Hardest Video Game Bosses


The Top Ten

1 Queen Larsa - Mushihimesama Futari

Some people can beat Tabuu with no damage even on intense difficulty but Queen Larsa is super harder and I don't think anyone has ever beat Queen Larsa without using continues, but at least a few people defeated Queen Larsa even on ultra mode.

Tabuu was pretty tough, but Larsa makes him look like a walk in the park. She will paint the screen in 3 colors; purple (the millions of bullets she unleashes on you), red (the blood that explodes from your body when you get), and clear (the tears you shed after losing once again for the umpteenth time). This is a boss where it's not a matter of IF you get hit, but WHEN. Unless you're Neo, expect to lose days of your time trying to win against this one.

Queen larsa is the most hard boss ever, Tabu is easy compared to her, All bullets are "ONE HIT KO! " and there are swarms of them..

Compared to everything, the spiritual version of her, is impossible.

(Note: All the bosses from Mushihimesama Futari are hard, but compared too queen larsa, they are just cute puppies)

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

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2 Mike Tyson - Punch Out!

I literally beat Tabuu in an hour at best. Mike Tyson, however, took me a span of a MONTH to beat. You have to be almost perfect in this fight. People can't beat Tabuu? Learn to dodge. Can't beat Iron Mike? Dodging leaves a narrow window of success, much smaller than Tabuu's. Half of his fight can leave you on the mat from a single blow, and unlike Tabuu, you get THREE TRIES to avoid being knocked out before having to fight Super Macho Man again! Sure, Tabuu was "hard", but he's not #1 quality.

Tabuu in SSBB on Intense is brutal, but Tabuu can simply be turned down in difficulty, Mike Tyson, the final boss of the 1987 NES game Punch-Out! On the other hand is brutal no matter what, from impossible patterns to those infamous one-hit KO dynamite punches, making matters worse is that not only are the fighters before Mike tough as it is, but Mike Tyson is eons harder than all of them, sorry Ruby/Emerald Weapon, Sephiroth and Tabuu - you've got nothing on the final boss of Punch-Out!, nor do most players, I can only imagine how many gamers conquered the entirety of Punch-Out! Back in the 1980's only to never take down the final boss fight with Mike.

This boss is not only hard for kids, but for adults as well. The first 1:30 are 1 hit kill uppercuts that give you just barely enough time to react. After that, his punches stop knocking you down in 1 hit, but Tyson becomes much more erratic, mixing up his patterns with uppercuts, jabs, and these punches with no animation frames whatsoever. Plus he blinks and then goes into this fast flurry of jabs that I have no clue how to dodge. Good luck beating this guy.

I mean everyone, even Glass Joe

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3 Tabuu - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

You gotta be kidding me I beat tabuu on intense difficulty 3 times in a row and more times just for fun. You guys need to learn to dodge attacks and stuff haven't you seen the NO DAMAGE INTENSE DIFFICULTY videos? At least learn to play wisely before you vote for a slow, predictable boss

Just impossible, took me a long time just to complete, I was so happy when I beat him!

It took me 5 week's to beat this one guy! I kept trying and trying and within 5 weeks I found and unlocked him, and then in 5 more week's, I finally beat this guy! This guy is seriously hard to beat. By the way, When I won, I used Kirby, and Zelda the most cause sonic sucked a little

Wut, this is easy lol - B1ueNew

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4 Sans - UnderTale Sans - UnderTale Sans or Sans the Skeleton is a character in the 2015 RPG Undertale created by Toby Fox. He is a lazy, pun-loving skeleton who is a supporting protagonist in the "pacifist" and "neutral" routes of Undertale, and a heroic antagonist/final boss of the "genocide" route. He is known for his incredibly difficult ...read more.

He will cut off his opening speech to attack you, he will falsely give mercy to you, and his attacks are some of the hardest to dodge in this game or many bullet hells in general.

