The Witcher 3 Ultimate Edition Walkthrough and Guide, Contracts, Gwent Cards (2023)

This is a walkthrough for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone, and more. It contains Main Quests, Secondary Quests (side quests), Contracts, Treasure Hunts, Gwent Quests and tips to beat the game.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will release for PS4, Xbox One and PC digitally and in retail stores on May 19, 2015. All players will receive 16 free DLCs, some of which include Temerian Armor, a Beard and Hairstyle Set and a new Contract to complete, the Missing Miners. The Expansion Pass, sold separately, contains two new adventures: Hearts of Stone, and Blood and Wine. Future expansions will release at unspecified dates.

The game was developed by CD Projekt RED, the same team behind the Witcher series, which also includes The Witcher, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and The Witcher Battle Arena. This marks the first time a Witcher game will appear on a PlayStation console.

In this open world video game, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a witcher who relies on brute strength, sword mastery and unique Witcher Senses to save the Northern Kingdoms from Wild Hunt, a powerful supernatural army. In addition he seeks a child of prophecy, a living weapon who may wind up in the wrong hands. Over time you will hunt monsters, explore lands by horseback, romance multiple women and enjoy Gwent, a collectible card game.

This walkthrough is a work in progress and Prima will provide updates on a daily basis.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Tips

  • Geralt carries two swords. He wields the steel sword against humans and creatures, and pulls out the silver sword for monsters. He will automatically draw the sword that matches his nearest opponent. Similar to most pieces of equipment, swords deteriorate over time and youll need to make repairs.When it’s time to do this, we’ll tell you how to fix your sword and go back on the hunt.
  • Cast five unique magic signs to gain the strategic advantage. Yrden slows enemies down, Igni sets them on fire, Aard lets Geralt throw telekinetic energy blasts to known down opponents, break weak objects and put out fires. Axii confuses enemies and may turn conversations in Geralts favor, and finally, Quen produces a shield that temporarily protects him from damage.
  • Whenever you engage an enemy, Vitality, Stamina and Level will appear above this person or creatures head. This information lets you know your adversarys overall strength, and whether or not youre in for a difficult fight. Enemies susceptible to Silver Sword damage will have silver-colored Vitality. In addition, if the opponents level is red or displayed as a skull, it will be tough to defeat. Conversely, a white-colored level represents a weak opponent, while green is closer to Geralts current level.
  • Most of Geralts weapons and gear sustain damage from overuse. Look for an icon on the HUD. This lets you know the item is in bad shape. To repair something, hire a smith. If none are available, buy weapon and armor repair kits during your travels.
  • Use Geralts Witcher Senses to track monsters, find hidden objects and clues in the environment. You will need this to complete some of the games quests. To activate Witcher Senses, press and hold the Right Mouse Button in the PC version, L2 for the PlayStation 4 and Left Trigger for Xbox One.
  • Ride Geralts horse, Roach, to cover great distances. Call the horse by pressing X on PC and L3 (click the Left Analog Stick) for both the PS4 and Xbox One. Geralt is able to mount Roach while the horse is in motion, and you may call it any time. Keep in mind, however, that Roach has a Stamina bar that depletes whenever you instruct him to sprint. Enemies can also knock Geralt off his horse if you remain motionless for too long.
  • Traveling by boat is the best way to sail across large bodies of water, but these vessels can take damage and sink.
  • While exploring villages, look at Notice Boards to learn more about the world and accept some of the games Secondary Quests.
  • Activate Portals and then use these magical items to teleport to different areas and worlds.
  • Similar to games like Dying Light and Far Cry 4, theres plenty of loot to collect in The Witcher 3, but Geralt does not have bottomless pockets. You can only hold up to 60 units of weight on his person. The heavier the collection, the slower he will become. Thankfully you can also store loot with Roach, and buying Saddle Bags from merchants or winning these items in horse races increases the amount of stuff Roach carries.
  • Brew potions by locating the necessary materials (plants, monster parts) in the world, then equip the best ones for a given situation. The Cat potion, for example, improves Geralts Witcher Senses by letting him see better in the dark. Thunderbolt, on the other hand, strengthens his attacks. Enemies will also use potions to their advantage, and Geralt will lose Vitality if a thrown potion increases his Toxicity.
  • Geralt can use Oils to enhance his two swords. Put Oils that affect human enemies on Geralts steel sword, and Oils for monsters on his silver sword. Example, Elemental Oil and Necrophage Oil will give you an advantage over Elementals and Necrophages, respectively.
  • Gather materials to make several types of bombs. These useful explosives not only destroy enemies but also monster nests. Effects vary per item. A Dragons Dream bomb unleashes a cloud of flammable gas that when ignited lights enemies on fire; upgrade it and enemies blow up. Conversely, the Northern Wind bomb freezes enemies in place.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Tips

