What’s the way to make The Witcher 3 even more awesome? Mod it, of course! And this game, one of the best action RPGs of all time, does boast a pretty robust modding scene. While probably not as wild as Skyrim’s, it still offers a wide variety of fun add-ons, ranging from visual upgrades to quality-of-life UI modifications.

Since there’s a whole lot of these, we’ve sifted through them and selected fifteen that might work best for you. You’ll find all sorts of visual and interface upgrades that make The Witcher 3 more fun to play and fix certain things that the developers probably have overlooked (or it might be a matter of some poorer design choices).

By the way, this is not really a rating. We’ve sorted our choices according to their usefulness, leaving cool visual mods at the bottom. This doesn’t mean they’re bad. After all, it’s a list of the best fan works. It just means they’re just fun additions that make things more interesting (although they can break the immersion for some).

Also, be sure to pay attention to each mod’s description on the download page, as you will find all sorts of useful information there, including installation instructions.

Anyway, here are our picks:

The best mods for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
From Nexus Mods: 2023.02.21
NameNumber of downloadsEndorsementDescription
Script Merger 2,216,070 72,710 Mod conflict detection and resolution tool. Resolves conflicts by creating merged files or configuring custom load orders. Easy to undo without changing original mod or game files. Some merges may require basic coding knowledge.
No time for Gwent 281,197 8,858 No time for Gwent? Use Axii to win.
Fast Travel from Anywhere 1,949,171 54,212 You can fast travel without using a signpost!
All Quest Objectives on Map 2,550,870 56,481 Quest tracker with map integration. Displays all objectives for active quests. Easily switch between objectives. Optional merchant location caching.
Over 9000 – Weight Limit Mod 2,280,543 65,347 This mod changes Geralt weight limit to 9000.
Gear Levels Hidden and No Level Requirements 40,684 1,442 Removes gear level requirements and hides UI elements that display their level.
Perks Always Active 74,029 3,587 Activate all learned General skills (shown in the picture) without having to equip them.
Friendly Meditation 334,471 9,064 Meditate in real time and see the world around you.
Clean Screen 25,278 528 Screen cleaning mod. Removes dirty screen effects, water droplets, glare, blood, mud, toxicity, and other miscellaneous visual effects for a pristine appearance.
Lip Movement and HiRes Shadows (and High Quality Heads) on NPCs in Gameplay 256,952 8,193 Enables high quality heads (LOD0), lip movement and higher shadow resolution as used in dialog scenes on (human) npcs in normal gameplay.
Ciri Better Hair & Yennefer Better Hair Mod. 13,853 582 A selection of hairstyles for Yennefer.
Ultra Gore - Dismemberment Mod 45,232 1,818 Increased the dismemberment chance buff on monster trophies for a greater chance to dismember your foes!
Fantasy Gwent - A Whole New Way of Playing 1,050 64 A creative conceptual overhaul that completely reimagines Gwent and fully detaches it from the world of the Witcher.
Ciri Cyberpunk 2077 Samurai Outfit 1,034 48 Changes ciri's outfit
A Minecraft Sword 4,157 200 Ever dreamt about slaying monsters with minecraft sword in The Witcher 3? Now with this mod your dreams come true! Next Gen compatible!

Script Merger

Original upload date:2015-08-23

It’s no secret that various mods can conflict with each other if you install more than one and they all modify the same file. The Witcher 3 loads only one version of that file, which might result in modifications not working properly. A handy tool, Script Merger, has been devised in order to fix that.

Source: Nexus Mods

Script Merger detects conflicts in .ws scripts and.bundle packages and creates merged versions of said files, keeping the original files intact and overriding them. This prevents all the situations where multiple mods get broken.

In other words, this tool is a must if you want to use more than one mod at once.

Key features
  • It helps multiple mods co-exist together without any conflicts in the files
  • It creates a merged version of the modified files, overriding the original ones

No time for Gwent

Original upload date:2016-10-15

As fun as Gwent is, there might be times when you’re just straight out bored with it or want to proceed with the mission, but this mini-game gets in the way. This mod will surely come in handy in situations like these.

Source: Nexus Mods

It’s a very simple modification, really. All it does is let you skip a match of Gwent by pressing the N key whenever you feel like it. You need to start the actual game for it to work, however, as it does not apply to the Deck screen.

