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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cover
CD Projekt Red
CD Projekt
REDengine 3
Release dates
Windows May 19, 2015
Metacritic 93
OpenCritic 92
Monetization Expansion pack
Series The Witcher
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The Witcher
The Witcher 2007
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 2011
The Witcher Adventure Game 2014
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game 2018
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales 2018


General information

PC Report
Official Forums
Official Witcher Wikia
Official Witcher Wiki
The Witcher 3 Nexus Mods
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Initial retail release requires the launch file.
Launch file requirement removed in later retail releases.
Patches and DLC are only available by activating on GOG.com.[1]
GOG.com key
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
Game of the Year Edition.
Gamesplanet logo.svg
GOG.com key
Game of the Year Edition.
Game of the Year Edition also available.
Humble Store
GOG.com key
Game of the Year Edition also available.
DRM-free after installation through Origin client (notes may include more details)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched directly from executable.[3]
Amazon.com (unavailable)
GOG.com key
All the digital distribution versions come with free bonuses that include the soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC formats.
No version of the game requires either GOG Galaxy or any type of authentication, activation, or digital distribution software.
The initial 2015 release has 4 DVDs, while the 2016 Complete Edition release has 6 DVDs.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
'Ballad Heroes' Neutral Gwent Card Set Free.
Alternative Look for Ciri Free.
Alternative Look for Triss Free.
Alternative Look for Yennifer Free.
Beard and Hairstyle Set Free.
Blood and Wine
Elite Crossbow Set Free.
Expansion Pass Includes Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
Hearts of Stone
New Finisher Animations Free.
New Game + Free.
New Quest 'Contract: Missing Miners' Free.
New Quest 'Contract: Skellige's Most Wanted' Free.
New Quest 'Fool's Gold' Free.
New Quest 'Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear' Free.
New Quest 'Where the Cat and Wolf Play...' Free.
Nilfgaardian Armor Set Free.
Skellige Armor Set Free.
Temerian Armor Set Free.

Essential improvements[edit]


The retail release requires a launch file to play. Further patches require activating on GOG.com.[1]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use Skip Movies mod[4]
  1. Download the Skip Movies mod
  2. Extract the contents of the archive to <path-to-game>\mods\.

Skip loading screen narration videos[edit]

Edit user.settings config file[citation needed]

Add this setting:


It will auto-skip loading screen videos (which you can also skip by pressing space on a keyboard and square/X on PS4/Xbox controllers respectively).

Installing mods[edit]

The Witcher 3 Mod Manager by stefan3372, which takes care of DLC/Mods folders and .ini files, is recommended for the not-so-tech-savvy. However, the ideal method is manual installation.

Supreme to Extreme Graphics Options[edit]

Aims to give players extended in-game graphics settings for beyond the bounds configurations. This mod goes beyond what the now-deprecated Witcher 3 Config Tools was able to achieve. An alternative (Tweaks) can be used instead as a more advanced in-game menu. Both mods can be extremely taxing on the GPU. While Tweaks is the more robust and up-to-date option, it also has other mod dependencies, namely either Unification Patch or Community Patch - Base. Use one or the other, not both.

The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project[edit]

Aims to improve the graphics by reworking models and textures to better quality.

Besserwisser's Fix Collection[edit]

Community mod with a massive collection of fixes that resolves a variety of bugs and visual glitches.

Brothers In Arms - Ultimate Bug Fix And Restored Content Collection[edit]

Definitive collection of 1,000+ bug fixes and restored cut content from across the entire game.

NPC Physics 60FPS Fix[edit]

Community mod that fixes hair, fur, clothing, medallions, weapons, etc, behavior when the game runs at different than 30 fps speeds. The mod was built to run with the E3 Geralt Hair Physics 60FPS Fix and Hairworks Hair Physics 60fps Fix that fixes the same problem on Geralt's non-HairWorks and HairWorks hair.

