I beat The Witcher 2 for the first time last week, and I'm looking to play through the game a second time taking Roche's path (whom I avoided the first time 'round).

I made my way through the prologue without any problems, got Aryan LaVallette to help me escape, and made it onto Roche's ship without problems.

However, as soon as I start chapter 1 and regain the items I collected in the prologue, I become encumbered, at some 333/300. No big deal, right? Just drop the five pickaxes I'm carrying, and I'm good to go!

However, I've now reduced my weight to 95/300, and I'm still stuck in the encumbered state, meaning no combat, no meditating, and slow zombie shuffling everywhere I want to go.

I've tried reloading the save, and re-completing the escape from the LaVallette prisons, but neither way prevents the bug from getting me stuck in the encumbered state. I didn't have this problem on my first playthrough... what's going on?

(I have updated to the 1.1 international version prior to beginning the new game)

Edit: This bug is still present. I updated to 1.2 and redid the prologue, to no avail. This time I wound up being 212 / 300, though I'm still stuck as being encumbered. I'm wondering if the bug is linked to the strong back perk itself, as I had no problems when I dueled Arayn (and thus missed the ability) in my first playthrough

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    Possible workaround: Install one of the mods that make all items weigh 0, then you can never become encumbered and might not trigger this bug. Commented May 31, 2011 at 21:48
  • Maybe your caps-lock key is on by accident?
    – Mana
    Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 17:15
  • What does caps-lock do? Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 17:39
  • Forgot an @Mana ... Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 2:11
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    @mANA - Nope. nO combination of shift and/or caps lock helped. Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 5:06

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So I'm beginning to question whether this is truly a bug at all.

Regardless, I found out how to resolve the problem; Simply continue along the forest path until you meet Iorveth and Triss puts up the arrow shield. At that point, assuming you're currently unencumbered, you will regain your normal speed.

  • I am playing this on the XBox, and I ran into the same situation as well. I actually was not encumbered at all when I got off the boat, but suffered the "slowdown" until I caught up to them at the ambush site. Perhaps the developers wanted us to walk along the river? :)
    – APrough
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 17:54

This is normal. Until you reach the cutscene with the elf you're forced to walk only even if you are not encumbered. I had 500 pounds of gear and waited until after the hanging to sell it all off to a merchant (fairly easy to fight under the shield while encumbered).

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