Top 10 Hardest Mario Bosses
The Top Ten
Fiery Dino Piranha at #1 and Culex not even in the top 5?! Oh, well. Flawed list is flawed. As for this battle, Mario & Luigi have 1 HP in this fight, Cackletta's attacks are very hard to dodge, she has high HP and you can only damage her once you've taken out her head and arms (Which rejuvenate, by the way)
Cackletta's Soul is 100+/100 hard (and Mario & Luigi: Superstar saga is average to good).
The Shadow Queen is 100+/100 hard (and Paper Mario: The Thousand ear Door is bad).
Elder Princess Shroob is 100+/100 hard (and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time was mainly great).
Culex is 100/100 hard (and Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the 7 Stars is unbelievably great).
Bowser X is 100+/100 hard (and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is mainly bad).
Phantamanta is 100/100 hard (and Super Mario Sunshine is average to bad).
Bowser in the Sky is 74/100 hard (and Super Mario 64 on the N64 is beyond perfect/the DS version is average to good).
Bonetail is 100+/100 hard.
Tabuu is 96/100 hard on Easy, 100/100 hard on Normal, 100+/100 hard on Hard, 125+/100 hard on Very Hard and 150+/100 hard on Intense (and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is mainly perfect).
Fiery Gobblegut is 89/100 hard (and Super Mario Galaxy was a mainly average to good game).
She's LV40 but both my bros were LV44 when I beat her. Too bad they didn't add a Battle Ring in the remake. That would have sure been fun...
This boss is no doubt the hardest boss Mario players ever played. No offense but this list is horrible. Cackletta should be number one.
Equip with power bounce and every single item that could boost your attack+power lift will make this fight look like a joke - Radzz202
All I can say is that I've been trying to beat the shadow queen for about 8 years...
Without the help of the Shadow Siren Vivian, this boss is impossible. her attacks do so much damage! She can charge herself, making her even more devastating, and hit you, killing you almost instantly!
A boss so powerful you have to correctly choose a perfect ratio of health, flower power, and badge power throughout the game to even have a chance at winning. If you don't, you will never win.
This isn't the hardest Mario boss. This is the hardest videogame boss.
To reach Bowser X, you must do Boss Rush. You have 35 turns to kill Bowser X, and six enemies before it. Once there, Bowser X does ridiculously powerful attacks, and even eat your Bro. Items, and won't spit them out until 5 turns pass. And don't forget his 7000+ health, limited healing items, and almost unavoidable attacks. This should be #1.
No contest, Bowser X is the hardest boss the Italian plumber has ever faced. What, he isn't a plumber anymore? Well he's always a plumber in my eyes, you can't stop me! Back on topic, let's list off the reasons why Bowser X destroys the other fights in the Mario series in terms of sheer difficulty. Let's start with the fact that Bowser has 7,000 HP, and you're on a turn limit. While the turn limit seems generous, with a maximum of 35 given to you, the other factors of this fight don't make it so forgiving. Firstly, Bowser X does insane damage, able to kill one of your bros in a few hits, sometimes he's able to one-shot you. And if Bowser X doesn't kill your other bro outright, you have to waste a turn reviving. Bowser also takes away your special items, which means you have to make as much use of them as possible. In other words, you need to have mastery on avoiding Bowser X's attacks (Which make Cackletta's Soul's attacks seem tame in comparison) and a mastery on each special ...more - nerffan8000
This should be number 1. They start giving you a recommendation of level 50, which takes around a week to reach. And $#%@, this is so $#%@ing impossible while you still didn't reached this point, making this battle just not right. Well.
If you use a challenge medal it will be 100% impossible for players to beat this soul-meltingly challenge - HarjasPanesar
I haven't beaten him yet, but I sold the seed for Lazy Shell armor, so I may have screwed my self over, but you have no chance to dodge Culex. P.S Did you know that it's playing FF4 (I think) music in the background?
