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Tw2 icon training Tw2 icon magic Tw2 icon alchemy Tw2 icon swordsmanship

IntroductionEdit

Every time Geralt levels up after accumulating the required experience points, he gains one talent which can be allocated through the character development screen (accessible by pressing the Tw2 control c key or through the meditation menu).

There are a total of fifty-one skills, each with two levels, into which Geralt may invest talents, and some of the skills can be further enhanced or 'mutated' by applying mutagens to them. The skills are divided into four trees, only one of which is initially available. After six talents have been allocated to skills in the Training tree, the remaining three skill trees are unlocked. The Magic, Alchemy, and Swordsmanship trees contain fifteen talents, with two levels in each of them. Since the game has a level cap of thirty-five (and you start at level one) you will only have a total of thirty-four talent points to distribute.

Every main tree contains one advanced skill which introduces a new gameplay mechanic called 'Adrenaline' that governs its use. The skills and their Adrenaline fueled counterparts in each of the talent trees are described on a separate page.

Tw2 icon training Training treeEdit

Image Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s)
Tw2 skill vigorregeneration Vigor Regeneration Vigor regeneration while out of combat +25% Vigor regeneration while in combat +25% None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill hardiness Hardiness Vitality +10 Vitality +50 None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill daggerthrowing Dagger Throwing Unlocks the ability to throw daggers. Damage dealt by daggers +20 None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill parrying Parrying Unlocks the ability to parry blows from all directions. 100% Damage reduction while parrying with full Vigor (50% as of version 2.0) Tw2 skill vigorregeneration or Tw2 skill daggerthrowing or Tw2 skill hardiness 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill arrowredirection Arrow Redirection Unlocks the ability to redirect arrows. Unlocks the ability to redirect arrows towards the shooter. Tw2 skill parrying 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill fortitude Fortitude Vigor regeneration during combat +10% Vigor +1 Tw2 skill parrying 1 Tw2 icon positive

Tw2 icon magic Magic treeEdit

Image Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s)
Tw2 skill enhancedaardsign Enhanced Aard Sign Unlocks Aard Sign level II
Sign range +2m
Unlocks Aard Sign level III
Aard Sign affects entire areas
Sign range +6m
None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill destructivemagic Destructive Magic Sign damage +5 Sign damage +10
Vigor +1
None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill enhancedaxiisign Enhanced Axii Sign Enables level 2 Axii Sign
Bewitched opponent gets +20% Vitality
+20% damage done
Enables level 3 Axii Sign
Bewitched opponent gets +50% Vitality
+50% damage done
None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill enhancedquensign Enhanced Quen Sign Enables level 2 Quen Sign
Quen now deflects 20% damage
Sign duration +20s
Enables level 3 Quen Sign
Quen now deflects 50% damage
Sign duration +60s
Tw2 skill enhancedaardsign or Tw2 skill destructivemagic or Tw2 skill enhancedaxiisign 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill magicintensificition Magic intensification Sign intensity +1 Sign intensity +2
Damage reduction +5%
Tw2 skill enhancedquensign or Tw2 skill fatalattraction 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill venting Venting Quen now transfers the reflected damage to up to two opponents Quen now transfers the reflected damage to up to three opponents Tw2 skill enhancedquensign or Tw2 skill enhancedignisign 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill fatalattraction Fatal attraction Axii sign can now bewitch two opponents at once Axii Sign can now bewitch three opponents at once Tw2 skill magicintensificition or Tw2 skill magicalvigor 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill magicalvigor Magical Vigor Vigor +1 Vigor +2 Tw2 skill enhancedquensign 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill enhancedignisign Enhanced Igni Sign Enables level 2 Igni Sign
Igni can now incinerate enemies
Sign range +3m
Enables level 3 Igni Sign
Igni now has an area effect
Sign range +6m
Tw2 skill venting or Tw2 skill magicalvigor 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill enhancedyrdensign Enhanced Yrden Sign Enables level 2 Yrden Sign
Can now lay down two Yrden traps
Enables level 3 Yrden Sign
Can now lay down three Yrden traps
Tw2 skill fatalattraction or Tw2 skill enhancedignisign 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill glyphenhancement Glyph Enhancement Yrden traps are linked. Opponents cannot move through the links The links between Yrden traps now deal 5 damage per second Tw2 skill enhancedyrdensign 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill eneryflow Energy Flow Critical effect chance of Signs +5% Critical effect chance of Signs +25% Tw2 skill enhancedyrdensign 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill magicallifeforce Magical Life Force Vitality +50 All resistances +5% Tw2 skill enhancedyrdensign 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill senseofmagic Sense of Magic Enables the use of the Heliotrope Sign
Allows the generation of adrenaline through Signs
All resistances +5%
Adrenaline Generation through Signs +50%
Tw2 skill glyphenhancement or Tw2 skill magicallifeforce or Tw2 skill eneryflow 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill controloverthepower Control over the Power All resistances +20%
Sign Damage +3
Adrenaline generated through Signs +10%
All resistances +50%
Sign Damage +10
Adrenaline generated through Signs +65%
Tw2 skill senseofmagic 1 Tw2 icon positive

