Wasteland Survival Guide

Essential Utilities

First, create a "Utilities" separator in MO2.

As you install the mods from this section, organize them underneath this separator.

All of the mods in this section are absolutely essential for the mods in the guide to function! Many mods in the following sections are optional, but make sure to get every Utility listed - they are all hard requirements.

Mods installed manually

FNV 4GB Patcher

Makes Fallout New Vegas 4GB aware and automatically loads NVSE if present.

  1. Download the Main File - 4GB Patcher using the Manual Download button
  2. From the downloaded archive, extract the .exe file to the game's Root folder
  3. Right-click on FNVpatch.exe and select Run as administrator
  4. A command prompt window will open and should say FalloutNV.exe patched!
  5. Close the command prompt and a file named FalloutNV_backup.exe should appear in the game's Root folder
  6. Back in MO2, press Ctrl+E to bring up the Modify Executables interface
  7. Select NVSE on the left; enable   Hide in user interface and click Okay
From now on, you should run the game through the Tale of Two Wastelands option in MO2, rather than the NVSE option. The 4GB Patch automatically load NVSE when you run the game through the regular executable, which is generally the safer option.


Expands the engine and scripting capabilities of Fallout New Vegas, fixing bugs and adding hundreds of new functions.

  1. Download the Main File - New Vegas Script Extender (NVSE) using the Manual Download button
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to the Root folder:
  3. xNVSE Install
    Despite the filename, nvse_steam_loader.dll is still needed with the GOG version of the game.

New Vegas Heap Replacer

Replaces the in-game heap with a faster, more optimized version, reducing load times & stutter and slightly improving frame rate.

  1. Download Main File - NVHR using the Manual Download button
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to the game's Root folder
    By default, NVHR will create a terminal window every time the game is launched. This lets you know that the heap replacer has loaded successfully. If you would like the terminal to stop appearing, create a file named "d3dx9_38.tmp" in the Root folder. This will not affect anything in-game. If you want the terminal to appear again, you can delete "d3dx9_38.tmp".

Discord Rich Presence

Shows your character info & what you're doing in-game on your Discord profile.

Obviously, if you don't use Discord or simply aren't interested then this particular mod can be skipped
  1. Download the Main File - Discord Rich Presence using the Manual Download button
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to the Root folder

Mods installed using MO2

If you don't know what these instructions mean, return to the Mod Installation Advice at the bottom of the MO2 section of the guide.
Mod Name Description Instructions
AnhNVSE A script extender plugin for NVSE adding dozens of new functions to the game. Main File - AnhNVSE
Console Paste Support Adds clipboard paste support, as well as ctrl left/right and backspace/delete to aid typing in console. Main File - Console Paste
Improved Console (NVSE) Overcomes several limitations present in the vanilla console. Main File - Improved Console
JIP LN NVSE An extension of NVSE adding 1000+ new functions, numerous engine bug fixes/tweaks, and restoreing several broken game features. Main File - JIP LN NVSE
JohnnyGuitar NVSE xNVSE extender that adds new script functions, features and engine bug fixes. Main File - JohnnyGuitar NVSE
kNVSE Animation Plugin Allows for custom animations to be loaded without overwriting, making it possible to use animations made specifically for certain weapons without affecting the others. Main File - kNVSE
lStewieAl's Tweaks Plugin with engine bugfixes, optional tweaks and new features with no performance impact. Fully customisable via in-game menu and INIs.
It cannot be overstated just how many different things this mod does & how many mods it replaces/obsoletes. Always check the Tweaks menu before installing additional mods.
  • Main File - Stewie Tweaks
  • Main File - Stewie Tweaks Essentials INI
  • Configured via Settings/Tweaks in the title/pause menu
    • Changes made from this in-game menu require a game restart to take effect
Mod Limit Fix Greatly increases the plugin limit by fixing a vanilla bug. Improves performance, even if you are nowhere near the limit. Main File - MLF
New Vegas Tick Fix Allows New Vegas to run above 60fps without physics issues, while reducing stuttering and increasing performance.
  • Main File - NVTF
  • Guide File - NVTF Fonfig
    • Install from archive and place under Fonfig separator
    If you don't have a Fonfig separator yet, create it now. It should go below all your other separators
ShowOff NVSE An NVSE plugin which adds new functions, as well as some engine-level tweaks.
  • Main File - ShowOff NVSE
  • Main File - ShowOff INI
TTW NVSE Currently known as "ROOG NVSE", this NVSE plugin is required for TTW to function properly. Main File - TTW NVSE
yGTM - Gameplay Tweaks and Madness NVSE plugin that alters, restores and changes gameplay features.
You can skip this mod if you are using Just Assorted Mods (JAM) from the Gameplay section.
Main File - yGTM

Testing Utilities

  1. Launch the game using the Tale of Two Wastelands option in MO2 (NOT the NVSE option).
  2. Once the game has reached the main menu, hit the ~ key (above the tab key) to open the console.
  3. Enter GetNVSEVersion, and the console should print NVSE version: 6
  4. Next, enter GetIsLAA, and the console should print GetIsLAA >> 2
  5. Next, enter IsDLLLoaded d3dx9_38, and the console should print IsDLLLoaded "d3dx9_38.dll" >> 1
  6. Next, enter IsDLLLoaded NVTF, and the console should print IsDLLLoaded "nvtf.dll" >> 1
  7. Next, enter IsDLLLoaded mlf, and the console should print IsDLLLoaded "mlf.dll" >> 1
Before clicking the following continue link, you should make sure you passed all of the preceding tests! The Utilities in this section of the guide are required for optimal performance and stability.
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