The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt guide and walkthrough

Monday, 30 May 2016 14:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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The Witcher 3 is huge. Our guide and walkthrough will help you tackle what may well be the RPG of the year.

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The Witcher 3 guide and walkthrough

The Witcher 3 is divided into a prologue and three acts, spread across multiple locations. The story begins with a tutorial in Kaer Morhen, then a wander through White Orchard as Geralt searches for his lost love, Yennefer, and copes with troubling premonitions regarding his adopted daughter, Ciri.

On our adventures we’ll take in the sights of Velen (No Man’s Land), Novigrad and Skellige before we even make it out of the first act. It’s a lot to take in all at once, but don’t worry – our guide is here to show you what you need to do and when the best time to do it is.

Like you, we’re a little daunted by the scope (and majesty) of CD Projekt’s RED’s first go at open world gaming, but we’ll be adding new pages and content to this guide as quickly as we can – both general guides on how to approach the game as well as detailed walkthroughs. Let us know what you’d like to see first, or more of; we’re open to suggestions.

Good luck, witchers; you’ll need it.

Quest walkthroughs
For easy navigation, we’ve grouped missions into hubs as well as listing them individually. Click the hub links to view the guide in manageable chunks.

Prologue

The Witcher 3 starts with a modestly-sized map. Feel free to run through the story as quickly as you like if you don’t have any problems with difficulty, but pause before the very end of The Beast of White Orchard to do any secondary quests you want to complete, as you’ll then be automatically transported to the next area, failing some unfinished quests.

Act One – In Ciri’s Footsteps

Act One of The Witcher 3 includes three main story threads, each of which is broken down further into multiple main quests. Each of these takes place in a particular location. The easiest one is spread across the wilds of Velen (No Man’s Land), while the next most difficult takes place in and around the city of Novigrad, with the third and most difficult focused on the islands of Skellige. You must attack all three in order to complete the quest In Ciri’s Footsteps and Act One.

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Act One – Velen (No Man’s Land)

After visiting Vizima, you’ll be dumped down in The Witcher 3’s huge open world map; if you thought White Orchard was big, you’re in for a shock. Don’t freak out; you don’t need to see and do everything hear just yet, as much of it is too hard for baby witchers on their first visit to this sprawling landscape. We suggest sticking to Velen quests before heading up to Novigrad or across the sea to Skellige.

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Act One – Novigrad

The Novigrad questline of Act One takes place in a much more contained map than the Velen quests, and offers increased XP rewards despite fewer battles with monstrous foes. Explore the twisting streets to discover well-equipped merchants, reunite with old friends, and untangle the mysteries of your bestie’s disappearance.

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Act One – Skellige

Skellige is a difficult place to explore cross country thanks to an enthusiastically vertical attitude in the local landscape. Skirting the coastline in a boat is much more satisfactory (although you need to beware of storms, monsters and pirates) and merchants will sell you guidebooks to unlock new fast travel points. Investigate local leads with your former lover as you put together the final pieces of the puzzle of Ciri’s disappearance.

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Act Two

Having exhausted all possible leads in Velen, Novigrad and Skellige, Geralt and Yennefer have just one more clue to the whereabouts of Ciri – a cursed individual known as Uma. Reporting in to Emhyr on their progress – or rather, lack of it – the pair retire to the witcher stronghold at Kaer Morhen to attempt to break the curse.

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Act Three

Having faced down the Wild Hunt at Kaer Morhen, but not come through unscathed, Geralt and Ciri are at a loss: they can’t keep running and hiding forever, but they obviously cannot hope to destroy the Wild Hunt through conventional means. Yennefer and Triss opt to gather allies in Novigrad, while Avallac’h believes the answer lies with his people. Meanwhile, Ciri has grave doubts about her future.

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Hearts of Stone

The first major expansion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Hearts of Stone is a terrific romp with a compelling antagonist, some playful adventures and a few wicked fights.

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Blood and Wine

Wild Hunt’s second and final expansion, Blood and Wine introduces a whole new landmass, a fresh-faced cast, and a deadly beast. Bring joy to Toussaint – or leave chaos in your wake.

General guides

That, as they say, is that. All good things must come to an end, even though The Witcher 3 feels a touch endless. That’s just about everything you need to know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – the side quests, the main story, all of it. Or… almost all of it, we think. We hope. It’s always a bit hard to know with a game that’s this massive in scope and size.

Don’t forget that Geralt’s adventures continue in two expansion packs – The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone and The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, which are both pretty amazing and well worth your time. Are we missing something? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to tackle it – not that we need much excuse to dive back in to spend some more time with Geralt….