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The Witcher 3: Surviving Death March – Guide

Surviving as a Monster Hunter in the medieval era of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is difficult itself and to top it all off, Opting into the ferocious ‘Death March’ difficulty is a very brave gesture, and it might get out of your hands as well. Surviving in the ‘Death March’ difficulty is almost impossible without some tips and tricks, practically you won’t survive if you’re choosing the Death March as a started in the game, you’d have to try an easier difficulty level in order to even settle things in the Death March difficulty. So to make things easy for the beginners that are interested in Death March, we’ve found some tips that might help them, and it would also save some time for the players, you can go straight into the Death March, if you intend to follow our tips.

Brace yourselves

Prepare for the worst. In The Witcher 3, there’s no such thing as an easy fight, at least not when you’ve opted for the Death March. Even basic enemies will take half of Geralt’s (Protoganist) health in a single swing, resulting in a harsh start for the beginners. Firstly make sure your weapons and armor are repaired and you have the full stock of potions. Also know that, once you’ve created a potion for the first time, you can always refill every kind of potion you own with only a single bottle of alcohol by mediating. Decoctions, which are vitally more powerful potions that last longer but raise toxicity much more, can be extremely useful for specific hard battles. For monster hunts, read the bestiary and see if you have the materials to put together a proper sword oil to boost your damage. If you know a boss is coming, making a visit to known Places of Power to boost your signs can be indispensable. Every advantage counts when you’re on this difficulty, and as they say “A Witcher survives on knowledge, not just combat skill.

Don’t Miss The Ability Points

Talking about Places of Power, the very first time that if you reach one, it will give an ability to point in addition to its Sign boosting attributes. Considering that on higher difficulties, Geralt will gain fewer ability points per level-up, Also its very important to not miss these extra goodies. Keep an eye on their distinctive hum while exploring, and consider making sure that you’ve cleared each map marker before moving to the next region.

 Dance of the Demise: Learn to Dodge

The Witcher 3 give Geralt not one, but two dodge moves; a roll, and a new quick-step that takes much less ground, but can be implemented far more quickly. Both of these movements are indispensable, but the quick-step is specifically useful during The Witcher 3’s punishing encounters. As long as an enemy attack isn’t specifically long or sweeping, it can ignore most strikes, and its quick recovery times mean that Geralt can punish with a counter quickly. Taking opportunities like this can be the only way to take out damage during a larger fight, but it’s more important not to get too desirable; step back and take everything slow and steady, get a couple of slashes in, then dodge your way again.  Also, don’t go for longer combos. As for the long roll, it’s quite good to dodge attacks by massive enemies with a long reach, such as griffons and giants, but against smaller enemies, it’s best for avoiding being surrounded by them. Don’t use it to dodge attacks from humans or human-sized foes such as drowners. Instead, use it to position yourself the right way so that the enemies are never behind you, especially since attacks from behind do double damage.

The Crafting

Similar to potions, it’s important to keep up with the crafting in The Witcher 3, especially on higher difficulties. The best gear you can get is found incomplete usually but in the form of schematics, which lists the materials needed to create a piece of equipment. After you find the materials, you can bring the schematic to a craftsman of sufficient caliber – some might not be skilled enough for your crafting needs, and then you can complete the equipment. However, if you’re having trouble locating some of what you need, make sure you’re aware of the dismantle feature too. Everything can be broken into its base components, which can provide otherwise difficult-to-find components.

Know Your Sign

When you’re messing around here and there on Normal difficulty, you’ll find it very easy to get through the most encounters with just quick dodges and combos; However, that isn’t the case on Death March. A Witcher’s sign comes from his source of magic, and you will need to use yours well if you want to survive. Also, Quen, the shield skill, will likely dominate your stamina bar early on and the ability to absorb a free is also indispensable when foes can bring you down in three seconds. As you gain better armor and Geralt gets a few more skills under his skill-set, experimentation can yield interesting rewards. Against heavier, singular enemies, we liked using Yrden, a magical trap to slow them enough to simply keep rolling behind them and tear them apart. Igni and Axii didn’t get to see much use for us, though their fire stunning and fire damage abilities can be very useful and to be honest during our time of the Death March, we weren’t lacking damage, and felt its best to spend the stamina on defensive skills. Aard, often came in handy for handling larger foes that Yrden didn’t slow down. The best thing you can do is experiment and see what suits your playstyle, but it’s personally hard for us to recommend anything but Quen, at least early on.

However, with some points in the signs tree, this all changes. The alternative form of Yrden crates a tiny, bolti-firing trap that can lurch and disrupt even boss enemies, and Axii can control the minds of enemies while turning them so strong that they will try and kill each other in a single hit – or even die trying. With high enough sign intensity, there let us breeze through even the hardest fights, and Quen’s alternative form, a dom that transforms stamina to health when you take hits can be a great lifesaver.

Run, Run and Run.

One of the obvious things about The Witcher 3 is it’s open-world, and you can use it to your advantage pretty well. You have a lot of space to move here and there. If you’re struggling with a specific tough battle, just run away. Prepare yourself a little better, gain a couple of levels if you have to, and come back later. Playing in the Death March difficulty is a time-taking task and you’d have to try and kill a particular enemy many times, don’t get hopeless keep trying and you’ll be the next Geralt of Rivia in your imaginary life.

Good Luck!

Martin Bell

Martin has been pursuing the world of technology since his childhood. Extremely passionate about CS:GO and eSports games, a very enthusiastic person when it comes to PC Hardware. He is the king of the gaming realm and that's what makes him stand out from the crowd.
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