Hardest Bosses  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hardest Bosses  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Monster Hunter: World's Five Hardest Monsters to Slay https://www.gameskinny.com/j70t0/monster-hunter-worlds-five-hardest-monsters-to-slay https://www.gameskinny.com/j70t0/monster-hunter-worlds-five-hardest-monsters-to-slay Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:25:54 -0500 wlkrjesse

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#1: Kelbi

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They're just deer. They aren't even magical deer. Their description in almost every game mentions how they're known for their gentle demeanor.

You tell me how you can go from killing a T. Rex with a sword that's made to knock over a building to one of these and I'll quit writing. What's even worse is the game basically forces you to kill them for certain items and it never gets any easier.

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#2: Teostra

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If the Diablos is Mr. Sandman, a storied fighter who appears in every game as a "tough but fair" challenge, meet Mike Tyson. Teostra is the epitome of everything Western civilization has imagined a dragon to be. Ancient, wrinkly faced, a regal demeanor. He has that old school, end boss feeling, and definitely makes you work for it. Aggressive, insane strength, and with an incredibly devious suicide attack, Teostra takes no prisoners.

Finding an opening is a challenge in and of itself, as Teostra is constantly bombarding you with enormous pillars of flame in the vein of Kid Dynamite's uppercut assault. Fire is a fitting element for the beast as you truly have nowhere to hide, no secret to the fight. You have to mount an assault by throwing yourself into the flames, or you'll just get rubbed out by Teostra because he will eventually flush you out. Fire resistant armor does not make the fight easier, but rather gives you the opportunity to even engage in the fight. Without it, don't even bother.

What's even dirtier is Teostra's final blow, where he unleashes a giant explosion that instantly wipes anyone in range with no exceptions. Get clipped by that and it's game over for your whole party.

And to think that he's even harder in Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite.

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#3: Diablos

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I love this guy. He defines Monster Hunter, up there with Rathalos as the face of the series. Diablos is another wall, and is far more infamous than the Anjanath. He's been around since the first Monster Hunter game and has even learned some new tricks in World.

The second you and Diablos are together it's like Tom and Jerry. He's in your face all day, and there really isn't any downtime. You can't out box him due to his massive horns, and if you thought about going behind him think again because you'll get tail whipped real good. Diablos is a monster you have to confront  up close and personal, which goes against all of your instincts as a monster hunter. Not to mention his infamous burrow attack can one-shot you.

Diablos has never been an easy fight, no matter what game he's in. In many ways, he reminds me of Mega Man's Yellow Demon. You know what he does if you're a mainstay of the franchise, but it's never something you can just walk through. Remember how I said he's got some new tools? In Monster Hunter World he can jump out of walls, so have fun.

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#4: Kirin

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One of the worst designed fights in the game, not because of difficulty, but for just how annoying it is. Kirin loves to run away all the live long day, throwing lightning around like that's its god damn job.

This is a fight of extremes, where it's either insanely easy with a ranged weapon or a complete waste of time with melee. If you have the Thunderproof Mantle, the fight is even easier. At least you can flash the Kushala to create an opening. The Kirin just runs and demands you chase it.

Though knocking it out with a hammer was incredibly satisfying, nothing can make up for the hassle of chasing this stupid unicorn around the world.

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#5: Anjanath

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This entry is not so much for me, but in tribute of my friend who stayed up for an entire night on the beta and just couldn't get from A to B on this thing. For many new hunters, Anjanath is the first wall of the game.

The Anjanath has a ton of hit points, and does the damage to match, all while you're at a fairly early point in the game. This will be the first time in the game where utilizing traps will really come in handy, as well as a literal trial by fire to remember to always eat before you hunt.

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I love Monster Hunter, so I love Monster Hunter: World. While it isn't my favorite entry in the franchise (that honor belongs to Portable 3rd), getting to play a fully realized Monster Hunter game on my PlayStation from the comfort of my couch as opposed to struggling with the PSP's crappy joy stick is reward enough.

