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The 5 Best (and 5 Worst) Dark Souls 2 Bosses

Quantity over quality. That’s what best describes Dark Souls 2‘s take on the notoriously difficult gaming franchise. That’s both a good and bad thing. On one hand, we have a grand total of 41 bosses (including expansions). On the other hand, more than half of them were unnecessary, poorly designed, or just embarrassing tryhards compared to the bosses of the original Dark Souls or even Dark Souls 3.

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Still, there are some diamonds in the rough… along with some really bad and crumbly coal. Five of those bosses work to make Dark Souls 2 stand out from its predecessor, while the other five prevented the game from becoming a masterpiece.

10 MAGUS AND CONGREGATION (WORST)

This boss is a huge joke. It consists of an evil priest and his emaciated flock of followers who will then attack you with a fervor that would make even zombies look athletic. However, that’s not the reason why Magus and Congregation is a poorly designed and implemented boss. They simply feel tacked on and undercooked, like a little kid wanting to join adults at the pool party.

Coupled with the fact that they are a breeze to defeat makes their existence in a game like Dark Souls 2 all the more puzzling. It’s like the developers were forced to follow a boss design quota so they introduced this boss as a placeholder and forgot to polish it out.

9 PURSUER (BEST)

Now, we’re getting to the heavy hitters. The Pursuer acts as your nemesis in Dark Souls 2. He is there to remind you that you’re just undead scum who’s way out of line and needs to be put down. You first meet him quite early in the game and he’s probably the first wall that players had the displeasure of hurdling over.

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Once you defeat him though, it gets more interesting (or annoying). You soon find out that he somehow still exists and has been chasing you around waiting for the chance to get back at you. As a result, you actually have to fight him several times in the game. Lovely.

8 OLD DRAGONSLAYER (WORST)

The Dragonslayer Ornstein was one of the most iconic bosses and characters in the original Dark Souls. He was also no slouch and can kick the players’ butts several times over. So how come him being carried over to Dark Souls 2 is a bad thing? Because that’s lazy.

He is essentially a copy-pasted boss. That in itself is not a bad idea, however, they forgot to give him justice– he was a pushover in Dark Souls 2, and a disappointing counterpart of the original Dragonslayer. He really should not have been in this game.

7 SINH, THE SLUMBERING DRAGON (BEST)

Majority of Dark Souls 2‘s bosses are cookie cutter big dudes in big armors and that got a little too repetitive and unimaginative. Hence, Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon was a breath of fresh air (or fire) for players. He was the first dragon fight where it actually felt like players were fighting a legitimate dragon who is a lot more powerful than them.

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It is worth noting that Sinh is exclusive in the Crown of the Sunken King DLC of Dark Souls 2. Still, his arrival and addition were very much needed and welcome, especially after players were forced to fight a certain cheap dragon in the base game…

6 ANCIENT DRAGON (WORST)

One of the main selling points of the Dark Souls games was that they are hard but fair, meaning you can learn to be better or to “git gud,” so to speak. For that matter, players are often sensitive as to how well-designed a boss can be, especially if they had cheap tricks and moves that can kill the players in one hit and covers the whole arena with their attack.

One such filth of a boss exists in the form of the Ancient Dragon. It was arguably the cheapest boss in Dark Souls 2: its health pool was huge, it has one-hit-kill attacks, and can nuke the whole arena. There is an easy way to defeat it, but it requires taking advantage of its abysmal A.I., leading to an unsatisfactory fight and a hollow victory. It’s quite sad since the concept behind the fight looked epic.

5 FUME KNIGHT (BEST)

An exclusive boss of the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC and is generally regarded as the most difficult boss in Dark Souls 2. The Fume Knight earns a spot in the best Dark Souls 2 bosses because of how his design is representative of Dark Souls’ core formula. This dude wants you to die over and over again until your blood vessels pop, and only then can you retain the composure and patience needed to defeat him.

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His attacks are a combination of swift and heavy hits which can be deceiving as he likes to use them interchangeably. On top of that, you don’t get many windows of opportunity to sneak in some measly strikes. Once you defeat him though, you’ll be rewarded with enough endorphins to last you a whole week.

4 TWIN DRAGONRIDERS (WORST)

The worst example of a copy-paste boss in Dark Souls 2. You actually first meet this guy alone as a boss early in the game. He is a weakling at that point and can even kill himself in a degrading accident. That would have made for a good prelude for his revenge against you with an ally, right? Nope. With his lazily designed brother (they obviously just recolored him), both of them became blundering idiots.

These two bosses are a waste of time and space in the game because of how lazy the developers were with them. There could have been four or six of them and you’ll still be able to defeat them just as easily.

3 SIR ALONNE (BEST)

The Artorias of the Dark Souls 2. If you don’t know who that is, he’s is the defiantly noble fallen hero figure of the original Dark Souls. Like Artorias, Sir Alonne has the best backstory out of all bosses in the game. He was once a renowned and virtuous warrior who made a great sacrifice for the greater good.

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Of course, he is also incredibly skilled and can kill you if you simply dare attempt to blink when fighting him. Additionally, Sir Alonne is an honorable samurai and will commit a ritual suicide out of shame if you ever defeat him without losing any health. Now that’s how you make a good boss!

2 ROYAL RAT VANGUARD (WORST)

For some reason, Dark Souls 2 has this fixation with rats in one of its levels. They really pushed it with their poorly designed rat enemies. There was a giant rat boss, rat enemy fodder, and the final straw, the Royal Rat Vanguard. Their name is actually misleading since they are neither royal nor a vanguard.

They’re just oversized rats who mindlessly swarm you until you find their “alpha” whose health bar is displayed like in a regular boss fight. Really, the Royal Rat Vanguard is just a poorly implemented digital game of whack-a-mole.

1 DARKLURKER (BEST)

What makes a good Dark Souls boss? A combination of imposing character design, interesting fight mechanics, mysterious backstory, and a fair arena. The Darklurker has all those ticked and is probably tied with Sir Alonne for the best Dark Souls 2 boss ever for some people. Still, the Darklurker arguably has more variations in his spells and attacks. All of them require your full attention and skill in order to win.

Despite being a fun challenge, the Darklurker is one of the hardest fights (or the hardest for some) in Dark Souls 2. Just when you think you know him like the back of your hand, he will spice things up by making a clone of himself and launching some random projectiles at you. Should you come out victorious, however, you’ll feel like a true conqueror and badass.

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2019-04-05 05:04:57

Sid Natividad

Skyrim: The 10 Most Powerful (And 10 Completely Worthless) Bosses, Officially Ranked

It’s been seven years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released for the Xbox 360, the PS3 (thought that particular port was a bug-riddled mess), and PC. It was as janky as any other Bethesda-led title upon release. Yet, for all its faults, Skyrim is still enjoyed by millions over half a decade after it first hit store shelves. Part of that can be attributed to Bethesda’s relentless onslaught of special editions and re-releases over the years, but a huge aspect of the aging game’s recurring player count can be attributed to just how well fleshed-out the title actually is.

While games like Fallout 4 and the critically lambasted Fallout 76 seem to signify that Bethesda has grown less and less enthused with the prospect of in-house game development, Skyrim remains a reminder of what they can achieve when they aren’t busy simplifying RPG mechanics and shoehorning micro transactions into their games.

Skyrim isn’t really known for it’s bosses: there are a few high-level enemy encounters which stand out, particularly in the DLC, but, on the whole, the game is more about the joy of exploration than it is the thrill of combat. That said, there are still a fair few memorable boss encounters present in this section of Tamriel that ought to give even the most skilled players a run for their money… and a few worthless ones that everyone forgot.

Here are The 10 Most Powerful (And 10 Completely Worthless) Skyrim Bosses, Officially Ranked.

20 Powerful: Frost Giant Karstaag

Technically first encountered in The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon, the second expansion pack for 2003’s Morrowind, Frost Giant Karstaag can be encountered in spirit form in Skyrim’s unmarked “Summoning Karstaag” quest.

First, the player must uncover Karstaag’s skull, which can be found in Glacial Cave, a cavern just north of Saering’s Watch. From there, the skull must be taken to the ruins of Castle Karstaag and placed on the Frost Giant ruler’s old throne. At that point, he will be summoned in ethereal form and attack the player on sight. He is an incredibly formidable opponent, and players need to be prepared. Once defeated, Karstaag can be summoned to aid the player in combat.

19 Worthless: The Caller

The primary antagonist of a quest commissioned by the College of Winterhold titled “Hitting the Books”, The Caller, is an Altmer mage who leads a faction of mages residing in Fellglow keep, a ruined fort near Whiterun. She stole some ancient books the College of Whiterun wants for… well, who really knows. Regardless, it’s up to the Dragonborn to defeat her and retrieve them.

Though the boss is moderately difficult if the player plans on facing her head-on, her fight can easily be circumvented with an appropriately-leveled persuasion or sneak skill. Players can quite literally either talk her into relinquishing the books without a fight, or simply sneak around to her backside and one-shot her, looting the quest items from her body.

18 Powerful: The Ebony Warrior

The Ebony Warrior is a mysterious Redguard warrior who is only made accessible to the player in the Dragonborn DLC. Once the player reaches level 80 and enters any of a select few principalities, they will be able to interact with this enigmatic figure. He will announce that he has conquered every quest available to him, and that his final goal is to fall in battle against a worthy combatant so that he may enter the Nordic realm of Sovngarde in the afterlife.

The player may then find him at a campsite known as the Last Vigil in the Velothi Mountains. In combat, he is notorious for his ebony armor, which grants him a huge defensive boost, as well as his numerous health-recovering abilities and ebony boy, which causes paralysis.

17 Worthless: Krev the Skinner

Krev the Skinner is the leader of a band of werewolf hunters known as The Silver Hand and is encountered by the Dragonborn during a quest of the same name. Though some players have expressed their frustrations with the fight, this boss is a total pushover in certain circumstances. Given that this quest, as with many of the quests leading up to it, involves lycanthropy, it can be used here to provide a serious advantage over Kreb.

When in beast form, spam the Howl of Terror ability, and he’ll flee, leaving him open to attacks. This boss becomes significantly more difficult at higher levels, so this questline should be tackled as soon as possible for those interested in lycanthropic transformations in Skyrim.

16 Powerful: Harkon

Found in the Dawnguard DLC, Vampire Lord Harkon is one of the most interesting characters encountered at any point in the game. As the leader of a brood of vampires known as the Volkihar Clan, he claims to have been turned into a vampire after pledging himself to Molag Bal in exchange for eternal life. His master plan is to invoke a prophecy known as Tyranny of the Sun, which is said to have the power to extinguish the sun and allow vampires to rule in eternal night.

Regardless of allegiances, the Dragonborn will eventually have to stop him. Though extremely powerful, he is memorable more for his backstory than for the actual boss encounter.

15 Worthless: Jaree-Ra

Found in Solitude by approaching an Argonian marauder named Jaree-Ra, “Lights Out” is perhaps one of the most memorable non-essential quests in Skyrim. The basic premise involves the aforementioned rogue and his sister, Deeja, who lead a gang of bandits known as the Blackblood Marauders. They plan on running an Imperial icerunner aground and looting it with the help of the Dragonborn.

Once that’s done, the player is forced to dispatch a traitorous Deeja and must then hunt down her brother in the nearby Broken Oar Grotto. Though the premise is interesting, Jaree-Ra doesn’t put up much of a fight and should easily be eliminated by any sufficiently stealthy player.

14 Powerful: Arch-Curate Vyrthur

For those interested in Vampirism in Skyrim, Arch-Curate Vyrthur is, alongside Lord Harkon, one of the most important villains in the Elder Scrolls series. Vyrthur and his brother are said to be the last two living Snow Elves in the land of Tamriel. Infected at some point during the Merethic Era, Arch-Curate Vyrthur blames his condition on the deity Auri-El and created the aforementioned Tyranny of the Sun prophecy to spite him.

In combat, Arch-Curate Vyrthur is known for his unique Vampiric Drain ability, which drains the players stamina alongside his or her health. Arch-Curate Vyrthur serves as the final boss of “Touching the Sky”, the penultimate quest in Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC.

13 Worthless: Hagraven Petra

Hagraven Petra is the primary antagonist of a small ancillary quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim known as “The Affairs of Hagravens”. This quest is started upon encountering a conflicting pair of hagravens just outside of Blind Cliff Cave.

Once inside, the player will discover a caged hagraven named Melka begging for release. Once freed, she’ll attack Petra, her sister, and ultimately defeat her. The player can join in the fight against Petra should he or she choose to do so, though it isn’t totally necessary. Once the battle is over, Melka will reward the Dragonborn with the Eye of Melka weapon.

12 Powerful: Vulthuryol

Those obsessed with Skyrim’s dragons will want to thoroughly explore the city of Blackreach, as the hidden Ancient Dragon Vulthuryol can be found there. To bait him into revealing himself, gain access to the large yellow orb found hovering over the Hall of Rumination relatively close to the Great Lift of Mzinchaleft.

From there, use Unrelenting Force on the orb, which will prompt this mysterious dragon to appear. Vulthuryol will be much more difficult to take down than just about any other dragon in the game, and he can only ever be summoned once, so some quicksave trickery may be necessary.

11 Worthless: Drelas

Drelas is perhaps the most useless unique enemy in the entirety of the Elder Scrolls series. As a necromancer who resides in a small, unremarkable cottage near Whiterun Hold, he attacks the player on site as soon as they enter his dwelling. He is easily dispatched regardless of level, and there isn’t much worth taking in his home once he has been dealt with.

He does possess a non-unique staff and robes of extreme restoration, which can be somewhat useful. Not much is known about this strange, secluded sorcerer, and plenty of players have likely gone through the entire game without knowing that this NPC even existed.

10 Powerful: Krosis

The Dragon Priest Krosis can be found at Shearpoint, an area just west of Windhelm, and is an incredibly difficult fight for those looking to obtain the masks from all eight named Dragon Priests in Skyrim. Though Krosis would be relatively challenging on his own, his fight is made all the more difficult by the fact that he must be fought in tandem with a dragon.

Focusing down to powerful enemies will be a daring task for all but the most over-leveled players. Those looking for easy ways to skip the fight may be able to launch Krosis over a nearby cliff with the Unrelenting Force shout, but a majority of Dragonborn will have to repeat this fight several times before obtaining Krosis’ mask.

9 Worthless: Morokei

Though he certainly isn’t worthless in the same sense as some of the lesser-bosses in Skyrim, Morokei doesn’t really live up to his title. Another of the eight named Dragon Priests in the game, Morokei can be found deep within the Labyrinthian and is encountered as part of the College of Winterhold’s questline.

This zombie priest’s primary attack features the Staff of Magnus, which simply drains the Dragonborn’s magic without actually impacting the player’s total health. Assuming the player isn’t overly-reliant on certain abilities that require magic, Morokei is more or less a breeze depending on what level the player is when they fight him.

8 Powerful: The Forgemaster

“Lost to the Ages” is a long and epic quest found within Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC. It can be started by either speaking with Katria at Arkngthamz or reading a copy of the in-game book The Aetherium Wars. What follows is a drawn-out journey to capture four aetherium shards, which are said to allow entrance to a concealed aetherium forge.

Getting there and defeating all of the forge’s enemies is no small task, though, and it’s made even more difficult by The Forgemaster, a powerful Dwarven Centurion Master. He’s the last line of defense standing between the player and the aetherium forge, though he’s the most powerful enemy of his type present in the game. Defeating him will grant the Dragonborn access to one of three pieces of aetherium equipment.

7 Worthless: Emperor Titus Mede II

Emperor Titus Mede II is far from worthless, especially when it comes to Elder Scrolls lore However, as an actual boss encounter, he isn’t even close to difficult and, in some cases, seems relatively resigned to his fate. Emperor Titus Mede II has long been a target of the Dark Brotherhood, and the Dragonborn is tasked with finally bringing about his end by means of poisoning in a quest called “To Kill an Empire”.

If all goes according to plan, the Dragonborn infiltrates his targets kitchen by posing as a chef and adds a bit of Jerrin Root to his food. Failing this, the player must resort to other cloak-and-dagger means, though nobody with a high enough sneak skill should have a problem with this mission

6 Powerful: Ahzidal

Ahzidal is one of the eight named Dragon Priests found in Skyrim and is popularly considered to be the most formidable of all. An extremely skilled magic user, he serves as the final boss of the “Unearthed” quest. Residing in Kolbjorn barrow following his resurrection of sorts at the hands of a corrupted Ralis Sedarys, he is a fire-based Dragon Priest who also seemed to be an incredibly skilled necromancer.

During combat, Ahzidal will frequently use his Fire Stream spell, which is notorious thanks to its non-existent cast time and unreal damage output. He can also resurrect the bodies of nearby Draugr to aid him during the fight, which makes him a real challenge to bring down.

5 Worthless: Telrav

The primary antagonist of the incredibly brief side quest titled “Telrav’s Request”, Telrav is only counted as a boss because he’s a unique quest-specific NPC. Commonly encountered en route to Ivarstead, Telvar will pretend to be a wounded bandit in need of rescue.

After the Dragonborn escorts him back to his camp, he or she will promptly be attacked by Telrav’s bandit gang. The entire fight can be completed in all of ten seconds depending on the player’s level, and, aside from looting the gang’s encampment, there isn’t much of a reason to battle Telrav or take on the quest at all.

4 Powerful: Voslaarum and Naaslaarum

The twin dragons Voslaarum and Naaslaarum are about as challenging to fight as their names are to spell. Encountered on an icy lake in the Forgotten Vale in Skyrim’s Dawnguard expansion, these two are formidable opponents which serve as bosses near the end of “Touching the Sky” quest.

This quest is the second to last in the main questline for the DLC, and, as such, should not be underestimated. That said, if the player embarks on this quest before completing the Dragon Rising quest, Voslaarum and Naaslaarum will be replaced by a pair of ice wraiths and the player will have to return later to encounter these unique enemies.

3 Worthless: Alduin

This may sound ridiculous from a lore perspective, but Alduin — named “Word Eater” in Dovahzul — is likely the most underwhelming boss in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Apparently an incredibly powerful dragon, Alduin serves as the main questline’s final boss encounter. He certainly doesn’t live up to his lofty status, though, and most players should find themselves dispatching him without breaking a sweat.

In a way, this highlights one of Skyrim’s most glaring issues: while Alduin is a vastly intimidating and interesting creature based on what the player sees leading up to his fight, the final encounter ends up as little more than another simple dragon duel.

2 Powerful: Miraak, the First Dragonborn

Hailing from an era during which dragons ruled over mortals, Miraak was the first known human to master the Bend Will Dragon Shout, which allowed him to overthrow his masters and gain an immense amount of power. As the final boss of the Dragonborn DLC, he confronts the player at the Summit of Apocrypha with the intent of consuming the Soul of the last Dragonborn and re-entering Solstheim.

He is a particularly difficult boss because, in addition to being extremely powerful, he can replenish his health three times during the fight by consuming the soul of a dragon. The tension and epic setting make for one incredible final boss, and Miraak definitely makes up for the mediocre finale of the base game.

1 Worthless: Skeletal Dragon

The guardian of the Labyrinthian commonly encountered in the College of Winterhold’s “The Staff of Magnus” quest, the Skeletal Dragon is a necromantic dragon grounded thanks to its apparent lack of any sort of muscular structure.

Not only is this boss ridiculously easy, but it hardly counts as a dragon encounter due to the fact that the player can’t mount it with the Bend Will shout and won’t be able to collect a dragon soul once it is defeated. In fact, some Dragonborn take pity on this poor, flightless beast. With similar stats to the notoriously weak brown dragon, this so-called boss encounter will probably be over before it ever really gets going.

Are there any other powerful (or worthless) Skyrim bosses that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-12-04 01:12:08

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legendary Armor Locations Guide

In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there are legendary armor sets that players can obtain by completing missions, defeating specific bosses, or simply opening the right chests in the right areas. Obtaining and equipping a full set of legendary armor will grant players bonuses, some of which may change the entire course of their journey (including how they approach Odyssey‘s abilities).

While some legendary armor pieces may be acquired early on in the game, it’s best to wait until at least halfway through the story until players start to really try to obtain full sets. After all, most of them require defeating members of the Cult of Kosmos – and that can be harrowing in and of itself. Plus, the Cultists aren’t even introduced until quite a bit into the story.

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Furthermore, equipping just one piece of legendary armor will grant players a bonus, but equipping all five pieces of equipment can either increase damage for all weapons and abilities, increase armor resistance, and perhaps even make players immortal in the grand scheme of things. Here’s a full guide on the all the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey legendary armor sets (images via PS4Trophies):

Pilgrim’s Legendary Armor Set

Players have to scour the Greek world looking for specific chests on specific islands. And acquiring each Pilgrim armor piece allows players to spend 40% less adrenaline when using the Shadow of Nyx ability.

  • Pilgrim’s Hood – Inside a chest in the Eleusis Telesterion in Attika.
  • Pilgrim’s Gloves – Inside a chest in the Akropolis of Argos.
  • Pilgrim’s Garment – Inside a chest in the Temple of Athena in Sparta.
  • Pilgrim’s Belt – Inside a chest in the Temple of Artemis in Lakonia.
  • Pilgrim’s Boots – Inside a chest in the Temple of Britomartis in Messara.

Amazon/Achilles Legendary Armor Set

Players who play as Kassandra will obtain the Amazon legendary armor set (something akin to Wonder Woman’s armor), whereas players who play as Alexios will get the Achilles armor upon defeating all the members of the Heroes of the Cult. Both armor sets provide players will a full set bonus of +2% damage dealt restored as health.

  • Helm of Achilles – Defeat Pallas the Silencer.
  • Bracers of Achilles – Defeat Swordfish.
  • Armor of Achilles – Defeat Belos, The Beast Of Sparta, in the Arena.
  • Waistband of Achilles – Defeat Okytos the Great.
  • Sandals of Achilles – Defeat Deianeira.

Agamemnon Legendary Armor Set

Agamemnon’s legendary armor set provides players with a full set bonus of +50% burning rate. But first, players have to defeat all the members of the Silver Vein branch of the Cult of Kosmos.

  • Agamemnon’s Helmet – Defeat Machaon The Feared.
  • Agamemnon’s Gauntlets – Inside a chest at the Silver Mine in Athens.
  • Agamemnon’s Body Armor – Defeat The Silver Griffin.
  • Agamemnon’s Waistband – Defeat The Centaur Of Euboea.
  • Boots of Agamemnon – Defeat The Chimera.

Immortal Legendary Armor Set

Although players can’t become immortal while wearing the Immortal legendary armor set, they do get an additional 20% health restored to them upon respawning. However, they first need to defeat the entire Worshippers of the Bloodline branch of the Cult of Kosmos.

  • Helmet of the Immortal – Defeat Zoisme.
  • Gauntlets of the Immortal – Defeat Chrysis.
  • Armor of the Immortal – Defeat Diona.
  • Waistband of the Immortal – Defeat Melite.
  • Boots of the Immortal – Defeat Harpalos.

Greek Heroes Legendary Armor Set

Instead of taking down Cultists, for the Greek Heroes legendary armor set, players have to take on mercenaries, who will drop the Perseus Helmet, Jason’s Golden Fleece, Bracers of Theseus, Hippolyta’s Belt, and Atalanta’s Sandals. However, different mercenaries may drop different items for different players. The armor set provides a bonus of 20% to all resistances.

  • Defeat The Translucent
  • Defeat The Flash
  • Defeat The Lucky Drunk
  • Defeat The Frenzied
  • Defeat The Resplendent

Arena Fighter’s Legendary Armor Set

In order to obtain the Arena Fighter’s legendary armor set, players will have to complete the Arena – defeating every champion – for a second time at or near the max level. Wearing the full set provides players with a bonus of +10% health restored with overpower.

  • Arena Fighter’s Helmet
  • Arena Fighter’s Gauntlets
  • Arena Fighter’s Armor
  • Arena Fighter’s Waistband
  • Pit Fighter’s Boots

Artemis Legendary Armor Set

The Artemis legendary armor set is obtained by essentially completing the Daughters of Artemis quest. A full set gives players a bonus of +15% damage on all Hunter abilities.

  • Master’s Artemis Hood – Defeat the Krokottas Hyena and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Gloves – Defeat the Erymanthian Boar and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Outfit – Defeat the Krekatan Bull and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Belt – Defeat Kallisto the Bear and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.
  • Master’s Artemis Treads – Defeat the Lykaon Wolf and deliver the pelt to Daphnae.

Snake Legendary Armor Set

One of the more intriguing legendary armor sets in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the Snake set, which grants players a bonus of +10% intoxicated damage and weakening effect. The entire Eye of Kosmos branch of the Cult of Kosmos needs to be defeated in order to obtain the full set.

  • Viper’s Hood – Defeat The Master.
  • Venom Gloves – Defeat Hermippos.
  • Scaled Armor – Defeat The Snake.
  • Slithering Belt – Defeat Sotera.
  • Noxious Boots – Defeat Midus in Argolis.

Athenian War Hero Legendary Armor Set

Players have to defeat all the cultists part of the Delian League to obtain the Athenian War Hero legendary armor set. A full set grants a bonus allowing players to penetrate shields with arrows.

  • Athenian War Hero Helmet – Defeat Kodros the Bull.
  • Athenian War Hero Gauntlets – Defeat Brison.
  • Athenian War Hero Armor – Defeat Iobates the Stoic.
  • Athenian War Hero Belt – Defeat Rhexenor the Hand.
  • Athenian War Hero Boots – Defeat Podarkes the Cruel.

Spartan War Hero Legendary Armor Set

Considering that Sparta famously fought in the Peloponnesian War, it makes sense that players have to defeat the Peloponnesian League of the Cult of Kosmos to get the Spartan War Hero legendary armor set, which appropriately grants players +15% damage to all Warrior abilities.

