Fallout 4 is one of those games that have a plethora of mods and can lead in a state of disarray and confusion, for that reason we created an extensive list with stuff like gameplay changes, immersion, graphics, weapons, armor and more. Keep in mind that some of the mods in this list might require extra mods in order to work properly, so pay attention to each mod’s description before downloading and installing.
Always backup your saves and start a new game when adding new mods. You can never know with mods – there’s always a risk of getting corrupted files.
If you want to make your modding life easier click here to get the Vortex mod installer from the Nexus Mods website and because some mods might require the Fallout 4 Script Extender (F4SE) click here to get that one as well.
If you want less bugs you can get the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch here but pay close attention to the description and what it requires in order to get it to work.
Table of Contents
- 1 Settlements
- 2 User Interface
- 3 Gameplay
- 3.1 Lowered Weapons
- 3.2 Weightless Junk and Other Items
- 3.3 Beast Master – Creature Companion Overhaul
- 3.4 Legendary Lamps – Lights Lamps Pipboy Overhaul
- 3.5 Realistic Conversations Fallout 4
- 3.6 Turret Control Panel
- 3.7 See Through Scopes
- 3.8 Jump That Fence OR Take Cover
- 3.9 Grab and Eat All-in-One
- 3.10 Passive Camera Shake and Impact Force – Disabled or Reduced
- 4 Graphics & Visuals
- 4.1 Darker Nights
- 4.2 Fallout Texture Overhaul Stars
- 4.3 Vivid Fallout – All in One
- 4.4 True Storms – Wasteland Edition (Thunder-Rain-Weather Redone)
- 4.5 PRC – PhotoRealistic Commonwealth
- 4.6 Wasteland Creatures Redone – Retexture Compilation
- 4.7 Enhanced Lights and FX
- 4.8 PipBoyShadows
- 4.9 Immersive Windows
- 4.10 Enhanced Wasteland Preset
- 5 Audio
- 6 Weapons & Armor
- 6.1 Visual Reload & Shell Rain
- 6.2 Extended Weapon Mods
- 6.3 Weaponsmith Extended
- 6.4 Armorsmith Extended
- 6.5 Black Widow Armor and Pipboy
- 6.6 CROSS_2077
- 6.7 K-9 Harness – Tactical Body Armor and Backpack for Dogmeat
- 6.8 CROSS Pre-War Cybernetics
- 6.9 CROSS Jetpack
- 6.10 Submersible Power Armor – Bioshock Inspired
- 7 Epilogue
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/5320
The title is pretty much self explanatory, this mod allows you to scrap everything to zero transforming your settlements to barren lands if you so desire. But the best use for this mod is to actually get rid of the annoying stuff that couldn’t be scrapped in vanilla, and make your custom experience so much better.
Higher Settlement Budget
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/818
Another mod that its title is exactly what it does, it expands your budget limit further so you can enjoy building whatever you want and let your creativity go wild, this mod will surely help you overcome your fears of touching that nasty limit Bethesda has put in their vanilla version.
Settlement Supplies Expanded
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/1145
Want more stuff in your settlements? Then this mod is for you, with about 400 new items it will surely give you more freedom of choice and a more unique style to each settlement you will build.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/9424
If you are an avid settlement creator then surely there were many times you couldn’t place something on a certain place and it got on your nerves, that possibly could make you give up building what you had in mind. Place Everywhere is here to solve this problem for you and make you a happy person again.
Longer Power Lines
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/2241
This one is a pretty simple mod that allows you to connect your stuff from even further good for those noisy generators that are annoying as hell, but we also have another mod on this list coming that can make them quieter.
Home Maker – Expanded Settlements
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/1478
Want even more stuff ? Check out this mod that gives you over 1000 new craftable items to place in your settlements – a must have for building enthusiasts who love to extend their fallout mods list!
OCDecorator – Static Loot
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/4270
Have you ever seen something while looting and thought, this would make a great decoration? Well this mod enables you to do exactly that. Are you a Nuka Cola fan ? You can now place Nuka Cola bottles or whatever items you like as static decorations in your settlements and show your collection for the whole Commonwealth to enjoy.
