Boss battles

Video game concept

Includes one or more battles with enemies who are significantly more powerful than anything else thrown at the player prior, usually found at the end of a level.


Alternate names: Boss fights, Raid bosses, End level bosses

The first video game about Boss battles was released in 1980.

Sega, Konami and Capcom has published most of these games

* Elite NPCs
Obviously being literally a boss does not alone qualify for this. These may also exist even if no other battles are fought, though such cases are likely quite rare.

Battles against literal boss characters or other major antagonists that do not differ from other battles fought significantly (equally weak and such) this tag no longer conveys anything useful for them and should not be used for them (you might want to add a note about them why you think they do not deserve this, though).

Raid boss is an MMO variant of the end level boss (raid being a combination of multiple player groups/parties, usually established for the sole purpose of fighting the raid bosses).

Child groups

Bonus bosses, Mini-bosses, Puzzle bosses, Boss meter, Boss arenas, Joke boss, Multi-stage bosses


Windows 393
Linux 323
NES 209
Arcade 115
Mac OS X 71
X360 64
PCE 58
Amiga 55
PS3 55
Mega Drive 49
Atari ST 48
C64 45
PS2 42
Famicom Disk System 39
Master System 38
Amstrad CPC 37
ZX Spectrum 37
MSX 30
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PS 18
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Xbox 15
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Tandy Coco 13
MSX2 11
Android 11
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