Published on June 4th, 2015 | by Mica Rose0
12 Of The Best The Witcher 3 Easter Eggs
The Witcher 3: Wild (Easter Egg) Hunt
These days a game wouldn’t be complete without a few geeky Easter Eggs thrown in for good measure, and The Witcher 3 Easter eggs are no exception. The team at Code Projekt Red seem to have filled their quota for pop culture references and then some – not that I’m complaining, as each little one feels like a little wink or nudge from the developers to remind us that everyone is a fan of something! We take a look at some of the The Witcher 3 Easter Eggs the fan base has found so far (WARNING: May contain slight spoilers).
1. Bring Out The Imp
If you go to the cellar of the Bloody Baron’s castle, (something you’ll have to do for a quest anyway) there will be two guards stationed at the bottom of the stairs. These NPCs share a famous bit of dialogue from Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic Pulp Fiction.
“Bring out the gimp”
“The gimp’s sleeping”
“Well I guess you’ll just have to go wake him up now, won’t you”
If you look around there is no sign of a gimp, though (without giving too much away) I’m curious as to whether this may be referring to a creature we later learn of named Uma (not Thurman!).
2. Finest swordsmith in the world
Another nod to Tarantino comes when Geralt visits a blacksmith in Novigrad. In search of the finest sword possible, he enquires whether a master armourer could make him one. He’s told that the finest swordsmith in the world has retired, his name: Hattori Hanzo.
This is a nod to a character of the same name and description in the film Kill Bill: Vol 1.
3. Game of Crones
Those who are fans of Game of Thrones, and let’s face it there’s not many that aren’t, will instantly recognise the nod to the sky cell Tyrion Lannister was imprisioned in during his visit to The Eyrie. This can be found at Kaer Almhult in the Skellige Isles. Another reference to the famous fantasy show is an in-game version of Jon Snow’s sword Longclaw, with its signature wolf’s head hilt.
4. Arrow to the Knee
Arguably the most overused gaming meme on the web today spawns from a Skyrim NPC complaining about taking an arrow to the knee. In honour of this you’ll be able to pick up a gwent card, depicting a Black Infantry Archer who’s quote is ‘I always aim for the knee. Always’.
5. The Easter Egg is a Lie
Early on in the game you will have a tiny window of time go through a portal open by and for another character. The game will deposit you in the next room through a portal in the ceiling for your efforts. A clear nod to the much loved puzzle series Portal.
6. “He’s not a Witcher, he’s a very naughty boy!”
The game includes various lines of dialogue heavily inspired by Monty Python; including ‘Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!’. There is also an appearance from a soft and fluffy bunny, at the entrance of a cave where bones are littered on the ground. A clear nod to the Rabbit of Caerbannog from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
7. 50 Shades of Geralt
Geralt has a conversation with a dwarf who dishes some dirt on the sordid affairs of the locals, including a woman who insists on calling her lover Christian him calling her Anastacia, the names of the two main characters from the regretably popular 50 Shades series. The dwarf also mentions their use of ‘bit and reins’ but the less said about that the better.
8. Fairytale Endings
Though perhaps not necessarily an Easter Egg, the Witcher 3 clearly draws inspiration from some of the most well loved and popular fairytales that we all heard as kids. Without giving too much away, there is a mission which directly replicates one of these tales, even offering a little history on where the world of the Witcher’s version stemmed from. Along with that there are nods and winks to Hansel and Gretel, with trails of breadcrumbs and sweets used to entice children down dangerous paths.
9. Don’t Blink
If you visit a little church near Lindenvale you may notice a couple of statues of weeping angels. If you’re a Doctor Who fan this sight is likely to give you goosebumps, especially as when you enter the church and come out again…they move. The Weeping Angels are arguably the most chilling creatures from the Doctor Who universe, for those who don’t watch the show they are statues that can only move when they aren’t being seen, hence why they cover their own eyes. For every second you don’t have eyes on them, they move closer and if they get near enough to touch you they can send you back to a time before your birth. The Doctor describes them as “The only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely”. Check out the video below to see for yourself.
A villager can be heard saying the words ‘War…war never changes’, which was the tagline for Bethesda’s post apocalyptic game Fallout 3. Check out the clip below.
11. Name Game
During The Witcher 3 you’ll come across many interesting characters, some of which will have names and stories that will ring a bell to players from different fandoms. Keep an eye out for a disgruntled dwarf who goes by Grimlee, have a chat with him and he’ll be complaining about an Elf and a bounty hunter name Djenge Fett, references to Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. You’ll also find that the Fight Club champion in Novigrad goes by the name Durden, the name of Brad’s Pitt character in Fight Club, but we don’t talk about that. Perhaps more interesting are the words he speaks to Geralt when approached: “You have been weighed, you have been measured…”, which is a memorable line from the movie ‘A Knight’s Tale’, is there no limit to the obscurity of these easter eggs?! I hope not!
12. You’re so vane
If you take a closer look at the weather vanes on the roofs of certain buildings, you’ll see that they are modelled after CD Projekt Red’s rooster logo. A nifty little touch that acts as an in game signature!
Have you found any more easter eggs whilst playing The Witcher 3? Let us know in the comments!
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