Make combat harder, or easier, or, most importantly, cooler looking.
Critical Slow Motion Combat Mod
If you've ever felt that The Witcher 3's combat lacks a certain cinematic flair, be sure to pick up this gem. It slows down the action when Geralt lands a critical hit, allowing you to gape in awe at how perfectly that bandit's head flew from his shoulders. If you're feeling particularly vicious, modder KNGR also made a version that combines this with his popular More Blood mod.
Auto Apply Oils
One of the finest bits of roleplaying in The Witcher 3 is 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.
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.
If you crave a stamp of official approval in a mod, the FCR3 mod was developed by a senior gameplay designer at CD Projekt Red. It’s a huge list of minor tweaks, nerfs, and buffs that make the world more dangerous and balanced. If you’re looking for a general overhaul that will work invisibly in the background, this is your mod. There’s no new art or anything to look at, though, so we’re just using a random picture of Geralt as the picture for this one. Any old, random picture we happen to have around.
Enemies of Rivia
This mod changes so much about combat and enemy behavior that it’s almost ambitious enough to be moved into the Overhaul category. Enemies are smarter, faster, and better at blocking. As enemies level up, they’ll learn new behaviors and attacks instead of just doing the same old thing with higher DPS numbers. Perfect if you’re a student of the Bear school looking for a challenge.
For some long-time Witcher fans, there was once a golden era. All the wine was sweet, all the swords were sharp, and every ghoul was slow and stupid. They call this time: E3 2014. There are several E3 2014 mods that change this or that to more closely resemble how Witcher 3 looked when it was demoed at that happier, simpler time.
We’re not big on nostalgia, but the E3 dodge system was pretty sweet. Geralt is much less acrobatic, and he keeps his feet on the ground and his sword pointed forward. This is a good mod for players who want a combat system that plays pretty much the same, but without all the Cirque du Soleil showiness.
Plus, if you have a second to breathe in combat, Geralt will flex his hands and idly twirl his sword to stay loose. Menacing!
Gear and Trade
Mods to lighten or weigh down your load, rebalance loot and make your gear look cooler than ever.
Over 9000 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 a 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. This patch was abandoned before 1.31, but if you still want to use it you have two options: this unofficial patch or this updated remix uploaded by another modder.
The Gwent Card Dealer
It’s tough to travel all the time for work and travel for fun at the same time. Eventually it all starts to feel like work, right? If your Geralt loves a good round of Gwent but just doesn’t feel like climbing into the saddle again to go find cards, The Gwent Dealer will save him a lot of Frequent Roach Miles. This mod turns the Baron’s quartermaster into the all-playing, all-dealing Gwent collector of Velen. He sells all his usual wares and almost every card in the game.
Useful Witcher Tool Inkeeper
Just like the Gwent Dealer mod, this mod turns a humble innkeeper into the world’s greatest Witcher quartermaster. The innkeeper in Dandelion’s tavern now sells every Witcher potion, oil, bomb, rune, mutagen, and arrow. Unbalanced? Yes. But you can’t argue with convenience.
Ugly gear. It’s a shame, but it happens to the best of Witchers, no matter how hard we try to color coordinate. If the new mastercrafted sword set you’ve been working toward for hours turns out to have a hideous teal scabbard set that clashes with the rest of your ensemble, just download Black Scabbards to settle the problem. We’re told that black goes with everything, so this should get you sorted out.
On the one hand, this is minor cosmetic change that doesn’t matter at all. On the other hand, this is the most amazing mod ever designed. It’s a fact that looking cool is the single highest priority in a singleplayer RPG, and Geralt absolutely looks cool as hell wrapped in a thick wool cloak. Most importantly, new key bindings will have Geralt raise or lower his hood, depending on the weather and your mood.
Sezon Burz Witcher Gear
There are more gear set mods out there than you can shake a silver sword at, but one of our favorites is the Sezon Burz gear. Based on descriptions from the Andrzej Sapkowski book Storm Season, this set fits right in with the Witcher lore and world design while being totally new. Plus, it comes in several level and power options so you can wear it throughout your Northern Kingdom adventure.
Depending on your personality, some parts of the Witcher’s day-to-day can become interminable—especially after a couple hundred hours of adventuring. If spending time and money repairing your gear is getting tedious, Indestructible Items pulls the entire weapon degradation system out of the game. It’s a small change with big effects.