geralt in front of birna bran and godling from witcher 3
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
is one of the best open-world games of the last generation, mainly due to the sheer size of the game, amount of quests available and attention to detail CD Projekt put into everything from the characters to landscapes. The main story itself takes around 50 hours to complete
, but that almost doubles when factoring in all of the side content available.
Side-quests in The Witcher 3 often influence the main story and range from playing card games, completing contracts or helping out friends. With so much in the game, certain things are rarer or harder to encounter than others. Here are five such events.
The Statues of Coral's Victims
Lytta Neyd, also known as Coral, was a sorceress and one of the 14 mages that fell at the Battle of Sodden Hill. A fiery redhead born in Skellige, mages often remember her cruel temper and how she died defending the Northern Realms in 1263. However, before perishing, Coral found the time to turn two male companions into statue figures.
These two events are only triggered if Geralt finds the statues and brings them to Triss to decompress while she is in Novigrad. The Soldier Statuette, found in Caesar Bilzen's house, turns into a Nilfgaardian Soldier. The Jade figurine can be purchased from a merchant in Gildork, and turns into a Nobleman who was transformed by Coral some years ago after angering her.
The Witcher 3 Whale Watching Rare Encounter
While roaming around Skellige, Geralt will often overhear chatter of a legendary White Whale. Whales are feared but hunted by Skelligers, and their bones are sometimes used to build huts, as well as seen in the massive Whale Graveyard on the coastline. Gevorg, the legendary White Whale, can actually be seen during the quest "The Sunstone." According to myths, he only appears when specters descend from the heavens into the waves.
In the "Cave of Dreams" quest, a spectral Whale can also be seen haunting the cave, but this quest is only available before the player completes King Gambit. If the player also chooses to travel between islands of Skellige, they have the chance to encounter whales leaping and diving from the water. They are able to swim with them until the whale eventually disappears due to being a faster swimmer than Geralt.
Birna Bran's Corpse
The Witcher 3 Birna Bran Rare Encounter
Birna Bran, wife of King Bran Tuirseach, had no favor towards the traditions of Skellige, and she was not ready to give up her firstborn Svanrige's claim to the throne. Instead, Birna hatched a deadly plan involving the legends of the Berserkers in the quest "King's Gambit." If Geralt chooses to help Cerys instead of Hjalmar to find the guilty party, they learn that Birna had the mead poisoned to kill every claimant to the throne except her son.
If her deceit is discovered, Birna will be banished, chained to a rock and left to die. Her corpse can be found north of Sund on a small set of islands where Geralt comments about how awful her death must have been.
Find Sarah and Johnny at Bald Mountain
Godlings are rare beings capable of the common tongue that resemble human children. With big bright eyes and pale blue skin, they often live in woodland or swamp areas. The most notable of Godlings is Johnny, who is seen during Geralt's dealings with the Witches of Crookback Bog. Another notable Godling is the mischievous Sarah, who Geralt meets in Novigrad while searching for Corinne Tilly. During the quest "Novigrad Dreaming," Geralt has the option to send her away from the house or let her stay.
If Geralt forces Sarah to leave, he will find her again with Johnny during the quest "Bald Mountain," triggering a narrated scene by Geralt. Johnny scolds Geralt for forcing Sarah to leave the house, but then thanks him for doing so as it gave them the opportunity to meet.
On Death's Bed
The Witcher 3 On Death Bed Rare Encounter
"On Death's Bed" is one of the first quests available in the game, but it's easy to miss, as it becomes unavailable as soon as Geralt leaves White Orchard. In it, the herbalist Tomira is trying to help Lena after she was attacked by the Griffen while meeting her lover in a nearby forest, but her wounds are unfortunately fatal. Geralt can offer to give her some Swallow, a Witcher's potion, but that could leave Lena in worse pain than she already is.
If Geralt doesn't her the potion, Lena will succumb to her wounds. If he gives Tomira Swallow, she will administer it, and Lena will eventually disappear from the hut after progressing through some of the main story. Tomira explains soldiers took Lena away, and speaking to a soldier at the Nilfgaardian Garrison reveals that she survived, but the potion had melted her mind.