Hidden Treasure: The Things Men Do for Coin
Defeating him will earn you theYennefer of VengenbergGwent card.
Secondary Quest Achievements/Trophies
Investigating thesmashed bottlewith Witcher Sense will create a scent trail we can follow with Witcher Sense active that will lead us to the next objective location. Youll see that it leads you right to the very same Halfling in a nearby alleyway.
After the conversation well need to search the book shop for a red-covered book. Fortunately, Witcher Senses will allow us to easily find them all. The books of interest can be found in the following locations:
Roche plays with a Northern Realms deck and uses Spy cards and Decoys when available. Hell focus on amassing siege units in the back line before using a Commanders Horn (with both his Leader Ability and Card) to greatly boost damage. Its likely that youll see a Medic during your games with him, so be ready for a high Strength card to make a comeback at the time. He also has several hero cards including the 15 StrengthCirilla Fiona Elen Riannoncard. Hell also use Scorch at least once in the match. Using the Northern Realms, you should be able to use your Decoy cards and Spy/Medic abilities to quickly gain some additional cards in your hand. Youll also want to try and get him to overcommit early so that youll be able to outlast him with your larger hand. He can be a weather man in the latter rounds so its a good idea (if you havent already) to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if required.
Location:Found in the Inn at the Crossroads, western Velen.
Make your way around to the back of the building to find a conveniently placed stack of crates that we can use to jump up to a wooden ledge above. Once on the wooden platform, enter the building via the open window.
A Matter of Life and Death (Optional)
Hidden Treasure: Dont Play with the Gods
Note:For beating the Scoiatael Merchant youll earn25XP.
This fellow can be quite tricky to start with as he plays with a Monsters deck filled with Muster units and hell have the full collection of Crones, Arachas, Nekkers and Ghouls. The trick to beating him is to try to get him to use as many Musters as possible early on use high level units and Decoys (if possible) to get him to overcommit in the first round. Hell also use quite a few Weather cards, so if you are playing Northern Realms, be sure to choose the Foltest leader card that can cast Clear Weather.
Contract: Mystery of the Byways Murders
When you are ready to begin, chat with the Scribe and let him know that you want to enter the tournament. Fork over the1,000 Crownentrance fee to continue.
Note:For beating Thaler youll earn25XP.
The Sad Tale of the Grossbart Brothers
Hidden Treasure: Temerian Valueables
Hidden Treasure: An Unfortunate Turn of Events
Game Completion Achievements/Trophies
Compared to the first round, with a Northern Realms deck, the second round was much easier. Use plenty of Spy cards (she cant medic/Decoy them all) and using some Tight Bond Units (Blue Stripes Commando + Catapults), Decoys and Medic cards, you should have no trouble overwhelming her. As always, its also a wise move to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if you get in a bind in the later rounds.
Note:Youll talk to Sasha a few times during the tournament. If you are nice to her all the way through and help her out you can complete the full side-quest which will net you Crowns and the option for Geralt to have a bit of a sexy time later with her.
Hidden Treasure: Nilfgaardian Treasure
For the Advancement of Learning (Optional)
When you arrive Geralt will find himself in the midst of a new search area. Throw on your Witcher Sense and you can inspect the following:
Note:its a good idea to save before you attempt this side-quest (and between rounds) as if you lose a single match the quest will fail and youll be unable to acquire the rare Gwent cards held by the remaining players.
The Heroes Pursuits: For the Goddesses Glory!
At this point youll immediately be thrust into the next round of the tournament and will not be given the opportunity to save. Your third opponent is Finneas.
After winning the match, Sasha will approach you once again. Agree to meet her upstairs for another conversation before following her to the second floor balcony for a chat. After you have heard her out, return back to the common area for a scene where youll find out who to play in the second round.
Defeating Count Tybalt will earn you one of the Monsters deck leader card variantsEredin: Bringer of Death.
Once you have seen off the Witch Hunters, well need to track down the Halfling. Activate Witcher Sense and you can inspect the following:
After defeating Count Tybalt a conversation will play out. Someone has stolen the prize money! You can either decline to help at which point the quest will end (with no reward!) or alternatively – agree to help track down the thief. Lets do the latter! Once the chat has gone the distance, follow the guard up the stairs and hell take you to the scene of the crime.