Performance fix for 2-4 core CPUs[edit]

Battle Encoder Shirasé (BES) + instruction - After the patch 1.06-1.07, it's almost impossible to play with 2 core processor. It's a small tool that throttles the CPU usage of the process you “target”: for instance, you can limit the CPU usage of a process which would use CPU 100%, down to 99%, like in this case. As a result, the game becomes playable.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\gamesaves\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/292030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Cross-save is available with the Nintendo Switch version of the game.[5]


In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution for setting a custom resolution if needed.
Cutscenes are 16:9. See the related WSGF thread.
Cutscenes are 16:9. See the related WSGF thread.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 60°. See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Controlled by Texture Quality setting. Low is 1x, Medium 4x, High 8x and Ultra 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
FPS cap can be configured to 30, 60 or unlimited in options menu.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Will be added for free when the next-gen patch releases.
Ray tracing
Will be added for free when the next-gen patch releases.
Color blind mode
Improves visibility of tracks, marks, footprints and scent clues.[6]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Edit user.settings config file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Find Resolution=XXxYY and set your resolution (e.g. Resolution=1152x648).
  3. If you want to use a resolution lower than 1024x768, also find FullScreenMode=X and Change X to 1 or use borderless mode.
  4. Save the file and launch the game.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Add FOV slider (Patch 1.30)[7]
  1. Download FOV Slider and Custom Localization Fix.
  2. Extract modFOVSlider\ and modCustomLocalizationFix\ to <path-to-game>\Mods\.
  3. Extract modFOVSlider\bin\ and modCustomLocalizationFix\bin\ to <path-to-game>.
  4. Start the game and set the FOV using the slider in the options menu.
Going over 89 will break interior lighting and cause severe rendering/performance issues. Game uses Hor+ scaling with vertical measurement; 89/90 is equivalent to 119/120. If you like 110 or 100 or 90, then you want 80 or 70 or 60 respectfully.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Game uses SSAA for cutscenes, but uses low-quality edge smoothing during gameplay.
SMAA via SweetFX[citation needed]
  1. Download custom SweetFX
  2. Extract archive contents to <path-to-game>\bin\x64 and replace DLL's with ones from "x64" folder


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Since version 1.04 all keys can be remapped.[8]
Mouse acceleration
Under Video Options, enable Hardware Cursor to disable mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Can only be changed if Hardware Cursor is disabled. You can enable it again after you change the sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
XInput, Xbox One Controller and DualShock 4.
Controller remapping
Possible by editing the input.settings file or with mods, some user-made presets are available on the Nexus.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also possible.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Blue on the Main Menu, Green in Gameplay, Red on Game Over.[9]
Connection modes Wired
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts. Prompts can be set to fixed by changing LockControlScheme in <path-to-game>\bin\config\base\hidden.ini to 1 (KB/M) or 2 (controller). 0 enables switching between prompts. Enable Steam Controller support here.[10]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller.
Steam Controller button prompts


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, effects and voice.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 (no in-game option).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Loading screens and cinematics (FMVs) do not mute on focus lost.
HRTF mod for headphones can be found here (x3daudio1_7_hrtf seeming to work on top of Wwise).


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian Localization Fixes by DJ_Kovrik
Simplified Chinese
Added in November 7, 2018 with patch 1.32 (announced in their official Sina Weibo). You can enable it from the game settings.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
TriDef 3D
UI is 2D by default, occasional rendering problems with distance shadows and decals.
G3D, Z3D
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed[edit]

DLC not available through in game menus[edit]

Manually verify game files[11]
  • Go into the <path-to-game>\DLC\ folder. Make sure there's no folder named "DLC" in it, there should however be folders named "bob", "ep1" and "DLC1-16".
  • This can be the result of trying to install a mod using the NMM and instead of placing the mod files in <path-to-game>\DLC\ it creates an extra folder.

Hair physics only works correctly when playing at 30 FPS[edit]

Use Hair Physics Mod 60FPS[12]

Unable to summon your horse[edit]

Save your progress and restart the game[citation needed]

Mouse delay/lag[edit]

Turn off in-game GOG overlay Galaxy feature[citation needed]
In the settings, enable Hardware Cursor[citation needed]


Disable GOG Galaxy In-game overlay[citation needed]
If you perceive that the framerate stutters, even if tools such as FRAPS show 60FPS try[citation needed]
  1. Set game frame limit to Unlimited in the Video Menu.
  2. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with Notepad and look for a line called "limitfps".
  3. Set it to anything that is above 30 but below 60 (for some reason 30 and 60 locks cause stutter) eg. 31-59.

