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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Love's Cruel Snares

Nathan Garvin
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Velen is a dangerous place. Even without monsters or war, there’s plenty of pestilence and wildlife to threaten any man. When a local man goes missing while checking his snares, his fiance turns to anybody willing to help - including an armed Witcher who just so happens to be questioning a crying woman why she grieves. This page will provide a walkthrough for the secondary quest Love’s Cruel Snares in The Witcher 3.

Quest Objectives

Starting Love’s Cruel Snares

A fairly obscure quest in as much as it has some specific and unstated conditions to unlock. First, you must clear out an Abandoned Site southwest of Midscopse - just follow the road and you should find it. Kill the Pirates (Lv7) occupying the area, then when the civilians return note a peninsula to the west, where another event can be found. Head over there to find some ruins, which now serves as the site of a Bandit Camp event. Kill all the Pirates (Lv7) here and loot the small chest in a dug up grave to complete the event, then return east to the now-liberated Abandoned Site. Provided the Abandoned Site and Bandit Camp mentioned here have been cleared, you should find a crying peasant woman east of the merchant. Talking to her will start this quest.

(1 of 3) Clear an Abandoned Site,

Find the Peasant’s Fiance

When you talk to her, the Peasant woman will tell you that her betrothed went to check his traps in the nearby woods and hasn’t returned. She’s not just speculating, either - she heard him scream, and hence she has good reason to suspect something befell him. Agree to help her out, then use your Witcher senses to find some tracks nearby, just to the east of the woman. Follow them southeast into the nearby woods and you should spot some white circles indicating some creatures. What they are remains to be seen, but the tracks lead right to them. Not a good sign.

Get closer and you’ll find the man - and pack of Wild Dogs (Lv10) that killed him. Cull the man-eating hounds by whatever means you find expedient - if they bunch up, Igni can work wonders. Just don’t underestimate them because they’re Wild Dogs, as their level might make them more dangerous than you’d otherwise expect. Examine the body once the Wild Dogs are dead, then return to the Peasant and give her the bad news.

(1 of 3) Track the missing man into the woods,

Love’s Cruel Snares: Accept the Reward or Refuse

She’ll respond to the bad news with surprising restraint and offer to pay you for your work. Say “Thank you.” and you’ll take the pay, earning only 20 EXP in exchange for 40 Crowns. On the other hand if you respond with “Can’t accept this.” you’ll turn down the pay, earning 60 EXP but no money. Honestly this is a judgment call - both EXP and money are nice, the faster you hit level eleven, the sooner you’ll be able to use the Griffin Set, which will make your life easier. You’ll also need money to craft this gear, however. On one hand there are tons of ways to earn EXP and the odds are you’ll over-level if you try to do everything, but on the other hand you can just pick flowers to earn Crowns. Suffice to say, this choice doesn’t matter much, so do as you will.

Return to the woman and she’ll offer a reward - turn down the crowns and you’ll get more EXP.

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"This will go nicely alongside your Griffin Steel Sword - Enhanced"

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"This will go nicely alongside your Griffin Steel Sword - Enhanced"

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, Switch, XB One
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    19 July 2024
    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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