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.
|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.
|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.
|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...
|For defeating Durden the Tailor||75 XP / 2 -240 Crowns|