Just like the name says, to avoid a million topics and to make it easier for everyone I would like to use this topic to gather all kinds of tips/strategies even tricks to make it “easier” to do/get certain things in the game. So if you know something, for example a way to earn some quick/easy money, you can post it here. For those saying “but then they will patch it”, they will do so anyway and they will check online/Youtube as well.
Lastly I will try to read this topic very regularly and post ALL Tips/Strategies in this opening post, while also mentioning the people who gave the information.
All Herbs & Their Herbarium Pages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTAExO0AX7c
All Recipes For Alchemy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb_N15qTKZY
Easier Pickpocketing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQWBWMObQsI
Lockpicking Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSUE6a5H5pQ
Scavenger Quest: Finding the burried treasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5aPhfo23F8
Where To Find Certain Herbs In The Wild (Belladonna, Herb Paris…): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An9-Ivz1QvU
Herbalism: It may seem obvious but leveling Herbalism is one of the easiest things in the game, just pick up flowers. They weigh almost nothing, so start picking them up! You can also increase your leveling skill by paying for lessons at a herbalist, there are different ranks available.
Maintenance: Buy repair kits and use these instead of paying for repairs. You can also increase your leveling skill by paying for lessons at a Blacksmith or Swordsmith for example, there are different ranks available. You will even get good extra skills!
Pickpocketing: You can level up pickpocketing easier by picking targets who are asleep. A good place for this is an inn or lodging. Try doing this between midnight and 9 o’clock in the morning. If you want to avoid failing to much, sleep before trying and reload if necessary.
Reading: Learn to read by going to Uzhitz and doing the quest “Mightier than the sword” by visiting the scribe. You can also increase your level for reading by reading books at certain places like at a table or on your bed. An icon will be displayed next to your healthbar when you are in a good reading spot.
Speech: You can level up speech by successfully doing conversation options and by haggling with traders.
Vitality: You can level up Vitality by simple running everywhere and jumping over everything like fences. Lastly you can just keep jumping on the same spot where you stand.
Herbs/Flowers: Pick up flowers, they weigh nothing, you get multiple each time, you get fair sums of gold for selling them and later you will get extra’s with certain perks (+ charisma or + strength). With the “Botanist” perk at level 10, you can even sell herbs at a 15% higher price!
Selling Stolen Items: You can sell stolen items at certain “fences” or go to a village/city far away from where you got the stolen item. You will notice a “red mark” next to the item to let’s you know it’s stolen. Even hunting animals is considered “stolen” when picked up afterwards. By pressing Triangle you can see more information about the item, as well as where it was stolen.
Finding items in the countryside: If on your travels you find a birdsnest, you can drop it by shooting it with arrows, this will give you certain trinkets. You can also dig up grave sites with a spade for items.
Healing: Healing can not be done in combat, afterwards you get health back by eating and drinking, but this will go slowly. You can stop bleeding by applying bandages or by using a “Marigold concoction” that will heal you over time.
Lockpicks: For getting sweet loot, you will need to break chests and therefore successfully lockpick it. To aquire lockpicks, you can buy them from certain traders like “millers”, you get them as rewards for certain quests or you will receive them at the beginning from Henry’s friends.
Over-encumbered/Overloading: While you weigh to much you can’t use fast travel, lose stamina more quickly and can’t run. Either drop weight or use a little trick, draw your bow and equip an arrow, pull back the bow (R2) and keep it like this. You will walk a little faster like this, but beware of stamina! Press X before your stamina has been depleted. Also, I have not tested this in a town or city yet, but people will probably not be happy with you walking around aiming at things! Check your total weight carried at the moment at your character’s Statspage.
Repairing Weapons, Armor or Clothing: All these items can be repaired by certain craftsmen, a Swordsmith will repair weapons, a blacksmith will repair armor and a tailor will repair clothing. Be warned, not every town will have all craftsmen you need!
Saving: You can’t save whenever you want, you need a drink for that “Saviour Schnapps”. But if you really need to save and don’t have any drinks, go to a tavern or find an empty bed and sleep in it. However it only works if you sleep the amount of time you chose beforehand. So choosing 5 hours for example and getting up after 3 will NOT save the game.
Storage: You can savely store your items in the chest of Peshek the Miller’s house at Rattay (quest storyline) or at Inns.
Tips/Strategy provided by: Blacksmith, Lieste, MrSoKoLoV, Tsunamik.