Two years after the game's official reveal - and after a couple of delays for polishing - The Witcher 3 got its long-awaited release in early 2015. It might be the final entry in the current Witcher story for developers CD Projekt RED, but with a massive world to explore and a gargantuan list of quests to rattle through, it's certainly a fitting send-off for the last leg of this particular journey.
Right here, you'll find a complete A-Z The Witcher 3 walkthrough of the main campaign, neatly broken down into easily-digested chunks.
You'll find our regional guides - stuffed with side quest and Witcher Contract walkthroughs - directly below, as well as our coverage of both expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
The Witcher 3 walkthrough
The Witcher 3 - combat, movement, Signs (on this page)
A quick blast through the opening tutorials for combat and movement.
The Witcher 3 - Lilac and Gooseberries, Vesemir, Gwent, Nilfgaardian garrison, Yennefer
How to unlock your first game of Gwent and begin your quest to find Yennefer.
The Witcher 3 - The Beast of White Orchard, Mislav, dead soldiers, buckthorn, griffin fight
Forging your first powerful potion and destroying the deadly griffin.
The Witcher 3 - The Incident at White Orchard, bandits, Royal Palace, Yennefer's chamber
Our walkthrough continues with a quick run through this simple quest.
Velen - No Man's Land
The Witcher 3 - The Nilfgaardian Connection, Hendrik, Heatherton, key, secret compartment
How to hunt down Hendrik and find the hidden cellar trapdoor.
The Witcher 3 - Hunting a Witch, Midcopse, Blackbough, eavesdropping, witch's hut, Keira
A quick guide to getting the info you need on Keira the witch, then tracking her down.
The Witcher 3 - Wandering in the Dark, Guardian, Gargoyle, Eye of Nehaleni, White Frost
How to kill the deadly creatures that lurk in the next section of the game.
The Witcher 3 - Magic Lamp, braziers, statues, lamp, golem, escape
The next part of our guide explains how to light the braziers in the correct order.
The Witcher 3 - Bloody Baron, The King of the Wolves, Gretka, Wolf King, ingredients
How to find the ingredients for Ciri's first quest, then kill the Wolf King.
The Witcher 3 - Family Matters, Ciri's Room, talisman, pellar, Eric, pellar's hut
Our walkthrough continues with Family Matters and another of Ciri's quests.
The Witcher 3 - A Princess in Distress, The Race, burning stables, Oxenfurt, Tamara
Dealing with the Rotfiends and Wraiths of the next meaty quest.
The Witcher 3 - Ladies of the Wood, Trail of Treats, Johnny, Whispering Hillock, ealdorman
How to track down Johnny, then join up with the ealdorman of Downwarren.
The Witcher 3 - Escaping the Bog, Out of the Shadows, Wild at Heart, werewolf fight
Our walkthrough continues into the next set of main story quests.
The Witcher 3 - Pyres of Novigrad, Triss, King of Beggars, rat traps, witch hunters
How to find Triss, lay down the traps, then fight the witch hunters.
The Witcher 3 - Novigrad Dreaming, Corinne, ragdoll, crib, Golden Sturgeon
Everything you need to know about finishing Novigrad Dreaming.
The Witcher 3 - Broken Flowers, Zoltan, Dandelion, Superior Racing Saddle, var Attre villa
The next part of our walkthrough leads you to Rosa var Attre via a bonus riding saddle!
The Witcher 3 - Get Junior, The Gangs of Novigrad, assassins, Dijkstra, Margrave Henckel
Two more campaign quests progressed in the next part of our walkthrough.
The Witcher 3 - Count Reuven's Treasure, Menge, Whoreson Junior, arena, Roche
Our guide to surviving the arena fights in the Get Junior questline.
The Witcher 3 - The Play's The Thing, Philippa Eilhart, Puffins, A Favour for Radovid
Feeling theatrical? We've got a guide to getting your performance underway.
The Witcher 3 - A Poet Under Pressure, Breakneck Speed, cellar key, trapdoor
How to track down Dandelion and finish Ciri's Breakneck Speed quest along the way.