Here's a list of five of the most difficult fights in the game.

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Looking Back: The Absolute Hardest Dark Souls Bosses of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/frld9/looking-back-the-absolute-hardest-dark-souls-bosses-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/frld9/looking-back-the-absolute-hardest-dark-souls-bosses-of-all-time Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 ReverendShmitty

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Soul of Cinder

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Dark Souls 3
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The final boss of Dark Souls 3, the Soul of Cinder is a fittingly difficult encounter.

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Starting off with a simple one-handed sword fight, he quickly begins adding movesets to his repertoire. Transforming his sword into a stave or catalyst, his fighting styles quickly raise the stakes.

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Fire magic, homing missiles, healing, and a dozen other abilities, the Soul of Cinder easily has the most extensive list of abilities in the game.

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And after his first health bar is depleted, he will heal himself and stop holding back. He becomes faster, hits harder, and can use a Sunlight Spear ability that has three different forms.

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His typical sword form can be dealt with as with Gwyn from the first Dark Souls but beware his ultimate combo. If caught in it, he can juggle the player with his blows then slam them into the ground with a fiery explosion. This single combo is enough to completely deplete a player's health if you aren't careful.

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Now you know the hardest Dark Souls bosses and what to expect, if you can get past the hair-pulling madness of dying over and over again long enough to defeat them, then you can take on anything. But if we have forgotten any of the hardest Souls bosses, let us know in the comments below!

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Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough

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Dark Souls
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Just like those jerk Princes, you have to fight these guys two-on-one.

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Ornstein is incredibly fast and uses various lightning spells and spear attacks to destroy you from a distance. Smough is slow but incredibly strong, and can just absolutely crush you with his gigantic hammer. Combining them makes for a very solid balance of close and long range attacks to keep you on your toes.

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You must balance them, dancing back and forth and side to side, using the various pillars around for cover. And after a hard fought battle when one finally falls, they are absorbed by the other, making for a one-on-one with a now-buffed enemy.

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This also means that should you go back for a second play-through, you must kill them in the opposite order and face a different second phase battle in order to get both specific drops.

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Fortunately, you can summon Solaire of Astoria to help you even the odds.

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Nameless King

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Dark Souls 3
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Wanna fight a super powerful king?

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How about his wyvern?

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Okay. Now how about both at the same time?

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Blasting you with lightning spears while his steed bites at you and rains down fire from its maw, this guy is considered the toughest boss in all of Dark Souls 3 by a lot of folks. Just keeping your eye on them is a challenge in and of itself as they fly around you. 

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And once you manage to drop the beast, the King himself is still a deadly threat. He's both fast and strong with erratic movements that can be hard to predict. His lightning blast and lunge are both particularly powerful and can easily kill an unprepared player.

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Just make sure you're equipped with lightning resistant items.

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Smelter Demon

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Dark Souls 2
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An enormous hulk covered in flames and armor, this monster is entirely optional and you should probably avoid him.

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His gigantic sword puts Sephiroth's katana to shame and can reach across nearly the entire room, and once you whittle him down to half health, he covers the titanic blade in flames. Hell, even just standing close to him burns you, so get your damage in fast.

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And this guy's damage is insane. He can easily kill you in only a few hits, so be vigilant as you slowly pick his gigantic health pool apart.

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The Twin Princes

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Dark Souls 3
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Lorian, the elder Prince, despite being crippled, comes at you on his knees with sword in hand. You engage him and score a few hits when he suddenly teleports away. He charges his blade with holy energy and slams it into the ground, sending incredibly powerful light straight at you. Dodging your blows with teleports right to your blind spots and striking at you, the Prince does not fall easily.

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And when he finally does, Lothric, the slimy little younger Prince revives him and gangs up on you. Jerk.

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Lorian still attacks with his sword, teleporting around and coming at you from behind, but now with Lothric launching homing spells and soul spears. If that weren't annoying enough, he also revives Lorian anytime he is defeated, meaning you need to focus on the younger brother to end the fight.

