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The Witcher

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About The Game

Set in a world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher combines spectacular action and an intriguing storyline. You are a Witcher, a warrior who has been trained to fight since childhood, subjected to mutations and trials that have transformed you. You earn a living killing monsters, and are a member of a brotherhood founded long ago to protect people from werewolves, the undead, and a host of other beasts. The game uses advanced graphics and physics systems for a high-powered blend of brutal action, complex RPG options and character configuration, and sweeping storytelling.

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The Witcher Review

By Monica Bair |

Coming into 2007, The Witcher had little momentum. After a great showing both before and at E3, more starting jumping onto the Witcher-wagon. After many years in development and many, many impressive changes to the BioWare Aurora Engine, The Witcher is finally being released to the public. The resulting game is pretty strong thanks to an interesting world rife with moral divides in a story progression that makes for hard choices when creating an identity for Geralt, the protagonist. It's a well realized and detailed world with excellent music to fill in the mood. If it wasn't for some story inconsistencies, crashing issues, and snore-inducing load times, The Witcher would be higher on our list of must-haves. As it is, we still recommend the game, but want to note for buyers to beware of the technical problems.


The Witcher's story is an unusual one for fantasy. The world is dark and grimy in the way you'd expect actual medieval towns and landscapes to be. It's full of fear, disease, religious zealotry, and political maneuvering that results in pain for the powerless populace at large. In short, it's a window into our own world and tries to expose some of the issues that we deal with on a daily basis while still providing players the chance to control an interesting character and participate in an exciting adventure. It results in some cheesiness as the writers try to shove too many modern day problems into one game, but many of the issues are tackled in a mature fashion and we couldn't help but be drawn into this flawed but hopeful world.

While tensions always seem to be high between humans, elves, dwarves, and other races of fantasy, this Polish-born tale pushes those tensions into full blown racism. While most of the epithets are cast at the "non-humans" like the elves and dwarves, the main character Geralt is not immune to the slanderous speech of the human population. While Geralt was born human, he was mutated and trained to become something both more and less. While Witchers are granted enhanced reflexes and strength and trained to slay monsters, use basic magic, and brew helpful potions, the process of mutation sterilizes them and as many observe in the game, turns them cold to others.

Thusly, Geralt's adventures are not all happiness and joy in finding new friends as they are in some RPGs. Most humans are wary of Geralt, some are downright hostile and the non-humans often have the same reactions because he's part human. From the moment Geralt leaves the confined tutorial area of his home castle Kaer Morhen, he's subjected to the fears and anger of a world looking for a reason to explode. Geralt, of course, takes a defining role at the center of that explosion, one way or another.


Geralt as the deciding factor in events is one of the reasons The Witcher works as a narrative and a game. The first couple of chapters of the adventure will offer up some moral decisions that may seem a little more cut and dry but when chapter three rolls around, the choices offered up are many shades of gray and it's hard to ever know that what you're doing is "right" by the video gaming standard of black and white right and wrong. Are you helping elves fighting for freedom and equality or terrorists that have just as much hatred of humans as humans have of them? Do the ends of preserving and protecting humanity really justify the potentially horrific means? Do I love Triss or Shani or just view them as toys for my amusement? These ideological, political, and personal decisions make the story and the game more engrossing as you sit there and wonder "what did I just do?"

The story works itself out mostly through conversation though there is the occasional action cutscene at bigger moments as well as art "slideshows" of flashbacks to previous choices when a branch of the story comes to fruition. You'll see how your decision affected you and the environment/people around you. Their intention was to provide players with a chance to see that their actions have consequence whether it's good or bad but it also proved to be a powerful tool to get us to want to play again to see outcomes from different choices. Consequences aren't always immediately understood and it's not unusual for one of these scenes to play several acts in the past and relate it to current happenings. While it's generally pretty well done, it can occasionally be a little confusing. Whether it's the translation or just occasionally disjointed story progression is hard to say.

The slideshows aren't the only odd and disjointed bits of the story. There are some presentation issues in the cutscenes that cause some disconnect from the adventure. Right after one of the best cutscenes showing Geralt departing from Kaer Morhen we're jolted forward to Geralt outside of an inn as barghests attack. There's no connection showing that Geralt wound up there, just that he's there, waiting outside in the rain with some other folks. When that happened I didn't know where I was or what brought me there, only that I was suddenly there fighting glowing dogs. While most of the game isn't like this, some extra attention to presentation could have helped.

The Witcher Cheats

Note that this works with the initial version of The Witcher and may be removed with subsequent patches.

After meditating near a fireplace in order to allocate your skill points, head back to your skill tree and right click on skills currently allocated. A ringing sound should be heard. After closing the skill tree, go to the fireplace and meditate again. The skill will be allocated from the previous spent point(s), but the point(s) will also be ready to be spent again! This gives you infinite skill points to spend at your leisure, but remember -- if this isn't done quickly, the points won't be given back to you to spend a second time (or more).

The Witcher Game Walkthrough

The Witcher 
Talent Tree Analysis
Version 1.0
Author: Harleyquin
Version 1.0
Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. General Playstyles
3. Talent Tree Overview
4. Attributes
4a. Strength
4b. Dexterity
4c. Endurance
4d. Intelligence
5. Sword Styles
5a. Strong Steel
5b. Fast Steel
5c. Group Steel
5d. Strong Silver
5e. Fast Silver
5f. Group Silver
6. Signs
6a. Aard
6b. Igni
6c. Quen
6d. Yrden
6e. Axii
7. Acknowledgements and Credits
8. Contact information
9. Version history
10. Legal Notice





1. Introduction
Welcome to my guide on the Witcher Talent Tree. The purpose of this FAQ is to
give newcomers to the game an outline on how best to spend talent points in an 
efficient manner, hopefully allowing new (and experienced) players to play the 
game through without resorting to unnecessary grinding for XP just because 
decisions to spend talent points at the start turned out to be poor choices. 
I'm basing my recommendations based on Version 1.3 of the Witcher (pre-
Enhanced Edition) since I completed the game more than a year ago before the 
Enhanced Edition was released. However just about everyone is on the EE now and

with the exception of sword timings being slightly tighter in the EE none of 
the documented changes should have any effect on my following recommendations. 
I will try not to give too many spoilers when giving descriptions, however 
enemies and game features which is common knowledge will be mentioned.

2. General Playstyles
Generally speaking, Geralt can adopt two distinct playstyles when dealing with 
opponents during combat. I'll refer to these playstyles as the Melee and Sign
playstyles. 

The Melee playstyle primarily concentrates on investing points in
the various sword styles as quickly as possible, surplus points are then 
allocated to signs after all sword style talents have been selected. Usually 
the character will devote spare bronze and silver talents into the Aard and 
Igni signs as secondary attack options. Attribute-based talents will be chosen 
and invested depending on whether they enhance Geralt's effective and 
durability in combat. This playstyle is straight-forward and can be adopted 
right off the bat from Chapter 1.

