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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

High Stakes Gwent

Nathan Garvin
Important Items in this Area
Foltest, the Steel-Forged Card
Emhyr var Emreis, the Relentless Card
Francesca Findabair, Queen of Dol Blathanna Card
Eredin, Destroyer of Worlds Card
Letter from Cantarella
Gwent Players in this Area
Barnard Tulle - Foltest, the Steel-Forged Card
Sasha - Emhyr var Emreis, the Relentless Card
Finneas - Francesca Findabair, Queen of Dol Blathanna Card
Count Tybalt - Eredin, Destroyer of Worlds Card

Entering the Tournament

You have two ways to start the next quest; either head over to most any notice board in Novigrad and take the notice “High Stakes Gwent Tournament” or simply head to the Passiflora and find a Scribe to the north of Marquise Serenity, who is busily denying a potential Gwent player entry into a tournament. After the sad reject departs, talk to the scribe, show him your cards, and pay the 1,000 Crown entry fee. High stakes tournament, indeed!

Once you pay up you’ll get your ticket and head upstairs, where a woman named “Sasha” will pester you. Talk to her to learn the names of your competitors, including Patrick Hazelnutt, Bernard Tulle, Finneas and Count Tybalt. Follow Sasha’s advice and talk to your competition while waiting for Count Tybalt.

Your first match will be against Barnard Tulle (left), after which Sasha will meet you outside for some scheming (right).

Barnard Tulle Match

After you’re done talking to the last of the three, the rules will be announced and the players will be paired off, with your first foe of the night being Barnard Tulle. Talk to him to play him; he’s got a powerful, but rather straight-forward Northern Kingdom decks, including 15 Strength Hero Cards like “Geralt of Rivia” and “Ciri”. He’s also fond of “Biting Frost” cards and not above using “Commander’s Horn” and “Scorch” cards. He will also make use of his “Foltest, the Steel-Forged” card, which will limit the usefulness of your siege cards, so try to avoid playing too many of the same Strength at once to avoid this card. Sadly, your “Catapult” cards will have to be sacrificial lambs here. This is also the card you win if you defeat the halfling.

Objective Reward
For defeating Barnard Tulle at Gwent 20 XP, Foltest, the Steel-Forge Card

After the match Sasha will bother you again and ask to talk to you on the balcony. Agree and follow her to hear her out, where she’ll tell you what she’s after here, and where she heard of you. Best case scenario you win the tournament and have control of the winner’s purse yourself. If you fail to win… well, she insists it might be lucrative if you remain until the end anyways. You should have no intention of losing, however, as you’ll only gain the unique cards each player has if you beat them, and that means you’ll need to sweep the tournament.

Sasha Match

Return back to the common room where the next two opponents will be named. Seems like you’re playing Sasha. Head back upstairs and talk to Sasha, who insists you play to the best of your capabilities. That’s a little up to luck, isn’t it? She’s got a nasty Nilfgaardian deck, fielding plenty of high-strength Cards (both normal and hero cards), the “Dandelion” card, the “Villentretenmerth” card and the odd “Scorch” card. Strangely enough, she doesn’t make much use of “Tight Bond” cards, nor does she use - or really have much of a way to counter - weather cards, but considering how many hero cards she plays, weather cards will probably hurt you more than her anyway.

The real difficulty in facing her stems from the absurd amount of “Decoy”, “Medic” and “Spy” cards she has, which she’ll gladly use to either perpetuate her strongest cards in later rounds, or to constantly threaten to out-card you by playing and re-playing “Spy” cards. She’s the only player in the game that has a realistic shot of out-powering and out-carding the best Northern Kingdoms deck you can assemble, even if you draw a good hand. On top of this she’ll use her “Emhyr var Emreis, the Relentless” leader card to snatch a card from your discard pile, usually a “Medic” or “Spy” card.

She’s probably the toughest Gwent player you’ll face in the game, so if you beat her, kudos! It’s all downhill from here, in terms of difficulty.

Objective Reward
For defeating Sasha at Gwent 45 XP, Emhyr var Emreis, the Relentless Card

Sasha’s got one of the most potent Gwent decks in the game, one that you’ll need a potent deck to even compete with (left). Finneas, on the other hand, has a rather weak deck, something he tries to make up for with poor sportsmanship (right).

