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Disambig-icon.png This article is about the Aard sign in general. For its attribute tree, see Aard attribute tree. For its talent descriptions, see Aard (character development). For the ability in The Witcher 3, see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Guide to Witcher Signs.
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The Aard Sign is a simple magical sign used by witchers. It is comprised of a telekinetic thrust that can stun, repel, knock down or disarm opponents, as well as remove barriers and other objects.
The so-called Sign of Aard, Ciri, is a very simple spell belonging to the family of psychokinetic magic which is based on thrusting energy in the required direction. The force of the thrust depends on how the will of the person throwing it is focused and on the expelled force. It can be considerable. The witchers adapted the spell, making use of the fact that it does not require knowledge of a magical formula — concentration and the hand gesture are enough. That's why they call it a Sign. Where they got the name from, I don't know, maybe from the Elder Speech — the word "ard", as you know, means "mountain", "upper" or "the highest". If that is truly the case then the name is very misleading because it's hard to find an easier psychokinetic spell.
— pg(s). 309, Blood of Elves (UK edition)


Notes Edit

The Witcher (PC)Edit

Tutorial signs aard

Game Icon Aard symbol unlit Effect Aard

Aard is the first Sign Geralt 'learns' over the course of the game; one cannot finish the Prologue without it as it is necessary to break through a wall of debris to exit the witchers' laboratory. Its icon is based on the alchemical symbol for Air. It is the sign that the witcher uses the most. Outside of combat, Aard is most often used to clear a path, either by blowing down a wall or blowing apart a pile of debris. During combat it can stun, knockdown or disarm an opponent.

The witcher's skill with the sign is developed through the allocation of talents.

Mechanics Edit

  • To use the Aard sign, right-click on the desired target
  • Endurance is used whenever the sign is cast, if the overall level is too low, Geralt will not be able to cast the sign
Tip: Knocked-down or stunned opponents are easy to kill with a single strike.

Later on, visiting the Circles of Elements attributed to Aard grants Geralt the Blessing of Air.

Examples of obstructions that are "Aard-able" Edit

Aard-able wall Aard-able wall 2 Aard-able wall 3

Circles of Elements Edit

Circles of Elements dedicated to the Aard sign and bestowing the Blessing of Air include:

Notes Edit

  • Early on in the game, it's a lifesaver, because it lets you insta-kill stunned and knocked-down opponents. Most Bosses (except for The Beast) are immune to stun and prolonged knockdown; they'll still fall down but will pop right back up before you can execute a finisher.
  • There's no reason not to buy at least all Bronze levels of Aard. Thereafter, it's up to you; it's still essentially a Force Push, just a "better" one (wider angle with even greater chance to stun/knock down/disarm). Aard works fairly well for crowd control, but later in the game it is significantly overshadowed by Igni.

In "The Price of Neutrality" premium module Edit

There are only two circles of elements in "The Price of Neutrality" and only one of them is for Aard. It has no special name.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Edit

Tw2 journal aard1

Tw2 sign aard Tw2 skill enhancedaardsign

Tw2 journal aard2

Aard is a telekinetic wave that can throw back, knock down or stun an opponent. This sign can also be used to destroy obstacles, for example crumbling walls or stacks of barrels. When an enemy is in front of a cliff, casting the sign can throw them beyond the edge.

Aard has an area effect when properly enhanced.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Edit

Aard

The Aard sign is a simple magical sign used by witchers. A directed blast of telekinetic energy that staggers opponents, leaving them open for a subsequent attack. "This sign casts a directed wave of telekinetic energy that can stagger or knock down opponents, leaving them open for attack.

Aard can also blow out any existing fires, blast open poorly secured doors, or punch through cracked or damaged walls.

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