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A challenging early-game boss by any standard, Saturos will battle Isaac's party atop the Mercury Lighthouse.

A Boss in the Golden Sun series is a powerful enemy that is either an obstacle to continued progress in the game, or is the guardian to some unusual or unique reward. Bosses are stronger than any other enemy in their immediate area, boasting high HP, Attack, and Defense ratings as well as powerful Psynergies and Enemy Abilities, and can only be fought once per game. One notable exception would be the Tempest Lizard, which can be fought any number of times. Boss battles are often obstacles that prevent the player from reaching the next required area of the game, accessible only by defeating the boss (the Tempest Lizard's cousin, the Storm Lizard, being an exception as non-mandatory; it can be "outrun"). However, some reside at the end of seemingly irrelevant caves guarding a treasure or powerful tool, as the "Super-Bosses" do. Examples include: Deadbeard in Golden Sun, Valukar in Golden Sun: The Lost Age, and the Ancient Devil in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn.

Boss Strategies[edit]

Bosses in the Golden Sun series usually have extremely damaging attacks (relative to the point in which they are fought) which coincide with their powerful statistics. Should a player approach a boss similarly to a normal random encounter, they are likely to be downed. Thus, bosses require unique strategies in order to both survive the onslaught and successfully counterattack.

Perhaps the most common strategy employed to defeat bosses is the "Summon rush", wherein just before the player encounters the boss, they put all their Djinn on Standby. This allows them to cast many summons in a short period, and, as summons do damage based on a percentage of the opponent's health, their offensive value against bosses is much higher than most other attack options. The biggest drawback to this is that before and after summoning, the player's Adepts will be forced into weaker classes, limiting their offensive and defensive capabilities. Hence the "rush", the player is faced with using up as many summons as possible while their HP is still high, so that they can survive long enough for the Djinni to return to set and finish off the boss. Of course, against specific bosses this strategy is nigh on useless (such as Star Magician, Valukar and the Doom Dragon), but it serves as an effective staple from which the player can add to.

Another, more subtle strategy is the careful use of class setups to take advantage of a boss's weak points. This usually involves the distribution of Djinn to allow an Adept to use more effective Psynergies than would be possible in their base classes, for example changing a Venus Adept to a Ninja in order to make use of certain Jupiter-based Psynergies against an enemy resistant to Venus. In this case, the Adept remains in their best classes, retaining full use of their offensive capabilities. However, this strategy is best effective in later stages of the game, where the amount of Djinn allow access to stronger classes, and where the player has access to the more powerful Psynergies needed to battle effectively. Alternatively, the player may create certain equipment setups designed to take advantage of weapon Unleashes, for example using equipment to ensure a 100% Unleash rate for an Adept wielding the Sol Blade, which has the most powerful Unleash. This technique often ensures higher damage than Psynergy, though still lower than Summons, and ensures that PP is retained for necessary situations. Both styles tend to be more drawn out, and can be severely impeded by Djinn draining attacks, as this eliminates any bonuses.

List of Bosses[edit]

Bosses in Golden Sun[edit]

The following table lists the details of all bosses fought in the original Golden Sun, sorted by order of appearance (in the cases where order of appearance is optional or unclear, they are listed in ascending order of HP).