Tw2 icon alchemy Alchemy treeEdit

Image Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s)
Tw2 skill alchemist Alchemist Bomb damage +30%
Trap damage +20%
Bomb damage +100%
Trap damage +100%
None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill synthesis Synthesis Vitality +20 Vitality +100 None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill sideeffect Side Effect Chance of creating mutagens as a byproduct of alchemy +2% Chance of creating mutagens as a byproduct of alchemy +10% Tw2 skill alchemist or Tw2 skill harvester 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill specializationpotions Specialization: Potions Potion duration +10% Potion duration +40% Tw2 skill synthesis or Tw2 skill harvester 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill harvester Harvester Alchemical ingredients harvested +50% Alchemical ingredients harvested +100% Tw2 skill sideeffect or Tw2 skill specializationpotions 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill catalysis Catalysis Positive effects of potions +10%
Negative effects of potion -30%
Positive effects of potions +35%
Negative effects of potion -80%
Tw2 skill harvester 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill specializationoils Specialization: Oils Oil duration +10% Oil duration +40% Tw2 skill harvester 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill impregnation Impregnation Mutagens effects +33% – 250%, depending on the type of mutagen Mutagens effects +80% – 500%, depending on the type of mutagen Tw2 skill specializationoils 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill transmutation Transmutation Oil intensity +25% – 50% Oil intensity +50% – 100% Tw2 skill specializationoils 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill taster Taster Allows the consumption of one additional potion Damage done while poisoned +10%
Damage reduction while poisoned +10%
Tw2 skill specializationoils 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill condensation Condensation Vigor regeneration while poisoned +15% Vigor regeneration while poisoned +55% Tw2 skill metathesis 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill metathesis Metathesis Damage dealt when poisoned +5% Damage dealt when poisoned +20% (+25% total) Tw2 skill transmutation or Tw2 skill taster 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill berserker Berserker Chance of instant kill while poisoned +1% Chance of instant kill while poisoned +3% Tw2 skill metathesis 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill mutant Mutant Enables Berserk mode, activated with adrenaline-filled bar
Allows generation of adrenaline while poisoned.
Adrenaline generated while poisoned +25% Tw2 skill berserker or Tw2 skill condensation 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill amplification Amplification Adrenaline generated while poisoned +15%
Damage done while poisoned +5%
Damage taken while poisoned -5%.
Adrenaline generated while poisoned +50%
Damage done while poisoned +15%
Damage taken while poisoned -15%.
Tw2 skill mutant 1 Tw2 icon positive

Tw2 icon swordsmanship Swordsmanship treeEdit

Image Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s)
Tw2 skill parrying Position Damage taken by backstab 150% Damage taken by backstab 100% None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill riposte Riposte Allows retaliation Chance of instant kill by riposte 10% None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill feetwork Feet work Dodge distance +100% Dodge distance +200% None 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill violence Violence Sword damage +5% Sword damage +15% Tw2 skill parrying or Tw2 skill whirl 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill whirl Whirl Can now cause damage to multiple enemies
Damage done to secondary targets 50%
Damage done to secondary targets 100% Tw2 skill violence or Tw2 skill hardy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill guard Guard Vigor required to block -25% Vigor required to block -50% Tw2 skill riposte or Tw2 skill toughguy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill toughguy Tough guy Damage received -5% Damage received -15% Tw2 skill schemer or Tw2 skill guard or Tw2 skill hardy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill schemer Schemer Vigor regeneration in combat +10% Vigor regeneration in combat +40% Tw2 skill feetwork or Tw2 skill toughguy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill hardy Hardy Vitality +25 Vitality +100 Tw2 skill whirl or Tw2 skill toughguy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill precision Precision Chance of critical effect: Bleeding +10% Chance of critical effect: Bleeding +20%
Sword damage +5%
Tw2 skill hardy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill suddendeath Sudden Death Chance of instant kill +2% Chance of instant kill +5% Tw2 skill hardy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill finesse Finesse All critical effects chance +5% All critical effects chance +15% Tw2 skill hardy 0 Tw2 icon negative
Tw2 skill invincible Invincible Vitality +50
damage taken -5%
Vitality +150
damage taken -15%
Tw2 skill precision or Tw2 skill suddendeath or Tw2 skill finesse 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill combatacumen Combat acumen Allows groups finisher, activation during adrenaline-filled bar
Allows generation of adrenaline by sword blows
Damage + 10%
Damage taken -10%
Tw2 skill invincible 1 Tw2 icon positive
Tw2 skill whirlwind Whirlwind Adrenaline generated by sword blows +10%
All resistances +10%
All critical effects chance +10%
Adrenaline generated by sword blows +30%
All resistances +20%
All critical effects chance +20%
Tw2 skill combatacumen 1 Tw2 icon positive

Note for clarification: For skills that indicate a reduction of damage %, this is actually a percentage modifier of armor. The terminology is confusing. So with 100 armor, 20% DR, and a 300 damage blow, total damage received would be 300-(100*1.20)=300-120=180. Damage reduction modifiers do stack (10%, then 15% total to 25%).

The only exception to this is the parry description, where the % affects actually damage. So a 300 damage blow would only land 150 points through a level 2 parry, less any armor reduction. Also note that parrying means blocking in the Witcher.

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