Witcher 3 ► CIRI IS EMPRESS & Leaves Geralt - Bittersweet/Sad Ending

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Sad Ending - Ciri joins Emhyr to become Empress of Nilfgaard and leaves Geralt and the life of a witcher behind. Witcher 3 Neutral Ending.
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  • xLetalis

    Have a look at my "Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales" Walkthrough here: https://youtu.be/vBeImRJnpHE Or some of the other endings of the Witcher 3 + Expansions here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMpNwDjXWh0x9XGrNAgr4g8OXYAtpxpWx

  • admin8073

    Why does all the character disappear once the main quests are done? I am so lonely especially without Ciri :(

  • James Bucket

    This feels like more realistic ending though. I first got the witcher ending but felt everything too good to be true, and the whole game was far from fairy tale. Then I went for the empress ending and saw the detail and effort the developers put in this ending. I say the witcher ending was made for the players who wish Ciri to be happy, but the empress ending was what the developers had in mind.

  • lovelion2001

    some1 tell Ciri about waterproof make up

  • VDA

    This is painful for Geralt but it's the greater good ending. Ciri will rule most of the world and make it a better place. She can help humanity much more than she would were she a simple witcher.

  • xGarrettThiefx

    I came very close to shedding a tear after this happened in my game. What a game ... what a game.

  • Ginger Ninja

    I always hated this ending. It’s too real; too close to life. I come to games to escape, not to be reminded of how bureaucratic life is.

  • StandingNomad

    I prefer the witcher ending. As empress Ciri will be a bird in a golden cage, married to Morvran Voorhis and manipulated from the shadows by her father. She will not be happy.A witcher's life is hard but she will be free and she will be happy. It's more in line with her personality and she will find new friends on the road just like Geralt has. Maybe even true love just like Geralt has.And I just don't buy all this talk that Ciri must be empress for the greater good etc. Look at how much Geralt and Ciri have accomplished as Witchers. They've lifted curses, reunited loved ones, stopped mad rulers, ensured good rulers came into power, saved villages, stopped the Aen Elle invasion, stopped the white frost.... they did all this as witchers, not as rulers of countries or men.Besides - Ciri is the lady of space and time. She can literally go anywhere and do anything. Saying that she must stay in this universe and be the ruler of Nilfgaard is frankly incredibly narrow-minded. In my ending she becomes a witcher and spends a few years on the path honing her skills. Then I imagine her going to other places, and finding new challenges and new civilizations to help. There will be places in time and space that need her more than this one.

  • Monikan Cultist

    Not a bad ending, really.With Ciri being Empress, Geralt can go visit her place anytime or vice versa and with Geralt's humanity lessons Ciri will bring peace to the Galaxy.DUUUUUN DUUUUUN DURURURURN DUUUN DUUUN DUNUN DUNUN *WITCHER 4: RETURN OF THE WITCHERblablablablablablabla

  • Rocky Balboa

    13:56 lol wtf is that guy doing just wondering around is he even supposed to be there?

  • sharky168

    Dont know why Ciri and Geralt are so sad.Ciri can just teleport to see Geralt and Geralt can use Triss/Yennefer's teleports.

  • Muhammad Idham

    "Traveled half the world to find you, but i never intended to force anything on you"True father figure to his daughter

  • Screamin Mime

    She doesn't feel a draft with her shirt open like that all the time?

  • The Wandering Knight

    This is the true and happy ending for the future of temeria and when Ciri takes the throne there will be peace on temeria's lands.

  • Keenan Eriksson

    Here’s the thing, witcher stories typically end in bittersweet notes. Therefore this ending “feels” more like a witcher ending. But it is the least canonically likely because of the characters. Geralt is unlikely to bring Ciri to Emhyr. He cares about her, and cares not a bit for Emhyr. Even if he did take her to Emhyr, she would not have chosen to become empress, seeing as Emhyr killed her mom and tried to rape/impregnate Ciri herself. I could actually buy it that Ciri took responsibility to make the world better. She showed great maturity in facing the white frost too. But I don’t necessarily see her wanting to. Emhyr May simply continue trying to control her, as she knows. I also don’t get her whole “if i want to change the world I can’t do it hunting monsters” thing. Change the world how? No one in the Geralt’s crew has ever desired to change the world, and furthermore, Ciri just saved the world. Plus as much as he’s an asshole, Emhyr is a good ruler and will bring order to the lands he conquers. There are just a lot of things that lead up to the empress ending that I doubt would ever occur in the books. I do believe Ciri could be a world changing leader, the “queen Elizabeth” of her world, but I don’t think it would come about like this. Furthermore, she actually probably can and will do better changing the world on the path. Geralt himself has shown, time and again, how a witcher with a good heart may change the course of history. This ending is beautifully crafted though, and invokes far more emotions than the Witcher ending.

