Witcher 3 Build Guide: Sword-Caster (Combat + Sign)

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Here's my sword-caster build for the witcher 3! Let me know what you think of it!

Alchemy & Combat Build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWqsmlcDNLk

Combat Build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bXpVFGvkxQ

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  • SteamStax

    Hey guys check out my new Alchemy & Combat build! It's the most devastating build I've done yet! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWqsmlcDNLk

  • Kyle McWilliams

    You know this guy is great when he blurs out mission text to remove any spoilers.

  • SomeoneWitSkill

    I realized you blocked out the final quest description. You have no idea how thankful I am that you did that lol.

  • ShaneTheSage

    "Explaining why this is important would be like telling a baby not to shit itself" this is the single greatest line in any youtube video ever

  • Akshay B

    Nice of you to blur out the quests for spoilers. That's quite considerate, good job!

  • ArsPK22

    Did he ever do an update of this video after he gained more ability points?

  • CidsReality

    Best guide. Everyone else has these long ass slow talking video's lol. This was very well explained and straight to the point, I love it.

  • Roman Semenov

    With this build you should use light armor because it adds +50% attack power + 20% fast attack damage + 100% crit damage. Medium armor is designed for casters. Also consider spending 3 points into Acquired Tolerance (alchemy) which essentially doubles your max toxicity and allows you to drink all potions at once. Potions aren't useless: Thunderbolt alone almost doubles your damage (and during rain sets crit chance to 100%), stamina and adrenaline buffs allow you to whirlwind almost non-stop, Raffard's decoction heals you to 100% instantly and with Blizzard's slo-mo you can cut through crowd of enemies in style.

  • Jacob Anthony

    I love how he blurs out the quest. It's very thoughtful and I greatly appreciate it

  • truman

    just the fact that you blurred out the missions made me subscribe.

  • AJ S

    If witcher 3 had coop multiplayer

  • Dennis Persson

    Rend seems OP when paired with axii

  • James Eaton

    You by far have the best build guide I've seen on YouTube cuz you take time to explain why you chose your skills and give step by step instructions. I just started the game a few days ago and will most likely use this as my build thank you.

  • Spider-Man eating an onion ring

    The thing I'm most impressed by in this video is that you blurred out the spoilers. Nice job!

  • Kul Zaze

    I think I have a better tweak for this build of yours, the combat trees are fine, keep them at 9 abilities from combat, for the sign section maybe just have 2 signs of the same type, like either pick aard & have aard sweep combined with shock wave or aard intensity or do something similar with igni or axii the mixture just isn't required, and infact for a combat build I'd say you should just invest into active shield and Quen intensity, one improves the strength and the other restores health perfect for a combat build. The last spot you can either add another sign ability (of the same sign type you have for the other 2) or use cat school technique from general and add light armour as your main 4 items to wear for the 20% boost. But the best build  can only be made once you reach around level 54-58 and have all the skill points of place of powers. Respec and after using 9 slots for your combat & 2 for a sign intensity (of same type, my recommendation is Quen), the last skill point needs to be Synergy from Alchemy section. With greater mutagens and fully slotted trees you should be normally getting a 40% increase in sign intensity per tree with the blue greater mutagen, but this synergy fully upgraded adds 50% more intensity to each slot (combat or shield as long as those mutagens match the slot). I'm no where near level 55 yet, but I tested all sign intensity methods in a control environment (by just working with 1 skill tree), and synergy gives the best power out of all other options.

  • trza49er

    Nice video man. I think this is the build for me, makes me feel like a medieval fucking jedi master to mix in some signs with a badass sword game. Only one I'm not sure I agree with is fire stream. It looks fucking cool but I had been planning on eventually upgrading my Aard a bit for flying enemies and crowd control. Thoughts?Also, alchemy is far from useless, it just doesn't appeal to me because I find it more tedious. I'd rather have my guy just be awesome in general rather than having to dose up on potions constantly. Some of the alchemy builds I've seen are actually pretty OP though.

  • phatbaby

    hey dude, love the content. But please credit Uppermost for using his music, he's a personal friend of mine..