  • Spartan War Hero Helmet – Defeat Monger in Korinthia.
  • Spartan War Hero Gauntlets – Defeat Silanos of Paros.
  • Spartan War Hero Armor – Defeat Skylax the Fair.
  • Spartan War Hero Belt – Defeat Lagos the Archon.
  • Spartan War Hero Boots – Defeat Kallias.

Pirate Legendary Armor Set

To get the Pirate legendary armor set, perhaps one of the coolest looking armor sets in the game, players have to take down the Gods of the Aegean Sea cultists. Then, the full armor set grants a +15% damage to all Assassin abilities.

  • Pirate Hood – Defeat Melanthos.
  • Pirate Gauntlets – Defeat Asterion.
  • Pirate Armor – Defeat The Octopus.
  • Pirate Waistband – Defeat Sokos.
  • Pirate Treads – Defeat The Mytilenian Shark.

Demigod Legendary Armor Set

Loot Deimos at the end of the main story to obtain four of the five pieces of armor needed to complete the Demigod legendary armor set. The four pieces of armor are: Demigod’s Chestplate, Demigod’s Bracers, Demigod’s Belt, and Demigod’s Boots. The final armor piece, Aspasia’s Circlet, is obtained by defeating the final Cult of Kosmos member, the Ghost of Kosmos.

In total, there are 12 legendary armor sets in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Some of them will be relatively easy to obtain, while others will require some skill and ingenuity. But Ubisoft’s latest installment is quite long and expansive, so there’s no rush. After all, one or two of them can only be acquired after completing the game itself.

More: Every Assassin’s Creed Game Ranked

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2018-10-08 07:10:42 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles

Landing a part in the latest major superhero movie release represents the pinnacle of many an acting career. Michael Keaton, Hugh Jackman, Chris Evans and, to some extent, Robert Downey Jr might not be the household names they are today were it not for their comic book exploits.

However, while headlining the latest cinematic effort involving a caped crusader of some kind represents a dream come true for many, it’s proven to be something of a nightmare for a rare few. Bad scripts, difficult directors and a toxic work environment are just some of the many myriad reasons cited by the actors and actresses in this list – yet that’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Studio politics, stalled contract negotiations or issues around costume, make-up and iffy computer effects have also played a role in making these superhero movies not-so-super for the stars involved.

More often than not, the resulting movie has been forgettable at best and downright terrible at worst – but there are exceptions to the rule. Sometimes, an actor ended up enduring a miserable time on an otherwise enjoyable project. Other times, far sinister things were going on, unbeknownst to many involved in the finished movie.

Plenty of flops feature on this countdown but some major moneymakers can be found too, with comic book movie properties tied to Marvel, 2000AD, DC and Titan Comics all present and not very correct. Yes, landing a part in the latest superhero movie blockbuster has represented the pinnacle of many an acting career down the years but for this lot, it represented the pits.

Here are 30 Actors Who Regretted Superhero Roles.

30 Hugo Weaving – Red Skull

Hugo Weaving originally signed a multi-picture deal to play the Red Skull across various future Captain America movies. However, when the character returned in Avengers: Infinity War the character had been recast with The Walking Dead’s Ross Marquand taking Weaving’s place. It wasn’t a huge shock.

A few years prior, The Matrix actor told Collider playing the Red Skull was “not something I would want to do again.”

“It’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by,” he said. “I increasingly like to go back to what I used to always do, which is to get involved with projects that I really have a personal affiliation with.”

29 Ryan Reynolds – Green Lantern

Ryan Reynolds has made no secret of the fact things didn’t exactly go to plan with 2011’s Green Lantern. He even went as far as to include a gag, poking fun at the project, in Deadpool 2. Though it’s something he is able to laugh about now, it’s clear the actor regrets signing on that particular dotted line.

“When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script because the script didn’t exist,” Reynolds told The Hollywood Reporter. The experience did at least teach him some valuable lessons about making superhero movies which was good news for Deadpool fans.

28 Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman

Jessica Alba’s experience playing Sue Storm in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was so bad it left her considering a career change. “I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it,” Alba told Elle [via SyFy].

“I remember when I was dying in ‘Silver Surfer’. The director [Tim Story] was like, ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.’ He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.'” She continued: “It all got me thinking: Am I not good enough?”

27 Ben Affleck – Daredevil

Ben Affleck doesn’t just regret starring in the 2003 movie adaptation of Daredevil, he hates it. Affleck let his feelings be known to TimeTalks [via NME] during a discussion about why he signed on for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Affleck said: “Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.”

“The Netflix show does really cool stuff,” he added.

“I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right,” Affleck stated.

26 Terrence Howard – War Machine

Terrence Howard has always blamed Robert Downey Jr for the fact he never got to reprise the role of James Rhodes in the Iron Man sequels. “It turns out that the person that I helped become Iron Man, when it was time to re-up for the second one, took the money that was supposed to go to me and pushed me out,” Howard told Watch What Happens Live [via Vulture].

Howard claims the studio offered to pay him “one-eighth of what we contractually had” and when he tried to call Downey Jr to talk about it “he didn’t call me back for three months.”

25 Idris Elba – Heimdall

Idris Elba’s experience working on Thor: The Dark World was so bad the actor described parts of it as “torture” to The Telegraph. In the interview, Elba recalled how he was forced to complete reshoots in London for the Thor sequel just days after return from filming the prestige biopic Mandela, in South Africa.

“In between takes I was stuck there [hanging from a harness], fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset, he said. “And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

24 Ryan Reynolds – Wolverine: X-Men Origins

Ryan Reynolds’ appearance as Deadpool in Wolverine: X-Men Origins was plagued with problems, starting with the character’s appearance. “He wound up being this abomination of Deadpool that was like Barakapool, with his mouth sewn shut and weird blades that came out of his hands and these strange tattoos and stuff like that,” he told GQ.

Though Reynolds objected, the studio pressed on.

“The conversation at the time was ‘If you want to play Deadpool, this is your chance to introduce him. And if you don’t want to introduce him in this fashion, we’ll have someone else play him.'”When the film leaked online and fans reacted angrily, Reynolds response was simple: “told you so”.

23 Ed Norton – Hulk

Ed Norton clashed with producers behind the scenes on The Incredible Hulk, having only agreed to play Bruce Banner on the proviso he could have a say on the script and direction of the film. Replaced by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, Norton couldn’t resist having a dig at the film during an appearance on Comedy Central’s Roast of Bruce Willis.

“I tried to be like you,” he told Willis [via Indiewire]. “I did a big action movie called The Incredible Hulk. You know what went wrong? I wanted a better script…I thought we should make one Marvel movie as good as the worst Christopher Nolan movie, but what the hell was I thinking.”

22 George Clooney – Batman

Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin may have fallen flat with critics and fans alike but it proved to be a serious career wake-up call for its star, George Clooney. “Up until that moment, I was an actor only concerned with finding work,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “After the failure of that film creatively, I understood that I needed to take control of the films I made, not just the role.”

Clooney successfully banished memories of his time as Batman with next three films: Out of Sight, Three Kings and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

21 Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones hated working on Batman Forever or, rather, he hated working with co-star Jim Carrey. “I was the star and that was the problem,” Carrey explained on Norm MacDonald Live [via THR].

The situation came to a head when Carrey ended up in the same restaurant as Jones during filming.

“I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said. “He went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.'”

20 Topher Grace – Venom

Topher Grace never felt entirely comfortable in the role of Eddie Brock/Venom having bagged the role in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. “I was a huge fan of the character of Venom when I was a kid when Todd McFarlane brought him into the comic,” he told Michael Rosenbaum on the Inside of You podcast [via Cinemablend]. “And I was surprised and a little bit like ‘Huh?’ when they wanted me to play it.”

Not only does Grace accept he was miscast, but he also agrees Tom Hardy is perfect for the role. “When I look at it now… [at Tom Hardy’s Venom movie] I go ‘That’s the guy.'”

19 Mickey Rourke – Ivan Vanko

Micky Rourke trashed the bigwigs over at Marvel Studios for what they did to his character Ivan Vanko, in Iron Man 2. Rourke told Syfy that he had worked hard with writer Justin Theroux and director Jon Favreau to flesh out his Russian villain and turn him into a three-dimensional character. Someone behind-the-scenes had other ideas though.

“I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy,” he said. “Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor.”

18 Alicia Silverstone – Batgirl

Alicia Silverstone was on the receiving end of some serious body shaming while working on Batman & Robin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Silverstone, who was a huge star following the success of Clueless, was under intense scrutiny over her weight with one critic reportedly observing she “looked more Babe than babe.”

When rumor got out on set that she was having issues with her costume fittings, a storyboard artist ever put together a joke cartoon of Batgirl, mocking Silverstone’s issues.

The fake poster for Clueless 2: The Casting of Batgirl might have gone down well with the guys in the film’s art department but studio bosses were far from impressed.

17 Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage has previously spoken of his disappointment at his two Ghost Rider movies, which he felt played it too safe. Speaking to JoBlo [via Bloody Disgusting], Cage explained that he and writer David S. Goyer had always envisioned the films as being gritty and, most importantly, R-rated.

“Ghost Rider was a movie that always should’ve been an R-rated movie,” Cage said. “David Goyer had a brilliant script which I wanted to do with David, and for whatever reason, they just didn’t let us make the movie.” Though he believes there is the potential for someone else to take on the role and go down that dark path, Cage is done with the character.

16 Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars And Stripes

Jim Carrey stunned social media ahead of the release of Kick-Ass 2 by denouncing the film and its “level of violence” in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. Carrey, who is an outspoken advocate for increased gun control, took to Twitter following the incident to explain that he could no longer support the film.

“I did Kick-Ass 2 a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence,” he wrote [via The Guardian]. “My apologies to others involve[d] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”

15 Michael Jai White – Spawn

He may have been among the first African American actors to portray a major comic book superhero but Michael Jai White has little love for his sole outing as Spawn. In fact, White is a much bigger fan of his small but powerful role as the gangster Gambol in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

He even went as far as to conduct an interview with The Hollywood Reporter revisiting his performance alongside Heath Ledger.

During the interview, White couldn’t resist having a dig at Spawn: “There is no footage of me ever saying that I liked Spawn. I have never said that I thought that was a good movie.” Ouch.

14 Jared Leto – The Joker

Jared Leto was left far from happy with the version of Suicide Squad that made it to the cinemas. Asked by IGN whether any scenes involving the Joker were cut from the film, Leto let rip.

“There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start. I think that the Joker… we did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There’s so much that we shot that’s not in the film,” he said. “If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”

13 Halle Berry – Catwoman

Halle Berry’s regret at signing up for Catwoman was clear to see when she decided to make an appearance at the annual Razzie Awards back in 2005. A celebration of the year’s worst films and performances, Berry ‘won’ the Worst Actress gong for her efforts in Catwoman and, in a surprising turn of events, was on hand to deliver a memorable acceptance speech.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece-of-sh**, god-awful movie,” she said [via MTV], going on to mock the rest of her cast. “I’d like to thank the rest of the cast. To give a really bad performance like mine, you need to have really bad actors.”

12 Alan Cumming – Nightcrawler

Back when Alan Cumming was still in the frame to reprise his role as Nightcrawler in X-Men: The Last Stand, the Scottish actor shocked journalists with his response to the news Bryan Singer would not be returning for the third installment.

“I’m not disappointed, I can’t deny it,” Cumming said [via Movieweb]. “I think he’s really talented. I’m very proud of the film. I think it’s a great film. I didn’t enjoy working with him on the film.”

Evidently, Singer and Cumming didn’t see eye to eye on X-Men 2 though the source of their fractious relationship has never been divulged.

11 Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde

Ellen Page took to Facebook in 2017 to accuse director Brett Ratner of harassment during their time together on 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. According to Page, Ratner mocked her sexuality during promotional work for the film. Page was only 18 at the time.

“‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand,” Page wrote. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*** her to make her realize she’s gay.’”

10 Michael Fassbender – Magneto

Back in 2016, during the Toronto Film Festival’s pre-opening-night fundraising event, honoree Michael Fassbender surprised those in attendance by laying into his performance as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past. According to Vulture, during a segment in which clips from several of Fassbender’s films were shown, Fassbender started “cringing and rubbing his face with embarrassment”.

“I don’t actually like that performance there, to be honest,” Fassbender said after the highlights reel finished. “I just think it’s me shouting. It’s just like [making a face and flailing his arms around] some dude shouting.”

9 Jamie Bell – Thing

Rumoured unrest on the set of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie, coupled with the movie’s bad reviews left a bad taste in the mouth of its star, Jamie Bell. “There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set,” Bell told the Los Angeles Times.

“Everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film,” stated Bell.

8 Josh Brolin – Jonah Hex

Production delays, directorial changes, script rewrites, reshoots, and some pretty heavy-handed editing helped make Jonah Hex one of the most disappointing comic book movies of all time. It’s something the film’s star, Josh Brolin, is only too aware of. In fact, he revealed in an interview with the Nerdist that he hates it just as much as everyone else.

“Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he said [via Collider]. “The experience of making it — that would have been a better movie based on what we did. As opposed to what ended up happening to it, which is going back and reshooting 66 pages in 12 days.”

7 Jennifer Garner – Elektra

While Ben Affleck bounced back from his Daredevil movie, Jennifer Garner never quite got going again after her spin-off effort, Elektra, bombed. Though Garner has never spoken openly about the film, her ex-boyfriend and close friend Michael Vartan revealed to Us Weekly [via SFGate] that the Alias actress was very unhappy with how the film turned out.

“I heard [Elektra] was awful. [Jennifer] called me and told me it was awful,” Vartan said. “She had to do it because of Daredevil. It was in her contract.” Garner has never denied Vartan’s claims.

6 Edward Furlong – The Crow

The Crow: Wicked Prayer is an absolute stinker of a comic book movie and currently boasts a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s star, Edward Furlong, struggled to show much in the way of enthusiasm for the role during an interview with Movieweb.

Asked about how he prepared for the film’s starring role, Furlong said: “It’s sort of like a really slow process that Lance Mungia, the director, and I went through. Initially, I was just attracted to the script because it was The Crow and I got to put on some leather pants and kick people’s ass.” Given how it turned out, he must be regretting signing up for such flimsy reasons.

5 Chloë Grace Moretz – Hit-Girl

Chloe Moretz made her name as Hit Girl in Mark Millar’s original Kick-Ass but, despite the first film holding a special place in her heart, she’s always been less enthusiastic about the sequel.

During an appearance on a panel at the Provincetown Film Festival in 2018, Moretz made those feelings crystal clear. “I love the franchise, I think the first movie was really, really special. I wish the second one had been handled in a little bit of a different way,” she said [via Cinemablend]. “Because I think we were all kind of looking forward to something a little different than what happened with it all.”

4 Kate Mara – The Invisible Woman

Kate Mara played Sue Storm in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie and, in an interview with The Times[via Yahoo] revealed the negative aura surrounding the film made her “a little gun-shy” about seeing the finished film.

“You don’t always have to learn some incredible life lesson when making a s*** movie. Sometimes it’s just what happens,” she said. “[Fantastic Four] was a tricky shoot but you know when you know when you’re shooting it that a film isn’t going to be what you want it to be? That was not the case at all.”

3 Jamie Kennedy – The Mask

Son of the Mask saw Jamie Kennedy replace Jim Carrey as the franchise’s star, with almost unwatchable results.

Though the movie is widely regarded as one of the worst ever made, Kennedy’s biggest regret may boil down to the make-up he had to wear on the film.

“I wore it 6 days in a row, and after that it gets rough,” he told Movieweb. “I had ears in this one, and Jim Carrey didn’t in the first one, so they would like press against my real ears and cut the circulation, so I would have to like rub my ears a bit after having on the makeup to get the blood flowing again.”

2 Sylvester Stallone – Judge Dredd

Despite starring in such turkeys as Over The Top, Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot and Oscar, Sylvester Stallone’s biggest regret was reserved for another movie. “The biggest mistake I ever made was with the sloppy handling of Judge Dredd” he once declared [via Den of Geek]. “The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean, ‘Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones’, like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly.”

“The design work on it was fantastic, and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication,” he stated.

1 Lori Petty – Tank Girl

Lori Petty had a very particular gripe with the way things turned out for her Tank Girl movie: it was given an R rating. “There is nothing about that movie that is R. Nothing. Except there’s a woman talking s***. That’s why they rated it R. If they were going to rate it R I should have been butt-naked all the time, running around,” she told AV Club.

Tommy Boy came out that weekend, too, which is a hysterical movie, but it was rated PG-13. Do you know how many people bought Tommy Boy tickets and went to see Tank Girl? A billion.”

Are there any other superhero actors who regretted their roles? Sound off in the comments!



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2018-10-08 03:10:25 – Jack Beresford

6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It)

There are sitcoms that everyone loves, and then there’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — a series which has managed to turn off many with its despicable characters and depraved sense of humor. From faking cancer to trying to eat a homeless person, there are no depths that are too low for the owners of Paddy’s Pub. But you don’t get to thirteen seasons without making a few fans in the process.

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might not pull in the biggest numbers, the show has maintained such a rabid following over the years that one has to wonder if they’ve accidentally gotten there hands on some raccoon meat. But the more likely scenario is that many people have just as twisted of a sense of humor as the makers of this FX series.

The sitcom was created by Rob McElhenney with the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, who would go on to portray Mac, Dennis, and Charlie on the series. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito fill out the rest of the main cast as Dee and Frank Reynolds, and for over the last decade, fans have been happily following the bizarre misadventures of the Gang. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in these leading roles. With over 130 episodes, there has been no shortage of supporting characters and celebrity cameo, some of which have been a lot better than others.

Here are 6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It).

20 Saved: Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds

In a sea of despicable characters, Dennis Reynolds has slowly revealed himself to be the most reprehensible of them all. Dennis may have begun the series as one of the more sensible members of the Gang — albeit one with an extremely short fuse, but he’s slowly revealed himself to be a cool and calculated sociopath. One who also happens to have a heavy side of narcissistic personality disorder.

While Glenn Howerton didn’t want to name the character after himself for fear of people drawing an unwelcome comparison, that hasn’t stopped Howerton from taking the character to some extremely dark places. He’s more than a little convincing when he lays out one of his manipulative plans. While his temper tantrums may be over-the-top, you never doubt the authenticity of the rage and frustration Howerton has embedded into his performance.

19 Saved: Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress

One of the most prominent recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, the Waitress has been a part of the series since the very beginning. She is the unrequited love interest of Charlie throughout the majority of the show — though it seems like the tables have turned in recent episodes.

The Waitress is portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who had previously worked with Charlie Day on an episode of Reno 911! The two were married shortly after It’s Always Sunny began, adding another layer of hilarity to the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters on screen.

Ellis fully commits to her performance as the down-on-her-luck waitress.

She’s an example of the tight-knit community working behind-the-scenes that has made the series such a success.

18 Hurt: Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty

While sitcoms usually lend themselves well to celebrity cameos, It’s Always Sunny has created such a distinct world that more often than not these cameos end up feeling out of place. There have been a few instances where they’ve managed to pull them off. Josh Groban popping up in one of Dee’s fantasies seemed fitting, and Dax Shepard manages to blend in fairly well into the episodes where Mac and Charlie join a cult.

In the case of Jason Sudeikis and a number of other celebrities, the cameos just end up coming across as distracting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jason Sudeikis playing Schmitty — an ex-member of the Gang who makes an unexpected return. The whole time, you never forget that you’re watching Sudeikis, which just doesn’t work for the tone of the series.

17 Saved: Mary Lynn Rajskub as Gail the Snail

Though she’s only appeared in three episodes of the series to date, Gail the Snail is definitely one of those side characters that we’d like to see more of. She first appeared back in the season five episode “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, where she is the clingy cousin of Dennis and Dee who talks with a lisp and has the disgusting habit of slurping her saliva. Dennis and Dee have found that the only way to get rid of her is to dust her with salt, hence her nickname of Gail the Snail.

The character is portrayed by the talented Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24.

This is undeniably a very different character, and it’s impressive just how committed Rajskub is to playing someone so hilariously obnoxious.

16 Saved: David Hornsby as Cricket

The Gang has dragged their fair share of individuals down into the dirt with them, but none are more apparent than Rickety Cricket. Portrayed by David Hornsby, Cricket is a former classmate of the Gang who was once infatuated with Dee. He debuted in season two as a clean-cut priest who has slowly transformed into the addicted hobo that we have today.

Hornsby has been such a prominent member of the show that last season he was given his own episode with “A Cricket’s Tale”, which cleverly intertwined the character’s other brief appearances throughout the season into the story. Hornsby has also been a big part of the show behind-the-scenes as well, serving as an executive producer and a writer of nearly 30 episodes.

15 Hurt: Brian Unger as The Attorney

It’s Always Sunny has a number of supporting characters who re-emerge every few seasons, only to be dragged down by the shenanigans of the Gang once again. Brian Unger plays one such character with the Attorney, who the Gang often visits for legal advice only to contradict everything the lawyer has to say.

As a former correspondent of The Daily Show, Unger is really good at playing the straight man.

In fact, he’s too good, which makes it hard to believe that he would put up with these self-centered, narcissistic characters for more than a few episodes. Often, these supporting characters are revealed to be a little bit off in their own right, but Unger is just too normal to make his character mesh with the series.

14 Saved: Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Danny DeVito first popped up in season two of It’s Always Sunny, and his casting as Frank Reynolds quite literally saved the series. While the higher-ups at FX reportedly loved the first season, not enough people were watching to warrant a second outing. McElhenney, Howerton, and Day were given the ultimatum to add a bigger name or face cancellation. While they worried how DeVito would fit into the series, the veteran actor has more than proven himself as a worthy member of the Gang.

The insane things that DeVito will do for the character are a testament to the actor’s commitment. Even more impressive is how you never feel like you’re watching a performance. DeVito becomes Frank Reynolds. Even when he’s not delivering lines, just watching him futz about in the background is already hilarious enough.

13 Saved: Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly

It’s Always Sunny has turned all of its leading actors into stars, but Charlie Day is the biggest breakout of them all. Since appearing on the show, Day has worked on a number of hit films, including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie.

His star power has no doubt helped the show remain on the air for so long.

Thanks to Day’s performance and musical talents, the character of Charlie has no shortage of memorable moments. Bird law aside, Charlie may be the least intelligent member of the Gang. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the show. Charlie certainly has his share of questionable moments, but they often stem from ignorance rather than malice, which set him apart from the other employees of Paddy’s Pub.

12 Hurt: Sean “Diddy” Combs as Dr. Jinx

Whenever Sean “Diddy” Combs pops up in a movie or TV show, he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. In It’s Always Sunny, he plays the unorthodox Dr. Jinx who utilizes alternative methods to treat his patients.

Not only is the cameo distracting, but Combs’ performance is pretty flat. It almost seems like the actor is reading off cue cards, and when Dr. Jinx is seen playing the bass guitar during a musical performance at Paddy’s Pub, it’s pretty obvious that Combs isn’t actually playing. The rapper may have stolen the show as Sergio in Get Him to the Greek, but whatever worked for him on that movie isn’t back on display in the sitcom.

11 Saved: Artemis Pebdani as Artemis

Artemis is one of the few supporting characters who can actually hang with the Gang without her life coming apart at the seams. She first appeared up in season one, where she befriends Dee after the two meet in an acting class. She’s also had a relationship without Frank throughout her time in the series.

The character is portrayed by Artemis Pebdani, who landed the role right at the start of her professional acting career.

While she’s continued to reprise her part as the fun-loving and wild Artemis, the actress has enjoyed success in a number of other shows, including Scandal and Masters of Sex. Though a number of supporting characters seem to have fallen off in recent years, Artemis has already popped up this season with “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot”.

10 Saved: Lynne Marie Stewart and Sandy Martin as Charlie and Mac’s Moms

Every since Danny DeVito debuted as Frank Reynolds, it was abundantly clear why Dennis and Dee are they way that they are. After all, Frank is just as self-absorbed and conniving as the twins. In that respect, we’ve also gotten to see how Mac and Charlie are a result of their childhoods by getting to know their moms over the course of the series.

Lynne Marie Stewart does a perfect job of playing Charlie’s mom, a kind-hearted woman who was far too overprotective of her son — which explains Charlie’s numerous irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sandy Martin is the total opposite, as Mac’s mom doesn’t seem emotionally invested in her son at all — which explains Mac’s constant desire for approval. Together, the two are a perfect comedy duo, which is on full display in “Old Lady House: A Comedy Situation”.

9 Hurt: Seann William Scott as Country Mac

In season nine, Seann William Scott made a one episode appearance as Mac’s cousin — who the Gang deems far cooler than Mac. Just like Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty, this is another star cameo that can’t help but feel distracting. Scott has made a career playing characters who are too cool for school thanks to movies like American Pie and Role Models. That might seem like he’s the ideal fit for Country Mac.

Wouldn’t it have been even funnier if the Gang idolized a character for no other reason than to get under Mac’s skin?

With the success of It’s Always Sunny, we’re sure that they could have a star cameo every few episodes. Since they’re kept to a bare minimum, it seems that even they know these roles can be a bit ostentatious.

8 Saved: Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as Liam and Ryan McPoyle

The McPoyles are the perfect example of just how dark and twisted the humor on It’s Always Sunny can actually get. They are a large inbred family with the two most prominent members, Liam and Ryan, being former classmates of the Gang. They popped up in a number of episodes between seasons one and nine, where they’re often at odds with the owners of Paddy’s Pub.

Liam and Ryan are played by Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney throughout their time on the show. Both fully commit to the unsettling nature of these characters. They might be creepy, but that doesn’t stop them from being a hilarious comedy duo. Our only complaint is that they’ve been absent from the series for the last few seasons.

