The Witcher 3: Following the Thread

Following the Thread Walkthrough

  • This Exploration can be obtained in the Notice Board
  • In Hierarch’s Square at Novigrad.
  • After picking up the pursuit from a Notice Board,
  • You’ll come across an objective marker from the south-west corner of Novigrad. Mosey
  • on over to the mark and talk to the guard leaning against the construction near.
  • Following the chat, you will want to head to the
  • Neighboring shack that’s marked with the brand new objective marker and trigger your
  • Witcher Senses. Here you can inspect:
  • Footprints just inside the door.
  • The Bloodstain in the centre of the room.
  • Body in the back, right corner of the room.

Once you have examined the body, your objectives will be updated. Activate your Witcher Sense and locate the footprints. Follow these a short distance until you reach the end of a pier. Examine the tracks here.

Swim to the far side of the river and examine the wooden walkways outside of the building with the waterwheel on the back. Examine the footprints here (and the dead rat if you wish) before following the tracks to the doorway.

Climb the stairs inside to start a brief boss fight.

Following the Thread Location and Rewards

Basic Information

Quest Number
Region Multiple Regions
Quest Location Novigrad Water mill near Arette Seven Cats Inn Faroe
Previous Quest
Next Quest


Gold Reward None
Exp Reward 90 or 70
Item Reward None

How to Unlock Following the Thread

This quest is unlocked after reading the notice of the Contract: Monster in the Bits in the Notice Board in Hierarch Square. It should be noted that if the player does this quest, the side quest Flesh for Sale can not be completed.

Is Following the Thread Missable or Failable?

This quest is not failable.

Following the Thread Walkthrough

1 Talk to the guard posted outside the supervisor’s building south of the Southern Gate Signpost.
2 Head to the shed marked on your map. Use your Witcher Senses to investigate the area. Inspecting the body will reveal that the monster is an Ekimmara.
3 Use your Witcher Sense to inspect the monster tracks. Follow the trail.
4 When the tracks stop by the river, cross it to the warehouse on the other side. Continue following the tracks into the warehouse.
5 Help Lambert kill the Ekimmara. Killing it will reward you with 50 XP.
6 You can choose to go to the supervisor or meet with him later. If you choose to meet with him later, you will meet him nearby the guard you talked to at the start of the quest.
7 Kill the 3 guards.
8 Go into the building.
9 Head to the Seven Cats Inn to meet Lambert.
10 After the conversation with Vienne you can decide whether Lambert will kill her or leave her be. Whatever you choose you will be given 80 XP.

Letting him kill her will start a fight between her and 3 other elves.

11 Head to Trottheim on the island of Faroe in Skellige. Talk to the pirates at the gate. Choose the dialogue option [I’ll be back]. Otherwise a fight will start.
12 Go to the shrine where Hammond is. It is recommended to go around the Trottheim to avoid starting a fight with the pirates.
13 Kill Hammond and his 4 men. Gain 80 XP for killing all of them.
14 Search Hammond’s body and loot the letter.
15 Meet with Lambert at the Nowhere Inn in Novigrad.
16 You can choose to go to Karadin right away or meet Lamber later.
17 You will have to decide whether or not to spare him or kill him. If you choose to kill him, prepare for a fight. More information on these choices in the Following the Thread choices and best choice section.

Following the Thread Choices and Best Choice

Geralt and Lambert confront Aiden’s supposed killer and ex-assassin. Karadin proceeds to explain that he has changed and now deals in legal trade and has a family of his own now. Whether or not it is to be believed is up to the player.

Spare Jad Karadin

You decide to believe that Karadin has truly changed sparing his life. Sparing him will give you 90 XP.

Kill Jad Karadin

You feel like Karadin is lying. Geralt and Lambert fight him and end his life. Killing him will give you 70 XPLesser Triglav runestone and Diagram: Eirlithrad. Looting his body will also give you a Dimitrium Bomb and a Grapeshot Bomb

Best Choice

If you would like the most rewards, it is recommended to kill Karadin. If you would like to base your decision on the story, it is a difficult choice. There is no definite proof he has indeed changed and the wife and children could be just a cover. It is up to the player if they would believe him or not and whether it is worth killing him.

Following the Thread Tips and Strategies

Looting the Ekimmara Corpse

Tell Lambert you will meet him later after killing the Ekimmara. This will let you loot the corpse of the Ekimmara for some loot.

Following the Thread is somewhat worth doing

This quest gives you somewhat useful benefits when you complete it. It is up to you to decide whether the things you gain from this quest will benefit you greatly.

