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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Witcher 3: Viper School Gear Scavenger Hunt: Castle Ruins and Cemetery Locations

Craig Robinson

Players jumping into the start of a new save in the Witcher 3 can come across two decent new weapons via side missions. The side mission can start by naturally exploring or finding a note from a fallen Witcher you stumble across. No matter how you got it, we are here to help you complete the Viper School Scavenger Hunt quest in the Witcher 3.

Witcher 3 Viper Shcool Gear Scavenger Hunt: How to Start

Fight a Wraith in a cemetery before heading inside and getting a Diagram.

To start this quest, players can pick up two diagrams to kick-start the quest. Typically, you’ll find this in the cemetery near the Mill Signpost. You’ll know you’re there as Wraith vibing around the statue in the cemetery. As you get close, you issue a vibe check by making an appearance. Once it’s dealt with or disappears, head into the Cemetery, knock down a few walls with your signs, and enter the basement.

While exploring the area with your Witcher Senses, you’ll find a document detailing the story of a late Witcher, named Kolgrim. Not before another Wraith guards it at any rate. Slay the creature then check the books and bodies. Finding the book tells a tale of his death and the unfortunate circumstances surrounding it. While reading it, players will learn to follow the deceased Witcher’s trail, which will take you to the Witcher’s former weaponry in the White Orchard area. You will also acquire the Diagram: Serpentine Silver Sword, which starts the Viper School Gear Scavenger Hunt quest and completes the first half of it simultaneously.

Viper School Gear: Castle Ruins

(1 of 2) Follow this exit of the Ransack Village, and follow the arrows to climb inside the castle ruins.

Follow this exit of the Ransack Village, and follow the arrows to climb inside the castle ruins. (left), Head inside the castle ruins and loot the chest near the windows. (right)

Now it is time to get the other item and complete the quest. The location of the Steel Sword is inside the castle ruins, which is a stone ruin located atop a hill overlooking the Ransacked Village. There is a signpost you can fast-travel to if you’ve already been down there. If you don’t know where that is, it’s the village you the southeast coast in White Orchard.

Once you arrive, head to the village’s southwest exit near the bridge, cross it, then stand on the grass beside the nearest tree to your right. You will find part of the distant grass crosses over a ravine-like terrain feature and bring you a collapsed brick wall that slopes down from the castle’s foundation. Use this to climb onto the wall, and then into the castle. Inside are a few guards that you need to be wary of. They are nothing special, so feel free to sign and stab them however you see fit.

Now you’re inside the castle ruins. All you need to do is find the dense part of the tower and loot the chest in the corner. There are probably a few more baddies you need to stab, but that’s about in terms of resistance. Once you open the chest, you’ll find the diagram inside. Congratulations, you’ll have now completed the Viper School Gear Scavenger Hunt!

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    2 January 2023
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin (Haeravon)

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You are Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster-hunter known as a Witcher. You’ve fully regained your memories since your miraculous revival and escape from the Wild Hunt, and have cleared your name of the false accusations of regicide. In the wake of the assassination of Foltest, king of Temeria, the north have been rent by warfare as Nilfgaard launches its third major invasion, and the northlands have been united under the insane king Radovid. Overshadowing these petty politics is the mysterious return of Ciri - Geralt’s adopted daughter, who is now being pursued by the Wild Hunt.

The guide offers the following:

  • A full walkthrough that’s more than just a listing of quests-it’s an “ideal chronological order” that will get you through the whole game and allow you to see and do everything the game has to offer.

  • Side quests, including monster contracts and treasure hunts for obtaining powerful Witcher sets.

  • Descriptions of decisions, quests, and events that influence the various endings of the game.

  • Crafting and Alchemy information.

  • General strategies on how to take down foes large and small, monstrous and humanoid, boss or mundane.

  • Information on how to complete all the Gwent quests and obtain all the Gwent cards, including detailed Gwent strategies.

  • Trophy/Achievement information.

MASSIVE UPDATE: 7th September 2016 ongoing

  • Added DLC quests “Fool’s Gold” and “Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear”.
  • Organisational changes in the Velen section of the walkthrough to reflect the increased level of Griffin School Gear.
  • Organisational changes throughout the walkthrough to provide a “no skulls” path through the game.
  • Added Death March difficulty tips and commentary throughout the guide.
  • More XP reward numbers included.
  • Walkthrough now includes additional information based on patch changes.
  • Various typo and grammar fixes.
  • Added DLC pages for Blood & Wine, Heart of Stone
  • Lots more quality of life improvements

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