Sometimes a new quest starts with "I have to do that NOW" or "...immediately" or "...as soon as possible".

Are there any quests in Witcher 3 with a time limit?
Can I solve some quests only if I start it really "now" or "immediately" or within a specific time?

(I don't ask for quests who starts at "midnight" or another specific time, it's about the available time until a quest fails)

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Even the quests that begin with "Meet me at the docks / tavern / Court of the (X) immediately" have no limit on starting / finishing, and will wait patiently for you to arrive (sometimes, admittedly, jibing you about hunting Drowners or similar when you arrive).

Quests (as you mention) that require you to meet folk/monsters at a given time of day will also loop indefinitely, day by day.

There are a few quests that will be failed if you continue with the main questline before completing them, but that's not related to timing.

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    Actually, this is not completely correct. I've encountered a mission where I've met a guy with this cart which was attacked by drowner. He told me some crap about being a merchant,in reality, he was carrying corpses. The merchant asked geralt to burn them, which gives you a few exp. I did that and died a few minutes later, where I forgot to burn the corpses again. While running through a random dungeon in order to get some griffon equipment, the quest failed. So i assume i had 24 hr to burn them. And because of that, i think there are (if only a few) quests in W3 which have a time limit. Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 8:59
  • Ooh, that's neat. Apologies - I'll change my answer.
    – Jeeva
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 9:10
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    @YUNOWORK Can you check the quest log for that quest? It should have a description on why the quest failed. Perhaps the NPC died or something similar (not related to time) happened? I remember reading someone starting (by accident) a "protect the NPC" type mission, and then continue doing his own thing. Obviously the NPC died without help and the quest failed. Still, it's hard to call it "time limited".
    – MBender
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 9:12
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    @Y U NO WORK: This is the only quest ever failed so far! In my case, the quest log says something (I play a german version, meaning translated) like: "Catch the merchant", "Knock him from the horse". Both parts are written in red. It was very early in the game and I didn't checked solved quests for completeness. In this case, it was not time related.
    – PeterCo
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 12:46
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    @PeterCo If you mean Precious Cargo, I failed the same one, and after only a minute or so from receiving the "knock him off" part (I didn't realize exactly what it wanted me to do). I don't know if it was based on time, distance, or location of the merchant, though.
    – Set Big O
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 17:05

I'd like to add that it might be possible to fail "The Last Wish" if you do not immediately continue at least the starter task. In my case, I was lured to start the Uma quest line and later saw "The Last Wish" ended up in my failed quests.

Honestly, Yen could have given further details. A sorceress makes all matters "important to her", even trivial ones like brushing their hair.

I had not noticed until well into the Uma quest line so I will have to wait until NG+ to attempt that one again.

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