Gaming’s Greatest Boss Fights

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On a list of the most satisfying things in gaming, we’re putting beating a tricky boss battle right up there with the little pinging sound that you hear when Sonic picks up rings.

Whether they’re epic visual spectacles that feel like they should be Oscar material, or desperate, bloody battles so tense that they leave your controller all sweaty and gross, gaming wouldn’t be half as much fun without a good old challenging boss fight to conquer.

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On a list of the most satisfying things in gaming, we’re putting beating a tricky boss battle right up there with the little pinging sound that you hear when Sonic picks up rings.

Whether they’re epic visual spectacles that feel like they should be Oscar material, or desperate, bloody battles so tense that they leave your controller all sweaty and gross, gaming wouldn’t be half as much fun without a good old challenging boss fight to conquer.

So in no particular order, here are five of our favourite boss battles in gaming.

1. Lady Butterfly

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Let’s be real, all of the Sekiro bosses are a handful. But Lady Butterfly’s fight makes it onto our list because it’s both super tough and super pretty to look at. In between trying very hard to kill you with shuriken and devastating aerial attacks, she dances overhead on glimmering wires. Just don’t stop to admire the spectacle for too long…

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2. King Dice

Battle him in: Cuphead

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If you’re a fan of some of the hardest games ever made, challenging boss fights, and incredible soundtracks, Cuphead’s the game for you. This particular boss fight has multiple stages, and at least part of it relies on luck – you’re rolling a die to get from one end of the board to another without landing on particular squares. If your luck runs out, you’ll be fighting boss battles within boss battles, and even when you reach the end of the board, King Dice isn’t done…

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3. Whale BT

Battle him in: Death Stranding

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Death Stranding is filled with mercifully human-sized (if still super dangerous) BTs, or Beached Things, and over the course of Sam’s journey you’ll get used to dealing with them. If you’re quick enough, you can even run out of the squelchy black mud before they can catch you. But there’s no running from this guy. Did you ever really appreciate how big whales were until you were fighting him?

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4. Baldur

Battle him in: God of War

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You’re a hulking god of war armed with an enchanted axe, while Baldur is just… well, look at him. You’re winning in the muscle department for sure.

So you get complacent. You think he’s a pushover. He’s not. He’s invincible, actually. He thinks you’re not really trying. Okay, er… time for plan B. Do we have a plan B?

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5. Psycho Mantis

Battle him in: Metal Gear Solid

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He knows everything. He knows what moves you’re going to make. He knows your weaknesses. He knows that you’ve played Castlevania, and he has strong opinions about that.

Fortunately, there’s a way to stop him reading your every move before even you’ve decided what it’ll be – you can physically unplug your controller and stick it in a different socket instead. Take that, Psycho Mantis. Didn’t see that one coming, did you?

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