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The Fiend (Polish: Bies) is a brawny three-eyed ungulate monster with antlers that resembles a were-elk. It appears in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The beast "has a special ram attack , intelligently combined with a hypnotic spell emitted by its third eye [1] which disorients and enshrouds Geralt in darkness". [2]

Bestiary entry Edit

I regret to inform Your Grace that Your Grace's son fell while hunting a fiend. He died on the spot, along with his squire, his guide, the beaters, his peasant entourage and his hounds.
— Kavin Jell, manager of the Villepin Estate near Vizima
Fiends are walking mountains of muscle capped with horned, tooth-filled heads. Like their rarer cousins, bumbakvetches, they live in thick forests, swamps and bogs. When possible they avoid humans, but when not possible, they kill them, and without much difficulty.
Their size alone makes fiends and bumbakvetches extremely dangerous — one blow from their powerful paws can kill a horse along with it's fully armored mount. Their enormous heft also makes them invulnerable to Aard: even witchers specializing in the power of Signs could not move one even an inch. Furthermore, any wounds they receive heal at lightning speed.

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Combat tactics Edit

Tw3 fighting Fiend

Consider a fiend as one would a chort: incredible speed, strength, and a single-minded desire to kill, only more ferocious, larger, and angrier. They fight very much the same, and can be taken advantage of in similar ways.

The fiend’s third eye defines this monster as a force with which to be reckoned. It can lure victims into a state of hypnosis, where all they see is the third eye glowing in the darkness. Inexperienced hunters will die in the seconds that follow. Witchers know to follow that burning eye, and understand to use that to judge precisely when to evade.

A fiend attempting its hypnosis can be interrupted by signs, but not sword hits. A well timed samum bomb can permanently disable the fiend’s third eye and prevent any use of hypnosis. Failing that, the hypnosis effect has a limited range; when it starts its charge-up for the move (crouched down and the ground slightly shaking) back off at least two Rolls worth of distance and the effect should miss. Fiends are not particularly vulnerable to fire, but it can help to use Igni or other fire-setting bombs to maintain the pressure on the monster.

In terms of attack style, at longer range the Fiend will sometimes paw the ground and then do a long range charge like a bull. Rolling out of the way is your only option. At closer range it will attack with its claws and its horns in moderate-sized sweeping attacks; it isn't particularly good at countering someone hitting it on the rear side almost behind it.

Trivia Edit

  • Bies, as the fiend is called in the native version of the game, is widely considered to be a synonym of czart or czort (chort) - a demon from Slavic mythology, who after Christianisation of the Slavonic nations is often associated with the devil.

Videos Edit

The Witcher 3 Fiend Boss Fight (Hard Mode)03:36

The Witcher 3 Fiend Boss Fight (Hard Mode)

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Notes & references Edit

  1. PC Games Hardware (DE) (last visited 2013-06-21)
  2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Displays a Reactive Open World with Organic Combat (last visited 2013-06-21)

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