Witcher 2 X-box 360 Cheats

A game as gigantic and choice-based as The Witcher 2 is guaranteed to have a bevy of unlockables, collectibles, hidden items, and special treats for those with the patience to look for them. For those without, we’ve prepared this cheats page (along with our full walkthrough), which acts not so much as an excuse to cheat but more as a repository for all the useful information we can find about the game. Stay tuned now and after release day for a wealth of text and video resources.

Enhanced Edition Walkthrough

Unlock the Bonus Experience Perk Early

Easy Money Glitch

Poker! Achievement Guide

All Endings List

Items List

Diagrams Guide

Assassin’s Creed Easter Egg

The Witcher 2 is a giant game, and its size creates lots of little corners for the devs to hide their humor. The picture below is one such example, and shows the CD Projekt team taking a little dig at Assassin’s Creed. Note the white robe and the red sash. As well as the broken cart and spilled hay. Looks like this rooftop swan dive didn’t work out so well.

Hat Tip: Reddit

Join the Conversation   

* required field

By submitting a comment here you grant GameFront a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate or irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin's discretion.

98 Comments on Witcher 2 X-box 360 Cheats


On May 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Why the would people cheat on a brand new game?If its your first play through.Are you that much of a as to not be able to make it.On the bright side you dont need to spend 25 bucks for a guide when you can see it on the net for free.


On May 17, 2011 at 2:32 am

because combat is the est piece of ever. no lock on and enemies intrupt your actions half way through a killing blow.


On May 17, 2011 at 6:53 am

it does have a lock on, try alt


On May 17, 2011 at 8:33 am

I second the above poster, combat is the biggest pile of ever.
Huge delay after every action – means you get assraped if you accidently press a button 1 extra time.
This means that a fight with a group of 6 enemies = run around like a retard and spam signs for the next 10 minutes hoping the enemy’s health regen (yea they regen) is lower than your damage output.
Geralt is supposed to be the best sword of the North, yet he’s as slow as a pregnant turtle.
I really regret buying this game.


On May 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I agree combat is retarded!!!! LOL
I still LOVE the GRAPHICS and story) Though i havent gone far, frst i tried on insane but soon i realized thhat i have to be an idiot to continue on that difficulty (only if all swordsman abilities are unlocked from beggining wich is impossible)))


On May 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

im glad to see that this page hasnt been engulfed with fanboys and what not.
Even with the lock on combat is a joke. The auto targeting thing is extremely useless, having to constantly dodge and roll out the way and HOPE that enemy swings wont reach you through a wall is tedious.

Yes it’s pretty but in no way is it GOTY. Can’t even kill rando npcs ffs.


On May 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I agree 100%
stupid combat and controls and the delay when casting a spell how you have to stop just to cast a ing trap or bug yourself…seriously wtf


On May 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I agree, but that doesn’t stop me from playing, I had the iest time with the intro, but after that I’m alright. I am able to up, you just have to play smart, and think before you attack.

Herp a Derp

On May 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

The Qen sign is your friend… makes combat actually fun, use it often. Enjoy. Also, stick to a single type of attack to get combos going, don’t mix and match quick and heavy attacks unless you switch targets or the enemies defenses are going back up and you want to land a big hit.

blah blah

On May 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm

wow look at all the people that suck at combat. :) must be used to playing assassins creed. this game isnt about making a bunch of preteens feel epic. im so glad that someone still makes games challenging and not to make noobs feel good about themselves.

im playing on hard and after you figure it out its fairly easy. in fact i havent died in my last 6 or so fights.

this isnt assassins creed where a bunch of guards surround you and take the occasional swing at you one at a time……they actually all attack you at once. the best thing to do is simply run them in a circle and then quickly get behind the guy in the back. it takes a second for them to turn around and you can easily take away half their health. rinse and repeat. you can also use that trap spells to get the shield guys stunned. those are the guys that give me trouble.


On May 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm

yer I guess it does boil down to having the patience.


On May 18, 2011 at 2:18 am

@blah blah
id rather be able to jump between targets slashing up instead of having to kite endlessly, stopping to cast a stupid trap spell then continue running my moronic circles hoping that the enemy hp hasn’t regenerated all the while getting slammed by over reaching enemy swords and constant attack interupts…blergh very tedious


On May 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

Yeah I am such a . To me this game is basically too difficult. Fights are horrible – no healing aids during fight or before – – never. Fighting system in this game suck balls.


On May 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I totally agree the combat is ed up it does not block properly and when u dodge you still get hit if there are 6 enemies, i feel like smashing my keyboard up after 25 attempts of killing 6 drownders at the prolouge mission on easy. I love a difficult game but this takes the piss, i am going to try again today to beat it and if i fail i will not be able to type anymore comments here untill i get a new keyboard.


On May 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Combat is actually realistic and very fun. It is very difficult to learn, but flows amazingly well when done right. Get 200% dodge distance ASAP, by the way.

Anyway. Possibly the most epic combat experience of any game I’ve seen, precisely because it is so realistic.


On May 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

i play games for its story, so for me its ridiculous to be running around for 15 minutes to kill 6/7 mobs, i enjoy the game pretty much, im getting bored quick though of making these silly moves all the time, its like im in WoW again, grinding endless mobs to get nowhere.

If people wanted to play for the fighting system, let them play on hard, so us story lovers can just rush through things on easy, but even on easy you need basic understanding of wtf your doing ;)

Big fail imo, get a larger crowd interested then just hack n slash lovers.

blah blah

On May 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

a major component of this game is the combat. lots of people have managed to figure out how to fight effectively. why is it necessary for game makers to make games to the lowest common denominator. it should be the other way around. if you suck then you should step up your game, not punish those of us who did have the patience to figure it out. and if you cant get any better than switch to easy mode.

im sick of games being designed for little children just so they can feel epic and never die and never really have to think about what they are doing. they dont want to have their self esteem hurt….well screw them. between demon souls and games like the witcher im hoping that things are turning around and games will become challenging again.


