Pyres of Novigrad Walkthrough: Secret Passage Puzzle & Best Choice Explained - Novigrad - Walkthrough | The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2023)

Once you’re done with Velen’s storyline, you now need to go pay an old mage friend of yours a visit. Head to the grand city of Novigrad, and visit Triss ands you go on your quest to find Ciri in Novigrad. But, as things are with Geralt, never simple. So, here’s a walkthrough for Witcher 3’s Pyres of Novigrad.

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Important Items in this Area
Edwin Greloff’s Third Map
Heavily Faded Notes by Hieronymous on the Witcher Elgar
Vesemir Card
Rose of Remembrance
Leather Sack
Gwent Players in this Area
Vimme Vivaldi - Vesemir Card
Merchant - Random Card

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The Cult of the Eternal Fire entertains the bloodthirsty masses of Novigrad.

Pyres of Novigrad (Level 10)

Now it’s time to deal with some business here in Novigrad. It would be great to explore central Novigrad, but there’s a quest that’ll get in your way if you try, so you might as well deal with this quest, first.

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Hierarch Square

In this section of town, there’s plenty of noteworthy NPCs, which give quests or sell great items.

Head to Hierarch Square, which is located in the central portion of Novigrad, south of the center of the island. When you arrive you’ll witness a scene showing the Eternal Flame’s fanaticism at its worst. After the fires die down, take some time to explore the plaza, as there’s a Merchant, an Herbalist, and an Armorer to do business with. None of them play Gwent, sadly but the Armorer does sell “Edwin Greloff’s Third Map” and “Heavily Faded Notes by Hieronymous on the Witcher Elgar” , which starts the quests “Scavenger Hunt: Griffin School Gear Upgrade Diagrams - Part 3” and “Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear Upgrade Diagrams - Part 4” .

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In the north-eastern corner of the square you can find a notice board. Grab the notice “Contract: Haunted House” to start the quest “Contract: Doors Slamming Shut”, the notice “Contract: Imp” to begin “Contract: An Elusive Thief”, “Fist Fights” to start “Fists of Fury: Novigrad” and “Contact: Monster in the Bits” which would begin the quest “Following the Thread” … which you already began in a somewhat less official fashion. Of these quests, the only one near your level is “Contract: An Elusive Thief” , which you’ll get to, eventually.

Along the south-western part of the square you’ll find the dwarf Vimme Vivaldi, who can convert all those Orens and Florens you’ve been finding into Crowns. He also plays Gwent, and will do with with an unusual Scoia’tael deck… unusual in that he doesn’t play too many cards with the “Muster” ability. Instead, he relies on arbitraily using “Decoy” Cards, and the “Dandelion” card, which has the same effect as as “Commander’s Horn” Card. Beating him starts the quest “Gwent: Big City Players” . It’ll also reward you with the “Vesemir” Card, which… isn’t great, but it’s a step up from some other neutral cards like “Zoltan Chivay” and “Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff”. Hopefully that whet your appetite for Gwent, as there’s a good bit of it coming up, but for now, Triss calls.

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Objective Reward
For defeating Vimme Vivaldi at Gwent 25 XP Vesemir Card
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The Cult of the Eternal Fire has made Novigrad a dangerous place for mages and other magical "deviants" (left). Menge, the leader of the city's Witch Hunters, is a particularly unlikable fellow (right).

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Pyres of Novigrad Walkthrough

When you’re done in Heirarch Square, head through some double doors south of the market and head up some stairs to spot a group of thugs rummaging through Triss’ belongings. Approach them and either question them by picking the option “Let’s talk” or provoke a fist fight by picking the option “Get lost”. They both lead to the same dialogue chain, except with the latter option you’ll have to beat the thugs into submission, first. Either way, get the information you want out of the two, after which some members of the Eternal Fire shows up, led by one pleasant fellow named Menge. You’re deprived of the Thug’s company and Menge will make some threats before leaving you to your own devices.