The Sign playstyle primarily concentrates on investing points in the Sign 
branch of the talent tree, if the Signs have not yet been learned and all 
related Sign talents have been selected, players can either wait until all the 
Signs required have been learned or the surplus points invested in sword-styles

as a holdover. This playstyle allows Geralt to kill effectively from a distance

using Igni and Yrden,Aard stuns and knockdowns can be used on single opponents 
susceptible to the effects while Axii and Quen are used for crowd control and 
emergency equipment use during hectic situations respectively. Typically this 
playstyle will only invest the Strong and Fast sword styles up to level 3 with 
Group styles either to level 3 max or less depending on preference. Unlike the 
Melee playstyle players must wait until the end of Chapter 2 before all Signs 
are learned, at the very beginning of Chapter 1 it might be worthwhile to stick
to a Melee playstyle temporarily until the Igni sign is learned.

Both playstyles are perfectly viable and I have finished the game using both 
styles on different occasions on Hard difficulty. When giving a rating to the 
various talents I will give separate grades for the talent according to the 
playstyle employed. Obviously the two playstyles I've mentioned above are just 
templates, players can always mix and match depending on circumstances and 
their preferences. It is worth noting though that sticking to a specific 
playstyle early and consistently allows for a more efficient distribution of 
talents overall making the game easier.

3. Talent Tree overview
The game has a total of 111 bronze talents, 102 silver talents and 33 gold 
talents. If Geralt earns enough XP to advance to level 50 and drinks all 
mutagenic potions granting talents he will possess all bronze talents, 80 
silver talents and 25 gold talents. However Level 50 requires a substantial 
time investment in monster grinding and is not necessary to finish the game. 
Most players should reach levels 32-35 by the end of the game so take note 
when deciding which playstyle you adopt and the number of talents needed at a 
minimum to make the playstyle effective. A rating from 0 to 5 will be assigned 
to each talent,  5 representing a must-pick talent while talents with a 0 
rating can be safely ignored.  I will not exact descriptions with statistics 
for each talent, these can be obtained in-game from the talent tree. 



4. Attributes
Regardless of playstyle, the Strength, Dexterity and Endurance base attributes
should be taken to Level 5. Intelligence can vary from 3-5 depending on 
playstyle.

4a. Strength

Strength Level 1- Absolutely crucial to pick early regardless of playstyle. 
More vitality, increased damage and the associated resistances demand this 
talent is selected at your first level-up. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Buzz- Geralt when drunk isn't terribly good at landing blows on opponents so 
the damage increase isn't that useful. However this is 1 of 2 ways for Geralt 
to acquire Pain immunity and this makes the talent useful against monsters with

a penchant for dealing Pain. None of the monsters dealing Pain are immune to 
Igni so this talent is worth investing for Sign masters, however I advise 
getting this talent early in Chapter 1 (more specifically before you accept the

quest that forces you to fight drunk) and using your pain-immune drunkenness 
sparingly in Chapter 2 when fighting wraiths. Otherwise don't bother acquiring 
this talent unless you have so many bronze talents to spend that wasting one on

Buzz doesn’t' cost you anything.
 If you do intend to use this talent, take
note that Geralt will not be able to cast Signs regardless of his 
Endurance condition if he's extremely drunk (i.e. needs 2-3 hours to regain
sobriety).

Rating: 1/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

True Grit- Assuming you've been reading up on monsters and recipes and didn't 
screw up somehow making the requisite mutagenic potion, you should earn this
talent just by going through the storyline. This talent is identical to the 
effect granted by the Wolverine potion, it's permanently active unlike the 
potion and both effects will stack. Sign masters will enjoy its benefits less 
often than their Melee counterparts but both playstyles lose nothing from 
having this talent.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee and Sign)

Strength Level 2- Like its level 1 counterpart Geralt should select this as 
early as possible for the substantial benefits provided. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Position- This is a defensive enhancement which should be selected after more 
important talents have been secured. Obviously more important to Melee masters 
since the increased chance to parry minimises the damage taken during combat.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Regeneration- This is easily one of the most useful bronze enhancements in the 
Strength branch, players will notice the difference before and after this 
enhancement is selected with Geralt capable of healing himself back to full 
vitality given several hours. In addition vitality regained during meditation 
is also increased meaning fewer hours spent at the campfire/Inn. Try and get 
this talent before Geralt reaches level 5.
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Brawl- If you're not taking part in fistfights there is no need to take this 
enhancement. However the rewards for finishing the fist-fight quest and the 
associated material benefits from thrashing pub brawlers are significant enough

for this talent to warrant the investment. Bear in mind Geralt's endurance 
will drop very substantially if the special moves are used when Geralt is still

at a low level and hasn't invested in the Endurance base talents. I'd advise 
getting the Fistfight talent in the Dexterity branch first and then Brawl or 
getting both talents together at a level-up. Picking this talent around levels 
8-10 is my recommendation, earlier if you feel confident.
Rating: 4/5 (Both)

Strength Level 3- Levels 3-4 require silver talents so the earliest you'll see 
this talent is level 15 or after you drink the Hellhound's Soul mutagenic 
potion. Regardless of the change in talents, this is still worth taking as soon

as possible.
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Vigour- More Vitality is always a good thing regardless of what playstyle 
you've adopted. The changes are retroactive (if you don't believe me play 
"The Price of Neutrality" adventure and check Geralt's vitality after this 
talent has been selected) so there's no need to rush taking this talent. Select

it after you've developed your base attributes and primary fighting skills to 
reasonable levels first.
Rating: 4/5 (Both)

Knockdown Resistance- All of the resistance-related enhancements increase 
Geralt's susceptibility to various status effects by 50% cumulative with the 
resistances gained from base attributes and equipment. Without the aid of 
potions the maximum percentage earned should range from 70-90%. In this case I 
wouldn't touch this talent at all since the Willow potion grants immunity to 
Stun and Knockdown. If you're not experimenting to get potions early you will 
likely not need this talent anyway since the monsters which can employ 
knockdown will not have 1-hit kill animations and Geralt can always regenerate 
the health lost using the Swallow potion after the fight is over.
Rating: 0/5 (Both)

Survival Instinct- One of the many enhancements that activates only when Geralt

is under specific conditions or status effects. At any rate monsters which can 
inflict the Bleeding status effect is not that common and the duration of this 
effect when it is active is quite short. With the very notable exception 
encountered late in the game you will most likely not want to let Bleeding 
continue since it lasts long enough and is severe enough to kill Geralt in 
seconds unless the Kiss potion is applied. There are no long-range attacks 
which inflict Bleeding in the game so Sign masters have even less reason to 
consider this talent compared to their Melee counterparts.
Rating: 1/5 (Melee, only if you like taking risks)  0/5 (Sign)

Strength Level 4- This is another must-pick talent regardless of playstyle, 
however it is not necessarily an immediate pick like its level 3 counterpart 
since the relative scarcity of Silver talents compared to Bronze requires more 
careful planning on what to select at level-up. I suggest either getting this 
as quickly as possible just after Level 3 is taken or waiting until all level 3

base attributes as well as primary attacks have been selected before this 
talent is considered. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Resistance to Bleeding- Taking this enhancement and Survival Instinct listed 
above is not the best combination or use of talents for Geralt. If you are 
going to take this enhancement it should stack with the effect of the Kiss 
potion (90% resistance) to give immunity to Bleeding. If I'm wrong and the 
effect does not stack you will still be susceptible to Bleeding but it should 
not happen often. I advise not bothering with this talent since the most common

occurrence of Bleeding (Necrophages eating chunks out of you alive) isn't 
dangerous enough for you to waste a talent here.
Rating: 0/5 (Both)

