Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 Achievements

Goliath, Meet David

Allowed a Goliath to level up four times before killing him  

Goliath's are big hulking monstrosities [IMAGE] that can be found throughout Pandora.

The Goliath starts out with a mask/helmet that helps control his rage. First you'll need to shoot this off and at the point of doing so, the Goliath will go into a rage mode. In this, he'll attack anything and everything in sight.

Each kill the Goliath makes while raging will gain him experience points and then levels, becoming even more dangerous. This means you'll need to leave him to rage until he's gone up 4 levels to a total level of 5. You'll know when he's levelled up as he'll do a small animation, gain some health back and his name will change.

  • Level 0: Goliath
  • Level 1: Raging Goliath
  • Level 2: Badass Goliath
  • Level 3: Super Badass Goliath
  • Level 4: Ultimate Badass Goliath
  • Level 5: Fatal GOD-liath

Once he reaches Fatal GOD-liath, you're free to kill him for the achievement.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 9 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by PhoenixTemplar
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 08:07:51 PM

What the hell does this mean?

Comment #2 by Bubbameister
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 08:26:02 PM

It means, you allowed a Goliath to level up four times before killing him.

Comment #3 by Insomnia5623
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 08:35:49 PM

When you shoot off the helmet of a Goliath, it gets stronger and rampaged. It will attack anything in sight including other enemies. If you wait long enough before killing him, he raises levels and he'll be very tough. Just wait till he's raised 4 levels.

Comment #4 by Judivarious
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 11:45:34 PM

Gotta say, this achievement has an awesome name.

Comment #5 by WantedConstant
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 12:01:21 AM

Leveled up?! sounds awesome!

Comment #6 by ImALiLZoMbIE
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 03:50:56 AM

does this mean all enemies in borderlands 2 can level up now?

Comment #7 by Luomo
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 06:43:11 AM

no it doesnt
its sort of like wereskags from last game they level up if you dont finish em off

Comment #8 by Kizawa6
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 11:01:53 AM

Doesn't seem too bad, especially if you whittle its health down before hand down beforehand.

Comment #9 by Joker0fLife
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 02:19:43 PM

@#8 That is, if they don't regenerate health or Double/Triple/Quadruple health each level...

Comment #10 by ATOMICKILA3000
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 02:53:12 PM

Wait so if you shoot his helmet off how can you enrage a goliath?

Comment #11 by LowercasePICKLE
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 08:05:56 PM

shoot off his helmet he rampages and levels after every kill.. every level resets his health back to 100%

Comment #12 by Kizawa6
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 06:25:32 PM

Hm...I might need to main Maya to help with a few of these achievements then instead of Zero...

Comment #13 by Timmeh417
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 04:25:25 PM

Can't wait for this one, sound fun!

Comment #14 by samsmith2k8
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 07:23:12 AM

sounds brill

Comment #15 by Csoda
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ 08:25:00 PM

wow this is fking dumb

Comment #16 by SixCamels
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 04:26:37 AM

1 would be tough... Should be fun to see if they put groups of these together :D

Comment #17 by OpiYum
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 08:21:43 PM


Comment #18 by ll Mr Bubbles ll
Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 02:56:47 PM

Lvl 1 = Raging Goliath
Lvl 2 = Badass Goliath
Lvl 3 = Super badass Goliath
Lvl 4 = ?

Comment #19 by LethalPhoenix
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 02:02:36 PM

Lv 4= Ultimate Badass Goliath

Comment #20 by LethalPhoenix
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 02:04:18 PM

but apparentely me killing the ultimate badass did not get me the achievment so apparently there is one more or it is bugged

Comment #21 by Boxman L2212
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 02:24:23 PM

I can't get the Goliath over a Raging Goliath, help please?

Comment #22 by Fripinator
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 08:12:57 PM

lvl 4 is GOD-liath

Comment #23 by ThFlsh12
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 09:16:02 PM

Yeah it's definitely bugged because I just spent forever dodging an Ultimate, group of Spiderants, and Bandits looking to see if there was another level and unless it takes 5 kills for him to level up again...that's it.

Btw if you're having trouble with getting him to Ultimate it's because you aren't killing the flame elementals. You can't forget that he's an armored enemy so fire hurts the hell out of him.

Comment #24 by Grohlvana
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 10:32:40 PM

You have to wait til he's a GOD-liath. I killed the loot version when he was GOD "tagged" and I still got this cheeve.

Comment #25 by catherineishere
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 12:12:36 AM

I got him to ultimate as well and did not get the achievement!!!!