Framerate drops[edit]

Even on high-end GPUs, it is possible to experience choppy framerate when in Novigrad or other large cities. Frame rate capping can provide a fix.
Limit framerate to 60 FPS with Rivatuner[citation needed]
  1. Open Rivatuner statistics server from tray
  2. Add a profile for Witcher 3, by pressing the plus sign in bottom left corner and going to executable
  3. For this profile, enter 60 for FPS limit, hit enter to apply
  4. Enable vsync in-game or via video drivers to remove any tearing you may experience after
You can also limit framerate in the in-game graphical options menu, but this may lead to stutter. It is advised to set this as Unlimited if framerate limit is configured via an external program.
Before patch 1.21, framerate drops and stutter may be caused by the game triggering the garbage collector all the time to save VRAM. To alleviate this simply navigate to <path-to-game>\bin\config\base and open gc.ini. Then find the line with "ObjectMemoryTrigger" and change its value to 512. In most cases, this will fix stutter in Novigrad entirely. There is no known way to tweak GC after patch 1.21 because it was redone from scratch. Now GC will regulate itself based on user's machine.
Another known way is navigating to your <path-to-game>\bin\x64 folder and simply deleting the APEX_ClothingGPU_x64.dll file there has been known to solve some stuttering issues and improve framerates for multiple users ever since launch.

Poor performance on Nvidia Kepler GPUs[edit]

This occurs on Kepler GPUs due to issues with certain Nvidia driver versions.
Update to at least the 353.06 WHQL drivers[citation needed]

Axii's alternative mode not working[edit]

This bug occurs when points are spent both in Delusion and Puppet
Disable the Delusion upgrade[citation needed]
Alter the delay to use a sign's alternative mode for keyboard[13]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\input.settings with a text editor.
  2. Find every instance of IK_Q=(Action=CastSignHold,State=Duration,IdleTime=0.2) and set 0.2 to 0.05
  3. Save changes.


This alters the delay to trigger alternative casting mode from 20ms to 5ms.
Alter the delay to use a sign's alternative mode for gamepad[14]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\input.settings with a text editor.
  2. Find every instance of IK_Pad_RightTrigger=(Action=CastSignHold,State=Duration,IdleTime=0.2) and set 0.2 to 0.05
  3. Save changes.


This alters the delay to trigger alternative casting mode from 20ms to 5ms.

Proper HUD positioning for different aspect ratios[edit]

For 16:10 change the value of uiVerticalFrameScale to 1.1253.
For 21:9 change the value of uiHorizontalFrameScale to 1.3125.
Edit user.settings config file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. If your aspect ratio is vertically greater than 16:9 increase the value of uiVerticalFrameScale above 1.
  3. If your aspect ratio is horizontally greater than 16:9 increase the value of uiHorizontalFrameScale above 1.

Stutter while using a controller[edit]

Edit the config file hidden.ini[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\bin\config\base\hidden.ini.
  2. Change LockControlScheme=0 to LockControlScheme=2.
  3. Save the file.


Stutter occurs because the game rapidly changes between controller and keyboard prompts.
This forces the game to use controller prompts.
There won't be any keyboard prompts even while using keyboard controls.

(Hearts of Stone DLC) Game crashes / minimizes / freezes during a romance scene with Shani[edit]

Disable all post-processing options[citation needed]

Mouse input problem/actions mapped to mouse buttons unresponsive[edit]

This can be caused by mouse software such as Logitech's SetPoint. Exiting the program before launching the game should fix the problem[citation needed]

Fullscreen Exclusive Mode does not work in Windows 10[edit]

Disable Fullscreen Optimizations for witcher3.exe
  1. Locate witcher3.exe under <path-to-game>\bin\x64.
  2. Right Click on witcher3.exe and select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Under settings select "Disable fullscreen optimizations" and click OK to save the changes.
  5. Start The Witcher 3 and make sure Fullscreen is selected and not Borderless Fullscreen under video options.

