This page of the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt guide has a map of White Orchard, the first location you visit after completing the prologue. On the map of the world atlas we have marked, among others, important locations and characters from White Orchard, as well as all signposts to be discovered in White Orchard.
- White Orchard: Location description
- White Orchard: Most important places in White Orchard
- White Orchard: Most important NPCs in White Orchard
- White Orchard: Enemy types in White Orchard
- White Orchard: Important information
White Orchard: Location description
The map above shows you the White Orchard, first location visited after completing the prologue in Kaer Morhen. While you're in the orchard you can either complete tasks, which were described within this guide, or explore the map. You can find some camps, signposts and interesting optional locations (Place of Power or Monster Nests). Additionally, you can meet some NPCs (like blacksmith or merchant) and fight monsters (some of them are stronger than others)
White Orchard: Most important places in White Orchard
1. White Orchard village
Village is visited during the main quest "Lilac and Gooseberries". Here you will find a signpost (an opportunity to mark interesting locations on the map and unlock few additional tasks), tavern (you can play cards inside), blacksmith and few merchants.
There is a grindstone near the blacksmith's place. It will allow you to temporary increase damage dealt with melee weapon.
2. Nilfgaardian camp
Camp is visited during the main quest "Lilac and Gooseberries". Here you will find the garrison commander. He orders you to kill a griffin. You can meet the quartermaster here as well.
There is a table near the tower occupied by the garrison leader. It allows you to temporary upgrade your armor.
13. Tomira cabin
Tomira is visited in order to complete a part of the main quest "The Beast of White Orchard". You can additionally trade with her and receive sub quest "On death's bed" from her.
White Orchard: Most important NPCs in White Orchard
Elsa (M1,1) - She runs the tavern, you can trade with her (she sells cards, food and other things).
Aldert Geert (M1,1) - You will find him the tavern, you can play cards with him.
Bram (M1,1) - He sells various items.
Willis (M1,1) - He sells schematics useful in crafting. He can create new items, repair them etc.
Quartermaster (M1,2) - He sells schematics, crafting components, alchemy substances and weapons. He is a craftsman as well (he creates new items, repairs them etc.).
Tomira (M1,13) - She is a herbalist, she sells alchemy substances, glyphs, schematics and torn pages.
White Orchard: Enemy types in White Orchard
Water Hag - These monsters can be found mostly at the swamps and near water. Try to use many blocks and dodges during the combat because water hags are quite agile. Fire is their weakness so use Igni sign and look for an opportunity to set poison gas on the swamps on fire. Additionally, use Quen sign for defense. Later in the game use necrophage oil and Northern Wind bombs during battles with water hags.
Bandit - Regular bandits aren't very troublesome. You must watch yourself only when fighting more elite types of them (archers, enemies with shields etc.).
Deserter - Regular deserters are easy to deal with. Watch out for those with ranged weapons (force them to melee combat) and shields (stun them and flank them) and for stronger leaders of various groups (you should deal with them after eliminating the weaker opponents).
Wild Dog - Wild dogs aren't as dangerous as wolves but you shouldn't underestimate either. Don't let a larger group of dogs surround you. Later in the game, start using beast oil before each battle with wild dogs.
Ghoul - Attack these monsters one after another. Use many dodges and blocks. Don't let them surround you. Later in the game use necrophage oil to weaken them. Some ghouls can be found around their nests. In such cases, you must destroy the nest to stop them from respawning.
Bear - Bears deal large damage so try to master dodging. If possible, attack them with strong attacks. Using Quen to create a shield is a good idea as well. Later in the game start using beast oil before each encounter with bears.
Noonwraith - Avoid attacking more than one noonwraith at once. Use many dodges and try to hit them with strong attacks. Using magic traps with Yrden sign is a good way to weaken them. Later in the game you should use moon dust (bomb type) and spectre oil against them.
Wraith - Avoid attacking more than one wraith at once. Use many dodges and try to hit them with strong attacks. Using magic traps with Yrden sign is a good way to weaken them. Using Quen to create a shield is a good idea as well. Later in the game you should use moon dust (bomb type) and spectre oil against them.
Drowner - When fighting these monsters you must use blocks and dodges - they are quite agile. Use Igni on a regular basis as fire is their weakness. Later in the game you can help yourself with necrophage oil. Important - some drowners appear after you swim and dive. You can attack them then, but only after you receive crossbow (Geralt will get it before the battle with griffin during the main storyline).
Peasant - They are very weak.
Wolf - Wolves always attack in a group. You can try to kill them from a horse or fight them directly. If you choose to do the latter, use many dodges. Watch yourself when facing wargs, their stronger version. Later in the game start using beast oil before each battle with wolves.
White Orchard: Important information
Don't worry that at first game won't allow you to leave White Orchard and reach other main locations of the game. You will gain access to the further territories as you progress in the main storyline, first by reaching castle in Vizima and then Velen.
Don't complete the main quest "Incident in the White Orchard" until you complete all the side quests related to this location. Otherwise some of them will be canceled and considered as uncompleted.
Later in the campaign, you can return to White Orchard whenever you want by picking this location from the world map (and then one of the discovered signposts). It is especially recommended when exploring the surroundings of Inn by the Crossroads (first main quest after reaching Velen) as you won't find any blacksmith and some others useful NPCs there.
Defeating some opponents might be difficult at first. While you're in White Orchard you should develop to at least third experience level (you can additionally unlock some ability points by reaching Places of Power) so you can resume harder battles after you become slightly stronger.
Frequently return to the central village to sell newly gained, unneeded items and to repair or upgrade (temporary or permanently) main equipment parts. An interesting way to earn money is supplying honey to herbalist Tomira. She will pay much more for it than it is worth. In order to obtain honey you must search in the orchard for beehives. After finding it, you must first use Aard sign on it and then dispose of the insects with Igni sign.