The 27 Hardest Bosses From The 'Soulsborne' Series

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We are ranking the hardest bosses in the Soulsborne series! Fromsoftware studios earned a reputation for producing extremely challenging and difficult games that pushes players to their absolute limits, and by doing so they have created a unique brand of difficulty that fans of the series call "Soulsborne". While the name is a mashup of the Souls series and Bloodborne, other titles such as Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Elden Ring are considered part of this series for the studio's iconic brand of difficulty.

Featuring a variety of bosses from Bloodborne, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Elden Ring, and the Souls series, this list showcases the hardest and the most notoriously difficult bosses ever created in the Soulsborne series. The hardest Soulsborne bosses are known for their vast damage dealing moveset, multiple boss phases, and a unique arena where they can unleash their skills and show players why they are considered the strongest. Not only does every boss on this list has a name that strikes fear in the hearts of players, but their movesets forces players to adapt, and learn in ways they have never thought of. What are the hardest Soulsborne bosses have you faced numerous times?

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    Malenia, Blade of Miquella

    Malenia, Blade of Miquella
    Photo: Elden Ring/Fromsoftware

    Arguably the hardest boss in the entire Soulsborne series, Malenia, Blade of Miquella states that she has 'never known defeat' right before the encounter begins, and while that may seem like a cocky overstatement to veteran Soulsborne players, that is meant to serve as a warning before players learn how terrifyingly strong she is. Malenia is extremely fast, precise, and aggressive on all counts and she has a life steal ability that can heal herself with every single hit she lands on you. Meaning that getting caught in a 20 hit combo attack will fully heal the rotting warrior.

    This is the one boss where every mistake you make shows and her second phase increases the difficulty in ways players fear the most. From adding a scarlet rot effect to emitting copies of herself to a large scale rot bloom AOE that takes forever to dissipate, Malenia does not give players time or room to recover. No matter how far players run or what kind of build they prepare with, Malenia will send players to their doom. 

    • Appears In: Elden Ring
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    Isshin the Sword Saint

    Isshin the Sword Saint
    Photo: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/fromsoftware

    The very last boss in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and coming right after defeating Genichiro Ashina, Isshin, the Sword Saint stands out as one of the hardest bosses in the Soulsborne series for his aggression, speed, precision, long combo attacks, and large AOE's. This boss fight is one that truly challenges players and pushes them to their absolute limits as his encounter has three painstakingly long phases.

    While the first one is fairly easy to deal with, the next two are shockingly difficult as he becomes faster, more erratic, gains a second weapon that can deliver a huge AOE attack, and finally adds a lightning buff to all of his attacks. The entire encounter is by far the longest in the game and players have be close to flawless in their approach when facing against this sword saint.  

    • Appears In: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
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    Orphan of Kos

    Orphan of Kos
    Photo: Bloodborne/fromsoftware

    One of the most difficult bosses in Bloodborne and arguably in the entire Soulsborne series is the Orphan of Kos. Regarded as one of the most aggressive bosses in Bloodborne, the Orphan of Kos instantly charges at players the moment they first approach him and unleashes a nonstop assault where all of its attacks deal an incredibly high amounts of damage.

    During his second phase, it becomes even more erratic as it wildly jumps across the stage and unleashes a fury of lightning attacks and combines them with quick heavy strikes that is super up close and personal. In a game that rewards players for being aggressive, Orphan of Kos stands out as the prime example of that ideology and they only way to defeat it is to be just as aggressive while paying close attention to its moves. 

    • Appears In: Bloodborne
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    Demon of Hatred

    Demon of Hatred
    Photo: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice/fromsoftware

    The bane of many players existence, the Demon of Hatred earns notoriety for being a super aggressive boss that has many AOE attacks, all of which are incredibly difficult to dodge. Where as some of the other bosses in Sekiro require perfectly timed combos and counters in order to defeat them, the Demon of Hatred is the exact opposite of that ideology.

    As the entire encounter forces players to be extremely aggressive and to really pay close attention to its attack pattern if they want a chance to succeed. The boss is essentially a Bloodborne style boss fight, but players are forced to use different gameplay mechanics in order to defeat him, and that alone makes it this encounter more difficult than others. 

    • Appears In: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice