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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Man's Best Friend

Nathan Garvin

“An army marches on its stomach”, as the saying goes, and when an army stops to forage, it’s the local peasants who go hungry. Whether orphaned through violence or cast out due to famine, a group of orphans now starves in Velen, beset by both hunger and beasts. The strong arm and deep pockets of a benevolent Witcher can go a long way, however. With that said, we’ll provide a complete walkthrough for the secondary quest Man’s Best Friend, including the rewards you’ll get for providing assistance to the orphans.

Quest Objectives

Starting Man’s Best Friend

You can start this quest by stumbling across it. Northwest of Mulbrydale you’ll find a damaged, abandoned house north of a road. You’ll know when you find it because a yellow quest exclamation point will appear when you get close, and while this freeform quest has a quest marker, it never appears in your quest log and isn’t officially named in-game.

Rescue the Hungry Children

Approach the house and you’ll find a Wild Dog (Lv4) stalking around the door, and if you use your Witcher senses you’ll detect something else lurking in the house. First things first, dispatch the Wild Dog - it’s alone and no stronger than your garden variety Wolf, and hence it shouldn’t pose much trouble - then investigate the dead dog outside the house (not the one you just killed) to find out that someone, or something, has been cooking and eating it.

(1 of 2) Defeat the Wild Dog outside the house,

Defeat the Wild Dog outside the house, (left), then talk to the orphans. Give them some food or money and you’ll get a reward. (right)

Go up to the door - you should hear voices chattering inside - and an orphan will come out. Geralt will ask the tyke when she last ate, and finding her response unsatisfactory you’ll get three options. Pick the option “Lemme give you some food.” and you’ll provide some unmentioned sustenance to the children, who will then reward you with a Doll and the tome In Beast’s Clothing. Read this book and you’ll get bestiary entries for Werewolves and Ulfhedinn as well as the recipe for the Werewolf Decoction. Not bad for helping out some hungry kids.

If you pick the option “(25) Here’s some coin.“ you’ll fork over the aforementioned amount of money and will get the same rewards as listed above, plus a bit of extra EXP for forfeiting some cash. Finally, if you respond with “Farewell.” you’ll leave without giving anything, and will get nothing in return - talking to the orphans later won’t allow you to reconsider, so don’t miss out on this easy reward. Speaking of which, be sure to loot inside and around the house for minor treasures.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    19 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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