When I approach Vincon Traut in Chapter 2 in an attempt to obtain his enchanted armor, he warns me that it was a mistake to go there by myself. Spot on, Vincon -- I thought I was fairly comfortable with the combat system but your blade and your conspirators are making me look like a complete fool. I can't even kill a single one of you, since there are six men and I'm stuck in a small room with no space to roll around. You take advantage of me at the beginning of the battle by swinging your blade while I draw my sword, wiping away 20% of my health and making me bleed, too. It's not like Quen is of much use, either, since two men make such short work of it.

How am I supposed to survive this encounter? Should I rely on extreme luck with Aard? Or is there some tactic that will make this encounter much easier for me?

  • got any bombs on you?
    – DrFish
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 20:08
  • @Bora Yup. Snares, dancing stars, freeze bombs, conflagrations, the works.
    – Mana
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 20:11
  • I'm not sure this is anything more of a specific case of the more general: How do I not get incinerated or cut down on the very first battle? Commented May 25, 2011 at 20:16
  • @Raven The knowledge there doesn't help for this battle at all. You're surrounded to begin with in a tight area and Quen is effectively useless, at least until you find a way to not be surrounded. I think it's a unique and challenging enough situation to warrant a separate question.
    – Mana
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 20:20
  • bomb -> Aard -> (lucky finisher move) -> concentrate attacks on one at a time, dodge. Rinse, repeat.. And even if you are confined in a tight space, dodging prevents getting hit.
    – DrFish
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 21:13

3 Answers 3


You can get Backup... as soon as you know Traut's location you can talk to Dethmold. He will give you 4 of his soldiers as backup. So, when you then go to fight Traut, you just have to open the middle door in the room, there the 4 soldiers are waiting to help you in the fight.

  • Wow, I had no idea about that. That's helpful. As for your question, you should ask it here as opposed to as part of your answer.
    – Mana
    Commented May 28, 2011 at 13:37

Since it is such a small space you can try casting a few Yrden spells (the one that stuns a foe for a certain amount of time). That way you can focus on a single enemy without getting attacked from behind by the others. It's definitely the hardest combat up to that point on the game. It takes some serious maneuvering. The Yrden should definitely help you here.


If you have access to the blacksmith before this fight, make bombs. In particular, 2 or 3 Dancing Stars should be enough to last the fight. Cast Quen before you enter Vincon's dungeon room, since he likes to get a cheap shot off while Geralt draws his sword. Skip through the dialogue, or Quen will wear off before the fight even begins. I would recommend using a short sword at the start of the fight, since maneuverability is very important in these tight spaces.

If you have bombs:

Turn right immediately when the fight starts and toss a bomb straight into the center of the room. A Dancing Star is particularly effective for this since all the conspirators save Vincon have no fire resistance, meaning it's guaranteed to set them on fire shortly after it explodes. Now roll your way to the opposite corner of the room. When the conspirators are on fire or stunned, they dance around and don't attack, meaning they hinder Vincon's progress towards you. This should give enough time for the fire or stun to wear off before he reaches you, meaning it's time to use another bomb. The second Dancing Star should kill off everybody in the room except for Vincon; to accelerate this process, use your sword to attack the weak guards.

If your bombs don't stun or set people on fire, still use a bomb at the beginning, dance your way to the opposite corner and then spam bombs. This should be enough to kill most, if not all, of the conspirators.

If you don't have bombs:

As noted in spugsley's answer, Yrden is a very effective spell to stun one enemy so you can focus on the ones coming from the other side briefly. Take advantage of this to kill one or two conspirators before using another cast. This is best used in one of the room's corners, since that way there are only two ways from which your enemies can approach.

In either approach, making your way over to the opposite corner ASAP is very important because under no circumstances do you want to engage Vincon Traut before all the other conspirators are dead. He has way too much health and inflicts far too much damage, meaning he's the sort of opponent one needs complete focus on to kill.

Once Vincon is by himself, normal combat tactics apply. Either use Quen for a shield or Yrden/Aard to stun him before rushing in for a few attacks and then retreating once he recovers. Heavy, powerful swords are useful for maximizing damage inflicted on each push. If you're lucky, Aard could give you an instant kill, as well. Eventually his health will wear down and you'll win the battle. Inside Vincon's spoils is an important quest item, as well as your key out.

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