Seems like you’ll need to be on the look out for beggars and thieves, as they may lead you to where Triss is hiding. Before you bother worrying yourself about that, however, loot the vandalized containers outside Triss’ house, note the crude graffiti outside, then head inside and loot. Activate your Witcher Senses and spot some herbs on the floor, then investigate a brush on the table. Head upstairs and loot some more, then search some amulets on a table. Climb another set of stairs where even more loot awaits your looting pleasure. Investigate some clothes on the floor, then grab the Rose of Remembrance from the bedside table - a gift Geralt gave Triss in The Witcher 2. All this really does is confirm that this was, in fact, Triss’ abode.

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Leave Triss’ house and return to Heirarch Square, where Geralt will spot some thieves plying their trade. Wait around near one of the search areas for another thief to show up and perform some skulduggery (your Witcher Senses won’t help you here, you’ll need to keep an eye out for this on your own) then follow them, keeping a healthy distance.

Pyres of Novigrad: Best Choice?

Follow the thief through a door and you’ll be pestered by a beggar. Either pay him (twenty Crowns), ask for the King of Beggars, or tell him to piss off, follow the thief east, then drop down a ledge. Continue east through some double doors, then travel downhill to the south. After witnessing an exchange, follow the new target west along the canal, then south across a bridge and under an arch. Finally the stolen coin will be dropped off at its destination. Wait for the thief to depart, then head up to the door and knock on it. When the doorman arrives you’ll have to either bribe him (fifty Crowns) or use the Axii Sign on him to get him…

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One helpful, elevated peasant will outright point you to the Putrid Grove if you indulge him (left), but you can also follow some thieves there (right).

…or, instead of all that, find a Beggar on an elevated platform west of the double doors that led to Triss’ abode and chat him up. Avoid the obvious, heavy-handed question and instead keep picking the top dialogue option and he’ll eventually tell you where to go. There are other beggars you can go to, but this one is nearby and doesn’t charge you a single Crown. Score. You won’t even have to bother with the doorman, either, since you’ll learn the password. What a helpful beggar!

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Objective Reward
For using Axii on the doorman 40 XP
For gaining access to the Putrid Square 100 XP

Honestly, there is no best choice here really, other than the ones you don’t lose money on! It’s matter of finding the beggar who wont charge you, or mind controlling the right one if you have the right stat for it. So, go with whatever its the most easiest to come by for your build and game experience.

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Keep an eye out for some of the city's many thieves plying their trade (left) then follow the ne'er-do-wells back to their stronghold at the Putrid Square (right).

Putrid Square

Before you go looking for Triss, head into a shop to the north, where you’ll find a Merchant. He’ll sell some Zerrikanian Saddlebags, which will improve your maximum carry weight by one hundred - a very welcome upgrade for pack rats out there. He will also buy almost anything you could wish to sell, which is nice, even if his prices tend to suck.

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Most importantly, however, he plays Gwent, fielding a pretty tenacious Monster deck, complete with plenty of cards with the “Muster” ability and the odd “Commander’s Horn” and “Scorch” cards. You can try to provoke him into wasting most of his strength on a hand or two - once “Muster” cards are spent, the Monster deck has real trouble keeping up it’s strength - and this is one of the rare instances where a “Biting Frost” card may come in handy. Just be wary, as he’s not above snatching your “Spy” cards with “Decoy” cards of his own, although this form of attrition rarely serves Monster decks as well as it does a Northern Kingdoms deck. You also need to be wary of his “Eredin, Commander of the Red Riders” card, as he’ll undoubtedly use it to inflict the “Commander’s Horn” effect at some point.

Once you’ve beaten him and added another card to your collection, leave the shop and head east, then go through a door to find Triss and this “King of Beggars”. Listen to him babble, then he’ll give Triss and Geralt some alone time, which Triss decides to squander by taking Geralt on a job. Follow her west and leave the Putrid Grove, then you’ll chat with Triss some more, after which you’ll need to follow her to a store.

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You'll reunite with Triss at the Putrid Square.

Witcher 3 Pyres of Novigrad Secret Passage

She’ll talk to the shopkeeper named Kluhg, who was apparently less than diligent about delivering some supplies for Triss. Regardless of how you respond, you’ll end up agreeing to go fetch the discarded contraband yourself. Loot the house, open a trap door, then climb down a ladder to reach the sewers under the shop, where you’ll have to dispatch a Drowner (level ten). After it’s dead loot a chest behind the ladder, as well as two chests in the south-western corner of the chamber to the north. There’s other containers to search, but those two chests have the best stuff inside.

