With no knowledge about Yennefer’s whereabouts, Geralt seeks out the Nilfgaardian’s help in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, who seems to know where she went. However, knowledge is rarely free and always comes at a price. Before the Nilfgaardians reveal Yennefer’s location, Geralt is required to find the Beast of White Orchard that has been killing the Nilfgaardian troops and causing trouble for them.
To start the Beast of White Orchard quest, Geralt is required to talk to the Nilfgaardian captain, Peter Saar Gwynleve. He’ll reveal that he knows something about Yennefer; however, he will only disclose the details to Geralt if he agrees to do something for him first. The task Peter will assign Geralt is to kill a Griffin who has been terrorizing and killing his troops.
The Beast of White Orchard is a subquest of Lilac and Gooseberries and must be completed before you can proceed with the latter.
The griffin you’re looking for is different than the Archgriffin, a subspecies of Griffins in The Witcher 3 that can spit poison at the player to catch them off guard. You’ll come across the Archgriffin in the Snidhall Isle, an island located just north of Ard Skellige. So, if you’re looking for another challenge, check this area out.
Before going to fight the Griffin for The Beast of White Orchard in TW3, you need to pay a visit to two people: a hunter to locate the beast using the Witcher senses and a Herbalist to get the buckthorn, which will be used as bait. You can visit the hunter and herbalist in any order.
Talk to Hunter Mislav
Your next objective will be to seek out a Hunter who will be out hunting somewhere. You can track him using your Witcher senses. Once you find him, he’ll reveal that he’s currently busy searching for some wild dogs.
Here, you have two options: to help the Hunter find the wild dogs or to tell him that you’re in a hurry. If you help him out, you will gain some experience points, so we recommend you choose this option instead. After you’ve dealt with the wild dogs, the Hunter Mislav will lead Geralt to the site of Griffin’s attack.
Here, you can use Geralt’s Witcher senses on the following items to track down clues revealing information regarding the quest.
- Blood on the ground
This will lead you to another site which would contain:
- Mutilated Human body
- Body of a female griffin
It’ll be revealed that the Griffin has been terrorizing the Nilfgaardians to seek revenge for his mate, a female Griffin, who was killed by the Nilfgaardian troops.
Meet the herbalist Tomira and gather Buckthorn
Now that you’ve identified the problem, it is time to set up a trap. Geralt will be required to find a herbalist named Tomira, from whom Geralt will gather information regarding the best way to take down the Griffin in TW3.
You can find Tomira in the herbalist’s hut, near the Sawmill signpost, south of the Nilfgaardian Garrison.
Tomira will suggest that you collect buckthorn from a nearby riverbed. Head towards the location and swim to the bottom of the lake. Here, you’ll come across a wrecked boat with some spoils of war. After you’ve explored the boat, look nearby to find buckthorn, which can be collected, finishing this task.
Setting up the trap for the Griffin
After collecting the buckwheat, Geralt has to head back to Vesemir at the White Orchard Inn in TW3. He will reveal that he has found the perfect ambush spot for the White Orchard Griffin. This sequence will end with Vessamir saying that he will meet Geralt at the ambush spot.
Use this opportunity to stock up on potions and craft or upgrade your best weapons, giving you a better chance of fighting and beating the Royal Griffin in The Witcher 3. Once you meet Vesemir at the ambush site, he will set up the traps and give Geralt a crossbow to fight against the mighty beast.
The quest might seem to get bugged at this point, and you would be unable to move or act after talking to Vesemir. It is actually not a bug and just a delayed tutorial prompt. If you feel like your The Beast of White Orchard quest in The Witcher 3 is bugged here, open your Alchemy menu and create a Thunderbolt potion. You need it for this quest, and once you are done brewing it, the quest will proceed normally.
Soon after the traps have been set, you’ll notice the Griffin swoop in and take the bait. Once the Griffin arrives, Geralt and Vesemir will have their hands full.
How to defeat the Beast of White Orchard in The Witcher 3
When the Royal Griffin or Beast of White Orchard shows up, you’ll quickly realize the importance of the crossbow in your arsenal. You cannot damage the flying beast in the air, so to force it to land, you have to shoot it with your crossbow to hurt him.
Once the Griffin lands on the ground, try dealing it damage from its back or sides rather than its front since the significant amount of damage it can deal to Geralt is from this side. However, if you feel like the Griffin is overpowering you during this stage, use the Aard sign since it will provide you with some breathing space.
While the Griffin is in the air, it will constantly dive down to attack Geralt, so make sure to dodge sideways instead of forward or backward to avoid getting hit. Additionally, if you dodge sideways, it will give you an opening to hit the Griffin from its sides.
When you’ve drained half of Griffin’s health, it will flee the battlefield and fly towards a new location. Using Roach, follow the beast up the hill and finish it off using the same strategy as before.
After completing the battle and taking out the beast, you’ll be required to take the proof to the Nilfgaardian captain. You can loot the corpse for the Griffon trophy, which you can equip on Roach for some bonuses. Meet with the captain, who will keep up his end of the deal. At this point, you have the choice of taking the captain’s coins or turning them down.
- If you accept the coins, you’ll get less XP (300 XP and 150 Crowns)
- If you refuse to take the coins, you’ll get high XP and no coins (500 XP)
Considering how early in the game the Beast of White Orchard quest is, I would recommend not taking the coins, as XP is more useful to level up. You don’t really need too much gold this early on in the game.
Once done, he will reveal crucial information about Yennefer, thus completing the Beast of White Orchard contract.