There are few games as huge and detailed as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. But like most games of this scale, it’s experiencing quite a few bugs after its release. Most of them are harmless, and some are downright hilarious. But there are some that can seriously downgrade the experience of playing the game, or even break the game completely. To CD Projekt RED’s credit, they seem to be hard at work trying to fix them all. Here’s a list of some of the worst glitches to watch out for, along with any fixes that might help.
EDIT: All of these glitches are fixed in patch 1.05.
1. No Exp gain
This glitch is actually a new one, brought about by one of the patches that was supposed to fix these sorts of problems. This glitch prevents players from gaining any experience from completing quests whose recommended level is higher or lower than the player’s by six. CD Projekt RED have acknowledged the glitch and say they’re looking into it. With the regular release of patches we’ve seen since the game’s launch, it’s likely to be fixed soon. For now, just avoid doing quests that are six levels higher or lower than you.
2. Geralt can’t mount Roach
This one isn’t exactly game breaking, but it’s downright annoying. Roach may be unwieldy at times, but when it comes to reaching a quest marker that’s miles away from the nearest sign post, having Roach gallop you across the countryside can save a ton of time. This glitch isn’t very common, but plenty of players have experienced it so far. Simply put, whenever Geralt stands near Roach, the option to mount no longer appears. There have been reports that winning the horse races in Velen and equipping the saddle you get as a prize can fix this. Otherwise, it’s up to CD Projekt RED.
3. Pyres Of Novigrad bug
This glitch is game-breaking, and has already led many players to tears. It relates to the Pyres Of Novigrad main quest, so if you’re not up to that yet, beware of spoilers. Basically, Geralt will be in the sewers and will need to use his Witcher Senses to open a secret passage. His senses show a brick, highlighted in red, that acts as the button to open the door. But this glitch prevents Geralt from being able to push the brick, meaning the door can’t be opened and the quest can’t be completed. As this is a main quest, it renders the entire game’s main storyline inaccessible. Some who experienced this bug have had luck with reloading earlier saves, but others did not. This is a serious bug, so we hope CD Projekt RED deals with it soon.