As a sequel to Fallen Order, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor continues the Dark Souls approach to a galaxy far, far away. One area where that shows is enemy design. Cal Kestis encounters numerous formidable foes in his struggle against the Empire. None are deadlier, though, than the bosses.
Jedi: Survivor boasts several adversaries who are a cut above the rest. These range from bounty hunters to Sith Lords, meaning they have a wide range of abilities for players to contend with. One thing these enemies have in common, though, is that they're all a pain in the neck. These are the hardest bosses in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.
This Kit Fisto wannabe isn't physically imposing, and she knows that. That's why she spends the entire battle running away. Caij dances around at the edge of the arena, firing volleys and sniper shots all the while. Players' deflecting skills must be top-notch if they want to get close. Even then, she has a contingency batch of missiles. Colliding with these projectiles can reduce Cal to dust in no time. Players should pray they have enough Force energy to thwart it.
They should also hope they have the reflexes to stay ahead of everything else. Only once they overcome all of this can they finally deliver a few melee blows. Before they know it, though, Caij leaps out of reach. Then, they must start the whole exercise again. It's the boss equivalent of dangling a bone in front of a dog's nose.
5 Kle-0, Masi Finau, & Fenn Finau
Talk about ganging up on someone. Cal must contend with several bounty hunters, but these guys have the bright idea to work together. Players definitely feel that strength in numbers.
The challenge comes from their attention being pulled in three directions. One combatant fires from behind a shield; another shoots volleys and rockets from the air; the third is a durable robot with a mean right hook. Fans can't focus on any individual enemy for too long before dodging his friends' attacks. This causes the targeting system to go haywire. Half the time, a hit will come from offscreen. The game simply wasn't built to handle three bosses at once. Because of that, this fight derives its difficulty from cheap frustration.
At first, Rayvis seems like a standard brute. He may hit hard, but his strikes are slow and easy to avoid. Even when his mace becomes a flail, his AOE attacks can be avoided with simple dodges. However, these are just a preview of his true power.
During the battle's second stage, Rayvis gains a rush of speed while losing none of his strength. He wields his mace in long combos, which are more difficult to dodge since he's now drawn to Cal like a magnet. On the rare occasion when the hero gets some distance, his opponent lets loose with rapid-fire blaster bursts. Combined with enough damage to demolish one's health, Rayvis's second wind is like fighting a freight train.
3 Dagan Gera
What makes this fight a pain is the length. Dagan's double-bladed lightsaber gives him an ironclad defense. Players must gradually wear down this defense. Only then can they deal a chunk of real damage, but they'll be surprised at how miniscule that damage is.
Each strike only takes down a small fraction of health. There's no way to accelerate this, so the sole option is to keep hammering away while avoiding any retaliation. As a result, this becomes less of a battle and more of a challenge of outlasting the enemy. In a game where any blow could be one's last, that's not easy. This makes it all the more disheartening to start over after a long struggle.
2 Darth Vader
It figures the most iconic Star Wars baddie would put up a tough fight. Vader has all the challenges of Dagan Gera amplified. His sturdy defense is slightly easier to break, but the damage to his health is practically microscopic. It's probably one of the benefits of being more machine than man. That doesn't slow him down, though.
The Sith Lord is notably more aggressive than Dagan. He doesn't just wait to counter players' assault. Instead, he chases them around the arena and attacks whenever the chance arises. Fans must be quick on their feet and stay alert, all while keeping a consistent pattern of attack. It's ultimately no wonder that Cere doesn't come out on top. That said, Vader isn't the strongest enemy that Jedi: Survivor has to offer.
Et tu, Bode? How ironic that such a reliable ally becomes the hardest foe to overcome. Bode makes up for his lack of Jedi skills through sheer variety. He attacks with his lightsaber, but he also sports blasters, snipers, bombs, and Force powers. Since he switches between these weapons with such rapid succession, players' reaction time must be on point to avoid them. Granted, they have some relief with Merrin as a partner, but that doesn't last long, as she frequently vanishes to attempt a stealth strike.
This leaves Cal to deal with Bode on his own. Not only must he survive a relentless onslaught, but he also has to get a hit in every now and then. His blows may deal more damage than with other bosses, but he has fewer chances to inflict that damage. In the end, he spends all his energy trying not to die.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is available now on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.