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Once that’s done, search the eastern side of the brick pillar with your Witcher Senses to find a button. Press it to open a secret passage to the north. Head outside and into a canal, which you should follow west. Triss will babble, and you’ll get a cutscene as you cross under a bridge. Head into the lovely (and totally not sewage-filled!) waters of the canal and swim west with your Witcher Senses active, scanning the ground for our misplaced package. Loot two chests along the way, then find the Leather Sack near a sunken boat next to a bridge.

Rounding off the Quest

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Travel with Triss to one of the few traders left willing to do business with mages (left) then fetch the supplies the paranoid peddler parted with (right).

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Return to Triss and hand her the package, then follow her to her destination, bantering along the way. Meet with the merchant to discover Triss’s unflattering new job (and her desperation for work), then head inside the granary. After Triss tells you what to do, head east from the entrance until you reach the eastern wall of the granary and, with your Witcher Senses active, find the spoReturn to Triss and hand her the package, then follow her to her destination, bantering along the way. Meet with the merchant to discover Triss’ unflattering new job (and her desperation for work), then head inside the granary. After Triss tells you what to do, head east from the entrance until you reach the eastern wall of the granary and, with your Witcher Senses active, find the spot to place the first trap. Head down some stairs to the north and continue north to reach another wall, where the second trap can be placed. Finally, head west (up then down some stairs) to find the third spot to place a trap on some wooden planks. Return to the entrance and Triss will work her magic, which gets rid of the rodents.t to place the first trap. Head down some stairs to the north and continue north to reach another wall, where the second trap can be placed. Finally, head west, up then down some stairs, to find the third spot to place a trap on some wooden planks. Return to the entrance and Triss will work her magic, which gets rid of the rodents.

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With a bit of help from Geralt, Triss uses her magic to solve a mundane problem (left), and with significantly more help from Geralt, managed to fight through a betrayal (right).

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After a bit of chatter, the merchant will show up again with some Eternal Fire goons in tow. Apparently he decided he could hire Triss, then rat her out and avoid paying for her work. Kill the three Witch Hunters (level ten) then head outside to confront the false merchant. Geralt extracts some justice out of him, and Triss will suggest that a local “oneiromancer” might help Geralt find Ciri. This ends “Pyres of Novigrad” and begins “Novigrad Dreaming” , but before you continue with the main story, considering a rather lengthy Gwent diversion. That’s right, it’s time to start “The Great Gwent Diversion”!

Objective Reward
For reuniting with Triss 200 XP
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Where is the secret passage in the Pyres of Novigrad? ›

The secret passage can be opened by a brick on the right side of the pillar. Use your Witcher Senses to find it. The passage will open up and you'll step out in the canal. At the canal, dive in and use your Witcher Senses to find the leather pouch, which is behind the boat carcas on the bottom.

What are the choices in Pyres of Novigrad? ›

You can choose to give the password 'Old sow's farrowed piglets'. If you do not give the right password, you have two choices. Choice 1: Pay 50 crowns to get in, and earn 5 Exp., but you are stripped of your weapons. Choice 2: If you have Delusion level 2 you can use Axii dialogue choice, giving you 40 Exp.

What is the password for the Pyres of Novigrad? ›

Find the King of Beggars' hideout

Knock on the door and, when you're asked for the password, say “Old sow's farrowed piglets”.

What should I tell Corinne Witcher 3? ›

When Corrine wakes up, she is grateful and offers to help you over at her place. Leave the house and tell the banker either it is haunted for good so Sarah can stay, or tell him the truth about the Godling.

What happens if you tell the banker about the godling? ›

Talk to Corinne

No matter how you dealt with Sarah and if you tell the banker the truth or not, Rudolf will ultimately decide to sell the house and asks that you visit in a week or so as he'll give you a percentage of the commission when he sells the place.