Only reason why Culex isn't #1/2 is because not many have played that are on here...
Culex is crazy, unless you have lazy shell armor!
Putting Bouldergeist a few ranks above this is... Unbelievable!
Has a awesome boss theme and can only be deafeted with a lazy shell. If u do not have one this guy will show no mercy
This guy is impossible! How could Squizzard beat him? How could anything beat him? I strongly disagree with this list.
Took me FOREVER to beat her! Her Tentacle attack thing... IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DODGE IN HER 2ND FORM! Plus it took me forever to realize I am supposed to attack her crown... You only have a limited time to hurt her before her gold crown regenerates and then you have start all over again knocking off her tentacle-like legs, and then attacking the crown...
However, her theme is actually a very good!
The elder princess shroob started out small, with a few irritating attacks, like football charge and fireball cannon. However, she heals.
The next form however, can kill you in a hit. You need to destroy the gold crown with copy flowers or trampolines, to be able to injure the main body. Use mix flowers to knock off the limbs. After an incredibly long and tedious battle, you have the choice: die, or have that massive beast die.
I remember struggling so hard with this boss first time I tried. I did not connect the fact that the gold crown on top of her head reduced the power of my attacks so drastically... That and its THREE consecutive boss fights.
The fact that you need to kill about 5 body parts before you even get a shot at her 3000 HP makes this boss fight the hardest Mario boss fight. Not to mention you have to fight her sister and her first phase before you get to fight her "final form"
The most difficult Bowser: hard to avoid flames, harder to catch him by the tail, tedious to shoot him the bombs' right direction.
Yeah my thumb was so sore from turning the control pad. It's even harder when you miss and have to do it again.
This does not deserve to be, even in the top 10. This boss is hard the first time, yet the second time, it is easier. The rotation, timing, and dodging is part of this. One of the hardest techniques to dodge, must be the multiple flames.
He"s hard, but not that hard. Just get really far away from him and close to a bomb so he charges at you
Sure he's overall weaker then the shadow queen, but the fact of going through 99 floors of pain and miserable battles will lower your stats for the beginning of this battle
Bonetail should be stronger than Shadow Queen. It's much hard to beat him after going through 99 floors with stronger and stronger enemies. If you fail to beat him, you will have to go through the pit of 100 trials AGAIN!
I always used danger Mario and never failed. It did take me a few tries the first time as I wasn't prepared. The badge you get is very cool, makes up for the 1 star point you get
Many people agree that this is harder than The Shadow Queen... So why isn't this placed above The Shadow Queen? - Doge4lifeGaming
The phantamanta is very hard to defeat, unless you stand on top of a tree. If you battle it alone, It splits up and attacks you from behind and all kinds of things like that. It is so hard to beat.
I gosh... Guys I've commented on tabuu bouldergeist and bonetail... And now this? I found it easy to take down phantamanta! Just take down 1 part at a time before all the angry little ones try and get u and you will be fine - Blazedude77
Phantamanta in Sirena Beach is a giant manta ray that leaves behind electrical slime and splits into more rays every time you spray him. And the order of division is up to 6, with a cleft into 3 at the final stage, meaning that you will ultimately need to deal with ninety six little mantas to fight. Even worse, when only the small ones remain, they turn pink and actively chase you. And when going to refill FLUDD, you will find that the water pools are electrically charged. - Extractinator04
It's hard because it will split into thousands of mini phantamantas and they will spread a bunch of electric goop everywhere and you must be careful not to touch it! It's so hard! - darthvadern
This is the final boss of smash brawl and I am not even here but I imagine him being brutal but this isn't tentecly Mario still probably bruatal
WHAT? THIS TOOK ME FOREVER TO BEAT HOW IS IT NUMBER 10 IT AT LEAST SHOULD B IN 5!