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The Four Kings

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Dark Souls
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Trapped in a pitch-black void, a single King appears before you. You battle, exchanging blows, and just when you think you've won, a second appears. Then a third. Then a fourth. Then you die.

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They spawn in every 40 seconds until you're facing four Kings, giving you less than a minute to kill one before you become outnumbered. And with the four of them all wielding magic swords and homing missiles, it's all too easy to become overwhelmed if you can't slay them quickly enough.

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Wipe the blood off your screen, ladies and gentlemen, 'cause we're going to look back at some of the toughest bosses that ever stomped you flat, cut you in half, or incinerated your pitiful little soul. These are of course the Dark Souls bosses which made you rage, shout, and beat you down until you finally overcame them.

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But what was the first thought that popped into your head when you saw that image? Was it seething rage? Suffocating despair? Traumatic flashbacks that made you go numb?

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All of the above?

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Fantastic! Let's keep going and count down the hardest Dark Souls bosses to date.

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It won't be pretty, but if you can make it to the end, you just might have what it takes to go back and show them who is really the boss.

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Five Souls Bosses "The Ringed City" Needs to Beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat https://www.gameskinny.com/63w21/five-souls-bosses-the-ringed-city-needs-to-beat Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

The Souls series is almost at an end. Since 2009 many of us have been subjected to death, death, and more death -- before embracing victory over the games’ gruelling bosses.

The second and final DLC of Dark Souls III is almost upon us, and after that, these landmark titles will be put to rest. With that in mind, “The Ringed City” needs to deliver something remarkable to end the series on a high. Most importantly, the bosses need to be fantastically brutal battles that will bring all of our skills (and patience) to their breaking point. To remind ourselves of what’s so great about this aspect of the series, we are going to take a look at a boss in Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls III and Bloodborne that have us gripping the controller for dear life.

Old King Allant

Old King Allant, Demon's Souls

The often-forgotten predecessor of Dark Souls and Bloodborne harbours a final fight that requires precision timing and avoidance of an extremely deadly attack. The false king himself, a diabolical demon in disguise, will spare no expense in slicing you to pieces with his razor-sharp sword. His astute yet oddly creepy stance will keep anyone on edge, but the main reason to watch out for this one is because of an attack that has never been seen again in a Souls title.

If you’re unlucky enough, Allant will impale you and literally suck out your soul level, physically diminishing you of your strength. It’s a dastardly punishment for players but what it does is make this boss stand out as one of the first of the series to really hammer in the nature of the entire series.

Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough

Dragonslayer Ornstein, Executioner Smough, Dark Souls

The gruesome twosome, the deadly duo, fatty and beanpole; whatever you want to name these characters, they will always remain as one of the most iconic and toughest bosses in Souls history. The knights of Gwyn and guardians of Gwynevere perfectly complement each other, requiring you be agile and fast against Ornstein, but extremely hardy and defensive against Smough.

If fighting against the two isn’t tricky enough, vanquishing an empowered Ornstein or Smough, due to the death of the other, is no easy task. Each of them will combine their own powers with that of their fallen comrade and become an entirely new boss all on their own, which makes for a test of endurance amongst much else. Once you enter the city of Anor Londo, be ready for lightning bolts, hammers to the face and merciless butt slams.

Fume Knight

Fume Knight, Dark Souls II, Dark Souls 2, Raime

The release of Dark Souls II saw a lot of criticism from fans, as it apparently didn’t possess the charm of the previous game. However, with the release of the DLC, players got their wish. The Fume Knight, also known as Raime, is a formidable foe. Wielding a longsword in one hand and humongous greatsword in the other, he will demand precise timing in order to even land a hit. If you unfortunately manage to be on the receiving end of any of these swords, you will seriously pay the price.

What the Fume Knight does more so than many other bosses in the series is force you learn the patterns of his attacks inside and out. Only after the quadrillionth attempt was I able to destroy him, but because of the never-ending deaths, the satisfaction gained from finally seeing him fall to his knees was something that will never be forgotten.