On May 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Lol, I thought that I am the only one retarded, but the combat system is retarded


On May 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

@blahblah I tried Demon’s Souls once, and i had to quit because my blood pressure was rising dangerously high. Ridiculously difficult game, that.


On May 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

@ blah blah
I actually agree games have gotten way to easy to please the bigger crowd but there are just way to few games that really put up a challange.
Must say that i loved that i was caught off guard already in the prologue and actually died. The sense of achievement is so much greater if every fight actually requires strategy and finess instead och insta nuke spells and insta kill abilities.
Its just awesome having a game put up a challange and if you cant handle combat then just keep trying and you will get better.
Great game! Awesome combat!


On May 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

there’s a difference between being well designed and difficult and being poorly designed and difficult.

fighting effectively in this game is similar to trying to figure out how to cheat a system. you’re not fighting ‘realistically’, you’re not fighting ‘with skill’, you’re trying to figure out how to defeat a broken and poorly designed combat system.

it’s not fun, interesting, or exciting in any form. it’s a pain in the ass and it detracts HUGELY from the game.


On May 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

Awe poor babies. cant figure out timing and tactics. god forbid you have to learn tactics for different opponents. you cant just sword/spell spam your way to victory. if you have to resort to that your doing something wrong. so Far Im In chapter 3 and I have not had to Kite anything (yet). this game gives you tools. use them, Potions, sword oils, bombs, traps, and Throwing Knives. they are all useful and Highly effective. time your strikes. and overcome numbers through strategy. you only get hit in a dodge if you dodge too late and get hit. a dodge isnt a get out of a hit free button. like every thing in this game it takes timing and strategy.

TL;DR you suck get better.

the game is a breath of fresh air. an actual challenging game for once. I just hope skyrim will be as brutal.


On May 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

I killed those drowners 1st try now i had a days break. Im back on track combat is actually good once you spend some talents and level up Great game ! :)


On May 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I want to cheat because I love the story line but hate how the game plays. I am ready to stop. Forget the reasons. I am a kick ass master at many games and need improvement (OK I suck) at some. I simply don’t enjoy the console feel, the weakening of the character, the lack of continuity between the games, but I love the virtual world, graphics and story. If I was a tester, I would tell CD Project that I am not having fun. Oh, no more mouse only or original controls? Find another tester. I don’t like this at all. In other words, I am not enjoying the game. If it were a movie, it would be like a sequel form an Oscar winner where the producers decided to hire another director and lead actor. That is a formula that fails most of the time. I am in the minority, but among TW1 purests I am counted. The game is simply not as much fun. I have Dragon Age II and Fable sitting on my shelf. I am working on Diablo II in Nightmare mode. I just bought Shogun 2. When I was playing The Witcher, I played it to the exclusion of all other games. Such is not the case with The Witcher 2.


On May 22, 2011 at 6:01 am

lol noobs saying the combat’s hard. And if you want to assrape get a mindless button spaming game. Other than that, sure, get cheats, it’s all about storytelling anyway and it must feel like better roleplaying to just faceroll everyone when you’re an honorable superhuman mutant


On May 22, 2011 at 6:08 am

and merkit, you’re a hater. yeah the game’s dumbed down for console puppies, so what? it’s still the best thing to come out since kotor. it’s actually better than the first one even with all those lame huds and simple combat and all that, and to achieve that was probably the hardest task in their lives. yes, the combat is simple. read the goddamm talent trees, get what you want and need, dont go tackling foes youre not ready to tackle, just coz youre eager. meh


On May 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I’m stuck in the game @ the kraken cant trap it or do any damage what must i do plz give me a tip

but he game looks ok o me in general don’t have any complaints


On May 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Yes the combat is tricky at times but all in all it’s a
fun game, I am also at the Kraken stage and like all the
rest of the combat timing is every thing. Just keep at it
and you will get there, you got to remember guys it’s
just a game. If you find your getting pissed just turn
it off and walk away.


On May 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Hey fadsfsg,

You’re right. I hate the game. Your wrong. I am not a hater, I am a lover of The Witcher, and I am so much so that I played 180 hours of it. I am struggling to play more then 10 hours of TW2. I do hate that I can’t be like you and every one else who enjoys the game. I am not just someone screaming at a few trees while not seeing the forest. I love the forrest! I think the entire effort sans play is brilliant! But, I do not like to play in the beautiful brilliant forest. I spent 20 years in development. I know bad testing when I see it. I also know cut corners (albeit to make budget), like not properly developing for PC and just leaving the dev at console/gamepad. The latter was an option in the last game too. These guys are just not the best at what they do, and I was hoping too much that they would be. They can be, but they chose to make their drop dead release date instead. I’ve seen games’ release dates put off by a year to make them as perfect as possible. TW2 is the biggest let down of my gaming career. I have a Geralt who moves like a hybrid of Super Mario and Pac Man. I have a Blair Witch Camera, bumpy and jarring. I have a useless game guide. I also have a non-existent easy mode. If I could just be in God mode like Quake, where I would breeze by the playing challenge (boredom) and just enjoy the story, I would have kept my mouth shut. This version was clearly driven by the marketers, not the techies, the old testers, the audience, or those beloved players in the pizza joints all over Poland.

Evil Russian

On May 24, 2011 at 2:08 am

Omg you american people are so retarded. The game is great, it has awesome storyline, graphics, level design. And yes, combat is hardcore but it’s ing awesome. You just got your damn arms stickin out of your in asses thats all. Stop blaiming the game.


On May 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I hate this game because I can’t get passed the dragon chase. I have tried everything. I make it passed the fire breathe but die instantly after that. Who the heck puts such a stupid runs sequence in an RPG. That sequence belongs on a Nintendo DS! I was getting thru the ultra-hard combat. I started using the traps. I was really interested in the skill tree. But I am going to throw the game out because I can’t get passed the dragon after 50+ attempts. I should have been able to get passed on dumb luck by now. I want a cheat to just bypass the dragon chase scene!


