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Changes to the live guide can occur at any time between releases, so review this changelog to see what may have changed since your 2.1.0 build date.

Post-Release Changes[edit]

  • Updated DynDOLOD instructions to accommodate the new complex grass support for LOD grass.
  • Clarified the vanilla plugin cleaning instructions, and revised order of operations for final sorting and cleaning at the end of Step 4.
  • Moved Cathedral Landscapes Complex Grass for ENB to the Post-Processing ModGroup, since it was discovered that this mod's normal maps will show in game (purple boxes) without ENB installed.
  • Added RealisticWaterTwo.esp as a master for the LW patch to fix LOOT sorting.
  • Added Smart NPC Potions - Enemies Use Potions and Poisons to the guide, which was missed when the guide was released.
  • Removed Not So Fast - Mage Guild and Not So Fast - Main Quest from the mod list, having neglected to do so before release of 2.1.0.

What's New[edit]

This changelog addresses changes relating to this specific guide version and includes all changes noted in previous guide iterations unless noted otherwise. See previous changelogs using the link in the page header.

  • A new game is required if updating from any previous Step SSE guide, due to certain mod changes included in this release.

Many new mods have been added, and many existing mods have updated instructions specific to this guide version. Notably, many of the runtime, engine-level mods that were updated after release of the previous 2.0.0 SSE guide have been updated and included in 2.1.0. Overall, there are many obvious and several subtle improvements.

Lighting & Weather[edit]

Interior Lighting[edit]

Luminosity was replaced with Ambiance to return Step to a more vanilla-compliant lighting overhaul that no longer breaks sneaking to the extent that was evident under Luminosity. This will be most evident in interiors but will also help to lesser effect in exteriors. The result of this change is a look/feel that more closely resembles vanilla, making it a better fit our Mandates. Combined with the rest of the lighting mods this achieves corrected lighting placements, more evident (and accurate) shadows, and a return to a more vanilla-like experience.

Step alters Ambience with custom tweaks that slightly desaturate and warm the default lighting color, which will hopefully be appealing to those who like Luminosity. This may be a controversial change, since some people love Luminosity. We apologize for using that mod in the first place, but it was the best solution available until Ambiance came along ... 2 years ago ... oops, we missed that one!


Cathedral Weathers' foggy weathers were also customized to make fogs a bit more realistic and to bring them closer to the player while minimizing drawbacks of doing so under Skyrim's limited lighting flexibility. The opposite was done for rainy weathers where fog was a bit overdone in some variants. A few other weathers were subtly tweaked. We think this improves weather variation and realism.

Step ENB[edit]

The Step ENB has been significantly improved in terms of graphics quality and fixes. Aside from several tweaks and version iteration of the Step ENB posted to the nexus, a major revision of the ENB weather system was made to consolidate most previous weathers into groups that better reflect Cathedral Weathers Image Space and Weathers differentiation. The result is fewer weathers parsed in groups that require identical settings. The "fog-sphere" effect that produced a transition line around the player in certain weathers has been mitigated, and ENB now preserves Cathedral's look/feel whilst fixing some of it's minor shortcomings (e.g., flat distant mountains, transparent clouds, godray effects). Changes introduced by the Cathedral Weathers Unofficial Update optional plugin (see Cathedral ENB optional instructions) have also been accommodated by the Step Post-Processing Patch and should only be installed for ENB users.

Guide-Level Changes[edit]

This changelog addresses changes relating to this specific guide version. Changes noted in previous guide iterations are not mentioned here unless noted otherwise. See Post-Release Changes in the previous guide changelog using the link in the page header.

  • Updated the ModList with new mods and engine-level mods that finally support Skyrim
  • Updated BethINI and DynDOLOD configuration recommendations for better results with and without ENB.
  • Solstheim and Tamriel worldspaces have been seamlessly merged using Worldspace Transition Tweaks
  • A huge number of mesh enhancements and fixes are now included to resolve many long standing lighting and texture-stretching issues.
  • Many grammar and text clarifications throughout the Guide.

Mod-Level Changes[edit]


Added | new mod added (add these mods)
Moved | mod was moved to a new ModGroup (move these mods)
Updated | mod instructions updated
Incorporated | mod is included in the Step Patch - Conflict Resolution (remove these mods)
Dropped / Replaced | mod was removed (remove these mods)



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05-Animation & Physics[edit]


06-Models & Textures[edit]


07-Sounds & Music[edit]

08-Character Appearance[edit]



Dropped / Replaced


11-Gameplay-AI & Combat[edit]





Dropped / Replaced

15-Gameplay-Skills & Perks[edit]



Dropped / Replaced



18-Lighting & Weather[edit]

Dropped / Replaced




Exclude vanilla masters, the following are masters changes related to the Step Patches:

  • 2.0.0 CR Patch masters no longer needed in 2.1.0
    • Odin - Skyrim Magic Overhaul.esp
    • ClavicusArgonianMasque.esp
    • ButterfilesUnchained.esp
    • Atlas Map Markers.esp
  • 2.1.0 CR Patch new masters
    • At Your Own Pace - Companions.esp
  • 2.1.0 CACO Patch new masters
    • CC-Fishing_CACO_Patch.esp
  • 2.1.0 CCOR Patch new masters
    • Audio Overhaul Skyrim.esp
  • 2.1.0 TCIY Patch new masters
    • At Your Own Pace - Misc.esp
  • 2.1.0 WACCF Patch new masters
    • At Your Own Pace - College of Winterhold.esp
  • 2.1.0 LW Patch new masters
    • Ambiance.esp
    • Ambiance - Light Colors.esp
  • 2.1.0 PP Patch new masters
    • Cathedral Weathers.esp
    • Cathedral Weather Godrays.esp