Stone Skin- I don't know how much the bonus to armour rating helps in 
preventing damage, but it's nice to have and works for all forms of damage 
(melee and ranged). Melee masters will see more use of this enhancement than 
their Sign counterparts. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 3/5 (Sign)

Aggression: More damage on all sword styles? Sign me up! This isn't that useful

to warrant an immediate pick once it's unlocked but Melee masters will want to 
take this quickly once their sword styles have been developed sufficiently. 
Sign masters can skip this if they don't see much sword action. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Strength Level 5- Gold talents need even more planning when deciding on their
investment since they don't come often and require careful planning for the 
best value possible. Both playstyles will likely want this talent eventually, 
Melee masters will want this more or less immediately while Sign masters can 
probably wait and take this as their 4-6th selected gold talent.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Wound resistance- I personally have no idea what wound resistance means in
game terms, I picked this enhancement on my first playthrough and didn't see a 
noticeable difference before and after this talent was selected. My guess is 
that some attacks which hit Geralt have a chance of doing no damage to him with

this enhancement active.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 0-1/5 (Sign, dependent on how far you've developed Geralt)

Added Vitality- If you've made enough progress with Geralt to earn Gold talents

you will find this enhancement rather unnecessary since Geralt earns extra 
Vitality and Endurance at each level-up and he will very likely have the Full 
Moon potion which gives a significant maximum Vitality boost for a few hours. 
Taking it won't hurt but only do so if you've fully developed your required 
base attributes and primary mode of attack.
Rating: 2/5 (Both)

4b. Dexterity

Dexterity Level 1- Like its strength counterpart this should be selected at 
your 1st level up, although the associated resistances aren't encountered as 
often as the Strength-related resistances this is the attribute that governs 
Geralt's defensive abilities (Dodge, Parry) as well as his chance to land hits 
on opponents. Sign masters will likely select this attribute only after 
Endurance and Intelligence have been secured.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Flaying:- You earn this ability at the Prologue if you start the full campaign 
or start with it automatically for the official mini-adventures. 
Rating: N/A

Werewolf's Wrath- This is one of two mutagenic potions which may or
may not be earned depending on the player's decisions. The bonus to attack and
dodge is very substantial when it is active at night making it quite the boon 
for Melee masters, Sign masters will still appreciate the increased dodge 
chance while waiting for endurance to regenerate in between Sign castings. 
The choice  will affect the storyline so it's entirely up to the player's 
discretion.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Dexterity Level 2- Same priority as Level 1, get it quickly if you're going the

Melee route or pick it after Endurance and Intelligence Level 2 have been 
secured if going the Sign route. 
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Deflect Arrows- One of the Witcher's signature abilities, this is useful when 
taking on cursed plant life and opponents armed with bows and crossbows. It is 
not 100% effective even if you're facing the right direction and it's less 
likely to occur at hard difficulty mode and at lower levels. Both Melee and 
Sign masters will want this enhancement after key attributes and attack skills 
have been sufficiently developed solely for the chance to avoid damage when 
closing in against opponents with ranged capabilities.
Rating: 4/5 (Both)

Repel- Same statistical effect as Parry in the strength branch, read the Parry 
section for more.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Fistfight- Like its Brawl counterpart in the strength branch, this enhancement 
only applies during fistfights. Unlike Brawl this talent when active is 
automatic and has no cost to endurance levels. It isn't 100% guaranteed to 
activate every time but the additional 1-2 blows speeds up fistfights and can 
prove the difference between victory and defeat. I recommend taking this either

together with Brawl or one level before since the Endurance cost from Brawl is 
rather high at early levels. You don't need both Brawl and Fistfight to finish 
the fist-fight quest, however having them both makes things much easier and 
reduces your reliance on Swallow potions along with hit-and-run tactics.
Rating: 4/5 (Both)

Dexterity Level 3- Melee masters will want to take this talent immediately 
after Strength Level 3 has been secured, Sign masters will likely take this 
only after the equivalent talents for the other attributes have been secured 
first.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Resistance to Blinding- Of the various resistance-related enhancements this is 
easily the most desirable talent of its type for both Melee and Sign masters. 
Aside from the base Dexterity attribute and equipment bonuses there is no way 
of increasing resistance to Blinding. Although the status effect is rare, it 
lasts long enough to be an annoyance since Geralt cannot attack or defend 
himself when blinded. I picked this talent on all 3 of my playthroughs since 
Chapter 5 has two opponents who will inflict the Blinding status effect and I 
noticed a big difference when this talent was taken compared to before. It's 
still not worth taking before key attributes and primary attack skills but I'd 
advise taking it as early as possible.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Agility- Another defensive enhancement in the Dexterity branch, this is useful 
regardless of which playstyle you employ since opponents will reach you 
eventually and the added percentage to dodge reduces the damage you take in the

long-run. As before provision for this enhancement should be made after more 
vital talents have been secured.
Rating: 4/5 (Both)

Limit Incineration- One of two defensive enhancements guarding against 
incineration. If this talent is secured Geralt's "burn time" is shortened and 
the time you spend losing vitality and incapacitated is reduced. This is a 
unique enhancement as there is no other way of reducing "burn time" for Geralt.

On the other hand Geralt tends to suffer from incineration as a result of 
environmental hazards rather than from the attacks of opponents so the 
usefulness of this enhancement is debatable. You will be glad this talent and 
the Incineration Resistance talent are secured when you reach the end of the 
game though. 
Rating: 2/5 (Both, not quite as important as Resistance to Blinding).

Dexterity Level 4- Follow the suggestions given in Strength Level 4, the 
priority for this talent depends on your playstyle so the recommendations in 
Level 3 should be consulted for more.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Finesse- There are other ways of increasing the chance of inflicting pain on
opponents, most notably the use of Crinfrid Oil (you'll need Oil preparation) 
and through the various weapons on offer. I don't think it's worth investing a 
silver talent here since the base chance for pain with fast style is already 
quite high and when combined with weapon effects and Crinfrid Oil Geralt will 
be inflicting pain on his foes on nearly every hit with fast style. Sign 
Masters can safely ignore this enhancement for something more suitable.
Rating: 1/5 (Melee and if you have points to spare), 0/5 (Sign)

Feint- Increased chance to hit is only obtained from weapons and runic stones 
like Svarog and Perun. Level development probably plays a part as well but I 
have yet to confirm this. Sign masters might consider investing a talent here 
if Signs aren't as effective and a melee is inevitable. Melee masters will want

to pick this as early as possible.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Incineration Resistance: The 2nd of the defensive enhancements guarding against
incineration, this is similar to the other resistance-related enhancements with

its large % increase. I recommend taking this and Limit Incineration together 
if you're so inclined since the protection offered by both enhancements makes 
the incineration  effect less of a lethal threat. 
Rating: 2/5 (Both)

Dexterity Level 5- Sign masters may or may not pick this talent if they feel 
confident about their ability to resist blinding and incineration, Melee 
masters want this after the equivalent strength talent is secured. 
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign) 
  
