Water Hag strategy guide, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Death March

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This is a monster guide for Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Death March difficulty for fighting Water Hags. Water hags are fast and agile monster. In my guide I go through all of the ghoul’s attack patterns, how to avoid getting hit and helpful strategies to beat him.

I will go over the strategies in this article for those that prefer to read stuff than using visual aids.

Strategies for beating Water Hag

I will outline some of the strategies how to beat the Water Hag. If you want to see it in action, check out video in this article.

  • A key strategy to fight them is to be very mobile and dodge their attacks and directly attack them back
  • The Northern Wind bomb freezes the water hag, this really is most effective method to killing them easy. When they are frozen they are very easy to dispatch.
  • As a safety measure always roll when they go underground, otherwise they can pop up right behind you. This attack is the most dangerous one.
  • Water hags throw mud at you. They telegraphs this by putting their right arm into the ground, it would be enough time for preparing a roll or dodge.

Northern Wind, Necrophage Oil, Quen, Igni

Water Hag’s attacks

The water hag has a couple of different attacks, I will outline how they work.

Swipe attack

When you get close to the Water Hag, she will take swipes at you. If you observe her arm you can see when she will attack and have enough time to dodge or roll to safety

Underground double attack

Sometimes when Water Hag burrows herself into the ground, they will pop up right behind you and do two swift attacks that will stun you. As safety measure always roll every time they burrows themselves into the ground. You can avoid attack by dodging twice, but it is easier to just roll


When you have some distance to the Water Hags, they will put their right arm into the ground and sling mud at you. This attack does no damage but it blinds you. So if just get ready to dodge or roll when she puts her arm into ground you will have enough time to prepare for dodge or roll.


Water Hag Teeth, Venom Extract, Water Essence, Ducal Water, Ribleaf

Bestiary Information

Class: Necrophage
Source: Witcher Wikia

“Folk say water hags are drowners’ wives. If that be true, ‘tain’t no wonder why they’re so ornery.”

—Shemhel of Dregsdon

Water Hag

Water Hag

Some tales mention water hags and swamp bints masquerading as lost old women to lure travelers back to the rickety shacks they build in the wetlands. In truth, only a blind man, or a sighted man blinded with drink, could mistake the rank sludge and rotting carrion of a water hag’s den for a cozy cottage, and the hideous hag herself for an innocent grandmother. Their wrinkled, wart-covered bodies stand nearly two yards tall, colored a pinkish-green and stinking of muck and fish. Bony growths two spans long stick out from their backs, with hair like a tangle of seaweed and claws that would make a werewolf proud completing the picture.  

Like drowners, with whom they often share hunting grounds, water hags and swamp bints dwell near shallow streams, rivers and wetlands. Though bulky, they are excellent swimmers. They can even swim through thick mud with astonishing agility, surfacing beside their victims to attack them with their sickle-shaped claws. They are also able to form this mud into balls, which they toss to temporarily blind opponents.  

Water hags are particularly active and dangerous during rainstorms, conditions which furthermore hinder the use of the Igni Sign, usually the most effective weapon against all moisture-loving creatures.

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