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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Precious Cargo

Nathan Garvin

Starting Precious Cargo

To start this quest you’ll need to talk to a merchant on the side of the road - specifically you’ll find this merchant just east of the road, north of the Sawmill signpost, just south of the swamp that surrounds the Nilfgaardian Garrison. Talk to the merchant and he’ll vaguely babble about some monsters in the swamp, which certainly sounds like witcher’s work. Specifically he wants you to recover a “little box” from the wreck of his wagon.

Find and Examine the Cart

From the merchant make your way north to the swamp and keep your witcher senses on and you should immediately spot some ruts veering off the road to the west and into the swamp. Make your way to the center of a search area - just west of a sunken brick building - where you’ll find the wagon, the dead horse, and the cargo. Check the horse and the cart to observe that they’ve been shot with arrows - a weapon which not too many monsters use - then loot the various parcels in and around the cart.

Continue looking around with your Witcher Senses to spot a body to the east, also the victim of arrow fire. Geralt comes to the only logical conclusion, and it doesn’t make him a happy witcher. The box you’re looking for is just north-east of the wreckage, pick up the Locked Strongbox and return to the merchant.

Give the Merchant the Box

You can simply give the merchant his box back by picking the option “Found it. Here”. This ends the quest and will get you some EXP (more EXP than any other route, but still a pittance) and 20 Crowns, but leaves the mystery of the monstrous archer unsolved. If you want to get to the bottom of things you’ll need to respond with “Seen through your lies.”.

Chase the Merchant

If you call the merchant out on his lies, he’ll try some crude deception on Geralt, which doesn’t work for obvious reasons. With that ruse foiled, the merchant rides off, and you’ll need to mount Roach (who will conveniently appear nearby) and give chase. Gallop after the merchant by mashing DualSense-ButtonCross Xbox-ButtonA, unsheath your steel sword with DualSense-DPad-Left Xbox-Dpad-Left, ride up alongside the merchant and swat him with your sword DualSense-ButtonSquare Xbox-ButtonX. You’ll need to attack just before you reach the merchant, as there’s a bit of a delay in Geralt’s swing, but with some practice you’ll get it, and a single hit will unhorse the merchant. Once done, Geralt will take the liar aside for some questioning, and after learning who the merchant really is you’ll get three choices for how to resolve the quest.

While the consequences aren’t significant this time around, if you fancy roleplaying it can help to start building a pattern of behavior for Geralt… specifically on the issue of Temerian independence and Nilfgaardian conquest. A witcher is supposed to remain neutral (an aspiration rarely realized and in fact punished in the first game!), and it’s not really your job to round up criminals, nor help rebellions. Geralt is a nordling himself, however, one who was part of Foltest’s retinue before the late Temerian king’s assassination, and given your chat with Vesemir earlier, it’s clear that nationalist sympathies aren’t exactly alien to witchers.

Take the Rebel to the Nilfgaardians

The most offensive to a nordling’s sensibilities and decidedly not neutral. Still, you’ll kill bandits - deserters, former Temerian soldiers, specifically - while clearing out the region’s bandit camps, so killing nordlings in general and Temerians specifically is clearly not a red line for Geralt. You’ll get a pittance of EXP and 30 Crowns for turning the rebel in - almost enough for a snack at the local tavern! Obviously you’ll be picking this choice to make a statement, not a fortune.

Give the Rebel the Medicine

If you let loyalty to your fellow nordlings cloud your judgment you can let the rebel go You’ll get the same pittance of a reward as you would have if you turned the rebel into the Nilfgaardians (a tiny bit of EXP and 30 Crowns) and surprising as it may be, the outcome of the war doesn’t hinge on the health of several Temerian partisans cowering in the woods. On the other hand, you can sleep soundly knowing you rendered one more service to late king Foltest and Temeria… even if both are too dead to appreciate it.

Let the Rebel Go, But Keep the Medicine

The most lucrative option, although it’s more greedy than neutral. Letting the rebel go is bound to displease the Nilfgaardians, and keeping the medicine puts the Temerians in a foul mood. Fortunately aside from some mean words from the “merchant” before he leaves, nothing really comes of this choice. On the plus side you’ll score some EXP, 50 Crowns and 5x Celandine.

Make whatever choice suits your Geralt best (or your coin purse, if that’s what motivates you) - the decision won’t come up again.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    18 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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