Kyle.gif Spoiler warning: The following section(s) contain plot details that some people may not wish to learn before reaching this point in the game on their own.
IconNameLocationHP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck Elemental Power Resistance RewardsNotes
Mystery Woman.pngMystery Woman Vale 260030050201340Star mars.gif105
Star venus.gif100
Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif127
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
N/AThis battle is unwinnable.
Fights alongside Mystery Man
Mystery Man.pngMystery Man Vale 30002606322940Star mars.gif110Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif127
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
N/AThis battle is unwinnable.
Fights alongside Mystery Woman
Bandit.pngBandit Vault 244N/A468203Star jupiter.gif80Star mercury.gif72
Star jupiter.gif72
Star venus.gif72
Star mars.gif72
36 Exp
46 coins
Bandit’s Sword
Fights alongside two “Thief” enemies
Tret.pngTret Kolima Forest 7103689273028Star venus.gif105Star mercury.gif175
Star jupiter.gif100
Star venus.gif72
Star mars.gif25
226 Exp
700 coins
Potion
Saturos Mercury Lighthouse.pngSaturos Mercury Lighthouse 1200160113355140Star mars.gif110Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif127
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
331 Exp
800 coins
Psy Crystal
Mia will regenerate 4 pp per turn during this battle
Killer Ape.pngKiller Ape Mogall Forest 100045156499426Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif80
Star mercury.gif80
Star jupiter.gif127
Star venus.gif72
Star mercury.gif72
Star mars.gif25
460 Exp
1500 coins
Douse Drop
Hydros Statue.pngHydros Statue Altin Peak 130080156536230Star mercury.gif125Star mercury.gif193
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mars.gif25
496 Exp
2400 coins
Lucky Medal
Grants access to the Lifting Gem
Manticore.pngManticore Lamakan Desert 170083168486136Star mars.gif115
Star venus.gif95
Star mars.gif175
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif25
590 Exp
3400 coins
Psy Crystal
Acts twice per turn
Kraken.pngKraken Tolbi-bound Ship 240046216608021Star mercury.gif115
Star venus.gif95
Star mercury.gif175
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mars.gif25
711 Exp
5200 coins
Water of Life
Acts twice per turn
Toadonpa.pngToadonpa Lunpa Fortress 2800N/A266528218Star mercury.gif115
Star mars.gif85
Star mercury.gif175
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mars.gif25
999 Exp
3200 coins
Psy Crystal
Regenerates 80 HP per turn
Storm Lizard.pngStorm Lizard Suhalla Desert 2900422918611222Star jupiter.gif110Star jupiter.gif152
Star mars.gif100
Star mercury.gif100
Star venus.gif48
1300 Exp
6100 coins
Psy Crystal
Acts twice per turn
Tempest Lizard.pngTempest Lizard Suhalla Desert 3000452959411426Star jupiter.gif110Star jupiter.gif152
Star mars.gif100
Star mercury.gif100
Star venus.gif48
1360 Exp
6400 coins
Potion
Acts twice per turn
Menardi Venus Lighthouse.pngMenardi Venus Lighthouse 260030038913422050Star mars.gif105
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif95
Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif127
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
3000 Exp
3600 coins
Fights alongside Saturos; Isaac will regenerate 4 pp per turn during this battle
Saturos Venus Lighthouse.pngSaturos Venus Lighthouse 300026040914016050Star mars.gif110Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif127
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
3000 Exp
3600 coins
Fights alongside Menardi; Isaac will regenerate 4 pp per turn during this battle
Fusion Dragon.pngFusion Dragon Venus Lighthouse 500050043915019050Star mars.gif110
Star venus.gif100
Star mars.gif175
Star venus.gif127
Star jupiter.gif127
Star mercury.gif72
N/AActs twice per turn; Isaac will regenerate 4 pp per turn during this battle
Deadbeard.pngDeadbeard Crossbone Isle 600060046817818060Star mercury.gif130
Star mars.gif120
Star jupiter.gif110
Star mercury.gif193
Star jupiter.gif152
Star mars.gif127
Star venus.gif72
8000 Exp
9000 coins
Water of life
Access to Demon Mail
Acts twice per turn

Bosses in The Lost Age[edit]

The following table lists the details of all bosses fought in Golden Sun: The Lost Age, sorted by order of appearance (in the cases where order of appearance is optional or unclear, they are listed in ascending order of HP).

Kyle.gif Spoiler warning: The following section(s) contain plot details that some people may not wish to learn before reaching this point in the game on their own.
IconNameLocationHPPPAttackDefenseAgilityLuckElemental PowerResistanceRewardsNotes
Chestbeater.pngChestbeaterKandorean Temple 155N/A44112024 N/A Star jupiter.gif72
Star mercury.gif48
Star venus.gif48
Star mars.gif25
40 Exp
28 coins
Nut (one only)
Three are fought at once
King Scorpion.pngKing ScorpionYampi Desert 1064N/A101323940 Star venus.gif95 Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
Star venus.gif72
Star mars.gif48
440 Exp
228 coins
Vial