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Master Armorers Crow’s Perch, Clan Tordarroch Forge 24
A Dangerous Game Rosemary and Thyme 12
A Feast for Crows The Bits 20
A Final Kindness Hierarch Square 26
A Matter of Life and Death The Bits Triss’ hideout Elihal’s workshop Vegelbud Residence 12
A Tome Entombed Novigrad sewers 13
A Walk on the Waterfront Harborside 12
A Warm Welcome Road southwest of Wheat Fields n/a
An Eye for an Eye Hanged Man’s Tree Temerian Partisan hideout 12
Cabaret Rosemary and Thyme 14
Carnal Sins Vilmerius Hospital Crippled Kate’s Vegelbud Residence Novigrad Docks 16
Drunken Rabble In front of The Golden Sturgeon n/a
Empty Coop Hut between Honeyfill Meadworks and Dancing Windmill n/a
Fencing Lessons Var Attre Villa Seven Cats Inn 12
Fists of Fury: Novigrad The Golden Sturgeon North of Portside Gate East of Southern Gate Farcorners 23
Gwent Quest: Big City Players Sigismund’s Bathhouse Passiflora Forest outside Novigrad n/a
Gwent Quest: Playing Innkeeps Inn at the Crossroads The Alchemy The Kingfisher Inn n/a
Gwent Quest: Playing Thaler Seven Cats Inn n/a
Haunted House Novigrad 7
A Bard’s Beloved Cave east-northeast of Palisade 15
Hey, You Wanna Look at my Stuff? Northwest of the Silverton merchant 6
Abandoned Sawmill Abandoned Sawmill 24
Armed Assault Southeast of Rannvaig 15
Call of the Wild Just east-southeast of Arinbjorn signpost n/a
Hidden Messages of the Nilfgaardian Kind West of the Crooked house Crippled Kate’s Gildorf sewers 8
Crime and Punishment Peninsula east of Ancient Crypt Rogne 18
Finders Keepers Small island north of Giants’ Toes Svorlag 24
Fists of Fury: Skellige The New Port Arinbjorn Harviken Northeast of Urialla Harbor 30
Gwent Quest: High Stakes Passiflora 26
Honor Among Thieves Whoreson Junior’s Casino Putrid Grove 9
For Fame and Glory West of Larvik 15
It Takes Three to Tango Kingfisher Inn 28
From a Land Far, Far Away Island east of Redgill Ursten Widows’ Grotto 13
Hard Times Road between Miners’ Camp and Blandare Kaer Trolde 21
Iron Maiden Hill east of Harviken 19
Master of the Arena Hov 14
Peace Disturbed Cave southeast of Kaer Trolde Harbor and southwest of Rogne 25
Shock Therapy Gedyneith 24
Karmic Justice Between Tretogor Gate and Southern Gate n/a
Stranger in a Strange Land West of Sund 14
The Cave of Dreams Inn at Arinbjorn Kaer Muire 14
The Four Faces of Hemdall Eastern coast of Ard Skellig Islet southwest of Hindarsfjall Freya’s Temple n/a
The Heroes’ Pursuits: For the Goddess’ Glory Larvik Freya’s Garden n/a
The Heroes’ Pursuits: Kaer Trolde Rannvaig Kaer Trolde n/a
The Lord of Undvik Kaer Trolde Undvik 17
The Path of Warriors Trail to Yngvar’s Fang Yngvar’s Fang 16
Little Red Yantra 15
Message from an Old Friend Books and Scrolls n/a
Novigrad Hospitality Roadside between Yantra and Sarrasin Grange 8
The Sad Tale of the Grossbart Brothers Blandare Grotto 26
Woe is Me Palisade n/a
Worthy of Trust Kaer Trolde Harbor North of Crossroads Fyresdal n/a
Greenhouse Effect 27
Novigrad, Closed City (II) Northwest of Hierarch Square n/a
Monster Slayer Lakeside Hut 26
Trail of Echoes n/a
Novigrad, Closed City Northwest of Hierarch Square 11
Now or Never Novigrad 14
Of Dairy and Darkness Novigrad 9
The Nithing Rannvaig 14
Coronation Kaer Trolde 18
Free Spirit Snidhall Isle 13
Flesh for Sale 12
Fists of Fury: Champion of Champions 11
Man’s Best Friend Northwest of Mulbrydale n/a
Farting Trolls
Brave Fools Die Young
Races: Crow’s Perch Cossroads west of Crow’s Perch n/a
An Unpaid Debt 15
Witch Hunter Raids
Warehouse of Woe 13
The Witcher’s Forge 30
Return to Crookback Bog Crookback Bog 9
The Bastion 23
Berengar’s Blade 27
King’s Gambit Kaer Trolde 18
Take What You Want North of Keira Metz’s hut 25
The Last Wish Hindersfjall 15
The Fall of the House of Reardon Reardon Manor 6
Possession Svorlag 17
The Truth is in the Stars Benek n/a
Gwent Quest: Skellige Style Kaer Trolde Gedyneith Gremist’s workshop Kaer Muire n/a
