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ShootingsBricks4Life
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
When Geralt pulls out his weapon, does it pick the right weapon for you? For example, monsters come up so he pulls out the silver sword. He pulls out the steel sword when humans approach. Does it automatically pick the best weapon for you at that moment?


gulfcoasttiger5
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
Most of the time, the auto-select is pretty spot on. There have been times though when monsters and humanoids have been mixed that he pulls out the sword I don’t want him to in the moment, so I turned the auto select feature off in the settings.

It’s a tough adjustment at first (you’ll accidentally wind up punching a fiend in the face and get shitmixed for it ), but it’s been for the better.


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gulfcoasttiger5
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
Playthrough Update: TL;DR Bloody Baron quest line done, felt like Billy Bad Ass, found out quickly I have a long way to go. Best RPG I’ve played since KOTR.

I finally finished the Bloody Baron quest line, and I had to up the difficulty because I had leveled too high for the quest. That aside, what an emotional ball buster.

I feel really comfortable with the combat now, and seemed to have settled into my play style groove of fast attack, quick dodge spam, and Quen/Axii rotation. On the higher difficulty setting (second to Death March), I’ve noticed that I appreciate potions and oils much more and that I’m loathing my lack of toxicity threshold. I’ll probably reset my skills soon to take more advantage of Alchemy.

Some of the monster fights have been genuinely challenging, and I love having to consult the Bestiary to come up with new tactics and strategies after a monster whips my ass.

I seemed to have plateaued around level 16 though after just entering Novigrad. Having a hard time earning XP because I’m higher level than most of the quests here, but I just took a ride to the northeast of Novigrad and basically had to do quick flybys of every location because I was so underpowered (“??” level indicator = byeee), so I’m excited to come back and explore in more detail. Might head to Skellige for a bit and double back after.

I’m hooked though. Woke up at 5 AM, made breakfast for the missus for some goodwill, and locked myself away to play. Excited for what’s next.
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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TL;DR Bloody Baron quest line done, felt like Billy Bad Ass, found out quickly I have a long way to go


If someone isn’t hooked after the Bloody Baron quest then the game isn’t for you.

quote:

Best RPG I’ve played since KOTR.


Yep, it’s one of the best ever made.

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I’m hooked though.


It will grab you and won’t let go. Top 5 all timer for me. Have fun and enjoy the ride.


ShootingsBricks4Life
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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I finally finished the Bloody Baron quest line


Just did that as well. Level 10. Game is really great.


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Ye_Olde_Tiger
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
Nice man, glad to hear it's going well. Still a lot of awesome moments to experience!

Your point about quest leveling is a valid and fair criticism. I've always ended up over-leveled, at least the base game. They do correct that on the DLC though. The game just makes you feel like a badass though.

I kinda fell in love with Ciri. Just too awesome.


TigerMyth36
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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badass

Until you run into the DLC additions.



I remember having a pain in the arse time with the first werewolf. Had to actually read up on potions.

I think the most times I died was heading out of White Orchard I went straight to some bandit camp that were red skulled and I got killed about a zillion times. It was so satisfying to go back once leveled up and chop those dudes to little pieces.
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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
Getting those awesome finishing moves on some dickhead black soldiers is so satisfying. Love it when their head goes flying


ShootingsBricks4Life
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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dickhead black soldiers


Let me beat the OT crowd to the punch. NO, he doesn't mean what you WANT it to mean.

Also to the guy who started playing at the same time as me (I know there is another guy as well but I'm talking about the OP)...dang you finished the baron quest at level 16?!? You must really be getting lost in the weeds. I am trying NOT to do that. I have to yell at myself to get back on track!


gulfcoasttiger5
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
All those damn question marks are just too enticing!

In my exploring, I’ve fallen arse backwards into a few of the higher-level contracts that thankfully weren’t too difficult, and you get some nice experience buffs from it. Monster nests, abandoned places, and persons in distress also give you 40-60 experience points a pop, so I keep doing those when I come across them. There are so many side quests that you just sort of happen upon, that I haven’t given the story missions their proper due.

I just got my first set of Witcher gear (feline set) and it’s immediately noticeable how much better it is than the piecemeal sets I was running with. Get the Witcher gear as quickly as possible.


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TigerMyth36
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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All those damn question marks

Pro Tip

Once you hit the water maps, pay no heed to the water ?s.

They are nothing but pain in the arse fights for shitty loot. And there are a millions ? in the water. The Island ?s have some loot but the one's in the water are garbage.

They may eat at a completionist's brain, but they are worthless.


Centinel
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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They may eat at a completionist's brain, but they are worthless.




The most difficult part of the whole game for me. It irks me to this day I have ?s in the water around skellige.


gulfcoasttiger5
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
I think I’ll be able to resist that now that you’ve said they’re more trouble than they’re worth.

My only reason for loot has been to sell it since the Witcher gear outclasses most other gear in the game.

Money is also no longer an issue as I’ve just continuously cheesed various merchants by selling back useless crap to them. There were a bunch of posters earlier in the thread that told me not to worry about money struggles, and they were right. I have more than I could hope to spend right now.
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Brosef Stalin
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
Some of the junk you should keep for crafting. Anything with leather, steel, silver, or random rare material for sure should be kept.


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TigerMyth36
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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he most difficult part of the whole game for me. It irks me to this day I have ?s in the water around skellige.


Last year I did a replay and I got the mod that makes the boat super fast. Still a pain in the arse killing those flying / swimming monsters but I was able to clear out all of the ? without going insane.


TigerMyth36
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
I just bought a pile of games in the steam summer sale but...

I've been playing Witcher Thronebreaker which makes me want to start up a new play of Witcher 3.

Downloaded it last night and started firing up some mods. I'm going back in!


MickeyLikesDags21
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
You know this is the GOAT game when it's getting this much traction over 4 years later. I'm tempted to do another play through before the netflix series but I don't know if I have 6 months to spare


TigerMyth36
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
It is a bit daunting knowing my play style. At least 150 hours maybe more with the DLC.


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Carson123987
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re: Tips for a Witcher 3 noob?
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If someone isn’t hooked after the Bloody Baron quest, theyre a homo.


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