Key features
  • You can skip Gwent whenever you feel like it (whether you should do this or not is an entirely different question altogether)
  • No, you’re not actually using the Axii sign

Fast Travel from Anywhere

Original upload date:2015-08-15

Finding a sign post for fast travel can be really annoying. While this mod is in the Cheating category for some reason, it can really come in handy when you don’t feel like backtracking, which can become very annoying for sure.

Source: Nexus Mods

Fast Travel from Anywhere simply allows you to travel to a sign post of your choice from, well, anywhere. It’s definitely a time saver, but keep one thing in mind: don’t use this option during quests. If the game forbids you from fast travelling at some points, it’s for a reason. Ignoring that can break stuff.

Key features
  • No more backtracking, that’s for sure
  • Don’t use this option during quests, however, or you might experience game-breaking bugs

All Quest Objectives on Map

Original upload date:2015-11-01

If you’d like to track all active quests on the map, this is the tool you’ve been looking for. Additionally, it can show you the locations of the merchants you last discovered.

Source: Nexus Mods

There are three versions of the mod: lite, standard, and full. Each comes with a different set of functions, which means you should take some time to read the mod’s description and choose the best one for yourself.

Key features
  • It helps you track all the active quests and switch between them easily
  • It comes in three different versions

Over 9000 – Weight Limit Mod

Original upload date:2015-05-21

The default limit might be a little, well, limiting, don’t you think? This mod turns Geralt into an even more powerful superhuman capable of lifting incredible weights.

Source: Nexus Mods

And that’s all there is to it, basically. You can carry pretty much as much stuff as you want. Yeah, this mod might be considered another cheat, but hey, games are all about fun, right?

Key features
  • This mod changes the weight limit to 9,000
  • And that’s pretty much it

Gear Levels Hidden and No Level Requirements

Original upload date:2018-11-04

Don’t you just hate it when you want to use an amazing piece of gear just to find out you don’t meet its level requirements? This mod changes that.

Source: Nexus Mods

All this nifty little thing does is remove all level requirements. This means that once you find an item you like, you can equip it straight away. You won’t even see the required level, as this information is also removed by the mod. Good riddance!

Key features
  • No level requirements when it comes to using items
  • This information is also gone from the UI

Perks Always Active

Creator:wlsdks0706 – JustAnOrdinaryGuy
Original upload date:2015-10-26

One of the not-so-cool things about The Witcher 3 is the fact that you can only activate a limited number of perks. Add any from the General category and this puts a cap on how many perks from the remaining sections you can use. While this mechanic is a part of TW3’s charm, we totally understand if you want to change that somehow.

Source: Nexus Mods

Fortunately, there’s a mod for that as well. Perks Always Active activates all Perks from the General category, meaning you don’t have to spend any points on them. This is great, since quite a lot of them are really useful. Remember to use the Potion of Clearance if you’re using an existing save. If you’re starting a fresh campaign, there’s no need for you to do anything.

There’s also a version of the mod which activates all perks, regardless of their colors, titled (All) Perks Always Active. Still, we went with this one, as it feels a little more balanced.

Key features
  • You can use all perks from the General category without having to equip them first
  • This really expands your possibilities

Friendly Meditation

Creator:wghost81 (AKA Wasteland Ghost)
Original upload date:2016-10-16

Meditation in the base The Witcher 3 game doesn’t really feel much like meditation, since it’s just a screen, without any special effects. This mod changes that.

Source: Nexus Mods

Once you install it, meditation becomes a really meditative experience even for you, as it’s done in real-time and you get to see the world around you change. With three different special camera settings, this can be a real treat for your eyes.

Additionally, potions and skills work during meditation.

Key features
  • Meditation looks really good thanks to the new camera settings
  • It also works better than in the vanilla version

Clean Screen

Original upload date:2022-12-16 (next-gen version)

Yeah, all the nasty stuff that ends up on your game screen – water, mud, blood, and the like – is definitely controversial. After all, are you supposed to be immersed in the world of the Witcher or are you to feel like you’re a cameraman running behind Geralt?

Source: Nexus Mods

So, this mod keeps your screen clear. This is especially handy when it comes to the next-gen version of The Witcher 3. Why obscure your view with useless effects when you can enjoy the game’s enhanced visuals to the fullest?

