Witcher 2 is quite a difficult game on dark but if you go slow and not try to blitz it to get it over with you can save yourself a lot of headaches. The hardest part is just getting thru the prologue honestly before level ups and upgraded armor.
With my strategy I was able to complete the entire game using only two types of potions, no bombs/daggers and no armor or weapon enhancements. I also recommend Roche’s path as I found it easier and there is an exclusive perk that is beneficial for late boss fights. I do recommend the side quests because they aren’t too hard and more xp means more skills.
As far as the skills go I used the swordsman path because that is what I am suited to, in act three I only used the Vitality increase on the Alchemy path and upgraded Quen on the Mage path.
The big benefits of playing on dark are the 3 exclusive armor and weapon sets on for each act. They are the best in class possible equipment so you need nothing else. You have to wear the full set miss one piece and your health will drain when your sword is drawn, if you have the full set you will receive a percentage of health from the damage you do and the screen goes black and white when the sword is drawn. These sets require tons of Orens and parts so grab everything that isn’t bolted down, if you become overweight drop the cheaper heavy items like weapons or Iron ore etc.
I am going to detail how to get these, perks/abilities to look out for and any particularly tough battles you will encounter on Roche’s path. If you have any tips for Iorveth’s path please leave them in the comments.
The Enhanced edition came with some better armor (Blue Stripes jacket)so equip it right off the bat.
In the camp destroy the five training dummies near the dice player. These will be the first of 10 to get the Experience perk which will boost your experience gain by 10%.
Although it’s painfully slow it can be beneficial if you use fire runes or the Igni sign to burn yourself in one of the campfires 15 times for the Pyromaniac perk to give yourself a 20% in your chance to incinerate. Make sure to fully heal and save every so often so you don’t accidentally kill yourself and have to start over.
Once you’re at the solo part with the ballista this is the true test of Dark just land a hit and roll away use your Quen sign as a buffer and use Aard on shielded enemies. That will pretty much be the strategy for the rest of the game so get used to it. If you come to a group that is too hard just use a swallow potion when you go back it’s the only potion I ever used in the game.
Make sure you head to area far behind the ballista and find Altaïr to get another perk, Assassin for 25% more damage when you hit from behind, do this before you interact with the ballista.
When you get to Aryan La Valette talk him out of fighting this is the first step to the Strong Back perk that gives you 50 more weight capacity, the last part is helping him out of the prison at the end of the prologue.
Just take it slow on the way to the temple and keep up Quen, Aard, one hit, roll technique.
ACT 1 –
Stay under Triss’ magic umbrella at the beginning for Cover which will give you a 10% damage reduction bonus VERY helpful.
The rest of our five training dummies for Experienced are here. You’ll find two by the non-human exit to the forest, two upstairs in the barracks behind the gallows (make sure you sheath your sword after destroying one or the guards will attack you), and another two are in Loredo’s compound (agree to killing Iorveth to get access).
When you run across a trap in the forest disable it while he is doing the animation use your medallion (click the left stick) about 5-10 times for the Sapper perk this gives you a 50/50 chance to avoid damage when you set off a trap.
When talking to the merchant use the Axii sign option to double the payment for killing the Kayran when you come back to collect you will receive the Haggling perk that will take 20% off items in the shops. Which bring me to…
The first set of Dark mode armor and weapons can be bought from the dwarf blacksmith in the back of town it is the Blasphemer Set you will require 2511 Orens to make and the following items:
4x Amethyst Dust
5x Diamond Dust
5x Endrega Hide
2x Endrega Venom
16x Hardened Leather
16x Iron Ore
8x Nekker Claws
9x Nekker Teeth
20x Robust Cloth
12x Silver Ore
20x Studded Leather
2x Yellow Meteorite Ore
So if you have an item not on this list or it’s not needed for the other act’s armors set it you need every penny. Rob every house and then grind the monsters in the forest for surplus parts. The robust cloth and studded/hardened leathers are not worth crafting so don’t buy the schematics for those, if your short you can buy them at merchant stalls and just wait 24 hours for a restock. Everything can be found or bought for all the in all the acts but please save extra supplies in your storage chest or whatever for the other acts equipment, you don’t want to get screwed out of Orens.
The Kayran isn’t hard I didn’t use the trap and forgot to use the Ostmurk potion just dodge and you’ll be fine.
When you go with Triss to the Elven bath deny that ho some sweet lovin’ for the Resistance to Magic perk which you guessed it gives you a 20% decrease in damage taken from magic attacks.
Now Letho my first rage inducing moment in the game the key to this guy stay away dodge his Igni and Bombs wait for his Quen to go down. Once it’s down hit him with Aard hit him with 2-3 HEAVY (X) strikes (quick strike barely scratch the guy) then repeat steps one and two.
ACT 2 –
Make sure to pick up a Draugir Armor Fragment from the intro to this act otherwise you will be waiting a long time for this act set of armor. Best way is to defeat them in the circle and collect the goodies before you destroy the wraiths to move on.
This acts armor is the Oathbreaker set can be bought from the Quartermaster’s Assistant in the tent (Roche) or the elven guy in the market of Vergan (Iorveth). The set needs 5026 Orens and the following items:
7x Amethyst Dust
2x Blue Meteorite Ore
3x Diamond Dust
1x Draugir Armor Fragment
4x Essence of Death
18x Hardened Leather
6x Harpy Feathers
16x Iron ore
20x Robust Cloth
14x Silver Ore
20x Studded Leather
You know the drill sell everything you don’t need. Harpies are good for farming lots of loot.
After fighting the Golem in the kingslayer’s hideout and the one in Vergan you will get the David perk gives you a 10% boost in damage to creatures larger than Geralt. Awesome for the dragon in Act 3 although too late for the Draug. That’s ok because…
Draug fight so criminally easy it’s embarrassing. Run toward him throw down a Yrden (trap sign) after he’s stuck roll behind him and hack away with heavy strikes you will ignore his armor and go straight on health. If you see him duck down and shout he’s probably going to bomb the field with arrows or meteors so make sure you have a Quen up and don’t stop rolling although they usually are death sentences just keep him close and it shouldn’t happen.
The king and his men try to trap them in the doorway ajoining the rooms and use the Aard, one hit, roll, Quen strategy.
ACT 3 –
Armor set can be bought from the guy you turn the gargoyle quest into, it needs 7985 Orens and the following items:
2x Blue Meteorite Ore
1x Dragon Scale (can be found in Phillipa’s house immediately after you tell Roche you want to talk to Radovid. Make sure to talk to the guards at the door. Two doors left of the Radovid door.)
4x Elemental Stone
2x Essence of Death
9x Gargoyle Dust
28x Hardened Leather
8x Harpy Feathers
2x Harpy Saliva
18x Iron Ore
26x Robust Cloth
14x Silver Ore
8x Studded Leather
1x Troll Tongue
The only real place to grind here is the gargoyle areas and the Temerian square if you sided with Roche.
The Dragon last real challenge of the game strike once and roll away, keep the Quen up. You have come this far don’t try to rush it with too many strikes or she will mess you up fast.
Don’t be a hero let Letho walk, lol. If you must fight him you can pretty much use the same strategy as Act 1.
That’s it you did it, round of applause for you magnificent bastard. Please leave any helpful comments or constructive criticism below.