Vigilance- Almost useless for Sign masters since their playstyle excels at 
killing from a distance and crowd control, melee masters who are fond of the 
Group Style will want this enhancement, there are few things more annoying than

a chain attack being interrupted just because one opponent got in a cheap shot 
from the rear. 
Rating: 3/5 (Melee and fond of Group style) 2/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

Precision- If you're a melee master who's developed Group styles to the limit, 
you will like the increased damage provided from more critical hits. This 
ability will stack with the Wolf potion and any points already invested in the 
Critical hit sub-branches. Sign masters, move on. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee and fond of Group style) 0/5 (Sign)

4c. Endurance

Endurance Level 1- More endurance means more Sign castings over a given 
period of time, the associated resistances are also the most common status 
effects that Geralt will encounter when fighting monsters. Sign masters will 
likely prioritise this over Dexterity and possibly Intelligence, Melee masters 
will take this after Strength and Dexterity. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Heavyweight- In my opinion the single most useless talent in the game! The few
times you must get Geralt drunk during the main storyline there are always
campfires or a place to meditate for 2-3 hours to get rid of intoxication. 
Depending on choices made one bronze talent might not be obtainable once 
Geralt reaches level 50, this is the one to skip. 
Rating: 0/5 (Both)

Mutation- Just like True Grit, this enhancement should be obtained through the 
course of play over the main storyline. Collect the necessary recipes and 
bestiary entries and make the potion using the formula automatically instead of

manually selecting  the ingredients. This is probably the mutagenic talent used

most often during the  game since the monster parts which can be consumed act 
like a weaker version of White Raffard's Decoction for restoring health at the 
cost of increased toxicity. Still it's unlikely to see that much use if the 
player has been diligent with potion creation and battle tactics. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Endurance Level 2- Secure as soon as possible regardless of playstyle. As for 
priority refer to the suggestions given in Endurance Level 1. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both) 

Absorption- Places of Power aren't exactly common and the effects last several
hours so it's not likely you'll be running back to the same area just to get a 
temporary boost to your signs. This ability increases in importance only if 
you've invested in the Ritual of Life allowing Geralt to have the Magic and 
Life rituals active at the same time. 
Rating: 1/5 (Melee) 3/5 (Sign)

Poison Resistance- This is a more difficult enhancement to rate, on the one 
hand monsters employing poison are quite common and they appear fairly early 
in the game. On the other hand the Golden Oriole potion when learnt grants full

immunity to poison. If you're not experimenting to get the potion early you'll 
have to wait until just before the halfway-mark of the main storyline before 
you can finally brew the potion. My suggestion is to either take this talent as

early as you feasibly can and enjoy its benefits until Golden Oriole is 
available or ignore this talent entirely and put up with the increased 
likelihood of cadaverine poisoning and the like. If you're not playing the 
main storyline, possess the Golden Oriole formula and can brew the potion from 
the start, this enhancement becomes unnecessary. 
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Endurance Regeneration (Bronze)- There are two enhancements that help endurance

regeneration and this is the 1st available. Regardless of playstyle this 
enhancement is helpful since even the most hardcore melee master likes Aard and

Igni occasionally to speed up fights. The bonus from this effect stacks with 
the corresponding silver talent enhancement of the same name. 
Rating: 4/5 (Both)

Endurance Level 3- Like the other Level 3 base attribute talents this should be

obtained as early as possible with priority dependent on your playstyle. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Endurance Regeneration (Silver)- This combined with the bronze talent 
enhancement of the same name really increase the rate of endurance 
regeneration, that doesn't meet Geralt's endurance regenerates so quickly as to

make Tawny Owl obsolete. Melee masters will likely delay taking this ability 
until more crucial offensive and defensive abilities have been secured. 
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Pain Resistance- There are only two ways for Geralt to attain pain immunity, 
the first is to get drunk and activate the Buzz enhancement while the second 
is to drink enough potions to raise toxicity sufficiently or drink failed 
potions dealing poison so that Altered Metabolism is activated. The former 
definitely grants pain immunity at a significant cost to attack % while the 
latter grants other nice bonuses to high toxicity or potion poisoning but isn't

guaranteed to grant Pain immunity (Version 1.3, I'm not sure if they fixed 
Altered Metabolism to work properly in EE). The Pain ability is annoying if it 
helps since Geralt clutches at himself for several seconds while opponents 
surrounding him get free hits and chain attacks. Taking Pain Resistance makes 
it less likely for Geralt to get incapacitated and is a useful fallback even 
with Altered Metabolism secured when combined with the base resistances from 
the Endurance attribute and armour resistance bonuses. 
Rating: 2/5 (Both)

Revive- I've never picked this ability, if you are stunned by opponents you 
will either be dead in a few seconds from 1-hit kills or you'll be woken up 
from your stunned state through non-lethal monster special attacks. At any rate

you'll get the Willow potion eventually which grants stun immunity rendering 
the effect of this enhancement useless with the potion's availability.
Rating: 0/5 (Both)

Endurance Level 4- Same pattern for this attribute like Level 3, take it as 
early as possible and vary your priorities depending on playstyle. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Stun Resistance- I recommend not taking this enhancement for the same reasons 
listed  under Knockdown Resistance, the Willow potion makes this talent 
obsolete when it's available. If you've somehow blundered and don't have the 
means or knowledge to brew Willow potions, this talent combined with Revive 
should provide some protection from opponents fond of stunning attacks.
Rating: 0/5 (Both) 

Brawn- Sign masters can skip this since they're extremely unlikely to go beyond

Level 3 for sword styles, melee masters might as well pick this up since some 
of the special attacks are worth trying for the potential of status effects on 
the unlucky victim allowing Geralt an easier kill. 
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

Altered Metabolism- On paper this is one hell of a package, two immunities,
increased bleeding resistance along with better attack and dodge percentages. 
However I could never figure out where the toxicity trigger point was and I'm 
not sure the enhancement worked the way it was written to. If the ability 
triggers according to the in-game talent tree description and not the manual, 
then the player will have to find failed potion combinations which trigger 
poisoning for this talent to work. From previous attempts the poisoning effect 
from potions used to last for as long as it took to drain current Vitality by 
half so Altered Metabolism would last at most a minute or two. 
Rating: 3/5 (Both)

Endurance Level 5-  Sign Masters will want this, Melee masters might decide
otherwise depending on what level they're on and the gold talents available.
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Potion Tolerance- Geralt's maximum capacity for potions is increased, primarily

useful for the Melee master who is more likely to exceed the potion limit with 
the wider variety of buffing potions for melee combat and increased need for 
healing potions due to higher damage incurred. Sign masters will find some use 
for this since Full Moon, Swallow, Petri's Philter, Tawny Owl and Maribor 
Forest all at once leaves little room for an emergency application of White 
Raffard's Decoction should the battle situation get too chaotic.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Added Endurance- Primarily geared towards Sign masters who will want every last
point of endurance on hand for Sign spamming, however the Maribor Forest potion
also performs this function and it's quite possible that the Sign master will 
have so much endurance to the point where Sign spammage doesn't have any effect

on the endurance bar. 
Rating: 0/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

4d. Intelligence

Intelligence Level 1- Secure this talent either on your first or second 
level-up. The increased sign intensity to Aard will likely make the early 
one-on-one fights with monsters much easier if you can score the knockdown 
needed for an instant kill.
Rating: 5/5 (Both) 

