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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Witcher 3: Wild At Heart: Lair location, How to Beat, & Best Choice

Nathan Garvin

After visiting a notice board in the Crows Perch Velen region, players will pick up a notice about a missing wife. This quest will take you through plenty of wilderness exploring opportunities, eventually leading you to rather interesting ending involving werewolves. With no further ado, here is a Witcher 3 Wild at Heart walkthrough, including the Werewolf Lair, dealing with Werewolf healing, and the best choice at the end of the quest.

Here is a Walkthrough on everything you need to know on the Wild at Heart quest in Witcher 3.

Wild at Heart Walkthrough in the Witcher 3

At the start of the quest, you’ll need to go see a chap called Niellen, who lives in a hunting shack. He’ll tell you his wife is missing. But, he suspects people in Blackborough know more.

Head over to Blackborough, where you will find clues to what’s happened to the hunter’s wife. Head over to the Blacksmith and his brats will pester you, and the Blacksmith seems fit to express his change in focus. Eventually Geralt will get around to asking his questions. Turns out the Blacksmith’s son saw Hanna go out into the woods with another woman, near dawn. The Blacksmith claims that she’s a lost cause if she was out in the woods, due to a pack of Wolves that lurk around, beasts only Niellen is brave enough to deal with. Next talk to Glenna, who also blames the Wolves.

Follow a trail out of town to the north-west and when you reach a cluster of roads follow a small trail to the north, past an “Alchemy Supplies” house (which is to your left) until you reach another trail leading west. Continue along this trail until you find the start of a search area, at the edge of which you should activate your Witcher Senses. Detect some ripples near the center of the search area and head towards them to encounter some Wolves (level six).

Wild at Heart Best Choice: Scenario 1

After fighting the wee doggies, Hanna’s sister will show up, telling you to give up the quest and tell Niellen that Hanna is dead. She’s even willing to pay you extra to do so. If Geralt questions her, she’ll give a rather unconvincing answer… all in all, the whole thing seems suspicious. If you accept her offer, the rewards are listed below. In this case you need to only take the money, tell Niellen what Hanna’s sister wants you to tell him, and either accept or decline his reward. On the other hand, if you care to learn the truth and have any integrity, refuse Hanna’s offer. If you refuse, Hanna’s sister will get angry and call your heartless. Said the pot… Or, you can accept her offer, and keep looking anyways. This is the most lucrative choice.

All this quest does is either end it short or present an opportunity to investigate the truth, you’ve come this far right, so may as well carry on. If you’re on Deathmarch, know you’re on the path to fighting a werewolf, so keep this in mind as the fight can become very hard for you if you’re not prepared.

Objective Reward
For accepting Hanna’s sister’s offer 72 XP / 55 Crowns
For telling Niellen that Hanna is dead, and accepting a reward 45 XP / 10 Crowns
For telling Niellen that Hanna is dead, and refusing to take a reward 27 XP

Continuing on with the Wild at Heart Walkthrough

Search near where the Wolves were to find a dead dog, using your trusty Witcher Senses. Inspect the corpse and Geralt will comment on the wounds. Search some blood nearby, then head west a bit to find another corpse. Geralt surmises the identity, as well as the cause of death, and it’s a cause which most certainly calls for a Witcher. Even if you took the money from Hanna’s sister earlier, the quest will revive and the objective will change.

Head north-east to find some bloody paw prints. Follow them a short distance and Geralt will find that the creature you’re tracking skittered up a tree. Geralt doesn’t do heights, so search around the tree for more clues. Damn Werewolf had to come down sometime. North of the tree Geralt will find a tuft of stanky fur on the ground… but now, like any good bloodhound, you’ve got the beast’s scent.

Turn around and activate your Witcher Senses to spot a floating trail of vapor, highlighted red. The stench trail of the Werewolf. Follow the meandering trail from tree to tree, until it ends north-west of the center of the search area, where Geralt will find a man’s clothes on the forest floor. Track a sparse trail north-west to find the “Isolated Shack” signpost.

In the woods around Blackbough you’ll find the much-feared Wolves that prowl around (left). Hanna’s sister will interrupt your search and encourage you to drop the investigation (right).

Wild at Heart’s Werewolf Lair Location

Explore the interior of the shack to find plenty of things to loot, save for one chest in the bedroom, which is locked. Pick up some “Mysterious Notes” on the ground and read them to find out that the Werewolf you’re tracking is aware of its condition, and despite the stubbornness of its curse, its decided to try and cope as best it can. Leave the shack and search around the southern end of the building to pick up a more prominent blood trail, which ultimately leads around to the western side of the shack, where you’ll find a door leading down into a cave.

Follow a variety of trails with your Witcher Senses to find out the fate of Hanna (left). In a lair under a forest cottage you’ll have to fend off a Werewolf (right).

