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"Though they are not warrior mages who employ powerful magic, witchers can cast simple magic spells that can prove effective when used properly. Witchers call these spells Signs and usually use them against monsters, though they also have non-combat applications."

The witchers prefer single-handed weaponry because it leaves their other hand free to cast Signs. Known signs are Aard, Igni, Yrden, Quen, Axii and Heliotrop.

...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.

— page 309, Blood of Elves (UK edition)


The Witcher (PC)Edit

Through the use of Circles of Elements, five of the signs become available over the course of the original game:

Game Icon Aard symbol unlit Game Icon Igni symbol unlit Game Icon Yrden symbol unlit Game Icon Quen symbol unlit Game Icon Axii symbol unlit
Aard Igni Yrden Quen Axii
Heliotrop The Heliotrop sign was not included in the original game, but the FCR mod by the Ifrit Creative Group replaces the Axii sign with it.

Sign modifiers Edit

Geralt's skill at using these signs is governed by the allocation of talents as he levels up. This can affect the following:

  • Sign intensity — a multiplier for the severity of the sign cast.
  • Sign duration — used with signs like Quen and Yrden where the length of time a spell lasts is useful.
  • Whether or not a sign can be "powered up".

Cost of casting Edit

The cost of casting a sign is measured in endurance. Casting signs uses up endurance and proficiency at casting signs reduces the amount of endurance required. 

Notes Edit

  • Leo, a witcher trainee character unique to the game, tells the witcher in the Prologue that he can not use signs since he broke his fingers on the gauntlet during training.
  • The signs included in the game are based on Classical Elements, both in their nature and by their symbols.
  • One sign which was considered, but not implemented, for the game was the Aagni sign, said to be a powerful combination of the Aard and Igni signs.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Edit

Unlike the original game, Geralt is not required to re-acquire his knowledge of signs in The Witcher 2. His knowledge of them is intact.

Tw2 sign aard Tw2 sign igni Tw2 sign yrden Tw2 sign quen Tw2 sign axii
Aard Igni Yrden Quen Axii
Aard – 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.
Igni – a gush of flames that wound opponents. When upgraded, the sign has a chance of incinerating opponents and has a larger area of effect. It can also be used to detonate flammable gases emitted by some bombs.
Yrden – a magical trap placed on the ground, which will wound and immobilize opponents. The sign's basic level allows you to place a single yrden sign on the ground. After upgrading it, you'll be able to place up to three yrden signs at a time. These will work in unison, creating an impassible barrier.
Quen – a protective shield that lasts for 30 seconds at the sign's basic level. It is a sign that Geralt uses on himself – quen absorbs all damage directed at Geralt, and the upgraded version reflects 50% of the damage back toward to enemy. While quen is in effect, Geralt cannot regenerate vigor.
Axii – a charm placed on an opponent. If the charm attempt is successful, the enemy will become your ally for a short while, fighting at your side.
Heliotrop – not available immediately, requires development of the magic skill tree

MechanicsEdit

Press Tw2 control ctrl key to select one of five icons on the left of the circle menù. Then press Tw2 control q to cast it. The sign will strike the nearest opponent in front of Geralt. When you enhance a sign spending talent points in the relative Magic skills, it will hit more enemies at once with an area effect.

Tw2 icon vigor Casting costEdit

Every time you cast a sign it consumes some vigor. The vigor bar is on the top left corner of the screen, under the wolf head medallion and the red bar of vitality. When the vigor bar is zero, Geralt is not able to cast any sign or parry an opponent's hit. However some potions, using dedicated Places of Power or enhancing some specific skills like Vigor Regeneration and Fortitude, can increase the vigor regeneration in and out of combat.

Tw2 icon magic Sign modifiers Edit

The intensity and duration of signs mostly depend on the level of the magic skills. Also there are some items, some dedicated Places of Power and potions that can enhanced signs damage or increase their intensity:

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