The Witcher 3

Things to Know Before Starting Witcher 3

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Things to Know Before Starting Witcher 3

Prioritize Axii

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Prioritizing Axii and maxing out delusion is going to be the best investment you can do when starting the game. Delusion will give you more options when choosing dialogues and may change how the story will play out. This ability is extremely useful from the start to end of the story.

Better Saddlebags

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Weight will be a huge problem at the beginning of the game since you will be looting all the items you will come across to get more coins. Knowing where to get the best saddlebags at the beginning of the game will definitely make your life easier.

Win Every Gwent Match

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Winning Gwent match will usually reward you new cards which can be easily missed if you skip it and continue doing Main Story Quests.

Yennefer or Triss

Triss and Yennefer romance
Romancing Yennefer, Triss, or both of them greatly affects the outcome of the ending and how the story plays out. Learning who to romance and which quest triggers the romance can help you decide on how you would want the story to play out.

For a detailed explanation on which female to romance to get the best ending, check out our guide on Romance on the link below!
Romance Guide

Alchemy and Crafting

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Always check the Alchemy and Crafting tab whenever you finish a quest or get a new diagram. You can enhance your potions, oils, decoctions, bombs, and equipments once you pick up the diagram for that specific item making them more effective and help you finish quests faster.

Multuple Save Data

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There are multiple endings in the game and choosing the best dialogue is crucial on how the story or the ending will go. Make sure that you have multiple save files to easily back track your dialogue decisions to change the outcome of the story.

How to Start the Expansions

Fresh Start or Old Safe File

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You can create a new game or access an old save file of the base game once you purchased the DLCs. This way you can access the DLCs by playing through the story and unlocking them the normal way.

For more information on how to unlock the DLCs. You can check out our page on Blood & Wine and Hearts of Stone!

Hearts of Stone Walkthrough Blood & Wine Walkthrough

Hearts of Stone Only and Blood & Wine Only

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Hearts of Stone Only and Blood & Wine Only are the features added in the game with the new content. This feature allows you to start a whole new game at the beginning of the DLCs. This method instantly skips the story of the base game. However, your levels and euipments are automatically adjusted to be strong enough for the DLC content.

To learn more information on starting on the DLCs immediately. You can check out our guide on What is New Game+!
What is New Game+

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Completing the Story
Controls and Techniques Difficulty Level Differences
Does Dialogue Matter? How to Fast Travel
Most Important Side Quests for the Story Romance Guide
List of Endings and How to Get the Best Ending What is Enemy Upscaling?
Things to Know Before Starting Witcher 3 What is New Game+?
Should You Simulate a Witcher 2 Save File? Which Version to Buy?
Fighting Like a Pro
Combat Guide and Tips Sign Tier List
Healing During Battle & Meditation Is Repairing Weapons and Armor Worth It?
What are Adrenaline Points? How to Fight on Horseback
How to Fight Underwater What is Toxicity?
What are Mutations What are Mutagens
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
How to Get Magic Acorn How to Reset Ability Points
Best Death March Build and Tips for Survival Max Level and Level Cap for Geralt
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 Where to Find Blacksmiths and Armorers?
Which Trophy is the Best? Best Crossbow and Bolts
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?
What Items to Buy From Shops -
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List of Hairstyles Best Looking Armor for Geralt
How to Get Paintings How to Win Horse Races


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