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In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[]

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Vulnerable to
Moon dust bombs
Specter oils
Barghest essence
Lesser blue mutagen
Specter dust
Sapphire dust
Emerald dust
Infused dust

Bestiary entry[]

Shun sin! Renounce foul deeds! And if evil threatens to overwhelm your will, ponder the fate of the Outskirts of Vizima! Remember the hideous barghests which scourged them and repent!
– "Sermons for Feasts and Funerals," by the Reverend Yomen of Tretogor
Folk of simple or superstitious minds claim committing particularly rotten acts will bring down the wrath of the gods in the form of “barghests,” phantom dogs which stalk the roads at night. Even if this were their origin, barghests saints and sinners alike would need fear barghests, for they attack both with equal ferocity. Witchers rarely believe in the gods, but they do accept that barghests exist and are always connected with some sequence of tragic events that happened in the past. Their explanation, however, holds that barghests result from a curse or a concentration of ill will.
Barghests, like wolves, are stronger in packs. Together they surround their prey, leaping at it and tearing it apart with their teeth. If their prey defends itself too determinedly, they strike it with a blast of phantom fire. Since they are fast and agile, they can easily evade attacks directed at them.
They cannot be burned, but fire hurts them as if they were of flesh and blood. The Axii Sign also works on them.

In The Witcher computer game[]

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Barghests are ghosts which come from the underworld only when summoned
Barghests are fearless and cannot be poisoned; coming from the underworld they acquire bodies, so they can be stunned and experience pain, although they are somewhat resistant to these effects
Barghests are sensitive to silver and very susceptible to knockdown attempts; the Fast Style is most efficient against barghests and experienced witchers use the Group Style while fighting multiple barghests
They try to surround their opponent and work as a group — where one barghest appears, more will follow
Beast fangs, ectoplasm, and Death dust
Additional goods
Barghest skull

Barghest — these creatures, summoned by the Beast, haunt Vizima's outskirts. There are those who claim they are ordinary dogs transformed into monsters by some curse; others believe they came from the spirit world to torment the town's inhabitants. Packs of barghests appear out of the blue, in the middle of the night, to kill those who are late getting home.

Journal Bestiary Entry[]

"People say that barghests are specters which materialize as ghastly dogs and persecute the living. According to some folk tales these monsters are the scouts of the Wild Hunt. Other legends say the ghosts appear as a sign of divine retribution and embody revenge. However, all tales agree on one point: barghests show the living no mercy."



  • Spending a Bronze talent on the Monster Lore option adds bestiary entries for Graveirs, Ghouls, Drowners and Barghests.
  • Barghests
  • In Chapter I, an "Old townswoman" (found in a house in the village) will tell Geralt a tale about them in exchange for food. This conversation results in journal enrty.


  • Finding your swordsmanship not up to snuff yet with barghests? Try a heavy club.
  • In the Prologue, Lambert claims the Fast Style is best to use against barghests, but the conversation does not result in a bestiary entry.
  • In Chapter I, an "Old townswoman" will tell Geralt about barghests in exchange for food. However, the conversation does not result in a bestiary entry for barghests, but it does result in an ingredient entry for Ectoplasm.
  • Geralt can loot the remains of barghests in for Barghest skulls, Beast fangs, and/or Ectoplasm without having any journal entry for barghests or those items. Barghest remains do not appear to ever contain Death dust unless Geralt has read the Barghests book.
  • Barghest is the name used in the north of England, especially in Yorkshire, for a legendary monstrous black dog.

In The Witcher: Adventure Game[]

A barghest can cross your path in The Witcher: Adventure Game. This creature is not easy to defeat (level: Silver), you need:

  • Sword:3
  • Shield:3

Successful Sword: Receive 1 VP.
Failed Shiekd: Suffer 1 Poisoned Heart.