On May 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

@bkneeland3369: Dont give up just yet! The dragon chase portion was frustrating for me too, took many attempts. What worked for me was to use Quen right as the sequence starts, run into the left (following the king) don’t advance too quickly, let the king and the other dude move first and follow them, after defeating the first 3 guards, use quen again before running out in the open to protect yourself from the fire. The game continues to get better and better after that portion.


On May 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I love this game, and think although the combat is hard to master, and can be frustrating at times, the game forces you to think strategically about every encounter rather than run in and hack n slash things. This makes the game a lot more RPG like in my opinion.


On May 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

When you get chased by the dragon, just hold down the S key and move backwards. You will see Geralt shield King Foltest a couple of times – keep holding down the S key and keep going backwards. You will get to the other side.


On May 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

This seems to be a really short thread. I am writing this for the benefit of all who speak too soon. While I still stand by my earlier comments as far as game play goes, the other contributors JWROCK, fadsfsg, and Evil Russian, got me to take a second look at playing the game. I not longer find the game as bad as I first did. Lesson: Keep my own counsel until I finish a full round of a game.

Thanks to this site, I am able to get much more out of the game. At least I will be able to play through and form a fairer opinion.

From now on I will be careful to finish a round before commenting beyond a few lines. Thanks to all who responded.


On May 26, 2011 at 3:39 am

The combat system does suck ass though. It really detracts from the game.


On May 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

The first Witcher was amazing. Epic. A labor of love. All they needed to do with the second is to upgrade the graphics and give us more storyline. Perhaps smooth out a couple of quirks.

BUT no. The marketing guys took over. They wanted to change things up. Make it more playable on the console. Forget what worked in the old game. Forget that there isn’t a martial arts movie in the world where the hero fights 6 enemies by running/diving around in circles (unless it’s a comedy). Oy!


On May 27, 2011 at 2:47 am

Um acually the combat is ed up because of the auto-lock on. How many times did you lock change target and you ended up in the middle of a group just to get 2-3 hitted from behind? Even with alt lock-on I’m sometimes getting problems.
Other than that the game is incredible: Amazing graphics, cut-scenes, interesting story, great bosses,…
IMO the only thing, which the current fighting system needs is more wide-ranged attacks (like a Aard sign that would hit 3 targets and knock them back) to isolate single targets from the groups and perhaps barehanded combat should be a little harder (pressing 2 buttons isn’t exaclty something hard to master). I’m currently playing on hard and get sometimes killed multiple times in a row but i guess you get used to that. Oh and intro is f*****g insane. When you get more talents, around level 10-15 it gets easier to play.

Evil Russian

On May 27, 2011 at 5:40 am

Oink: Riposte and advanced blocking FTW.
Also try to use Quen and Yrden signs more often. Helps a lot.


On May 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

The combat system is ok, and yes realistic but therefore impossibly hard! I am playing on normal and have killed most things by luck, a game shouldnt be this difficult this early. I am trying to kill Letho (chapter1!!)and after 30 attempts and still barely scratching him, I am ready to shelf the game. Most combats I have had so far have been very hard, something I would expect if it was set to very hard but its on Normal?!?, I genuinely wondered if I was doing something wrong, however I am not, its just very difficult. I mean why no health potions? why does the game always cut scene before a big fight giving you NO chance of preparing for it? why do you have to meditate to use a potion? you cant meditate in combat so forget that and the few spells you can use are as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I have stuck with it hoping that the later game would be much better as you would have better skills and armour but I just dont think I am gonna get there this year and cant be bothered to fight Letho another 30 times to find out one way or another. Good luck folks, I think I have had it with this game…


On May 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Frustrated: Your comment on having to meditate to use a potion, as well how hard the game is at easier levels are real valid criticisms (see mine). However, there is enough help now between this site, youTube and other game forums that you can really get through most problems. I hate to eat my own words but…this game is beginning to rock. Though I too shelved it a couple of times I am glad that I gave it “one more chance.” I had to forget anything I expected and play the game on its own terms, quite different ones from the first game. I would also give the patch a chance. If after all the above you still feel the same way, there will be buyers on eBay. I hope your experience changes as mine has. I am not going through the same joy as the first edition but I am playing TW2 to the exclusion of other games, at least for now.

Best of luck to you,


On May 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

I hated the combat system when I first started playing. I restarted the game at least 10 times in a effort master everything in prologue.

After a couple of attempts on normal difficulty, I dropped it to easy and made it through. I did that a few more times, each time getting easier until I was able to get through it on normal difficulty a couple of times. On my last run through the prologue, I bumped the difficulty up one and ACTUALLY MADE IT THROUGH!!

It was because of this maddening effort, I am now comfortable enough with the combat system, that I’m not distracted. Once you achieve riposte, life gets better. I find myself enjoying the combat sequences, somewhat.

I am an old school gamer. Cut my teeth on Doom and thought game consoles were the spawn of satan. I have worn out more keyboards and mice than I can count. I decided to bite my lower lip and plug in an xbox controller to play this game. There is no question it was designed for consoles. Once you have come to terms with that and give a gamepad a try, you may find that the combat system really works. I was more stubborn about this game than any other, and was determined to figure it out. I’m glad I did. The game, even with some of it’s obvious flaws, is wonderful.


On May 29, 2011 at 6:38 am

Another solution is to mod the game. I finally beat The Karyan and now the game move at a quicker pace and is much more engaging. Had I waited to get to this point, I would not have been nearly as critical. Yes, I would still voice some criticisms, but there is no question that the game became VERY engaging towards the end of Chapter 1. I did something else to help. I used one mod, that allow a mutagen to be added to all talent slots, including all the ones that become available the next time you level up. I never modded a game without beating it first. However, given CD Project’s tools that were included in TW1, I don’t see the harm. Richard Cobbett (PC Gamer) is even recommending a mod or two to tweak the game.

I’ll leave it like this. Once you level up, and perhaps make a couple of minor tweaks to the game or your system, TW2 becomes quite entertaining and engaging. Then all the new goodies really make for a better game. But you will pay (sometimes dearly) for getting to that point. I am glad I went back to the game and put in the effort to get this far. Don’t give up.


