Five years after its release, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is still earning heaps of attention and picking up new fans. The expansive game is full of easter eggs and here are some you could have easily missed while travelling through Velen.
CD Project Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was officially released in 2015. Although the game was initially available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch owners got to play it in 2019.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will also become available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2021. The next-gen edition of the game will feature a range of visual and technical improvements and upgrades.
As we've recently found the time to jump head-first into the expansive world of The Witcher series, here are some of the easter eggs we found along the way - Velen edition.
The forbidden honey
One of the Ladies of the Wood, the eternally hungry Brewess is the largest of the three sisters who lure the unsuspecting children of Velen to their Bog via the Trail of Treats.
The game's devs have cooked up some ghastly character models for all three sisters and gave Brewess a headpiece that looks like she put a wicker basket over her noggin.
The Crone's headgear looks strikingly similar to something the ye olde beekeepers would wear to protect them from their swarms.
I scream you scream
While not tied to only one region of The Witcher 3, the next easter egg is the infamous Wilhelm Scream. The stock sound effect has found its way into many different movies, TV shows and video games.
Despised by some, the Wilhelm Scream always manages to put a smile on our faces when we encounter it in any and all media we happen to be consuming at the moment.
The Witcher 3 pairs the scream beautifully with death animations of various NPCs and we can also hear it when Geralt himself meets his own untimely demise.
The devs did have the common sense to randomise the appearance of the 69-year-old scream. Nice.
The Rabbit Of Caerbannog
Fans of Monty Python and The Holy Grail have surely by now become accustomed to keeping one eye out for a misplaced white rabbit.
The appearance of this particular easter egg is tied to a quest "The Truth is in the Stars". While out to collect some dragonroot, the players come upon a Snow Hare surrounded by human skulls and fresh blood.
You can't interact with the hare (it will not attack you) and none of the Witcher bombs will work on the little fellow - if only you could find the diagram for The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch...
Quentin Tarantino Easter Egg Vol.1
Exploring the Bloody Baron's keep will let the players overhear an exchange between two guards. The dialogue was directly lifted from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction when Zed has the same discussion with Maynard:
- Guard 1 (Zed): Bring out the Gimp.
- Guard 2 (Maynard): But the Gimp's sleeping.
- Guard 1 (Zed): Well, I guess you're gonna have to go wake him up now, won't you?
Quentin Tarantino Easter Egg Vol.2
The second easter egg is from Tarantino's first Kill Bill movie wherein The Bride goes to Okinawa to get a katana made by Hattori Hanzo.
Just seeing the quest "Of Swords and Dumplings" pop up in our log was enough to make us giddy with excitement. Geralt looks to be nerding out as well, once Éibhear Hattori shows him around his actual workshop.
Helping the elven master blacksmith secure his supply chain will reward the players with the Blade from the Bits as well as a reliable source of quality-made weaponry.
The Wibbly Wobbly Weeping Angels Of Velen
One for the Whovians out there.
The Weeping Angels easter egg becomes available after finishing the "Monster in the Cemetery" Contract. You can get the Contract from Lindenvale's Notice Board. The ensuing quest "The Merry Widow" will take the players to a cemetery.
The Weeping Angels will appear at the entrance to the building at the cemetery after you've claimed the reward for The Merry Widow. You'll find that the angel statues will turn around to face the direction in which you've been running. After doing this enough times, the statues will disappear completely.
Lara? Lara Croft?
The Great Escape is part of an interesting quest chain - made even more so with the addition of the famous Tomb Raider.
Lara Croft's bones make an appearance in The Witcher 3 when Geralt is exploring an old tomb. During the quest, you enter the sewers by jumping into a well and happen upon a skeleton along the way. Skeletons aren't exactly out of place in The Witcher 3 but this one prompts Geralt to say "Heheh. Tomb raider. Seems this one liked elven stuff..."
Bonus Great Escape easter egg: Abbé Faria, the man who escaped from Deireadh prison, as well as the method of his jailbreak, are references to the novel The Count of Monte Cristo.