Briggs.png BriggsAlhafra 984N/A129297642 Star mars.gif100 Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif100
Star venus.gif100
Star mars.gif100
333 Exp
891 coins
Vial
Fights alongside (and can summon) Sea Fighter monsters
Aqua Hydra.pngAqua HydraLemurian Ship 277670173386344 Star mercury.gif115 Star mercury.gif175
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mars.gif25
963 Exp
1612 coins
Vial

Serpent.pngSerpentGaia Rock 35361602497613546 Star venus.gif110 Star venus.gif152
Star mercury.gif100
Star mars.gif100
Star jupiter.gif48
1995 Exp
2898 coins
Access to Cloud Brand
Regenerates HP at one of the following amounts per turn; 2430, 810, 270, 90, 30
Can act two or three times per turn
Avimander.pngAvimanderChampa 379287281899441 Star mars.gif115 Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif100
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif25
2176 Exp
1330 coins
Acts twice per turn
Poseidon.pngPoseidonSea of Time 490516230210018547 Star mercury.gif115 Star mercury.gif175
Star jupiter.gif100
Star venus.gif100
Star mars.gif25
2930 Exp
3762 coins
Psy Crystal
Is invulnerable until the Trident is used
Acts twice per turn
Moapa.png MoapaTrial Road 3042N/A354219 / 174 / 12018140 Star mercury.gif100 Star mercury.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star venus.gif100
Star mars.gif100
1670 Exp
2460 coins
Fights alongside two Knight monster
Karst.pngKarstJupiter Lighthouse 318632035410723550 Star mars.gif105
Star venus.gif100
Star mars.gif175
Star venus.gif127
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
2813 Exp
5280 coins
Dark Matter
Fights alongside Agatio
Player's team enters battle over time
Winning the battle is non-mandatory
Agatio Battle.pngAgatioJupiter Lighthouse 424828037711417846 Star mars.gif110
Star mars.gif175
Star venus.gif127
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
3000 Exp
3740 coins
Fights alongside Karst
Player's team enters battle over time
Winning the battle is non-mandatory
Flame Dragon Small.pngFlame DragonMars Lighthouse 534832038913421555 Star mars.gif115
Star mars.gif175
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif25
2502 Exp
1872 coins
Psy Crystal (one only)
Fights alongside other Flame Dragon
Regenerates 4 PP per turn
Flame Dragon Big.pngFlame DragonMars Lighthouse 572425040013715848 Star mars.gif115
Star mars.gif175
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif25
2502 Exp
1521 coins
Psy Crystal (one only)
Fights alongside other Flame Dragon
Regenerates 4 PP per turn
Star Magician.pngStar MagicianTreasure Isle 748656046013926852 Star mercury.gif105
Star jupiter.gif95
Star mercury.gif180
Star jupiter.gif150
Star venus.gif130
Star mars.gif72
7866 Exp
5566 coins
Access to the Azul Summon Tablet
Fights alongside (and can summon) four Ball monsters
Acts twice per turn
Sentinel.pngSentinelIslet Cave 873678060821617154 Star mars.gif120
Star jupiter.gif110
Star mercury.gif193
Star jupiter.gif152
Star mars.gif127
Star venus.gif72
10538 Exp
6144 coins
Access to the Catastrophe Summon Tablet
Regenerates 200 HP per turn
Regenerates 30 PP per turn
Acts three times per turn
Is immune to Psynergy
Valukar.pngValukarYampi Desert Cave 12960N/A550 17520646 Star mars.gif105
Star venus.gif95
Star jupiter.gif95
Star mercury.gif85
Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif100
Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif60
8702 Exp
4980 coins
Access to the Daedalus Summon Tablet
Acts twice per turn
Can summon using the player’s standby Djinn
Doom Dragon.pngDoom DragonMars Lighthouse 13200 (5000 + 4200 + 4000)500470 15520050 Star venus.gif110
Star mars.gif105
Star venus.gif195
Star mars.gif175
Star mercury.gif130
Star jupiter.gif98
N/A Abilities and statistics change over the course of the battle
Dullahan.pngDullahanAnemos Inner Sanctum 1600030067626924159 Star venus.gif110
Star mars.gif100
Star mercury.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif190
Star venus.gif150
Star mars.gif130
Star jupiter.gif110
15600 Exp
6775 coins
Access to the Iris Summon Tablet
Regenerates 200 HP per turn
Regenerates 100 PP per turn
Acts three times per turn

Bosses in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn[edit]

The following table lists the details of all bosses fought Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, sorted by order of appearance (in the cases where order of appearance is optional or unclear, they are listed in ascending order of HP).