This boss really isn't that hard but ON INTENSE MODE! HE IS LIKE EASILY 1. I did say culex is hardest but nuthin beats tabuu on intense mode on here
Actually the shadow queen from paper mario was easy it was fast to beat but shes cool - SexySiren666
The 3ds remake made this boss battle much easier as Nintendo removed the use of microphone support and now you tap Bowser on the touch screen at the right time. I even beat all the giant battles in the game including this one on my first attempt.
I remember a few years ago this boss gave me trouble because you can only make two mistakes and that is it. If you don't win quick enough, then you will fall off the cliff and die. And you can't punch the train because it is very low. So you have to burn it which means you can't crush the train.
If your mic is broken, well, just try to find some cheat code for this boss as it will be totally unbeatable.
I hated this boss so much as a kid. The Mic on my DSI is terrible. You only get a few chances to mess up. And then it's game over.
Now you can argue the same for cackletta's soul being hard, but oh boy, here's a news flash.
If you survive her first attack, you can just use a nut and heal yourself making it just a long, tedious, fight that actually took me 30 minutes. But you can't just get your 6 life back on a daredevil run, nope.
And here's the funny part, bouldergeist was a tricky boss already, but now he's harder with the fact that if you slip up, game over.
I died about a whopping fifty times on this one boss until I overcame him.
Everyone has their own experiences but let's face it, it was at least hard to beat no doubt, we can't deny that.
Unless you that guy who's like "Noah what are you talking about I've been playing Mario since I was 2 and now I can't lose to anything in this game ever."
And all that.
Not that hard, but time consuming. The daredevil comet is very hard, though. - MarioBros11
Coming from the Ghostly Galaxy which is located in the Kitchen, this boss does not dissapoint. He is overall my favorite boss in the series and might even be in the whole Mario franchise. This boss has the right amount of difficulty to make the game more interesting. His first phase is pretty straight forward. What you have to do is hit the bomb boos which he summons, at his rock body. After doing this three times you meet his second phase. Whats diffrent about this phase is that he has arms and now could do more moves using them. Most are his fist punch, growing rocks, and his hand slam. Normally you get 3 or 6 lives depending on the amount of star bits you have. But on daredevil you cannot decide. You will only have 1 and you will have trouble.
Really? It's super easy. Sure it takes a while after those hands spawn but he is like one of the easiest - darthvadern
Uh... Smithy is nothing compared to Culex.
Smithy should be higher on the list than Bowser in the Sky. I could very easily beat Bowser in the Sky compared to Smithy.
Yeah I definitely agree
This guy is hard! First you most likely would like to disable the arms. If you don't then your in trouble. The right arm makes sure that most of the time that you can't do damage to Bowser or his arm. The left arm is equally bad. Guess what. One second you have to players, the next you don't. He grabs Mario and Luigi and you can't use BP. Then even if you get those arms disabled, you got to beat Bowser himself. He can still use moves even with arms disabled like a hammer attack that You have a second to react and even you react correctly he still hits the other bro. Another attack where timing is everything so he shoots fireballs and then splits in two and shoots even more fireballs. Then where he runs at you and shoots 3 rays of fire. And don't you dare get me started on the minion attack. He spawns a bunch of his troops while he goes and eats which heals him tremendously and then the troops run at you and even if you dodge then Bowser Pounds the floor. Then that shy guy ship. again ...more
I tried to beat this boss a few years once I beaten the gigantic bowse4 and BOI is he hard maybe I was super rusty but I struggled so hard I died in the first few attacks
I had to beat him without one of the best moves. After about 6 game overs and 60+ 1up deluxe I finally won.
This isn't ranked high on the list because the game is new. This guy isn't as hard as Cackletta's soul or EPS but he's still difficult because his attacks do about 103 damage on each hit and you can't attack him until you destroy his right arm. His left arm will grab one of the bros so you will be unable to do bros. Attack. He will also heal himself including his arms which will bring them back to normal. He can also send troops to help him.