The Skellige Isles
The Witcher 3 - Destination Skellige, The King is Dead, earth elemental, Mask of Uruboros
Getting started with the first set of Skellige Isle quests.
The Witcher 3 - Echoes of the Past, Missing Persons, In Wolf's Clothing
Our walkthrough continues with another three quests in the final region of the game.
The Witcher 3 - Nameless, fight Morkvarg, The Calm Before The Storm, Wild Hunt warriors
How to survive the fight with Morkvarg and the encounter with the Wild Hunt warriors.
The Witcher 3 - Ugly Baby, find Yennefer, megascope, potestaquisitor
How to repair the megascope, then make the journey to the Circle of Elements.
The Witcher 3 - The Final Trial, Lambert's boat, Old Speartip, Circle of Elements, altar torches
Track down Lambert's boat and do battle with Old Speartip in the next part of our guide.
The Witcher 3 - To Bait A Forktail, Eskel, forktail fight, horse race
Follow the tracks to Eskel and get ready to do battle with the fearsome forktail.
The Witcher 3 - No Place Like Home, Va Fail Elaine, Decoctions of the Grasses
How to finish up the Va Fail, Elaine and No Place Like Home quests nice and fast.
The Witcher 3 - The Isle of Mists, Brothers in Arms, Ivo, Ferenc
How to gather your allies and prepare yourself for the violent journey ahead.
The Witcher 3 - The Battle of Kaer Morhen, close the portals, fight the Wild Hunt
Our walkthrough continues with a guide to shutting the portals and defeating the Wild Hunt.
The Witcher 3 - Imlerith, Blood on the Battlefield, Bald Mountain, Crones, Fugas
How to kill the old Crones and put Imlerith in his place in the next two quests.
The Witcher 3 - Through Time and Space, Place of Power, Avallac'h, Ge'els
Our journey continues with a wander through time and space - woooooo....
The Witcher 3 - Payback, Blindingly Obvious, stables, bathhouse, Philippa Eilhart
Two more quests wrapped up for the walkthrough.
The Witcher 3 - The Great Escape, Zoltan, free Margarita, ruins
How to free Margarita in the next campaign quest.
The Witcher 3 - Battle Preparations, The Sunstone, pearl diver, Ermion, Eyvind
Finishing up the next pair of quests in the main campaign.
The Witcher 3 - Child of the Elder Blood, Skjall's Grave, Veni Vidi Vigo, siren, mirror puzzle
How to finish up the mirror puzzle in the penultimate quest of the game.
The Witcher 3 - On Thin Ice, Caranthir, Eredin, Tedd, Deireadh, The Final Age
The End! How to finish the final epic fights in The Witcher 3.
Regional guides for Secondary Quests and Contracts
The Witcher 3 - White Orchard: Secondary Quests and Witcher Contracts
Our quest-by-quest guide to all of the important bonus content in White Orchard.
The Witcher 3 - Velen: Secondary Quests and Witcher Contracts
How to hunt down all of the bonus quests and Contracts in the second region of the game.
The Witcher 3 - Novigrad: Secondary Quests and Witcher Contracts
How to find and complete all of the Contracts and side quests in Novigrad.
The Witcher 3 - Skellige Isles: Secondary Quests, Contracts and secrets
Our guide to the side quests and contracts available in Skellige Isles.
Other The Witcher 3 walkthroughs
The Witcher 3 main guide
Our general gameplay guide, covering combat, crafting, card collections and much more.
Hearts of Stone walkthrough
The Witcher 3 - getting started, Evil's Soft First Touches, Toad Prince
Completing the first handful of quests in the first expansion, Hearts of Stone.
The Witcher 3 - Dead Man's Party, Open Sesame!, The Safecracker, Breaking and Entering
Completing the first handful of quests in Hearts of Stone.
The Witcher 3 - The Caretaker, Witcher Seasonings, Scenes from a Marriage
How to complete Witcher Seasonings and Scenes from a Marriage, then kill the Caretaker.
The Witcher 3 - Wraith from the Painting, Iris' Greatest Fear, Olgierd
Our guide to the fight with the painting Wraith.
The Witcher 3 - Without a Trace, Rose on a Red Field, Drakenborg
Finishing up all of the side quests in Hearts of Stone.
The Witcher 3 - Runewright, Enchanting, recipes, Start-up Costs, Quality has its Price
How to unlock the new Runewright, along with a list of all the available Enchantments.
Blood and Wine walkthrough
The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine - Envoys, Wineboys and The Beast of Toussaint
How to get started in The Witcher 3's final expansion.
The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine - La Cage au Fou
How to complete the main quest La Cage au Fou - part of the storyline for the Blood and Wine expansion for The Witcher 3.
The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine - Where Children Toil, Toys Waste Away, Wine is Sacred, The Man From Cintra, Capture the Castle and The Night of Long Fangs
Solutions for the quests Where Children Toil, Wine is Sacred, The Man From Cintra, Capture the Castle and Night of the Long Fangs.
The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine - Beyond Hill and Dale
The first of two forking paths you can take through Blood and Wine's story is the quest Beyond Hill and Dale.
The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine - What Lies Unseen
The second of the two forking paths in Blood and Wine's story comprises the quests Unseen Elder and What Lies Unseen.
The Witcher 3 walkthrough - Start of the game
Once you've finished your bath and put some clothes on, you're ready to learn the basics of the Witcher 3. Begin by using Geralt's Witcher Senses to locate the key to the bedroom door - all the information you need to complete this task will be on-screen, assuming you enabled the tutorial.
When your Witcher Senses are activated, all the objects you can interact with in the room will be highlighted in red. You'll spot a number of candles that can be extinguished, as well as a couple of boxes and garments that can be examined. Feel free to explore your surroundings, talking to Yennefer or admiring the view from the balcony, if you like. Then, when you're ready to proceed, grab the key resting on the desk that's close to the locked door.
Complete the movement tutorial
Go to the lower level
With the key in your possession, open the locked door and make your way down the tower steps. At the bottom, you'll find Vesemir fast asleep in a chair, while Ciri practices alone in the courtyard below. Chat with Vesemir and - once the conversation ends - you'll automatically join Ciri outside. When her training session is complete, work your way through the conversation tree and agree to run the walls if you want to begin the movement tutorial.
Join Ciri in a run along the ramparts down to the lower courtyard
Next, follow Ciri up and around the castle's battlements, using the on-screen prompts to guide you as you climb ladders, scale walls, drop down off ledges, leap over chasms and sprint. Eventually, you'll reach ground level where Vesemir awaits. Finish off your conversation with Ciri by selecting the dialogue options of your choice then, once Vesemir addresses you, select 'Let's start with the fundamentals' to begin the combat tutorial.
Get to grips with the basics of combat
Draw your sword
After you've been introduced to swords, magic, potions, blade oils and bombs, get ready to put your learning into practice. Follow the instruction to unsheath and sheath your sword, and to discover the ins and outs of targeting your opponents. Next, follow the on-screen prompts to attempt a fast attack, a strong attack, a dodge, a roll and, finally, a parry.
Learn to use Geralt's Signs
Cast the Quen Sign
That's the basics of swordplay taken care of, so open your Quick Access Menu and get ready to do some magic. Use the spell wheel to select the defensive Quen Sign and follow the prompts to cast it. Next, cast the fire-spewing Igni Sign and follow it up with an enemy-stunning telekinetic blast of Aard. When instructed, cast Axii to temporarily disorientate your opponent, then cast Yrden to lay a magic trap that slows enemy movements. Finally, toss a bomb at the ensnared Vesemir.
Stand in the highlighted spot
To continue your training, head over to the spot that's highlighted on your mini-map. There are two glowing training posts situated nearby - throw a bomb at one of them to destroy it. That concludes your basic training so, when prompted, decide whether you want to free train (if you feel you need a bit more combat practice) or get stuck into your main adventure.
- The next part of our walkthrough explains how to complete The Witcher 3 - Lilac and Gooseberries quest.