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Dead Man's Party is a main quest in the Hearts of Stone expansion.

As part of Olgierd von Everec's three difficult tasks, he asks Geralt to show his brother, Vlodimir, the time of his life. The problem is, Vlodimir has been dead for quite some time.


Talk to Shani, who will be talking to some Redanian soldiers about her antidote, they will remark on how much she "likes" Geralt while she leaves for a moment to get her antidote. Once they leave ask her for help to find Olgierd's brother. As it turns out Shani is very helpful and decides to meet Geralt with a censer by the Von Everec family crypt. Once you reach the crypt, you will meet Shani, who will be making a wreath for a wedding party, and will ask Geralt to come with her, you will be going regardless so just accept. Once you reach the entrance, Shani will decide to stay out, so Geralt will continue alone.

Waking the dead[]

Note: once you enter the crypt and begin the ritual, you will be locked into the quest until it is completed. If you wander too far from the area/paths, you will be forced to return to finish the quest.

After entering the crypt, Geralt will be attacked by wraiths. Once you get rid of them, use your Witcher Senses to find a breakable wall, and destroy it with Aard. Go through the tunnel and fight some arachnomorphs. Then, pick up the crypt key held by a corpse, using it to unlock the door to one of the rooms. Afterwards, use your witcher senses to inspect the coffins until you find Vlodimir's grave. When you do, you will have to use the censer that Shani gave you at all marked locations, and then use Igni to light the central votive. Once you awaken the family, they will attack you and you will have to fight their ghosts. After all of them are "dead," Vlodimir von Everec will appear and be amused by the spectacle. After explaining Olgierd's wish to him, he will possess Geralt which will cause him to lose consciousness. Now Geralt, or rather Vlodimir, will be woken up by Shani and immediately fall for her. Once everything is explained, Shani will propose that they go to a wedding feast, to which he will agree.

Let's Party[]

After you reach the location Vlodimir will dress Geralt properly and give him a haircut and shave.

Note: This will happen even if you came prepared and brought proper clothing and went to a barber, so don't bother trying to avoid it. You can go visit a barber after this quest to change things back (though the long beard will have to be grown out again).

Now it's time to meet the newlyweds, after that take part in the activities. Some are mandatory while others are optional, whenever you do something that is mandatory time will progress.

After completing the pig pen competition mandatory quest, you will be challenged by Shani to try and pick up a local girl. You can try to woo her with words and almost succeed in convincing her to head to the barn with you. This leads to her three brothers showing up and trying to intimidate you to leave their sister alone. You can try to not fight but in the end you will have to pick up a fence post and take them out. Even if you defeat them, the girl is unimpressed that you used force and she walks away in disgust. Shani will chide you for your supposed great skill with women and how you lost out in the end anyways.

After completing two mandatory quests, Vlodimir will take Shani dancing during which Gaunter O'Dimm will appear and dedicate the next song to them. After the dedication, Geralt will talk a few things over with Vlodimir and propose to see why Gaunter is here. If you decide to talk with him, Gaunter will introduce himself to Shani and have some nice words for Vlodimir after which he will excuse himself.

Once you do all 4 mandatory quests the clock will hit midnight and "Cinderella will have to run."

Note: If you participate in all activities you will earn the Let the Good Times Roll! achievement. To make it easy, just leave a mandatory activity, like fishing out Shani's shoe, for last and take part in everything else before doing it.

The Pig Whisperer[]

You have to chase two pigs into the pen and if you use Axii you won't win the prize as they will consider this cheating. There is no time limit and you can focus on guiding each pig into the pen. It seems that the black pigs marked with yellow circles on their back are the most cooperative. Take your time, without using Axii, and you will win King of Swineherd's crown. This trophy has the highest additional gold bonus in the game so it is a good idea to earn it. After completing the competition, Shani will challenge Vlodimir to woo a girl. As previously mentioned, you will have to fight them no matter the conversation choices you pick.

What's a Celebration without Gwent?[]

Talk to the Halflings sitting at a table who are playing Gwent to join in. They use a fairly strong Northern Realms Gwent deck with the Foltest: The Steel-Forged leader, a number of spies, weather cards, and a Scorch.

If you lose you will have to give them 5% of your coin and be wearing the Ass ears for the rest of the party.