I hate you ice monster. Even if I were to win in one try today, the pain you've caused over the years is too much to excuse. I love a good boss fight, but this one's not fun, out of place, and just plain frustrating. - Inteleon777
It's so hard trying to shoot as his ice shields because it constantly spins! - darthvadern
Try it in the car. Then come back to me and tell me how hard it is to get three stars
Try beating him and getting 3-star ranking. Actually don't because IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
I am amazing at the RPGs but I am terrible at regular Mario games especially Mario Galaxy 2 and this is the hardest boss
This boss is easy. He's pretty much identical to his original form other than the flames. I always defeat him by running in circular motions.
To easy shut it suckers
This boss is hard but I beat it twice.
And one of the best bosses ever. I love Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, one of the best Mario games ever for too many reasons!
He is one of the hardest Bosses ever
What kind of a name is 'Giant Baby Bowser'? - MarioBros11
Its fun and dificult
At first this boss might be a little tricky but it is actually pretty easy when you get used to it
Dark star core was a hard boss, I mean, what is with the limits of 10 turns, he goes back to dark Bowser, he heals himself, he heals dark Bowser, seems like you've done all that to remake it again
Can't inhale the stupid Fawful spider unless you improve Bowser's speed a whole bunch throughout the game. Nice soundtrack, though.
Easiest final boss in the franchise - KoopalingBros
The final fight with Bowser in New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the hardest final boss in the entire SERIES! In the second phase, Bowser grows humongous and chases you down the hallway, while shooting incredibly big fireballs! Later on, magma waves appear as well, so you will need to keep track of Bowser, his fireballs, the lava flows, and an already impossible platforming challenge, all at the same time! - Extractinator04
I remember my siter and I were playing and my dad was watching. My sister and I played co-op and we stepped on the button and bowser was in the lava. I was thinking it wasn't over and my dad told me it was, I rescued the princess, but I really rescued that annoying drunk turd Kamok. He made a GIANT bowser taking over the whole screen and it took me and my sister a WHOLE DAY to beat him.
It's hard because you have to dodge attacks and do plat forming and make sure not to fall in the lava. How to make it harder: Don't use the Propeller Mushroom or bring along a friend or 2. Or 3.
This is only hard in multiplayer and not single player because you have to flee from him. 2 other players make it a nightmare
I hate this fight a lot he just keeps healing and healing and HEALING
It is hard but it is too easy if you have a baseball bat
Just keep using thing stickers - computerfan0
You MUST be prepared! Each have 100 hp, with 10 attack, but mario's hammer, Luigi's high jump, and bowser's attacks all are 20 attack each. AND you have to go through the flopside pit of 100 trials TWICE.
The game was the best, the music was the best, the story was the best, and the bosses were the best. And by that I don't mean that they were the easiest.
It is easy if you use Bowser and use your flames to knock them back and use barry to defend yourself the annoying thing that you have to do the pit twice. I had 90 hp, and 34 attack with Bowser, and it was not too hard, and it was pretty easy when I was flaming at it.
THIS SOULD BE HIGHER EACH OF THE CLONES HAVE 100HP THAT IS a lot IN PAPER MARIO AND THEY CAN DO 10 Damage that's a lot in paper mario and you have around 60HP
Guess what this boss is easy put on a spike shield boss and you've beat him! He's so easy I beat him on the first try without any life shroom beside paper Bowser one and sensei form three are much harder
This guy is so easy. Just have on Spike Shield, Super Jump Charge, Mega Jump, (at least 1) power plus, defense plus and probably damage dodge. - cabennett18
I can't believe nobody put this on the list, This guy has 70 HP, Can heal 20, and has attacks that do 5 damage!
Use Watt at Super or Ultra rank.
The Attacks Are Easy To Dodge, Although It Does Take A Long Time To Beat Him.
To be honest, he (she? ) was actually easy for me. It just took a small amount of level grinding.
How is she ahead of Antasma?
