What is a Witcher without his sword? In fact, without his 2 swords. An essential tool of the Witcher trade is not to be taken lightly. You will know a Witcher’s life once you choose between buying an onion or repairing your sword in case of an ugly encounter. Taking down an enemy can be a 10-minute dodge and attack fest, or with a leveled-up sword, it can be an easy 30-second bloodbath.

The myriad of options TW3 provides can be daunting for newcomers. Since the release of the next-gen update, the game has seen an influx of new players. To make things more manageable than the trial of the grasses, we have compiled a list of easy steps to ensure your swords are always up to the mark.

Money, Money, Money
The Witcher 3, like life, has a lot of problems that can be solved with money. You can sell the junk for other crowns if you loot every broken rake and knick-knack. You can buy the items required for upgrading from chemists or blacksmiths. It can be handy in cases where you might not have the crafting material, but the blacksmith might.

Find the Best Deals
Only some blacksmiths/armorers have the same prices, and sometimes they can be deceitful. They will sell crafting materials and weapons for sky-high prices while offering you peanuts for your wares. Make sure to browse the market before completing any transactions. I recommend the blacksmith in Hierarch Square in Novigrad. He is fair with the prices, but only sometimes.

Diagrams and Craftsmen
Upgrade diagrams are littered throughout the world of The Witcher 3. Exploration and grinding are good ways of getting your hands on these diagrams while finding goods to sell. You can make money by selling the extra items and paying the crafting fee to utilize the diagrams. Some quests will reward you with these diagrams as well. Most swords in TW3 have an upgrade path, so it’s good practice to constantly be looking for diagrams, as upgrades are often cheaper than buying new ones.

Once you have the diagrams, you will need skilled artisans to utilize them. There are two types of craftsmen: Blacksmiths and Armorers. Blacksmiths are sword experts, and Armorers deal with armor sets and equipment.

It is easy to understand, but you should always keep this in your head. Any monster part you collect after a kill and any alchemy items you discover might be essential for an upgrade. It can be tedious and hassle to run around looking for one single ingredient to complete your upgrade. Since they take no space in your inventory and have no weight, it’s highly recommended that you never sell anything off for money from the alchemy section of your inventory.

Crafting materials might be easier to find or buy from different vendors. Still, when you are upgrading your sword and end up short of just one flower type, it can be pretty frustrating. Crafting materials do not take any space in your inventory either, so it’s better never to sell anything off from here.

The Stars Align
After you have a sufficient amount of money after you have the suitable crafting materials in the right quantity after you have the correct alchemy items in the correct quantities, and after you have found the skilled blacksmith: you will find out that you will need to complete a side quest for you to be able to use their skills as a blacksmith.

If you have already fulfilled all the prerequisites mentioned above, upgrading and crafting swords should be straightforward. The best blacksmith in Novigrad is Hattori. He can be found by the docks near Portside Gate. After completing the quest “Of Swords and Dumplings,” he will gift you a sword only after waiting for a few days. From then on, you can use him to craft any diagrams you find.

You can go to Fergus at the Baron’s Castle for the best armor in Novigrad. You meet up with him early in the game, making it easier for you to familiarize yourself with the mechanics of crafting and upgrading items in the world of The Witcher 3.

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