Potion Brewing- Read the Flaying description for more details.
Rating: N/A

Rising Moon- Another of the mutagenic enhancements obtained through a potion,
it's primarily useful for the Sign master who will love the huge boost to Sign 
intensity for a period of 2 hours. However the brief period in which the 
ability is active means it's just icing on the cake on what is likely to be a 
very dangerous character with powerful Signs. So long as the Bestiary and 
formulae journal entries are properly updated there should be no problems 
obtaining the required potion.
Rating: 1/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Intelligence Level 2- This talent should be secured not for its base attributes

but for the associated abilities that are unlocked at Level 2 intelligence. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Herbalism- This in my opinion is one of the single most important enhancements 
in the game, the various herbs collectable with this ability secured often have

secondary alchemical effects so it's much easier making potions with dominant 
substances with a fully stocked apothecary. Although it's quite possible to 
create any potion you know using monster parts and alchemical ingredients 
alone, having Herbalism in your arsenal makes it much easier and cheaper to 
accomplish.
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Monster Lore- This is a straight-forward enhancement, either get it within the 
1st 3 levels or don't get it at all since the monsters you learn about from 
this ability can be learnt through books which are easily affordable in the 
early stages of the game. I personally think spending a precious talent point 
to save 200-300 Orens in the early game isn't worthwhile since money isn't that

hard to come by if you're diligent about looting and selling unnecessary items.
Rating: 0/5 (Both)

Oil Preparation- I've read on the official forums that some players don't see 
the need for this enhancement since whetstones and runestones also increase the

damage dealt by weapons and they're commonly available through looting and 
exploration. I personally disagree since even the Perun runestone gives a 
maximum of 60% increased damage compared to the 100% available from oils. Oils 
are also more  versatile since the oils designed for Steel weapons make 
one-on-one fights much easier if the opponent is perpetually incapacitated with

Pain or dying faster from Bleeding or poison. Prior to the EE there was also an

easy exploit to get top quality oil bases in chapters 2 and 3 making a large 
collection of oils like Argentia and Vampire Oil easy to obtain and store. 
Although the Sign master is less likely to require oils, they can provide an 
escape route early in the game when Signs are less developed and the sword is 
relied on as a fallback until endurance recovers.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 3/5 (Sign)

Intelligence Level 3- Melee masters will pick up this base attribute last after
the other attributes have been secured, Sign masters will pick this shortly 
after Strength and maybe Endurance Level 3 have been secured. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Knowledge of the Cleansing Ritual- With this enhancement secured you'll get an 
extra option when Geralt visits a Place of Power. It essentially combines the 
effects of the White Honey and Golden Oriole potion (although it doesn't give 
poison resistance) into one package. Considering how easy it is to make the 
potions and the unlikely probability you'll be stuck in the middle of nowhere 
with no way of brewing potions, it's advisable to give this ability a miss.
Rating: 0/5 (Both)

Ingredient Extraction- With this ability Geralt will likely harvest double the 
regular number of ingredients from plants and monsters and have an increased 
chance of getting the rarer monster parts from monsters (e.g. Ectoplasm from 
Barghests etc.) This is somewhat convenient for reducing the number of 
side-trips for ingredient harvesting but is not crucial for beating the game. 
Rating: 0-2/5 (Depending on preference and patience)

Bomb Preparation- Bombs are a nice alternative to Signs for crowd control, all 
you need are black powder bases and a few more ingredients over and above what 
you would use for potions and oils. Both playstyles benefit from a silver 
talent spent here, the Zerrikanian Sun is one of the few sure-fire ways to 
blind opponents making it easier for the Melee master's Sinister sub-branch to 
prove its worth. Sign masters will likely appreciate Dragon's Dream for its 
improvement to Igni's overall effectiveness. King and Queen and Samum are also 
great for emergency potion consumption and cheap kills respectively. Obviously 
I leave it to the player's discretion to decide if an extra means for crowd 
control over and above the effects of Signs is worth the investment.
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Intelligence Level 4- Sign Masters will likely secure this earlier than their 
Melee counterparts (who may decide to give this a pass). The enhancements 
unlocked with Level 4 are somewhat limited in effectiveness so you're more or 
less investing a point here just to unlock Level 5 Signs. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 5/5 (Sign)

Focus- Sign Masters want this, since it will stack with the other special 
effects duration boosting enhancements. Melee masters will probably only 
invest in this when they've developed everything else and don't know what to 
spend their spare silver talents on.
Rating: 1/5 (Melee) 5/5 (Sign)

Knowledge of the Life Ritual- Another option to select at Places of Power if 
this ability is secured. Effect is similar to the Swallow potion without the 
increase to Toxicity and it stacks with food, Rubedo effect and Swallow potion 
regeneration. If you're getting this talent Absorption should be picked up as 
well allowing for Ritual of Magic to be active simultaneously. 
Rating: 2/5 (Both)

Magic Frenzy- Increased Sign intensity when your endurance is low, sounds like
a contradiction since in many cases low endurance means you can't cast Signs
until your endurance recovers. When it does you might find that the effect
no longer applies since it isn't below the enhancement's threshold. Sign 
Masters intent on seizing every last opportunity to improve their Sign 
effectiveness can invest in this, all other players can look elsewhere. If the 
manual is wrong and the game follows the talent tree description in-game, then 
this is a risky way for Sign masters to inflict more damage from Igni and Yrden

at the cost of a potentially quick death due to the low vitality needed to 
maintain the effect.
Rating: 0/5 (Melee) 3/5 (Sign)

Intelligence Level 5- Take note investing a gold talent here only improves Sign
intensity, it you're Melee and have gold talents to spare then placing one here
won't hurt. Sign masters will obviously take this as early as they can.
Rating: 1/5 (Melee) 5/5 (Sign)

Mental Endurance- Purely a boon to Sign masters, it's unlikely Melee masters 
will have the talents or the need to invest in this talent otherwise. 
Rating: 0/5 (Melee) 5/5 (Sign)

Intensity- Same as the above, both of the Intelligence Level 5 related 
enhancements secured for a Sign master make for a potent Warrior-mage Witcher. 
Rating: 0/5 (Melee) 5/5 (Sign)

5. Sword Styles
Regardless of playstyle, you will have to use the Witcher swords depending on
circumstances and the opponents you face. An easy way to learn the timing is 
to play the game once through on Medium difficulty and concentrating on melee.
Once you notice the animation trends it's not difficult to transition to Hard 
difficulty and still pull off multiple chains even without the aid of the 
cursor cues. Melee masters will likely develop Strong and Fast styles for both 
swords to Level 5, Group styles will be developed depending on whether the 
player likes wading into groups directly or would prefer using crowd control 
tactics to pick off opponents one by one. Sign masters should develop Strong 
and Fast styles to Level 3 at least since there are some enemies in the game 
which are much easier to defeat with a sword instead of signs, Group styles for

Sign masters is a matter of preference. It's quite possible Sign masters will 
never invest any points in the Group styles if they are confident their Signs 
and other crowd control measures can do the job.

A note on the enhancements of each main sword style: If you've invested in Trip
1 for Group Steel 1 it will only apply its knockdown bonus to the Group Steel 1

swing animation only. If you've developed Group Steel to Level 3, only the 
initial attack will benefit from Trip 1. The other attack animations will need 
Trip 2 and 3 for an increase to the knockdown chance.  

5a. Strong Steel

Strong Steel Level 1- Geralt starts with this, follow the tutorial suggestions 
on when to use this sword and there shouldn't be a problem.
Rating: N/A

Cut to the Jugular 1- Base bleeding chance with Strong Steel Level 1 is 
increased, I'd rather get this later after the damage talents have been 
secured.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Crushing Blow 1- More damage to the Strong Steel Level 1 animation, it's not 
much and it will soon be superseded by the more advanced Sword styles but every
little point counts especially at the start of the game.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Bloody Frenzy 1- Damage output goes up when Geralt is near death, normally I 
only touch this talent and its advanced brethren after I've invested all my 
bronze talents in more important areas.
Rating: 1/5 (Both)

Strong Steel Level 2- I recommend getting this early (say level 3) so that you 
get a nice boost to damage and kill opponents faster rather than relying on the

basic Level 1 swings. The overhead downward slash on this ability and Geralt's
subsequent step backwards means you will slowly move out of combat range
if you rely on the regular visual cues for chaining attacks. It's possible to 
get Geralt to continue the chain without him stepping back all the way if you 
get the timing right, that way you can chain the jumping slashes to the final 
attack without pausing too much to move back into range.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Cut to the Jugular 2-  Same effect as Level 1, only now it applies to the 2nd 
animation and the increase to bleeding chance is increased.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Crushing Blow 2-  Same pattern observed in this sub-branch, increased damage 
only applies to the specific combat animation. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Bloody Frenzy 2- As above.
Rating: 1/5 (Both)

Strong Steel Level 3- I recommend both playstyles invest up to Level 3 minimum
by the end of the game, the damage increase over Level 2 is definitely 
worthwhile once you progress to the mid-game and opponents start hitting harder

and lasting longer. This animation is fairly easy to chain and Geralt will 
either stand in place or advance towards the opponent with each successful 
chain so try and get this talent quickly to bypass the annoying jump-slash 
from Level 2.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Cut to the Jugular 3- Same pattern observed from its 2 basic brethren, bear in 
mind though that Silver talents are now needed to develop this and the other
enhancements so only invest talents here if you have them to spare. On the 
other hand investments in the Level 3 sword style enhancements are fairly 
rewarding on the combat statistics.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Crushing Blow 3- See the above for general recommendations. Damage boost is 
nice and if you're not going past Level 3 Strong Steel it's worth the 
investment. Melee masters will still appreciate the increased damage even if 
Level 5 Strong Steel is unlocked.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Bloody Frenzy 3- Similar to the other enhancements, but I don't advise 
investing a talent here even if you're a Melee master since there are more 
pressing demands on your limited talents.
Rating: 1/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

Strong Steel Level 4- All of the Level 4 sword styles are special attacks which

need time to prepare and drain endurance each time they are successfully 
executed. Melee masters will need to invest a talent here anyway since it's the

prerequisite to unlock Level 5 Strong Steel. The attack itself is heavily 
damaging if it connects leaving quite a few opponents either dead or very close

to death. The increased chance to Stun and Dislodge Shield is an added bonus, 
the latter ability is only obtainable with this move or by wielding other 
weapons during combat and it's particularly useful against the many 
shield-bearing opponents you will face towards the end of the game. Getting rid

of their shield increases Geralt's subsequent chances to land blows on the 
shieldless opponent and removes their annoying shield-bash knockdown manoeuvre.

Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)  

Strong Steel Level 5- The pinnacle of this style's attacks, very damaging to 
all foes susceptible to the style. If you successfully chain all six attacks 
in the sequence your opponent's chances of survival are extremely slim. Take 
note that the interval for chaining the final animation is brief and too long 
a delay will force Geralt to start the attack sequence from square one. Be 
sure to count the number of hits in this animation since I tend to make the 
mistake of interrupting the animation too early midway between the 3rd and 4th 
strikes.
Rating- 5/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

5b. Fast Steel

Fast Steel Level 1- Like its Strong Steel counterpart, follow the tips on which
foes are susceptible to its blows and there should be no problems.
Rating: N/A

Paralysis 1- Base pain chance increased for Fast Steel Level 1, get this 
enhancement after the damage enhancement has been secured.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Hail of Blows 1-Damage increase for Fast Steel Level 1 animation, the overall 
effect is less pronounced than its corresponding Strong Steel enhancement but 
every point of damage counts when the damage increase % are added up.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Sever Sinews 1- Chance of inflicting pain on heavily wounded opponents is 
increased, my personal opinion is that if you've managed to beat an opponent to
the point where this enhancement does take effect it won't be long before said 
opponent is slain anyway. 
Rating: 1/5 (Both)

Fast Steel Level 2- The damage upgrade is appreciated especially early in the 
game,the multiple strikes in this animation also keep a struck opponent from 
retaliating until the animation is finished. Get this early like Strong Steel 
Level 2.
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Paralysis 2- Same as Paralysis 1, differences being the affected attack 
animation and % increase.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Hail of Blows 2- More damage for the Level 2 attack animation, grab it after 
more important bronze talent abilities and enhancements have been secured.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Sever Sinews 1- See my description of Sever Sinews 1 for more information.
Rating: 1/5 (Both)

Fast Steel Level 3- More damage from an attack animation with multiple strikes,
the interval to the next chain is somewhat quick so blink and you'll miss it. 
The last attack is also a jump-slash so Geralt will move back slightly after 
the stroke, time your attacks properly.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Paralysis 3- More of the same from the Paralysis line of enhancements, grab it 
if you really don't know what to do with your remaining silver talents.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Hail of Blows 3- The only talent linked to Level 3 which I will invest in, the 
% increase to damage can reach 2 digits for final damage calculated. Read my 
description for Crushing Blow 3 for more information.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Sever Sinews 3-Even less reason to bother with this branch now that it will 
cost you a scarcer silver talent to activate.
Rating: 1/5 (Both)

Fast Steel Level 4- The Twister special attack has a chance to Disarm the 
opponent and makes Geralt less likely to take damage thanks to the parry boost.

Useful for 1-on-1 battles.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

Fast Steel Level 5- The damage from the final attack combination is comparable
to Strong Steel levels 2-3, however Geralt will still do less damage to 
opponents more susceptible to the Strong Style.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

5c. Group Steel

Group Steel Level 1- Geralt starts with this, the two wide slashes of this 
combination make Geralt move forward slightly each time the chain is continued.

