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Golem is an Enemy in Dragon's Dogma.


Description

QUOTE DD2
" Golems are humanoid figures made mostly from clay and stone. Buried within their bodies are magickal charms that grant them the ability to move autonomously.

Their dimensions are decided by their creators, but most do tend to top twenty feet at least. Golems are often created to guard important places, treasures, or people, and they follow orders loyally and without question.

Golems are a powerful force to be reckoned with, considering their overwhelming physical strength and defensive advantages, but if you can destroy the charms within them that grant them life, they will stopped forever.

Since golems are little more than puppets obeying the orders of their creators, they do not possess wills of their own, nor emotions or even a sense of self. Accordingly, they are not capable of any type of communication.

Thanks to their artificial nature, golems do not have pain receptors and will not be stopped by bodily damage. They also lack sight and detect enemies by life force alone. Tactics intended to impair their vision will thus be meaningless.
"
―Capcom official description[1]
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The seven glowing magickal medals on a Golem's body grant them life and serve as their weak points. While most of the medals are scattered around the body, some are hidden in harder to reach places such as under the sole of its foot or in its palm. One of the medals will glow more brightly than the others and if this glowing medal is destroyed, the Golem will immediately "shutdown", going into a state of vulnerability. This gives the Arisen and their party ample time to quickly shatter any remaining medals. Word of warning though, after the Golem becomes frozen for a while, it will reactivate itself and "roar" sending everyone flying off its body. The color of the medals then switches to red, signalling that the Golem has entered the Berserk Rampage mode, which causes its attack speed to increase significantly. This can catch unwary targets off guard when they are used to its big, slow lumbering movements. Destroying several more of the medals or simply waiting out the Berserk Rampage will revert the Golem to its normal state.

Overview

Type
Golem
Experience
gained
Base Experience of 8,600

Can be more or less depending on a few factors such as:

Location

Gransys


The Everfall (Post-Dragon)


Bitterblack Isle

Items

From breaking a medal

Quests

Stats

Stats Health Attack Defense Magick
Attack
Magick
Defense
Weight
28,000 950 185 650 10,000 20,000 kg
Relative
Damage
Taken
Slash Bash FIRE BASED
Fire
ICE BASED
Ice
LIGHTNING BASED
Thunder
HOLY BASED
Holy
DARK BASED
Dark
40%[note 1] 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Sources: Dragon's Dogma - ドラゴンズドグマ & Dark Arisen (www10.atwiki.jp), the 'Dragon's Dogma Signature Series Guide' and in-game testing.
  1. The values shown in the bottom row refer to the discs.
  • Golems have a very high resistance to Magick - but not complete immunity.

Attacks

Attack Type Description
Swipe Phys Swipes its arms at a target. It may also hit people climbing its lower back or the arms.
Pound Phys Smashes its fist into the ground in a one-two punch action. May cause Knockdown.
Laser Beam Mag/Status Fires a laser beam that causes explosions on the ground in its wake. The initial laser beam doesn't do damage, but the explosions will knock its target into the air, and may inflict Burning. It can sweep the laser in an arc or track down a target's location.
Jump Phys Jumps into the air, crushing anyone it lands on.
Grab Spec Its arms glow purple before grabbing a target. Proceeds to crush the target, which heals the Golem. Attack the arms or a medal to quickly free the captured victim.
Berserk Rampage Phys/Spec After the shutdown period has expired, it will roar, damaging and knocking down anyone nearby and turn red. It will then go berserk which will speed up its attack time and swipe at random targets for a short time.

Tactics

Golems can only be slain by destroying the glowing discs around its body, as demonstrated here

Golems can only be slain by destroying the glowing discs around its body, as demonstrated here.

Golems are immune to magick. Melee vocations may need to climb the Golem in order reach the higher glowing weak points.

  • Invulnerable to Magick within the Five Archmagicks. The exceptions are spells that conjure a physical manifestation, and the spell Exequy.
  • Immune to all debilitations.
  • Generally only defeatable by physically destroying the seven glowing medals on its body.
  • Can be destroyed by fall damage. Gicel is capable of pushing a Golem backwards off a ledge.
  • There is a medal underneath the Golem's foot, usually hard to target - it can be exposed either by:
    • Destroying the medal on its lower back which will usually cause it to drop to all fours.
    • Hitting the mouth when the Golem fires its laser, which may knock it down.
  • The Golem cannot aim its Laser Beam above its eye level, so jumping onto higher ground will render this attack useless. A well-timed strike on its head while it shoots laser beams or charges its laser attack will topple or stagger it most of the time.

