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 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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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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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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So I was out drinking last night…how do I remove a tattoo?

Geralt got into a bit of fun with the Blue Stripes last night. After getting rip-roaringly drunk, the Witcher thought it might be good to see if it was possible to float across the river on the bums ...
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Which abilities contain mutagen slots?

Which abilities in The Witcher 2 contain Mutagen slots? Does the level of points invested in the ability affect the availability of mutagen slots?
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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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Where did Malena run off to?

Outside Floatsam, I ran into an elf woman being harassed by the guards as a spy. Being the amicable monster-slaying gentleman that I am, I volunteered to check her alibi in the nearby cave. Six game ...
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How can I re-spec my abilities in The Witcher 2?

I've begrudged some of the choices I've made in regards to ability choices while progressing through the Witcher 2, and now that I've reached Act 3, I've heard rumors that some sort of "secret quest" ...
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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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What's the deal with the Witcher 2 DLC?

So my game informed me today that a new patch (1.2) was available for The Witcher 2, and among the patch notes were the following: All previously released DLC packages are installed with Patch ...
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What are lures for?

I notice a category of items in the inventory called "Lures". What are they for? I guess they're for attracting monsters. If so, what lures would attract what type of creatures?
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In what order do I have to extinguish the puzzle signs in the Gargoyle Contract quest?

There are three rooms, guarded by Gargoyles, each one with a chest and four magical signs/runes you have to extinguish in the correct order. There is also a different clue in each room. The clue in ...
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Modding the Witcher 2

There seem to be some mods already floating around, the ones I saw were for enlarging the item tooltips and for increasing/eliminating the inventory limit. The mods themselves were just XML files that ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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How does Potion Toxicity work in The Witcher 2?

I know that every potion in The Witcher 2 has a "toxicity", but both the manual and the game provide less than adequate explanations of what toxicity is, and how it works. For instance, much of the ...
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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 ...