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Witcher 3 Quest Payback

This is a guide to the quest titled Payback from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Read on for information on objectives and possible rewards, as well as useful tips and strategies for completing the quest.

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Payback Rewards and Basic Information

Basic Information

Quest Number 47
Region Novigrad
Quest Location Novigrad
Previous Quest The Great Escape
Next Quest Through Time and Space


Gold Reward None
Exp Reward 300
Item Reward None

Payback Main Objectives

1 Speak with Ciri at Novigrad. (The path splits depending on whether you killed Whoreson Junior or not in the main quest Get Junior.)

Path 1 Junior is Dead

1A Go to Temple Isle with Ciri.
2A Deal with Whoreson Junior's henchmen.
3A Speak with Dudu impersonating as Whoreson Junior.

Path 2 Junior is Alive

1B Walk into the alleyway with Ciri.
2B Speak with Whoreson Junior.

Back to Main Path

2 Follow Ciri to the Golden Sturgeon.
3 Deal with the thugs in the Golden Sturgeon.
4 Follow Ciri to Farcorners and talk to Valdo.
5 Choose whether or not to participate the Horse Race.
6 Exhaust all dialogue options.
(The path will split depending on whether or not you choose to steal horses.)

Path 1: Stealing Horses

1A Sneak into the stables and find a way to open the door.
2A Beat up the Redanian Guard.
(This only occurs if you wake up the guard.)
3A Calm down the horses using Axii.

Path 2: Fistfight

1B Beat up Aegar in a fist fight.

Payback Choices and Best Choices

Junior is Dead Objective 2A Choice: Dealing with Junior's Henchmen

Witcher 3 Payback Henchmen

Use Axii On the Henchmen

If you use Axii on the henchmen, both of them will let you and Ciri pass without having to fight them.

Start a Fight

The second option will initiate combat with the henchmen, but the fight will immediately stop as soon as Ciri calls Geralt's name.

Best Choice

The best choice would be using Axii. It will avoid a fight and give you some extra XP.

Objective 3 Choice: Dealing with the Thugs

Witcher 3 Payback Thugs

Scare The Thugs

Picking the first option will make Geralt threaten the thugs while Ciri backs you up. Doing this will make the thugs scared and leave the tavern of their own will.

Start a Fight

The second option will immediately initiate combat with the three thugs. You will need to kill all three of them to progress.

Best Choice

The best choice would be scaring the thugs, it will avoid a fight.

Objective 5 Choice: Horse Race

Witcher 3 Payback Horse Race

Choose Whether or Not to Race

You can choose to participate in the horse race or not. Either way, you will not receive any rewards from this horse race.

Best Choice

It would best to not race. It will save the player some time, as there is nothing gained from racing anyway..

Objective 6 Choice: Steal Horses

Witcher 3 Payback Stealing Horses

You can pick either the first or second option about whether or not to steal the horses or not. This conversation does not allow you to buy the horses for them.

Steal the Horses

Agreeing to steal the horses will put you on a different path that will teleport you nearby the stables. You will have to do a few objectives in order to steal the horses before the quest ends.

Disagree to Steal the Horses

Disagreeing to steal the horses will make you end up having a fist fight with Aegar and will make Ciri very upset. After this, the quest will end immediately.

Best Choice

It would make finishing the quest faster if you disagree to steal the horses.

Payback Tips and Strategies

Combat Strategies

Whoreson Junior's Henchmen

  • Coat your Silver Sword in Hanged Man's Venom to deal bonus damage to them.
  • Cast Aard, Igni, or Axii to afflict them with a status effect and take them out one by one.
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All Act 3 Quests

No. Quest Title Location Sugg. Level
43 Bald Mountain Bald Mountain 26
44 Final Preparations Novigrad -
45 Blindingly Obvious Novigrad 28
46 The Great Escape Novigrad 28
47 Payback Novigrad 28
48 Through Time and Space Novigrad 26
49 Battle Preparations Novigrad 28
50 The Sunstone Skellige 28
51 Veni Vidi Vigo Skellige 28
52 Child of the Elder Blood Skellige 31
53 Skjall's Grave Hindarsfjall 28
54 On Thin Ice Undvik 30
55 Tedd Deireadh, The Final Age Undvik 30
56 Something Ends, Something Begins White Orchard or Velen 30

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