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I defy witchcraft and sorcerers, destiny, prophecies, the fate of the world, I defy the Elder and Younger Blood. What do all these predictions and spells mean to me? What do I gain from them? Nothing!
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- Bonhart to Ciri before their final fight, The Lady of the Lake

Leo Bonhart (d. 1268) was a bounty hunter and previously a professional soldier from Ebbing. Known for his professionalism and expense to hire, he found pleasure in watching brutal scenes and inflicting pain on others. He was described as very tall but ghoulishly thin, with a prodigious grey moustache. He was said to have cold, expressionless eyes which were often likened to fish.

He possessed three witcher medallions, depicting the heads of a wolf (School of the Wolf), a cat (School of the Cat) and a griffin (School of the Griffin), and claimed to have killed their previous owners. A claim which was not necessarily in doubt, given his prowess with a sword.

Bonhart was hired by Stefan Skellen to kill Ciri and by Baron of Casadei to capture her alive. Bonhart killed the Rats band to which Ciri belonged and cut off their heads after their deaths. He neither killed Ciri, nor brought her to Baron of Casadei, therefore fulfilling neither of his contracts. He imprisoned her for some time, beating her and drugging her with fisstech. After some time he also bought Ciri her infamous sword Zireael and forced her to kill in the arena at Claremont, which belonged to his cousin Houvenaghel.

Ciri escaped Bonhart with the help of Neratin Ceka while they were in the village of Unicorn. Bonhart had gone there to meet with Skellen and Rience. Bonhart then killed Neratin Ceka while Skellen seriously wounded Ciri with an orion as she escaped with her horse, Kelpie. Later, Ciri hid and healed at the hermitage of Vysogota of Corvo in the Pereplut swamp.

Together with Skellen and Rience, Bonhart tried to hunt her down on Vilgefortz's order. Eventually, she escaped to Tor Zireael.

At Stygga Castle, Bonhart killed Cahir, and then he himself died at the sword of Ciri.


  • Although he was one of the cruelest persons on the continent, having no qualms with brutally mutilating corpses, Bonhart once confessed to his cousin Houvenaghel that he was disgusted by the sight of manure and worms.
  • He still seemed to have a firm moral compass of his own. He regarded what his cousin called "entrepreneurship" as nothing more than elaborate theft, but he also had no qualms participating in and profiting from Houvenaghel's schemes.
  • Furthermore, Bonhart seemed disgusted by the Marquise de Nementh-Uyvar. Whether this was due to her and her husband's rampant and sadistic pedophilia or the Marquise's description of her husband's genital warts is not entirely clear.


  • In one of the interviews Andrzej Sapkowski confessed that the surname "Bonhart" originally belonged to one of the English clients of his company.
  • In The Witcher, Bonhart is mentioned by Jean-Pierre when you first meet him in the swamp. According to Jean-Pierre, "Old Leo" was a witcher slayer and is known as a legend, witchers and mages were no match for him.


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  • Gwent icon.png See the GWENT standalone game version card: Leo Bonhart