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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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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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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What are the consequences of accepting unknown substances from strange men?

In Chapter 1 of The Witcher 2, I encountered two people dressed in merchant clothing who asked me to test a potion for them, with promises of great rewards to come in a year or two at Vizima. They ...
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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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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 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 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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Which women have “romance” options in The Witcher 2?

I'm remembering that in the first game there were quite a few women that Geralt could pursue. So far I've only found Triss as a romantic prospect in the second game. Are there any others?
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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 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 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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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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What are the benefits of not killing prison guards?

After struggling and failing several times to get a grasp on The Witcher 2's stealth mechanics, I abandoned all hope of being able to sneak through the entire prison in the prologue and decided 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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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 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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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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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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What is the formula for experience points gained for killing monsters?

I've noticed that I don't gain any experience anymore for certain kinds of monsters, at least there appears no entry in the combat journal. I suspect that the XP formula is level-dependent, so that ...
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What does does “QTE” under Witcher 2 settings stand for?

There's an option called "Difficult QTEs" under Options menu of Witcher 2 - What are "QTEs"? What do they do? What is the consequence of enabling/disabling them?
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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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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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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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Is food useful?

You can purchase various items categorized as food in the inns. Is there any use for this food? Does it restore vitality or vigor?
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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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How can I farm orens?

Is there any way to "farm" for orens in The Witcher 2?
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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 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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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 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 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 are the different endings in Witcher 2?

Needless to say, the answers to this question will be full of spoilers. What are the 16 possible endings in The Witcher 2?
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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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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 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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Scarce / non-renewable items

I'm trying not to be too vague here, as I suspect a complete answer would require a massive Wiki/DB, but which items are "renewable" vs "scarce" ? Obviously "boss" parts like Queen Endraga Pheremones ...
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After I beat the Kayran, what can I do with its corpse?

After a long struggle, I managed to beat the Kayran. Great! Now I have a neat Kayran Trophy, a Kayran Hide, and other Kayran bits to round out my loot. I know the Kayren Hide can be crafted into ...
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Will using the unofficial official combat mod disable achievements?

So the new unofficial official Combat Mod from CD PROJEKT RED just came out and I wonder if you will still be able to gain achievements on Steam when you are using this mod to play the game?
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Where is Cedric during the quest “Where is Triss Merigold” in The Witcher 2?

During the quest "Where is Triss Merigold" Geralt is tracking the elf Cedric by the blood trail he leaves. I've done that, using my medallion to highlight the blood, but ended up at a dead end, some ...
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How do I fight multiple enemies effectively?

Fighting one tough opponent is no problem. Dodge, attack, dodge, etc. The "automatic aiming" ensures I will always hit when in range. But how are you supposed to fight multiple opponents, surrounding ...
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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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Can I win without using Anabolic Steroids?

Apparently, Arm Wrestling in The Witcher 2 is serious business. The final "boss" in the arm wrestling chain, if you will, is a circus performer named The Mighty Numa. Skalen Burdon says he cheats, and ...
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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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Which quests from the first Witcher games matter in the second?

I recently found out that I've lost my savegames from The Witcher. I decided, rather unwillingly, to replay the game in order to try and make the same decisions so that it'll be reflected correctly on ...
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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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What does 'Increased Sign Intensity' mean?

Certain potions and talents can increase 'sign intensity', while many others increase sign damage. The damage increase seems pretty straightforward, but what does increasing the sign intensity ...
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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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Where do I find Odrin?

In Chapter 2 of The Witcher 2, I've been tasked with finding a drunk man named Odrin by a few other drunk people. Normally this wouldn't be very high on my priority list, only, well... They won't ...
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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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Can you profit from crafting / alchemy?

Is there any money to be made from purchasing (or hoarding) low-end components like timber or twine, crafting them into better items, then selling? Or is crafting just an inherently lossy/expensive ...