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The Witcher 3 ‘Wandering in the Dark’ walkthrough

Follow Keira into the elven ruins

Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark walkthough and guide Image: CD Projekt Red via Polygon
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The Witcher 3’s “Wandering in the Dark” quest starts shortly after you find Keira Metz in Velen. You’ll discover her during the “Hunting a Witch” quest near Midcopse.

In “Wandering in the Dark,” you’ll have to explore some elven ruins northwest of the village of Byways. In this guide, we’ll help you find your way and fight every monster inside.

Prepare for the ruins

Inside the ruins, you’ll be wandering around in the dark and fighting some tough enemies. A little preparation will help a lot.

  • Cat potion. This potion lets you see in the dark. You’ll be able to navigate well enough without it, but seeing in the dark makes it go much more smoothly.
  • Thunderbolt potion. This increases your attack power by 30% for 30 seconds. It’s great for giving you an extra edge.
  • Stock up on food for healing.
  • Make sure you’ve got the best available gear. If you haven’t yet, grab the Viper School Gear.

If you already have the potions, meditate outside the cave to replenish them. When you’re ready, head to Keira and follow her into the ruins.

Follow Keira

The Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark map location
The elven ruins are in the far southwest of Velen.
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Head into the ruins. They’re in the far southwest of Velen, just west of Byway. Follow Keira down the stairs.

Go through Keira’s portal

When Keira opens the portal, you can either follow her through or stay put. Either way, the next step stays the same. The only difference is where and what low-level enemies you’ll be fighting.

Use your Witcher Senses to find Keira

Wherever you end up, start working your way through the caves. Loot anything that’s not nailed down.

Keep checking your Witcher Sense. Keira will show up as a red circle.

When you reach the large cave with Drowners and the yellow mist, use Igni to clear it away (just don’t stand too close or you’ll get damaged in the explosion). Igni works well on the Drowners, too.

Destroy the rat nests with Signs or bombs

You’ll find Keira besieged by rats. Stick with Igni to destroy the nests. They’ll be marked with objective icons on your minimap.

Explore the elven ruins and look for information about the mage

Follow your map to the first morphotic illusion.

Explore the ruins and follow the swallow symbols

Follow your map into another large room with the explosive and poisonous mist, as well as Wraiths. If you’ve got Specter Oil, use that to dispatch the Wraiths quickly. Keep using Igni to clear the mist.

Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark swallow symbol
Look for the swallow symbols.
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You’re looking for a swallow painted on the wall. It’s along the west side of the cave.

Follow that tunnel.

Search the chamber using your Witcher Senses

Listen to the elf’s hologram again.

Use your Witcher Senses to find something associated with Ciri’s horse Kelpie

Next, you’re looking for two horse symbols. If you examine the wrong symbols, they’ll explode. This is a great time for that Cat potion.

Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark horse Kelpie symbol
Jump down to the water to find the horse symbol.
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Jump over railing and down to the water below. Find the horse symbol, and dive underwater. Follow the tunnel to the next horse symbol.

Rejoin Keira

When you return to Keira, a new passage will open.

Explore new chambers with Keira

Follow the path to the dead end room. Examine the swallow symbol.

Enter the portal

Step through the portal that opens.

Examine the next room using your Witcher Senses

As you make your way forward, make sure you’re healed up and have a Thunderbolt potion equipped.

Fight the guardian

Your presence will activate a Golem.

Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark golem
Try to stay behind the Golem to attack.
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You probably don’t have anything the Golem is weak to yet, so this is just a brawl. Drink a Thunderbolt to boost your attacks.

The Golem is pretty slow, so focus on dodging its attacks first, and try to attack it from behind. Just get close, swing away, and then back off while it punches.

Golems aren’t vulnerable to any Signs, so choose your favorite. We had luck using Aard to stun it briefly.

Continue exploring the ruins and follow the swallow symbols

Loot the room, and then climb out at the west end. Follow the hallway until you reach a T-intersection.

Your objective is to the left. Straight ahead, there’s another fight and some loot.

Continue straight, and grab anything you see. At the end of the hall, you’ll run into a Gargoyle.

Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark Gargoyle
Watch out for the Gargoyle’s poisonous spit.
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Once again, you probably don’t have the oil or bombs the Gargoyle is weak to. Pull up the Quen Sign for protection.

Watch for the Gargoyle’s claws, and wait for it to be distracted by Keira. Stand behind it to attack, and then get away.

It will periodically spit poison in an arc around itself, so you need to keep some distance. Once Keira zaps it again, step in and keep swinging.

Take everything not nailed down again, and follow your map out.

Find a way to activate the portal using your Witcher senses // Enter the portal

Examine the swallow symbol, and step through the portal.

Follow the Wild Hunt’s warriors

Just follow the waypoint on your map.

Keep close to Keira and stay under her magic shield

Stay under the shield with Keira as she closes the four rifts spewing the White Frost. At each of them, Hounds of the Wild Hunt will emerge.

Kill the creatures emerging from the rift

The Hounds aren’t overly strong, but you’ll start taking cold damage as soon as you step outside of the dome. Let them come to you, and only swing once or twice at a time.

Igni works very well against them.

Follow Keira

After the rifts are closed, Keira will be drained. Since this mission is part of romancing her, try not to be a jerk in your dialogue options.

Chase the Wild Hunt’s warriors

Follow the new passage Keira opens. At the bottom of the first set of stairs, look for a cracked wall ahead of you. Aard it open, and head through.

Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark cracked wall gargoyle
Aard the cracked wall to open a hidden passage.
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Igni away the yellow mist, and follow the path to the end. Handle the two Foglets.

Loot the room, and then return to the stairs.

Fight the Wild Hunt warrior (Nithral)

Drink a Thunderbolt potion and pull up the Yrden Sign.

Stay behind the Nithral, and dodge to the side any time he attacks. Whenever he’s distracted by Keira, swing at his back.

Witcher 3 Wandering in the Dark Nithral Wild Hunt warrior
Do not attack Nithral when his shield is up.
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After enough damage, he’ll kneel under his own protective dome. Be careful not to attack him when he does this, because you’ll take a bunch of damage and get knocked back.

Instead, turn your attention to the Hounds of the Wild Hunt that spawn. If you locked on to Nithral, make sure you remove that lock so you can maneuver around the Hounds.

Repeat that process two more times to defeat the Wild Hunt warrior.

Loot everything.

Look for information about Ciri using your Witcher Senses

Head to the east end of the room. Listen to the elf’s message, and talk through a conversation with Keira.

Pick up what you can, and then turn your attention to the wall to the north — it’ll be highlighted red by your Witcher Sense.

Use the Eye of Nehaleni to dispel the illusion

Keira will give you the Eye of Nehaleni. Use it to dispel the illusion and reveal the door.

Follow Keira

Follow Keira out of the room. After another conversation, you’ll be able to leave, or stick around to help her in “Magic Lamp.”

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