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Treasure hunt
"A Costly Mistake"
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Treasure hunt
Suggested level
Along the coast north of Coast of Wrecks and west of Hangman's Alley
Smuggler's notes
?? XP earned based on the Story and Swords! difficulty level / ?? crown(s)

This is one of many treasure hunts along the western shores of Velen.

Journal entry[]

Those were the days... You'd smuggle a few bottles of hooch into Oxenfurt, then loiter about the dormitories selling it to students. You'd come away with a hefty sack of coin, and they'd have their spirits fortified for study. Then along came Radovid, who shut down the university, chased the students away and positioned ballistae on the riverbank to sink everything floating up or down the Pontar, swans included.
But there's not been a dark cloud yet that didn't have a silver lining. Yesterday I saw our brave soldiers sink a merchant vessel. Went straight to the bottom, id did, along with its whole crew... and its cargo. A shame about the men, really, but it would just [be] as big a shame to let all those goods go to waste. So me and Martin will fish them out, dry them off and sell them – and maybe at last I'll have something to put in my pot.
The gradual expansion of literacy in the Northern Realms pleased Geralt greatly, for this meant he happened across more and more interesting notes and missives - such as those he once found on the banks of the Pontar, near Oxenfurt…
The Redanian soldiers' mistake turned out to be Geralt's good fortune. He rescued several valuable items from the ship they sank, then traded them for a great deal of coin.


  • Read the letter you found.
  • Find the sunken treasure using your Witcher Senses.

Map location[]

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