Ludwig the Accursed/Ludwig the Holy Blade

This monstrosity appears as a repulsive beast in his first phase, and he has the strength to match. His aggression persists throughout this part of the fight and as you struggle for a second of respite, he will scream and squeal at you as he bashes his deformed body into your face.

This intricately designed yet hideously vile form doesn’t last, though, as the second phase brings forth Ludwig’s true nature. With his Moonlight Greatsword in hand, Ludwig the Holy Blade grasps onto the tiny fragments of humanity he has left to destroy you. The glorious beams of light that radiate from the sword can sometimes feel impossible to dodge, but the game brilliantly causes the entire fight to be a dance between hunter and beast, as you whittle down the health of this tough yet undeniably enjoyable boss.

Nameless King

Nameless King, Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls III

The final game of the series didn’t shy away from memorable bosses either, far from it. The Nameless King, although optional, is a boss that every player of Dark Souls III will want to experience. Flying in on a giant storm drake, the odds immediately look bleak, but with perseverance the drake will fall and an even tougher fight will begin.

Fighting the Nameless King one-on-one is easily one of the most difficult challenges that Dark Souls III presents, but nonetheless it is hard to deny how fantastic the battle is. Rolling through his swipes, lunges and strikes looks brilliant but mastering this won’t come quickly. Due to his surprisingly large health pool, the Nameless King will require plenty of concentration before finally accepting defeat and bequeathing his soul to you.

As a fan of the series, how did you fare against each of these bosses? Are there any others that particularly stand out to you? Let’s hope “The Ringed City” will end this legendary franchise on a high and have us fighting some awe-inspiring bosses.

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Dark Souls 3: top five bosses that are the biggest pain in the A** https://www.gameskinny.com/w0y74/dark-souls-3-top-five-bosses-that-are-the-biggest-pain-in-the-a https://www.gameskinny.com/w0y74/dark-souls-3-top-five-bosses-that-are-the-biggest-pain-in-the-a Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:51:13 -0400 John Robson

Dark Souls 3's bosses are, unsurprisingly, remarkably similar to the series' previous offerings; they will categorically stomp, hack, smash, bash and wallop you repeatedly. Then, once you've been defeated five times or more, they will continue the onslaught until your controller roughly resembles a crushed car under Godzilla's massive foot. Several controllers and a hundred very loud angry rants later, you might wonder why your neighbors seem noticeably distant. Yes, that was definitely you shouting at the game death-after-death and repeatedly bashing the nearest wall with your controller in a blind rage. While that didn't technically happen to me, well, everyone's different.

So, speaking of different, here are the most rage-inducing bosses in Dark Souls 3... in my opinion...

5) Champion Gundyr

(Look deep into Champion Gundyr's eyes. Yep, he's mad)

Champion Gundyr is extremely aggravated about his earlier defeat at the beginning of your journey into un-death. His creepy, red glowing eyes aren't necessarily the truly scary aspect of this boss -- really, you should likely be concerned with his massive glaive, stupendous reach and heightened aggressiveness. He's impressively quick movement-wise and occasionally remarkably brisk when unleashing those nasty attack combinations. Sure, certain attacks are relatively predictable and, yes, you've seen them before. But, unfortunately, Champion Gundyr now really savors unleashing extremely quick shoulder barges, elbows and kicks in-between his regular glaive swings. He's just mean and he knows it.

4) Soul of Cinder

(Here he comes to wreck your day...)

The Soul of Cinder is apparently the combination of previous Lords of Cinder; that essentially means he's really powerful and competent in the art of hurting you. What makes Soul of Cinder particularly worrying is his decision to change fighting styles regularly; he'll become a sorcerer, a spearman wielding miracles, a ninja-like warrior wielding pyromancies and a regular swordsman whenever he feels like it.

