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21st Apr '17 3:33:30 PM kirant
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' takes this to an extreme with Shadow Kunikazu. He hides behind an army of robots while casting minor support spells and cannot be damaged until all the robots are killed. Once on his own, he goes down without a fight.
20th Apr '17 10:00:03 AM FF32
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* The Queen of Hearts in ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' periodically summons Card Soldiers into battle. Unlike the FOEs that you encounter earlier, though, the only threat that they pose is that they don't allow you to attack the Queen before you defeat them - they're weak to every non-physical element.

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* The Queen of Hearts in ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' periodically summons Card Soldiers into battle. Unlike the FOEs [=FOEs=] that you encounter earlier, though, the only threat that they pose is that they don't allow you to attack the Queen before you defeat them - they're weak to every non-physical element.
20th Apr '17 9:55:07 AM FF32
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* The Queen of Hearts in ''VideoGame/{{Persona Q}}'' periodically summons Card Soldiers into battle. Unlike the FOEs that you encounter earlier, though, the only threat that they pose is that they don't allow you to attack the Queen before you defeat them - they're weak to every non-physical element.

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* The Queen of Hearts in ''VideoGame/{{Persona Q}}'' ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' periodically summons Card Soldiers into battle. Unlike the FOEs that you encounter earlier, though, the only threat that they pose is that they don't allow you to attack the Queen before you defeat them - they're weak to every non-physical element.
16th Apr '17 12:39:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bubble Symphony]]'' has a giant {{Space Invader|s}}, who has updated sprite versions of the invaders as well as the UFO. The UFO also has eyes on its top.

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* ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Bubble Symphony]]'' has a giant {{Space VideoGame/{{Space Invader|s}}, who has updated sprite versions of the invaders as well as the UFO. The UFO also has eyes on its top.
23rd Mar '17 4:44:23 AM Adept
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* In ''TheWitcher'' one interesting example exists: [[spoiler:Dagon]]'s flunkys need to be killed to harm him, [[spoiler:as they are his worshipers and GodsNeedPrayerBadly]]
* ''LostOdyssey'' enjoys this trope. One mini-boss fight includes a sea monster which keeps summoning weaker versions of itself and then disappearing while you wail on them, another boss involves a literal HiveQueen that beefs her minions up to insanely powerful levels, and an optional boss requires you to fight a bunch of raptors that call reinforcements (and eventually the boss) into battle.

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* In ''TheWitcher'' ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' one interesting example exists: [[spoiler:Dagon]]'s flunkys need to be killed to harm him, [[spoiler:as they are his worshipers and GodsNeedPrayerBadly]]
* ''LostOdyssey'' ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' enjoys this trope. One mini-boss fight includes a sea monster which keeps summoning weaker versions of itself and then disappearing while you wail on them, another boss involves a literal HiveQueen that beefs her minions up to insanely powerful levels, and an optional boss requires you to fight a bunch of raptors that call reinforcements (and eventually the boss) into battle.
24th Feb '17 3:30:57 PM JohnnyHuang
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* ''FatalFrame V'': [[BigBad Ouse]]/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ose]] Kurosawa, during her actual final battle.
** When fought underwater, she summons 5-6 Guardians around her, who disperse and attack separately if not defeated quickly. Fortunately said Guardians go down in one hit or two.
** When fought above water surface, she summons some {{Mook}}(s) you've encountered earlier in the story. And Guardian(s), if summoned, emerge out of water to grab you by the ankle before disappearing.
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5th Jan '17 6:13:55 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' both the Capra Demon and Nito, First of the Dead are accompanied by mooks. Nito's skeletal mooks will also respawn unless they are slain with a divine weapon.

