Northern Realms Gwent deck

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The Northern Realms deck is the default Gwent deck that Geralt starts with at the beginning of The Witcher 3.

Overview[edit | edit source]

  • Faction perk: Draw a card if you win a round.

The Northern Realms deck is built around the idea of staying power and damage output. Each row has a unit card with the Tight Bond ability, allowing you to rapidly build up a score, while three separate Espionage cards help keep a large hand late into the game.

The weaknesses of the deck include great susceptibility to Weather cards, which negate the Tight Bond effectively, and Scorch cards. Losing 64 points is a deal-breaker, if the opponent plays the latter and knocks out two Catapults out of the game.

List of cards[edit | edit source]

Icon Name (no. of cards) Type Combat row Strength Special ability Description Source
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Foltest: King of Temeria Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
King of Temeria Pick an Impenetrable Fog card from your deck and play it instantly. Part of the base deck
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Foltest: Lord Commander of the North Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
Lord Commander of the North Clear any weather effects (resulting from Biting Frost, Torrential Rain or Impenetrable Fog cards) in play. Purchased from Elsa, White Orchard village innkeep (or Bram)
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Foltest: The Siegemaster Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
The Siegemaster Doubles the strength of all your Siege units (unless a Commander's Horn is also present on that row). Won from the "Nilfgaardian Nobleman" at the Royal Palace in Vizima
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Foltest: The Steel-Forged Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
The Steel-Forged Destroy your enemy's strongest Siege unit(s) if the combined strength of all his or her Siege units is 10 or more. High Stakes
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Foltest: Son of Medell Leader
0
n/a
0
n/a
Son of Medell Destroy your enemy's strongest Ranged Combat unit(s) if the combined strength of all his or her Ranged Combat units is 10 or more. Hearts of Stone
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Ballista Unit
Siege
6
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Blue Stripes Commando (3) Unit
Close combat
4
Tight Bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Elsa, White Orchard village innkeep (or Bram)

1 from the merchant in Midcopse
1 purchased from the Quartermaster in Crow's Perch
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Catapult (2) Unit
Siege
8
Tight Bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Elsa, White Orchard village innkeep (or Bram)
1 purchased from Marquise Serenity at the Passiflora
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Crinfrid Reavers Dragon Hunter (3) Unit
Ranged combat
5
Tight Bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 1 purchased from Elsa, White Orchard village innkeep (or Bram)
1 purchased from the merchant in Claywich (after rescuing him)
1 purchased from the merchant in Midcopse
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Dethmold Unit
Ranged combat
6
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Dun Banner Medic Unit
Siege
5
Medic
Choose one car from your discard pile and play it instantly (no Heroes or Special Cards). Part of the base deck
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Esterad Thyssen Hero
Close combat
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. Gwent: Big City Players, won from Dijkstra at the bathhouse
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John Natalis Hero
Close combat
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. A Dangerous Game, won from Ravvy's captor at The Golden Sturgeon
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Kaedweni Siege Expert (3) Unit
Siege
1
Morale boost
Adds +1 strength to all units in the row, excluding itself. Part of the base deck
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Keira Metz Unit
Ranged combat
5
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Philippa Eilhart Hero
Ranged combat
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
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Poor Fucking Infantry (4) Unit
Close combat
1
Tight Bond
Place next to a card with the same name to double the strength of both cards. 2 are part of the base deck
1 purchased from the trader in Lindenvale
1 from the merchant in Midcopse
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Prince Stennis Unit
Close combat
5
Spy
Place on your opponents battlefield (counts towards their total strength) then draw two new cards from your deck. Part of the base deck
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Redanian Foot Soldier (2) Unit
Close combat
1
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Sabrina Glevissig Unit
Ranged combat
4
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Sheldon Skaggs Unit
Ranged combat
4
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Siege Tower Unit
Siege
6
0
None
0
n/a
Random, from playing a craftsman or merchant
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Siegfried of Denesle Unit
Close combat
5
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Sigismund Dijkstra Unit
Close combat
4
Spy
Place on your opponents battlefield (counts towards their total strength) then draw two new cards from your deck. Gwent: Velen Players, won from The Bloody Baron in Crow's Perch
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Síle de Tansarville Unit
Ranged combat
5
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Thaler Unit
Siege
1
Spy
Place on your opponents battlefield (counts towards their total strength) then draw two new cards from your deck. Purchase from Innkeep in Arinbjorn
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Trebuchet (2) Unit
Siege
6
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Vernon Roche Hero
Close combat
10 Hero Not affected by special cards, weather cards or abilities. Gwent: Velen Players, won from Haddy in Midcopse
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Ves Unit
Close combat
5
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck
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Yarpen Zigrin Unit
Close combat
1
0
None
0
n/a
Part of the base deck