Geralt of Rivia is the main protagonist in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. He along with Ciri are the only two characters that can be played. He is sometimes referred to as the White Wolf, due to his white hair.
"Many cannot fathom the friendship Geralt of Rivia and I, Dandelion, have shared all these years. When we first began breaking bread together, spiteful tongues said he'd be better off cutting my throat and dumping my body in a hollow tree - before I provoked someone else into doing the same to us both. Those individuals spoke out of pure jealousy, for Geralt was my dearest friend, a fact which he gave ample evidence of on numerous occasions.
I could say a great deal about that world-famous monster hunter, the man known in Elder Speech as Gwynbleidd, or, in our younger (yet no less noble) tongue, as the White Wolf. For Geralt of Rivia is a truly exceptional individual. A brief encounter might tempt one to label him a mere swinger of swords, a simple monster-catcher, a rough-and-tumble practitioner of a dirty trade - but peer closer and you will soon discover he is a man of unplumbed depths, unique views and vast, world-spanning experience.
On the surface, he is introverted, tight-lipped, one might even say gruff, but underneath lies an overflowing sea of goodwill, good humor, and an honest readiness to help his friends, be it with a bit of sound advice or the masterful application of his blade.
Setting aside cumbersome false modesty, I can say that I know his story better than any man alive. I was with him through hard times and good, helping with wise advice, warm words and razor wit. As a result, I am a vital part of his story, both in its earlier and present portions. It is thus my duty to continue my chronicle and, for the benefit of future generations, put in writing the next chapter of his deeds and exploits."
witchers of the Wolf School to be trained in their ways and mutated. It was at Kaer Morhen where he received his training and changes, in time he went on to go through the Trial of Grasses, as all witchers must. Due to how exceptionally he did during the trial he went on to be put through further mutations along with others, though Geralt was the only one to survive. This turned his hair white giving him one of his most recognizable features. After spending his remaining time at the fortress continuing to progress, he left atop his horse Roach to wander the land and become a monster slayer for hire. One of his first acts was due to circumstance, he stumbled across bandits raping a young girl while beating her father. Geralt approached killing one of the bandits mercilessly and hoped to be given thanks by their victims, however the father fled with the bandits in terror as the girl fainted in fear of him. This prompted Geralt to stop trying to pretend to be a knight or noble man on a quest to save others, sending him on the path of being a cold emotionless witcher like so many others. Another famous task of his was the curing of Foltest's Daughter, Adda, of the Striga curse. This resulted in him going through a grueling battle against the creature and nearly dying due to a serious neck injury, yet Geralt managed the task in the end. He was rewarded greatly and while he may not have realized it at the time this established his foothold in Temeria, which would shape his life greatly. Another important event in his life was his dealing with a group of people in Blaviken, they were a threat to the people of the settlement. Geralt knew of their danger and slew them all violently to protect the town from them, however to the people it appeared as if he just randomly killed otherwise innocent people. This earned him the alias "The Butcher of Blaviken" which haunts him still.
Through his adventures Geralt met with many interesting figures, one such was the poet Dandelion whom which formed a friendship with him. They have twice visited a place known as The Edge of The World where both times they found themselves mixed in with serious groups and events. As well he was hired by the Queen of Cintra, Calanthe. In her service he ended up seeing the resolution of one path of destiny while opening up another. While dealing with the effects of a Genie upon Dandelion, Geralt ended up in Rinde where he met the Sorceress Yennefer, it was then that they first started to fall in love.
Vesemir was the only one of the instructors left after this attack. In response those that survived decided to go to the four corners of the continent, with Geralt heading South as his cardinal direction. He ended up going to Vizima, the capital of Temeria, where a conspiracy was revealed that the White Wolf had to deal with. Geralt ended up having to decide between siding with an order of non-human hating knights known as The Order of the Flaming Rose, the Scoia'tael, a group of human hating elves and dwarves, or the civilians trying to escape the burning city. Regardless of his choice Geralt ended up being tasked by Foltest with killing the crazed Grand Master of the Order of the Flaming Rose, Jacques de Aldersberg, whom which had secretly been behind the conspiracy and used the alchemy tools to create mutant knights that were slaughtering all. The witcher was brought into a strange vision of a barren frozen world by Jacques whom which was a powerful Source, though eventually Geralt managed to overcome his visions and kill the Grand Master. As the man's blood drained onto the snow the King of the Wild Hunt appeared to claim his soul. After returning to Foltest, King of Temeria, Geralt was handsomely rewarded for his work but his celebration was cut short as he barely managed to rescue the ruler from an assassin. This assassin had yellow cat-like eyes and turned out to be a witcher.
|Geralt shown using the Aard Sign in combat.|
The White Wolf is considered to be one of the most skilled and talented witchers found within the land. He is an excellent sword fighter capable of defeating multiple skilled warriors at once alone through a combination of use of his swordplay and of his witcher magic. Geralt spends nearly every moment he is not working or socializing to train. Every known witcher Sign appears to be at his disposal with the witcher having a great affinity for its use. While not as powerful as a skilled mage he can still manage to protect himself from most spells. His physical prowess is so great that he is capable of deflecting projectiles with his weapon, in combat Geralt appears to dance as he spins with his blade striking arteries and other critical points of his foes. As well he tends to read when he can gathering as much information about a task as is inhumanly possible. Few know more about the monsters of the world than Geralt, and he tends to learn from those who have heard of beasts and creatures unknown to him. Even in regards to politics the witcher can hold his own, he can be quite perceptive of the intentions of others and usually knows when to guard himself against the listening ears of threats.
- Yennefer is the love of Geralt's life, the two of them met in the town of Sinde and after this encounter fell deeply in love with one another.
- Triss Merigold
- Vernon Roche
- Geralt of Rivia has completely different combat animations when compared to other characters. CD Projekt RED wished for him to appear as if dancing in combat, as is described in the novels, as such a master swordsman actually does the motion capture for Geralt. This can be seen here, Game Informer Interview with CD Projekt RED about Motion Capture in The Witcher 3.