In Witcher 3, Golyat from the Ogroid class is one of the most fierce and robust gigantic enemies players have to counter. Picking up a horse with a single hand and throwing it is one of his abilities that shows how strong it is.
The fight with Golyat is the first significant battle players engage in during Blood and Wine DLC. Players will get to fight Golyat during one of the main quests of Blood and Wine The Beast of Toussaint.
To reach Toussaint, players first need to complete the intro quest of Blood and Wine titled Envoys Wineboys. Once completed, players can then enter Toussaint for the major quest.
Golyat is the first encounter Geralt will have in The Witcher 3 DLC. As soon as you reach Toussaint with Palmerin de Launfal and Milton de Peyrac, Golyat bursts out of a nearby windmill and starts attacking, and it is up to Geralt to defeat him.
How to defeat Golyat in The Witcher 3
Golyat, a gigantic monster in the game, has so many powerful abilities that can create difficulty for the players fighting against him. He has a whirlwind attack which damages everyone standing nearby.
If you are standing behind Golyat, it will execute a sweeping attack that will knock you back. In addition, it also launches a pounding attack, creating a shockwave, and can easily stun or knock you back.
Once the battle has started, players need to be quick if they want to defeat Golyat in The Witcher 3. The trick is to use the timing window that Golyat uses to charge his attacks and do as much damage as possible.
Speaking of attacking with the sword, since Golyat is an ogroid, make sure to cover your silver sword with Ogroid oil (Read: oil recipes) to enhance your damage.
You can use Yrden to slow Golyat down and get a few hits with your sword before retreating. Similar to Yrden, Quen is also a very useful Sign in the fight against Golyat.
If you are equipped with Light Armor, you should be able to spam Quen, close in the gap, and get a few extra hits. Using Quen will allow you to tank a hit or two from Golyat. This way, you can attack a few more times before being forced to retreat.
How to get the David and Golyat achievement?
This fight against Golyat can grant you an achievement called David and Golyat. This achievement is earned for using a specific way to kill Goylat that is faster but harder to execute. The task is to kill Goylat by aiming a crossbow at its eye, which kills it instantly.
If you have the Lightning Reflexes skill unlocked, you can slow down time by 45% while aiming, making it easier to hit the eye. You can also use the Northern Wind bomb which would freeze him for a while.
Another way to execute is to use Yrden, correct your aim, and shoot at its eye during the time he is stunned. If you somehow missed this one-shot chance, you won’t be able to do it again. So, to avoid losing this opportunity, save the game just before going to Toussaint and reload if you fail to kill Golyat with the crossbow to earn David and Golyat.