Thou Shalt Not Pass Border Post Western Gate 7
Where the Cat and Wolf Play… Honorton Oreton 25
Wild at Heart Blackbough Isolated Shack 7
Witcher Wannabe Lindenvale 10
A Barnful of Trouble Carsten 11
A Deadly Plot Near Border Post North of Hanged Mans Tree 14
Brothers In Arms: Velen Velen 22
Brothers In Arms: Novigrad Novigrad 22
Brothers In Arms: Skellige Skellige 22
Brothers In Arms: Nilfgaard Royal Palace 22
Of Swords and Dumplings Aeramas’ Abandoned Manor 24
Out On Your Arse! Hattori’s home The Golden Sturgeon 14
Race: The Great Erasmus Vegelbud Memorial Derby Crippled Kate’s n/a
Racists of Novigrad Vegelbud Residence n/a
Reason of State Road north of Portside Gate Dye pits northeast of Tretogor Gate 30
Redania’s Most Wanted Novigrad Docks St. Gregory’s Bridge The Butcher’s Yard theater 12
Rough Neighborhood Est Tayiar 10
Spooked Mare Just north of Shani’s Clinic Southeast of Western Gate 12
Strangers in the Night Hut north-northwest of Crossroads signpost n/a
Strumpet in Distress Between Eternal Fire Chapel and Vegelbud Residence n/a
Suspicious Shakedown Behind a house north of the Rosemary and Thyme n/a
The Dwarven Document Dilemma Farcorners 2
The Flame of Hatred Street east of Hierarch Square n/a
The Gangs of Novigrad Cleaver’s Headquarters Whoreson Junior’s casino Whoreson Junior’s arena 9
The Most Truest of Basilisks Road northeast of Novigrad Gate n/a
The Nobleman Statuette Novigrad 14
The Price of Passage Oxenfurt n/a
The Soldier Statuette Caesar Bilzen’s house Triss’ hideout 14
The Volunteer Oxenfurt White Eagle Fort 13
Black Pearl The Golden Sturgeon North of Arinbjorn 13
Gwent Quest: Collect ‘em All! Various places n/a
Following the Thread Novigrad Water mill near Arette Seven Cats Inn Faroe 11
Gwent Quest: Old Pals Seven Cats Inn Temerian Partisan hideout Rosemary and Thyme The Nowhere Inn Kaer Morhen n/a
Never Trust Children The Bits Road between Arinbjorn and Sund n/a
A Frying Pan, Spick and Span Riverside northwest of White Orchard n/a
Faithful Friend Woesong Bridge 30
Missing in Action Battlefield n/a
On Death’s Bed 2
Precious Cargo n/a
Twisted Firestarter Willis’ forge White Orchard village n/a
A Dog’s Life Drudge 5
A Favor for a Friend Keira Metz’s hut 6
A Greedy God South of Wastrel Manor 7
A Towerful of Mice Fyke Isle Oreton 6
An Invitation from Keira Metz Keira Metz’s hut 6
Bitter Harvest Battlefield south-southeast of the Border Post 9
Blood Ties Nilfgaardian Army Group ‘Center’ Camp 12
Caravan Attack Northwest of Marauders’ Bridge n/a
Ciri’s Room Crow’s Perch 5
Deadly Crossing Troll Bridge Boatmakers’ Hut North of Lindenvale West of Dragonslayer’s Grotto n/a
Death By Fire On the road west of Codgers’ Quarry 10
Defender of the Faith East of Blackbough Duén Hen Along the road between Byways and Frischlow 10
Face Me if You Dare! South of Crow’s Perch Southeast of Tretogor Gate Northwest of The Golden Sturgeon n/a
Fake Papers South of the Border Post n/a
Fists of Fury: Velen Inn at the Crossroads Blackbough Crow’s Perch Lindenvale 11
At the Mercy of Strangers West of Mulbrydale n/a
A Mysterious Passenger Larvik
Fools’ Gold Lurtch 6
For the Advancement of Learning Fyke Isle 8
Forefathers’ Eve Fyke Isle 7
Funeral Pyres West of Mulbrydale 3
Ghosts of the Past Reardon Manor Lindenvale 6
Gwent Quest: Velen Players Benek Midcopse Oreton Crow’s Perch n/a
Harassing a Troll Far north and west of Inn at the Crossroads n/a
Hazardous Goods Northwest of Lurtch Between Reardon Manor and Benek n/a
Highway Robbery Between Crow’s Perch and Boatmakers’ Hut n/a
Highwayman’s Cache East of Boatmakers’ Hut n/a
Last Rites Blackbough 9
Yustianna Disturbed
The Tower Outta Nowheres 30
The Price of Honor 14
The Heroes’ Pursuits: Fyresdal
Looters Heatherton Wolven Glade Toderas Codgers’ Quarry n/a
The Heroes’ Pursuits: Fayrlund
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The Family Blade 15
Lynch Mob Hangman’s Alley 7
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