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4th Jan '18 5:41:26 PM WillyFourEyes
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* Cagney Carnation in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'', who forces you to start paying attention to attacks coming from multiple fronts from the very beginning, and his attacks are harder to dodge than the bosses before him. During his last phase, he plants his thorns on the ground, limiting your movement to the three floating platforms.
4th Jan '18 12:49:32 PM bt8257
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SisterTrope to EarlyBirdBoss, a version of a Wake Up Call Boss that relies on the player's lack of key items, spells, or metaknowledge early in the game in order to provide a challenge.

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SisterTrope to EarlyBirdBoss, a version of a Wake Up Call Boss this that relies on the player's lack of key items, spells, or metaknowledge early in the game in order to provide a challenge.
27th Dec '17 10:50:08 AM NervousShark
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* All trial bosses in ''VideoGame/ElementalStory'' will force a continue if the players do not read the hint screen, bring monsters outside of its weakness and having them in low level and less evolved state.

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* All trial bosses in ''VideoGame/ElementalStory'' will force a continue if the players do not read the hint screen, bring monsters outside of its weakness and having them in low level and less evolved state.states.



* For the above's sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': Mr. Passion is generally the first boss where players realize just how vital debuffs, status effects, and item strategies are. LevelGrinding and the Thunder Bomb trick will only get you so far here.

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* For the above's sequel, ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'': Mr. Passion is generally the first boss where players realize just how vital debuffs, status effects, and item strategies are. LevelGrinding and the Thunder Bomb trick will only get you so far here.



** Almost every starting zone also offers a Wake Up Call Boss in the form of a quest requiring the player to kill an [[EliteMook elite NPC]] that is significantly more challenging than the normal enemies the player has fought to that point. The most well known of these is Hogger, a level 10 mob in Elwynn Forest, who is so infamous for slaughtering newbies that he's become a MemeticBadass as well as a ThatOneBoss. %%This is [[MemeticBadass Hogger's]] entire claim to fame.

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** Almost every starting zone also offers a Wake Up Call Boss in the form of a quest requiring the player to kill an [[EliteMook elite NPC]] that is significantly more challenging than the normal enemies the player has fought to that point. The most well known of these is Hogger, a level 10 mob in Elwynn Forest, who is so infamous for slaughtering newbies that he's become a MemeticBadass as well as a ThatOneBoss. %%This is [[MemeticBadass Hogger's]] entire claim to fame.



* VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings involves many different mid-bosses, who will clean the floor with you if you don't prepare before fights and learn fast:

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* VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' involves many different mid-bosses, who will clean the floor with you if you don't prepare before fights and learn fast:



** Mid-boss Letho is one hell of a fight. By this point, you have to know how a Witcher prepares, fights, and improvises, because Letho will do the same. As his [[GeniusBruiser game description implies]], Letho will make preparations with a mana shield to prevent slamming on his weak spots (becomes freaking invincible for about twenty seconds), and THEN charge in like a moron BECAUSE YOU LITERALLY CAN'T DEAL DAMAGE TO HIM, and will use 'frag grenade' bombs if you decide to run away and attack from a distance. He's a powerful fighter, and even if you play dirty he'll still be a major threat from a distance because of his mastery of elemental magic and bombs. You either have to be a good enough duelist to turn his preparations into s***, or be constantly alert for magic attacks and incoming grenades.
** The optional boss in Act III will grind you alive if you decide to fight him. You've mastered everything except an attack by a freaking field commander. If you don't deal with the gargoyle reinforcements, he'll pummel you with fire magic. And all of this is considered a prelude to the giant dragon you'll have to fight as the final boss! ((xplaining would deal with spoilers).
* ''TheWitcher3'' has an [[spoiler:elemental]] boss [[spoiler:from a cold, cold place]] that walks the line between this and ''ThatOneBoss'', as he will kick your teeth in if you're not properly prepare and still comes early enough in the game to pose a real challenge for you, especially if you haven't yet mastered the art of dodging and alchemy preparation. Adding to that, you meet him right after defeating a Mid-Boss and your health may already be drained. Now, imagine a gamer who still had no idea that potions could be replenished via meditating and you've won yourself [[SomeDexterityRequired some Lessons, learned the hard way]].