On May 30, 2011 at 2:55 am

I dont see anything wrong with combat being hard, but not right from the get go. Honestly I’ve been playing rpg’s for over 20 years and never been so handily ass whipped less than 30 min into a game. But the QTE’s are the biggest pain in the rear and could have been done so much better. More of a learning curve would have been nice. The tutorial helps really suck as well. THe guide looks to have been written by someone stone ass drunk when they did it. Awesome graphics and character interraction. Great atmosphere as well. I’ll likely finish it but in small doses.

Dead Man's Trigger

On May 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

Most gamers do not even know the difference between sacred, diablo, baldur’s gate and soul calibur. The above are a RPG game, a Adventure game, a Dungeon crawler game and a hack and slash game. If you can figure out which game falls into which category you win a cookie.

Once again the story is sacrificed for an idiotic combat system. Witcher 2 is supposed to be a RPG not a hack and slash. Sacrifices need to be made in every area other than the story for an RPG.

As for the idiotic combat system it would have been better to keep the one from the first witcher instead of this clunky crap. And for those of you who find it to difficult on easy to plat that just means you suck AT LIFE!


On May 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Again I sympathize. It’s like CD Proj is trying to be all things to all people. I was impressed by one thing. I wrote the company to express my displeasure and heard back within two days. That really impressed me. One thing is for certain…while they did what they did (for better or worse, depending on who you ask) they do listen to their players and try to be responsive. In my view they listened to the console babies, which comprises a huge part of the gaming community. Hence the new combat system. At least the game got better for me so that I can claim that I no longer suck at life.


On May 31, 2011 at 5:10 am

OK to all of you guys that want something more Chalenging. there are alot of games out there tha focus on the fight and not on the story. they are not RPG’s. RPG’s are suposed to put the player in the role of a hero and let him/her play out the details of the story. RPG’s are ALL about the story and not about how bad ass you are at killing pixels. If you want a challenging game play some Multyplayer or a Versus that only cares on testing your “skill”s. RPG’s are supposed to be fun and draw you in the story line not have you spend 20 minutes figuring out how to aproach the enemy and the next 10 minutes fighting them. while you do that you forget why you were doing that in the first place.

ricky balboa

On May 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

all i want is a 1 button access to the map and map markers oh and cheats just for fun


On May 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Oh and yea, does anyone know any cheats for spawning items. I specificly need to know how to spawn a troll skin and the bug thingi ( dont rember theyr name) for the meliteles amulet quest. I cant seem to get them after i kill the things.


On May 31, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I totally agree with Merkit’s very first post and even have more to add to it. Currently, I’m stuck at Kayren fight. I took an entire week off and went back to it and now, I hate this game even more. To me and my system, that fight on EASY setting is not winnable. My system is well above the minimum recommendations.

The furthest I’ve gone is killing 2 of the arms. There’s always a 1.5 second delay to all my actions. Kayren attacks and takes 1/3 of my life before even I can get near enough to cast my first Yrden. On EASY setting, I shouldn’t be having so much trouble.

Besides that fight, the game is entirely too dark and if I bring up the brightness or the gamma to see any decent detail, the brighter areas bloom, practically blinding me.

I certainly miss the first Witcher combat system. That was ingenious and very effective imo and easy to grasp. This new system certainly is going back 8 years in combat history.

I hate the way the characters look in TW2. That’s the ugliest White Wolf created lol. And OMG, the way he runs??? He looks like he’s about to pee his pants if he doesn’t make it to the bushes in time. Who was that who said “…Geralt who moves like a hybrid of Super Mario and Pac Man”?

I was in love with Triss in TW1 and now, I cannot stand to look at her. What’s with all the sledge-hammer-jaws and puffy cheeks? Her eyes are so unnaturaly slender and wide apart that they’re about to relocate themselves in her temples.

Geralt should be able to drink a potion at any time, even in the middle of the day, in midtown! What’s with having to meditate now? A very strange way of making the game challenging.

And then, there are those extremely annoying cutscenes. No wonder this game is so large. The cinematics are entirely too long and mostly unnecessary. Not only they pop up at the most “opportune” moment, they also drag on forever, all the while we’re watching Geralts stupid facial futures. Another dirty trick the developers have employed to stretch gameplay time.

The “Quick Save” should overwrite itself instead of creating a new file every time. We have the “Normal Save” for that (without the luxury of naming the file naturally).I have just started Act 1 and the files are 12meg already… sheeesh! There’s no story, and certainly no details to save that would require such large files. Bad engine, bad bad engine!

This was an unprepared reply so I know I’ve missed a few more things that I could list here. My experience with TW2 has been utter disappoinment after having played TW1 for hundreds of hours. I was sooo looking forward to TW2 and now, it’s one of the worse games I’ve played… ever!

I’ll revisit Nexus in a month or 2 to see if there are any mods up that can make my $60 investment bareable.


On May 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Oh yeah, just remembered a couple of things:
That QTE with the mouse button is the stupidest idea yet lol. Testing your skill at “how-fast-can-you-click-the-mouse-button-without-breaking-your-mouse”.

And then, there’s the voice-overs. I was glad to see that they kept Geralt’s original voice for there were a lot of talk about replacing it :-( But Triss’ voice-over, omg… that woman needs to take some lessons on voice-acting and stop reading everything off of paper with the most monotoneus voice I’ve ever heard.

