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

IntroductionEdit

Every time Geralt gains the required experience points to level up, he gains one talent point 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 51 skills, each with two levels, and some of the skills can be further enhanced or 'mutated' by applying mutagens to them. The skills are divided into four trees, of which only the Talent tree 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 15 talents, each with two levels. Since the game has a level cap of 35 (and you start at level one) you will only have a total of 34 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

Icon Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s) Tw2 icon mutagens
Tw2 skill vigorregeneration
Vigor Regeneration Vigor regeneration while out of combat +25% Vigor regeneration while in combat +25% None
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Tw2 skill hardiness
Hardiness Vitality +10 Vitality +50 None
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Tw2 skill daggerthrowing
Dagger Throwing Unlocks the ability to throw daggers. Damage dealt by daggers +20 None
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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) (Seems to be 100% again. Using the Extended Edition on Steam). Tw2 skill vigorregeneration or Tw2 skill daggerthrowing or Tw2 skill hardiness
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Tw2 skill arrowredirection
Arrow Redirection Unlocks the ability to redirect arrows. Unlocks the ability to redirect arrows towards the shooter.
Tw2 skill parrying
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Tw2 skill fortitude
Fortitude Vigor regeneration during combat +10% Vigor +1
Tw2 skill parrying
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Tw2 icon magic Magic treeEdit

Icon Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s) Tw2 icon mutagens
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
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Tw2 skill destructivemagic
Destructive Magic Sign damage +5 Sign damage +10
Vigor +1
None
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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
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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
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Tw2 skill magicintensificition
Magic intensification Sign intensity +1 Sign intensity +2
Damage reduction +5%
Tw2 skill enhancedquensign or Tw2 skill fatalattraction
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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
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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
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Tw2 skill magicalvigor
Magical Vigor Vigor +1 Vigor +2
Tw2 skill enhancedquensign
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Tw2 skill enhancedignisign
Enhanced Igni Sign

Enables level 2 Igni Sign
Igni can now incinerate enemies
Sign range +3m
Incineration chance 50%-60%
Incineration damage 4-6
Incineration duration 8-12s

Enables level 3 Igni Sign
Igni now has an area effect
Sign range +6m
Tw2 skill venting or Tw2 skill magicalvigor
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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
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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
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Tw2 skill eneryflow
Energy Flow Critical effect chance of Signs +5% Critical effect chance of Signs +15%
Tw2 skill enhancedyrdensign
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Tw2 skill magicallifeforce
Magical Life Force Vitality +50 All resistances +5%
Tw2 skill enhancedyrdensign
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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
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Tw2 skill controloverthepower
Control over the Power All resistances +20%
Sign Damage +3
Adrenaline generated through Signs +10%
All resistances +30%
Sign Damage +10
Adrenaline generated through Signs +60%
Tw2 skill senseofmagic
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Tw2 icon alchemy Alchemy treeEdit

Icon Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s) Tw2 icon mutagens
Tw2 skill alchemist
Alchemist Bomb/trap damage increase depends on item. See The Witcher 2 bombs and The Witcher 2 traps None
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Tw2 skill synthesis
Synthesis Vitality +20 Vitality +100 None
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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
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Tw2 skill specializationpotions
Specialization: Potions Potion duration +10% Potion duration +40% Tw2 skill synthesis or Tw2 skill harvester
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Tw2 skill harvester
Harvester Alchemical ingredients harvested +1 Alchemical ingredients harvested +2 Tw2 skill sideeffect or Tw2 skill specializationpotions
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Tw2 skill catalysis
Catalysis Increases effects of all potions taken. Effects vary based on potion type. See Effects of Catalysis
Tw2 skill harvester
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Tw2 skill specializationoils
Specialization: Oils Oil duration +10% Oil duration +40%
Tw2 skill harvester
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Tw2 skill impregnation
Impregnation Increases effects of all mutagens. Effects vary based on mutagen type. See The Witcher 2 mutagens
Tw2 skill specializationoils
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Tw2 skill transmutation
Transmutation Increases effects of all oils used. Effects vary based on oil type. See The Witcher 2 oils
Tw2 skill specializationoils
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Tw2 skill taster
Taster Allows the consumption of one additional potion Damage done while poisoned +15%
Damage reduction while poisoned +10%
Tw2 skill specializationoils
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Tw2 skill condensation
Condensation Vigor regeneration while poisoned +15% Vigor regeneration while poisoned +55%
Tw2 skill metathesis
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Tw2 skill metathesis
Metathesis Damage dealt when poisoned +5% Damage dealt when poisoned +25% Tw2 skill transmutation or Tw2 skill taster
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Tw2 skill berserker
Berserker Chance of instant kill while poisoned +1% Chance of instant kill while poisoned +3%
Tw2 skill metathesis
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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
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Tw2 skill amplification
Amplification Adrenaline generated while poisoned +15%
Damage done while poisoned +10%
Damage taken while poisoned -5%.
Adrenaline generated while poisoned +50%
Damage done while poisoned +30%
Damage taken while poisoned -25%.
Tw2 skill mutant
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Tw2 icon swordsmanship Swordsmanship treeEdit

Icon Name Level 1 Level 2 Prerequisite(s) Tw2 icon mutagens
Tw2 skill parrying
Position Damage taken by backstab 150% Damage taken by backstab 100% None
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Tw2 skill riposte
Riposte Allows retaliation Chance of instant kill by riposte 10% None
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Tw2 skill feetwork Footwork Dodge distance +100% Dodge distance +200% None
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Tw2 skill violence
Violence Sword damage +5% Sword damage +15% Tw2 skill parrying or Tw2 skill whirl
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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
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Tw2 skill guard
Guard Vigor required to block -25% Vigor required to block -50% Tw2 skill riposte or Tw2 skill toughguy
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Tw2 skill toughguy
Tough guy Damage received -5% Damage received -15% Tw2 skill schemer or Tw2 skill guard or Tw2 skill hardy
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Tw2 skill schemer
Schemer Vigor regeneration in combat +10% Vigor regeneration in combat +40% Tw2 skill feetwork or Tw2 skill toughguy
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Tw2 skill hardy
Hardy Vitality +25 Vitality +100 Tw2 skill whirl or Tw2 skill toughguy
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Tw2 skill precision
Precision Chance of critical effect: Bleeding +10% Chance of critical effect: Bleeding +20%
Sword damage +5%
Tw2 skill hardy
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Tw2 skill suddendeath
Sudden Death Chance of instant kill +2% Chance of instant kill +5%
Tw2 skill hardy
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Tw2 skill finesse
Finesse All critical effects chance +5% All critical effects chance +15%
Tw2 skill hardy
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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
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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
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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
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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 actual damage. With a level 2 Parry, a 300 damage blow would only land 150 points before armor reduction. Also note that parrying means blocking in the Witcher.

Notes Edit

  • With Footwork at level 2, dodge rolling becomes the fastest method of moving, being slightly faster than running.

See alsoEdit