  • SteamStax

    +Ethan T Stabby by Nimbus is the song used in the Endslate. The song used in the intro is called Born Limitless by Uppermost

  • Kartiko Hadiputro

    how nice you blurring out the quest for avoiding spoilers

  • The Wiwitcheur

    Also a good build : you focus on one attack type (light or heavy) and max up the affiliated skills, then grab alchemy until you get the mutagens boost. Then max up best Signs :- Axii : alternate version with intensity maxed is awesome- Aard : 360° alternate version with good intensity is instant-stabkill versus every humanoids- Yrden or Quen : both alt versions are great, Yrden for more DPS and Quen for better healingAlso use only Medium armor (or enchant your set if not full Medium).I personaly recommend speccing into Light attacks, grabing Crippling Strikes (combat tree), Poisoned Blades (alchemy tree) and alternate Yrden (signs tree) for maximizing DoTs.Plus, with enough points in alchemy, you can use several potions/decoctions at the same time like Ekimme decoction (regen works with DoTs), Petri's Philter (Sign intensity boost), Thunderbolt, stamina regen boost potion or whatever you feel comfortable with.You can even add poison grenades for even more DoTs, and drink the Poison regen potion for absolutely broken health regen^^

  • Draggy

    i think you should remake this video because from my expirience those were some really crappy advices. i have some advices that you can read if you want to try some other ways as well. as a sword caster, you'll need to have balance between combat and magic. i recommend getting the feline school gear or the griffing school gear (which is more effective for magic. the reason i adviced getting the feline school gear was because its a light armor gear that can help you more throught stamina regen [yes i know you can unlock the griffing school skill in general skill tree).the combat skills i recommend you to get are: muscle memory, precise blows,wrill,flood of anger,resolve,undying.the sign skills i recommend you to get are: melt armor,firestream,delusion,active shield,exploding shield, quen intensity.you'd find yourself in a lot of moments without any health and if you wont use sollow/white raffard's decoction, you'll find yourself with some situations with almost no health or even dead, that's why you need to get the undying perk and the active shield perk. i didnt mention any of the strong attack perks because i see them kind of useless. a sword caster you need to be quick and agile but still have a great deal of damage on the battlefield. i find the normal burst of fire more effective against a crowd of enemies and the firstream mode as a way to deal a big strong enemy. i hope that helped you being a better sword caster.

  • ABBA

    Alchemy useless? My dps can get as high as 4000 with my alchemy sword build, and my vitality can go up to 14,000 with decoctions

  • Stavney

    i can't seem to find the spin to win build you made.

  • katanamaru1

    I don't have Witcher 3 (yet), but these guides are fun to watch. You give info with just the right amount of fun commentary.

  • Roger Joseph

    Love this build. At this point i am running with a mixed build on Bones difficulty lvl 23 and i am destroying everything while wearing Enhanced wolven armor with Superior Griffon swords. So far this seems to match my play style. But seeing this i want to re spec. Still can't tell if i would like the pure builds. Would you recommend it. Simple skills like "Acquired Tolerance", are massive bonus's to damage if taken with superior decoctions. Also what of the armor bonus in the last tree.

  • Sgt Hartman

    nooby advise. Alhemy is  super powerful.

  • phKoon

    I would make just a little tweaks: Equipments: Feline Gear with Ursine Swords.Slot Cat School Techniques.Combat Skills: 3 first tiers of Fast attack, 3 first tiers of Strong, Razor Focus and Counter Attack.Signs: Melt Armor, Axii (for using Rend more effectively) and Igni intensity.You can swap one of the Sign Upgrades for whatever you like.. Quen for example :)

  • Leon Flanagan

    How did qwen block more than one strike?

  • Jirka Bounty Stiegler

    ok nice setup of abilities but which armor do you prefer for that options ?? wolf armor ? Cat armor, Bear Armor ??? pls any idea ??? guys ???

  • Bergatrollet

    why is everyone talking about using healing potions? You literally need to just spend one single skill point into 'Gourmet' under the basic abilities in the skill tree and consuming food will heal you (also during combat) for 20 min.

  • princeofpersia

    I use almost the same build, except for a few changes (finished game at death March with up scaling on)Used gourmet in general (any food you eat restores vitality for 20 minutes)Upgraded the second perk of quen (alternate cast mode, any incoming damage restores vitality)Great vid!

  • Loser

    i've a question. for a mage build, is it better to go with cat school armor or griffin school armor?

  • 3BALL4

    This is the first time I've ever played Witcher....I have know idea what the hell im doing. Im so bad. What the hell are power pints or general points? Im fighting 3 guys over and over and keep dying. bad combat...

