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Witchwood is a location in Dragon's Dogma.

Description

QUOTE DD2
"The Witchwood's not far from Cassardis, and for years the mysterious witch herself would come to the village, offering healing potions and other concoctions. I myself remember taking the medicines she conjured when I was but a minnow. But one day, the forest became shrouded in a thick, impenetrable mist. Mayhap the witch conjured it as payback for some slight, but all we Cassardis know is that no one saw her again. No doubt the truth still resides somewhere within those misty woods. But considering how many people have disappeared there, few have the courage to brave its strange mystery."
―Adaro.[1]
Witchwood map

The west entrance (map)

A mysterious forest covered in a thick fog. The Witchwood is located east of The Ruins of Aernst Castle and the Vestad Hills, and south of The Encampment and the Seabreeze Trail - it is on a peninsula at the southeast of Gransys.

Near its deepest depths is a giant and ancient tree on which has been built a tree house - the Witch's House - hidden or protected by the thick mist in the forest - this fog can be lifted by destroying Fog Talismans found scattered throughout the wood - there are seven fog talismans in total, three in the main wood, and a further four in the far reaches of the wood beyond the witch's house.

The far reaches of the Witchwood are only accessible from a passage leading through the bowels of the giant tree on which the Witch house is found. The passage in blocked by an inanimate golem until completion of the quest Witch Hunt. At the far end of this second area is found the tomb of a former Arisen, known as the Guardian's Grave.

Main woods

Common plants in the woods are Chaffstem, Southron Oregano, Greenwarish and Potent Greenwarish. The woods are home to rabbits, crows, and boar as well as spiders, wolfs and goblins. At night phantoms appear. The forest river may yield fish, including Giant Fish.

The northern edge of the forest has several hanging boulders - though these rarely form rockfalls unless struck by arrows - they can be heard rumbling at times.

In chests

Witch's House

Main article: Witch's House

The Witch's House is built in the arms of a huge tree next to a clearing in the woods, which receives more light than much of the wood and remains fog free. Several inanimate golems rest here. There are paths from the clearing leading to Seabreeze Trail, into the woods, and under and through the giant tree into the inner woods.

Inner woods

The Guardian's Grave is the only location in which King Bay Leaf is found. Wild boar are common here, and the river contains a sleeping Metal Golem, and common Golem. A few Skeleton Mages and Skeleton Warriors are found here.

In Dark Arisen a Portcrystal can be found past the door leading into the far area of Witchwood. During the quest In Aid of the Emerald King I these woods may contain Goblin Shamans.

In chests

Quests

There are also some side-quests involving Brewing (Witch's Brew, and A Taste to be Acquired), as well as acquiring King Bay Leaves (A Fabled Dram).

Pawn Travel Knowledge

Pawn travel knowledge has been reported to have been gained at several points:

  • Near the ford at the stream near the waterfall encountered when entering the Witchwood from the Vestad Hills.
    • On destroying a fog talisman near the ford
  • At the stairs leading to the Witch's House
  • At the Guardian's Grave

Once the route to the witch's house has been found pawns will rapidly negotiate, and lead the Arisen through and over the stones and logs that form a difficult part of the forest path route to the house.

Notes

  • From the western entrance, the route to the Witch's house requires leaving the path, and climbing a rock to access a tree trunk which allows the party to cross a gully to the path leading to the house - an alternative route north of this path avoids this troublesome scramble and many of the beasts that stalk the path.
  • For an easier return to the Witch's house, place a Portcrystal on the exit cliff near Cassardis, before dropping down.
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The Witchwood-Cassardis cliff grab spot

  • The cliff connecting the Witchwood and Cassardis (near the Seabreeze Trail) can be reached with Levitation. (See also the video). The grab spot is approximately one body length from the left edge. A running start is not necessary, but the Arisen should float upwards and to the left toward the grab spot. - this may take several attempts. Alternatively, while stacking of Barrels does not make the ledge accessible, with only two barrels in near proximity; it does however make the levitate jump much easier to use to reach the ledge.
  • Mystic Knights may also use a running jump followed by Sky Rapture to reach the ledge - aim at the shallowest slope leading to the ledge - if successful the jump will leave the Arisen on the ledge, without needing to scramble up.
  • It is also possible to reach the cliff using double vault. Approach the cliff while sprinting and double jump, delaying the second jump until the peak of the first. If you do this correctly, you will hit the "slope" and get put into the sliding down animation. Once this happens, simply mash jump and head towards the right. Eventually you will be able to grab the ledge.
  • For an easier and more reliable double vault, use the no-weapon exploit (unequip your melee weapon, then perform a heavy attack in the middle of the double vault). From below the Witchwood exit jump leftwards towards the left end of the ledge, perform the heavy attack, then pull right and do the second part of the jump. The Arisen should perform a standard ledge grab, no tricky scrabbling on the slope involved.




Links

  1. Witchwood (Capcom, Youtube)