The Fire Swallower[]

Speak to the two people talking about the dog who chased the Fire Swallower away. After agreeing to find them, Geralt will give Vlodimir hints where to start, so off you go. Fortunately, Geralt's witcher senses work the same as always, so follow the tracks to find them. Along the way you may find his hat. After you find them, you can use Axii on the dog or chase it away, else he won't climb down from the tree. Once he comes down, you can return his hat if you found it while tracking him. If you mock him, he will decide to leave, however good old Axii can solve that problem too, or 50Oren3.png. After that, you have to escort him back and you will be attacked by a Boar. After it's dead, you will return to the party. If, however, you allow him to leave, Vlodimir can offer to put on a juggling act instead after returning.

Shoe Fishing[]

Shani's Shoe Location

Talk to the people near the pond they will explain the rules, which are simple Shani will throw in her shoe and you will have to find it. Pretty easy, however there are two other shoes too, and if you find the right shoe on first try you will earn more XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level. Her shoe is located to the left in a corner on a ledge. Pick it up and bring it to her.

Other activities[]

  • Talk to some "girls"
  • Have some Drinks at the tables
  • Talk to Shani inside the barn, you have to climb a ladder outside to do it (you can find the Cow gwent card once there)
  • Dance in the barn

Party is Over[]

After you complete the 4 main events go back to the barn and make a speech or not (if you don't mind looking like an ass then go for it), regardless Vlodimir will write a letter for Olgierd with Geralt's blood, however he will decide to break his promise to stay longer, fortunately Gaunter will appear and banish him. After that Geralt will converse with Shani before she walks away and Gaunter will give Geralt advice on how to deal with the situation which will start A Midnight Clear quest. Now all that remains is to return to Olgierd to complete the quest, however if you wish to do the aforementioned quest then do it now else it fails if you leave the party.

Journal Entry[]

As Master Mirror forewarned, Olgierd von Everec asked Geralt to perform several tasks for him. One of these was to show his brother, Vlodimir, the time of his life. As I know from many pleasant personal experiences, the witcher, grim as he may sometimes seem, is more than capable of arranging a fantastic night out. Yet in this case, there was one particularly tricky catch: Vlodimir was dead. As a first step to overcoming this obstacle, Geralt decided to go see Shani, who, as a Redanian subject, an Oxenfurt resident, and a woman of great learning, might just have some information about where Vlodimir is buried.
Shani had been a diligent student – she not only had heard of the von Everec family, but also happened to be in the possession of a tome indicating the location of their family crypt. She and Geralt decided to journey there together. Shani was to bring a censer with her, which Geralt intended to use to perform the ancient ritual of Blood Summoning to bring forth the ghost of Olgierd's dead brother.
Thanks to the Blood Summoning (which, as is the norm during witcher adventures, did not go off without certain complications), Geralt was able to summon the ghost of Vlodimir von Everec. Vlodimir, delighted at the prospect of enjoying a "cracking good time," stated that to do so, he would need a body...and then promptly possessed the witcher's, despite the latter's heated resistance. From that moment till Vlodimir had had his fun, Vlod's ghost accompanied Geralt everywhere the witcher went. And it so happened on that day, he was going to a wedding, where he was to meet Shani. Vlodimir was thrilled at this, for he had taken quite the liking to the young medic, but, learning that she meant something special to Geralt, he promised to keep his hands off her. Yet something about his manner left room to doubt he'd keep this promise...
Once Geralt and Vlodimir arrived at the wedding, the ghost jumped into Geralt's body and threw himself headlong into a whirlwind of merriment, mirth, and amusement.
Hearing Geralt recount that night's festivities, I realized it was a great shame I had not been able to attend. Not only would I have graced the guests with a performance worthy of the occasion, but also I would have witnessed its wonders first-hand, the better to now convey them to you dear reader... Yet I consider my chance to craft an epic nuptial ballad merely delayed, not missed, for Shani caught the garland during the capping, meaning I will surely be a guest of honor at her wedding in the near future. Vlodimir, I hear, enjoyed himself tremendously, though he was forced off the stage and into the netherworld in a rather unpleasant manner by Master Mirror at the end. Before that happened, he wrote a letter to his brother in his own (that is to say, Geralt's) blood, thus providing proof that the witcher had fulfilled Olgierd's wish.
As the witcher had suspected, Olgierd would not simply take Geralt's word for it that Vlodimir had not only risen from the dead (temporarily, at least), but had also had a splendid time. Yet the letter Vlod wrote in blood effectively resolved all Olgierd's doubts. The task was deemed completed.