Speaking of voice-overs, they’re bad only when you can hear them. The ambiant noice does a wonderful job drowning them ;-)


On June 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

OK. To beat the Karyan. First of all make sure to have the game at easy and un-check hard QTE. Drink your potions. Hopefully you made your Mongoose with Ostmurk. Drink Mongoose, Swallow and Tawney Owl if you can. Run around like mad casting Yrden. You will eventually trap a tentacle. Switch to Quen for protection and chop the tentacle where it is red/orange and inflamed. Duck for cover and run around for about 10 seconds after you sever a tentacle. Switch to Yrden and start running and casting. Eventually a tentacle will get caught again. You will hear a different cry from the Karyan when a tentacle gets caught by Yrden. After the third tentacle, Switch and cast Quen. You will have a QTE where you get swept up by a tentacle and you will see a progress bar and instructions to left click. Do so to cut off the fourth tentacle and then casting Quen again, run up the broken piece of the bridge that now makes a makeshift ramp. Don’t worry about doing anything. Just run up the ramp. When you make it to the top you will get a cut scene where you throw a bomb on the Karyan and kablooie! Dead Karyan. Find the two spots on the monster where you can collect goodies after speaking with Siele and then go back to Floatsam. You still have more missions waiting for you. You should be able to level up as well. Check youTube for many a vid on killing the Karyan.

*I found that I could not cast an Yrden and then get out of the way just in time and trap a tentacle that way. What I did was run around casting Yrdens and getting each tentacle I could…


On June 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I really appreciate the Karyan walkthrough Merkit but, please stop for 1 second and listen to yourself. Everything you said above conflicts with the word EASY! I can see going through all that in NIGHTMARE setting but for Andraste’s sweet butt cheeks, I shouldn’t have to go through that in EASY lol. And to all macho teenagers out there who’re thinking “go play a different game” I say, why don’t you make like an ostrich and bury your head in the sand… maybe the truth will go away!

Evil Russian

On June 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

I’ve just finished the game. It is absolutely ing awesome, Dragon Age 2 is piece of digested food compared to it. But ending is a bit frustrating, they could actually give us more information and cut-scenes after the “Letho” event.
Waiting for The Witcher 3 in suspence.


On June 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Witcher 2 is a great game….however the combat system is not flexable enough to justify the difficultly. I have played through the game completely the Kayran is definitely a more difficult opponent than the Dragon…. As for the rest of the game …..awesome!!!! In my opinion the story and cut-scenes are what make this game worth putting up with the combat system. ….Evil Russian…. I somewhat agree with your assesment of DA2…while there was some improvement in graghics over Dragon Age 1 overall the game environment and gameplay were better in DA1. Im looking forward to the Witcher 2 expansions and Witcher 3.


On June 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Good point Evil Russian. I played through two endings, one where I save Triss and one where I help Roache. I noticed that on Raptr I played 180 hrs of the first game but only 57 hrs of The Witcher 2. Yes the game is $#%!! awesome. But it is not the same immersive experience as the first. I think that we will see an even better Witcher 3. The guys at CD Project are listening. They wrote me back on my comments, and that tells me they listen and hear all opinions. How they balance and try to be all things to all people will be a real challenge. I am going to replay the game and the extra adventures from The Witcher that I didn’t play the first time around.

One thing I don’t fully get. Comparing The Witcher to DA 2, which is a decent game in its own right is a bit of a mistake. Peraonally I agree that TW2 is better. There are some things that EA did well and some that need work. EA are better game programmers and debuggers (but EA is huge), CD Proj are better story tellers and animators. This whole franchise that is The Witcher will only get better. I’m glad I listened to some of the responses to my first post and tried the game again. It was worth it.


On June 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

T OALL of zou talking about TIMING..I want zou to be honoust and tell us how much time did you died from the giant octopus?And dont give me that timing bull of yours,jou just want to make yourself feel superior over the REAL CRITICS.when U cut off a tentacle he starts a barrage and if U get hit(a case with EVERY mob,not just the octopus)geralt need so (______________________________________________________________________)
much time to recover from the hit that the octopus manage to hit him at least twice again (and after every hit geralt need to “give birth” when recovering and there goes yours STUPID “the right TIMING” theory along with the Geralts health.Go and sell that bull to your naighbours 4-year old kid and NOT HERE!!!


On June 11, 2011 at 8:38 am

thumbs up for the shavertoo’s post’s
IT tells all the game lacks


On June 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm


No question that it can be frustrating. I finally beat the karyan but it took about 10 tries. Best to go on youTube and watch some others do it. They do the ‘timing’ thing. That did not work for me. What I did was run/roll around and cast yrden. Eventually I caught a tentacle. Then I would cast quen for protection and hack away. After the third tentacle you will get picked up QTE (you can choose easy QTE), with the fourth tentacle…hack away. When you get dropped off, hide by the large bridge piece off to the left and cast quen for protection. After about 5 – 8 seconds run up the same piece of bridge that forms a ramp. Just run and get to the top. You will then have a cut scene and animation where you throw a bomb and kill the Karyan. You can harvest parts from two areas of the dead monster. It is doable and will take less than 7 minutes. Check youTube for visuals. As to the brilliant gamers, well…after 20 years + I still have skills to learn. Now that I ran through the whole game helping Triss/Roach, I am now going to try a game pad and see what happens. BTW, lots of good stuff on this site for many games.


On June 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Are there any mods for this game? I enjoy the story more than the endless dying


On June 15, 2011 at 6:03 am

Seriously, the combat is not hard. I pity all the hating noobs out there who can’t play this game for on easy. The game is meant for RPG fans who like a great all around game. The combat is awesome, realistic (Kinda) and besides, haters, who the could set down an bear trap while running? So don’t , the game is meant for skilled players, not noobs. Sorry to all you noobs.


On June 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I think this game is meant for anyone who wants to play it. What a snob!


On June 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

This conbat is unfun.
There is no real sense of control.
Auto target jumps randomly so that where at first you were tactically choosing which of your enemies to fight that leaves you least exposed to the attacks of it’s cohorts, you find yourself inexplicably propelled into a suicide run.

Larger bosses are defeated by exploiting the AI pathing.

There are a lot of fun little tweaks and preparations you can make to boost youraelf in combat. Potions, traps and bombs etc.
Stuns and backstabs and all sorts of intresting factors to think about…

All of which become moot as you find yourself getting stuck in the map as the camera angle fails you or autotargeting the least wanted mob by accident and dying.

It’s an exercise in frustration.

It’s been a long time since I have experienced combat so random as this.
Expect to save and load a lot.