Sim Settlements Mod Collection
This isn’t actually one mod but rather a collection of mods that each one adds to each other and can go from improving the game at some factors or completely change some things depending on how many mods you will download the first and most basic one is named simply Sim Settlements you can check all the rest by clicking the link and choose whichever mod suits your playstyle.
We Are Minutemen
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/6443
This is a mod that improves the Minutemen by a lot making them more unique and their presence in the Commonwealth felt and also offering them better gear and more variety with outfits, weapons and a new crafting station, the flare gun is also changed so now when you call the minutemen for help they will stick around longer and come inside the buildings with you and last but not least this mod also gives you the option to create minutemen settlers.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/4772
This mod gives you about 240 new choices of settlers creating a larger variety and making the game feel more natural and realistic without having to encounter the same NPCs all the time. Just keep in mind that for the best experience you will need some requirements, the DLCs and two mods which all are mentioned in the description.
DEF_UI & DEF_UI Iconlibs Rescaled and Fixed
If you want to notice your items easier then you can give this one a try, this mod gives a lot of Quality of Life changes and is also compatible with sorting mods to make your life easier without having to search all the time again and again for that one item you will need.
We recommend using the DEF_UI ICONLIBS RESCALED if you want all of the icons to be the same size.
Improved Map with Visible Roads
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/1215
This mod improves the PIP-BOY map offering a higher contrast making it much more easier to read but it doesn’t bring that many changes and it still keeps that original vanilla style.
Sattellite World Map
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/8989
This mod on the other hand is a lot different than the original map the vanilla version offers, it is exactly how an aerial view would like of the whole Commonwealth but if you still want to keep that pip boy style color you can go with a monochrome version.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/20309
This one isn’t exactly a mod but as the name states a Framework which is used to add more than one HUD mod and load them up according to your taste without having to overwrite the previous one and be in this tedious loop of trying to find which HUD mod suits better for you.
Full Dialogue Interface
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/1235
If there’s one thing we hate in Fallout 4 is that the dialogue has been dumbed down so much that it’s an insult to the other Fallout games, this mod brings back the glory of dialogue by showing you exactly the lines your character is going to say making it a much more enjoyable experience.
Cartographers Map Markers (Fallout4 Edition) CMM
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/12581
If you like marking and remembering certain places on the map this is the mod for you, this mod adds more than 400 markers and 90 custom markers with all the locations that seem interesting enough to be visited again. Just keep in mind that there might be a few bugs with this mod so give the comments or forum a visit and check them out.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/28684
Another simple mod that shows the damage you cause to your enemies, gives you a more RPG-Like feeling and if you are a curious cat that wants all data available then you should give this mod a try.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/20830
(Requires HUD Framework)
If you prefer a more immersive experience and you think that the HUD might be a nuisance then this one is for you, it offers options to hide and show the HUD at certain circumstances or do it manually on the fly, a very simple mod for very immersive situations.
Survival Stats Widget
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/20818
(Requires HUD Framework)
This is a very simple mod that adds hunger, thirst, well rested and caffeinated status on your HUD. A great addition for survival mode!
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/36706
This is a mod that makes us wonder what was Bethesda thinking when they were making this game and why didn’t this exist in the first place. With this one you can get a radial menu where you can equip different items or use consumables, much like in Fallout 76 but way better. One of the best additions you can have in your mods list.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/522
Who besides Chuck Norris runs always with their gun pointed straight at all times? And who in their right mind at Bethesda said ok let’s just keep the animation that way we don’t see any problem with that. YES THERE IS A PROBLEM ! IT’S UNREALISTIC. So without further ado i present to you probably one of the most famous and most downloaded mods for Fallout 4 that should be on every list ever.
Weightless Junk and Other Items
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/2481
If you are a loot hoarder and you must pick up everything you find check this mod out, you can reduce the weight of junk and some other items to zero or reduce them just a small amount to keep things still kind of immersive.
Beast Master – Creature Companion Overhaul
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/14265
Have you ever wondered how it would be if you tamed a badass Deathclaw and used it as a companion? This mod does just that, providing you with the option to tame any creature you find in the wasteland, time for you to explore the Commonwealth and become the very best Poke- i mean Beast Master out there.
