Witcher 3: How to Level Up and Gain XP Fast

Witcher 3: How to Level Up and Gain XP Fast

We explain the quickest way to level up and gain experience in Witcher 3.

With numerous monsters and madmen to fight in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, it's important to keep Geralt powerful through frequently gaining experience to keep him powerful and able to use the best gear. We'll show you the fastest ways to gain experience and level up right here.

How to Get Experience Fast in Witcher 3

Experience is gained in Witcher 3 by doing all manner of things: completing quests, killing enemies, winning games of Gwent, completing horse races and all manner of activities. That being said, there are numerous actions you can take to speed up how quickly you gain experience along the way.

  • Equip Witcher swords. These weapons can be found across the game with numerous variations and upgrades, identifiable by the green text in their name. These always offer bonuses to experience gained from killing enemies, sometimes as much as 20%.
  • Equip the correct trophy on Roach. Killing most of the game's major monsters and bosses will give you a trophy that you can display on Roach's saddle to gain various bonuses, some of which confer additional experience. Completing the Devil by the Well contract in White Orchard will give such a trophy, one of the earliest available in the game.
  • Don't ignore side quests and Witcher Contracts. The game assumes you're doing some amount of side activities in how it scales to you. Keep an eye on notice boards in any new locations you go to, and try to do at least two contracts or major side-quests for every story mission.
  • Don't bother with missions you're over-levelled for. If rapid advancement is what you want, doing missions you've exceeded the recommended level for isn't going to help you. The game's XP formula means that being more than five levels higher than a mission gives you only the smallest amount of experience as a reward.

How Can I Farm Experience Quickly in Witcher 3?

Currently there is no known way to farm or glitch experience in Witcher 3, though there have been methods in the past that CD Projekt Red have patched out, the most well-known one involving spinning in circles while shooting drowners with crossbows (it was less exciting than it sounds). Consequently, those who want to make themselves more powerful will have to do so legitimately, albeit with the tricks we labelled above.

Green swords usually confer experience bonuses for killing certain enemies. | Joel Franey/USgamer, CD Projekt Red

If you followed those techniques, it won't be long before you're wondering what the level cap is, all the details of which we've outlined here. Or if you want to know about how to bring down werewolves like a real Witcher, check out our guide right here.

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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