Last week, we focused on the first part of our most iconic Tomb Raider bosses and enemies special in the context of our Memorable Moment Monday series, featuring the most iconic Tomb Raider bosses from first Tomb Raider (1996) to Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness.
Today, within our second part of this article, we’ll have a look at the most iconic bosses from Tomb Raider: Legend to Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Tomb Raider: Legend
Let’ start with the third place: Takamoto. In Tomb Raider: Legend, Takamoto stole a piece of Excalibur and Lara tries to get it back from him in an epic fight in Tokyo.
Second place: In the level “England – King Arthur’s Tomb”, Lara discovers a huge underground cave and Nessie – uhmm, the Sea Serpent, I mean. Said mythical creature shines with a snake-like appearance, sporting some spike-like horns coming out of his head. Making matters worse, it loves to spit out some hazardous spit.
First place: It can’t be any different – the first place of most iconic Tomb Raider bosses goes to Miss Amanda Evert. Or rather, Amanda Evert combined with the Unknown Entity, which makes her the Amanda Entity. The Amanda Entity is the main boss in Legend and can be found in the level “Bolivia – The Looking Glass”.
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Underworld will be tricky, due to the fact that there weren’t any kind of classic bosses we know from the Tomb Raider games before Underworld. The main focus will be on the most amazing enemies in said game.
Third place: The Thralls are mystical creatures which appeared in various forms in Tomb Raider: Underworld. Their main purpose is to protect Thor’s artifacts.
Second place: Although not an enemy to Lara, Lara’s Doppelgänger is one of the most iconic opponents in Underworld. The Doppelgänger blows up Lara’s Manor and shoots her beloved friend Alister. In the Xbox 360 exlusive DLC’s, “Beneath the Ashes” and “Lara’s Shadow”, special focus is placed on the Doppelgänger and its story.
First place: One of the few enemies Lara actually had to kill in Underworld to progress in the game was the Kraken. The Kraken can be found in the level “Niflheim”. It blocks the door with its tentacles and Lara has to find a way to solve this problem, since it cannot be killed by her weapons.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is the remake of the original and first Tomb Raider game from 1996. We have already looked at the most iconic bosses and enemies from the first Tomb Raider game in the first part of this article, but we’ll take this chance to feature another few epic opponents.
Third place: In the level “Tomb of Tihocan”, Lara encounters the Centaur Bosses, some weird and deadly mutant creatures. The Centaurs cannot be killed without using the headshot function.
Second place: Another iconic character to appear both in Tomb Raider 1996 and Anniversary is Pierre DuPont. Pierre is a treasure hunter and raids Tombs, unlike Lara Croft, only for profit. He appears several times throughout Anniversay until Lara finally kills him in an epic showdown in the level “Tomb of Tihocan”.
First place: This time, the first place goes to Lara’s Doppelgänger, since the T-Rex won the game in the first part of this article. The Lara copy is, according to the documentation released with Anniversary, “a hideous creature with no skin which mysteriously shares the exact physical characteristics of Lara Croft. Possessing only the most basic primal instincts, the creature mimics the actions of its adversaries. Fans love to call the Doppelgänger “Bacon Lara”.
Tomb Raider (2013)
Third place: The Stormguard is one of the final bosses Lara has to fight before she can get through to Sam and save her. He is pretty huge and causes a lot of damage if he hits Lara.
Second place: Father Mathias Vogel first appears to be a nice and friendly character in Tomb Raider 2013. But later it turns out that he has been on the island Yamatai for so long, it eventually drove him insane. His only purpose is to finally escape the island and so he kidnaps Sam to fulfil the Sun Queen’s plans.
First place: Although not a face to face enemy including a face to face epic fight, The Sun Queen, or Himiko, is the final character Lara encounters when trying to save her friend Sam from the ritual. Himiko’s body, which rests in the ritual chamber, needs to be destroyed to set her soul free.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Third place: Although not the classic enemy we know from the Tomb Raider games, Ana defininitely deserves a spot. After the death of Lara’s mother, Ana was the lover of Lord Richard Croft, Lara’s father. She is an accomplished and manupulative liar, which makes her so dangerous. She does not kill people, she lets them be killed by others. She deceives and betrays, pretending to be a friend and caring about Lara.
Second place: The Bear in Rise of the Tomb Raider might have scared the one or the other player almost to death. Lara has to find a way past it to progress in the game. The Bear can be found in Siberia, very much at the beginning of the game. Furthermore, the Bear was given the nickname “Mishka” by the developing staff and the Ambassadors at E3 in 2015.
First place: The first place goes to Konstantin, Commander of Trinity and Ana’s brother. He is one of Lara’s main opponents in Rise of the Tomb Raider and beyond that one of ROTTR’s main characters. He wants to find and claim the Divine Source for his sister Ana.
We again hope you enjoyed the second and last part of the most iconic Tomb Raider bosses and enemies!