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The Witcher 3--How Your Choices From The Witcher 2 Carry Over

Here's how your choices carry over in The Witcher 3, if you choose for them to do so.

Update: The Witcher 3 saw its biggest day ever on Steam during the holiday sale in late December, making it one of the digital storefront's most popular games of 2019 despite it coming out well over four years ago--thanks in part to the launch of The Witcher show on Netflix. It's a big time for The Witcher 3.

If you're just now picking up The Witcher 3 and wondering how your imported Witcher 2 save might affect your choices in the game--or if you never played The Witcher 2 and need some context to understand the choice system--we've got you covered. Below you'll find our original guide to The Witcher choice system and how your decisions in The Witcher 2 play out in The Witcher 3: Wild hunt. Original story follows...

If you play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the PC, you may import your Witcher 2 save files so that the third game in this role-playing trilogy reflects the major decisions you made in the previous adventure. However, you may not be playing on PC, or perhaps you lost your save files, forgot what happened in the story, or never even played The Witcher games prior to Wild Hunt. The good news: The Witcher 3 allows you to select those decisions as if you played its predecessor. The bad news: If you didn't play The Witcher 2, you may not understand the sequence that presents these choices.

In this Witcher 3 sequence, Nilfgaardian emperor Emhyr var Emreis has invited you to the palace at Vizima. Before you meet the ruler, however, commander Morvran Voorhis subjects you to a shave, during which he asks you some probing questions. If you haven't played The Witcher 2, you aren't likely to know the background to these queries. (You can simply skip this Q&A sequence if these matters don't interest you by selecting not to simulate The Witcher 2 decisions when you start the game, if you prefer.) Fear not, however: I am here to provide some context, so that you don't feel completely lost when Voorhis confronts you--perhaps only slightly lost. I will not be telling you how each of those decisions plays out over the course of The Witcher 3, though some of those possibilities are notable: in The Witcher 3, entire quest lines appear that are only available if you choose/chose a particular path. However, my aim is to give you proper backstory so you understand what these decisions mean, and don't have to make them blindly.

Warning: The Witcher 2 spoilers ahead!

Choice 1: Did you kill Aryan La Valette, or allow him to live?

Aryan La Valette, armored commander and mama's boy.
Aryan La Valette, armored commander and mama's boy.

Aryan La Valette is/was the son of Mary Louisa La Valette, the mistress of King Foltest of Temeria--the king whose assassination is at the center of The Witcher 2's story. In The Witcher 2's prologue, you confront Aryan, who is commanding the guard that provides his castle's defenses. You can kill Aryan in this scene (and his guards, if you so wish), or allow him to live. Killing him opens up interactions with his mother later in The Witcher 2; should you force him to surrender, you encounter him later in The Witcher 2, and might even aid in his escape from the castle.

Choice 2: Did you leave Flotsam with Vernon Roche, or with Iorveth?

Iorveth, elven guerrilla and vaping enthusiast.
Iorveth, elven guerrilla and vaping enthusiast.

Vernon Roche is a loyal servant of Foltest who interrogated Geralt in the dungeons of La Valette castle. However, Roche came to believe that Geralt did not assassinate Foltest, and assisted him in his escape. Iorveth, on the other hand, has no loyalty towards Foltest, or any other human king. Iorveth is an elf and the commander of a Scoia'tael unit. Scoia'tael are non-human (typically elven) freedom fighters/guerrillas driven by their abhorrence of humans, yet known to ally with human leaders should such an alliance prove worthwhile. You associate with both of these characters in the border town of Flotsam, where most of The Witcher 2's second act takes place.

Whether you side with Roche or with Iorveth is The Witcher 2's primary choice, as it has enormous repercussions on the chapters that follow. Siding with Roche and his unit, known as the Blue Stripes, opens up a series of possibilities and quests known as "Roche's Path." You may, for instance, assist Roche in killing Henselt, King of Kaedwen--or refuse to help Roche in such an instance. Traveling down "Iorveth's Path," of course, introduces a different series of quests and decisions, opening the possibility of a friendlier world for Iorveth and his fellow non-humans.

