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."
At a young age Geralt was given to the 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.
The Witcher 1
Eventually Geralt appeared mysteriously outside of Kaer Morhen being chased by unknown assailants, he was wounded and nursed back to health by the witchers of the Wolf School and the sorceress Triss Merigold. It was discovered that Geralt had amnesia and could recall next to nothing about himself, as he recuperated a group raided the fortress led by the rogue mage Azar Javed and a crossbow for hire known as The Professor. Many of Geralt's comrades were slain during the assault while the alchemy tools required to create more witchers were plundered, 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.
The Witcher 2
Due to his actions in Vizima Geralt had attained a level of respect within Temeria, Foltest wished to keep the man around as a powerful ally and guard. He was charged with aiding the king in regaining his children, afterwards he would be allowed to leave with the sorceress Triss Merigold. Both Foltest and Geralt saw each other as allies, though their loose friendship ended after the battle at La Valette Castle. While Geralt stayed back to allow Foltest to pray with a blind monk, the monk turned out to be a bulky witcher in disguise whom which assassinated the king then fled before Geralt could catch him. Soldiers arrived just then and it was believed that Geralt had committed the regicide, he was then thrown into the Temerian dungeons and sentenced to be executed. Vernon Roche, the leader of the special forces of Temeria, staged Geralt's escape and both went on a hunt to discover who the real assassin of kings is. Their first stop is the town of Flotsam where Geralt deals with a number of issues involving monsters in the woods and the Scoiat'tael attacks upon the settlement. Through his investigation he discovers that the assassin has been working with the elves, he faces off against the other witcher and is beaten. Letho is his name, and he has a history with Geralt that is lost due to his amnesia. After defeating a large mutated swamp monster, the Kayran with the help of Sile de Tansarville, so that they can leave the port Geralt learns of something horrible. The town of Flotsam has become a battleground with the guards killing non-humans, during the ruckus it is discovered that Letho has kidnapped Triss Merigold and teleported away with her. Geralt then sides with either Iorveth or Roche and heads to the Aedern in the hopes of finding her. The witcher either sides with Saskia the Dragon Slayer or King Henselt, all the while solving numerous other issues that the people face. Geralt either removes the curse from Henselt or cures Saskia of her curse that ails her depending upon his choices. He learns more of the assassins and that they are all witchers, and that likely Letho will be at Loc Muinne along with various other important figures. His arrival is not well accepted but non-the-less Geralt ends up helping to resolve various events surrounding Loc Muinne. He may save Philippa Eilhart, Anais La Valette, or Triss Merigold depending upon choices made and sides taken. A plot by the Lodge of Sorceresses is discovered and foiled by the witcher, then a dragon attacks the city as many flee and others begin a blood bath. There is a great deal of strife, the severity of deaths depends upon Geralt's actions, with it culminating in Geralt defeating the dragon and either killing it or leaving it to regenerate and live on. Afterwards he meets with Letho and has everything explained to him. He learns how Yennefer had been taken by the Wild Hunt, and that Geralt had stumbled across the witchers of the Viper School one of which being Letho. He rescued them and in turn, they swore to aid him in his search for the Wild Hunt, eventually, they came upon the riders whom which had Yennefer. The witchers assaulted them and in this battle they slew many of the wraiths discovering they were in actuality elves from another world, however, a stalemate was reached. Geralt met with the leader of the elves and struck a deal, his soul in exchange for Yennefer. Afterwards Letho and the other witchers of the Viper School protected her all the way to Nilfgaard where Letho met with the Emperor of Nilfgaard after they had been captured. He was offered a mission to slay the kings of the North and destabilize the land for a future invasion, the reward being a new school of witchers being established in Nilfgaard. After their chat Geralt then either slew Letho in single combat or let the man go.
The Witcher 3
After clearing his name among those who count and learning of Yennefer's location, Geralt has begun a journey South. It has been six months since Nilfgaard invaded the North causing a great deal of chaos. The witcher has stopped meddling in the affairs of politics and nobles for the time being to instead travel and hunt monsters as he was trained to do long ago. By doing this work he can pay for his travel towards Nilfgaard in the hopes of finding his lost love, Yennefer. However, the Wild Hunt is still active and these wraiths have continued to slaughter and kidnap those they see fit.
Abilities and Skills
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 the 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
In the Books
There are key differences in how Geralt acts in the books compared to how he acts within the games. For instance, due to player agency, Geralt may do some acts he would never commit in his novel incarnations, such as the killing of a dragon. The Witcher would never do this, he'd likely sooner let a city burn than slay even one of these creatures due to his incredible respect for them.
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.