My brother and I recently beat our copies of The Witcher 2, and, being the masochists we are, both decided to up the difficulty and play the other story branch.

He finished before me, and experienced an irritating bug where he was not able to spend talent points after leveling up, and when I started over on hard a day later, I had experienced the same "bug".

Given that it's unlikely for such an egregious bug to happen in exactly the same way on two separate computers, etc., we were wondering if this was because of our choice in difficulty; can you not spend talents on Hard mode? I mean, I know it's supposed to be harder, but no talents at all?.

  • You have to spend 6 talents in the main Witcher Training tree before unlocking the other paths. Have you done that yet?
    – spugsley
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 4:13
  • @Spugsley - I can't spend any talents in the Training tree. Commented May 30, 2011 at 4:30
  • Are you in meditation mode?
    – Stecya
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 5:05
  • @Stecya - Should I be? I always added my abilities via hitting 'c'. Commented May 30, 2011 at 5:10
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    I also have this bug? on Insane and Hard mode. I'm hoping this isn't a design choice. The manual makes no mention of this.
    – Mana
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 5:11

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It turns out that in order to increase the difficulty, the Hard and Insane difficulties prevent you from spending talent points outside of meditation, in order to prevent you from upgrading your character mid-battle to survive.

To upgrade your abilities on Hard and Insane, meditate, then select the Character option. Here, you can assign talent points.

  • That doesn't make the game harder, it just makes the already poor interface more of a hassle... :/ Commented May 30, 2011 at 5:54
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    But it makes it closer to a real-life experience, what the difficulty settings suggest.
    – DrFish
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 8:58
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    @Bora Yes, because when I want to learn some complicated new sword technique, I can't just do instantly. I have to meditate for an hour.
    – bwarner
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 12:54
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    @bwarner Oh man, I thought I was the only one who did that!
    – Mana
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 13:53
  • Wasn't it always like this? I can't say that I've played Witcher 2 yet but this was always the case in the first game but on normal difficulty. As far as I knew, you had to meditate in order to spend your talents. Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 6:14

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