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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

From Lindenvale to Lurtch

Nathan Garvin
Important Items in this Area
Lockbox Key
Grave Hag Skulls
Grave Hag Mutagen
Addan Deith
Grave Hag Trophy

With any luck you should have been able to craft your Griffin Swords by now, and with the Griffin Silver Sword in hand you should be more prepared than ever to deal with the threats in south-eastern Velen. Time to finish off the rest of this scavenger hunt by finding the Griffin armor. This also gives you an excuse to head back to Lindenvale, where you’ve got a few more outstanding quests worth tackling.

The Fall of House Reardon (Level 6)

Fast travel back to Lindenvale and head south-east from the notice board to find Dolores, who will bemoan her fate when you talk to her. Offer to help her and she’ll hand over a “Lockbox Key” , with which you can loot some treasures from inside the house. Dolores herself doesn’t care about the treasure, she just wants the house. You’ll end up doing this quest along the way, but for now, it’s enough that you get it started.

Starting this will also start “Ghosts of the Past” if you have both 1) visited Reardon Manor and encounter any of the traps outside, and 2) spared Letho’s life in the last game… or at least told the Nilfgaardians that you did.

For a full walkthrough, featuring the best choices and general playstyle, then feel free to head to this Reardon guide.

Contract: The Merry Widow (Level 10) Walkthrough

Return to the signpost and from it head east to find the Gravedigger near his house. Talk to him about the contract and he’ll tell you about some suspected Necrophage activity. Haggle with him, or just accept the quest, then head to the cemetery, which is located slightly north and to the east.

When you arrive, put down some Wild Dogs (level five) then after Geralt comments on the obvious, search one of several graves north of the chapel to learn some of the digger’s means (or lack thereof), then search a grave west of the chapel to discover a scent trail. Follow the trail over a wall, down a hill across a broken bridge (which you’ll have to leap over a gap to cross) and finally to a cottage along a road south-east of Lindenvale. Search the various implements in the hut - and the skulls in the corner - to identify the beast, then Geralt formulates a plan of action.

Objective Reward
For identifying the beast 10 XP

Take the Grave Hag Skulls to lure the beast out into the open (left) then teach her to fear a Witcher’s blade (right).

Grab the “Grave Hag Skulls” after searching them, head to the cemetery, and place the skulls on the stone shrine in the chapel… if you can get Geralt to stop targeting the candles, anyways. Once done, Geralt will rest until nightfall, when the Grave Hag shows up to confront the thief who stole her skulls. She’s an easy fight, as her attacks are quite predictable, just dodge and counter with the strong style. Once she’s dead, loot her body for a “Grave Hag Mutagen” , the silver sword “Addan Deith” , and a “Grave Hag Trophy” , among other things. All you have to do now is collect your reward.

Objective Reward
For slaying the Grave Hag, Mourntart 240 XP / 180+ Crowns

Bandit Camp (Level 10)

Return to the cemetery, and from there travel north-west to find a Bandit Camp north of a road running east-west. Kill the Deserters (levels nine and ten) on the ground, then climb a nearby watch tower to find the chest they were guarding.

Kill the Deserters (left) then climb a nearby watchtower to find their treasure (right).

Abandoned Site (Level 6)

Backtrack south to reach the road running east-west across the north of this land, and continue east. After some running you’ll reach a smaller road branching off to the south-east. Take it down to discover an “Abandoned Site” guarded by some Renegades (level five) and their leader (level six). Slaughter them to have more honest folk move in, including a Merchant and an Herbalist.

Objective Reward
For liberating the Abandoned Site 120 XP / 50 Crowns

Bandit Camp (Level 7)

From the refugee camp head west to find a road running uphill to the south. Follow it south until you near the end, where it turns east. Instead of following it further, veer off north-west into the wilderness until you find a “Bandit Camp” atop a hill jutting out abruptly over the land below. Kill the Bandits (level seven) inhabiting the area, then loot their camp, including a chest filled with valuables near some rocks atop the hill.

Fools Gold - Part 1 (level 6) Walkthrough

Return east to the road you left earlier, then follow it to its southern end at which point it’ll abruptly veer off to the east. Continue along it in that direction and shortly you should reach the town of Lurtch, which isn’t terribly interesting, although their are a few houses you can loot for their petty goods.

Make your way to the northern end of town, where you’ll find a peasant named Yontek whining about some Bandits who stole his “Yagoda”. Further north you’ll said Bandits merrily roasting a pig. Talk to them and they’ll explain where they got it, and offer to share. Before Geralt can sink his teeth into some juicy pig-flesh, Yontek will show up and whine about his pig, whining the Bandits take exception to. After this you’ll get a timed decision; stand up for the poor, beaten, pig-bereft peasant or keep your Witcher neutrality intact and stay out of it.

In this instance, there’s no benefit to staying neutral, so despite the chumminess of the Bandits, stand up for Yontek and the Bandits (levels five and six) will attack. Kill them to start the quest “Fool’s Gold” . Geralt will check up on poor, bereaved Yontek, who mourns poor Yagoda, before explaining where the other villagers went… as best he understands it, anyways. Took by the “piggy magic” apparently.

At the town of Lurtch you’ll come across some Bandits roasting up a pig, much to Yontek’s dismay (left). After dealing with the Bandits, investigate the pigs to confirm Yontek’s tale (right).

After talking to Yontek, visit the houses back south and use your Witcher Senses to examine the pigs, upon which cursory examination reveals there may actually be some magic at work. Find Yontek again and he’ll show you a “key” to a “hog hut”, which seems to facilitate the transformation of people into pigs. No wonder he was so upset about poor Yagoda. This “hog hut” lies some distance to the east, and you’ll make your way over there in pursuit of the Griffin Armor, amongst other quests.

“Fool’s Gold”** is a free DLC quest. You’ll obviously only be able to start it if you’ve kept up-to-date on your patches/DLC. We’ve also done this in a first part, as you have some more exploring to do before you make it to part 2 of Fools Gold.

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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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