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4 hardest boss fights in PlayStation history

There is no better feeling than the rush you get after beating a hard boss fight, and there are plenty on PlayStation. The PlayStation ecosystem has been in our lives for 26 years, so it’s no surprise that many epic fights have been had.

We are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of PlayStation 5, and now seems like an opportunity to remind ourselves of the bosses big and small who have brought fear to the lives of many players. From terrorizing players in singleplayer narrative games to decimating entire teams in PvE titles, PlayStation is home to some serious boss fights.

We’ve already gone over the four hardest boss fights on Xbox. Now, let’s discuss the four toughest bosses on PlayStation.

Orphan of Kos (Bloodborne, 2015)

Can a difficult boss battle discussion happen without a nod to FromSoftware? Probably not. 2015’s Bloodborne tested the player’s skill and patience as they journeyed through Yharnam.  This includes the likes of Ebrietas, Gehrman, and the Moon Presence.

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However, the worst of the worst was introduced in The Old Hunters DLC. Crawling out from its dead mother’s corpse, Orphan of Kos stands as the final boss in the DLC. Orphan of Kos attacks ferociously while screeching in terror.

Wielding what is likely its own hardened placenta (gross, I know),  Orphan of Kos is relentless. It moves unpredictably with an endless fury of aggressive attacks. Players who have even mastered the art of the pixel-perfect dodge still find this to be one of the game’s hardest hills to climb.

Sephiroth (Kingdom Hearts, 2002)

Final Fantasy VII’s big bad, Sephiroth, made his appearance in Kingdom Hearts as an optional boss. He maintains his same sinister appearance, but remains a dangerous threat to those who seek a challenge.

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Found in the Platinum match at Olympus Coliseum, Sephiroth can easily one-shot players, even at a considerably high level. Players must anticipate each of Sephiroth’s moves as he strikes hard and evades quickly.

To make matters worse, Sephiroth’s battle escalates and sees him incorporating additional moves, including Cloud’s omnislash attack. Beating Sephiroth requires a high level of skill, a stock of elixirs, and equipping a Keyblade with a balance of strength and magic.

Skolas, Kell of Kells (Destiny: House of Wolves, 2015)

The Destiny community was rocked to its core with the arrival of Destiny‘s House of Wolves expansion. This piece of content introduced Skolas, a boss featured in the story. Skolas is more notorious for his boss fight in the Prison of Elders challenge, Skolas’ Revenge.

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This specific challenge tasks teams with throwing themselves through a gauntlet of six enemy waves. In the end, Skolas appears. Much like many of Destiny’s challenges and raids, Skolas’ Revenge isn’t a straight gun battle. As Skolas is immune to weapons, players must kill Servitors found in the arena to grant a 20-second opening for Skolas to be damaged.

Additionally, debuffs are added at random to make the fight more challenging. During the second phase, mines will appear, forcing the team to disable them all while still fighting the boss. Skolas’ Revenge was so difficult upon release, Bungie had to issue an update to the level 35 challenge, reducing the boss’s health and removing burn modifiers.

Valkyrie Queen Sigrun (God of War, 2018)

Finally, we have the queen of PlayStation’s boss battles. God of War’s Valkyrie Queen Sigrun has no doubt shaved off many years off not only my life, but others’ as well. The Sigrun is an option endgame boss that requires you to fight and defeat eight other Valkyries, which hold their own challenges.

As Sigrun is endgame content, it’s highly recommended that players wear Ivaldi’s armour set and swap between the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos. Sigrun incorporates moves the other Valkyries possess, and meshes them together in a punishing string of attacks.

It takes a lot of trial and error to learn Sigrun’s patterns. Dodging, parrying, and dodging some more all play a part in claiming victory. Even as I write this, I’m getting flashbacks to the hours I toiled over this fight.

If you fought and beat any of these bosses, you deserve a pat on the back.  And if there are any other boss fights you would add to the list, you should let us know in the comments below.

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Steve Vegvari

Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His adoration for everything gaming began very early on in the SNES-era. He’s gone on to write honest content around the web. While not writing about games, Steve is often looking for the next big narrative-driven title. Something with an impactful story, regardless of genre or platform. Bonus points if it has an appealing achievement/trophy list!
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