The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a roleplaying game where you play a witcher called Geralt of Rivia, set in a world created by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

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How does arm wrestling work?

"Keep the indicator in the yellow field. If the yellow field reaches the left end of the bar, you lose. If it reaches the right end, you win." That's all the description it gives, without a single ...
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How do I avoid the Queen Endrega's poison and kill it?

Getting poisoned by the Queen Endrega is pretty much a death sentence. It comes out quickly in a spray and hits you even if you're trying to roll out of the way. Even if I'm able to kill the other ...
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Why is the Witcher 2 unplayable on recommended high settings?

I just got The Witcher 2 today and so far it seems quite enjoyable. The problem is that I haven't been able to play much of it so far due to lag that occurs even on low settings. The game recommends ...
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Are mutagens permanent?

Once I alter one of my abilities with a Mutagen, is it like equipment where I can go back later and switch it out for a better one? Or is it a permanent change to that ability that I'll keep for the ...
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Does time elapse?

It's midday now, and I have to meet up with someone at night. If I do side quests for a while, will it eventually become night and allow me to fulfill that quest? Or do I specifically have to ...
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I'm having trouble killing Letho near the end of the first chapter. How do I do it?

The following is somewhat of a spoiler, to avoid it being shown in the question excerpt, I'm filling the space with useless boilerplate. I'm near the end of the first chapter and I'm now facing ...
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How do I know what time it is?

There are various events in the Witcher 2 which requires me to drop by a location by, say, 21:00hr. How do I know what it is now in the game? There's an icon next to the radar, but it doesn't give ...
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How can I end a potion's effect prematurely?

I could have sworn that one of the tutorial journal entries mentioned that meditation could be used to remove potions prematurely (before their duration would normally expire), however I don't see ...
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I can't find the last Nekker Nest. Does anyone have their locations pinned on a map?

I've spent the last 1.5 hours running around trying to find the last Nekker Nest... I'm starting to think the quest is bugged. Has anyone got their locations pinned on a map?
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How do I defeat the Kayran in the first chapter of the Witcher 2?

In the first chapter you are supposed to slay the Kayran, this enormous beast: I'm having a hard time with it. I drank the Mongoose potion for poison resistance and I have the Kayran trap, but it ...
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How are abilities unlocked in the Witcher 2?

On the character attributes page is a section for abilities (different from talents). I've earned the abilites Axii sign hex, cover, conjuror and assassin. Each of those gives a certain bonus, which ...
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How do critical effects like knockdown, bleeding, freeze, incineration, poison and stun work?

On your character screen in the abilites section is a list of critical effects and your chance of inflicting them. At the moment it looks for me like this, with a depressing 0% for everything: I ...
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Is there a way to increase the carrying limit?

I'm constantly at the limit of weight Geralt can carry around due to all the crafting and alchemical ingredients I'm carrying around. My large collection of assorted monster parts in my inventory gets ...
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How do I do “finisher moves” in The Witcher 2?

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, when I strike one of the enemies I'm fighting in The Witcher 2, a short cinematic will play where Geralt stylishly eliminates the foe, seemingly regardless of their ...
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Is Geralt's Amnesia because I didn't import a Witcher 1 save file?

In the opening scene of the game, you meet the Crinfrid Reavers. Dialog with them implies that Geralt met them previously. Geralt claims to have amnesia. Is this because I did not import a save-file ...
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How can I heal in battle?

I've noticed that I tend to take a lot of damage, and especially that once I take one hit I'm prone to take a couple more in succession. This makes the cost of a single mistake rather harsh. Is ...
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How do I play Dice Poker?

I found two minigames in the first area of The-Witcher-2, an Arm-Wrestler, and someone who wants to play "Dice Poker". While the former is simply explained in the in-game help, there was no ...
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Is there a shortcut on the Game Over screen to resume from the last save?

Clearly, I'm dying quite frequently, and the mouse controls in this game aren't the best. Is there a shortcut on the keyboard that chooses the "Yes" option for you so you can go back to get murdered ...
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How can I prevent myself from doing long, fancy attacks?

For example, if 2 enemies are approaching me side by side, there doesn't seem to be a way to attack one of them without leaving myself utterly open to counterattack or interruption from the other one. ...
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How do I enter Meditation Mode?

