Witcher 3: How to Play Gwent

I've thrown together a very beginner level tutorial on how to play Gwent, the in-game card game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt!

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Gwent is the new in-game deck building card game in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. With over 150 collectable cards, you can explore the world of The Witcher 3 and challenge NPCs to a round or two of Gwent, even betting in-game currency on the outcome.

The basics of Gwent are simple, but they leave a lot of room for complex strategy. At the beginning of ever game of gwent, the game automatically draws ten cards from each players custom deck. For the most part, these ten cards are the only ten cards you'll have for EVERY round of the game.

Your hand will usually consist of combatant cards (close combat, ranged, or siege), weather cards, and in some instances, special cards. A flip of the coin will determine who goes first.

Starting with the first player, the two players will take turns putting cards down on the battlefield. Each combatant card will have a power value assigned to it. Weather cards will effect the power levels of each type of combatant (frost will hurt close combat, fog will hurt ranged, and rain will hurt siege. Clear weather cards remove these status effects.)

Once one of the players chooses to pass (or runs out of cards), the other player will get to place cards until they to decide to pass. After both sides have passed, the side with the higher power value wins the round.

The winner of the game is the first to two round wins. Again, the important factor here is that the initial 10 cards you draw will for the most part be all that you have to play with, so it's vital to NOT play all 10 of your cards in round one, or else you'll be left with nothing to fight round two with.

It essentially turns a game of luck into a tricky game of risk vs. reward. In some cases it will actually be beneficial to surrender a round and let the opponent win, in order to save good cards for your new round.
  • hns

    Belive it or not, im level 40 and watching this.... XD

  • SanderRotje

    If the game had explained it this way, I could have won the first game hahah thanks a lot!

  • Raven Knight Vincent

    Any card game with "Poor Fucking Infantry" as a card name is a card game worth playing.

  • woody280486

    FINALLY. someone who actually explains how to play this fucking game.Now I understand it, I'll try and play it again.Great video. Thanks heaps.

  • freij jensen

    Use the spy cards in the first rounds damit! forces him to pass

  • DonJuansDaddy

    Dude, if you are going to forfeit a round, PLAY THE SPY CARD.  You get two cards and you aren't going to give him points the next round.  If you are going to lose a round, it doesn't matter if he beats you by 1 or 100.  So give him the spy card so you can use the two cards in the next round without giving him points to close a round.There is sometimes I play 3 spy cards and don't put any value cards on the board and lose the round.  But I usually kick ass the next two rounds.

  • Insatiable Chaos

    Gwent should be a standalone app

  • Ivy The Twisted

    Thank you! I've been playing Eitcher 3 for a week now and awoided Gvent like a plague because I had no idea what I was doing first I've played it firs time around.Simple, useful = Perfect :DBest of luck mate.

  • Derek Tan

    A few pointers to note: 1. Spy is op, do whatever you can to use your spy cards. When your opponents uses spy, decoy it. When you have a medic and your opponent uses a spy card, save your medic for the spy revive next round. When you know you will lose the round, spam all the spy cards and boost their points, since you are not going to win anyway. When you have weather cards and spy cards, (ie close combat spy + biting frost) use your spy cards and hold the weather card till the very end - when they pass, use your weather card to surprise them. When your opponent has passed and you have way more points than your opponent, if you have spy cards use them as well. 2. In Gwent, every move is important and legitimate. If you are going to lose that round, try to, as much as possible, waste your opponents cards (ie maybe use your leader card or decoy card to help you skip one turn but has minimal effect on your points). Stronger opponents however knows how to avoid your trap. 3. Each faction has their strengths and weaknesses. For example, monster faction is known for spamming same type cards. Thats op as hell but weather cards counter it. Dealing with nifgaardian faction is not as straightforward. You need to outwit them with more cards using medics and spy cards. Generally they have more special cards that are invulnerable to weather cards so you have to use raw power to deal with it (ie having more cards). 4. At critical stages of the game, you have to make assumptions in what card your opponents has. Depending on his faction, you can more or less guess the playstyle (through experience). In addition, there are often signs that your opponents has ran out of cards - using a random cards that does not provide optimal effect. Let's look at a scenario: You are in the second round of the game. Your opponent has won the first round. He has 2-3 cards left and he passes (ie let's you win) this means that at least 1 card is a non power card (weather card, decoy..). By keeping some strong power cards for the last round, you are likely to win the fight. Or if he uses a useless card on you, likely he has ran out of options and is waiting for you to waste your cards (see above point 2)There are a lot of tiny details in Gwent, such as the number of weather cards, the proportion of ranged, combat and siege cards and such. They can all affect how "lucky" your cards are, and keep your deck minimal and strong - so you have higher chances of getting good cards. And redraw, make full use of it, plan how you want to attack your opponent. If you have a torrential rain and many siege cards, redraw your torrential rain. Its unlikely that your opponent has more siege power than you. Like wise if your leader can already summon a weather card, no point keeping the same weather card in your deck, unless you know your opponent is prone to use a certain type for attacking. This comment is insanely long, but I hope it helps anyone trying to defeat the stronger opponents. Have fun

