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Card Collector in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Card Collector54 (15)

This is a rare achievementAcquire all gwent cards available in the base version of the game.

  • Unlocked by 5,580 tracked gamers (8% - TA Ratio = 3.61) 73,216  

Achievement Guide for Card Collector

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Eurydace
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Eurydace
Achievement won on 27 May 15
TA Score for this game: 4,300
Posted on 25 May 15 at 20:16, Edited on 28 February 16 at 17:43
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URGENT NOTE: Patch 1.08 is live. The achievement unlocks correctly once again.

Note: Previously I had called this solution a work in progress. I think it is now 99% accurate and completely usable to earn this achievement as long as you read the whole thing and learn where the missable achievements are! If there's anything more to add, just drop a comment and I'll make sure it is added!

Overview
This achievement is tied to Secondary Quest: Collect 'Em All. When you complete the quest, you unlock the achievement.

This is a tough collectible achievement. There are at least 12 confirmed missable cards tied to Secondary Quests and Gwent Quests.

You can get gwent cards in a number of different ways.

1. Base Deck
2. Gwent Quests (These are where you'll find the missable cards)
3. Secondary Quests (These are where you'll find the missable cards)
4. Win
5. Purchase (One missable card - the quest, a Contract, is noted in the secondary quest section)

Whenever you unlock a new area, make it a priority to play all the Gwent Players and buy all the cards. Many quests can cause players and vendors to leave or die, potentially preventing you from earning the achievement. I finished this achievement as soon as I made it to Skellige at Level 15.

There are a total of 199 cards in the base game. Future expansions will add more. They are not required for this achievement. There are 119 unique cards. You only need to collect one of each card - not the duplicates.

The cards are divided into four decks. These are listed below with the number of cards in each deck.

Northern Realms - 37 Cards
Nilfgaard - 38 Cards
Scoia'tael - 37 Cards
Monsters - 40 Cards

Leaders - 16 (Four Each)
Neutral - 31 Cards

Base Deck
There are a number of cards available in the base deck. I'll update this soon with a list of all of them, but they're not really worth worrying about as you'll always have them.

Gwent Quests
Throughout the game you will pick up Gwent Quests. These come from notice boards or finding and challenging the people the quest will send you to. There are five Gwent Quests in the game. The quests are below. They are organized as follows:

Player Name - Location - Card Reward

Some of these are MISSABLE if you proceed too far in other quests. I suggest doing them as soon as they are available. The person should drop their card nearby if they are gone, but that seems to not always be true. If the next person is not willing to play when you encounter them, keep playing the game while checking back periodically - they will likely become available at a later point.

Gwent: Velen Players
Baron Phillip Strenger - Velen (Crows Perch) - Sigismund Dijkstra (if gone, card on table)
Old Sage - Velen (Benek) - Crone: Weavess
Boatmaker - Velen (Oreton) - Letho of Gulet
Haddy - Velen (Midcopse) - Vernon Roche

Gwent: Playing Innkeeps
Stjepan - Oxenfurt (The Alchemy Inn) - Yennefer of Vengerberg
Oliver - Novigrad (The Kingfisher Inn) - Tibor Eggebracht
Barkeep - Velen (Inn at the Crossroads) - Menno Coehoorn

If Oliver dies during Secondary Quest: Now or Never, his card is next door. Go through a side door and look for a box on a dresser. If you want to avoid spoilers and want to make sure he doesn't die, either complete this quest first or...
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***

Gwent: Big City Players
Vimme Vivaldi - Novigrad City (Hierarch Square) - Vesemir
Marquise Serenity - Novigrad City (Passiflora) - Morvran Voorhis
Sigismund Djikstra - Novigrad City (Bathhouse) - Esterad Thyssen (must meet in story)
Scoia'tael Trader - Novigrad (SW of City) - Cirilla and another card

Gwent: Old Pals (Start by talking to Zoltan after the Novigrad Main Quests)
Zoltan Chivay - Novigrad (Rosemary and Thyme) - Eithné
Vernon Roche - Novigrad (Temerian Partisan Camp) - Saesenthessis
Lambert - Kaer Morhen - Triss Merigold
Thaler - Novigrad - Geralt of Rivia (complete Secondary Quest: A Deadly Plot)

Gwent: Skellige Style
Ermion - Skellige (Kaer Trolde) - Leshen
Crach an Craite - Skellige (Kaer Trolde) - Draug
Sjusta the Tailor - Skellige (Kaer Trolde Harbor) - Yaevinn
Gremist - Skellige (Gedyneith) - Avallac’h (Mysterious Elf)
“Madman” Lugos - Skellige (Kaer Muire) - Vampire: Katakan

Secondary Quests
The following Secondary Quests will earn you gwent cards. For the ones in Novigrad, simply ensure that you complete all the Secondary Quests in the city as they come up before continuing with the Main Story. You'll get them all. If you go too far in the story, you can miss some of them.

