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30th Aug '17 12:46:58 PM nighttrainfm
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** There's some odd zig-zagging examples in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' in the form of [[spoiler:Ansem]] and the [[spoiler:Armored Ventus Nightmare.]] The former starts you off solo against him, with your Dream Eater alllies trapped in the darkness below until you reality shift, at which point they can aid you until he destroys the platform you've created. The latter periodically gathers the darkness engulfing the arena [[DarkIsNotEvil (And by extension, your Dream Eaters)]] and weaponizes it, forcing you to go solo during that time.

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** There's some odd zig-zagging examples in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' in the form of [[spoiler:Ansem]] and the [[spoiler:Armored Ventus Nightmare.]] The former starts you off solo against him, with your Dream Eater alllies trapped in the darkness below until you reality shift, at which point they can aid you until he destroys the platform you've created. The latter periodically gathers the darkness engulfing the arena [[DarkIsNotEvil (And (and by extension, your Dream Eaters)]] and weaponizes it, forcing you to go solo during that time.
30th Aug '17 12:46:43 PM nighttrainfm
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*** ''358/2 Days'' has a few, but the most notable are [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Xion]] as the penultimate boss and Riku as the final boss.]]

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*** ** ''358/2 Days'' has a few, but the most notable are [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Xion]] as the penultimate boss and Riku as the final boss.]]
10th Aug '17 1:59:48 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** Two main paths in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' also feature a boss like this - in ''Birthright'' Chapter 26, Avatar needs to defeat [[spoiler:Xander]], and in ''Conquest'' Chapter 25, they must fight [[spoiler:Ryoma]]. In both cases, Avatar and the boss start in an isolated chamber in the middle of the map, while other units start outside and need to fight regular enemies. However, you can interrupt the duel in ''Conquest'' version, where after defeating one (on Normal difficulty) or both (on Hard or Lunatic) minibosses, the chamber will open and your units will be able to swarm the boss.

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** Two main paths in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' also feature a boss like this - in ''Birthright'' Chapter 26, the Avatar needs to defeat [[spoiler:Xander]], [[spoiler:Prince Xander]], and in ''Conquest'' Chapter 25, they must fight [[spoiler:Ryoma]]. [[spoiler:Prince Ryoma]]. In both cases, the Avatar and the boss start in an isolated chamber in the middle of the map, while other units start outside and need to fight regular enemies. However, you the player can interrupt the duel in ''Conquest'' version, where after defeating one (on Normal difficulty) or both (on Hard or Lunatic) minibosses, minibosses ([[spoiler: Ryoma's retainers Saizo and Kagero]], the chamber will open and your the other units will be able to swarm the boss.boss, who will angrily lampshade the trope:
-->[[spoiler: '''Ryoma''']]:"Only an honorless boor would interfere with a duel!"
10th Aug '17 8:38:22 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' in the add-on "Dragonborn" Miraak the final boss of the expansion, you can only fight him by entering a realm of Oblivion which your companions cannot enter.

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* In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
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in the add-on "Dragonborn" Miraak main quest, you must [[spoiler:enter Sovngarde, the final boss WarriorHeaven of [[HornyVikings Nordic]] mythology, alone in pursuit of [[BigBad Alduin]].]] Here, you meet Tsun, the old Nordic god of "trials against adversity" and [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] of [[TopGod Shor]]. He tests warrior spirits for their worthiness to enter Shor's Hall of Valor, and the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] is no exception. Tsun will need to be defeated in single combat, and he is a tough foe with ContractualBossImmunity to essentially everything but direct damage attacks.
** In the ''Dragonborn'' DLC, the Dragonborn must face Miraak, the EvilCounterpart BigBad
of the expansion, you DLC storyline, alone. You can only fight him by entering a realm of Oblivion which your companions cannot enter.
1st Aug '17 7:52:47 AM xcountryguy
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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has Senel against [[spoiler:Chloe]], and later, [[spoiler: Moses]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has Luke fighting [[spoiler:Asch]] twice ([[spoiler: first due to Luke having a HeroicBSOD over [[TomatoInTheMirror the truth of his existence]] and Asch's [[HairTriggerTemper bad temper]] and the second so they can resolve their identities as original and clone.]])

