The Witcher 3 recently picked up its very own set of official modding tools, meaning community members can now craft their own silly horses and share them with each other. But the modding community for The Witcher 3 is already in swing, having been making creations since the day the game launched.
If you’re excited by the prospect of bringing a few minor/major changes to Geralt’s world, then our list of the best Witcher 3 mods is exactly what you need.
How do I install Witcher 3 mods?
Modding The Witcher 3 can be a little fiddly, so its imperative that you follow the install instructions that come with each mod. Where you need to put files can change from mod to mod, so read the instructions carefully. Generally though, you’ll need to unpack the mod’s files into the Mod folder in your Witcher 3 directory. If you have the game on Steam, this is likely to be found at:
C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\Common\The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
or something similar. If you bought the game from Good Old Games, search for ‘GOG Games’ on your hard drive to find the directory.
You may find it handy to use a mod manager to help you install/uninstall mods and keep folders tidy. You can find our recommended manager in the Essential Mods section.
Essential Witcher 3 mods
Official ModKit Samples
With the launch of the ModKit, CD Projekt RED created four sample mods to show the community what can be done with the tools. These are they: a new set of textures for Geralt’s starting armour, a ‘fabulous’ new unicorn skin for your trusty steed Roach, Custom Equipment Sets, and ‘Petard sWitcher’, which is an introduction to scripting changes for budding modders.
Many of the mods available for The Witcher 3 require you to make use of the debug console in the game. Make sure you have this installed to allow access to it.
Witcher Mod Manager
Because The Witcher 3 is still young, the Mod Manager is very much a work in progress. It’s usable though, and is frequently updated, making it a useful tool for those planning to have a lot of mods working together.
There’s loads of invisible settings under the hood of The Witcher 3, and Hunter’s Config is the tool for tweaking them. It’s an interface that gives you access to all of the .ini files, and also has a section for SweetFX graphic changes. Really useful for tuning the game to your exact ideal settings.
The Witcher 3 graphics mods
One of the things we’re getting used to in games is things not looking like they did at E3. It doesn’t have to be this way though. CD Projekt may not have shipped The Witcher 3 looking like the E3 demo, but modders have made sure to transform it into that level of quality with this graphics mod.
Cutscene Lighting mod
The Witcher 3 uses a different set of lighting definitions during its cutscenes than it does in playable sections. If you’d rather the lighting was cutscene-pretty at all times, this is the mod for you.
UBER Fidelity Suite
A collection of reshaders to alter the look and feel of The Witcher 3 without destroying the art style, UBER has ‘cinematic’ and ‘realistic’ pre-sets to choose from. Enhancing colours, intensifying effects, and adjusting the lighting, these changes make subtle but powerful changes to the game’s atmosphere.
The Witcher 3 is easily one of the most astonishing-looking games on PC, and every few minutes there will be a gorgeous vista or incredible detail that you’ll want to keep a snapshot of. PhotoMode allows you to instantly pause the game and remove the HUD, allowing you a perfect view to screenshot and keep.
The Witcher 3 gameplay mods
Zombies are everywhere, including The Witcher 3 thanks to this mod. Starting Infection Mode summons a ‘patient zero’ devourer in the area, which will proceed to wreak havoc by biting NPCs. Victims will transform into necrophages, and then proceed to hunt down everything, including you. The longer the infection goes on, the more NPCs that get bitten. You can define the amount of ‘zombies’ that can be created, but feel free to set that number large if you think you’ve got what it takes to survive the apocalypse.
Gwent is perhaps The Witcher 3’s big secret weapon, and you’ve no doubt already played it to death. Reinvigorate the card game with re-balanced stats and brand new artwork, and dive back in for a fresh take.
If you’re just trying to power through the story of The Witcher 3, realistic RPG elements like weapon degradation are only going to slow you down. This mod removes the inconvenience of having to repair weapons and armour, keeping them shiny and sharp for life.
The Witcher 3 is really beautiful, and having a set of maps and text persistently hovering over the world destroys the illusion a little. This work-in-progress mod makes the HUD disappear, and only display when needed. To see the map, just activate your Witcher sense.
Fast Travel from Anywhere
Some games refuse to do fast travel if it’s not logical. You have to go to a boat dock, or a bus station. The Witcher 3 sort of does this, but it’s still not logical. You can fast travel, but only from signposts. If you’d rather just give up on this nonsense, this mod lets you fast travel from anywhere you damn please.
Weight Limit mod
RPGs are all about picking things up. Why on earth would you leave that sword on that corpse? It’s worth a gold coin, surely? Make sure you never have to leave a single shoe behind on your travels with this Weight Limit mod, which scraps any restrictions on what you can carry.
Increased Creature Loot
Sometimes you can go to town on a group of creatures and discover they drop absolutely nothing. Make sure disappointment isn’t in your future by installing this mod, which makes sure every animal and monster drops at least something. You can also set the mod to increase the frequency of rarer drops.
If you’ve got the Weight Limit mod installed, then there’s no stopping you from carrying the loot of every corpse in the entire kingdom. Auto Loot doesn't ask you what you want to take or leave behind; just tap E and Geralt will hoover it all up.
Now you’ve got all that loot, no doubt 9/10ths of it is useless. It’s time to sell up. Unfortunately The Witcher 3’s vendors tend to be absurdly poor and unable to afford your entire stash. Wealthy Vendors makes sure they have plenty of money to pay you with, and you’ll be given a fairer price for your wares too. No rip-off merchants here.
Better Combat Enhanced
Better Combat adjusts battle to be far more strategic, relying less on repeated tactics and more on reading the situation from moment to moment. It also puts far more emphasis on blending swordplay with magic signs; combat is almost impossible without applying some kind of magic effects to enemies.
Geralt’s a monster hunter, and you don’t kill monsters by being all softly-softly with a blade. Ultra Gore makes more of Geralt’s kills wince-inducing, blood-splattering affairs by significantly upping the chance of dismemberment. So if you’re a fan of the way you can occasionally split a man in two from crotch to neck, then this is the mod for you.
If you chop off a particularly nasty monster’s head you can keep it as a trophy. These hunks of rotting flesh bestow Geralt with a variety of buffs, but the boosts available in the standard game are a little on the dull side. This mod changes the perks offered by trophies, making them significantly more useful.
Witcher Sense Quest Objectives
To keep the game as immersive as possible, you may want to remove the markers on the map that blatantly point out where to go in order to find your next quest objective. This mod does exactly that, and will only offer pointers for quests when using Geralt’s Witcher senses.
The Witcher insists that Geralt is a man of solitude, yet it’s obvious through the story that he’s a man desperate for true companionship. Since he lives in a computer game and not the labyrinth of suffering we know as real life, you can use a mod to magic up a friend in an instant. Spawn Companion allows you to bring any NPC you fancy along for the journey.
The camera in The Witcher 3 adopts a sort-of over-the-shoulder position, which may not be to everyone’s tastes. If you find this closer view a bit restrictive, use this FOV fix to open up the angle of viewing on the world and see much more of Geralt’s surroundings.
Extreme Weather Conditions
The Witcher 3 kicks up a wonderfully good thunderstorm, but what if they were even more thundery? Extreme Weather adds far more sheet and forked lightning to skies, ominous cloud formations, and hurricane-grade winds to all regions for some truly spectacular storms.
You’ll spend a lot of time on horseback in The Witcher 3, so it makes sense to ride a breed that’s just to your taste. This mod adds a couple of extra horse skins to the game, so you can colour coordinate Roach with your armour sets.