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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

How To Use The Witcher 3 Next Gen Console Commands

Paul McNally

Anybody who has previously played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on a PC will probably be familiar with tapping the ~ key and entering a variety of commands into the debug console that appeared. A variety of ‘cheats’ and tweaks were previously available, but do they work in the Next Gen Update, or do we need to wait for modders to get to grips with it? Let’s find out.

How To Use The Debug Console In TW3 Next Gen Update

There seem to be a few odd things that the Next Gen update has introduced. First, we couldn’t get the Steam FPS counter to work, and we know people for whom the Steam Take Screenshot function is not working.

Different people seem to be getting different mileage out of some of the features that used to work flawlessly and it looks like we can now add Debug Console Commands to that list of ‘May or may not work for you’.

In theory enabling the Debug Console is simple. You merely add a line or two into a .ini fine, press your ~ key and in you go, and indeed that seems to work for a lot of people if you read around Reddit and Steam forums, however, it also doesn’t work for many, no matter what they try.

So what we will do here is give you the information and hopefully it will pay off for you.

With keyboards being so different these days before you start it is advantageous to open up notepad and find what combo of keypresses provides you with a ~ (tilde) sign.US keyboards tend to have it on the key under ESC, but you may need to press Shift at the same time.

Next you need to find where Steam has installed your game. To easily do this, go to your library, right click on The Witcher 3, highlight Manage and it should let you select an option ‘Browse Local Files’ which will open up the file location.

Now you will see a host of files and folders.

  • Double-click on the bin folder
  • Double-click on the config folder
  • Double-click on the base folder

We need to double click on the general.ini file once we locate it.

Here you are looking for a file called general (or general.ini if your PC is set up to show file extensions.

Double-click this file and it should open in Notepad and show you something like appears in the box below.

We need to add a line or two to this file to enable the console commands.

Copy and paste these two lines into the file and save it.

Some players are reporting that it works with just the first line, others need both so feel free to try either. You can always revert back to the original state by just removing it all and saving the file once more.

Accessing The Debug Console In The Witcher 3

Load up the game and if all goes to plan, hit your ~ key and the console should pop up. If it doesn’t it looks like you are one of the many people who are going o struggle at the moment. We have a feeling it may be something to do with keyboards that require you to press Shift and another key to get the ~ but are unable to test this to a satisfactory level at this stage.

Five Best Console Commands For The Witcher 3

There are so many debug commands you can use but here are a few of our favorites.

Command Result
addmoney(amount) Adds the amount in brackets to your total Crowns balance
god Enables God mode making you invincible
healme Restore your health to full
likeaboss Deal 40% damage with every hit
dismember Will dismember any NPC you currently have targeted
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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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