Skyrim lacks in the creature department, it can get very repetitive killing wolves and trolls for hours on end. Hopefully this guide will add some more life to your game.
Mihail has released alot of monster/creature mods through the years, this is a selection of monster mods of his. All credit goes to Mihail and if you don't agree with the edits done to the mod you can easily go and download the main file from the nexus. No offense to Mihail, I just personally edited these mods to my taste and felt like sharing them. Also, a word of warning, some Mihail mods add very difficult to beat enemies, especially for low level players.
Mihail Bats: https://mega.nz/#!03JmnYbZ!yvcCrAtIgHkF-IIAWZRTbicVQuU8rhgSq-s1Wq9sCg0
Adds giant bats to fight, this edit removes the ancient bat that was just a silly sized boss version of it.
Mihail Cats: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/30496
This is simply a port of Mihails cats mod. This mod adds one or two cat to each vanilla town. They don't do much but patrol the city, but it's nice to see cats in Skyrim.
Mihail Land Dreugh: https://mega.nz/#!UupEmCCY!b3K7r2KX0cNMXVaPWecDIl5si4eVRF3IDOzTBh-X2T0
All this edit does is remove the overpowered Broodmothers.
*Note if you have Moon and Star installed make sure Land Dreugh loads first and Moon and Star after it. I also HIGHLY recommend getting this patch I made that makes the citizens of Little Vivec essential, so the Land Dreughs don't slaughter the whole town: https://mega.nz/#!t3RGiIiB!gUafkahsEtzklxYbJ1vkwE-rbWIX3ClhP6uLE0pOODA
Mihail Seals and Sea Lions: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/29204
This mod adds seals and sea lions to the shores of both Skyrim and Solstheim. Peaceful creatures that help add life to the dead seas and shores.
Mihail Falmer Abyssraiders: https://www.mediafire.com/file/qyguph8sbg401ac/Falmer_Abyssriders.zip/file
Adds a calvary like enemy to the samey falmer dungeons. While it's just another falmer it's a new type of falmer and can be fun to fight.
Mihail Bantam Guars: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/27363
Gives Solstheim it's own version of chickens.
Mihail Pigeons: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/27238
Do I really need to say more? Makes the cities feel alive.
Mihail Squirrels: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/26191
Gives the woods of skyrim a more authentic feel as you see these little guys run away from giant monsters trying to kill it.
Mihail Pahmar Mercenaries: https://mega.nz/file/svwCTAbZ#_C0jwge2vHBVdTEkzLBHW224AhKLSIPALryIkXRuW4k
Adds a new type of Khajiit bandit.
Mihail Dwarven Spinners: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/36545
Let 'er rip.
Mihail Mimics: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/27711
They even drop leveled list loot!
Mihail Serpents: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/26165
Cmon, I go by the name Snake, how did you expect me to NOT recommend this one?
Mihail Giant Mantis: https://www.mediafire.com/file/9o23lvsjx2rlcdo/Giant_Mantis.zip/file
Adds more insect like creatures to the Rift and Falkreath.
Mihail Coral Atronachs: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/33737
Adds more danger to the sea and shoreline.
Mihail Ghouls: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/36552
Adds back the Ghoul enemy from Arena.
Mihail Giant Cephalopods: https://www.mediafire.com/file/l4tykn802bfxzw7/Giant_Cephalopods.zip/file
Adds squids and octopuses to the sea of Skyrim and Solstheim.
Mihail Snow Whales: https://www.mediafire.com/file/j78ev9i8gqcb382/Mihail_Snow_Whales_SSE.zip/file
Adds the mythic snow whales of lore to the tops of mountains.
Mihail Wormmouths: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/43665
Adds Wormmouths to the Reach.
Mihail Giant Wasps: https://mega.nz/file/VuoFQAZb#0L9szfrikCPqKp23L-sW3Rndb0OUe7mC5WxEM_6BfVk
Hope you're ready for cazador flashbacks!
Mihail Deer Expansion: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/41277
Adds more variations of deer to the game. Perfect for hunters or those who want more passive creatures running around Skyrim.
Mihail Riekrs: https://mega.nz/file/pu4jyaxJ#jENUqIAdOVNO-F_YCTC9pHsbdPkwmLze4h69TqqHeb4
Adds a hybrid goblin and riekling creature to the various northern dwemer ruins, they even come with fur covered durzogs!
*This edit is my attempt at making them more "balanced" since they tend to be in large groups. I don't know if this is really any better but I tried.
Mihail Draugr Cavalry: https://mega.nz/file/1qpDRSAa#RhVYAV1pOXAWEWXiU7YWfIgsvlAn-XgVnkcrpHb5dPY
This mod adds horse riding Draugr to the game.
*Now this mod is heavily edited from the original, I cut down the HP and damage output so they don't one shot players or NPCs as well as reducing the number of them you meet by half so you're not killed in seconds by 8 of them ontop of you. Hopefully I made them more balanced.
