How to Fix Two of Witcher 3’s Most Annoying Problems

The Witcher 3 is one of the best games of the year but it’s not without its problems. Witcher 3 problems continue to plague Xbox One, PC and PS4 users, even after the latest set of patches. With that in mind, we want to tell you how to solve two of the most Witcher 3 problems we’ve encountered.

In May, CD Projekt Red finally released its third game in the Witcher series. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the culmination of three years of hard work, hard work that has paid off.

The Witcher 3 for PS4, Xbox One and PC is one of the best games of the year as it combines a beautiful world and complex characters with challenging combat and a diverse set of quests. At least one critic has lavished the game with a perfect score. The Witcher 3 isn’t perfect, however.

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Witcher 3 problems have been plaguing owners for several weeks now. While some are small, others, like an Xbox One save problem, have been extremely problematic for some users.

CD Project Red’s latest patches for the PS4 and Xbox One have solved many of these initial problems but there is still a long way to go. The developer has admitted that it’s working on ironing out some of the more glaring issues though it’s not clear when the next Witcher 3 patches will arrive for PC, PS4 and Xbox One users. In the meantime, those who encounter bugs will need to rely on third-party fixes.

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How to Fix Two of Witcher 3’s Most Annoying Problems

We’ve been playing the Witcher 3 since its release in May and like many of you, we’ve encountered problems with the game. One of the most annoying Witcher 3 problems we’ve run into involves the inability to talk to certain merchants.

When we’ve traveled to Blackbough to talk to a Blacksmith or to the outskirts of Novigrad to talk to an alchemist in hiding, there have been times when we’ve been unable to talk to them for no apparent reason. They’re standing there but there is no option to talk to them. It’s an extremely annoying problem because it can waste a ton of time. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix for the issue.

If you encounter an NPC (be it a merchant or otherwise) that you should be able to talk to but can’t, here’s how to fix that annoying predicament.

First, you’ll want to pause and save your game. Once the game is saved, you’ll want to load up the game that you just saved. Once you endure the loading screens, you should be able to interact with the NPC that you were unable to interact with in the previous save.

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The other annoying problem that we’ve encountered also has to do with merchants that Geralt is unable to interact with. Not because there isn’t a dialogue option but because they’re not available.

Now we realize that NPCs, like the rest of us, have to sleep. So, often times, they’ll be tucked away in their homes late at night. That’s understandable. However, there have been times when we’ve tried to access a Blacksmith in Novigrad or a merchant in a smaller town and that person isn’t available. We’re not talking 1AM here, we’re talking unavailable during the middle of the day.

Fortunately, there’s a quick little trick that usually gets them to appear. Simply press start, scroll over to Meditation and push forward to the closest possible time. Once you go back into the game, the NPC that didn’t show up when you first arrived should be there waiting to sell or buy goods.

 

Fortunately, it looks like CD Projetk Red is prepping a new set of Witcher 3 patches that could fix this problem and more. The developer today published a partial list of fixes that will arrive with the company’s next patches for PC, Xbox One and PS4. Here is the current list of fixes, we’ve bolded the one that you’ll probably be interested in:

  • Geralt will no longer interact with candles near chests and other interactive element
  • General stability and performance improvements
  • Significantly Enlarged GUI and HUD elements (including fonts) on consoles and slightly on PC.
  • Improved camera smoothness
  • Performance improvements during some cutscenes
  • Fixed case where game was crashing on loading a save in certain situations
  • Various bug fixes and user experience improvements in GUI panels.
  • Fixed issue where some players were unable to run after Wandering in the Dark quest
  • Fixed issue where players were unable to talk to Eight after the Lord of Undvik quest
  • Too many wild hunt minions were spawned during Ciri’s Story: Fleeing the Bog quest.
  • Fixed issue where Keira could sometimes fall under terrain during Wandering in the Dark quest
  • Fixed issue where Player was unable to move freely during Blindingly Obvious quest
  • Fixed issue where Player was unable to activate portal during Wandering in the Dark quest
  • Fixed issue where Player could get trapped in Turseach castle ruins
  • Fixed issue where Roche was not present at Hanged Man’s tree during Eye for an Eye quest
  • Fixed issue where Player was unable to talk or interact with certain NPCs
  • Fixed issue where Sirens in quest Lord of Undvik could be invulnerable
  • Fixed issue where player was unable to use certain actions after Carnal Sins quest
  • Fixed issue where Geralt was sometimes unable to mount Roach
  • Fixed issue where some players where experiencing infinite loading screen during King’s Gambit quest.
  • Fixed issue where Simun was not properly spawned in An Unpaid Debt quest
  • Fixed issue where player might have had a progression break after choosing certain dialogue option when talking to Dijkstra in Count Reuven’s Treasure quest
  • The Pyres of Novigrad quest is of course going to be fixed as well as the XP glitch

It’s not clear when the Witcher 3 1.0.4 and 1.0.5 patches will be out though we assume that PC users will get the fixes first with the console updates coming a short time later.

26 Comments

  1. Ali_Boy

    06/01/2015 at 7:02 pm

    My biggest issue is the save data and not being able to get out caves or open doors.

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  2. Laurence

    06/02/2015 at 3:26 pm

    I solve the not being able to talk to NPCs by meditating. It sure beats dealing with that load screen.

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  3. Jonathan Harrington

    06/02/2015 at 4:58 pm

    How about the fact that blacksmith icons do not always show on the world map.

