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How To Play As Henry Cavill In Witcher 3

The Witcher Netflix series does a great job of emulating the world of the Witcher. In fact, all I want to do after watching the TV series is play the game. And I’m not alone in that thinking. Last week after being on Steam for almost five years the Witcher had over 100,000 online players. Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Geralt of Rivia really brings to life the gruff monster hunter and of course, somebody has already made mods for him in The Witcher 3. If only I could have that mod IRL. Oh well here’s a step by step guide to supermaning up your Geralt.


Set Up

Install The Witcher 3 mod manager. It’ll make this all a lot easier.


The Face

1. Install the Henry Cavill head and body mesh from Adnan over on Nexus Mods. There’s an Anya Chalotra head mesh for Yennefer too if you’re interested. You’ll need Hearts of Stone for it to work, but you’ll want that excellent expansion anyway. 

2. The best face mod has to go to Shadowphonic’s Henry. Adnan did the difficult work of shaping Henry’s face and body, but something’s wrong the way the light hits it. The furrowed brow, eyes, and cheekbones make our boy look like a damn wraith rather than a macho monster hunter. This is a great foundation, geometrically speaking, but the retextures are where the magic happens. Shadowphonic has fixed this by highlighting the stubble and contours of his face for a more natural, witchery look. Snd adds a Striga scar to fit Henry comfortably into the game’s timeline. This is the face texture to use. 


Netflix Armor

While the show pulls from the original Andrzej Sapkowski books more than from the actual Witcher game franchise, some of the aesthetic choices in the show have still been a point of debate for fans. The original costume test that made its way to Twitter had Witcher fanatics pretty upset that Henry Cavill looked like a Dollar Store knock-off Legolas, and thankfully, that version of the outfit and wig was jettisoned before production.

The end result was more impressive, and now some of the Netflix show’s outfits can be used by Geralt of Rivia by re-texturing the Standard Kaer Morhen Outfit, Hunting Trousers, and Griffin Gloves. You’ll have to forgo the speciality looks and stats the game’s armour provides. ReplicantPolice‘s Viper Armor nails the look of Netflix Geralt’s studded leather getup. 


The Hair

Geralt’s hair is a bit longer in the show than the hair the game starts with, so I recommend going with something long as soon as you find a barber. To really accentuate those locks while keeping our beloved hair physics intact, try out CraniumJ‘s alternative long hair mod. It’s glossier and more responsive to wind.