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Welcome to the witcher library guide!

This is a quick guide created specifically for the busy witcher who has little time left for reading after roaming the countryside chatting up complete strangers and dealing with their various and sundry monster troubles. The Witcher game is no different really in its portrayal of Geralt's day-to-day routine. He still goes around talking to people and slaying monsters. Special thanks go to Licensed Luny for the many, many hours of research it took!

In the course of the game, Geralt gathers journal entries about the various monsters he encounters and the ingredients he can extract from them. He also passes by many potentially useful plants, so knowing about as many as possible also helps make his life easier.

Most of these journal entries can be obtained by speaking with NPCs, but a few can not be obtained in any other way than by reading the appropriate book or scroll. Luckily, many books and scrolls can also be obtained for free, or as rewards for completing quests. That said, there are still a few wiley entries for which no free source exists. To date, that list of entries seems to be:

Below are the books which are necessary to obtain in order to have a complete set of journal entries. After all other means of acquiring the information have been exhausted. Strictly speaking, although some entries can be had for free, their availability earlier in the game is often preferable. Technically, you may want to splash out a bit more to make sure you have all the necessary Bestiary entries before starting a new chapter. For that information, see the list of monsters by Chapter.

Necessary books Edit

The following books are necessary if you want to have every single journal entry available. Otherwise, it could be said that no books are necessary.