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    • Andy

      06/10/2015 at 9:54 am

      They do that sometimes when its night and theyre not available in theyre shops, that is no bug

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      • Mutex

        06/21/2015 at 10:31 am

        False, it is a bug. There is no ryhme or reason as to why the icons disappear; the time of day doesn’t matter.

        There are plenty of merchants who are asleep in their homes and their icon is still visible, which is how it should be because whether or not the merchant is sleeping has no bearing over whether he’s there or not. The position should always be remembered.

        It’s been a month and still no fix to what should be a simple issue.

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  4. rudansingh

    06/02/2015 at 9:49 pm

    dxdtytdxzfddx

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  5. N0man Kaapie

    06/03/2015 at 5:42 am

    lol. merchants will trade during ‘working hours’
    sheesh

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  6. Peter

    06/08/2015 at 6:58 am

    Fix the bug with the screen that goes blurry every 10 second. Annoying as hell.

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    • -Mint-

      08/28/2015 at 3:25 pm

      This. Only started for me after 1.08

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  7. Andy

    06/10/2015 at 9:52 am

    Since the last patch 1.05 armorers have stopped selling armors, just shirts and doublets now, same with blacksmiths and swords, just crossbows there

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  8. Andre

    06/11/2015 at 7:55 pm

    My problem reason of state can’t kill radovid and can’t follow Roche because when get to end where radovid is behind the barracade it stop there now I can’t fast travel, can’t call my horse. Ever since them the game is stuck. Couldn’t follow ciri on the Jr mission. So I’m stuck in Novigrad.

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  9. chris

    06/13/2015 at 7:03 pm

    Why is it that when I do a mission and I change missions half way through and Finnish that one and I go back to another mission and the way points don’t load on the map. Example find the bloody barons wife I did the rest found the daughter went to find the wife but diced to do one with a werewolf finished that went back to. Quests stated the barons wife again and it says to investigate no man’s land but the way point won’t show up and I have no clue where to look. Thanks

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  10. Sandeepan

    06/16/2015 at 12:53 pm

    Any solution to the left mose click not working (unable to attack) even assigning to other keys wont work…unable to apply patches either…says installation not found.

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  11. Andre

    06/16/2015 at 2:58 pm

    I’m playing fools gold an I can’t talk to the pig because he isn’t there on the ps4 game of witcher3. The doc is even messed up.

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  12. viraj

    07/06/2015 at 2:22 am

    my screen doesnt enlarge

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  13. taylor

    09/25/2015 at 8:36 am

    Skelleges most wated, the werewolf is out of health and he keeps roaring and glitching at that point continuously.

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  14. dave turgerson

    09/25/2015 at 3:05 pm

    No wolf gear to be found, bug? xbox one.

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    • Lance

      12/16/2015 at 12:00 pm

      Its not a bug you have to download the dlc

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  15. Brandon

    11/26/2015 at 7:58 am

    The disappearing map icons is the most annoying feature to me. I say feature, because it seems it’s not a bug and they retardedly did it on purpose. For the life of me I can’t figure out the logic behind it. Here’s some things I’ve come up with.

    Realism? That makes no sense, as there are dozens of examples where they could have gone more realistic and it would have been far less frustrating if not enjoyable.

    They allowed unpaid interns to make executive decisions for the game? I don’t think they’d do that, but I cannot imagine a seasoned game developer being so inexperienced and so stupid that they’d make the map icons disappear.

    They all simultaneously suffered massive brain damage and/or went on an epic meth bender? I think we would have heard about that.

    The CEO of CDProjectRed has an adult son with Down Syndrome, and he allowed his son to come up with one idea for the game. This seems the most plausible of all, because it’s exactly the kind of idea you’d expect a retard to come up with.

    But I just don’t know. Anyone else have any ideas as to how this could have happened?

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  16. Aaron Gasparetto

    12/07/2015 at 7:08 am

    I am completely stuck in the game menu.

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  17. Lance

    12/16/2015 at 11:59 am

    Anyone else have the problem where other character’s sheaths for their weapons dont load and their just wearing the bare swords?

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  18. jebin

    12/27/2015 at 2:20 am

    during battle the enemy is standing still……connot be injured …….invincible

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  19. Daniel Griswold

    02/19/2016 at 6:26 am

    I have all the upgrades for Wolf gear except the start of the watch tower i can’t open the chest and i have already reloaded the game back into the consul. And im not getting character points.
    I am a level 35 and haven’t unlocked enything more than the first row of red blue and green and 2rows of yellow.

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  20. I just want to play the damn thing

    02/23/2016 at 1:51 pm

    Maybe fix the one where the g***amn game doesn’t let you f****ng play it period. I’m getting damn near fu***ng homicidal. 5 hours I’ve tried to get the little. C**t to even start. F**** no. Waste of my money. Change your name to Project REKT. You f****** f***o** p**** n******

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  21. Riad Wumaier

    06/16/2016 at 1:03 am

    GUYS i have a realy annoying problem and couldnt find an answer. I just cant see my minimap my healthbar and anything else which has to do with the interface. if i press tabulator (the button for my spells and stuff) i can see my minimap and the rest for 1 second and then it gets removed again.

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  22. EmpressRose

    03/23/2017 at 7:58 pm

    Funny. This post is 2+ years old and STILL haven’t brought out the patch to fix these issues, namely the one where we can’t interact with the stupid blacksmiths. Really annoying and a huge time waster.

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