7 Saved: Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa

One of the weirdest characters in all of It’s Always Sunny, Maureen Ponderosa is the ex-wife of Dennis Reynolds who slowly makes her transition into becoming a cat in the later episodes of the show. Much like Rickety Cricket, her transition from seemingly normal to totally unhinged takes place over the course of a few seasons — better-allowing audiences to buy into the ridiculousness of it all.

Catherine Reitman seems totally devoted to this outlandish and often unsettling performance.

Since appearing on the show, Reitman’s notoriety has only continued to grow. She currently plays the lead on Workin’ Moms — a show which she also created — along with popping up as another recurring character in Black-ish.

6 Hurt: Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle

Writer/ director Guillermo del Toro was apparently such a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that it was one of the reasons he cast Charlie Day in Pacific Rim. In return, del Toro was given this cameo appearance as Pappy McPoyle — who is most likely the grandfather of Liam and Ryan.

One problem right off the bat is that del Toro was cast to play someone who is most likely from Ireland— a fact which the director himself made fun of in a behind-the-scenes interview. This may have been the reason that Pappy McPoyle was given such an over-the-top appearance, which is really the worst part of the character. The McPoyle’s are indeed odd and unsettling, but they’re still somewhat believable.Pappy McPoyle, on the other hand, looks like some deranged wizard who has no place in the series.

5 Saved: Wade Boggs as Himself

The best episodes of It’s Always Sunny usually finds the Gang confined to a single area, where their personalities can do nothing but bounce off the walls and wreak havoc on themselves and anyone in their vicinity. This is what makes “The Gang Beats Boggs” one of the best episodes in the series.

The episode finds the five Philadelphia natives trying to beat Wade Boggs’ record of consuming 70 drinks during a cross-country flight.

While the Gang’s antics are usually based on nothing but nonsense, this true story only adds another level of hilarity to the episodes. The cherry on top is a brief appearance by Wade Boggs himself. In an interview, Charlie Day said that not only was Boggs happy to participate in the episode, but that his real-life record was a lot more impressive than previously thought.

4 Saved: Michael Naughton as the Waiter

Michael Naughton first appeared up in “The Gang Dines Out,” where he is a server at one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. He’s crossed paths with the Gang a number of times since, and every time the Waiter emerges worse for wear.

Just this season, Naughton appeared in “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” where he is now working as a flight attendant. Once again, the Waiter tries to get the Gang to acknowledge how they’ve sabotaged him in the past. But once again, the Gang can’t remember who he is.

Naughton plays the Waiter with a kind of obsessive desperation beneath his everyman facade; he seems like someone who really would let the Gang get the better of him. He’s also the kind of supporting character that rewards loyal fans every time he pops back up.

3 Hurt: Stephen Collins as Bruce Mathis

Stephen Collins popped up in season two and three of It’s Always Sunny, where he played Bruce Mathis, the biological father of Dennis and Dee. Bruce invests most of his time and money helping out various charities around the world, making him a polar opposite of his children. This also made Collins — who was best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven — seem like an ideal fit for the part.

In the years since, Collins has both been accused and admitted to being an abuser. The actor has obviously not appeared on the show since, but going back and watching these episodes with Collins can be more than a little discomfiting.

2 Saved: Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds

With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton working on the show right from the very beginning, the actors were afforded the opportunity to mold their characters as they saw fit. However, the character of Dee Reynolds was developed before an actress was cast, and she was originally meant to be the Gang’s voice of reason.

Thankfully, Kaitlin Olson nabbed the role, and over time Dee became just as hilariously pathetic as the other members of the Gang.

Being a former member of The Groundlings, Olson clearly had talent as a comedic performer — which might also explain why Dee fancies herself as a bit of an improv comic. The actress isn’t afraid to make Dee as embarrassing as possible, which adds an element of cringe-comedy to the show that’s not found in the other characters.

1 Saved: Rob McElhenney as Mac

Without Rob McElhenney, there would be no It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The struggling actor/writer decided to put plans for the series into motion after a number of other projects fell through. With the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, McElhenney made a short episode of the series, which he used to pitch the sitcom. Over a decade later, McElhenney still serves as an executive produces while continuing to write a number of episodes.

As far as his role of Mac is concerned, McElhenney isn’t afraid to take the character in different directions.

He put on a whopping 50 pounds for season seven and Mac finally came out of the closet for good last year — just a few of the many ways McElhenney has kept the show feeling fresh after thirteen seasons.

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2018-10-07 02:10:26 – Dylan Dembrow

Best Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Abilities to Unlock First

Unlocking abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is paramount not only with regards to surviving in the open world game but also being able to complete it without having to resort to constantly retreating. Just like most action-adventure and role-playing games, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey gives players several tools to aid them in their journey, of which the abilities section is what elevates the playing experience above what franchise fans are perhaps used to.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey contains three sections of abilities – Hunter (ranged), Warrior (close-quarters combat), and Assassin (stealth) – and neither section should be ignored, for having a well-rounded skill tree provides for a more holistic experience. Every time players level up, they receive one new skill to redeem for any ability that’s currently available. And after progressing far enough into the story, they can even upgrade certain abilities, namely the ones that are assigned to their combat wheels.

Best Assassin Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Starting out, it’s always best to begin filling out the Assassin category seeing as this game is, well… an Assassin’s Creed game, and stealth is just as prominent in this title as previous installments. For this section, unlocking Shadow Assassin is key to starting off, seeing as it allows players to assassinate stronger targets. Upgrade it along the way as well, whenever possible. Then, unlocking Venomous Attacks and then later Poison Mastery helps in injuring the enemy, even with ranged attacks; it’s especially useful when fighting captains and tougher enemies who have high endurance. Next is Hero Strike, which uses the full power of the Spear of Leonidas to deal a powerful strike. Along these lines, Critical Assassination is also enormously helpful in assassinating captains and various other mini-bosses who would otherwise require multiple strikes to defeat. Unlocking Shadow of Nyx is certainly useful, but it’s not something that players would use often unless they are in a hectic situation and have nowhere to go.

Best Warrior Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

From the get-go, most players would want to start out with Sparta Kick, an ability which general gamers will recognize from the movie 300. Beyond being cool, it actually comes in handy when attempting to create some distance between yourself and the enemy. After that, acquiring the Bull Rush ability will help in clearing out a horde of enemies that have lined up. Even though those two aforementioned abilities will help clear out enemies, players will come face-to-face with some people with shields. To defeat them (or, at least disarm them while fighting), players should unlock the Shield Breaker ability. Then, in order to protect themselves and increase their damage, it’s best to acquire the Weapons Master and Gear Master abilities next – and upgrade them whenever the opportunity arises. Increasing damage and armor is vital to surviving harrowing fights later on.

Best Hunter Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Continuing off Assassin’s Creed Origins, archery in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is of utmost importance. Predator Shot should be selected first, seeing as it’s strong and allows players to guide the arrow themselves. It’s good at hitting hard to reach targets. Next up, Devastating Shot; a special ability that unleashes a powerful arrow, which can be even more powerful if fully charged up, to significantly damage stronger enemies. In fact, to completely master and utilize the hunter abilities to their fullest, it’s best to unlock the entire right column of that category: Archery Master (increases hunter damage), Overpower Bow Strike (a fully charged arrow that deals 1000% damage), and Ghost Arrows of Artemis (an arrow that be shot through shields, walls, etc.). The only other ability worth getting from the hunter category is Multi-Shot, which is useful in targeting four or more enemies at once. It helps with crowd control.

If players choose to follow this guide, they may unlock the aforementioned abilities at whatever point they feel like, but those are undoubtedly the best abilities that will aid players in their journey across Greece.



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2018-10-05 02:10:28 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

10 Video Game Bosses That Are Stronger Than Fans Thought (And 10 Way Weaker)

Over the past several decades, video games have taken the media industry by storm, bringing countless hours of entertainment to the screens at people’s homes.

Unlike movies, video games have a seemingly endless amount of possibilities and new experiences for the player to explore. Rather than wrapping up a story in less than two and a half hours like most movies, video games tend to have a central story arc that lasts a whopping 20 hours, and that’s not even including side quests.

One of the best parts about modern day video games is the heart that we see in the narratives, the characters they meet along the way, and the effects these have on the challenges.

Because of these detailed narratives that video games now include, it gives players a certain level of expectation when they are facing off against a boss. If the entire game is setting up one enormous villain, players expect this final boss battle to be quite a challenge.

For better or for worse, some video games tend to subvert players’ expectations by making bosses stronger or weaker than man people would have initially expected.

Sometimes this can be a good surprise, as it may make a seemingly impossible challenge simple, or a seemingly simple challenge quite difficult to get past.

However, these can also be negative surprises that can ruin the game for nearly everyone playing.

With that said, here are the 10 Video Game Bosses That Are Stronger Than Fans Thought (And 10 Way Weaker).

20 Stronger: Skolas – Destiny: House of Wolves

The Destiny video games aren’t easy to beat by any means, but even for the standards of the Destiny series, the final boss of House of Wolves was incredibly hard to beat.

Players who typically worked alone had the hardest time fighting Skolas, as he was not meant for a single player fight.

Instead, groups of Destiny players would often have to team up to tackle this beast of a boss. Even then, Skolas would still prove himself to be problematic to defeat, with the battle itself often taking hours.

After realizing how burdensome Skolas was, the game’s developer Bungie changed a few details of the fight in order to make Skolas a little easier to take down.

Despite this, he is still one of the most difficult bosses to ever be put in a video game.

19 Weaker: King Bob-Omb – Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 brought the world of Mario into the world of 3D gaming, which was still a frontier for video game developers to explore during this time, so a lot of what was featured in this game was new to video game fans.

One of the first bosses featured in the game was King Bob-Omb, a giant bomb with a crown and a mustache who looked incredibly menacing.

Despite his giant appearance, King Bob-Omb was incredibly easy to beat.

To defeat this massive King, all that Mario would have to do was grab him from behind and throw him.

King Bob-Omb wouldn’t really do anything except walk around, making this boss fight a little too easy to get past.

18 Stronger: Simmons as a T-Rex – Resident Evil 6

One of the most annoying parts of Resident Evil 6 for fans is the fight against Simmons after he turns into a T-Rex.

In the game, the villain Simmons would regularly transform himself in over-the-top ways to make himself more of a challenge, but this transformation may have been a little to much.

Granted, he was a T-Rex, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that this was a hard form of Simmons to beat, but even considering this fact, this was one of the most annoying and difficult boss fights ever put in the Resident Evil series.

Not only was the T-Rex wildly overpowered, but his health was way too high, making him nearly impossible to beat. Even his roars could stun the players, which made the fight both difficult and annoying.

17 Weaker: Rodrigo Borgia – Assassin’s Creed 2

Though Assassins’ Creed 2 is widely considered to have one of the greatest narratives ever put in a video game, its climactic final battle is where it ultimately fell short.

Though most of the rest of the game posed to be quite a challenge, its main villain and final boss Rodrigo Borgia ended up being a lot simpler to defeat than most people had predicted, arguably ruining all of the set up this fight had received.

The most annoying part of this fight to fans was, despite Rodrigo being easy to beat, Ezio spares his life at the end of the boss fight, leaving this battle on a rather unfulfilling note.

While this was done to keep the game historically accurate, it was a disappointment to fans nonetheless.

16 Stronger: The Nameless King – Dark Souls 3

The Dark Souls franchise is filled with seemingly unbeatable foes, but the most difficult threat of them all has to be the Nameless King from Dark Souls 3. Even for a Dark Souls boss battle, the fight against the Nameless King is a truly strenuous one.

Following the pattern of nearly every video game ever created, most Dark Souls bosses have a pattern with their attacks, making beating them a little easier once you know what they’re going to do.

The Nameless King, however, does not have a pattern. Instead, he just flies around attacking you randomly while the camera tries to catch up to him, making the entire experience difficult to follow.

Even if you do manage to take the Nameless King down, he immediately comes back for an even more challenging round two.

15 Weaker: Hoyt – Far Cry 3

The entirety of the narrative for Far Cry 3 set up a final fight against Vaas, who was the central antagonist throughout the entire game.

However, many fans were surprised when the final fight was actually against some guy named Hoyt, who had not shown up at any point prior in the game.

This would’ve been a fine twist if Hoyt was actually a challenging final boss, but instead, he just appeared to be as easy to beat as any other standard boss throughout the rest of the game, making the climax of Far Cry 3 disappointing both for those looking for a good narrative and for those looking for a challenge.

Far Cry 3 received a lot of positive attention from critics, but that doesn’t change the fact that the final boss battle of the game was a little too easy and didn’t help to wrap up the detailed plot of the rest of the game.

14 Stronger: C’Thun – World of Warcraft

When the Old God villain C’Thun was first added to World of Warcraft in 2006, he took players by storm with how truly powerful he was.

Despite only being an eye with teeth, C’Thun became the most challenging boss to ever be put into the World of Warcraft universe.

Even the toughest teams of players encountered great difficulty defeating C’Thun. C’Thun would randomly choose players who were battling him to instantly defeat, and he also had a green eye beam that would destroy all of a player’s health in less than a second.

The game’s developer Blizzard soon realized how difficult C’Thun was to beat and soon made the boss a lot simpler of a challenge to overcome.

13 Weaker: Big John – Viewtiful Joe 2

Throughout the entirety of Viewtiful Joe 2, the villain Big John became a bit of an annoyance. Big John was a T-Rex who loved to talk and was convinced he was part of an army who came back in practically every level of the game just to be beaten in the same way over and over again.

For a giant dinosaur with loaded weapons, Big John was shockingly easy to beat.

While this would make sense, as people starting the game wouldn’t really be able to beat a dinosaur at full power, the fact that his abilities didn’t change too much from level to level made his constant appearances even more annoying.

Big John had the chance to be a notorious villain who always stood in the player’s way in Viewtiful Joe 2, but instead he just became an annoying side boss that no one really cared about.

12 Stronger: Motaro – Mortal Kombat 3

The Mortal Kombat series was full of unique enemies, but one of the strangest and most difficult to beat was Motaro from Mortal Kombat 3.

Motaro was unlike anything else fans had seen in the Mortal Kombat games, being some sort of mutated centaur with a long tail and some creepy horns.

Considering that he wasn’t even a final boss, Motaro proved himself to be incredibly challenging to beat. Any energy or weapon attacks would do no damage to this beast, leaving the player with few options to take him down.

Not only was he hard to damage, but it was also hard to avoid taking damage from this monster.

His speed and massive amounts of strength made Motaro arguably an ever harder enemy to overcome than the game’s actual final boss, Shao-Khan.

11 Weaker: God – The Simpsons Game

While it may not have gained the popularity of The Simpsons: Road RageThe Simpsons Game still proved itself to be quite entertaining with a rather unique concept.

The duration of the game featuring the Simpsons family acknowledging that they are in a video game, and eventually going on a journey to save Springfield from the video game-themed nonsense their friends are enduring.

Their journey eventually leads them to God himself, who ends up being the final boss of the game.

Unfortunately, rather than being an omnipotent or challenging boss like we would expect God to be, the Simpsons characters are easily able to beat him by playing against him in a game of Dance Dance Revolution.

While this was certainly a clever twist, it was disappointing as the final fight did not utilize any of the skills the players had acquired throughout the rest of the game.

10 Stronger: Mike Tyson – Mike Tyson’s Punch Out

Whereas the main duration of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out was realistically challenging, the final fight against Mike Tyson himself proved to be unrealistically difficult.

First off, the game made Mike Tyson huge, being at least twice the size at the game’s playable character Little Mac.

Secondly, when compared to every other boss in the game, Mike Tyson’s character is incredibly overpowered, even for Mike Tyson.

Every punch that Tyson would blow had the potential to knock out Little Mac, and he gave very few (if any) opportunities for the player to punch back.

Even if the player did get a chance to throw in a punch, it was minuscule compared to the damage that Tyson himself would give.

9 Weaker: The Destroyer – Borderlands

The first Borderlands game took video game players by storm, with its challenging fights combined with its humor making the entire game into a fun experience.

Despite this, most players of the game admitted they were disappointed with the final boss.

After countless hours of gameplay, when the player finally reached the final boss, the Destroyer, they found the climax to be rather anti-climactic.

Rather than being a difficult foe to take down, the Destroyer has clearly visible weak spots and doesn’t even change its position after being attacked.

All players would have to do was hit the Destroyer in the same spot a few times, and the final boss of this massive game would be easily defeated. For a boss with such a menacing name, the Destroyer went down a little too easily.

8 Stronger: Bowser – Super Mario 64

Bowser appeared as a boss a couple of times throughout Super Mario 64, but the final fight against the monstrous Koopa still goes down as one of the most challenging boss fights in video game history.

While Bowser could still be beaten by grabbing his tail and spinning him around, the stakes were raised when Bowser started breathing fire and the ground starting crumbling apart, leaving Mario to lose the fight with a simple misstep.

While Bowser is a bit easier to beat in the game today, he was a lot harder in this time period where 3D gameplay was still something new.

People who had grown up playing on a 2D platform had to adjust to these 3D fights, making Bowser almost impossible to beat for people who couldn’t adapt.

7 Weaker: Bowser – Super Mario Galaxy 2

After years of Bowser being known as a challenging foe, the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy dropped the ball quite a bit.

While the gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy 2 was certainly a lot of fun, adding Yoshi to the mix, the final fight was where the game truly fell short.

For this final boss fight, Nintendo sacrificed the challenge of the last game for a more visually appearing experience.

The fight looked incredibly cool, featuring a Bowser larger and more powerful than we had ever seen before, but the entire fight pretty much only featured Mario dodging his attacks and nothing else.

The fight took a turn towards the ending, with Bowser coming back in a gravity-defying fight that certainly looked cool, but could easily be completed in 30 seconds.

6 Stronger: The Rebel Flagship – Faster Than Light

Faster Than Light became a rather challenging game for many fans, particularly due to the fact that the game would not save.

If a player lost their life, they’d have to start over from the beginning, which made the final boss fight against the Rebel Flagship incredibly annoying for many players.

Compared to all of the other enemies in Faster Than Light, the Rebel Flagship was incredibly overpowered, being equipped with lasers, ion cannons, and triple missiles.

This final boss would often send even the best players back to level one in less than a minute with its sheer strength.

Even after the Rebel Flagship was beaten, it would come back in a power surge, taking nearly everyone who played the game by surprise and sending them back to the beginning of the game all over again.

5 Weaker: The Human Reaper – Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 was a game filled with high stakes, especially during the climax of the game where the characters must go on their final missions that could cost all of them their lives.

Their missions are compromised when the final boss appears, menacingly named the Human Reaper.

Despite having a scary name and looking very threatening, the Human Reaper shockingly isn’t threatening at all.

Disappointingly, this final boss of this fantastic game is able to be beaten with ease, arguably being one of the easiest enemies to beat in the entire game.

Though this horrible boss didn’t stop Mass Effect 2 from winning a number of awards, including “Best RPG,” the final fight was still a major disappointment to almost everyone who played the game.

4 Stronger: Psycho Mantis – Metal Gear Solid

Psycho Mantis from Metal Gear Solid is one of the most unique bosses to ever appear in a video game. Unless you know how to beat him, Psycho Mantis is absolutely unbeatable.

His telekenesis gives the player practically no control over Snake’s movements, and his mind reading features make him able to predict every move you make.

Oddly enough, the only way to truly take down Psycho Mantis is to unplug your game controller and plug it into a different slot. This will confuse Psycho Mantis, making it a lot easier to take him down.

While Psycho Mantis is a simple boss once you learn this trick, he became irritatingly difficult to fight if you didn’t figure out the trick.

Many people who never learned the truth about Psycho Mantis would battle him for hours with no luck.

3 Weaker: The Sorcerer – Shadow of the Colossus

The final boss of Shadow of the Colossus is both a challenging and weak boss at the same time. Compared to the other bosses in the game, the Sorcerer is rather boring.

Rather than moving around to fight you, the Sorcerer remains in the same spot throughout the entire boss battle, making you simply dodge throughout the duration of the fight.

The Sorcerer did prove himself hard to beat, but not because of his strength. Instead, the entire fight was just annoying as he would knock you down with bolts, and then knock you down again after you get back up.

Though the rest of Shadow of the Colossus is fantastic, the lack of innovation for this final boss ruined the game for a number of players.

2 Stronger: Deathstroke – Batman: Arkham Knight

The Arkham video games are full of a number of challenging boss fights, but the most challenging fight was arguably one of the most unexpected.

Though Deathstroke is certainly a formidable foe, most people did not expect his boss fight to be the most strenuous.

Rather than taking on Deathstroke in hand-to-hand melee, or even with weapons as one might expect to see in a fight against this particular villain, players had to chase Deathstroke through the streets of Gotham using the Batmobile.

The real struggle of this fight was getting to Deathstroke, whose goons in tanks kept getting in between Batman and his foe throughout the boss battle.

It was a cool looking fight that was certainly a lot harder than people would have expected.

1 Weaker: Alduin – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is still considered to be one of the greatest video games ever made, with its impressive RPG features and fighting abilities making people want to come back to replay it even 7 years after its initial release.

Despite this, the climax of the game’s main plot was a bit of a let down, specifically the boss fight. While the location and build-up of the final fight against Alduin was certainly appealing, Alduin himself was a bit of a disappointment.

Despite being a god-like deity, Alduin was just about as easy to take down as any other dragon in the game.

He had few abilities that the other dragons of Skyrim did not have, making the final boss fight of this impressive game a lot simpler than it should have been.



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2018-09-08 05:09:32 – Trevor Norkey

Skyrim: 25 Hidden Bosses (And How To Find Them)



The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most far reaching, influential games of the past decade. When it came out, it revolutionized open world concepts and how beautiful a game could be.

Even as technology grows, the love for the game has led to remastering and mods that only make its visuals stronger. Not to mention, the game has come out on nearly every platform possible.

Though the Elder Scrolls series was always popular, Skyrim took that to a new level.

One of the things that helped enrich the games were its enemies. Around any corner a player could meet a random encounter foe, or stumble into a legendary tomb, or fight off a revered dragon.

The world around the Dragonborn wasn’t just filled with things, it was teeming with life.

Because of its richness, though, some of Skyrim‘s bosses became more mythic than real. Some fans have never found these fun, harder to find foes.

A player can spend hours upon hours in the game and only find a few of these, let alone all of them. If they have, they’re truly dedicated to searching all the nooks and crannies that Skyrim has to offer.

However, not everyone has the time for all of that.

Here are the 25 Hidden Skyrim Bosses (And How to Find Them).

25 Vulthuryol

Vulthuryol is one of the most sought after hidden bosses in Skyrim. While many on this list are obscure or random foes, developers made Vulthuryol “hidden.”

Despite that, his home is underground, which is in Blackreach.

To summon him, a player must access the center area and go to where a yellow orb exists above the Hall of Rumination.

The Dragonborn only has to reach this orb, use Unrelenting Force on it, and Vulthuryol will appear.

Despite the fact that he’s coolest dragon underground, Vulthuryol fights like any other scaly beast. A player should just use whatever tactics have worked best for them fighting other dragons.

24 Karstaag The Frost Giant

In Skyrim‘s Dragonborn DLC, the player fights a bunch of new, powerful foes. One of the strongest, and hardest to find, is Karstaag the frost giant.

While he was initially slain in Blood Moon, Morrowind‘s DLC, the Nevarine didn’t destroy the giant’s soul. His soul is still ready for battle.

To summon Karstaag, the Dragonborn must first collect his skull from the Glacial Cave. Then, the skull must be transported to the Castle Karstaag Ruins and placed upon the old throne.

Once all enemies nearby are eliminated, Karstaag will appear in spectral form for a grand battle.

The only thing Karstaag has any weakness to is fire, so use lots to defeat him.

23 The Old Orc

The Old Orc is tirelessly trekking Skyrim to achieve a heroic end in battle. Unlike most of the foes on this list, he won’t be found somewhere specific. Players can encounter him anywhere on the road, at any point in the game.

This Orsimer isn’t a malevolent enemy, only an exhausted soul. The Dragonborn will find him solemnly over two slain sabre cats, dejected.

If the player agrees to help him, he will attack. If not, The Old Orc will remain in the same spot until his challenge is answered.

The best way to fight him is just to be smart and at least level five.

22 The Pale Lady

The Pale Lady is a powerful spectre in Frostmere Crypt. To find her, a player must find the crypt and encounter Elisa Blackthorn during battle.

If she lives, she will encourage the player to find a stolen sword below. If she perishes, though, looting her body and reading her journal also spawns a quest.

Inside lives The Pale Lady, a ghost who haunts those who disturb her weapon, The Pale Blade. Giving her blade back from a bandit will appease her.

Fight her, and the Dragonborn can claim The Pale Blade for themselves.

As a frost enemy, The Pale Lady is weak to fire. Light her up and the blade will be an easy prize.

21 Kvenel The Tongue

Kvenel once led a fierce band of warriors called the Tongues, all of whom had the ability to use dragon shouts.

Though long lost, his spirit can still be found haunting Volunruud. Finding the dungeon and reading the notes on the ground are all a player needs to prompt a quest to destroy him.

While he does come with a quest, finding and fighting Kvenel entirely rely on finding Volunruud.

Kvenel dual wields a war axe and a sword, named Okin and Eduj, respectively. It’s best for a player, when in battle, to be wary of getting too close.

Getting hit by two weapons at once is never very safe.

20 Udefrykte

Udefrykte is a unique troll found in only one place in Skyrim: Dawnstar Sanctuary. If the Dragonborn doesn’t join the Dark Brotherhood, or doesn’t take a break from sneaking to acknowledge the troll, it’s easy to miss this easter egg brute.

This troll is first seen in Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind‘s expansion, Blood Moon. Then his mother appears in Oblivion, and now a new one appears in Skyrim.

The largest distinction they have from normal trolls are their bright yellow eyes.

Like all trolls, Udefrykte is very weak to fire. Any savvy Dragonborn can use that to their advantage.