Items Oren Must be purchased Edit

Quest complete Necessary, but can be obtained for free Edit

Primary quests Books obtained as rewards Edit

Catalogue Edit

  • Click on the book Title for a more complete description.
  • The Chapter column lists the first Chapter in which a book or scroll can be found for free. If the book is a quest reward, then clicking on the quest icon will open the corresponding quest page.
  • Not all books listed as "Free" are in fact free for all paths through the game. Some are also optional quest rewards and so may or may not be considered free.
Image Title Chapter Buy Sell Free
Books Generic other
Aftermath of the War 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Against Nonhumans 1- Icon Act I 80 Items Oren 16 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Animating the Inanimate 150 Items Oren 30 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Ars Amandi 3- Icon Act III 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Ballads 3- Icon Act III 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Barghests 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Basics of Alchemy 1- Icon Act I 70 Items Oren 14 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Book of Animals 100 Items Oren 20 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Conjunction of the Spheres 2- Icon Act II 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Cults and Religions of the Nordlings 2- Icon Act II 90 Items Oren 18 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Curse of the Black Sun (only in The Price of Neutrality) 70 Items Oren 14 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic wolf motif
Curses and the Cursed 3- Icon Act III 500 Items Oren 100 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Description of the Vodyanoi or the Fishpeople
Primary quests
600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Diary of a Dice Collector 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic wolf motif
Disease of Civilization 350 Items Oren 70 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic wolf motif
Disenchanting a Striga 5- Icon Act V 120 Items Oren 24 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Double Cross of Alzur 5- Icon Act V 200 Items Oren 40 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Druid's Herbarium 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Elder Blood 3- Icon Act III 80 Items Oren 16 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Experiment Notes 5- Icon Act V 1000 Items Oren 200 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Fairytales and Stories 4- Icon Act IV 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Feainnewedd 300 Items Oren 60 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic leaf motif
Field Plants 200 Items Oren 40 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Flower and the Flame 2- Icon Act II 70 Items Oren 14 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Foreign Lands 3- Icon Act III 60 Items Oren 12 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Forensic Medicine 3- Icon Act III 150 Items Oren 30 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Frightener P- Icon Prologue 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Great Book of Minerals 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic wolf motif
Greater Brothers 5- Icon Act V 1000 Items Oren 200 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Guide to Vizima 2- Icon Act II 60 Items Oren 12 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
History of the World 2- Icon Act II 40 Items Oren 8 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Hymns of Madness and Despair
Primary quests
100 Items Oren 20 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Invitation to Magic 1- Icon Act I 70 Items Oren 14 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Ithlinne's Prophecy 1- Icon Act I 60 Items Oren 12 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Kingdom of Temeria 2- Icon Act II 80 Items Oren 16 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Lara's Gift 2- Icon Act II 70 Items Oren 14 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
The Last Wish 5- Icon Act V 800 Items Oren 160 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Monstrum, or a Portrayal of Witchers P- Icon Prologue 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Ornithosaurs 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic wolf motif
Physiologus 3- Icon Act III 1000 Items Oren 200 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Plants of Barren Lands 4- Icon Act IV 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Recent History 1- Icon Act I 40 Items Oren 8 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Ritual Plants 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Rivian Pogrom 3- Icon Act III 50 Items Oren 10 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Road of No Return 150 Items Oren 30 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Shadow People, or the story of His Majesty's Secret Service 2- Icon Act II n /a n /a Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Small Book of Minerals 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Sorceresses and Sorcerers 3- Icon Act III 60 Items Oren 12 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Specters, Wraiths, and the Damned 2- Icon Act II 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic other
Story of Lara Dorren and Cragen of Lod 2- Icon Act II 60 Items Oren 12 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Subterranean Plants 300 Items Oren 60 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic wolf motif
Swamp Monsters 1- Icon Act I 200 Items Oren 40 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic leaf motif
Swamp Plants 3- Icon Act III 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Tome of Fear and Loathing I 1- Icon Act I 250 Items Oren 50 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Tome of Fear and Loathing II 500 Items Oren 100 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Transmutations and Metamorphoses 80 Items Oren 16 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic wolf motif
Vampires: Facts and Myths 4- Icon Act IV 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic wolf motif
Wonderful World of Insectoids 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest failed
Books Generic other
Zerrikanian Insects and Other Vermin 110 Items Oren 22 Items Oren Quest failed
Scrolls generic icon orange
Dagon Sap 4- Icon Act IV 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Formula for De Vries' Extract 3- Icon Act III 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Dragon's Dream 200 Items Oren 40 Items Oren Quest failed
Scrolls generic icon orange
Frightener's Vision P- Icon Prologue 100 Items Oren 20 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon blue
The Book of the Golden Oriole 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest failed
Scrolls generic icon orange
Golem's Pith 2- Icon Act II 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Formula for Hanged Man's Venom 2- Icon Act II 300 Items Oren 60 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon orange
Hellhound's Soul 1- Icon Act I 200 Items Oren 40 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon orange
Kikimore's Ire 3- Icon Act III 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon blue
The Book of the Kiss 2- Icon Act II 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon orange
Koshchey's Core 5- Icon Act V 800 Items Oren 160 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Formula for Maribor Forest 300 Items Oren 60 Items Oren Quest failed
Scrolls generic icon red
Petri's Philter formula 2- Icon Act II 100 Items Oren 20 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Samum 3- Icon Act III 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Secrets of the Southern Masters 3- Icon Act III 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon orange
Striga's Urge 5- Icon Act V 800 Items Oren 160 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon blue
The Book of the Swallow 1- Icon Act I 100 Items Oren 20 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon blue
The Book of the Tawny Owl 1- Icon Act I 200 Items Oren 40 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon blue
The Book of the Full Moon 4- Icon Act IV 800 Items Oren 160 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon orange
Werewolf's Wrath 3- Icon Act III 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Formula for White Raffard's Decoction 3- Icon Act III 400 Items Oren 80 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon blue
The Book of the Wolverine 3- Icon Act III 600 Items Oren 120 Items Oren Quest complete
Scrolls generic icon red
Zerrikanian Alchemy 200 Items Oren 40 Items Oren Quest failed
Scrolls generic icon orange
Zeugl's Vigor E- Icon Epilogue 1000 Items Oren 200 Items Oren Quest complete
Books Generic quest item
Ain Soph Aur Primary quests 300 Items Oren n /a Quest complete
Books Generic quest item
Secret Gates Primary quests 100 Items Oren n /a Quest complete