Precious Cargo is a Secondary Quest in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Secondary Quests are optional Quests not required to finish the game. Some of these quests may have a bearing on certain Main Quests or may be a consequence of another Quest.
Precious Cargo can be obtained by speaking to the merchant marked with a yellow exclamation mark north of the Sawmill in White Orchard. He asks for aid in recovering his lost goods.
The merchant Geralt found standing by the side of the road in White Orchard was extremely distraught. He had been hauling some precious goods to the Nilfgaardian camp when his horse spooked and veered off the road, pulling the merchant's cart with it and dumping the whole works in the foggy swamp outside the camp. The poor horse became trapped in the muck and soon was devoured by the monsters who inevitably lurk in such places. The merchant was understandably afraid to go retrieve his goods, and thus asked the witcher to do it for him - in return for a sizable reward.
The Witcher 3 Precious Cargo Objectives
- Find the little box the merchant mentioned using your Witcher Senses.
- Use your Witcher Senses to find where the cart left the road.
- Find the cart.
- Look around the cart for evidence about the attack using your Witcher Senses.
- Return the box to the merchant.
If Geralt exposes the merchant's lies:
- Chase down the merchant.
- Knock the merchant off his horse.
If the merchant escapes and reaches his camp:
- Defeat the bandits.
Rewards for Precious Cargo in The Witcher 3
If Geralt takes the merchant to the Nilfgaardian soldiers or lets him go free with the box:
- 10 Exp
- 30 Crowns
If Geralt lets the merchant go free but keeps the box:
- 10 Exp
- 50 Crowns
- Celandine x5
Walkthrough for The Witcher 3 Precious Cargo
Once you approach the merchant, talk to him about his goods being stuck in a monster infested area. The merchant will then request for your help in retrieving his lost goods, and to look for the locked box in his cart.
Now you would need to find cart tracks, use your Witcher Senses to investigate and examine the cart tracks, it should lead you off into the swamp. Once you reach the swamp, you will encounter a few Drowners in the area, eliminate them to continue.
After defeating the Drowners, examine the cart, you will see that it was shot with arrows, indicating that it was not done by monsters like the merchant said. You will also see the horse's body covered in arrows, and a corpse nearby. You will also find the small locked box nearby, covered in human blood.You can now head back to the merchant. You will have two choices here:
- You can simply give him the box without confronting him about the lie. If you just give him the box, he will accept it and give you your reward (20 ) and be on his way
- If you confront him, he will try to flee and escape on horseback.
You must attempt to chase him on horseback as well and stop him by knocking him off his horse. If you let him get too far from you, the quest will fail.
Once you are able to knock him off his horse before he reaches his camp, you won't have to fight any other bandits. But if you knock him off by the time he reaches the camp, you will have to deal with three other bandits.He will then reveal himself as John Geermer, a soldier from a disbanded Temerian unit that's been a part of a group raiding Nilfgaardian supplies. You will have 3 choices here:
- You can let him go but you keep the box. (50 , 5x Celandine and 4x White Myrtle)
- You let him go and give him the box as well. (30 )
- You turn him in. (30 )
The quest will be completed after you make a choice.
The Witcher 3 Precious Cargo Notes & Trivia
- Notes, Tips, Other Trivia for Precious Cargo.
I really disliked this quest. I feel the neutral answer of just giving him the box a bit lacking. I think extorting him as an option would be better than just letting him go or turning him over. No answer was RP satisfactory for me or felt rewarding outside of RP.
I got 25 exp for just giving him the Box. I got 10 exp for chasing him down like in the video...