19 Guardians of The Headless Horseman’s Tomb

Skyrim‘s creators love their easter eggs. When the Dragonborn meets the Headless Horseman, the spectral figure rides away.

If the player follows him, the horseman will lead him to his burial grounds to fight some grave guardians.

While meeting the Headless Horseman is a random encounter, his tomb can be found on the map. Its name is Hamvir’s Rest.

Unfortunately for the skeleton and draugr guarding the tomb, they aren’t very strong. They’re easily defeated, no tricks or tips needed. The area does have a master chest, though, that can give some great rewards.

18 Red Eagle

Skyrim has many legendary heroes. However, one of the most famous was Red Eagle, hero of The Reach. The Dragonborn can find several novels regaling his triumphs.

Red Eagle’s final resting place can be found in Rebel’s Cairn. A player will only be given a quest to go there if they have found and read The Legend of Red Eagle.

Red Eagle can sometimes be a very difficult draugr to fight. The best methods to destroying him are disarming shouts, destruction weapons, and clever positioning.

Many people choose to either circle his coffin or use the stairs to their advantage.

After battle, his sword, Red Eagle’s Fury, will be on his body. It is a powerful sword laced with fire magic.

17 Rude Warrior

Not all fascinating combatants are wise. While traveling Skyrim, a player may be accosted by an angry, aggressive warrior.

This man will undoubtedly call the Dragonborn a “Milk Drinker.” Then he’ll lunge in for a fight.

However, there is no way to dispose of the rude warrior before he says such hurtful things. He only exists as a random encounter.

The best way to deal with his kind of disrespect in a quick stab to the gut. Or fireball. Or arrow. It all depends on a player’s weapon of choice. Either way, he’s hardly strong. Only memorable.

16 Warden Frost Atronachs

One of the coolest (no pun intended) places in Skyrim is the Winterhold prison, The Chill. If a player causes enough trouble, guards will take them there for punishment.

Unlike most other city prisons, The Chill is out in the middle of nowhere and guarded by not one, but warden four atronachs.

While The Chill can be found by walking around, the easiest route is to get arrested.

Logically, the easiest way to attack these abominable icicles is with fire. No matter how intimidating they are, they melt to its touch.

Even better, they drop highly valuable frost salts.

15 Haldyn

The Dragonborn can quite literally never find Haldyn and Japhet’s Folly without getting the quest “Rise in the East.”

It is one of those few places in Skyrim that can only be found by boat mission, and once Haldyn is defeated, the player can never go back.

The mission is given my East Empire Trading Company leaders in Solitude or Windhelm.

Once in Japhet’s Folly, the Dragonborn will climb the main tower and defeat pirates until they reach the battlemage leader, Haldyn.

The best way to fight Haldyn is to carefully sidestep his lightning attacks and use weapons like the Staff of Magnus to drain him of magicka.

14 Troll Champion

“Kyne’s Sacred Trials” are a set of successive missions that send the Dragonborn all across Skyrim to fight champion creatures.

This culminates, though, in fighting the gradest champion: the champion troll.

Froki Whetted-Sword, a questionably all-together grandfather who lives in a shack in the southwest mountains of The Rift, gives the sacred missions.

When the trials are at their end, the player will be sent to the Graywinter Watch cavern, east of Whiterun. Froki’s Bow and two extra trolls will also be found here.

Like all trolls, fire is the best way to go.

For their trouble, Froki will give the Dragonborn Kyne’s Token, an enchanted amulet, and tell him to keep his old bow.

13 Arondil

Arondil is a monstrous necromancer who uses reanimated corspes and skeletons for his own pleasure. Literally.

His collection of entirely female draugr are modeled after his fondness for milkmaids. This twisted, perverted spellcaster hides in Yngvild. The player may find him while wandering or through a very random quest.

The Thieves Guild bartender, Vekel, may say he has a client interested in the books of a madman.

To fight Arondil directly, it’s best to use magicka draining attacks to destroy his offensive abilities.

A more satisfying approach is to sneak by him and his draugr, take the soul gem on his pedestal, and watch his angered and vengeful slaves turn on him.

12 Taron Dreth

Taron Dreth, author of The Aetherium Wars, has a lot of random factors that go into his encounter. His friendliness changes drastically depending on what a player says and what’s in their pockets.

He only has the chance to appear after the mission, “Lost To The Ages,” where his old partner, Katria, insists he stole her research.

If Katria is mentioned or the Dragonborn carries an Aeutherium item, he’ll attack them. Otherwise, he’s just a nice, random stranger on the road.

As a mage, the best ways to defeat him are to use long ranged weapons, have magic resistant armor, or use lightning magic, as it will drain his magicka reserves.

11 Dragon Priests

Many of the bosses on this list are infamously secret, have a wildly obscure mission attached to them, or encounter a player at will.

The Dragon Priests are different, commonly encountered in several main missions. However, not all of them.

Because of this, not all Dragonborn will think to go looking for all of them. This makes the Dragon Priests as a whole sneakier than expected.

The Dragon Priests are found in: Valthume, Shearpoint, Labyrinthian, Skuldafn, Ragvald, Forelhost, High Gate Ruins, and Volskygge.

The best way to slay them is either to keep a safe distance away or destroy them quickly with strong melee attacks.

10 Gauldurson Brothers

Jyrik, Sidgis, and Mikrul are the power-hungry sons of Lord Gauldur.

They coveted their father’s amulet enough to go on bloody rampages before losing their lives. Meeting each brother the first time isn’t hard to do, however the final battle with all three comes from a much more obscure quest.

The Dragonborn must go on an investigative trek around Skyrim before battling them.

While the three brothers hold a different piece of the amulet puzzle, the final battle is at Reachwater Rock.

The key to fighting the brothers is always keeping track of all three at the same time. Getting surprised will only make the battle so much harder.

9 Vighar

Dengeir of Stuhn is one of the most beloved, yet quirky, Skyrim characters. As the grumpy, crazy grandpa of Falkreath, he gives the Dragonborn many missions to satisfy his creeping paranoia.

However, once a player is close enough to Dengeir, he shares a terrible family secret: their ancestor is Vighar, a master vampire – and someone has recently released him.

Without talking to Dengeir periodically, and before he possibly becomes Jarl, he will not make this request.

Vighar hides out at Bloodlet Throne, located in Falkreath’s mountains.

To fight this ancestral monster, it’s best to use fire, the dungeon traps nearby, and be watchful of the health bar.

8 Unbound Dremora

In Skyrim, there is no big mission to fight unbound dremora. However, to make friends with a dremora, you have to defeat it. Therefore many people pick a fight with unbound dremora.

To summon these daedric creatures, the Dragonborn needs to start with levle 90 Conjuration.

After that, they need to go to the roof of the Hall of Attainment, use the spell, and defeat the dremora. Then do it again. After two defeats, the Dragonborn’s dremora will have submitted.

The best way to slay the dremora is by using shock damage and keeping a safe distance. Followers help a lot with this, acting as decoys.

7 Naaslaarum and Volslaarum

These two dragons are residents of the frozen lake in the Forgotten Vale. In Skyrim‘s Dawnguard DLC, this is where some of the last snow elf bastions exist.

However, if the Dragonborn skirts quickly past their lake, they may never see or battle them.

Both dragons are fierce revered dragons, formidable foes for even high rank players.

They tend to fight together and are unafraid to dive underwater to make combat more complex.

Unfortunately, the best way to deal with these two is to use many resist fire potions. It helps make handling two dragons at once much easier.

6 Silvia the (Aspiring) Hagraven

Miss Darklight Tower, and the Dragonborn completely misses the odd, terrible Silvia. Silvia is a member of the Darklight Tower Coven and wishes to turn into a Hagraven.

Ilia, her daughter, has some trouble with this. However, a player won’t encounter either if he doesn’t meet Ilia outside of the tower and get the mission to stop Silvia.

Darklight Tower is southwest of Riften.

As a conjurer and witch, the easiest way to defeat Silvia is by draining her magicka. Using shock magic is the simplest way to do this.

Moreover, if Silvia is defeated, Ilia can become a companion.

5 Yngol’s Shade

Skyrim holds a lot of interesting characters, including that of Yngol’s Shade. The shade is a unique ghost, left to protect his helmet.

He is found in the dangerous Yngol Burrow. Unlike most tombs, where the monster levels are comparable to the player, Yngol’s Shade is designed to be much more powerful.

Depending on the level, Yngol’s Shade can be a powerful draugr, a draugr death lord, or even a spectral dragon priest.

The best way to deal with this impressive foe is with spells, archery, or fire. After all, with such an intense skill difference, getting too close could easily turn fatal.

4 The Giant Cheiftan

Some people just don’t like giants. One of those people is Cheif Yamarz. This orc can take the Dragonborn on a wild quest to Giant’s Grove, a beautiful landmark, if the player just happens to down a giant in front of him.

On the quest, he’ll take the player through Fallowstone Cave. Then he’ll ask that the giant chieftain be slain. The player can do it, or they can egg him on to do it himself.

To finish off the giant, the best approach is adept weaving in and out of his club hits or adept archery. Not getting hit by those clubs is pretty key.

3 The Reaper

Don’t fear the Reaper in Skyrim. Instead, go through meticulous steps to fight him one on one.

The Reaper is a hidden boss that comes with Dawnguard.

He can be summoned by going to the Soul Cairn, entering The Reaper’s Lair, and placing at least three reaper shards on its alter.

Then, the creature will be summoned along with several supernatural minions.

As a ghostly, masked figured ready for a fight, the Reaper will have his battleaxe ready to destroy any trespassers.

However, just play it smart and this spectral baddie will easily fall at the Dragonborn’s feet.

2 Strange Orb

While not a boss, the strange orb of Kagrenzel is a hidden place. The Dragonborn must traverse to a far corner of the map, climb a steep, snowy path, and enter the abandoned Dwemer ruins without a quest to encourage them.

Once inside, the player is led into a chamber where there’s a strange, bright, glowing orb. It’s impossible not to touch.

Then, once disturbed, the orb shows its sneaky agenda and traps the Dragonborn in a cage. They are then sent down a long shaft and ejected from the ruins into a watery pool.

The pool has some goodies, but any player would be embarrassed when bested by an inanimate, non-sentient orb. Or is it?

1 The Ebony Warrior

This tough guy isn’t hidden because he’s hard to find. It’s because he’ll find you first.

The Ebony Warrior is a powerful, aggressive Redguard foe that finds any Dragonborn after level 80 and insist they battle. Since he’s level 81, with thick ebony armor and weaponry, his gear alone in intimidating.

He comes with the Dragonborn DLC only, though, so some Dragonborn may never meet this legendary enemy.

Fighting the Ebony Warrior will be terribly hard. He’s resistant to poison, fire, frost, shock, and many dragon shouts.

He can reflect some attacks and do his own dragon shouts, too. Best way to fight the Ebony Warrior with intelligence, preparedness, and precaution.

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15 Strongest (And 10 Weakest) Hidden Video Game Bosses



In video games, there are few things more satisfying than defeating a difficult and gargantuan boss at the end of a level or even at the end of the game.

These moments have been a staple of the medium for years, whether it’s that giant Krusty balloon in the Simpsons arcade game or Andross’ brain in Star Fox 64.

These sequences up the ante in terms of intensity, often through difficulty and storyline relevance, and they’re a beloved fixture throughout countless games because of it.

However, not all boss battles are bread and butter affairs. In fact, many of the best boss battles in the history of the medium are so far off the beaten path, that many players would likely never run into them naturally.

These hidden, cataclysmic conflicts are the stuff of legends, usually having the player face a foe that is far beyond the typical difficulty settings of the game, creating a situation that will test even the most seasoned of players.

On the flipside, though, not all hidden bosses equate to extremely difficult trials. A few are actually incredibly disappointing in terms of difficulty, which is majorly disappointing considering the effort needed to uncover them.

With our list, we’re taking entrants from both sides of the spectrum, with the only pre-requisite being that these foes are hidden or otherwise optional.

With that in mind, we’re going to jump right into things with the strongest hidden bosses of all video games, and then follow-up with the pitiful excuses that are mostly likely secret because they’re afraid of getting their butts kicked.

Here are the 15 Strongest (And 10 Weakest) Hidden Video Game Bosses.

25 Strongest: Karstaag – Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls games are famously enormous (with Daggerfall nearly the same size as real-life Great Britain), so it’s no surprise that there are countless secrets tucked away throughout each and every one of its regions.

In Skyrim, the ghostly Frost Giant known as Karstaag is one of these secrets, and is also one of the strongest hidden bosses in history.

If you manage to find out how to summon this beast, you’re in for a fight against a level 90 adversary who will likely make you into his plaything.

The rewards for victory are immense, however, so keep up the good fight.

24 Strongest: Penance – FFX

The first of many Final Fantasy entries on this list, Penance is a great example of Square’s love of sadistic hidden bosses meant to punish the hubris of players.

While Final Fantasy X may be best known for its incredibly awkward laughing scene, Penance is no joke.

