The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Velen - Exploring South-Eastern Velen

Nathan Garvin
Important Items in this Area
Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Armor
Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Gauntlets
Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Trousers
Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Boots
Scratched Key
Diagram: Enhanced Wolven Boots

Guarded Treasure (Level 20)

After completing the two rather unrewarding quests down by the Nilfgaardian Army Group ‘Center’ Camp, it’s time to mop up some more map markers down along the south-eastern reaches of Velen. Fast travel back to the “Crossroads” signpost and follow a road north-west, back towards the Whispering Hillock. Ignore the first road to the north (which leads more directly to the “Ancient Oak” signpost) and keep going north-west. Pass a fork to the west and the road you’re on will merge with another and turn north. The road will eventually lead you to a circle of stones, within which an Earth Elemental (level twenty) prowls. Velen seems infested with these damn things, but at least this is the weakest of them you’ve fought here. Kill it, then loot a soldier propped up against one of the northern stone to complete the event.

Guarded Treasure (Level 20)

Backtrack to the “Crossroads” signpost and head east and slightly north into the hills to find some water-filled valleys. Unfortunately, the water here gives off toxic vapor, so don’t go splashing around. Also, there’s a Bilge Hag (level twenty). You should probably take care of that. Murder the beast, then carefully loot a corpse lying in the water. Doing so without poisoning yourself would be a plus.

Bandit Camp (Level 9)

Leave the toxic pools behind and head east until you hit a trail, which you should follow south until you hit a bridge. Some Deserters (level nine) have decided that this bridge now belongs to them, and have set up camp. Camping where you plan to rob people seems awfully lazy, so teach them a lesson, then head to the ground underneath the bridge to find some treasure under and west of the bridge.

Guarded Treasure (Level 14)

Get back on the bridge and cross it to the south-east until the road forks, at which continue south-east. The road will bend west and south-west and run in those directions for a distance before looping north then back south near a crumbling white stone wall. Search the western side of the structure to find a chest then follow the road uphill to the south until you spot a squat white tower. Near this tower lurks a Wyvern (level fourteen) which should be a paltry threat by now. Kill it, then search its tower to find two chests.

Guarded Treasure (Level 19)

Continue uphill to the south to find yet another white tower - marked by the “Destroyed Bastion” signpost - and coincidentally another Guarded Treasure event. This time a Cyclops (level nineteen) guards the loot, another foe you should have no trouble dispatching. Once it’s dead follow the trail up the ruins and search behind a wall to the east to find a chest and some sacks worth looting. Even more worth looting, however, is an ornate chest to the south, behind another section of all, in a cubby formed by the wall and some natural stone. There’s even a Grindstone adjacent to the chest, so you should have no trouble finding it. Inside you’ll find the “Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Armor” , the “Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Gauntlets” , the “Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Trousers” and the “Diagram: Mastercrafted Ursine Boots” .

Hidden Treasure (Level 4)

The next event in Velen is less geographically consistent, so a little bit of fast-traveling is necessary. Speaking of which, use the convenient nearby signpost to fast-travel to the “Ferry Station” signpost south of Oxenfurt. Get on a ship that should be moored nearby and sail it south-east down the river, your goal being a small, wooded island. An island perpetually shrouded in unnaturally thick fog. You know what this means; expect to encounter Foglets (level four) on the island.

Land and make your way to the eastern end of the island, killing what necrophages present themselves until you find a search area. Make your way to the shore due north of the Hidden Treasure map marker to find a ruined boat. Loot the parcels lying around, then pop on your Witcher Senses to spot two sets of tracks; one running west and another south. Follow the western tracks, first, as they’ll terminate at a corpse propped up against a massive skeleton. Search the body to find a “Scratched Key” then backtrack to the shore and follow the other set of tracks to the south to find a dig site where a small, locked chest awaits.

Enhanced Wolven Boots

Only one more thing to grab in Velen; board you ship and sail it back north-west, but this time stick near the eastern coast of Velen (to your west) and when you pass the rocky hills across from the foggy island you were on abandon your ship and make your way onto the swampy shore. Head north along the swampy coastline and you should find the “Grotto” signpost, near which is a cave. How convenient.

Head inside the cave and follow the southern-most passage to reach a roundish chamber with a shallow pool at the south-western-most end of the cave. Three passages ultimately feed into the chamber, one to the north, one to the north-east, and another (the one you used to reach this chamber) to the east. More interestingly, in this chamber you’ll find two chests; one to the south west near some stalagmites and another to the north-east, at the beginning of the passage running north-east. The latter of these two chests contains the “Diagram: Enhanced Wolven Boots” . Grab it, then leave via the north-eastern tunnel, looting another, smaller chest as you go.

You’re now done with Velen for now. On the islands north-west of Oxenfurt (north of the “White Eagle Fort” signpost have some Hidden Treasure events on them, but one of them still requires you to face off against a foe over level thirty, so they’ll be saved for later. You can try to tackle quests like “Bitter Harvest” if you postponed them until you were a higher level, or you can just get on with exploring Novigrad.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
    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.

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