Novigrad
Secondary Quest: A Dangerous Game
- John Natalis
- Isengrim Faoiltiarna
- Fringilla Vigo

Secondary Quest: A Matter of Life and Death (Find the ! once you're at the party)
- Milva
- Vampire: Bruxa
- Dandelion

Secondary Quest: Following the Thread
- Nekker. Card is looted off a named enemy in Skellige. Others have had it magically appear in their inventory. Failing that, see if Lambert will play you when you meet him at the Nowhere Inn. If all 3 methods fail, restart the quest and try again.

Secondary Quest: High Stakes
- Foltest, The Steel-Forged
- Emhyr var Emreis, The Relentless
- Francesca Findabair, Queen of Dol Bathana
- Eredin, Destroyer of Worlds

Skellige
Secondary Quest: Shock Therapy
- Iorveth. This quest is located at Gedyneith, the home of the druids on the main island.

Contract: The Phantom of Eldberg
- Buy all the cards from the innkeeper in Arinbjorn before you complete this quest. They become missable after it's done.

Winning Against Gwent Players
There are tons of gwent players throughout the world. Any time you see anyone that sells anything, you should speak to them to see if they play gwent. Oftentimes they will. Beat them to win a card from a pool of random cards.

Bad Luck? If you have beaten most of these and just need a few cards, you can save your game and beat them over and over until you get a card you need (as opposed to a duplicate).

There are more players than random cards. So if you can't find one, you can safely move on. I've found at least 5 extra and there are probably more than that.

Save before each duel. If a player doesn't give you a card as a reward, reload the game and try again. A few didn't give me the reward the first time but they did on my second attempt or even my third. They all definitely give cards as rewards, so make sure you get them.

Here is a list of the ones I have found so far. I welcome more in the comments below. It's a work in progress! Hopefully it will help some, at least.

White Orchard
Professor - White Orchard - In the very first inn, when you ask the patrons about Yennefer...He always gives Zolton Chivay and I'm not sure there's another way to get that card

Vizima
Nobleman - Vizima - In the courtyard on a bench

Velen
Blacksmith - Velen - Blackbough
Merchant - Velen - Blackbough
Armorer - Velen - Midcopse
Merchant - Velen - Midcopse
Quartermaster - Velen - Crow's Perch
Trader - Velent - Crow's Perch
Fergus - Velen - Crow's Perch
Yoana - Velen - Crow's Perch
Blacksmith - Velen - Lindenvale
Merchant - Velen - Lindenvale
Trader - Velen - Oreton
Merchant - Velen - Downwarren (Do this ASAP - He might leave during Main Story)
Eggebracht - Velen - Army Camp in SE
Merchant - Velen - Claywich (Must rescue from bandit camp to the SE, a decent distance away)

Novigrad
Armorer - Novigrad - Oxenfurt
Merchant - Novigrad - Oxenfurt
Blacksmith - Novigrad - Oxenfurt
Merchant - Novigrad City - South West of Hierarch Square (small square)
Blacksmith - Novigrad City - South West of Hierarch Square (small square)
Loan Shark - Novigrad City
Merchant - Novigrad City - Next to Loan Shark
Merchant - Novigrad City - South East of Hierarch Square
Merchant - Novigrad City - Putrid Grove
Innkeeper - Novigrad City - Golden Sturgeon
Merchant - Novigrad City - Just South East of St. Gregory's Bridge
Innkeeper - Novigrad City - SE of St Gregory's Bridge
Herbalist - Novigrad City - South of Hierarch Square, on other side of river
Elihal - Novigrad City - East of Gate of the Hierarch
Priest of Eternal Fire - Novigrad City - Electors' Square, Temple Isle (alchemy vendor)
Madame - Novigrad City - Brothel at the docks
Merchant - Novigrad City - North-side of port
Merchant - Novigrad City - North-side of port (Must save from bandits in city first)
Innkeeper - Novigrad - Cunny of the Goose
Innkeeper - Novigrad - Seven Cats Inn
Alchemist - Novigrad - Just outside of the city, North of Oxenfurt Gate fast travel
Herbalist - Novigrad - Herbalist's Hut (Northeast of Oxenfurt)

