Witcher library guide

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Welcome to the witcher library guide!

This is a quick guide created specifically for the busy witcher who has little time left for reading after roaming the countryside chatting up complete strangers and dealing with their various and sundry monster troubles. The Witcher game is no different really in its portrayal of Geralt's day to day routine. He still goes around talking to people and slaying monsters. Special thanks go to Licensed Luny for the many, many hours of research it took!

In the course of the game, Geralt gathers journal entries about the various monsters he encounters and the ingredients he can extract from them. He also passes by many potentially useful plants, so knowing about as many as possible also helps make his life easier.

Most of these journal entries can be obtained by speaking with NPCs, but a few can not be obtained in any other way than by reading the appropriate book or scroll. Luckily, many books and scrolls can also be obtained for free, or as rewards for completing quests. That said, there are still a few wiley entries for which no free source exists. To date, that list of entries seems to be:

Below are the books which are necessary to obtain in order to have a complete set of journal entries. After all other means of acquiring the information have been exhausted. Strictly speaking, although some entries can be had for free, their availability earlier in the game is often preferable. Technically, you may want to splash out a bit more to make sure you have all the necessary Bestiary entries before starting a new chapter. For that information, see the list of monsters by Chapter.

Necessary books[edit | edit source]

The following books are necessary if you want to have every single journal entry available. Otherwise, it could be said that no books are necessary.

oren(s) Must be purchased[edit | edit source]

Check green.png Necessary, but can be obtained for free[edit | edit source]

Primary quests.png Books obtained as rewards[edit | edit source]

Catalogue[edit | edit source]