Comment #26 by catherineishere
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 12:18:32 AM

Oh I see.
#1- Ragging
#2- Badass
#3- Super Badass
#4- Ultimate
#5- God (to get achievement)

It also helps to make sure your shield does not have damage on it. Mine had fire so they would hit me a couple times (while running away) and it eventually killed them before powering up!

Comment #27 by dysonsFear
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 02:02:02 AM

Getting to lvl 4 (Ultimate) is only levelling 3 times.

Comment #28 by thesticks00
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 01:53:10 PM

Looking for people to help get this achievement.

GT: thesticks00

Comment #29 by D347H0FL0V3
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 02:15:04 PM

Got this with one shot from my Torgue Hard Ravager Shotgun. The harder part for me and my friend was actually getting the Goliath to level up AND stay alive long enough. I'd also like to let #28 know that the person who actually gets the killing shot is the one who gets the achievement because when my friend and I did this and I got the kill, only I got the achievement and we had to level up another Goliath.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 11:07:28 PM

Looking for people to help get this achievement.

Comment #31 by TheyCallMeNooTs
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 03:56:37 AM

just gotta keep him away from fire enemy's and he'll be good, take more than 1 kill between levels depending on what he kills. Its not bugged I've done it atleast 5 times, the only problem I have is him chasing me too closely to go after other enemy's

Comment #32 by dormantBEAST
Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 02:00:56 PM

I got this achievement in Frostburn Canyon. You have to let the Goliath level up four times. The Goliaths in this map are only level 8's (or close to level 8). Levels being;
Raging Goliath (Goliath's start leveling up here, so this is the start point)
Badass Goliath (1st level)
Super Badass Goliath (2nd level)
Ultimate Badass Goliath (3rd level)
Fatal GOD-liath (Final level)

Comment #33 by BorderedLands
Saturday, September 22, 2012 @ 12:56:40 PM

kill a Fatal GOD-liath basically, easily done on Playthru 2.
Also, anyone know where the pre - order unlocked Underdome Remake is?(Code on the pre order receipt?)

Comment #34 by JoeProJr
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 04:00:33 AM

Just let your mate rank the goliath up to godliath and then steal the kill worked for me:D Lol

Comment #35 by needtoboost
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 01:57:30 PM

Totally bugged, I have been trying this for a long time now and it's not unlocking.

Comment #36 by grumpyyogi1968
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 04:26:30 PM

it works, i went to tundra express, got one goliath to turn and had him follow me in Varkids nests, he killed them and turned into a GOD-liah in no time. i then killed him and Voila! achievement done.

Comment #37 by The Slicksniper
Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ 06:06:46 PM

1) Must be leveled to a "GOD-liath"
-Shoot one in the head, let him kill a bunch of other goons.
-Keep him away from fire weapons! (they really hurt)
2) Do this solo. It ONLY GOES TO PERSON WHO DELIVERS THE FINAL BLOW. So, if youre in a party where other ppl want it. It can be frustrating.
NOTE: That goes for all of the killing cheevos in this game, ex. Chubby, Donkey Mong, etc.

Comment #38 by flipmode
Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 10:53:53 AM


I'm not sure this is correct as me and a friend we're playing through, I got the final shot, for the kill for the "Build Buster" achievement and we both got it.

Comment #39 by Stuck In Utero
Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 12:00:27 PM

cheevo was a pain in the ass cuzz he kept getting himself killed. Frostburn Canyon is a great place to get this, just make sure fire enemies back off the goliath and let him kill everything else

Comment #40 by mattiej8822
Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 04:44:45 PM

Souhds fun

Comment #41 by TheGreatKoala
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ 03:01:41 PM

I REALLY hate it when people complain that they didn't get an achievement because "it's bugged" when in reality they were just so stupid they didn't read what the achievement entailed. Seriously, stop it, you're annoying everyone

Comment #42 by Deadpixels1
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 08:35:19 AM

Did this last night. Couple of tips. Equip a sniper class and help him out. once he begins rage mode take some of the health off of his targets for him by sniping his targets.
Also he will chase you after he clears the area but you can lead him to more enemies and his focus will shift to the other enemies. In Frostburn Canyon, there is a section near where you battle Scorch. Lead the raging Goliath from the path coming from the fast travel to this section and he will easily finish his level up on the bugs. Just make sure you help him with Scorch.

Comment #43 by SniperW0lf212
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @ 11:00:39 AM

This video may help you guys i managed to get the achievement this way.