The quest will end and youll earn a Crown reward.
Note:Its a good idea to save at this point, so if you lose you can reload and try again.
When we regain control of Geralt, it will be the next morning and all of your gear will be missing. Those scallywags have taken off with our stuff whilst we were passed out, not cool! Fortunately, its easy enough to get it all back.
Location:Found at the Rosemary and Thyme in Novigrad.
Defeating Bernard Tulle will earn you one of the Northern Realm deck leader card variantsFoltest: The Steel-Forged.
Book The Treatment of Furuncles Through Cauterization: A Study
Hidden Treasure: Not Only Eagles Dare
You can start this quest by speaking to one of the NPCs gathered around the road on the western side of the town of Yantra. After a brief conversation youll learn that a pack of bandits led by Little Red plan to attack the town at dusk to get back at Bertram.
Once you have looted all of the Books, head to the Key Items menu of the inventory. Here youll want to read theNote Letter from A.This will complete this short side-quest (as well as provide a nice tie in between the first Witcher game and the third for those whove played them all!).
During the main questGet Junioryoull have to infiltrate three of Whoreson Juniors interests in Novigrad and search for clues. This side-quest can be found whilst searching his Casino.
Defeating Vernon Roche will earn you theSaesenthessisGwent card.
As with the other Gwent side-questsGwent: Old Palsrequires you to track down and play Gwent against a series of four increasingly difficult opponents. As you approach each of the challengers, you need to speak with them to start a match.
Alchemy Guide: Potions, Decoctions and Oils
Start Location:This quest can be started by challenging Zoltan to a game of Gwent at the Rosemary and Thyme.
As with the other Gwent side-questsHigh Stakesrequires you to compete against and best a series of four increasingly difficult opponents. To begin this side-quest youll need to head to the Passiflora brothel in central Novigrad and speak to the Scribe on the ground floor.
After starting theA Deadly Plotside-quest youll be able to speak with him. He can be found either at the Troll cave where you rescue him or in the Seven Cats Inn east of Novigrad.
After speaking with the other competitors a scene will play after which youll need to play your first game.
Note:For beating Madam Sasha youll earn25XP.
Defeating Madam Sasha will earn you one of the Nilfgaardian Empire deck leader card variantsEmhyr: The Relentless.
Count Reuvens Treasure Part 2
Book Tyromancy, or the Noble Art of Cheese Divination
Start Location:This side-quest can be started by speaking with Gascoigne, located northeast of Novigrad, by a camp fire on the side of the road around halfway between the Sarrasin Grange and Yantra fast travel points on the map.
Note:For completing the side-quest youll earn50XPand51 Crowns.
After defeating Finneas, hell immediately attack you and thus Geralt will find himself in the midst of a fist fight. Fend him off with a combination of dodging and heavy blows for another short scene/conversation after which you can attempt the final round of the tournament. Fortunately, youll be free to move around at this point and save if you wish.
Note:For beating Finneas youll earn25XP.
Finneas works with a Scoiatael deck and his focus is primarily on overwhelming you with a combination of heroes, Muster cards and the medic ability. He has the full set of theHavekar Smugglerswhich hell usually pull out early to try and grab the first roundand a few Medic cards to re-activate discarded cards. His deck is loaded with the majority of the Scoiatael decks hero cards along with the Milvacard (10 Strength + Morale). Hell also use Scorch at least once in the match and additionally has in his possession aVillentretenmerthcard so as per usual keep an eye on your front row strength values (and keep the total under 10) until he plays it.
by the door on the right side of the room.
can be found at the top of the second set of stairs.
Note:This quest seems a little bit buggy. As I progressed through it, for whatever reason I already had completed several objectives. I later found a second side-questNovigrad, Closed City IIwhich had me complete the objectives which had already been registered as completed in this quest. Weird.
Contract: Phantom of the Trade Route
If you were unable toAXIIyour way in and you have to use force, youll have to fight your way to the top floor of the casino. There are a total of twelve guards in here that you will need to dispatch.
can be found In the bookshelf just beside the door.
