The Witcher 3 Master Of The Arena Quest Guide

Deal with a wraith preventing a fistfighting tournament.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt features fistfights as a side activity for Geralt to blow off some steam. You can also enter a tournament to become a fistfighting champion by completing the Fists of Fury secondary quest. However, you need to first complete Master of the Arena to be eligible for the tournament.

To start Master of the Arena, make your way to the Spikeroog island in the northwest of Skellige. Talk to Hov, one of the two villages on the island, to find an arena that pits challengers against the current fist-fisting champion.

Speak with the people over there, and you will come to know that the arena has been shut down because of a Wraith. If you want to compete, you need to deal with the Wraith so that the arena is safe to be opened.


If you enter the arena in the Master of the Arena quest in The Witcher 3 without first speaking with the tower guards, you will do no damage to the Wraith. Hence, make sure to speak with them first.

Find more information about the curse

It turns out that the Wraith was once a fighter named Ulle, the Unlucky. He lost every fight in the arena until one day when Ulle managed to defeat the champion Jarl. In turn, Jarl cursed Ulle in anger, which resulted in Ulle becoming a Wraith.

After listening to the story, you will be faced with two choices. You can either help out Ulle by lifting the curse and sending him to the afterlife or kill him as a Wraith to end the haunting.


Lifting Ulle’s curse in Master of the Arena will get you better rewards. You will also receive a percentage of the profit the first fight makes after the arena is opened again.

Figure out a way to send Ulle to the Afterlife

Meditate for a full day and then return to the arena. Now go find the wraith, Ulle, inside the arena. You can see him shouting that he always loses as he walks around the arena. Have a conversation with him to reveal more about the matter.

He will simply tell you to finish the fight quickly. Now, if you fight and beat him, the quest will not end, and he will be back in the arena after a few days.

So, to complete the quest and send Ulle to the afterlife, you must let Ulle defeat you in battle, not fighting back as he attacks you. Once you are dealt a certain amount of damage, Ulle will be the victor, lifting his curse.

Go back and speak with the tower guards for your rewards. Note that if you spoke with the guards before entering the arena, you can return in a couple of days (or meditate to fast-forward time) to speak with the guards again for an additional reward.

Is Master of the Arena bugged?

There are several bugs that affect the Master of the Arena side quest in The Witcher 3, which can be a problem with any of the following objectives:

  • Guards not having any dialogue regarding the Wraith.
  • Wraith does not appear once defeated.
  • Guards not giving any reward even after several days.

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned problems, you can either fast-travel to any other area in Novigrad or White Orchid and then back to Skellige to solve the issue.

While this may solve the issue for some, the other method is to reinstall the game. It is a risky alternative, but if you are willing to get 100% completion, try this method to get rid of the bug.

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