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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Simulate Witcher 2 Save Choices & Consequences

Nathan Garvin

After choosing which game mode you wish to start, you’ll get to choose your starting [difficulty], among other options, and if you chose to start a “Fresh Save” or “New Game+” you’ll be presented with a curious choice: to “Simulate a Witcher 2 Save” or not. This page will explain the pros and cons of simulating a Witcher 2 save, including what quests and encounters are affected by doing so, and what choices you’ll get if you choose to not simulate a Witcher 2 save.

  • Should you simulate a Witcher 2 Save?: If you choose “Yes” you will miss out on the secondary quest [Ghosts of the Past] with no upside whatsoever. Choosing “No” will let you choose your Witcher 2 decisions during the quest Imperial Audience, where you can respond with “That alliance still alive? What happened to Letho?” to gain access to [Ghosts of the Past].

You can simulate a Witcher 2 save to set some of the choices made in the last game, or decline and you’ll get to pick these outcomes later in the game.

Simulating a Witcher 2 Save Outcomes

You’ll get to make plenty of meaningful choices as you play through The Witcher 3, and that’s not new to the franchise - some of the choices you could have made in the previous game carry over to this one, and this option simulates some of those choices for you. If you choose “Yes” these choices will be made for you, and if you don’t know any story beats from The Witcher 2, this might seem like the safe option. Presumably you don’t know who most of the characters are or the context behind the choices being made, and with one exception there’s not a whole lot that changes.

If you choose “No” you’ll be questioned about these events later in the game and your dialogue choices will set what happened, allowing you to manually choose which outcomes you prefer. This is arguably the better choice, as you’ll gain access to a new quest and character who will play a role in some mid-game events. You won’t get a chance to determine these until the main quest Imperial Audience, which occurs immediately after the prologue events in White Orchard:

Witcher 2 Choices and Consequences

Choice Effect
Kill or spare Aryan La Valette Minor interaction changes with NPCs during the quest [Broken Flowers].
Escaped Flotsam with Vernon Roche or Iorveth Minor interaction changes with NPCs during the quest [Get Junior].
Saved Triss or Anais/Saskia Very minor changes - Triss lives either way and has no strong opinions.
Sile de Tansarville’s fate If she’s alive she’ll appear in the quest [The Great Escape], but plays no major role.
Kill or spare Letho If he’s alive you’ll get the quest [Ghosts of the Past] and he can also appear during [The Battle of Kaer Morhen], playing a significant role.

Simulate Witcher 2 Save Default Settings

The Letho choice is by far the most significant carry-over from The Witcher 2, and if you “Simulate a Witcher 2 Save” the default condition is that Letho is dead. Most other choices only affect the attitudes and dialogue of the odd non-essential NPC - at worst you’ll get a snippy response during a quest. The following world states are in effect if you choose the “Yes” option when asked if you want to “Simulate a Witcher 2 Save”:

  • Aryan La Valette was spared.
  • Geralt escaped Flotsam with Roche.
  • Geralt saved Triss at Loc Muinne.
  • Sile de Tansarville is dead.
  • Letho is dead.

For this guide we chose the “No” option and will instead choose our own answers during Imperial Audience, during which we will pick the options “She escaped.” when asked about Sile de Tansarville and “That alliance still alive? What happened to Letho?” when “alliances with Witchers” is brought up. This will keep both of them alive and allow Sile de Tansarville to make an admittedly inconsequential appearance during [The Great Escape] and since Letho will be alive we’ll gain access to the quest [Ghosts of the Past]. Aside from the aforementioned missable quest, however, your choices don’t matter too much, and you’ll be able to get all the achievements and follow 99% of this guide without any issue whatsoever even if you “Simulate a Witcher 2 Save”.

Once you’ve made this choice you’ll have finally survive the onslaught of choices leveled at players seeking to start a new Witcher 3 playthrough and can confidently continue on to the tutorial quest, Kaer Morhen.

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

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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