Witcher 3 Fixes Money Exploit By Adding Cow Army

Witcher 3 Fixes Money Exploit By Adding Cow Army

It used to be easy to earn money in The Witcher 3 by killing cows over and over again. The game’s most recent patch, however, has a clever way of stopping you from exploiting the world’s bovine.

Patch 1.05, which just went live for PC players, brings with it many important changes, including a bigger text size for the game’s interface, a host of quest fixes, and more. The full patch notes are right here. What caught my eye, though, was this:

  • Deploys the Bovine Defence Force Initiative

What the hell?!

It didn’t take me long to figure out his was a way of addressing the game’s easy money exploit.

Here’s how the exploit worked: kill some cows, collect their hides, meditate for an hour, and the cows quickly spawn back into the world. The hides were worth a pretty penny, so it didn’t take long to completely break The Witcher 3‘s economy. Given that it otherwise takes dozens of hours to build up a decent amount of money in the game, it’s not a surprise CD Projekt RED would stamp this out.

Instead of removing cows from the world or reducing the price of hides, however, they summon an incredibly difficult enemy assuredly going to kill anyone but the most high-level Witcher 3 players.

Witcher 3 Fixes Money Exploit By Adding Cow Army

Here’s how the whole sequence plays out:

It’d be entirely possible to slay this beast later in the game, but if you make it that far, you’re not going to have money troubles at that point, either.


  • Might have to disconnect the old PS4 from the internet and play offline for a while so I can amass a decent amount of money.

    Like the way CD Projekt Red thinks though.

  • I never really got the no money thing, I just killed everyone and everything I could and sold all the armour, weapons, hides etc and have always had a decent amount of cash. Also made sure I bought decent saddle bags almost straight away so I could carry even more loot to sell. Easy.

  • Amusing way of dealing with it. In other words entirely unfitting for the game world.

    Should have had them swap from passive animals to the stats of bears with the attack tactics of wolves in herds of 50.

    • Its a fantasy game with magic and hippogryphs… I don’t see it as unfitting.
      Perhaps the stockman got sick of witchers nabbing his cows so he became an initiate of dark and unholy powers in order to create the perfect breed. Its called adapting 😉

  • Why fix these things tho? If you’ve paid $130 for this game then the game is yours to play the way you want it. My exploiting the system is not ruining the game for everyone else. I can understand fixing this if its a multiplayer experience. If you want to exploit do it you bought the game. If you don’t want to exploit don’t. Developers piss me off sometimes. We bought your game now fuck off and let us play it the way we want.

    • I can think of better things to do than playing Cow Killing Simulator 2015, like, playing the rest of the game as it was intended?

  • Love stuff like this. Reminds me of Serious Sam’s invulnerable manscorpion for illegal downloads 😛

  • This is great. A solid way to tackle an exploit without removing it completely. Even at a higher level that fight doesn’t look easy, and will at least make it a nuisance. Props to CD Projekt Red, as always.

  • This is awesome, I’ve never done the exploit but I’ve got more cash than I know what to do with.

  • Is that a Chort? Can’t watch vid at work. If so one of the harder fights I’ve had in the game. Took like 15mins. Probably should of just found the plants and made the oil.

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