You don’t have to spend a lot of time exploring the Commonwealth and cleaning up the buildings you come across in Fallout 4 to realize that a better item sorting is required. We don’t know if Bethesda is planning to improve the item sorting and offer us even more categories so we can easily manage all the loot and the junk that we collect, but one thing is certain: modders are hard at work to make things easier for us and one of the best item sorting mods out there is Bhaal’s Better Sorting mod for Fallout 4 which you can download here.
So let’s not waste any time and instead let’s find out how to put this extremely useful mod (especially if you’re a hoarder like I am) to good use:
How to download and install Bhaal’s Better Sorting mod for Fallout 4
First, you should download the file here.
This file is compatible with the Nexus Mod Manager, so you can easily install it with it. Otherwise, install manually.
Here is a bit of the mod’s description, straight from its creator, SystemLordBhaal:
I am an obsessive collector in Fallout/TES games and I collect EVERYTHING but without the advanced sorting systems (like SkyUI) available yet for Fallout 4 I decided to go old school and rename everything like Headbomb did with his better sorting mod. I found the results to be very beneficial especially when sorting large amounts of items or figuring out what to sell and what to keep.
This file just changes the item names in “Fallout4_en.STRINGS” file, I don’t know how to make this into an ESP file or how to make it compatible with other mods like the Better Dialogue controls or anything that changes the string values in an ESP, if I figure that out then I will make a better file down the road.
A complete list of the headers and their meaning:
[Explosives] Explosives like grenades and mines, also contains some unique consumables from the weapons category.
[Clothing] – Anything that can be worn under Modular Armor.
[Armor] – Anything with an Armor rating that can’t be worn under the Modular Armor
[Outfit] – Anything without an armor rating that can’t be worn under the Modular Armor
[Radiation] – Anything that protects against Radiation damage (High Protection only, 100+)
[Eyewear] – Pretty straight forward…
[Hat] – Any headgear with no armor rating.
[Helmet] – Any headgear with an armor rating.
[Mask] – Any headgear that covers the entire face.
[Dog] – Anything the Dog can wear except Bandanas (You can wear them too).
[Super Mutant] – Anything that Super Mutants can wear.
[Aid – Rads] – Heals you and irradiates you at the same time and isn’t food or drink.
[Aid] – Heals you and isn’t food or drink (Might just be Stimpacks. >_>)
[Alcohol] – Grampas Woozy Pops.
[Chem] – Beneficial but addictive chemicals (Buffout, Mentats and the like).
[Drink – Rads] – Anything you can drink that irradiates you.
[Drink] – Anything you can drink that doesn’t irradiate you.
[Food – Rads] – Eat it and get irradiated.
[Food] – Yum! No radiation!
[Syringe Ammo] – Goes in the Syringer.
[Bobblehead] – Wobble Wobble.
[Book] – Is actually just the “You’re Special” Book.
[Holotape] – Excluding games and passwords.
[Key] – Open all them doors.
[Magazine] – Put them on a rack for a nice decoration, Skill Mags only.
[Misc] – Anything that doesn’t have a purpose but ends up in this category (Burnt Grognak, Tradestyle Mags, the like).
[Model] – Little robot models that you might want to collect, or not.
[Note] – Notes, like analogue Holotapes.
[Password] – Password holotapes and notes.
[Fertilizer] – Give it to that lady and she’ll give you money.
[Tool] – Give it to the disapearing man and he’ll give you money (If you can find him).
[Material] – Processed building supplies for settlements.
[Quest] – Anything needed for a quest (Misc, Junk, Aid, Apparel, etc).
[Unique] – Mostly Apparel but other categories too. There can be only one!
Great mod that makes everything a lot easier in the game. I love it!