With 12,000,000 HP, regenerating arms with half a million HP each, and practically unstoppable, ultra-damaging attacks (including one called “Judgment Day” that does an insane amount of destructive damage to your entire party while also draining an unfathomable amount of MP), a battle against Penance might as well be the literal embodiment of the concept.

23 Weakest: Ghastly Darklord – Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden

Tales of Game’s Studios Presents Chef Boyardee’s Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden: Episode 1 of the Hoopz Barkely SaGa is one of, if not the, funniest game in the entirety of existence.

A completely unofficial “dark” sequel to Space Jam, the game is a JRPG starring Charles Barkley in a world where “B-Ball” is outlawed due to his use of the cataclysmic Chaos Dunk.

This is all canon, by the way.

Regardless, the game has a hidden boss in its world map: a giant, pixelated old man called “Ghastly Darklord.”

While he’s comparably difficult to other bosses in the game, he’s absolutely nothing when compared to the super-strong secret bosses we listed above.

22 Strongest: Giga Bowser – Melee

For many, Super Smash Bros. Melee is the apex of the Smash Bros. series.

While the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Switch looks like it might be a possible contender for the champion of the series, Melee will likely still hold a special place in the hearst of players across the globe.

Melee also happens to be the home of a devastatingly powerful secret boss, and one that could legitimately scare kids with his appearance: Giga Bowser.

This monstrous transformation for Bowser is only accessible when beating Adventure mode on Normal or higher in less then 18 minutes.

Once you beat the regular Koopa, he’ll return as this horrifying beast.

21 Weakest: Red – Pokemon Gold & Silver

Pokemon Gold & Silver are some of the finest sequels ever created. The Johto region was filled with exciting locations and tons of new Pokémon, but after conquering the area, players could actually return to Kanto from Red and Blue, going on a nostalgic quest.

After beating the Elite Four and all the gyms, players could then discover Red, the original protagonist, in Mt. Silver and battle him.

While he’s the hardest duel in the game, he poses little to no threat by the time you get to him if you are a skilled trainer.

20 Strongest: The Nameless King – Dark Souls 3

The infamously difficult Dark Souls franchise is utterly loaded with deeply obscured content, thanks to copious amounts of hidden walls and nearly-unintelligible babblings and “hints” from its NPC denizens.

It’s no surprise that some of the series’ most secret elements are ultra-difficult bosses, and Dark Souls 3’s Nameless King is a prime example.

Upon summoning your likely-executioner, you’re treated to an epic entrance and then thrown immediately into an intense fight against him and the dragon he rides.

When you finally dislodge him, you’ll have to duel the King himself, and, like everything in Dark Souls, it won’t be easy.

19 Weakest: Omega Weapon – FFX

The Final Fantasy franchise is absolutely notorious for insanely difficult secret boss fights.

In fact, Final Fantasy X has one of the more crippling versions of dangerous hidden enemies… but it also has one of the weakest: Omega Weapon.

Upon discovering this foe, most players expected to have their butts handed to them, but were completely shocked to discover how quickly (and effortlessly) they were able to decimate this poor fool.

Strangely enough, this boss is only a pushover in the NTSC version of the original game, while the international, PAL and remastered versions are far more formidable.

18 Strongest: The Forgotten One – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

Castlevania’s debut on the PS2, Lament of Innocence, is a fairly competent third-person action game with a rather cool horror-infused edge and dreary atmosphere.

It’s also pretty difficult, tasking players to wrestle with real-time menus and have perfect timing in combat.

There’s one particular fight that ups the considerable difficulty even higher, and that is the battle with The Forgotten One.

This stories-tall creature is imprisoned within the castle and, after the frustrating hoops that you need to jump through to unlock him, you’ll be treated to a brutal (and often disgusting) battle that you won’t soon forget.

17 Weakest: Ice Titan – Kingdom Hearts

While Kingdom Hearts 2 has one of the most difficult secret boss battles of all time with its inclusion of Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth, the same can’t be said for the original Kingdom Hearts and its Ice Titan.

One needn’t worry about strategy or a drawn-out battle against this titanic chunk of living frozen water, as there’s a easy trick into bringing him down easily.

Simply equip Guard, knock back his icicles until he collapses, wail on him, and then rinse and repeat until victory is yours.

Why didn’t Hercules just do that in the movie?

16 Strongest: Culex – Super Mario RPG

Super Mario RPG is a remarkable Super Nintendo title because Square, a company most associated with Final Fantasy and Sony, is the developer.

Taking concepts from their beloved RPGs and putting them into the world of Mario, Peach, Bowser and the rest seems crazy, but it ends up working out surprisingly well, with a memorable story, interactive battle system, and fan-favorite characters.

There’s also Culex, a “Dark Knight of Vanda,” who is apparently both matter and antimatter, who literally consumes time itself… and who will possibly consume Mario and company as well.

A reference to the FF series, Culex’s encounter is hard as nails and should only be fought by the most battle-hardened of players.

15 Weakest: Moonlight Butterfly – Dark Souls

Probably one of the least “hidden” boss on this list, you can spot the Moonlight Butterfly from miles away as it gently hovers above a crumbling tower.

Should you find your way to this optional boss, you’ll be plunged into one of the easiest encounters in the entirety of the Dark Souls franchise, which is really saying something.

While the atmosphere is eerie, and the Butterfly itself is beautiful, it’s a rather disappointing battle for masochistic Souls players… but it also acts as a confidence boost for those having some serious trouble.

14 Strongest: Yama – Spelunky

Spelunky, an awesome indie side-scrolling rogue-like is already ridiculously difficult, so the fact that there’s a hidden boss that is even harder than the rest of the game seems to be proof that there’s a sadist amongst the programmers.

You’ll need to go through difficult and wildly obscure steps in order to unlock the encounter with this demonic foe.

After defeating the game’s normal boss, Olmec, you’ll be faced with Hell itself, and then the man of the hour.

If you manage to overcome this tyrant, you’ll get yourself an achievement and a new character, but after the hours spent through the torment of getting to this point, is it even worth it?

13 Weakest: Diablos – FFVIII

Final Fantasy VIII is an underrated entry of the venerable series, likely because it’s bookeneded by the beloved VII and the incredible IX.

VIII also has a unique difficulty in which most enemies and monsters are constantly scaled to match your party, meaning there’s almost always a challenge in every battle.

Sometimes this works out great, while sometimes it really doesn’t. Diablos is one of those times… or is it?

Found inside a magic lamp, this devil-like creature is staggeringly difficult if you confront him late in the game, but if you do battle as early as possible, he’s an utter cake walk.

12 Strongest: Cow King – Diablo II

Blizzard famously states that there is no cow level throughout many of their games in a long-running joke, but they’re not telling the whole truth.

There is, indeed, a cow level, and the boss that awaits you there will break the back of your carefully crafted dungeon crawling character.

When combining Wirt’s Peg Leg and a Town Portal Scroll, you’ll be able to warp to this cow-infested dimension, where you will face off against an army of the bovine beasts.

Then, their all-powerful leader will appear, and it’s up to you to stop him… if you can.

11 Weakest: The True Final Boss – Sonic 3 & Knuckles

Sonic 3 & Knuckles is likely the greatest 2D platformer of all time (yeah, we said it).

Its moment-to-moment gameplay is second to none, and its incredible score and level designs will stick with you for years.

Beating the game without the Chaos Emeralds will have you up against a giant Robotnik mech that can be challenging for newcomers, but if you acquire every Chaos and Super Emerald in the game, you get a secret boss battle as Hyper Sonic.

While this stage is extremely cool, the actual battle is supremely easy, which stands in stark contrast to the rigors of actually obtaining the Emeralds.

10 Strongest: Naglfar – FFXV

Against all odds, Final Fantasy XV, after its ridiculously lengthy development, managed to deliver what is the best Final Fantasy of the modern era, truly revolutionizing the series while remaining faithful to what made it legendary in the first place.

One of those areas being, of course, the inclusion of secret super bosses that will destroy you entirely.

While everyone knows about the “72 hour boss fight” with Adamantoise, that behemoth is nothing when compared to Naglfar, a devastatingly powerful foe.

With the ability to resist all weapons types and deliver damage to fully-powered party, Naglfar is a lengthy and violent encounter that only the strongest will survive.

9 Strongest: The Ancient Wyvern – Dark Souls 3

Earlier in this list, we mentioned the Nameless King from Dark Souls 3.

While he and his draconic mount posed a serious threat in the ever-dangerous world of Dark Souls boss fights, the Ancient Wyvern is even worse.

Boasting incredible might and longevity, the player is in for a grueling duel… unless they can figure out the secret to end things smoothly.

While he can be beaten the hard way, the trick is to avoid the thrashing beast at first, run off, and then perform a difficult lunge into its head, which will eliminate the threat in a single hit.

8 Weakest: Slot Machine – Star Fox

The original Star Fox hasn’t aged incredibly wall. Its polygonal graphics were incredible at the time, but they’re hard on the eyes now, as is the game’s miniscule framerate.

Luckily, there’s enough charm with the characters and gameplay to make up for it, along with some awesome secrets.

Should you discover how to get “Out of This Dimension,” you’ll find yourself in a trippy environment battling paper planes and, eventually, a giant Slot Machine while “The Saints Go Marching In” blasts in chip tune glory.

It’s eerie and it’s surreal, but it’s far from difficult.

7 Strongest: Noob Saibot – Mortal Kombat II

In the world of fighting games, there two things that are undeniable: first, you will fight an impossibly unfair boss and, secondly, Mortal Kombat has some of the craziest secrets in the history of the entire medium.

Both of those absolute truths come into play with Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat II.

To test your might against the shadowy ninja, you must win 50 two-player matches in a row and then pray that he’ll appear in Goro’s Lair.

If Noob does appear, don’t get too excited, because there’s a walloping in your immediate future at the hands of this mysterious ninja.

6 Strongest: Emerald/Ruby Weapons – FFVII

In yet another Final Fantasy entry, the fan-favorite FFVII is home to two extremely difficult adversaries: the Emerald and Ruby Weapons.

Though the battle is optional after beating the game, this duo is responsible for countless cracked controllers and broken TV screens.

Extreme amounts of HP, absurdly devastating attacks, nearly-impenetrable defenses and the added challenge of finding these enemies is a recipe for frustration and rage on a level that not even Sephiroth possessed.

To those who have conquered the Weapon duo, we salute you, and for these that haven’t, we absolutely understand.

5 Weakest: The Green Orb – Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is one of the Playstation’s supreme classics, and its merging of the Castlevania universe with the gameplay of Super Metroid is something truly magnificent to behold.

While the game’s gargantuan castle served as a great environment, players were surprised to discover that it was only half of the experience.

In order to access the inverted castle, players needed to uncover a secret boss by wearing Holy Glasses while fighting Richter.

This green orb can be a pain to locate, and it doesn’t pose much of a threat, but that’s okay, since you’ve now got a whole new castle to explore!

4 Strongest: Lv. 99 Emil – NieR: Automata

The first NieR is an odd game, but its strange atmosphere and excellent writing and voice acting crafted an enthused cult fanbase who eagerly awaited a follow-up after the multiple dreary endings of the original games.

Their prayers were answered with the equally dreary NieR: Automata, which evolved many of the concepts and has proven a critical and financial success across the board.

The game’s hardest boss, Lv. 99 Emil, is completely secret, and creates an epic battle to go along with the character’s direct connection to the original NieR.

3 Strongest: Sephiroth – Kingdom Hearts II

The Kingdom Hearts series is best known for two things: its incomprehensible plot, and the fact that it is a crossover between Disney and Final Fantasy, so it seems only fitting that one of the second game’s hidden bosses would be the most recognizable adversary from all of Final Fantasy: Sephiroth.

Hailing from the most beloved entry in the long-running series, Sephiroth is an incredibly difficult secret boss that can be fought in the arena.

He’ll bring all of his old tricks to battle, along with a boatload of health, so you better be adequately prepared when taking on this one-winged angel.

2 Weakest: John Romero – Doom II

Doom is a staple of FPS games, essentially in giving birth to the entire genre, and John Romero was one of the major factors in its development.

In Doom II, the last boss is a gigantic goat skull called the Icon of Sin, and it can only be damaged by firing rockets into its brain. This is all a façade, though.

Using a “no clip” cheat, you can move behind the Icon of Sin to discover the TRUE last boss of the game: John Romero’s head.

This ultra-secret “boss” is the core of the Icon, and it’s also completely defenseless, meaning that destroying him leads to total victory

1 Strongest: Reptile – Mortal Kombat

Noob Saibot from MKII is certainly a powerful and incredibly secretive enemy, but he’s nothing compared to the series’ original hidden fighter.

Reptile was the subject of seemingly never-ending rumors, thanks to how mysterious the means of even seeing this character were.

First, you need to have a double flawless victory without blocking once, but your victory has to be on the Pit stage, and has to end in a Fatality.

Of course, that’s too easy, so you need to hope that Santa Claus is flying across the moon when you do it.

Should you somehow accomplish this, Reptile will unleash all of his fury on you, so get ready for a major beatdown.

Can you think of any other extremely powerful or weak hidden video game bosses? Sound off in the comments!



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