Youll earn Geralt a sexy time in addition to a Crown reward.
Defeating him will earn you theCirilla Fiona Elen RiannonGwent card.
Hidden Treasure: Hidden From the World
When you are ready to go, speak with Count Tybalt to begin.
After doing your bit and the area is clear, on the top floor youll need to find and speak with the captive Halfling named Rico. Free him to start theHonor Among Thievesside-quest.
List of Gwent Cards and their Locations
Ciris Story: The Calm Before the Storm
can be found on the bookshelf beside the second flight of stairs.
After defeating Stjepan in Oxenfurt, hell update your objectives with another pair of innkeepers to beat Olivier at the Kingfisher Inn in Novigrad and the innkeeper at the Inn at the Crossroads. Lets head to the Inn at the Crossroads first.
Defeating him will earn you theEsterad ThyssenGwent card.
Note:For beating Djikstra youll earn25XP.
stuck in the wooden support on the terrace outside.
Hidden Treasure: Ironsides Treasure
Note:For completing the side-quest youll earn25XP.
Book The merry Adventures of Muriel the Lovely Harlet, Illustrated Edition
Note:For killing Little Red and her band, youll earn25XPand10 Crowns.
Hidden Treasure: Hidden in the Depths
Defeating Zoltan will earn you theEithneGwent card.
To begin the side-quest, youll be required to speak with Gascoine (hes the fellow with the exclamation point over his head). This will trigger a scene and conversation in which the three of you will get drunk. Agree to One last round when the option shows up.
Note:For completing the side-quest youll earn4,500 Crowns.
Turn on Geralts Witcher Sense and locate the footprints nearby. Follow the footprints until they lead you into the town of Yantra. Continue to follow them until they lead you right to Gascoigne and friend. Approach them for a conversation.
With the Bandits out of the way, you can focus on killing the Werewolf. Be sure to switch in your silver sword though, so you actually deal some decent damage! If you take too long to kill the Werewolf, it can retreat a short distance into the nearby Sunflower fields, which can be frustrating as shell be able to attack you whilst you cant see her. If she does, try to back off or use your crossbow to draw her back out to the road so that you can fight her in the open again.
Speaking with him will complete the side-quest.
Location:Found in The Kingfisher Inn off Hierarchs Square in central Novigrad.
Fists of Fury: Champion of Champions
You can find the Gwent players associated with this side-quest in the following locations:
After defeating all three innkeepers and/or acquiring their unique cards, youll complete the side-quest.
To complete this, we simply need to revisit the King of Beggars in the Putrid Grove. Having a conversation with him will be enough to complete the quest and net you a reward.
Upon entering the book shop at the northern end of Hierarchs Square, the shop keeper will describe Geralts appearance as if he knows him. Walk up and speak with the book keeper wholl let you know that somebody dropped a book of for Geralt long ago and hes welcome to it.
Note:For beating the Innkeep youll earn25XP.
This quest is started by speaking to a Halfling with a shop marker on him on the mini-map. He can be found just north of the Golden Sturgeon Tavern, in the streets south of the buildings below the pair of boat markers on the map.
During the conversation youll be given two options. Both of which will end the side-quest but both will end it in slightly different ways. They include:
Hidden Treasure: Ruins, Hidden Treasure, You Know
Crafting and Upgrades Achievements/Trophies
Following another brief chat, youll need to exit the Brothel and investigate another, smaller search area outside and behind the building. Activate Geralts Witcher Sense and you can inspect the following:
Drop down inside and make your way over to the group of NPCs standing around at the far end of the warehouse. After a brief conversation (both options will end the same way) youll find yourself in a fight.
Note:For beating the Stjepan youll earn25XP.
Start Location:In the Casino during theGet Juniormain quest.
Hell call you over when you get into range. During the conversation, ask to see his wares. At this point some Witch Hunters will show up and hell run off.
After defeating Djikstra, hell let you know where youll find the final challenger for the side-quest.
Start Location:Just north of the Golden Sturgeon Tavern.