  • SteamStax

    If you'd rather go for a straight combat build, check out the video I just released for the best combat build you can have with 50 skill points!

  • Bryan R Thompson

    Whirlwind is great, but far from a catch-all. My current build has a heavy combat focus - I can do almost unlimited whirlwind, but in using it usually take on a lot more damage from enemies in groups so there’s a trade off in dodge ability and limited range. Also, I’ve literally set out on an equal leveled opponent one on one in what was around a 20sec whirlwind strike and he locked in a block animation negating all damage... I was pretty impressed, finished my animation fainted on his next strike with a parry and cut him down a two light strokes. Love the combat build for game, do almost all fights with sword skills and one or two aggressive casts - no Quen all speed! Makes every encounter just a little bit more exciting!

  • Fist Face

    The only thing I have against this build is the fact that you said all general perks are useless. If you play death march like I do, nothing is better than having food heal for 20 minutes in and out of combat

  • StoneGiant

    Great video man, you didn’t waste time with useless information and gave a brief explanation for each skill AND blurred the mission to avoid spoilers

  • Kovács Benjamin

    alchemy is the best with bear armor set. Incredible HP and armor rating with green mutagens, and a lot of stuffs for every situation (bombs, potions, oils). Alchemy is a tank character. If u want to do high dmg, chose Combat with Feline armor set, but u can be killed by 2 hit. And if u are a casual gamer, choose signs with medium armor and spam igni...

  • Robert Taylor

    I think crippling strikes is just 5 seconds past the last strike, not 5 seconds for every strike. So at level 2 damage = (number of sword strikes)(average damage per sword strike) + 50*5. In the video you seem to imply that it's an additional 50*5 per sword strike, meaning damage = (number of sword strikes)(average damage per sword strike + 50*5).

  • Ethan T

    Hey man! What's the song at the beginning of the video? I looked up "Stabby - Nimbus" but that doesn't seem to be the song at the beginning. Any help would be appreciated! Awesome video, earned a new subscriber!

  • Andy Vargas

    Cat school armor increases fast attack strength, the light armor perk in the yellow section increases it even more I think.

  • Michael Flyris

    i'm using a alchemy/fast attack and axii build its epic huge crits and your basicly unkillable

  • Ek Seng Ng

    So where do u spend Yr remaining points after once its done to that spec?

  • Hero Strike

    this build is good for the wolf armor and wolf swords?

  • Christopher Curtin

    "Get to the f**king build guide already!"I swear, I lost it when I heard that.

  • Logan Williams

    I would appreciate you blurring out the quest objective like everyone else except I'm not perceptive enough to even notice so sorry, but thanks anyway

  • EastCoastBattlefield

    Awesome vid can't wait till next build

  • H0lm3s

    put 5/5 in rand and then spam it. no fight will be interesting and you will do much to much damage. this skill breaks the combatsystem because it is unblockable

  • chaos242

    Great video! Quick, to the point, and lots of useful info. I'll definitely be trying this build out later on, I'm only lvl 10 atm. Do you have any recommendations for this level?

  • Samuel Britt

    Good stuff do I kinda have it like that but I have mine even with sign and combat. But imma check this build out.

  • LegitGamerXpro

    What does fleet foot do and is it useful

  • Mark Kagan

    Nice build guide man straight to the point with a but of humor. Thanks

  • Manifoldhope

    i love the build i just wish there was room for Quen Discharge

  • Luka Hays

    That music at the beginning was obnoxious, but otherwise a good video.

  • esteban ruiz

    Upgrade the precise blow???Thats what i said hahahaha

  • Quad Son

    i keep ending up with 2 values i dont know whitch one it would be

  • Sicthemutt

    Mad respects for respecting spoilers

  • Immortal Hybrid

    What armor are you using

  • Ryan Vlasveld

    I really like how you explain each ability and then show a short clip of it in action. Thumbs up man, great videos.

  • stewazy

    Yo whats the song from the intro, its real catchy

  • Da KillaBaer

    Whats the best way to take down the Shrieker?

  • HentaiSenpai

    Do a quen build as its amazing. I use it on death match.

  • dontbeshady411

    Isnt wolf gear medium armor?

  • Chrisfragger1

    Doesn't crippling strieks over write bleed from weapons and runes? and it's capped really low?

  • Duchess Coachman

    Ty so much!! The dps is badass!!

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