Skyrim Texture Packs Overhaul the Game’s Dragons

After more than a decade, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim has been through some graphical changes, and one modder decides to upscale the dragon textures.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is, without a doubt, one of the most successful western RPGs to ever see the light of day. And despite the fact that it is quite a violent and gruesome title at times, it’s also considered one of the best video games to induce mindfulness in its player base. This is likely due to the visuals, which, although they’ve aged over the years, many still consider quite breathtaking and even inspirational. Of course, there’s always room for improvement and mods are always coming out to amend more than just the landscape’s graphics.


As pieced together by DSO Gaming, a number of texture add-ons created by XilaMonstrr have made their way to Nexus Mods, which seek to improve the overall visual quality of the game’s infamous dragons and more. In particular, there are a couple of mods that upscale the winged beasts of Skyrim to give them 8K textures, with images on the pages showing very detailed scales and bold coloring. One pack gives an overhaul of the general aesthetic of these magnificent creatures, while another adds 13 new dragon species with 8K textures.

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Dragons are an integral part of Skryim, literally forming the narrative of the main story. Many people who’ve played the game may remember the first time they encountered one. Outside the main quest, it’s not uncommon to be wandering the vast wilderness, only to see a large shadow looming over the protagonist and the battle music begin to kick in. Some may attempt to avoid them, but many like nothing more than going toe-to-toe with one that has swooped down and interrupted their journey. For these people, seeing them up close with 8K textures will be an interesting experience.

XilaMonstrr has also created additional mods as well, such as ones that upscale animals in the game to 4K and 8K. There’s also a texture pack that improves the visuals of Skyrim‘s many books and journals. Many will agree that modding the game is par for the course when it comes to Bethesda’s 2011 epic, especially for those who play on PC.

Although Skyrim is one of the highest rated RPGs of all time, some may feel that it’s time to move on. It’s more than a decade old at this point. And while fans are still getting a lot out of it, there’s a strong argument to be had that 11 years is more than enough shelf life for any game and that Bethesda ideally needs to give some updates on the next installment.

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available now for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: DSO Gaming

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