Which choice you make in this dialogue then affects the next choice available.

Choice 3 (Iorveth's Path): Did you save Triss at the Loc Muinne summit, or did you lift the spell that held Saskia?

Triss Merigold, talented sorceress, and character most likely to be naked when you Google her.
Triss Merigold, talented sorceress, and character most likely to be naked when you Google her.

Oh, Triss Merigold. She is Geralt's primary romantic interest in the Witcher games, and is a sorceress of some renown. Saskia is a beloved warrior who led a revolt when Kaedweni King Henselt tried to invade her land of Aedirn. At this stage of The Witcher 2, Triss is imprisoned in a Nilfgaardian war camp, while Saskia, who is revealed to actually be a shapeshifting dragon, is under control of powerful sorceress Philippa Eilhart. (Sadly, if you take Roche's path, you never discover that Saskia is a dragon.)

Rescuing Triss not only allows you to have some fun in the camp, but it also allows Triss to accuse Síle de Tansarville, another powerful mage, of being the puppetmaster behind Foltest's death. Saskia, however, remains under Eilhart's thrall, leading to a later confrontation between witcher and dragon. If you choose to release Saskia from her curse, Triss is still freed, in this case by Letho, the true kingslayer--yet there are damaging repercussions for mages, who are now the victims of a witch hunt that would not have begun had you freed Triss from her bounds.

Choice 3 (Roche's Path): Did you save Triss from her Nilfgaardian prison, or did you save Anaïs La Valette?

Anais La Valette, confused heir and political pawn.
Anais La Valette, confused heir and political pawn.

Remember Mary Louisa La Valette, Aryan's mother? Well, she had two children that were fathered not by her husband, but by King Foltest. (Aryan, however, was pure La Valette.) That makes Anais, the older of the two, the true heir to Foltest's throne. She is captured and held by Henselt's forces at a Kaedweni camp, and should you choose to rescue her, you must again make a choice, handing her over either to Redania or to Temeria. As with Iorveth's path, Triss does not die in this scenario; Letho frees her, and she waits for you with the kingslayer in the final scenes.

On the other hand, Triss's blazing red hair is difficult to resist, and should you heed its call, Triss is free to point a finger at sorceress Síle de Tansarville for her murderous politicking once you release Triss from her Nilfgaardian shackles. As you can see, you get an option to assist Triss whether you follow Iorveth's path or Roche's, and the consequences, at least those related directly to Triss, are more or less the same. Anais still lives in this scenario, rescued by Vernon Roche himself, but she will never be treated like royalty.

Choice 4: Did you save Síle de Tansarville from her defective megascope, or did you let her perish?

Sile de Tansarville, evil mage and hat connoisseur.
Sile de Tansarville, evil mage and hat connoisseur.

A megascope is a magical device good for teleporting and having conversations at a distance, among other fantastical uses. Unfortunately for Sile, Letho had sabotaged her megascope. You watch Sile try to teleport away, only to realize the danger and beg for Geralt to help. If you save her, she disappears--but only after giving you a hint as to where you can find long lost love Yennefer. If you let Sile die, well, she become magical mush. Good riddance!

Choice 5: Did you kill Letho, or allow him to walk free?

Letho of Gulet, kingslayer and president of Hair Club for Men.
Letho of Gulet, kingslayer and president of Hair Club for Men.

Letho is a witcher and the man who committed the crime Geralt is accused of. You meet him several times over the course of The Witcher 2, but your final act is to choose whether Letho should live as a potential ally, or die for his crimes. It may be your last decision in The Witcher 2, but its consequences are simple, as the game then ends either way.

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For anybody wondering why a several year old post got brought back up, the updated text at the top of the article mentions that The Witcher 3 recently had it's biggest day ever on Steam, so there are probably a lot of new Witcher 3 players out there who might benefit from an explanation of the previous games in the series and how they effect this one.

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I never played wit her 1 or 2 despite owning em. Whatevs!

But I'm familiar with Witcher characters and like Letho and want to avoid his death via Witcher 2 decision...