Unable to adjust Gamma in-game[edit]

Set Preserve System Gamma to Off
  1. In the main menu go to Options > Video > Graphics.
  2. Make sure Display mode is set to Fullscreen.
  3. Set Preserve System Gamma to Off.
  4. Restart the game.
  5. You should now have the Gamma option under Options > Video


  • For Linux users: Add WINEDLLOVERRIDES=dxgi=n %command% in the game's launch options.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX Makes use of some Nvidia-accelerated effects that may cause slowdown on AMD GPUs.
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform

Recommended Mods for First-time Players[edit]

Many visual and gameplay mods can greatly improve a first-time experience without appreciable drops in framerate or drastic changes to gameplay mechanics. Alternative list

Photo Mode[edit]

The Witcher 3 photo mode can be achieved by using internal console command. Camera angle and game condition (time of day, weather, pause/resume, etc.) can be manipulated as needed (also works while in real-time cutscenes).
If you have an Nvidia GeForce graphics card, you can use Nvidia Ansel as an alternative—allowing you to take screenshots with an extremely high resolution or 360° field of view. You can also add extra post-processing effects. Ansel can be activated by pressing Alt+F2 while in-game.

Instant sign casting[edit]

Enable instant sign casting so you don't have to use the radial menu (you don't need the mod files, just follow the instructions on the page).

Improve performance on AMD-based systems[edit]

Download Windows 10 based AMD driver libraries[citation needed]
  1. Download the most recent version of Windows AMD drivers - performance boost.
  2. Extract the content of the downloaded archive in <path-to-game>\bin\x64\.
  3. Start the game.

Change in-game cinematic framerate[edit]

Modify user.settings file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Change MovieFramerate to which you desire (e.g. 60 or 120).

Disable Cinematic Supersampling[edit]

Modify user.settings file[citation needed]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Add MovieUbersampling=false under [Visuals] section.

Disable radial blur when using Witcher Senses[edit]

Modify user.settings file[15]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor.
  2. Add MotionSicknessFocusMode=true under [Gameplay] section.

Enable Debug Console[edit]

Modify general.ini file[15]
  1. Open The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt\bin\config\base\general.ini with a text editor.
  2. Add DBGConsoleOn=true under [General] section.
  3. You can open the console with ` (on an US layout keyboard, might differ for other layouts).

Improve HairWorks performance on AMD hardware[edit]

Create a profile via Catalyst Control Center[16]
  1. Create a profile for witcher3.exe in the Catalyst Control Center.
  2. Set Tessellation Mode to Override application settings.
  3. Set the Maximum Tessellation Level to either 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x.

Fix Ground Texture Errors on AMD Hardware[edit]

Create a profile via Catalyst Control Center[16]
  1. Create a profile for witcher3.exe in the Catalyst Control Center.
  2. Set Tessellation Mode to Override application settings.
  3. Set the Maximum Tessellation Level to either 4x, 8x or 16x.

30FPS framerate cap fixes framerate buffering problems[edit]

Use RTSS to set a 30fps framerate cap[17][18]
  1. Disable the in-game frame limiter .
  2. Disable in-game Vsync.
  3. Use borderless fullscreen mode for correct triple buffering.
  4. Install RTSS.
  5. Create a profile for Witcher 3 by clicking on the “+” sign.
  6. Set a 30FPS framerate limit in RTSS.

Toggle DLC outfits[edit]

Enable/Disable alternative look outfits
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\The Witcher 3\user.settings with a text editor
  2. Find these lines
  3. DlcEnabled_dlc_006_001=0 (Triss), DlcEnabled_dlc_008_001=0 (Yennefer), DlcEnabled_dlc_011_002=0 (Ciri)

0 to disable, 1 to enable

How to use Steam overlay in The Witcher 3(GOG.com edition)[edit]

Can be useful for Steam Controller users who own the GOG.com edition, and want to use the Steam controller overlay while being able to get GOG.com achievements and track gameplay hours.
  1. Add GOG.com Witcher 3 exe to Steam
  2. Launch The Witcher 3 through Steam, and open the GOG.com launcher and click "play" in GOG.com for Witcher 3
  3. GOG.com and Steam use the same overlay short cut "Shift+Tab", so if you want choose which to access change the keys for one of them to something like "Shift+F1"

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 940
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7870
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/292030/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (292030) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.