Avallac'h at Tor Gvalch'ca aka Undvik's Tower Gateway Between Worlds | Pictures from Witcher 3 - I just felt like uploading pictures of Avallac'h today. This page serves no other purpose.
NOTE: All of the images on this page are of the area immediately around the tower, and inside the dungeon under the tower, and are NOT of the entire island on which the tower sits.
For images of the entire island, go to the Undvik page.
And yes, you read that correctly. The BIG final boss fight tower where you head up against Avallac'h at the end of the game, has a dungeon underneath it and you can explore it, IF, you can find the extremely difficult to access entrance to the caves under the tower.
If you do find your way into the dungeon caves under the tower, you will find 3 beautiful, glistening, sparkly, glittering, shimmering, blue, ice coated trolls with large blue quartz crystal spikes growing out of their backs, living underneath it.
Witcher 3's Kings of Bling and a monster that more then 80% of all players never encounter, because fewer then 15% of players ever do Folan's quest and as far as anyone can determine, I'm the ONLY player to ever find and explore the dungeons under the tower.
They are by far the most beautiful Trolls in the game, and possibly the prettiest of all monsters in the game. With all their glitter and crystals, they are definitely the blingiest creatures in the game.
In watching, now more then 5,000 playthroughs of Witcher 3, I have seen the same 2 complaints that nearly every streamer has about the game:
* Not being able to get inside Avallac'h's Tor Gvalch'ca Tower in Skellige
* Not getting any loot from killing the Crones and Ilmeryth, which is one of the most difficult boss fights of the game.
You CAN do both of those things.
They are two of the rarest easter eggs in the game, and are both missed by almost every one.
If you want to do either... here's how you do it:
For some reason, almost no one is aware that there is a dungeon/cave underneath the tower. It is inhabited by the very same Ice Trolls which you meet early in the game, in the quest to rescue Hjalmar's friend Folan.
The way Folan's quest is set up, you take a long trek around the back of the island, through a deep ravine, until reaching a cave that is one of 5 entrances into the Ice Troll cave. Going into the cave from this entrance, you are already deep under the cliffs, behind the tower, and so can not see, that you are actually walking directly beneath the tower.
If you go on the path to the tower, look for the crevasse where is hidden a treasure chest. Yo can climb the cliff here. Do so. There is no quest that will ever tell you to do so, so you will NOT find this area of the game unless you roam and explore at random. Once on the top, look around, you will see a crashed boat on top of the cliff, buried under the snow.
Head to the boat. Now turn around and look back at the direction you came from. Look down. There is a small barely visible path. Follow it. Here you will find, yet another entrance to the Ice Troll cave. If you roam around exploring this cliff further, you will find a 3rd entrance to the Ice Troll cave.
Go back up to the tower. Head into the pavillion where Geralt threatens Avallac'h during the tower quest. Look towards the back, behind where Avallac'h was standing. There is a broken wall, and a path leading to the cliff. Go there. Very, very, very, very, VERY carefully, inch your way down the cliff... if you look closely, there is a hair-line path, and you can make it all the way to the bottom of the cliff, right down to the frozen ocean archway under the tower. Save. You'll die a lot the first few tries down, so you'll want a save file here. It is VERY DIFFICLT to get down this path. It's insta-death on all sides if you take one wrong step. You'll likely have to try 10 or 12 or more times before you making it down without sliding off the side to your death.
You do not need to go all the way to the bottom. You want to inch your way steadily to your right hand side... until you see a ledge about half way down... the Ice Trolls patrol here, so you will see them coming in and out of the cave periodically. They never leave the ledge, so you are safe until you reach the ledge. Once you see the ledge, stop climbing towards the bottom... look below you. Save. Once you reach this point, you don't want to die and end up back at the top. Save so you can respawn here if you die here. There is a narrow ridge, the top edge of a crag. Jump down and land on it. It may take a few tries. It is VERY difficult to land on the exact spot. If you miss, you'll die.
Look at the image above. If you have landed on the correct ridge, you will now be standing, exactly where Avallac'h is standing in the image above.
Save. If you die in the next step, you'll want to respawn here not back up at the tower.
