This guide will teach you how to earn as many Crowns as you could possibly want while riding about the Northern Realms. We'll focus on doing things the right way, through the main quests and secondary quests, as well as a few sneaky tricks that you may not have known about. We don't want to give it away just yet, but it might involve some cows, as well as a few sea shells.
Earning Crowns in The Witcher 3
There are many different ways to earn Crowns in The Witcher 3. We've listed them below, so be sure to scroll down for some money making tips.
Explore the Northern Realms
There are times when we're so focused on the end result that we forget to enjoy the journey, and that was beginning to be the case in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. We started grinding away at main quests and side quests, forgetting to spend some time roaming and exploring the land in between our objectives.
We corrected this last night, going around and visiting all of the question marks that we found around Velen and White Orchard. We found treasures, monster nests, bandit camps and everything in between, and by the time we had finished wandering around for about two hours, we were 2,000 Crowns richer.
If you want to mimic our success, head out and fill your pockets with everything you can carry, being sure to grab up all the dropped weapons and armor of your foes. Then, head to a merchant in a nearby town and sell it all (unless it's better than what you have). Combine this with the loose Crowns that you find laying around, and you'll be laughing all the way to the bank. Not to mention, you'll also find loads of alchemy, weapon and armor diagrams, which are going to help you craft better gear going forward.
We started to get a little worried about whether contracts were worth our time in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as a couple of our clients were rather short on change. As you get into Velen, however, there are several that will pay Geralt a solid 250 Crowns. Considering that each one of these can be banged out in about 10 minutes, you could easily earn over 1,000 Crowns for an hour of work. You might even get it done faster by reading a walkthrough for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Contracts.
We'd suggest doing contracts that are about level 10, making sure that you are also in that range when you attempt them. There are some that will be in the 20's and 30's, but these aren't really realistic for your average player to complete until they rank up a bit. Still, if you can pocket 1,000 Crowns before you head off to Novigrad, that's a pretty good deal.
How to Earn Infinite Crowns
This method (thanks again to WhatsMyGame) can be done the moment you reach White Orchard, just over the bridge of the small town you wander into. It's there that you'll find two cows, each of which you can slaughter with your sword and loot. When you loot them you're likely to get a variety of goods, but every now and then you'll find cow hide. In fact, each time you find cow hide you'll find two pieces of it. Grab it, then head to the vender across the street and sell it to him for 27 Crowns each. It may not sound like much, but you can earn a decent amount for your early game needs.
The key is meditating. There are only two cows, so after you kill them you'll want to meditate for a few hours, which causes them to respawn. Kill them again, loot them again, and if you get more cow hide, sell it to the merchant across the street. It's a tedious method, but it's one that can help you out if you're in a pinch. Not to mention, you'll also end up with loads of raw meat and cow milk, both of which will come in handy when you want to regenerate your health.