To cull the burgeoning local population of stray dogs, the gravedigger has offered a reward to anyone who can produce six jars of dog lard as proof of killing the pesky mutts. What is a cash-poor witcher to do?
The kindest way to get the dog tallow is to search containers and Salamandra remains for it because, in the course of the game no dogs attack you. If you just can not be patient, at night, because locations are considered "dangerous", you can draw your weapon. Good-bye little puppies.
If you do not believe in killing innocent canines, there are some alternatives. Searching for containers of it does work. You will find them in many places, if not always reliably. Also, at night sometimes you will be attacked, either by fleders or by roving Salamandra thugs. If the fleders or Salamandra are near dogs, they usually get killed (try to lure them towards any nearby dogs as you fight. They might get whacked, then you did not kill them, right? However, such an action can be considered devious.
- There is usually some dog tallow here and there if you search all premises and remains thoroughly, but you may be forced to wait until Chapter III to complete this contract. A few known places are:
- If you are intending to get the dog tallow without killing any Dogs then it's best to store all the tallow you find until you have enough to complete the quest. Otherwise you may end up using it by accident when preparing some oils.
- Dog Tallow also functions as a top quality base (5 ingredient slots) for blade coatings despite the in-game description.
- In recent patches, you can however attack the dogs even in broad daylight. Force draw your weapon by pressing Q or E (or pressing space bar to pause game then just choose any one of the weapon icons on the left), left-click dog and fight it! Loot corpses for dog tallow.
I have six pots of dog tallow. I should see the gravedigger. I should see the gravedigger and claim my reward. (500 XP)
The gravedigger paid me for the dog tallow, but dog catching is not my idea of a pleasant pursuit. I received my reward for the dog tallow. (100 + 2000 XP)