Practicum in Advanced Alchemy is a secondary quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Geralt is tasked with assisting the master alchemist Gremist with his all-important ritual.

If Geralt talked to the herbalist at Herbalist's Hut northeast of Oxenfurt, he can point Geralt to a master alchemist named Gremist who can teach him more about alchemy. The witcher eventually finds Gremist outside his cave workshop near a pond north of the Gedyneith Grove.

Journal entry Edit

At one point during his travels Geralt learned of a master alchemist named Gremist. Rumor had it this druid knew more about alchemy than most men know about the contours of their own members. Geralt, ever eager to polish his skills, decided to find this learned druid and absorb whatever knowledge from him he could.

This Gremist proved to be a strange individual, but then so do most mages and druids - routinely staring into the abyss of otherworldly power has that effect. Rather than let Geralt learn from him right away, he first forced him to undergo three trials. Geralt passed all three with flying colors and the druid had no choice but to take him on as an apprentice. Thus Geralt, showing an admirable commitment to lifelong learning, gathered his chalk and prepared his slate for some advanced alchemy lessons.

Walkthrough Edit

Upon arrival a druid can be overheard telling Gremist that he is getting old and must pass on his knowledge, but the alchemist refuses. When Geralt approaches and asks him to share his knowledge, Gremist laughs at the idea of Geralt being an apprentice, saying that he's devoted his life to alchemy and does not want to simply give away all the knowledge he has gained over the years. However, when Geralt asks what he can do to convince the alchemist, Gremist states he needs to perform a ritual and will give three tasks for Geralt to complete that will help him with it. Once all three are completed, he will then accept Geralt as his apprentice. Geralt must then:

  • Search for a pimpernel from the Morskogen Forest

Find Pimpernel Edit

Head south of the Druids' Camp to the Morskogen Forest and look for pimpernel, only to see the blooms have all been picked. As one is examined, a druid approaches and explains how Gremist has sent countless young druids to bring back pimpernel and they all returned with a blank look on their faces with no flower in hand. Furthermore, none of them ever speak of what happened to them. However, the latest one, Ramund, hasn't returned, so the druid came out to find him or kill the monster he believes is responsible.

Find the tracks and follow them until they split on a path, one set going up hill and one set going down. Head downhill and Geralt and the druid will find a neat pile of stones, under which is a dead body, and the druid remarks that it's Jorre the White. Now head back up the hill and follow the tracks where eventually Geralt hears a male's voice. Turns out Ramund is safe and sound with a succubus, who resides in the area.

If Geralt didn't find the body, the succubus explains she hasn't harmed anyone and the young druids find her by themselves to the point she has to use magic to send the unwanted admirers away. However, as Ramund is nice, she decided to let him stay. If Geralt found Jorre, the succubus will reason that he was very old and even when she warned him his heart was too weak to continue, he kept returning and died, so she buried him as custom dictates.

Convinced that the succubus uses bewitching charms, the older druid tells her that he'll kill her. Geralt can agree and kill her or stand down. If he agrees, the pair kill the succubus and Ramund becomes bitter about it. Geralt must then follow the scent to her lair, which she decorated with pimpernel flowers, and take one. If Geralt stood down, the older druid storms off, promising to bring someone willing to kill her. The succubus will then lead Geralt to her lair and allow him to take a pimpernel flower as repayment.

The Distillery Edit

Head to the abandoned Distillery on Hail Hill to eventually find a cave inhabited by a cyclops where the distillery is located. After defeating the cyclops, look around to find the Distiller's Log and the Distiller's letter detailing the instructions on how to distill the alcohol. There is one sample of mash left up on the scaffolding to the left of the machinery. To make the spirit:

  • put the mash in the evaporator (the center vat) and ignite the fire underneath to boil it
  • once Geralt remarks that should be enough, go to the levers and use the right one, then left

Now retrieve the alcohol from the barrel next to the condenser.

Find Fritjof Edit

Practicum in Advanced Alchemy-FritjofRitual

Fritjof is located in Blandare and Geralt will arrive to overhear him warning a villager about the dangers of a ritual he is about to perform. When approached, he explains the village is suffering from a drought and, as a vaedermakar, he can call forth rain, but at the cost of also summoning monsters. Agree to help him and he will lead you to an altar in a field where he will sacrifice the sheep and start the ritual, causing foglets to appear. Protect him until he finishes the ritual, then he will agree to go help Gremist.

Go see Gremist Edit

Once all favors are completed, head back to Gremist. However, even though the old druid accepts Geralt as his official apprentice, he will still refuse to tell him about the ritual and instead tells Geralt he must wait a day while he and Fritjof conduct the ritual in his workshop.

Come back in a day to find that it wasn't a ritual at all but rather two old friends hanging out and getting drunk. While drunk, the master alchemist finally decides to teach Geralt all he knows about alchemy and drinking toxins. The quest finishes some time later, leaving Geralt a bit drunk as well.

Objectives Edit

  • Find Gremist's workshop.
  • Talk to Gremist.
  • Find a pimpernel in the woods using your Witcher Senses.
    • Search the woods for the missing apprentice and some pimpernel using your Witcher Senses.
    • Kill the succubus. (If Geralt sided with the older druid)
    • Follow the succubus to her lair. (If Geralt sided with the succubus)
    • Use your Witcher Senses to find and pick a pimpernel. (80 Tw3 icon xp)
  • Find Fritjof the druid in the nearby village and convince him to talk to Gremist.
    • Go to the ritual site with Fritjof.
    • Defend Fritjof while he completes the ritual. (80Tw3 icon xp)
  • Find the abandoned distillery.
    • Clear out the distillery.
    • Use your Witcher Senses to search the distillery for instructions on how to produce alcohol.
    • Read the instructions for distilling alcohol.
    • Find some mash.
    • Use the machine to produce alcohol.
    • Take the spirit. (80Tw3 icon xp)
  • Return to Gremist.
  • Wait till the next day.
  • Talk to Gremist about your reward. (80Tw3 icon xp)

Trivia Edit

  • If Geralt discovers the succubus' cave before meeting the druid in the Morskogen Forest, Ramund is found sleeping in the cave while the succubus cleans her lair. If Geralt asks who the sleeping man is she will reveal him as one of her many lovers who she hasn't chased away because he doesn't snore. The forest succubus also reveals how she collects her flowers to make honey and for aesthetic preferences. She also offers to share her flowers and hence Geralt can take the pimpernel in advance.
  • The word "Vaedermakar" seems to be a combination of Swedish väder (weather) and Scots makar (maker).
  • The chants uttered by Fritjof in his ritual is in "Gammelsvenska" also known as Old Swedish.
  • The song played while defending Fritjof is called Naranca, a Slavic song played by Percival.
  • If Geralt spared the succubus in the quest Deadly Delights , this is the last chance to obtain the Succubus mutagen needed to make the Succubus decoction. Otherwise, multiple playthroughs are needed to acquire the Decoction and spare both the Succubi.

Bug Edit

  • There's a bug where the quest available marker on the map gets stuck on the druid that first talks to Gremist when Geralt first finds them.