People have started to calm down about the prospect of a new one witcher Game is finally in development, although spirited theory artists are still firing on all cylinders. Will we see the return of the White Wolf, or is he too busy crushing fancy grapes in Witcher? France? What about Ciri? Anyone with even a vague interest in CD Projekt Red’s blockbuster series will surely be familiar with how vocal fans wanted the lion cub of Cintra to fill their adoptive father’s wolfish witcher boots.
The problem with many of these theories is twofold. On the one hand, it’s hard to speculate when you can’t even remember the vast majority of what happened in the end The witcher 3 – for some people it is seven years. Then again, some of the theories we’ve seen just don’t make much sense. If you factor in some of the smaller scenarios, there are a whopping 36 different endings for The Witcher 3 all combined to define highly specific world states. Yes, really. Thirty-six!
Obviously a lot of people are probably way too busy to boot up The Witcher 3 for the 500th time, especially since elden ring just refuses to end. If you’re among that group, we’ve put together a quick breakdown of all the major events that took place at the end of The witcher 3 and its two extensions. We start with hearts of stone, which a) should ideally be finished before the end of the base game and b) isn’t actually all that important on the whole. We then move on to the main story before wrapping things up neatly with what the world looks like at the end of Geralt’s travels through Toussaint.
The end of The Witcher 3 Hearts of Stone
During hearts of stone is an extraordinary expansion featuring one of the greatest villains in modern video games, whose endings are pretty unspectacular when viewed alongside their main game counterparts. It basically boils down to one of two scenarios: you save Olgierd of Everec from Gaunter O’Dimm, or you allow the former’s soul to be claimed by the latter.
How this plays out depends on your actions during a quest called Whatever a Man Sows. In order to save Olgierd, you need to reunite with Shani – a character who is fans of the first witcher The game will already be familiar – and learn the whereabouts of Professor Premethine Shakeslock. The professor informs you that the only way to defeat O’Dimm is to offer your own soul as collateral. At this point you must solve a series of puzzles to defeat the mirror man.
Alternatively, you can choose to let Olgierd die. O’Dimm rewards you in kind, giving you a choice of: the ability to go as fast as the wind; a horn that never leaves you hungry; a bottomless bottle of vodka (nice); 5,000 Benjamins; or advice on Ciri, which is actually extremely useful if you haven’t completed the main story yet and want to get the best ending.
The Witcher 3 main story ends
As mentioned above, there are a number of possibilities The witcher 3 may end, although the three main scenarios relate to whether Ciri becomes a witch, Ciri becomes the empress, or Ciri dies. O’Dimm’s advice from hearts of stone relates directly to the situations that determine which of these endings you get – while most people would argue that rescuing Olgierd is the right choice, the man of glass certainly doesn’t skimp when it comes to blaming you for your betrayal to reward.
Basically there are five choices The witcher 3 that affect Ciri’s eventual fate: a snowball fight, a visit to Skjall’s grave, a stop at the Sorceress’ Lodge, a meeting with Emhyr var Emreis, and a much-needed revenge on Imlerith, the Wild Hunt commander who killed Vesemir. If Ciri makes three correct choices, she becomes Empress, while all five allow her to become a witch. The important thing is that you need to make sure not to get her to meet Emhyr if you want that ending, which is widely considered to be the canon ending.
The remaining end scenarios in The witcher 3 aren’t quite as important, but they’re still worth considering when discussing the possibilities for a future game. For example, Geralt can either continue hexing his way through the Northern Realms if he has no romance with either Yen or Triss (or he can choose to romance both, with hilarious results). Alternatively, he may venture into Kovir with Triss, or an unnamed region with Yen (supposedly Toussaint after the events of blood and wine).
Other ending conditions include who rules the north at the end of the game, which can be either Emhyr, Radovid, or Sigisimund Dijkstra. The latter two may die, as may the Blue Stripes’ commander, Vernon Roche.
Over in Skellige there are similar permutations for who can take the throne: Svanrige Tuirseach, Hjalmar an Craite or Cerys an Craite. Cerys is objectively the best choice here, as her choice will result in fewer deaths and a thriving Skellige, but it’s really up to you.
Then you probably have the most famous story of The witcher 3 with the Bloody Baron, who can either die after seeing his wife turned into a water witch, or save Anna Strenger and take her to a healer in the Blue Mountains. This, in turn, is influenced by the fate of the Whispering Hillock, a mysterious spirit that Geralt can either free or kill.
Ciri and Geralt’s endings are the most important, though – especially if you’re one of the many people who want a Ciri-led one witcher 4.
The end of The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine
As the last extension of The witcher 3, blood and wine is widely regarded as Geralt of Rivia’s stunning Swan Song. It’s a sprawling DLC teeming with all sorts of mysteries and intrigue, and its main story can be solved in three ways.
Before we get into the endings themselves, it’s worth noting that this is meant to be played after the base game ends. Everyone who played blood and wine in its entirety you will probably already be familiar with its tearful denouement, which is quite obviously intended as a testament to Geralt’s well-deserved retirement.
In the first ending survives Anna Henrietta – the Duchy of Toussaint – and her estranged sister Syanna. To get this ending, you need to retrieve a magic bond from a fairytale world and kill the higher vampire Dettlaff.
While this is commonly considered a ‘happy ending’, Regis – becomes Geralt’s friend who dies in the books but is brought back by Dettlaff The witcher 3 – is expelled from Toussaint for killing one of his own. Because although Geralt is the best Dettlaff in battle, higher vampires can only be killed by higher vampires. The same loophole that allowed Regis’ friend to tragically revive him becomes the very reason he’s forced to repay the favor in blood. Remember – everything in The Witcher what seems light-hearted is usually achieved only through invisible woe. (Anyone who knows how to do a little research can find a note from Regis entitled “My last thought before I succumb to sleep,” which reads, “I have a feeling that my friend Dettlaff will die. I’m sad.” Heartbreaking. )
The second ending sees Anna survive despite Syanna being killed by Dettlaff. At this point, you can choose to fight Dettlaff like in the previous ending, or allow him to escape. Whichever decision you make, Anna Henrietta will throw you in jail for failing to save her sister, after which Dandelion miraculously comes to the rescue. The important thing about this ending is that Regis is allowed to stay in Toussaint because he is not forced to betray Dettlaff. Because of this, some people consider this to be the best ending – although the one where both Anna and Syanna survive is probably still the most popular.
In the end, basically everyone dies. Syanna murders Anna and is then killed instantly by Damien, who shoots her with a crossbow. Geralt is forced to defeat Dettlaff, and Regis is destined to be hunted by vampires he once called friends until the day they finally capture and kill him. You can probably guess blood and wine worst ending, although many fans have argued that its proximity to Shakespearean tragedy makes it the most narratively intriguing.
Whichever ending you get, Geralt retires to a vineyard in Toussaint and decides to spend the rest of his days sipping crisp whites, sweet rosés, and the kind of reds that will make you want to stay up all night rock and roll. Yen (the right choice) or Triss (how dare you?) will visit you depending on who you fell in love with. If you choose neither, Ciri will visit you instead. And when Ciri dies, your guest of honor will be none other than Dandelion, who is obviously only here to steal as much of your wine as possible.
At the end of blood and wine, you’ll be privy to one of the best scenes in the entire game. We won’t spoil it if you haven’t experienced it yourself, but if you do, you know – the White Wolf really knows how to go out with a bang.