Should I turn in the arsonist Witcher? ›

Once you find the arsonist, you will have the option to either turn him in to the Nilfgaardian soldiers for stealing from Willis or let him go. If you decide to turn in the arsonist, Willis will give Geralt a shop discount, with the miscreant presumably getting hanged by the Niflgaardian soldiers.

Should I take the priest bribe Witcher? ›

The Chaplain will offer to "buy" your silence on the matter for 65 crowns and some experience for finishing the quest. However, if you fancy your chances in a 1 v 3 fight, you can refuse the bribe and take out the Chaplain and his goons, and loot the chaplain for a whopping 200 crowns!

How do you get the best ending in Novigrad? ›

To ensure Nilfgaard's victory, you'll have to do several things:
  1. Complete Now or Never and help the mages escape Novigrad.
  2. Assist in A Deadly Plot to assassinate King Radovid and spare Novigrad its great cleansing of witches and nonhumans.
  3. Kill Dijkstra when he betrays Vernon Roche after the assassination.
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Should I sleep with Abigail in The Witcher? ›

The witch is cornered/dead - Speak to Abigail in the cave. If you will sleep with her, you will have no possibility to allign yourself with villagers against her. Best options are to either negate her and pass judgement without ever touching her, or fully supporting her and bedding her.

Is Ciri a child of the Elder Blood? ›

Ciri has Elder Blood because a certain elven sorceress named Lara Dorren fell in love with a human mage named Cregennan of Lod. Their daughter, later adopted by Cerro, the queen of Redania, was named Riannon. Ciri is the descendant of Riannon. Ciri's Elder Blood is another reason the King of the Wild Hunt is after her.

Does it matter who you romance in Witcher 3? ›

As far as the less committed romances are concerned, they are completely self-contained. Geralt can romance them all with no repercussions on the others — this even pertains to his long-term goals with Triss and Yennefer.

Who is better for Geralt Triss or Yennefer? ›

Answer: This question really has no definite answer as it is merely subjective. However, the author of the book series that the games and TV is based on has written that Geralt ultimately ends up with Yennefer; for this reason, one could say that Yennefer is the best considering an ending with her can be called cannon.

Should you romance Triss? ›

Don't Mess With Triss

Geralt will still have the option to follow the path toward romancing Yennefer, though those who wish to see Geralt's story end with some semblance of happiness should avoid this. At best, attempting to romance both Triss and Yennefer will see Geralt end the game completely alone.

What happens if you help Cleaver? ›

If the player accepts Cleaver's help for the arena, they will not be able to take the secret passage into Whoreson Junior's hideout later.

What happens if you don t take the bribe from the priest Witcher 3? ›

If you refuse to take the bribe - you'll have to kill the priest and two of his guards. Though you wouldn't receive the payment from him in this case (60 crowns), from his corpse you can take 200 crowns and a mace. Plus you'll take a bit more additional XP for killing the enemies.

Do I throw the fight in Novigrad? ›

Walkthrough. by throwing it. If you agree and lose you'll be able to fight Georgius again for real. You can also simply decline and fight for the win (note that agreeing doesn't mean you have to lose either, you can choose to go back on your word).

When can you romance Yennefer? ›

Although Geralt and Yennefer reunite in White Orchard, the option to rekindle a relationship with the sorceress does not begin in earnest until Geralt reaches Skellige near the game's midpoint. The first steps to successfully romancing Yen will take place during "The King is Dead, Long Live the King."

What happens if you talk to Countess Mignole before Vesemir dies? ›

If Geralt speaks to Mignole before The Battle of Kaer Morhen, he reveals that Vesemir is still alive and doing well and that he never saw him with a partner for decades, although it is not a topic they really discussed.

What happens if you talk to the countess before Vesemir dies? ›

If Geralt talks to her before The Battle of Kaer Morhen: Geralt revealed Vesemir was still alive and doing well, though he and the other witchers never saw him with a partner for several decades. Mignole was happy to hear he was ok, though wondered if their fates would have been different if she had ridden after him.

Should you tell on the fake Witcher? ›

You have multiple options on how to deal with him. Tell them he's a fake: He'll be hanged by the village elder if you tell the villages to take him there. Alternately, you can convince the villagers to let him go. Tell them he's not a fake: Chose to have him work off a debt by working for the village elder for a year.