Tybalt plays with a Monsters faction deck and he focuses on a combination of high strength Heroes and the Decoy and Muster ability. He the full set of Crones and Arachas Muster cards and will use them in an attempt to overwhelm you when he senses a round can go in his favour. His deck features most of the Monsters faction Heroes and some neutral ones including the 15 StrengthGeralt of Riviacard. Hell use his large number of Decoys to remove and re-play any Spy cards that you place on his side of the table. His leader ability is to re-draw a discarded card and replay it so watch out for a high value or useful abilitied card to make a comeback when he uses it. A good portion of his strategy is similar to Sashas hell load up the front row and use Commanders Horn and Dandelioncards to boost damage.
Prepare yourself and then meditate until sundown (6:00PM). When the anointed hour arrives, youll find Little Red standing on the western side of town. Approach her for a conversation.
However, despite his place at the end of the tournament I found that compared to the previous opponents (and to other Monster deck players in the game) Tybalt actually seemed to fall fairly easily. I found that the best strategy against him is to try to get him to use as many Musters as possible early on use high level units and Decoys especially if you have theVillentretenmerthcard (you can put it out after a Muster to destroy his front row, then use a Decoy to return it to your hand and push it out again after another Muster) to get him to overcommit in the first round. A Northern Real deck (which should be stacked with heroes, Medics and Tight Bond cards by now) should have little trouble against him.
Start Location:This side-quest can be started by speaking with Bertram, located northeast of Novigrad in the town ofYantra.
Witcher Contract: The Phantom of Eldberg (Optional)
Note:For beating Bernard Tulle youll earn25XP.
Note:for completing the quest, youll earn25XP.
Note:If you fail to play and beat Olivier at Gwent before completing Trisss side-questNow or Never(and you made the choice to help the Mages) hell now be dead. Fortunately, you can still find the unique Gwent CardTibor Eggebrachtin the room just to the right of the bar. It is lootable from a small lockbox atop a chest of drawers just inside the door.
Defeating Finneas will earn you one of the Scoiatael deck leader card variantsFrancesca: Queen of Dol Blathanna.
Hidden Treasure: Queen Zuleykas Treasure
If you are able to Bribe/AXIIyour way inside the casino peacefully, youll be able to move up to the first floor and play Gwent with three players around the room. Unfortunately, asking additional information from these players about Whoreson (or being a dick) will unfortunately cause them to call guards on you. Instead, beat all three of them at Gwent. At this point, a scene will play and a fight will break out anyway.
Start Location:Enter the bookstore on the northern side of Hierarchs Square in Novigrad.
An Invitation from Keira Metz (Optional)
Stranger in a Strange Land (Optional)
Hidden Treasure: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire
Once you have killed the group, a short scene will play in which youll receive a reward to complete the side-quest.
Sasha plays with a Nilfgaardian Empire deck and his deck has a focus on units consisting primarily of Medic, high strength unit and hero cards (including the 15 StrengthGeralt of Riviacard). Shell use her Medic or Decoy cards to pinch and recycle any Spy cards that you play. The most bothersome aspect of Sashas strategy is that if she gets a good draw she has a LOT of Medic cards (including theYennefer of Vendenbergcard) and will constantly use them to revive either discarded Medic cards, Tight Bond cards or high value strength cards to repopulate his side of the board so be ready for that! Shell for the most part load up her front row and use Commanders Horn and Dandelionto boost damage.
Gathering Experience and Levelling Up
You can find the Gwent players associated with this side-quest in the following locations:
Zoltan works with a Scoiatael deck and his focus is primarily on overwhelming you with Muster cards – he has sets of theHavekar SmugglersandDwarven Skirmishersand some Medic cards to re-activate discarded cards. He has several hero cards in his deck including Isengrim Faoltiarna (Morale) and will also use Scorch at least once in the match. In addition to all of that, he also has in his possession aVillentretenmerthcard – so keep an eye on your front row strength values (and keep the total under 10) until he plays it. With a well-constructed Northern Realms deck featuring Heroes, some Tight Bond Units (Blue Stripes Commando + Catapults), Decoys and Spy/Medic cards, you should have no trouble outlasting him. As always, its also a wise move to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if you get in a bind in the later rounds.
