11 Essential Mods for The Witcher 3 – Guest Feature with Nexus Mods

An essential but not exhaustive list of awesome downloads, to be precise.
The Witcher series is now ten years old. From its humble beginnings to the AAA titan of today, the series has fostered a passionate and loving community dedicated to doing even more with the greatness.
As part of our anniversary celebration, the team at Nexus Mods was kind enough to talk about some of their favorite mods for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you're in the mood for something more classic, make sure to also see what's out there for The Witcher and The Witcher 2 – you'll find more than enough to warrant a whole another playthrough.
True to the spirit of PC gaming, just about every mod below is designed to help you personalize your experience and really make it yours. So read on!

Nexus Mods' Essential Mods for The Witcher 3

By Jim Fitzpatrick (aka TerrorFox1234)
For this feature I tried to stay away from mods that change the overall balancing of the game. Instead, the focus will be on "quality of life" mods and useful utility mods. I must admit, this was a difficult list to put together. I had to cut a lot of really great mods! As always, mods are subjective and this not a definitive list. Let us know what you would add!

Script Merger

Ok, so this first one isn't a mod. This utility allows you to resolve conflicts between mods that modify the same game file. No need to choose between one mod or the other (in most cases). If you plan on using a lot of mods, you will want to grab this.

Absolute Camera

This mod gives you complete control of your camera settings in every possible situation. Configure your camera settings for everything from meditation to sailing with an in-game menu.

HUD Positioning and Scaling

Just as the title implies, this mod lets you completely revamp your HUD to your liking. Move, resize, and hide/unhide any element using in-game controls.

All Quest Objectives On Map

This mod comes in 3 flavors; Lite, Standard, and Full. Decide which version to use to gain a better view of your quest locations. I would recommend the Standard version for a good middle ground between features and compatibility with other mods.

Sort Everything

The ultimate inventory management mod. Sort alphabetically, by level, or by location. Pin recipes to the top. It applies to the menus for alchemy, crafting, glossary, bestiary, inventory, and quest journal.

Manual Trophy Equip

This mod prevents newly acquired trophies from auto-equipping. Simple as that.

Better Torches

This mod lets you keep your torch equipped while climbing, casting, blocking, and on horseback. It's especially handy when encountering baddies at night or in dark interiors.

Auto Apply Oils

When entering combat, this mod will scan your foes and automatically apply the oil best suited to the situation. It's a small QoL tweak that lets you spend less time in menus and more time focusing on combat.

AutoLoot Configurable All-In-One

Do you always loot specific items from dropped baddies? This mod takes the work out of the equation. It is highly configurable (as the title implies) with a wealth of features for deciding the how, when, and where of auto-looting.

Roach Never Stops

This simple mod prevents Roach from getting stuck on small rocks, bridges, water, and other obstacles. Get where you're going faster!

Unofficial 1.30 - 1.31 Mod Update Project

This last one is also not a mod, per se. Rather, it is a compendium of patches to update out-of-date mods (including a couple of the mods listed here). You will definitely want to track this project and take a look over the list to ensure that all of your mods are up-to-date.