Witcher 3 Level Cap: What is Geralt's Max Level?

Witcher 3 Level Cap: What is Geralt's Max Level?

We explain what the level cap is in Witcher 3 and how it works.

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt offers a range of quests, side-quests and challenges to raise your level, but exactly what is the level cap in Witcher 3? We'll take you through the basics and why it's a little more complicated than you might think.

What is the Max Level in Witcher 3?

Technically there is no hard level cap in Witcher 3, but that doesn't mean you can keep levelling up indefinitely. It's a little odd, but allow us to explain:

Witcher 3 gives the player experience points to level up for completing quests and kills, but doesn't give out the same amount all the time. Each quest and monster has a recommended level, but as you exceed those levels yourself, the game actually gives you less and less experience. If you're six levels or higher than the recommended level of a quest, you'll actually get one-fifteenth of the experience you would get if you were the recommended level, meaning that going back to old quests hardly allows you to level up at all.

As a result, levelling can be done forever… except not really, because at some point you'll have done every quest and out-match every monster around, so killing them barely gets you anything and levelling slows to a glacial crawl. Think of this as a "Soft Level Cap," as technically you can still gain XP, but at a rate that doesn't make it really meaningful, kicking in at some point above level 60. Fortunately, there are ways around that.

How Many Ability Points You Can Get in Witcher 3

Ability points function differently, as there is a hard level cap for how many you can acquire. Along with those gained from Places of Power as well as levelling, the maximum here is 70, though it raises to 100 for those who get both the New Game+ and Blood and Wine DLC additions. These also serve to raise the soft level cap to around the same point, so that acquiring such points is actually viable.

Ability points allow you to make Geralt into your own brand of Witcher. | Joel Franey/USgamer, CD Projekt Red

If you found that helpful, check out this guide on how to use mutations to boost the skills you've unlocked. Or if you want to gain ability points fast, we've got all the Places of Power and where to find them 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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