The Merchant, like Vivaldi works with a Scoiatael deck with plenty of Medic and Agile cards. He also has several strength 10+ Unit and hero cards in his deck (the Ciri card is 15!) and will use Weather cards to the max. This fellow is not afraid to use Scorch in the first round (or at any time really), so be sure to keep that in mind when you start laying out big numbers. As with the previous challengers, a well-constructed Northern Realms deck featuring some Tight Bond Units (Blue Stripes Commando + Catapults), Decoys and Spy/Medic cards, you should have no trouble overwhelming him. As always for those who like to rely on Weather cards, its also a wise move to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if you get in a bind in the later rounds.
Contract: The Creature from the Oxenfurt Forest
Start Location:This quest can be acquired via a notice posted on the Golden Sturgeon Notice board in Novigrad or by challenging one of the participating NPCs.
Note:For beating Zoltan youll earn25XP.
Note:Youll earn100XP,Erlithlad(a Silver Sword) andFreya Warriors Armourfor completing this quest.
Either way you choose to complete the side-quest it will end at this point.
Hidden Treasure: Pearls of the Coast
Djikstra plays with a Northern Realms deck and will rely on a mainly Siege line approach with plenty of siege engines. His big move is making use of the Catapults Tight Bond ability for an instant strength boost. Hell also frequently use Spy cards and Decoys when available and make use of Weather cards as he gets desperate. In the second and third rounds, youll want to keep your card strength values down below her higher strength unit cards as Djikstra loves to use Scorch. Using the Northern Realms, you should be able to use your Decoy cards and Spy/Medic abilities to quickly gain some additional cards in your hand. Youll also want to try and get him to overcommit early so that youll be able to outlast him with your larger hand. Switch your leader to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if you get in a bind in the later rounds.
The Great Erasmus Vegelbud Memorial Derby
A Final Kindness Side-Quest (Optional)
Managing Bars: Health, Stamina, Adrenaline and Toxicity
Note:Its a good idea to save at this point, so if you lose you can reload and try again.
Note:For beating all four players youll earn the one of the Scoiatael deck leader card variantsFrancesca Findabair: The Beautiful.
Note:For beating Olivier youll earn25XP.
Once we have examined theRope, a scent trail will appear whilst in Witcher Sense mode. Follow this along the road a short distance and up a small flight of stairs and it will lead you to a crate on the ground. Examine this to update your objectives.
Book Moribunda: The Vampires Last Likeness
Count Reuvens Treasure Part 1
can be found on a desk at the top of the second flight of stairs.
Defeating him will earn you theGeralt of RiviaGwent card.
Following the conversation with Sasha which triggers upon handing over the entrance fee, well have a bit of time to burn. Make your way around the room and speak to each of the other tournament entrants Patrick Hazelnutt, Bernard Tulle and Finneas.
After a brief
Start Location:From Lussi on theSt. Gregorys Bridgelinking central Novigrad with Temple Isle.
Note:For letting the Bandits take Bertram, youll earn25XPand20 Crowns.
Location:Can be found in his usual Bathhouse hangout in Novigrad or in the hidden meeting room in the Passiflora depending on story progression.
Got other plans this evening.
If you do decide to fight the bandits and Little Red, you are in for a tough fight. Little Red herself is Werewolf and her band of six Bandits are all level 15. During the fight, youll want to focus on killing the Bandits first, so try to keep an eye on the Werewolf and useYRDENor other signs (IGNI,AARD) to keep her stunned or at a distance until you can dispatch her underlings.
There are 6-7 level 24-26 enemies in the warehouse who youll need to dispatch to continue. Fortunately, Sasha will team up with you at this point and shes pretty handy with a sword. Use your normal techniques to deal with the enemies (or let Sasha handle them if you are a little under-levelled) and once they have all bit the dust a scene will play.
Note:For beating Vernon Roche youll earn25XP.
The King is Dead Long Live the King
can be found on the second floor, by the side table in the corner of the walkway.
As with the other Gwent side-questsGwent: Playing Innkeepsrequire you to track down and play Gwent against a series of three increasingly difficult opponents. As you approach each of the challengers, you need to speak with them to start a match.
