SPOILER ALERT (for a nine-year-old game).
With the recent release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and the impending announcement of the release date for the next title in the series (fingers crossed), we rank the top five bosses of the game.
Starting off with number five we have the Usurper King, Zant. Crucial events have led us to yearn for this encounter, for a chance to kick the Usurper’s butt. And boy, does it deliver. His fight lasts somewhat longer than the norm, as there are myriad different stages that you have to overcome, one from pretty much every previous dungeon in the game. Up to this point, we thought Zant to be the ultimate villain (unless you paid extra close attention). After dealing the final blow, we learn that the Great King of Evil, Ganondorf, has been pulling the strings all along. It’s a satisfying fight, and a moment of revelation.
Coming up next, we have Twilit Ice Mass: Blizzeta. When a Zelda game has an amazing dungeon, and a great boss fight to boot, you just know you’re in for a mighty treat. The Snowpeak Ruins is one such example, when a cute yeti wife suddenly turns into a fiend from hell. Damn, I did not see that one coming (honestly)! Besides, you can’t deny that flailing around that massive morningstar was very satisfying.
For number three we have the Twilit Dragon: Argorok. I’ll admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of the City in the Sky, and I tend to look back on it with a certain dread (it was pretty much my Water Temple of this game). However, the boss fight really made up for it and more. It’s widely recognized as one of the best boss fights in the series, and for good reason. Swinging off a dragon’s tail in midair and then bringing it down in time with the music’s rising beats was one of the most memorable experiences of the game. Yet, there are still two more contestants in our list.
Now onto number two we have the Twilit Fossil: Star Lord… I mean, Stallord. Not only was it cool looking, but the fight itself was as thrilling as it can get. The spinner brought about a fresh mechanic never before seen in a Zelda game, making the Arbiter’s Grounds a blast to play. It offered new ways to navigate through the dungeon, bouncing from wall to wall and zipping past deadly traps (only to never be used again for the rest of the game). When thinking back on this game, Stallord is almost always the first boss to come to mind when on the subject of one of the best bosses in the series. And you know what else? We get to listen to the classic King Dodongo and Volvagia’s theme from Ocarina of Time.
Topping the best-bosses list for Twilight Princess we have the Great King of Evil himself, Ganondorf. Pivotal arch nemesis, emotional impact, climax and resolution of the story, different and varied stages, and epic music; this fight has it all. Except for the horseback portion, this fight is pretty much flawless. Personally, I’d be very inclined to call this one of the best boss fights in the entire series. I could not say how many times I’ve reloaded my save file just to fight Ganondorf. So let’s end this list on this note, because I have to go turn on my Wii U. And so should you.
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