Mods in video games have long been a way for fans to extend the life of their favorite games. Mods add content, overhaul the game’s core functions, and improve things that the development team couldn’t solve or couldn’t figure out – at least, not without community help.
No gaming series is more of a poster child for the lifetime-extending power of mods than the Elder Scrolls series. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was the first 3D game in the series, and while it was revolutionary for its time, it’s a dated game in 2021. Luckily, the modding community in the game is stronger than ever before.
10 Tamriel Rebuilt
Tamriel Rebuilt adds a massive amount of content to the already huge game, in the form of allowing players to travel to the mainland of Tamriel, away from Morrowind. It’s a huge overhaul that adds countless new zones, dungeons, and locale to the game.
The mod is based on in-game lore and dialogue that references the new locations but were never available in the base game. In addition to all of this, it features new questlines, new weapons and armor, new spells, and overhauls the combat mechanics. It’s an all-in-one mod that reinvigorates the game with entirely new content.
9 Morrowind Graphics Extender
The Morrowind Graphics Extender mod gives access to multiple graphical improvements that will forever change the way you look at the surroundings of the third Elder Scrolls game. Most notably, it unlocks the view distance and allows players to see for much further distances.
Additionally, the mod comes packaged with better shaders, better lighting, and improved sunsets to add that extra layer of realism to this very old game. It won’t make the game look like Skyrim, but it’s a huge improvement over the game’s old appearance that stays true to its roots.
8 Better Dialogue Font
The text in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is very difficult to read, almost as if it was meant to be read at a smaller font but had to be stretched. Luckily, the Better Dialogue Font makes all dialogue and readable text (such as in the Journal) much more legible.
Say goodbye to the minor headaches that accompany leaning into the screen to read what anybody says in this game. This mod simply replaces all the applicable text in the game with a higher resolution version, and it’s available in multiple languages.
7 Morrowind Rebirth
Morrowind: Rebirth, like Tamriel Rebuild, is another total overhaul to the game – this time, though it doesn’t let players access a new continent, but it does add a lot of new content to the main continent. Every city, landscape, and the dungeon is given better graphics and a total layout re-do.
Additionally, Morrowind: Rebirth balances out several aspects of the game and fixes bugs that were never removed from the game. It also adds new weapons, armor, dungeons, enemies, and spells, and a ton of other tweaks that make it feel like a completely new game.
6 Morrowind Comes Alive
Mods that enhance the sense of immersion in a game are unmatched, especially when re-visiting a game. Morrowind Comes Alive adds 1200 NPCs to every zone in the game, especially in cities, and gives the player many more interaction options.
The NPCs are randomized, so the player should theoretically never see two of the same person walking around. It gives every NPC a list of things to do, including traveling to other towns and entering shops. Morrowind can feel empty sometimes, and the way this mod breathes new life into the game is unparalleled.
5 Skyrim UI Overhaul for Morrowind
The Skyrim UI Overhaul for Morrowind mod does pretty much what it says on the box; Morrowind’s UI is notoriously confusing, and this mod simply changes all of that to a much more digestible, much more intuitive layout.
Everything from dialogues to character skills to the Journal is changed to closely resemble the UI in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. While it’s not a perfect replica, it’s a great mod for anybody looking to get back into the game after years away.
4 Morrowind Romance Mod
The Morrowind Romance mod adds a new subsystem of relationships and marriage to the game, similar to the system present in Skyrim. The mod lets players flirt with and eventually marry other NPCs in-game, and even allows players to have children in-game.
The mod is a bit… risque… though, as there is a “love scene” that’s blacked out for the player (although it does use nude models). Male players will be able to father and take care of their child, while female players will carry the baby themselves and gain a pronounced belly bump.
3 Lovely Loading Screens
The loading screens in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind leave something to be desired. They’re usually just images of enemies in-game and, despite being an old game, last for far too long. The Lovely Loading Screens mod changes all of this.
Instead of boring stills of NPCs, this mod shows fanart specially made for Morrowind based on locations throughout the island. It’s truly stunning work, and it might even inspire you to seek out some of the inspirations behind the art.
2 Accurate Attack
One of the biggest problems with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for modern gamers is the unreliable combat mechanics. It’s a game that treats hitting enemies directly like a dice roll, and the original game has stats and systems that let the player slowly improve their chance-to-hit.
The Accurate Attack mod removes this hit calculation system from the game entirely by making every race’s chance-to-hit 1000 times more than what it normally is. It makes combat much more satisfying, but you might need to turn up the difficulty to compensate for all the hits you’re connecting.
1 Welcome To The Arena
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was unique for its arena system which let players put money on themselves and progress through increasingly difficult enemies in the Imperial City Arena. The Welcome To The Arena mod adds a similar system to the previous entry in the franchise.
Welcome To The Arena adds a brand new arena to Vivec and lets the player bet on themselves and others in gladiatorial combat. It’s not quite as robust as the arena system in Oblivion, but it’s nonetheless a well-made addon that pairs well with other combat-oriented mods.