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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Echoes of Gwent

Nathan Garvin
Important Items in this Area
Leshen Card
Draug Card
Mysterious Elf Card
Vampire: Katakan Card
Emhyr var Emreis, the White Flame Card
Gwent Players in this Area
Ermion - Leshen Card
Crach - Draug Card
Sjusta - Yaevinn Card
Gremist - Mysterious Elf Card
Madman Lugos - Vampire: Katakan Card

You’ve now done most everything you can do on Ard Skellig at this level without advancing the main story or helping Crach. Time you got around to looking for Ciri again. From the “Abandoned Sawmill” signpost head south-east through the woods. Be wary, however, as you’ll come across Endrega Drones (level twenty) and perhaps a Venomous Arachas (level thirty-one) if you’re unlucky. Discretion is the better part of valor, in this case.

Guarded Treasure (Level 27)

There is a longer, safer, and more lucrative path you can take, however. Fast-travel back to the Gedyneith signpost and follow the road north-east from here until it shortly bisects with another road, which you should follow south-east. This road will run more or less east for a while, taking you through a section of forest patrolled by a pack of White Wolves (level fifteen) before bending back to the south-west.

South of the road you should find some ruins, which is the site of a Guarded Treasure event. The guardian here just so happens to be an Earth Elemental (level twenty-seven) which, if you’ve been following this guide, should be within your means to dispatch. Sure, it’s got a few levels on you, but it’s not a terribly dynamic foe. It’ll make ponderously slow attacks with its massive fists, summon a line of rocks to harass you at range, surround both of you with a cage of stone that still leaves plenty of room to maneuver, and perform a leaping ground-pound attack. Of these attacks, only the last is troublesome, as it can blast through Quen and still do a bit of damage. Still, it’s slow as the stone it’s made out of and goes to great lengths to advertise its attacks ahead of time. It might take a while, but the good old strong attack and dodge combo works. Once it’s dead, loot a chest it was guarding, then head back to the road.

From here, just follow the road south-west, then south until you reach a fork. At the fork, continue south to reach your destination.

Echoes of the Past (Level 13) Walkthrough

However you go about reaching this location, when you near the objective marker you’ll discover the “Druid’s Camp” signpost and witness Ermion engaged in a shouting match with Yennefer. Shortly you’ll be dragged into the argument, Ermion indulges in a tirade, and Yennefer slips off and commits some mischief while Geralt and Ermion talk. Follow Ermion a bit (applying some Necrophage Oil to your Silver Sword isn’t a bad idea) and when he begins casting a spell, continue to the south-west to find Yennefer.

Fend off some Foglets (level seventeen) and Geralt will talk to Yennefer, who gives Geralt the mask. Complain or not, but Geralt will eventually concede. Follow Yennefer to the south-east and when she instructs, put on the mask [R1] to witness a scene. After some chatter, follow Yennefer further to the south-east and kill another Foglet (level seventeen). When prompted put the mask back on to witness another scene. Travel south-east a third time, kill another Foglet, and don the mask again to learn what happened to Ciri. Further south-east you’ll need to use the mask a fourth time to see what happened to Ciri’s friend

Use the Mask of Uroboros to witness figments of the past (left). A corpse at the end of your search reveals the nature of Ciri’s foe (right).

Geralt and Yennefer will discuss what they’ve seen, only to be interrupted by Ermion. After he’s done complaining, Geralt will tell him what they’ve learned. Head south and Yennefer will lift a tree, revealing the nature of Ciri’s assailants. After even more discussion the next destination will be settled upon - you can either meet Yennefer there on your own time, or get her to teleport you there.

Objective Reward
For using the Mask of Ouroboros to see the past 500 XP

Gwent: Skellige Style

For Geralt’s sake… and for the sake of your Gwent collection, decline to travel with Yennefer and talk to Ermion. Challenge him to a round of Gwent, then defeat his surprisingly mediocre Monster deck. For your victory, he’ll give you the “Leshen” Card, a 10 Strength Ranged Combat Unit Hero Card for Monster decks. He’ll then recommend you play Crach and Gremist.

Objective Reward
For defeating Ermion at Gwent 25 XP / Leshen Card

Place of Power

You just so happen to know those two characters, so why not seek them out and augment your decks further? Return north to the Druid’s Camp, and from there head east to find a Place of Power. Draw from it to get Geralt another ability point, then fast-travel back to the “Bridge to Kaer Trolde” signpost.

Missable Cards in Kaer Trolde

You’ll find Crach in his keep. Challenge him to a game of Gwent and you’ll discover that if what Ermion said about “the student surpassing the teacher” was true, it’s not by much as Crache also has a fairly weak Monster deck. Crush him and he’ll yield the “Draug” Card, a 10 Strength Close Combat Unit Hero Card for the Monster deck. He’ll also suggest you track down and play a tailor named Sjusta, who just happens to live in town.

Objective Reward
For defeating Crach at Gwent 25 XP / Draug Card

Fast-travel to the “Kaer Trolde Harbor” signpost and head north to find the tailor’s shop, which you might be familiar with from the quest “The King is Dead - Long Live the King”. In any event, his shop is just east of the tavern. Challenge him to a game of Gwent and he’ll field a Northern Kingdoms deck, for a change of pace. He’s capable of pulling a “Commander’s Horn” cards and perhaps a few unit cards with the “Muster” ability, but otherwise, he’s not dangerous. Count on him to counter any build-ups of Siege Unit cards with his leader ability, however. Defeat him and he’ll fork over the “Yaevinn” card, a 6 Strength Scoia’tael card with the “Agile” ability. Yeah, not really anything special…

Objective Reward
For defeating Sjusta at Gwent 25 XP / Yaevinn Card

Gwent with Gremist

The next target is our good master Gremist, and if anybody deserves to lose a card, it’s him. Fast-travel to the “Gedyneith” signpost and head north to reach his dwelling. Call Gremist a chicken and he’ll agree to play Gwent with you. His Nilfgaardian deck, like all the other quest-related Skelliger decks you’ve seen, is nothing special. He is fond of using weather cards, but those became largely obsolete a long time ago. Thrash him and he’ll hand over his “Mysterious Elf” card… which is just a fantastic card for every deck. It’s a 0 Strength Close Combat Unit Hero Card with the “Spy” ability, which you’ve certain seen played against you by now. Now it’s yours to abuse. He’ll also suggest your next victim - Madman Lugos.

Objective Reward
For defeating Gremist at Gwent 25 XP / Avallac’h Card

Madmans Hand

Fast-travel to Kaer Muire and head inside Madman Lugos’ paltry keep. Find the nutter and challenge him to a game of Gwent, in response to which he’ll offer up his “Vampire: Katakan” as the prize for victory. He’ll play another unimpressive Monster deck. He’s got some Hero Cards, and will pull out a “Scorch”, but otherwise, it’s nothing to worry over. When you win he’ll live up to his end of the bargain and give you the promised vampire; a 5 Strength Close Combat Unit Card with the “Muster” ability. He’ll also throw in the “Emhyr var Emreis, the White Flame” Leader Card, which cancels out opposing enemy Leader Cards. This completes “Gwent: Skellige Style” .

Objective Reward
For defeating Madman at Lugos at Gwent 25 XP / Vampire: Katakan Card / Emhyr var Emreis, the White Flame 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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