From here, it's a slippery climb up, until you get to the ledge. Plan to die often. If you are careful, when you fall, instead of dying, you can force yourself to surfboard slide into the ravine and live through the fall. But if you land here, there's no way back up and you'll have to walk all the way back around the island to get back to the tower cliffs again.
Once you get to the top of this ledge. There will be 2 Ice Trolls there to great you, and you will see a long "balcony" on the ledge... a cave entrance to each end of it.
The dungeon caves under the tower are 3 stories/levels tall, and filled with lots of various junk loot. Three Ice Trolls live here, and if you failed to rescue Folan, you can find him now chopped up and cooked into stew.
Yep. I've found tons of these insanely difficult paths throughout the game. Each one leads to a treasure chest.
I used to have 2,000+ How-to VODs uploaded to my Twitch Collections, which showed, step by step, in game, how to reach every single last Easter Egg in the game, but I got sick of being harassed, so July 2020 I deleted them all. I might reupload them at some point, but it's unlikely. I don't like rewarding bullies, so they're gone from public access now.
So, there used to be a how-to video to show you how to get into the cave, but, yeah, I'm sick of being harassed. The images from that how to video, which shows you what the inside of the dungeons under the tower look like can be seen here.
The hidden path like this, which contains the biggest treasure chest prize in the game... tons of swords, lots of gold, lots of armor... 37 items in total... is the chest hidden in the 3 Crones' cave.
There used to be a how-to video for this one as well, but, yep, gone. I'm just tired of spending hours every week making these things for you guys only to have you harass me because you got your head shoved too far up your ass to not be a bigoted bully.
After you kill Imlerith, loot his body, loot his throne, loot the chests and bags around his throne, now look for a tiny hole in the ground.
When you find it, jump in. You will land in the cauldron where Ciri just killed 2 of the 3 crones.
Loot the bodies of the 2 dead Crones. Find the cave exit where Ciri left, not where Ciri came in, jump down into the water.
You'll land on the single largest treasure trove in a single treasure chest, in the entire game.
Every one always complains that they get no reward for killing Imlerith and the Crones, but, the only reason they got no reward, is because they didn't spend the time to look for the reward, and simply ran off the mountain as soon as the boss fight ended without checking out the area before leaving.
Hope that helps.
Once you have found and made it into, the dungeon caves beneath the Tower, you will find that it appears to have once been a boatbuilder's "factory" built into the dungeon of the tower. The remains of boat building forge and lumber mill, along with lots of half built boats, are found throughout the dungeons under the tower.
Abandoned long ago, the dungeons are now the home of 3 Ice Trolls, seen above. And on the other images throughout this page.
If you want to save Folan... you need to answer this Troll's riddle correctly, then give him a riddle to answer back. Folan is the prize, so whoever wins this battle of wits, gets to keep Folan. Winning causes the Trolls to unlock the pot's cover and let Folan go free.
And no, I can't tell you what riddle you will get... the game has a bunch of them, and spits one out at random. It is possible to replay this quest many times and never get the same riddle twice.
If you want to NOT save Folan, select the ridiculously and obviously incorrect answer, and the trolls will not let you ask him a riddle citing that you are a stupid human who proved Trolls are smarter.... the entire time you are standing here, you get to hear Folan inside the pot screaming in agony as he boils to death... and if you don't rescue him, you can hear him die as he cooks.
You can also NOT save Folen, simply by skipping the quest entirely, like 80% of all streamers do... streamers who soon after, defeating the Ice Giant, find themselves bitching and moaning that the game suddenly got a lot harder.
If the game seemed to go from Easy mode to Super Death March difficulty right after the Ice Giant Boss Fight... yep... it did... IF, Folan died, Karmah of the Skellige gods is about to kick you in the ass, for the rest of the game.
If you lose, the Trolls eat Folan, and throughout the rest of the game, every village guard in every town in Skellige will bully you for letting Folan get eaten by Trolls. They will remind you at every turn, that you let Folan die. You let Folan be eaten by trolls... and for that, everyone in Skellige now hates you, spits on you, and locks their doors.
Plus, if Folan dies, your level of respect in Skellige decreases, causing twice as many Drowners/Nekkers/Sirens to spawn in in the wild roaming encounters... and flowers/herbs respawn 50% less often and give 50% fewer items.
