15 Best Quality-of-Life & Performance Mods For Witcher 3This post may contain affiliate links. If you buy something we may get a small commission at no extra cost to you. (Learn more).
So you’re probably thinking “why would I even want to mod one of the best RPG’s of all time?”
Well let me say, modding can actually give a much more exciting experience without making too many changes – be it by making Witcher 3 run a bit smoother, or making it look a bit nicer, or making things a bit easier to get done. Same game, just a little bit better.
With that said, I guess I’d say don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!
These are some of the best quality-of-life & performance mods you add onto Witcher 3 to keep it exciting for years to come.
15. Friendly HUD
While the HUD displays a lot of important information, sometimes it’s nice to remove some of the clutter and just enjoy the view for a bit.
With Friendly HUD, you can do exactly that.
The mod gives you control over what appears on the on-screen display, with different options like setting certain modules as “hold to see”.
The mod even includes a Smart HUD option, which clears the display during exploration but automatically shows important information when needed.
14. Auto Apply Oils
While combat preparation is a huge part of Witcher 3’s role-playing gameplay, creating and applying the right oils can become tedious towards the later parts of the game.
You probably know the drill by now, as you’ve done it so many times before.
So why not get it out of the way so you can get to slashing away at whatever enemies you come across?
Auto Apply Oils is a great mod for this.
It detects nearby enemies and automatically applies applicable oils for you. Handy!
13. Increased Creature Loot
Now you may be finding that the countless hours you spent hunting isn’t really getting you anywhere.
That’s probably because chances for loot drops are just really low in Witcher 3 by default.
Increased Creature Loot can help with that, making it more likely that enemies or animals will drop loot.
This may seem like too much of a cheat for some. But the modder included different install options so you can tweak settings to your liking.
You’ll be able to choose between five different modes which affect loot changes in different degrees.
Now that you’re gathering more resources than you know what to do with, why not get rid of that pesky looting menu while you’re at it?
Because now you can simply let AutoLoot do the picking up for you.
This mod offers a great set of configurable options, so you only automatically pick up things you need. Automation FTW.
You can set it to loot only herbs, armor, weapons, and oils, among other settings. Whatever you want, really.
11. Indestructible Items – No More Weapon Degradation
Item degradation seems to always be a love it or hate it kind of thing.
And love it or not, it’s something you’re going to have to deal with in Witcher 3.
Unless, of course, there’s a workaround for that as well?
We’re in luck my friends, as Indestructible Items does exactly that.
It’s a mod simply removes item degradation from the game, so you won’t have to worry about losing any weapons or armor over time.
10. Over 9000
You’ve probably gathered tons of resources by now.
And along with the weapons and armor you’re going to be hoarding throughout the game, it’s going to get pretty difficult to fit everything in your inventory.
This is especially true as Geralt’s inventory can only carry up to a certain weight.
Here comes another helpful mod: Over 9000 will increase Geralt’s weight limit to 9000, so you can loot and horde to your heart’s content.
9. All Quest Objectives On Map
Witcher 3 can quickly become overwhelming just by trying to keep track of everything you can do in the game.
There are tons of quests to complete, side-missions to discover, and NPC’s to meet.
The size of the map doesn’t help much in this regard either. As there’s just so much to discover in this huge open world.
Well this mod makes your life just a bit easier by making all markers visible on the map at all times.
All quests, merchants, and important locations will be easily viewable just by entering the map menu.
8. No Dirty Lens Effect
Making some minor graphical tweaks can go a long way to improving your Witcher 3 experience as well.
And No Dirty Lens Effect is a great example of that.
Apparently modder RumenWest wasn’t the only one bothered by the dirt on the in-game cameras, so he simply removed the effect for everyone who doesn’t want it there.
It might seem like it doesn’t do much. But the mod makes everything just a bit cleaner and clearer.
As an added bonus, RumenWest has mods to remove water droplets and lens flares that obstruct the camera as well.
7. Always Full Exp
While there’s a crazy amount of side quests to distract you from the main storyline of Witcher 3, getting them done later than you’re supposed to might not actually be worth your while.
Witcher 3’s side quests follow level requirements and don’t scale to Geralt’s current level.
This also means the quests only give you lower amounts of XP the higher your level is when you complete them.
This can be discouraging for some. Especially those who missed a few quests along the way and want to go back and finish them.
Always Full Exp is the answer, giving you 100% XP for each quest, regardless of your level.
6. Better Torches
Getting around the vast open world in Witcher 3 isn’t always easy.
Second, the world isn’t as modern, making for some challenging terrain to trek through.
This isn’t made any easier when you’re traveling during later hours of the day, as you’ll want a torch to find your way through the darkness.
Better Torches can make things easier for you, allowing you to take on a host of different tasks, all without letting go of that torch.
You’ll now be able to climb, cast, block, and even ride your horse with your torch still in hand.
5. Jump in Shallow Water
Combat isn’t by any means bad in Witcher 3.
It just never made sense to me how the game doesn’t let you jump in shallow water.
Well modder JupiterTheGod thought so as well, which resulted in this mod.
Jump in Shallow Water lets you do exactly that. Which makles Geralt much more agile during combat.
4. Fast Travel from Anywhere
We’ve all reached a specific point in large open world games.
You feel like you’ve explored enough of the world and your character is considerably stronger than he was when you started.
You’re basically ready to get things done. And it’s at that point where things get a bit tedious. With most of the world already open to travel, that most likely means quests are farther apart.
Which means you’re going to have to travel (on horseback) for longer periods of time.
With another mod from JupiterTheGod, you’ll be able to skip some of the repetitiveness of the game, allowing you to fast travel from anywhere.
You won’t even have to travel to sign posts anymore, as I literally mean anywhere. A great mod to enhance Quality-of-Life over time.
3. Lore-Friendly Witchers
When The Witcher 3 first came out in 2015, the game’s graphical requirements quickly became a talking point.
While the game looks absolutely stunning, it also required some of the most expensive hardware to look its best on PC.
Years later now, you’ve likely made some upgrades. And shouldn’t have any problems running the game at max potential.
So why not push it even further and make everything look a little better? Lore-friendly Witchers is the first of our suggested cosmetic mods, giving Witchers more mutant-like features.
This includes one of the Witchers’ most prominent features – their cat-like Witcher eyes.
2. The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project
If your system has the capacity to handle even more of a graphics upgrade, you’re going to want to try The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project.
As if the game didn’t look great already, the mod takes it to a completely different level, retexturing pretty much everything in the game.
Everything from terrain, buildings, roads, water, and characters will have higher quality textures, now making it possible to enjoy the game in 4K.
1. Hairworks on Everything but Geralt
If you’re playing a lot, you might find yourself in the opposite side of things.
After all, not everyone can afford (or is willing to spend so much on) a high-end PC.
If your system is still struggling to run Witcher 3, worry not! This mod from Crassius might be exactly what you need.
Hairworks was a bit problematic for the game, adding a whole new level of detail to hair in the game at the cost of performance.
With this mod, you can now enjoy hairworks on everything except Geralt. So you won’t have to deal with those pesky FPS drops, especially during cutscenes.