Purpose of side weapons?

Besides using the steel or silver sword in The Witcher 1 you can also use smaller side weapons such as daggers or axes.

The only benefit I can see in these weapons is that some have an additional effect like having a higher chance of inflicting bleeding on the target. But since the weapon switching takes rather long I prefer not to use those weapons. They also don’t deal that much damage.

Is there any other benefit in using the smaller side weapons?

Answer

The reason side weapons exist is like you said, for special effects. The ones I’ve seen have had effects such as shield disarming (handaxe), fire (torch), and pain (dagger). The only other use I know of is that the torch will provide light if you are unable/unwilling to use a Cat potion, but you have to swap weapons and thus lose the light source if you want to deal any real damage.

For more info, the wiki page is fantastic: Witcher Short Weapons page

The main bit from the wiki page linked above:

These weapons, also known as “light weapons” or “small weapons”, are of questionable value to Geralt, but some do have their particular useful applications and they can be picked up and sold for orens, which is particularly useful during the early chapters. Once Geralt obtains Raven’s armor, he can carry two, rather than one, of these weapons at any one time. Enemies who have less than 33% of their vitality left may be stunned and/or knocked down by any short weapon attack. Nevertheless, as with heavy weapons, they can not be used in Stun-finishers, meaning that while Geralt performs a finishing move, only increased damage is dealt but the opponent will not die as a result unless the damage exceeds current vitality. All short weapons carry the caveat “this weapon can not be combined with witchers’ combat styles”.

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