#1 Edited by masterpaperlink (1823 posts) -

Just a heads up, gameplay designer just released a combat rebalance mod for witcher 2

Also, i just started the game 2-3 days ago i don't know if i should restart or just carry on. Not super far just about to fight the krayken or watever its called. Can someone more knowledgeable let me know if its actually a better experience.

anyways official site is getting hammered

heres a direct Link

change log:


Up to 80% increase in responsivness per Geralt's animations.

Up to 50% increase in repsonsivness per NPCs animations.

Added strafing while being locked on an enemy and walking.

Geralt can block while moving ( NEW ANIMATIONS ). Static Guard Stance is no longer required to parry enemy attacks.

Geralt automatically parries enemy sword attacks and deflects incoming arrows.

Geralt and his attackers are no longer bouncing off parry. It allows to continue attack sequence.

Monster attacks still cannot be parried with a sword.

While using Guard Stance Geralt channels an active Quen shield.

Above listed changes to defence mechanics decreased importance of rolling in combat.


Decreased the number of skill to ensure quality over quantity.

Geralt now starts with core witcher skills already learned. No need to go through Training tree before unlocking other branches.

Removed many passives from skill tree to replace them with more active abilities. Remaining passives are changed to make them more attractive.

All skills now have one level ( previously 2 ).

Aard and Igni Signs have been changed from projectile to cone area of effect.

Riposte doesn't require Guard Stance to activate, only attacking in a timed window.

Changed riposte animations ( NEW ANIMATIONS, DUH ) to prevent Geralt from sliding on enemies.

Experience points are given only for progressing through quests, not for killing enemies. This encourages role-playing without worrying about missing experience.

Geralt no longer buys witcher specific recipies from random merchants. He recalls lost memories as a part of character development.


Each enemy is balanced according to his constitution, combat skill, combat style, weapon and armor type. Following this pattern allowed to created consistent rules that every character follows. A barechested bandit won't survive more hits than a knight in platemail just because the bandit was encountered later in game.

Decreased the disproportion in stats between starting equipment and late game equipment.

Moved the weight of character power from equipment to character development. Learned skills should have as big impact on Geralt's badass factor as items.

Geralt's armors are split into 4 categories: leather jackets, heavy leather jackets, combat jackets and heavy combat jackets. Heavier armors impose small damage penalty on Geralt. Players need to choose between max damage and protection.

Items imported from The Witcher savegames are of the same quality as in the first game. An exceptional armor and weapon remains valuable. This makes the game easier, but it is an intentional reward.

Set elixirs and oils duration to 1 hour.

Added potion overdose and heavy overdose debuffs on toxicity thresholds 55 and 65.

Removed Fatigue penalty that decreased sword damage and damage reduction on block when Vigor was spent on Signs or Parry. It discouraged some players from using Signs becaused it decreased Geralt's sword DPS.

NPCs deal full damage to other NPCs.

Removed 50% Hit Points condition for throwing enemy off height with Aard.

Decreased Riposte damage multiplier to 1.0, but added 30% enemy parry chance debuff.

Riposte no longer costs Vigor.

Silver throwing daggers are considered as silver weapons for damage calculations against monsters.

Inceneration, Bleeding and Poisoning effects are allowed to be active at the same time.

Made quest experience rewards more consistent. There are no longer any situations where player is rewarded with 50 experience points for one quests and 2000 for another.

Made moral choices in quests equally rewarding in terms of experience and items. Players should be encouraged more to role-play instead of weighing quest rewards.

Geralt gains knowledge about monsters faster.

Changed rewards for gaining knowledge about monsters to monster specific oils for swords.

Set minimal damage dealt by Geralt to zero ( was 5 ).

Removed bonus damage for backstabs.

Finally soaked boots in tutorial weigh more than dry boots!!


Decreased the number of armors and weapons present in game. Amount of equipment is adjusted to provide smoother item progression without making huge amount of items useless stat-wise.

Weapons and armors that are present in the game were picked according to these rules: visual differentiation, witcher low level magic setting. Some items available in game assets but not used in original game were reintroduced.

Moved more quality items from quest rewards to shops and distributed them among Chapters. Player should be encouraged to regulary spend money in shops.

Decreased buying cost of swords and armors. Player should be able to buy items more often, not hoard money.

Decreased amount of loot dropped from enemies.

Removed some of the junk items from container definitions.

Made vendors specialize in certain type of merchandize.

Witcher specific recipies cannot be bought but also cannot be sold to merchants.


Added Focused Combat Stance. Geralt enters focused state during challenging encounters.

While in Focused Stance Geralt performs piruettes ( NEW ANIMATION ) instead of rolling and uses Guard Stance idle animation.

Enemies explode when killed by mage spells. Does not apply to witcher Signs - they are not that powerful.

