Top 10 Video Game Sub-Bosses



Top 10 Video Game Sub-Bosses

VOICE OVER: Dan Paradis
Script Written by Nick Spake

If you want to get to the big boss, you'll have to go through them first. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Video Game Sub-Bosses.

Not to be confused with End Level Bosses, these are the guys you end up fighting early or midway through a certain stage or dungeon, yet still stand out from your average enemy. We're ranking them based on how memorable their fights were, as well as how well designed said battles were.

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Script Written by Nick Spake

Top 10 Video Game Sub-Bosses

If you want to get to the big boss, you’ll have to go through them first. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Video Game Sub-Bosses.

Not to be confused with End Level Bosses, these are the guys you end up fighting early or midway through a certain stage or dungeon, yet still stand out from your average enemy. We’re ranking them based on how memorable their fights were, as well as how well designed said battles were.

#10: Hunters

“Halo” series (2001-)
Not all enemies in the “Halo” universe are as easy to kill as Grunts. Gamers can’t help but groan every time they run into Mgalakgolo, or Hunters as we prefer to call them. Being the mightiest beings in the Covenant, these bad boys won’t go down without a fight. Armed with heavy assault cannons and protected by a seemingly indestructible shield, Hunters can knock you out before the fight even begins. Keep on your guard and eventually the beast will be left vulnerable from behind. Even after slaying the hunter, however, there’s no time for the Master Chief to stop and rest.

#9: The Pursuer

“Dark Souls II” (2014)
The Pursuer more than earns his title as he refuses to give up pursuing the player throughout the game. This formidable knight is built like a mountain and carries a blade so gigantic that it would fill Cloud Strife with sword envy. Despite his massive size, the Pursuer moves swiftly and can literally walk on air. You’re better off not getting too close him and attacking from afar, although he can still close distance in an instant. Claiming the Pursuer’s soul is a long, arduous process, but isn’t that what we’ve come to expect from the “Dark Souls” games?

#8: Tokka and Rahzar

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time” (SNES version) (1991)
In the SNES version of the game, Before you can face off with their master/mamma, you’ll need to do battle with this mutated snapping turtle and gray wolf. What Tokka and Rahzar lack in brains they more than compensate for in strength, which is a key component in a beat ‘em up game like “Turtles in Time.” With one specializing in fire and the other specializing in ice, they make for one formidable team. As long as you’re skilled in the art of Ninjutsu or the art of button mashing, you should be able to revert them back to their more cuddly states.

#7: The Berserker

“Gears of War” (2006)
If you think Berserkers are all big, bad, butt ugly dudes, you’re wrong. They’re actually all big, bad, butt ugly ladies. Although Berserkers are blind, they have a strong sense of smell. So unfortunately, there’s nowhere to run or hide when one picks up your scent. What’s more, their practically indestructible bodies certainly give the macho Marcus Fenix a run for his money. The only way you’re getting past these suckers is with fire. A LOT of fire! Still, the process of taking a Berserk down is likely to drive you…well, berserk. Yeah, yeah, you all knew we were going to use that pun.

#6: The Tank

“Left 4 Dead” series (2008-)
Do we even need to explain why this guy is called the Tank? Just look at him! We think it’s pretty self-explanatory. This infected brute is arguably the toughest foe you’ll come across in all of “Left 4 Dead.” With this in mind, you’d have to be a gaming god to take down the Tank by yourself. You’ll need your entire team to help defeat this big freaking zombie and even then Tank can easily take out four players. Huh, imagine if a Tank had a baby with a Berserk? Ewww…mental image…

#5: Dr. Salvador

“Resident Evil 4” (2005)
Move over Leatherface. There’s a new masked madman in town. Every time you hear a chainsaw revving up in “Resident Evil 4,” you’re in for some trouble. Standing out from the rest of the villagers like a mutated thumb, Dr. Salvador is one local you’ll want to keep your distance from. That is unless you want to see one of the most awesome decapitations ever. As if killing him once isn’t difficult enough, Dr. Salvador pops up numerous times throughout the game. We’re not sure how he keeps coming back, but what we really want to know is what kind of doctor carries a chainsaw?

#4: Star Wolf Mk. 2

“Star Fox 64” (1997)
You didn’t think getting to Andross was going to be that easy, did you? Just when you though you’d seen the last of them, Star Wolf and his dastardly crew of space pirates show up after you arrive on Venom. This warm-up to the final boss comes complete with everything we love about “Star Fox 64:” slick shooting mechanics, fun vehicle combat, and repetitive one-liners. Star Wolf may be good, but hopefully you’re better. Fox goes it alone from this point on, although Slippy would’ve just slowed him down anyway.

#3: Big Daddy

“Bioshock” (2007)
Big Daddy is the character we all associate the most with “Bioshock.” When the player first comes across one of these metal juggernauts in Rapture, you may think that they’re impossible to kill. With strategy and the right weapon, though, they can be destroyed. Once you finally take down Mr. Bubbles and level up, however, there’s a strong possibility you’ll become overwhelmed with guilt and pity. Listening to a Little Sister cry out will only add to your mixed feelings. But surely you made the right choice. After all, Frank Fontaine wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction, right?

#2: Dark Link

“The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” (1998)
Although he technically first appeared in The Adventures of Link as the last boss, his appearance in The Water Temple is what sticks with us the most. This fight puts a creative and enigmatic spin on the notion of one fighting their own shadow. When Link initially encounters his evil doppelganger in “Ocarina of Time,” he’s practically see-through and striking him is easier said than done. With every hit, though, Link’s reflection becomes more and more opaque. Once Dark Link is fully exposed, the real Link can show him that light will always prevail.

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

The Sniper Skulls
“Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” (2015)
Boom Boom
“Super Mario Bros. 3” (1988)
Vyers aka Mid-Boss
“Disgaea” Franchise (2003-)
Shadow Sora
“Kingdom Hearts” (2002)
Cyclops Berzerker
God of War: Ascension (2013

#1: Insidious

“Bayonetta 2” (2014)
In any other game, a creature as big and booming as Insidious would be the final boss. Hell, it’s literally nicknamed “the Consumer of All!” In an over-the-top experience like “Bayonetta 2,” however, this giant manta ray demon is only a sub-boss at the beginning of Chapter Seven. The fact that you’re not even halfway done with the game at this point just goes to show how much crazier your journey gets. And even after all that, he ends up swallowing Bayonetta whole, and its here you realize the stage only just starts. Platinum Games really doesn’t let you stop for breath.

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