  • Igor Mello

    I got a very nice ending, with Ciri becoming a witcher and hunting with Geralt. Plus Yen's romance.

  • armoredp

    This in my opinion is the true ending, it is in line with the lesson the game is trying to teach you about not being overprotective and letting Ciri go and live out her destined role in life. Ciri being a Witcher is frankly a waste of her powers and legacy.

  • mink N

    I like this ending most.Bittersweet ending make this saga Epic!

  • Nathaniel Jernigan

    This and the "bad" ending are actually my favorites. They are just so packed full of emotion, and unlike the "good" ending feel far more like a closing scene.

  • Astraldymensions

    It's funny, I knew that there were some good and bad endings, but ended getting the one I knew nothing about. I was very sad to see her go, but at the same time I was so proud of her. She saved the world, stuck to her guns, made her own decisions (I often made her make her own choices), and she became an Empress. I can't be prouder of her, even if I wish she had followed in her daddy's foot steps. She'll bring some quality times to these realms.

  • biubiuty

    I think the best ending is still ciri being a witcher, geralt remaining a bachelor after having unicorned yen and lighthoused triss cuz he would have justifications to boat shani.

  • Ryan Murray

    This ending is fine, but not a good one. The witcher ending is about her happiness and purpose. Here She's doing the thing the world wants her too. Totally lame.Bruce Wayne could also do "more good" if he was mayor of Gotham. Couldn't he? Sure he could.

  • indiemuffins

    This is the ending I had, and after watching all the other possible outcomes I like this one the most. It feels more realistic honestly

  • The Crow

    There comes a point in time where one must grow into their new life, one of duty and responsibility rather than adventure and happiness. It's a tough viewpoint, but I believe this is the best ending. Throughout the story Ciri has proven that she's capable to do what she needs to do, this is her moment, crossing the threshold of adventure into duty.

  • Mossy

    Its a sad ending because it is when Geralt finds that destiny does not exist and his whole life has been a lie.

  • Mike Allen

    People say Ciri becoming a witcher is the best ending, really it's just the best ending for Geralt, but if you really think about it the best ending would be this one. At least for the world of the game. Ciri as the new Empress would literally be the best chance for a united kingdoms under her rule. She's intelligent, Sassy as hell, a master swordsman, and has crazy multidimensional powers where she can send people to another world taken by the white frost as punishments.

  • Claire Dé Lune

    This actually felt like the most fleshed out ending, a true conclusion. While the Ciri becomes a Witcher ending is upbeat and happy, it didn't feel that well developed. While bittersweet, you get the most sincerity and straight up examples to how close they are right before the bombshell about leaving for Nilfgaard.

  • Alfred Price

    who else naturally rolls their eyes when dandelion speaks 😂😂😂

  • InnerFire6213

    i love this ending and it's the best for me. Although it's sad that ciri left geralt, I agree with her, being a witcher would not make a big difference in making the world a better place. Plus she had geralt and everyone at kaer morhen to teach her, she will make a better ruler than emhyr

  • Mattia Mirabello

    Hunting rabbits with bear traps, yay

  • MrAgonious

    This was great but....it only served to remind me how much these two love and belong to each other. Ciri should stay with Geralt that's the best ending period

  • Christopher Jorge

    Everyone says that her becoming the empress is the best ending for everyone as she can bring great change to the world. But I couldn't help it I am selfish and was glad she became a witcher like me.

  • Disembowell

    It's the same with a real family... you get married, you (potentially) have children, you raise them and they will at some point leave you, at which point you're in the same boat as Geralt here.Aside from the, uh... past as a Master Witcher, superhuman abilities, etc...

  • Liaret

    Technically this is the best ending. Ciri figures out she'd change things the most if she'd be the empress. This is totally her grown-up decision and I respect it. Also it feels a little over-dramatic that she with her powers (which are not gone after the white frost destruction, are they?) is so sad of not seeing Geralt again. Come on, she can literally teleport to him any time, or he can visit her in the Nilfgaard's palace.

