I decided to try the Gwent tournament early in the game, despite that it was marked with a pretty high level. Unfortunately I found now why exactly a high level is recommended for this quest, and I'm stuck.

Finneas doesn't like to lose and starts a fist fight right after the game. As he's at a much, much higher level than me, I lost every time I tried it so far. I can't block all of his attacks, unlike with the much lower level opponents I fought so far in fist fights.

Any tips on fist fighting in general, or this specific enemy? I really don't want to abort the entire quest and reload due to this.

  • Let the wookie win? Jun 6, 2015 at 9:37
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    It's a fist fight to the death, letting him win is not an option Jun 6, 2015 at 12:26
  • @MadScientist Did you just... not get a Star Wars reference? You let the Wookie win the game, because you don't have a chance of beating him in a fight.
    – Wlerin
    Jan 31, 2017 at 22:40

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I managed to win this fight after a dozen more tries. The main difference to easier fistfighting opponents is the very fast punch he can throw, it's pretty much impossible to counter. The only way to deal with this is to constantly keep up a block.

What enabled me to win was realizing that even though you can't block a heavy attack, you can still counter it. I just kept up a block constantly to deal with the light attacks, and waited for him to do a heavy attack. Those are slow enough that you can easily counter them, and then hit him a few times.


Just dodge, way easier than blocking. Wait for him to swing, dodge, then fast attack twice. Then back off and rinse, repeat.

  • How can I do that on PC? I don't find the key combination to do that...
    – PeterCo
    Jun 20, 2015 at 17:22
  • The ALT-key (on PC) seems to be the important key in this fist fight.
    – PeterCo
    Jun 20, 2015 at 19:28
  • Hard to dodge with all the stuff around. Easier to counter big swing, hit twice and dodge back.
    – Brent
    Aug 1, 2015 at 18:07

On the PC, hold the right mouse button to block the jabs. Then when he winds up for the big punch, tap the right mouse button. You won't see your counterpunch, but you'll see him stagger. When he does, hit him a couple three heavies, then back off and repeat. He won't throw those heavies if you're too close. But it seems no matter how far away he starts that heavy punch, a quick counterpunch (which you won't be able to see) will work.


I can second the dodge tactic, back up so he takes a big swing at you, counter, hit him with 2 quick punches, dodge backward, rinse, repeat. I just did it at level 13.


Depending on the dialogue you choose, there may be a fight with 6 or 7 armed dudes and a boss like character. Luckily it takes place in a warehouse with some things you can climb on. The NPC with you can take out everything if you just get up and away from them. You can take pot shots with your bow/throw bombs/whatever. But you do very little damage if you do it at a lower level. Might as well just sit back and wait for NPC to take them all out.


I'm stuck at this as well. I'm level 5. I can't offer a strategy. But I have found a way to cheese him.

Retreat to the South-East corner of the room. There's a table and chair blocking the way, so try to move inbetween while holding the block button. Now onto the cheese. This area is your saferoom. You can retreat south away from the chair if you need to heal. Attacking is slightly more difficult, move up to Finneas and try to bait him so he's sort of between chair and table. Parry him. If you fail, retreat further in for Regen.

Happy cheesing.



Hit him with strong attack once. Then as fast as you can, hit fast attack. Do this until you've healed. (he won't be able to punch you when you spam it) Then hit him with strong attack again.

Repeat until he's dead.

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