Witcher 3 is an amazing gaming experience to those who’re looking for a solid action-adventure RPG. Although released in 2015, the game still has a good number of the player base so far and it recently spiked due to the Witcher series on Netflix. However, Witcher 3 can be a bit overwhelming for those who are uninitiated. From massive maps with multiple quests, it’s hard to understand what to focus on, and without taking care of different components on your levelling progress, the difficulty might get turned up pretty easily. So, here are handy tips for your Witcher 3 journey. Let’s get started!
You might be tempted to have your own sort of Witcher code where you don’t steal from peasants as you’re visiting a village. Here’s what you are going to learn pretty fast is that Witchers tend to be broke most of the time. From purchasing upgrades to recipes for weapons, potions and bombs, it’s going to take a lot of coins to do any of that. So, looting helps. Loot everything you see with your Witcher’s senses. But do look out for guards nearby as they tend to attack you if you’re looting in their sight, and boy does it get expensive once they K.O you. Try looting inside houses or places with no guards to avoid any mishaps that put you in a poorer state.
Here’s another handy tip: There are quests where they prompt you to escort someone or something to a different location, and this usually happens once you’ve killed a bunch of enemies of a mini-boss. You’ll tend to miss out on loot if you agree to it quickly. That means time wasted to get back to the place or even replaying the scenario again. Always choose to stay in the location to loot first before completing the entire objective.
Use Available Roads When Travelling
You’ll quickly notice that while it is an amazing experience to travel the vast landscapes of The Witcher 3 on horseback, it gets a bit repetitive and time-consuming the longer you play the game. You’ll notice that a lot of the quest points are strategically located in places in between fast travel points, so you have no choice but to get there by horseback. Here’s a tip to save you from having to wait for Roach to replenish its mana every time you go on a sprint. So once you got into the sprint mode on Roach, click the and hold down the Shift button again when you’re on a road so that the horse travels on the available path and not collide with every stray branch or rock, impeding your travel further. This also ensures that Roach’s stamina is not interrupted and is available at full. This is especially useful if you’re to come across enemies along the way and you can escape easily with full stamina.
Upgrade Saddlebags = Bigger Inventory Space
Following the first tip in this article, if you’re going to loot everything, then you’re going to need space. A lot of space. Certain times in the game that you’ll find yourself deep in a long quest or in the midst of levelling and travelling back to the closest town is going to be killing your productive grinding times. So always look for it. You can always get a chance to upgrade your saddlebag if you participate in horse races that are available in all the regions in the game. Saddlebags will appear in horse races, a loot item or even sold by a merchant. Keep an eye for it. Remember to sell your lower-tier horse items once you get the better version. It saves space and gives you the extra coin.
Travel to All The Yellow Notice Board Icon
In your early games, it’s quite easy to get invested in the main quest line and forget about the bigger world at large of the Witcher 3 universe. You’ll quickly notice that the game gets harder and most of the equipment are under levelled. The only way you earn good coin is through contracts and side quests. So, make your way to every yellow notice board icon. Not only you get new witcher contracts or side quests to work on, but you’ll also open up new fast travel locations. Yellow notice boards are usually located in towns which usually has a fast travel point.
Spend Skill Points on Quen Shield Upgrade
With the number of game mechanics available in the game, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But, here’s a very useful spell to rush in skilling up, Quen. Quen is shield spell which dispels once it received a certain amount of damage, depending on how you’ve levelled up. Now, the upgrades for Quen has built-in perks that provides additional value to you when playing and you could just rely on it only without the switching spells mid-fight. Get Quen Active Shield upgrade as quickly as possible. What it does is when you cast the alternate mode of Quen, whatever damage inflicted on the sphere will now turn into vitality for you. So, if you’re out of potions or dangerously low on HP, Active Shield will definitely be a clutch spell. Another Quen spell you can pair it with is the Explosive shield, which explodes once it breaks. Paired with the Active Shield, you can heal up and let it explode, repelling enemies and giving you space to either dodge or start your counter attack.
Dodge or Roll
Sometimes brute-forcing through opposition is a great experience in The Witcher. However, it quickly turns into a sour affair once you’re facing with stronger opponents with the capability of breaking your defense should you try to parry them. All you have to remember is you don’t necessarily need to take the hits straight on. You can either dodge or roll away and then initiate your counter attack. The difference between these 2 evasion mechanics is that dodge is a small sidestep and roll lets you roll away in a long distance. You can use dodge to avoid hits from swords or projectiles. But you won’t be able to save yourself from charges. So, you have to roll out from charges in order to not take any damage. Remember that it takes time to recover from your roll position, so do it wisely and you’ll be just fine.
Keep HP Regen During Battle
Certain fight takes longer to complete and this is true when you encounter creatures such as a Golem or even enemies who are at least 5 levels higher than your own. You might get clipped a few times, but it’s going to hurt a lot. You can use Swallow, but it only provides you with 3 charges. What you can do for additional regen is to consume food as you’re fighting. It’ll increase your Swallow potion regeneration rate and allows you to keep your Swallow charges a bit longer. Make sure to equip food in one of the consumable slots so that you can easily access it during a fight. Later in the game, you can use the Ekhidna Decoction which heals you every time you use your stamina. So if you cast a couple of your spells, your HP goes back up.
So, there you have it. Fundamental tips to keep you in the fight longer and always ensuring your damage and skills are always scaled as the game difficulty increases as you progress. These tips will definitely be extra useful for those who prefer a more aggressive, in your face approach when it comes to combat. These tips will also help you from not getting sucker-punched and knock you out you in 1 shot. To end the article, I’ll leave a last tip that I think most gamers know to treat as a mantra:
Always Be Saving.
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