The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is an epic dark fantasy role-playing game. It is the follow up to the first two Witcher games in the series and based on the book series. If you plan on embarking on your first official playthrough of The Witcher 3, there are some valuable things you should keep in mind before you begin.
The game has an epic scope, and you can easily spend more than 100 hours on your playthrough. That's not even counting if you add the DLCs! Here are some things we wish we knew before we started.
10 Get the DLCs
If you haven't purchased the complete edition of The Witcher 3, it's a good idea to get the additional DLCs. The Witcher has two DLCs, Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone. They're each epic in their own regard. Hearts of Stone is a shorter game that only adds about 10 hours of content but has a fantastic story.
Whereas, Blood and Wine adds almost 30 new hours of content, 20 new monsters, and 90 new quests in total. It's almost like an entirely new game. Both DLCs are excellent and filled with tons of new content for you to explore.
9 Yennefer and Triss: Only choose one
There are multiple romance options for you to choose when playing the main game and even an additional one in the DLCs. You can also visit the brothels as many times as you want. Most of these romances don't affect one another.
If you sleep with Keira Metz, it won't affect your relationship with main girls Triss and Yennefer. However, once you decide on Triss or Yennefer, it's important that you stick with your choice. If you try and get both women to fall in love with you, then you won't get a happy ending. Triss and Yen will team up for a cruel prank.
8 Decide on if you're going to play Gwent beforehand
Gwent is a popular card game in the world of The Witcher. There are many secondary quests and missions relating to Gwent, and if you're a completionist, you'll want to collect all the cards and beat every opponent. However, it is optional and if you decide you'd rather skip Gwent altogether, then try to figure that out before you start.
There are Gwent cards to be found from the very beginning, and you'll need to keep your eyes peeled for them. Plus, there are a couple of quests that if you miss, you won't be able to go back to them again.
7 Try to get all the oil and bomb recipes
Both oil and bombs will be your saving grace in this game. There are oils for most of the monsters, and if you use the oil on your sword, it can make a massive difference in the middle of a rough battle with a wraith or any other evil opponent. They help in weakening specific creatures. However, you can't just use any oil.
You'll need to craft particular oil recipes for the different types of monsters. You can't use elemental oil on a necrophage, for instance. The same is true for bombs which will also come in handy during combat. Try to get all of them so you can easily craft them whenever you need to. It's frustrating to beat a monster nest and then realize you can't clear it because you don't have a bomb.
6 Get a saddlebag so you can have more inventory space
You're going to want to get a saddlebag for Roach as the game goes on. You'll need extra space to collect resources and supplies for crafting and alchemy. It will help you out quite a bit if you can get a saddlebag.
To do so, you'll need to complete the racing sidequests. It's recommended you do all of them because there are other things you can get to equip Roach like horse blinders and saddles. Once you reach Midcopse, make sure you start looking around for the various new types of quests becoming available to you.
5 Save everything you pick up aside from junk
Going off of the aforementioned saddlebag improvement, it is also very important for you to save and keep the stuff that you collect in your travels. Explore everywhere, raid peoples' loot (when they're not looking) and keep it all.
The reason being is because crafting weapons and doing alchemy is so vital to your time in the game. It's going to make your time in combat and monster-hunting more efficient if you have the best equipment and you're able to craft the best potions and weapon upgrades. A lot of items are labeled junk, however, and is best left behind, sold, or discarded so as not to take up valuable inventory space.
4 Axii and Quen are important signs to upgrade
Signs are an important part of the game, particularly in regards to combat. However, while Ignii is a great sign to upgrade because of its attack potential, don't forget about Axii and Quen.
Axii is great because it allows for mind control, and eventually you get strong enough to become a puppetmaster, even turning your opponents against each other while Quen is excellent due to its defensive quality. The stronger it gets, the more resistant your shield will get, and you can even get an exploding shield that will harm your enemies.
3 Get to know the backstory
The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is a rare franchise game that you can jump into without having played or read anything from the series before. It's mostly a new story. However, if you don't play the other games or read the books, you will be missing out on a lot of the series' rich lore and character histories.
Even if you don't have time to go back and play the other games or read an entirely new set of books, there are plenty of YouTube videos and articles that condense the history of the Witcher for you, and it's good to have an idea of what happened before the game if you can.
2 Always check out the town notice board
During your travels as Geralt in the vast world of the game, you're going to encounter tons of different towns. Some of the bigger and more notable towns will have notice boards. Always ensure you check out each message board you see as there will be various notes from townsfolk that are looking to hire a witcher or simply asking for help.
You can pick up many of your witcher contracts and secondary quests this way. You may also find out about Gwent tournaments and exciting story lore too. Read everything you can get your hands on!
1 Save frequently aside from automatic saves
Your game will automatically save frequently, but it's important for you to manually save often. If you get stuck facing off against a formidable boss, you could wind up stuck if you have no manual save slots to jump back to before you triggered the cut scene.
Also, sometimes you might decide you don't like the outcome you got from a mission, and if you don't have a manual save slot to return to before you made your final decision, you'll be stuck with the consequences for the rest of your game. It's nice always to have a back-up plan!