  • Talk to Shani about the von Everec family crypt. (150 XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Meet Shani in front of the von Everec family crypt.
  • Enter the von Everec family crypt.
  • Defeat the wraiths as they appear.
  • Use your Witcher Senses to explore the von Everec family crypt.
  • Spread the incense in every room of the crypt.
  • Light the main votive to continue the ritual.
  • Defeat the wraiths of dead von Everecs.
  • Meet Shani by the farm where the wedding will be held.
  • Follow Shani and meet the newlyweds.
  • Talk to the newlyweds.
  • Take part in the wedding activities until midnight.
    • Drive the pigs into the pen (2 pigs). (50XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level if you use Axii, 200XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level otherwise)
      • Defeat your opponents. (50XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level if you lose the fight, 200XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level otherwise)
    • Fish Shani's shoe out of the lake and give it to her.
      • Give Shani the shoe you fished out of the lake for her. (50XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level if you bring all 3 shoes, 200XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level otherwise).
    • User your Witcher Senses to find the fire swallower.
      • Drive the Daemon away (Axii 20XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
      • Use Axii to make the Fire swallower come to the party (20XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
      • Protect the fire swallower from the "bear".
      • Escort the fire swallower back to the wedding. (100XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
    • Talk to Master Mirror at the wedding. (150XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Go to the barn for the capping ceremony. (200XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)
  • Inform Olgierd the task has been completed. (150XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level)


  • Nearly all the von Everec ghosts are incorrectly labeled during the fight, except for Alexy. This is most obvious during the cutscene: the one addressed as Honoratina (the grandmother) is then labeled as Eulalia in the fight, and the one addressed as Kestatis (the grandfather) is mislabeled as Ernest.
  • During all slow walking and idle moments while playing as Vlodimir at the party, Geralt will use a unique walking stance, with his hands on his hips. If you save the game during the party and create a New Game + save over the current save, Geralt will use this walking animation throughout the game as his permanent stance.


  • When Vlodimir removes Geralt's facial hair, it will disable dynamic beard growth even though the end result is a clean shaven face. You can re-enable it by visiting a barber and selecting the "Shaved head and a ponytail" option.
  • In the barn where the dance is held, climb up to the loft using the ladder to find the unique Gwent card Cow on the floor next to the pillows.
  • In order to win the King of Swineherd's crown and a stuffed animal for Shani, the pigs must be herded without using Axii.
  • The inventory panel will be inaccessible for the duration of the wedding party and the only weapons available to fight the boar will be those equipped before Vlodimir/Geralt changed clothes (including sword, crossbow, and bombs).
  • "Losing" to the halflings in Gwent will cause Geralt to forfeit 5% of his gold, but "win" the unique Ass ears. Geralt will wear the hat for the rest of the party, which will affect dialogue with the guests.
  • Even though Vlodimir writes a letter that Geralt later gives to Olgierd, it doesn't actually appear in one's inventory. However, using console commands, the letter can be added and read.
  • If you decide to loot the tombstones after resurrecting Vlodimir, he will comment on this, ultimately leading Geralt to tell him to shut up.
  • While you are looking for the fire swallower, you can find his unique cap on the ground. There is no point in keeping the cap, since Geralt can't equip it.
  • When you are rude to the fire swallower and insult him enough, he will go back to Novigrad without performing at the wedding. In this case Geralt can replace him with a juggling act.
  • Shani's shoe is on the left


  • When rescuing the fire swallower, Vlodimir as Geralt can comment on his inability to differentiate between a boar and a bear. The fire swallower then replies he's not a naturalist which is ironic since his name is David Artensborrow (a reference to real-life naturalist David Attenborough who frequently appears on nature documentaries and has at least 20 species of plants and animals named after him).
  • In the Polish (Original) version the quest is called "Hulaj Dusza!" which is an idiom and thus cannot be translated literally, the English equivalent would be "Party Animal." However, the Polish version is much more fitting as when translated literally it would mean "Partying Soul." Hence the title change as it's a spirit or "soul" that is doing the partying and not an animal.
  • The name of the quest is likely a reference to the album and title song "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo.