With its hours upon hours of gameplay and content, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was one of the best games to come out in the past decade. We followed its protagonist, Geralt of Rivia, through a war-torn land as he searched for his surrogate daughter Ciri, encountering everything from elven sages to unknowable monsters to powerful vampires along the way.
Throughout all of this, Geralt's dialogue and attitude characterized the game's feel and left us with plenty of quotable lines to remember it by. Let’s take a look now at Geralt's 10 best quotes from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
10 "First soldier you see'll kill you . . . Boots. He'll kill you for your boots."
In the opening hour of the game, players will meet the scholar Aldert Geert at the White Orchard inn. Geert functions mostly as a Gwent tutorial, but also helps build out the world you'll soon be traveling through.
As Geert expresses his desire to go to the front lines of the war, Geralt can advise him against it, leading to this line that sums up the nature of war very succinctly - not a place of high-minded ideals or principles as Geert imagines, but a world where a civilian will be murdered for something as simple as a pair of boots.
9 "There's nothing behind me. I'm a witcher, I'd have heard it. Just like I can hear your heart. Which is pounding . . . like a liar's."
Throughout the world of The Witcher 3, Geralt can find various small quests and encounters that flesh out the character of the world itself. This particular quote comes from one such quest where he found a man with a bow claiming that monsters had attacked him and his friends.
Upon investigating the scene of the attack, it becomes clear that the man is lying and is, in fact, a bandit whose ambush had been interrupted by a group of necrophages. Upon confronting him with this, the man attempts to trick Geralt by shouting that there's something behind him, which leads to the above disdainful line."
8 "You don't need mutations to strip men of their humanity. I've seen plenty of examples."
One of the more interesting characters Geralt encounters over the course of the story is Graden the witch hunter. Unlike other witch hunters, who tend to be brutish men concerned primarily with cruelty and violence, Graden takes his duty seriously and sees his work as similar to that of the witcher's in that he protecting ordinary people from the supernatural.
At one point during the conversations Geralt has with Graden, Graden comments that he thought witcher mutations were meant to eliminate the humanity of their subjects. Geralt replies with this quote, reminding us that it doesn't take some fantasy phenomenon to drive people to become inhuman monsters.
7 "I run into dilemmas all the time. Situations where it's hard to judge, hard to know what's right, make a decision. This is not one of them. You disgust me. And deserve to die."
This next quote comes from The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion, where Geralt travels to Toussaint to investigate a series of gruesome murders. While there, he encounters several higher vampires, including Orianna, an aristocratic denizen of Beauclair.
Orianna appears cordial and kind at first glance, but later into the game, the player can follow her to an orphanage she runs where they will discover that she maintains the institution in order to feed on the blood of children. Geralt delivers the above line, commenting that this particular situation is not one of the moral gray areas that he usually runs into and that Orianna is a monster.
6 Ciri And The White Frost
This next entry is not a specific quote, but rather a set of dialogue choices near the end of the main story mission (spoilers ahead). As Ciri prepares to face the White Frost, a powerful force that sweeps through worlds, destroying all life, Geralt interrupts and tries to convince her not to endanger herself needlessly. No matter what the player does or chooses however, Ciri will always go face the White Frost.
Before Ciri goes, the last thing Geralt can say to her is entirely up to the player. Each option is a different sort of heartbreaking as they range from Geralt begging her not to go through with it to him wishing her good luck to simple silence.
5 "What the f*** was that?"
Geralt has faced his fair share of strange enemies, from Princess Adda the striga to a massive, tentacled kayran. One would think he was at least a little desensitized to the unusual, but there are still creatures in the world that make him do a double-take.
One such being is the Caretaker from The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone. This monster appears in the garden of the von Everec estate and appears faceless except for a crude gash of a mouth. Wielding a massive shovel and moving unnaturally quickly, the Caretaker is one of the most unsettling fights of the expansion, and leads Geralt to express this particular line of dumbfounded confusion upon its defeat.
4 "Time eats away at memories, distorts them. Sometimes we only remember the good . . . sometimes only the bad."
This next quote is from the Blood and Wine expansion, delivered near to the conclusion of the game (more spoilers ahead). It becomes clear by the end of the story that the Duchess's sister, Sylvia Anna aka Syanna, had manipulated the vampire Dettlaff into killing several of the Duchy's knights, with the ultimate goal of murdering the Duchess herself.
If the player chooses to interact with Syanna and attempts to understand her perspective, they can advise her that memory is a tricky thing, shifting and changing according to what we believe happened rather than what actually happened.
3 "Keep the gods out of it. Swear on your heads. Which I will take if you break your vow."
Another quest from the Hearts of Stone expansion sees Geralt come across a small town where the only remaining residents are an old couple. They seem perfectly harmless, but upon closer inspection, it becomes evident that they have been cannibalizing people who pass through their town.
Geralt can choose several options to resolve this particular story. One involves confronting the elderly couple and demanding that they cease their actions. As they try to swear on the gods, Geralt interrupts and demands that they swear on their heads instead, following up with a threat to return and see them executed if they fail to keep their word.
2 "Why men throw their lives away attacking an armed witcher . . . I'll never know. Something about my face?"
Another minor encounter in the game's Blood and Wine expansion sees Geralt getting stopped at a bridge by a group of bandits. One thing leads to another and then Geralt - being Geralt - kills the entire gang. Afterwards, he makes this short comment.
While it may be a bit of a throwaway line, it's still nonetheless quite humorous as it comments of the innately game-based nature of the situation in which a group of untrained, under-equipped bandits attempt to take on the legendary witcher Geralt of Rivia, with Geralt musing on why these circumstances always seem to happen to him.
1 "Who taught you to fight like this?"..."The witcher you slew."
Our final quote is delivered over the course of the main game's storyline. It's not part of any dialogue tree or optional quest, but rather a cutscene following an epic duel between Geralt and Imlerith, a general of the Wild Hunt who had killed Geralt's mentor Vesemir.
During the course of the fight, Geralt is pushed to his limit as he pulls out every trick he has to defeat the warrior, including using the Igni sign to scorch Imlerith's face. Imlerith, shocked at the witcher's skill, demands to know where Geralt learned to fight so skillfully. Geralt replies simply, reminding Imlerith of the witcher he killed at Kaer Morhen before ending the duel and getting justice for Vesemir.