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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Nathan Garvin (Haeravon)
First Published: 24-06-2015 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-08-2020 / 01:00 GMT
Version: 1.03 (????) 12-08-2020 / 01:41 GMT

Fists of Fury: Novigrad (Level 23)

Before getting back into the swing of serious quests or Witcher's work, why not indulge in some fist-fighting? If you waited to complete "High Stakes" and are hence fresh off thrashing Finneas, you might just be hankering for some more pugilism. Make your way to the Golden Sturgeon tavern west of Hierarch Square and head inside to find some people boxing. Talk to Master Claytop and state your intent to dethrone the "tavern's champion", then make a bet - just like in Velen, you'll win twice what you bet.

Bet the maximum amount, as Master Claytop will try to make a side deal with you; you throw the fight and he'll pay you extra. It's just free Crowns and experience, so there's no reason not to do it. As a reward for throwing the fight you'll get twice what you bet (160 Crowns) as well as an extra 80 Crowns. After that's done, talk to Master Claytop again and actually challenge Georgius Georg legitimately this time.

Objective Reward
For throwing the fight against Georgius Georg 50 XP / 82 - 240 Crowns
For defeating Georgius Georg 25 XP / 2 - 160 Crowns

These fights are getting more difficult, and if you don't know how to parry by now, you're going to have trouble. Fortunately, parrying is incredibly easy - you really just gotta get your timing down. After you parry, land two fast attacks, then dodge back and wait for the opponent to attack again. Doing this you should win every fight, but again, it all revolves around you learning how to parry. There's really no substitute for it. After you defeat Georgius Georg, Master Claytop will refer you to two other opponents; Archibald O'Niell and Mortimer.

Did You Know?: Gorgeous George was an American professional wrestler who debuted in 1932 and retired in 1962. This character is undoubtedly named after him.

Make your way to the southern end of the docks district to find Archibald O'Niell supervising some fights, just north of the "Portside Gate" signpost. Talk to his Bookie and challenge Archibald. The purse is lower this time around, but Archibald is quicker than Georgius Georg. Oh well.

Objective Reward
For defeating Archibald O'Niell 25 XP / 2 - 100 Crowns

Show Archibald who's boss, then make your way to where Mortimer awaits, namely along the south-eastern end of Novigrad's central district. To get there head north-west across a bridge from the "Tretogor Gate" signpost and immediately thereafter turn north-east and head up some stairs. Continue north-east under an arch, over some wooden planks, then through a second arch and down some steps. Talk to the Bookie, make your bet, then thrash Captain Mortimer who, like the Baron's Sergeant in Crow's Perch seems to spend more time fist fighting than doing his actual job.

Objective Reward
For defeating Captain "Iron" Mortimer 25 XP / 2 - 190 Crowns

Once you've beaten all three of Novigrad's marquee fighters you'll have the honor of challenging Durden the Tailor. You'll find him in the outskirts outside of Novigrad, south of the docks district, near the Notice Board. Make sure it's late enough (7:00 PM should do it) and talk to the Bookie, who will be interrupted by Novigrad's champion. He just can't help but indulge in some trash-talking, which Geralt doesn't respond very positively to. An elf! Calling Geralt scrawny! Of all things! This can not stand! Bet on yourself, then show this upstart elf just why his people are going extinct. How's that for some trash talk? Anyways, beat him and you'll be told to become champion in Velen and Skellige. In time, in time...

Objective Reward
For defeating Durden the Tailor 75 XP / 2 -240 Crowns

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    CD Projekt
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    24 June 2015
  • Last Updated
    12 August 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin (Haeravon)

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You are Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster-hunter known as a Witcher. You've fully regained your memories since your miraculous revival and escape from the Wild Hunt, and have cleared your name of the false accusations of regicide. In the wake of the assassination of Foltest, king of Temeria, the north have been rent by warfare as Nilfgaard launches its third major invasion, and the northlands have been united under the insane king Radovid. Overshadowing these petty politics is the mysterious return of Ciri - Geralt's adopted daughter, who is now being pursued by the Wild Hunt.

The guide offers the following:

  • A full walkthrough that's more than just a listing of quests-it's an "ideal chronological order" that will get you through the whole game and allow you to see and do everything the game has to offer.

  • Side quests, including monster contracts and treasure hunts for obtaining powerful Witcher sets.

  • Descriptions of decisions, quests, and events that influence the various endings of the game.

  • Crafting and Alchemy information.

  • General strategies on how to take down foes large and small, monstrous and humanoid, boss or mundane.

  • Information on how to complete all the Gwent quests and obtain all the Gwent cards, including detailed Gwent strategies.

  • Trophy/Achievement information.

MASSIVE UPDATE: 7th September 2016 ongoing

  • Added DLC quests "Fool's Gold" and "Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear".
  • Organisational changes in the Velen section of the walkthrough to reflect the increased level of Griffin School Gear.
  • Organisational changes throughout the walkthrough to provide a "no skulls" path through the game.
  • Added Death March difficulty tips and commentary throughout the guide.
  • More XP reward numbers included.
  • Walkthrough now includes additional information based on patch changes.
  • Various typo and grammar fixes.
  • Added DLC pages for Blood & Wine, Heart of Stone
  • Lots more quality of life improvements

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