Group Styles always do less damage than the other styles focusing on single 
opponents, on the other hand the enhancements linked to the basic style are 
much more useful and worth investing in than the corresponding Strong and Fast 
style enhancements.
Rating: N/A

Precise Hit 1- Increases base chance of critical hits for the Level 1 
animation, I have never really figured out what a critical hit implies, 
however during gameplay I've observed some opponents taking far more damage 
than their peers when Group Style is used and the enhancement is active. Hence 
this is a bigger priority for activation than the next enhancement.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Half-Spin 1- Increases damage for the Level 1 attack animation, unlike the 
strong and fast steel equivalents you should invest in this enhancement last 
since the difference with or without this talent active is negligible for 
Group Steel Level 1.
Rating: 2/5 (Both)

Trip 1- Increases Knockdown chance when Geralt employs the Group Style against
at least 3 opponents. I personally think this is the most useful of the 3 
talents linked to the Group styles since Geralt can only use Group styles to 
obliterate multiple opponents when he outclasses the opposition considerably, 
on average Geralt will take more damage employing Group style since opponents 
get to flank Geralt and his defences are reduced to reflect this. With the aid 
of this enhancement the time Geralt spends being surrounded by multiple foes is

reduced (assuming no immunity to Knockdown) making it easier for Geralt to pick

off single downed opponents with finishing moves before proceeding to the next 
kill.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Group Steel Level 2-  More damage with the new animation, like Level 1 Geralt
will advance slightly when the animation is shown so players should take note
not to move Geralt too far forward as to put other opponents out of sword 
range.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Precise Hit 2- See info on Precise Hit 1 for more details, the increased % 
chance should be noticeable in kill duration before and after this talent is 
active.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Half-Spin 2- The damage difference before and after this enhancement is secured

for Group Steel level 2 still isn't that significant, I'd take the other 2 
Group Steel Level 2 enhancements before picking this.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Trip 2- Knockdown chance increased when Geralt faces 3 or more opponents with
this style. Once Group Steel Level 2 is unlocked you will want this enhancement

secured as soon as possible since Geralt is stuck using Level 2 styles for some
time and with 3 out of the 4 attack animations in the sequence employing the 
Level 2 animation you will want to spend as little time as possible being 
surrounded.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Group Steel Level 3- Players should make a choice here since silver talents are

required to secure Group styles from level 3 onwards and some players may find
the risks of being surrounded far outweighing the benefits of the style. When
developed Group styles can do the highest damage overall and can slay groups
of opponents faster than picking them off one by one, however players will
notice opponents being more capable of dodging, blocking or parrying Geralt
when he employs the Group style especially during the later stages of the game.
It's up to the player's discretion whether Group styles are developed past 
level 2. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Precise Hit 3- The % increase to critical hit chance coupled with the decent 
damage inflicted at Group Steel Level 3 make this enhancement worth investing 
in if the decision to go for Group Steel Level 3 is taken. 
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Half-Spin 3- The % increase to base damage is now significant enough to give 
this enhancement some consideration, it comes down to the player's preference 
for a chance of much higher damage during combat or a guaranteed, smaller 
source of group damage.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Trip 3- Even with the increase to damage at Group Steel Level 3 it is still 
better to keep the situation under control by knocking down a few foes 
surrounding Geralt. The significant % increase to Knockdown enabled with this 
enhancement makes this more likely.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Group Steel Level 4- A note on this special attack and its Silver counterpart: 
the wind-up time is excruciatingly long. If you intend to use this attack in a 
horde, Geralt must either outclass his opposition to the extent that messing 
about with the attacking opponents doesn't matter or he will need the help of 
potions to maximise his defences while waiting for the attack to fully prepare.
This is the only special attack that has no accompanying status effects to 
opponents, execute this attack successfully against a group of opponents and 
watch most of them either drop like flies or take considerable damage if the 
attack connects.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

Group Steel Level 5- If the player decides to go all the way with the sword 
style, the results will be quite impressive so long as your opponents do not 
block or parry the attack. Boost Geralt's chance to attack with the appropriate

talents, the Thunderbolt potion and/or runestones for best results.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

5d. Strong Silver

Strong Silver Level 1- Geralt starts with this, if you're playing the main 
adventure you will not need to develop the Silver sword style branch for a 
while for reasons that should be painfully obvious. Although the sword can be 
wielded in one hand, Geralt cannot dual-wield the sword with a smaller steel 
weapon (such as a dagger or axe).
Rating: N/A

Deep Cut 1- The Silver sword counterpart to Cut to the Jugular. Note that some 
monsters don't have a circulatory system so the increase to bleeding will not 
apply to all monsters susceptible to the Silver sword. Otherwise this talent 
and its related enhancements should be given the same priority as its Steel 
counterpart.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Mortal Blow 1- The Silver sword counterpart to Crushing Blow. More damage for
the Silver sword is always handy given the Witcher's profession of slaying 
monsters. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Patinado 1- This silver sword line of enhancements differs from its Steel 
counterpart in increasing damage to the target when a particular status effect 
is active against the target foe. The Patinado branch is more useful than its 
Fast Silver counterpart since incinerating targets is easy with the Igni Sign 
enhanced with Incineration. The damage boost is quite significant with this 
enhancement active so I recommend securing it quickly along with the Mortal 
Blow sub-branch for better damage. Weeding in particular is much easier when 
the Patinado talent is enabled.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Strong Silver Level 2- If you're playing the main adventure and receive the 
Silver sword, it's advisable to either pick up the associated Level 2 Silver 
styles on your next level-up or have planned ahead and secured them shortly 
before the sword is received. In addition to the damage boost the Level 2 
animation is easier to chain against opponents making it a must-pick ability 
for both playstyles.
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Deep Cut 2- Similar to Deep Cut 1, difference being the affected animation and
% increase to bleeding chance. Secure after more important talents are at hand.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Mortal Blow 2- Higher % increase to damage tacked on to the base Level 2 
animation makes this an important enhancement to secure as quickly as possible.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Patinado 2- Just like Patinado 1, only more damage for the Level 2 animation 
when an opponent is being roasted alive. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign) 

Strong Silver Level 3- More damage but the animation for this attack is slower 
and the final jump-slash needs to be taken into account when performing chain 
attacks since Geralt will move a step back before the sword whirl. 
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 4/5 (Sign)

Deep Cut 3- More of the same from Deep Cut 2.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Mortal Blow 3- Priority similar to Crushing Blow 3 and Hail of Blows 3.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Patinado 3- Even though it costs a silver talent to invest in, it is definitely

worth an investment since both playstyles will be using the Level 3 styles for 
some time and it's important that the final attacks in the sequence deal as 
much as damage as possible. 
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Strong Silver Level 4- Lots of damage if the move connects, however it's 
advisable to use this for the damage since Knockdown is achievable using Aard. 
Melee masters who haven't developed Aard sufficiently will probably find the 
knockdown chance from this move triggering more often than their Aard sign.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

Strong Silver Level 5- The cartwheel of doom! Once you've seen the initial 
animation it is very easy to work out the best timing for chain attacks. This 
move is so powerful that it's worth trying silver chain attacks on opponents 
susceptible to Steel since the damage is still very substantial.

