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Which MMO had the best boss fights?

MikeBMikeB Community ManagerAdministrator RarePosts: 6,551
edited November 2016 in Polls
Which MMO had the best boss fights? Vote and tell us why/which boss was your favorite!

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  • BillMurphyBillMurphy Former Managing EditorMember LegendaryPosts: 4,565
    I voted WoW, not because "had" but because "has". They've done a great job in recent years with their dungeons and raids, and even before then. Close second is the insanity that was FFXI bosses.

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  • SomethingUnusualSomethingUnusual Member UncommonPosts: 546
    Damned unique, and damned coordination needed. Wildstar hit the nail on the head with boss fights. Challenging, plus challenges that hold extra reward for going out of the way to defeat. Regardless of the combat system. This game really made a boss truly feel like a boss.
  • DaikuruDaikuru Member RarePosts: 797
    Aion stronghold boss fights were awesome, fighting the boss and other players at the same time, PvPvE at its best.
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  • alterfenixalterfenix Member UncommonPosts: 370
    Daikuru said:
    Aion stronghold boss fights were awesome, fighting the boss and other players at the same time, PvPvE at its best.
    You just reminded me. That is exactly what I enjoyed most about fort fights in WAR. It had to be coordinated especially that attacking players were on timer.
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 12,814
    Darathar was an awesome fight in EQ2 and the list is honestly too long with that game.
    The White Rabbit in Asheron's Call was awesome as well!!! 

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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 15,659
    I'm not a huge fan of boss fights in the first place since many of them are just jumbo sized bland mobs with a bloated health pool and one or two attacks that need to be avoided. It usually feels more to me like a time consuming choreography than a fun challenge.

    Having said that, I did enjoy the variety of many LOTRO group and raid bosses.
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  • AoriAori Member EpicPosts: 4,184
    I voted FFXI for nostalgia reasons, everything in that game really felt epic to me, it was a glorious sight. The bosses were an epic cluster**** that could only make your jaw drop in awe sometimes. It was also very tiring.

    Lineage 2 also had some epic feeling fights, the bosses in Lineage 2 felt far more intimidating than most other MMOs. Fighting Antharas and defending your kill from other clans was the craziest thing I have experienced in a boss raid. I haven't fought any of the C5 bosses and later, so no idea how they turned out.
  • Tgiordano92Tgiordano92 Member UncommonPosts: 168
    Tera for me
  • simsalabim77simsalabim77 Member RarePosts: 1,607
    Don't think anything compares to WoW bosses during progression. Every single tier has interesting and challenging bosses. 
  • maskedweaselmaskedweasel Member EpicPosts: 10,966
    I liked GW2's fractal bosses.  Some of the world bosses were okay too,  but the Fractal Bosses were challenging, and no matter how many times I played certain ones,  you couldn't just afk them.   

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  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 10,595
    The only reason i did not pick WoW is because of the trinity. Teamwork is easy with a trinity. Succeeding without a trinity IS better teamwork in my very personal opinion.

  • Po_ggPo_gg Member EpicPosts: 5,660
    Iselin said:
    Having said that, I did enjoy the variety of many LOTRO group and raid bosses.
    Yep, LotRO has some really nice mechanics, too bad it isn't on the list... But what's even more puzzling is the absence of AoC and TSW :wink: 
    Great dungeons, raids, even the solo storyline bosses are fun, there are the open-world or (in TSW's case) the summonable world bosses, the event bosses (like Hel during xmas).
  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade Member EpicPosts: 4,829
    I'm gonna go with WoW there.

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  • ThornrageThornrage Member UncommonPosts: 657
    Age of Conan

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  • ForgrimmForgrimm Member EpicPosts: 3,021
    I never played the game much, but when I saw a video of the Sophia fight in FFXIV I was thoroughly impressed. 

  • CrazKanukCrazKanuk Member EpicPosts: 6,130
    I love the WoW fights, but the one fight that still resonates with me was the Rancor raid boss in SWTOR, so I voted for SWTOR. It's not a difficult fight per se, but it's a freakin' rancor!


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  • Soki123Soki123 Member RarePosts: 2,558
    eq2 for sure.
  • SavageHorizonSavageHorizon Member RarePosts: 3,432
    edited November 2016
    I'm saying EQ2/Vanguard and current would be Dragon Dogma Online. 

  • JudgeUKJudgeUK Member RarePosts: 1,532
    FFXIV - many stand out boss battles.

    But I'll go for this one: [SPOILER WARNING]

  • SavageHorizonSavageHorizon Member RarePosts: 3,432
    Forgrimm said:
    I never played the game much, but when I saw a video of the Sophia fight in FFXIV I was thoroughly impressed. 

    Lol, way over the top, freaking flashamatics. 

  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 4,542
    EQ1 for me.  I may be the one person that enjoyed all of the raid bosses in the Planes.  I distinctly remember Rallos Zek in Bastion of Thunder, because that encounter was broken at the time -- out guild got to try different strategies to win in spite of the broken bits.   I also liked the fights in the Plane of Water.  Even the 'entry' level events in Plane of Nightmare and Plane of Justice were fun.

    But, I suspect this poll comes down to which MMORPG the respondent played most, or played most at the 'end game'.

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  • CaffynatedCaffynated Member RarePosts: 753
    FFXIV followed by Rift. Both had lots of well designed boss fights and introduced new mechanics into the genre.

    I don't know why GW2 is even there. Its boss fights were among the worst I've ever played. The only well designed fight in the entire game was The Twisted Marionette.

    TERA or even B&S deserve way more recognition than GW2.
  • coretex666coretex666 Member EpicPosts: 3,995
    Warcraft for me.
  • PabloFigassoPabloFigasso Member CommonPosts: 9
    WILDSTAR if You are looking for real challenge :) If not just go Wow

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