Within a few days of the game’s launch, a major exploit for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has already been found that grants players an infinite amount of money by killing cows mercilessly.
The exploit, not a glitch, was discovered by YouTube user WhatsMyGame who found that all a player needs to do is continuously kill cows then harvest their hide and sell them for 27 gold each. The next step would then be to meditate for two hours and the cows will have respawned, allowing you to continue killing more cows and making more money.
There are a few drawbacks to the exploit however. For one, shopkeepers won’t have enough money to continuously buy the hides from you, which isn’t a problem as you can just go from one shopkeeper to the next. The other being that the cow corpses won’t ever disappear, testing your conscience as you watch cow bodies pile atop one another as time goes on!
CD Projekt Red released a statement regarding the exploit, yet using fictional in-game characters.
“Nilfgaardian representatives are currently investigating the issue and exploring ideas to address the rapid influx of cow hides on the marketplace of White Orchard.”
“Sustained cow slaughter may influence local economy and job market by allowing an unnaturally fast accumulation of goods, and also produces an undesirable effect of breaking gamer immersion,” Said Bobbe Malinka, Senior Scribe, Nilfgaard Press Department. “All instances of poaching will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of Nilfgaardian law, so cow exploiters better be on the lookout. We don’t want any beef, but we have zero tolerance for such behavior,” Malinka adds.