At specific points during The Witcher 3, Geralt comes across ghosts that are haunting the living. These ghosts are Wraiths, which appear near cemeteries or in the homes where they belonged to when they were alive.
Fighting wraiths in The Witcher 3 can be quite challenging as you seem to be unable to hit these ghosts because they have no form. If you are struggling to defeat either a Noonwraith or a Nightwraith in The Witcher 3, we have crafted this guide to aid you.
The Witcher 3 Wraith locations
The best area where you find wraiths in The Witcher 3 is mainly in regions like White Orchard, Toussaint, Velen, and Skellige. However, if you are interested in farming wraith loot, Velen is the best place to hunt them.
In any of the above locations, head to the cemeteries, and you may encounter a noonwraith or nightwraith there. They usually spawn close to the places where they are buried. So even if you encounter them in a house, it is highly possible that it is the same house where they lived when they were alive.
Some of the places where I have found Wraiths in The Witcher 3 include the Igni place of power in White Orchard, near the Nilfgaardian camp. Another wraith location is at the Don’t Play with the Gods hidden treasure, next to the Yrden place of power near Fyke Isle in Velen.
The Destroyed Bastion underground area, east of Road to Bald Mountain in TW3, also has some high-level wraiths, but these are pretty much unkillable and are only there for a secret related to Cyberpunk 2077. If you accidentally run into them, you shouldn’t waste your time and find the portal to get out of the area.
Dragonslayer’s Grotto, where you find parts of Griffin armor north of Crookback Bog, also has a large number of wraiths that you can farm for emerald dust.
You will also encounter wraiths as part of different quests. One such notable wraith is Iris von Everec, wife of Olgierd, who appears as The Wraith from the Painting during Scenes from a Marriage quest in The Witcher 3. Being more of a boss wraith, she is a bit tougher than your standard wraiths.
How to kill wraiths in The Witcher 3
The weapons possessed by a Wraith consist of a sword and a lantern in the other hand. They utilize these weapons through a spinning attack consisting of three separate strikes. Once caught in this attack, it is hard to escape. This situation can turn even worse if a group of wraiths surrounds you. Geralt can get seriously injured if he gets caught up in a flurry of high-damage-dealing attacks.
To defeat a wraith, several means of attacking do not work on these immaterial creatures which include fire (Igni), poison, or weapons constructed to inflict bleeding on their targets. Instead, use Yrden and Quen occasionally, along with simple sword attacks.
Speed is something that helps you in countering Wraith’s teleport ability and deal damage to them. As soon as Wraith teleports and appears next to you, you must roll away from it.
Don’t waste any time here; right after rolling, get back and attack it with your silver sword. Wraiths are weak against silver swords, so it is your best option.
You can also use moon dust bombs to stop them for a while from teleporting and attacking from a new place, which is quite a common type of Wraith’s attack.
Wraiths are more dangerous on moonless nights, so it will be better to avoid fighting them on such nights. Other commonly occurring types of Wraiths include Noonwraith and Nightwraiths.
These wraiths have specific times of the day, such as night or noon, when they’re the most prevalent and powerful. For example, catching a Nightwraith during the day will help you defeat it much more quickly than if you come across it at night.
Which potions and oil to use against Wraiths?
We will recommend you invest some resources to craft Specter Oil (Read: oil recipes) and cover your silver sword in it. It will increase the damage your sword will deal to the Wraith.
So, using Specter Oil to boost the damage is also a great strategy. After that, we have the Blizzard potion which is an excellent brewable potion that will help you a lot in dodging the attack Wraith does right after teleporting. This potion will slow the time and make it easier for you to dodge the Wraith attack.
Reliever decoction is another potion we recommend you use in your fight against the wraiths. This will increase the damage you deal to Wraith and decrease the damage you take from them in The Witcher 3. You can further boost the attack power using the Thunderbolt potion and take out wraiths more quickly.
Wraiths are more dangerous on moonless nights, so it will be better to avoid fighting them on such nights. Other commonly occurring types of Wraiths include Noonwraith and Nightwraiths. These wraiths have specific times of the day, such as night or noon, when they’re the most prevalent and powerful.
For example, catching a Nightwraith during the day will help you defeat it much more quickly than if you come across it at night.
Similarly, all types of Wraiths have the ability to phase through all your attacks, so using Yrden or Moon Dust bombs remains Geralt’s top choice when dealing with these enemies. Yrden nullifies magic within its radius, so the wraiths end up becoming a solid body that can be hit easily.
If you’ve successfully forced a Wraith to become corporeal, Geralt can use his silver sword upon them to finish them off.
Sometimes, a wraith’s health can bug out in The Witcher 3. Even after their health bar becomes empty, they don’t die. The wraith north of the Mill in White Orchard is quite notorious for this bug.
If you end up with this bug and seems like the wraith just won’t die, you will have to restart the game from an earlier save point. Also, make sure not to kite a wraith too far away from its spawn point. This will just cause it to run away and glitch out, constantly looping towards you and the graveyard.
After you defeat a Wraith in TW3 Wild Hunt, you can get the following rewards.
- Specter Dust
- Emerald Dust
- Amethyst Dust
- Infused Dust
- Wraith Mutagen
- Essence of Wraith