I have a number of bits of orange Relic grade gear which are not quite as good as my existing gear. I've been holding onto them just because I feel they are 'rare', so might be valuable, plus the relic swords have three sockets.

Now that I have 4 swords and a number of relic pieces of armour, I'm beginning to wonder what actual value they might have.

So is it worth keeping this gear or dismantling it? Will dismantling relic gear net me any rare crafting resources? Is it worth me specifically socketing it with runes to match a type(s) of monster, so I can swap to that specific sword before fighting?

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I did hesitate to sell my first relics early in the game, but later you get so many of those that selling or dismantling them is really the only option. You only need one good item for each slot, and the witcher sets you craft are usually the best items you can get for their level.

Dismantling them can make sense if it results in crafting materials you don't have in abundance. You'll have to check for each item what the result of dismantling is. You probably don't need to worry too much, I had no problems crafting all upgrades for one witcher set up to the mastercrafted version, and I almost never dismantled gear. You might need to buy a few materials, but you generally have enough money later in the game that this is not an issue.

Runes provide minor boosts, you won't get much of a benefit from trying to optimize anything monster-specific here.

You can keep the gear in your stash or put it on display in your home Corvo Bianco, if you have the Blood and Wine DLC.

  • "selling or dismantling them is really the only option" - not really, there is always the Stash, which has unlimited capacity. By now I have there about 50 relics of all kinds, which I actually store if I'll ever need more money. :) Jun 13, 2016 at 8:22
  • @ShadowWizard The stash didn't exist when I answered this question. Jun 13, 2016 at 8:27
  • Huh, it's so basic I was sure it's part of the game's core... well, maybe worth editing the answer now and mention it? Jun 13, 2016 at 8:28
  • @ShadowWizard: the Stash was added recently. I do agree with Mad Scientist though, I used to hoard certain relics early in the game but realized that higher level items with differing quality had better specs and sometimes are better suited for stronger monsters. Dismantling or selling is a viable option if you are willing to let go of pieces that will become weaker as you loot better items. Jun 13, 2016 at 16:22
  • @ragnarswanson I started playing months ago, think around January and the stash was already there. Anyway, without it I wouldn't think twice and sell/dismantle them as I always keep my weight in check. (I loot everything, so don't want to miss a chance. :-)) Jun 13, 2016 at 16:26

Dismantling it generally results in much lighter gems / dust, that hold value nicely. After you have crafted the Witcher class gear, you'll find that little matches it (let alone bests it).

You can keep the weapons, and optimise them for a specific monster type, but will likely find it inefficient in comparison to a good sword with decent oil applied, against weight-used.


It varies on rarity. Go to it and see how rare it is on The Witchers Wiki. Then you will find your answer. If you tell me the name of the gear, I will look it up on the wiki for you.

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    I've downvoted this answer because I think it would be better suited to a comment on the question.
    – Neon1024
    Jun 3, 2015 at 20:46

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