Awesome / The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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     Promotional Materials 
  • The first cinematic trailer, in which Geralt dispatches three Nilfgaardian soldiers who have paid him the bounty for a young Leshen and are about to lynch a woman for simply trying to stay alive in No Man's Land. With just a stolen knife, an Aard, and his two hands, the White Wolf makes mince-meat of them, leaving the leader teetering on a barrel with a noose around his neck.
    Vesemir: Don't meddle. Take the reward and let's go...
    Woman: Help me!
    Black One: Knew you Witchers wouldn't scorn Imperial gold. Tough hunt?
    Geralt: Tougher than yours, that's certain. (interior monologue as they ride away at a trot) Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling - makes no difference. The degree is arbitrary. The definition's blurred. If I'm to choose between one evil and another... I'd rather not choose at all. (dismounts and begins to draw his steel sword from his saddle's scabbard)
    Vesemir: Just make it quick, Geralt.
    Geralt: (sheathes sword and marches back on foot, throwing off his cloak)
    Black One: What the — ?
    Geralt: (knocks two men aside and blasts the other back with the Sign of the Winter Storm) Close your eyes.
    Black One: Hit him!
    Geralt: (butchers them in a flash as they try to fight back. Throws the knife into the ground and strides forth to grab the main war-criminal)
    Black One: Wha - wha - what are you doing?!
    • Our protagonist cannot be neutral any longer, his own code will not allow for it.
      • As cool as that sounds, the truth is actually the opposite. Wild Hunt restores the option for the player to choose neutrality in the politics of the world, which wasn't an option in the previous game. Based on the information released so far, the player can choose to meddle in favour of the Northern Kingdoms, Nilfgaard or neither.
  • One for book readers, as a certain Princess of Cintra; Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon. Makes her debut!
  • The Sword of Destiny Trailer. Charles Dance as Emperor Emhyr Var Emreis, Yennefer, Ciri, Vesamir, Eskel and Lambert, maybe even Letho; finally return or make their appearance for the first time in the video game's canon.
  • The Trail Cinematic Trailer, in all its pre-rendered glory.
    • Geralt's tracking abilities get to show their true worth as he recreates what happened on a battlefield between Temeria and Nilfgaard.
    • The Black One who takes off a sprinting horse's head with a single swipe.
    • All of Yennefer's displays of magic, including the combination of ice, lightning and earth Circles of the Elements to divert an entire Nilfgaardian heavy cavalry line around her and bury them alive, plus the metaphor of leaving behind her frozen heart in the form of the crow's skull.
  • Overall presentation wise, this game is set to be one of the most visually sumptuous open-world games ever made. Not only does blood spatter realistically into the water from your sword blows, it reacts to the movement of the player character and the force of Signs and bombs, sending ripples throughout the marsh. And then there are the new dismemberment physics...
  • The Rage & Steel trailer, especially when it showcases at the end that playing as Ciri will not be a simple Palette Swap of Geralt's style.
  • Four words. "A Night to Remember". Who does every monster, from the lowest Garkain to the highest Bruxa, check under their bed for, each and every night? Geralt.
    ♪"Wolves asleep amidst the trees
    Bats all a' swaying in the breeze
    But one soul lies anxious, wide awake
    Fearing all manner of ghouls, hags and wraiths
    Birds are silent for the night
    Cows turned in as daylight dies
    But one soul lies anxious, wide awake
    For the witcher, brave and bold
    Paid in coin of gold
    He’ll chop and slice you
    Gut and dice you
    Eat, you, up whole
    Eat. You. Whole..."♫
    • The cinematic also draws some lovely parallels to the first game's intro, from having to fight a red-headed Nosferat in place of a fire-maned Striga, to using a Witcher One specific elixir, and the fact that Geralt just survives the moonlit battle against one of the sphere's most powerful Vampires. For reference: the Black Blood potion that turns Geralt's blood into a corrosive poison that is instantly lethal to powerful beasts like Cemetaurs and Alps in the first game only weakens her and renders her vulnerable to silver.