  • Hopefully you hit level 30 in The Witcher 3, because that is the starting level for Hearts of Stone. If you’re not there, get on the base game and start grinding.
  • The Viper School, Griffin School, Cat School and Ursine School gear is some of the best in the game. If you don’t have it, make sure you prioritize finding some.
  • Remember to meditate before you go picking fights with big, scary monsters. This can regenerate your health, as well as top off your potions before battle.
  • Get familiar with your signs again, as these are often the difference between living and dying in any situation Geralt finds himself in. It should be second nature.
  • Some of the later boss fights are pretty tough. If you’re struggling, consider abandoning the quest to raise your level a bit before going back to try again.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Main Quests

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – Evil’s Soft First Touches – Beat the Toad Prince

Players are thrown directly into the fire here, with an introduction to Shani, as well as a fight against a creature called the Toad Prince. We’ve got you covered on both fronts.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – Dead Man’s Party – Shani Romance

We’ll cover all the details on how to romance Shani in another article, but the process begins here. Make sure you don’t miss your opportunity with Geralt’s latest love interest.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – Open Sesame – Witcher Gear

There’s some new Witcher gear you can pick up during this quest, and it’s much easier to get your hands on than the stuff from the Wild Hunt. We’ll show you the way.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – Scenes from a Marriage – Iris’ Greatest Fear

This one was tough, and is half the reason for most of the tips we’ve posted above. We finally beat the monsters in this mission, and now we’re ready to help you do the same.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Secondary Quests

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Secondary Quests – Avid Collector, Start-Up Costs (coming soon)

There’s quite a lot to see and do in the secondary quests found in Hearts of Stone. We’ve put them all into one article so you can power through them at your own pace.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Features

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone – How to Romance Shani

We’re betting that a lot of people are trying to figure out how to hit all the romance options with Shani, and we have a step-by-step guide to make sure you don’t miss anything.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Walkthrough – Main Quests

Prologue – White Orchard

The Witcher 3 – Find Buckthorn, Kill the Griffin

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Geralts adventure begins! Well tell you where to find buckthorn and how to kill the games first boss, the Griffin!

Act 1: Velen

The Witcher 3 – Bloody Baron, King of Wolves, Family Matters

We’ll tell you how to get into Oxenfurt and defeat the baron in a horse race.

The Witcher 3 – Find the Witch, Beat Nithral, Upgrade to the Maugrim Sword

Tips to winning the boss fight against Nithral. We also tell you where to find the Eye of Nehaleni and the Maugrim Sword.

The Witcher 3 – Find Johnny, Complete Family Matters, Kill the Basilisk

Find the Raven feather, meet Johnny and then learn how to defeat the Basilisk.

Act 1 – Novigrad

The Witcher 3 – Pyres of Novigrad, Broken Flowers, Get Junior

Fight in the arena, sneak into the mansion and decide Whoreson’s fate.

The Witcher 3 – Count Reuven’s Treasure, The Play’s the Thing

Find the Eternal Fire shrine, kill Menge and rescue Dandelion in The Witcher 3.

Act 1 – Skellige

The Witcher 3 – The King is Dead: Long Live the King, Nameless, The Calm Before the Storm

Pay the captain to sail to Skellige, kill the pirates and find the Mask of Uroboros.

Act 2: The Great Battle

The Witcher 3 – Ugly Baby, The Final Trial, The Isle of Mists

Find Uma, repair the megascope, kill the Forktail and track down the three dwarves.

The Witcher 3 – The Battle of Kaer Morhen, Blood on the Battlefield

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How to win the difficult Battle of Kaer Morhen and make decisions that affect Ciri’s fate.

Act 3: The Final Age

The Witcher 3 – Bald Mountain, Blindingly Obvious, The Great Escape

We’ll tell you how to get up Bald Mountain and defeat the mighty Imlerith!

The Witcher 3 – Payback, Final Preparations, Through Time and Space

Make it through the desert, find Ge’els and reveal the truth about Eredin.

The Witcher 3 –Battle Preparations, The Sunstone, Child of the Elder Blood

Find the Sunstone and go through Avallac’h’s lab, then make choices that affect Ciri.

