The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Console Commands for All New Items

Hearts of Stone brought a lot of brand new and extremely interesting items to The Witcher 3, but it’s really difficult to get them all, especially since most of them come from various player choice made during the gameplay. But we’re here to help you get your hand on your favorite items – or all of them if you want to – by sharing with you some The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone cheats: the console commands for getting all the new items in the game.

All you have to do in order to get the indicated weapon or item in your game is to open up the console and enter up the commands below. We have all the The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone console item ids below, so enjoy them and don’t forget to share this article so your friends can get them too!

In order to type the codes below in the console, you have to download the Witcher 3 mod that enables the debug mode in the game. You can get the mod here (or Google it). After installing the mod, you can open up the console in Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone by pressing the tilde key (~). Then type the codes and item ids below exactly as written, as they are case sensitive. They will reward you with the indicated item.

Viper Set Item Ids
Viper Armor: additem(‘EP1 Witcher Armor’)
Viper Gloves: additem(‘EP1 Witcher Gloves’)
Viper Pants: additem(‘EP1 Witcher Pants’)
Viper Boots: additem(‘EP1 Witcher Boots’)

Weapon Ids
Viper Venomous Silver Sword: additem(‘EP1 Viper School silver sword’)
Caretaker’s Shovel: additem(‘PC Caretaker Shovel’)
Plank: additem(‘Plank’)
Viper Steel Sword: additem(‘EP1 Viper School steel sword’)
Olgierd Sword: additem(‘Olgierd Sabre’)

All Ofir Items

Ofieri Saddlebags: additem(‘Ofir Horse Bag’)
Ofieri Saddle: additem(‘Horse Saddle 6’)
Ofieri Blinders: additem(‘Ofir Horse Blinders’)
Ofieri Pants: additem(‘Ofir Pants’)
Ofieri Armor: additem(‘Ofir Armor’)
Ofieri Boots: additem(‘Ofir Boots’)

Gwent Cards
Olgierd card: additem(‘gwint_card_olgierd’)
Schirru Card: additem(‘gwint_card_schirru’)
Cow Gwent card: additem(‘gwint_card_cow’)
Toad Card: additem(‘gwint_card_toad’)
Gaunter O’dimm: additem(‘gwint_card_mrmirror’)
Horn card: additem(‘gwint_card_horn’)

Gwent Leader Cards
Francesca: additem(‘gwint_card_francesca_platinum’)
Eredin: additem(‘gwint_card_eredin_platinum’)
Emhyr: additem(‘gwint_card_emhyr_platinum’)
Foltest: additem(‘gwint_card_foltest_platinum’)

Mask Ids

Foltest’s Mask: additem(‘q603_foltest_mask’)
A-hole Mask: additem(‘q603_radovid_mask’)
Henselt Mask: additem(‘q603_henselt_mask’)
Emhyr’s Mask: additem(‘q603_emhyr_mask’)

These are all the item ids for the new items in Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone. If you happen to find new ones, let us know by commenting below.

7 Tips on How To Prepare And Defeat Any Witcher Contract

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We all know that Witcher contracts is the essence of the game after you finish the storyline and you only have them, the side quests and Treasure hunts. Witcher contracts can sometimes be tricky to fulfill and defeat that lurking monster menace that threatens the whole village nearby.

Tip 1: Check The Notice Board In Each New Town You Enter

Notice boards are almost the source of every witcher contract in the game with just a few that are obtained through having a little chat with the town folks. So take care and go to the notice board once you discover a new town.

Tip 2: Repair Your Weapons Before Every Battle

Even if you have already set on your way to slay that beast, look around for the town’s blacksmith or armorer and if you can’t find any, just stop at any nearby fast travel sign and fast travel to the nearest town with a blacksmith or an armorer and have them repair everything that you have equipped to 100% to ensure your swords deal the maximum damage and your armor protects you from the monster’s deadly blows.

