New Player Help for The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt is dedicated to providing helpful information to new Witcher Players. While it does not attempt to replicate or summarize the playthrough guides or other information found elsewhere in this wiki, its intention is to give new players the basic tools to have success at playing The Witcher 3. This page includes FAQ's, tips for PvE, links to helpful pages and more relevant information that will help new players in The Witcher 3. Almost everything you need to know about the game is contained in this wiki. Feel free to add to this page as you see fit.
Pages to Read Before Getting Started
- About The Witcher 3: This page includes basic information about the game's objectives, vision and mechanics such as Stats and Combat.
- Combat: The Witcher 3 has several difficulty settings and you will need specific guidance to overcome the more hardcore modes - Read this page to learn!
- Skills and Talent Trees: You don't have enough points for everything, choose wisely!
- Weapons: This page shows all weapons and their stats/requirements. It can help you when planning out a character.
- Armor: This page shows all armors and their stats.
- Upgrades: Teaches you about Runestones and Glyphs.
- Crafting: This page teaches you about creating gear from Diagrams.
- Walkthrough: A progress route for the game. Follow it and discover the 30 Endings.
Other Helpful Links
- Controls has a full list of all commands available
- Gwent has a full list of all Gwent Cards as well as the game's rules
- Sex & Romance Guide has a list of possible sexual encounters.
Story Summary from other games
You may visit the Lore page to find a detailed timeline.
New Player Help for The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is set in a large and difficult world. The focus on the game is on exploration and player choice, so be prepared to read and be faced with difficult decisions that will be mostly morally grey. If you do not know about the Lore of the Witcher world, it's advisable to also read up on Creatures and Monsters and Characters so you may familiarize yourself with the companions, factions and enemies within the world. Take your time to understand Geralt's environment and you will be able to follow the story without issues.
General Tips for The Witcher 3
- Do read quest text and dialogue carefully
- Do explore off the road and find Places of Power to aid your leveling.
- Do confront as many creatures as possible, and check your bestiary for information on them
- Do make controversial decisions if you wish.
- Do not ignore quests or get too distracted while on a mission, the Night and Day cycle can be crucial
- Don't forget to check out Gwent and visit Taverns to learn of the land.
- Be sure to haggle on Contracts that you're able to. In most cases, even if you don't haggle for extra coin, you'll end up with more money than you would have. Being a Witcher isn't cheap.
Inventory Tips for The Witcher 3
- Do not discard or sell your Witcher gear. Specific smiths can upgrade this equipment
- The dwarf smith in White Orchards can upgrade your starting chestpiece
- Crafted potions and bombs do not need to be crafted anew once used up. You refill their uses by meditating with any Strong Alcohol in your inventory
- Don't ignore Blacksmiths and Armorers
- Always equip a monster trophy.
- Pick up all crafting materials you find. Sell extra plants and monster parts but do not sell crafting goods such as valuable metals.
- You can find all that you need to craft potions within the gaming world, buy from vendors only if you're strapped for time.
Combat Tips for The Witcher 3
- Enemy level are separated into three colors, White, Green, and Red/Red Skull.
- White - The enemy is weak compared to your current level and should pose no threat, be wary of them coming in groups however, as they could overpower you.
- Green - The enemy is close to your current level and you should be more careful when facing them in groups.
- Red/Red Skull - The enemy is higher than your current level and it is recommended not to engage this type of enemy. If you decide to engage, chances of survival are very slim, however, not impossible.
- Almost all enemies have a weakness, read the bestiary and exploit this weakness. Do not be stingy on oils and potions.
- Cast the Quen sign before entering battle. Once you enter battle, stamina regeneration slows down.
- Use quick steps to evade enemies. Rolling costs stamina, sidestepping does not.
- Kill ranged attackers first.
- You can consume food or drinks in the midst of combat. There are no animations, hence no danger to using them to maintain your health.
- Craft Swallow for superior health regen as soon as possible.
- You can fight with a torch in your hands, but you can only use light attacks.
- You can attack and dodge while holding your parry up. Especially effective against humans.
Riding Tips for The Witcher 3
- Roach is not the only mount you can ride, you can also ride the wild horses and some owned but unmounted horses wandering the overworld.
- Perform Axii next to a wild or unmounted horse to calm it down, and you'll be able to ride it indefinitely. If you attempt to ride one without performing Axii beforehand, they will kick you off almost immediately.
- While cantering or galloping (x button held), Roach will automatically follow roads and paths. Make sure not to use direction, though, (WASD or the analog stick if using a controller)
- Getting off of Roach while galloping is faster, Geralt jumps off the back.
- The game enters slow motion when attacking from horse back, time your attacks for high damage.
Early Leveling Tips for The Witcher 3
- There is a total of 6 Places of Power in White Orchards. It is possible to net yourself a total of 6 extra ability points by the time you reach level 2.
- Raising Muscle Memory to 5/5 will help immensely in the first few areas.
- Survival Instinct grants you a whopping 500 vitality for one ability point.
- Sun and Stars grants health regen during daytime. This ability, however, can take away from the game's survival aspect.
- Do not spend your skillpoints carelessly - there are precious few! Plan ahead.
- You won't see Heavy armor until around level 15, don't waste points betting you'll have it when you leave White Orchard.