This page covers the decisions you have to make during The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the way they impact the main story.
Transition from The Witcher 2 Edit
Prior to starting a new game, one must make a decision of whether or not to simulate a Witcher 2 save, or to import their own.
The following choices from The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings have some effect on the events of The Witcher 3.
- Killing or sparing Aryan La Valette.
- Siding with either Vernon Roche or Iorveth.
- Saving Triss in Loc Muinne, or saving Anaïs (if on Roche's path), or helping lift Saskia's spell (if on Iorveth's path).
- Saving Síle de Tansarville from the malfunctioning megascope, or leaving her to die.
- Killing or sparing Letho.
Simulating a save Edit
Choosing not to simulate a Witcher 2 save will apply a specific set of choices, as set by the game's developers. These are as follows:
- Spared Aryan La Valette.
- Sided with Vernon Roche.
- Saved Triss in Loc Muinne.
- Left Síle de Tansarville to die.
- Killed Letho.
Importing a save Edit
There is a separate option to import a Witcher 2 save during game set-up, which is located below the "on" and "off" options for simulating a save. Choosing to import will display a list of The Witcher 2 saves that are stored on your device. Selecting one will carry over the choices made in that saved game to The Witcher 3. Note that the list of saves may not necessarily be in chronological order, therefore, care must be taken to ensure that the correct save is selected, so that all the desired choices are carried over. Saves which are "incomplete" will carry over all the choices made thus far in that game, however, the remaining ones will be completed as described above.
Importing a save does not differ greatly from simulating one, except that an import bypasses the conversation of the previous game's events with Morvran Voorhis. Furthermore, simulating a save does not carry over cosmetic changes, such as the Blue Stripes neck tattoo which may be obtained in The Witcher 2, whereas importing does.
Aryan La Valette Edit
Geralt's decision regarding the fate of Aryan La Valette affects a portion of the Broken Flowers main quest. The consequences of this decision are described below:
If Aryan was spared: When Geralt approaches the la Valettes' villa, he encounters Morvran Voorhis and Mary Louisa as they are exiting. Mary Louisa greets the witcher and the two have a pleasant chat after which Mary Louisa invites Geralt to join her and Morvran at the races at the Vegelbud estate, as Molly, the chambermaid whom Geralt wishes to speak to, is currently there.
If Aryan was killed: When Geralt approaches the la Valettes' villa, Mary Louisa recognizes him as the one who murdered her son. She retreats back to the house, having lost her desire to go to the races. After Geralt's question about Molly, Morvran invites Geralt to the races, but comments that his information regarding Molly is out of date. After Aryan's death, his nephew came to the house to pay his respects, and fell in love with Molly. The two later married, and Molly was made Lady l'Attard. Furthermore, Aryan's nephew and his wife are to inherit the la Valettes' estate which would have otherwise passed to Aryan had he not been killed.
The prologue encompasses all of White Orchard. There are no quests here that have an effect on the main story.
Act I Edit
The Bloody Baron's menEdit
Fight the baron's men: Fighting the men will result in Geralt being turned away from the Baron's estate and he will have to find an alternate route into the fortress.
Don't fight the baron's men: If Geralt chooses to be upfront and honest and not secretive, or he chooses to buy them drinks, he leaves things peacefully and can get to the Baron's fortress through the front gate.
Anabelle's cursed spirit Edit
Refuse Anabelle's request: If Geralt refuses to bring Anabelle's bones to Graham, she asks Geralt to bring Graham to her. But she already doesn't trust Geralt, and reveals herself as a Plague maiden and attacks him. Geralt is able to fight her, but she can't die until the curse is broken. Keira Metz advises Geralt to see Graham about lifting the curse. Geralt goes to Graham and informs him of the curse and Anabelle becoming a Pesta, and that her forgiving Graham can break the curse, but he needs to be there to prove his love to her.
They go to the island where they are attacked by wraiths of the victims of the curse, blaming Graham for their misery. They make it to the top of the tower, where the pesta awaits. Graham explains he didn't mean to leave her and that he still loves her, so she asks him to prove it by kissing her. Graham kisses her and, as she returns to human form, dies, reuniting them in death and lifting the curse.
Bringing the Bones to Graham: Once Geralt acquires the bones, he takes them to the fisherman, Graham. Graham admits his role in allowing the peasants access to the island leading to the massacre, and not knowing his love was still alive when she drank the potion. Geralt gives her bones to Graham to bury and leaves. However, before he gets far, Geralt hears a scream from Graham's cabin, and finds him dead, surrounded by rats with his Anabelle floating over him in her true appearance as a pesta. Now that the bones are off the island, the curse is broken, but now Anabelle is free to roam the world to spread plague and she will almost ruin Kerack.