     Game 

Base Game

  • The fight against the Griffin of White Orchard is a really good one from multiple perspectives. Geralt tracks down the creature's lair, discovers the Nilfgaardians killed its mate along with smashing their eggs and have driven the male berserk with grief. He and Vesimir then lay a trap for the creature using a reeking herb called buckthorn plucked from the river-bed as bait by stuffing it inside a sheep carcass and waiting in a fallow field, then plug a tracking bolt into its haunches from a Gabrielle cross-bow when it arrvives and follow its blood-trail to the major wind-mill. All of his preparations, though, don't keep Geralt from having a knock-down, drag-out fight with the beast. A monster which had devastated the countryside for quite some time. Geralt's opinion on the subject? "It's not the first time I've killed a griffin, nor is it likely to be the last."
    Vesemir: Not bad, not bad. Though you could stand to improve some things.
    Geralt: A man spends his whole life learning.
  • Though it doesn't pan out very well for Geralt and Vesemir, the fight in the bar at the end of the White Orchard arc can be quite awesome. With the right moves, you can finish the fight in literally seconds.
  • Meeting the Emperor of Nilfgaard. Geralt can choose to forgo bowing, thus insulting the most powerful man in the world, or he can bow—then say it's just because he likes the man's chamberlain. Geralt knows the Emperor could have him killed at any time but he is not afraid of him.
    • Technically, Emhyr did grant him the privilege of not following etiquette in his presence back in the books, for reasons obvious at that point.
  • Geralt's first fight with a member of the Wild Hunt occurs in an underground laboratory with Keira Metz accompanying him. After watching these guys chase your surrogate daughter across the Multiverse, tormenting you for years across two games, it is delightful to send one to wherever elves go when they die.
  • One possible encounter in Novigrad has Geralt confronting a priest who is giving an anti-witcher speech to an assembled crowd. One option is to simply ask the priest how many lives he has saved from monsters. This is enough reduce the priest to a stammering mess and convince the crowd to disperse.
  • Some of the Witcher Contract quests count as this, but one of the most epic is the one done in Lindinvale around level 20 - Geralt is tasked with seeing what's stalking the woods, and eventually finds a Fiend... which has been killed by a Chort. The ensuing fight can last up to 15 minutes of gameplay, the equivalent of 2-3 hours in-game.
  • When tracking down Dandelion, one of the women Geralt needs to talk to, Vespula, is being hit up for protection money.
    Thug: You pay on time, you get protection. If you don't... (backhands Vespula) Or are you expecting a Knight in Shining Armor?
    Geralt: Close enough.
  • Geralt's interrogation of Whoreson Junior yields a major Badass Boast.
    Geralt: Pay attention now. You'll tell the truth - wanna know why?
    Whoreson: I won't lie, honest!
    Geralt: Took me a long time to find you. Wasn't an easy road to travel. I'm angry and tired. Had to talk to people I didn't want to talk to, wouldn't normally talk to. Some of them tried to cheat me, some tried to lie. I didn't like it one bit. I feel like one more lie'd be the last bitter drop in a chalice full of sorrow. And then... then I'd do something I would later regret. Now you know why you can't lie to me?
  • If Geralt plays his cards right during the confrontation with Menge, Triss gets one when she paralyzes The Witch Hunter commander and puts a dagger through his chin and into his skull.
    • If you instead opt for a Kill 'em All approach, Triss wants to burn the entire place to the ground - partially to cover up their trail, but mostly to blow off steam.
  • During the last phase of Triss' story-line in Novigrad, she gives a Rousing Speech to the mages she's assembled to flee the city, and even Sigi Reuven is there to help with the effort.
    • Then there's the exchange right as Geralt's about to drop into the sewers.
      Geralt: Triss, are you sure you wanna go with me? No offense, but-
      Triss: Offense taken. Just lead the way.
  • Sigi Reuven, AKA: Sigismund Dijkstra wants to assassinate Radovid - his Motive Rant counts as this.
    Sigi: Mass mobilization, inciting peasants to take up their scythes, straighten them - where's the art in that? Much harder to build a strong state with healthy commerce, manufacturing, solid alliances, progressive science, and fair, independent courts that hand down just judgments. Vizimir and I managed to do just that - through years of fucking hard work. I will not sit on my hands as that little shit squanders that. "Radovid the Stern" my arse. Radovid the Witless, I'd say. Will you help me, Geralt?
  • Cerys gets one with her way of exorcising the monster driving a nearby Jarl mad. She kidnaps his baby and orders Geralt to toss it in an oven. Which sounds like it shouldn't be a CMOA but it is because it's all a trick and saves the man's soul when the monster thinks Geralt is a better target to torture—only to find out the baby is alive and well.
