This page details where you can find Francia’s Champion of the Faith along the River Rhine, part of the Francia’s Anointed River Raids quest.
Where to Find Francia’s Champion of the Faith in River Rhine
There’s only one monastery in along the River Rhine, named Ferrieres. This is located in the far east of the region, at the end of the river. You’ve already been here during The Ulfberht Sword, and you’ll find the champion in the same church that you found the Ulfberht Sword Champion, at the top of the hill in the monastery grounds. However, to reach this Champion of the Faith, you’ll need to shoot a ladder inside the church, then climb it to the highest levels of the building. Here a cutscene will begin, after which you’ll be fighting the Champion.
How to Defeat the Champion of the Faith at the Ferrieres Monastery
This fight should prove relatively easy, since the Champion isn’t wearing much armor, much like the last one. This means that your attacks will inflict massive amounts of damage. The Champion has only one weak point which is located on his back. You can hit this with your bow if you flank the Champion, and the best way to do this is by first dodging one of his attacks, then shuffling into a position where you can see his back. Alternatively, if you have the Precision Axe Throw ability, you can use this to strike the weak point, but you’ll still need to flank the Champion to hit it.
At the beginning of the fight, the Champion will place two explosive mine devices on the ground. You’ll need to avoid the circle boundaries that these create, especially if you’re playing on the highest difficulty settings, since being hit by just one of them can result in a near one-hit death. The positioning of the circles will be random, but we were lucky as the Champion placed them in the corner of the room for us. You may find yourself working with much less space, but if you do trigger a mine, be ready to heal yourself immediately after to avoid being killed by any follow up attacks.
The Champion has a unique ability where he slings a harpoon around his head every so often. The harpoon is on fire, so getting hit by it will apply a damage over time debuff. The hit itself will also inflict a high amount of damage, so be sure to get out of the way when you see the attack begin. The beginning of the attack is marked by a white flash, though this is only brief. Fortunately the Champion stays in the same position as he spins the harpoon, so you should be able to avoid it comfortably once you’ve noticed the spinning begin.
How to Get Sir Gareth’s Holy Sword
Once you’ve defeated Francia’s Champion of the Faith, you’ll receive Sir Gareth’s Holy Sword.