What happens if I let the poor man win the fight Witcher 3? ›

Win the race- Offer to help the poor man by winning the race for him to wipe away the debt. It is an easy race and you should have no problem winning. If you do win, you get a master saddle and Dandelion gets his placards.

Who is the best to rule in Witcher 3? ›

Cerys Is The Best Queen

To achieve this, Geralt first needs to help Cerys complete her individual quest The Possession. Afterward, he needs to side with Cerys after the berserker attack at the feast at Kaer Trolde, and help her discover the true culprit — the wife of the former Skellige ruler, Bran.

Should I sell all my junk in Witcher 3? ›

As junk items have weight, it is better to either sell or dismantle them when available. Note that certain quest items, once they are no longer needed, will be put in the junk tab and can then be dismantled or sold off like regular items.

Is it better for Ciri to become a witcher or Empress? ›

Despite her powers, Ciri hasn't undergone the Trial of Grasses, so she doesn't have the enhanced physical prowess or longevity of a Witcher. Being an empress is a safer option for Ciri, and the comforts, protection, and amenities such a lifestyle provides means she'll probably live a far longer time.

Does killing Radovid change anything? ›

If you've killed of Radovid, and sided with Djikstra in Reason of State, then he'll rise to power and claim the north as his own. He rules with an iron fist and his subjects aren't pleased with that at all.

Can Ciri become empress if I side with Dijkstra? ›

Ciri becomes Empress

Dijsktra will not be able to rule over Novigrad. This only will happen IF you visit Emhyr AND side with Vernon Roche. If you side with Dijkstra or let Radovid live, even if you visit Emhyr, this ending will not happen.

Where is the unseen cave? ›

After meeting Regis at the docks, Geralt can choose to set out for the cave with his friend immediately or meet him later at the entrance to the Unseen Elder's lair. The hidden entrance is located on a cliffside overlooking the lake southwest of Beauclaire.

How do you find the treasure hidden in the cemetery in Witcher 3? ›

You can pick this quest up by looting a corpse that has a sodden letter and an ornate key. This corpse can be found west of the Labioda's Gate signpost. After obtaining these items, read the letter to start the quest and find the treasure chest location. This location is in the underground area of the Temple Cemetery.

How do you get into the sewer cave? ›

The Sewers are a location unlocked by obtaining the Rusty Key after donating 60 items (artifacts or minerals) to the Museum. The Sewers can be entered either through the sewer cover in the south of Pelican Town or through the grates in the south of Cindersap Forest. Krobus is located here and sells rare items.

Where does the sewer gaol key open? ›

Elden Ring Sewer-Gaol Key Use

Sewer-Gaol Key can be used to unlock the sewer-gaol door beneath Leyndell, Royal Capital.

Where is the vampire cave? ›

Broken Fang Cave is a small cave filled with vampires and skeletons. You can find it by traveling West of Whiterun.

Can you go back to the unseen elder cave? ›

Hop down the waterfall use said rock to reach the other side of the broken bridge. Follow this path and it'll take you back to the Unseen Elder.

Where is the elder vampire cave? ›

Hen Gàidh (Elder Speech: Old Garden) is a cave on the southern part of Seidhe Llygad in Toussaint and is the home to an unseen elder, a very powerful vampire.

Where is Graveyard Secret? ›

Yoll Graveyard Ghini at the northeast of Yoll Graveyard. The Graveyard Secret is a Secret from Oracle of Ages used within Oracle of Seasons. Link will first need to complete Oracle of Seasons and start a Linked Game record of Oracle of Ages.

Who is Geralt's true love? ›

Does sleeping with Triss affect Yennefer? ›

Sleeping with Triss will leave Yen heartbroken, and if Geralt tries to seduce both women, they'll plot their rightful revenge together. In the end, there are pros and cons of choosing Yennefer or Triss, and so who the player settles down with is entirely up to them.

Can you kiss Triss and still end up with Yennefer? ›

Can You Kiss Triss And Still End Up With Yennefer? First off, let's answer the question at hand. Yes, you can kiss Triss, and you will not spurn your chance at a relationship with Yennefer.


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