On June 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

This game is fine and fun till you get into fist fights and oh-alas are a PC player. That is way too broken there. Geralt is supposed to be good fighter not dying to some fist fight .. because game developer thinks that interactive movie style is fun. its boring and waste of effort.

Geralt Of Rivia

On June 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I love how everyone complains about the combat. Instead of complaining, why won’t you get better at it. This isn’t another AC game where hordes of enemys can be killed. This game takes skill and patience.


On June 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I thawt this game was bollocks 1st chapter, then i found out how easy it rilly was even on hard, tried insane, big fail, 1 mistake in that and u regret coming to the 3rd chapter only to find urself having wasted r time and energy playin. o.O but the easiness of the game on hard even when kicking the 2nd last boss was even to easy, by that time u learn, a good old potion, right mutagens stacked, if u want and proper armor enhancement just mean button bashin easiness, big bad dragon say what? Also, try usin traps, bombs and similar, shame not many peeps know how to use the game :/ u wanna be lazy and button bash? u need to work for it


On June 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm

+1 I agree. Anyone have problems with fist fighting have serious issue, only thing easier is arm wrestling


On June 25, 2011 at 12:42 am

Game system is ^^ the GREAT wither has to run around 2 or 3 noobs … ? where is logics when u hit nude noob / alchoholic with ur svord 5 times direct into his body and he is still alive ? pff :@ lol meditate to drink potion ? ofcourse it is nice animation while he sits and trow avay potion ( lol ) well anyway story is realy nice but in combat u mostly run away like noob rather then fight :/ people do like this with all games ; first download free version from torerrents etc ; then beat/complete the game – if u like it- only then buy it :D im happy that i didnt bought it :)


On July 2, 2011 at 4:48 am

I dont like the combat in this game, it was easy at first but when u meet specters it becomes too annoying, why the should it be so hard to kill 2 normal npc’s??? People saying that you are a noob if you cant play it kinda lie, i played a million different games and what i like about them is that even though you never played anything like it before, you can quickly excel, thats what makes the experience fun, not pressing the restart butting after you died 50 times for a mob or 2 each fight. I like the rest but the combat system basicly sucks, if you actually read this then i would not advise you to buy the game, for the graphics and story it gets 5/10 stars but the combat system is 2/10 stars, could’ve done so much better, i regret buying the game instead of portal 2…


On July 2, 2011 at 4:51 am

oh and for the record people saying it takes skill and patience, no it takes 1000 hours getting the skill and the patience to develop it instead of having the joy to be able to jump in right away and fight the largest of monsters, u know like good games, sorry it only takes patience because of what i just wrote and the fact that u gotta restart from last save point for about 200 times before you actually learn it.


On July 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm

OMW-How the F*** do you use heal potions,i get anal pumped by stupid nekkers,the game has awesome story and you get to bang hot chicks…but the combat ruins it


On July 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm

THERE is NO WAY you can compare TW2 to Assassin’s Creed,Ezio rapes Geralt and ed on her face.


On July 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Today I found out TW2 is not that hard,NEED to create the Witchers Silver sword from the dwarf in Flotsam,the sword rapes monsters-Thats why it is called The Sword For Monsters


On July 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

This comment is for all those newbs that complain about the combat. This is the most innovative combat system I’ve seen and if done right you can mix and match swift with heavy attacks to be devistating. I’m tired of the same old fighting styles in different games which makes it feel like the same damn game but with different people and graphics. And like I seen another gentleman say it IS good to see game publishers HAVENT lost thier ability to make a GOOD and CHALLENGING RPG. For all those that think this games combat sux, its because you are prolly young and havent experienced a good RPG in your life. RPG’s are WAY too simplistic anymore and just give you everything to start off with. This game makes you think and strategize in combat as well as quests. If you want to enjoy a good game, put your big boy panties on and stop bein pussies, this is one of the best games I’ve seen and I think most REAL RPGer’s would agree! ~B

CHoedy Licks Balls

On July 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Dude… you. When I spend money on a game, I’ll enjoy it how I want. If that means I want to cheat, then I’m going to cheat. And you ball licking game “purists” can eat my . If you have nothing of value to contribute, then shut your holster.


On July 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

To all of the rejects who have decided to comment on other opinions in a negative way here. Gtfo… No really.. Do you honestly believe because someone doesn’t care for the combat system or what ever it is that they are “pussies” or have no life… If so you need to take a good look at your own life and seriously rethink your priorities…. The majority of gamers are not hardcore, and want something relaxing that they can disappear into. So grow the heck up, get off the computer or console and take a walk.

Now aside from that, this game is great, combat could be better but is def made for console, plug in a gamepad and sit back, even then its tricky. But love the graphics, and there are no problems with mods, you bought or didnt buy the game, its your do what you please, and enjoy it, don’t let a handful of pre-pubescent children ruin your fun!!


On July 14, 2011 at 5:17 am

good on yeay CHoedy Licks Balls, i don’t like cheats that give you extra health and such but i like to know all the secrets im not one to play games twice so i like to get the most out of a game and like to know that iv gotn the most out of a game.


On July 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

Only 1 thing to say: An hard and challenging game is 90% of the time a fun and rewarding game. An easy game where you got super flashy moves that kill everyone and let you slash through people easily is 90% of the time a boring game.

Giving this thought of mine i think this game is really good. It’s actually better than Dragon Age 2 for this year’s rpgs in all honesty. Dragon Age had usual epicness of BioWare games with insane graphical and storytelling sides, but the fact that even playing it at hard (Arishok fight aside) it was a piece of cake to beat the game made me wish combat didn’t exist and there was only storytelling wich was actually the only part i had fun from.

For this reason and the amazing graphics, good paced and interesting storytelling and plot, originality of the witcher’s background flavour (i suggest if you are into fantasy books to read the books, they are awesome), imho (and i’d like to underline imho) The Witcher 2 is as of now (as also metacritic is declaring up to now) the best 2011 RPG. Waiting for Skyrim to see if Bethesda can do better :) .