Made finisher animations which use Signs unlocked by upgrading Aard and Igni in character development.

Removed cutscene swords. Geralt will use his currently equipped sword in all cutscenes.

Equipped enemies with swords according to their social status, wealth and current situation in the game. For example, soldiers patrolling areas near ghost fog in Act 2 are equipped with silver swords like the story suggests.

Decreased camera shake effect used on each step of huge creatures like trolls and golems.

Removed green cloud effect from enemy poisoning FX.


Tweaked anim events in all combat animations to improve timings and responsivness.

Fixed sword oils not providing bonus damge against monsters.

Fixed Circle of Power: Endurance giving Circle of Power: Vitality bonus.

Fixed a bug where Geralt was always doing 2 more steps after roll before stopping.


Changed item rarity names to reflect witcher's low level magic setting. Items are no longer MAGICAL and EPIC.

Decreased attacked enemy importance for targetting to make switching enemies easier.

Many, many other changes that were required to make features listed above work.

#2 Posted by RollingZeppelin (1854 posts) -

Holy crap, that completely changes everything about the game. Looks like some smart improvements, looks like I'll have to play the game for a third time ha ha.

#3 Edited by masterpaperlink (1823 posts) -

Bleh quick impressions are bad, combat feels awkward, auto block is finicky and riposte never works, or i just have no idea how to use it. Fast dodge is nice and the aard sign feels better but overall i don't like it.

Im not an expert (barely understand the vanilla combat) so maybe i just dont know whats going on, im gonna turn it off till someone verifies if its any good.

#4 Posted by Aegon (5117 posts) -

Is there no way to mod it and continue with your current save? I've never modded anything, so not sure how that stuff works.

#5 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4281 posts) -

Now I'm going to play the game again, holy shit what a change.

#6 Posted by rebgav (1429 posts) -

From reading the notes it seems like he's made the game a lot easier and removed a lot of potential to differentiate builds. A lot of good changes in there too though. I might jump back into the game soon to finish up my Dark Mode playthrough and then have a crack at this mod.

#7 Posted by Zella (620 posts) -

@aegon said:

Is there no way to mod it and continue with your current save? I've never modded anything, so not sure how that stuff works.

I just tried it out with my current save and it seems to be working fine.

After playing around with it for a bit it's certainly way more responsive and the reduced lag between fight and exploration is a god send. Really like the new blocking mechanics, makes a little bit easier but not too cheap in my opinion. I have found it a bit more difficult to get combo's going unless standing still. I have also not been able to get the strafing to work, and haven't been in any "challenging" encounters so can't say anything about the new animations for that. Overall it's an awesome mod that I'm sure could use some tweaking but it's a must have for any witcher 2 player in my opinion.

#8 Posted by gike987 (1720 posts) -

The combat is way more responsive. Playing with this mod it always feel like it's my fault when I die and not the games. I also love the pirouette animation instead of rolling.

#9 Posted by MGSolid86 (178 posts) -

I have the Steam version of this game. Can someone tell me exactly where to put the TW2_FCR file? I've tried looking it up before and it never seems to recognize the mod file. Thanks in advance!

#10 Posted by golguin (3651 posts) -

I played the game on the 360 and enjoyed the challenging combat. It forced you to use everything you had to give you the edge during a fight. The changes seem to have completely defanged the game and turned it into easy mode. I guess that's fine for people who just want to enjoy the story.

#11 Posted by believer258 (11039 posts) -

The Witcher 2 did seem like it needed a good combat rebalancing.

#12 Posted by Nikoran (164 posts) -

Are there any comparison videos out there? I'd like to see the changes before I decided whether I want to reinstall and update the game again.

#13 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1556 posts) -

Shame that the game didn't ship like that for the Xbox 360.

#14 Edited by Sterling (1724 posts) -

Is this PC only? Not for 360?

#15 Edited by Zella (620 posts) -

@rabidcentipede said:

Is this PC only? Not for 360?

Yeah PC only, it's released as a mod because apparently it would be too expensive to release it as a patch for free.

@mgsolid86 Isn't the file an executable? I remember just running that and it installs for you.

#16 Edited by tourgen (4229 posts) -

Eh, I don't know. Some good changes sure, but some changes I don't think are all that great.

I thought the roll and strike avoidance was good. Actually I thought it played just fine but with some weird gear drops and scaling.

The auto-parry thing seems not good. and a few others. also some of the skill changes.

I'll try it out more but right now not loving it.

#17 Edited by Rowr (5236 posts) -

Yay, totally about to give up on this game, might give this a go.

I don't know whether i'm skipping forward to quests i shouldn't be yet or what but i'm getting totally fucked up in the combat to the point I don't want to waste any more time on this. It's a pity because i'm loving everything else about it so far.