The Witcher 3: How to cause bleeding damage with your crossbow

If you’re playing The Witcher 3 on one of its harder difficulties, chances are that you’re on the lookout for weapons that can inflict bleeding damage. The crossbow, in particular, is useful in this regard, as you can get higher level enemies and monsters to start bleeding out from a relatively safer distance.

In order to get the effect on your crossbow, you’re going to have to craft Broadhead Bolts. The items needed to craft these special bolts as well as the complete list of their effects can be seen below:

Items Needed to Craft

  • 3x Feather 1x Iron Ore
  • 2x Fiber
  • 1x Silver Ore
  • 1x Monster Saliva

Item Effect

  • Adds Bleeding damage
  • +8 Silver Damage
  • +8 Piercing Damage


The first thing you’ll need is the diagram required to craft Broadhead bolts. For that, head over to the location marked in the map below:

The location has a bit of a random element to it, however. If you don’t find it in the marked location, visit the second location pointed at by the coast.

For the rest of the items required to craft Broadbolts, watch the video below by Youtube user daveywankenobie:

[youtube width=”602″ height=”350″ video_id=”imCPVJ2rjn0″]

Once you’ve acquired all the ingredients, head over to a blacksmith and have him craft the special bolts. You are then ready to take on much tougher, higher level enemies.

Let us know if these tips aided you in your adventure in the comments below.

Muhammad Ali Bari

Reviews Editor at GearNuke

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