Comment #44 by Silent Snootch
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 09:57:14 AM

I guess my missunderstanding with this achievement is, how does the goliath level up? With the exception of shooting his mask off initially, is it a time based thing, is it based on how many kills he gets, is it how much damage enemies do to him without killing him? I had two ultimates last night that I just couldn't get to move to the last level.

Comment #45 by Silent Snootch
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 10:01:15 AM

Never mind. Found it.

Comment #46 by Vixxadoodles
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 12:16:08 PM

this is so annoying!!

Comment #47 by A SLY Gii
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 12:36:20 PM

If anyone is still looking for this and is fairly leveled, when you go to fight Brick (The Slab King), in the "Thousand Cuts" area and you have to face a bunch of his goons, their is a Goliath in each of the waves you fight. All you have to do is know a helmet off of one in the first or second wave, run up the stairs in the corner, and wait for him to do his thing. Once he is GOD-liath, take him out for the cheevo.

Comment #48 by Mrryan12
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 02:44:49 PM

Is it me, or does a goliath get alot more stupid for every time it levels up? I can get them to ultimate, but than they just fixate on me, instead of a group of low level spiderants :P I was hoping I could do this during regular play, but it looks like boosting will be the only way to get this done.

Comment #49 by chrisceit
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 09:59:09 AM

I did this with no trouble at all on the "Defend Slab Tower" Mission in Thousand Cuts. In fact, I had so much fun, I went ahead and failed the mission like ten times in a row to do it again and again.

Comment #50 by AHIG Relentless
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 08:04:43 PM

This was a dumb achievement

Comment #51 by lazy zombie
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 09:57:28 PM

this was fun imo, although i had a goliath one level short of the cheevo and no enemies around so i had to lead him miles away to other enemies lol, but the godly ones always drop better gear

Comment #52 by lennon86
Thursday, October 04, 2012 @ 10:20:48 PM

frustrating, very very frustrating

Comment #53 by Robstar7827
Friday, October 05, 2012 @ 06:17:39 AM

Once you manage to get them to GOD-LIATH and kill them you do seem to get better XP and loot. Well that's how it's seemed for me and a friend anyway.

Comment #54 by Warmudd
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 03:09:22 AM

Using the Siren I did this at level 15 with a Caustic Goliath during the Creature Slaughter Dome. Screwed up with the first couple of Goliaths I had the opportunity to do it with, and by the time this one came out, I was shooting at anything that presented itself, but when the Caustic Goliath's helmet came off, I just ran around phaselocking suckers in front of him while he spewed vile all over them, and i kept running away switiching to the regeneration health mod after my shields had been blown apart. Run, run, run until health back up, switch to shield mod and start helping him out again.

Mostly, I used an incendiary rifle. Just had to be really careful who I was shooting at.
Youtube vids of Frostbyte Canon helped though.
Thanks. :)

Comment #55 by Warmudd
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 03:38:45 AM

There were some annoying Badass Midgets running around as well. >:(

Comment #56 by samsaBEAR
Sunday, October 07, 2012 @ 08:46:16 AM

I got this on the Slab mission where you defend the Hyperion supply crate. Wait for one of the robots to shot off a Goliath's helmet (if they die, one just respawns)and then use the big turret to whittle down the robot's health for the Goliath to finish them off, then when he's a GOD-liath, switch to a slag weapon, slag the fuck out of him then switch to a launcher, repeat till he's dead.

Comment #57 by Ragnarok62
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 12:29:43 AM

I got this achievement from the Slab Mission, just went inside the arean where the slab king was and got one of the Goliath's helmets off and let him go crazy. I weakened some of the enemies for him and he then turned into a GOD-liath. Once he did I just killed him and BOOM! achievement unlocked.

Comment #58 by Merthew
Monday, October 08, 2012 @ 01:49:51 PM

# 56 & 57 have it right. Mission that triggers it is Rocko's Modern Strife. Only thing is you can't pop off the helmets yourself since they are on your team. However it's pretty easy. My friend and I got 4 of them to Fatal God-liath level. Add me if you want some help.

