Wild At Heart


Wild at Heart is a Secondary quest in Velen, and involves searching for a loved one.

Key Facts

Category:Side Quest
Reward:A key from Niellen’s corpse which opens a chest in the Isolated Hut for a random reward – a diagram and other loot.

Quest Text

While muddling around the well-shaded village of Blackbough, Geralt happened across a notice.
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It stated a hunter named Niellen was looking for any help he could get in finding his wife, who had disappeared in the nearby woods a few days earlier. Geralt, allready deep in a search-and-rescue vein, decided to help find the woman.

Starting NPC

Additional Info

The quest can be obtained from a notice board by reading a short message from a hunter called Nielen, whose wife Hanna is missing.

Go to Blackbough and speak to Niellen – he can usually be found next to his cabin. Your conversation will be interrupted by Margrit, Niellen’s sister-in-law, who will mention a friendship with the wife of the butcher.


Following contains quest spoilers. You’ve been warned

Ask the neighbors about Hanna.

Start your search by asking around the village. If you wish to make it as short as possible, go immediately to the blacksmith. The blacksmith’s children will tell you that they saw Hanna enter the woods with another woman.

Search for signs of Hanna in the woods using your Witcher Senses.

Go into the woods northwest of Blackbough. There will be wolves and wild nekkers to deal with, but nothing special. When you reach the objective area, you will see a pack of wolves around a corpse.

When you dispatch the wolves and approach the corpse the investigate, you will be interrupted by Margrit. She will ask you to stop your search and lie to Niellen that his wife is dead. You have two options.
Choice 1

Agree and tell Niellen that his wife is dead.

You will receive 55 crowns from Margrit and and additional 10 crowns from Niellen.
Choice 2

Agree and continue the search.

You will get 55 gold from Margrit and will have the chance to complete the quest.
Choice 3

Refuse and continue the search.

Margrit will scold you and walk away, leaving you free to continue your search.

Hanna’s Body.

Southwest of the center of the objective area, you will come across Hana’s rotting corpse, torn to pieces. The body of a dog is near it, examine it to discover that it has long cuts across the skin.

There are claw marks next to the dog’s body. It appears that a werewolf killed Hanna and the dog, so now you must track it down and kill it.

There is a dog corpse you have to examine as well.

Find the werewolf lair using your Witcher Senses.

There are paw marks close to the dog, next to an upright stone where the werewolf climbed up a tree. Geralt can’t tribe trees (yet) so you have to find another way to track the beast.

Use your Witcher Senses while going around the stone and you should find a tuft of fur on the ground. Its stench should now be recognizable and you can follow its trail through the forest. The scent will lead you to torn pieces of clothing. Expect to fight a bear and more wolves along the way (if you’re unlucky).

Northwest of the clothes is an Isolated Hut; enter it and read the Mysterious Notes that are lying on the bed.

When you finish reading them, exit the shack and inspect a smear of blood on the side of the shack. Go under the cabin and into a cave; you will have a door there which you will have to smash with Aard.

Tuft of fur on the ground. If you look at the minimap in the screenshot above that should help you find its exact location

Follow the scent through the woods using your Witcher’s Senses

You’ll come across some torn clothes you can examine …

Examine the mysterious notes and read them

If you go behind the shack you’ll find a door bellow it. Smash it with your sign.

You will have to wait for nightfall until the werewolf appears.

Search the werewolf’s lair.

Once you’re in the cave, follow the tunnel until you enter a large cavern. If it is daytime, meditate until the night falls (around 8 PM).

Defeat the werewolf.

When you finish meditating, some wolves will appear from the outside, accompanied by the werewolf itself. Concentrate on the werewolf and bring his health level to almost zero, at which point Margrit will interrupt you once again.

It appears that Niellen is the werewolf, and that Margrit has fallen in love with him so much that she lured her own sister out into the woods to be eaten by the werewolf (she says she just wanted her to see Niellen transform, but that’s up to your own interpretation).

You are presented with two choices.
Choice 1

Can’t let you do that.

Fight with the werewolf continues and you have to kill him. You get 50XP for this and Margrit lives.

Margrit is in the lodge from now on as well.
Choice 2

She deserves it. Do what you will.

Stay your blade and let Niellen kill Margrit. Niellen will then follow you and beg of you to end his suffering, which you do. You get 50XP and you should loot the werewolf to find the key to his locked chest in the lodge.
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