Keira's storyline Edit
This decision presents itself in the quest For the Advancement of Learning, the final quest of Keira Metz's quest line. Following Geralt and Keira's soirée, Keira leaves Geralt and travels to Fyke Isle, having extracted the information that Geralt has not destroyed the laboratory in the tower there. Geralt goes after Keira and confronts her as she emerges from the tower with the mage Alexander's notes in hand. This decision is not presented in a clear-cut manner, but rather the outcome of the ensuing conversation between the two characters determines Keira's fate. The possible consequences are outlined below:
Keira dies, then and there: Occurs from any sequence of choices that ends with a hostile or insulting remark, such as "Can't let you do that." or "I don't like two-faced serpents." Attempting to take Keira's notes without sending her to Kaer Morhen triggers this outcome. Choices such as "Can't believe we fucked." may lock out the Kaer Morhen option before presenting the choice of whether to let Keira go, or to prevent her from leaving with the notes. Geralt fights and defeats Keira near the tower on Fyke Isle, thus ending the quest, and the sorceress' life.
Keira goes to Radovid: Occurs from any sequence of choices that ends with "Do what you want." or "Do what you think is right" or "Farewell". These will usually be denoted by the dialogue exit icon. Later, Geralt finds out from Triss that Radovid ordered Keira to be captured and then impaled. This triggers the quest A Final Kindness which is otherwise unavailable.
Keira goes to Kaer Morhen: Any sequence of choices that ends with "Go to Kaer Morhen." will send Keira to the witchers' keep. To reach this dialogue option, one must be diplomatic, without exiting dialogue and letting Keira go to Radovid, and without being imposing and preventing Keira from making her own decision by trying to take her notes by force. Insulting replies will also lock out this outcome. At Kaer Morhen, Keira saves Lambert from being killed in The Battle of Kaer Morhen quest. It is worth noting that taking the notes from Keira after making the choice to send her to Kaer Morhen, is of no consequence. Also, it is still possible to save Lambert during the battle even if Keira is not present, though Keira's presence guarantees Lambert's survival.
Don't do all of Keira's quests: If all of Keira's quests are not completed, Geralt will not have the chance to influence her decision, and she will go to Radovid by default.
The Whispering Hillock's spirit Edit
Decision: Kill the spirit, free the spirit after talking to the Ealdorman, or free the spirit before talking to the Ealdorman. (the latter was once considered by many to be a bug but was confirmed by CD Projekt Red to be an intended consequence).
Spirit dies: If Geralt kills the spirit (whether through direct fighting or tricking it), the village of Downwarren is safe. The orphans in the bog, however, are taken by the Crones, most likely to be eaten. Anna goes crazy over the loss, but survives, and her husband takes her away from the bog to seek help from far away.
Spirit is freed after talking to the Ealdorman: If the spirit is freed, it saves the children from the Crones, who are eventually placed in the care of Marabella in Novigrad. However, the spirit attacks Downwarren, killing most of the villagers. The Crones punish Anna for losing the children and curse her as a Water hag. When Geralt removes the curse, Anna dies due to the nature of the curse keeping her alive, and her husband commits suicide over the loss.
Spirit is freed before talking to the Ealdorman: If the spirit is freed before consulting the Ealdorman, Downwarren will be attacked but Anna will not be turned into a water hag. Additionally a dialogue element will give the impression that the orphans have been saved but this turns out not to be true as there is no reference to the orphans' survival later in Novigrad as there normally is when they are saved.
Decision: Help Sarah or evict her from the house.
Help: If Geralt helps the Godling, she will still live in the house and she will stop sending nightmares to the dream so she can awaken and help Geralt, and in exchange Geralt will convince the banker the house is permanently haunted so he won't try to take it. Sarah and the dreamer room together in the house, becoming friends.
Eviction: If Geralt chooses to evict the godling, he will gather ingredients and use them to drive Sarah out of the house, which will awaken the dreamer. Sarah will appear at Bald Mountain, where she becomes friends with another godling named Johnny. Johnny will berated Geralt for throwing out Sarah, but she admits she is happy with her new friendship.
Whoreson Junior Edit
Decision: kill or spare him during Get Junior.
Kill Junior: If Geralt chooses to kill him, during Payback with Ciri they learn he is still alive and now lives on Temple Isle and she wants him to pay for what he did. However, when they arrive at his residence, they learn it's not Whoreson Junior but Dudu, who decided to impersonate him and take over his finances, turning it around into a legit business that has doubled in profits.
Spare Junior: If Geralt spared him, Ciri tracks him down to an area in The Bits to find children pelting rocks at him and calling him names while he sits in an alley. When questioned, he curses Ciri and Geralt, blaming them for his misfortune as he is now penniless. Feeling this is a far worse punishment than she had in mind, Ciri leaves him to his fate.
Helping Triss Edit
Decision: Help the mages, or not.
Smuggle mages out of Novigrad: If Geralt helps Triss smuggle the mages out of the city, the hunters turn their attention to other races, like elves and dwarves, to persecute. Zoltan will not be able to help Geralt rescue Margarita, because the guards will not trust the dwarf.
Abandon the mages: If Geralt choices to ignore Triss's request in helping the mages, they are rounded up and killed. Zoltan will be able to help Geralt in rescuing Margarita by getting them drunk and Geralt could easily circumvent the prison guards.