Then, if you're as perceptive as me regarding how boss fights have generally proceeded in this iteration of Dark Souls, you're probably thinking, "wait a minute...." towards the end. Yes, Soul of Cinder has another form. Once you're finished with his initial health gauge, there's another, and this time he's quicker, meaner and occasionally unleashes a combo which is completely unavoidable if you're standing too close. Other notable attacks include, lightning, a devastating grab and an extremely quick kick.

3) The Nameless King

(Yes, this is going to hurt)

The Nameless King has a penchant for lightning, apparently, as demonstrated by his frequent attempts to jam his lightning-infused spear blade in your face. He also seemingly enjoys blasting lightning in a myriad of different ways. Typical lightning-related misfortunes include: blasting it into the ground, causing it to be periodically electrified; an area-of-effect stomp causing more electrical pain; a lightning pillar he thrusts into the ground connecting if you're close enough. His standard attacks are often menacing combinations of spear swings and lunges; some of these will unfortunately stagger, causing you to be sliced and diced repeatedly, with little hope of avoiding subsequent attacks.

All of the above is perfectly very bad, but, like Soul of Cinder, this isn't even his first form. Before you get the opportunity to be electrocuted repeatedly, you've got something else to worry about. Yes, he's decided to bring his pet to show and tell; a massive dragon-like monster, capable of flying around the boss arena and, naturally, blasting fire incinerating your face repeatedly, basically allowing you to literally become an ashen one.

Unfortunately, the Nameless King enjoys riding around on its back like an excited child. Even more unfortunately, he has a predilection for unleashing remarkably accurate lightning bolts as the beast flies menacingly through the sky. Furthermore, this royal chap appreciates bashing and smashing you with his massive spear if you're close to his beast.

2) The Dancer

(There's something both elegant and unnerving about this...)

At the beginning of this encounter, the boss casually walks around in a circle, seemingly uninterested in your presence. So, naturally, you relax believing everything is perfectly fine; this boss encounter should be relatively simplistic. You land a few attacks and still she's not really trying particularly hard -- things are going wonderfully. Then, you land several more... Suddenly she begins dancing around with a grace which includes frequent sword slashes.

The unfortunate aspect of this encounter is the fact her movements are unpredictable and attacks are frequently combinations; she elegantly dances around (hence the name), slicing and dicing anything in the vicinity, you included. Notable attacks to be very, very afraid of, are: her grab which will defeat you in one hit if you have low-to-average HP, a multiple spin which allows her to navigate almost the entirety of the arena, hitting anything close enough multiple times, and several different multiple-hit combinations which are super powerful.

1) The Twin Princes

(He's on his knees. That surely makes him slow! Oh, wait...)

At the beginning of this encounter, your adversary, Lorian, slowly stumbles over, clearly crippled. Naturally, you assume he's incredibly sluggish and won't be particularly difficult. For his actual movements towards you, that's actually the case, but he's got something up his sleeve which makes him arguably the most difficult boss in Dark Souls 3. After a standard attack, or flaming sword combination attack which can be dangerous on its own, he will periodically teleport instantly. So, if you're busy attacking the opponent or avoiding any of his attacks, he can teleport immediately behind, allowing him to quickly slash and bash you while caught completely off guard.

Other than the enemy's frequent teleports, this boss doesn't seem too bad. But, once you've defeated the crippled monstrosity, his brother, Lothric, joins the party. Unfortunately, he is an avid sorcerer and quite enjoys blasting you repeatedly at range. This would be perfectly fine, but unfortunately he's also revived his twin sibling, basically making it a two-on-one. Now, Lothric is constantly unleashing a blast attack and a multiple projectile attack while his sibling, constantly teleports everywhere, swinging his sword from unpredictable directions.

What makes this encounter a particular pain in the derriere, is, after reducing Lorian's health gauge to zero AGAIN, Lothric will revive him to full health. Yes, completely full health. So, if you've used all your estus before that eventuality transpires, things are bad, very bad.

So, there you have it. Those were my top 5 bosses which are the biggest pains in the a** in Dark Souls 3.