The Witcher 3 –Skjall’s Grave, On Thin Ice, Tedd Deireadh: The Final Age

Tips to beating the final two Wild Hunt bosses, Caranthir and Eredin.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Walkthrough – Secondary Quests

White Orchard Side Quests

The Witcher 3 Prologue – Twisted Firestarter, On Death’s Bed

Find the arsonist, chase after the merchant and bring the frying pan back to the old woman.

Velen Side Quests

The Witcher 3 – Bitter Harvest, Ciri’s Room, Fake Papers

Speak to the Priest of Eternal Fire, kill the Ghouls, rescue Albin and get the Transit Pass.

The Witcher 3 – Return to the Crookback Bog, A Greedy God, Wild at Heart

Complete An Invitation from Keira Metz, A Towerful of Mice and defeat the werewolf.

The Witcher 3 – Fists of Fury, Ghosts of the Past, Crow’s Perch

Beat up some people, win horse races and some cool Gwent cards, includingLetho of Gulet,Vernon Roche andSigismund Dijkstra.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Gwent, Romance, Contracts

The Witcher 3 Romance Guide, Carnal Knowledge

Complete Main Quests to romance Yennefer, Madame Sasha and other women in the game.

The Witcher 3 – How to Play Gwent

Master the Gwent card game and build a strong deck to soundly defeat Geralts opponents.

The Witcher 3 – How to Build the Best Gwent Deck

Before playing Gwent against difficult opponents, make sure you have these must have cards in your deck.

The Witcher 3: The Most Powerful Gwent Cards

These are the strongest cards in the game, allowing you to dominate matches.

The Witcher 3: Find Every Gwent Card

Finish quests and make purchases to add all 199 cards to Geralts collection.

The Witcher 3: Complete the Contracts

Hunt down vicious monsters, kill these creatures and collect all kinds of loot. First up, one nasty noonwraith!

How to Make Lots of Money in The Witcher 3

Stuff Geralt’s pockets with more Crowns by completing contracts and killing cows.

How to Use Sign Magic in The Witcher 3

Tips for mastering Aard, Axii, Igni, Quen and Yrden magic!

The Witcher 3 – Best Weapons and Armor

Make your life easier by finding Griffin, Feline and Ursine armor, then weapon sets in Velen and Novigrad.

The Witcher 3Bear School Gear | Cat School Gear | Griffin School Gear | Viper School Gear

We tell you where to find all of the diagrams for this sought after gear!

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Bosses

How to Beat Imlerith

Avoid his mace attacks, break his shield and use Samum to defeat Imlerith!

How to Beat Caranthir

Ciri and Geralt team up to battle Caranthir. Use these tips to kill him in record time!

How to Beat Eredin

The king of the Wild Hunt is a formidable adversary, and we’ll walk you through each phase of the battle.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt PC Requirements

Minimum

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)

Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz / AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940

Memory: 6 GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 / AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870

Hard Drive: 40 GB available space

Recommended

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)

Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz / AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 / AMD GPU Radeon R9 290

Hard Drive: 40 GB available space

Ready to stand against the Wild Hunt? Prima’s official strategy guideprovides a comprehensive walkthrough to help make decisions, navigate the vast game areas and reach the ending you want. The collector’s edition offers even more, with 32 pages of bonus content.

FAQs

Should I take the cards or coin Witcher 3? ›

Since Zoltan has the coin he needs to pay his debt from Duke, he leaves your choice of reward up to you. Either the three rare cards or split the gold (350 crowns). It is wise to take the three cards to help with the side quest “Collect 'em All!” Once you decide a reward, the quest will end.

Should I buy every Gwent card? ›

Yes, buy all good cards you see, multiple copies of a good card in your deck is a good thing. For some cards, like Blue Stripes Commando, it's even necessary to have as many copies of them as you can for them to be effective, since they have an ability which boosts them if you have several of them in play.

How do I know what Gwent cards I'm missing? ›

You can buy a book from a merchant in Novigrad that will tell you how many cards you've got missing in the general areas, but aside from that you'll just have to look up online guides, I'm afraid. Thank you both, you're very helpful. Unfortunately it doesn't feature the new deck, but it's definitely worth having!

What is the strongest card in Gwent? ›

Geralt of Rivia Gwent Card

The Geralt of Rivia Close Combat Hero card is the most powerful in the game. It has a value of 15, and due to its Hero status is immune to any special ability cards or outside influences of any kind.