Skellige
Herbalist - Ard Skellig - Kaer Trolde Harbor
Jonas the Innkeep - Ard Skellig - Kaer Trolde Harbor
Armorer - Ard Skellig - Kaer Trolde Castle
Blacksmith - Ard Skellig - Kaer Trolde Castle
Merchant - Ard Skellig - Blandare
Innkeeper - Ard Skellig - Arinbjorn
Armorer - Ard Skellig - Kaer Muire
Smith - Ard Skellig - Kaer Muire
Merchant - Ard Skellig - Holmstein's Port
Smith - Ard Skellig - Fyresdal
Merchant - Ard Skellig - Fyresdal
Blacksmith - Faroe - Harviken
Innkeeper - Faroe - Harviken (only appears at certain times)
Armorer - An Skellig - Urialla Harbor
Blacksmith - An Skellig - Urialla Harbor
Innkeep - An Skellig - Urialla Harbor
Blacksmith - Spikeroog - Svorlag
Merchant - Spikeroog - Svorlag
Innkeep - Spikeroog - Svorlag
Innkeeper - Hindersfjall - Larvik
Blacksmith - Hindersfjall - Larvik

Buying Cards
It's also possible to buy many cards. Always talk to traders to see if they sell cards. Occasionally they will sell them even though they do not play themselves. Make sure you visit these traders and buy their cards as soon as possible! A few quests will make these traders inaccessible, but never without you having had a chance to get them first - so visit them asap as soon as you get anywhere near them.

Here is a list of the ones I have found so far. I welcome more in the comments below. It's a work in progress! Hopefully it will help some, at least.

White Orchard
Innkeeper - White Orchard - Town (During Prologue only, replaced by Merchant below)
Merchant - White Orchard - Next to Bridge in Town (After Prologue, in Patch 1.04)

Velen
Merchant - Velen - Midcopse
Quartermaster - Velen - Crow's Perch
Trader - Velen - Crow's Perch
Merchant - Velen - Lindenvale
Merchant - Velen - Claywich (Must rescue from bandit camp to the SE, a decent distance away)

Novigrad
Stjepan - Novigrad - Oxenfurt
Oliver - Novigrad City - Kingfisher Inn
Marquise Serenity - Novigrad City - Whorehouse
Innkeeper - Novigrad City - Golden Sturgeon
Merchant - Novigrad City - Just South East of St. Gregory's Bridge
Innkeeper - Novigrad - Cunny of the Goose
Innkeeper - Novigrad - Seven Cat Inn

Skellige
Jonas the Innkeep - Ard Skellig - Kaer Trolde Harbor
Innkeeper - Ard Skellig - Arinbjorn
Innkeeper - Faroe - Harviken
Innkeep - An Skellig - Urialla Harbor
Innkeep - Spikeroog - Svorlag

List of All Cards
This is a work in progress. It is mostly complete, but it is not fully complete. As with everything else, if you have anything to add, please do! For instance, I know the starting cards are partially incorrect. If you can help with what those are, that'd be a great help!

Do the cards with the same names but different artwork count separately? I'm fairly certain only the name matters. If you have one "Ghoul" then you're good, you don't need all three. That said, it's not really anything to worry about. It's fairly likely you'll easily get almost every card, if not every card, before you unlock the achievement anyway.

Below, I've listed unique cards. This refers to whether the cards "stack" in the deck builder or not. Cards that have a separate slot are considered unique, even if they share a name. As I said above, I think you only need one of these named cards, but you'll likely get them all anyway and better safe than sorry.

Neutral (31 Total, 17 Unique)
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***


Northern Realms (37 Total, 29 Unique)
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***


Nilfgaardian Empire (38 Total, 32 Unique)
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***


Scoia'tael (37 Total, 37 Unique)
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***


Monsters (40 Cards - 40 Unique)
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***


Leaders (16 Total)
*** Spoiler - click to reveal ***


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So hopefully this helps. I wanted to get out what I had so far since no one else was making a solution. Please leave comments with advice and more if you have any. This is definitely a work in progress!
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