This entire battle is hell. Not because it's unfair. Not because it's unpredictable. Not because it drags on for the longest time. No, it's because, deep down, you know you deserved the beating from the start.

Sans is not only hard to beat because of his tormenting powers, but also because he plays mind games with you. Falsely giving you mercy, telling you about the resets. It's hard to focus when you know deep within you deserve this beatdown. The only way to beat him is to memorize his attacks and ignore his mind games.

I would love to see Queen Larsa, Sans, Culex, Tabuu, and Venom square off at once.

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5 Sephiroth - Kingdom Hearts

I'm kinda torn between this and brawl to beat him as a heads up have the ultimate weapon which can be synthesized after synthesizing all other items and have your items be all epoxied if he uses the move that pits a halo in your head go to your items thing the second he strikes immediately use an elixir and along with taboo sobic is normally a bode I am training to be awesome with Zelda because she's awesome but sonic dies because taboo is capable of inflicting high damage and extremely powerful launch attacks since sonic is a relatively light character genus afflicted terribly compared to others so is lucario which sucks because him sobic Zelda and captain falcon plus yoshi are my only good people gannondorf probably rocks he is extremely slow but has the same special moves as captain falcon bit he's super hard to launch because he's so heavy hope this helps you

Holy wow this guy is insane! I feel very proud of myself for beating him even though it tortured my soul. Just keep trying guys and you will feel a great deal of accomplishment when he is defeated.

This guy is number 1, because it took me 3 years to even get CLOSE to beating him. Still never beat him.

At level 100 with the ultamite wepon, with cure being at its very best and some of the best armour on Sora, he's nothing more than a pushover!

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6 The Death Egg - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Whats really frustrating about it is you have to fight Metal Sonic in order to get to him and you have no rings which means all it takes is one hit and you die and then your forced to fight metal sonic again.

We can all tell that The Death Egg is a blatant ripoff of The Death Star from Star Wars.

What makes him so hard is that he does instant-kill attacks. One moment of bad aim, and you have to fight him all over again.

This isn't that hard with tails - B1ueNew

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7 Shao Khan - Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Shao Khan should be much higher here. He was strong, powerful and almost unbeatable. I said "almost" because I beat him 3 times in MK 2. I used Kitana, Mileena and Scorpion. It looked like real Holiday cause he seemed so strong - Magnolia

Wow #34 This Should Be Like In top 5! I Us Kitana and Mileena I love them they're powerful and I kept dying because of his strength

Shao Kahn is unbelievably tough and should be much higher. It took me almost 50 tries when I first got the game!

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

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8 The Shadow Queen - Paper Mario: The Thousand Years Door

With all the attacks she has, she stumped me for a long time. Her having health absorbing hands didn't help.

The devil's reincarnation in video games is this monster. She has a ton of deadly attacks, and grows hands! The hands can kill you. Plus, she has a huge arsenal of attacks, and has two forms. Altogether she has 300 HP! The second form is invincible for a few turns. AGH! I hate this creep!

She gave me lots of hard times as a kid. But then I played through the game again got to the Shadow Queen and I was able to beat her first attempt!

How is the Shadow Queen above Cackletta's Soul? - gakiguru

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9 Cackletta - Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Realistically, Cackletta's Soul would be harder than many of the people up there. - gakiguru

Hard but should be much lower on the list

Queen Larsa IS harder, but this should be 2.

Cackletta hint: time the bros attacks Cakletta's soul Beat Tabbu in SSBB Flawful: Have a brain

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10 Marx Soul - Kirby Superstar Ultra

Not that hard if you use stone but if you get killed you must replay the true arena over to get to him. And you have limited healing items

Not to mention there is the part where he splits in half where you can't damage him. Plus the raining paint attack is super annoying.

Right after a hard boss and this boss starts with a black hole and then who knows what he will do next?