Comment #59 by FoAngel
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 05:42:39 AM

Same as most other people easily done on rockos modern strife, usually when the machines hit the goliaths they seem to level up on their own I just let them fuck everything up and corrode them to death :3

Comment #60 by paulmd77
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 09:42:07 PM

#2 and #41 LOL

Comment #61 by CerealKiller18
Friday, October 12, 2012 @ 10:00:10 AM

@ #47 and #57 I did it that way too. I was doing the mission to become a Slab, and noticed there were about 4 Goliaths and about 20 other guys. Shot off the helmet and just watched the goliath go to town. It was hilarious watching one goliath decimate another =)

Comment #62 by Drazer76
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 07:53:08 PM

If you guys run out of enemies and need to level him up more. Vehicles count as a kill.
After mine got to the 4th level and I ran out of enemies I just grabbed 5 vehicles and drove up to him letting him destroy them, then he leveled =)

Comment #63 by oobawlzmahonyoo
Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 11:53:38 AM

I did this in the frostburn canyon, there's plenty of bandits and spider ants for him to destroy. I also was lucky enough to encounter one that had a sheild so those stupid pyro nomads were'nt able to kill him as they did many times before.

Comment #64 by BlackSteveJobs
Monday, October 22, 2012 @ 06:41:56 PM

i got this one quite easily actually just go to the area where you first meet mordeci, find a goliath and kite him around to all the little larva he will kill them quickly and reach max level in under 3 minutes

Comment #65 by THE HamBot
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 04:11:47 PM

I know this is a very easy achievement but I'm a level 50 gunzerker and I STILL do not have it. I tried 10+ times but I just cannot do it, idk why. So someone just please help me out? Thanks
GT: THE HamBot

Comment #66 by THE HamBot
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 12:53:50 PM

I'll give you a conference call if you can do this for me..

Comment #67 by vinnievegaz
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 09:54:06 AM

I got it by using the water vents while fighting pyroclastic pete.

Comment #68 by Kitsune Goth
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 06:27:46 PM

Another easy area to get this achievement is on the mission "The Once and Future Slab." When you do the initiation in the arena battle, you can initially shoot the helm off the Goliaths standing near the Slab King (aka Brick). Otherwise there'll be plenty to fight.

There's a safe zone in the north right corner of the area. It is a shack with three lockers. Jump onto the locker then onto the shack roof. The Goliath cannot reach you. He'll stay within the arena and fight the other bandits. There's plenty of opportunities to level him up or try again if he is killed off.

Comment #69 by Amenogod
Sunday, December 23, 2012 @ 10:54:42 PM

It is easier to kill Caustic Goliath that is fully evolve since he dont use a strong melee atk instead he spit acid

Comment #70 by Likleflvr
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 06:55:42 PM

I can only seem to get him to level 3 before he charges at me. I'll have to try leading him to more enemies like was said in comment 42. Thanks for that by the way.

Comment #71 by Geonovast
Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 09:29:37 PM

Did this fairly easily in Frostburn Canyon as a lvl 9 Assassin. Used the loot Goliath, and just led him around to kill stuff. He got himself stuck by the vending machines as an Ultimate, and I had to herd some spiderants to him to get him unstuck..

Comment #72 by Aestrid
Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 12:00:43 PM

Easy trick is to lure Raging Goliath into varkids. Run around and let him kill them to level then kill him once he's reached Godliath. (To lvl Goliath must be the one to kill creatures. If something is a bit big for him, you can assist.)

Comment #73 by MrManslaughter
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 @ 09:19:07 PM

Mine keep turning into "hulking mass of destruction" and doesn't give me the achievement... The regular ones turn into hulking mass, the caustic ones turn into hulking mass, the badass ones ones turn into hulking mass :/

Comment #74 by StannersTheMan
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 12:49:00 PM

Ridiculously satisfying!

Comment #75 by rinsible890
Sunday, February 17, 2013 @ 04:33:29 PM

If anyone needs help I can help them and let u get the final shot. Gt mr borderlands2

Comment #76 by mckilla28
Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 03:24:55 AM

I'm having a hard time getting this one. Either someone else I have in game with me kills it or the other enemies do before it even levels up. Anyone care to help a guy out?

Comment #77 by Orionz Destiny
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 09:22:25 PM

I can help anyone that is still looking for this achievement. GT is same as user name. I will host the game. Please send me a message with the word GOD-liath or something along that lines as I delete friend requests often.

Comment #78 by xCaLeBXxX845x
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 11:27:47 PM

the best place to do it for me was before you meet the slag king (brick) and when you get in the room there is a goliath automatically at the top just shoot his head off and wait for him to keep killing everyone and when you see he is a God-liath then kill him. but you have to be the one to kill him, if your friend kills him you wont get this achievement. If anyone needs help with any other achievement my gt is xCaLeBXxX845x

Comment #79 by Ardivian
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 09:03:07 PM

I dunno if there was an update, but I had one that just said GODliath and when I killed it, I didn't get the achievement. I did this solo. :(

Comment #80 by Five5tar5tunna
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 04:00:06 AM

I did what 78 did. On slab king mission with brick just have the Goliath kill everything while you chill up the stairs in the right hand corner. Jus make sure he doesn't die. Try to help him by lowering other enemies up but not killing them.

