How to Merge Mods with Mod Organizer 2 for Skyrim Special Edition
Merging mods is a useful technique to reduce the number of plugins in your load order and avoid conflicts between them. However, not all mods can be merged safely and some may require special attention. In this article, we will show you how to merge mods with Mod Organizer 2 (MO2), a popular mod manager for Skyrim Special Edition.
What is Mod Organizer 2
Mod Organizer 2 is a mod manager that allows you to install, manage, and uninstall mods for various games, including Skyrim Special Edition. It has several advantages over other mod managers, such as:
It uses a virtual file system that keeps your game folder clean and prevents mod conflicts.
It allows you to create and switch between different profiles with different mod setups.
It supports various tools and plugins that enhance your modding experience.
It has a built-in feature to prepare mods for merging with zEdit or other tools.
What is zEdit
zEdit is a tool that allows you to edit and create plugins for various games, including Skyrim Special Edition. It has several modules that perform different functions, such as:
zMerge: A module that allows you to merge plugins into one or more merged plugins.
zPatch: A module that allows you to create a patch plugin that applies changes from multiple plugins.
zClean: A module that allows you to clean plugins from ITM records, deleted references, and other errors.
zSmash: A module that allows you to create a smashed patch plugin that combines records from multiple plugins.
How to Merge Mods with Mod Organizer 2 and zEdit
To merge mods with Mod Organizer 2 and zEdit, you will need to follow these steps:
Download and install Mod Organizer 2 from here.
Download and install zEdit from here.
Add zEdit as an executable in Mod Organizer 2 by clicking on the gears icon on the top toolbar and selecting \"Modify executables\". Then click on the \"+\" icon and browse for the zEdit.exe file. Name it \"zEdit\" and click \"OK\".
Select your main profile where all your mods are enabled in Mod Organizer 2.
Run \"Prepare Merge\" from the plugin menu in Mod Organizer 2 and select this as the base profile. This will scan your load order and find mods that can be merged.
Select the plugins that you want to merge from the list and click \"Prepare Merge\". This will enable the mods containing the selected plugins and their required masters, and place them at the end of the load order.
Run zEdit from Mod Organizer 2 by clicking on the dropdown menu on the top right corner and selecting \"zEdit\".
Select \"Skyrim Special Edition\" as the game mode and click \"Start Session\".
Select \"zMerge\" as the module and click \"Activate\".
Click on the \"+\" icon on the bottom left corner and name your merged plugin. Then click \"OK\".
Select the plugins that you want to merge from the list on the right side and drag them to the merged plugin on the left side. You can also use the filter box to search for plugins by name.
Click on the settings icon on the top right corner of the merged plugin and adjust the options as needed. You can change the filename, description, load order, merge method, etc. For more information on these options, see here.
Click on \"Build\" on the bottom right corner of the merged plugin and wait for it to finish. You will see a message saying \"Merge built successfully\" when it's done aa16f39245