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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has Senel against [[spoiler:Chloe]], and later, [[spoiler: Moses]].
[[spoiler:Moses]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has Luke fighting [[spoiler:Asch]] twice ([[spoiler: first ([[spoiler:first due to Luke having a HeroicBSOD over [[TomatoInTheMirror the truth of his existence]] and Asch's [[HairTriggerTemper bad temper]] and the second so they can resolve their identities as original and clone.]])



** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has Jude against [[spoiler: Agria]], [[spoiler: Ivar]], then [[spoiler: Gaius]]. There's also Milla against [[spoiler: Muzet]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' has Ludger against his half brother Julius, [[spoiler: both as a test of the former's skills and because the latter knows his death is necessary for the world's survival]]. The game also starts with a battle between Ludger and Julius before the player can do anything else, but it's AllJustADream, and [[HopelessBossFight you can't win, no matter what]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' has Sorey against [[spoiler: Heldalf]] after [[spoiler: sacrificing his Seraphim friends and separating himself from Rose]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' has Velvet against [[spoiler: Eleanor]] [[spoiler: to force her to join the party since she formed a pact with Laphicet.]]
*** Subverted when it comes to Rokurou against [[spoiler: Shigure]] as the party insists on jumping in during every fight. [[spoiler: He does get his duel against Shigure, but only as a cutscene.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' has Jude against [[spoiler: Agria]], [[spoiler: Ivar]], [[spoiler:Agria]], [[spoiler:Ivar]], then [[spoiler: Gaius]]. [[spoiler:Gaius]]. There's also Milla against [[spoiler: Muzet]].
[[spoiler:Muzet]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' has Ludger against his half brother Julius, [[spoiler: both [[spoiler:both as a test of the former's skills and because the latter knows his death is necessary for the world's survival]]. The game also starts with a battle between Ludger and Julius before the player can do anything else, but it's AllJustADream, and [[HopelessBossFight you can't win, no matter what]].
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfZestiria'' has Sorey against [[spoiler: Heldalf]] [[spoiler:Heldalf]] after [[spoiler: sacrificing [[spoiler:sacrificing his Seraphim friends and separating himself from Rose]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' has Velvet against [[spoiler: Eleanor]] [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:Eleanor]] [[spoiler:to force her to join the party since she formed a pact with Laphicet.]]
*** Subverted when it comes to Rokurou against [[spoiler: Shigure]] [[spoiler:Shigure]] as the party insists on jumping in during every fight. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He does get his duel against Shigure, but only as a cutscene.]]



** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', Noctis [[spoiler: is forced to confront Ardyn, ''the FinalBoss'', by himself, as the latter takes out Noct's party, claiming that they have no place in "the battle of kings."]]
* One of the boss battles in [[VideoGame/AtelierIris2TheAzothOfDestiny Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny]] is your first encounter with [[spoiler: Fee, after saving Max]]. Not really a hard fight, if you had full health at the beginning of it because [[spoiler: she]] attacks first and she has extremely high speed stat.
** Also another one is you fighting alone against [[spoiler: Chaos]] due to the rest of your party [[spoiler: celebrating your victory against the Empire]].

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', Noctis [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is forced to confront Ardyn, ''the FinalBoss'', by himself, as the latter takes out Noct's party, claiming that they have no place in "the battle of kings."]]
* One of the boss battles in [[VideoGame/AtelierIris2TheAzothOfDestiny Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny]] is your first encounter with [[spoiler: Fee, [[spoiler:Fee, after saving Max]]. Not really a hard fight, if you had full health at the beginning of it because [[spoiler: she]] [[spoiler:she]] attacks first and she has extremely high speed stat.
** Also another one is you fighting alone against [[spoiler: Chaos]] [[spoiler:Chaos]] due to the rest of your party [[spoiler: celebrating [[spoiler:celebrating your victory against the Empire]].



