Gear crafting is functionally similar to alchemy in that each creation is made up of ingredients that you either purchase or collect as you adventure.The difference with crafting is you've got to talk to a blacksmith to get something made, and only after you have both the diagram and the necessary materials collected.
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By which we mean, the dang thing is so long that entire trends will have come and gone in the time it takes you to finish the story. And the only time you can't rob it out from under every villager's nose is when a little text pop-up appears to let you know that nearby guards are watching, and they'll be pretty annoyed if you steal something.
When you're sitting down with the intent of investing that much time in a game, it's good to know a few things when you're first starting out. And we've got some tips to make your time doing those things just a little bit easier. Even then, just run away until they stop giving chase and everything's okay all over again. Merchants tend to pay more (or outright only purchase) the types of things that they sell, so if a blacksmith isn't buying a stack of books from you, it's got nothing to do with the fact that they're stolen. Use your hard-earned, ill-gotten monies to buy alchemical ingredients, crafting supplies and recipes/diagrams for new items.
Even better, the shield heals you as it takes damage, and it's one of the most effective methods in the game for healing quickly.
Axii, on the other hand, is the witcher equivalent of a Jedi mind trick.
To brew something up, you must first obtain its recipe, either from a loot drop or a merchant.
Each substance is made up of several ingredients, which you can either buy or collect out in the wild (green leaf icons on your minimap mark the location of ingredients to harvest).
Most of these, when selected, highlight the next quest destination on your world map.
Sometimes you'll find that one of the more broadly worded Story Quests doesn't have a map destination; that simply means there's a different task you need to complete in connection with the general task.
Once an alchemical formula's been produced, Geralt automatically rebrews more using existing materials whenever he meditates.
The more you drink, the more tainted Geralt's blood level becomes.
Custom markers are visible on the minimap so you always know which direction they're in, but there's no course mapping like there is for quests. For fans of alchemy, it's possible to brew up an assortment of potions, oils, and other substances that help Geralt in a number of ways.