Am I right? Am I wrong? What are your toughest bosses in Dark Souls 3? Leave your answers in the comments.

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20 Dark Souls bosses that will make you break your controller https://www.gameskinny.com/qs7n3/20-dark-souls-bosses-that-will-make-you-break-your-controller https://www.gameskinny.com/qs7n3/20-dark-souls-bosses-that-will-make-you-break-your-controller Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:45:41 -0400 Autumn Fish

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1. Darklurker

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Dark Souls 2
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Dark Chasm of Old

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The Darklurker is easily the most difficult boss in all of Dark Souls. Not only is it a major pain in the rear to reach, but it's a monster on the battlefield. It uses a lot of mind-game projectiles to throw you off your groove, and after enough time has elapsed, it will split into two.

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Yes, you're stuck fighting not one but two projectile spamming jerks that teleport around the arena and blast you with all they got. On top of that, every time you die, you have to spend another human effigy to access Dark Chasm of Old and reach the boss room again. The Darklurker might as well be called the Angel of Death.

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Which Dark Souls bosses do you have the most trouble on? Leave your tales of woe and despair in the comments below!

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2. Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough

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Dark Souls
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Anor Londo

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Ah Ornstein & Smough, the legendary duo. This is the fight that breaks you to Dark Souls. FromSoftware throws you into a situation they know is uncomfortable and tells you to suck it up and deal with it, yet still gives you the tools to confront it.

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Ornstein & Smough may be masters of bone grinding and impaling, but they are the perfect match-up for learning how to take on multiple opponents at once. It's not easy, but it's an important lesson that's taught so well through brutally crushing your morale until you switch up your strategy.

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3. Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon

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Dark Souls 2 - Crown of the Sunken King
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Dragon's Rest

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In case dragons that breathe fire weren't bad enough for you, Sinh is a dragon that breathes toxic poison. Need I say more?

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Sinh is the final boss of the Crown of the Sunken King DLC, and there's no easy way to cheese this dragon out. Now you get to deal with the scramble for antidotes -- assuming you can even identify toxic in this game, considering how rare it is. Nothing in Dark Souls 2 could honestly prepare you for this fight.

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4. Vendrick

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Dark Souls 2
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Undead Crypt

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Do not even attempt this boss if you have less than 5 Giant Souls. Vendrick is a monster; his attacks are likely to combo you from full to dead if you get clipped even once.

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He shuffles around the arena like a mindless zombie. You wouldn't think much of him, but when he attacks he is extraordinarily aggressive. That weathered old sword he drags around packs a punch too, so stay on your toes.

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5. Black Dragon Kalameet

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Dark Souls - Artorias of the Abyss
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Royal Wood

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Kalameet is lean and mean, especially before you ask Gough to cripple him for you. His telekinesis attack not only assaults your ears, but doubles the damage you take for a limited about of time.

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If you are aiming to cleave off Kalameet's tail, you're in for one hell of a ride. His tail is hanging well off the ground for most of the fight and only brings it down once in a blue moon.

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Kalameet is what gave tail cutting in Dark Souls a bad reputation.

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6. Ancient Dragon

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Dark Souls 2
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Dragon Shrine

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The Ancient Dragon is one of those optional bosses designed to be an ultimate challenge. The result is a boss with an absurdly high health bar and many attacks that will straight up OHKO most players.

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Does the attack include fire? Well then you better hope it misses because that beast will roast you alive. The only reason this boss isn't higher on the list is because you can reliably cheese him by running between his toes.

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7. Manus, Father of the Abyss

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Dark Souls - Artorias of the Abyss
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Chasm of the Abyss

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Manus is the final boss of the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. During the first phase of the battle he isn't terrible. He has one combo that will knock you silly if you're not cautious, but otherwise it's pretty straightforward -- defend and punish until he reaches half-health.

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In the second phase, Manus lets loose an explosion of dark magic and casts relentlessly to ward off your advancement. These can be tricky to avoid, and even if you have the silver talisman, challenging to block.