    • This can lead to her being crowned ruler of Skellige.
  • Geralt teaming up with Hjalmar to defeat, quite-possibly, the last giant on the Continent after said being had already eaten all of Hjalmar's crew. The two have survived an immense amount of trouble finding one another but, together, they can take down the immense brute.
    • This can also lead to Hjalmar being crowned ruler of Skellige.
  • An unexpected one can be found in Skellige if you don't help Hjalmar or Cerys take the throne. Birna Bran has managed to put Svanrige on the throne and he thus far he appears to be a Momma's Boy turned Puppet King. She's about to have him sign a peace treaty with Nilfgaard, which each of the Jarls is disgusted with. The diplomat then demands to hear the agreement from the King's own mouth... only for Svanrige to clobber him with his axe, attack the rest of the soldiers then lead the Jarls to attack the Nilfgaard fleet. The epilogue then states he united the clans and ruled with an iron hand.
  • Geralt defeating Morkvarg the Werewolf. While optional, he's a monster who has been menacing the Skellige region for a decade and is literally immortal. The fact Geralt can defeat him several times before finally putting him down after breaking his curse makes it all the sweeter.
    • It's doubly funny if Geralt convinces a freed Morkvarg to give up the location of his treasure before killing him.
  • Kaer Morhen itself. Walk around in the beginning of the first game. Now walk around it in Wild Hunt. The layout is exactly the same. Hell, even the frescoes in the main hall are the same. That's dedication to accurately reproduce a location that most players spent less than an hour in.
    • Similarly, Vizima Palace. Everything you could access in the first game is almost exactly the same in 3. The only additions are areas that were originally blocked off in the first place.
  • In a DLC mission you investigate the massacre of a village. And discover that it was done by a witcher from the school of the cat. You hunt the perpetrator down, and you have the option of talking to him and learning his side of the story. After that, if you decide that he needs to die, you get this gem.
    Geralt: Stand and fight.
    Gaetan: Ah, wow... So that chat — what the hell was the point?
    Geralt: I give folk a chance to defend themselves. Unlike you.
  • Dandelion, of all people, receives a minor one during one of the game's Ciri segments. While escaping from Whoreson Junior's house, where Ciri rescued Dudu, she is injured by their pursuers, falling to her knees after a particularly painful blow. Looking back, Dandelion sees a guard with a crossbow leveled at Ciri's head. Without a moment's hesitation, the completely human bard - who is, if anything, less tough than the average person - runs straight for her and attempts to leap in front of the potentially fatal bolt. The moment is somewhat subverted when he falls a bit short. Fortunately - although this further lessens the Awesome - Ciri teleported away at the last second, unintentionally leaving Dandelion to be captured by the Temple Guard. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, knowing the bard was willing to lay down his life so willingly for his adoptive niece.

Hearts of Stone

  • From a visual perspective, the Cursed Toad Prince is this. A disgustingly imaginative monster that really puts Geralt through his paces with its whip-lash meteor hammer of a prehensile tongue, ejecting big splodges of toxin through the bulbous warts on its body like cannon balls all the while hopping around five tonnes of its slimy blubbery bulk with ridiculous speed.
  • The escape sequence from the Ofieri Knights. Geralt is bound and being dragged along the beach behind one of the Easterners, so he grabs the first disc-shaped piece of stone worn flat by the sea and chucks that baby at the sweet spot, the back of his captor's head. One crushed skull later and Geralt launches up from his back with his hands still tied, shoulder checks the next Knight, strips his scimitar off him and sends it flying to nail their Nordling guide straight through the spine. A spear-man and a shield-bearer then try the White Wolf on for size but the first gets flipped over Geralt's shoulder and the latter hammer-fisted across the mug. The CMOA of the sequence is when Geralt turns to face his fourth opponent, dodges two of his sword strikes and allows the third downwards chop to perfectly cut his rope-cuffs like an absolute boss.
  • In return, the Ofier's Wind Mage steps up to deal with the unruly escapee and he is a force to be reckoned with. He can summon air-pocket explosions, deflect bolts and bombs with his staff, teleport out of your reach, blast vortex waves of sand and grit at you to blind and disorient and even summon a twister that will rip you to shreds.
  • The entirely-optional but unavoidably nail-biting duel between Geralt and Olgierd von Everec. What makes this sequence so great? Is it the fact that the fight occurs often at the dead of night, in a bucketing thunder storm? The accompanying One-Woman Wail motif? The circle of onlookers combined with a Ring of Fire in the burning Garin mansion? Of course it's all of the above, the build-up is masterful and the pay-off fantastic.