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** Mid-boss Letho is one hell of a fight. By this point, you have to know how a Witcher prepares, fights, and improvises, because Letho will do the same. As his [[GeniusBruiser game description implies]], Letho will make preparations with a mana shield to prevent slamming on his weak spots (becomes freaking (he becomes invincible for about twenty seconds), and THEN charge charges in like a moron BECAUSE YOU LITERALLY CAN'T DEAL DAMAGE TO HIM, because you literally can't do damage to him, and will use 'frag grenade' bombs if you decide to run away and attack from a distance. He's a powerful fighter, and even if you play dirty he'll still be a major threat from a distance because of his mastery of elemental magic and bombs. You either have to be a good enough duelist to turn render his preparations into s***, useless, or be constantly alert for magic attacks and incoming grenades.
** The optional boss in Act III will grind you alive if you decide to fight him. You've mastered everything except an attack by a freaking field commander. If you don't deal with the gargoyle reinforcements, he'll pummel you with fire magic. And all of this is considered a prelude to the giant dragon you'll have to fight as the final boss! ((xplaining would deal with spoilers).
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* ''TheWitcher3'' has an [[spoiler:elemental]] boss [[spoiler:from a cold, cold place]] that walks the line between this and ''ThatOneBoss'', as he will kick your teeth in if you're not properly prepare prepared and still comes early enough in the game to pose a real challenge for you, especially if you haven't yet mastered the art of dodging and alchemy preparation. Adding to that, you meet him right after defeating a Mid-Boss and your health may already be drained. Now, imagine a gamer who still had no idea that potions could be replenished via meditating and you've won yourself [[SomeDexterityRequired some Lessons, learned the hard way]].
27th Dec '17 10:39:36 AM NervousShark
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** You literally [[ForegoneVictory cannot lose]] against the first boss and the second is a piece of cake too. And then there's Spiky Tiger, who is considered by many players to be one of the toughest bosses in the game. This is probably due to his ability to inflict the burning status on your characters (paralyzed and taking continuous damage) as well as knocking them out with a hard-to-avoid physical attack. He also regularly jumps to the raised platforms on the sides where he can only be hit with the two ranged weapons you have -- which, being weaker than the melee weapons, you may not have bothered using them, meaning you won't even have unlocked the charge attacks. AND you don't have any magic of your own yet.

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** You literally [[ForegoneVictory cannot lose]] against the first boss boss, and the second is a piece of cake too. And then there's Spiky Tiger, who is considered by many players to be one of the toughest bosses in the game. This is probably due to his ability to inflict the burning status on your characters (paralyzed and taking continuous damage) as well as knocking them out with a hard-to-avoid physical attack. He also regularly jumps to the raised platforms on the sides where he can only be hit with the two ranged weapons you have -- which, being weaker than the melee weapons, you may not have bothered using them, meaning you won't even have unlocked the charge attacks. AND you don't have any magic of your own yet.



*** It seems the Minotaur has taken this spot. Being the first "real" boss, it's attacks are much more varied and aggressive. Its War Cry attack can lower the attack and defense of your whole party, which he will immediately take advantage of by unleashing his strong physical attacks. Like Matador in Nocturne, you will die if you haven't gotten used to using buffs/debuffs yet.

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*** It seems the The Minotaur has taken this spot. Being is the first "real" boss, it's so its attacks are much more varied and aggressive. Its War Cry attack can lower the attack and defense of your whole party, which he will immediately take advantage of by unleashing his strong physical attacks. Like Matador in Nocturne, you will die if you haven't gotten used to using buffs/debuffs yet.



* The [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings sequel]] involves many different mid-bosses, who will clean the floor with you if you don't prepare before fights and learn fast:

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* The [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings sequel]] VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings involves many different mid-bosses, who will clean the floor with you if you don't prepare before fights and learn fast:



* The [[spoiler:Wrothian]] deffinetly fit the bill in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''. They are all extremely fast, extremely tough and [[spoiler:Ga Jiarg]] has a OneHitKill move to boot. [[spoiler:And then they get into Skells, where they are just as quick but even harder to kill]]

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* The [[spoiler:Wrothian]] deffinetly definitely fit the bill in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''. They are all extremely fast, extremely tough and [[spoiler:Ga Jiarg]] has a OneHitKill move to boot. [[spoiler:And then they get into Skells, where they are just as quick but even harder to kill]]
21st Dec '17 9:12:14 AM theknack101
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* ''VideoGame/BloodBorne'': Like its [[VideoGame/DemonsSouls older]] [[VideoGame/DarkSouls brothers]], Bloodborne doesn't pull punches: the first mandatory boss is [[spoiler: Father Gascoigne]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters a crazed Hunter]] that thinks everyone's either a beast or slowly becoming one. He's either your first boss fight or your second, if you took the detour to kill the Cleric Beast earlier. Which is HIGHLY recommended not only because you need to at least ''see'' a boss to start leveling up, but the experience will be invaluable: [[spoiler: Gascoigne]] is a monster of a man that hits like a truck, is faster than you and has three phases, each one harder than the last. The only way to survive the fight (apart from cheesing) is to have a good handle on the parry and visceral attack mechanics, something quite unlikely at that point. Fortunately, he has an extra weak point [[spoiler: a tiny, unassuming, very easily missable music box]] that stuns him on use. Only thing is, it will make him skip to phase three after two uses, and after the third it will stop working completely.

