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High Poly Head 1.4

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High poly heads for all playable vanilla races based on the vanilla head meshes (male and female).  A simple name for a not-so-simple mod.  Available for both LE and SE.


  • smooth high poly male and female heads
  • complementary high poly brows, beards, scars, and hair to fit new head shape
  • includes morphs for RaceMenu's extended sliders
  • compatible with vanilla-based head textures
  • compatible with existing presets for the vanilla male/female head meshes (excluding sculpt data)


  • RaceMenu (LE, SE)
  • Expressive Facegen Morphs (LE, SE) [optional]
  • Expressive Facial Animation Male Edition (LE, SE) [optional]
  • Expressive Facial Animation Female Edition (LE, SE) [optional]


  • Use a mod manager to install the original .zip file and follow the install script for easy installation.  Do not manually extract anything.

Manual Installation

  • 00 - Base mod (required)
  • 01 - Loose files needed for FaceGen creation in the Creation Kit (optional)
  • 02 - no Dawnguard DLC (optional)
  • 03 - vampire head fix (optional)
  • 04 - remove sunken vampire face morphs (optional)
  • 05 - symmetrical eye sockets (female) (optional)
  • 06 - adds Aesthetic Elves (optional)
  • 07 - adds Expressive Facegen Morphs (optional)
  • 08 - adds Expressive Facial Animation Male edition (optional)
  • 09 - adds Expressive Facial Animation Female edition (optional)
  • 10 - adds high poly vanilla hair as optional replacers (optional)


  • For the player character
    • Use the Face Part slider in RaceMenu to switch to the high poly head.
    • If the head turns dark, change the player weight to force the skin shader to update.
    • Don't forget to also change the vanilla brows/beard/scars to the included high poly versions.
  • For NPC/follower mods
    • Add this mod as a master and then swap the vanilla head parts with the high poly version
    • Generate new FaceGen data (Ctrl + F4) in the Creation Kit.
    • This method does not work for sculpted head meshes.

Known Issues

  • minor clipping with certain vanilla hair meshes
  • eyes/scars appear darker than vanilla in SE.  can be fixed by changing player weight.
  • changing to vampire race will reset the high poly head back to vanilla
  • eye mesh may have flickering/rendering issue after switching to high poly head.  can be fixed by closing RaceMenu and opening it again.

Modder Resource (xEdit Scripts)

  • Skyrim - KL Filter Race.pas
    • Filters NPC records based on races supported.
  • Skyrim - KL Swap Headparts.pas
    • Swaps vanilla head part records for their high poly versions.
    • Custom head parts are not supported.
    • Requires High Poly Head.esm to be loaded into xEdit.
  • Skyrim - KL Copy NPC Protected Status.pas
    • Copies NPC Protected status found on all plugins currently loaded (eg. NPCs Protected Redux.esp)

Tools Used


  • You may use this mod for your NPC/follower mods that will be shared with others.
    • For clarification, these NPC/follower mods may be uploaded to other sites.
  • You may add extra RaceMenu morphs.
  • You are not allowed to modify (in part or in whole) and claim it in its entirety as your own.
  • You are not allowed to reupload this mod to other sites.

For other usage not mentioned, please ask me first.


  • Niroku for Expressive Facegen Morphs and Expressive Facial Animation
  • tktk1 for Enhanced Character Edit head mesh reference
  • ruddy88 for Aesthetic Elves

What's New in Version 1.4   See changelog


  • added high poly vanilla hair meshes as optional replacers
  • added high poly Argonian brows
  • replaced missing vanilla male Dremora racial morphs with Dark Elf
  • fixed UV mapping for humanbeardshort01.nif
  • adjusted Orc horns to fix gap
  • adjusted male Wood Elf racial morph to reduce clipping near ears
  • adjusted male Ear Shape morphs to reduce clipping
  • added custom xEdit scripts as a modder resource (updated since preview release)
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· Edited by Olga1816

   22 of 22 members found this review helpful 22 / 22 members

Hey . Thank you for your work, you and your mod encouraged me to return to Skyrim again, I bow to you😃


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   14 of 14 members found this review helpful 14 / 14 members

Thank you for this wonderful mod! You can tell this mod smooth out a lot of rough edges from vanilla poly. See picture below!

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· Edited by Setian

   13 of 13 members found this review helpful 13 / 13 members

Finallly after a fully modded quality Skyrim you can now have a character face blend in like it is supposed to be and have the looks of a finished modded revamped game. Thank you, thanks a lot!

I only have one issue with the enb and eye lashes, when you move the camera the eyes become light an the eye lashes do too (you then see a sharp edge of light near the lashes).
I use a ultra wide screen and I think ENB works worse on that so it might be something most of you won't even see this.


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   13 of 13 members found this review helpful 13 / 13 members

Thanks so much for your great work ! Now my character Kathy looks better :D. Indeed ,this is a remarkable mod .