  • Open Sesame: the Ocean's 11 recruitment of possible gymnasts, safe-crackers, demolitions experts and break-in specialists is a joy to behold as the Stranger lays out his plan for robbing the Borsodi Auction House's vault.
  • Particularly standing out among the potential partners is the playful Elven trapeze artist, Eveline Gallo; she's able to perform Offscreen Teleportation ala Catwoman by diving backwards off of Oxenfurt's western moat bridge spire to escape some of Radovid's Redenian pukes.
    • If you hire her to take part in the heist the Stranger asks if she can scale the tower that is their point of entry in less than five minutes. She does it in less than one. Then proves her Le Parkour and Combat Parkour is almost unmatched by tricking the tower's guard into thinking she's a pigeon by cooing from under the beam she's clinging to; the yutz looks out and she clobbers him with a flying monkey-spin kick that lands her on the platform in one go!
  • Upon entering the not-so-dilapidated von Everec mansion, Geralt must contend with one of the nastiest pieces of work he'll ever encounter, something beyond ancient and unbelievably powerful... The Caretaker. An embodied demon in thrall to Olgierd. This is then followed by Iris von Everec's Wraith of Portraits and then a manifestation of her worst fear. All three are fantastic puzzle bosses rife with atmosphere and pathos.
  • Geralt managing to save Olgierd's soul from Gaunter O'Dimm by risking his own soul in the process.

Ending Related

  • The entire Battle of Kaer Morhen. Geralt has summoned all his friends and allies to defend the fortress against the Wild Hunt after Ciri has been found, and the witchers, sorceresses and warriors make one great stand against the Red Riders. The whole thing is pure epic from beginning to the end, and most shockingly of all, it isn't even the conclusion of the game it built itself up to be!
  • Triss, as the offensively specialized sorceress, takes on the role of artillery to support you on the battlefield. The display of power leaves even Lambert astounded.
    Lambert: Next time you get the feeling I'm about to piss off Merigold... make sure to knock me upside the head.
  • Zoltan leaping onto one of the Wild Hunt's soldiers, shanking him in the clavicle, then riding the expiring bastard's body off the inner walls to act as a cushion for his landing.
    Zoltan Chivay: (kicking his opponent's dead body) DUVELSHEISSS!!!
  • There's Triss protecting Ciri by catching Swallow in mid-flight with telekinesis when she's disarmed, turning the blade magically red-hot and sending the gnomish ghwyr straight through the offending rider like butter. Ciri then repays his slap by grabbing her sword back while kicking him off the battlements to plummet to his death.
  • The astounding witcher variant of Back-to-Back Badasses when Lambert, Geralt and Letho (If Geralt recruited him) are butchering over a dozen Red Riders while dancing the Viroledo group style back in full fore is endlessly glorious.
    • Then Triss strikes their position with her own more controlled variant of Melgor's Fire and Lambert covers his brother wolf with an enhanced Quen Sign as the Wild Hunt's soldiers are sent flying in slooow moootion...
      • Letho isn't in the Quen shield. How does he survive? He uses one of the bodies of the Riders he slew as cover. Almost making Letho's act of taking human or elven shields when confronted with destructive magic racing towards him his signature move.
  • Keira Metz, if invited to the showdown, will telekinetically picks up five of the Hunt's foot soldiers and sends them blasting into the ruined crenelations all at once to protect Lambert.
  • One of the parts of said set-piece with the highest HSQ is with the duel between Eskel and Caranthir. Not only did it establish the former as a bad-ass swordsman, but it also helps to set up the latter as a formidable threat - a fact you find out to be very accurate when you fight him yourself later. (And to be fair, the mocap choreography and camera work is absolutely perfect in this scene.)
  • Blink and you'll miss it but Hjalmar an Craite, during the final battle in the inner courtyard, tackles a rider of the Hunt right back into one of the navigator portals with him along for the ride. It disappears and seconds later he'll jump straight back out of the next one to spawn covered in frost but unharmed!
  • Vesemir flooring Imlerith and humiliating Eredin while trying to protect Ciri, the only reason he's incapacitated is because he knocks his ward away from the battle with an Aard, leaving himself open. And then, making damn sure he won't be used as collateral is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
  • Ciri letting loose with the full power of the Elder Blood, annihilating the Dearg Ruadhri en masse through a psychic maelstrom that manifests from the turmoil of watching her uncle being murdered in front of her.