Hard and right after galacta knight as well, so if you fail, you go all the way back to the start of the true arena. And there is very limited healing supplies so it's even harder to get back to where you were. - CatsOMG

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The Newcomers

? Absolute Radiance - Hollow Knight

Double damage, fast attacks, shrinking arena, spikes, homing attacks, and first fought at the end of the longest boss rush in the game. What more could you ask for? - SuperInkLink64

The Contenders

11 Bouldergeist - Super Mario Galaxy Bouldergeist - Super Mario Galaxy

You mean the Daredevil come for this then he is impossible just get this game and try to beat him on Daredevil comet mode

Just try beating him on Daredevil mode... Then you WILL vote for this. I am sure of it...

This guy isn't very hard unless it's a daredevil comet.

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

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12 Laraxia - Invasion

A lot of HP, spams projectiles that CAN'T be absorbed, moves around completely insane, and had an insanely difficult level before it. - MasterH

13 The Biolizard - Sonic Adventure 2

So many hours of gameplay to kill it... It took what seem like forever. I am not going to fight this boss again... Too damn hard!... - Horrible_Username

The Biolizard isn't that hard though, especially when compared to other bosses on this list. - Rangaman

Sorry, but this guy was kinda easy. But still on the hard side

HARD AS HELL, but a good boss. Why is Tabu no. 1? He was so easy

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14 The 3 Final Bosses - Ninja Gaiden

Masked Devil is rather easy, but then the Jaquio. HOW I HATE THE JAQUIO. He spams homing fireballs, and then there's the TRUE final boss. You CANNOT HOLD BACK AT ALL.
And if you die against ANY of them, you have to go back to Stage 6-1. - MasterH

I witnessed these before being battled. If you lose, you have to go ALL THE WAY BACK! - gakiguru

Totally agree but mainly for the fireball shooting jaquio

The Jaquio was absolutely ridiculous. Jashin is also challenging, and if you die on either of them you need to go all the way back to 6-1!

15 Culex - Super Mario RPG

Actually to me this was a really easy boss, I think Smithy is harder, and he's still not that hard, just be all level 30, take down the crystals by weakness, I usually do lowest HP to most HP, but he's not that hard if you do it right.

THIS SHOULD BE ON TOP 10 IF NOT THE TOP 20! - Doge4lifeGaming

He has 12000 hp. Now use the logic.
Epic boss theme though.


16 Ornstein and Smough - Dark Souls

266?! WHAT?! ALL THESE SONIC FANBOYS AND CASUALS RATE THE EASIEST BOSSES KNOWN TO MAN AND THIS GETS 266TH PLACE?! Let me elaborate this further. First off, you have a very fast and hard-hitting Knight, then you have a slow and even harder hitting executioner. You have to keep your attention and eyes on both of them or you're screwed. That's not the worst part: after one dies, the other gets buffed and fully healed! Any boss from Dark Souls deserves a spot in top 10 (save for Moonlight Butterfly, that was easy).

The worst scenario you could ever be in would be if you are rushed by Ornstein at the beginning of the fight he knockes you down and by the time you get up so mouth already has his attack ready

WHAT THE. THIS SITE IS INSANE a stupid cut out of King k rool is harder than these to. THis isn't the only time this site has been DUH there the weirdest games Superman 64 is number 1 Japan world cup hello LSD dream emulator I am bread

O&S are actually hard bosses, unlike a bunch of bosses in the top 10.

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17 Velgaurder Sigma - Megaman X

SO MANY WAYS TO SCREW YOU OVER. he can always hit you, and kills you VERY easily if you didn't get the armor upgrade.

Also this boss is called sigma wolf.

Try it without upgrade and tell me...

Try it without armadillo weapon

Try this withot heart tanks

18 Wizpig - Diddy's Kong Racing

If you mess up once you might as well start over

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

19 Death - Castlevania

Just getting to this boss is hard. You have to kill 2 knights (9 whips each), while dodging an army of Medusa heads. Once you get past them, if you're not already almost dead, you have to fight him while dodging all his scythes. Goid luck with that.