  • carlos cruz

    Wow this video really helped a lot. Good thorough explanation. Not too much, but also not too little. Great job!

  • Thy Raven Wings

    If you are just going to hand him a first round victory anyways, id say play any of your spy cards as early as possible.

  • RaBchEiNmA

    AAA card game in AAA game sweet

  • The Beast

    This seemed pretty boring at first, but that's because I didn't understand how to play it. Now it seems fun :D

  • Ricardo

    Wow... Thank you... finally a gwent tutorial that makes sense and really explains

  • Barny Miggo

    Completed the story and hearts of stone, still didnt know how to play gwent xd

  • Alex Funes

    Gwent is easy to understand. But hard to master.

  • MrSophisticatedChild

    How to win: use spies and decoys

  • marco streng

    a tip use spy's in rounds your going to lose or planning to lose so you start with more card next round and he doesn't have more power.

  • YOLO Matha facker

    Bro you choose katapult over 1 point spy.Serious?

  • Andreas SK

    Thank you. I was avoiding gwent for a long time. Finished the game and all quests and everything but with gwent quest untouched. Now I will give it a try at least :)

  • fivefingerheist

    MILF Guardians? How do I join them Kappa

  • Andy Yonaz

    I start playing Witcher 3 in June 2019, level 16 and can't seem to grasp Gwent, thanks for the clear and simple explanation of Gwent!

  • Shades of Grey

    Just bought game, still in White Orchard... skipped playing with Professor at Inn since had no idea how to play game. Thanks for this Tutorial!

  • Thatguy1705

    I hated gwent at first now I love it

  • VegemiteBalls

    I love how almost everyone in Witcher 3 is always up for a round of Gwent.Surprised that Eredin didn't ask for a quick game.

  • Davide Perini

    there is no reason to pass a round without dropping every spy of the deck. :)

  • RankerSVP 98

    Top 10 cards in base game( no DLCs):1. Avallac'h (Neutral) - Power: 0 Ability: Spy2. Geralt of Rivia / Cirilla (Neutral) - Power:153. Villentrenmech (Neutral) - Power: 7 Ability: Scorch Close4. Menno Coehoorn (Nilfgaard) - Power: 10 Ability: Heal5. Yennefer (Neutral) - Power: 7 Ability: Heal6. Kayran (Monsters) - Power: 8 Ability: Agile, Morale Boost7. Vampires: Fleder, Ekimmara, Bruxa, Garkain, Katakan (Monsters) - Power: 4,4,4,4,5 Ability: Muster8. Arachas X3/Arachas Behemoth (Monsters) - Power: 4,6 Ability: Muster9. Crones: Brewess, Whispess, Weavess (Monsters) - Power: 6,6,6 Ability: Muster10. Northern Realms Spies: Thaler, Dijkstra, Prince Stennis - Power: 1,4,5 Ability: SpyNote: Cards 1,2,4,5,6 are Hero cardsHonorable Mentions: All 10 power Hero Cards, All Leader Cards, Decoys, Milva, Commander's Horn, Scorch cards, Weather cards, Catapults, Dandelion(Nilfgaard spies suck compared to Northern Realms spies and the Scoia'tael deck in general is weak)PS: The best card that deserves the 0 position is Poor Fucking Infantry

  • M-F- T-G

    Excellent video mate, really explains the fundamentals of the game. I only have one question: when you win, do you get to take a card from your opponents deck, Triple Triad style? Or do you have to buy them from vendors in the world?

  • Dark Light

    Opponent: "I'm using Nilfgaard"Me: "No Northern Realm? HOW PATHETIC"NORTHERN REALM OR DEATH FILTY SCRUBS

  • Le GentleMan

    This game actually shows how much you can think 2 or 3 steps ahead of the opponent...On my first playthrough, i dont even care about Gwent because I want to learn the storyline as fast as i can...on my second playthrough, I went to every single undiscovered locations and then stack up my cards, buys them whenever the shopkeepers have any cards...Once i start winning, I went to every town with shopkeepers to challenge them and they in return, give me cards...This game is super fun...like a card game of chess

  • IndoJimbo

    Thanks for this vid. I could'nt quite grasp the concept of the whole game without it.