Chad Anon

On July 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Coming from someone who played through Witcher 1 after they re-released an actually playable version and who also absolutely loves Demon’s Souls (about 500+ hours between all my characters)… bugs and laggy combat ruin this game. The story is pretty solid, and the combat works in theory… but in practice it’s ruined by often unresponsive controls and several very frequently occurring combat bugs that seem to crop up whenever the game had actually been paying attention to your keystrokes for a while. (What’s that, you want to roll? sorry, the camera is going to freeze in one position and all you can do is run around while spamming your keys wishing something would work). Add to that the fact that combat is a random mix of mostly easy and very difficult fights (in terms of your damage vs enemies’ damage and enemy numbers), and it’s gotten so bad that I can’t even see wasting any more time on it – *despite* being very interested in seeing how the story wraps up (I’m partway through chapter 3). Dying to my own mistakes I can handle – I enjoy the challenge – dying to developer’s mistakes? Not so much.

mr awesome

On July 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

to all thoose wingers out their…man the up, the game is epic, the combat is realistic, and yes gerlt may be the best sword in the north but even if your ninja jesus no one can take out six guys at once if they all attack at the same time. also the amount of chocies in this game means that unless you are an impation nob who doesnt think, you shoudnt be fighting 10 guys at once.
this game is a game for thoose who apreciate gaming and do not expect everything to be a push over. im glad this game is challinging IT MAKES IT FUN… if it was as easy as the first one id be dissapointed, im glad they got rid of the fighting stances. although it was a good idea the group stance ment that you could take out 70+ guys and take no damage witch is stupied. so challange your self and play the game properly!!!


On August 14, 2011 at 2:07 am

As many have said. The visuals are excellent. The world is interesting and there is a lot of stuff to find and make. The story is interesting as well. However, I am a pretty seasoned gamer and I can recognize poor combat mechanics. Extremely poor combat mechanics make this game just frustrating. I like a challenge and don’t want a game to be too easy but this game is difficult because of poor design, nothing else. The mind blowing long delay between pushing a move key and the actual movement on screen is beyond idiotic. A piss poor combat system ruins what could have been a great game. Not to mention invisible walls everywhere. My superhero can’t jump over a small log? Gimme a break. Half life 2 is linear too but did a much better job of not making it ridiculous. Score 5/10


On August 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

Good game overall but I really
wish combat would feel better. Most of the time I roll around
attacking at random. Hard to master, boring to learn.


On August 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Loved witcher 1, witcher 2 looks great but has may flaws. combat system is slow and unresponsive. and the prolouge (which is meant to act as a tutorial) is almost impossible even on normal. a tutorial is meant to instruct a player on how to play the game, not to frustrate and piss them off by killing thier charactor 50 or 60 times at each scene. also hate the way you can’t drink potions before (or during for that matter) 90% of combats…. game had potential, but some one ed up….its on the shelf now untill i calm down and stop throwing things…..grrrr 6/10


On August 31, 2011 at 8:41 pm

tl;dr (stoppe @ like 20 posts)

Excellent game, to say the least.
Good RPG with at least better than avergae designed NPC characters and story. The RPG scene has been dumbed down ofer the past years drastically, and most games going under that genre would be better suited as ARPGs.

As far as combat goes, I do have to agree though that I was sad it being finished for console controls (gamepad) and not having proper mouse + KB controls.
The targeting system is fiddly and far from perfect, but still challenging and well done. Overall, READ the bloody talent trees and pick wisely.

Concluding I would like to say that I was pleased to have a game where you have a good chance to die in the prologue / tutorial and where you are not running around as a He-Man doll, killing god and everything.
This is NOT a button-mashing game, and that is a GOOD thing!

call me names, but the gamer generation that grew up with games being piss-poor easy and all the developers catering to them is making games unbearable to me.
Back in the 90s up to the turn of the century games used to be hard to beat. As in having to break mouses and keyboards over frustration. And the sense of achievement was amazing. Nowadays you can rush through a game without almost ever dying, groups of enemies behave like cheap hong-kong movies, attacking you one by one, and talent trees make little to no difference.

Good way to go with The Witcher 2. It has still room for improvement, but the path they have chosen seems like the right way to go.


Gerrard Ennui

On September 1, 2011 at 5:27 am

Hahaha this game is a steaming pile of hore. Assassin’s Creed was just so much better, its hilarious. GOTY my left nut.


On September 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

For all the ‘purists’ and fanboys out there—– How about you all suck my deliciously well-endowed and enormous generous and shut the up!! Yes, there is no doubt whatsoever that the combat system on this game sucks rancid moose balls. Only fanboys with nutsacks dangling from their chins would say otherwise! See, here’s why…. try to keep up nuts—I’ll keep it simple for you…. a previous poster said it best. There is a WORLD of difference between a game that is well designed and difficult and being poorly designed and difficult. Witcher 1 Enhanced Edition was simply superb! All the game mechanics were just right. But, as is symptomatic of most game sequels you have pinhead developers and game managers that just can’t help ‘fixing something that isn’t broken’ and wind up turning out a cluster of a product like this god-awful abortion!! Seriously, you can’t even remap keys the way you want!!!!! Yeah, let’s re-invent the wheel for no ing reason while we’re at it okay!? Witcher 1 Enhanced Edition was hugely successful. Clearly a winning formula was discovered. SO, it begs the question— from a purely business standpoint why with something that clearly worked!? Leave it the alone and just focus on improving the quality of the story and gameplay by expanding it— NOT by changing it!!!!! Fer ’s sake!!! What is obvious is that this abortion of a game is clearly marketed towards sub-intelligent low-browed fanboys who don’t have enough common sense to see past their own orgasmic-driven need to have ANYTHING Witcher and forgive the rest. Its sad -stains like you that make game developers scream with glee knowing that as long as you pathetic sacks of juvenile excrement are out there then there’s a market to be exploited and ass-raped and of course quality control because you’re all stupid enough to actually support them by buying this turdfest called Witcher 2!


