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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

A Deadly Plot Walkthrough for the Witcher 3

Nathan Garvin

Speaking of Radovid… you might as well go see about Dijkstra’s Deadly Plot quest against the king. Taking this step won’t commit you to anything, so there’s no harm in it… It’s also a fantastic story call back for the Witcher 2, and those who want to get into some political intrigue. Besides, it would be premature to turn this quest down before you know more about what Dijkstra is planning. And there’s a sweet Gwent card in it for you! What more motivation could you need? The Deadly Plot is certainly one of the more interesting quests in the Witcher 3 and one worthy of your time. To get you through it, here is everything you need to know about the Deadly Plot Witcher 3 Quest with our walkthrough.

Witcher 3: A Deadly Plot Walkthrough

Before jumping into the meat and bones on this quest, you need to know the quest has an expiration date. A Deadly Plot will automatically fail if you finish Novigrad and head to Skelliga. So, completionists, make sure you do this before setting sail.

Also, this is a quest that directly unlocks after completing the “Get Junior” and “Now or Never” quests. If you’ve not done them, make sure you get them done before moving on.

Plot at the Passiflora

All right then, context aside, you need to start this quest by heading to the Passiflora and talk to Marquise Serenity, who is in the room to the north-west, instead of her usual spot. She’ll lead you to the meeting spot, making it clear that if she’s not one of the conspirators, she’s at least aware of the conspiracy. Go through the secret door near where she was standing and up some stairs to find Dijkstra, who will introduce you to one of his co-conspirators. Seems like former intelligence officers tend to stick together, and Radovid’s angered all of them… save one glaring omission from the first Witcher game… Anyways, ask what’s expected of you and you’ll be sent off to find a wayward associate of theirs. Once thats done you’re now officially on your way through the Deadly Plot questline.

Fast-travel to the “Border Post” signpost and head north across a bridge to find Gregor. Talk to him and he’ll tell you why he’s in on the conspiracy before he tells you about the “cobbler” you’re looking for, whose cart was found nearby… it mostly just serves to reinforce the idea that Radovid is bad, and give you more motivation to see the assassination through.

Anyways, once you have the information you need head through the Border Post, cross the bridge to the south-east to return to central Velen, then continue south-east along the road. Ignore the first fork (to the south-west) and continue following the road south-east, then east a short distance until you reach another fork, at which point take the south-eastern path. Along this road you should find the cobbler’s cart - the big shoe on top should identify it well enough.

The cobbler’s cart should be easy enough to find (left). Follow the trail of footwear to find Thaler teaching some Trolls how to swear (right).

Trolls and Thaler

Kill some Wolves (level five) and a Warg (level eight) then activate your Witcher Senses to spot some “signs of a scuffle” on a road, then head south-west, following a trail of shoes (rather than their prints for a change). Along the way you’ll find a Troll, who is fussing over a pile of shoes. Ask the Troll - Rogg - about the shoes and he’ll point you in the right direction. Head to the “Monster Den” north-west of the “Hanged Man’s Tree” signpost. While formerly home to some Nekkers, it is now the home to Trolls.

Venture into the cave’s large cavern, where you’ll find your cobbler, as well as the other two Trolls, Ogg and Pogg. If you threaten the Trolls, you’ll provoke them, and have to fight three Rock Trolls (level sixteen). Otherwise, navigate the conversation and you can tell them that you just need to borrow the cobbler for a little while. It’s worth saving your game here if you don’t want to kill some trolls in case you run your mouth a bit too hard.

Either way, make off with the cobbler and the two of you will talk on your way back to his cart. When you reach the cart there will be more chatter; ask Thaler more about his cobbler act as you please and this section of the quest will end. Congratulations on completing this Witcher 3: A Deadly Plot walkthrough!

Objective Reward
For rescuing Thaler 25 XP

Gwent: Playing Thaler

Before you run off, talk to Thaler again, where you’ll find the option to play Gwent with him. He’s got a mediocre Scoia’tael deck, count on him to use his “Francesca Findabair, the Beautiful” card to boost the Strength of his Ranged Unit Cards, but otherwise, he’s mostly got mid-strength unit cards and a few weak cards with the “Muster” ability. When you win you’ll walk away with the coveted “Geralt of Rivia” card, a 15 Strength Close Combat Unit Hero Card. This will start and complete the quest “Gwent: Playing Thaler” as well as update the quest “Gwent: Old Pals” . Like Vernon, Thaler tells you to play Lambert.

Objective Reward
For defeating Thaler at Gwent 25 XP / Geralt of Rivia Card
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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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