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Welcome to the witcher library guide!

This is a quick guide created specifically for the busy witcher who has little time left for reading after roaming the countryside chatting up complete strangers and dealing with their various and sundry monster troubles. The Witcher game is no different really in its portrayal of Geralt's day-to-day routine. He still goes around talking to people and slaying monsters. Special thanks go to Licensed Luny for the many, many hours of research it took!

In the course of the game, Geralt gathers journal entries about the various monsters he encounters and the ingredients he can extract from them. He also passes by many potentially useful plants, so knowing about as many as possible also helps make his life easier.

Most of these journal entries can be obtained by speaking with NPCs, but a few can not be obtained in any other way than by reading the appropriate book or scroll. Luckily, many books and scrolls can also be obtained for free, or as rewards for completing quests. That said, there are still a few wiley entries for which no free source exists. To date, that list of entries seems to be:

Below are the books which are necessary to obtain in order to have a complete set of journal entries. After all other means of acquiring the information have been exhausted. Strictly speaking, although some entries can be had for free, their availability earlier in the game is often preferable. Technically, you may want to splash out a bit more to make sure you have all the necessary Bestiary entries before starting a new chapter. For that information, see the list of monsters by Chapter.

Necessary books[]

The following books are necessary if you want to have every single journal entry available. Otherwise, it could be said that no books are necessary.

Items Oren.png Must be purchased[]

Quest complete.png Necessary, but can be obtained for free[]

Primary quests.png Books obtained as rewards[]

Catalogue[]

  • The Chapter column lists the first Chapter in which a book or scroll can be found for free. If the book is a quest reward, then clicking on the quest icon will open the corresponding quest page.
  • Not all books listed as "Free" are in fact free for all paths through the game. Some are also optional quest rewards and so may or may not be considered free.
Image Title Chapter Buy Sell Free
General information
Aftermath of the War 5- Chapter V 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Against Nonhumans 1- Chapter I 80 Items Oren.png 16 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Animating the Inanimate 150 Items Oren.png 30 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Ars Amandi 3- Chapter III 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Ballads 3- Chapter III 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Barghests 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Basics of Alchemy 1- Chapter I 70 Items Oren.png 14 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Book of Animals 100 Items Oren.png 20 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Conjunction of the Spheres 2- Chapter II 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Cults and Religions of the Nordlings 2- Chapter II 90 Items Oren.png 18 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Curse of the Black Sun (only in The Price of Neutrality) 70 Items Oren.png 14 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Bestiary
Curses and the Cursed 3- Chapter III 500 Items Oren.png 100 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Description of the Vodyanoi or the Fishpeople
Primary quests.png
600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Diary of a Dice Collector 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Bestiary
Disease of Civilization 350 Items Oren.png 70 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Bestiary
Disenchanting a Striga 5- Chapter V 120 Items Oren.png 24 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Double Cross of Alzur 5- Chapter V 200 Items Oren.png 40 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Druid's Herbarium 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Elder Blood 3- Chapter III 80 Items Oren.png 16 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Experiment Notes 5- Chapter V 1000 Items Oren.png 200 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Fairy Tales and Stories 4- Chapter IV 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Feainnewedd 300 Items Oren.png 60 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Herbarium
Field Plants 200 Items Oren.png 40 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Flower and the Flame 2- Chapter II 70 Items Oren.png 14 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Foreign Lands 3- Chapter III 60 Items Oren.png 12 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Forensic Medicine 3- Chapter III 150 Items Oren.png 30 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Frightener P- Prologue 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Great Book of Minerals 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Bestiary
Greater Brothers 5- Chapter V 1000 Items Oren.png 200 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Guide to Vizima 2- Chapter II 60 Items Oren.png 12 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
History of the World 2- Chapter II 40 Items Oren.png 8 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Hymns of Madness and Despair
Primary quests.png
100 Items Oren.png 20 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Invitation to Magic 1- Chapter I 70 Items Oren.png 14 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Ithlinne's Prophecy 1- Chapter I 60 Items Oren.png 12 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Kingdom of Temeria 2- Chapter II 80 Items Oren.png 16 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Lara's Gift 2- Chapter II 70 Items Oren.png 14 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
The Last Wish 5- Chapter V 800 Items Oren.png 160 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Monstrum, or a Portrayal of Witchers P- Prologue 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Ornithosaurs 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Bestiary
Physiologus 3- Chapter III 1000 Items Oren.png 200 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Plants of Barren Lands 4- Chapter IV 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Recent History 1- Chapter I 40 Items Oren.png 8 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Ritual Plants 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Rivian Pogrom 3- Chapter III 50 Items Oren.png 10 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Road of No Return 150 Items Oren.png 30 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Shadow People, or the story of His Majesty's Secret Service 2- Chapter II n /a n /a Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Small Book of Minerals 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Sorceresses and Sorcerers 3- Chapter III 60 Items Oren.png 12 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Specters, Wraiths, and the Damned 2- Chapter II 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
General information
Story of Lara Dorren and Cragen of Lod 2- Chapter II 60 Items Oren.png 12 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Subterranean Plants 300 Items Oren.png 60 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Bestiary
Swamp Monsters 1- Chapter I 200 Items Oren.png 40 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Herbarium
Swamp Plants 3- Chapter III 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Tome of Fear and Loathing I 1- Chapter I 250 Items Oren.png 50 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Tome of Fear and Loathing II 500 Items Oren.png 100 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Transmutations and Metamorphoses 80 Items Oren.png 16 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Bestiary
Vampires: Facts and Myths 4- Chapter IV 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Bestiary
Wonderful World of Insectoids 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
General information
Zerrikanian Insects and Other Vermin 110 Items Oren.png 22 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Dagon Sap 4- Chapter IV 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Formula for De Vries' Extract 3- Chapter III 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Dragon's Dream 200 Items Oren.png 40 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Frightener's Vision P- Prologue 100 Items Oren.png 20 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
The Book of the Golden Oriole 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Golem's Pith 2- Chapter II 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Formula for Hanged Man's Venom 2- Chapter II 300 Items Oren.png 60 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Hellhound's Soul 1- Chapter I 200 Items Oren.png 40 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Kikimore's Ire 3- Chapter III 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
The Book of the Kiss 2- Chapter II 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Koshchey's Core 5- Chapter V 800 Items Oren.png 160 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Formula for Maribor Forest 300 Items Oren.png 60 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Alchemy scroll
Petri's Philter formula 2- Chapter II 100 Items Oren.png 20 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Samum 3- Chapter III 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Secrets of the Southern Masters 3- Chapter III 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Striga's Urge 5- Chapter V 800 Items Oren.png 160 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
The Book of the Swallow 1- Chapter I 100 Items Oren.png 20 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
The Book of the Tawny Owl 1- Chapter I 200 Items Oren.png 40 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
The Book of the Full Moon 4- Chapter IV 800 Items Oren.png 160 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Werewolf's Wrath 3- Chapter III 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Formula for White Raffard's Decoction 3- Chapter III 400 Items Oren.png 80 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
The Book of the Wolverine 3- Chapter III 600 Items Oren.png 120 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Alchemy scroll
Zerrikanian Alchemy 200 Items Oren.png 40 Items Oren.png Quest failed.png
Mutagenic potion scroll
Zeugl's Vigor E- Epilogue 1000 Items Oren.png 200 Items Oren.png Quest complete.png
Tome
Ain Soph Aur Primary quests.png 300 Items Oren.png n /a Quest complete.png
Tome
Secret Gates Primary quests.png 100 Items Oren.png n /a Quest complete.png
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