Vortex How To Change Load Order

Manually sorting your load order, a basic guide for TTW
  1. It's just handled differently. In Vortex to Manually change your load order; grab the dependencies icon of the esp you want to move up or down, drag it to the esp you want to load it after.
  2. In Vortex to Manually change your load order; grab the dependencies icon of the esp you want to move up or down, drag it to the esp you want to load it after.
  3. Yes, absolutely. Volume reloading just a box at a time will make you crazy, no matter what kind of press you use. Do start out with small batches to make sure the recipe you select runs well in your gun without showing signs of overpressure. Once you have a good load figured out, do whatever you can toward mass production.
  4. In Vortex there must be a button to install a mod from a local/downloaded archive. So you press the button and point it to the zipped files you want to install. Then follow the install procedure as usual. If you're following a video that teaches you how to use Vortex keep watching it.

NOTE THIS GUIDE IS OLD AND FOR 2.9.x , it is only a GUIDELINE, do not follow it as a suggestion for mods to use!
There’s some basic rules of thumb you can use to sort your load order by hand, without the need of tools like BOSS or LOOT, and it’s actually fairly easy to do.

Vortex fucked your load order because it includes and for some fucking reason automatically runs LOOT. LOOT is known to be unreliable at best with FO4 due to how often mods are getting added. To disable that bullshit, you'll need to go to the Plugins tab in Vortex, and click the button labeled 'Autosort' so it says DISABLED.

First, please review this section of our FAQ.
Some minor preparation is in order.
First navigate to your Data folder in your Fallout New Vegas install location.
Select all files which have the extension .nam and delete them.
Vortex how to change load orderQ) But wait, aren’t these files official files that come with the game?
A) Yes. However the reason you want to delete them is they do nothing except force the game to load any plugin which has the same name. That includes the pre order packs. So if you leave the .nam files the game will load the pre order packs if you want them or not.
Let us continue.
First, your load order should ALWAYS begin with the official Bethesda master files for Fallout NV
Followed by the files from Fallout 3.
Next should ALWAYS be the TaleOfTwoWastelands master file.
If you choose to use TTWFixes (Which includes uUOF3P and YUP+additional fixes) then that master should ALWAYS be directly after TaleOfTwoWastelands master file.

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The pre order packs, and TTWFixes are optional and can be omitted if you do not care to use them.
Next up in your load order should be any utility masters that other mods may require, this includes things like;
Next in your load order you want to have any masters which make MAJOR changes to either wasteland. Ones that make major changes to VANILLA areas should be first. This includes things like FreesideOpen and StripOpen.
You want these first as other mods may alter things in those vanilla areas, and you want them to be applied after any major changes have taken place.
Vortex how to change mod load orderAny compatibility patches will come later in your load order to resolve any conflicts and they tend to assume that the plugin load order follows this.
Next in your load order you may want any type of Monster mod. Other mods tend to use these as masters, they include:
Mart’s Mutant Mod.esm
Next in your load order you may want any type of Weapon mod. Other mods tend to use these as masters, for example:
Next in your load order you are going to want any types of major quest mods, or content expansion mods that are master files. These include:
Point Lookout Reborn by Jcro25.esm
The New Bison Steve.esm
Afterschool Special.esm
Next in your load order you will any type of mod which is altering NPC appearance. The reason for placing them after quest mods is so that any appearance changes may be applied to those mods, examples include:
The next block is a good place to put any other content altering mods:
Additional masters may be placed after these, or anywhere previous, but AFTER the official and TTW masters as necessary.
Project Nevada - Core.esm
Project Nevada - Cyberware.esp
Project Nevada - Extra Options.esm
Project Nevada - Equipment.esm
Project Nevada - Rebalance.esp
That does it for the master files section which is the most important.
Next up is the esp section, which can be a bit more complicated, but if you follow some general rules it shouldn’t be too hard. At this point it is personal preference, so things can be altered to suit your needs.
In the next block, generally is any further tweaks to game play or hotfixes.
TTW Perks and Home Markers.esp
In the following block, is a good place to put any further content enhancement mods:
Vending Machines of The Wastes.esp

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The block after this is a good place to put UI mods as the final couple blocks may depend on them as masters;
The Mod Configuration Menu.esp
The Weapon Mod Menu.esp
CASM with MCM.esp
JIP Companions Command & Control.esp
Quick Trade.esp
Sprint Mod.esp
The following block is the place to put all equipment and item mods. Doing so will make them easier to manage and for any potential issues to be diagnosed easier;
ADAM - NCR Patrol Armour.esp
AG Supplimentary Uniques-AllInOne.esp
Name Of Some Weapon Pack Mod.esp
Name Of Some Weapon Mod.esp

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The next block is the place to put all your patches and your bash/merge patch;

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TTW MMM + EVE + TTW Redesigned.esp
WMX - EVE.esp
Finally, you want to put your chosen weather mod here so it overrides the weather data of all your other mods, including your merge patches in the off chance they have any alterations to those records.

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TTW Realistic Wasteland Lighting - Darker Nights.esp
This concludes the basic guide on sorting your load order manually.
There are always exceptions and this should only be used as a general guideline. It is always advised to use your mod organizer to view the masters of the plugins you use, generally they should have the proper order the plugins should be in. This is not always the case, but most of the time it is. You can check your load order by loading it up in FNVEdit, if there is anything out of place it will error on the file which has missing masters.

Mods at the top of the list are loaded first. They are considered higher in the mod load order. Some mods will say they require to be the highest mod, or at the top of the load order. On the other hand, mods at the bottom of the list are loaded last. They are considered lower in the mod load order. Some mods will require to be the lowest mod, or at the bottom of the load order.

If you are ever in doubt about a mod, go to the Nexus Mods website and search the mod title. If the author has been around for a while, you’ll find his mod there. Sls western bridlessugars legacy stables. Usually on Nexus Mods, you can find a more detailed description of where to put mods in the load order. Hopefully with this guide, you will better understand some of the terminology. I want to thank the many mod authors who are actively at work to bring us some truly amazing content. Bethesda as always is fantastic as well.

Below is a mod load order structure that has been borrowed from reddit’s Aleithian and his research. This has also been tested by myself as providing a smooth gameplay with minimal crashing (only in Lake View Manor) and occasional harmless freezing while traversing the land of Skyrim.


  1. Bug fixes (e.g. Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch)
  2. Structure and UI Mods;
    1. Overhauls (e.g. Campfire and Frostfall)
    2. Mission and content correction (e.g. Cutting Room Floor)
    3. Difficulty/level list mods
    4. Race mods
    5. Perk mods
    6. UI mods
    7. Cheat mods
  3. Missions/Quests;
  4. Environmental mods;
    1. Global mesh mods (e.g. SMIM)
    2. Weather/lighting mods
    3. Foliage mods
    4. Sound mods
  5. Buildings;
    1. Mods that add distributed or worldwide content (Dolmen Ruins or Oblivion Gates)
    2. Mods that add or expand settlements
    3. Mods that add individual buildings
    4. Mods that modify building interiors
  6. Items;
    1. Item packs
    2. Individual items
  7. Gameplay;
    1. AI mods (e.g. Immersive Citizens)
    2. Robust gameplay changes (e.g. Marriage All, Alternate Start)
    3. Expanded armor (e.g. Magic Books, Pouches)
    4. Crafting mods
    5. Other gameplay mods (e.g. Rich Merchants, Faster Greatswords)
  8. NPCs;
    1. Overhauls (e.g. Diverse Dragons)
    2. Populated series
    3. Other additions
  9. Appearance mods;
    1. Hairdo mods
    2. Adorable Females
    3. Face mods
    4. Body mesh mods (e.g. Seraphim, Beautiful Mistresses, Dimon99 and Maevan2 Female body)
    5. Natural Eyes
    6. Other appearance mods
  10. Texture mods;
  11. Patches;
    1. Patches for earlier mods (e.g. the Apocalypse-Ordinator Compatibility Patch)
    2. Patches that alter content
    3. Patches that disable content or purport to improve performance
  12. Mods that mod creators request should appear last (e.g. Go Away Clouds!).

I truly hope that this guide benefits all players who decide to use it. It doesn’t matter if you’re on PC, Xbox or PS4. I want to thank redditor Aleithian for providing me with the best help I have gotten to solidify the load order structure. I wish you guys the best of luck on your load orders and Skyrim Journeys!

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