I feel sad that Galaxy is my favorite game and I don't know who this is. - MarioBros11
Not hard but in the throwback boss speed run he is
The flaming tail is annoying but he's not hard
Not too terribly hard, but yes a bit annoying - darthvadern
He could be a pain in the butt sometimes but he is easy for me
Not hard at all - darthvadern
Special 8 Crown
If you are saying ludwig is harder Bowser I was stuck Bowser on for 10 days you hear that!
Um don't mind the previous comment Ludwig is really hard and that was 3 years ago when I had bad grammar so yeah... - Enderspark2791
Very hard you are on three tiny platforms and he shoots like five fireballs at a time
The only problem to his fight is you can slightly see where he lands so its kinda easy
Swap for 1 and 2 and it makes sense. Tentacles are SO ANNOYING!
Why Isn't This At Least Number 3
There are 5 stages to this battle. It's so frustrating!
Is too hard when you don't have any thing stickers but if you do it becomes a cakewalk almost
Very creative in that you need so many thing stickers. They should've added a save/health block after Kamek, though.
This boss would have been so much easier if there was a save and heal block AFTER Kamek. - cabennett18
Easy, but the daredevil not so much
He was so hard!
Not that hard - darthvadern
so easy - MarioBros11
This is the hardest, most difficult boss known to the Mario series. I never beat this shroob leader for as long as I played the game! So dang it hard!
Don't worry it not the final boss...
I've been stuck on Dark Bowser for over a year. Seriously, I'm not exaggerating. If it's taken me THIS long, only to get that far, I'm never going NEAR Cackletta's Soul.
High attack, high defense, moves that mess with your mind and take advantage of your instincts, and a timed 4th phase. This boss is hard. - JFought
Two bosses in one wow you see me most likely to defeat fawful first
Princess shroob and right after elder princess shroob are way harder because it is three bosses in row plus they have an very long and annoying cutscene between them that doesn't even make a lot of sense
Extremely hard to beat without getting hit.
It took me 12 tries to beat him
Break dat hot tub - MarioBros11
That fight was a joke even a level 1 mini boss in the game was 3x hard than him
Easy and boring. The only parts that are somewhat hard are the occasinal lag, and the occasinal glitch where you go through the crumbling rock platforms
He is the sheer combination of every final boss in the Mario and Luigi series. He may not be the final boss, but it's the thought that counts.
He keeps eating those dark balls which makes her stronger at every turn. How is that not hard?
If you get damaged, you fall asleep and end up in an nightmare skipping a whole turn!
I hate how he sometimes turns the screen upside down. It's the part I always die on!
So annoying when he clones himself and shoots 2-3 balls
Somewhat hard true - darthvadern
A boss that is literally INVINCIBLE. The only weak thing is that he falls if you get an excellent in snack basket.
I am terrible at button mashing on that one part of the attack. I failed about 50 times because of that ONE PART!
HE's NOT EVEN A BOSS! THEY JUST GAVE HIM BOSS MUSIC FOR SOME REASON 9 like in paper Mario here every once in a while a random small horde of enmies attack you and it says it's a boss but there are normal types of enemies that are harder than that
Get an excellent snack basket and no prize?!
This boss is a piece of cake
No, not really once you know what to do. - MarioBros11
It's harder than the sequel at least - darthvadern
What?! He is easy! Almost too easy!
I hate this boss you final phase is a pretty hard
Boss hardest ever in the game
His castle is hard to
This is intense hardest boss año annoying
This boss is super easy
Get him off even dry bones is harder then him - Yoshidude
This isn't even a boss - MarioBros11
Really get him off the list even renzor is harder than him
He's easy after the 1st time plus I beat him on the first tries
Quite easy but gets hard when he makes clones of himself appear.
Cat Peach would never be able to defeat Cat Bowser, but Rosalina nonetheless can!
I easily beat him as all characters.
The added fact that you have a limited time to beat him, and then the invincibility segment and the increased HP, Attack and defense just makes this boss a pain in the rear.