Tip 3: Prepare Some Bombs Witcher Contract

This can be accessed through the menu, you will find it to be the last one to the left called Alchemy, choose it and start crafting some bombs. In my opinion the most effective bombs to use are:

  1. Dancing Star: produces a wide spread and random fire explosions in the area the bomb was thrown (Normally used to destroy Monster Nests)
  2. Devil’s Puffball: results in a toxic green cloud that is very effective against human enemies but this isn’t our target here but you can use Igni and cast in the area with the toxic cloud and it will lead to a powerful explosion that can deal quite moderate damage to the monster. ( Most effective on Relicts, Vampires and Cursed Ones not that effective against Drowners though so don’t waste it)
  3. Dimeritium Bomb: blocks any magic attacks and monsters’ magic abilities ( Most effective on any Elemental Monster such as Earth Elementals, Fire Elementals, Gargoyles and Djinns. )
  4. Grapeshot: Offers one magnificent huge explosion ( Most effective on Draconids and Hybrids )

Tip 4: Frequently Upgrade Your Skill Trees

If you have any un-allocated points, the wisest skills to spend them on is the Signs skill tree, especially Igni, Quen and Yrden and the Combat Skills tree especially Fast Attack, Strong Attack and Battle Trance. Also the best Mutagens are the Green Mutagen, grants you +50 Vitality aka Health and it increases by 50 everytime you link it to a green skill which are from the Alchemy Skill tree and the Red Mutagen which gives you +5% attack power and increases by 5% everytime you link it to a red skill which are from the Combat Skill tree.

Tip 5: During Combat, Use Quen then Igni then Quen then Igni then….

Since I just mentioned upgrading the signs, using them efficiently might be a bit hard as you have to know what to use and when. Always apply Quen first then switch to Igni  and have it equipped and cast it in between sword attacks. If you get attacked and the Quen protection breaks then switch from Igni to Quen immediately and apply it then switch back to Igni and do as previously illustrated. Fighting Wraiths is a bit trickier since the Yrden sign enters in the mix. Wraiths are known for disappearing and appearing again out of nowhere to attack you, knocking you to the ground and to your eternal doom. Well it’s not that dramatic but high-leveled Wraiths are hard to fight and casting Yrden creates a magic radius around Geralt that if the Wraith enters, will be changed into material form and can be attacked and it can’t disappear as long as it is in within this magic circle. So to summarize, Normal monsters use Quen and Igni and with Wraiths Yrden, Quen and Igni in this written order for each type respectively.

Tip 6: Equip or Craft The Best Silver Sword In Your Level

I do this personally every time I take on a new witcher contract, I open my inventory and check that I don’t have a better silver sword laying around in my inventory unused or if I have an empty Runestone slot in my silver weapon and have an extra Runestone so I equip it to my sword. Following this check, I go to the crafting menu, check every silver sword, steel sword, armor, boots, gloves and trousers that are available in my level and compare them with the equipped ones. If I find I can craft something better, I gather the necessary items to craft it and as mentioned before, go to the nearest Blacksmith or Armor depending on what I want forged. Also try to do some Treasure hunts in between the main quests as they can give you some really powerful and strong swords or armor.  Do this before each battle to have the best gear equipped and prepared for battle.

Final Tip 7: Best Fighting Strategy Is BE A COWARD

Once the fight starts, there is no running away from it so you have to stand and slay that beast BUT you can always roll around like a clown who just joined the circus. All you gotta do is dodge and dodge in circles till you are behind the monster or you are sure that you are not in a position where you can get attacked then deliver some damaging blows and once it turns around to face you, roll around it again. This has been my technique since the beginning of the game and till now, I think it is working out well and helped me kill some powerful higher-level beasts.

Finally, some random tips that weren’t worth mentioning on their own:

  • If you are playing on lower difficulties which are “Just the Story!” or “Story And Blood!”, then when you feel you are near to fighting the beast, meditate for one hour to regain full health before the battle.
  • Save every  2-5 minutes, just in case you never know what might happen. Let me tell you a story, I was in a middle of a really challenging contract and I literally had like 2 or 3 blows till it dies while I had Quen applied and under half of a health bar which was enough and then the surprise, the lights went out and I didn’t save the whole contract progress since I started it so yeah, learn from my mistake fellow beast slayers.
  • Apply Oils to your sword depending on what you will face.

I wish you had fun reading this tips article and it helps you defeat every witcher contract you tackle.

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The Witcher 3 Contract Guide: Deadly Delights

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Witcher contracts in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are side-quests that task Geralt with slaying unique, especially difficult enemies who are providing trouble for various people – great winged beasts, malefic wraiths, all manner of beasts are to be fought in these quests, and they take you to all manner of murky, dark and damp location.

This is a guide for the Deadly Delight contract in The Witcher 3.

Pick this quest up from a notice board in the sprawling city of Novigrad – the one in Hierarch Square – it describes how multiple guards have been killed in some very non-PG ways and the killer, presumed to be Female, must be punished.

Head East of your current location to the bridge by the fish market to find the Quest NPC and have a chit-chat. He’ll give you more information about the Quest. Eventually he will point you in the direction of the medical examiner tasked with dealing with the remains of the guards – a task almost as unenviable as yours.