  • The whole father/daughter team-up that follows. Ciri and Geralt go to Bald Mountain for some much-deserved revenge on Imlerith for killing Vesemir. Geralt takes on the General of the Wild Hunt and Ciri goes to take out the Three Crones. Geralt manages to kill the Darth Vader-esque lieutenant by searing away his face with a fire-stream Igni Sign, (heating the genocidal lunatic's helmet up so much that his pointy ears melt) then smashing his exposed crispy head to a bloody pulp with his own mace. Ciri takes on Whispess, Brewess and Weavess all at once and manages to kill them. Pity the youngest was just Faking the Dead, though and escapes Swallow's edge while stealing Vessy's medallion.
    Geralt: The witcher you slew.
    • Imlerith in general for his status as the Implacable Man. Vesemir stabbing him in a major artery under his left armpit and Geralt sliding his silver sword through his spine does exactly nothing to the hulking elf. And after everything Geralt does to him during their final confrontation, he still manages to die smiling.
  • Roche, Geralt, and Phillipa Eilhart manage to corner King Radovid in "Reasons of State" if Geralt agrees to help them with their plan. Doubly rewarding for this as it follows up Radovid ordering Geralt executed for the pettiest of reasons, not to mention all the time you've spent in Novigrad tormented by his witch-hunting craze and his stake-burning of three old friends. Radovid ends up blinded by Phillipanote  then stabbed to death while Geralt and Roche watch with mixed amusement and horror.
    • It's even sweeter to see "the midget-king" get his comeuppance, as if you read 'The Flower and the Flame' in the first game, you discover that the Eternal Fire and the Order of the Flaming Rose were re-founded not in Temeria, but Redenia. That's right, it's heavily implied, especially with Salamandra contacting Radovid in the magic mirror; that he was the Man Behind the Man for Jacques, or as the fans know him... 'A'. In order to take his first slice of the North for himself, of course his plan failed because of a certain white-haired witcher and Radovid's secret loathing grew even more... The Lodge also had their own plans for divvying up the North and that was why they had to go. it's pretty much a toss up between who the human Big Bad of the series is, as Emhyr mellows considerably at several key moments despite him being the root of many of the atrocities heaped on the Northern Kingdoms and (unintentionally) his own daughter in the books due to the moral bankruptcy of the men sent to retrieve her. Radovid it seems is the greater of two evils due to his Freudian Excuse leading to the pogroms in Novigrad, oh and the little matter of him being an undeniably insane chess-master.
    King Radovid V: You know too much. You impede me too often. And I find your arrogance an annoyance.
  • Ciri gaining mastery over her powers when Geralt is caught in the ice storm summoned by Caranthir, she gains an epic Battle Aura and can one-hit kill anything that gets in her path, culminating in throwing the chief sorcerer of the Hunt around like a child after beating him at a Teleport Spam match and capping it all off with a great Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object moment that is only slightly lessened by Caranthir averting Squishy Wizard and Ciri being a Glass Cannon like her foster father.
    • She softens up Caranthir so much that Geralt can then rip him apart with the right decoctions and sword-geared skill set, annihilating every Ice Elemental he throws at you almost instantaneously.
    • It helps that we get the most badass heavy metal riff of The Witcher Main Theme as accompaniment while Geralt busts free from stasis to face who is effectively a far more awesome Expy of Vilgefortz.
    Caranthir: Witcher...? So be it. Let us end this.
  • Geralt's duel with King Eredin in the game's climax. Needless to say, it's not only very satisfying to finally cleave the elf a new set of lungs for all he's done, but it's one of the rare cases of Anti-Climax Boss being somewhat of a good thing - it makes one feel the fight is not a titanic struggle against a martial equal, but an effortless display of power on your behalf, against a leader who is more Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy than a true Badass, only kept alive in the interim against the beast that is Geralt due to Aen Elle armour superiority and his cheap navigator magic. Magic lights to the White Wolf.
  • Ciri defeats the White Frost, which, in-universe, is a curse that has moved from one plane of existence to another, destroying entire worlds and consuming all life. Note, this is a definite Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? moment since the White Frost is the biggest evil in the MULTIVERSE, so she saves not just our world but all worlds.