Toughest Bosses

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Rexly Peñaflorida

Rexly Peñaflorida II is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news, with a major focus on gaming.

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  • coolitic
    Honestly. every time Toms does a top-ten-anything for video games, the lists are always garbage and feel more like attempts at fan service.
  • exroofer
    Sorry but if you put any from WoW in, Vaelestrazz ( the guildbreaker! ) from Vanilla has to be there.
    And C'thun pre-nerf.

    Dark Souls just straight up hated you....
  • delaro
    Diablo of ('Diablo III') hard? He is one of the easiest bosses in the game.
  • delaro
    Honestly Path of Exile bosses make Diablo III look like childsplay. Whoever wrote this should have given that game a go, D3 boss mechanics don't matter all that much but in POE one slip and your dead on quite a few fights.
  • deepblue08
    In fact, I would bet to say that Diablo in Diablo2 is tougher than Diablo3 version.
  • escapextacy
    Ghost of Lady Comstock was easy. Diablo in D3 was really pathetic on every difficulty level and Ebony warrior is only the second hardest enemy in skyrim (and that's only you if you don't use certain shout) ,
  • LORD_ORION
    The problem with saying RPG bosses are tough is that they become super easy when out leveled.

    eg: Smough and Ornstein are super easy with a giant dad build because the Zweihander can knock them out of their move sets, and also because of the armor/health you have.
  • J_E_D_70
    Coirnav was just hellish. We beat that one exactly once with a full 72-person raid for the boss/adds and a separate 24-person raid to crowd control the three minis.
  • Twoboxer
    Without speaking to where this fight should rank, Kil'jaeden in Tomb of Sargeras is much tougher than Archimonde. Regardless of whether the fights are Normal, Heroic, or Mythic.
  • Dugimodo
    People have short memories, many boss fights are incredibly difficult the first few attempts but become pretty easy as gear and experience improves and everyone learns the fight.

    Any time someone dares to suggest a boss might be hard you get flooded by comments by how easy it is and how you must be a noob. That's just noise to me and I ignore it.

    A couple I remember from Wow, we were a pretty casual guild and not serious raiders so we often struggled with things others had long since cleared. Deathwing and the Lich King come to mind, both easy fights with an experienced, geared, coordinated raid group but absolute nightmares for a bunch of amateurs learning for the first time.

    The safety dance in Naxx was all but impossible for us as well - but not becasue of it's difficulty. Try timing things like that when everybodys latency is in the 200-300ms range, we are an Aussie/ Kiwi guild and that was normal back then. Certainly added an extra level of difficulty.
  • SiuKingBon
    Diablo 3 Inferno pre-nerf was one of the hardest bosses to beat, it was an actual feat to beat it in hardcore mode as well. Probably less than a few hundred of the millions of players back in 2012 managed to beat Diablo before Blizzard nerfed everything so everyone could do it.
  • jimmysmitty
    552113 said:
    Diablo of ('Diablo III') hard? He is one of the easiest bosses in the game.


    Pre patches he was harder than he is now. Now he is a joke..

    However even before that Belial was a vastly harder boss since even the best could be one hit with most of his attacks in his final phase..

    Hell even some of the champs were harder than Diablo by far, especially before they changed them such as the champs with shielded minions, plague and molten all in one.

    Of course hard is also dependent on the player. Some games are harder than others for some people.
  • rbarone69
    EQ2 has some really difficult raid bosses that required 24 people to be on their game and figure the puzzles out. One screw up, wipe and repeat.
  • vaughn2k
    I think you are not a gamer... Especially Diablo.. :D
  • McDuncun
    Omega Weapon from FF8, that was a bitch!! "Holy War Trail" and "Hero" for the win!!
  • cats_Paw
    Orstein and Smoug...
    How about Manus? Or Artorias? Or Kalameet?
    I guess someone did not discover the DLC...
  • hirschbergt
    Call me a noob, but my first encounter with the spider mastermind in Doom 2016 on Nightmare was quite the challenge...
  • hirschbergt
    Call me a noob, but my first encounter with the spider mastermind in Doom 2016 on Nightmare was quite a challenge.
  • Lkaos
    Star Wars: The Old Republic World Bosses come to mind....
  • delaro
    83715 said:
    EQ2 has some really difficult raid bosses that required 24 people to be on their game and figure the puzzles out. One screw up, wipe and repeat.


    This article shouldn't be comparing Raid bosses to RPG's at all. The difficulty for a group of 1-4 vs 10+ is always much greater since you add in that wipe by idiot factor or wipe from DC's. Raid encounters are on a different scale with mechanics and should have been a separate article all together.
  • nickgolob
    I will second Ghost of Lady Comstock.

    Fucking _killed_ my Bioshock 1999 mode run
  • Ne0Wolf7
    Um, excuse me, but wheres the ender dragon?
  • alithegreat
    Diablo 3 is hard??? You beat Prime evil with a club.. Neither in vanilla nor with the expansion it's not hard. Even with green items you can beat it. Only first time hard boss is Malthael in diablo and i wouldn't put it in the list.
    Very few current games are "hard" and they label that with different labels as "insane/hardcore" these days.
    I wasn't expecting a serious list... but this!
  • delaro
    1389952 said:
    Diablo 3 is hard??? You beat Prime evil with a club.. Neither in vanilla nor with the expansion it's not hard. Even with green items you can beat it. Only first time hard boss is Malthael in diablo and i wouldn't put it in the list. Very few current games are "hard" and they label that with different labels as "insane/hardcore" these days. I wasn't expecting a serious list... but this!


    Path of Exile
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    Shaper
    Uber Atziri
    8mod corrupted Guardians
    Twinned Vaal Temple
    Kitava

    Unless you have spent countless farmed hours getting the right gear and having a few select builds these are very difficult fights... also very fun. D3 has nothing remotely close to any of these at any level.