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The Witcher 3 money making methods explained

Various ways to make easy cash on your travels.

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Like any role-playing game, money makes the money go round - so you'll want to consider various The Witcher 3 money making methods as you play.

Life as a Witcher is hard; you're constantly being shouted at, have to go around fighting all manner of things that want to kill you, and nobody wants to pay you what you're worth.

It's enough of a hassle just travelling around, the last thing you want to have to worry about is money. After all, that's what real life is for.

So, to help you get the most out of the game - from when you start to White Orchard to simply exploring the world - here is some advice to keep the Crowns flowing.

If you're looking for more assistance, our Witcher 3 walkthrough can help.

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How to make money in The Witcher 3

There's no one single technique to keep your cash flow up - you have to keep a number of things in mind as you play the game, such as the following...

Making money in White Orchard

While all of the tips are useful at all points in the game, you might be a little concerned when starting off in the game. So, here are a couple of White Orchard specific tips for the budding Witcher.

First of all, kill everything living thing and loot them, you'll be able to find a wealth of materials and items on them. Sell any cow hides you have to the merchant that you save from a Griffin during the early stages of the story, he reappears next to the Woesong Bridge marker.

Also, make sure to sell gear to the quartermaster and not the dwarven blacksmith, as the former gives you a bit more money per piece.

Loot everything

This is the main one, the best way to get money is to sell things to merchants around the world. The best way to get these items is to pick them up from the containers you find littering every ancient ruin, luxurious castle, and random peasant's house.

Pick everything up, all the time, no matter where you go. To this end, you'll need to upgrade your inventory space pretty quickly, so look into getting some saddlebags for Roach early on. To help you find things, use your Witcher Senses to make everything lootable appear with a yellow outline.

Know where to sell items

So, you're loaded up with so many items that you can no longer run, what now? Now you need to sell them off, but even here you need to be savvy to get the most money. Different merchants will give you different prices, so it's worth knowing where to go with each item.

If someone sells predominantly swords, then they'll give you a better price for weapons, if someone sells armour, then they'll pay better for armour. Don't sell all of your items to the same merchant, you'll lose out on a lot of money if you do so. Sell smart, not hard.

Look for Smuggler's Caches

Perhaps the most profitable places you can visit are the Smuggler's Caches. These are floating items that you can loot and they can be found in the various seas all across the map. Most notably, you can find a lot of them in Skellige.

Make sure to sail around and investigate these whenever you find them. They'll be a huge boon to your finances.

Take on contracts

People will pay money for you to solve their problems. Given that you're the only person in the world who can solve these problems, it does make it fairly profitable.

Finishing off the various missions and Witcher contracts you find as you adventure around is a great way to boost the size of you Witcher wallet. It also helps you level up, which in turn leads to more expensive items, which leads to more gold.

Our Witcher 3 walkthrough and guide can help you with the main story, including the Wandering in the Dark and Family Matters missions, and eventually, one of several Witcher 3 endings. There's plenty of side content, too, including Witcher 3 Contracts, White Orchard quests, Velen quests, Novigrad quests and Skellige Isles quests. Elsewhere, learn about the best Witcher 3 builds, the best Witcher 3 mods, how to make money in Witcher 3, find Places of Power locations, and learn how to do Witcher 3 crafting and Witcher 3 Alchemy And when you're done with all those - we can help you through expansions with our Hearts of Stone walkthrough and Blood and Wine walkthrough.

Be frugal

You can save a lot of money by not needlessly upgrading your gear or buying items you don't need. Craft items where possible, and try and just use the weapons you find as you make your way through the world rather than buying new ones.

Given how quickly you level up it's rare that you won't outgrow your items anyway, so don't sink money into things until you're near the endgame. It will save you a lot of money, which is a bit like earning money.

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