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, which is 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 was built. The passage is 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.
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, wolves 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, at times they can be heard rumbling.
- 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.
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 Warriors are found here.
- Lost and Found - find Selene and Quina
- Witch Hunt - save Selene and speak to Sofiah
- Dying of Curiosity - rescue Valmiro
- The Dragon's Tongue - begins with Rowland at the Guardian's grave.
- Mettle Against Metal - defeat the Metal Golem
- In Aid of the Emerald King I (Dark Arisen), slay all Goblin Shamans in the far Witchwood
- Badge of Vows 10, 78 and 91 are found here. Badge of Vows 62 is found on the ledge at Seabreeze Trail which is the eastern exit of the woods.
Pawn Travel Knowledge
Pawn travel knowledge is 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. This may need to be witnessed a couple of times.
- At the entrance to the tunnel where an arch of rock sits overhead.
- At the bend in the path heading towards the Witch's House (near the 3rd talisman in a tree).
- 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.
- "The wood is uncommon dense...almost as if it means to hide aught away."
- "Magick...or aught similar hangs thick in the air."
- "Yet, for all the danger, this pawn feels quite comfortable here."
- "But stray a few steps, and you'll be well lost, even in the noontime sun."
- "Then, this is the witch's cottage?"
- "We must ford this river to reach the witch's cottage."
- " 'Tis a curious stone, is it not?"
- "The girl known as the witch is here."
- 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.
- Spellcasters can reach the ledge with Levitate. A running start is not necessary, but help. the Arisen should float upwards and to the left toward the grab spot. - this may take several attempts.
- Mystic Knights may also use a running jump followed by Sky Rapture to reach the ledge. (Sky Dance does not seem to travel far enough to reach the ledge.)
- Magick Archers can also use Sunflare in combination with running and or Double Vaults.
- Daggerists. It is also possible to reach the cliff only using Double Vault. Approach the cliff while running and perform a Double Vault, delaying the second jump until the peak of the first. If done this correctly, the Arisen 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.
- (Glitch) It is possible to glitch into the inner area of the Witchwood using High Frigor :
- Cast High Frigor on the upper platform outside Selene's hut near to the tree. Positioning relative to the tree is critical for the second step
- Cast a second Frigor, moving the spell sigil round the back of the first, and using the slope of the tree truck to gain height - with patience it should be possible to place the second sigil atop the first ice block.
- Climb both blocks
- Take a running jump off the upper block towards the tree, and activate Levitate in mid flight - float into the tree. With skill and luck the Arisen will clip through the tree and fall into the innards of the trunk.
- The inner witchwood prior to Witch Hunt is as found after, except the Golems remain inactive. The door cannot be unlocked from inside.
- Caution! It will be impossible to exit this area without a Ferrystone.