Mihail Dwarven Colossus: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/27354
Possibly one of his most famous mods, this mod adds the massive Dwarven Colossus from ESO to Skyrim. Note that this IS a boss fight so he WILL be hard. I HIGHLY recommend this patch that balances him a bit: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/33515
Mihail Dwarven Defender: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/36836
Nice little addition to making your dwemer ruins more dangerous.
Mihail Dugongs and Manatees: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/31228
Why not add a little more aquatic life?
Mihail Undead Werewolves: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/44466
Is this lore friendly? Who knows!
Mihail Harpies: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/51477
Adds different colored Harpies and Harpy nests to the Reach.
Mihail Wampas: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/26166
I know, a Star Wars creature? But it's really high quality. I think they fit well in the more northern reaches of Skyrim, but feel free to skip this one if it seems to silly to you.
Mihail Mating Crabs: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/51536
Just a small quality of life monster mod.
Mihail Emperor Penguins: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/62696
A much better penguin mod.
Mihail Nixads: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/62018
Harmless little pixie like bugs.
Mihail Banekins: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/75371
This one adds pesky little daedra.
Mihail Wolves of Cyrodiil: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/24524
Adds smaller and unique looking wovles to the borders of Cyrodiil.
Now onto other mods that add creatures to Skyrim:
Farm Animals: https://mega.nz/#!omI0CI6D!Mb9hy-OX9_jhzlCQsYwphGa53GwKvDkg8c5ix9MwoqA
This mod adds new animals to all the farms of Skyrim. Pigs, ducks, baby chickens, etc.
Ducks and Swans for Skyrim SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/2149
Adds ducks and swans to the ponds of Skyrim, they can be harvested for food and alchemy ingredients. But the main thing about this mod is how it adds to the atmosphere of the game.
Female Reikling: https://mega.nz/#!IiIwESpa!bBMVpFOaS0dWVf-O8Lu_9Q4Q9tkJARnOpI5Fp_SonKo
Mesh replacer, it replaces the clothed reikling to a female variant.
Karstaag - The Frost King Reborn: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/14328
This mod remodels Karstaag, restoring him to his former glory in the Morrowind: Bloodmoon DLC.
Clannfears SSE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Adds to Skyrim Clannfears and their summoning spell.
Welwas SE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kg99pWdnFjtwb3QVXwgJm2W_bQgwSgdo/view?usp=sharing
Welwas are large four-eyed creatures. You'll find them in the Reach and Falkearth regions.
Ogrim SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Adds Ogrim (in 3 different versions) to Skyrim.
Scamps SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
As you can guess this mod adds Scamps as enemies, summonable, and even vendors!
Daedroth SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Another 4thUnkown mod, adds amazing looking Daedroth to the game.
Kwama Creatures SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
The Kwama are insectoid creatures native to the province of Morrowind. This modification returns them to Solstheim.
Shalk SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
This mod adds Shalks to Skyrim and Solstheim.
Echatere SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Adds the Echatere from ESO to Skyrim.
Hungers SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Wraiths SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Time to get spooky.
Cozy Giants: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/30830
Adds fur clothing to the giants.
True Wolves Of Skyrim: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/59174
Works fine on SSE.
Creation Club Goblins: https://mega.nz/file/06JyGRQB#5ZR7uf6EWuZ5owkp8Gb8XX0xlh6y1PATuIkXSX3I5Lc
This mod isn't that great, the quest is short but hey, it's an esl so it won't take up a load order slot, and it does come with a goblin follower.
TDG's Goblins Around Skyrim - Enhanced Edition: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/36526
Uses the CC Goblin Mod to add Goblins to Falkreath and the Rift, it's an esl and adds more Goblins, so what's the downside?
TDG's Bonewolves Around Skyrim - Enhanced Edition: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/36533
This mod adds the CC Bone Wolves to Skyrim. So you DO need the CC Bone Wolf Mod, but I know you can find it for free easily. Once you have that it will add Bone Wolves to places where skeletons can normally be found. Sometimes they even come in packs!
Sea Turtles: https://mega.nz/file/d7oF0QDJ#vlwLqOg8B3ULRdBPScEhgz08ONyzFZFCttAwCRYk5N0
Adds a peaceful race of turtles found between Solitude and Winterhold.
Adds the Snowrays of lore to the border between Skyrim and High Rock!
Mountain Lion: https://mega.nz/file/czwEgA5D#hYIbiLcB65iJjRQF9NURnRB9CINfgxi0rPIx-lCrDxc
This mod will add them to the mountainous areas of Falkreath!
Beast Skeletons Revised (Bitter Edition): https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/27266
This mod adds Khajiit, Argonian and Orc skeletons to the world. All hand placed and even comes as an esl!
Adds Woolly Rhinos to the plains of Skyrim!
Cliff Racers on Solstheim: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/2168
This mod adds passive Cliff Racers to the land of Solstheim, just a small quality of life mod.
