Top 15 Dark Souls 2 PC Mods

Make the already amazing looking game even more beautiful.

Posted By | On 05th, Jun. 2014 Under Article, Feature, PC Gaming Mods


While we’re all dying constantly on Dark Souls 2 and cussing it for taking so long to launch on PC, we’ve also been playing around with the mods. Back when Dark Souls launched on PC it was near unplayable until we got hold of DSFix, and now Dark Souls 2 is out, we feel it’s only fair to share the best fifteen mods.

It’s been a struggle as some of you know, Steam have a strong anti-cheat policy in place for this game, which means there aren’t a huge amount of mods. We suggest you play the game offline if you do use any mod:

WARNING: MODS MAY TRIGGER A VAC (VALVE ANTI CHEAT) BAN IT’S UNCLEAR WHICH DO. GAMING BOLT HOLDs NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR USERS WHO SUFFER A VAC DUE TO ANY MODS USED.

1. GeDoSaTo

GeDoSaTo dark souls 2 pc mod

GeDoSaTo is a must have for any PC user playing Dark Souls 2, it allows for texture modding which results in this:

GeDoSaTo is required for pretty much every single mod, and was created by the now somewhat famousDurante. His mod allows for downsampling, texture modding, and a whole lot more. We strongly suggest you read his PC gamer article especially if you’re a beginner at modding.

As we mentioned, Steam has some pretty heavy VAC in place for this game, and even a well-known mod like GeDoSaTo isn’t one hundred percent safe, some users have reported they’ve been hit with a VAC after using it.

You can get it from here.

2. Zelda Skin Pack

I’m a big Zelda fan. So when I found this skin pack to make my guy look like he hopped out of Hyrule  I was practically jumping for joy. Although the pack doesn’t make your character look like Link or Ganondorf, it makes me feel just a little bit happier playing in some Zelda armour. It came with a nifty trailer too!

You can get it from here.

3. Kalicolas Enhanced Graphics ENB

This is a simple graphics mod, but it works so well. It adds a little crispness to the world and adds some screen space ambient occlusion, giving the game’s graphics some excellent depth.

This sets a high standard for graphic mods and really makes the world look as though you can walk into the background rather than the background just sitting there.

You can get it from here.

4. WickfutENB

This is probably one of the best loved mods, it amps up the graphics and brings back the lighting we saw in pre-release, creating the world we all hoped to see when we bought Dark Souls 2. There’s also a few different versions that allows the user to remove various effects.

There’s an issue with AO flickering in some places, but nowhere near enough to consider it a major issue.

You can get it here. 

5. GEM – Graphics Enhancement Mod

GEM, that is Graphics Enhancement Mod does what it says on the tin, it makes the graphics slightly more enhanced. Creator neme0 uses SweetFX Stack Shader to give the darker areas of the game a deeper black feel, so it really feels as though the darkness is causing you a problem.

That being said this mod isn’t quite as effective in the darker areas as the Real Darkness ENB is, but due to it enhancing all around graphics, I feel this mod is just a little cut above the Real Darkness ENB, due to the balance it offers.

The mod supports both ENB and GeDoSaTo.

You can get it here. 

6. Darth Maul Skin

Darth Maul Skin dark souls 2 pc mod

Let’s just be blunt, Darth Maul is awesome.  So think about this: slaying monsters, as Darth Maul. I’m still a little sore that we didn’t get our Darth Maul game, so this is the next best thing. It even gives you a double sided lightsaber!

You’ll need these items:

  1. Dark Mask
  2. Twinblade
  3. Leydia White Robe

My only gripe with this mod is that Duel of the Fates doesn’t automatically play when you get into every  battle.

You can get it here.

7. Real Darkness ENB

Real Darkness ENB dark souls 2 pc mod

This mod seems pretty simple “Real darkness”, but it makes the game so much more atmospheric. The point isn’t that the screen is simply darker, otherwise you’d just take the brightness down. It makes the areas that should need a torch actually need a torch. The caves suddenly become almost like a survival horror game rather than an adventure game.

You can get it here.

8. Soul Edge

Soul Edge dark souls 2 pc mod

In the late ‘90s one of my favourite games was released, Soul Blade. The game revolved around a sword called the Soul Edge, so when I saw that Rizaunreleased a mod to add the legendary sword into the game, I had to have it.

The mod is a paint for the Smelter sword, but keeps the glowing effect. Like most mods, this requires GeDoSaTo.

Get it here.

9. Oil painting mod

Oil painting mod dark souls 2 pc mod

This texture mod makes the game look out right bizarre. And, as the subtitle suggests like an oil painting, it makes the game a whole lot more enjoyable playing the same area more than once because it looks so different.

This mod is an acquired taste, of course. And actually I’m not hugely keen which is why it’s so low on the list. But it changes the looks so much, that it has to be mentioned. But it brings a new and unique feel to the game.

Get it here.

10. Fleshly Hollow

Fleshly Hollow dark souls 2 pc mod

This mod makes your character slowly lose his/her features everytime you die. They also start to lose skin and fat, by the end you look like Skeletor from He-Man. The key issue with the mod is that there seems to be no way of preserving the original skin tone.

You can get the mod from here.

11. Death Alt text mods:

Death Alt text mods dark souls 2 pc mod

These mods are pretty straight forward, they change the text from “You died” to “You died like a bitch” or “Thanks Obama”. They add a little dash of humour to the game, but not much else. I’m surprised that there’s been no custom text mod, that allows a player to easily change the text.

You can get it from here.

12. KBAM interface icons

KBAM interface icons dark souls 2 pc mod

This is a pretty simple little mod, all it does is change the interface icons from the default Xbox 360 icons into familiar PC buttons. Obviously, this isn’t a huge leap for the game.

You can get it from here.

13. Kitty HD mod

I like this mod so much because it sums up the internet so well, sweet  Shalquoir of Majula was a very adorable kitty, but some users simply didn’t find him adorable enough and so ToadR took it upon himself to release a HD mod for Shalquoir, the textures are twice as large, resulting in a white chested tabby.

You can get it from here.

14. Bill Murray mask 

Bill Murray mask dark souls 2 pc mod

I hear you, “how can a Bill Murray mask be so low?” Well, the mask looks nothing like Bill Murray, but that’s part of the charm.The mask is a reskin of the Manikin Mask, which has seen a couple of retextures, there’s a cool Chatter Cenobite mask too.

You can get it from here and here.

15. Traditional Moonlight Great Sword

Traditional Moonlight Great Sword dark souls 2 pc mod

This mod will bring the Moonlight Great Sword to its former glory and then some. In Dark Souls 2 the Moonlight Great Sword doesn’t look as spectacular as it should.  But luckily, Nephutis stepped in and pumped the sword with awesome juice.

Here’s a before and after shot above.

You can get it from here.


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  • Veralian

    Great list!!

  • William Orlando Figueroa

    Since Fallout 4 is getting mod support for both Ps4 and X1, why couldn’t Dks2 do it?

    • Steven Wilczak

      Because who cares, just play it on PC it’s better than consoles.


 

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