Where do I farm Gwent cards? ›

You can't farm them because you can only ever win one card from any Gwent playing NPC. If you play them again, you'll just get some crafting materiials. But there are many more NPCs you can play than cards you need. The game is designed that way.

Does losing Gwent matter? ›

If you lose you just lose the game basically, you don't lose card or Orens. There is one case however that some people make a huge mistake. The Gwent Tournament in Novigrad seems just like a Quest where you play a tournament of Gwent. If you actually win every game you will be facing a guy in a fist fight.

Who is the best Gwent player? ›

  • Danirai. 593 matches. 10,724.
  • Nik_r. 723 matches. 10,703.
  • Bart933. 718 matches. 10,630.
  • BigKukuRUzina35. 474 matches. 10,616.
  • Ch.ase. 631 matches. 10,612.
  • Clauz86. 1690 matches. 10,536.
  • CintrianLion. 1486 matches. 10,533.
  • CI_87. 923 matches. 10,530.

Can you have 2 gold cards Gwent? ›

Each card's Faction must correspond with the deck's Leader ability or be Neutral. For Bronze cards, a maximum of two copies of a card. For Gold cards one copy each.

How do I get unlimited Gwent scraps? ›

Scraps – Gwent the Witcher Card Game

First off, you can get Scraps by winning games against non-AI opponents. Each win will move you a notch along your progress bar, and progression will grant you rewards. Often, these bonuses will be scraps, though they can be Ore or kegs as well.

Do you win a card every time you win Gwent? ›

Play every game of Gwent until you win

The cards you win are sometimes random, sometimes set, but every Gwent match, except some story ones, will reward you with a card. You have to win every single unique Gwent match, everywhere, to collect the whole set.

Can you fail Gwent old pals? ›

Is Gwent Quest: Old Pals Missable or Failable? Gwent Quest: Old Pals can be missed if you finish the quest Battle of Kaer Morhen and Reason of State.

Is it better to sell junk or dismantle in Witcher 3? ›

As junk items have weight, it is better to either sell or dismantle them when available. Note that certain quest items, once they are no longer needed, will be put in the junk tab and can then be dismantled or sold off like regular items.

Should I give triss the crystal? ›

Showing the crystal to Triss may mark objectives for talking to both her and Yennefer as failed. There is no known fix for this. Having Triss look at the crystal, but not giving it to her could cause a bug in A Matter of Life and Death where the Vegelbud servant won't spawn in the fish market in Novigrad.

Should I patch the wall or clear the armory Witcher 3? ›

Patching up the wall leads to fewer waves of the Hunt later in the battle. Clearing out the armory gives all Witchers shiny silver swords.

Can you lose Pro Rank Gwent? ›

For ranks 25 and higher losing matches will result in losing (breaking) mosaic pieces, however it is not possible to de-rank during an ongoing season.

What is the fastest way to level up in Gwent? ›

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How many Gwent cards should you have in your deck? ›

Every deck in Gwent is comprised from a minimum of 25 cards, so give each faction a go and see which one fits your playstyle. By both playing and researching what each faction and card does, you'll be ready to counter and exploit existing strategies.

Which mask should geralt wear? ›

Geralt and Triss are required to prepare, and Triss must have a fox mask for this. Triss tasks Geralt to visit the tailor shop owned by Elihal to buy the fox mask, he can also buy other masks and some elegant outfits he can use. Elegant outfit can be also obtained for free from madame Irina Renarde.

What happens if you tie a round of Gwent? ›

A tie will count as a won round to both player. A round ends when both players pass. A player will pass automatically if they run out of cards. Once the round ends and the winner is decided, the battlefield is cleared and the score resets to zero.

What happens if you draw a round of Gwent? ›

So to summarize: A tie is considered a win for both players, but there are no rewards provided. You are also given the opportunity to play an entirely new match against the same opponent.

What is the strongest Gwent deck in Witcher 3? ›

The Gwent best deck The Witcher 3offers for Muster effects is the Monsters deck. The Monsters deck contains no Medic or Spy cards, but boy does it have spades of Muster cards.

Are there bots in Gwent? ›

It's sad that at least 25% of my games are against bots. The bot uses strong desks and always has a blowing combo on hand in the third round.

Is Gwent a game of luck? ›

You might get lucky and win a round, but remember, Gwent is played for 2 out of 3 and the mechanics are very cleverly placed to prevent or minimize the chance of getting that lucky 2 rounds in a row. The “experience” factor is always a huge part.