All the mods above improved the gameplay. Now, it’s time to list a few which make The Witcher 3 look better, even if these are just itty-bitty visual enhancements.

Key features
  • It removes all the gratuitous graphical effects (you can choose which ones)
  • No more visual immersion breakers

Lip Movement and HiRes Shadows (and High Quality Heads) on NPCs in Gameplay

Creator:rmemr and Gerignak
Original upload date:2016-08-14

If you feel like the faces of the characters look somewhat weird or ugly, this little mod should fix their mugs.

Source: Nexus Mods

What this little modification does is improve the looks of character models – faces, especially – and shadows in the cutscenes. It’s a nice visual improvement that’ll surely add to your enjoyment of the game’s graphics.

Key features
  • Improved heads of the NPCs
  • Better-looking lip movement and shadows

Ciri Better Hair & Yennefer Better Hair Mod.

Original upload date:2023-01-14 (Ciri Better Hair), 2023-01-19 (Yennefer Better Hair Mod.)

Made by the same creator, these two mods improve the looks of Yennefer and Ciri’s hair, like their names suggest.

Source: Nexus Mods

There isn’t much to be said about that, it’s a nice little fix that make the game look better, even the next-gen version. Keep ‘em visual upgrades coming, modders!

Key features
  • Better looking hair for Yennefer and Ciri
  • Two more steps towards making the game even more incredible visual-wise

Ultra Gore - Dismemberment Mod

Creator:Yoseppy Armineppy
Original upload date:2015-05-27

If you’re unsatisfied with the vanilla violence levels and would welcome even more gore, this is the mod you’ve been looking for.

Source: Nexus Mods

It does what it says in the title. What you need to be aware of, though, is the fact that Ultra Gore simply increases the chances of you dismembering an enemy when you deliver the fatal blow, but it won’t exactly happen all the time.

The last three mods on the list add new items or Gwent cards. They may have some impact on the gameplay, but for the most part they’re just fun additions to the base game, even if a little immersion-breaking at times.

Key features
  • More on-screen gore and violence
  • The chances of you dismembering your foes are higher, but it doesn’t mean you’ll slice and dice them baddies every single time

Fantasy Gwent - A Whole New Way of Playing

Original upload date:2022-03-18

If you feel that collecting Gwent cards related to the world of the Witcher is somewhat weird and not exactly immersive, you’re not alone.

Source: Nexus Mods

Thinking the same thing, the author of this mod created a fresh batch of Gwent cards that are completely detached from the in-game universe. This means completely new decks, five available factions, no neutral cards, and faster turns.

Yeah, this one doesn’t just change the visual side of the cards, it actually reworks the entire mini-game. This is why you should start a fresh campaign instead of using a save, as this might cause some issues the moment you uninstall the modification.

Key features
  • Completely new Gwent decks completely unrelated to the world of the Witcher
  • The mod makes the turns in Gwent much faster, too

Ciri Cyberpunk 2077 Samurai Outfit

Original upload date:2023-02-03

If you feel like mixing the worlds of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, EzioMaverick got you covered. This little mod turns Ciri into a warrior from the future.

Source: Nexus Mods

Aside from changing her outfit, this modification doesn’t do anything else. So, if you feel like you need to make the game a little bit weirder, go for it.

Key features
  • Ciri gets a Cyberpunk 2077-style outfit
  • It looks really cool, if you don’t mind blending fantasy and science fiction

A Minecraft Sword

Original upload date:2020-07-26

This mod can be described as “The Witcher 3 meets the greatest sandbox game of all time.” After all, why not?

Source: Nexus Mods

If you want to get the Minecraft Sword, head over to Hattori’s. You can also use a special console command – additem(‘Minecraft Sword’) – to add it to your inventory, but this option is only for those who don’t mind using cheat codes (although it’s hardly a cheat, to be honest).

Key features
  • A Minecraft-style sword that the Witcher can wield
  • The mod is compatible with NG and the next-gen version of the game

And that’s all, folks! These are fifteen of the most interesting mods for The Witcher 3. Naturally, there’s a whole lot more, so we recommend doing a little digging to find some more gems.

One more thing: remember that some of these mods are not compatible with The Witcher 3 next-gen. In such cases, look for dedicated versions of these. Have fun!