Hardest Video Game Bosses


The Top Ten

1 Queen Larsa - Mushihimesama Futari

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

I didn't have to play it. It's obvious that nothing else compares to this.

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.

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2 Mike Tyson - Punch Out!

I mean everyone, even Glass Joe

So OP if you lose unless you have the code, you have to fight everyone again

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.

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3 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.

I hate memorization

He wants you to have a bad time but it is impossible because of begalovania

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

This is why sans has gasters because he absorbed light blue soul to fight Geno frisk so he's harder 15 times than papyrus so papyrus has stronger attacks than sans but sans attack does 1 hp lose

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4 Tabuu - Super Smash Bros. Brawl

People who say this boss isn't hard are either lying or have already played the game so much that it's second nature to them. Which can be said about any video game boss if you play the game enough times. On intense difficulty, this boss is ridiculous.

This Fight is impossible!

Ever heard of air dodging? - Pokemonfan10

WEAK! - Pokemonfan10

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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.

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!

He is hard but Lingering Will is 20x harder

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6 Shao Khan - Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Extremely difficult to beat - DeadRisingPro

In the old days he was very hard too beat.

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

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7 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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8 Cackletta - Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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

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.

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9 Marx Soul - Kirby Superstar Ultra

Are you kidding me? Every time I beat the True Arena I beat him. You just need to git good. - Pokemonfan10

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.

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

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

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10 Ornstein and Smough - Dark Souls

Not that hard - Bouncy

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

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).

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

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The Contenders

11 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.

12 The Death Egg - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

This isn't that hard with tails - B1ueNew

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.

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13 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.

14 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

15 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.

Its annoying how he keeps repeating his chaos spear attack.

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16 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!

17 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...

18 Smithy - Super Mario RPG
19 Aki - Mushihimesama
20 Nightmare - Kirby's Adventure
21 Whitney - Pokemon Gold, Silver & Crystal Whitney - Pokemon Gold, Silver & Crystal

My sister could probably beat the game if Sakurai nerfed dam Whitney

She was a pain in the @$$ to beat especially since my strongest Pokemon is a male and my others are weak...

Heracross's Brick Break
Bayleef's Poison Powder + tons of potions
Arcanine's Sunny Day + Flamethrower
Goldenrod Store filled with OP TMs
Annoying, sure, but hard? - TheDancingGhost

The hardest Gym Leader... Ever... Especially annoying if your strongest Pokemon is a Male an your other Pokemon are weak...

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

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

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!

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23 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.


24 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

25 Omega Flowey - UnderTale

Too easy, please get him off, get him off, that's all I want

What? come on everyone, this fight is such INCREDIBLE EASY...Get it off here now

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

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.

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26 Ballos - Cave Story Ballos - Cave Story

This boss is RIDICULOUSLY hard! I couldn't even believe it, when he first attacked he rammed into me and knocked off half my health and then flew around a bunch and stomped on me. He did this for a while, and then summoned lightning. Instant KO.

I died.

27 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

28 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

29 Dragon Maleficent - Kingdom Hearts

Well wow

30 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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31 Hibachi - DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou
32 Lingering Will - Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix

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

This guy is crazy hard to beat

33 Princes Shroob - Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

This is terrible. Three consecutive fights, each with over 3000 health a piece! The first form just has annoying attacks. The second form I can stand, but it has 4000 health. The third form has poison spit, spike hands, spinning legs, a crown to destroy in order to break invincibility, and altogether 4500 health! Torture!

34 Wily Machine - Megaman 9

You're lucky if you hit him

35 Spiritual Larsa - Mushihimesama Futari
36 The Witch King - The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
37 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!

38 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.

39 Dark Samus - Metroid Prime 3 Dark Samus - Metroid Prime 3
40 Dark Matter - Kirby's Dreamland 2
41 King Kut Out - Donkey Kong 64

This is one of the stupidest ideas for a boss ever. All it is is just a giant cardboard cutout of King K. Rool that fires lasers at you. How dumb is that?

This boss didn't seem so hard.

42 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.

43 Ultimate Alma - Ninja Gaiden Sigma
44 Super Dimentio - Super Paper Mario

Why Super Dimentio? He's an easy boss.

! I love the boss and the music! It took a while, but you know what was harder? Count Bleck and Shadoo!

45 Zatsuza - DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu
46 Cackletta’s Soul - Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
47 Velgaurder Sigma - Megaman X

Try this withot heart tanks

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 armadillo weapon

Try it without upgrade and tell me...

48 C'Thun - World of Warcraft

It's been 10+ years since Vanilla, and this old god is still my favourite. I remember how much my guild celebrated once he was hit with the nerf that actually made him beatable, and we celebrated even harder once we actually beat him. 10/10, can't wait for WoW Classic.

49 Lou - Guitar Hero 3
50 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.
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2. Marx Soul - Kirby Superstar Ultra
3. Bouldergeist - Super Mario Galaxy
1. Sans - UnderTale
2. Mike Tyson - Punch Out!
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