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Game Icon Quen symbol unlit Game Icon Quen symbol selected Effect Quen

The Quen Sign is a simple magical sign used by witchers. When cast it forms a protective field around the casting witcher.

The Witcher (PC)Edit

Tutorial signs quen

In the game, Quen can be used to buy time to imbibe a potion, or regain some lost vitality by resting. Its effect is immediately cancelled by any hostile action. The icon for Quen is based on the alchemical symbol for Earth. The witcher's skill with the sign is developed through the allocation of talents.

Mechanics Edit

  • To use the Quen sign, just right-click as Geralt himself is 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: Quen disappears when you cast another sign or attack an opponent. It is best used to gain time to drink potions during combat, to switch weapons during a fight, or when charging at enemies with ranged attacks. It is also very helpful to cast Quen and then power-up a level-four style sword attack.

Later on, visiting the Circles of Elements attributed to Quen grants Geralt the Blessing of Earth.

Circles of Elements Edit

Circles of Elements dedicated to the Quen sign include:

Notes Edit

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Edit

Tw2 journal quen

Journal image

Tw2 sign quen

Quen is a protective shield that lasts for 40 seconds at the sign's basic level. It is a sign that Geralt uses on himself that absorbs all incoming damage, up to a certain point - at which time it disperses and needs to be recast.

While Quen is in effect, Geralt can still attack enemies and use Signs, but he cannot regenerate vigor.

To activate the sign, press Tw2 control ctrl and select Quen; then press Tw2 control q key to cast it.

Tw2 skill enhancedquensign

Upgrading Quen in the Magic tree will increase the Sign Level, granting increased duration, damage absorbed, and also causing it to reflect back 20/50% damage against the attacker.

If the sign is enhanced with the "Enhanced Quen Sign" skill from the Magic tree, then Quen can reflect the damage from up to three opponents (at level two).


  • In Witcher 2, if the sign is cast during a storm/rain, it receives a bonus allowing it to reflect more damage back to the enemies.
  • The sign can be turned off by selecting it, sheathing Geralt's sword and double tapping the cast sign key.

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