Legendary Lamps – Lights Lamps Pipboy Overhaul
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/1707
This mod increases the light of the lamps and gives you more customization options like change colors or make your PIP-BOY into a Spotlight very simple yet very useful.
Realistic Conversations Fallout 4
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/32514
One thing you will notice if you play enough and reach Diamond City is that every NPC acts like a robot and greets you every second or so, well this mod makes them feel more real giving bonus points to immersion and making your time more enjoyable.
Turret Control Panel
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/11960
This mod offers a more extensive use for turrets making them more user friendly, upgradeable and easier to distinguish when your settlement becomes big and confusing, the turrets are highlighted thus making your life easier.
See Through Scopes
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/9476
If you hate the vanilla scopes then this mod is exactly what you need, it provides a much better view than the all black darkness around the scope, which is extremely annoying since you can’t see anything else besides of what you’re aiming.
Jump That Fence OR Take Cover
One of the most annoying things you will encounter while playing Fallout 4 is the moment you will realize that you can not jump over fences, another one of those what was Bethesda thinking moments but ok,they probably said the mod community will do something, and so they did here is Jump That Fence, we hope you enjoy this one.
Alternatively you can choose to install Take Cover which does a similar job as Jump That Fence but instead of increasing your jump distance you can vault over low objects but you can also take cover as the name suggest and shoot enemies by leaning out.
Grab and Eat All-in-One
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/17608
Another annoying thing is that you can’t use items on the spot like the food you find or read notes directly from containers and dead bodies, well this mod erases the trouble of having to pick up the item and then search in your inventory just to find what you need.
Passive Camera Shake and Impact Force – Disabled or Reduced
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/20126
If you are one of those people that get sick every time the camera shakes too much then you should check out this mod which halves or removes it completely, it doesn’t affect the special moments though for example the killmoves or area of effect attacks, only the ones that are caused by large or heavy actors.
Graphics & Visuals
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/191
This is a mod for those who think the nights in Fallout 4 are too bright, it has seven different options to choose from and makes your nights more spooky and realistic, now there’s a reason to tread carefully in the Commonwealth.
Fallout Texture Overhaul Stars
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/145
Along with darker nights we suggest you use this mod together because what’s better than looking in the sky at countless stars at night? This mod provides you with a couple options for the size of the stars, and they come at 4K resolution. Make sure to check out the moon overhaul in the description for the complete experience.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/145
Vivid Fallout – All in One
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/25714
Vivid Fallout is a mod where almost every texture in the game is improved. Landscapes, rocks, trees, roads and way more – if you want your game to look better and more detailed – the this is the way to go.
True Storms – Wasteland Edition (Thunder-Rain-Weather Redone)
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/4472
One of the best and most acclaimed mods that exist for Fallout 4, this mod isn’t just some fancy immersive storms but it comes with a lot of gameplay enhancements such as environmental effects and ghoul hordes appearing on radiation storms, it even is completely customizable so you can adjust it to your liking and see what’s best for you.
PRC – PhotoRealistic Commonwealth
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/6796
This one isn’t exactly a mode but an ENB preset so you need to install the ENB binaries to work. This preset gives the game a more cinematic look by balancing and giving the game more natural colors based on different camera lenses and filter color grades.
Wasteland Creatures Redone – Retexture Compilation
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/7951
A mod which improves the visuals of some of the wasteland creatures you will encounter, plus the author was kind enough to make it so you can choose which one you want to change and which ones you want to keep vanilla.
Enhanced Lights and FX
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/13596
This is a mod overhaul for interior lights and effects to look more realistic and atmospheric making them feel more real and not see everything like it’s washed out.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/281
Now here is a mod that puts realism above function because if you use the pip boy’s light that means you need to see everything there is, but if you want the game to be as realistic as possible then you should take a look at this mod.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/17205
A simple mod that makes the windows of the buildings have light shine through them. It makes the wasteland look more alive, and also works great with Darker Nights and weather mods.
Enhanced Wasteland Preset
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/40
Another ENB preset but this time this mod makes the wasteland more vibrant and colorful.
If you don’t like the vanilla style then check this mod out, and as any ENB preset you can customize it fully to your desire, making your Fallout 4 look at its best!
