Vanitas Remnant (Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep)

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Vanitas Remnant is a secret boss in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. It is found at the Keyblade Graveyard after clearing the Final Episode of the game. This boss is infamous among KH fans for its high difficulty (although nowhere as hard as the Mysterious Figure)

Why It Sucks

  1. First off, this boss is so poorly designed that it can instantly kill you (especially if you're playing as Terra since he lacks Ven and Aqua's invincible frame while dodging) with almost every attack unless you have the Last Chance ability. In fact, Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura even admitted in an interview that even he had struggles trying to beat him.
  2. This boss' A.I is beyond brutal.
  3. This boss battle is a reskin of Vanitas's final boss battles in Ven and Aqua's Episodes in the main story. Even its attack patterns are almost the same: they just deal much more damage.
  4. Some of its attacks can even inflict status changes like Blindness (which doesn't allow you to see clearly or to lock on) or Confusion (which reverses your controls for a bit of time).
  5. Every time you use a healing magic like Curaga, the Vanitas Remnant will immediately heal itself, making whatever damage you inflict on it basically pointless.
  6. Despite having only one health bar, its defenses are high and is resilient to most physical and magical attacks.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Defeating this boss grants the player character the Void Gear, one of the best Keyblades in the game, and a must-have against the other frustrating boss Mysterious Figure.
  2. Awesome music.
  3. At least this boss has only one health bar.

Tips

  1. Bring lots of Potions and other healing items, since you can't use healing magic as the Vanitas Remnant will immediately heal itself if you use it.
  2. Regardless of which character you're playing as, bring many Mine commands to harm it from afar. If you're playing as Aqua, use also the Spell Weaver Fighting Style.
  3. If you're playing as Terra, remove all commands that increase the length of your dodge to attack more quickly.
  4. It is possible to cheese this boss. Hide behind a rock and he will run around aimlessly trying to find you. You'll be able to safely use cure without him healing, and spam Strike Raid commands to beat him effortlessly. This works for all three characters.
  5. Equip the Keyblade Pixie Petal (Lightcrest if you're fighting this boss in the Final Episode as Aqua) to increase your magic power, since you won't need to physically attack.