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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Deadly Crossing: Sword Sellers

By
Nathan Garvin

When the battle ends, the looting begins. Usually this comes in the form of the victorious party plundering the countryside, demanding tribute, stealing crops or just nakedly pillaging. Sometimes, however, the gods smile and a Pyrrhic victory results in a more honest form of looting. Engage with some looters on a bridge north of Lindenvale and help determine what becomes of their ill-gotten gains in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Quest Objectives

Starting Deadly Crossing: Sword Sellers

One of several “Deadly Crossing” events that can be found throughout Velen, these quests always occur at bridges - hence their names - and involve some bandits, looters or other ne’er-do-wells. None of them are officially named in the quest log, but they all have an exclamation point on the map when you approach. This particular iteration takes place at a bridge north of Lindenvale, where you’ll find either a regiment of Nilfgaardian soldiers watching the bridge (along with some peasants loitering about) or several Looters searching some corpses on the northern end of the bridge. The first time you visit you’ll get the first encounter, and on your second visit you’ll get the second, so to trigger this quest just cross the bridge once, find a sign post, fast travel somewhere else, and return. Traveling from the bridge and using the Lindenvale signpost to fast travel back to Velen, then returning worked for us.

(1 of 2) During your first visit to the bridge north of Lindenvale it’ll be occupied by Nilfgaardians,

During your first visit to the bridge north of Lindenvale it’ll be occupied by Nilfgaardians, (left), but on a subsequent visit you’ll find Looters picking over the bodies of the slain. (right)

Talk to the Looters

When you return to the bridge a second time you’ll find several Looters (Lv1) doing what their name suggests - looting. Keep your weapons sheathed and approach, and one of the Looters will try to get a bit cute with you when you approach, but one of his wiser fellows identifies Geralt as a Witcher, which causes a distinct change in tone. Recognizing you as a potential connoisseur of bladed weaponry, the Looter will offer to sell you a fine sword they plundered.

Buy The Sword from the Looters

If you’re fabulously wealthy you can accept the offer and burn 525 Crowns to buy the sword offered by the Looter. This will get you the relic-quality sword Mourner and 52 EXP - the latter reward is the customary 10% Crowns-to-EXP conversion rate you get any time you spend money during dialog. Mourner always features the following properties:

  • Armor Piercing
  • Yrden Sign Intensity
  • Critical Hit Damage Bonus
  • Bonus EXP from Humans and Nonhumans

(1 of 2) Approach with your weapons sheathed and a Looter will offer to sell you a sword,

Approach with your weapons sheathed and a Looter will offer to sell you a sword, (left), which turns out to be the relic-quality weapon, Mourner. (right)

That said, the level of Mourner is both random and scales. If you get your hands on this sword at lower levels, you’ll get a lower level Mourner, and the level of Mourner can also vary a bit just based on RNG. This naturally affects the weapons’ base damage and the aforementioned stats. If you don’t have any upgrade options on hand between the Viper Swords (Lv2) and the Griffin set (Lv11), you may want to come here to get a relic-grade sword to use in the interim, although Mourner is a steel sword, and those are far less useful than silver swords in most instances - Geralt fights plenty of wolves and bandits, but monsters, and hence silver swords, are the priority.

That said, under no circumstances should you spend 525 Crowns on this sword, as there’s a cheaper way to get it…

Kill the Looters

If you talk to the Looters you won’t get an option to pick a fight, you can either buy Mourner or refuse. If you approach with your weapon drawn, however, the Looters will view this as a sign of intent and will turn hostile. You’ll end up fighting three Looters (Lv1), all of which are armed with one-handed weapons and no shields. Suffice to say, it should be trivial to put them down. Kill them and loot them to get Mourner at an incredible discount.

(1 of 2) Unsheathe your sword and approach and the Looters will attack,

Unsheathe your sword and approach and the Looters will attack, (left), kill them and you can obtain Mourner for free. (right)

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
    RPG
  • 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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