Kyle.gif Spoiler warning: The following section(s) contain plot details that some people may not wish to learn before reaching this point in the game on their own.
IconName LocationHP PP Attack Defense Agility Luck Elemental Power Resistance RewardsNotes
TangleBloom.jpg
Tangle Bloom Abandoned Mine 3000381012??Star mercury.gif100
Star jupiter.gif72
Star venus.gif48
Star mars.gif7
143 EXP
77 coins
Psy Crystal
DimDragon.jpg
Dim Dragon Psynergy Training Grounds 3200441213? ?Star mercury.gif175
Star jupiter.gif100
Star venus.gif72
Star mars.gif25
179 EXP
60 coins
Nut
DimDragonPlus.jpg
Dim Dragon Plus Psynergy Training Grounds 5000491213? ?Star mercury.gif175
Star jupiter.gif100
Star venus.gif72
Star mars.gif25
267 EXP
80 coins
Nut
Optional;
Upgraded version of the Dim Dragon
GSDD-StealthyScout.png
Stealthy Scout Konpa Cave 35401172942? ?Star mercury.gif72
Star jupiter.gif72
Star venus.gif72
Star mars.gif72
266 EXP
142 coins
Psy Grenade
Fights in a group of three.
SandPrinceBattle.jpg
Sand Prince Alchemy Well 1239901624764? ?Star mars.gif193
Star venus.gif100
Star jupiter.gif100
Star mercury.gif25
1540 EXP
825 coins
KuTsungBattle.jpg
Ku-Tsung Ayuthay 83102084976? ?Star venus.gif90
Star mercury.gif90
Star mars.gif90
Star jupiter.gif90
854 EXP
672 coins
Rice Ration
Fights alongside Ku-Embra.
KuEmbraBattle.jpg
Ku-Embra Ayuthay 89802075070? ?Star venus.gif90
Star mercury.gif90
Star mars.gif90
Star jupiter.gif90
793 EXP
90 coins
Plump Dumpling
Fights alongside Ku-Tsung.
IceQueenBattle.jpg
Ice Queen Harapa Ruins 160313224963104? ?Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif193
Star mars.gif25
Star jupiter.gif100
2402 EXP
1236 coins
Turns into the Ice Queen Stone upon defeat.
Sludge.jpg
Sludge Phantasmal Bog 190644321113147? ?Star venus.gif72
Star mercury.gif152
Star mars.gif100
Star jupiter.gif25
6859 EXP
1179 coins
Crush Tusk
GSDD-Mountain-Roc-Upward-Blast.png
Mountain Roc Talon Peak 3136147346113114? ?Star venus.gif175
Star mercury.gif100
Star mars.gif72
Star jupiter.gif25
12,582 EXP
140 coins
Recovers 60 HP per turn in its normal form; recovers 150 HP per turn in Stone Molt form.
BladosBattle.jpg
Blados Belinsk Ruins 19310394122180? ?Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif127
Star mars.gif72
Star jupiter.gif100
7994 EXP
1152 coins
Spark Shuriken
Fights alongside Chalis.
ChalisBattle.jpg
Chalis Belinsk Ruins 18300382120160? ?Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
Star mars.gif127
Star jupiter.gif100
7708 EXP
1728 coins
Illusion Perfume
Fights alongside Blados.
BladosBattle.jpg
Blados Apollo Sanctum 30520514223303? ?Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif127
Star mars.gif72
Star jupiter.gif100
0 EXP
0 coins
Fights alongside Chalis and the Chaos Hound; either he and Chalis or the Chaos Hound must be defeated.
ChalisBattle.jpg
Chalis Apollo Sanctum 28920495229270? ?Star venus.gif100
Star mercury.gif72
Star mars.gif127
Star jupiter.gif100
0 EXP
0 coins
Fights alongside Blados and the Chaos Hound; either she and Blados or the Chaos Hound must be defeated.