On September 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

my story was started it on hard almost gave myself a stroke , tryed normal found out the combat is just stupidly unforgiving left it for a while… came back on easy combat was better but still retarded and also saw the worst attempt of stealth mechanics in a game i have ever seen. uninstalled.


On September 20, 2011 at 3:37 am

Why the you asked? People buy their game with their own money. It’s up to them to cheat it, burn it, screw it, whatever!

Btw, I only played the game on easy difficulty level, and so far managed to never get killed even once. Is normal difficulty level really that hard? If so, maybe there’s a level between easy and normal that’s missing, LOL.


On October 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm

the combat is tough at the very start, but gets great. problem with cluster mobs? throw a freaking bomb, have quen active if u like melee. The magic talent tree is superb havent tried the other 2, i was killing rose knights yesterday and fighting like 8 of them at the same time with close combat, its not an easy game thats for sure.

you want crapy combat system? DA2, witcher 2 not for noobs. Im enjoying every aspect of the game. So to the people thats anoyed with the combat system I tell you: try playing Zelda or something like that.

Lucid Matrix

On October 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Great game, i do miss a few thing from the first game. Only things that piss me off bout TW2 is the fact that once you fill a slot with a rune or mutagen your stuck with it and I hate getting raped by merchants. Stuff sells for such a ty price, you have to wonder if it’s worth the effort and at the same time everything cost too much. Getting tired arm wrestling that dumb drunk for hours to make Orens to buy diagrams and pay npcs to craft something you may only need once. The developers should have turned this situation around so you can use those diagrams and all the extra mats you picked up to make a profit. Factoring in the fact you have to collect or buy the materials, buy the diagram, pay the maker and in most cases you only need one made. Bottom line the crafting system is just a redundant pile of horse and i be happier to just buy the object.


On October 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I love how you spend almost a page cussing out “fanboys” when you are clearly a fanboy of The Witcher 1. I personally liked The Witcher too, but the combat was super boring. “OMG 6 enemies, I push Group Fighting Mode and I win!!!” I’m playing through The Witcher 2 now on normal difficulty and I am surprised by how difficult it is but I am so happy with how the combat has improved that I’m sticking with it. I’m also having way more fun in doing so. Oh BTW you CAN change your key bindings, so saying that you can’t just shows how little you’ve played this game.
I think all the people that are pissed off at the combat in this game are just gamers that have gotten too used to easy mode games where you win in 1 or 2 attempts. God forbid you have to learn something new and try something difficult. I also really doubt that many of these pissed off gamers have gotten passed Chapter 1, which means they haven’t even unlocked any of the cooler abilities.
In short, instead of being a whiny , play the game on easy mode first. Learn the basics then try again on a harder difficulty.
P.S. The Witcher 1 was about the easiest RPG ever. So I’m not surprised that you are having trouble with this game lol.


On October 18, 2011 at 6:02 am

This is a cool game! You have to learn how to fight effectively, not just pressing the same button then you win. At first i think the combat is hard because i am always dead. But now, i have mastered the combat system. I really enjoy the game after that!


On October 18, 2011 at 6:10 am

I think so,!


On October 18, 2011 at 9:28 am

Every boss you face has each different tactic. Facing letho, you can use grapeshot and quen. Facing kayran, you can use yrden and quen. Just combine magic, swormanship, bomb and tactic, and the enemies’ weakness as well, got it! Later, You can handle the battle easily!


On November 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Yep…This game is frustrating but it is fun.I got past the dragon after actually taking the time to press that prompt button.It took me about 20 deaths to finally figure out how to get by that beast!I am pissed that when I got out of my cell(after getting beaten to death 15 times!by the guards! LOL!!)I did not get my steel sword back after checking the chest?I had to use a blackjack to get by the other guards.I’m having trouble with my fistfighting skills.I’m not really good at keyboards.I’m presently fighting the guards at the hanging and I’ve lost at least 15 times!I must just hit the right key once and fast!I do have a steel sword now.Don’t know how I got it though?I ended up with it after jumping over the ship’s deck reaching the shoreline?Yeah..This game is alot harder than I thought it would be but I’m patient and I will for sure get my money’s worth as I will keep playing till the end no matter how long it takes as this game is like life,you learn from your mistakes and keep on moving!Thank God for saved games! LOL!!


On January 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

I actually think the combat is great, I died on medium allmost all the time during the prologue. Went to play on easy for a bit, mastered the finesse of the system and later managed to finish the prologue dying (only) five times. As soon as you start picking the skills that suite you, you become a great fighter.
Also nice to see that it is not so much the enemies that get harder (why would there be stronger drowners later in the story) but there combinations. A bullvore thing on its own is a breeze, but combine it with a couple of rotfiends and you have to watch your back!


On February 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

This game is really challenging. I am playing it on dark and loving it. It is a bit frustrating when you have to wait for Geralt to finish whatever he is doing (standing up/sheathing his sword etc) but it is totally worth it!
Sometimes I die like 10 times trying to kill just 2 men, other times I kill 5 enemies like I am the Grim Reaper, you get those moments when you cannot be stopped, that state of flow(the ZONE.)

I like that most of what you do affects the game in some way. I try to explore as much as I can to see as much of the game as I possibly can! I played it long ago on easy up until like the very start of ACT2 but then got really busy and now I am playing again and loving it in Dark mode. Much more fun.

I really agree with @so, why make the player of the game not feel like he/she is progressing by making an enemy you beat in lvl 1 fight back like it is a boss in lvl 7 or whatever. The purpose of leveling is to make the player feel immersed in the game and experience the character grow (in an RPG.) The Witcher 2 really does make the top of the rannks of games for me. It probably comes down to personal taste..

I never got to play the first Witcher but from what I’ve read it sounds just as good, many say better.

LOL the only reason I actually came to this site is to maybe find out if the mystery relic from ACT I is hopefully cooler than some coupon, I want in game awesomeness…


On May 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

i prefer iorveth’s path but im not sure if thats better on dark mode as its harder to get gold for the rare armour sets :/