Head over to him and, after a conversation, he too will point you off in a new direction, this time the scene of the crime to do some familiar Witcher Sense detective work.

Head over and use your Witcher senses – you’ll find two sets of footprints, some belonging to a child and some hoof-prints – oddly, though, the hoof-prints seem to be walking upright on two legs. Doesn’t take a super-sleuth to figure out which you’ll be tracking.

Follow the trail the hoofprints lead you on until you end up at the back-entrance of a brothel, the delightfully named ‘Crippled Kate’s’. Go in and talk to the fine establishment’s owner.

At this point, you’ll have a choice – you can either use Axii to force the conversation quickly, learning the location of the monster immediately or avoid it and press her for information – assuming you do the latter, because the former kind of solves itself, you’ll be kicked out and forced to find a new lead. No worries, it’s not difficult to do so, some more Witcher Sensing will lead you to a perfume bottle and a new scent to follow, do so to a Gentleman in the town.

This man claims that he has been attacked by a Succubus, he’s standing outside a house that the scent trail leads into. If you’re an adept at putting two and two together, you’ll have realized that’s where the Succubus, Salma is.

The door to this house is locked and so you’ll have to find another way in – no problem, just a bit south of this man is another entrance, go in there and follow the stairs up. If you find a small group of what seems to be squatters, you’re in the right place.

Go up the ladder, walk the linear pathway, up another ladder and you’ll find yourself able to drop down into our Succubus’ abode. Prepare yourself for the fun part of the quest – killing this guard-slaying monster.

Well, it may not strictly be time for that. You do have the option to sympathize with her and allow her to go free – according to her she was acting out of self-defense and was the one actually assailed by the Guards. If you choose to let her go free, obviously your reward from the Guard will falter along with not getting her loot or trophy, though you will receive a reward from her.

If you choose to do battle with her, though, here are some tips to ease the experience.

As a Succubus, Salma has two main weaknesses, Hybrid Oil and Quen. If you possess any of the former make sure to give your blade a coating before you initiate dialogue to reap its benefits. As for the latter, given the nature of the fight you’ll be using that anyway.

The fight is very frantic – whether you win or lose it will be over quickly. Salma will attack you with fiery magical strikes and not relent for a second, in the enclosed environment you find yourself in it’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused, allowing her a few strikes. This is why it’s a good idea to have Quen on-hand whether or not you have it upgraded or not. Giving you just a little breathing room will allow you to compose yourself and retaliate.

Salma also has a repulsing attack to gear any melee attackers out of her face – if you don’t have a Quen up to protect yourself you’ll be taking damage from this once or twice, don’t fret, just dust yourself off, dodge her soon-to-follow magical attack and go back on the offensive.

Salma doesn’t have much health but can rack up the damage and keep you on the ropes quite easily with the claustrophobic area and frenzies assault – your best weapons in this fight are a level head, matched aggression and Quen. Put all of this to use, don’t panic and you should breeze through Salma – some words of experience, though. Don’t try and use the meltstream igni firing mode, you WON’T set her on fire and she WILL set you on fire whilst you try.

After the battle, collect your loot, your trophy and, after returning to the Guard, your reward. Congratulations, you just cleansed the streets of Novigrad of a dangerous strumpet, go to Crippled Kate’s and buy yourself a strumpet as a reward!

Tyrion Lannister Dies in The Witcher 3 as an Easter Egg

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Fans of Game of Thrones really hope that George R.R. Martin and the creators of the TV series will decide to keep Tyrion Lannister alive all the way to the end – and maybe even end the whole saga with him on the Iron Throne. Well, I’ve got some bad news for you: Tyrion Lannister dies. Fortunately, it’s just in The Witcher 3 and it’s an Easter Egg that certainly puts a smile on our faces. And gives us somebody to blame in case something bad actually happens with our favorite little guy in the Game of Thrones TV series.

But back to our games, Tyrion Lannister’s dead body can be easily found in The Witcher 3, as the folks from PC Gamer found out. Tyrion appears to have met his grisly fate in a ‘sky cell’ similar to those found in The Eyrie where he was imprisoned midway through season one of the TV show. Since the game’s developers probably have no actual connection with the creators of Game of Thrones, the character we can see is not called Tyrion – but he sure looks a lot like him, scar included. Check him out:

tyrion witcher

If you want to see the little fellow for yourself, you have to explore the oceans of Skellige and find a fort filled with pirates. After taking them out, you will find some prison keys: use them to unlock the locked cell door, and spot the little fellow who has finally understood the meaning of “valar morghulis”. I’ve marked the exact location of the pirate fort for you below:

tyrion map

A pretty cool Easter Egg in The Witcher 3, and there are a ton more waiting to be found!

