The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt side quest and contract guide [inc. Blood and Wine]

Hearts of Stone


Note: The Hearts of Stone DLC adds land to the north and east of Novigrad. Geographical references in the following quests pertain to this new region.

Enchanting: Start-up Costs

Prerequisite: N/A | Recommended Level: 32

When you check the notice board at the Seven Cats Inn - this initiates the DLC - you'll unlock this quest. Head to your new marker at the Upper Mill to speak with the runewright. He's lost his tools and needs a lot of coin to start crafting again. Pay him 5000 crowns to get things going.

Enchanting: Quality Has Its Price

Prerequisite: Complete "Enchanting: Start-up Costs." | Recommended Level: 32

After giving the runewright seed money, you'll learn that he also needs jade to complete his work. Start by heading up the hill to the marked house and grabbing the pickaxe outside. Three makers will appear on your map, to the west. Head there and use your Witcher Senses in each spot to check the deposits.

The centre spot will lead you into a cave known as Bloodrot Pit. How inviting. Search the opening cavern to find the hunk of jade you need, then return to the runewright. The quest will end, and you'll be able to craft runes and enhance your equipment!

Races: Swift as the Western Winds

Prerequisite: N/A | Recommended Level: 32

Head to the Upper Mill, just across the lake east of Brunwich. Speak to the Ofieri merchant there about horses, and you'll have the option to race him. Win (watch out for some rolling barrels along the way!) to earn yourself a fantastic saddle.

From Ofier's Distance Shores

Prerequisite: N/A | Recommended Level: 33

Buy something from the Ofieri merchant, and he'll tell you of some legendary diagrams that were stolen from him, initiating the quest. Start by heading south the robbery site. Use your Witcher Senses to follow the footprints and bloodstains (the path will break up a few times), and you'll reach a trap door. Open it up and drop inside for a quick scuffle with some fallen knights. Then use your senses to find a special chest inside.

After looting a diagram and a special letter, read the letter to learn the locations of the remaining diagrams. From here, it's a simple task of raiding those camps and looting the diagrams. There's one just to the north, one at the northern border of the region, and one southeast of the Upper Mill. Return all diagrams to the merchant, and he'll offer to copy them into a language you can understand. Wait a day and return to him to receive this and complete the quest.

Rose on a Red Field

Prerequisite: Begin "Evil's Soft First Touches." | Suggested Level: 32

Visit the Garin Estate to accept the contract (this is part of the story), and you'll encounter Adela on your way out. She wants you to find the man who killed her friend; accept the offer to begin this quest. Start by heading to Bowdon, a town at the northern edge of the map that's been overrun by ghouls. Take them out, then use your Witcher Senses to find a scent trail leading into an abandoned hut.

Examine the hut for clues, and you'll find footprints leading out the window. Exit and follow the trail to find Adela's dead friend. Check along the nearby fence to find the footprints of his killer, then follow them. This will lead you to a Bandit Camp, so take out the goons and check the wagon for an important note. Read this to create a new marker, at the killers' hideout.

This hideout is a small hut in a valley north of Brunwich. Deal with the guards however you'd like - you need their key to get inside, though. Once inside, you'll see that the hut is actually an entrance to a large cave. Head to the back to meet Ulrich, the ringleader of these fallen knights. Kill him and his cohorts, then report to Adela in Oxenfurt. She'll be glad to know you've avenged her pal.

Hearts of Stone quests continue on the next page!

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