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8. Fume Knight

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Dark Souls 2 - Crown of the Old Iron King
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Brume Tower

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An exiled bodyguard of the king of Drangleic, the Fume Knight has taken up residence with the Queen of Ash. He is the final boss of the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC, a fearsome champion with no equal.

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He swings fluidly and deftly with the slender sword in his right-hand while blocking your advances and whacking you aside with the swings and explosions from the sword in his left. I lost count of the number of times I was slaughtered by this boss.

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9. Knight Artorias

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Dark Souls - Artorias of the Abyss
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Oolacile Township

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The legendary Abysswalker, Knight Artorias, is a master of the greatsword. He tried to battle the spread of the Abyss but ultimately failed. The Abyss corrupted him, crippling his left arm and driving him mad.

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When we encounter Artorias, the Abyss has severely degraded the skills of the once-mighty Knight of Gwyn. And yet, in his sorry state, he still manages to smash our teeth in time and time again. Just imagine what he would have been like at full power.

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10. Sir Alonne

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Dark Souls 2 - Crown of the Old Iron King
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Memory of the Old Iron King

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The walk is stressful, but the fight is a blast. Sir Alonne does not kid around; he knows his sword, and he knows it well. This guy weilds his katana like it's an extension of his arm.

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There isn't much to say about Sir Alonne. He forces players to learn how to avoid his katana if they hope to survive. It's a wonder how a guy in so much armor can move that fast.

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11. Bed of Chaos

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Dark Souls
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Lost Izalith

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Fighting the Bed of Chaos is like trying to fight against gravity. Gravity is the strongest force in the universe. Chosen Undead or not, you aren't defeating gravity.

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The Bed of Chaos is simple, really. Cut the branches and release hell. Release hell and release gravity. Release gravity and expect to fall ... a lot.

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You won't even touch this thing's health bar until you get past the jumping puzzle in front of her giant sweeping arms, and even then you have to hope you don't get one-shot by her crazy firestorm.

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12. (Blue) Smelter Demon

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Dark Souls 2 - Crown of the Old Iron King
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Iron Passage

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Smelter Demon is a crazy fight on its own, and the Blue Smelter Demon in the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC is even worse.

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His swings are slow, yet oddly difficult to dodge properly.  As the fight progresses, he starts throwing out explosions and buffs himself with a damage-over-time aura. If you get within melee range, you'll take gradual Magic damage which will eventually kill you if they aren't watching your health.

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13. Afflicted Graverobber, Ancient Soldier Varg & Cerah the Old Explorer (a.k.a. Gank Squad)

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Dark Souls 2 - Crown of the Sunken King
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Cave of the Dead

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The walk to the fight is arduous, but it's not nearly as bad as the Gank Squad that waits for you at the end. This is a 3v1 (or however many co-op players you brought along) all-out brawl against characters with weapons that are just unfair.

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The Dragon Tooth to smash you into the floor, a Dragonslayer Greatbow to knock you down, and 2 Berserk Blades to slice you to ribbons. Dream team, right?

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14. Four Kings

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Dark Souls
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The Abyss

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The Four Kings are like the electric reindeer in boss form. Who thought this was a good idea? Who thought this was okay for NG+? We need to have a word.

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The battle is essentially a DPS race. Kill one king and do it quickly because another will shortly follow, and then another, and another. You can even end up with more than Four Kings if you're not quick about taking them down.

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15. Lud & Zallen, the King's Pets

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Dark Souls 2 - Crown of the Ivory King
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Frigged Outskirts

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Lud & Zallen are no Ornstein & Smough, not by a mile. It's really just fighting doubles of a boss you encountered earlier in the Crown of the Ivory King DLC.

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What's killer, though, is the walk. This is Dark Souls, where you respawn at Bonfires. To get to this boss, you must wade through a deserted, open landscape in the midst of a blizzard. Every time the blizzard kicks up, an electric reindeer spawns.

