Whether players are facing their toughest rival, the evil villain, or simply an obstacle in their way, video games almost always have boss fights. The classic video game structure pits players against easy enemies in order to learn mechanics, only to then use their abilities against a much more challenging opponent: the “boss”. Many games have multiple bosses, usually located at the end of a level, so players will face many in a single game. Some games like Cup Head or Dark Souls have established hard bosses, while other games are not as well known for their challenges. Whether it’s the first level in the game, or there’s a lore-related reason, some bosses are easy to defeat. In this list we’ll look at some of the easiest boss fights in gaming.
10. Whispy Woods – Kirby’s Dream Land (Game Boy, 1992)
Kirby’s Dream Land is the first game in the Kirby series, introducing players to the titular protagonist who protects Dream Land. As Kirby prepares to fight King Dedede, he must travel through five lands and face five bosses. The first boss Kirby must fight is Whispy Woods, an anthropomorphic tree located in Green Greens. As the first boss in the entire series, Whispy is iconic to Kirby fans and appears in many games. This particular boss fight is also memorable because it was so easy on the original Game Boy. Whispy shoots air at Kirby and drops apples from the trees above; both are easy to dodge and the apples can be inhaled by Kirby and used to attack Whispy Woods. After six hits, Whispy is defeated and Kirby can continue on his journey.
9. Papu Papu – Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation, 1996)
The first game in the series, Crash Bandicoot tells the story of the titular character who lives on the Wumpa Islands. Fighting to save his girlfriend and fellow bandicoot, Tawna, from the evil Doctor Neo Cortex, Crash travels across three islands before he can face the mad scientist. The first boss Crash faces is Papu Papu, the leader of the tribesmen on N. Sanity Island. As the first boss in the entire series, Papu Papu is a very easy introduction for players. Crash must jump on the tribal leader’s head as he swings his staff a Crash or in a circle. With only three attacks to take down this boss, players can easily dodge Papu Papu’s staff and continue on their journey.
8. King Bob-omb – Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64, 1996)
As the first 3D Mario game and the best selling game on the Nintendo 64, Super Mario 64 is a widely known game. As Mario dives into a painting to save Princess Peach from Bowser, players face many enemies and bosses inside and around the Mushroom Castle. The first boss is King Bob-omb located in the Bob-omb Battlefield. Mario must travel up a mountain before facing the king, where he must get to the back of him, pick him up, and toss him three times. This boss fight is very easy since King Bob-omb moves slowly and Mario can throw him anywhere.
7. 343 Guilty Spark – Halo 3 (Xbox 360, 2007)
Originally a character and boss from Halo and Halo 2, 343 Guilty Spark is a floating AI “Ancilla” and monitor of Installation 04. In order to defeat the Flood, the player character traveled to Installation 04 to activate the Halo ring. However, as monitor and protector, 343 Guilty Spark saw this as a threat to the unfinished Halo ring and attacks Sergeant Johnson, forcing the player to engage in battle. Spark attacks the player with a large red beam while also pushing the player back with a force field. The player only has to avoid these attacks for a few moments before Sergeant Major Johnson uses his Spartan Laser to blast off Spark’s protective casing. The player takes this weapon from the Sergeant before he dies, his last words being, “kick his ass”. 343 Guilty Spark doesn’t even try to evade the player’s attack as the boss dies with three blasts from the Spartan Laser.
6. Old King Coal – Banjo-Tooie (Nintendo 64, 2000)
Originally known as Banjo-Koozie 2, Banjo-Tooie is the second game in the Banjo-Koozie series. The titular characters, Banjo and Kazooie, go on an adventure to stop the antagonist Grunty and her sisters. As the characters travel to the second world, Glitter Gulch Mine, they meet a large living pile of coal named Old King Coal. The king challenges the duo to a fight in order to use his train. As the coal monster lumbers around the room, the player can follow to attack. However, this boss fight is made much easier if the player positions themselves on top of a platform of debris and throws eggs instead. Old King Coal has no weak spots, so hitting him anywhere will cause his limbs to fall off and make the ground too hot to walk on. Players can quickly defeat him with this method, causing the Old King to agree to a negotiation.
