Best Fallout 4 mods on PC

Screenshot of armorsmith mod
(Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

Fallout is all the craze right now after the Fallout TV show launched to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. As such, many of the games are being revisited. I'm here to provide a comprehensive guide for players looking to jump back into Fallout 4, but with a modified experience! This guide is designed to make your modding journey easy and enjoyable.

If you're wondering how to install these mods, don't worry. Our installation guide covers mods and various forms of installing mod packs, too. We've made sure to provide clear and easy-to-follow instructions so you can start enjoying your modified Fallout 4 experience in no time. Or just wait for the next-gen overhaul coming soon!


All mods and mod packs here use Steam and assume all DLC has been purchased. You can modify Fallout 4 on the PC Xbox app, but support is limited.

Item mods

New workshops for armor! (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

This section is all about item mods, which can significantly enhance your gameplay. From new guns and armor to exciting additions like basic backpack mods, these mods open up a world of possibilities for your Fallout 4 adventure.

Armor and Weapon Keywords Community Resource (AWKCR)

It may not be lore friendly, but it looks cool, right? (Image credit: Gambit77)

My first three mod picks will all come from the same mod author, Gambit77. With over two and a half million downloads, it's safe to categorize AWKCR as essential. This mod creates a standardized framework for armor and weapon details that can, in turn, be used by other mod creators. 

  • Its first standardization method is to create armor and weapon records for use by dynamically naming mods like crafting menus. 
  • Secondly, it standardizes apparel slot usage to prevent conflicts between mod authors and allow for more sustainability between mods.
  • New weapons, armor, ammunition, and explosive workbenches have been created for crafting items added by mods.
  • Blade tempering has been recreated from Skyrim. This is the ability to increase blade weapon durability and damage through smithing.

Download here

Armorsmith Extended

Armorsmith can make you into an anime villain.

That brings us to our next mod, Armorsmith Extended. AWKCR is mandatory for this mod, as it serves as the background to keep Armorsmith Extended compatible with other mods, like sorting menus.

According to the Armorsmith Extended page, it has sixteen different functions; I'll list about half of them:

  • Every outfit in the game can now be worn under armor pieces.
  • Every hat and helmet that doesn't cover your face can also be worn with bandanas and gas masks, removing the lock when wearing one or the other.
  • The entire clothing modding system has been redone from scratch. Armorsmith Extended adds 11 different armor categories.
  • New color swap mods have been added to gloves, helmets, hats, etc.
  • All clothing items become moddable for other modders, as well as renameable.
  • All followers, including Nick Valentine and Super Mutants, will now show armor and clothing items.
  • Crafting recipes have been added for all Vanilla/DLC apparel items.
  • All Vanilla/DLC apparel items can also be modified at workbenchs.
  • All items scrapped at the workbench (unmodded) will give half of the components back instead of the default Vanilla amount, which was close to nothing.

Download here

Weaponsmith Extended

Who doesn't love a gold Desert Eagle? (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

This mod adds hundreds of new weapons, rebalances vanilla weapons, and introduces tons of new ammo calibers. Even better, the mod allows for far more intricate weaponsmithing, like re-chambering weapons to fit different calibers.

Note that Weaponsmith Extended is the most complicated mod on this list to install and has quite a long list of requirements. But once installed, it's game-changing.

Instructions and download link

Wearable Backpacks and Pouches

Travel light or heavy. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

These not only look cool, but are functional as well! This mod adds 6 different backpacks that also provide bonus carry capacity. A straightforward mod that really adds to the player experience.

Download here

Fix pack mods

These are a couple of mods that fix things that shouldn't be an issue to begin with. Fallout 4 was rather notorious for bugs, and still is. The Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch helps alleviate those issues. While the Achievement enabler enables achievements again, something that shouldn't even be disabled!

Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch - UFO4P

He looks so happy to fix Bethesda's mistakes. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

If you want the most vanilla experience possible but bug fixes that even Bethesda still needs to fix, get UFO4P. Even if you're modding the game into something unrecognizable, you still need this mod for hundreds of others. The mod's description is as follows: 

"A comprehensive bug-fixing mod for Fallout 4. The goal of the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch (aka UFO4P) is to eventually fix every bug with Fallout 4 not officially resolved by the developers to the limits of the Creation Kit and community-developed tools in one easy-to-install package."