Is The Witcher 3 Overhyped?

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The Witcher is a fantastic series of games, based off of what I can only assume is a fantastic set of books. With Wild Hunt on the horizon, people far and wide are getting massively excited, and tickets for the metaphorical train made of hype have all but sold out. As gamers, we know better than to fall into this trap. People start slapping impossible expectations onto projects, and on release everyone gets burned. But is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt really going to be the second coming? Does it deserve the hype it is getting?

Frankly, I am not so sure. I played The Witcher way back in 2007, and that game was a mess. Words cannot describe the issues that plagued that game, yet its popularity warranted a full overhaul and a sequel. Performance issues and bugs aside, The Witcher was a flawed game. Combat was terrible, the world was rather restricted and it didn’t control particularly well, and it was you standard run of the mill plot and fantasy tropes mixed together with some M rated grit to make it edgy.

Enter The Witcher 2. It too had a number of launch issues, got an overhaul and an eventual console release. What is surprising however is how little really changed in the sequel. Yes the game looks prettier, yes they changed the combat and made everything look fresh, but the exact same flaws that plagued the original continue here. The combat is easy at best, and mind numbing at worst, the plot was as cut and dry as you could get, the world was still restrictive and generic, and the game still felt awfully clunky.

Now we have The Witcher 3, and lets be honest here guys, I am not expecting much in terms of a change. But why should I? Despite everything I have said, I absolutely love The Witcher, but I feel people are forgetting what makes The Witcher actually good, they are focusing too much on the graphics, the combat etc. What makes The Witcher good, is its characters and its lore. Yes the plot is meh, but the STUFF behind it all is great. Yes the world is generic, but the characters are all fantastic, gritty and real. You feel  connected with the world because you have a connection with the people in said world. Geralt of Rivia might be one of the dullest concepts for a character of all time, but his life, and the people he encounters make him, and his games, worth experiencing.

Wild Hunt hits store shelves mid May, and I am certainly excited for it, but the level of hype it is generating is not healthy for anyone, especially the game itself. Do yourself a favor, take a step back, and remember why these games are good.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – What Is The Wild Hunt?

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The Wild Hunt is a cavalcade of spectral horseman who terrorize humans and it is said that they are an omen of death and misfortune. The sight of the witcher Wild Hunt is also known as an omen of war. They abduct people and force them to join them on their ride, and only a few of those who have been abducted have managed to escape, however they were all considered mad and their stories considered nothing but the ramblings of madmen. It is said that they abduct more people during winter and war time, and during the last great war they abducted over twenty  people in Novigrad once they had passed through. The abducted can also reappear many years later, without having aged at all, this is because they are from another world and their time flows differently from the human world.

The Elder Races, dwarves and elves, have no mention the Wild Hunt in their culture or history, even though they have been round for much longer than the humans.

The Wild Hunt is lead by the King of the Wild Hunt, Eredin Bréacc Glas, who is actually an Aen Elle, which are elves from another world. In their world, Eredin is a leader of an elven cavalry known as the Dearg Ruadhri, which means Red Horsemen. However in the human world he is known as  the feared King of the Wild Hunt and his spectres are actually elves from his cavalry.

The King of the Wild Hunt imprisoned Ciri in his world where he tried to force Ciri to have a child with Auberon Muircetach, the King of the Aen Elle. This is because Ciri’s ancestor Cregennan of Lod fell in love with Lara Dorren, an elf, which was considered a theft of heritage by the Aen Elle and the humans despised it too. The humans killed Cregennan before his daughter was born and Lara died shortly after giving birth. Their half elf daughter Riannon was adopted by the queen of Redania, Cerro. The Aen Elle wanted Ciri, the descendant of Lara, to have a child with Auberon to reclaim their stolen heritage. However, Eredin accidentally killed Auberon by giving him an overdose of an aphrodisiac which was supposed to increase his chances with having a child with Ciri.

The Wild Hunt in The Witcher (Game Spoilers)

During the Witcher, the Wild Hunt appears many times to Geralt of Rivia. The first time is during the prologue when they’re outside Kaer Morhen. During the assault on Kaer Morhen, young witcher Leo was killed by the Professor, and in chapter one Geralt see’s Leo’s ghost along with the Wild Hunt.