Vocation specific

For the fans that hate golems

Death of a Golem via stab to the head amulet.

  • Striders & Rangers : All multistrike skills are useful. The bow does blunt damage, so is especially useful, whilst climbing attacks are also effective. Physical bow users are excellent allies in a Golem fight.
  • Warriors can inflict high physical damage that fell Golems in no time. Warriors can use their heavy jumping attack to penetrate through and damage the medal in the palm, provided they have good enough aim. Using light attack on a medal whilst climbing also works.
  • Mystic Knights : Use of a Mace is preferred.
  • All magick users : Though the Golem is almost immune to magick, spellcasters should still cast spells to reveal the Golem's weaker disc and interrupt its Laser Beam attack.
  • Sorcerers : Jumping Magick Billow is the Sorcerer's basic fallback attack against Golems; unequipping the staff and using Unarmed Combat maybe be necessary as it allows climbing attacks.
    • Generally only spells with a physical damage component are effective - this includes Gicel, Seism, and Bolide, though most of the meteors from Bolide/High Bolide will miss.
    • Exequy can destroy the Golem, ignoring the need to destroy the medals, but has the disadvantage of a long casting time.
  • Mages : The physical staff swing Magick Billow does small amounts of damage, or use Unarmed Combat. Mages lack any spells that do physical damage.
  • Magick Archers : The Golem is for all intents and purposes completely immune to the magick bow skills. Instead of their bow, the Magick Archer should rely on physical dagger attacks, Immolation, or unarmed combat.
    • However, Sacrificial Bolt and Great Sacrifice are powerful enough to break through the Golem's Magick Defense (over 9000) and damage discs, though not completely effective. For example, the sacrifice of three pawns might only be able to remove around a half of the Golem's health.

Pawn Bestiary Knowledge

Ximena's Shots

Golem at The Tomb of the Unknown Traveler.

  • Golem Tactics - Grants knowledge for the whole Golem family.
  • Golem Strategy Vol. 2 - When firing the laser beam the Golem's mouth is vulnerable, attacking there will stagger or knock it down.
  • Attack and destroy the medals.

Enemy specific:

  • Golem Strategy Vol. 1 - Use magick to attack the medals which will make one key medal glow brighter. This medal, when destroyed, will immobilize the Golem.


In addition to witnessing these techniques, it is necessary for Pawns to participate in killing 15 Golems either with their own Arisen or while travelling with others.

More information can be found on the Bestiary page.

Pawn Chatter

"Golem!"
"Stone, animated by magick... A golem, Arisen"
"Seems golems pay little mind to mages."
"Strike at the glowing discs!"
"We must destroy those amulets!"
"Don't let it tread on you!"
"Now, while we can get at that disc!"
"'Tis down! Smash the amulets!"
"It stopped! Now!"
"I'll try striking where it glows!"
"So those amulets served to animate the brute?"
"How can we stop such a hulk?"
"'Tis useless! It repels all attacks!"
"'Tis dangerous in this state, but its amulets grow frail!"
"'Tis gone mad! Stand clear!"
"'Tis gone made with rage!"
"Its defenses seem down just after it fires that beam..."
"Magick ought expose its weak point!"
"A spell will expose its amulets."
"Those glowing discs are its weakness!"
"Those glowing amulets serve as its heart!"
"Destroy the discs that give it strength!"
"I'll strike it with magick! Attack its weak point!"
"How do we get at the amulets 'neath its feet?"
"That light beam is deadly! Stay clear!"
"Those amulets power its movement."
"Beware that ray of light!"
"Blunt strikes will best shatter the discs."
"Perhaps if we aim for the lighted discs?"

Trivia

  • Golems appear to have no particular features at first, but upon closer inspection, one can see a tormented, agonized facial expression on the Golem's head.
  • There are "hibernated" Golems in Witchwood that never come to life when approached - in Selene's garden and in the marsh behind her house.
  • The Golem protecting Selene in the Witchwood is likely a homage to the Golems in Berserk a manga by Kentarō Miura.

Gallery

Links

  1. Golem www.dragonsdogma.com