I've been happily upgrading my skills as I need them, without an overall strategy in mind. However it's dawned on me that there is no way to reassign points.

This makes me wonder, what is the maximum number of ability points available in the game? Will I be able to spread my points, or would picking a specialisation benefit me more?


Just to add: you will have the ability to respec, or reassign, your abilities. It comes in the form of an item, the Potion of Clearance, which you can buy for 1,000 crowns from merchants in Novigrad or fairly early on from Keira. If you want to get one immediately, this is where you'll find her:

You'll first encounter her in the Hunting a Witch quest in Velen

There are 69 points from leveling to the level cap of 70 and up to 25 points from Places of Power throughout the world for 94 total available points. There may be further sources for points, but it certainly is not enough to upgrade all skills fully, which amount to 270 total points needed to upgrade all skills:

  • Combat (91 to fully upgrade): Fast Attack (20), Strong Attack (20), Defense (13), Marksmanship (18), Battle Trance (20)
  • Signs (79 to fully upgrade): Aard (16), Igni (18), Yrden (15), Quen (16), Axii (14)
  • Alchemy (90 to fully upgrade): Brewing (18), Oil Preparation (18), Bomb Creation (18), Mutation (18), Toxicity (18)
  • General (10 to fully upgrade): 1 point for each; choosing one that complements your armor/playstyle such as Cat School Techniques is often recommended

Given that you won't have the chance to upgrade everything (or even despite it), following down a specialization will probably benefit you the most. The gameplay design behind this is further accentuated by the fact that you only have 12 upgrade slots in which you can actually have the effects of the upgrade active.

Thinking through which skills and skill trees would be most useful to you would be helpful; Combat Fast Attack is a popular choice to "commit" to early on as far as I've seen and, in general, Combat will be universal, followed by Signs and then Alchemy. But if you think differently, you can assign points in different trees or in different orders, since that's the reason that there are so many. There are also many guides online suggesting which upgrades to choose and in which order depending on specific playstyles, if you need some ideas on how other players analytically upgrade. Of course, remember that upgrading in the most ideal manner isn't necessary. While it will make the game's challenges more manageable, there's also the value of discovery in experimenting yourself.

Since it's pricey at the beginning to reassign your points, you might want to upgrade thoughtfully. But if you make or have made some mistakes or if some upgrades are no longer as useful as they were, you'll still have many more points as well as the chance to reset with the Potion of Clearance.

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    There are at least 23 PoP in Witcher 3. You can also get 2 free points from the magic acorn. Still not nearly enough to upgrade everything. – Dallium Jun 22 '15 at 18:37
  • You're correct, I originally made an incorrect count corroborated by other sources. I corrected the number, which looks accurate upon checking once more. – user16533 Jun 25 '15 at 1:38

as of the most recent Update, 99 from leveling, 30 from Places of Power, 2 from the Magic Acorn, 1 from the Golden Egg, that totals out to 132. And, with 280 points needed to max, that leaves 148 points still required, (I think) you can get points from the egg, Acorn, and the PoPs. You can get all perks, if you go through the game 4 times, going through the 5th ~half way through, not to mention, Mutations... adding a whole extra playthrough (all the way 5 times, 6th ~half way)


69 from leveling, as the max level is 70. And then 15 or 16 from the places of power.

  • So assuming 85, is that enough to fully upgrade every available ability? – David Yell May 25 '15 at 17:35
  • @DavidYell no, it is not. – Geeo May 25 '15 at 18:25
  • There are over 20 places of power. At level 34, I have 58 points. -2 from the acorn, - 33 from levels ( you don't get a point at level 1) is 23 points from places of power. I've seen the 15 to 16 number a lot on the internet, and I have no idea where it came from. – Dallium Jun 22 '15 at 18:34

No level cap. Well apparently you have to use at least 30 characters to post comment or answer. There ya go.

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    Welcome to Arqade, please do not pad out answers like that because of the minimum character requirement, if your initial answer doesn't meet this then it is of poor quality and you should think of what else to add to it (ie. evidence, explanations) – Memor-X Jun 10 '15 at 0:57

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