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Goliath Concept.png
In-Game Information
Affiliations Infected
Alex Mercer
Variations None
Weapons Giant Club Left Arm, Sharp Hook-Like Right Arm
Misc. Information
Health Extremely High
Attacks Hooking, Charging, Smashing, High Flying Attack
Appears in Prototype 2

Goliaths are extremely large humanoid forms of the Infected, created after the second outbreak.


Goliaths were created by Alex Mercer during the second outbreak. James Heller encountered his first Goliath shortly before his infection in the Red Zone, only barely escaping with his life. Alex later brought (or created) a Goliath in the Green Zone and tried to use it to destroy the Whitelight silos, but James Heller intervened and consumed it, preventing it from releasing their contents onto the city.

Heller was able to kill the beast by dismembering its limbs, then consume it by ripping off its head.

Later, another Goliath attacks a truck that Heller, disguised as a Blackwatch pilot, was defending in the Red Zone. Also in the Red Zone, a final Goliath attacks a military base as Heller consumes a scientist with the intention of entering a Blackwatch meeting disguised as the aforementioned scientist. The Goliath is killed by Heller, as the helicopters arriving to the Blackwatch meeting can't land until it is dealt with.

A Goliath can be fought in an optional mission in the Red Zone, Heller hears on the radio that Blackwatch has captured a live Goliath to perform tests on. Heller goes to the location of the Goliath only to find that it has freed itself and is slaughtering the Blackwatch troopers. The Goliath is then killed and consumed by Heller. Just like the Juggernaut, the Goliath never spawns in free roam mode.


It appears to be vaguely humanoid, though larger than a building of several stories. It appears to lack skin on most of its body, displaying its bare musculature, its face is also severely lacking in skin, which will give it an almost skeletal look. Noticeably, all four of its limbs are in different proportions. It moves surprisingly fast, with oddly-angled back legs and front arms like a massive orangutan.[1] Although in reality, such narrow limbs couldn't have supported such an enormous torso and would rupture instantly once weight is applied.


Goliaths can be dealt with by long range or close range attacks.

Close Quarters Combat[]

Close attacks deal more damage and take the Goliath down faster, although it is significantly more risky. The player can start these attacks by jumping and gliding off of one of the nearby buildings and doing an aerial attack, preferably with the Blade charged air slice, or by attacking its exposed weaknesses when it is stunned. After each attack, the player can either run back or jump onto a rooftop to avoid damage. Note that after dismembering both its right leg and right arm, the Goliath will occasionally launch itself into the air and slam down with its giant fist resulting in a massive shockwave that can deplete a large amount of Heller's health. Sometimes it will land on short buildings, so try avoid these if possible. The player can notice that they are in its slamming area when the slow-motion effect is on.

Fighting up close to the Goliath is very risky as it will rapidly move forward, creating shockwaves that damages anything it touches. Additionally, it will deal damage when falling onto the ground. Fighting up close is a fast way to defeat the Goliath but may cause the player to take significant damage. Note that consuming the Goliath will fully replenish the player's health. This method is advised for fighting the first Goliath in Fall from Grace, where the Whipfist isn't available, and the player must prevent the Goliath from destroying the Whitelight depot.

Long Range Combat[]

By attacking from nearby rooftops and attacking with Whipfist, firearms, or thrown objects, players can constantly damage a Goliath without much risk. This is much slower than Close Quarters combat as players cannot dismember the Goliath. Note that when a player is not on the ground level, the Goliath will walk towards its designated path, so the player may need to glide between rooftops to keep up with its movement.

If possible, try to stun the Goliath when in front of a building, this will cause it to fall back onto the building and be unable to move for a short time. This will give the player time to attack.

This method is advised when fighting the second Goliath in the main mission, as there are many rooftops or balconies with appropriate height nearby, and killing the Goliath without taking damage yields a bonus.


Among all of the Goliath needs to be taken down, helicopters only appear in the one in Blacknet mission. Helicopters provide a superior advantage against Goliaths because they cannot attack targets that are too high. The player can simply gain altitude, then rain missiles down on it, then jump out for final consumption. Note that hijacking a helicopter will cause infantry armed with rocket launchers to fire at the player.


  • Humorously, the developers have given this creature the nickname "Tiny".
  • The Medusa's Wrath from the Excessive Force DLC can even leave the Goliath ready to consume with one shot.
  • It is actually impossible to kill a Goliath other than consuming them, although in one particular side-quest, a dead Goliath can be seen with Gentek scientists experimenting on it to produce an antigen.
  • Goliath was actually called Behemoth but was changed for unknown reasons.
  • The Goliath is without a doubt the toughest and most tenacious of all Infected (excluding Mercer and Heller) as it continues to fight even after having a leg and an arm cut off.
  • The appearance is similar to a charger from Left 4 Dead 2, having one arm much smaller than the other arm.
  • In an optional mission, the Goliath is actually always referred to as "she" and "her" by both Blackwatch commanders and the Red Crown overseer, implying that it's actually a female. Although that is not necessarily true to every Goliath in the game, as it could simply be a mutated host.
  • Gunships, with the use of their cannons, can damage Goliath greatly within mere seconds, making its health so low.
  • The name is a Biblical reference to a giant named Goliath in the book of David.
  • Every time when you are about to sever the Goliaths right arm and right before you deplete it's health bar by attacking it's head the Goliath will pull back the arm or get up before it's health depletes to attack you one more time. Using the Tendrils Black hole attack before the Goliath gets a chance to move back its arm in the second phase or get up from the fall in the third phase will allow you to bypass the last two phases like you did with the first, in one go.