  • Wouter Veraart

    I’m 65 hours in and still don’t understand Gwent 😅. Still need some practicing!

  • SIDNEY rillaerts

    if ur gonna forfeit a round, at least play the spy card

  • Claire Dé Lune

    I still barely understand it, my skill in calculation and strategy has always been off, but this does clear like 4% of the confusion.

  • SinukuR6

    i still have alot of trouble, my opponents always place multiple cards at a time when i can oly place 1 and absolutely destroy me instantly

  • Sarah Moore

    Thank you! 😁 I better understand now, thanks to you!!! This vid is amazing! Thanks again!

  • Big Chris

    try using all your spy cards as soon as you can. you might lose the first round but it gives you more cards meaning for flexibility for your plays in the next two rounds

  • sovereign126

    Thanks so much!Still loathe Gwent, I think it's fucked. But at least I get it.

  • coinsagE46m3

    Thanks for the explanation.  Helps a lot.  Kinda wish I hadn't gotten through 35 hours of the game before figuring out how to play!

  • Meg Valentine

    Thanks for explaining it so well! Could not follow the games instructions for the life of me!!

  • Josh Berrier

    I just won 3 gwent games straight up after watching this, thanks so much :D

  • Pigeon

    level 85 never played gwent

  • Jammsbro

    Thanks for this mate, didn't get the game until I watched this.

  • Drew lopez

    I totally skipped the tutorial cause I really just wanted to fight but now I'm broke and I need food so now im here

  • Rocking Cheer

    thanks bro, i now know alot more how this game works

  • Mad wolf

    i completed every single quest in the game but those Gwent related stuff ... gotta give it some shot

  • Serpico's Beard

    This was better than the tutorial in the actual game. Thanks!

  • Jay Ceez aka joeldaillustrator

    I really like playing Gwent 👍🏾

  • Ryan Mueller

    I'm on NG+, and I've played Magic: the Gathering since 2000, but Gwent confused me

  • Christian Peralta

    Pretty simple game , at first I ignored but since there are quest for the gwent I have to learn it. Thank you

  • Charles Hill

    Play your spy on the round you have chosen to forfeit minimising damages.

  • Neha Pd

    damn I might actually play Gwent

  • MyChico333

    The best thing you can do is to keep the number of card high, that way you always have an advantage. So is better to use the spy cards in the first round. You might lose that round but you'll have the advantage the nex round.

  • Connor Strategos

    this is an awesome tutorial. thanks so much for this!

  • The 800 Club

    Perfect! 👌 Thanks bud.

  • clickhead

    It's funny how Witcher 3 explains all game mechanics quite well but never bothers explaining how Gwent works... one of the most unintuitive card games I've played lol.

  • Garth Palmer

    so it seems like you should have a lot of spy cards, weather to hose the guys you give them and them some heavy hitters to finish the game

  • Mychael M

    Thanks for the vid! Didn't get into the game in my 1st playthrough but Im definitely gonna into gwent on my 2nd!

  • Lenho

    i have played witcher 3 for 47hrs and im level 30. And i haven`t played gwent once

  • yooontheearth

    I skipped all the gwent quests in the game cuz I didn't know how to play it and I'm level 52 after all the DLC finished. Now I decided to go through whole game play but this time I'll play with gwent cuz I feel like I want to collect good cards. haha Thanks the video!

  • Beclouder

    Great Vid.. Hopefully you expand this into other videos, too explain the game more... Like what the best way is to build your deck etc.. But thanx for this one..

  • Dances With Newbs

    Can Witcher 3 be completed without playing gwent? Cards bore the hell out of me.

  • Roks94

    Thanks buddy, I really appreciate this. As I really wanted to start playing gwent :)

  • lizardking89

    Very informative and helped a lot thank you.

  • Jessy1119

    Thank you far making this video!!! It helped lots!

  • Mark Collins

    Great video, really helpful. Thanks for posting.

  • danner253

    Still don't get it. I alwayds run out no matter how Conservative I am and no matter who I play everyone seems to have a library of cards. I guess I give up

  • Anson Ng

    Nice video man, really helpful to me. i just finished the game and wanted to focus on playing gwent. Thanks a lot=)

  • Jesse McNutt

    this video was very helpful! thank you!

  • PeteMeep

    Thanks for the vid, in my first gwent game i was completely LOST, not even a clue as to what to do

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