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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Applied Escapology Walkthrough

Nathan Garvin

Walkthrough for the Treasure Hunt Hidden Treasure: Applied Escapology in The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine.

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Due west of the Beauclair Port signpost you’ll find a pair of islands, on the northern of which you’ll find Beauclair Prison (the signpost for which is on the southern of these two islands). On the western end of the northern island that houses the prison you’ll find a tree, under which you’ll find some remains which you can loot for an Escape Artist’s Journal. Pick it up and read it to start this Treasure Hunt.

(1 of 3) Search under a tree on the western end of the island the Beauclair Prison is on to find the Escape Artist’s Journal.

Return to the water and swim (swim, not sail) north to the quest marker for “Applied Escapology”), along the way plundering a chest and a sack near some ruins. Dive at the quest marker to find a tunnel you can swim into (Killer Whale might be useful here) which leads to a subterranean section of the prison. There are plenty of skeletons to loot, and a few containers as well, but keep your Witcher Senses active and look for the red-glowing skeleton, which possesses a Masterly Ornamented Key - the device you’ll need to score even more treasure shortly. Most of all, don’t be lured by the apparent sunlight to the northeast, you can’t surface for air there. Dive as many times as you need to in order to obtain whatever loot you wish, but when you at least have the key, note that the quest marker has changed, directing you back south - just south of the search area for the quest Turn and Face the Strange, in fact.

(1 of 2) Search for a cave along the southern coast of the river near Beauclair,

Search for a cave along the southern coast of the river near Beauclair, (left), inside which you’ll find plenty of treasure. (right)

Get back in your ship and sail south to the new quest marker and prepare yourself for another dive. The first thing you’ll need to do when you’re in the water is dispatch some more Drowners (level forty), which pollute the water here. Once they’re no longer a threat, dive under the water and swim towards the “Entrance” marker near the southern shore of the lake. Pass through the elegant elven entrance and shortly beyond you’ll find a hole in the ground you can swim deeper into. Do so and swim south to find a cavern full of treasure. More importantly, there’s a pocket of air above this chamber you can surface at for air, so plundering all the loot here shouldn’t be nearly as risky as getting the key way.

Loot the container that glows red under your Witcher Senses (which requires the “Masterly Ornamented Key”) to complete the quest Applied Escapology. There’s lots of other trinkets to pick up, too, including chests, urns, and piles of Crowns that are yours for the taking. Well worth a bit of a detour.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    12 July 2024
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin (Haeravon)

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You are Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster-hunter known as a Witcher. You’ve fully regained your memories since your miraculous revival and escape from the Wild Hunt, and have cleared your name of the false accusations of regicide. In the wake of the assassination of Foltest, king of Temeria, the north have been rent by warfare as Nilfgaard launches its third major invasion, and the northlands have been united under the insane king Radovid. Overshadowing these petty politics is the mysterious return of Ciri - Geralt’s adopted daughter, who is now being pursued by the Wild Hunt.

The guide offers the following:

  • A full walkthrough that’s more than just a listing of quests-it’s an “ideal chronological order” that will get you through the whole game and allow you to see and do everything the game has to offer.

  • Side quests, including monster contracts and treasure hunts for obtaining powerful Witcher sets.

  • Descriptions of decisions, quests, and events that influence the various endings of the game.

  • Crafting and Alchemy information.

  • General strategies on how to take down foes large and small, monstrous and humanoid, boss or mundane.

  • Information on how to complete all the Gwent quests and obtain all the Gwent cards, including detailed Gwent strategies.

  • Trophy/Achievement information.

MASSIVE UPDATE: 7th September 2016 ongoing

  • Added DLC quests “Fool’s Gold” and “Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear”.
  • Organisational changes in the Velen section of the walkthrough to reflect the increased level of Griffin School Gear.
  • Organisational changes throughout the walkthrough to provide a “no skulls” path through the game.
  • Added Death March difficulty tips and commentary throughout the guide.
  • More XP reward numbers included.
  • Walkthrough now includes additional information based on patch changes.
  • Various typo and grammar fixes.
  • Added DLC pages for Blood & Wine, Heart of Stone
  • Lots more quality of life improvements

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