Gothic 1 game guide

Last modification on 2009-04-12

Disclaimer: Some (including myself) may find some of these hints/exploits cheating. This guide is just for educational and fun purposes. Some of these hints/tips apply to Gothic 2 as well. I got the meat exploit from a guide somewhere on the internet I can't recall where, anyway kudos to that person. The other exploits I discovered myself. If you use some hints or exploits from these guide, please add me to your "credits", I will appreciate it :)


Widescreen resolution

Gothic supports widescreen resolutions with a small tweak, add the following text string as a command-line argument: -zRes:1920,1200,32 Ofcourse 1920 is the width, 1200 the height and 32 the bits, change this to your resolution.

Fix crash with Steam version

Disable steam overlay. If that doesn't work rename GameOverlayRenderer.dll in your steam folder to _GameOverlayRenderer.dll.

Easy money/weapons/armor/other items

Steal from Huno

At night attack Huno the smith in the Old Camp and steal all his steel. Then make some weapons and sell them with a merchant. When you ask Huno about blacksmith equipment it will respawn with 5 of each kind of steel. This is also a fairly good starting weapon (requires 20 strength). Also his chest located near the sharpening stone and fire contains some steel as well, lock-pick it. The combination is: RRLRLL. The chest contains _at least_ 20 raw steel, forge it to get 20 crude swords which you can sell for 50 ore each to a merchant. This will generate some nice starting money (1000+ ore) :)

Steal weapons from the castle in the Old camp

This tip is useful for getting pretty good starting weapons.

Before entering the castle itself drop your ore (Left control + down for me) in front of it. This will ensure when you get caught (and you probably will ;)) no ore will get stolen by the guards. Now use the "slip past guard" technique explained below and you should be able to get into Gomez his castle. Run to the left where some weapons are stored. Now make sure you at least steal the best weapon (battle sword) and steal as much as you can until you get whacked. I usually stand in the corner since that's where the best weapons are (battle sword, judgment sword, etc). You'll now have some nice starting weapon(s) and the good thing is they require very little attributes (about 13 strength).

Free scraper armour new camp

In the new camp go to the mine and talk to Swiney at the bottom of "The Hollow". Ask who he is and then ask to join the scrapers. He will give you a "Diggers dress" worth 250 ore. It has the following stats: + 10 against weapons. + 5 against fire. This will also give you free entrance to the bar in the new camp.

Armor amulet and increase HP potion

In the old camp in the main castle there are at least 3 chests with valuable items that don't require a key:

Swamp camp harvest twice

In the swamp-weed harvest quest you must get swamp-weed for a guru. After this quest you can get the harvest again, but you can keep the harvest without consequences.


Slip past guards

This exploit is really simple, just draw your weapon before you're "targeted" by the guard and run past them this bypasses the dialog sequence. When you're just out of their range holster your weapon again, so the people around won't get pissed off.

Works really well on the guards in front of the Old camp's castle, Y'Berrion templars and New camp mercenaries near the Water magicians, just to name a few.

Meat duplication

Go to a pan and focus / target it so it says "frying pan" or similar. Now open your inventory and select the meat. Now cook the meat (for me Left Control + Arrow up). You'll now have twice as much meat as you had before. Do this a few times and you'll have alot of meat, easy for trading with ore/other items as well.

Fall from great heights

Draw your weapon and jump from something high. Now while in the air attack with your weapon. Make sure you attack either continuously or right above the ground before you land. This works because it resets the falling animation.

Experience / level up tips

Test of faith (extra exp)

You get an additional 500 exp (from Lares) when you forge the letter in the new camp and then give it to Diego. You can still join both camps after this.

Fighting skeleton mages and their skeletons

An easy way to get more experience is to let the skeleton mages summon as much skeletons as they can. After you have defeated all of them: kill the skeleton mage.

Permanent str/dex/mana/hp potions/items and teachers

When you want to get the maximum power at the end of the game you should save up the items that give you a permanent boost. Teachers of strength, dexterity and mana won't train over 100 of each skill. However using potions and quest rewards you can increase this over 100.

You should also look out for the following:

Again, do this after you are 100 of each skill.

Permanent potions in Sleeper temple

This one is really obvious, but I would like to point out the mummy's on each side where Xardas is located have lots and I mean lots of permanent potions. This will give you a nice boost before the end battle.

Permanent potions as reward in quests

Always pick the permanent potion as a reward for quests when you can, for example the quest for delivering the message to the High Fire magicians (mana potion) or the one for fetching the almanac for the sect camp. Don't forget to pick up the potions from Riordian the water magician when you're doing the focus stones quest, it contains a strength and dexterity potion (+3).

Word after

When you use the tips described above Gothic should be a really easy game and you should be able to get at a high(er) level with lots of mana/strength/hp.

Have fun!