How do you farm Gwent rewards? ›

Gwent has a linear progression system, which is quite simple: With every game, you receive experience (XP) points. XP points are used to progress levels, gaining 1 reward point for each level finished. When you reach level 60 and complete it, your Prestige level is increased by 1 and your level resets back to 0.

Can you fail Gwent quests? ›

Answers. If you fail the Gwent tournament (the same tournament where they say you'll win unique cards), then it stands to reason you'll never complete your deck. I know this question is three years old, so maybe it will help someone else. If you want to complete that quest, you need to win against all the opponents.

What does rain affect in Gwent? ›

The Frost reduces infantry units, Fog reduces ranged ones and the Rain reduces the siege cards.

Which Gwent deck is best Witcher 3? ›

The Gwent best deck The Witcher 3offers for Muster effects is the Monsters deck. The Monsters deck contains no Medic or Spy cards, but boy does it have spades of Muster cards.

What is the easiest way to get Gwent in Witcher 3? ›

The Witcher 3: 10 Pro Tips To Help You Win At Gwent
  1. 10/10 Collect Cards.
  2. 9/10 Try The DLC.
  3. 8/10 Missable Quests.
  4. 7/10 Self-Inflicted Weather.
  5. 6/10 Sacrifice The Round.
  6. 5/10 Learn The Deck Styles.
  7. 4/10 Learn How To Counter.
  8. 3/10 Save High-Power Cards.
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How do you get rare Gwent cards? ›

Rare Cards

Other valuable cards can also be won from players marked with a golden Gwent icon (as opposed to the standard white). These players usually appear during the various Gwent-related side quests that you encounter during the game.

Which Gwent faction is best? ›

For competitive gameplay, a Skellige deck is a must-have in your top four, with the bonus of being really fun to play. Its cards truly reflect the fearless, bloodthirsty berserkers which they represent and make it the best faction in Gwent.

Does the AI cheat at Gwent? ›

The AI doesn't cheat. Either you don't understand Gwent very well or you have a weak deck playing opponents you shouldn't be playing. I can play on the hardest Gwent difficulty and win every single game. The key is to buy all cards from every merchant you see.

Do you win a card every time you win Gwent? ›

Play every game of Gwent until you win

The cards you win are sometimes random, sometimes set, but every Gwent match, except some story ones, will reward you with a card. You have to win every single unique Gwent match, everywhere, to collect the whole set.

Can you fail Gwent old pals? ›

Is Gwent Quest: Old Pals Missable or Failable? Gwent Quest: Old Pals can be missed if you finish the quest Battle of Kaer Morhen and Reason of State.

How do I get unlimited Gwent scraps? ›

Scraps – Gwent the Witcher Card Game

First off, you can get Scraps by winning games against non-AI opponents. Each win will move you a notch along your progress bar, and progression will grant you rewards. Often, these bonuses will be scraps, though they can be Ore or kegs as well.

How many Gwent cards should you have in your deck? ›

Every deck in Gwent is comprised from a minimum of 25 cards, so give each faction a go and see which one fits your playstyle. By both playing and researching what each faction and card does, you'll be ready to counter and exploit existing strategies.

What is the fastest way to level up in Gwent? ›

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Can you have 2 gold cards Gwent? ›

Each card's Faction must correspond with the deck's Leader ability or be Neutral. For Bronze cards, a maximum of two copies of a card. For Gold cards one copy each.

Which kegs should I buy Gwent? ›

If you're new and looking to expand in one specific faction, go for the faction kegs. If you're looking for a specific card that is in one of the expansions, buy a few expansion kegs from Shupe to smash. If you're feeling really lucky, buy the Ultimate keg.

Can you fail Gwent quests? ›

Answers. If you fail the Gwent tournament (the same tournament where they say you'll win unique cards), then it stands to reason you'll never complete your deck. I know this question is three years old, so maybe it will help someone else. If you want to complete that quest, you need to win against all the opponents.

Does losing Gwent matter? ›

If you lose you just lose the game basically, you don't lose card or Orens. There is one case however that some people make a huge mistake. The Gwent Tournament in Novigrad seems just like a Quest where you play a tournament of Gwent. If you actually win every game you will be facing a guy in a fist fight.

Can you lose Pro Rank Gwent? ›

For ranks 25 and higher losing matches will result in losing (breaking) mosaic pieces, however it is not possible to de-rank during an ongoing season.

Is Gwent shut down? ›

On Dec. 9, developer CD Projekt Red is shutting off support for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will be no more updates, expansions, real-money purchases, or matchmaking support beginning on Dec.

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