5e. Fast Silver

Fast Silver Level 1- Like the rest of the Level 1 Sword styles, Geralt starts 
automatically with this talent. 
Rating: N/A

Crippling Pain 1- The Silver sword counterpart to Paralysis 1, only this isn't 
quite as useful as its Steel counterpart since monsters aren't as incapacitated

by Pain compared to the opponents normally fought using Steel weapons. 
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Flash Cuts 1- Works the same way as Hail of Blows 1, just with a different 
name. It's still the most useful of the enhancements linked to Fast Silver 
Level 1 so grab it as soon as you can.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Sinister 1- The problem with Sinister despite its nice increase to damage is 
that the methods to blind opponents susceptible to Fast Silver style aren't
as convenient as an Igni casting. In addition many of the monsters who should
be slain using Fast Silver are sometimes immune to Blinding, completely 
negating the extra damage that would be inflicted.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Fast Silver Level 2- Once Geralt has a Silver sword this should be secured as
soon as possible. The animation is slower than Strong Silver and it is possible
to interrupt the chain by being too hasty with the timing. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Crippling Pain 2- % chance to inflict pain is increased compared to its 
predecessor, however it only applies to the Level 2 animation as usual.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Flash Cuts 2- More damage to the Level 2 Fast Silver attack animation only, 
worth the investment regardless.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Sinister 2- See Sinister 1 for more information, damage bonus only for the 
Level 2 attack animation as before.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Fast Silver Level 3- More damage and a slightly faster animation which is easy 
to chain into further attacks. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Crippling Pain 3- More chance of inflicting pain with the Level 3 animation, 
select this talent after higher priority talents have been secured.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Flash Cuts 3- Level 3 Fast Silver animation gets the damage boost, priority 
the same as other Level 3 damage boosting talents.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Sinister 3- More of the same from the Sinister line of talents. See Sinister 1 
and 2 for more information.
Rating: 2/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Fast Silver Level 4- This special move is interesting since successfully 
pulling off the animation makes Geralt less likely to take hits due to the 
defensive boosts and provides one method of blinding opponents thanks to the 
increased chance of Blinding. Melee masters who finally obtain this talent will
find the Sinister line of talents finally becoming useful. Sadly it's likely 
the Blinding effect will only affect a handful of monsters ordinarily 
vulnerable to Silver and this Sword style. 
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign) 

Fast Silver Level 5- The final attack animation unlocked for this sword style.
Geralt advances towards the enemy each time it is chained into so crowd control
tactics should be employed in case Geralt ends up in the middle of a pack of 
monsters.
Rating: 5/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

5f. Group Silver

Group Silver Level 1- Geralt starts automatically with this talent.
Rating: N/A

Critical Hit 1- Like its Steel counterpart Precise Hit this increases the % 
chance the attack animation will land critical damage on opponents. Higher 
priority than the base damage boost from the next enhancement below.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Tempest 1- The base damage for Group Silver Level 1 is too low for the measly 
% boost to damage to make much of a difference. Secure this anyway since it 
will make a difference once Geralt's Strength and swords increase damage 
sufficiently for the boost to make a tangible difference.
Rating: 2/5 (Both)

Knockdown 1- Like its Trip counterpart in Group Steel, this increases the 
knockdown chance when Geralt employs this style against 3 or more opponents. 
Has the highest priority of the enhancements linked to the base combat style 
and should be obtained as soon as possible. Considering how much more dangerous

monsters are when they surround Geralt the chance to knockdown is definitely 
welcome.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Group Silver Level 2- More damage than the measly Level 1 animation, mainly
used against Drowners for quite some time until Geralt levels up more. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Critical Hit 2- More of the same from the Critical Hit branch, applies to the 
Level 2 animation. Higher priority than Tempest 2.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Tempest 2- The % increase to base damage should be noticeable now that the 
base damage is in double figures but it's still not worth securing before the 
other 2 related enhancements.
Rating: 2/5 (Both)

Knockdown 2- Once Group Silver Level 2 has been secured, this enhancement 
should follow soon after to ensure Geralt spends as little time as possible 
being mobbed by monsters.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 2/5 (Sign)

Group Silver Level 3- Players should make a decision here on whether to advance
further in the Group style line just as for Steel. Players would likely have 
noticed that at lower levels even Drowners can parry or dodge the opening 
animation for Group Silver so it's not unlikely that tougher monsters won't be 
doing the same regardless of Geralt's level. Melee masters will probably not be

bothered by this since Group Silver remains the fastest way to kill hordes of 
monsters when Geralt is levelled up sufficiently.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Critical Hit 3- The Critical damage inflicted on foes should start to become 
noticeable once good equipment and higher levels come into play. If you've made

the decision to advance into Group Silver level 3 this enhancement should come 
into play sooner or later.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Tempest 3- % increase to base damage even more noticeable at Level 3, players
will probably face the same dilemma of a higher chance to do a great deal of 
damage or a guaranteed, smaller boost to damage on each successful animation.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Knockdown 3- This remains the most important of the enhancements to Level 3 
Group Silver, it's better to play it safe with Group Silver against large 
groups of monsters instead of rushing in to kill them quickly. Take on 5-6 
Bruxae or Cemetaurs and  it'll be clear why it's better to use Group Silver to 
thin the crowd with Knockdowns rather than relying on the damage to finish 
them all off at once.
Rating: 4/5 (Melee) 1/5 (Sign)

Group Silver Level 4- In my opinion this is the most useless of the special 
attacks and should only be used once just to see the animation. The wind-up 
time is unacceptably long even if your opposition is a large group of drowners.

In addition the damage isn't that great considering the long wind-up and the
incineration special effect can be obtained using a few castings of Igni. Melee
masters should take this talent just to unlock Level 5 and then move on, the 
damage from a few animations of Level 3 will always surpass what Level 4 has 
to offer.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

Group Silver Level 5- Although the preceding level is disappointing, the final 
animation for Group Silver is worth unlocking for the raw damage and very high
chance of critical damage. This is also the only animation that allows Geralt
to use any of the small weapons he currently has equipped (Daggers, axes and
torches) for dual-wielding with the Silver sword. I'm not sure if this is just 
a cosmetic gimmick or if the damage from the animation is boosted by the type 
of weapon Geralt draws.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 0/5 (Sign)

6. Signs
In general, Geralt will start with all basic level 1 Signs by default at the 
start of the adventure. However if the player is going through the main 
storyline Geralt must re-learn the individual Signs by visiting the appropriate

Circle of Elements. Although there are only 5 Signs proper application and 
development will allow Geralt to defeat almost any opponent faced regardless of

type or numbers. Aard and Igni are useful Signs regardless of playstyle, the 
other three will depend on the player's decisions on talent investment and 
intended playstyle.

Two of the most common ways of boosting Sign Intensity is to visit a Place of 
Power and perform the Ritual of Magic or visit a Circle of Elements once a base

Sign has been learnt to boost the particular Sign's intensity by 100%. Both 
effects from the Ritual of Magic and Circle of Elements will stack, the 
remaining ways for boosting Sign intensity rely on your talents and equipment.

6a. Aard

Aard Level 1- Geralt will either need to relearn this Sign if the player is 
going through the main storyline or he will start with it automatically for 
the mini-adventures. In its raw form it provides a chance to knockdown 
depending on Sign intensity and the opponent's resistances. 
Rating: N/A

Aard Student- The charge-up special Sign attacks need a fully-charged bar for 
them to successfully activate. All special Sign attacks cost more Endurance for
Geralt but sometimes have useful perks which the base Sign doesn't offer. The
Aard Special attack can Knock-down at a wider angle of effect than the basic 
Sign.
Rating: 3/5 (Melee) 5/5 (Sign)

Stun- Once this enhancement is enabled, all subsequent basic Aard signs will 
have a chance of stunning the opponent permitting a finishing move for Geralt. 
Get this early and appreciate easier 1-on-1 battles with opponents vulnerable 
to Stun and Knockdown. 
Rating: 5/5 (Both)

Aard Level 2- Investing a talent here will increase the likelihood an opponent 
is afflicted by  
                    

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