Sephiroth – Kingdom Hearts II
The One-Winged Angel makes his appearance once more. You’re probably already hearing the battle music in your head, aren’t you? Sephiroth goes down in video game history as one of the most notorious boss fights. He comes equipped with his classic Masamune sword which has an incredibly annoying reach and power. His fast paced movements and tricky mechanics will likely have you trying this fight over, and over, and over, and over, and over again.
Flemeth – Dragon Age Origins
If you know anything about RPG games, it’s that sometimes, the optional boss fights are the most rewarding, but also the hardest. Flemeth leads you on by appearing to be a weak old woman, who can, to your surprise, turn into a fire breathing dragon wielding deathly power. Complete with knockback abilities, she can fly, smack you across the face hard enough to kill you, and of course, breath fire.
Red – Pokemon Heart Gold & Soul Silver
Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver – Feeling confident in your Pokemon lineup? Think again. Red will be sure to take everything you think you know about your Pokemon and make you rethink your goal of becoming the mythical “Pokemon Master”. His team of high-level bruisers cover just about every elemental weakness in the game and will be sure to have your hands sweating in this almost unfair turn based battle.
Dark Samus – Metroid Prime 3
Who better to give Samus the fight of her life than herself. Shadow self that is. Dark Samus comes with some outrageously annoying fight mechanics such as cloning and self-healing. Her clones will all attack at the same time, making it near impossible to progress through the fight without taking on fatal damage, and her healing ability will slowly but surely restore those precious chunks of health you worked so hard to whittle away.
Father Gascoigne – Bloodborne
If you happened to still be playing after the first boss, the second one was sure to make you rethink your time spent on this title. Father Gascoigne starts off easy enough but quickly progresses to the point of near invincible as you deal more damage. Complete with wide area-sweeping moves and cheap chaining combos, you’ll be gritting your teeth in no time. Let’s not even talk about the super cheap werewolf transformation allowing him to close the gap you’ve cleverly created with one simple leap before sending you back to the last save point.
Nameless King – Dark Souls 3
You’ve got to admit, the Nameless King is a pretty badass name, right? It won’t take long for you to start cursing him after the beautiful scene of him riding in on a dragon. Can you guess what comes next? Yep, kill the dragon. Once you’ve dealt with his beast, the real battle begins. His weapon has disgusting reach and speed, not to mention incredible striking power that can make quick work of you if you’re not prepared.
Tabuu – Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Try your best not to break the controller in this blood pressure raising fight. Taking Tabuu down on the hardest difficulty is a feat that few gamers have achieved. This titan of a boss has an arsenal of cheap moves including a few instakills for good measure. He will make you look like a five-year-old trying to solve a complex algebra equation as he time and time again crushes your soul.
C’Thun (Pre-Patch) – World of Warcraft
This beast probably collectively aged the World of Warcraft raid population by at least 1,000,000 years. C’Thun easily goes down in history, pre-patch that is, as one of the most difficult boss fights ever formulated by Blizzard. Guild after guild tried to take this tyrant down, all to come to the same conclusion, he was clearly invincible. Finally, Blizzard had to nerf C’Thun with a patch, but the warriors who couldn’t beat the original strength boss will always feel that empty hole of failure in their hearts.
Ultimecia – Final Fantasy VIII
As much as gamers like a good challenge, one thing that no gamer likes, and we literally mean NO gamer, is a grueling multi-stage boss fight. Ultimecia is a four stage boss that push you to the limits of a psychotic break. She has abilities that can take advantage of even the smallest holes in your party’s defense, and she’s not afraid to methodically dissect your confidence until you question your ability as a gamer. Make sure all of your characters in their best shape before you embark on this lengthy boss fight.
Mike Tyson – Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
Well, he wouldn’t be much of a boss if he wasn’t difficult since his name is in the game title! This fight required PERFECT timing in order for even that slight glimmer of hope to shine through. Patience will rarely face such a test, but if you happen to beat him, you will leave this game feeling like a true boxing champion. Now, back to reality.
Big Daddy – Bioshock
Your confrontation with the cover art enemy is anything but pleasant. The heavy duty armor and relentless assault make the first Big Daddy one tough shell to crack. The best way to stand up to this behemoth is by carefully memorizing your environment, planning accordingly ahead (items, ammunition, etc.) and giving it your best shot. No doubt you will have to reload a few save files and try again, but you’d better get used to the fight because there are plenty more to come.
Kirin – Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Kirin, the unicorn looking Elder Dragon, is hard enough to fight. One quest, in particular, challenges you with the task of facing two Kirin’s at once. Between their erratic movements, crazy powerful lightning based attacks, and resistance to almost every element, this fight is going to test your skills like never before. Take your time, observe their patterns, and look to take advantage of the few openings that they have.
Ornstein and Smough – Dark Souls
We don’t typically like to include two bosses from the same game series in an article, but in this case, an exception was needed. In this challenging fight, you’re faced with not one, but two outrageously powerful bosses that compliment each other perfectly. Their timed tandem attacks leave almost no time to find an opening for a counter strike.
Smough, the slower but heavy hitter almost guarantees death if he makes contact, while the faster but softer hitting Ornstein keeps you on your toes. To complicate things even more, once you take one of them out, the remaining boss gets full health and turns into a super powerful form that you must then still defeat. Fun times.
Yellow Devil – Mega Man
Take a boss battle and turn it into a sequence of exact commands in order to achieve victory with no room for error and we have the Yellow Devil. This memorable and formidable opponent was all about timing and taking full advantage of the few seconds between attacks to deal damage. Every attack he launches must be avoided or else it’s game over, and so it becomes a battle of patience and perfect execution.
Lou the Devil – Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
This devilishly tough challenge will give even the most seasoned guitar hero gamer a run for their sanity. Faced with a seemingly endless onslaught of impossible chord combinations, Lou the Devil, as per his name, will put you through hell before you can come out victorious.