The game is telling me that in order to drink potions, I must enter Meditation Mode, but it doesn't give me any clue how to enter Meditation Mode in the first place. How do I do that?
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In The Witcher 2, is it possible to hit the man with the red plume?

In the tutorial, the king gives Geralt the spyglass to aim for the "man with the red plume", while he adjusts the ballista. I felt like I had the cross-hairs right on the man, but when the bolt was ...
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How can I tell what my spells (signs) do?

Apparently I have a sign called "Aard", which does something when I press Q while it's active. Aard is hardly a descriptive word, however, and when I press C to bring up my character screen there's ...
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How do I not get incinerated or cut down on the very first battle?

I'm apparently being attacked by a giant dragon and there's fire everywhere. No matter what I do, I seem to catch fire and burn to death before fighting the second group of enemies. If this is a ...
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Why does Axii sign not work?

The Axii sign should allow Geralt to get one enemy to fight on his side for a short while. This sound extremely useful for fighting groups, but I was unable to get it to work so far. What happens ...
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Where can I find Altair?

I was browsing Reddit the other day when I saw this amusing image from The Witcher 2: I want to be able to find this for myself when I play the game. Where do I find Altair?
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How do I use mutagens?

I've collected a nice selection of mutagens so far, but I have no idea on how to actually use them. They are supposed to be able to improve my character somehow. How exactly do I apply those ...
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Is there a hotkey to loot everything in a container?

If you open a container to loot it, the mouse cursor is often far away from the "Take all" button. Is there a hotkey to loot everything in a container, or any other fast way to do that?
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How to find the rhythm of the attack?

In TW1, I remember, I could somehow time my attacks so that when the blows had a certain rhythm the following hits were more and more devastating. Is there a method of timing my sword attacks, so ...
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How do I destroy Nekker nests?

In "The Nekker Contract" quest, I need to destroy all of the Nekker nests. I found my first Nekker nest, but when I try to destroy it, Geralt just says, "I've got to blow up this nest," and doesn't do ...
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How do you sheathe your sword? Also, how do I change the default controls?

How do you sheathe your sword in The Witcher 2? Guards are attacking me in Flotsam and I have no idea how to do it. Less specifically, is there anywhere I can look at (and ideally change) the ...
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Can I permanently store items somewhere?

In good old CRPG tradition I'm taking anything that isn't nailed down with me. I've got half a forest worth of assorted plants and more iron ore and other crafting materials than any normal human ...
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How do I unlock the swordsmanship, alchemy and magic paths?

I'm already at character level 5, but when I look at the character abilities page, the three trees for swordsmanship, alchemy and magic are still locked. I can only invest talents into the training ...
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What are the requirements for blocking an enemy attack?

Blindly running towards the enemies and just whacking at them does not seem to be a promising tactic in the Witcher 2. After a few deaths I decided to start blocking enemy attacks, which in theory ...
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How do armor enhancements work?

I've found some shiny new armor enhancement: Now, when I try and drag this onto my armor, I'm getting the message "Action not allowed on this item". Am I doing it wrong, or can I only enhance ...
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How firm are The Witcher 2's minimum required specs?

According to TotalPCGaming.com, Steam, and the official site, The Witcher 2 requires at least a Radeon HD 3850. How firm is this requirement? Has anyone managed to play with a lesser card? (Bonus ...
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Is there a function that highlights items you can interact with upon keypress?

The first game had a function that would on keypress highlight the name of any items on screen that you could interact with or take. This was useful to quickly find everything you could take. I ...
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How much of The Witcher 2 will I have trouble with, not having played the first game?

Are there a lot of references to the plot of the first game? Are there things I'm already expected to know at the outset? I hear that there is some stuff imported from old save games in the new ...
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What are the effects of importing an old savegame into the Witcher 2?

I've heard in some previews of The Witcher 2 that you can import your old The Witcher 1 savegames into the new game, similar to the way Mass Effect allows this. Is there any information on what ...
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Will the Steam edition of Witcher 2 have a Polish language version?

I'm buying the game in Canada, but I'd like to play the Polish version. I heard that after registering the game players will be able to download the add-on for a fully localized Polish version of the ...
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Installing pre ordered game from Steam as soon as possible

I have pre ordered The Witcher 2 some while ago with my Steam client. So far so good. The game should be released to public on May 17th 2011 - great. Now for the questions: Can I somehow ...