Also, if Folan dies, because of the decrease in respect, roaming traveling merchants in Skellige are less likely to stop and sell items to you.
Plus, if Folan dies, ALL merchants in Skellige charge 35% higher prices for items they sell and pay 35% less for items they buy... again, because your respect level has decreased.
If Folan dies, the Ice Giant Boss Fight increases in difficulty by 50%... if he lives, he helps you during the fight.
Also, if Folan dies... you will have to fight twice as many Wild Hunt Warriors during the Battle of Kaer Morhen ... if he lives, he is near the portals and kills half of them before they get to you.
If Folan dies... the chances of Lambert dying in the Battle of Kaer Morhen are increased, as Kiera will need your help to rescue Lambert.... if Folan lives, he will have killed half the Wild Hunt Warriors before they reach Lambert... and if Kiera is still alive, she will rescue Lambert without your help...
If BOTH Folan AND Kiera die, Lambert will always die during the Battle of Kaer Morhen, because there are too many Wild Hunt Warriors in your way AND Kiera is not there to teleport Lambert.
MOST players falsely assume Folan is a minor character, who's death is insignificant.
Yes, he is a minor character, who only says one single line of Thank You, when you save him from the trolls, but his death is FAR from insignificant and will DRAMATICALLY change many things in the game.
And Folan is not alone... every minor character, of every seemingly skippable quest of no-consequence, WILL have similar effects on the game world.
The more side quests you skip and the more side quest characters you DO NOT rescue, the lower your respect level drops, the difficult future quests become, the more plentiful roaming monsters get, the less plentiful flowers grow, the few loot spawn happen, the more hostile guards get... and over time the entire world slowly turns on you... AND... all of this effects your ability to keep Ciri alive at the end of the game.
Every side quest has a consequence if you skip it.
Every character has a consequence if they die.
Some characters, like Avallac'h, has HUGE consequences based on if you were nice to them or bitchy to them... if you are kind to Avallac'h in EVERY quest mentioning him, never accusing him of lying, and defend him every time someone else accuses him of lying, not just the quests you do with him, you'll unlock "In Avallac'h We Trust" the rare hidden achievement that gives you 35,000 experience points and boosts you up to level 70 right before the final boss fight... and yes, trashing the lab IS the good option... if you've read the novels, you know why.
NOTE: All images on this page are from the 2nd Avallac'h Playthrough, with the following exceptions:
In the images from both those playthroughs, the pictures of Avallac'h are the actual NPC character from the game, and not the player character version of him.
There are no mods on NPC quest version of Avallac'h.
If you compare the images here of Blond Player Character Avallac'h with Grey NPC Avallac'h, you can see how much his appearance has changed from his vanilla NPC look to his modded Player Character look.
All images on this page are from:
The Witcher 3:
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Completionist Run: The Avallac'h Playthrough
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This current mod-making playthrough, is prep for a future fully-lore-friendly playthrough....
The ultimate goal of my mod making playthrough, is to make every character as lore-friendly as possible to how they were described in the novels.
Most specifically though we are transforming as much of the game as possible to match Chapter 5 of the novel Lady of the Lake, when Ciri lived with Avallac'h the first time, on The Lake of Avalon.
This current playthrough is largely a lot of test runs of hundreds of mods. It is being played open world with quests rarely happening, to allow us to run tests of various mods as I build them.
Due to the fact that the game engine, scripts, and other files is often open and being edited while I'm playing the game, this current playthrough is very unstable with bugs and glitches happening daily and game crashes happening, sometimes as often as every few minutes.
You are witnessing a live overhaul and full rewrite of the game, that when finished will be used in a complete (more normal style) playthrough of the game.
However do not expect to see the lore-friendly playthrough any time soon.
I began building this overhaul mod May 13, 2018 and have worked on it daily for 4 to 12 hours a day, all of it streamed here on Twitch, and...
...while we've now altered over 2,000 script files, more than 7,000 textures, several hundred meshes, 400+ xml files, dozens of ini files, and have now begun work on changing 3D models...
...this project is far from finished and could see as much as another 3 years of daily work before completion.
UPDATE: October 5, 2020... it is now nearing 3 years since starting, and there are now more than 20,000 files edited in this project, and no end is yet in sight.
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