So annoying as hell

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

He's a pain, but try beating Galamoth without the lightning absorbing circlet or the talisman with a crap load of luck. Unless we're talking the death from the PS2 castlevania, then he was hell. So were some of the LOS bosses, especially the final DLC boss.

20 Inbachi - DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou

Inbachi is what I consider to be one of the hardest, if not the hardest boss in video game history. Her attacks are nearly impossible to dodge, making most hardcore veterans having to use multiple continues, just to beat her. I'm actually surprised that we have a boss even harder than Queen Larsa (Mushihimesama Futari).

By comparison, it is (barely) possible to beat Queen Larsa without any misses (and maybe bombs used).

So, we all know that Tabuu (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) is like an easy opponent in comparison with Queen Larsa. Well, Queen Larsa is just like a tricky opponent in comparison with an insane boss known as Inbachi.

So, if Queen Larsa is extremely difficult, if not almost impossible to beat, then Inbachi is very close to being impossible to beat, which is why I consider her to be (one of) the hardest boss(es) in video game history.

Difficulty: Nearly Impossible - SamHalls2015

Inbachi and many other bosses from DoDonPachi SaiOuJou are nearly impossible. And many shooter hell games are, well. A gamers hell.
Inbachi, Queen Larssa, Zatsuza are to me the hardest bosses of all time. But I vote Inbachi because I want to help her beat some of the others higher on this list. - felispasta

21 Lancelot Returns - Sonic and the Black Knight


Are people on this list dumb?! Most of the bosses here are cakewalks, especially this one.

Nothing compares to this boss in the Sonic franchise. Next to impossible.

One word... Difficult

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22 King Dedede - Kirby Air Ride King Dedede - Kirby Air Ride King Dedede is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of the Kirby series of video games owned by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory.
23 The HAG 1 - Banjo-Tooie

Tough ass and long fight... Had to get the comb regenerator ability to be able to beat this thing... Took me lots of tries aswel

Sorta hard, but Mr Patch and Weldar are harder.

Are you serious. I beat her on the first try. Without the comb generator. If you’re struggling, just get that.

24 Aki - Mushihimesama
25 Giga Bowser - Super Smash Bros. Melee
26 The Guy - I Wanna Be the Guy

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

Hardest Boss ever


27 Bonetail - Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door

This is a bit like marx soul. But it depends on your level. Marx soul depends on your ability and skill with it.

If you die in this fight, you have to restart the pit of trials all over again

Bonetail is so damn easy. Getting to him, however, may be a bit of a challenge.

28 Wily Machine - Megaman 9

You're lucky if you hit him

29 The Creators - F-Zero GX

With this one, it's not so much the boss itself as it is THE TRACK. - xandermartin98

30 Dark Bowser & Fawful - Mario and Luigi Bowser's Inside Story

Why is this here? This boss was easy.

This was easy.

Dark Bowser wasn't a problem, but it was fawful who was making me ragequit, with these ton of attacks, and he escapes Bowser in each 10-15 turns!

This boss is actually difficult if you use the challenge medal, as it has most attacks instantly K.O. you.

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31 Ghaleon - Lunar: Silver Star Story

Yep, Ghaleon is very hard, and also very annoying. He attacks twice when it's his turn, and he keeps saying "Time to die" over and over it gets so annoying. His attacks all are bad, but it is possible to negate the instant death spell! When he is holding some purple ball in his hands, he is about to use it, so have Alex use the White Dragon Protect spell (if you have the MP) and your party members won't die from it. And yeah, after the battle, play the ocarina, definitely. - NuMetalManiak

Has a crapton of HP, will constantly find ways to stall you, uses an attack that INSTANTLY KILLS one of your party members, and at the end, pulls an I Wanna Be The Guy. If you didn't have the ocarina and save, you would HAVE TO FACE GHALEON ALL OVER AGAIN. - MasterH

32 The Yellow Devil - Mega Man

Okay, seriously, compared to the Wily Capsule from Mega Man 7, Yellow Devil is a joke. Honestly. - xandermartin98

ANNOYNG AS HELL! (but awesome music) - LucasMota

There's a difference between difficulty and annoyance. - MKBeast

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

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33 Zeus - God of War II

He is damn hard on normal mode, can't imagine what he is like on hard

Okay who says this boss was hard complete idiots with no sense of hard because I beat him on first try with titan difficulty also vergil from dm3 easy

34 Omega Flowey - UnderTale

Whoever made this list has probably made a list out of the bosses in these select games, because what about raid,s or bosses from classic NES games, all of these fights are difficult but, should actually be up in the hundreds.