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Words cannot explain the terror of electric reindeer. They prance, they dance, they sling lightning from ten feet in the air. What's worse, more will spawn if you don't kill the first one, and it's a long walk to the fog gate. Hope you have plenty of healing supplies.

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16. Capra Demon

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Dark Souls
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Undead Burg

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Any Souls veteran will tell you Capra Demon isn't that bad. And overall, they're right -- though they're probably referring to his minuscule health bar, larger only than Pinwheel's. Capra has far more going for him, though.

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Of first note, the boss arena is so small and narrow that the camera sticks on the walls most of the time. Joining Capra in the "great hall" are his 2 loyal undead dogs. Getting cornered has never been simpler in a video game, ever.

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17. Executioner's Chariot

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Dark Souls 2
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Undead Purgatory

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What a masterpiece. An executioner bound to ride his barbed chariot in loops around a prison corridor filled with Undead outcasts. This must be what the old kings considered art.

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The Executioner charges 'round the hall, and you have a window of opportunity to progress each time he passes. Except those Undead outcasts have been here so long they've morphed into skeletons and necromancers.

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Yeah, sure, the Chariot damages the skeletons, but the necromancers revive them post-haste. It's a race to kill the necromancers and make it to the end of the hallway without getting eviscerated by wheel spokes. Then you pull a lever...

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...and fight the horses. Both of them. Which isn't so bad, except if you die, you get to look forward to killing necromancers all over again. Oh what, you thought they didn't respawn? So did I.

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18. Royal Rat Authority

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Dark Souls 2
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Doors of Pharros

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This.. thing. Oh my. If you've never fought the Royal Rat Authority, you don't know pressure. So here's the thing.

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I waltz into the boss room no issue, there's a pack of rats in front of me. Naturally, I kill them quickly and get it over with. OK ... then wha--?

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Of course, then it hits me. This rat-dog hybrid they call the Royal Rat Authority, and oh is it ever vicious. He will relentlessly bombard you with attack after attack, tooth after nail, granting nary an opening to mount a counter-attack. What manner of beast does that?

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19. Centipede Demon

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Dark Souls
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Demon Ruins

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The boss itself isn't hard, it's the gimmick that makes it ridiculous. The boss that rewards the mystical ring of lava walking on death is in the arena with 90% lava.

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Granted, if you manage to cut off one of its "tails" (read: arm-things), you'll get the ring and can continue the fight with it equiped. That's not exactly the first thing that comes to mind though, when the boss takes up half of the measly space you get to dodge.

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20. The Lost Sinner

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Dark Souls 2
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Sinner's Rise

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Dark Souls 2 has a gimmick with boss-room hazards, and while Sinner's isn't terrible, the reduced lock-on range in the dark can be crippling for some players. Her sword blows are deft and powerful, forcing players to search for an opportunity to strike.

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Admittedly, on her own, the Lost Sinner isn't a terrible fight, but in NG+ and beyond she gains two ridiculously powerful pyromancer companions. Ignoring them and taking her out would end that nightmare as quick as possible, but that's just asking to get crisped. Good luck dodging the Lost Sinner while taking on her fire-slinging lackeys.

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Dark Souls and vicious, virtualized death -- you cannot have one without the other. Be it to a hollow with a broken sword, an ogre with a poisonous club, a territorial stone dragon, or the edge of a cliff; death is inevitable.

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As you'd expect in any series brimming with boss encounters, some of them rise above challenging and take their place as ruthless, genocidal, power-tripping murderers. Except, with the Souls series in question, there are a ton of bosses that are more than capable -- and bored, even -- of smashing your face in for hours on end.

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With Dark Souls 3 still pending international release on April 12th, I hand-selected 20 bosses from only the first two games of the trilogy. Bloodborne and Demon's Souls bosses were not included, though some surely would have made it.

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The life-draining monstrosities to follow are only vaguely ranked from mildly demoralizing to controller-crushing overlords, so don't take their order to heart.

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(P.S. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition and Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin spoilers incoming.)

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