  • marsuini

    This is the correct ending. Ciri can not spend her life chasing monsters, penniless and living hand to mouth as a witcher. She is an Empress and her life will be more beneficial to thousands more people in that role

  • John Smith

    ... in which Geralt gives Ciri the chance to decide for herself instead of doing everything to keep her. If I hadn´t taken Ciri to Emhyr, it would have felt like I´m just another dude trying to do what I want with her.Some people here would argue that its about Ciri, and not the world - but it is precisely in this is the ending that she has the knowledge and full autonomy to choose what she wants. Like Avallah says at one moment, she´s an idealist - and this choice reflects that.

  • John Case

    Why does everyone forget you can take and give Ciri Vesemir's Wolf Medallion? Vesemir even says if anything happens to him to be sure Ciri gets his Medallion, to show she is a true Witcher of the School of the Wolf.

  • Funky Goose

    Something I dont understand is when prople argue that the Witcheress is the best ending because that's what she truly wanted to be, but reading the comments I found out that you only get her to be a witcher if you dont take her to Emhyr. With that information i can only conclude that, if you actually give her a choice, she decides to become empress rather than a witcher (given that you're a good father so she doesnt die). Perhaps her becoming a witcher is the happiest ending for Geralt but, if she knows she has an option, she chooses to be empress, and perhaps that's the best ending for her? I hate that she gets married to some dude and doesnt get to be with Geralt, and that Pillipa remains involved, but honestly I was satisfied with this ending, bittersweet but sill great.

  • TheGusBus

    This ending is sadder than Ciri dying.

  • ps3dubbs

    How do U get this ending.?? Ive got Ciri becomes a Witcher Twice.

  • Xuvial

    Who says the lady of time and space can't kick ass while being ruling?

  • SiDD

    Did anybody else felt so lonely after finishing the game, when you spawn in Kaer Morhen and there is no one there but you and then you remember Vesemir was the only one who took care of the castle and now there is nobody to take care of it.


    I kinda prefer this ending.Ciri is safe, the empire is in good hands and Radovid is dead

  • Feliciano Frontado

    I love this ending.Because just at the right time. JUST at the moment when Geralt and Ciri can FINALLY be together, RIGHT THEN......she leaves.Bravo CDPR, bravo.

  • Mourad Kamel

    i got this ending , but yenefer left with me

  • Marielle Cariño

    Man this is sad. I’m so glad I got the witcher ending

  • Preston Garvey

    Bittersweet ending. Where Destiny is not true and takes your heart and crush it by force

  • DragonHeart613

    I wish that Geralt had Ciri keep her sword that he had made for her as a remembrance of him so that a part of him will always be with her no matter what & also so she has something to defend herself with at all times from the many schemers, would-be assassins & other such shadowy and clear as day-type threats she will undoubtedly be confronted with on a daily basis as Empress of Nilfgarde :(

  • Growl

    I got this ending on my first try. This is probably the best ending for the countries involved, more Nilfgaard influence means a safer world for mages, elves, and dwarfs. A good ending for Temeria as well (although Dijkstra was spot on with his criticism! But I couldn't let him kill Roche). Too bad you had to choose between Roche and Dijkstra, I really like both characters... But this ending is of course sad for Geralt and you really feel it when you play this last part.

  • Michael Dy

    felt like my kid just graduated and was gonna go off on her own in the big bad world alone......damn onion ninjas..

  • Ryudo Wizom

    Why am i crying? :'/

  • Lan Mandragoran

    My End: with Yen(i love her personality), Cerys is king of Skellige, Baron is dead, Radovid is dead, Dijkstra is dead...Ciri is a Empress, she can rules the world, but...maybe she can be more lucky like a witcher, huh...

  • Dimas Saksono

    this is my version of best ending since i too choose cerys and roche ending, with this skellige and nilfgaard will be at peace and temeria can still prosper even as vassal state with ciri as the empress

  • Konrad Kubinski

    This is objectively the best ending imo. War ends, war against nonhumans ends and Ciri becomes the best empress ever!

