TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses in Video Games | Most Difficult BOSS Fights
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There are games in which an opponent suddenly appears, who is so dangerous, so disproportionately strong and in the first moment so overpowering that one first runs against a proverbial wall. Some of them can't be hurt at all, like Nemesis in Resident Evil 3, while others demand countless attempts from most players, like Psycho Mantis in Metal Gear Solid.
That's not necessarily a bad thing - after all, some of them deliver a huge sense of achievement when you finally overcome them. Others seem to exist for the sole purpose of making your life hell. Here are some of my favorite (and most hated) examples.
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #10 Senator Amstrong
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #9 Skolas
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #8 Ornstein And Smough
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #7 Empress of Light
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #6 Lavenza
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #5 Omega Zero
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #4 Beerus
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #3 Absolute Virtue
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #2 The Nameless King
- TOP 10 HARDEST Bosses #1 Orphan Of Kos
Senator Armstrong — Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
The final boss of this Metal Gear spin-off, Senator Armstrong is an accomplice of the secret military company Desperado Enforcement — which serves as the game’s primary antagonist. Players must take on the role of the cyborg Raiden to take down the secret organization, which culminates in an epic boss fight against Armstrong. The senator has increased durability and strength courtesy of the nanomachines that are one with his body. While Armstrong's buffed strength makes this fight an uphill battle, the enemies attacks are well choreographed. Since you can always see his ranged attacks coming, defeating Armstrong is just a matter of dodging and then dashing in at the right moment. Being patient during the first half of the battle is the key, as Armstrong is a much more manageable boss once you knock him down to 100% HP.
Skolas — Destiny
The final boss of the House of Wolves expansion, Skolas is easily the toughest foe to defeat in Destiny. When the expansion first debuted, Skolas was subject to weekly challenges. This would keep dedicated players on their toes as they worked for hours to take down Skolas with their teammates. The battle was such an unforgiving one, that the game developers eventually removed some of the modifications and cut the HP of Skolas in half to make for a fairer fight. That being said, taking down the Kell of Kells still requires a seasoned team of players who know how to work well together. Otherwise, they're bound to be taken out by Skolas's army of Fallen before the battle has nearly begun.
Ornstein And Smough — Dark Souls
If you thought taking on one Dark Souls boss at a time was already hard enough, try squaring off against two at once. This is what makes defeating Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough one of the most challenging boss battles in the entire series. If you want to make things easier on yourself, summoning another player is always an easy out. After one of the enemies is defeat, the other will absorb the powers of the fallen foe. Therefore, focusing on one at a time is a must. Ornstein is likely the easiest to defeat first since he’s the hardest to distance yourself from. Using some lightening resistant-armor and fire-based weaponry will also give you a slight edge up during this brutal and unforgiving fight.
Empress of Light - Terraria
The Empress of Light is a Hardmode, post-Plantera boss fought in The Hallow. While she can be fought as soon as Plantera is defeated, she is significantly harder than most Hardmode bosses and will typically require post-Golem gear. The Empress of Light fight is optional and is not required for progression. One of the more difficult bosses that players will face off against is the Hardmode boss Empress of Light. She was added to the game with the new Journey's End update and is not necessary to progress through the game. Players who beat her however will gain some extremely strong late-game gear to play around with. This guide is here to show players how to summon Empress of Light and bring her down, as she is one of the toughest bosses in the game.
Lavenza - Persona 5
Lavenza was added as a new Super Boss in Persona 5 Royal, available during the 3rd Semester in NG+ (after securing a route to the treasure in the Final Palace). She is a fair bit tougher than the Twins, and her fight has various requirements that you have to fulfill in order to beat it. I posted two videos recently, one beating Lavenza with a full party and one with solo Joker. First part of this post will focus on beating Lavenza with a full party, second half is with the solo route.
Omega Zero - Mega Man ZX Legacy Collection
There’s a secret bonus character you can unlock in Mega Man ZX, and this overpowered version makes any postgame battle easy. This is just for fun, as the Omega Zero BioMetal variant can only be used after you’ve completed the story. It’s still really cool, and I love hunting for little secrets — and there’s an included super-boss waiting for you. It’s one more challenge that’s worth seeking out if you want to experience everything the penultimate Mega Man Zero game has to offer. You’ll have to complete the story on Normal / Hard to unlock this final bonus reward, and you’ll have to teleport to the Resistance Air Base and unlock full access to Area M — navigating this location leads to a deadly battle against a pretty challenging alternate version of Zero, and defeating him (eventually) leads to a Model 0 BioMetal upgrade. You’ll get a fancy new skin, and you can refight the final boss (or any of the postgame bosses) for fun. There’s no reason to get all this, it’s just nice being completely overpowered sometimes.
Berrus - Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Though both Bonyu and Mira are incredibly difficult when below their levels, once the player hits level 100 as well the fight tends to get a lot easier. If the same thing held true for the Beerus fight, then even at level 250 he would be manageable for the most part. With any luck, much of his difficulty comes from how hard it is to dodge and predict his unique techniques rather than just insanely high damage output and HP, but only time will tell for certain. At the very least, this justifies all the time players spent grinding to level 250, and gives those players that haven't yet a reason to do so. If players want to stand any chance of beating Beerus at his highest level and getting whatever unique rewards he may offer, they will certainly need their best characters to be level 250 as well.
Absolute Virtue — Final Fantasy XI
Absolute Virtue was such a challenge to beat upon initial release that this boss dips into the level of ridiculous rather than outright challenging. The character debuted in the Chains of Promathia expansion pack for Final Fantasy XI, where players would eventually spend hours at a time trying to defeat Absolute Virtue to no avail. After going undefeated for years — at least, by legitimate means — the developers added a patch to the game which dramatically reduced Absolute Virtue’s HP from somewhere around 100,000 to 66,000. A two-hour time limit was also implemented to prevent players from spending the better part of the day from trying to take down this boss. Even with these modifications, taking down Absolute Virtue requires weeks, if not months, of upgrading your character to prepare for the battle.
The Nameless King — Dark Souls III
Considering that this may well be the hardest battle in series, there’s good reason that The Nameless King is an optional boss in Dark Souls III. The first phase of the fight involves taking out the king’s dragon. It might be tempting to keep your distance, but doing so will result in the dragon taking flight — which is never a good thing. Stay close and aim for the head whenever an opening presents itself. The second phase is much harder, as the Nameless King’s attacks are fast and devastating. Even one mistimed roll could result in instant defeat. The only real strategy comes in memorizing the Nameless King's attacks and dodging/blocking at the exact moment. In other words, there are simply no shortcuts or easy outs in this boss battle.
Orphan Of Kos — Bloodborne
Much like the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne has no shortage of challenging boss battles, but the hardest battle comes courtesy of The Old Hunter DLC. The Orphan of Kos uses both close and wide attacks throughout the battle, making him a threat from any distance. Since many of his attacks land to the right, it helps to stick to the Orphan of Kos’s left and wait for an opening. In the first phase, the boss also has a tendency to jump toward the player. It may be tempting to roll backward, but charging this attack will give the player a chance at a backstab. During the second phase, it helps to stay close to Kos and wait for an opening, just so long as the player doesn't get greedy and go for more than a few sings at once.