** There's two in the first one as well; as Xelha, you have to face [[spoiler: Xelha's mother, the Ice Queen, in order to gain the Ocean Mirror.]] As Mizuti, you have to fight [[spoiler: the Magician's Shadow]] to finish Mizuti's sidquest. In both cases, the game uses an ''even more'' unorthodox fight system; instead of picking your Magnus cards to fight, you are presented with a handful of face down cards, and one face-up card. You have to find the card that matches the face-up card among the one's face down in order to advance to the next round. If you get the wrong one, you take damage. Obviously, this is a LuckBasedMission. What makes it more egregious is that there is a [[FirstPersonSnapshooter Camera Magnus]] in there, and of course, [[PermanentlyMissableContent you only have this chance to take a photo of the Boss.]]

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** There's two in the first one as well; as Xelha, you have to face [[spoiler: Xelha's [[spoiler:Xelha's mother, the Ice Queen, in order to gain the Ocean Mirror.]] As Mizuti, you have to fight [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Magician's Shadow]] to finish Mizuti's sidquest. In both cases, the game uses an ''even more'' unorthodox fight system; instead of picking your Magnus cards to fight, you are presented with a handful of face down cards, and one face-up card. You have to find the card that matches the face-up card among the one's face down in order to advance to the next round. If you get the wrong one, you take damage. Obviously, this is a LuckBasedMission. What makes it more egregious is that there is a [[FirstPersonSnapshooter Camera Magnus]] in there, and of course, [[PermanentlyMissableContent you only have this chance to take a photo of the Boss.]]



** And then there's the best ending of the game itself, which is [[spoiler: every hero facing against each of their own final bosses in pathetically easy duels to represent how powerful they have truly become.]]

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** And then there's the best ending of the game itself, which is [[spoiler: every [[spoiler:every hero facing against each of their own final bosses in pathetically easy duels to represent how powerful they have truly become.]]



** There's some odd zig-zagging examples in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' in the form of [[spoiler: Ansem]] and the [[spoiler: Armored Ventus Nightmare.]] The former starts you off solo against him, with your Dream Eater alllies trapped in the darkness below until you reality shift, at which point they can aid you until he destroys the platform you've created. The latter periodically gathers the darkness engulfing the arena [[DarkIsNotEvil (And by extension, your Dream Eaters)]] and weaponizes it, forcing you to go solo during that time.

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** There's some odd zig-zagging examples in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' in the form of [[spoiler: Ansem]] [[spoiler:Ansem]] and the [[spoiler: Armored [[spoiler:Armored Ventus Nightmare.]] The former starts you off solo against him, with your Dream Eater alllies trapped in the darkness below until you reality shift, at which point they can aid you until he destroys the platform you've created. The latter periodically gathers the darkness engulfing the arena [[DarkIsNotEvil (And by extension, your Dream Eaters)]] and weaponizes it, forcing you to go solo during that time.



** You can [[spoiler: lose this fight without getting a game over]]. This leads to the bad [[spoiler: (and canon)]] ending.

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** You can [[spoiler: lose [[spoiler:lose this fight without getting a game over]]. This leads to the bad [[spoiler: (and [[spoiler:(and canon)]] ending.



** In ''[[VideoGame/CognitiveDissonance MOTHER: Cognitive Dissoance]]'', everyone in your party gets one of these when they enter their own doors inside [[spoiler: Giegue's]] mind, each talking about how their counterpart forced them into being.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/CognitiveDissonance MOTHER: Cognitive Dissoance]]'', everyone in your party gets one of these when they enter their own doors inside [[spoiler: Giegue's]] [[spoiler:Giegue's]] mind, each talking about how their counterpart forced them into being.



** And the sequel loves this trope as well, making you fight Atris, Darth Sion and [[spoiler: Darth Traya]] alone... which incidentally serves to [[BrokenAesop undercut]] its overall message about [[ThePowerOfFriendship drawing strength from others]].

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** And the sequel loves this trope as well, making you fight Atris, Darth Sion and [[spoiler: Darth [[spoiler:Darth Traya]] alone... which incidentally serves to [[BrokenAesop undercut]] its overall message about [[ThePowerOfFriendship drawing strength from others]].



* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' the main character must either fight [[spoiler: Lorne]] alone, or choose a single party member to battle in his place. Light of Heavens, while not a boss, requires you to fight her alone if you want to recruit her for your keep, but nothing stops you from using party members to buff yourself up beforehand.

