When it comes to exploring the vast open world that is the Continent, it's rare that you come across two of the same thing. So built up is it, that nearly every patch of land spins a tale of some sort, and it only continues to evolve as more and more eagle-eyed players unearth its hidden mysteries. Seven years later, and we've barely scratched the surface on the treasure trove that is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, meaning there are still a whole bunch of Easter eggs left to identify.
As for this moment, we've already gone ahead and made our minds up on which of the found Easter eggs are worth talking about. Call them what you will, but we collectively think that, without them, Wild Hunt probably wouldn't be the same. And so, without further delay, here are the five best Easter eggs in The Witcher 3 to date.
5. The Weeping Angels
The Weeping Angels were hands down some of the creepiest creatures to feature in the hit show Dr. Who. And for that reason alone, CD Projekt thought it would be a good laugh to bundle in the moving statues in one of Wild Hunt‘s cemeteries. Specifically, the Velen cemetery, a place which housed not one, but two Weeping Angels, side by side.
Approach the Weeping Angels and you won't see a whole lot. But turn your back, however, and you'll notice that they begin to move with each passing turn. They won't attack you, but they will bring out the fight or flight mode buried within you. That's creepy enough on its own, and we're all for it.
4. Monty Python's Rabbit
Monty Python fans were definitely the first to acknowledge the genius that was Wild Hunt‘s flesh-eating rabbit, that's for sure. Those who hadn't watched the classic Monty Python flick, Holy Grail, on the other hand, would've thought nothing of it. Though, given the popularity of the franchise, we do like to believe that the vast majority understood the assignment.
Travel to Benek and you'll come across a cave, a place which houses a rather sinister rabbit that tears the meat from the bones of its oppressors. Basically, it's the rabbit from Monty Python, which leads you to believe that it's nothing more than a cute and fluffy critter, hiding the fact that it's actually a carnivorous beast with a sweet tooth for townsfolk. Why CD Project Red decided to put it in we'll never know, but we're not about to ask, either.
3. The Tomb Raider Skeleton
While we don't know the exact relationship status between CD Projekt Red and Square Enix, or even if it's a positive one, we do know that The Witcher 3 did feature a slight jab at Tomb Raider. Or at least, that's how it came across when trucking through it. And if it's true, then Geralt of Rivia straight up outed Lara Croft. Her skeleton, anyway.
During the mission The Great Escape, you stumble upon an old pile of bones, bones which Geralt refers to as “Tomb raider,” before calling the corpse out for their interest in elven treasures. Although you could quite easily dismiss this one as a mere coincidence, you could also say that Croft had a cameo in Wild Hunt. It's a matter of perspective, sure, but the dots definitely align.
2. Game of Thrones
It was only natural for Wild Hunt to link up with Game of Thrones at some stage, given the fact that both shared a common theme, as well as the latter being the most talked about show during The Witcher's unruly development phase. However, it was only when we stumbled upon a corpse that looked a whole lot like Tyrion Lannister that we were able to see the connection for ourselves.
Of course, we can't put all of our eggs in one basket and say for certain who it is, but the features are uncanny. And so, if you're wanting to see for yourself the alleged Kingslayer in the flesh, then travel to the highest point of the Skellige prison and locate the sky cell.
1. Red Riding Hood
There's nothing quite like taking a jab at one of the most prolific fairy tale beasts in literature for the sake of giving the player some well-earned loot. CD Projekt did exactly that, using the Blood and Wine DLC as a way to channel its inner child and stuff as many fables into its open-world setting as possible. But the one that made us chuckle the most, of course, was the reference to The Big Bad Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood.
During the unusual stint, you're asked to plunge into a well in order to retrieve the iconic red cape, a symbol worn by none of than Red Riding Hood herself. After equipping it, you find yourself going toe-to-claw against the ravenous beast. The only downside is, there isn't a famous Huntsman there to aid you in battle. Your grandmother doesn't reprise her role either, unfortunately. Shame, really.
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