Often at times players, when finishing side quests in The Witcher 3, get the option of paving their way forward by choosing the ending of their own choice. Wild at Heart is one of these quests in The Witcher 3 that will give Geralt a moral dilemma, forcing him to choose between two evils.
During the Wild at Heart quest in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, Geralt has to find the missing wife of a hunter named Niellin, who lives in Blackbough. Now, left with no choice, Niellin has decided to seek out the Witcher’s help without realizing that the issue is a lot more complicated than the case of a missing person.
Geralt will come across Niellin, standing in front of his hut in Blackbough. Here, you’ll find him talking to his sister-in-law Margrit. These are the two characters you’ll be dealing with throughout this quest.
Upon interacting with Niellin, he will reveal that his wife, Hanna, has gone missing without a trace, which makes it difficult to locate her whereabouts. Upon interacting with Niellin’s sister-in-law, she’ll reveal that Hanna was quite happy the last time she saw her. She makes it unlikely that she has eloped to another village.
Interrogating the Witnesses: The Butcher’s wife and the blacksmith
Once you’ve accepted this quest to find Hanna, Geralt’s first objective will be to interrogate any possible witnesses, such as the Butcher’s Wife, Glenna, who is also Hanna’s friend.
She’ll also reveal that Hanna seemed quite happy the last time she saw her, which will back up Margrit’s statement. However, the one odd detail she will mention is that the wolves in the forest have been acting up recently. This is your first hint, which pinpoints Hanna’s possible fate.
The other person that Geralt has to interrogate is the Blacksmith. Hanna often watches his children, and they provide Geralt with another piece of important information. They’ll reveal that the last time they saw Hanna, she was heading toward the woods alongside another woman.
Following Hanna’s footsteps and killing the wolves
Now that you’ve inquired about Hanna’s last known whereabouts from the locals, it is time to head into the woods. Head north and follow a long trail that’ll take Geralt to a deeper part of the woods, located across from Pellar’s hut.
Here, Geralt will encounter a large group of wolves surrounding a dead dog. You’ll be required to clear out all the wolves; however, be careful, considering one misstep could cause him to lose a significant amount of health.
Before battling the wolves, Geralt can coat his sword with Beast Oil, allowing him to deal more damage to the wolves. Another available option is casting the Aard, Igni, and Yrden signs. These will enable you to deal with the multiple wolves that are trying to surround you by providing you with numerous openings to attack.
Should you accept Margrit’s deal?
Once you’ve dealt with the wolves, Hanna’s sister Margrit will appear. She’ll ask Geralt to stop looking for her sister since she’s undoubtedly died by now. She further expresses that whoever disappears in the war-ravaged Velen never returns.
Now, Margrit will urge Geralt to stop looking for her sister and to inform Niellin that he found his wife’s lifeless body. Here, you will get the choice to accept Margrit’s bribe or continue with the investigation and properly finish the Wild at Heart quest in TW3.
Option A: Accept Margrit’s Bribe
If you accept Margrit’s bribe, you’ll get 72 XP and 25 XP for lying to Niellin. You’ll also receive 55 crowns and 10 extra when you lie to Niellin.
At this point, Geralt can end the quest by accepting Margrit’s offer. However, alternatively, you can choose to question Margrit’s motives and continue looking for Hanna.
Option B: Reject the bribe and continue the investigation
If you choose to continue onwards and find Hanna, you must inspect the dead dog, near which you’ll find blood and claw marks, indicating the presence of a werewolf. Upon further inspection, just behind the tree, you’ll find Hanna’s bloody remains, allowing Geralt to deduce her fate that she was torn apart by a werewolf.
If the investigation in Wild at Heart doesn’t progress beyond this point and is seemingly bugged, just use your witcher senses to continue following the footsteps and claw marks and eventually you will reach the correct spot.
After further investigation, Geralt comes across a tuft of fur nearby, allowing him to pick up the werewolf’s scent. Following this scent from the tuft of fur, Geralt goes to an isolated shack, near which he’ll find the torn-off clothes of someone.
Investigate this shack, where you’ll find several notes, which, upon reading, will reveal to Geralt that the werewolf is none other than Hanna’s husband, Niellin.
How to kill the werewolf in Wild at Heart
Now starts the tough section of the Wild at Heart quest since you’ll be required to fight and possibly kill the werewolf in TW3, but before that, you must find his cave first.
Leave the shack and investigate your immediate surroundings since you’ll find the cave nearby. Once you find its entrance, head inside; however, if you enter the cave during the daytime, you will not come across the werewolf, so Geralt must wait until nightfall by meditating.
When it’s finally nighttime, Niellin shows up inside the cave in his werewolf form. Here, you’ll be facing a mighty opponent that’ll present you with a tough battle.
Niellin is a strong opponent that will swiftly attack, draining a significant portion of Geralt’s health. However, by using his Witcher signs and dodging, Geralt can successfully avoid and attack Niellin.
However, before heading into battle, it is to be noted that the werewolf will constantly heal itself. This can derail your progress significantly. Whenever the werewolf throws its head back and starts to howl, it will start regenerating health unless stopped.
If your Wild at Heart quest is glitched at this point and the werewolf is in a constant state of healing, reload an earlier save, level up a bit by doing other quests, and then go to the cave. You need to be at the proper level to deal enough damage to the werewolf otherwise it keeps healing itself.
To stop the werewolf from healing himself, Geralt can use a Devil’s Puffball, which will poison him, rendering his ability to heal himself useless. If you don’t have Devil’s Puffball, you can also buy the Moondust recipe from the Herbalist northeast of Oxenfurt. Craft Moondust as it is the best item to stop a werewolf from healing in The Witcher 3.
The werewolf is accompanied by 3 wolves, which can be dealt with using the same strategies. Use your silver sword when dealing with these wolves since they’re classified as monsters. Additionally, you can coat your sword with Cursed Oil for more damage against the werewolf.
Once you’ve drained a significant amount of the werewolf’s health, it will collapse onto the ground. That will trigger a cutscene, during which you’ll notice Margrit run in to stop you before you can land the finishing blow.
Kill or Spare Margrit in Wild at Heart
During this cutscene, you will know that Margrit was in love with Niellin for years. However, he chose her sister, Hanna, instead. Margrit, who had known for years about Niellin’s secret, wanted to reveal it to Hanna, hoping that once she realizes her husband is a werewolf, she’ll be disgusted by him.
However, the situation quickly went off the rails since Niellin killed his wife without even realizing it. Upon realizing what Margrit has done, Niellin threatens to kill her. At this point, Geralt will have the choice to let Niellin kill Margrit or step in to protect her.
Option A: Walk away and let Niellin kill Margrit
If you decide to walk away and let the werewolf Niellin kill Margrit, eventually, he catches up to Geralt outside his cave and asks Geralt to finish him off without a battle.
Option B: Save Margrit and kill the werewolf
If you choose to protect Margrit, Geralt will tell her to flee while he deals with Niellin himself. This will initiate a battle with the werewolf, where you’ll be required to drain his remaining health. After killing the werewolf, you’ll come across Margrit crying at the abandoned shack.
There is no right choice to end the Wild at Heart quest in The Witcher 3. However, I feel the best choice would be to protect Margrit since if you let the werewolf kill her, you will not receive the werewolf ingredients. Your choice at the end has no consequences when it comes to the rewards you’ll receive at the end of the Wild at Heart quest.