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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion cover
Bethesda Game Studios
2K Games
Bethesda Softworks
Release dates
Windows March 20, 2006
The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls: Arena 1994
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1996
An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire 1997
The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard 1998
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind 2002
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014
The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2015

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums
Oblivion Nexus - a large modding community
UESP wiki
Tweak Guide


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail The Elder Scrolls Anthology; includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim plus their expansions.
Gamesplanet Game of the Year edition.
Humble Store
Steam Game of the Year and Game of the Year Deluxe editions. Both include Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine expansions. Game of the Year Deluxe includes all DLC.

Version differences[edit]

The Game of the Year Edition Deluxe includes all DLC but is only playable in English.
The Elder Scrolls Anthology includes both a retail version and a single Steam key that unlocks Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim along with all expansions and DLC.[1][2]
The GameStop PC Downloads/Impulse version is not compatible with some mods.[3] This version is no longer sold.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

DLC is no longer sold separately; the Game of the Year Edition Deluxe and retail Anthology include all content.
Name Notes
Shivering Isles
Knights of the Nine Retail version includes all DLC except Shivering Isles
Fighter's Stronghold Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe
Horse Armor Pack Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe
Mehrunes' Razor Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe
Orrery Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe
Spell Tomes Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe
Thieves Den Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe
Vile Lair Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe
Wizard's Tower Sold digitally in Game of the Year Edition Deluxe

Essential improvements[edit]


  • The current official patch is patch 1.2.0416. To check what version you have, run Oblivion and check the bottom left-hand side of the screen.
The Steam versions already have 1.2.0416 installed
Everyone should download the Unofficial Oblivion Patch. If you have the Shivering Isles DLC, also download the Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch. If you have any of the other DLCs, also download the Unofficial Oblivion DLC Patches.

Large Address Aware[edit]

Improves stability on systems with at least 3GB RAM by allowing the application to use more than 2GB RAM. Particularly useful when using mods.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Oblivion

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
There is a mod available here. It runs as an executable and is compatible with OBSE.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Enable through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA, up to 8 samples. Cannot be activated through the launcher at the same time as HDR, instead enable anti-aliasing through graphics control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Use FOV Modifier
This is permanent and does not cause issues in the game.
  1. Install the FOV Modifier.
  2. As soon as you start up your game with FOV Modifier installed, either load up a savegame or start a new game, the FOV will automatically set to 90. You can change it by typing into the console "Set CustomFOV to #" without quotation marks and replace # with the desired FOV. FOVs only from 60 to 120 are accepted.
Change setting in Oblivion.ini
This setting may cause issues in the game, such as putting objects and NPCs out of sync and making menus inoperable.
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Oblivion\Oblivion.ini
  2. Find the following line fDefaultFOV=75.0000
  3. Change it to the desired value. Suggested values can be found in the table below.
Use console commands
This setting isn't permanent, but doesn't cause the problems of the previous fix.
  1. Open the console (~).
  2. Enter the console command FOV XX (where XX is the desired value) and press Enter.

This table works with the assumption that the default 75° is optimal for screens with the 5:4 aspect ratio.

Aspect Ratio FOV Value
4:3 79.9000
16:9 105.3000
15:9 99.0000
16:10 95.2000

Intermittent Black Screens During play[edit]

This is related to Nvidia Graphics cards 8800 or later.
Two alternate solutions
  1. Disable self shadows, use bloom instead of HDR and use Wrye Bash to build a Bashed Patch. In the Bashed Patch options, enable the Nvidia Fog Fix.
  2. Otherwise, disable shadows.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Partial support. The F1 (Statistics), F2 (Inventory), F3 (Magic) and F4 (Data) keys are hard-coded and cannot be remapped.
Mouse acceleration
Present in menus. No acceleration in-game.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Poor controller support.
Controller remapping
Very limited.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Voices, effects, footsteps and music.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Use Side's EAX Control mod.
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to restore proper audio functionality on Windows Vista and later.