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* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' the main character must either fight [[spoiler: Lorne]] [[spoiler:Lorne]] alone, or choose a single party member to battle in his place. Light of Heavens, while not a boss, requires you to fight her alone if you want to recruit her for your keep, but nothing stops you from using party members to buff yourself up beforehand.



* Fei gets a lot of these in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' [[spoiler: including battles with Bart, Elly, Ramsus, Wiseman, Grahf... even the final battle.]]

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* Fei gets a lot of these in ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' [[spoiler: including [[spoiler:including battles with Bart, Elly, Ramsus, Wiseman, Grahf... even the final battle.]]



* ''VideoGame/BeyondDivinity'' ends with a duel against [[spoiler: The Death Knight, your NPC partner/companion throughout the entire game]].

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* ''VideoGame/BeyondDivinity'' ends with a duel against [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Death Knight, your NPC partner/companion throughout the entire game]].



** ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 1}}'': Jack vs. Harken and Cecilia vs. Elizabeth; in Alter Code F, [[spoiler: Rudy's optional fight with the Rotting Beast to save Surf Village. Again.]]

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** ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 1}}'': Jack vs. Harken and Cecilia vs. Elizabeth; in Alter Code F, [[spoiler: Rudy's [[spoiler:Rudy's optional fight with the Rotting Beast to save Surf Village. Again.]]



* Happens frequently in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', from a duel with your rival, Gao the Lesser, near the start, to fighting the final boss- and [[spoiler: in a way, it's come full circle, as the final boss is Sun Li, your master]].

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* Happens frequently in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', from a duel with your rival, Gao the Lesser, near the start, to fighting the final boss- and [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in a way, it's come full circle, as the final boss is Sun Li, your master]].



** [[spoiler: Even with Count Bleck, Mario is the only one to initially fight him. However, after jumping on him a few times, everybody else enters the room and joins you, at which point you switch to ''[[GameBreaker Luigi]]''.]]

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** [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even with Count Bleck, Mario is the only one to initially fight him. However, after jumping on him a few times, everybody else enters the room and joins you, at which point you switch to ''[[GameBreaker Luigi]]''.]]



* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the player has to fight the secret boss [[spoiler: Elizabeth]] alone. Even if you bring your party members with you before confronting [[spoiler: her]], they won't be able to take part. The same goes for [[spoiler: her brother, Theodore]] in the Portable version.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', the player has to fight the secret boss [[spoiler: Elizabeth]] [[spoiler:Elizabeth]] alone. Even if you bring your party members with you before confronting [[spoiler: her]], [[spoiler:her]], they won't be able to take part. The same goes for [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her brother, Theodore]] in the Portable version.



* In ''VideoGame/AlterAILA'', Blue must have a climactic final duel with [[spoiler: Green]] midway through the story. Depending on the story path, she is either killed or the fight never even occurs.

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* In ''VideoGame/AlterAILA'', Blue must have a climactic final duel with [[spoiler: Green]] [[spoiler:Green]] midway through the story. Depending on the story path, she is either killed or the fight never even occurs.



* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is a one-on-one duel with [[spoiler:Gwyn, Lord of Cinder]], who wield a [[{{BFS}} massive]] flaming sword and nothing else. [[spoiler: Unless you saved Solaire via Chaos Covenant shortcut, he would then assist you instead provided he was alive.]] [[https://eightandahalfbit.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dark-souls-gwyn.jpg Praise the Sun.]]
* [[spoiler: Gehrman]] of ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' is a one-on-one dual with an [[BadassGrandpa elderly hunter]] wielding a SinisterScythe, who urged to MercyKill you, there is [[NoSell no NPC summon for you]] [[note]]You can still summon online co-operaters provided they have triggered the fight but fled instead.[[/note]]. A subversion existed in Chalice Dungeon, [[MirrorBoss Forgotten Madman]] appeared to be this trope at first, but it turns into DualBoss when he reached half health.