***IT's DONE= I picked Witcher 2 save(despite not having one lol)

~ this is my 2nd attempt to play this game..

-1st attempt FAILED after I left the castle in act 2...

Seemed too slow and clunky and boring...

-but this is a dark time in gaming for me..

either a Witcher or Fallout4 and that's even more clunky..

-im not a shooter fan but just picky about what I like..so no COD/Destiny fanboy here..

-playing warhemmer Mordheim,Vermintide and Wasteland2 ATM..with some D.C. Universe online and just finished MetalGear Solid V after 8 str8 months..what a game!!

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Well I just found that checking your Witcher 2 360 achievements helps you remember which decisions you made :)

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Letho is in the Witcher 3, so clearly he isn't dead :)

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@kshap: You mean in Gwent Cards game or we will face him during the story of the game ?

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@Mo60@kshap: I don't want to give any spoilers, but he is very much alive and your ally. You run into him in Velen and do a quest line with him.


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@kshap@Mo60: he only appears in Witcher 3 if you chose to let hime live in Witcher 2

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Funny how huge they build this decisions up when, in fact, they have little to no effect on the actual game. Most of those SOOO important characters of Witcher 2 AREN`T EVEN IN THE GAME. I like the game and its fun to play, but plot-wise and in the way it treats his characters, it`s way inferior to Witcher 2.

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@spielerseele: I know one of the choices will result in an extra quest with this character in it ...

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@Export@spielerseele: Letho yea


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What was really cool about the character save import (not the simulated one), is it carried over a tattoo you get in a side mission in the witcher 2 (if you choose to get drunk).

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@dlaney34: OK now I need to get a Witcher 2 save just for that!!! That part of the game was hilarious and I never went through the hassle to remove it...

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yeah when that scene hit i was like um what??? lol.

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Amazing how they offered you these choices but spent no time explaining who these names are and what they did.

Thanks gamespot.

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@grove12345: They didn't explain who they are because you're not supposed to simulate a save you didn't actually have. If you didn't play Witcher 2 to know who they are then you should just start a new game instead of simulating a save.

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My choice: Toss this game out because it's fricking awful. The clunkiest gameplay I have felt in a LONG time. This got a 10? Like, I am actually really really confused about that. Honestly. This game is a 7 at best.

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@jdlok: My complaint isn't the combat its the clunkiness of walking, running and swimming. I've YELLED at my screen in anger for Geralt was stuck between a rock and nothing while swimming and still wouldn't move. Other than that the game IS a solid 9.5-10 even with that minor annoyance.

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@jdlok: Clearly a CoD kid.

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@jdlok: Go play Destiny, fool.

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@jdlok: might need to change your setting or bindings or get better gaming mouse & keyboard. controls work perfect with every action bound comfortably. perfectly smooth combat.

haven't tried it with my Wireless 360 for Windows gamepad but has worked great with almost every game i've tried. just hate the lack of buttons and precision.

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@jdlok: I'm going to assume you're using the keyboard and mouse, in which case, I agree, it's a pretty clunky interface. However, if you invest $30 or so in a Wired XBox 360 controller, or something comparable to it (but the official is pretty much the best in terms of construction and durability), I think you'll start to enjoy it a bit more. Also remember that combat is always a bit rough in the beginning, but should become easier as you add new abilities and equipment.

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@jdlok: gameplay is great, just takes getting used to. very depthy RPG, something i haven't played in awhile. each his own.

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@jdlok: Your forgot #satire

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Do the GameSpot staff ever write about anything other than Witcher 3 these days?

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@steveaug13: I mean, they can write about the other amazing top of the line games to come out this year besides The Witcher 3 and Bloodborne... Like... Umm... Uhh... ... ... Yea I got nothing that coming to mind cause this year has completely blew monkey balls for gaming. And you can tell by how shit the sales for games are going in Japan, lowest sale number in 24 years. When the Mecca of gaming isn't supporting the stagnant break of hardcore games, you know that there isn't many top games out. I like that the Witcher is getting praised cause The Witcher 2 was amazing just as well as the first game and they didn't receive the recognition they deserved. CDProjekt is probably the only developer who makes games for gamers without caring about the background gimmicks and they're getting praised by everyone for releasing an absolute blokbuster hit, again.

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@steveaug13: Could be worse; all IGN writes about is Destiny.

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@steveaug13: Sadly, that is all people read about so that is all they write about.

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I would just like to know... when I've imported my Witcher 2 save, will Gerald go through that conversation on his own or will it just be skipped? Honestly I don't remember my choices and would like a reminder

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@LordCrisp: Skipped. I imported my save and never had this conversation, supposedly happens after the first introductory area.

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Really...? Dammit! I would have liked a reminder :-( in still messing around in the prologue area, but I'm almost done, was hoping to "have this conversation" :-\

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@Metallicwolf29: Definitely wouldn't be able to run them on maxed settings by any means - depends on how old your iMac is. Even the Witcher 1 is rather beefy by today's standards, graphics wise, because it was designed only for PC and used every bit of power they had at their disposal. The Witcher 2 was designed for PC and was considered the next benchmark graphic game when it was released, so it too is pretty beefy, but later it was ported to consoles with downgraded graphic abilities. TW3 was designed for consoles, graphics wise, but PC players have access to a bit more graphic ability if their rig can handle it. I am running a MSI GTX 970 with my MSI app managing a slight overclock on the card when I play it, and I can run on Ultra settings(NVIDIA Hairworks turned on for all) with ~60 FPS. Not a SOLID 60 FPS, but it's fine for playing. If I turn NVIDIA Hairworks off, then my FPS skyrockets to a solid 75-80. Hovers around 65 or so if I turn it on for just Geralt. I also had to do some tweaking to some values in the Visuals.ini file and Rendering.ini file in order to get it to run that smoothly with the 970, but it's definitely intense graphics-wise. You'd be better off buying 3 on consoles, for sure.

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@Metallicwolf29: This game holds your hand the entire way. No joke.

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@Metallicwolf29: not at all. game was design to be as stand alone title. game will explain you whats going on in the witcher world in first 5-10 hours. enjoy.

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I'm playing Witcher 3 on PS4 so I never played 1 or 2. Didn't have a clue which option to choose as I had no idea who those people were. Can't even remember my choices now. lol. I think one of them was saving Triss

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guys i am starting to play witcher 2 but should i play witcher 1 does any of my choices will matter in witcher 3

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@fireballs: You should play the first just because it's a good game, and you'll get to know what The Witcher is better through games, but no, the choices don't transfer, at least if you're on consoles. As far as characters coming back from the first, so far it hasn't happened for me. You'll be doing side missions, and you'll run into important characters from two though. I've only done it once, but it was quite a surprise.

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@NTM23@fireballs: ok thanks will be playing on pc the reason i am not playing witcher 1 there no waypoint for side quests i got lost so many times so i just stopped playing witcher 1 if there no choices matter in witcher 3 from witcher 1 i guess i only need to play witcher 2

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@fireballs@NTM23: can then import save from 1 into 2, then again from 2 into 3. carries over some weapons, armor, and story line from 1st to 2nd. sadly no weapons or gear imports from 2nd into 3rd.

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better off reading the books honestly. choices dont really do anything 1 to 2. but a lot happens which the game doesnt cover

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the start of my witcher 3 play was just as awkward as my wither 2 start. I dont remember any of these people or what and why I did anything o,o

Funny how unimpactful the story is when none of it is in game. it is always your some guy dating some girl and things are happening.

Needs to be self contained. you can play all 3 mass effects/dragons ages and understand everything around you without reading into the background lore on some site.

Having said that this game has been more enjoyable than me3 and dai but ive mostly just been playing the new yugioh card game in it, for like 12 hours. wrhih is longer than dai story content lol

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I was really disappointed that there was no recap or explanation of who these people involved in the choices were. I only played half the witcher 2 because I didn't really like the combat, so I don't know much of the lore. I wouldn't have minded an option that said "Explore Witcher 2 choices"? I just went all willie nillie with my choices. But never the less, the game is sensational.

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