Finneas Match

Defeat her and you’ll immediately be put into a match with Finneas, who only agrees to play when faced with forfeiture. He’s by far the easiest opponent you’ve faced in this tournament, using a fairly standard Scoia’tael deck. He has a few Hero Cards, and high-strength cards, and some “Muster” cards, but honestly he can be easily defeated with a lucky hand of “Spy” and “Decoy” cards to simply out-spend him, or the ever handy “Villentretenmerth” and “Decoy” combo to blast away his “Muster” cards. This is good news for you, too, since you can’t save in between playing him and Sasha.

Objective Reward
For defeating Finneas at… life 45 XP, Francesca Findabair, Queen of Dol Blothanna

After the match he’ll take offense at losing, and start a fight. Although he’s high level, if you know how to parry punches by now, he’s no more difficult than any other fist-fighter. Just parry, counter, and continue until he falls. Once he does, you’ll be able to challenge Count Tybalt for the grand prize. Save your game, then play Gwent with Tybalt.

Count Tybalt Match

As you might expect, he’s got a Monster deck. While these can be initially challenging, by now Monster decks are very predictable. Use “Spy” cards to out-card him (a tactic which doesn’t work as well for him when he attempt to “Decoy” your Spy cards back at you, since the Monster decks relies heavily on “Muster” cards), and if you’re lucky, you’ll get “Villentretenmerth”, which you can spam with “Decoy” to obliterate said “Muster” combos. When you defeat him, you’ll get yet another Leader card; “Eredin, Destroyer of Worlds”.

Objective Reward
For defeating Count Tybalt at Gwent 72 XP, Eredin, Destroyer of Worlds Card
Trophy/Achievement Icon

Gwent Master

Defeat Tybalt and win the gwent tournament held at the Passiflora.

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The Heist

Once you are victorious you and Count Tybalt will be informed that some dastardly thieves sneaked off with the purse! Sasha proclaims her innocence to Geralt, and he takes her at face value. Agree to help her recover the coin - your coin - and she’ll smooth talk her way past a guard. Follow the guard upstairs to the scene of the crime, where, after more wordplay from Sasha, you’ll be left alone. Use your Witcher Senses and search the dead guard, then investigate the scratch on the floor near the door to the north. Once done head out onto the balcony and search a crossbow bolt tied to a string to the east.

Geralt and Sasha will talk some more and deduce a probable sequence of events. Head downstairs and leave the brothel to find a search area along the north-eastern corner of said brothel. Activate your Witcher Senses and investigate some rope, after which Geralt will detect a scent trail. Follow the trail south then up some stairs to find a box on the ground, which bears markings that lead Sasha to suggest a specific warehouse.

Objective Reward
For following the thief’s trail 45 XP

Investigate the crime scene (left) then follow the trail of clues outside until you find evidence that leads you to the culprits (right).

Head to a warehouse along the south-western edge of Novigrad’s central district where you’ll rendezvous with Sasha, who is sporting a sensible change of attire. Circle around to the northern end of the warehouse (perhaps stumbling upon the wagon the thieves used earlier) and climb some boxes to reach a wooden platform that will grant you access to the warehouse.

Go through a window and drop down to the floor to find the thieves loitering around along the south-eastern side of the building, led by their boss, who is, as expected, one of your fellow Gwent players. Violence is, of course, unavoidable, and these Bandits are quite powerful (level twenty-four), but despite being possibly out-matched, there are a few factors that make this fight winnable. First, you have lots of room to retreat. Second, countering a few aggressive Bandits isn’t too hard, regardless of their level. Third, you can use hit and run tactics, the good old Strong Attack/Dodge combo that works so well. Fourth, Sasha will help out, and she’s powerful and invincible, so while you play defensively, she will likely do most of the work.

Defeat the thieves in the warehouse (left) after which Geralt and Sasha will make off with the money, have a nice dinner… and perhaps a little fun for dessert (right).

After they’re all dead, Sasha will invite you to dinner at the Kingfisher. Question her further and she’ll give you her almost-real name, after which feel free to accept the dinner invitation. You’ll rejoin your conspirators back at the aforementioned inn, where Geralt is telling a story. Sick of the small talk, Sasha - or whoever she really is - will invite Geralt upstairs for an intimate re-enactment of his past exploits. This ends the quest “High Stakes”. Geralt got a bit of coin, a few new Gwent cards, and got laid. All in all, a good day for Geralt. Read the note “Letter from Cantarella” on the bed when you come to - ah well, easy come, easy go.

Objective Reward
For stealing back the tournament purse 4500 Crowns
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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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