The Witcher 3 Following the Thread mission: find a contract in Hierarch Square and defeat an Ekimmara with Lambert

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The Witcher 3 Following the Thread quest is one of the longer, but also more memorable events in The Witcher 3. It has old friends, fearsome monsters and choices that’ll no doubt cause excruciating pain to your morality even after you put the controller down. However, long or not, our handy guide will help you complete The Witcher 3 Following the Thread quest in no time. 

How to start Following the Thread

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After you’ve finished the introductory part of the game, aka meeting up with Yennefer in Nilfgard, you’re asked to look at three different locations where Ciri has been spotted. Emperor Emhyr wants her brought to him, and has asked you and Yennefer to search for her. These three different locations are Velen, Novigrad or Skellige but for the start of this quest, head on over to Novigrad and go to the contract board in Hierarch Square.

Hierarch Square message board

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Once there, you’ll see a message board called Monster in the Bits. Accept the contract and you’ll be given the location of the supervisor, who’s guard will tell you more about the monster hunting lone victims at night, as well as directing you to the body to investigate the scene.

Before you go, the guard will mention that someone else has taken the contract. So, be quick!

Investigate the Crime and Track the Monster

Follow the thread Investigate the Crime and Track the Monster

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Head over to where you’ve been pointed to search and you’ll discover a bloody mess of a crime scene. Use your Witcher Senses and interact with everything there, including the tracks of the monster that leads outside of the shed. 

Once outside, follow the tracks using your Senses. These will eventually lead to a small dock, where the tracks will suddenly end - meaning that now it’s time to go for a swim to the other side where you can see a building on the other side. Once there, use your Senses again and you’ll once more pick up the tracks. They’ll lead to inside where you can hear fighting. 

Head on up the stairs and you’ll discover your brother-in-arms, Lambert fighting an Ekimmara, a lesser, more animalistic kind of vampire. 

Defeat the Ekimmara with Lambert

Defeat the Ekimmara with Lambert

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The Ekimmara can be a slippery foe, especially as it has invisibility, but thankfully Lambert can be a pleasant distraction for the beast. The best advice we can give is to stay on your toes, dodging constantly and weaving your way around the Ekimmara to slash at its back whenever possible. We also suggest using the ‘Igni’ sign, as that can often help finish the Ekimmara off due to fire damage over time. 

Once you’ve managed to defeat the Ekimmara, Lambert will agree to split the profits with you and will head back to talk to the supervisor. You can either choose to go with him straight away, or meet up later. 

Trouble Arises

The Witcher 3 follow the thread Jad Karadin location

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While you may think that the quest is officially done at this point, you’re proven wrong when Lambert starts asking the supervisor where a gentleman called ‘Jad Karadin’ is. This will cause the supervisor to call the guards and run off, with Lambert hot on his heels. Which, of course, leaves with you mopping up the guards. 

When that’s done, you’ll discover that the supervisor doesn’t know where Jad Karadin is, but points you towards the Seven Cats Inn in Novigrad where someone called Vienne has more information. 

When you meet Lambert there, he’ll explain that his friend was murdered because of a gang of assassins that answered to Jad Karadin. Since then, he’s been after Karadin and his members in order to serve up some payback that they won’t soon forget. 

  • What dialogue you choose and how you interact with Lambert does not have any real effect, so feel free to be a smart ass all you want before going inside to talk to Vienne.

The Witcher 3 following the thread Finding Hammond

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Unfortunately, Vienne doesn’t have much information on Karadin’s whereabouts, but knows where to find Hammond and Selyse, other members of the gang. 

  • It is up to you whether you let Lambert kill Vienne, but if you do then three other elves will appear to try and stop you. 

Afterwards, Lambert will suggest splitting up, leaving you to head to Skellige to track Hammond down. 

Finding Hammond

The witcher 3 follow the thread Meet Lambert at the Nowhere Inn

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Hammond will be based in the village of Trottheim, a small village on the island of Faroe. To get there, we advise fast-travelling to the Harviken checkpoint then grabbing Roach and riding to the village.

Once you arrive, a cutscene will appear and you’ll be asked (in less kinder words) by the villagers there about what you’re doing at the village. After exhausting most of the dialogue in asking about Hammond’s whereabouts, the villagers decide that stabbing you to death seems like a good idea so you’ll have to cut them down. There aren't too many of them, but they can quickly surround you, so be sure to move around.

The Witcher 3 following the thread Hammond location

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Once that’s done, head to where Hammond is praying at the shrine. Like the villagers, he won’t be too happy to see you and will attempt to kill you. Return the favour, and you’ll discover evidence on his body that points to Karadin being located in Gildorf in Novigrad. 

Meet Lambert at the Nowhere Inn

The Witcher 3 following the thread Meet Lambert at the Nowhere Inn

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Head to Novigrad and use the Oxenfurt Gate checkpoint in order to get to the Nowhere Inn faster. Once there, Lambert will give you the run-down of what happened with Selyse, as well as provide more information about Karadin’s shady dealings - particularly when it came to working with slaves. 

Once your discussion is over, the two of you can head over to Karadin’s estate.

Deal with Karadin

The witcher 3 follow the thread Deal with Karadin

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When you arrive at Karadin’s place, both Lambert and Geralt will be invited inside before they can think of a plan to break into the estate. It seems that Karadin was expecting their visit and, weirdly enough, didn’t think to move his wife and kids somewhere a lot more safe. Regardless, you’ll be doing most of the talking throughout this part of the quest as Lambert isn’t in a very talkative mood.

You’ll discover that Karadin has seemingly changed from who he was before, moving away from the life as a mindless killer to instead settle down with his family as a merchant. Even more conflicting is Karadin’s version of the events leading up to Aiden’s death. 

  • Ultimately, it is up to you whether you choose to spare Karadin or help Lambert kill him. There are no real consequences to the quest as Lambert will still consider you a friend, regardless of the choice.