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I bought Witcher 3 for Switch because I loved the tv show and wanted to support good third party games on the system. 
I'm about 3 hours in but I'm having a hard time with it. It feels really clunky. I am not used to combat yet... Do all weapons and armor break? What happens if they do? I'm on easy difficulty but still having a hard time. 

I love open world games, and I know they take a while to really get into, but I feel like this one has a much steeper learning curve than say Breath of the Wild, or Assassin's Creed.

Any tips/hints would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks in advance!



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Yes, all weapons and armor degrade and break over time (breaking just means that you lose all stat benefits from them as I recall, you don't lose them permanently if they break, they can still be repaired). You can find blacksmiths in many of the small towns and cities in the game that can repair your weapons and armor for a nominal fee, and they also sell repair kits which you can carry around in your inventory and use to repair your equipment in the middle of quests and such.

Combat wise, I personally recommend investing quite heavily into Quen and Igni. Quen is invaluable in witcher games, it is a spell that protects you from damage, and at the higher levels you can actually use it to absorb enemy damage and convert it into health to heal Geralt. Igni does great damage when fully specced, when I played I basically turned Geralt into a human flamethrower. Or if you find melting enemies with Igni boring, which some do, you can just invest in quen and then go down the combat tree from there, focusing on either light or heavy sword attacks. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 21 August 2020

For starters, go into game options and switch to the movement controls from standard to alternate. It feels much better that way.

Does all your equipment have durability? Yes. Everything will degrade over time. Except probably the crossbows. That said, your armor will only degrade when you're actually taking damage, so once you get better at the game, you won't have to worry about repairing armor all too often. If you're struggling with dodging, Quen is your friend. Swords are going to need pretty regular upkeep though. If any of your equipment degrades to the point of breaking, it's not really a big deal (beyond the obvious protection loss on armors, and the fact that you won't be able to use your swords), it just means they'll need more repairs. Meaning either more money spent at a blacksmith, or more/higher quality repair kits used.

I would recommend a playstyle with a healthy mix of combat and alchemy abilities. Frankly, it's both more fun, and more effective than going too deep into a sign build, which relies almost entirely on spamming everything with Igni all the time. Throw a few points in some complimentary signs if you want, but they'll serve their complimentary purpose just fine even if you don't upgrade them at all, really. Better to spend some time making sure you're getting as many alchemy recipes as possible, as they'll provide very nice buffs for the various enemy types, and increasing your toxicity threshold allows you to have multiple active decoctions, which can really supercharge your combat abilities.



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A few hours into the game... And there's a lot being thrown at me. I still don't really get what alchemy is all about.



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JWeinCom said:
A few hours into the game... And there's a lot being thrown at me. I still don't really get what alchemy is all about.

Alchemy is by far the trickiest tree to spec into, I personally wouldn't recommend it for first time players. While an Alchemy focused build can be very effective when done right, there is a lot of upkeep you have to remember to do, reapplying oils and retaking potions and such, and you also have to research monsters and learn what oils and potions are most effective for each enemy type. You're better off going with a Combat or Sign focused build on your first playthrough simply because they are easier playstyles, only taking the time to drink potions or apply oils before particularly tough fights.

That and save often, that is a good tip for all players. As I recall, Witcher 3 doesn't autosave nearly as often as certain other open world games do, so you can lose alot of progress if you're not careful, I seem to recall losing like 45 minutes of progress once while playing it. 

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 21 August 2020

Wow, it seems I'm not the only one! That's a relief! And thanks for the tips!



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shikamaru317 said:
JWeinCom said:
A few hours into the game... And there's a lot being thrown at me. I still don't really get what alchemy is all about.

Alchemy is by far the trickiest tree to spec into, I personally wouldn't recommend it for first time players. While an Alchemy focused build can be very effective when done right, there is a lot of upkeep you have to remember to do, reapplying oils and retaking potions and such, and you also have to research monsters and learn what oils and potions are most effective for each enemy type. You're better off going with a Combat or Sign focused build on your first playthrough simply because they are easier playstyles, only taking the time to drink potions or apply oils before particularly tough fights.

That and save often, that is a good tip for all players.

First playthrough... You're assuming I'm gonna play this game more than I'm likely to lol.

As a general question, I can't seem to get the custom waypoints to work. When I hold X (playing on XBox One) it just brings up a custom marker instead.



just invest everything into Quen, rly the best sign by far in Witcher 3. That is all you need, You will get better weapons and armor throughout the game and Quen will just make it much easier. Also try to look for location for Cat school diagram as soon you can since that is the best Armor(bear is also good if you just like to stand in place and do huge damage)



JWeinCom said:
shikamaru317 said:

Alchemy is by far the trickiest tree to spec into, I personally wouldn't recommend it for first time players. While an Alchemy focused build can be very effective when done right, there is a lot of upkeep you have to remember to do, reapplying oils and retaking potions and such, and you also have to research monsters and learn what oils and potions are most effective for each enemy type. You're better off going with a Combat or Sign focused build on your first playthrough simply because they are easier playstyles, only taking the time to drink potions or apply oils before particularly tough fights.

That and save often, that is a good tip for all players.

First playthrough... You're assuming I'm gonna play this game more than I'm likely to lol.

As a general question, I can't seem to get the custom waypoints to work. When I hold X (playing on XBox One) it just brings up a custom marker instead.

I believe you tap X for a custom marker and hold X for a custom waypoint. Not sure why it's not working for you.