After the grueling job of hunting monsters and dealing with the problems of peasants and nobles alike, a new mod finally lets The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s Geralt of Rivia unwind with some snowboarding.
Available through NexusMods, the downloadable content allows the Warlock to zoom around the world on top of a multipurpose snowboard, as shown in a YouTube video from its creator, Lukas. By taking his character to an altar atop the snow-capped Skellige Mountains, the player finds the object that awaits him, conveniently positioned high up for an immediate descent.
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The mod has a ton of new things to offer players of the critically acclaimed game. The snowboard not only serves as a magic item for a quick slide, it is also a weapon. Working much like either of Geralt’s two swords, the snowboard is capable of cutting through opponents despite its excessive size. As for snowboarding itself, the video shows that it is not only faster than any other move in The Witcher 3, but it is also capable of defying the laws of physics. Although the video shows a lot of momentum downhill, Geralt appears just as capable of sliding uphill. Additionally, the mod provides extra flair with a wearable set of snow goggles. However, it is done at the cost of sacrificing the appearance of Geralt’s silver sword and crossbow to « avoid clipping. »
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The mod was inspired by a pre-existing animation within the game. When Geralt approaches a sloping surface that is too steep, he will slide down it in the same way. Many players found this comically exploitable in the mountainous region of Skellige, where they could often surf entire cliffs. This mod simply expands on this fun mechanic, allowing it to happen continuously and without needing to start going down. However, for further immersion, the modder suggests downloading additional mods to increase the amount of snow on the islands.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was released in 2015 by developer Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt Red, and has since been celebrated as one of the best RPGs to date. Its popularity has resulted in various mods for the games – of which Lukas has contributed more than 20 – with content such as « Unique Eyes for Witchers ». Some mods have even tried to replicate the look of the characters from Netflix’s The Witcher series, making the game’s Geralt look more like Henry Cavill.