Best Cities Skylines 2 mods in 2023

Cities Skylines 2 screenshot of city split by wide river with mountains in background
Credit: Paradox Interactive

Cities Skylines 2 screenshot of city split by wide river with mountains in background
Credit: Paradox Interactive

Cities Skylines 2 is finally here and players are excited to check out all of the amazing community-made mods that will be made during the game’s lifespan. Our guide will go over the best Cities Skylines 2 mods in 2023 that you can expect once Paradox enables full mod support.

The original Cities Skylines has over 100 mods listed officially on Paradox’s website and there are countless more at third-party sources. With Cities Skylines 2 being a much more advanced game, expect the modding community to come up with some fantastic mods that

Before we talk more about the mod availability in Cities Skylines 2, consider checking our other guides for Cities Skylines 2. We have a Cities Skylines 2 Game Pass guide as well as an in-depth system requirements guide to help you optimize the game.

Does Cities Skylines 2 have mod support?

Paradox Interactive has not implemented mod support for Cities Skylines 2 yet. The developer has promised that support for mods will arrive soon so it is only a matter of time until you can install mods for the game.

When will Cities Skylines 2 mods be available?

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Cities Skylines 2 launched on October 24th. Paradox Interactive said that mod support will be added “post-release” but did not offer a release window. With no official word from the developers, the only thing we can do is wait until an update is released to unlock the full potential of the game.

How to download and install Cities Skylines 2 mods

Do note that the process below is speculative and is based on how mods for other Paradox Interactive games function. If there are any additional steps, we will update this guide accordingly once mod support goes live.

Paradox Interactive hosts mods on the Paradox Plaza website. Unlike the original Cities Skylines, the sequel will not have mods on the Steam Community Workshop. However, third-party websites may host mods for the game. Make sure you do not download any mods from shady websites as it could lead to security risks for your computer.

  1. Head to: or third-party websites
  2. Locate the game's mods folder. The mods folder for Cities Skylines 2 should be located at Documents\Paradox Interactive\Cities Skylines 2\mod.
  3. Copy the mod files to the mods folder. Once you have located the mods folder, simply copy the files from the unzipped mod folder to the mods folder.
  4. Once you have copied the mod files to the mods folder, you will need to enable the mod in order for it to take effect. To do this, open the game's launcher and click on the "Mods" tab. In the list of mods, find the mod you just installed and click on the "Enable" button.
  5. Launch the game. Once you have enabled the mod, you can launch the game. The mod should now be active and you will be able to experience all of the community-made content.

Best Cities Skylines 2 mods we want to see

While there are no official mods available, we have a wishlist of mods that we want to see in the game once mod support goes live.

RICO (Residential, Industrial, Commercial, Office) Mods

The first game in the series has a fantastic RICO (Residential, Industrial, Commercial, Office) mod that allows you to have more control over the types of buildings that you can build in your city. It is one of the most popular types of mod that you can get for any building sim and if you feel like there are not enough building options, you can always rely on the modding community to give you access to even more buildings to place in your city.

Traffic Management

The Traffic Manager: President Edition (TMPE) mod in the original Cities Skylines is one of the most essential mods for improving traffic management in your city. It offers advanced control over traffic signals, lane management, and various other traffic-related features. We hope that we get something in the same vein when modders create Cities Skylines 2 mods.

Network Extensions

If you want even more freedom than what the game offers you. Network extension mods can allow you to expand upon the game’s road and transportation options, allowing you to build more diverse and realistic roads.

Space Expansion Mods

For those among us who know no creative limits, building sims can feel limiting no matter how much space we get to work with. Space expansion mods allow you to build cities that are larger than what the game normally allows you to build. With more tiles being added to the base map, you can make even bigger and more beautiful cityscapes.

Real-Time Mods

Time is normally frozen as you spend hours creating buildings and roads for your city. Having a real-time mod will allow you to experience the real-time effects of time passing in your city and offers an added layer of realism.

Finder Mods

The “Find It!” mod from Cities; Skylines needs to make a return to the sequel. It is one of our most-used mods as it allows you to search for assets in the game and immediately get access to them. This helps a lot during the early game or if you have mods installed with tons of additional assets to build stuff with.

That is all you need to know about Cities Skylines 2 mods. We are in the same boat as you and are patiently waiting for Paradox Interactive to add support for them. While you wait, consider checking out our guides for Resident Evil and Final Fantasy XIV.

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