The Best Witcher 3 Mods


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best PC RPGs of all time, so the thought of modding it sometimes feels like garnishing a kingly steak with ketchup (and not even Heinz). 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 trip through the Northern Realms. Even Geralt likes to change things up sometimes.

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Below you"ll find our list of the best mods for The Witcher 3, updated for a new playthrough in 2020 or beyond. The best Witcher 3 mods include texture overhauls, quality of life boosts like auto looting, and the superhuman ability to frolic through shallow water. We"ve also listed some popular combat overhauls that subtly and dramatically rework The Witcher 3"s most criticized element. You can even make Geralt look more like Henry Cavill, his Netflix counterpart.

Unless otherwise noted, all of these mods should work with the last Witcher 3 patch, version 1.31.


The tools you need to make mods work.

Debug Console Enabler

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If you’re going to be tinkering around with a lot of mods, you’re going to need the god-like powers of the debug console behind you. This little mod unlocks the debug console, letting you use console commands to change settings, spawn enemies, fix broken things, etc.

Nexus Mod Manager

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All of the Witcher mods live on Nexus, and the Nexus Mod Manager is the single best way to wrangle all the competing and conflicting changes that mods might be bringing to your game. While you’re installing mods, pay attention to warnings about conflicts and load orders. If you do see a specific load order, the NMM is where you go to make that change. Otherwise incompatible mods could work perfectly if you load one before the other.

If you are installing a lot of mods, do it just like your mother taught you: go slow, take it easy, and say your prayers.

Mod Merger

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Did you know that there’s a “mod limit”? It was news to us. If you are trying to install more mods than the game wants to allow, the Mod Merger can help. The process will take about 15 minutes, but basically the merger will combine your compatible mods into a single customized bundle just for you. Too many mods? No no, sir, as you can see, I am installing only one enormous mod.

As above, be careful with this one. Only spend the time to merge mods you know work well together, otherwise you’ll end up doing the whole process over and over.

Menu and travel

Mods that expedite your journey, clean up your UI and make Dandelion shut the hell up.

Fast Travel from Anywhere

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Geralt"s world already has dozens of signposts for fast travel, but sometimes you"ll still find yourself spending ages coaxing Roach across countryside for 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. If that doesn’t sound fun to you, let us suggest the exact opposite: this mod will cancel all fast travel routes, except for a few that hop between regions.

Use your new fast travel abilities with caution and don"t get too hasty: overriding the existing system reportedly causes problems with a tiny number of quests. This one isn’t being updated anymore, so it does have some issues with newer mods. When all else fails, try to resolve conflicts with the mod merger.

All Quest Objectives on Map

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One of the best parts of the early Witcher game is feeling like you need to do your homework before any big contract. You brew up Specter oil for the first time and make sure you’re stocked up on Moon dust, you meditate, and you sharpen your silver sword.

This mod recaptures some of that old magic by making meditation a more meaningful process. You need to meditate to spend points in your skill tree, refill alchemical items and oils, and repair items. By default, eating and drinking during combat isn’t allowed with this mod, so you really need to make sure you’re all set before the Noonwraith hits the windmill.

Friendly Meditation

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If Preparations Mod sounds like more trouble than fun, check out Friendly Meditation. You still get all the potion refilling benefits of vanilla meditation, but you don’t have to look at a boring ol’ menu. Instead, the HUD falls away and you get a nice view of the clouds zipping past, the stars rotating, and the sun rising over the mountains.

Sometimes, a Witcher just needs to take a damn minute, you know? Just don’t forget the Unification patch on this one.

Friendly HUD

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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.

Lamp on Player"s Boat

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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.


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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.


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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

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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.

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Increased Creature Loot

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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.