A Knight’s Tales is a level 40 side quest that takes place in the Blood and Wine expansion of The Witcher 3. The quest takes place within the Gorgon Foothills region, and players must help Jacob the woodcutter figure out why a nearby tree is crying and bleeding in order to complete The Witcher 3: A Knight’s Tale quest.
If you haven’t already picked up the quest, you can check the noticeboard at Castel Ravello in The Witcher 3 to start A Knight’s Tales. Talk to Jacob, who will explain the situation, after which you can use your Witcher Sense to investigate the tree and its surroundings.
Upon further questioning, Jacob will tell you that there is a witch in Lynx Crag who seems to be responsible for the bleeding tree and the curse upon it.
Talk to the Witch about the curse
Now Geralt has to go to the witch and ask her about the curse. Before you leave, Jacob will give you the Tales and Fables book, which can be read to unlock more choices during the quest. After reading the book, head to Lynx Crag and enter the cave. Continue fighting through the cave until you see a chest near the southern entrance.
Climb the chest to a higher vantage point and use your witcher sense, and you will see another dead body nearby. Check the dead body to get Sir Gareth’s Bone. You will need this later. Exit the cave and follow the path to reach the witch’s hut, which was your main objective.
Inside the hut, you will see a bear pelt hanging on the wall. Interact with it to reveal some items hidden behind it. At this point, the witch will appear, accompanied by a panther.
Players are given three choices at this stage of A Knight’s Tales quest in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. They can ask the witch for help by pleading, threatening her to help them, or telling her that they will lift the curse and don’t need her.
Do keep in mind that if you threaten her, you will have to fight the witch of Lynx Crag and her panther. Below, we have given how each choice plays out in A Knight’s Tales so players have an idea of what to expect
Option 1: Threaten the witch
As mentioned before, if you threaten the witch, a fight will begin. Once the witch has been defeated after a very tough fight, she will agree to lift the curse.
This will pretty much end the quest right here, as all that’s left is to return to Jacob and tell him that the job is done. However, once you go back to Jacob, you won’t be able to find him. Instead, if you survey the surrounding areas, you will see that someone has murdered Jacob.
Option 2: Lift the curse yourself
If you choose to lift the curse yourself, the witch won’t do anything, and there is a high possibility you will fail the next step and be unable to lift the tree curse. Once this option is chosen, Geralt goes back to the Tree and starts the ritual.
Make sure you find Sir Gareth’s Bone if you want the ritual to be successful.
Light the wooden piles in the order of South, East, North, and then West. This attempt of ritual to lift the curse will summon Daphne to the cursed tree. Daphne will appear as a Wraith, which would be the confirmation that you messed up the ritual.
If Daphne is in wraith form because you either didn’t find Sir Gareth’s Bone or messed up the order in which to light up the fires, you will have to fight her to complete A Knight’s Tales quest.
Option 3: Plead to the witch
While both of these choices in A Knight’s Tales lead pretty much to the same result, it is better to plead to the witch for help. This third option to deal with the curse in A Knight’s Tales only appears if you’ve read the Tales and Fables book and explored all the possible hints before the diagram on the wall, which triggers her scene.
The witch won’t lift the curse, but she will at least give you instructions on how to do it. She tells you to find Sir Gareth’s Bones and the handkerchief to perform the ritual correctly. In exchange, the witch asks Geralt to give her a lock of his hair. If you want the witch’s help, you will have to give her the lock of hair; otherwise, lift the curse yourself.
For the bones, head to Lynx Crag and enter the cave. Continue fighting through the cave until you see a chest near the southern entrance. Climb the chest to a higher vantage point and use your witcher sense, and you will see another dead body nearby. Check the dead body to get Sir Gareth’s Bone.
So basically, to lift the curse, you need Sir Gareth’s Bone and a handkerchief you picked up from behind the bear pelt. With these items in hand and the Witch’s instructions, head back to Jacob and talk to him. Now, both of you will attempt to lift the curse.
Light up the stacks of wood in order of South, East, North, and West, and the trial will start. The peaceful ghost of Daphne will appear and thank you for lifting her curse.
Here, Daphne asks one question: whether Sir Gareth was faithful or not. Whether you lie to Daphne or tell her the truth about Sir Gareth has no impact on the outcome of A Knight’s Tales quest.
Also, if you didn’t get this option, you can do the right curse-lifting ritual by yourself by selecting the option of doing the ritual yourself (Option 2). Then, go down to get the bones and do the right ritual, which would have a peaceful outcome.
Completing the ritual with the bone and lifting the girl’s curse in A Knight’s Tales will also count towards Proof of Wisdom for the Aerondight sword in The Witcher 3. Once the tree curse has been lifted, Jacob will reward you with the agreed-upon money, and you will earn 150 XP.