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/2819
One of the must have mods for Fallout 4 is this one as we believe the generators and turrets make too much noise and most of the time you need them to be close to your buildings. At first you might not notice it much but if you are one of those people who like to invest time in their settlement the noise might quickly catch up and annoy the heck out of you.
Reverb and Ambiance Overhaul
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/10189
Now this mod is one we can’t recommend enough. If you ever played Fallout 4 without mods before you might have noticed that almost always the sound effects are flat and the ambient sounds cut off abruptly when you enter buildings, this mod on the other hand makes the audio of the game how it should be so you should definitely check this one out.
Project Reality Footsteps F04
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/35904
If you hate vanilla footsteps as much as we do then here is a mod that changes every footstep sound to realistic ones but not only that, it also adds a subtle gear sound.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/2397
Here is a mod that actually does something we had never noticed even existed in the game, yes birds and we didn’t even pay attention because they always sounded so far away that even the most perceptive players would hardly notice to them. This mod adds more points to immersion by making the birds sound closer and be more audible.
Commonwealth Warfare – Realistic Gun Sounds & Bullet Cracks
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/16588
This mod changes the sounds of most ballistic weapons to more realistic ones and also extends the audio more by adding whiffing sounds when the enemy bullets pass by close to you. If you hate how the vanilla guns sound like the you should give this one a try.
Weapons & Armor
Visual Reload & Shell Rain
Have you ever noticed how everyone is a responsible environmentalist wizard in this game and make magazines disappear after they reload? These mods remove this wizardry by keeping the magazines and the shells on the ground, but there’s more ! Here is a mod that’s called VISUAL RELOAD COMPATIBILITY PATCH which adds compatibility for modded weapons so you can enjoy it even further with the weapons of your liking.
Extended Weapon Mods
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/8276
Now this mod here is one of the best mods for customizing your weapons. It gives you so many options – the possibilities are endless! You can put spiked knuckles on your knife, make an axe out of a baseball bat triple barrel shotgun, whatever you truly desire. This is a mod for any weapon tinkering enthusiast, or those that feel Dying Light’s mechanics would make so much sense in Fallout 4!
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/10737
Want more weapons ? Take a look at this mod. A collection of a lot of individual weapon mods from the Nexus, will certainly give you a lot of hours of entertainment and enjoyment by trying them out to your next victims.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/2228
One of the most disliked things in Fallout 4, is the armor customization and its weird logic. Why am I not allowed to wear my bandana inside my helmet? Or why are my clothes clipping out of my armor? This mod fixes all that but also improves the state of vanilla into a much better one.
Black Widow Armor and Pipboy
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/21162
This mod adds a new armor set in the game. It has its own backstory, and a grave where you can find it! It also adds a shotgun, a pip boy re-texture as well as a male version.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/33412
If you are as excited as we are about Cyberpunk 2077 then check this mod out. It features the samurai jacket outfit which comes in 4 parts. A shirt, a headset, gloves and the jacket itself, which is also fully customizable.
K-9 Harness – Tactical Body Armor and Backpack for Dogmeat
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/17686
One of the things you will probably wonder, is why you can’t customize Dogmeat further! Well, except from the bandanas, the goggles and the weird looking armor you find in the game. This baddas fallout mod expands your options by adding tactical armors and a visual backpack, making your trusty companion look more professional rather than a raider’s dog.
CROSS Pre-War Cybernetics
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/8609
This is a quite unique mod that adds cybernetics armor to the game. Ever wanted a robot arm? Then this mod is for you! It also comes with customizable colors and size options and a whole new Cybernetics lab workbench.
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/12471
Another Cross mod, and this time it’s a jetpack! Including three functional variations that make you sprint faster, jump higher or float in the air. Like other Cross mods on this list, this one also has full color customization.
Submersible Power Armor – Bioshock Inspired
Nexus Link: https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/16011
If you’re a Bioshock fan like us, then this mod is for you! It adds a power armor that looks very similar to the Big Daddies in the Bioshock series. And if that wasn’t enough these power armors have been adjusted to go underwater! Offering plenty of oxygen supply so you can explore in the water for extended periods of time.
This concludes our list of best Fallout 4 mods! There are thousands more mods out there, so I did my best to choose the most essential.
If you have any additional / alternative mod suggestions, let us know in the comments below!
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