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is a one-on-one duel with [[spoiler:Gwyn, Lord of Cinder]], who wield a [[{{BFS}} massive]] flaming sword and nothing else. [[spoiler: Unless [[spoiler:Unless you saved Solaire via Chaos Covenant shortcut, he would then assist you instead provided he was alive.]] [[https://eightandahalfbit.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dark-souls-gwyn.jpg Praise the Sun.]]
* [[spoiler: Gehrman]] [[spoiler:Gehrman]] of ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' is a one-on-one dual with an [[BadassGrandpa elderly hunter]] wielding a SinisterScythe, who urged to MercyKill you, there is [[NoSell no NPC summon for you]] [[note]]You can still summon online co-operaters provided they have triggered the fight but fled instead.[[/note]]. A subversion existed in Chalice Dungeon, [[MirrorBoss Forgotten Madman]] appeared to be this trope at first, but it turns into DualBoss when he reached half health.



* One of the final battles in ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' has [[TheHero Bastion]] attempt this against [[BigBad Faulkner]]. It's then subverted by [[spoiler: you getting help to deal with him.]]

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* One of the final battles in ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' has [[TheHero Bastion]] attempt this against [[BigBad Faulkner]]. It's then subverted by [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you getting help to deal with him.]]



** [[ArcVillain Laxus]] [[PsychoElectro Dreyar]] is a subversion in the Fantasia arc. [[TheHero Natsu]] wants to take him down alone, as he's a BoisterousBruiser with a desire to prove and challenge himself, and Laxus is well known as being absurdly strong. [[spoiler: After [[TheRival Gajeel]] has to pull him out of the way of a fatal attack, Natsu accepts his offer for a [[RivalsTeamUp team up]].]]

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** [[ArcVillain Laxus]] [[PsychoElectro Dreyar]] is a subversion in the Fantasia arc. [[TheHero Natsu]] wants to take him down alone, as he's a BoisterousBruiser with a desire to prove and challenge himself, and Laxus is well known as being absurdly strong. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After [[TheRival Gajeel]] has to pull him out of the way of a fatal attack, Natsu accepts his offer for a [[RivalsTeamUp team up]].]]



* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito's duel with Heathcliff is essentially this. [[spoiler: The second one also qualifies as InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn.]]

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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito's duel with Heathcliff is essentially this. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The second one also qualifies as InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn.]]
7th Jul '17 5:43:45 PM LovePsychothefirst
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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has Luke fighting [[spoiler:Asch]] ([[spoiler:so they can resolve their identities as original and clone.]])

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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has Luke fighting [[spoiler:Asch]] ([[spoiler:so twice ([[spoiler: first due to Luke having a HeroicBSOD over [[TomatoInTheMirror the truth of his existence]] and Asch's [[HairTriggerTemper bad temper]] and the second so they can resolve their identities as original and clone.]])
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** The second part of Moon Door 1 has Agate face Tita in her Orbal Gear mecha, twice.
** Star Door 5 pits Anelace against [[spoiler:Richard]], who was the penultimate boss of ''FC''.
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* Halfway into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky SC'', Joshua will face Mueller Vander, a LightningBruiser MasterSwordsman. On paper, this trope is averted because you have Josette as a guest character. In practice, she will fall very quickly and will deal ScratchDamage, meaning Joshua may as well be alone.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'':
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Halfway into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky SC'', ''SC'', Joshua will face Mueller Vander, a LightningBruiser MasterSwordsman. On paper, this trope is averted because you have Josette as a guest character. In practice, she will fall very quickly and will deal ScratchDamage, meaning Joshua may as well be alone.alone.
** In the ''3rd'', Star Door 1 has Julia face Mueller in a friendly duel, though she's given fewer Arts and items to work with than Joshua.
20th May '17 4:37:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Vindictus}}'' also has several bosses that must be fought solo. Episode 8's Succubus is a good example, as well as [[spoiler:Episode 9's Shakarr, who you fight in full Level 2 Dark Knight or Paladin mode for the entire battle]].

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* ''{{Vindictus}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'' also has several bosses that must be fought solo. Episode 8's Succubus is a good example, as well as [[spoiler:Episode 9's Shakarr, who you fight in full Level 2 Dark Knight or Paladin mode for the entire battle]].
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* ''VideoGame/FarawayStory'' allows Pia to duel her friends (with the exception of Mimi) in order to officially recruit them as party members. [[spoiler:However, defeating Ellevark results in a non-canon ending rather than immediate recruitment. In Chapter 11, Ellevark is the only playable character, which means he has to defeat the chapter boss by himself.]]
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