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Game icon journal big The journal is the best source of information within the original game.

Whenever a new entry is added to the journal, the journal icon will change to a glowing blue. It is well worth reading these updates as, very often, information critical to plot advancement is supplied in this manner. Left-click on the scroll icon, or press J to open the journal.

Sections Edit

Journal section icon Quests
Journal section icon Formula

Journal section icon Characters
Journal section icon Ingredients

Journal section icon Locations
Journal section icon Glossary

Journal section icon Monsters
Journal section icon Tutorials

Journal section icon Quests Edit

Tutorial journal

The quests section of the journal is updated as Geralt receives new quests, or advances in existing quests. While initially virtually empty, this list of quests fills up remarkably quickly with useful information. It allows the player to look up information on quests in a variety of ways.

By importance:
Icon Show all quests Primary quests Secondary quests
By Chapter:
Icon Show all quests Icon Prologue Icon Act I Icon Act II Icon Act III Icon Act IV Icon Act V Icon Epilogue
By progress:
Radio button Show active quests only / Show all quests
Radio button off Show active phases / Show all phases

The status of any given quest is also indicated by one of three icons:

Quest active Active quest, trackable using the icon on the right
Quest complete Successfully completed quest
Quest failed Failed quest

Game Icon Track quest

You may also left-click on "Track Quest" to track the mission on the map.

Journal section icon Characters Edit

Not all the people Geralt encounters in his journey will appear in the Characters section of his journal, but those who do are listed here.

Journal section icon Locations Edit

Not all the locations that Geralt visits will appear as entries in the Locations section of his journal, but those which do are listed here. For a complete list of all locations in the game, see the game locations category.

Journal section icon Monsters Edit

The monsters, or Bestiary entries, section of the journal is updated as Geralt encounters, reads or is told about new monsters. While initially virtually empty, this list of monsters and beasts fills up remarkably quickly with useful information. It allows the player to look up information on monsters in a few different ways.

Icon Show all quests Icon Show boss monsters Icon Show monsters

For a quick reference list of all monsters in The Witcher see our The Witcher bestiary category, or the Monsters by Chapter page.

Journal section icon Formula Edit

The formula section of the journal is updated as Geralt receives new information about bombs, oils and potions, as well as when he reads various scrolls and books. While initially virtually empty, this list of alchemical information fills up remarkably quickly with useful information. It allows the player to look up information on formulae in a variety of ways.

Icon Show all quests Icon Show potions Icon Show oils Icon Show bombs

Journal section icon Ingredients Edit

The ingredients section of the journal is updated as Geralt reads about or is told about new ingredients, which include herbs, skinnable items and minerals. While initially virtually empty, this list of ingredients fills up remarkably quickly with useful information. It allows the player to look up information on ingredients in a variety of ways.

Icon Show all quests Icon Show vitriol Icon Show rebis Icon Show aether Icon Show quebrith Icon Show hydragenum Icon Show vermilion Icon Show special

Journal section icon Glossary Edit

The glossary section of the journal is updated as Geralt reads about or otherwise learns about new (usually cultural) information in the game, see the Glossary page for a list.

Journal section icon Tutorials Edit

The tutorial section of the journal is updated as Geralt encounters something new in the game that needs explaining. To look up all the tutorial messages, see the Tutorials page.

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