This battle is so easy

He's easy I only died to him once. - Adambalm

This boss is scarier like fnaf 4 nightmare that gives you death screen like mac system not found or blue screen of death but touhou's utsuho reuji is harder than this boss first utsuho fires blast that circles all over game map and kills you then she makes giant nuke explosion that kills you in one hit

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35 Boolossus - Luigi's Mansion

It starts off easy but as I got to the final boos they become almost impossible to capture. - egnomac

King boo from the same game was harder

36 Galacta Knight - Kirby Super Star Ultra

Marx Soul has nothing on this guy. It is literally impossible for me to beat it without stone... And EVEN THEN it's EXTREMELY HARD! It's really hard because of how FAST he is. Because Meta Knight wasn't hard enough...

37 Dragon Maleficent - Kingdom Hearts

Well wow

38 Hibachi - DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou
39 Lingering Will - Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

Only boss I've never even come close to beating.

This guy is crazy hard to beat

40 Metal Madness/Overload - Sonic Heroes

His name is Metal Overlord but whatever

41 Spiritual Larsa - Mushihimesama Futari
42 Wiggler - Mario Kart DS Wiggler - Mario Kart DS

Wiggler is mad easy I beat him my first try!

This is best boss

43 The Witch King - The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
44 Judge Doom - Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

This guy is monstrous. All his attacks can do major damage, while you have very few weapons that can actually hurt him, the best being your fists. When he goes down the first time, he comes back in a matter of seconds and can kill you in one hit now; the only way to beat him this time is to grab the Dip Cannon, equip it, and hold down B to send him flying away. Even with this knowledge, he's a beast, ask anyone!

45 The Valkyrie Queen - The Aether (Minecraft Mod)

It took me what seemed like over 1, 000, 000 tries. It's very hard and for those of you out there who are looking for a real challenge, I recommend that you get minecraft and download the Aether I mod to fight her.

I killed her like 1~2 minutes. Not hard to kill at all.

46 Dark Samus - Metroid Prime 3 Dark Samus - Metroid Prime 3
47 Wario - Warioware Touched Wario - Warioware Touched Wario is a character in Nintendo's Mario series who was originally designed as an antagonist to Mario. His motives are driven by greed and he will take the side of whoever will give him the most pay. Although he may seem like just a mean man with no heart, he does have a very tragic past.
48 Goro - Mortal Kombat Goro - Mortal Kombat Goro is a fictional character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He first appears in the original Mortal Kombat as an unplayable boss character, challenging the player before the final fight with Shang Tsung.

Goro is just brutal he does a ridicules amount of damage it took me several times just to beat him, he was the first in a long line of brutally difficult boss battles in fighting games. - egnomac

A total pain in the ass never been able to beat him.

He's actually pretty easy for me. I just had to work out my strategy.

After 2 weeks I couldn't beat him. So instead I always dodge or jump then attack.

49 Ultimate Alma - Ninja Gaiden Sigma
50 Zero - Kirby's Dreamland 3
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1. Inbachi - DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou
2. Aki - Mushihimesama
3. Queen Larsa - Mushihimesama Futari
1. General Tor - Iji
2. The Guy - I Wanna Be the Guy
3. Shadow Devil - MegaMan X5
1. Ghaleon - Lunar: Silver Star Story
2. Laraxia - Invasion
3. Mike Tyson - Punch Out!

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