Defeating Lambert will earn you the Triss MerrigoldGwent card.
Contract: The Griffin from the Highlands
Location:He is located in a small forest camp to the southeast of Novigrad.
The Fall of the House of Reardon (Optional)
Note:At this point youll earn theGwent Masterachievement/trophy.
Bernard Tulle plays with a Northern Realms deck and he has a large number of Spy cards in his deck that hell wheel out early on to get a large hand. Its also likely that youll see several Medic cards used during your games with him, so be ready for any Spy cards you place on his side of the board or a high strength card or two to make a comeback at the time. He also has several hero cards including most of the Northern Realms heroes and the 15 StrengthGeralt of RiviaandCirilla Fiona Elen Riannoncards. Hell also usually use Scorch at least once in the match and also has theVillentretenmerthcard – so keep an eye on your front row strength values (and keep the total under 10) until he plays it. Hell play mostly Siege level units and can put up Catapults with tight Bond. Hes also a big fan of Biting Frost.
Location:Found in the Alchemy Inn in Oxenfurt.
There are essentially two outcomes to this quest, we can either attack Little Red and her bandits, or allow them to take Bertram. The latter option is easiest as theyll simply take Bertram and head off, never to be seen from again. The former option however is a little trickier.
Hidden Treasure: The Dead Have No Defense
Using the Northern Realms, you should be able to use your Decoy cards and Spy/Medic abilities to quickly gain some additional cards in your hand if you play your cards right you should be able to keep up with his Spy placement with placements of your own to try and balance out your hand size with his. Youll also want to try and get him to overcommit early so that youll be able to outlast him with your larger hand. He can be a weather man in the latter rounds so its a good idea (if you havent already) to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if required.
Location:After starting theFollowing the Threadside-quest youll be able to speak with him. Found in the Nowhere Inn or at Kaer Morhen (depending on story progression).
Defeating him will earn you theMenno CoehhoornGwent card.
Defeating him will earn you theTibor EggebrachtGwent card.
Book My Manifesto: The Life of Jacques de Aldersberg
Like Stjepan, the Innkeep uses a Nilfgaardian Empire deck with some high value Siege/Ranged cards. Hell usually try to link together some unit cards with Tight Bond and try to overpower you with lots of Siege weapons. Hell occasionally use Spy and Medic cards, but not as readily as Stjepan did. With a well-constructed Northern Realms deck featuring some Decoys, Heroes (you should have Yennefer in it by now as well!) and Spy/Medic cards, you should be able to beat him at his own game and out-manoeuvre him. Its also a wise move to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if you get in a bind in the later rounds.
Note:For beating Lambert youll earn25XP.
At this point you can either choose to forgive them, or to end the quest by taking their gear in return and leaving them naked in the midst of town. Either way, the quest will be completed.
Finally, lets head to Novigrad for the final challenger
propped up against the left hand wall of the room.
Start Location:This quest can be acquired via a notice posted on the Hierarchs Square Notice board.
Stjepan uses a Nilfgaardian Empire deck with some high value siege cards and will use Spy cards and Decoys readily. He has a number of Medics in his deck as well, so prepare to see some cards over and over again! Hes also a fan of weather cards so expect to see at least one or two of those when things start going south for him. With a well-constructed Northern Realms deck featuring some Decoys, Heroes and Spy/Medic cards, you should be able to beat him at his own game and out-manoeuvre him. Its also a wise move to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if you get in a bind in the later rounds.
Location:Hell be found in his usual location in the Temerian Partisan Camp east of Novigrad.
With a well-constructed Northern Realms deck featuring Heroes, some Tight Bond Units (Blue Stripes Commando + Catapults), Decoys and Spy/Medic cards, you should have no trouble outlasting him. As always, its also a wise move to switch your leader variant to Foltest with the ability to cast clear weather to help out if you get in a bind in the later rounds.
Well now have a new point of interest to investigate. Check out your map and youll see that there is a new objective marker at the northern end of the Novigrad Docks. When you arrive, speak with Sasha to learn that the building of interest is locked and stuff. Time to find another way in.