The Game of the Year Edition Deluxe is only playable in English.
Language UI Audio CC Notes
Polish retail only; not available digitally.
Russian retail only; not available digitally.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Oblivion - 3D Vision Fix for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

The game crashes upon exiting to desktop[edit]

Fast Exit

Use Fast Exit.

The settings reset every time the game is restarted[edit]

Fast Exit

Use Fast Exit.

Actors/NPCs appear as yellow triangles[edit]

Actors/NPCs appear as yellow triangles

A yellow triangle means the mesh the game detected is used there was not found in the appropriated path this can be due to one of the following reasons:

Incorrect Mod Installation[edit]

Incorrect Mod Installation

Use Wrye Bash or Oblivion Mod Manager for installation of mods instead of manual installation.

If you don't have a backup of a clean Oblivion installation, and your mod replaces files, you must reinstall the game to fix incorrect mod installation.

Load order error[edit]

Load order error

Use LOOT to fix this issue.

Missing BSA redirection[edit]

Missing BSA redirection
  1. Open the Oblivion Mod Manager.
  2. Click on Utilities.
  3. Click on Archive Invalidation.
  4. Now tick BSA Redirection and click on Update Now.
  5. When the process is done, close the Oblivion Mod Manager and launch Oblivion.

Missing meshes[edit]

Missing Meshes
This is a common problem with installing mods, and can be fixed by doing BSA redirection (method mentioned above). You can also check to make sure meshes and textures are installed (\textures & \meshes go into \Oblivion\Data) correctly. As a last resort, you can:
  1. Find out which mod is causing it (You can use the FormID Finder mod to find out). Depending on the location of the missing meshes, it can be difficult to guess which mod introduced it; you may have to disable mods one by one until you find the culprit.
  2. Download it again. Reinstall it using Oblivion Mod Manager or Wrye Bash to register the changed meshes / textures.
  3. If the above doesn't work, open the Construction Set with only that mod activated.
  4. Go to the location where you noticed the missing meshes.

Frozen Animations (Abomb)[edit]

Frozen Animations
When your playing time increases, this game will write it inside your savegame. Then after a limit, animations in game may start freeze.
  1. Search web for "Oblivion frozen Animations Fixer".
  2. Place executable inside your savegames folder and run it.

Other information[edit]


Bethesda Game Studios is known for its extensive mod support, and Oblivion is no different. Oblivion mods can be found at Oblivion Nexus or Planet Elder Scrolls.

Recommended mods[edit]

The UESP has a page listing mod recommendations here.
  • DarNified UI Tweaks the enlarged Xbox-optimized UI to better fit PC. The HUD and fonts are smaller, and items are easier to find in the inventory.


Wrye Bash and Oblivion Mod Manager[edit]

These are two utilities used for managing mods. Wrye Bash supports mods packed as .7z, while the Oblivion Mod Manager offers a more easy-to-use format called .omod. Both utilities are used to install and uninstall mods, and ensure that mods are installed correctly.

Load Order Optimisation Tool (LOOT)[edit]

LOOT is a plugin load order optimiser for Oblivion and other Bethesda games, such as Skyrim, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It is designed to assist mod users in avoiding detrimental conflicts by automatically calculating a load order that satisfies all plugin dependencies and maximizes each plugin's impact on the game.

Oblivion Script Extender (OBSE)[edit]

A utility that extends the script capabilities of vanilla Oblivion, allowing modders to better take advantage of the engine. Many mods require this utility, and installation instructions are included in a README, when you download it.

Nexus Mod Manager (NMM)[edit]

Can manage mod downloads from Oblivion Nexus and automatically install them.


Can clean .ESP files from "dirty edits" which are essentially errors made by original mod authors that can cause incompatibilities and prevent other .ESP's features from working.

Fast Exit[edit]

Prevents the game from crashing upon exit and saves the .INI file before exiting the game so settings do not reset to their initial values upon restarting the game.

Console Commands[edit]

A complete list of console commands can be found here.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 2000+
2 GHz Intel Pentium
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
3 GHz Intel Pentium 4
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.6 GB
Video card (GPU) ATi Radeon 9500
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700
128 MB of VRAM
ATi Radeon X800
NVIDIA GeForce 6800


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