  • spooT

    The "good' ending wasn't for us players to be happy. It was for ciri to be happy. It was her choice to be a witcher, and she loved it. Choosing that option meant letting Ciri pursue her dreams. The "empress" ending meant that she had to sacrifice her dreams for responsibilities. Sacrifice something that makes you happy, for something that is the right thing to do. Both of these choices will trigger mature players of their parenting instincts. Will you choose a future for your daughter that needs her responsibilities and sacrifice her dreams? Or will you let her choose her own path and follow her dreams.Me, I chose the good ending. Radovid is fucked, Ehmir (for some reason, he died because his people lost trust in him. i thought this only happens if radovid lives), i killed dikstra because he chose to kill roche and the others (yes, i am aware of his intentions, he also wants to unite the realm, but knowing him, there's also something other than just uniting the realm. he himself is seeking power. it's basically putting the realm in the hands of a mad kin in the future. roche and the others alive, will mean uniting the others after they fulfill their dream for temeria), what about the mages and witches you say? Remember that there is the kingdom of Kovir. This is one of THE most wealthiest kingdoms in the north. This is one of the only kingdoms to accept mages and witches freely, and is neutral to the war. Kovir is a very powerful kingdom. I dont even think either radovid and ehmir are stupid enough to fuck with it. and in the end, ciri became a witcher. yes, if i was her father, i would let my son/daughter follow her own path. there is no point in doing something you do not love. even in doing jobs today. i don't care if it pays me little. if u do not love what you're doing? even if it pays u billlions? it will not bring out ur very best, and it would be pointless in the long run. besides, whatever u choose in the romance path, if u choose to either romance both triss and yen, or didnt go for both of them, then ciri would end up living with geralt at the kingdom of toussaint. not to mention the close relationship of geralt, and dutchess anna. either way, south and north, mages have kingdoms that can look after them. all we can hope now, is that roche will be able to stabilize temeria. i know a lot of people say it's selfish. because the world is fucked. i respect your opinion, really. but no, the world isn't fucked, the kingdoms inside witcher 3 is just a small part of a bigger picture. there are actually much more powerful kingdoms that accept mages. In short, they aren't racist. I know radovid may also have some reason why he chose to kill witches and mages. but he became mad in the end, and there is one thing he didnt realize. a fault of one witch/mage(that may have done something horrible to him) cannot be passed to the other. just like the fault of the son/father cannot be passed to the other. so in short, he's wrong.

  • Father Gascoigne

    Ultimately the best ending for everyone besides Geralt and Ciri. The North is full of savages killing each other for honor, fanatics burning mages and other trouble. The Empire is harsh but this is still war. No one is innocent in this conflict. With Ciri in charge all the bad aspects about the Empire can be changed. What good could she do as a witcher for the greater good? She chose this for herself in this ending. She wasn't forced. This ending is the only way to achieve order and security for everyone.

  • Tomo tomo Cacchio cacchio

    Three traumas on the screen of my life:-the death of the Bambi's mother-the death of Qui Gonn Jinn-this ending

  • Claire Dé Lune

    "I chose 'Yeah, we do' cuz its much sadder. His voice cracks on 'Yeah'." :/ Plus, everyone in my recent playthrough has left him. So he's gotta be realistic. Its only a matter of time when Roach packs up and leaves for Lambert.

  • Gaudencio Azarcon

    Waiting for Witcher 4......

  • Aggelos F

    This IS the best ending. It's the most realistic and the most suitable for all the characters in the game. That's how a truly good ending is supposed to be. This isn't a fairy tale. It's certainly what the developers had in mind and you can see how hard they worked on it. For those who say that witcher ending is better because Ciri chose to be a witcher, guess what... She also chooses to be an empress here. No-one forced her. But at least here she understands that the choice she is making is the best for everyone, not only her. She's only a bit sad because she thinks she won't see Geralt again, but that's not really the case for someone like her. Besides the witcher ending is too shallow and forced.

  • Fahim Noor

    This Game will Remain Forever In My Heart

  • Jo$h

    i cant accept this ending for two things .1. ciri has to marry this one dude from the emperor.Seriously i dont want that. She should do whatever she wants.2. it always breaks my heart when i see ciri cryingconclusion : Witcher ending >>>>>>>>>>

  • Jollystr

    I find this ending the most unforgettable. It's so heartbreaking.

  • TheMolinator15

    The best ending. It is more like novels, cumin Ciri takes its own separate, but never a goodbye forever.

  • WrenchNinja

    the actual best ending

  • Daniel Johansson

    How to i get this ending, how???

  • Krombopulos T

    I played this game 3 times on my ps4. Recently I built a PC. And I completely forgot to actually pick a game to play. Booted up the PC. Looked around steam. N automatically somehow Witcher3 downloaded n I started playing it. I'm 92 hrs in for the 4th time.

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