The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine has several tough bosses. Shaelmaar, an armored beast who proves tough to hit, the Wicked Witch with her impenetrable bubble, and other monstrosities waiting to crush both Geralt’s spirit and body. But none are as deadly as the High Vampire. These are beings who move about like mist and are capable of rending bone. The strongest of these beings that you will have to face is Dettlaff, also known as the Beast of Beauclair.
You actually have to fight him twice in the Blood and Wine expansion, but this guide will focus on your final encounter with the enraged vampire. The final face-off between Geralt and this powerful being has quite a few differences from the initial encounter.
To prepare you’ll want Vampire Oil, as it will shorten the fight a bit by allowing you to deal more damage. As far as Signs go, Quen and Yrden will prove to be useful against Dettlaff’s physical onslaught. An upgraded Quen can withstand two hits, while Yrden can slow the beast down enough for you to get a few shots in. If in a pinch and you don’t know whether to go with Quen or Yrden, always err on the side of caution and go with the overshield.
There are quite a few attacks that you have to deal with, but since Dettlaff has three distinct phases, we’ll break them down as we deal with each. It’s much easier to treat each section as a different fight than it is to look at the whole thing as one.
Now let us begin.