I am fighting enemies and using my Steel Sword for human enemies, as per the games instructions, but I've just run into a group of Ghouls and I'm unsure which sword I should be using.

The game tells me that I can tell which sword to use by looking at the health bar. A silver health bar means using the Silver Sword, and a red health bar means Steel Sword.

However I'm not sure which HP bar is which. So how can I figure out which sword to use against which enemy?

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For any Human or common animal you should use the Steel Sword and they will have a red Health Bar.

For any Monster type you should use the Silver Sword. These monsters will have a grey/silver Health Bar.


Look at the Wraith (a Monster) Grey Health Bar therefore you use Silver Sword

Silver Sword fight

And now look at these bandits getting roasted. Red Health Bar so you use the Steel Sword

Steel Sword Fight

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    I've also discovered that if you approach an enemy without a sword drawn, Geralt will draw the correct sword for you, which is nice.
    – Neon1024
    May 21, 2015 at 22:09
  • @DavidYell they are making this game to easy!! lol
    – Colin
    May 25, 2015 at 2:57
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    @DavidYell: unless you approach a bandit fighting a ghul
    – PlasmaHH
    Jul 15, 2015 at 10:54
  • What if you don't select the correct sword? Do you do less damage? No damage?
    – Octopus
    Oct 17, 2017 at 22:23
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    @Octopus you do way less damage. Oct 18, 2017 at 8:29

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