still like to start in Vault 111 and follow the normal plotline but skip the pre-war stuff, this mod allows you to do that too.
Weapons and Armor
See Through Scopes
See Through Scopes is a great mod for players who like to snipe their enemies from afar. The mod does just what it says and adds see-through combat scopes for all the weapons in the game that can support them. See-Through Scopes also introduces a few other useful features, including customizable reticles, addon-support for a bunch of weapon mods, optional forced first-person perspective while aiming, and more.
By far one of the best mod for armor enthusiasts. Armorsmith Extended adds so many great features that it would be impossible for us to quickly summarize them in this section. Some of the highlights include an overhauled clothing system, rename-able clothing items, optimized slot usage for all vanilla armors, modifies outfits that can be worn under armor pieces, and so much more. That’s just scratching the surface, though. The only way to see the full extent of this mod is to test it yourself so don’t hesitate to check it out.
Extended Weapon Mods
Customizing your weapons at a workbench is the best way to ensure that you’re always getting the most out of your arsenal. The only problem with this is that the customization options in vanilla Fallout 4 are fairly limited. This mod attempts to fix that by adding a few additional mods that can be attached to most weapons in the game. All the new mods can be crafted at a workbench and blend seamlessly with the rest of Fallout 4’s weapon customization system.
Eli’s Armor Compendium
Eli’s Armor Compendium expands Fallout 4’s selection of gear with dozens of new pieces of armor and accessories. There are entire new sets available like Raider, Wastelander, Settler, Institute and more, along with some unique standalone pieces. The mod also introduces plenty of new accessories like gloves, eyeglasses, bags, and scarves, among others. The new items have been created using assets from the original game in order to keep them as lore-friendly as possible.
Companions and NPCs
Everyone’s Best Friend
This is one of the simplest Fallout 4 mods on this list but it’s definitely one you shouldn’t miss out on. Everyone’s Best Friend allows players to use both Dogmeat and another companion at the same time. In other words, Dogmeat no longer takes up a companion slot and instead feels more like a pet than anything else. There’s some evidence to suggest that this is actually how Bethesda intended to implement him in the first place. In a way, this mod adds a feature that should have been present from the beginning.
If you feel like Fallout 4 could do with a few more NPCs you’re definitely going to love this one. The mod adds literally hundreds of new NPCs that can be found roaming around the wasteland. NPCs are split into various categories that include things like traders, adventurers, hunters, scavengers, robots, patrols for all major factions, and more. Certain NPCs can only be unlocked after completing quests related to some of Fallout 4’s DLCs.
Companion Infinite Ammo
This mod can feel just a little bit like a cheat but you have to take any advantage you can get when roaming the post-apocalyptic wasteland. True to its name, the mod gives companions an infinite amount of ammo to use with all their basic weapons. Unfortunately, Companion Infinite Ammo only works with companions found in the vanilla game. Still, this is a very nice addition to any player’s mod list regardless.
Visible Companion Affinity
Fallout 4 always lets you know whenever your actions affect an NPCs disposition towards you, whether in a good way or bad. However, the game doesn’t give you a proper method of tracking NPCs current affinity level. That can sometimes make it difficult to figure out who likes you and who doesn’t. This mod fixes that problem by making the affinity system visible and easily accessible at any time.
Full Dialogue Interface
The fact that Fallout 4’s protagonist has so many lines of dialogue is a very nice addition to the game. The only thing that might frustrate some players is the fact that the protagonist doesn’t always speak the lines you choose for him or her in the dialogue interface. Instead, the protagonist merely paraphrases them. That can sometimes be pretty annoying but luckily there’s a mod for that. Full Dialogue Interface does exactly what it says on the tin and displays the actual lines instead of the paraphrased version.
Whereas the previous mod aims to improve the game’s dialogue system, this one completely revamps it. NewDialog introduces a number of options that allow players to change how the dialogue menu looks. Among other things, you can change its color, size, width, add or remove brackets, hide the background, and more. You can even modify a couple of things to make it look more like Fallout 3’s dialogue menu. Great for players who are feeling nostalgic for the previous game in the series.
Fallout 4’s character creation system is infamous for its wide variety of options that allow you to create characters that look very similar to celebrities or pop culture icons. This mod expands upon that by adding even more options to play around with so you can go all out when creating your next character. In addition, the mod also introduces various new features that make character customization an even easier and more enjoyable process.
Mod Configuration Menu
The Mod Configuration Menu (MCM) is a must-have mod that works hand-in-hand with many other mods out there, including quite a few of the ones found on this list. What the MCM essentially does is add a new section under Settings that’s used exclusively for mod configuration.
Although we couldn’t possibly fit all the best Fallout 4 mods into one article, this list should give you a very good starting point if you’re looking to mod your game. Naturally, there are a lot more good ones where these came from so don’t hesitate to check out Nexusmods for even more excellent mods. New mods are being added there every day so you’re bound to find something interesting sooner or later.