The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best PC RPGs of all time, and thus the thought of modding it sometimes feels like garnishing a kingly steak with corner store-grade sauce. But the best Witcher 3 mods really do make for an even better game—or at least a more convenient or different game, which is welcome in your second or third adventure through the Northern Realms.
Below you'll find our list of the best mods for The Witcher 3, now updated to reflect the many new mods that have dropped since our last lineup. Unfortunately, we've had to remove some of our initial favorites because of non-compatibility.
Fast Travel from Anywhere
Geralt's world already has dozens of signposts for fast travel, but sometimes you'll still find yourself spending ages coaxing Roach the the nearest one. If you're not down for that sometimes humdrum bit of roleplay, this mod lets you teleport to any fast travel point from anywhere, much in the style of Skyrim. Just use it with caution and don't get too hasty: overriding the existing system reportedly causes problems with a tiny number of quests.
Critical Slow Motion Combat
If you've ever felt that The Witcher 3's combat lacks a certain cinematic flair, be sure to pick up this gem. It greatly slows down the action when Geralt lands a critical hit, allowing you to gape in awe at how just how perfectly that bandit's head flew from his shoulders. In a long lists of conveniences, it's one of the few that improves the actual feel of Geralt's brawls. If you're feeling particularly vicious, modder KNGR also made a version that combines this with his similarly popular More Blood mod.
Torches are the unsung heroes of The Witcher 3, allowing Geralt to see in the many dark places of his world without being forced to see gray for ages as he would with a Cat potion.This mod lets you get the most use of them. Now Geralt can cast signs, ride his horse, climb over ledges, and even block in battle without having to snuff out his trusty flame.
Auto Apply Oils
One of the finest bits of roleplaying in The Witcher 3 is arguably its system of weapon oils, as there's some genuine satisfaction in knowing the right mixture for the job. But after hours and hours of digging in Geralt's bags and applying them, even the most dedicated roleplayer among us would be hard-pressed to deny it gets tedious. That's where Auto Apply Oils comes in. Once you're in range of an enemy type specific to a certain oil, it'll automatically apply the oil and leave you to the business of hacking at it with a slab of silver.
If you're looking for a better weather experience in Novigrad and environs, then be sure to pick up this relatively recent mod. It places a heavy emphasis on fog, but it also brings other treats such as more snow in Skellige and better light rain animations. If you think it overdoes it, the description page has a list of settings you can freely change with console commands.
The Witcher 3 has been out for close to two years now, and in that time some modders have abandoned their works and let other mods and patches conflict with their creations. Script Merger ensures that there's still a chance these mods will work in the wake of such sweeping changes. It works by creating merged versions of similar text files, and while it won't fix everything, it usually expands the lifespan of mods that would have been unusable otherwise months ago. As a bonus, it's far less intimidating than it looks.
Sick of rummaging through corpses after every battle? This mod automatically picks up all the area loot for Geralt, regardless of whether he's just been battling rotfiends or digging through drawers in Oxenfurt. That's welcome enough in itself, but what makes Auto Loot so great is that it also ensures that Geralt doesn't accidentally steal valuables in his auto-looting frenzy, and it lets you customize what he picks up and what he leaves behind.
Unhappy with the camera placement while you're running, fighting, riding, or swimming? Absolute Camera doesn't just change the camera distance and angle but gives you over a dozen completely customizable options for camera placement during Geralt's many activities. In the video above you can get a look at just how flexible the new camera tools are.
Want to take some awesome screenshots of Geralt in action? This mod provides a toggle button that lets you freeze the game at will, then fly your camera around in 3D space to line up the perfect picture. There's also a toggle for making yourself invisible (good for landscape shots), and an option to spawn fog and mist to make your shots more atmospheric. Requires the Debug Console Enabler.
The Witcher 3's UI can feel a bit cluttered, but turning parts of it off can make the game overly difficult. This mod has several features, available in separate downloads if you only want one or two, that improve the on-screen issues. From holding a key down to enter meditation without using the menu, to hiding quest markers unless you're using your Witcher sense, plus HUD elements that can individually be toggled on and off without having to open your menu, and lots more.
If you're finding the overworld a bit too cozy and cuddly, here's a mod that should liven things up. It increases the chances of encountering monster mobs, winged beasts, and human enemies. The mod is customizable so you can juke the settings until you find the perfect balance of random monster encounters.
The Enhancement System
Need a few more weapons and armor options? This mod makes NPC weapons, like Imlerith's giant mace and several others, available to Geralt either through merchants or by crafting. New schematics in shops will allow for even more weapon options, and upgrades are available for relics as well.
HD Reworked Project
If you looking for better, crisper, more detailed models and textures, feast your cat-like peepers on this mod. Rocks, trees, crates, roofs, and floors have all been overhauled with increased resolutions and brightness, with presumably more to come.
Looking for a more lush and colorful look? The Fantasy Graphics mod removes some of the bluish tint from the game and makes some tweaks to the lighting to provide more of a high fantasy look.
Over 9,000 Weight
Geralt can already carry quite a bit considering he's just a guy with sweet leather getups and two cumbersome swords, but if you're the sort of hoarder who can't bear the thought of tossing away collection of Witch Hunter's Swords, then this is the mod for you. The resulting weight limit? You guessed it, Vegeta. It's over 9,000. Now you'll (almost) never have to worry about whether you should hang on to that trophy that's taking up so much room but has an extremely situational bonus. Just do it.
Increased Creature Loot
The game may be called Wild Hunt, but hunting creatures and monsters isn't a great way to make a living. If you're tired of bagging a bunch of deer and walking away with little to show for it, the Increased Creature Loot mod will up your chances of animals dropping meat, hide, and other ingredients.
It's annoying to cart a load of loot into town and find a vendor so poor he can't afford to buy it all. This mod gives vendors some deeper pockets, and gently encourages them to pay you more for your goods. If you're having a problem getting it to work with 1.31, be sure to use this that resolves the issue.