GRAHL - The Ice Troll: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/9311
This mod restores the deadly Grahl to the island of Solstheim. Grahls were an important enemy in the Morrowind: Bloodmoon DLC, but for some reason they weren't included in Dragonborn. Until now.
This mod adds Beyond Skyrim Boars to Skyrim.
Dwemer Spectres Special Edition: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/8016
Brings back the Dwemer in the form of ghosts, even comes with boss fights.
TDG's Madness Around Skyrim - Enhanced Edition: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/36568
This mod adds the Dark Seducers, Golden Saints and Elytra to the leveled lists of Atronachs.
Draugr Upgrades and Improvements: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/21775
Tired of fighting the same generic Draugr in your 20th Nordic ruin? This mod adds new draugr and revamps the old ones. Ontop of that it also adds unique looks for named/boss draugr.
Ash Hunters SE: https://mega.nz/file/QzoziKYa#w-VBTceI1J98Rah5KYxVzTS_pLa9DUJS5wh-GOdzkbo
This mod takes the flying ash hoppers from SIC and makes them standalone and hand placed in the Solstheim world. So no worries of leveled lists edits. ESL flagged too.
Bears of the North: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/47541
Makes bears bigger, meaner and very fuzzy.
High Fantasy Deer and Elk: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/32093
4K resolution deer/elk textures with fur color options.
Blue Whales SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/47619
Since Beasts of Tamriel's whale is busted, here's a much better alternative. ESL flagged too.
New Farm Animals: https://mega.nz/file/46oWwDqA#NiNfewPHd_j_5QSp5M9KIm_uGfQyR0vqDbNkOSXbGM4
This mod adds BS farm animals to the farms across Skyrim. Works well with the other farm animal mod.
Imps SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Imps! Nasty little buggers...
Minotaurs SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
This mod will add various Minotaurs to Skyrim.
Cernunnos SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Adds a new Elk/Deer like creature to Falkreath and the Rift.
Seagulls of Skyrim: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/52153
This mod adds seagulls along the coasts of Skyrim and Solstheim, with animated models and sounds.
Flying Crows SSE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/49270
Adds flying crows to various locations around Tamriel to create a more nordic atmosphere in your Skyrim.
Morrowind Creatures SE: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kg99pWdnFjtwb3QVXwgJm2W_bQgwSgdo/view?usp=sharing
Adds Nix-Hounds, Guars and Kagouti to Solstheim!
Adds the fierce Gehenoth from the popular game TES Travels: Dawnstar to Skyrim!
Female Giant: https://mega.nz/file/Z2gBVS6L#ZUjujRA-Catlh8v-hpCgf6WNBfXJxnxxFcwGibx2EVE
This is a simple mesh replacer. All it does is replace one of the two giant meshes with a female version.
Goblins and Durzogs SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
This mod adds goblins and druzogs, both done by the great 4thUnkown, to the Reach, Rift and Falkreath. They even come with little camps!
Seducers SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Adds high quality Dark Seducers to the world of Skyrim.
Daedric Beasts - Wendigos and Howlers SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/15831
Okay, so this is an edit of Witcher 3 monsters but they feel authentic.
Ogres SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Adds high quality Ogres to Skyrim.
Flesh Colossus SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/users/49002333?tab=user+files&BH=1
Red light means stop, stop living. ESL too!
Vvardvarks (Creature Series pt.3) SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/64571
Adds Vvardvarks into Solstheim and the eastern borders of Skyrim.
Alit (Creature Series pt.4) SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/66175
Adds Alit into TES V: Skyrim. Everyone seems to forget about the poor old Alit from Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. This mod will change that.
Megalodon - (Prehistoric Content Series Pt.13): https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/59005
Probably the best mod to add sharks to Skyrim.
Immersive Khajiit Caravan Mules: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/49058
Adds mules to the khajiit caravans. Just a nice little immersion thing.
(ESL) Beavers and Raccoons of Skyrim SE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/6380?
Very important mod.
This mod makes the Underfrykte more unique.
Rats around Skyrim: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/73696
Adds Beyond Skyrim's rats to the skeever leveled lists. (REQUIRES BRUMA)
Rats on Solstheim: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/73510
Adds rats to Solstheim. (REQUIRES BRUMA)
Skaven of Skyrim SE (Warhammer Fantasy): https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/46519
Rats! Rats! We are the rats!
Mihail Wolves for Bruma: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/14495
Mihail's wolf models now apply to the Wolves in Beyond Skyrim Bruma. Textures are 4k resolution.
4thUnknown Bug Fixes and World Integration: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/51383
This mod fixes and enhances some of 4thunkown and creation club monster mods to better integrates them into the world. A must have.
Female Giant - Cozy Giant Patch: https://mega.nz/file/Q7pFwQJD#sxUJLpHtHmQttPzAkOwrVsYDVO7Nfpu2XyRL61vKASM
A patch I made that makes the female giants match the male ones if you use cozy giants.