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The first Act of Witcher 3 is by far the largest and includes three main story threads that you need to complete as you search for Ciri in Velen, Novigrad and Skellige.

The quest journal gives you the optimal path for searching for Ciri as Velen is the easiest and Skelligie is the hardest. You must complete all three story threads before moving on to the next Act.

If you thought White Orchard was big you’ll be in for a shock when you get to Velen. You don’t need to complete all of the side quests at once. You can move between Velen, Novigrad and Skellige as you like so if something is too difficult or out of the way you can always come back to it later.

Act 1 Main Quests

In Ciri’s Footsteps – Velen

The Nilfgaardian Connection
Bloody Baron
Ciri’s Story: The King of the Wolves
Family Matters
A Princess in Distress
Ciri’s Story: The Race
Ciri’s Story: Out of the Shadows
Hunting a Witch
Wandering in the Dark
Ladies of the Wood
The Whispering Hillock
Ciri’s Story: Fleeing the Bog

In Ciri’s Footsteps – Novigrad

Pyres of Novigrad
Novigrad Dreaming
Broken Flowers
Get Junior
Ciri’s Story: Visiting Junior
A Favor for Radovid
Count Reuven’s Treasure
The Play’s the Thing
A Poet Under Pressure
Ciri’s Story: Breakneck Speed

In Ciri’s Footsteps – Skellige

Destination: Skellige
The King is Dead – Long Live the King
Echoes of the Past
Missing Persons
The Calm Before the Storm
A Mysterious Passenger

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