Early Game Sign Build

Early Game Sign Build - Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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This post will cover the best early game Sign Build for Witcher 3. The game's starting part can be overwhelming as there are multiple skills, locations, and things to do. I would like to provide some clarity on how to maximize Geralt.

witcher 3 early game sign build combat

The build will target 10-12 levels. This is when you get Griffin Armor and also unlock 6 skill slots. After this feel free to check all the Witcher 3 builds as you can start progressing toward them

A few tips before we start

  • The early game builds require 20-30 skill points to be fully reached. Of course, this means that you will have to collect multiple Places of Power, and just leveling will not be enough.
  • The early game can be extremely difficult on Deathmarch. Moreover, you cannot restore HP via normal means - meditation or just waiting. So you can use a perk like Gourmet and a lot of food.

Early game - Sign Build

This build is for those that prefer and enjoy casting signs. It is a very powerful and safe option, especially on Deathmarch difficulty.

Point allocation

early game sign build witcher 3

Progression

Order Skill Description
1 delusion witcher 3Delusion Extremely good quality of life ability. It unlocks multiple new conversations and allows gaining bonus XP throughout the game.
2 muscle memory witcher 3Muscle Memory Early in the game, you will still have slow stamina regeneration, and using fast attacks will be inevitable. Due to this, I recommend taking this perk for higher damage.
3 exploding shields witcher 3Exploding Shield

This will greatly improve Quen. Once the shield is destroyed enemies will be dealt damage and knocked back.
4 active shield witcher 3Active Shield This ability is a game-changer. It allows you to safely protect yourself and heal. If you took Exploding Shield and maximized you can take this before Melt Armor.
5 sustained glyphs witcher 3Sustained Glyphs I love this ability as it improves Yrden duration. Moreover, you can now activate the second circle. Makes fighting Wraiths and elementals easier.
6 griffin school techniques witcher 3Griffin School Techniques A general ability that is perfect for Sign build It gives 5% intensity and bonus stamina regeneration

Recommended Gear

Early in the game, there are not as many options for gear.

The problem with gear recommendations is that Relic gear  (brown color) levels with character. So you can obtain something like Moonblade at level 2, but you also can get it at level 6 and it will be a level 5 item. So there is no guaranteed way to get these items.

However, Witcher gear is strictly leveled and something like Griffin items can only be equipped at level 11

Steel Swords

Level Skill Description
1 viper steel sword icon witcher 3Viper Steel Sword The first Witcher steel sword that you can get. It will be handy for a few levels and is much stronger than any weapon you get in White Orchard.
3-10 headhunter icon witcher 3Headhunter A decent progression weapon to fill the gap before obtaining the next Witcher sword.
11 griffin steel sword icon witcher 3Griffin Steel Sword A very strong weapon that will greatly improve combat against humans.

Silver Swords

Level Skill Description
1 viper silver sword icon witcher 3Viper Silver Sword This early-game silver sword will make fighting monsters much easier.
3-10 moonblade witcher 3Moonblade Get this blade at level 3+. You can roll some better stats and it has 3 rune slots.
3-10 maugrim icon wirtcher 3Maugrim Another 3 slot sword. Gives bonus experience from monsters and improves sign intensity.
11 griffin silver sword icon witcher 3Griffin Silver Sword This is the last "beginner" weapon where you enter the mid-game and start to craft some really strong items.

Armors

Having good armor will prove beneficial in all of the game aspects - you can take more hits, add glyphs and improve Geralt's resistances. Here are some armor sets that I recommend

Temerian Armor Set - Level 4

The set can be bought from Bram in White Orchard. He will be near the bridge leading to the main village. You save him from Griffin at the start of the area.

Item Effects
temerian armor icon witcher 3Temerian Armor
  • +15% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +15% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +20% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +5% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +5% Resistance to elemental damage
temerian trousers icon witcher 3Temerian Trousers
  • +5% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +5% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +5% Resistances to slashing damage
  • +3% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +3% Resistance to elemental damage
temerian gloves icon witcher 3Temerian Gauntlets
  • +2% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +2% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +2% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +1% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +1% Resistance to elemental damage
temerian boots icon witcher 3Temerian Boots
  • +3% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +3% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +3% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +1% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +1% Resistance to elemental damage

Nilfgaardian Armor Set - Level 10

This set is optional. You will be one level from the next armor set which is much stronger. However, if you have difficulties handling enemy damage and have enough coins, buy them. The whole set can be bought from Quartermaster at Crow's Perch.

Item Effects
nilfgaardian armor icon witcher 3Nilfgaardian Armor
  • +25% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +25% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +30% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +10% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +5% Resistance to elemental damage
nilfgaardian trousers icon witcher 3Nilfgaardian Trousers
  • +10% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +10% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +10% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +3% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +3% Resistance to elemental damage
nilfgaardian gloves icon witcher 3Nilfgaardian Gauntlets
  • +2% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +2% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +2% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +1% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +1% Resistance to elemental damage
nilfgaardian boots icon witcher 3Nilfgaardian Boots
  • +3% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +3% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +3% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +1% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +1% Resistance to elemental damage

Griffin Armor Set - Level 11

Item Effects
griffin armor icon witcher 3Griffin Armor
  • +5% Sign intensity
  • +5% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +5% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +10% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +15% Resistance to damage from monsters
griffin trousers icon witcher 3Griffin Trousers
  • +5% Sign intensity
  • +2% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +5% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +7% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +17% Resistance to elemental damage
griffin gauntlets icon witcher 3Griffin Gauntlets
  • +5% Sign intensity
  • +1% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +2% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +2% Resistance to damage from monsters
  • +5% Resistance to elemental damage
griffin boots icon witcher 3Griffin Boots
  • +5% Sign intensity
  • +1% Resistance to piercing damage
  • +1% Resistance to bludgeoning damage
  • +2% Resistance to slashing damage
  • +2% Resistance to damage from monsters

Conclusion

Thank you for reading the early game Sign build for Witcher 3. Even though the early game may be overwhelming this guide should help you to better understand the main game mechanics and how to best utilize Geralt in combat

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