ChaosHoundCloseup.jpg
Chaos Hound Apollo Sanctum 33740518235254? ?Star venus.gif72
Star mercury.gif100
Star mars.gif100
Star jupiter.gif127
-Fights alongside Blados and Chalis; either it or Blados and Chalis must be defeated.
ChaosChimeraCloseup.jpg
Chaos Chimera Apollo Sanctum 96400536247315? ?Star venus.gif190
Star mercury.gif130
Star mars.gif175
Star jupiter.gif98
Acts three times per round;
Regenerates 30 HP per turn (the amount increases to 100 HP per turn once its HP falls below half its maximum;
Number of available skills increases as the battle progresses.
OgreTitan1.jpg
Ogre Titan 1 Burning Island Cave 9640546223202? ?Star venus.gif48
Star mercury.gif48
Star mars.gif25
Star jupiter.gif72
7840 Exp
558 coins
OgreTitan2.jpg
Ogre Titan 2 Burning Island Cave 19280586235213? ?Star venus.gif48
Star mercury.gif48
Star mars.gif25
Star jupiter.gif72
9800 Exp
774 coins
Joins Ogre Titan 1 after the first turn of battle
OgreTitan3.jpg
Ogre Titan 3 Burning Island Cave 40160591238225? ?Star venus.gif48
Star mercury.gif48
Star mars.gif25
Star jupiter.gif72
11,760 Exp
930 coins
Replaces one of the previous Ogre Titans in battle when they are defeated
OgreTitan4.jpg
Ogre Titan 4 Burning Island Cave 80330614240236? ?Star venus.gif48
Star mercury.gif48
Star mars.gif25
Star jupiter.gif72
13,720 Exp
1116 coins
Replaces one of the previous Ogre Titans in battle when they are defeated
OgreTitan5.jpg
Ogre Titan 5 Burning Island Cave 160660637242247? ?Star venus.gif48
Star mercury.gif48
Star mars.gif25
Star jupiter.gif72
15,680 Exp
1674 coins
Acts twice per turn;
Replaces one of the previous Ogre Titans in battle when they are defeated.
AncientDevilDD.jpg
Ancient Devil Otka Island 11,78340048223933050 ?Star venus.gif127
Star mercury.gif100
Star mars.gif100
Star jupiter.gif72
55,216 Exp
3438 coins
Acts twice per turn
StarMagicianDD.jpg
Star Magician Lost Ship 959569048018735452 ?Star venus.gif127
Star mercury.gif180
Star mars.gif72
Star jupiter.gif150
42,630 Exp
4049 coins
Acts twice per turn;
Allows the player to use the Azul summon upon defeat.
Dullahan DD.png
Dullahan Crossbone Isle 16000351657325297? ?Star venus.gif150
Star mercury.gif190
Star mars.gif130
Star jupiter.gif110
58,800 Exp
4732 coins
Acts three times per turn;
Regererates 200 HP and 100 PP at the end of every turn
Bosses
Bosses in Golden Sun
Vault BanditsTretSaturosKiller ApeHydros StatueManticoreKrakenAzartSatrageNavampaToadonpaStorm LizardTempest LizardSaturos and MenardiFinal bossDeadbeard
Bosses in Golden Sun: The Lost Age
ChestbeatersKing ScorpionBriggs and Sea FightersAqua HydraSerpentAvimanderPoseidonMoapa and KnightsKarst and AgatioFlame DragonsFinal bossValukarSentinelStar MagicianDullahan
Bosses in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Tangle BloomDim DragonDim Dragon PlusStealthy ScoutsSand PrinceKu-Tsung and Ku-EmbraIce QueenSludgeMountain RocBlados and ChalisBlados, Chaos Hound, and ChalisFinal bossOgre TitansAncient DevilStar MagicianDullahan
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