Boss battles make the world go round. They are the benchmarks that test our strength and get us that much closer to the end of the story. Boss enemies are the ones that keep the memories of the game alive as you recall your darkest moments spent trying to beat them and move forward on your journey. We've all been there...but who are the ones that stick out the most?
10 Bosses That Crushed Us Again And Again In Video Games
In games like #DarkSouls, every battle is a boss battle. But for the most part, boss battles are just that little bit harder than regular battles and they are usually meant to push players to use the more complicated moves, weapons, and approaches that they've acquired during the game. But sometimes, they are also meant to make you throw your controller to the ground or cry yourself to sleep. This list is dedicated to those superstars.
Beware: Spoilers may lie ahead!
Champion Gundyr from Dark Souls 3
Despite being an optional boss, Champion Gundyr makes himself more than worthy of a mention by being one of the toughest of the tough in Dark Souls 3. He's aggressive, brutish, and very silvery looking. Like a pretty coin but also a dangerous one.
One of the things that makes Champion Gundyr extra dangerous is the fact that he has the ability to perform counter-combos. His fighting routine includes powerful combos that are triggered by the completion of other moves. This lets him execute some devastating chains that are hard to come back from once you get stuck in his line of attack. He's unforgiving, but at least he's silent—unlike our next big boss...
Riku from Kingdom Hearts
I always preferred Riku over Sora. He was taller, said better words with his mouth, wore better pants and didn't do nearly as much whining. I believe that he could have easily swiped Kairi right from beneath Sora's nose—remember that ice-cold Paopu fruit wager and the subsequent rage-inducing island footrace? Yeah, I remember that. But I also remember the rage-inducing boss fight between Riku/Ansem and Sora.
This battle was difficult mainly because you had to complete it without Donald and Goofy in a tiny arena that leaves you getting shredded by Riku's "Dark Aura" attack. On the higher levels, Riku's moves are incredibly overpowered and he can usually end the battle after one move if you're not careful.
I'm also not above admitting that the boss fight probably wouldn't be totally worthy of mentioning here if it wasn't for the fact that it was preceded by the world's most poorly scripted unskippable cutscene. Difficult battles made more difficult by irritating dialogue is sort of the #KingdomHearts standard. Stay tuned for Exhibit B...
Demyx from Kingdom Hearts 2
Unlike Riku, I can't even start this one out by giving Demyx any credit for his positives. He just sucks. Deceptively presented to us as comic relief, Demyx reluctantly engages in battle only to completely destroy Sora with timed sequences requiring you to destroy all of the water clones or suffer instant failure. You know it's time when he shouts: "DANCE, WATER, DANCE!"...over and over again.
I really and truly believe that you can get a better idea of what we're working with here by reading some of the fans' YouTube comments on Demyx battle playthroughs:
I think it's all summed up best with the words of u/ShawnWilson000 on Reddit:
"Dance, water, dance!"
How about go f**k yourself.
Totem Pokémon Mimikyu from Pokémon Sun And Moon
I bet you think it's too soon after the release of this game to start pulling punches over its incredibly difficult totem Pokémon, but you'd be wrong. Not even #PokemonSunMoon is safe from my wrath.
Enter Mimikyu, the quietly horrifying totem Pokémon whose main goal in life is to knock out your Pokémon. Seriously. Its "Disguise" ability basically guarantees that it'll last long enough to call one of its allies, all of whom have Hypnosis and will most likely put your Pokébaby to sleep mid-battle. Its Totem aura also boosts all of its stats, so you've got to outmaneuver it in both speed and power. Good luck!
Fortunately, if you get too hung up on Mimikyu or any other totems, we've got some tips that might be helpful.
Piglet from Winnie The Pooh's Home Run Derby
Yeah, yeah pick your jaw up off of the floor. Didn't see this one coming, did you? Well, it's here! That gif above is from one of my actual playthroughs—pathetic, right? Try again! Sure, Eeyore and Lumpy are here for fun in the levels before but once Piglet comes around it's GAME OVER, guys. Game over.
I already know that you don't believe me, so you can go ahead and give it a spin yourself and let me know in the comments if you were able to beat Piglet the first time around. However, I'm fully anticipating the silence...of defeat.
Any Song That Contains The Word "Evolved" From The Dance Dance Revolution Series
Returning to the less silent and similarly vibrant world of dance—we've got the Dance Dance Revolution series. While it might not seem like it, rhythm games do have boss battles in the form of..."boss songs". In Dance Dance Revolution, you can expect boss-style terror—regardless of your chosen difficulty—on basically any song carrying the "Evolution" suffix. In these songs, the patterns are difficult to figure out and are subject to speed and variations that usually aren't indicated by the layout of upcoming steps.
Heretic Leader From Halo 2
The infamous battle with the Heretic Leader from #Halo2 is one that still haunts me in my nightmares. This guy is the Xzibit of Halo—he's heard that we like monsters with jetpacks and instant-death inducing plasma rifles so he gives it to us a hundred times over in one of the most grueling battles in gaming history. What's worse is that the clones he throws out there deal the same amount of damage as he does. So, until you figure out how to clone yourself, you're not getting a fair battle out of our scaly friend.
Big Daddy From BioShock
If you're really good at what you do, getting past the Big Daddies didn't have to mean the end while you were simply getting sh*t done. But if you want to harvest/save the Little Sisters on each level to claim new plasmids, you were dealing with these guys on the regular.
No matter how accustomed to #BioShock's battles you are, Big Daddies are always a few steps ahead of you in strength. Their brute force tactics make it hard to squeeze in more than a few hits before it's back to the Vita-Chamber with you! The sound of heavy footsteps barreling toward Jack from behind still gives me the heebie jeebies. Speaking of lovable(?) video game Jacks...
Mad Jack From Donkey Kong 64
Mad Jack from #DonkeyKong's memorable #Nintendo64 entry is both incredibly ugly and incredibly overpowered. To start things off, you can't even fight him unless you use Tiny Kong whose clunky hair-icopter move lets you travel from platform to platform during battle.
Aside from you coming to the battle with less than the best, Mad Jack constantly throws fireballs at you whilst you struggle to Ground Pound the attack switch that corresponds with the color platform that he is standing on. After you pass a certain benchmark, Mad Jack turns invisible, moves even faster, uses lasers to activate shock platforms and tries to knock you off of the platforms entirely.
You really have to get creative to beat him...and it usually isn't a fun process. But if you manage to retain a creative bone in your body after this battle, you might be suitable to take on my next boss...
Mr. Freeze From Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight's Mr. Freeze battle is one of the most stressful but rewarding scuffles in modern gaming. Why? Because it forces you to use all of the attack methods that you've been learning in the game up until that point. How many times have you learned a great move, seen that it's worked in most cases, and stuck with it? You simply cannot do that with this one.
One of Freeze's countermeasures in battle is preventing repeats of #Batman's major battle tactics. From stealth attacks to gadget-based moves, Freeze always comes up with a way to keep you from doing it again. On the higher levels, you only get one chance to use each move forcing you to use every attack in the book before the battle is out. And don't even think of trying a brute force approach with the guns he's packing.
Fool him once, shame on him, fool him twice...prepare to die, Bats.
Those are some of the worst in the bunch, but as games continue to get more intense I'm expecting the list to grow and grow...much like my pile of malfunctioning controllers. Death by wall smash—who's the boss now?!
Which battles had you dying over and over again in pursuit of success?