Wild at Heart: How to Defeat the Werewolf

Before you rest until midnight to start the encounter, you want to prepare the best you can. Prepare any Oils, Potions, or Decoctions you might want (Cursed Oil is recommended, if you have access to it), then Aard the door open. Head through the barren tunnels until you reach a large chamber. Shortly you’ll be attacked by the Werewolf and its cadre of Wolves (level seven). He’s not so tough, but the Wolves can be annoying. If you retreat back to the corridor, you might shake the Werewolf long enough to safely dispose of his Wolf allies, as he’s more prone to staying in the large chamber than his Wolves are. In any event, try to hit them with Igni, dispatch the Wolves, then focus on the Werewolf. Given the Werewolf’s speed, fast attacks are probably better here than strong attacks. Dodge, use your Quenn sign if you need some extra shielding. Don’t forget to look up the other brief strats against Werewolves in your Beastiery before the fight start too.

Werewolf Healing

The battle will get tricky when the Werewolf’s health drops to around 50%, at which point it’ll start quickly regenerating health. If you’re low-level and on Death March difficulty, you might have to sacrifice finesse for pure offense if you want to whittle the beast’s life bar down. We also recommend using Yrden to slow down time. This should make managing the fast health regernation much easier as well. Also, make sure you’re not close to getting your stamina depleted when the regen starts, otherwise being stunned while this happens is i very bad news.

In addition, while the creature is in your Yrden slow trap, dodge behind it and attack as fast as possible into its back. The result is you’re going to deal more damage, and getter more opportunities to do so, thanks to the creature being slow and unable to react in the time it normally would.

Remember, you only need to get the creature to 15% Hp before a cutscene begins. You have more time to do what you need to do than you may realize.

After the Werewolf’s been beaten nearly to death, Hanna’s sister shows up and tries to get you to stop the violence (if you took her reward earlier, Geralt blankly says “I changed my mind.” Heh…) Question her motives and she’ll identify the Werewolf and reveal her motives. The Werewolf is not pleased. Hanna’s sister will proclaim her innocence (to a degree), but the Werewolf doesn’t believe her, and is willing to think Hanna’s sister had the worst motives in mind.

Wild at Heart Best Choice: Scenario 2

Now its time for another choice in the Wild at Heart quest.

Its once again time to make another choice in Wild at Heart. This is the final one. However it is timed. Either tell Hanna’s sister to flee while you put the Werewolf down, or let the Werewolf kill her. If you choose the latter (a fairly un-Witcherly option, but it wouldn’t be the first time Geralt allowed a monster to kill a human) the Werewolf will beg you to kill it, next. The experience is the same either way, but if you kill Werewolf and spare Hanna’s sister, you’ll get to loot the Werewolf for his juicy Werewolf parts.

You’ll also score “Niellen’s Key “, either way, which opens the chest in his shack. He won’t be needing its contents anymore. Search the cave for two chests-one along the western wall, and one in a cubby to the south east, then loot the locked chest in the shack, which contains - among other things - the “Diagram: Shiadal’s Armor”. Another item with a level requirement so high you can’t do much but dream about it.

Objective Reward
For killing the Werewolf 45 XP

The only real difference in the decision you make is whether Hanna’s sister dies or not. This is honestly a morally gray choice you make. Either Hanna’s sister gets away with deliberately killing her sister by putting her into a position where she was eaten by her secret werewolf husband. Or the creature gets its revenge on his sister-in-law for making him kill his own wife while he had no control over it. Here is a medieval sense of justice, and both answers lead to a rather unfortunate ending regardless of which way you look at it. And for Geralt, this is one of those, you’re fighting a monster, but is it the real monster in the situation. It probably explains why book friendly Geralt does let monsters do things sometimes, and this is certainly one of those moments.

So, go with whatever you feel and how you want to role play Geralt in your save.

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So the Wild at Heart quest was moved to here... no idea why. I had thought is was because it was tough to do on DM, but I just did it easily on DM as a level 4 (the quest itself leveled me to level 5 at the end after I killed the werewolf), so now idky it was moved here. It did throw off a lot of earlier stuff though... It should be edited one way or the other.

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If this quest is supposed to be completed after all the rest of Velen's exploring, then why was the part about it in the main walkthrough written in such a way that this quest has already been completed.

This part must be raised significantly higher in this case.

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So the Wild at Heart quest was moved to here... no idea why. I had thought is was because it was tough to do on DM, but I just did it easily on DM as a level 4 (the quest itself leveled me to level 5 at the end after I killed the werewolf), so now idky it was moved here. It did throw off a lot of earlier stuff though... It should be edited one way or the other.

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If this quest is supposed to be completed after all the rest of Velen's exploring, then why was the part about it in the main walkthrough written in such a way that this quest has already been completed.

This part must be raised significantly higher in this case.

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    CD Projekt
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    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
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  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    18 July 2024
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  • 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.

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