Comment #81 by Five5tar5tunna
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 04:01:28 AM

Enemies HP. Dumb autocorrect

Comment #82 by xrvbchurch
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 05:33:32 PM

I had the problem, mine turned into a hulking mass of destruction, no cheevo.

Comment #83 by Blue Papyrus
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 07:53:07 PM

Got him to the Godliath stage, but a coop partner killed him. Do you have to deliver the kill for it to count?

Comment #84 by craigc2708
Friday, May 17, 2013 @ 09:42:00 AM

Yes you do have to kill it unfortunately. Best place I found to do this was Frostburn canyon. Just kill any high damaging enemies to keep the Goliath alive.

Comment #85 by Creeper421
Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 09:25:08 PM

Tough one to get!

Comment #86 by deno2324
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 07:58:34 AM

took me a while to get this. not difficult, but they would never seem to level up properly after every kill, or not enough enemies or would attack me. Did this when u do the Slab King part. Once he started running for me i would run by other enemies. Was pretty easy with the guns and level i had though.

Comment #87 by deno2324
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 08:00:09 AM

didnt see the post a few above mine talking about doing it at the same area. I did not hide though. that would have made it a little easier for sure.

Comment #88 by ElNitemare
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 04:54:25 PM

Damn GOD-liath was tough as hell D;

Comment #89 by Ghost Rider 465
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 04:43:24 PM

did it by accident

Comment #90 by Sgtpwnage304
Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 02:51:31 AM

Did this fairly easy. Got my Lvl 54 axton, went to sawtooth cauldron on Normal mode, found a caustic goliath in Smoldering Ruins, and "protected" him until he reached the GOD stage. Was fairly easy and took me only 1 try. Have to be careful, though, had a close call with a thresher, he almost died at the ultimate stage

Comment #91 by OperationQuip
Friday, August 02, 2013 @ 10:56:19 AM

i think i got this one close to where the firehawk missions were. there was only one goliath, but plenty of enemies for him to kill. i was playing coop but both my friend and i got the cheevo, but we were on the same console... i dunno if that makes a difference

Comment #92 by BlooKazooo
Sunday, September 08, 2013 @ 09:32:31 AM

Great achievement

Comment #93 by PlaguedByEden
Sunday, March 02, 2014 @ 03:44:03 AM

Easiest to do in higher levels with a low pistol so you dont take any real damage and you can help kill the other mobs

Comment #94 by IF YOU BELIEVEx
Monday, April 14, 2014 @ 06:11:43 PM

I have no been able to do this yet. I have ranked a goliath up to GOD-liath, but have not gotten the achievement. I'm not sure why. Maybe intend of a regular goliath, I started with a badass? Is this confirmed to not work?

Comment #95 by primbattletoad
Sunday, May 18, 2014 @ 12:49:29 AM

This achievement has glitched for me about 8 to 14 times now and still hasn't popped.

Comment #96 by growltiger
Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 06:59:22 AM

This achievement is not broken. This is how I got it:

1) I traveled to Thousand Cuts.
2) I shot off the helmet of a caustic goliath. As a ranged killer it seemed to have an easier go at mobs than a regular melee type goliath.
3) I then kept my distance as I kited him through mobs of other enemies.
4) From time to time I shot enemies that tried to kill the evolving goliath whilst the goliath was otherwise engaged with an enemy.
5) It appears that with each time a goliath accomplishes a successful kill, it will go up in rank.
6) Once it evolved into a GOD-liath I shot and killed it; and then the achievement was awarded.

You need a map where there are waves and waves of enemies for the goliath to kill. I wish I had thought of dragging it through a nest of varkid because that sou

Comment #97 by Ashley123477
Friday, June 19, 2015 @ 01:09:24 PM

I found this achievement difficult :/

Comment #98 by MasterShredder
Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 06:30:59 AM

Got this first try just let one beat up alot of guys in the frostburn canyon then once at level 5 kill it.

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Game Info
Gearbox Software
2K Games


US September 18, 2012
Europe September 21, 2012

HDD Space Required : 5.54 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $19.99USD
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