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   10 of 10 members found this review helpful 10 / 10 members

Thank you for this wonderful mod. This really brought my characters to the next level!


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   7 of 7 members found this review helpful 7 / 7 members

These meshes are simply unbelievable, they make your character creation 100x better and easier right off the bat. My character that I'd started before look like someone had used a chisel on her poor chin haha, this fixed that and fast. 😁


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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is awesome , i just got back to modding skyrim after 7 months  away and man this is huge compare to what i used to see  


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· Edited by sessyleaf

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

thanks for the hard work!




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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Fantastic mod, These meshes will give an astounding look to my presents, Thank you.


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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

The mod god has given us a gift, so rejoice and be glad. Seriously, this mod is like a gift from heaven when it comes to character ascetics. 

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Hello. this mod is pretty amazing.  Unfortunately, it seems as though i cannot use high poly head alongside 3BBB BHUNP body. is that not supposed to happen, or is it a problem on my end only? if so, how can i fix this!?!?    (For Exemple:  When i select high poly face part in racemenu, the breast can glitch out and the physics stops working properly).

Thank you!

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I have the newest RaceMenu but I do not have FacePart slider for the Beast Races... How can I switch?

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Absolute godsend, best mod ever.

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· Edited by Psiphon

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Amazing work man. Much appreciated.

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   20 of 21 members found this review helpful 20 / 21 members

This mod is just an absolute blessing. Impressive total piece of fine art!

The last version (v1.3 on 07/30/20) allows even compatibility to Expressive Facegen Morphs... it's just crazy good.

Coupled with SAM/3BA, good skins, and so on... it's incedible.
Your work deserves to be EVEN more known. For every people involved in this, KouLeiFoh, Niroku, and every others that I'm not aware of : Kisses! Many mannnnnyyy kisses! :)


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· Edited by Caffs

   13 of 14 members found this review helpful 13 / 14 members

Truly awesome work! 

I thought I made pretty decent presets before, but OMG! This takes them to another level. Thanks so much for your hard work creating this for us, really appreciate it! 

I also found a helpful Youtube video showing you how to convert your existing presets that originally used the vanilla head mesh, over to use the high poly version instead. So credit to them for helping me move over some of my older presets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL9_MZWxbC4

This is the first preset made from scratch that I have created using your amazing mod:


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   13 of 14 members found this review helpful 13 / 14 members

Thank you bro. SAM world really blessed with your mod. Hail Sheogorath...cheese for everyone XD. I'm sure you have plan to update this more.


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· Edited by Bullfye

   9 of 10 members found this review helpful 9 / 10 members

I just love this head meshes.. Been using it for a short time , and thought very few Presets for it  ( Cause I am lazy to sculpt a face myself ) I manage to use one and make my personal changes for it ..


However there is a slight step back for me and my Mods installed , I use Wet Function Redux  

Wet Function Redux Mod

And apparently the Wet function doesn't work with High Poly heads...At least that I know of .. If so and someone could share the Mod that makes it compatible please tell me ..


I will not change this Mod for another face so far cause its brilliant and flawless..so far no match for it ..


Thanks for the work ..

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   7 of 8 members found this review helpful 7 / 8 members

How to Add High Poly Heads to All NPCs in Skyrim


Youtube video I made, shows you how to use the x-edit scripts to add KL's high poly heads to all the NPCs in your game. I saw a couple people asking about it.


Obligatory,  I like the mod. 👌👌👌👌


The new hair update is excellent. That stuff is a PITA, so massive kudos.

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   15 of 20 members found this review helpful 15 / 20 members

This mod will save me a lot time creating new Presets, less Sclupting! :D


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   3 of 4 members found this review helpful 3 / 4 members

A Must-have mod. Simple as that. Thanks KouLeifoh for all your hard work & sharing with us all

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   20 of 28 members found this review helpful 20 / 28 members

is there a "how to install" anywhere?

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   2 of 3 members found this review helpful 2 / 3 members

I LOVE this! I've literally used presets for years when creating my characters because trying to make them not look like garbage myself was just stressful and I just can't sculpt. Now I can finally actually make faces myself without the dread spiky chin. I know that in the description there's quick instructions on giving followers high-poly heads, but would anyone mind going more in depth? I'd love to give followers *cough* Vilja *cough* high-poly heads so they blend in with my character better. Thank you again, this mod has actually revived my love for the game.

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   3 of 5 members found this review helpful 3 / 5 members

this is the best mesh replacer out there...better than citrus, and now with symmetrical eyes it's practically complete. everyone should have this one in their load order. i can confirm it works with fairskin.


still gotta work on the face, but she looks great with this head mesh.


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   3 of 6 members found this review helpful 3 / 6 members

Really great! Possible for file to replace all heads? :o

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