Also in chapter one, you can do the optional quest ‘Dead Hand of the Past’, where Declan Leuvaarden requests that Geralt buries his friend in the crypt beneath Reverand’s church. While burying his friend, the King of the Wild Hunt appears before Geralt, where the King reminds Geralt of past times and Geralt’s destiny.

The Wild Hunt also appear in the mission ‘Hunting the Wild Hunt’. Geralt is asked by the Hermit, a druid, to kill nine spectres of the Wild Hunt and he needs to keep the King of the Wild Hunt at bay by using mandrake sprinkled on the lanterns flame.

Towards the end of the game, leader of the Order of the Flaming Rose Jacques de Aldersberg transports Geralt by magic to his vision in the Ice Plains, where Geralt and the King of the Wild Hunt duel for his soul. Geralt defeats the King of the Wild Hunt.

The Wild Hunt in The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings (Game Spoilers)

The Wild Hunt does not appear in the Witcher 2, however they are mentioned in a book where it says that Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt’s lover, had been abducted by them, though she did not stay with them unlike Geralt who was with them for a while.

It also describes what the Wild Hunt is, and the many theories about the Wild Hunt, such as the Wild Hunt being spectres of knights who have died in other worlds, and that they were created by an evil force that sends them to different worlds in search of slaves.

The magicians in the game have differing opinions about the Wild Hunt, with Dethmold believing that they are nothing but a myth, Síle de Tansarville wanting nothing to do with the Wild Hunt and remaining silent whenever asked about them (which surprises Geralt because she is an extremely smart sorceress and he thought she must know something about them), and Philippa Eilhart has her own theory about the origin of the Wild Hunt however we do not find out what this is because it’s mentioned as a ‘shallow theory’ and not worthy of being wrote down.

What To Expect in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 

Throughout the Witcher games, the reason the Wild Hunt has been searching for Geralt is because they are desperately seeking Ciri, and Ciri makes her debut in the Witcher games in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This is why they play a major role in the next game, and why they step up their desperate search for Ciri. They believe Geralt knows where she is, hence them seeking Geralt in order to get to Ciri.

The reason The King of the Wild Hunt wants Ciri so much is because she is a descendant of Lara Dorren, and all descendants of hers are considered special because they contain huge magical power, and they carry elder blood. She also possess the power of the Gate of the Worlds, which enables her to travel through space and time. Because of this, this is why The King of the Wild Hunt, Eredin, wants to capture her and wants her to have a child of one of the Aen Elle, so they can reclaim the power of the Gate of the Worlds which he and Avallac’h once possessed.

The Wild Hunt will continue their search for Ciri during the next game, and they will also come face to face with Geralt, as seen in the Elder Blood trailer.

The Witcher 3 System Requirements Revealed

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With the February 2015 release date for The Witcher 3 getting closer and closer, CD Projekt RED decided to offer us some time for last minute upgrades to our gaming desktops if we plan to run the upcoming RPG on high settings. And judging from the Witcher 3 system requirements that we are sharing with you, a system upgrade is most likely needed in most cases for those who want top performances and graphics from the upcoming title.

So without further ado, here are the really demanding Witcher 3 system requirements:

The Witcher 3 Minimum System Requirements
Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz or AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
Graphics Card: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 or AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
RAM 6GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Direct X 11
HDD Space 40 GB

The Witcher 3 Recommended System Requirements
Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz or AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
Graphics Card: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 or AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
RAM 8GB
OS 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1)
Direct X 11
HDD Space 40 GB

Ouch! That’s all I can say looking at the hardware requirements. An i5 processor is the minimum, with a GTX 660… that’s not great news for many gamers out there, but the truth is that this game indeed looks amazing on PCs and those who have powerful rigs will indeed enjoy one of the best experiences in gaming lately – at least from a visual point of view.

What do you say about the Witcher 3 system requirements? Are they a bit too much?

Behold! Over 35 Minutes Of Glorious Witcher 3 Gameplay

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The Witcher 3 had but a tease at Gamescom, showing only mere minutes of one particular side quest. It left many wanting more, especially when the scale of the game is considered. It’s my pleasure then, to deliver you a whopping 35 minute video containing the most extensive look into The Witcher 3 that we’ve had as of yet.

Grab a soft drink, sit back, relax, and enjoy the mesmerizing world of The Wicther in all of it’s glory in the video below. It’s better than most movies released these days, anyway!

What surprises me most about this game is not all of it’s mechanical upgrades or large world, but the apparent consistency and depth that we’re being offered here. The towns feel alive and have a sense of purpose, the citizens and various NPCs real and full of character, and the world is so lush and beautiful that it’s almost shocking how the game can keep a solid frame rate.