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* ''VideoGame/BloodBorne'': Like its [[VideoGame/DemonsSouls older]] [[VideoGame/DarkSouls brothers]], Bloodborne doesn't pull punches: one of the first mandatory boss is [[spoiler: Father Gascoigne]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters a crazed Hunter]] that thinks everyone's either a beast or slowly becoming one. He's either your first boss fight or your second, if you took the detour to kill the Cleric Beast earlier. Which is HIGHLY recommended not only because you need to at least ''see'' a boss to start leveling up, but the experience will be invaluable: [[spoiler: Gascoigne]] is a monster of a man that hits like a truck, is faster than you and has three phases, each one harder than the last. The only way to survive the fight (apart from cheesing) is to have a good handle on the parry and visceral attack mechanics, something quite unlikely at that point. Fortunately, he has an extra weak point [[spoiler: a tiny, unassuming, very easily missable music box]] that stuns him on use. Only thing is, it will make him skip to phase three after two uses, and after the third it will stop working completely.
16th Dec '17 4:16:30 PM ShinyManaphy
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* ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Shadow Madarame, the second Palace target. He has two phases. In the first, he's divided into four enemies. Two of them drain magic but take damage from physical attacks, but the other two are reversed. This is a pain even after you've figured them out, because one misclick and you've healed him. Get past them, and you'll fight Madarame himself. He has a skill which inflicts the "Vanity" ailment, unique to him and the FinalBoss. Vanity makes the target weak to ''every single ailment'', which can effectively give Madarame two attacks per round, and is also a death sentence in Merciless mode which increases the damage from weakness hits by 2.5x. Vanity is also a special ailment, meaning that you can't cure it yourself and you have to wait for it to wear off. Lastly, Madarame will revert to the first phase after a while, and will do this multiple times if he gets the chance, which he almost certainly will on higher difficulties.
6th Dec '17 8:44:59 PM iowaforever
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* The fight with the strippers in the Peppermint Hippo in ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole'' becomes this in stage 2; getting to Classi will have her summon Spontaneous Bootay, a plus-sized stripper who acts as an AdvancingWallOfDoom that will one hit kill the New Kid and Captain Diabetes if she gets too close. She attacks on a timer that constantly charges during character turns, is invincible to any and all damage and effects, and all the other strippers start adding knockback to their attacks to drive the heroes back towards Bootay. The player must act fast and keep moving or be crushed to death by her massive butt.
29th Nov '17 10:45:46 AM kasperow
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** In every single version, the battle against Dark Knight definitely counts. Cecil has JUST received the powers of a Paladin, and must now face his worst enemy: Himself. You have no chance to get used to the new abilities, and the only hints you get when you attack are some dialogue saying "A TRUE PALADIN.../...WOULD SHEATHE HIS SWORD". If you don't realize that this means you literally have to ''stop fighting'', the battle can go on until you run out of restoring items and MP and the Dark Knight kills Cecil... What makes it worse is that the actual way to win ''varies from version to version''!
25th Nov '17 11:25:34 AM YourMomma
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndMoon'': Your first fight against Dulce can be a frustrating one. He uses a Furfrou, which will give Fightning types and physical attackers a very hard time thanks to its ability, Fur Coat; which halves damage from physical moves and therefore makes it quite bulky. While its moveset is pretty basic, the way itís ultilized will make it hard to take down. Sand Attack lowers your Pokemonís accuracy, Growl and Baby Doll Eyes lower Attack and makes physical moves do even ''less'' damage, and Headbutt, a STAB attack, can do some nasty damage to your mons at this point in the game.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndMoon'': Your first fight against Dulce Dulce/Soliera can be a frustrating one. He one (you fight Dulce in Ultra Sun and Soliera in Ultra Moon). He/she uses a Furfrou, which will give Fightning Fighting types and physical attackers a very hard time thanks to its ability, Fur Coat; which halves damage from physical moves and therefore makes it quite bulky. While its moveset is pretty basic, the way itís ultilized will make it hard to take down. Sand Attack lowers your Pokemonís accuracy, Growl and Baby Doll Eyes lower Attack and makes physical moves do even ''less'' damage, and Headbutt, a STAB attack, can do some nasty damage to your mons at this point in the game.
19th Nov '17 9:51:48 AM YourMomma
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonUltraSunAndMoon'': Your first fight against Dulce can be a frustrating one. He uses a Furfrou, which will give Fightning types and physical attackers a very hard time thanks to its ability, Fur Coat; which halves damage from physical moves and therefore makes it quite bulky. While its moveset is pretty basic, the way itís ultilized will make it hard to take down. Sand Attack lowers your Pokemonís accuracy, Growl and Baby Doll Eyes lower Attack and makes physical moves do even ''less'' damage, and Headbutt, a STAB attack, can do some nasty damage to your mons at this point in the game.
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