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This guide will show you the most important side quests that will affect the ending, world state, characters, and unlockables. Read on to find out which side quests you need to play.
You can get Ciri's Empress Ending by deciding who will win the war when completing the quest Reason of State, which is unlocked by completing these secondary quests:
Completing the quests Now or Never and/or The Last Wish will affect who Geralt will romance. Whoever he romances will determine his ending. To get Now or Never the player must finish the side quest, A Matter of Life and Death.
If Geralt romances Triss, they both move north of Kovir, with Geralt accepting the occasional witcher contracts and Triss is a advisor to the king.
If Geralt romances Yennefer, they both retire and live leisurely somewhere far away and peaceful.
If Geralt romances both Triss and Yennefer or neither of them, Geralt will end up alone as a witcher on the path.
If Hjalmar becomes King, he will continue the Skellige tradition of raiding and pillaging. He will also continue fighting the Nilfgaardians.
If Cerys become queen, she will decide to prioritize her people and stop the coastal raids. Skellige prospers under her rule.
You can also influence the fate of these characters in the quest Reason of State. Completing this quest will mean the player having to kill Radovid and side with either Dijkstra or Roche.
Siding with Dijkstra or ignoring the plot line will mean Nilfgaard losing and Emhyr Dying. Helping Roche will result in Nilfgaard winning the war and Emyhr living.
Radovid the Stern proceeds to push back the Nilfgaardians, winning the war. He then proceeds to kill every mage, non-human, healers, pellars and anyone he deemed as heretics.
Dijkstra rules the north and beats the Nilfgaardians. He proceeds to follow Nilfgaards example and expand his power through force.
Nilfgaard finally defeats Redania and takes over Redania and Novigrad. Due to the pressure of Roche and his guerilla force, Emhyr restores the country of Temaria as a liege under Nilfgaard. With the war won, Emhyr could finally focus on those who he deemed traitorous and had them executed.
Your decision in the quest For the Advancement of Learning will determine whether Kiera will die or live and help you later on.
Not doing this quest will default with Kiera Dying. You must complete the rest of Kiera's questline to get this quest. The quests are:
If the player chooses to let Kiera go to Radovid or ignore the quest, she will attempt to bargain with him. This ends with Radovid deciding to execute her by impalement.
If the player decides to stop her and send her to Kaer Morhen, she will help at the battle. She will save Lamberts life and the two of them end up becoming lovers after.
You can help save the Bloody Baron's wife Anna in the quest Return to Crookbag Bog. Your choices in the quest The Whispering Hillock will determine the outcome of this quest.
If the player chose to free the spirit in The Whispering Hillock, the Oprhans of Crookbag Bog will be saved by the spirit but Anna will be cursed and turned into a water hag by the Crones.
If Geralt was successul in breaking the curse in Return to Crookbag Bog, Anna will also end up dying as the curse was tied to her life. Due to the loss of his wife, the Bloody Baron hangs himself right outside his own house in Crow's Perch.
After Geralt kills the spirit in The Whispering Hillock, the Oprhans of Crookbag Bog get eaten by the Crones, leading to Anna going mad due to the loss. Geralt and the Bloody Baron find her at the end of Return to Crookbag Bog, but finds her mind in a broken state. After the quest the Bloody Baron take his wife to look for help to cure her mind.
You can save the Mages of Novigrad in the quest Now or Never.
You can recruit these characters during the quests Brothers in Arms, after completing the required side quests.
If you chose to spare Letho in you Witcher 2 save or simulated save, the quest Ghosts from the Past will be available. Upon completion you can invite him to Kaer Morhen for the battle.
If you complete the quest For the Advancement of Learning and chose to send her to Kaer Morhen she will be available to help during the battle.
Roche and Ves will be available to recruit if the player has finished the quest An Eye for an Eye.
If the quest Coronation is done you can recruit Hjalmar. If you save Folan and Vigi in the quest The Lord of Undvik, they will come along with Hjalmar.
Finishing the quest Of Swords and Dumplings will unlock the ability to upgrade your Witcher swords to mastercraft level. The best base game gear are mastercrafted.
For mastercrafted armor the player will need to complete the quest Master Armorer. Upon completion the ability to upgrade your witcher armor to mastercraft will be available.
For more information on upgrading your Witcher gear, check the guide below:
How to Upgrade Weapons and Armor
|Completing the Story|
|Controls and Techniques||Difficulty Level Differences|
|Does Dialogue Matter?||How to Fast Travel|
|Most Important Side Quests for the Story||-|
|Fighting Like a Pro|
|Combat Guide and Tips||Sign Tier List|
|Healing During Battle & Meditation||Is Repairing Weapons and Armor Worth It?|
|Leveling Up & Getting Beefy|
|How to Level Up Fast||Place of Power Locations|
|Best Character Builds||Best Early Game Skills and Builds|
|Skills Ranking and Tier List||Top Five Best and Most Useful Skills|
|Obtaining Weapons & Armor|
|Best Early Game Weapons and Armor||The Best Weapons, Armor and Equipment Sets|
|How to Upgrade Weapons and Armor||Most Rewarding Side Quests and Contracts|
|Witcher Gear Locations||-|
|Managing Money & Items|
|Managing Your Inventory||Best and Worst Items to Sell|
|Where to Sell Junk||Where to Find Ingredients and Crafting Materials|
|Should You Loot Everything?||How to Dismantle Items|
|How to Make Money Fast||Can You Cook Food?|
|Just for Fun|
|List of Hairstyles|
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