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* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' both the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':
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Capra Demon is infamously flanked by two attack dogs, who are ''very'' good at stunning the player and leaving them open to the Demon's powerful sword blows, especially considering the cramped arena. Hence the most famous piece of advice in the ''Souls'' community: "Kill the dogs first."
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Nito, First of the Dead are is accompanied by mooks. Nito's skeletal mooks a bunch of skeletons, including one ''giant'' skeleton. Because he's a necromancer, those skeletons will also respawn continuously unless they are slain with a divine weapon.weapon.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'':
** The Mirror Knight can summon warriors from other worlds to assist him in battle. The twist is that in addition to NPC's, he can also summon ''other players'' who happen to be online at the moment.
** Elana, the Squalid Queen will summon skeletons as well as a previous boss, Velstadt, to help her in her fight. And occasionally she'll summon those three piglets from the beginning of the game by accident.
** The Burnt Ivory King will continuously be helped by Charred Loyce Knights. You can stop this by bringing uncorrupted Loyce Knights into battle, who can freeze the portals they spawn from.
** In NewGamePlus, both the Flexile Sentry and the Lost Sinner will be accompanied by black phantoms in their fights.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'':
** The Curse-Rotted Greatwood will be joined by numerous Undead Settlers during the first phase of its fight. You can kill them, but more will come shortly.
** High Lord Wolnir will periodically summon skeletons to help him. Skeletons that have to be killed twice to stay down for good. Fortunately, Wolnir isn't careful with his attacks and will kill his own servants quite often.
** The Champion's Gravetender in Ariandel starts out with a small pack of wolves helping him, and is later joined by a single enormous Greatwolf who is a boss in its own right.
19th Nov '16 2:59:52 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', Totem Beasts are larger versions of standard Pokémon, and each can summon a regular version of itself. However, the player is still allowed to only have one Pokémon out at a time.
6th Nov '16 8:32:47 PM AndyTheDrifter
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In general, the best strategy seems to be to concentrate all your offensive efforts on the main boss, as killing him will [[NoOntologicalInertia defeat the minions too]], and there's no sense on wasting time and ammo on the minions when they're probably just going to come back anyway. This is especially true if the boss itself has no form of attack, and its flunkies are its only form of offence. [[ShootTheMedicFirst The contrary can be true if the flunkies]] ''[[MookMedic heal]]'' the boss, or if [[ZergRush more and more of them would spawn]] if you don't kill them until you are [[DeathOfAThousandCuts overwhelmed by sheer numbers]].

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In general, many cases, the best optimal strategy seems to be is to concentrate all your offensive efforts on the main boss, as killing him will [[NoOntologicalInertia defeat the minions too]], too]] and constitute an InstantWinCondition, meaning there's no sense on in wasting time and ammo resources on the minions when they're probably just going to come back anyway. This is especially true if the boss itself has no form of attack, and its flunkies are its only form of offence. [[ShootTheMedicFirst The contrary can be true if the flunkies]] ''[[MookMedic heal]]'' the boss, or if [[ZergRush more and more of them would spawn]] if you don't kill them until you are [[DeathOfAThousandCuts overwhelmed by sheer numbers]].
30th Oct '16 8:31:37 PM jormis29
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* '[[VideoGame/YokaiWatch]]' features a boss named SV Snaggerjag, a pirate attached to his ship - literally. One of his only moves, called Takin' It All, is to pull fish flunkies out of the water. There are three types - one attacks physically, one attacks with water, and one heals Snaggerjag. Up to two can be at his side. To make it worse, when he has two, he starts charging his most powerful, A Fisher's Life, which cannot be interrupted by defeating a flunkie. and you get no extra XP for the flunkies. The game might just hate you.

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* '[[VideoGame/YokaiWatch]]' ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' features a boss named SV Snaggerjag, a pirate attached to his ship - literally. One of his only moves, called Takin' It All, is to pull fish flunkies out of the water. There are three types - one attacks physically, one attacks with water, and one heals Snaggerjag. Up to two can be at his side. To make it worse, when he has two, he starts charging his most powerful, A Fisher's Life, which cannot be interrupted by defeating a flunkie. and you get no extra XP for the flunkies. The game might just hate you.
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