Legend:
  • Click on the book Title for a more complete description.
  • The Chapter column lists the first Chapter in which a book or scroll can be found for free. If the book is a quest reward, then clicking on the quest icon will open the corresponding quest page.
  • Not all books listed as "Free" are in fact free for all paths through the game. Some are also optional quest rewards and so may or may not be considered free.
Item Title Chapter Buy Sell Free
General information Aftermath of the War 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Against Nonhumans 2 Chapter I 80 oren(s) 16 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Animating the Inanimate 150 oren(s) 30 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Ars Amandi 4 Chapter III 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Ballads 4 Chapter III 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Barghests 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Basics of Alchemy 2 Chapter I 70 oren(s) 14 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Book of Animals 100 oren(s) 20 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Conjunction of the Spheres 3 Chapter II 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Cults and Religions of the Nordlings 3 Chapter II 90 oren(s) 18 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Curse of the Black Sun (only in The Price of Neutrality) 70 oren(s) 14 oren(s) 0 NoN
Bestiary Curses and the Cursed 4 Chapter III 500 oren(s) 100 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Description of the Vodyanoi or the Fishpeople 8Quest reward 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Diary of a Dice Collector 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 0 NoN
Bestiary Disease of Civilization 350 oren(s) 70 oren(s) 0 NoN
Bestiary Disenchanting a Striga 6 Chapter V 120 oren(s) 24 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Double Cross of Alzur 6 Chapter V 200 oren(s) 40 oren(s) 1 YesY
Herbarium Druid's Herbarium 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Elder Blood 4 Chapter III 80 oren(s) 16 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Experiment Notes 6 Chapter V 1000 oren(s) 200 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Fairytales and Stories 5 Chapter IV 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 1 YesY
Herbarium Feainnewedd 300 oren(s) 60 oren(s) 0 NoN
Herbarium Field Plants 200 oren(s) 40 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Flower and the Flame 3 Chapter II 70 oren(s) 14 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Foreign Lands 4 Chapter III 60 oren(s) 12 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Forensic Medicine 4 Chapter III 150 oren(s) 30 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Frightener 1 Prologue 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 1 YesY
Herbarium Great Book of Minerals 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 0 NoN
Bestiary Greater Brothers 6 Chapter V 1000 oren(s) 200 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Guide to Vizima 3 Chapter II 60 oren(s) 12 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information History of the World 3 Chapter II 40 oren(s) 8 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Hymns of Madness and Despair 8Quest reward 100 oren(s) 20 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Invitation to Magic 2 Chapter I 70 oren(s) 14 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Ithlinne's Prophecy 2 Chapter I 60 oren(s) 12 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Kingdom of Temeria 3 Chapter II 80 oren(s) 16 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Lara's Gift 3 Chapter II 70 oren(s) 14 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary The Last Wish 6 Chapter V 800 oren(s) 160 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Monstrum, or a Portrayal of Witchers 1 Prologue 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Ornithosaurs 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 0 NoN
Bestiary Physiologus 4 Chapter III 1000 oren(s) 200 oren(s) 1 YesY
Herbarium Plants of Barren Lands 5 Chapter IV 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Recent History 2 Chapter I 40 oren(s) 8 oren(s) 1 YesY
Herbarium Ritual Plants 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Rivian Pogrom 4 Chapter III 50 oren(s) 10 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Road of No Return 150 oren(s) 30 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Shadow People, or the story of His Majesty's Secret Service 3 Chapter II n /a n /a 1 YesY
Herbarium Small Book of Minerals 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Sorceresses and Sorcerers 4 Chapter III 60 oren(s) 12 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Specters, Wraiths, and the Damned 3 Chapter II 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 1 YesY
General information Story of Lara Dorren and Cragen of Lod 3 Chapter II 60 oren(s) 12 oren(s) 1 YesY
Herbarium Subterranean Plants 300 oren(s) 60 oren(s) 0 NoN
Bestiary Swamp Monsters 2 Chapter I 200 oren(s) 40 oren(s) 1 YesY
Herbarium Swamp Plants 4 Chapter III 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Tome of Fear and Loathing I 2 Chapter I 250 oren(s) 50 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Tome of Fear and Loathing II 500 oren(s) 100 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Transmutations and Metamorphoses 80 oren(s) 16 oren(s) 0 NoN
Bestiary Vampires: Facts and Myths 5 Chapter IV 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
Bestiary Wonderful World of Insectoids 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 0 NoN
General information Zerrikanian Insects and Other Vermin 110 oren(s) 22 oren(s) 0 NoN
Mutagenic potion scroll Dagon Sap 5 Chapter IV 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Formula for De Vries' Extract 4 Chapter III 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Dragon's Dream 200 oren(s) 40 oren(s) 0 NoN
Mutagenic potion scroll Frightener's Vision 1 Prologue 100 oren(s) 20 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll The Book of the Golden Oriole 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 0 NoN
Mutagenic potion scroll Golem's Pith 3 Chapter II 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Formula for Hanged Man's Venom 3 Chapter II 300 oren(s) 60 oren(s) 1 YesY
Mutagenic potion scroll Hellhound's Soul 2 Chapter I 200 oren(s) 40 oren(s) 1 YesY
Mutagenic potion scroll Kikimore's Ire 4 Chapter III 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll The Book of the Kiss 3 Chapter II 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 1 YesY
Mutagenic potion scroll Koshchey's Core 6 Chapter V 800 oren(s) 160 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Formula for Maribor Forest 300 oren(s) 60 oren(s) 0 NoN
Alchemy scroll Petri's Philter formula 3 Chapter II 100 oren(s) 20 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Samum 4 Chapter III 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Secrets of the Southern Masters 4 Chapter III 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 1 YesY
Mutagenic potion scroll Striga's Urge 6 Chapter V 800 oren(s) 160 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll The Book of the Swallow 2 Chapter I 100 oren(s) 20 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll The Book of the Tawny Owl 2 Chapter I 200 oren(s) 40 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll The Book of the Full Moon 5 Chapter IV 800 oren(s) 160 oren(s) 1 YesY
Mutagenic potion scroll Werewolf's Wrath 4 Chapter III 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Formula for White Raffard's Decoction 4 Chapter III 400 oren(s) 80 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll The Book of the Wolverine 4 Chapter III 600 oren(s) 120 oren(s) 1 YesY
Alchemy scroll Zerrikanian Alchemy 200 oren(s) 40 oren(s) 0 NoN
Mutagenic potion scroll Zeugl's Vigor 7 Epilogue 1000 oren(s) 200 oren(s) 1 YesY
Tome Ain Soph Aur 8Quest reward 300 oren(s) n /a 1 YesY
Tome Secret Gates 8Quest reward 100 oren(s) n /a 1 YesY