Baptism of Fire is the 14th main quest in Kingdom Come Deliverance (KCD). This walkthrough will guide you through the objectives of the Baptism of Fire Main Quest.
Baptism of Fire triggers automatically after completing Nest of Vipers Main Quest.
Before starting this quest it is highly recommended that you bring a bow and 15-20 high-damage arrows (e.g. Better Piercing Arrows) for the upcoming boss fight!
Fight your way into the camp / Fight through to the Cuman camp
Simply follow behind your allies. They will kill all enemies for you, no need to get your hands dirty. You can pick up the loot from corpses and store it in your horse’s saddlebags to resell later.
Merciful trophy/achievement: If you’re on your no-kills run, you can simply let your allies kill ALL of the enemies in this quest. You never have to fight a single enemy, doesn’t matter if you sabotaged the camp before or not. Two of your allies (Commander Robard & Sir Radzig) have infinite health and cannot die and they will always defeat the enemies sooner or later. You can simply hide behind a tent for 15-30 minutes and they will finish the entire quest automatically for you. The only way to fail is to die. If you want you can help out by hitting enemies with your bare fists (only knocks them out but doesn’t kill them).
Deal with the archers / kill the Cuman commander
If you didn’t sabotage the camp, there will be a few archers shooting at your allies. They don’t do much damage and even if you ignore them completely your allies will easily defeat all the enemies. I recommend to ignore the archers, they will just deal you a ton of damage and make you bleed, it’s not worth the risk.
Let your allies kill the Commander and feel free to help out and loot the corpses.
After the Cuman Commander is dead your allies will hide from the archers for 1-2 minutes. Just hide behind a tent and wait. After 1-2 minutes the optional objective to kill the archers will go away and your allies will move on to the next objective and kill the archers automatically on the way.
Fight through to the church
Follow your allies up the hill. Again, you can just hide behind a tent in the back of the area for a few minutes until your allies have killed all enemies. Odds are, if you didn’t kill the archers, all but Robard and Radzig will die. However, these two are invincible and will kill the enemies after a while. If they are surrounded by enemies you should definitely help distract the enemies.
Defend the position
Stay in the same place and defend the area, or just hide behind a tent and let your allies do the job. Try not to lose too much health. The upcoming boss fight is tricky and you should have at least half your health left.
Kill the bandit commander in the steeple
Now you have to fight Runt.
He is very tough to beat in a swordfight, but luckily there is a much easier method:
Simply use the bow against him instead of fighting with melee weapons. Use “Better Piercing Arrows” or something else with high damage. Do headshots on him. He’s running right in front of you so landing headshots should be feasible. It takes roughly 10-12 body-hits with Better Piercing Arrows to kill him or 6-7 headshots.
Make sure you are walking in circles around the wooden beam at the end of the house. He will have trouble attacking you there, because the beam is in his way. He will sometimes do a quick stab but it doesn’t do much damage. Don’t run away from him, he’ll catch up and do a combo on you. Just walk slowly in circles around the wooden beam.
It might take a few tries but it’s much easier than melee combat (he has crazy 5-hit combos that drain your stamina too fast).
Merciful trophy/achievement: since Runt is a story-related kill and there’s no way around it, it won’t affect the Merciful trophy (you are allowed to kill him).
Killing Runt ends in a cutscene and finishes the Baptism of Fire quest. The next quest “Questions and Answers” triggers automatically.
Next Up: Questions and Answers
For more Walkthroughs, check out the full Kingdom Come Deliverance Walkthrough (All Main Quests).