Download here


Let's get back what should have never been taken away.

This mod enables achievements to be obtainable once more. In a game where console commands can just straight up give you achievements, it really bothers me that achievements are even disabled by mods at all.

Download here

Gameplay mods

You can hear the bullets bouncing off. (Image credit: Bethesda Softworks)

These mods may be more of an acquired taste for players, but the mods I chose are rather tame. From small changes that make a huge difference, to big changes that also make a big difference, there's something here for everyone. Some are far easier than others to install, but don't let something being difficult be a reason not to do it!

Full Dialogue Interface

No more guessing what your character is about to say. (Image credit: Cirosan)

Want the ability to see what the protagonist will say in full? Me too; that's why I recommend Full Dialogue Interface. Nothing beats knowing what you're about to say before you say it. I'm cringing, thinking of how the original dialogue works without this mod!

Download here

Place Everywhere

Why not place it in a tree? (Image credit: Registrator2000)

No longer will you be confined to the physics of reality. Concepts such as the need for ground are eliminated. Place Everywhere allows players to place structures in settlements everywhere; water, air, ground, you name it. 

Download here

Start Me Up - Alternate Start and Dialogue Overhaul

Finally, I can be a psycho and it's cannon!  (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

No longer are you bound to father or motherhood. Start Me Up allows players to role-play outside the confines of being a parent and gives access to different starting roles. For example, you can start as a Wastelander, not a Vault Dweller! To allow this, the mod makes around 1,000 dialogue edits to match your chosen path.

Download here

Everyone's Best Friend

Who's a good heavy machine gun sidekick? (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

Dogmeat deserves all the love he can get. Everyone's best friend makes sure Dogmeat never leaves your party, as it allows both Dogmeat and another companion to be part of your party simultaneously. No more leaving the dog at home!

Download here

Sim Settlements 2

Honestly, this mod is freaking sweet. (Image credit: Kinggath)

New NPCS, new story, new buildings, and an entire overhaul of the settlement functionality. Check out the mod page for a full breakdown of everything this massive mod offers!

Download here

Cheat Terminal

Imagine sitting by the Vault entrance and this dude just strolls out blasting ammunition with 30 guns like it's not super scarce. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

You know what this is. You know why you want it. Just do it. No one is going to blame you for launching 300 mini-nukes.

Download here

Graphical mods

Enhance! (Image credit: Hein84)

Who doesn't want their game to look pretty? If you raised your hand, first of all, I can't see it. Secondly, you're wrong and should install some of these anyways. They're all a sight for sore eyes!

Fallout 4 HD Overhaul 2k

The prettier the better. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

Enhance your Fallout 4 experience with a total overhaul of the visual experience without killing your GPU. A sweet spot between 1080p and 4K textures, the 2K Overhaul replaces over 10,000 textures in the base game and DLCs.

Download here


She might need a RadX before they get to the Vault. (Image credit: Nexus mods)

Do you wish you had more access to making your character genuinely unique? Then look no further than LooksMenu. This mod is an extensive overall of the character creator process, giving far greater entry to structuring the character best suited for you.

It features:

  • Facial feature list is much more extensive, allowing you to see more items at once.
  • Facial features can be selected from the list rather than clicking the actual face.
  • Presets can now be saved and loaded.
  • CBBE Bodyslide Sliders can be used in-game if adequately generated.
  • BodyGen can generate body shapes randomly for NPCs.
  • Allows for hair palette overrides (for more hair colors).
  • Overlays can be applied over the existing body.
  • Skin can be overridden with another set of textures or mesh.
  • Skin and makeup can be colorized via HSV.

If you're wondering what CBBE is, go ahead and get that one yourself. For my own sake, we won't be listing it here. Keep in mind, it is very NSFW.

Download here

GRASSLANDS - A Fallout 4 Grass Overhaul

Green Acres is the place for me! (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

This one is not lore-friendly at all! However, it makes the game extremely pretty and adds lots of grass. So, if you're tired of the dreary, get this grasslands overhaul!

Download here

True Storms - Wasteland Edition

The power of Thor! (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

One of the highest-ranked Skyrim mods comes to Fallout 4 with even more features than ever! True Storms: Wasteland Edition is a complete overhaul of the storm systems in Fallout 4. Heavy rains, dust storms, radiation rains. New unique weathers, sound effects, particle effects, textures, and more, including configurable ghoul hordes during radstorms.

