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The following is somewhat of a spoiler, to avoid it being shown in the question excerpt, I'm filling the space with useless boilerplate.

I'm near the end of the first chapter and I'm now facing Letho, the kingslayer and witcher. And I'm getting my ass kicked thoroughly and completely. I haven't even been able to hurt Letho in the short time I'm staying alive.

He shields himself with Quen and just blocks every single attack I make. Then he blasts me with Aard, throws a poison grenade at me, or incinerates me with Igni. I really haven't been able to make any dent into his health bar, he just blocks every attack. And I can't keep up Quen as fast as he damages me.

Any tips on how to kill that bastard? I'm not kidding when I say that I see no way of surviving that fight at the moment.

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have you tried carpeting the ground with Yrden? It's quite effective against big guys. –  Bora May 19 '11 at 21:21
    
I'll say this though, it's not that fun to get chain stun locked with unavoidable stuff. Hit his shield? Stunned and unavoidably knocked down where you're stunned again. Charge at him? unavoidably knocked down and stunned. He even sometimes parries from behind and stuns you again... –  Blindy May 21 '11 at 23:09
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As awful and cheap as it is, he's trivial to defeat on easy. –  Phoshi Jun 12 '11 at 12:31
    
It's been said a thousand times in the answers - so I won't post my own - but interrupting him is your number one priority, and Aard is king for that. Use it to stop any and all of his moves, especially his Quen. Use any vigor regen potions you have before the fight if possible. Better yet, upgrade your vigor before fighting him if you have an old save and are really struggling. –  kevlar1818 Jul 16 '12 at 14:36
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Push Letho away with Aard, immediately follow that with strong or fast attacks for approximately 2-3 hits, repeat the process until you run out of Vigor; when that happens, run away. If Letho puts Quen up, set a Yrden in front of you to tear it away and buy you some breathing room. Don't attack Letho up close unless you're absolutely sure you want to, and make sure you parry and attack only when he isn't. If you can stun him by parrying, excellent, but only parry when you're just about to be hit by one of his blows. Also, make sure you're using the Steel sword, as it's more effective against humans. You can also set up a few traps quickly if you wish, and ALWAYS dodge to the right just before the battle begins, so Geralt can shift away from Letho's Aard if that's his first move.

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This is exactly what I did after trying Yrden and various bombs and different strategies. (Aard, quick, strong, strong)x3 then let him cast Quen and roll around like a madman recharging vigor and letting his Quen wear off, then repeat. –  StrixVaria May 22 '11 at 13:01
    
It also helps if you have 3 points of Vigor. –  Extrakun Jun 13 '11 at 7:15
    
The problem with this is that the Aard pushes him out of range of your attacks. By the time you catch up with him, he's recovered. It'll probably work if you've got him backed into a corner, but that doesn't work if you want to dodge his attacks while his Quen is up. –  mcv May 10 '12 at 11:49
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It was easy for me, I killed him with 5 samium bombs, 5 well balanced daggers and 7 robust well balanced daggers. Just keep throwing, he won't have time to strike back and run and dodge his attacks when hes got his Quen shield up. I killed him withouth any potions or oils. Also, I had a jagged blade, which I needed to strike him with about 5 times.

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I'm assuming this was on easy –  Codemonkey Aug 20 '12 at 22:47
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I know its been said but use Aard to push him, try to stop him from using his Quen shield. Don't bother shielding yourself, he will simply smash through it. If he does get a Quen off distance yourself and pull it off with a few Aard attacks, make sure to dodge his spells and bombs. His primary sources of damage are fire, bleeding, and poison so try drinking a Golden Oriole potion before you begin (or load a previous save). A vitality regen potion added on to all this made the fight a breeze.

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Not a very exciting solution that I used, but a solution none the less:

  1. Reload a previous save
  2. Create as many grapeshot bombs as you can (I think I had about 19/20, there's plenty of ingredients in the forest if you don't have enough)
  3. As soon as the fight starts, spam Letho with the bombs

He wont have time to cast Quen as he is stunned in between each bomb hitting him. It might not look like you are doing much damage but remember you should have about 20 to use,

* POTENTIAL SPOILER*

and it should be noted that you don't need to get his health all the way down to trigger the cut-scene at the end of the fight

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I tried throwing a lot of grapeshot at him, and it did stop him from attacking me until ran out. Still only a minor dent in his health. I didn't have 20, so maybe I just need more. –  mcv May 10 '12 at 14:22
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The fight with Letho in Chapter 1 is challenging any way you slice it, but there are a few tips I can give to at least beat him on Normal difficulty. First off, keep your distance from Letho and dodge his beefed up Igni and Aard signs as well as the various bombs he tosses at you. He will frequently use his Quen sign to shield himself, and it is no use attacking him while it is up. Thankfully the Yrden sign works extremely well; while keeping your distance, drop a Yrden in the center of the fighting area. It will usually take 2 Yrden to break through Letho's Quen and after the second Yrden, Letho will be open to attack. Quickly move in and go all out with heavy strikes (you should at least get in about 4-5 hits before your Yrden wears off).

Once Letho is free, you will probably want to back off. Letho will A) cast Quen, in which case you'll want to simply repeat the previous strategy, B) cast Aard, which does a moderate amount of damage or C) attempt to attack with his sword, which can be blocked with a follow up quick strike or two for a small bit of extra damage. Sometimes Letho will shrug off Yrden if he is unshielded by his Quen. Throwing daggers (especially with 2 points in Dagger Throwing) come in handy for most fights in general, this one is no exception. Grapeshot bombs and traps can also be effective to get some extra damage in after your Yrden wears off.

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I found that the most important part was to never attack Letho from the front. He seems to be able to block any attack, even when using Yrden or Aard to disable him for a short time. Yrden is very effective against him, as Bora suggested. Just trap him and then roll behind him and hit him hard.

His most dangerous attack is Igni, as it can ignite you. I tried the Golden Oriole potion to help with that, but that was not enough to protect reliably from being ignited. Quen helps against that, but you can't keep it up all the time because you need to let your vigor regenerate in order to be able to cast Yrden to trap Letho.

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And if everything really goes to hell and you can't be bothered to keep trying.. Reducing the difficulty to easy means he won't be able to parry when you combo, meaning you can essentially kill him in 30 seconds just by spamming fast attack. I wouldn't advice it to people who want a challenge, but it helped me dump some of my frustrations ;)

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I applied some potions and sword oils and also made as many bombs as possible and also equipped the well balanced dagger. Best advice is to run and dodge his bombs and signs and, at the same time, use yarden to reduce his quen, this can take up to 3 times on hard.

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I killed him easily with 10 or 20 Grapeshots. Just throw them at him, he won't stand a chance.

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I killed him easily just with a sword and Aard. I did Aard and hit him twice, Aard and hit him twice etc. repeatedly. Be careful about your bomb attacks...

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