10 Witcher 3 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

VOICE OVER: Riccardo Tucci WRITTEN BY: Callum Janes
From Nivograd to Skellige, the world of The Witcher 3 is packed with hidden secrets and references for players to discover. For this list we're looking at Easter eggs from The Witcher 3 that you may have missed. Our list includes The Witcher 2 Tattoo, Cyberpunk 2077 Reference, Quentin Tarantino References, The Murderous Rabbit of Benek, Game of Thrones References and more!
Script written by Callum Janes

10 Witcher 3 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Welcome to MojoPlays, and today we’re looking at Witcher 3 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed.

Have you ever come across these easter eggs? Are there any notable ones we missed? Let us know in the comments!

The Madonna Fan

Whenever you have a huge team working on a massive game, there are plenty of opportunities for people to sneak in throwaway references to their favorite things in places as small as NPC dialogue. In the “Blood and Wine” expansion, a drunk in Beauclair will quote the famous Sacha Baron Cohen character Borat. Or, if you want to look to the main game, during the “Return to Crookback Bog” quest, a witch hunter will say a line referencing “The Departed.” Still, perhaps the most “out of place” reference comes at Kate’s Brothel, where one of the girls gives an apparent reference to Madonna’s song “Material Girl.”

Getting Permit A38

Anyone who’s experienced bureaucracy in any form knows it can almost be comically complicated, which is what our Witcher experiences in the “Blood & Wine” expansion. Geralt has to prove he’s not passed on by acquiring “Permit A38” when trying to take money out of an account. He then is sent on a wild goose chase to various service windows, who themselves don’t seem to know where to get the form. Anyone who follows the classic “The Adventures of Asterix” series might’ve picked up this reference to a scene from the 1976 animated film “The Twelve Tasks of Asterix.” Even if you didn’t know what it was in respect to, it’s a funny scene regardless.

The Witcher 2 Tattoo

Given the explosion in popularity of “The Witcher 3”, the third installment in the series served as the entry point for many gamers. Unfortunately, this meant you didn’t get to experience Geralt’s journey fully, nor experience the cross-title effects of choices from previous games. Only people who played “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings” would’ve found this little detail. After a drinking contest in the second game, Geralt gets a rather “adult” tattoo, which the player can remove or keep. If the player kept the tattoo and imported their save to the third game, the tattoo would have remained. It’s a fun way to entice more players to go back and play earlier entries.

CyberPunk Reference

With this reference, CD Projekt RED was thinking ahead! The character Ciri from the Witcher games has the incredible ability to travel through space and time. But this isn’t limited to just the medieval era, as it appears she flashed forward all the way to 2077! When recounting her adventures to Geralt, she mentions a world with “flying ships” where people have “metal in their heads.” Fans were quick to make a connection to the company’s next release, “CyberPunk 2077,” and tirelessly worked to find Ciri in the newly released game, with limited success.

Quentin Tarantino References

While slaying the various monsters that inhabit the Continent, things are bound to get bloody. So why not give the nod to a director known for the violent content of his films, Quentin Tarantino. There are a few small dialogue mentions you might notice. For example: in the basement of “Crow’s Perch” castle, two guards casually mention waking up “The gimp”, in reference to the “gimp” character from Pulp Fiction. But the biggest acknowledgment to the filmmaker is with the references to Kill Bill. The quest, “Following the Thread” involves searching for several assassins in a revenge plot, including “Karadin”. But what’s even better is the retired master blacksmith in Novigrad called Hattori. Are you getting all of these?

Sacred Cows of the White Orchard

This was a cheat that eventually became an in-joke among fans. The player would kill the cows in White Orchard, loot their hides, meditate and wait for the cows to respawn, repeat the process and then sell this infinite supply of hides for crowns. In order to fix this, CD Projekt Red patched the game with a little deterrent: a level 27 Chort. This was fairly early on in the game, so if the player tried to use this exploit, this monster would spawn in and very quickly kill any inexperienced Witcher. It was aptly named the “Bovine Defense Force Initiative”, which later became a challenge for more experienced players and got referenced by the company in DLC Gwent cards.

The Murderous Rabbit of Benek

During the “The Truth Is In The Stars” side quest, Geralt will come upon a gruesome scene of blood and bones outside a cave near Benek with a snow-white hair nearby. Anyone who’s a fan of Monty Python will instantly recognise this as a nod to the “Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog”, a hilarious monster the heroes of “The Holy Grail” can only eliminate with the “Holy Hand Grenade”. While the Witcher doesn’t have one of those to hand, the player need not worry. While the creature is indeed invincible, it remains unhostile if you approach it.

The Weeping Angels

The world that Geralt of Rivia inhabits is filled with terrifying monsters left and right, so these moving statues didn’t seem to faze him. While visiting the village of Lindenvale in Velen, there’s a small church nearby guarded by two stone angels. Turn away from them for a second and you’ll find that they have teleported behind, to which Geralt remarks it’s “interesting”. The concept of moving statues is nothing new, but fans of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who will instantly recognise it as a reference to the terrifying Weeping Angels! Luckily, the ones Geralt encounters don’t seem to be hostile, but it might still make the player jump.

Game of Thrones References

The legendary medieval series “Game of Thrones” had a fair amount of crossover with the Witcher 3! The actor behind Tywin Lannister, Charles Dance, voiced Emhyr var Emreis and did an excellent job doing so. But there are a few more easter eggs from the series strewn across the game. For example, one of the most powerful weapons in the game is the sword Longclaw, which is the same name as the sword used by Jon Snow. But perhaps the most obvious references were given to Peter Dinklage. If you visit the Kaer Almhult Fortress, you’ll find the body of a dwarf bearing a striking resemblance to Tyrion in a “SkyCell” that might be familiar to fans.

Skellige’s Ghost Ship

For the longest time, there have been rumors of ghost sailors and ships at sea, but it seems more tangible in the world of The Witcher. So if you happen to be out sailing between An Skellig & Hindarsfjall at around 1-3 am, you might catch a glimpse of a spectral ship rising and then sinking into the water. This is perhaps one of the most popular easter eggs that CD Projekt RED put into the game as it occurs every day. While there might not be much lore surrounding the ship, that doesn’t stop us from theorizing the story behind this phantom vessel.