Dyes & Armor Customization | Witcher 3 Blood and Wine

Armor dyes are a new feature in The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine. They allow you to customize witcher gear by changing the color of every individual piece.
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There are many ways to get them, and they’ll help you make your outfits more unique. This guide will show you how dyes & armor customization in Witcher 3 work, how to get dyes.

If you’re stuck with any other aspect of the DLC, take a look at our Witcher 3 Blood and Wine Walkthrough & Guides.

Armor customization

When you’re in the Inventory screen select a dye in the Armor tab. If you want to see how it would look before you apply it, press “E” to enter preview mode, then select the item you wish to paint. If you’re satisfied apply the color on the piece of equipment. Don’t forget you can only change the color of items belonging to witcher gear set.

There’s no need to be conservative about this – you can always revert the armor piece to its default look by using the dye remover. The only thing you lose are some resources.

Where to find dyes

Dyes are a new addition. They can be looted off fallen enemies, collected from containers or bought from shops. Only the merchants in Toussaint sell them, but they can drop from any enemy in the game as long as you have the DLC installed.

Blue Armor Dye Formula location

Formula Blue armor dye can be found south-west of Belgaard Vineyard. You’ll see a small boat near the coast. Dive into the water and look for a wooden chest, hidden under the boat.

Orange Armor Dye Formula location

Formula Orange armor can be obtained east of Coronata Vineyard. Just before a bridge, turn right and search a wooden cart in a ditch.

Turquoise Armor Dye Formula location

Formula Turquoise Armor Dye is hidden in a small camp just north-west of Arthach Palace Ruins. This precious dye formula can be found in a small sack behind a white tent.

Black Armor Dye Formula

Formula Black Armor Dye is hidden Northwest of Toussaint, in what appears to be castle ruins. You’ll find it inside a hidden chest. Black Dye crafting resources are: Dye Solution, Nigredo, Stammelford’s Dust, Coal, Crow’s Eye, and you’ll need one of each.

Purple Armor Dye Formula

Formula Purple Armor Dye can be found during the Contract quest titled The Tufo Monster. This contract can be started from the Notice board in Flovive. Once you talk with Tuto, he will send you to the place where Jean-Luc was last seen, and give you a key to unlock the basement. From the entrance, go down the stairs, turn left and loot a small chest.

Gray Armor Dye Formula

Gray formula can be obtained during a contract quest titled A Knight’s Tales from the notice board in Castel Ravello Vineyard. It is the one posted by woodcutter Jacob. During the quest you’ll get the objective – Search the hut using your Witcher Senses. Gray armor dye formula is hidden in a dresser inside the hut.

Red Armor Dye

If you want the Red Dye Formula, you’ll have to go to the north-east, to Dun Tynne Crossroads. Follow the road east from there until you cross a stream. Look for a cave entrance in the ground. Once inside, keep to your left until you reach a bed with a table beside it. The formula will be in a strongbox on the table.

Green Dye Formula

The Green Armor Dye Formula can be found in Fort Ussar in the far east of the map. Go into the ruins and take the corridor almost all the way to the other side, where the Slyzards are. There will be a chest on your right, with the formula inside.

Yellow Dye Crafting Recipe

You can find the Yellow Armor Dye Formula in the cemetery in Beauclair. It’s a bit west from Metinna Gate. Go down the stairs and into the crypt, then forward into the main chamber. Cross it and go into the narrow corridor. There will be a couple of skeletons on your left – loot them to get the recipe.

Pink Armor Dye Recipe

The Pink Dye Formula is in Mont Crane Castle, north-east of Beauclair. There’s a Hansa Stronghold there. Turn left once you’re in the courtyard, and use the magic lamp on the wall. Go down the corridor until you see an alchemist’s table on your left, just before the secret room. The formula will be on to it.

White Armor Paint Formula

You can find the White Armor Dye Formula in Mont Crane Castle, north-east of the capital. As you enter the stronghold, turn left then right up the stairs. Enter the stronghold and climb all the way to the top. Turn left and you’ll see a table under an awning – the formula is in a strongbox on it.

Brown Armor Dye Formula

The Brown Dye Formula is located in front of a monster den northwest of Fox Hollow. Go up the hill, towards the houses, then drop down to the left and look for a ledge. Climb it and follow the path until you see the entrance to a the monster den. Loot the skeleton to the left of it and you’ll find the formula.

Dye merchant location

The first dye vendor that we came across was located in the southeast part of Beauclair, east of The Grand place. He sells orange, gray, turquoise, brown, green, blue, yellow, and pink armor dyes.