Even with cheats he kills me in one hit
It takes me about 6 damn days to beat this boss
This was surprisingly easy - KoopalingBros
Grodus is hard
Grodus is annoying & ugly. I would give Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door a 3.9/10.
He is so powerful: he has 50 hp and 1 defense point. Plus he can shoot little minions that attack you and boost his defense even more. He has so many attacks, including lightning that deals 7 damage (as much as the shadow aueen) to both people
If you thought junker was a pain in the butt, Junker X will make you give up your hopes and dreams of EVER facing Bowser X or beating the Boss Medley. It's even harder with the challenge medal.
If it's so hard, what's it doing at 123?
This boss is so hard! It took me five tries to beat it. I think it is the hardest boss in the Mario series! This guy should be at least in the top 3.
This took me ages. Don't get me started about the daredevil comet...
This guy could have been made harder but it wasn't hard, it just took time.
This boss should be in the top tens!
No not really but the Luigi clown thing with dimentio was pretty hard
He's easy! Not hard at all! I could beat him with my hands tied to my back!
If you are using Bowser's fire power and Carrie, he is a piece of cake
Easy is easy I used Mario and jumped on him and it was easy
I'm surprised he's so low on the list(and after the crystal king). This boss was a pain to beat, because it had strong attacks and healed over and over again. The worst part is when you mash A, and you know no matter how hard you try you will always take two hits. Fighting the boss left you with sore thumbs.
Hard but much easier if you use bows outta sight ability on his electric attack
How to beat him. Step 1: Bow. Step 2: Outta Sight/Repel Gel. Step 3: Multibounce. Step 4: Power Plus. - cabennett18
I was trying to beat him just now. I quitted playing Paper Mario because of that CURSIN' cloud but I might go on playing it again sometime. Anyway, he is VERY hard because, as many times you damage him, Ruff Puffs come out. And, he can eat up all the Ruff Puffs to gain more HP, like 4, 18 or even 20 HP. AND, he gains a electric attack after a few damage which deals...12 damage! You read that right, 12! He also gains another electric attack which deals 10 damage.
This guy is just HECKING HARD.
This guy is just plain evil his attacks and mini boss fights are a real challenge to face.
His attacks do so much damage, but once you know the tells, he is an easy stinker
Big massif X is more harder.
If you're in a low level, you're Screwd
Pi'llodium is really difficult, but it really gets insane when you have to fight it in the Battle Ring. Its already difficult-to-avoid attacks become much more powerful, sometimes taking you out in one hit. The limited turns mean that the "take out both wings and then attack the body" tactic is no longer a good idea, so you'd better have a high attack stat in order to penetrate its defense. But probably the worst part about this fight is the fact that when it's health becomes low, (I remember it being around 400 HP) it starts a self-destruct timer. You have 40 seconds to deplete the rest of it's health before it explodes. And these seconds are not affected by turns, they will keep ticking down even when you are selecting an action during your turn! If you manage to destroy it before it explodes, then congratulations, you've just finished the boss fight without any hassle. But if you don't, he explodes and deal an ENORMOUS amount of damage to both Mario and Luigi, most likely killing ...more
You know, this is actually harder than the last two bosses in the game - darthvadern
I bet he thinks "oh you hammered the button, it would be a shame if someone, put you in a hard ass boss battle
Lost on first turn damn it
The time on toad town docks was the hardest especially if you don't have spike shield on
Jr. Troopa is sooo annoying. He has way too much HP In Shiver Snowfield and Bowser's Castle, and at the Toad Town Dock after Chapter 5, just have the spike shield on or spam Squirt. Its easy because that time he only has 20 HP. - cabennett18
He can push you around a lot and hardly gets pushed around. The bad part is he is required to beat the game
Super Mario 63 isn't even a real Mario game. It's a fan game.
Super Mario 63 it's not famous Mario game. But you still know it. Thank you
No, this guy's so easy - darthvadern