5. Golem Overlord – Chrono Trigger (SNES 1995)
The first in the Chrono series, Chrono Trigger follows the story of a group of adventurers who travel through time to prevent a global catastrophe. As the player travels to 12000 BC, known as the Antiquity era, they are captured and held on a massive, flying fortress called the Blackbird. As the group escapes, they are stopped by a hideous being called Golem Overlord. The boss counts down to a strong attack but he forgets and never attacks. This boss is extremely easy because you don’t have to defeat them; after the countdown the Golem Overlord escapes due to its fear of heights. While players gain experience if they beat the boss, the Golem Overlord can be completely ignored too.
4. Mysterio – Spider-Man 2 (PlayStation 2, 2004)
Loosely based on the 2004 movie, Spider-Man 2 pits Peter Parker against classic Spider-Man villains like Rhino, Mysterio, Shocker, and Doctor Octopus. Most notable is Mysterio, who actually has multiple boss fights. Mysterio’s real identity is Quentin Beck, a special effects artist who uses illusions in his crimes. After Spider-Man defeats Quentin Beck, he dons the disguise of Mysterio. After Spider-Man beats Mysterio and an illusory alien invasion, he must face Mysterio once more. This time, Spider-Man finds Mysterio robbing a convenience store, and with one punch Mysterio is defeated. This boss fight is comedically easy, and Spider-Man wins the day by exposing Quentin Beck’s identity.
3. Lambent Brumak – Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360, 2008)
Gears of War 2 follows the story of the Locust War and Jacinto, the last safe refuge for humanity. In the fifth and final Act, Sergeant Marcus Fenix and Corporal Dominic “Dom” Santiago plan to use a Lightmass Bomb to destroy Jacinto and the Locust army with it. During the mission, Marcus and Dom hijack a Brumak, a large monstrous creature, to help attack Locust forces. However, as Marcus and Dom make their escape, the Brumak destroys the Lightmass bomb and begins to “go lambent”. This refers to an infection from imulsion, a highly volatile liquid that can cause creatures to explode. Marcus and Dom instead plan to use this Lambent Brumak to sink Jacinto. Although this is the final boss of Gears of War 2, the Lambent Brumak is very easy to defeat. As the helicopter circles the beast, the player just has to shoot at the Brumak until it explodes.
2. Cloud N. Candy – Yoshi’s Story (Nintendo 64, 1997)
As Baby Bowser steals the Super Happy Tree from Yoshi’s Island and casts a spell to turn the land into a pop-up picture book, six Baby Yoshi’s must set out to retrieve the tree in Yoshi’s Story. The first boss players face is Cloud N. Candy, a giant cotton candy cloud. Yoshi must lick Cloud N. Candy in order to defeat her, while also avoiding being touched by the boss. As Yoshi’s attacks are successful, the boss becomes smaller, as well as quick and agile. This boss is extremely easy for players since she is so big and successful attacks also heal Yoshi. This is an easy introduction to the game as players prepare to face much stronger foes.
1. Lucien – Fable II (Xbox 360, 2008)
500 years after the original, Fable II takes place in Albion, a colonial setting where firearms and science are commonly used, but also magic. The player character is a young child known as Sparrow who obtains a magical music box that grants wishes. Sparrow and their older sister, Rose, wish to live in Castle Fairfax, the home of Lord Lucien. Much to their delight, guards arrive and escort the pair to the castle, where they meet the lord. However, angered they are not one of the three “Heroes” he is seeking, Lord Lucien kills Rose and wounds Sparrow, only surviving due to a “heroic” bloodline. Ten years later, Sparrow learns of this bloodline and departs on a journey where they meet Hammer, the Hero of Strength; Garth, the Hero of Will; and Reaver, the Hero of Skill. Destined to be Lucien’s downfall, the player character and their allies confront the lord. As Lord Lucien is close to killing the heroes, he is defeated when the player pulls out the music box and kills him in one strike with any weapon. Many players can even have the final moment stolen from them if they wait too long, causing Reaver to shoot Lucien mid-sentence. Lord Lucien is known as the worst final boss of all video games, mostly due to the long monologue and anticlimactic death.
Boss fights are inevitable in games and are meant to be both challenging and rewarding. Many should be hard, but few should be easy. On this list we could see understandably easy boss fights, like the very first of the game, or a subsequent boss fight that is meant to amuse the player. However, some of the worst on this list belong here because the developers didn’t give players any challenge, and instead made games anticlimactic or even boring. Luckily, most of these games are from older systems and we can enjoy better developed and more challenging boss fights now and in the future.
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