Download here

Decay Reshade

"We have State of Decay at home." (Image credit: Nexus mods)

Decay is a reshade that focuses on visibility and aligns Fallout 4 with previous games in the series. It delivers a genuinely dark and atmospheric feel.

Download here

Aeonic 2021

I like big bright beautiful colors. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

Aeonic is a reshade that focuses on photorealism. Bringing a lot of life and color to the Wastelands. It's also one of my personal favorite reshades.

Download here

ENB: PRC X - PhotoRealistic Commonwealth 10

I used this ENB for over 60 hours in my original Fallout 4 playthrough on Steam. Yes, those bars are part of the image. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

From the mod author's page:

"An all-in-one and sophisticated visual enhancer using custom shaders to offer the most natural and realistic visuals possible as a base to emulate photograph & movie pipeline. More than 5000 different looks are possible using accurate reproduction of films and cinematic colorgrades and postprocessing. Compatible with all weather and lighting mods."

Download here

Visceral ENB

I now much prefer vibrancy over dread. To each their own! (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

This ENB is my personal pick. Initially highlighted by PC Gamer when I first saw it, it packs quite a lot of color in striving for a realistic and natural look.

Download here

Mod packs

Wabbawhat? (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

First of all, what the heck are mod packs? Mod packs are collections of mods that come with minimal installation steps compared to the entire installation process. Whether a user uses a tool like Wabbajack or Vortex Collections, much of the process is automated and taken out of the hands of players. 

In the best of instances, these lists are also curated by the authors themselves for mod compatibility, updates, testing of bugs, and more. So when it gets in your hands, it won't be bug-free, but it will be a heck of a lot better than if you installed all the mods from scratch. 

I'll be recommending a few mod packs from various sources. Some are total overhauls, while others stick closer to home with simple updates to add quality-of-life features to an already terrific game. 

Fallout Anomaly

This list is good, like really good. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

Our first mod is a complete and total overhaul of Fallout 4. It's also the one I'm currently playing through! The pack merges the worlds of Bethesda's creation with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. in an effort to bring something far more brutal to the table. "Harsh survival mechanics, dangerous mutants, and a gritty atmosphere offer players a unique and unparalleled gaming experience." 

Instructions here

Magnum Opus

The kitchen sink. (Image credit: Bethesda, Nexus Mods)

Magnum Opus is described as a "kitchen sink" list. The mod author doesn't focus on any particular theme, like some of the other packs I've listed. It contains a dream list of QoL updates, new quests, weapons, items, and graphical refreshes. If the mod author likes it, he puts it on the list. That's my kind of guy!

Instructions here

A StoryWealth

Haven't tested it, but every review seems positive! (Image credit: Nexus Mods)

A StoryWealth is a total overhaul that brings you new quests, Settlement play, Companions, and Sim Settlements 2. The total list includes over 700 mods and will keep even the most seasoned gamer occupied for hundreds of hours if they even want a chance to see everything it has to offer.

Download here

FO4 Essentials

When all else fails, stick to what you know. (Image credit: Bethesda Game Studios)

This mod pack is about as minimalist as it comes, as it only includes 10 "essential" mods. This list contains mods that are put in place to fix issues with the base game to have fun, and that's it!

Download here

That's it! I tried to keep the list short, but it just kept getting longer and longer. About 4 years ago, when I last did my own solo modding, I ended up with over 180 mods. All merged and installed by yours truly. You can do it, too! Otherwise, just get a mod pack. They're great.

Let us know in the comment section or social media if there was anything you thought we missed! I'll make sure to add it. Until then, as always, happy gaming!

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition | $8.50 at Green Man Gaming

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition | $8.50 at Green Man Gaming

Fallout 4 received criticism for some lackluster roleplaying, but it's got improved gunplay, a cool settlement-building mechanic, and is a fantastic foundation for using incredible mods like the ones listed in this article. With this edition, every expansion is included.

Also see: $39.99 $9.99 at Xbox

Michael Hoglund

Michael has been gaming since he was five when his mother first bought a Super Nintendo from Blockbuster. Having written for a now-defunct website in the past, he's joined Windows Central as a contributor to spreading his 30+ years of love for gaming with everyone he can. His favorites include Red Dead Redemption, all the way to the controversial Dark Souls 2.